The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J A McGuire


Private James Arthur MCGUIRE, 3051, 8th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died, 22nd October 1918.

Born Henney Green, London, son of Mary Ann McGuire, 49 Medway Road, Roman Road, Bow.

23rd May 1915, Bethnal Green married Martha B Brett, spinster.

Enlisted 66 Tredegar Road, Bow, age 26 years & 5 months, height 5ft 7¾ inches, weight 144lbs, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair. Resided 49 Medway Road, Roman Road, Bow. Formerly warehouseman.

Home, 9th September 1914 to 29th August 1915; BEF, 30th August 1915 to 26th October 1915; Home, 27th October 1915 to 28th January 1916.

9th September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th September 1914, posted 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 27th October 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment.

26th November 1915, Medical Board - due to active service, shell shock. Totally prevents for 6 months, ¼ permanently.

28th January 1916, discharged  as "no longer physically fit for War Service" due to sickness. Silver War Badge issued. At time of discharge, age 28 years & 10 months, height 5ft 7¾ inches, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair. Intended place of residence, 29 Ashwell Road, Roman Road, Bow, London E. Military character, good.

Pension 25/- a week for 6 months conditional. Disability shell shock, neurasthenia, DAH. Originated in France, Hill 60, September 28th 1915. Since admission on 4th October he has made no progress, his condition is bad & not improved by treatment. He is deaf and gets very dizzy when walking. Heart is dilated & is irregular. Total disablement.

20th July 1916, 6/3 a week for 6 months; 24th January 1917, 12/6 a week for 6months; 22nd August 1917, continues; 30th January 1918, 5/6 a week for 26 weeks, expires 13th August 1918; 9th July 1918, 5/6 a week for 17 weeks, expires 10th December 1918.

Died, 22nd October 1918.

Authority given to continue payments to man's wife at 5/6 a week from 11th December 1918 to 31st December 1918.

Commemorated at City of London & Tower Hamlets Cemetery, Screen Wall. P. 1301., United Kingdom. The cemetery, which covers about 33 acres, has been in use since 1841. It contains war graves of both world wars. During the 1939-1945 War the cemetery suffered severely from enemy air attacks directed on the City of London, the two chapels and many of the memorials having been damaged or destroyed. All the 279 Commonwealth war casualties buried in this cemetery are recorded on bronze panel affixed to a screen wall. The war graves are no longer maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and all the familiar white Commission Headstones have been removed.

NOTE: not included in Regimental History or Soldiers Died in the Great War; but shown on CWGC web site.

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