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Private J W Hankins


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Private John William HANKINS, L/10754, 11th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action,  Flanders France, 20th September 1917.

5th December 1895, born  Sidcup, Kent, son of George & Eleanor Mary Hankins, 3 Nash's Cottages, Burbeck Road, Sidcup, Kent.


1911 Census - 3 Nash's Cottages, Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, Kent - George Hankins, head, age 39, married, drapers carman, worker, born Spalding, Lincolnshire; Eleanor Mary Hankins, wife, age 40, married 18 years, 9 children, 7 still alive, at home, born Aylesford, Kent; George Hankins, son, age 18, single, hairdressers assistant, worker, born Sidcup, Kent; John William Hankins, son, age 15, single, greengrocers assistant, worker, born Sidcup, Kent; Arthur Charles Hankins, son, age 13, school / newsboy, born Sidcup, Kent; Beatrice Nancy Hankins, daughter, age 8, school, born Sidcup, Kent; Albert Edward Hankins, son, age 5, school, born Sidcup, Kent; Ernest James Hankins, son, age 5 months.


Enlisted , Woolwich, Kent, age 19 years, 116 days, height 5ft 3½ inches, 113lbs, fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, varicoele left side. Formerly ironmongers porter.

Home, 26th April 1915 to 10th October 1915; BEF, 11th October 1915 to 9th March 1917; Home, 10th March 1917 to 13th June 1917; BEF, 14th June 1917 to 20th September 1917.

26th April 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st May 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th October 1915, posted BEF & 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st September 1916, wounded, gun shot wound face & right eye; 10th September 1916, Etaples, 2 Convalescent Camp;  24th September 1916, rejoined Battalion; 25th December 1916, 73 Field Ambulance, wounded  gun shot wound finger right hand; 7th January 1917, from hospital; 7th March 1917,  ICT (inflammation connecting tissue) right hand, admitted 8 B.R.X. (British Red Cross); 9th March 1917 to England on Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen; 14th March 1917, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th March 1917 to 2nd April 1917, North Evington Military Hospital, Leicester; 21st April 1917 to 26th May1917, posted Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham by Sea, poisoned right hand; 27th May 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th June 1917, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd July 1917, posted 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 6th July 1917, joined Battalion, In the Field; 5th August 1917, Camieres General Hospital, trench foot; 10th August 1917, Etaples, 6 Convalescent Depot; 20th August 1917, 5 Convalescent Depot; 6th September 1917, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot; 15th September 1917, rejoined Battalion.

25th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, George Hankins, 3 Nash's Cottages, Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, Kent; Mother, Eleanor Mary Hankins, 3 Nash's Cottages, Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, Kent; Brothers - George Hankins, age 26, 148 Labour Company, BEF, France; Arthur Charles Hankins, age 21, 5 Battery RRC, attached ???? Group; Albert Edward Hankins, age 13, 3 Nash's Cottages, Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, Kent; Ernest James Hankins, age 8, 3 Nash's Cottages, Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, Kent.

Buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery, LIX. A. 8., Belgium.


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