The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

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Private Alfred HOPE, G/11209, "C" Company, 10th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, Graylingwell War Hospital,  Chichester , 3am, 16th August 1916 (relatives present), age 25.

2nd November 1890, born Sissinghurst, Kent, son of Mark & Alice Jane Hope, Stone St Farm, Stone St, Sevenoaks, Kent. 


1911 Census - Lower Fawke Farm - Mark Hope, head, age 49, married, farm bailiff, born Ebony, Kent; Alice Jane Hope, wife, age 47, married 21 years, 4 children, all still alive, born Sissinghurst, Kent; Alfred Hope, son, age 20, single, gardener, born Sissinghurst, Kent; *Charles Mark Hope, son, age 18, single, gardener, born Sissinghurst, Kent; Emily Louisa Mary Hope, daughter, age 15, bailiff daughter, dairy work, born Sissinghurst, Kent; Harry Benjamin Hope, son, age 12, school, born Sissinghurst, Kent.


* Charles Mark Hope, enlisted  Sevenoaks, age 22 years & 353 days, height 5ft 10 inches, slight scar on right hand. Resided Stone St Farm, Stone St, Sevenoaks, Kent. Formerly horseman.

17th November 1915, enlisted & posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Service No G/11210; 3rd May 1916, posted BEF; 3rd May 1916, embarked Southampton; 4th May 1916, disembarked Havre; 23rd September 1916, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 23rd May 1917, promoted Corporal; 23rd May 1917, appointed paid Lance Sergeant; Wounded; 11th June 1917, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st September 1917, Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham by Sea; 24th September 1917, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 10th November 1917, discharged 2nd Eastern General Hospital; 7th April 1918, posted as Lance Sergeant, to Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 7th June 1918, posted paid Acting Sergeant; 4th March 1919, Sergeant C M Clarke, demobilized & transferred to Army Reserves, Class "Z".

Pension of 13/9 a week from 5th March 1919, for 50% disablement, gun shot wound knee, to be reviewed in 52 weeks.


Enlisted Sevenoaks, Kent, age 25 years 66 days, height 5ft 9 inches, 142lbs. Resided Stone St Farm, Stone St, Sevenoaks, Kent. Formerly gardener.

Home, 17th November 1915 to 2nd May 1916; BEF, 3rd  May 1916 to 5th June 1916; Home 6th June 1916 to 16th August 1916.

17th November 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 17th November 1915, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd May 1916, posted BEF; 3rd May 1916, embarked Southampton; 4th May 1916, disembarked Havre; 1st June 1916, wounded, gun shot wound left leg, severe; 5th June 1916, transferred to England, SS Brighton; 5th June 1916 to 16th August 1916, Graylingwell War Hospital,  Chichester, died of toxemia, large septic wound .

26th August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Mark Hope, Stone St Farm, Sevenoaks, Kent; Mother, Alice Jane Hope, Stone St Farm, Sevenoaks, Kent; Brothers - Charles Mark Hope, age 26, Stone St Farm, Sevenoaks, Kent; Harry Benjamin Hope, age 20, Stone St Farm, Sevenoaks, Kent; Sister - Emily Louisa Mary Hope, age 24, Stone St Farm, Sevenoaks, Kent.

Buried at Seal (or Seal Chart), St Lawrence Churchyard, West of Church, United Kingdom. Commemorated Sevenoaks War Memorial.


Provided by Donna M L W – 31st March 2017.

Alfred Hope was born in 1890, in Sissinghurst, to Mark and his wife, Alice, at Lower Fawke farm, where Alfred later worked as a gardener. He grew up with his siblings, Charles Mark, Harry Benjamin, Emily Louisa and Mary.

By the time of his enlistment on 17th November 1915, Alfred and family were living at Stone Street Farm. He served with the Royal West Kents and records show that he was 5’9 and weighed 142lbs.

Alfred joined his regiment, the 10th Battalion Royal West Kents, in France in May 1916 and suffered a severe gunshot wound to his leg early that June. He was transferred to England on the SS Brighton to Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, where he later died of blood poisoning, surrounded by his family. His body was bought back to Stone Street and buried on the west side of the churchyard at St Lawrence.

The Kent Messenger carried a report of his funeral, recording that he had worked as a gardener. He was also a successful exhibitor at the Sevenoaks Horticultural Society’s Show and a member of the local Gardeners’ Society, and of the St Lawrence Cricket Club. Alfred was also a bell ringer at the church.

Listed on the Sevenoaks War Memorial.

Credit to; https://sevenoaksww1.org/2016/08/16/remembering-private-hope/


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