The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private C R Brockwell


Private Charles Richard BROCKWELL, G/4647, 2nd Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, 29th September, 1916.

Born Ramsgate, Kent, son of Thomas & Caroline Brockwell.

1911 Census - Boys' Industrial School, Regents Park Road, St Pancras - Charles Brockwell, inmate, age 14, single, school boy, worker, born Ramsgate, Kent.

Enlisted  Wokingham, Surrey, age 19 years, 7 months,  height 5ft 9½ inches, weight 134lbs.  Resided The Bungalow, High Street, Bracknell, Berkshire. Formerly assistant butcher.

Next of Kin brother - Thomas William George Brockwell, 9305, 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment / 6334224, 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

Home 23rd November 1914 to 9th December 1915; Indian Expeditionary Force, 10th December 1915 to 29th September 1916.

23rd November 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th November 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th October 1915, Fort Darland, disobeying an order on 11.30am Parade, slackness on 11.30am Parade, 7 days confined to Barracks; 10th December 1915, posted Indian Expeditionary Force & 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th March 1916, reported missing; 17th June 1916, wounded Turkish Prisoner of War in Military Hospital, Baghdad; death assumed between 29th March 1916 and 29th September 1916.

8th November 1917, the following letter received by H G Freeman, 27 Clements Lane, London, EC4 -  Letter from Private Brockwell dated 29th March 1916 - I am writing this short letter lying in Hospital in Baghdad. I was captured by the Turks on the 10th March. I got wounded in my left .... and to make matters worse another round in my right knee. But I am getting on quite fine, am able to walk and help the other chaps who cant get up. I shall soon be out of hospital. They treat us with every respect in Hospital, treated just the same as their wounded are which is saying a lot. I shall be very sorry to leave Hospital and go and join the other prisoners. But still I have to take things as they come. I am not lonely here as there is a lot more of my Regiment in the same ward as I am. I would be very much obliged if you let a few of my friends know where I am. Their addresses are below-: Mrs Woods, 89 Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent, Mrs Spencer, 8 St Edmunds Terrace, Regents Park, Miss K Brockwell, 29 Wiesbaden Road, Stoke Newington, N, also to Miss Baker who goes to the Home Chapel. I am asking you to do this because I do not know when  I shall be able to write another letter. So you see I shall feel satisfied if they know where I am, and that I am quite well. I have not received news whatsoever from England yet. Shall only be too glad to hear how things are getting on, and that everybody is quite well. I expect the letters that have been sent before I was captured will be returned to England. I shall only be too glad to get back to England myself. Be glad when the War finishes. Please do me the favour and write to the addresses I have wrote, also sending mine. I don't think we are allowed to write more than one letter at a time. No more to say at present.

8th December 1920 - Statement of Relatives - Brother, Private T Brockwell, age 26 years 8 months, Royal West Kent Regiment attached Home Station Garrison, Thames & Medway Division, Chatham; Sisters - Sisters, Miss K Brockwell, age 22, 14 Portland Avenue, Stamford Hill, London; Miss F Brockwell, age 20, Lambeth Palace, London SE1; Miss E Brockwell, The Tuite Home, Broadstairs, Kent, age 17.

Commemorated at Basra Memorial, Panel 29, Iraq.

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