The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant F G W Marchant


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Second Lieutenant Francis George Wake MARCHANT,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment and 3rd Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, died of wounds, 25th October 1916, age 19.

4th March 1897, born , Chelsea, London, only Son of Francis and (Ethel) Torfrida Marchant, of Woodside, Keston, Hayes, Kent.

15th April 1897, St James, Picadilly (St James, Westminster), Westminster, London, baptism of Francis George Wake Marchant, son of Francis, (merchant), & Ethel Torfrida Baldwin Marchant, 28 Milner Street, Chelsea.

Education - In 1906, at the age of 9 he first attended Ludgrove, before moving onto Eton at the age of 15 in 1912 & Sandhurst, May 1915 to October 1915.


1911 Census - Woodside, Keston, Kent - Francis Marchant, head, age 46, married, Director of Paper Making Company, Employer, born Brenchley, Kent; Torfrida Marchant, wife, age 42, married 15 years, 5 children, all still alive, born Punjab, India; Ethel Marchant, daughter, age 12, born Bromley, Kent; Mary Marchant, daughter, age 9, born Brenchley, Kent; Phyllis Marchant, daughter, age 7, born Brenchley, Kent; Mildred Marchant, daughter, age 2, born Keston, Kent; Claire Wrightson, governess, age 21, single, governess domestic, born Margaretting, Essex; Gertrude Worsley, servant, age 28, single, nurse domestic, born Collier Street, Kent; Clara Cooper, servant, age 35, single, cook domestic, born Godmanchester, Huntingdon; Annie Anderson, servant, age 28, single, housemaid domestic, born Upper Upnor, Kent; Margaret Rose, servant, age 19, single, nursery maid domestic, born Ascot, Berkshire.


19th October 1915, Commission into Royal West Kent Regiment & seconded into Royal Flying Corps the same week; 22nd November 1915, Military School, Farnborough, qualified on Maurice Farman Biplane as a pilot; 30th March 1916, posted BEF.

22nd October 1916, Flying in Morane Saulnier, LA,A247, with 2nd Lieutenant Cecil Collins Hann, when they were brought down and 2nd Lt. Hann died that day; 25th October 1916, 2nd Lt. Marchant died of wounds.

3rd March 1917, Probate - Francis George Wake Marchant, of Woodside, Hayes Common, Kent. Second Lieutenant, Royal West Kent Regiment, died 22nd October 1916 in France on active service. Administration London 3rd March to Francis Marrchant Esquire, Effects £151 19s 7d.

Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, V. A. 11., Mericourt - L'Abbe, France,  & commemorated on the War Memorial at Hayes (St Mary Church yard),  Bromley, Kent, and on Keston War Memorial.

NOTE: Officers Died in the Great War gives date of death as 25th October 1916; CWGC web site shows it as 22nd October 1916.

Website dedicated to the memory of Francis George Wake Marchant


London Gazette 19th October 1915.

War Office, 19th October, 1915. REGULAR FORCES.

The under mentioned Gentlemen Cadets, from the Royal Military College, to be Second Lieutenants. Dated 20th October, 1915.

The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment - Francis George Wake Marchant.

London Gazette 24th January 1916

ESTABLISHMENTS. ROYAL FLYING CORPS. Military Wing.

The under mentioned appointments are made. Flying Officers. Dated 6th January, 1916.

Second Lieutenant F. G. W. Marchant, The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), and to be seconded.


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