The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Corporal A A F Kneller


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Corporal Arthur Albert Frederick KNELLER, L/10263, 6th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 3rd May 1917.  

Born Southwark, Surrey, son of Frederick James & Alice Kneller, 71 Sumner Road, Peckham, London, SE.


1911 Census - 35 Sydney Square, Peckham, SE - Frederick James Kneller, head, age 37, married, cabinet maker, furniture trade, worker, born Southwark, London; Alice Ellen Kneller, wife, age 37, married 15 years, 5 children, all still alive, born Brighton, Sussex; Arthur Albert Kneller, son, age 14, oil mans errand boy, born Southwark, London; Dorothy Mary Kneller, daughter, age 11, school, born born Southwark, London; Charles Henry Kneller, son, age 6, school, born Peckham, London; Lillian Maud Kneller, daughter, age 3, born Peckham, London; Elsie Charlotte Kneller, daughter, age 7 months, born Peckham, London.


15th August 1913, enlisted New Cross, 3rd Battalion, (Special Reserve), Royal West Kent Regiment, age 17 years & 7 months, height 5ft 2⅝ inches, weight 107lbs, brown eyes, dark brown hair, scar top of head, two small scars below right nipple, small scar left side of forehead and front right leg; 17th September 1913, 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 9th October 1913, 2nd Class Certificate of Education; 14th January 1914, discharged to join Regular Army.


Enlisted Maidstone, Kent, age 18 years & 7 days, height 5ft 3⅛ inches, weight 114lbs, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, scar crown of head, scar centre of back, scar above left eyebrow.  Resided Peckham, SE.  Formerly news vendor.

Home, 15th January 1914 to 7th December 1915; BEF, 8th December 1915 to 3rd May 1917.  

15th January 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 4th February 1914, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th February 1914, Dublin; 19th August 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd November 1914, awarded 28 days detention by Commanding Officer, for irregular conduct whilst a sentry at about 7.25pm; 7th July 1915, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal;  22nd August 1915, Qualified at Brigade, Signalling School, Belvedere, as 2nd Class Signaller; 8th December 1915, BEF,  posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment & embarked; 18th December 1915, joined Battalion In the Field; 10th January 1916, to 12 Infantry base Depot, unfit for further service at front; 11th January 1916, Etaples, 12 Infantry base Depot; 30th June 1916, rejoined Battalion; 12th August 1916, 37 Field Ambulance, wounded, gun shot wound shoulder & face; 12th September 1916, rejoined Battalion; 7th October 1916, appointed Acting Corporal; promoted Corporal with effect from 1st August 1916; 7th October 1916, 97 Field Ambulance, wounded; 15th October 1916, rejoined Battalion; 24th January 1917 to 3rd February 1917, granted Leave to England.

12th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Frederick James Kneller, 71 Sumner Road, Peckham, London, SE; Mother, Alice Ellen Kneller, 71 Sumner Road, Peckham, London, SE; Brothers - Charles Henry Kneller, age 14, 71 Sumner Road, Peckham, London, SE; Sisters - Elsie Charlotte Kneller, age 9, 71 Sumner Road, Peckham, London, SE; Lillian Maud Kneller, age 12, 71 Sumner Road, Peckham, London, SE; Dorothy Mary Kneller, age 20, 71 Sumner Road, Peckham, London, SE.

Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Bay 7, France.


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