The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W T Clark


Private  William Thomas CLARK, L/10317, 6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death assumed as 7th October  1916, age 19.

Born Deptford, Kent, son of Charles Thomas Clark and Elizabeth Clark, of 5, Gonson Place, Creek Road, Deptford, London / 5 The Orchard, Creek Road, Deptford, SE.

1911 Census - 5 The Orchard, Deptford - Charles T Clark, head, age 35, married, coal porter, born Deptford, Kent; Elizabeth Clark, wife, age 35, married 15 years, 2 children, 1 still alive, born Redhill, Surrey; William T Clark, son, age 13, school, born Deptford, Kent.

Enlisted Woolwich, Kent, age 18 years & 301 days, height 5ft 4 ¾inches, weight 114lbs, fresh complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair, small mole top of ??? both sides back of ??? right eye brow. Formerly fireman.

Home,  17th March 1914 to 7th November 1914; BEF France, 8th November 1914 to 27th December 1914; Home, 28th December 1914 to 27th April 1915; BEF France 28th April 1915 to 14th September 1915; Home, 15th September 1915 to 18th May 1916; BEF France 19th May 1916 to 7th October 1916.

17th March 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th May 1914, Maidstone, not scrubbing his canvas when ordered to do so, 7 days confined to Barracks; 8th November 1914, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 17th February 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th April 1915, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 15th September 1915, pickaxe wound, slight; 8th October 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th December 1915, deserted; 27th December 1915, to 11th January 1916, awaiting Trial; 12th January 1916, tried by General Court Martial  for when on active service deserting His Majesty's Service. Sentenced to 6 months detention. All previous service forfeited; 18th January 1916, sentenced remitted; 20th April 1916 released from Woking Detention Barracks; 19th May 1916, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 15th July 1916, deprived of 10 days pay; 29th July 1916, sprained ankle; 7th August 1916, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 7th October 1916, posted missing.

16th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Charles T Clark, 5, Gonson Place, SE8; Mother, Elizabeth Clark, 5, Gonson Place, SE8.

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

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