The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W J Kersey


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Private William John KERSEY, L/9759, 2nd  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died whilst a Prisoner of War, Yarbasche Adana, Turkey, with, Indian Expeditionary Force, death assumed between 29th April 1916 and 31st December 1916, age 22.

Born Holloway, Middlesex, son of William John and Sarah Jane Kersey, of 34 Dumbrick Road, Will Hall, Eltham, SE19.


1911 Census - 34 Dumbreck Road, Grangehill Road, Eltham, Kent - William Kersey, head, age 42, married, carpenter & joiner, M.A.Board, worker, born Hammersmith, London; Sarah Kersey, wife, age 44, married 18 years, 8 children, 7 still alive, born Islington, London; William Kersey, son, age 16, single, art printers, born St Pancras, London;  Grace Kersey, daughter, age 15, single, art printers, born St Pancras, London;  Albert Kersey, son, age 11, born Leytonstone, Essex; George Kersey, son, age 9, born Plumstead, Kent; Fredrick Kersey, son, age 7, born Eltham, Kent; Sidney Kersey, son, age 2, born Eltham, Kent; Edith Kersey, daughter, age 1, born Eltham, Kent.

entry crossed out - Beatrice Kersey, daughter, age 12, born Leytonstone, Essex.


Formerly served in 2nd London Brigade, RFA. Territorial Force.

Enlisted  Woolwich, Kent, age 18 years & 5 months, height 5ft 7⅞ inches, weight 120lbs, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, small cyst bridge of nose, scar on left shin.  Resided Eltham, SE9.  Formerly baker.

Home, 24th November 1911 to 18th December 1913; India 19th December 1913 to 31st January 1915; Indian Expeditionary Force, 1st February 1915 to 31st December 1916.

24th November 1911, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 17th April 1912, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th July 1912 Dublin, making an improper remark to Acting Corporal Johnson, 7 days confined to Barracks; 12th February 1913, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 4th April 1913, 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 11th April 1913 appointed Lance Corporal; 3rd June 1913, Dublin, overstaying his furlough from 10.00am until 8.35am 5th June, forfeits 3 days pay, deprived of Lance stripe; 6th July 1913, Wicklow, absent from Tattoo till found in bed at Reveille 7th July, 5 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 1 days pay; 19th December 1913, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th March 1914, Dalhousie, making an improper reply to Sgt Simmonds, 7 days confined to Barracks; 28th April 1914, Dalhousie, wearing dirty trousers on Guard Mounting Parade, three extra guards; 10th January 1915, Karachi, absent from Duty & Hospital, 3 days confined to Barracks; 16th January 1915, Hydrabad, having a rusty canteen, 5 days confined to Barracks; 3rd November 1916, Prisoner of War List, Turkey;

17th November 1920, Statement of Relatives - Father, William John Kersey, 34 Dumbreck Road, Eltham, SE9; Sarah Jane Kersey, 34 Dumbreck Road, Eltham, SE9; Brothers - Albert Heston? Kersey, age 21, Navy Abroad; George Charles Kersey, age 20, Army India; Frederick Robert Kersey, age 18, 34 Dumbreck Road, Eltham, SE9; Sidney Herbert, age 13, 34 Dumbreck Road, Eltham, SE9.

Commemorated at Basra Memorial, Panel 29., Iraq.


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