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Corporal J King


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Corporal John KING, G/10028, "D" Company, 11th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, (fracture at base of skull), 2 Casualty Clearing Station, France, 23rd April 1917.

Born Camberwell, SE, son of Joseph Thomas and Charlotte King, of 9 Scipio Street, Peckham, SE.

25th September 1904, St Peter, Islington, Clerkenwell, John King, age 21, bachelor, carman, 10 Corporation Road, father, Joseph Thomas King, labourer, married Ada Selina Bennett, age 23, spinster, 25 St John Street Road, father, James Bennnet, dead, cellarman.

Children - Herbert Sidney John King, born 28th March 1906, Camberwell; Edith Selina King, born 1st October 1907, Bermondsey; Daisy Alice King, born 14th May 1909, Bermondsey; Charlotte King, born 20th April 1913, Camberwell; Kathleen Elizabeth King, born 27th March 1916, Sydenham.


1911 Census - 246 Underhill Road, East Dulwich, London SE - John King, head, age 28, married, bricklayers labourer, building, worker, born Camberwell, London; Ada Selina King, wife, age 30, married 6 years, 3 children, all still alive, born Blackfriars, London; Herbert Sidney John King, son, age 5, school part time, born Camberwell, London; Edith Selina King, daughter, age 3, born Southwark, London; Daisy Alice King, daughter, age 2, born Southwark, London; *Doris Irene King, daughter, age 3 months, born Camberwell, London.

* died 1913 September, West Ham Registration District.


Enlisted 20th September 1915, Lewisham, SE, age 32 years & 290 days, height 5ft 5½ inches, weight 127lbs, tattoo mark flowers, left arm.  Resided 3 Pearcefield Avenue, Davids Road, Forest Hill, SE. Formerly stevedore.

Home, 20th September 1915 to 2nd May 1916; BEF, 3rd May 1916 to 8th July 1916; Home, 9th July 1916 to 18th September 1916; BEF, 19th September 1916 to 23rd April 1917.

20th September 1915, enlisted & posted 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, joined at Lewisham, requires dental treatment; 30th September 1915, 1st inoculation; 9th October 1915, 2nd inoculation; 28th October 1915, vaccinated; 4th December 1915, artificial dentures fitted; 4th February 1916, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 1st March 1916, promoted Corporal; 2nd May 1916, Southampton, embarked; 3rd May 1916, posted BEF; 3rd May 1916, Havre, disembarked; 7th July 1916, 138 Field Ambulance, wounded in action, unconscious after being hit by sand bags, due to shell explosions, headaches & nervous; 9th July 1916, 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne; to England, Hospital Ship, Martino; 9th July 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th July 1916 to 8th August 1916, War Hospital, Bradford; 18th August 1916, posted 12th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st September 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 19th September 1916, embarked / disembarked; 19th September 1916, Infantry Base, Etaples; 30th September 1916, posted 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st October 1916, joined 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st November 1916, admitted 35 General Hospital, Calais, shell shock; 10th December 1916, arrived at 40 Infantry Base Etaples; 15th December 1916, rejoined Battalion In the Field; 23rd April 1917, 2 Casualty Clearing Station, died of wounds, gun shot wounds, fracture at base of skull.

16th May 1917, Separation allowance of 34/- a week & Allotment of Pay of 3/6 a week payable to Mrs Ada Selina King. 

5th November 1917, pension of 32/6 a week awarded to widow and five children.

9th June 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Ada Selena Bennett, spinster, of 3, Pearcefield Avenue, Forest Hill; Children - Herbert Sidney John KING, 28th March 1906, Camberwell, 3, Pearcefield Avenue, Forest Hill;  Edith Selina King, 1st October 1907, Bermondsey, 3, Pearcefield Avenue, Forest Hill;  Daisy Alice King, 14th May 1909, Bermondsey, 3, Pearcefield Avenue, Forest Hill;  Charlotte King, 20th April 1913, Camberwell, 3, Pearcefield Avenue, Forest Hill;  Kathleen Elizabeth King, 27th March 1916, Sydenham, 3, Pearcefield Avenue, Forest Hill; Father, Joseph Thomas King, 9 Scipio Street, Peckham; Mother, none: Brothers - Charles King, age 30, 2 Back Fields, St Margarets, Rochester, Kent; Sisters - Alice Elizabeth Rand?, age 46, 5 Melbourne Grove, East Dulwich; Caroline ???, 9 Scipio Street, Peckham, SE; Emily Mews?, 9 Scipio Street, Peckham, SE; Nephews / Nieces - Elizabeth Emily Edwards, age 26, 32 Grove Vale, East Dulwich; Herbert Arthur?? Rand, age 23, 5 Melbourne Grove, East Dulwich; Frederick Charles Rand, age 14, 5 Melbourne Grove, East Dulwich; Elsie? Vera? Rand, age 12, 5 Melbourne Grove, East Dulwich.

Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, III. B. 103., Nord, France.


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