The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W Chatfield


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Private Walter CHATFIELD,  G/17792,  "B" Company, 6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, (received at Vimy on 9th April 1917), at No.8. Casualty Clearing Station, Flanders France, at 3.00am, 11th April 1917.

Born 19th September 1880, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, son of Arthur Chatfield and his wife Ellen (Helen), (daughter of  William Burtenshaw), of 2 Layton Terrace, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.

16th November 1907, Preston Brighton, Sussex, married Emmeline Annie Scrace, spinster, (daughter of the late John Scrace of Brighton, Sussex), of 37, North Road, Preston, Brighton, Sussex. ex.

Children - Elsie Chatfield, born 29th December 1909, Preston, Brighton, Sussex;  Leslie Chatfield, born 26th January 1914, Sevenoaks, Kent.


1911 Census - 38 Middle Road, Preston, Brighton, Sussex - Walter Chatfield, head, age 30, married, domestic gardener, born Hurstpierpoint, Sussex; Emmeline Annie Chatfield, wife, age 32, married 3 years, 1 child, born Brighton, Sussex; Elsie Chatfield, daughter, age 1, born Preston, Sussex.


Enlisted Sevenoaks, Kent, age 36 years & 3 months, height 5ft 7⅛ inches, weight 137lbs. Resided The Lodge, Oakhill House, Sevenoaks, Kent. Formerly gardener for 10 years to the late M P Castle, JP, Oakhill House, Sevenoaks, Kent.

Home 26th November 1915 to 2nd October 1916; BEF 3rd October 1916 to 11th April 1917.

26th November 1915, enlisted; 26th November 1915, to Army Reserve; 21st June 1916, mobilized & posted 27th Reserve Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, Service No.3273; 1st September 1916, posted 103 Training Reserve; 3rd October 1916, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment; 6th October 1916, embarked; 18th October 1916, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment & joined Battalion In the Field; 9th April 1917, wounded; 11th April 1917, No.8. Casualty Clearing Station, died of wounds, shell wound back & chest.

An officer wrote: "Chatfield always struck one as being an essentially plucky man, and a splendid chap, and really fine work in the trenches. As 9th April 1917 was the date of Vimy, your husband must have died the finest death of all, whilst taking German trenches." 

3rd June 1916,  widow now living at 40 Middle Road, Preston, Brighton, Sussex, late of The Lodge, Oakhill House, Sevenoaks, Kent.

Buried at  Duisans British Cemetery, I.M.3., Etrun,  Pas de Calais, France.


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