The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Sergeant J T Witherden


Sergeant John Thomas WITHERDEN, G/416, 6th Battalion, "C" Company, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment.

Born 10th July 1889, Hundred of Hoo, Rochester, Kent, enlisted 29th August 1914, Tonbridge, Kent. Height 5' 7", blue eyes, fair hair. Formerly a gamekeeper to the Right Honourable Lord Hollanden, Hall Place, Lyghe, Tonbridge, Kent . Posted to France 1st June 1915 to 10th April 1917 & 1st September 1917 to 23rd January 1918.

Next of kin, mother, Ellen Witherden, East Mountain, Kennington, Ashford, Kent & father George Witherden, Quex Park Farm, Birchington, Thanet, Kent.

Admitted to hospital 2nd October 1915 with influenza / myalgia. Wounded 15th October 1916, gun shot wound calf and right arm. Wounded left knee, in Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington, 11th April to 22nd May 1917. From 24th January 1918, in Pitt Military hospital then at Higham, 28th January to 20th March 1918 with gun shot wound, right arm &  right buttock. In General Hospital, Cambridge, 25th November to 12th December 1918 with scabies.

Promoted to Lance Corporal, 23rd March 1915, Corporal 15th April 1916, Sergeant 8th July 1916.

Posted to Central Instructors School, Berkhampstead, for duty, 29th October 1918 to 3rd January 1919. Attached to Garrison Officer Cadet Battalion, Cambridge, 4th January to 6th March 1919. Demobolised 7th March 1919.

Address given for leave following hospitalisation, was East Mountain, Kennington, Ashford, Kent, between 22nd March & 31st March 1918,

AWARDS: MM (according to Regimental History was a Corporal at the time). Not shown on Medal Card and cannot find in London Gazette. Within service papers there is a receipt for MM dated 14th August 1917.

Note: Regimental History show initials as C J

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