The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W E McFerran


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Private Walter Edwin MCFERRAN, G/12231, 7th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  died from burns face & thigh, caused by explosion & cardiac weakness, Bavarian War Hospital, Hautmont, France, whilst a Prisoner of War, 7th August 1918. 

Born Woolwich, Kent, son of Mary Jenny McFerran, 52 Saunders Street, Gillingham, Kent. 

Sarah Peters, Aunt, 41 Kings Wood Road, Gillingham, Kent. 

Enlisted Chatham, Kent, age 24 years & 7 months, height 5ft 9 inches, weight 126lbs.  Resided 41 Kings Wood Road, Gillingham, Kent. Formerly labourer.

Home 10th December 1915 to 2nd July 1916; BEF 3rd July 1916 to 7th August 1918.

10th December 1915, enlisted; 11th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 12th February 1916, mobilized; 13th February 1916, posted 12th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; April 1916, completed course of cookery at Portslade but failed to obtain certificate thro inability to read & write; 27th April 1916, Southampton?, absent from 7.00am Parade, 3 days confined to Barracks; 25th May 1916, Aldershot, absent from 2.00pm Parade, 2 days confined to Barracks; 7th June 1916, Aldershot, disorderly conduct on Parade, admonished; 3rd July 1916, posted BEF; 4th July 1916, embarked; 13th July 1916, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th August 1916, awarded 10 days Field Punishment No.2.; 21st October 1916, Boulogne 14 Stationary hospital, dysentery; 19th November 1916, Boulogne, 7 Convalescent Depot; 5th December 1916, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot; 13th December 1916,  Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot, forfeits 3 days pay, improper conduct; 16th December 1916, proceeded to join Battalion; 23rd July 1917, wounded; 23rd July 1917, 72 Field Ambulance, shell contusion; 23rd July 1917, 2 Canadian Clearing Station; 24th July 1917, 26 Ambulance Train; 25th July 1917, Rouen, 6 General Hospital, gun shot wound, back; 9th August 1917, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot; 26th August 1917, rejoined Battalion, "B" Company; 12th October 1917, wounded in action; 12th October 1917, 54 Field Ambulance, NYD; 19th October 1917, 62 Casualty Clearing Station NYD; 19th October 1917, rejoined Unit; 22nd October 1917 to 1st November 1917, leave; 28th March 1918, missing in action.

2nd June 1919, date when Separation Allowance of 5/7 a week, payable to Aunt, Mrs S Peters, 41 Kings Wood Road, Gillingham, Kent, will cease.

14th July 1919, Probate - Walter Edwin McFerran, 41 Kings Wood Road, Gillingham, Kent, died 7th August 1918, Germany. Administration London 14th July to Sarah Peters (wife of Walter Wordsworth Peters). Effects £36 18s 3d.

Buried at Hautmont Communal Cemetery, V. C. 9., France.

NOTE: Regimental History & Soldiers Died in the Great War shows lastname as MCFERRAN; CWGC web site shows MCFARRAN.

London Gazette 30th December 1919


In pursuance of “The Regimental Debts Acts 1893” notice is hereby given that there is available for distribution amongst the Next of Kin or others entitled the sum of money set opposite to the name of each of the deceased Officers, and Soldiers and Airmen named in the lists which are published with this notice in the London Gazette and the “Army List” and are also to be seen at the Regimental Depots throughout the United Kingdom.

Applications from persons supposing themselves entitled as Next of Kin should be addressed by letter to Secretary, War Office, Imperial Institute, South Kensington, London, SW7 and marked outside “Effects”

War Office December 30th  1919                                                               R H BRADE

List CCCCCXXX of the names of deceased Officers and Soldiers whose Personal Estate is held for distribution amongst the Next of Kin or others entitled - Effects 1918-1919.

McFerran W, Private, Royal West Kent Regiment.        £36    18s    3d

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