The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J Benford


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Private John BENFORD, L/10387, 6th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, No.1. Clearing Station, Haleuse? France,  16th January1916.

Born West Wickham, Surrey, son of Henry & Clare Benford, 14 Kent Road, West Wickham, Kent. Brother, Henry Benford.


1911 Census - 5 Hope Cottage, Surrey Road, West Wickham, Kent - Henry Jonas Benford, head, age 45, married, builders labourer, born Windsor, Buckinghamshire; Clara Benford, wife, age 50, married 18 years, 5 children 4 still alive, born West Wickham, Kent; Maggie Benford, daughter, age 16, single, daily nurse girl, born Ashley, Kent; John Benford, son, age 15, single, farm labourer, born Croydon, Surrey; Beatie Benford, daughter, age 12, single.


Enlisted Orpington, Kent, age 18, height 5ft 5⅞ inches, weight 116lbs, scar at bottom of back, scar above right ankle. Formerly farm labourer.

Home 26th June 1914 to 7th November 1914; BEF 8th November 1914 to 12th January 1915; Home 13th January 1915 to 21st April 1915; BEF 22nd April 1915 to 9th May 1915; Home 10th May 1915 to 12th December 1915; BEF 13th December 1915 to 16th January 1916.

26th June 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 8th November 1914, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th March 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd April 1915, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th May 1915, wounded, gun shot wound to right leg; 30th June 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th December 1915, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment

Buried  at  Chocques Military Cemetery, I.H.68., Pas de Calais,  France.

NOTE : Regimental History shows name as BENFOLD.


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