The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Corporal A W Meggs


Corporal Alfred William MEGGS, G/1147, 7th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, Flanders France, 3rd October 1916, age 20. 

1886 January, born Bromley, Kent, son of Joseph Benjamin and Kathleen Meggs, of 75, Brightfield Road, Lee, London.

1911 Census - 18 Raglan Road, Bromley, Kent - Joseph Benjamin Meggs, head, age 53, widower, married 30 years, 12 children, 10 still alive, plumber, worker, born Deptford, Kent; Walter Meggs, son, age 24, single, labourer plumber, worker, born Bromley, Kent; Lilly Meggs, daughter, age 21, single, born Bromley, Kent; Alfred William Meggs, son, age 15, single, shop boy, hairdressers, worker, born Bromley, Kent; Hilda May Meggs, daughter, age 13, school, born Bromley, Kent; Nellie Meggs, daughter, age 9, born Bromley, Kent; Elizabeth Mary Pattinger, sister, age 46, married 23 years, 1 child, still alive, born Borough of London; George Pattinger, nephew, age 2, born Ogbourn, Wilshire.

Enlisted Lewisham, Kent, age 19 years & 211 days, height 5ft 7⅛ inches.  Resided Lee, Kent. Formerly grocers assistant.

3rd September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 6th September 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th October 1914, posted 9th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd November 1914, Chatham, absent from Church Parade 9.15am, 3 days confined to Barracks; 23rd November 1914, Chatham, absent from Defaulters Roll Call at 9.15pm, 2 days confined to Barracks; 14th January 1915, Chatham, absent 12.00 midnight 13th January 1915 to 12.45 14th January 1915, admonished, forfeits 1 days pay; 11th August 1915, posted BEF & 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th August 1915, embarked; 24th August 1915, 18 Infantry Base Depot, attached 12 Entrenching Battalion; 18th September 1915, joined 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, In the Field; 13th July 1916, promoted Corporal.

2nd August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Joseph Benjamin Meggs, 75, Brightfield Road, Lee, SE; Mother, none; Brothers - Walter Meggs, age 33, 16? Addison Road, Bromley, Kent; Benjamin Meggs, age 29?, somewhere at Swanley, Kent; Charles John Meggs, age 26, 75 Brockley Rise; Sisters - Kate E Thomas, age 38, 75 Brockley Rise; Hilda May Meggs, age 21, somewhere in Bromley, Kent; Nellie Meggs, age 17, 27 Montague Square, London.

Note from J B Meggs - There is 3 other daughters Winifred Fry?, Australia: Rose Kitson, address not known; Lilly Boniface, address not known.

Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11C, France / Bromley War Memorial.

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