The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Sergeant A Boakes


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Serjeant Arthur BOAKES, G/21043, (L/5866), 6th   Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action Friday 9th August 1918.

Born Tonbridge, Kent.

1905, March Quarter, Hollingbourn Registration District, married Margaret Ellen M Mannering.


1911 Census - Broughton Farm, Watery Lane, Heversham, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent - Arthur Boakes, head, age 29, married, shepherd, dairy farmer, worker, born Leigh, Kent; Margaret Ellen Matilda Boakes, wife, age 27, married 6 years, 3 children, 2 still alive, born Sutton, Kent; Dorithy Lilyian May Boakes, daughter, age 3, born Tonbridge, Kent; Ethel Florence Boakes, daughter, age 1or 7 months, born Tonbridge, Kent.

Entry crossed through - Gladis Ethel Mascot? Boakes, daughter, born Leeds, Maidstone, Kent - Dead.


Enlisted Tonbridge, Kent.

23rd December 1915, posted BEF.

Buried at  Ville-sur-Ancre Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France, grave B 14.


Commemorated on Tonbridge War Memorial - Tonbridge War Memorial - The original World War I memorial at the Junction of Pembury Road and Quarry Hill. The names were later re-inscribed in the new Memorial Garden in Bradford Street. 

From Tonbridge History - Arthur Boakes [brother of Richard Daniel] was born at Leigh in 1882, the son of George and Marie Boakes, and recorded as living at Powdermill cottages. By the time of the 1901 census he was serving with the Royal West Kent Regiment. In 1905 he married Margaret Ellen Matilda Mannering and in 1911 was working as a shepherd at Broughton Farm, Kemsing. Following the outbreak of war he was back with the Royal West Kents, serving as Sergeant 21043 in the 6th Battalion. He went to France on 23rd December 1915 and was killed in action on 9th August 1918; he is buried at Ville-Sur-Ancre.


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