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Private G H Kirkham


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Private George Henry KIRKHAM, G/19602, 10th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 31st July 1917.

Born Tunstall, Staffordshire.

4th November 1905, Congregational Church, Macclesfield, Staffordshire, married Janet Crowe, 40 Dale Street, Macclesfield, Staffordshire.

Child - Florence Kirkham, born 10th April 1907.


1911 Census - 61 Church Street, Fenton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire - George Henry Kirkham, head, age 30, married, grocers shop assistant, worker, born Tunstall, Staffordshire; Janet Kirkham, wife, age 27, married 4 years, 1 child, still alive, grocers shop assistant, worker, at home, born Crewe, Cheshire.


Enlisted Hanley, Staffordshire, age 34, height 5ft 4 inches, weight 116lbs.  Resided 40 Dale Street, Macclesfield, Staffordshire / 53 Beech Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire. Formerly grocer.

Home 11th December 1915 to 11th December 1915; Army Reserve, 12th December 1915 to 20th February 1917; Home 21st February 1917 to 2nd July 1917; France 3rd July 1917 to 31dst July 1917.

11th December 1915, enlisted; 12th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 21st February 1917, mobilized; 21st February 1917, posted Motor Transport Depot, Royal Army Service Corps, Grove Park, Lee, London, SE, Service No.M/297080; 24th February 1917, tested at Motor Transport Depot, Royal Army Service Corps, Grove Park, Lee, London, SE, & proves himself a learner driver; 2nd March 1917, Compulsorily transferred to 85th Training Reserve Battalion, Service No.TR/5/62221; 3rd July 1917, posted BEF; 4th July 1917, Folkestone, embarked; 4th July 1917, Boulogne, disembarked; 5th July 1917, Etaples, 35 Infantry Base Depot; 21st July 1917, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment;

11th March 1918, Pension awarded of 18/9 a week to widow & one child.

16th March 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Janet Kirkham, 53 Beech Lane, Macclesfield; Child, Florence Kirkham, born 10th April 1907, 53 Beech Lane, Macclesfield; Father, dead; Mother, Mary Harris, 5 Roylance Street, Tunstall, Staffordshire; Brothers - John Edward Kirkham, age 43, 76 Sun? Street, Tunstall, Staffordshire; Sisters  - Martha Jane Kirkham, age 41 years, 5 Roylance Street, Tunstall, Staffordshire.

Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 45 and 47, Belgium & on Macclesfield War Memorial.


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