The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Captain C E Malpass



Captain Charles Edward MALPASS, 11th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, (attached 28th Battalion, London Regiment - Artists' Rifles), (formerly Royal Garrison Artillery, Acting Bombardier),  killed in action, ( almost instantaneously by a stray machine gun bullet while leading his Company), 8th October 1918, age 23.

Son of Charles M. and Edith Malpass, of Leybourne, Kent.

1907 to 1911, Educated at Skinners School, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Cadet in the School Corps.

1911 Census - 34 North Farm Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - Charles Maurice Malpass, head, age 43, married, Head Teacher, Kent County Council, born Oldbury on Severn, Gloucestershire; Edith Malpass, wife, age 40, married 17 years, 1 child, still alive, assistant teacher, born Woodlesford, Yorkshire; Charles Edward Malpass, son, age 16, student engineering, born Leybourne, Kent.

At the age of 17 Charles entered as apprentice engineer with Messrs Denny & Co, the celebrated shipbuilders and engineers at Dumbarton. While there he was often engaged in Government work, and at the time of the declaration of war was engaged on the steam trials of HMS Legion, which played such a prominent part in the battle of Heligoland. 

Soon after taking up residence in Scotland Charles joined the Clyde Royal Garrison Artillery, in which he was soon promoted to Bombadier. From the outbreak of the war he took up duty with his regiment at Portkill Battery, at the entrance to the Clyde, protecting that important estuary from the approach of German submarines and other hostile craft. 

31st May 1915, Commissioned.

2nd May 1916, posted BEF.

Since leaving for the Front on May 1st 1916, Second Lieutenant Malpass had seen very severe fighting on the Somme. He was in charge of a trench mortar battery, and in the charge of the 15th of September (the day he was wounded) he was using a Lewis Gun. Soon after leaving the front line trench he was hit in the shoulder by a piece of shell, which ploughed its way through the flesh and out again without touching the bone. He went into a shell hole and was dressed by one of the men, after which he went up again, caught the others up and went on fighting and advancing with the rest until after about 1 and a half hours he was again hit on the left side of his head by a piece of spent shell, and rendered unconscious for about ten minutes. When he came to himself he felt much shaken and weakened from the loss of blood, so he made his way back to the dressing station. From there he was sent to Rouen for one night, and then on to England, arriving at Reading on September 19th.

28th February 1919, Probate - Charles Edward Malpass, of Leybourne, Tunbridge Wells. Captain 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, died 8th October 1918, in France. Administration London 28th February, to Charles Maurice Malpass, schoolmaster. Effects £224 0s 4d.

Buried at Rumilly-en-Cambresis Communal Cemetery Extension, I. B. 2., France. Commemorated on Dumbarton War Memorial. / Southborough War Memorial.


London Gazette 22nd March 1916

The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). The under mentioned temporary Second Lieutenants, from a Reserve Battalion, to be temporary Second Lieutenants. Dated 11th March, 1916, but with seniority from the dates specified against their names.

Charles E. Malpass. 31st May, 1915.

London Gazette 17th August 1917.

Royal West Kent Regiment - The under mentioned to be acting Captains while commanding Companies:

Temporary 2nd Lieutenant  C.E.Malpass - 29th June 1917.

London Gazette 1st October 1917.

Royal West Kent Regiment. - The under mentioned to be temporary Lieutenants: Temporary 2nd Lieutenant (acting Captain) C E Malpass - 6 March 1917.

London Gazette 10th October 1917.

Royal West Kent Regiment. - Temporary Lieutenant C. E. Malpass relinquishes the acting rank of Captain on ceasing to command a Company -  20 July 1917.

London Gazette 11th January 1919.

His majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the following awards to the under mentioned Officers and Warrant Officers in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field:


Temporary Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Charles Edward Malpass, 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, attached 1/28th Battalion, London Regiment.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Whilst in command of a company this officer rendered great service in clearing up the situation by personal reconnaissance under heavy fire. Throughout the day his coolness and determination inspired the men in the attack.

London Gazette 30th December 1919


In pursuance of “The Regimental Debts Acts 1893” notice is hereby given that there is available for distribution amongst the Next of Kin or others entitled the sum of money set opposite to the name of each of the deceased Officers, and Soldiers and Airmen named in the lists which are published with this notice in the London Gazette and the “Army List” and are also to be seen at the Regimental Depots throughout the United Kingdom.

Applications from persons supposing themselves entitled as Next of Kin should be addressed by letter to Secretary, War Office, Imperial Institute, South Kensington, London, SW7 and marked outside “Effects”

War Office December 30th  1919                                                               R H BRADE

List CCCCCXXX of the names of deceased Officers and Soldiers whose Personal Estate is held for distribution amongst the Next of Kin or others entitled - Effects 1918-1919.

Malpass C E, Acting Captain, Royal West Kent Regiment.        £12    9s    9d

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