The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private R Headford


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Private Richard HEADFORD,  G/13991,  1st H.S. Garrison Battalion / 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of hemiplegia thrombosis, at Fort Pitt Hospital, Chatham, at 9.05pm, 10th October 1916, age 45.

Born St Philips, Bristol,  Gloucestershire.

Formerly served 28th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, time expired.

27th? January? 1904, Parish Church, Bristol, married Florence Kate Bartlett, spinster.


1911 Census - 28 Grafton Street, St Philips, Bristol,  Gloucestershire - Richard Headford, head, age 37, married, bargeman, iron works, worker, born Bristol; Florence Kate Headford, wife, age 27, married 7 years, 5 children, 4 still alive, born Bristol; Florence Sarah Headford, daughter, age 7, born Bristol; Lily May Headford, daughter, age 4, born Bristol; Richard Samuel Headford, son, age 3, born Bristol; George Henry Headford, son, age 13 months, born Bristol.


Enlisted Bristol, Gloucestershire, age 43, height 5ft 5 inches, weight 120lbs, dark complexion, brown eyes, brown hair. Resided 34 Grafton Street, St Philips, Bristol,  Gloucestershire. Formerly labourer.

Home, 7th September 1914 to 11th March 1915; BEF 12th March 1915 to 24th March 1915; Home 25th March 1915 to 14th? August? 1915; BEF 15th? August? 1915 to 5th December 1915; Home 6th December 1915 to 10th October 1916.

7th September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Gloucestershire Regiment, Service No.2818; 7th September 1914, posted 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment; 5th March 1915, transferred to 3rd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment; 6th March 1915, posted 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment; 6th March 1915, absent from Tattoo till 9.30pm 8th March 1915, 7 days confined to Barracks; 12th March 1915, posted BEF; 23rd March 1915, wounded in action, gun shot wound right foot, transferred to England; 25th March 1915, posted Depot, Gloucestershire Regiment; 27th March 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment; posted 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment; posted 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment; 19th June 1915, Gravesend, absent off special pass from 12.00 midnight until 11.35pm 24th June 1915, & disobedience, 10 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 5 days pay; 15th? August? 1915, Southampton, embarked; 15th October 1915, joined Battalion; 27th October 1915, unfit for Duty at the Front; 2nd November 1915, Rouen, arrived at 27th Infantry Base Depot from the Front; 4th November 1915, classified as "PB" ; 12th November 1915, taken on strength of 1st Battalion; 30th November 1915, Rouen, 6th General Hospital, admitted myalgia; 5th December 1915, transferred to England; 6th December 1915, posted Depot, Gloucestershire Regiment; 29th December 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment; 6th March 1916, Gravesend, absent off special pass from 12.00 midnight until 8.00pm 13th March 1916, 14 days confined to Barracks, deprived of 16 days pay, forfeits 8 days pay; 12th May 1916, Chatham, transferred to 1st Home Station Battalion, Middlesex Regiment; 13th May 1916, transferred to 1st H.S. Garrison Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd July 1916, absent from Tattoo until 10.00pm? 3rd July, deprived of 3 days pay, forfeits 3 days pay; 17th August 1916, absent from Tattoo until 9.30pm 28th August 1916, 7 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 2 days pay; 29th September 1916, Fort Pitt Hospital, Chatham, admitted with loss of speech & right sided paralysis, due apparently to thrombosis of middle cerebral artery, several days unconscious prior to death.

23rd April 1917, pension of 28/9 a week awarded to widow and four children.

11th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, deceased; Mother, deceased; Widow, Florence Kate Headford, 2 Albert? Square, Annie? Street, St Philips, Bristol,  Gloucestershire; Children - Florence Sarah Headford, born 19th February 1904, 2 Albert? Square, Annie? Street, St Philips, Bristol,  Gloucestershire; Lily May born 11th July? 1906, 2 Albert? Square, Annie? Street, St Philips, Bristol,  Gloucestershire; Richard ????, born 21st? February? 1908, 2 Albert? Square, Annie? Street, St Philips, Bristol,  Gloucestershire; William G born 25th ???? 1912, 2 Albert? Square, Annie? Street, St Philips, Bristol,  Gloucestershire; Brothers - Edward Headford, age 50, Victoria? Street, Bristol,  Gloucestershire.

Buried at Fort Pitt Military Cemetery, Kent, grave reference 1413. Funeral carried out by Military.


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