The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W T Bastin


Private William Thomas BASTIN, G/9564, 6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, Flanders, France, death assumed on or since 1st July 1918.

1911 Census - Sutton Pulborough - Aaron Townsend, head, age 40, married, cowman on farm, born Surrey; Mary Jane Townsend, wife, age 38, married 1 year, 1 child still alive, born Brockhamhurst, Surrey; Olive Annie Townsend, daughter, age 6 months, born Haslemere, Surrey; William Bastin, stepson, age 16, single, labourer on farm, born Redhill, Surrey; Arthur James Bastin, stepson, age 10, school, born Redhill, Surrey; George Charles Bastin, stepson, age 7, school, born Redhill, Surrey; Leonard Albert Bastin, stepson, age 5, born Ifield, Sussex.

Enlisted  Tonbridge, Kent, age 19, height 5ft ?? inches, wart on right hand. Resided Skeynes Farm Cottages, Edenbridge, Kent. Formerly farm labourer.

Next of Kin (mother) - Mrs Mary Jane Townsend,  Skeynes Farm Cottages, Edenbridge, Kent / Bailiffs Cottage, Kingsfold Place, Warnham, Horsham, Sussex / Cowmans Cottages, Deepdene, Dorking, Surrey /38 Nutley Lane, Reigate, Surrey.

Home 17th August 1915 to 2nd May 1916; BEF 3rd May 1916 to 7th October 1917; Home 8th October 1917 to 11th February 1918; BEF 12th February 1918 to 1st July 1918.

17th August 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment;  18th August 1915, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd May 1916, posted BEF; 21st September 1917, wounded, gun shot wounds legs & forearm; 27th October 1917 to 14th January 1918, posted Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham on Sea; 12th February 1918, posted BEF; 13th February 1918, embarked; 20th February 1918, joined Battalion; 1st July 1918, wounded & missing.

8th August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, dead, Step Father Aaton Townsend; Mother, M J Townsend; Brothers - A J Bastin, age 19; G E Bastin, age 16; A Bastin, age 14; Half Sisters - A C Townsend, age 9; G M Townsend, age 6.

7th September 1919, date to which separation allowance of 7/3 a week will be paid to mother.

Commemorated at  Pozieres Memorial, Panel 58 and 59, Somme, France.

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