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Private William Henry KIRBY, G/11890,  8th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 9th September 1917, age 23.  

Born Ash, Surrey, son of William H. and Mary Jane Kirby, of 20, Victoria Terrace, Gillingham Road, Gillingham, Kent.


1911 Census - 20, Victoria Terrace, Gillingham Road, Gillingham, Kent - William Kirby, head, age 44, married, Ticket Collector, Railway Company, worker, born Westbury, Wiltshire; Mary Kirby, wife, age 42, married 17 years, 4 children, all still alive, born Westbury, Wiltshire; William Kirby, son, age 17, single, blind maker, worker, born Ash, Surrey; Amy Kirby, daughter, age 15, single, general servant, domestic, worker, born Ash, Surrey; Edith Kirby, daughter, age 12, school, born Shalford, Surrey; Beatrice Kirby, daughter, age 8, school, born Rochester, Kent.


Enlisted Chatham, Kent, age 21 years & 286 days, height 5ft 8 inches, weight 136lbs.  Resided Gillingham, Kent. Formerly blind maker.

Home 18th November 1915 to 18th May 1916; BEF 19th May 1916 to 9th September 1917.

18th November 1915, enlisted; 19th November 1915, to Army Reserve; 24th January 1916, mobilized & posted 9th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th May 1916, posted BEF & 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 19th May 1916, embarked; 2nd June 1916, proceeded to join Battalion.

27th August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Widow, none; Children, none: Father, William Henry Kirby,  20, Victoria Terrace, Gillingham Road, Gillingham, Kent; Mother, Mary Jane Kirby,  20, Victoria Terrace, Gillingham Road, Gillingham, Kent; Brothers, none; Sisters - Amy Elizabeth Kirby, age 24,  20, Victoria Terrace, Gillingham Road, Gillingham, Kent; Edith Mary Kirby, age 20,  20, Victoria Terrace, Gillingham Road, Gillingham, Kent; Beatrice Louisa Kirby, age 16,  20, Victoria Terrace, Gillingham Road, Gillingham, Kent.

Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 106 to 108, Belgium.


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