The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private F Betts


Private Frederick BETTS, S/371, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, 3 Casualty Clearing Station, France and Flanders, 22nd April 1915.

Born East Greenwich, Kent. Resided 9 Roan Street, West Greenwich.

9th November 1886, Church of the Assumption, Deptford, married Johanna Sheehan, spinster of 9 Roan Street, West Greenwich.

Previously served Royal West Kent Militia, time expired.

Enlisted Deptford, SE, age 41, height 5ft 6½ inches, weight 158lbs, tattoo left forearm, clasped hands, dark brown eyes. Formerly master stevedore.

Home 31st August 1914 to 6th April 1915; BEF 7th April 1915 to 22nd April 1915.

31st August 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 8th October 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th October 1914, posted 9th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 6th December 1914, Chatham, absent from 9.30pm till reporting himself at main gate, Lower Barracks, 8.30pm 8th December 1914, forfeits two days pay; 12th December 1914, drunk in Barracks, admonished.

15th December 1914, County Police Court Chatham  - These are to certify that on the fifteenth day of December in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fourteen at the County Police Court Chatham in the North Division of the lath of Aylesford in the said County John Betts, Private 371, "D" Company, R.W.K. Regiment, a Soldier of His Majesty's Army, was duly convicted before William Allen Smith Masters Esquire and others of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace of the said county acting there in the Petty Session for the said North Division. For that he the said John Betts on the fourteenth day of December 1914, at the parish of Chatham, in the said Division, in a certain street there called Railway Street within the limits of the Chatham Urban Sanitary Authority did unlawfully use certain obscene language to the annoyance of the residents and passengers contrary &c. AND the said John Betts, was thereupon adjudged to pay the sum of Two shillings and sixpence for a Fine and Six shillings for costs.

23rd December 1914, Chatham, absent from 9.30pm till 8.00am on 28th inst, admonished, forfeits 6 days pay; 9th January 1915 to 12th January 1915, Fort Pitt Hospital, diarrhea; 17th January 1915, Chatham, overstaying his pass from 12.00 midnight till 4.00pm 19th inst, admonished, forfeits 2 days pay; 25th January 1915, Chatham, absent off the midday parade until 6.00pm, admonished, forfeits 1 days pay; 1st February 1915, absent from the 8.00am parade till 8.00am on 3rd inst. admonished, forfeits 3 days pay; 14th February 1915, Chatham, overstaying his pass from midnight till 8.00am on 17th inst. deprived of 2 days pay, forfeits 3 days pay; 11th March 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd April 1915, Fort Darland, overstaying his pass from Tattoo until Tattoo 4th inst.,10 days Field Punishment No.2. forfeits two days pay; 7th April 1915, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

15th November 1915, pension of 15/- a week awarded to widow.

Buried at Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery, I.M.40., Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

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