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Private Walter MANKELOW, G/656,  6th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 7th October 1916.

1894, born St Marks, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, son of Edwin Thomas & Harriett Ruth Mankelow, Cemetery Lodge, Bayham Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


1911 Census - Cemetery Lodge, Bayham Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - Edwin  Mankelow, head, age 56, married, Sexton of Cemetery, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, worker, born Tonbridge, Kent; Harriett Mankelow, wife, age 55, married 33 years, 10 children, all still alive, born Wadhurst, Sussex; Frederick Mankelow, son, age 22, single, caretaker at Town Hall, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, worker, born Frant, Sussex; Walter Mankelow, son, age 17, single, printer (machine minder), Courier Newspaper Office, worker, born Frant, Sussex; Florence Mankelow, daughter, age 14, born Frant, Sussex; Ethel Mankelow, daughter, age 12, school, born Frant, Sussex; Sarah Smith, boarder, (Aunt), aged 91, widow, born Ashurst, Kent. 


Enlisted Tunbridge Wells, Kent, age 20 years & 251 days, height 5ft 5 inches, fair complexion, brown eyes, dark hair. Formerly printer.

Home, 31st August 1914 to 31st May 1915; BEF, 1st June 1915 to 7th October 1916.

31st August 1914, enlisted; 1st September 1914, joined Regiment at Tunbridge Wells; 3rd September 1914, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd September 1914, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st June 1915, posted BEF & embarked; 18th August 1915, attached 12th Division Headquarters; 8th September 1915, rejoined Unit; 19th September 1916, attached 37th Infantry Brigade HQ; 26th September 1916, rejoined Battalion.

12th July 1919, Statement of Relatives - Widow, none; Children, none; Father, Edwin Thomas Mankelow, Cemetery Lodge, Bayham Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Mother, Harriett Ruth Mankelow, Cemetery Lodge, Bayham Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Brothers - Henry Thomas, age 41, 16 Benhall Mill Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Albert Edward, age 39, 41 Bayham Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; William Amos, age 35, 56 Bowthorpe Road, Norwich; Alfred George, age 33, 57 ????? Grove, Peckham, SE; Frederick James, age 30, 9 Tideswell Road, Eastbourne; Sisters - Annie Elizabeth, age 37, 6 Stanley Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Florence, age 23, Cemetery Lodge, Bayham Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Ethel May, age 20, Cemetery Lodge, Bayham Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

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

AWARDS: MM


Note - Brother, Pte. Charles Mankelow. TF/2331, 1st /5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, died 9th May 1915, age 24. Son of Edwin Thomas and Harriet Ruth Mankelow, of Cemetery Lodge, Bayham Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Commemorated at Le Touret Memorial, Panel 20 and 21., Pas de Calais, France.


London Gazette 21st September 1916.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the under mentioned Non-commissioned Officers and Men:

829 Pte. S. C. Mankelow, Royal West Kent Regiment

London Gazette 11th May 1917.

MILITARY MEDAL AWARDS. - Corrections

London Gazette dated 21st September, 1916. -

For 829 Pte. S. C. Mankelow, Royal West Kent Regiment.

Read 656 Pte. W. Mankelow, Royal West Kent Regiment.


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