The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Pte W G Langham


Private Walter George LANGHAM, L/7935, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, at 3 Mallett Road, Hither Green, SE13,  3rd May 1917, age 31.

Born Dulwich, London, Surrey, enlisted 5th November 1904, New Cross, SE, age 19, height 5ft 3 inches, weight 122lbs, resided Lee, SE / 3 Mallett Road, Hither Green, SE13.  Formerly farm / factory labourer.

Son of the late Harry and Mrs. Langham, 24 Dacre Street, Lee, Kent.

Home, 5th November 1904 to 3rd November 1905; Hong Kong, 4th November 1905 to 27th November 1906; Singapore, 28th November 1916 to 27th December 1908; India, 28th December 1908 to 27th December 1912; Home, 28th December 1912 to 25th August 1914; BEF, 26th August 1914 to 3rd September 1916; Home, 4th September 1916 to 10th May 1917.

5th November 1904, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 15th February 1905, posted Provisional Battalion; 4th November 1905, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 21st January 1907, forfeits pay; 21st January 1907 to 10th April 1907, Singapore Hospital, syphilis; 1st July 1907, awarded 10 days detention by Commanding Officer, when a sentry in charge of hospital patients, allowing one to escape; 11th July 1907, to Duty on completion of sentence; 11th October 1907, forfeits pay; 11th October 1907 to 20th November 1907, Singapore Hospital, syphilis; 28th December 1907 to 3rd January 1908, Singapore Hospital, effects of the heat; 30th December 1912, transferred to Army Reserve on return from India; 5th August 1914, mobilized; 6th August 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th August 1914, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th August 1916, wounded, gun shot wound, left arm, compound fracture; 4th September 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd September 1916 to 4th January 1917, Westminster Hospital, London, gun shot wound, left arm, compound fracture; 4th January 1917 to 23rd March 1917, American Hospital for English Soldiers, Caen Wood, Highgate, London; 10th May 1917, transferred to Army Reserve Class "P".

3rd May 1917, pension, 19/3 a week for 26 weeks. Medical report, in action 28th August 1916, Guillemont. Hit in left arm by machine, humerus fractured & splintered. Is well united but the radial nerve was involved in callus. In good health & well nourished. The hand at present is practically useless. Cannot handle a rifle & is unfit to perform the duties of a soldier. Permanent, prevents ½.

Soldier died before he was discharged or awarded a Silver War Badge.

10th May 1917, discharged  as "no longer physically fit for War Service" due to wounds. Silver War Badge issued.

Commemorated at Lewisham (Ladywell)  Cemetery, Screen Wall. D. 3183., United Kingdom.

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