The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W Cripps


Private William CRIPPS, L/6252, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 3rd September 1916.

Born Smithfield, London, Middlesex, son of Daniel & Catherine Cripps, of 7, West Place, Chapel St., Islington, London. One brother.

6th September 1899, London, enlisted into Militia, Service No.2669, age 17 years & 6 months, height 5ft 2¾ inches, weight 108lbs, fair complexion, blue eyes, auburn hair. Formerly horsekeeper.

7th August 1901, enlisted  London, Middlesex, age 20, height 5ft 3¾ inches, weight 118lbs, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, dot right forearm, freckles all over body.  Still serving in Royal West Kent Militia. Resided 19 Chapel Street, Islington, N. Formerly carman.

Home, 7th August 1901 to 31st August 1902; South Africa, 1st September 1902 to 4th November 1902; Ceylon, 5th November 1902 to 31st January 1905; Home, 1st February 1905 to 9th February 1906; Ceylon, 10th February 1906 to 11th November 1906; Singapore, 12th November 1906 to 6th December 1908; India 7th December 1908 to 8th October 1912; Home, 9th October 1912 to 6th August 1913.

Awarded Queens South African Medal & Clasp, 1901-1902.

Home, 8th September 1913 to 13th August 1914; BEF France, 14th August 1914 to 29th September 1914; Home, 30th September 1914 to 11th May 1915; BEF France, 12th May 1915 to 3rd September 1916.

7th August 1901, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd August 1901, posted Provisional Battalion; 1st September 1901, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd February 1905, transferred to Reserve; 27th July 1905, rejoined Colours from Army Reserve; 11th August 1905, Maidstone, drunk returning to Barracks, about ??.20pm when employed on Regimental Police, 8 days confined to Barracks, returned to Duty; 26th August 1905, Maidstone, drunk in town about 9.15pm, 10 days confined to Barracks; 2nd September 1905, posted Provisional Battalion; 10th February 1906, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th November 1906, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th May 1909, awarded 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 2nd October 1910, Ebong, drunk in Barracks about 10.10pm, fined 5/-; 5th November 1910, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 23rd June 1911, drinking in the Corporals Room 2nd North Staffordshire Regiment about 3.40pm, reprimanded; 8th September 1911, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 25th June 1912, Peshawar, deprived of strip for being in bed after Reveille; 12th October 1912, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 6th August 1913, discharged, 1st period of engagement;

8th August 1913, re-enlisted; 5th August 1914, mobilized; 6th August 1914, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 21st September 1914, wounded, gun shot wounds legs; 30th September 1914, to England; 30th September 1914, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th May 1915, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th May 1915, 5 Infantry Base Depot; 15th May 1915, joined Battalion, "D" Company.

29th May 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Daniel Cripps, 7, West Place, Chapel Street; Mother, Catherine Cripps 7, West Place, Chapel Street; Brother - Daniel Cripps, age 40, 523, Liverpool Road, Holloway?

Commemorated at  Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11C, Somme, France.

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