The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J Clifton


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Private John  CLIFTON, G/16555, 6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 17th July 1917, age 40.

Born Tonbridge, Kent, son of John & Fanny Clifton, both deceased.

29th July 1905, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, married Emily Thompsett, spinster, of 138, Vale Road, Tonbridge, Kent.

Children - Francis Elizabeth Clifton, born 18th January 1910, Burwash; William Henry Clifton, born 17th December 1911, Burwash; Albert Clifton, 20th March 1913, born Burwash; Sophia Clifton, born 26th September 1914, Burwash.

Formerly served in 3rd Royal West Kent Regiment, 5 years.

Enlisted  Maidstone, Kent, age 36 years & 4 months, height 5ft 5 inches.  Resided 138, Vale Road, Tonbridge, Kent. Formerly carman.

15th July 1916, enlisted; 26th December 1916, Fort Horsted, overstaying pass from midnight until 8.00am on 28th, deprived 2 days pay, forfeits 2 days pay; 21st January 1917, embarked; 22nd January 1917, joined Battalion "D" Company, In the Field.

Separation Allowance 27/6 a week Allotment of Pay 3/6 a week.

1917 December Quarter, Tonbridge Registration District, Emily Clifton married Alfred Akehurst.

4th February 1918, pension awarded  of 15/- a week for widow, and four children. 10th April 1918, Remarriage Gratuity awarded of £35 .15 less £1 1s 5d over issue of Separation Allowance.

25th May 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Emily Akehurst, 138, Vale Road, Tonbridge, Kent; Children - Francis Elizabeth Clifton, born 18th January 1910; William Henry Clifton, born 17th December 1911; Albert Clifton, 20th March 1913; Sophia Clifton, born 26th September 1914; Sisters - Ka1te Small?, age 28, Wadhurst; Lizzie Fennell?, age 31, Burwash; Sally Thompsett, age 38, Five Ashes; Sophia Thompsett, age 41, High Brooms.

Buried at Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, V.C.12., Haucourt, Pas de Calais, France.

* on 1911 Census family listed as HOLMES


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