The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W G Balcombe


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Private Walter George BALCOMBE, L/10562, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action or died of wounds,  France and Flanders, death presumed on or after 22nd July 1916.

Born 17th December 1889, Hawkhurst, Kent, son of Joseph Thomas & Sarah Balcombe, of Lunchfield Cottage,  Thannington, Canterbury, Kent / Lunch Farm Cottage, Thannington, Canterbury, Kent.


1911 Census - Middleton Cottages, Cranbrook, Kent - Joseph Thomas Balcombe, head, age 54, married, shepherd, born Ticehurst, Sussex; Sarah Balcombe, wife, age 54, married 22 years, 5 children, 4 still alive, born Bolton, Kent; George Walter Balcombe, son, age 21, single, carter, born Sandhurst, Kent; Sidney Thomas Balcombe, son, age 17, single, house boy, born Hawkhurst, Kent; Edith Carlcine? Balcombe, daughter, age 16, single, born Hawkhurst, Kent; Elizabeth Ann Balcombe, daughter, age 12, school, born Sandhursrt, Kent.


Enlisted Cranbrook, Kent, age 24, height 5ft 7 inches, weight 126lbs. Formerly carter. Previously rejected for military service because of a damaged finger.

Home 17th November 1914 to 28th April 1915; BEF, 29th April 1915 to 22nd July 1916.

17th November 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th November 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th April 1915, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th April 1915, Infantry Base Depot, Etaples; 3rd May 1915, joined Battalion, "B" Company; 23rd July 1915, 10 days Field Punishment No.2.; 22nd July 1916, missing.

19th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Joseph T Balcombe, Lunchfield Cottage,  Thannington; Mother, Sarah Balcombe, Lunchfield Cottage,  Thannington; Brother, Sidney Balcombe, age 27, Lunchfield Cottage,  Thannington; Sisters, Edith Balcombe, age 23?, Lunchfield Cottage,  Thannington, Elizabeth Balcombe, age 20, Lunchfield Cottage,  Thannington.

Buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Lomgueval, IX.G.10., Somme, France.

External link to Hawkhurst Roll of Honour

NOTE: Regimental History has initials as W G; Soldiers Died in the Great War has first names as Walter George; CWGC web site have initials as W C.   


Photograph provided by Geoff Poole


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