The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Sergeant W G Challis


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Sergeant Walter George CHALLIS, S/628, 8th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action,  Flanders France, death presumed on or after, 1st September 1916, age 41.

Born Maidstone, Kent.

5th February 1877, Maidstone, Kent, baptism of Walter George Challis, son of Elizabeth Challis.


1911 Census - 5 Albert Street, Maidstone, Kent - Walter Challis, head, age 35, married, papermaker, layer, born Maidstone, Kent; *Ada Challis, wife, age 36, married 14 years, 7 children, 3 still alive, born Maidstone, Kent; Walter Challis, son, age 10, school, born Maidstone, Kent; Violet Challis, daughter, age 6, born Maidstone, Kent; Ivy Challis, daughter, age 4, born Maidstone, Kent;

* Ada Challis died June 1913.


10th October 1914, Maidstone Registry Office, married Kate Emily Smith, spinster, of 15, Bedford Road, East Hill, Dartford, Kent.  

Children from previous marriage (wife deceased) - Violet May, born 2nd June 1904, Maidstone; Ivy Beatrice, born 22nd December 1906, Maidstone, Kent.

Served in Royal West Kent Regiment Territorial's, time expired.

Enlisted  Maidstone, Kent, age 37 years & 62 days, height 5ft 8 inches, weight 125 lbs, hazel eyes, brown hair. Formerly paper maker.

Home 10th September 1914 to 29th August 1915; BEF 30th August 1915 to 1st September 1916.

10th September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th September 1914, promoted to Corporal; 12th September 1914, promoted Sergeant & posted 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th August 1915, posted BEF; 23rd May 1916 - Tried by Court Marshal in the Field ; Charge - when on active service neglecting to obey Battalion orders. Finding - Guilty. Sentence - to take rank and precedence as if promotion to rank of Sergeant bore date 1.1.15. Remission if any - sentence remitted to time in confinement , 3 days; 1st September 1916, posted missing.

22nd April 1917, date when Separation Allowance of 21/2 a week & Allotment of Pay of 5/10 a week payable to widow, ceases.

23rd April 1917, pension of 25/5 awarded to widow and two children.

In 1920, widow living at 6 Bridge Terrace, Maidstone, Kent.

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


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