The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Sergeant T H Skipper



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Serjeant Thomas Henry SKIPPER, 201103, 8th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, 4 London General Hospital, Denmark Hill, 20th October 1918.

Born Redhill, Surrey, son of Robert & Minnie Skipper.

1911 Census - 4 Golding Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - Robert Skipper, head, age 49, married, hawker fish, worker, born Wales; Minnie Skipper, wife, age 42, married 22 years, 10 children, 8 still alive, charwoman. worker, born Redhill; Thomas Skipper, son, age 21, single, butcher, worker, born Tunbridge Wells; Mary Skipper, daughter, age 16, single, at home, born Tunbridge Wells; Clear Skipper, daughter, age 9, born Tunbridge Wells; Dolly Skipper, daughter, age 7, born Tunbridge Wells; Kate Skipper, daughter, age 5, born Tunbridge Wells; George Skipper, son, age 2, born Tunbridge Wells; Edieth Skipper, daughter, age 1, born Tunbridge Wells; Frederick Love, boarder, age 34, single, labourer, worker, born Tunbridge Wells.

Enlisted Maidstone, Kent.  Resided Linden Gardens, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

11th August 1917, St Andrew, Croydon, Surrey, Thomas Henry Skipper, age 24, bachelor, Sergeant R.W.Kent Regiment, 4 Hill Place, Croydon, father Robert Skipper, deceased, married *Frances Ellen Gorham, age 23, spinster, 4 Hill Place, Croydon, father ?????? Gorham, Head Gardener. *born 9 November 1893.

Children - Thomas Edwin Skipper, born 21st November 1918.

Buried at Tunbridge Wells Cemetery, C. 13. 554., Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Commemorated Tunbridge Wells War Memorial.


London Gazette 10th January 1920.

His Majesty The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the under mentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, and Men, for gallantry and distinguished service in the Field:

Serjeant T H SKIPPER, 201103, 8th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment. (Tunbridge Wells).

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty from the 24th to 26th of September 1918, when his platoon formed an advanced post north-west of Lens. He repelled several raids, and when his left post was heavily shelled he withdrew it down a trench some 20 or 30 yards. As soon as the enemy advanced he opened fire with rifle grenades, and with another N.C.O. and man worked round the left flank and restored the situation.

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