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Private J W Croft


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Private James William CROFT, L/10680,  6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death assumed as 14th October 1917, age 22. 

Born 17th May 1894, Tenterden, Kent, son of John (deceased) & Sarah Croft, of Snaggs Lane/Cackett Lane, Cudham, Sevenoaks, Kent.


1911 Census - Folly Hill Farm, Cranbrook, Kent - John Croft, head, age 52, married, waggoner on farm, farmer, born Burwash, Sussex; Sarah Croft, wife, age 42, married 20 years, 8 children, all still alive, house duties, born Tenterden, Kent; Florence Croft, daughter, age 18, single, house duties, born Tenterden, Kent; James Croft, son, age 17, single, groom domestic, farmer, born Tenterden, Kent; Charles Croft, son, age 16, single, waggoners mate, farmer, born Tenterden, Kent; Alice Croft, daughter, age 13, school, born Tenterden, Kent; Frederick Croft, son, age 11, school, born Rye, Sussex; Ernest Croft, son, age 9, school, born Rye, Sussex; Grace Croft, daughter, age 8, school, born Rye, Sussex; Bertie Croft, son, age 6, school, born Rye, Sussex.


Enlisted  Maidstone, Kent, height 5ft 4 inches, weight 121lbs, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair.  Resided Downe, Kent. Formerly farm labourer.

Home, 22nd February 1915 to 31st June 1915; BEF France 22nd June 1915 to 24th November 1915; Home, 25th November 1915 to 18th May 1916; BEF France, 19th May 1916 to 11th July 1916; Home, 12th July 1916 to 22nd May 1917; BEF France 23rd May 1917 to 14th October 1917.

22nd February 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd February 1915, posted 3rd battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd June 1915, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th November 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 25th January 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 21st February 1916, Fort Darland, irregular conduct whilst on sentry on Fort Twydall Guard, 10 days confined to Barracks; 19th May 1916, posted BEF & 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th July 1916 appendicitis, transferred to England, Hospital Ship St Denis, ex 8 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux; 12th July 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th September 1916 to 14th October 1916, Seaside Convalescent Seaford Sussex; 14th October 1916 to 21st November 1916, Eastbourne Military Hospital; 15th January 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 4th February 1917, Colchester, absent from 9.30pm until 5.00pm? on 5th February, 4 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 2 days pay; 23rd May 1917, posted BEF & embarked; 8th June 1917, posted "D" Company, 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th October 1917, posted missing.

 13th JUne 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, John Croft; Mother, Sarah Croft; Brothers - Frederick George Croft, age 19; Ernest Henry Croft, age 17; Bert Croft, age 14;  Sisters - Florence Kate Croft, age 28; Alice Maude Croft, age 21; Grace Ellen Croft, age 16.

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

see Pte C E Croft brother


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