The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

 Sergeant H J Hooker


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Serjeant Herbert James HOOKER, G/67, 6th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France,  death on or after 14th October 1917.

Born Barming, Maidstone, Kent, son of James & Jane Hooker, West Street, Barming, Maidstone, Kent.

31st July 1892, Barming, Kent, baptism of Herbert James Hooker, son of James & Jane Hooker.


1911 Census - West Street, Hall Cottages, Barming, Kent - Jane Hooker, head, age 50, widow, 6 children, all still alive, charwoman, born Mereworth, Kent; John Hooker, son, age 21, single, farm labourer, born Barming, Kent; Herbert James Hooker, son, age 18, single, farm labourer, born Barming, Kent; Bessie Hooker, daughter, age 16, single, domestic servant, born Barming, Kent; Grace Hooker, daughter, age 13, school, born Barming, Kent; Walter Hooker, son, age 11, school, born Barming, Kent.


Enlisted 13th August 1914, Maidstone, Kent, age 22 years & 60 days, height 5ft 6 inches, weight 136lbs, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Formerly farm labourer.

Home, 13th August 1914 to 31st May 1915; BEF, 1st June 1915 to 14th October 1917.

13th August 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd August 1914, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 24th December 1914, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 10th April 1915, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 1st June 1915, posted BEF; 9th October 1915, appointed Acting Corporal;  6th December 1915, promoted Corporal; 22nd February 1916, appointed paid Lance Sergeant; 3rd July 1916, appointed Acting Sergeant; 8th July 1916, promoted Sergeant; 4th August 1916, wounded  gun shot wound to the face; 7th August 1916, Etaples, admitted St John Ambulance Hospital; 26th October 1916, rejoined Battalion; 14th November 1916, attached 3rd Army School; 11th August 1917, 37 Field Ambulance, ????? leg; 16th August 1917, rejoined Battalion; 2nd September 1917, 3rd Rest Camp; 10th September 1917, rejoined Battalion; 14th October 1917, posted missing.

Awarded Military Medal 5th May 1917.

8th July 1918, date when Separation Allowance of 6/10 a week, payable to mother, will cease.

30th June 1918, Statement of Relatives - Father, dead; Mother, Jane Hooker, West Street, Barming; Brothers - John Hooker, age 29, West Street, Barming; Walter Hooker, age 19, 53rd Bedfords, Army of the Rhine; Sisters - Harriet Hooker, age 31, Penshurst, ?????? Avenue, B?????; Bessie Hooker, age 24, ??????, Farleigh?; Grace Hooker, age 21, West Street, Barming.

4th December 1918, Wednesday, 12.30pm Maidstone, Kent, Military Medal presentation made to Mrs J Hooker, at Royal West Kent Regiment Barracks, Maidstone.

Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Bay 7, Pas de Calais, France.

AWARDS : MM

External link to Barming Roll of Honour.


London Gazette 18th June 1917.

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:

67 Sjt. H. J. Hooker, Royal West Kent Regiment


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