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Private W J Innes


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Private William John INNES,  G/17519,  7th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed on or after, 23rd February 1917.

Born Bedmonsey, SE. son of John William & Mary Ann Innes, 18 Farmcombe Street, Jamaica Road, Bedmonsey, SE.


1911 Census -  18 Farmcombe Street, Jamaica Road, Bedmonsey, SE. - John William Innes, head, age 53, married, labourer, worker, born Bermondsey; Mary Ann Innes, wife, age 49, married 29 years, 10 children, 7 still alive, born Bethnal Green; Ernest Innes, son, age 21, single, kitchen porter, worker, born Bermondsey; William Innes, son, age 18, single, shop boy, worker, born Bermondsey; Lilian Innes, daughter, age 14, school, born Bermondsey; Harry Innes, son, age 10, school, born Bermondsey; Grace Innes, daughter, age 8, school, born Bermondsey; Lily Duffield, grandchild age 4, born Bermondsey, Imbecile; Esther Kirkham, sister, age, 42, single, ironer, worker, born Bermondsey; Robert Innes, father, age 82, born Andover.


Enlisted Rotherhithe, SE, age 22 years & 10 months, height 5ft. Resided 18 Farmcombe Street, Jamaica Road, Bedmonsey, SE. Formerly liftman.

Home 17th November 1915 to 21st September 1916; BEF 22nd September 1916 to 23rd February 1917.

Qualified as a Signaller.

17th November 1915, enlisted Suffolk Regiment, Service No.23402; 20th November 1915, joined Battalion at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk; 25th November 1915, posted Depot, 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment; 8th January 1916, posted 10th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment; 1st September 1916, transferred to 26th Training Reserve Battalion; 22nd September 1916, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment & posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd September 1916, embarked; 23rd February 1917, posted missing.

19th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, John W Innes, 18 Farmcombe Street, Jamaica Road; Mother, Mary Ann Innes, 18 Farmcombe Street, Jamaica Road; Brothers - Harry Innes, age 18, 18 Farmcombe Street, Jamaica Road; Ernest Innes, age 30, 18 Farmcombe Street, Jamaica Road; Sisters - Lilian A Innes, age 22, 18 Farmcombe Street, Jamaica Road; Grace M Innes, age 16, 18 Farmcombe Street, Jamaica Road.

Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11C, France.


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