The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A C Matthews


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Private Alfred Charles MATTHEWS, 23715,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died 27th or 2nd February 1920, Grendon Hospital, Exeter, age 27.

Son of Frederick Charles & Ellen Matthews, 14 York Street, Plymouth / 87 Fore Street, Saltash, Cornwall.


1911 Census - 19 Wyndham Square, Plymouth - Frederick Charles Matthews, head, age 51, married, carpenter, jobbing, own account, born Union Hall, County Cork, Ireland; Ellen Matthews, wife, age 49, married 30 years, 10 children, 6 still alive, born Coventry, Warwick; Alfred Matthews, son, age 17, single, apprentice, seed & bulb business, worker, born Totterdown, Bristol, Somerset added; Alberta Matthews, daughter, age 15, single, apprentice, seed & bulb business, worker, born Redfield, Gloucester, Bristol crossed out; Robert Matthews, son, age 11, school, Whitehall, Gloucester, Bristol crossed out; Arthur Matthews, son, age 4, school, born Morice Port, Devonport, Devon added.


1st December 1916, Ashford, Kent, married Amy Firth Medland, of 1 Shores?? Road, Ashford, Kent.

Enlisted  Plymouth, age 22 years & 7 months, height 5ft 3¾ inches, weight 110lbs.  Resided 14 York Street, Plymouth / St Hilary, Victoria Road, Saltash, Cornwall / "Glenwood," Sands Road, Paignton, Devon.. Formerly seedsman.

Home, 29th November 1915 to 2nd December 1916; BEF, 3rd December 1916 to 27th February 1918; Home, 28th February 1918 to 5th July 1919.

29th November 1915, enlisted; 30th November 1915, transferred to Army Reserve; 16th May 1916, mobilized; 20th May 1916. posted 2/5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Service No.4418; 3rd December 1916, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, (new No.23715); 8th December 1916, embarked / disembarked; 26th December 1916, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th November 1917, proceeded to Italy; 26th December 1917, dangerously wounded, gun shot wound, loin right, penetrating abdomen; 27th December 1917, 39 Casualty Clearing Station, gun shot wound, loin; 29th December 1917, Bordighera, 66 General Hospital, gun shot wound back; 27th February 1918, Marseilles, 57 General Hospital, transferred to England, Hospital Ship "Panama"; 28th February 1918, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th February 1918 to 6th December 1918, 3rd Western General Hospital, Cardiff, gun shot wound back, paralysis, since admission he has lain paralyzed, still incontinent but improved, bed sores healed, limbs in good condition, some contractiveness of toes appearing, transfer to Plymouth; 6th December 1918 to 19th December 1918, Devonport Military Hospital, patient says that more power has returned to his left foot; 19th December 1918 to 30th December 1918, 4th Southern General Hospital; 4th March 1919,

4th Southern General Hospital, Plymouth, Medical Report on Soldier Prior to Discharge - Disability, gun shot wound, spine paralyzed; Origin 26th December 1917, Italy; paraplegia incontinence, permanent, disability 100%.

5th July 1919, discharged  as "no longer physically fit for War Service" due to wounds. Silver War Badge issued.

6th July 1919, Pension, 27/6 a week for 52 weeks, conditional. Disablement,100%, gun shot wound to spine, attributable to war service.

Widows pension, First Award, from 3rd March 1920, 20/- a week.

Buried at Ford Park Cemetery (formerly Plymouth Old Cemetery) (Pennycomequick), Church R. 8. 6., United Kingdom.

1st January 1921, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Amy Firth Matthews, Orchardleigh, Paignton, Devon; Children, none: Father, Frederick Charles Matthews, 5 Albany Place, Plymouth; Mother, Ellen Matthews, 5 Albany Place, Plymouth; Brothers - Benjamin James Matthews, age 29, 5 Albany Place, Plymouth; Robert Edgar Matthews, age 21, 5 Albany Place, Plymouth; Arthur Ernest Matthews, age 16, 5 Albany Place, Plymouth; Sisters - Louisa Maud Newberry, age 31, 2? Millbury? Street, Plymouth; Alberta May Tucker, age 25,  5 Albany Place, Plymouth.

December 1920, Widow, Mrs A Matthews now living at Orchardleigh, Central Avenue, Paignton, Devon.

17th January 1921, application from widow for memorial plaque and scroll approved.

NOTE: not included in Regimental History or Soldiers Died in the Great War; but shown on CWGC web site.


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