The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Sergeant H Cussens


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Serjeant Harold CUSSENS,  G/18243,  11th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, Rouen, Flanders France, 14th October 1916, age 21.

Born, St Peters, Sheffield, Yorkshire, son of Robert and Sarah Jane Cussens, of 42 Bentley Road, Walkley, Sheffield, Yorkshire / 196, Western Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire.

1911 Census - 77 Broad Lane, Sheffield - Robert Cussens, head, age 62, married, grocer & beer retailer, own account, born Dry Doddington, Lincolnshire; Sarah Jane Cussens, wife, age 55, married 33 years, 10 children, 7 still alive, born Sheffield, Yorkshire; William Cussens, son, age 27, single, clerk, die sinker & stamper,  born Sheffield, Yorkshire; Fred Cussens, son, age 24, single, clerk, steel manufacturer,  born Sheffield, Yorkshire; Harold Cussens, son, age 16, single, clerk, brewery,  born Sheffield, Yorkshire; Frank Coussens, son, age 16, single, grocers apprentice, wholesale grocer,  born Sheffield, Yorkshire; Dora Cussens, daughter, age 15, single,  born Sheffield, Yorkshire.

Previously served with West Riding Divisional Engineers, Territorial Force.

Enlisted  Sheffield, Yorkshire, age 20 years & 2 months, height 5ft 7¾ inches. Resided 42 Bentley Road, Walkley, Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formerly insurance clerk.

Home 17th December 1914 to 29th August 1916; BEF 30th August 1916 to 14th October 1916.

17th December 1914, enlisted & posted 17th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers; 30th December 1914, appointed Lance Corporal; 23rd April 1915, promoted Corporal; 3rd August 1915, posted 27th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers; 2nd October 1915, appointed paid Lance Sergeant; 6th May 1916, promoted to Sergeant; 21st August 1916, drunk in Lingo? Park at about 9.45pm, severely reprimanded; 30th August 1916, posted BEF; 1st September 1916, embarked; 2nd September 1916, joined 39th Infantry Base Depot, posted to 22nd Royal Fusiliers, Service No.1381; 13th September 1916, transferred to 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th September 1916, joined Battalion; 14th October 1916, 9 General Hospital, Rouen, died of wounds, gun shot wound, left thigh.

16th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Robert Cussens, 196, Western Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire; Mother, Sarah Jane Cussens, 196, Western Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire; Brothers - William Cussens, age 35, 23 Dovercourt? Road, Sheffield; Fred Cussens, age 32, Carscroft near Doncaster; Frank Cussens, age 24, 196, Western Road, Sheffield; Sisters - Annie Elizabeth Mower?, age 38, 43, Hangingwater Road, Sheffield; Dora Cussens, age 23, 196, Western Road, Sheffield.

Buried at St Sever Cemetery, B. 14. 18., Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

NOTE: Regimental History & Soldiers Died in the Great War show last name as CUSSINS: CWGC website shows it as CUSSENS.

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