The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J W Bryan


Private James William BRYAN*, G/16739, 1st Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, France and Flanders, 4th October 1917, age 32.

Born Islington, London, son of James and Sarah Bryan.

27th March 1913, Register Office Wandsworth, married, Emily Jane Preston, spinster, of 86, Acre Road, Collier's Wood, Merton, London.

Called up for Service, joined at Kingston on Thames, Surrey, age 31 years 1 month, height 5ft 5½ inches, weight 136lbs, scar under chin.  Resided 86, Acre Road, Colliers Wood, Merton SW. Formerly tar pavior.

Home 18th July 1916 to 17th October 1916; BEF 18th October 1916 to 4th October 1917.

18th July 1916, called up for service; 20th July 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th October 1916, Infantry Base Depot, France, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th November 1916, joined Battalion, "D" Company; 13th June 1917, deprived of 10 days pay; 31st July 1917, 13 Field Ambulance, diarrhea; 6th August 1917, rejoined Battalion.

18th February 1918, Probate - BRYAN James William otherwise *MOREL Louis of 86, Acre Road, Collier's Wood, Merton, Surrey, Private 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, also of the South London Tar Paving Company, 5 Links Parade, Mitcham Road, Tooting Surrey, died 4th October 1917 in France on Active Service. Administration (with will), London 18th February to Emily Jane Bryan, widow. Effects £110 12s 8d.

6th May 1918, pension of 13/9 a week awarded to widow.

8th May 1920, Emily Jane Bryan, married Thomas S Benjamin, at Croydon Registry Office.

24th May 1920, letter from James Bryan, Highleigh, Sidlesham, Chichester - "With regard to plaque and scroll in commemoration of Private James William Bryan, G/16739, Royal West Kent Regiment - the mother of the above soldier wishes to beg that it may be awarded to her in consideration of the fact that his wife was remarried on May 8th at Registry Office Croydon so has no real connection with him now. ??? no notification of the ???? fact of remarriage has been forwarded to the proper authorities perhaps this may be taken as such and due notice taken of it".

26th May 1920, Records Office Letter - "Reference you letter of  24th inst, I have to inform you that in accordance with War Office instructions, the widow of the above named deceased soldier although remarried is entitled to receive the memorial Plaque & Scroll. I have to state that no duplication of these memorials may be issued."

31st May 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Emily Jane Bryan, 86, Acre Road, Collier's Wood, Merton; Father, James Bryan, Highleigh, Sidlesham, Chichester; Mother, Sarah Bryan, Highleigh, Sidlesham, Chichester; Brothers - George Bryan, age 32, last address, Cairo, Egypt; Ernest Grigg Bryan, age 37, Steelton West Ontario; Percy Oliver Arthur Bryan, age 28, Los Angeles, California; Sisters - Mrs F E Stuart, age 35, 160 Queens Road, Peckham; Mrs E Perdeau?, age 29, 362 Rue De Vauguard?, Paris. NOTE - this statement was originally being completed by James Bryan, his name was crossed out and the form completed by the widow, Emily Jane Bryan who at this time was remarried.

Buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, VIA.L.12., Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

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