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Private Richard BELCHER, L/9787, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, France and Flanders, 30th July 1916.

Born Anerley, Surrey.


1911 Census - 1 Cousins Cottage, Berrymans lane, Sydenham, SE. - John James Woodrow, head, age 61, married, wheelwright for Mr Batchelor, born Turnspuddle, Dorset; Mary Woodrow, wife, age 58, married 7 years, no children, born Islington, London; Richard Belcher, grandson, age 17, wheelwrights labourer, born  Anerley, Surrey; Alice Mary Belcher, grand daughter, age 14, domestic servant,  Anerley, Surrey. Grandchildren by previous marriage.


Previously served 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, 8340, Enlisted Penge, 17th June 1911 to 29th December 1911. 21st June 1911 to 26th June 1911, Maidstone Hospital, observation, NAD (no appreciable disease).

Next of Kin, brother, John Belcher, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. / Mrs Alice Mary Palmer, (formerly Miss Alice Belcher, sister), 1 Cousins Cottage, Berrymans lane, Sydenham, SE.

Enlisted Penge, Surrey, age 18, height 5ft 2½ inches, weight 118lbs. Formerly wheelwrights labourer.

Home 30th December 1911 ti 14th August 1914l BEF 15th August 1914 to 30th July 1916.

30th December 1911, enlisted; 6th January 1912, joined Regiment at Dublin; 28th September 1912, Dublin, drunk on Command Quay, about 9.50pm, confined to Barracks, 8 days; 3th November 1912, Dublin, falsifying a pass, 96 hours detention; 4th April 1913, awarded 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 24th September 1913, employment sheet, not trustworthy, clean & of fair intelligence; 15th August 1914, landed in France with Battalion, "B" Company;

11th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Brother - John Belcher, Private, 9969, East Surrey Regiment, remaining with the Colours, (41 Miall Road, Sydenham, SE); Sister - Mrs Alice Mary Palmer, 1 Cousins Cottage, Berrymans lane, Sydenham, SE.

Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 11C, Somme, France.


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