The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J W Markwick


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Private Joseph William MARKWICK, TF/202801, 8th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, at No.55. Casualty Clearing Station,  France, 8th December  1917, age 19.

Born 30th June 1898, Cuckfield, Sussex, Younger Son of Alfred Edward Markwick and Elizabeth Annie Markwick, (daughter of John Johnson), of Gravelye Cottage, Cuckfield, Sussex / Provident Cottage, Brainsmead, Cuckfield, Sussex.

Educated Cuckfield Church School, Cuckfield, Sussex.


1911 Census - Gravelye Cottage, Cuckfield, Sussex - Alfred Markwick, head, age 50, married, farm labourer, worker, born Barcombe, Sussex; Elizabeth Annie Markwick, wife, age 46, married 28 years, 11 children, 8 still alive, born Brighton, Sussex; Emily Markwick, daughter, age 26, single, domestic servant general, worker, born Cuckfield, Sussex; Joseph William Markwick, son, age 12, at school, born Cuckfield, Sussex; Ernest Markwick, son, age 9, at school, born Cuckfield, Sussex.

Entry crossed through - Elizabeth Annie Markwick, daughter, age 27, married, born Streat, Sussex.


Enlisted  14th August 1914, Haywards Heath, Sussex, age 16, posted Royal Sussex Regiment, Service No.1852;

May 1916, transferred to Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Service No.5516; served with the Expeditionary Force in France & Flanders from May 1916, taking part in operations on the Somme; October 1916,sent back to England as being under age for foreign service; 1st July 1917, returned to France & transferred the 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; slightly wounded at Le Treport & sent to hospital; on recovery was transferred to the 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 8th December 1917, wounded at Cambrai.

His Commanding Officer wrote: "He was one of the best soldiers in the Company, and had been already marked out for promotion. I saw him in the dressing station: he was cheerful and bearing the pain like the splendid soldier he was, and a comrade. He was a great favourite amongst the boys and we have missed him very much."

Buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery, IV. B. 3., France.


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