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Private J Baldwin


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Private James BALDWIN, G/4643, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action,  France and Flanders, 22nd July 1916, age 42.

Born Oxted, Surrey,

25th December 1896, Tonbridge, Kent, married Harriett Sherlock, spinster of 29, George Street, Quarry Hill, Tonbridge, Kent.

Children -  Elsie Annie Baldwin,  born 30th March 1900, Tonbidge, Kent; George Baldwin, born 26th April 1911, Tonbridge, Kent.


1911 Census - 38 Shipbourne Road, Tonbridge - James Baldwin, head, age 36, married, labourer powder factory, born  Lamberhurst, Sussex; Harriett Baldwin, wife, age 39, married 15 years, 2 children, both still alive, born Tonbridge, Kent; William Henry Baldwin, son, age 14, school, born Tonbridge, Kent; Annie Elsie Baldwin, daughter, age 11, school, born Tonbridge, Kent


Enlisted 23rd November 1914, Maidstone, Kent, age 40, height 5 ft 4 inches, weight 135lbs. Resided 1 Lead Hall, High Street, Tonbridge, Kent. Formerly labourer.

Home 23rd November 1914 to 11th May 1915; BEF 12th May 1915 to 22nd July 1916.

23rd November 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th November 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th February 1915 to 16th March 1915,  admitted to Chatham, Hospital with varicose reins and bronchitis; 16th March 1915 to 1st April 1915,  admitted to Rosherville VAD Hospital with varicose reins and bronchitus; 12th May 1915, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th May 1915, Infantry Base Depot, Etaples; 15th May 1915, joined Battalion, "C" Company; 15th June 1915, 15 Field Ambulance, diarrhea; 19th June 1915, rejoined Battalion; 19th October 1915, 15 Field Ambulance, impetigo; 2nd November 1915, 15 Field Ambulance, sycosis; 31st December 1915, diphtheria; 11th January 1916, Infantry Base Depot; 24th February 1916, rejoined Battalion; 

 5th February 1917, Pension of 15/- a week awarded to widow & one child.

Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 11C, Somme, France.


Commemorated on Tonbridge War Memorial - Tonbridge War Memorial - The original World War I memorial at the Junction of Pembury Road and Quarry Hill. The names were later re-inscribed in the new Memorial Garden in Bradford Street. 

From Tonbridge History -  James Baldwin was born in about 1876, probably at Oxted, Surrey. He married Harriet Sherlock at Tonbridge in 1896 and subsequently had two children. In 1901 he was working as a general labourer, by 1911 he was working as a labourer at the Powder Works. He enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment Private GS/4643 1st Battalion, on the 23rd November 1914 at Maidstone; he had previous military experience with the 3rd RWK. At the time of enlistment he was recorded as living at 1 Peach Hall High Street Tonbridge. He went to France on the 12th May 1915 and was killed in action on the 22nd July 1916; he has no known grave and is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial.


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