The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W J Bacon


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Private William John BACON, 241691, 6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders, France, death assumed on or after, 14th October  1917, age 43. 

1875, born Bethnal Green, Middlesex, son of the late William and Matilda Bacon;

13th January 1901, Bethnal Green, married Mary Jones, spinster, of 124, Ravenscroft Buildings, Bethnal Green, London.

Children - Matilda Elizabeth born 19th May 1901, Shoreditch; Henry Bacon, born 22nd August 1904, Bethnal Green; Walter Bacon, born 26th August 1910, Bethnal Green; John Edward Bacon, born 25th January 1913, Bethnal Green.


1911 Census - 180 Ravenscroft Buildings - William Bacon, head, age 36, married, overmantle maker, born, North London; Mary Bacon, wife, age 36, married 11 years, 6 children, 3 still alive, born Bethnal Green, London; Lizzie Bacon, daughter, age 10, born Shoreditch; Henry Bacon, son, age 7, born Bethnal Green; Walter Bacon, son, age 7 months, born Bethnal Green.


Enlisted Bethnal Green, Middlesex, age 40, height 5ft 3 inches, weight 138lbs, burn scar right upper arm. Formerly cabinet maker.

Home, 11th December 1915 to 11th September 1917; BEF, 12th September 1917 to 14th October 1917.

Qualified Lewis Gunner.

11th December 1915, enlisted; 12th September 1915, to Army Reserve; 5th September 1916, mobilized & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th September 1916, posted 2/5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th September 1917, Folkestone, embarked for France; 12th September 1917, disembarked in France; 12th September 1917, 40 Infantry Base Depot, posted to 3/4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th September 1917, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th October 1917, reported missing.

8th JUne 1918, Pension of 29/7 a week for widow and three children.

Statement of Relatives 27th November ?1919- Widow, Mary Bacon, 124, Ravenscroft Buildings; Children, Matilda Elizabeth born 19th May 1901, 124, Ravenscroft Buildings, Henry Bacon, born 22nd August 1904, 124, Ravenscroft Buildings, Walter Bacon, born 26th August 1910, 124, Ravenscroft Buildings, John Edward Bacon, born 25th January 1913, 124, Ravenscroft Buildings; Father, William Bacon, age 74, 48 Hoxton Square; Brother, Walter Bacon, age 40, 86 Queens Road, Dalston; Sisters, Matilda Newman, age 48, 86 Queens Road, Dalston, Annie Lancaster, age 46, 45 Lenthale Road, Dalston; Nephews, Joseph Lancaster, age 25, 45 Lenthale Road, Dalston, Henry Lancaster, age 21, 45 Lenthale Road, Dalston, Walter Newman, age 18, 86 Queens Road, Dalston.

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


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