The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private R A Bellamy


Photograph by "Len"

Private Reginald Arthur BELLAMY,  G/30534, 7th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, (formerly  2972, Yeo. Cyclists), killed in action, Flanders, France,  25th April 1918, age 19.

3rd February 1889, born Wimbledon, Surrey, son of Alfred Ernest & Rosina Bellamy, of 28, Claremont Road, Addiscombe, Croydon, Surrey.

26th February 1899, South Wimbledon, Holy Trinity & St Peter, baptism of Reginald Arthur Bellamy, son of Alfred Ernest, (mercantile clerk), & Rosina Bellamy, 170 Effa Road.

1911 Census - 197 Croydon Road, Anerley, SE 20 - Alfred Ernest Bellamy, head, age 52, married, law clerk, born Lostwithiel, Cornwall; Rosina Bellamy, wife, age 44, married 21 years, 9 children all still alive, born Biggleswade, Bedfordshire; May Olive Bellamy, daughter, age 20, single, shorthand typist, chemist sundryman, born West Norwood, Surrey; Edna Rosina Bellamy, daughter, age19, single, milliners assistant, born West Norwood, Surrey; Ernest Adolphus Bellamy, son, age 15, single, wholesale printers clerk, born South Norwood, Surrey; Winnifred Emilie Bellamy, daughter, age 13, single, school, born Wimbledon, Surrey; Reginald Arthur Bellamy, son, age 12, single, school,  born Wimbledon, Surrey; Grace Evelyn Bellamy, daughter, age 10, single, school, born Peckham, Kent; Ellalaine Ethel Bellamy, daughter, age 8, school, born Peckham, Kent; Doris Madeline Bellamy, daughter, age 4, born Eltham, Kent; Frederick Alfred? Bellamy. son, age, 2, born Eltham, Kent; Percy Hopkins, visitor, age 20, single, clerk, commission agents, born Streatham, Kent.

Enlisted Maidstone, Kent.  Resided 197 Croydon Road, Anerley, SE 20.

Buried at  Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension, III.E.8., Somme, France.

NOTE: See pages 384 /385/386 of Regimental History

Alfred Ernest Bellamy and Rosina Bellamy (Tingey) were the parents of:

 (1) May Olivia Bellamy (my grandmother), (2) Edna Rosina Bellamy, (3) Ernest Adolphus Bellamy (the older brother to Reginald Arthur), (4) Winnifred Madeleine Bellamy, (5) Reginald Arthur Bellamy, (6) Grace Evelyn Bellamy, (7) Ethel Bellamy, (8) Doris Ivy Bellamy, (9) Frederick Adolphus Bellamy.

Ernest Adolphus Bellamy and Reginald Arthur Bellamy are the only two boys in the family who joined the Queens's Own Royal West Kent Regiment.  Ernest survived and went on to live in India before retiring the England and dying eventually in May 1936 in Croydon, Surrey. Ernest joined the Queen's Own on 19th June 1912 and served his whole time in India until being discharged on the 26th October 1917 whereupon he then was given a Commission in the Indian Army - the 8th Punjabi Regiment.  In fact, on the 27th November 1926 he was made a Captain which was backdated to 1st March 1922, this was advertised in the London Gazette of Army appointments on 22nd April 1927.  I thought you might like the information out of interest the same as the lovely little letter (see below) written to my grandmother May Olivia Bellamy from her beloved favourite brother Reggie.

It was sad because firstly Reginald Arthur Bellamy died at such a young age during WW1, then Alfred and Rosina lost Ernest Adolphus to an overseas appointment and from what I can gather did not see him more than once a year if they were lucky, then their youngest son Frederick died of Dropsy and Diptheria in about 1923 so there were no sons other than Ernest who carried on the family name of Bellamy.

All the girls though lived to a great age, the last one - Ethel living until she was 100 and dying eventually in 2001.

Xmas 1916 letter from Reginald (Reggie) Bellamy on the Somme to his sister, May Fields (nee Bellamy)

1916 Ltr to May Field from Reggie Bellamy at the Somme.jpg (297876 bytes)

 click on letter to enlarge

Pictures and above details provided by Rosemary BARRETT, Queensland, Australia.

This page was last updated on 15-May-2017.

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