The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private R A Hurst


Private Richard Alfred HURST, G/11045, 11th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, Flanders France, 15th September 1916, age 20.

Born 11th April 1896, Southwark, SE, son of Robert Hurst and Mary Hurst, (daughter of Richard Gohegan), of 5, Ingoldsthorpe Grove, Glengall Road, Peckham, London.

Educated at Townsend Street County Council School.

1911 Census - 9 Shorncliffe Road, Old Kent Road, SE - Robert Hurst, head, age 45, married, woodworker, worker, born Lambeth; Mary Hurst, wife, age 45, married 25 years, 10 children, 9 still alive, born Walworth; James Hurst, son, age 23, single, coffee sampler, Wharfingers, worker, born Walworth; Florence Maud Hurst, daughter, age 19, single, milliner, milliners, worker, born Walworth; Alfred Richard Hurst, son, age 15, single, traveller, tobacconists, worker, born Bermondsey; Charles Hurst, son, age 12, schoolboy, born Bermondsey; Alice Jane Hurst, daughter, age 12, schoolgirl, born Bermondsey; Sidney Hurst, son, age 3, not at school, born Bermondsey.

Enlisted London, age 20 years 2 months, height 5ft 4½ inches, weight 127lbs, fresh complexion, brown eyes, scar right side neck.  Resided Peckham, SE. Formerly warehouseman / fruit salesman.

Home 3rd September 1914 to 10th July 1915; Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 11th July 1915 to 24th September 1915; Home 25th September 1915 to 2nd May 1916; BEF, 3rd May 1916 to 15th September 1916.

3rd September 1914, enlisted, & posted Depot, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, Service No.14298; 5th September 1914, joined Regiment at Bodmin; 18th September 1914, transferred to 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Service No.G/12876; 11th July 1915, posted MEF; August 1915, Gallipoli, wounded in action, gun shot wound lower extremities; 13th August 1915, arrived Alexandria; 15th August 1915, Cairo, admitted 2nd General Hospital; 25th September 1915, to England on Hospital Ship; 25th September 1915, posted Depot, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; 25th September 1915 to 28th September 1915, Princess Club? Hospital, shrapnel wound, left thigh; 7th October 1915, appointed Lance Corporal; 6th November 1915, memo from Officer Commanding Depot, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers to Infantry Records, "The above named man is desirous of being transferred to serve in the Unit of an elder brother, will you please forward this man's documents in order that the necessary action may be taken."; 17th November 1915, transferred to 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd January 1916, Witley, overstaying his pass from 11.59pm and remaining absent until reporting at 11.00pm 24th January 1916, admonished, forfeits 1 days pay; 3rd May 1916, posted BEF, embarked Southampton, disembarked Havre; 9th May 1916, In the Field, refusing to obey an order, awarded 10 days Field Punishment No.2.; 22nd May 1916, In the Field, absent off 6.10am Parade, 3 days confined to Barracks; 15th September 1916, posted missing.

11th? August? 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Robert Hurst, 5, Ingoldsthorpe Grove, Peckham; Mother, Mary Hurst, 5, Ingoldsthorpe Grove, Peckham; Brothers - Edward Robert Hurst, age 35, 5, Ingoldsthorpe Grove, Peckham; James Hurst, age 31, 40 Montefiore? Street, Wandsworth; ????? Henry Hurst, age 29, 146 Commercial Road, Peckham; ????? George Hurst, age 24, 5, Ingoldsthorpe Grove, Peckham; ????? Hurst, age 20, 5, Ingoldsthorpe Grove, Peckham; ????? Hurst, age 10, 5, Ingoldsthorpe Grove, Peckham; Sisters - Florence Maud, age 27?, 5, Ingoldsthorpe Grove, Peckham; Alice Jane, age 19, 5, Ingoldsthorpe Grove, Peckham.

Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11C, France.

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