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Private T W Kirby


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Private Thomas William KIRBY, G/6164, "A" Company, 2nd  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, 17th April 1916.

Born St Lukes, Middlesex.


1911 Census - 205, Park Lane, Tottenham, Middlesex - Isabella Phillips, head, age 55, widow, married 29 years, 5 children, all still alive, born Tottenham; Rose Phillips, daughter, age 28, married 8 years, sewing machinist, blouses, worker, at home, born Tottenham; Elizabeth Phillips, daughter, age 25, single, sewing machinist, blouses, worker, at home, born Tottenham; William Phillips, son, age 23, married 3months, fitter, gas works, worker, born Tottenham; Isabel Phillips, daughter, age 20, single, at school, totally blind from 2 years old, born Tottenham; James Phillips, son, age 18, single, labour, gas works, worker, born Tottenham; Thomas Kirby, lodger, age 24, single, labour, gas works, worker, born St Lukes.


10th May 1913, Edmonton Register Office, married Elizabeth Juliet Phillips,  48 Park Lane, Tottenham, Middlesex.

Child - Frederick Thomas William Kirby, born 13th July 1913, East Tottenham.

Enlisted Tottenham, Middlesex, age 28 years & 11 months, height 5ft 10¼ inches, weight 152lbs, scar left side of neck.  Resided 3 Manor Road, Park Lane, Tottenham, Middlesex. Formerly painter.

Home, 13th April 1915 to 9th December 1915; Indian Expeditionary Force, 10th December 1915 to 17th April 1916.

13th April 1915, enlisted; 15th Aril 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 17th April 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th June 1915, Chatham, Whilst on Active Service, absent from 9.30 pm to 7.30 18th inst, admonished, forfeits 4 days pay; 5th July 1915, Chatham, Whilst on Active Service, absent from 9.30pm to 6pm on 7th inst, 7 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 3 days pay; 30th July 1915, Chatham, Whilst on Active Service, was absent from 9.30pm until apprehended by Military Police at Fenchurch Street Station at about 11.25pm on the same date, admonished, forfeits one days pay; 29th August 1915, Chatham, Whilst on Active Service, was absent from 9.30pm until apprehended by the Civil Powers at Enfield 5th September, deprived 22 days pay, forfeits 8 days pay; 13th October 1915, Fort Darland, overstaying his 3 day pass from Tattoo until 9.10, 14th inst, deprived 7 days pay; 19th November 1915, Fort Darland, absent from Tattoo & remaining absent until 24th December, awarded 21 days Field Punishment No.2. for absence & forfeits 6 days pay; 10th December 1915, posted Indian Expeditionary Force & 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 10th December 1915, Keynsham Dockyard, embarked; 8th January 1916, Askar, disembarked.

13th November 1916, pension of 15/- a week awarded to widow and one child.

15th April 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Elizabeth Juliet Kirby, 48 Park Lane, Tottenham, N17; Child, Frederick Thomas William Kirby, 13th July 1913, 48 Park Lane, Tottenham, N17.

Commemorated at Basra Memorial, Panel 29, Iraq.


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