The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J Beard


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Private John BEARD, G/5753, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, France and Flanders, 20th July 1916, age 39.

Born Limpsfield, Surrey, son of  George and Eliza Beard.

Previously served with 1st Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.


1911 Census - Lodge Lane, Westerham, Kent - George Beard, head, age 63, widower, general labourer, born Blackham, Sussex; John Beard, son, age 33, single, drayman, born Limpsfieled, Surrey; Edward Charles Smith son in law; age 30, married, drayman, born Westerham, Kent; Elizabeth Smith, daughter, age 24, married 2 years, 1 child, born Westerham, Kent; George Leonard Smith, grandson, age 1, born Westerham, Kent.


Enlisted Tonbridge, Kent, age 36, height 5ft 10½ inches. Resided Lodge Lane, Westerham, Kent. Formerly drayman.

Home 8th February 1915 to 30th April 1915; BEF1st May 1915 to 20th July 1916.

8th February 1915, enlisted; 9th February 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 21st February 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st May 1915, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd May 1915, landed at 15 Infantry Base Depot; 4th May 1915, joined Battalion, "D" Company; 20th July 1916, wounded; 20th July 1916, 13 Field Ambulance, died of wounds, buried ½ mile North of Mountauban, France.

16th July 1921, British War & Victory Medal receipt signed by Mrs E J Bowles, daughter of the late George Beard.

Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 11C, Somme, France.


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