The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

 Private A E B Hopwood


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Private Albert Edward Baron HOPWOOD, G/20346, 7th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 23rd August 1918.

Born Balderstone, Lancashire, son Jonathan & Mary Ellen Hopwood.


1911 Census - Sunderland Hall, Balderstone, Lancashire - Jonathan Hopwood, head, age 57, married, farmer, agriculture, own account, born Balderstone, Lancashire; Mary Ellen Hopwood, wife, age 55, married 32 years, 8 children, 7 still alive, born Balderstone, Lancashire; John Whittaker Hopwood, son, age 32, single, working on farm, worker, at home, born Balderstone, Lancashire; Ada Jane Hopwood, daughter, age 31, single, dairy work, worker, at home, born Balderstone, Lancashire; James Herbert Hopwood, son age 28, single, working on farm, worker, at home, born Balderstone, Lancashire; Margaret Baron Hopwood, daughter, age 25, dairy work, worker, at home, born Balderstone, Lancashire; Jonathan Thomas Hopwood, son, age 19, single, working on farm, worker, at home, born Balderstone, Lancashire; Albert Edwin Baron Hopwood, son, age 15, single, working on farm, worker, at home, born Balderstone, Lancashire; Clifford Henry Hopwood, son, age 14, working on farm, worker, at home, born Balderstone, Lancashire.


Enlisted Preston, Lancashire, age 20 years & 8 months, height 5ft 4¾ inches.  Resided Sunderland Hall, Balderstone, Lancashire. Formerly farmers son.

Home 1st June 1916 to 27th October 1917; BEF 28th October 1917 to 23rd August 1918.

1st June 1916, enlisted & posted 16th Battalion, King's Liverpool  Regiment, Service No.40950; 11th October 1916 to 8th November 1916, released for agricultural work; 15th March 1917, transferred to 5th Labour Battalion, ??????, Regiment; 26th June 1917, transferred to 5th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, Service No.G/84729; 24th October 1917, Chatham, overstaying his draft leave from Tattoo until 7.30pm 25th October 1917, 7 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 2 days pay; 29th October 1917, embarked / disembarked; 9th October 1917, 41 Infantry Base Depot, posted 21st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment; 31st October 1917, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd November 1917, joined battalion In the Field; 13th November 1917, posted with Battalion to Italy; 3rd March 1918, returned to France with Battalion; 13th May 1918, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd August 1918, posted missing.

10th October 1919, Statement of Relatives, completed by brother,  Jonathan Thomas Hopwood - widow, none; Children, none; Father, Jonathan Hopwood, Sunderland Hall, Balderstone; Mother, Mary Ellen Hopwood, Sunderland Hall, Balderstone; Brothers - John Whittaker Hopwood, age 40, Sunderland Hall, Balderstone; James Herbert Hopwood, age 37, Sunderland Hall, Balderstone; Jonathan Thomas Hopwood, age 28, Sunderland Hall, Balderstone; Clifford Henry Hopwood, age 22, Sunderland Hall, Balderstone; Sisters - Ada Jane Howe, age 39, 36 Langham Road, Blackburn; Margaret Baron Hopwood, age 34, Sunderland Hall, Balderstone, Lancashire.

27th October 1919, Probate - Albert Edwain Baron Hopwood, of Sunderland Hall, Balderstone, Lancashire. Private 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, died 23rd August 1918 in France. Administration (with Will) Lancaster 27th October to Jonathan Hopwood, farmer. Effects £115 5s 3d.

Buried at Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, II. C. 19., France.


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