The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A E Monkton


Private Alfred Edward MONKTON, G/17134, 6th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died whilst a Prisoner of War, Flanders France, 2nd December 1917, age 40.

6th February 1877, born Hoxton, Middlesex, son of William Henry & Eliza Monkton.

1911 Census - 92 Carlingford Road, West Green, South Tottenham - Ernest Shepherd, head age 31, married, grocery manager, manager, worker, born Portsmouth, Hampshire; Louisa Shepherd, wife, age 31, married 8 years, 2 children, both still alive, born London; Doris Shepherd, daughter, age 1, born Hoxton; Louisa Shepherd, daughter, age 10 months, born South Tottenham; Eliza Monkton, wifes mother, age 70, widow, married 9 years, 6 children, 5 still alive, born Lambeth, London; Alfred Edward Monkton, wifes brother, age 34, single, grocery, grocery, worker, born Hoxton.

11th December 1913, Christ Church, West Green, Haringey, Alfred Edward Monkton, age 36, bachelor, grocers assistant, 84 Carlingford Road, father William Henry Monkton, deceased, butcher, married Ethel Benton, age 26, spinster, 92 Carlingford Road, father George Benton, deceased, farrier.

Child - Vera Jeanette Monkton, born 15th March 1915, West Green.

Enlisted 12th December 1915, Finchley, London, NW, age 38 years & 10 months, height 5ft 7½ inches, weight 170lbs, resided 7 Alexander Parade, Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill, London/ 41 Waldeck Road, West Green / 15, Turnpike Lane, Hornsey, London N8. Formerly grocers assistant.

Home, 12th December 1915 to 23rd November 1916; BEF, 24th November 1916 to 1st June 1917; Home 2nd June 1917 to 21st October 1917; BEF 22nd October 1917 to 2nd December 1917.

12th December 1915, enlisted; 12th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 29th July 1916, mobilized; 30th July 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 24th November 1916, embarked / disembarked; 25th November 1916, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot; 8th December 1916, joined 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, In the Field; 29th May 1917, 3rd Canadian Hospital, wounded, finger; 1st June 1917, transferred to England, HS St David; 2nd June 1917, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment;

Statement of Pte. A Monkton, as to injury to finger - "I was assisting in the conveyance of small arms ammunition to the front line trenches by trolley, when same ran down slope and was derailed. After assisting to put the trolley on the line I was requested to feel if the same was on the rails to avoid causing a light to be shewn, after which the trolley moved forward and thus caused the injury to my finger". Statement by Pt A S Harris, 18741 - "About 1 o'clock am on the night of the 25th 26th inst, I was with a party taking up ammunition to the trenches by the light tramway. Pte Monkton was one of the party and following behind a truck. A truck jumped the rails and when lifting it on again Pte Monkton bent down to feel with his fingers if all the wheels were correctly on the rails as it was too dark to see. As he did so the truck slipped forward and pinned his fingers between the wheels and the rails, crushing two fingers of the right hand".

2nd June 1917 to 5th July 1917, Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, crushed fingers, healed sent on furlough; 16th July 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd October 1917, posted BEF; 25th October 1917, embarked / disembarked; 28th October 1917, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot; 3rd November 1917, joined Battalion, "B" Company; 30th November 1917, reported missing.

2nd September 1918, report from International Red Cross, Geneve, Agence Internationale des Prisonniers de Guerre - We regret to inform you that the following report appears on lists despatched from Berlin, 19th March 1918; Monkton A E Pte, R.W.Kent Reg. died 2.12.17. buried in Les Rues Des Vigries (Machlass District) no further details.

5th August 1918, pension of 20/5 a week awarded for widow and child.

Commemorated at Cambrai Memorial, Panel 8, Louverval, France.

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