The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lance Corporal F Matthews


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Lance Corporal Frank MATTHEWS, L/10245, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 18th December 1914.

Born, St Marks, Horsham, Sussex. son of Louisa Matthews.

Elder Brother  - Charles John Matthews, 52 Station Road, Tesboro, Northants / Thrift Villas, Bridge Road, Grays, Essex.

Sister - Grace Louise Matthews, 50 Connaught Road, Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne, Sussex / 40 Devonshire Road, Horsham, Sussex.

Uncle & Guardian - Mr E Austin, 52 Louth Street, Dorking, Surrey.


1911 Census - 8 Carfax, Horsham, Sussex (Chart & Lawrence) - Frank Matthews, apprentice, age 15, drapery apprentice, worker, born Horsham, Sussex.


Formerly served in "H" Company,  4th Royal West Kent Regiment, Territorial Force, Service No.1518, from 10th July 1913 to 31st December 1913, 174 days. Enlisted 10th July 1913, age 18 years, height 5ft 7¼ inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, 4 vaccination marks, left upper arm. Outfitters assistant in the employ of Mr Bell, Westerham. Character good.


Enlisted  Westerham, Kent, age 18 years & 114 days, height 5ft 7¼ inches, 129lbs, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, slight bow leg, 3 moles right groin, mole right side of neck. Formerly outfitters assistant.

Home, 1st January 1914 to 7th November 1914; BEF, 8th November 1914 to 18th December 1914.

1st January 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 21st January 1914, 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 21st February 1914, 2nd Class Certificate of Education; 26th February 1914, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 15th September 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd October 1914, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 8th November 1914, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

30th December 1919, Statement of Relatives, completed by  Charles J Matthews - Brothers - Charles J Matthews, age 27, Thrift Villas, Bridge Road, Grays, Essex; Sisters - age 22, 168 Upper New Street, Horsham, Sussex

Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 45 and 47, Belgium.


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