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Private J Banks


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Private John BANKS, G/15973, 2nd  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  died 10th August 1917, age 34, from debility (malaria) on board Hospital Ship Vita, proceeding to India, with Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force.

Born Birchanger, Essex, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Banks.

21st March 1903, Parish Church, Birchanger, Essex, married Adelaide May Litchfield, of 13 Park Place, Birchanger, Essex / Flint House, Sewards End, Radwinter Road, Saffron Walden, Essex.

Children - Martha Florence May Banks, born 29th March 1903,Birchanger, Essex; Gwendoline Elizabeth Banks, born 5th April 1910, Birchanger, Essex.


1911 Census - 3 Hillside Cottages, Birchanger, Bishops Stortford - John Banks, head, age 29, married, malsters labourer, brewers, born Birchanger, Essex; Adelaide May Banks, wife, age 29, married 8 years, 3 children, all still alive, born Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire; Martha Florence May Banks, daughter, age 8, born Birchanger, Essex; Joseph John Banks, son, age 6, born Birchanger, Essex; Gwendoline Elizabeth Banks, daughter, 11 months, born Birchanger, Essex.


Enlisted Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, age 34, height 5ft 7 inches, weight 147lbs, requires dental treatment. Formerly labourer. Resided 13 Park Place, Birchanger, Essex.

28th February 1916, enlisted; 28th February 1916, to Army Reserve; 9th June 1916, mobilized; 8th October 1916, posted Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force; 9th October 1916, embarked Devonport per H.T. Huntsgreen ex H.T. Ibuttra, ex H.T. Franz Ferdinand; 2nd December 1916, disembarked Busra, No.1. Base Depot; 7th March 1917, joined Battalion in the Field; 21st July 1917, Field Ambulance, admitted; 29th July 1917, Busra, admitted Base General Hospital; 4th August 1917, ex Victoria War Hospital, to H.S.Vita bound for India.

18th February 1918, pension awarded of 22/11 a week for widow and 2 children.

Commemorated at Kirkee 1914 - 1918 Memorial, Face E, India.

19th September 1923, Records Office letter to Mrs A M Banks, 3 Council Houses, Bentfield End, Stansted, Essex - with further reference to my letter of 26th July, I have to inform you that information has been received that your late husband No.15973 Private J Banks, Royal West Kent Regiment, is buried in Sewri Cemetery, Bombay. The location of the grave is Plot 15, line "E" , grave 19. The land is the property of the Bombay Christian Burial Board.


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