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Private J Kamester


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Private Joseph KAMESTER, G/18923, 6th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death assumed on or after, 30th November 1917, age 26.

1887 October, born Barnes, Surrey, son of Joseph & Sarah Ann Kamester, of 21, St. Leonard's Road, East Sheen, Mortlake, London.


1911 Census - 63 Thorne Street, Barnes, Surrey - Sarah Ann Kamester, wife, age 53, married 27 years, 6 children, 4 still alive, dairy, employer, born Bermondsey, London; Joseph Kamester, son, age 23, single, assisting in business, worker, born Barnes, Surrey; Edith Jane Kamester, daughter, age 19, single, assisting in business, worker, born Barnes, Surrey; Thomas Kamester, son, age 16, single, assisting in business, worker, born Barnes, Surrey.

1911 Census - Surrey County, Lunatic Asylum, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey - Joseph Kamester, patient, age 49, married, milkman, lunatic.


16th August 1914, St Mary, Barnes, Surrey, Joseph Kamester, age 26, bachelor, silversmiths assistant, 63 Thorne Street, Barnes, Surrey, father Joseph Kamester, dairyman, married Mabel Neale, age 23, spinster, 52, Madrid Road, Barnes, father William George Neale, deceased.

Child - Joseph William Kamester, born 28th May 1915, Richmond Registration District.

Enlisted Mortlake, Surrey, age 28 years & 2 months, height 5ft 4¾ inches, weight 140lbs, scar right calf. Resided 83 Railway Street, Barnes, SW. Formerly milk carrier.

Home 10th December 1915 to 10th October 1916; BEF 11th October 1916 to 30th November 1917.

10th December 1915, enlisted; 11th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 30th May 1916, mobilized; 1st June 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, The Buffs, Service No.10101; 10th October 1916, embarked; 11th October 1916, 38 Infantry Base Depot; 11th October 1916, posted 1st Battalion, The Buffs; 20th October 1916, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd October 1916, joined Battalion In the Field; *3rd May 1917, wounded in action, accidentally; 4th May 1917, Trevent, 6 Stationary Hospital, bayonet wound arm; 5th May 1917, Wimereux, 2 Australian Hospital; 24th May 1917, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot from 1 Convalescent Camp; 3rd June 1917, rejoined Battalion, "C" Company, In the Field; 16th August 1917, awarded Military Medal; 2nd September 1917, attached 3rd Army Rest Camp; 15th September 1917, rejoined Battalion; 30th November 1917, posted missing.

*2nd June 1917, Report from Pte J Kamester on accidental wounding - "About 9pm on May 3rd, in the front trenches on the Arras front, I was wounded in the left arm during a night assault. The wound was caused through one of our bayonets which caught me in the arm as I jumped into the trench. The trench was crowded with our men. As I was pulling the bayonet out another man jumped on top of me and caused the bayonet to wound me a second time."

4th August 1918, date when Separation Allowance of 23/- a week, payable to wife, will cease.

5th August 1918, pension of 20/5 a week awarded to widow & one child.

12th February 1919, Infantry Records Memo - A Military Medal awarded to the late soldier above is in possession and authority to dispose of the same to Mrs M Kamester, 15 St Elms Road, Shepherds Bush, who desires a public presentation. 28th March 1919, Military Medal presented to next of kin by General Officer Commanding.

11th June 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Mabel Kamester, 66, Coningham Road, Shepherd's Bush, London; Child, Joseph William Kamester, age 5 years old on 28th May 1920, 66, Coningham Road, Shepherd's Bush, London; Father, Joseph Kamester, inmate Brookwood Asylum; Mother, Sarah Ann Kamester, 21a St Leonards Road, East Sheen, SW14; Brothers - Thomas Kamester, age 25, 84 Cardoss Street, Hammersmith, W6; Sisters - Sarah Ann Smyth, age 35, 21a St Leonards Road, East Sheen, SW14; Edith J Kamester, age 28, 21a St Leonards Road, East Sheen, SW14;

Commemorated at Cambrai Memorial,  Panel 8, Louverval, France.

AWARDS: MM


London Gazette 28th September 1917.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Medal to the under mentioned Warrant Officer, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men:

18923 Pte. J. Kamester, Royal West Kent Regiment (Barnes).


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