The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A W Harris


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Private Albert William HARRIS, G/360, 6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds received in action, 41 Casualty Clearing Station, Flanders France,  Saturday 10th August 1918, aged 28.

Born Snodland, Kent, son of Mrs Mary Ann Wells (formerly Harris), 1 Temperance Terrace, Snodland, Kent.

Enlisted  Maidstone, Kent, age 23 years & 300 days, height 5ft 8 inches, weight 152lbs. Formerly cement labourer.

Home, 27th August 1914 to 31st May 1915; BEF, 1st June 1915 to 18th November 1915; Home, 19th November 1915 to 14th April 1916; BEF, 15th April 1916 to 10th August 1918.

27th August 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th August 1914, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 19th November 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 31st December 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 15th April 1916, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th April 1916, embarked; 3rd July 1916, wounded in action; 6th July 1916, admitted 18 General Hospital, gun shot wound to the back, flesh wound; 9th July 1916, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot, from 18 General Hospital; 15th July 1916, rejoined Battalion from 40 Infantry Base Depot; 19th September 1916, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 7th October 1916, appointed Acting Corporal; 18th November 1916, 38 Field Ambulance, JCT right ????; 22nd December 1916, promoted Corporal as from 1st August 1916; 20th January 1917 - General Court Martial in the Field, charge "Whilst on Active Service, leaving the trenches without orders from his Superior Officer. Finding, Guilty, to be reduced to the ranks & one and half years hard labour; 18th February 1917 Les Attagues?, admitted to No.5. Military Prison; 4th February 1918, Calais, admitted to 30 General Hospital, from No.5. Military Prison, JCT left leg; 7th April 1918, 30 General Hospital, discharged to No.5. Military Prison; 8th April 1918, released from No.5. Military Prison,  remainder of sentence suspended from date of release from prison; 10th July 1918, remainder of sentence of one and half years hard labour, remitted.

30th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, no; Mother, Mary Ann Wells, 1 Temperance Terrace, Snodland, Kent; Brothers - Arthur, age 17?, 1 Temperance Terrace, Snodland, Kent; William, age 13, 1 Temperance Terrace, Snodland, Kent; Harry, age 11, 1 Temperance Terrace, Snodland, Kent; Sister - Violate?, age 19, 1 Temperance Terrace, Snodland, Kent.

Buried at  Pernois British Cemetery,  grave IV A1., Halloy-les-Pernois, Somme, France.


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