The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private G J Beadle


Photograph by Pearlady

Private George James BEADLE,  G/10324, 8th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, 9th June  1916.

Born Rochester, Kent, son of Mrs Lavinia Beadle, 112 King Street, Rochester, Kent.

Enlisted Chatham, Kent, age 22, height 5 ft 4 inches, weight 144lbs.  Resided 112 King Street, Rochester, Kent. Formerly labourer.

1911 Census - 112 King Street, Rochester, Kent - Lavinia Elizabeth Beadle, head, age 52, widow, married 39 years, 9 children, 4 still alive, born Rochester, Kent; Beatrice E Pike, daughter, age 22, married under 1 years, no children, born Rochester, Kent; Alfred Thomas Beadle, son, age 20, single, general labourer, born Northfleet, Kent ; George James Beadle, son, age 14, born Rochester, Kent; John Pike, son in law, age 21, married, stoker Royal Navy, born Camberwell, Surrey; William Remsley, boarder, age 37, single, coal porter, coal quarry, born Rochester, Kent;

Home *16th November 1915 to 22nd DEcember 1915; BEF 23rd December 1915 to 9th June 1916.

25th October 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th October 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd December 1915, embarked; 9th March 1916, Wimereux, admitted 5 Convalescent Depot, from 14 General Hospital, incontinence; 18th March 1916, Etaples, 24 Infantry Base Depot.

18th August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Mother, Lavinia Elizabeth Beadle, 112 King Street, Rochester, Kent; Sisters - Emma Rayner, age 40; Beatrice Elizabeth Pike, age 28.

Brother also fell - Alfred Thomas Beadle, 9935, 1st Battalion, East Kent Regiment, (The Buffs),  died 20th October 1914, age 24, commemorated Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 2, Hainaut, Belgium.

Buried at  Dranoutre Millitary Cemetery, II.B.9., Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


12th April 1915, Camberwell, enlisted into 162nd Camberwell, Howitzer Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, L/15133, age 19, height 5ft 5 inches, tattoo right forearm, Emma Rose Lavinia, formerly seaman, resided 112 King Street, Rochester, Kent. 17th April 1915, Peckham, deserted. 17th May 1915, Court of Inquiry declared, illegally absent without leave at Peckham 17th April 1915 & that he is still absent and that on the 6th March 1915, he was deficient and that he is still deficient of the following articles - one pair of ankle boots 12/3; two pairs of drawers 4/-; two shirts 9/-; two pairs socks 1/6.

Formerly G/20963 Pte George James Mayhew (mothers maiden name), Middlesex Regiment, deserted 23rd October 1915, from above Corps and fraudulently enlisted in RWK 25th October 1915. Confession signed on 12th November 1915. Dispensation of trial granted by G.O.C. 16.11.15. Will suffer deductions made from pay (a) Until he has made good the value of the deficiency in his arms, ammunition, equipments, instruments and public clothing at the time at which his absence from his corps began. (b) Also until he has made good the value of the free kit obtained by him on his re-enlistment. Will be held to serve in the RWK. *Service reckons from 16.11.15.

28th October 1915 - absent from tattoo - deprived 4 days pay

13th November 1915 - breaking out of camp whilst under arrest for remaining absent from the tattoo and losing by neglect articles of kit and three blankets. Sentenced to 7 days F.P. No.2. and paying for deficiencies.

20th November 1915 - losing by neglect his cap badge. Sentence 4 days C.B.

23rd November 1915 - stealing a comrades cap badge. Sentence 3 days C.B.

25th November 1915 - losing by neglect his cap badge. Sentence 7 days C.B.

26th November 1915 - improperly dressed on parade. Absent from tattoo until arrested. Sentence 14 days F.P.No.2.

3rd December 1915 - awarded 14 days F.P.No.2. by C.O. for "absence" and forfeits 20 days pay.

10th December 1915 - Whilst on active service breaking away from his escort whilst undergoing Field Punishment, awarded 9 days F.P.No.2. by C.O.

4th March 1916 - Field General Court Martial - In the Field. "When a soldier acting as sentinel on Active Service. Asleep on his post. Guilty. Sentence - DEATH. Confirmed by General Office Commanding, 2nd Army dated 14.4.16. Commuted to five years penal servitude and suspended. Authority General Office Commanding, 2nd Army dated 14th April 1916. Time in confinement awaiting trial 7 days.

23rd May 1916 - Field General Court Martial- In the Field. "DRUNKENESS". Guilty. Sentence - 1 years hard labour and forfeits all ordinary pay for a period of two months from 23.5.16. Confirmed by General Office Commanding, 72nd Infantry Brigade 24.5.1916. Sentence remitted to 2 months F.P. No.1. Authority; General Office Commanding, 72nd Infantry Brigade 24.5.1916.

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