The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J R Childs


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Private James Rowland CHILDS, G/11421, 6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death assumed on or since, 3rd May  1917, age 22.

Born Buckland, Surrey, son of James & Eliza Ellen Childs, of Sandpit Cottages, Buckland, Betchworth, Surrey.


1911 Census - Sandpit Cottages, Buckland, Betchworth, Surrey - James Child, head, age 63, married, stationary engineman, lime works, born Westcott; Eliza Child, wife, age 56, married 36 years, 6 children, 4 still alive, born Bethcworth; Walter Child, son, age 29, single, cowman on gentleman's farm, born Buckland; Harriet Child, daughter, age 27, single, cook domestic, born Buckland; Sidney Child, son, age 25, single, gardener, gentleman's estate, born Buckland; James Child, son, age 17, single, butchers boy, born Buckland; William Sadler, nephew, age 40, single, farm labourer, born Betchworth.


Enlisted London, SW, age 22, height 6ft, weight 145lbs, ????located? , little finger left hand. Resided Sandpit Cottages, Buckland, Surrey. Formerly butcher.

Home 29th November 1915 to 5th January 1917; BEF 6th January 1917 to 3rd May 1917.

29th November 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st December 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th March 1916, Fort Darland, absent from 3.30pm Parade, 7 days confined to Barracks; 29th May 1916, Belvedere Camp, having his bedding in a verminous condition, 7 days confined to Barracks; 9th June 1916, Belvedere Camp, lying in bed 15 minutes after Reveille, 3 days confined to Barracks; 19th July 1916 to 22nd August 1916, Fort Pitt Hospital, Chatham, scabies; 6th January 1917, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd May 1917, posted missing.

27th August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, James Reuben Childs, Sandpit Cottages, Buckland, Betchworth, Surrey; Mother, Ellen Eliza Childs, Sandpit Cottages, Buckland, Betchworth, Surrey; Brothers - Harvey Childs, age 39, 23 Sussex Road, Tonbridge, Kent; Walter E Childs, age 37, Sandpit Cottages, Buckland, Betchworth, Surrey; Sidney Childs, age 33, Sandpit Cottages, Buckland, Betchworth, Surrey; Sister - Harriet Rose Wanstall, age 35, Brookham Park Cott, Gadbrook, Surrey; Nephews - William Walter Childs, age 6, 23 Sussex Road, Tonbridge, Kent; Robert Childs, age 3, 23 Sussex Road, Tonbridge, Kent; Leslie Wanstall, age 4, Brookham Park Cott, Gadbrook, Surrey.

Commemorated at  Arras Memorial, Bay 7, Pas de Calais, France.


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