The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Sergeant J J F Britcher


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Serjeant John James Frederick BRITCHER, G/19037, 10th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 29th September 1918, age 20.

17th May 1898, born Maidstone, Kent, son of Richard & Rebecca. Mary Britcher, (nee Record), of 26 Tapton Street, Maidstone, Kent. / 8, Well Road, Maidstone, Kent.

8th June 1898, St Peters, Maidstone, baptism of John James Frederick Britcher, son of Richard & Rebecca. Mary Britcher.

1911, his mother married Thomas W Terry.


1911 Census - 16 Warwick Place, Maidstone - Thomas Terry, head, age 30, married, general dealer, own account, born Maidstone, Kent; Rebecca Terry, wife, age 41, married 1 year no children, 5 from previous marriage, 4 still alive, box labeller, speciality grocer, born Tenterden, Kent; Thomas Britcher, stepson, age 18, single, unemployed, born Marden, Kent; Cissie Britcher, step daughter, age 14, general domestic, born Maidstone, Kent; John Britcher, stepson, age 12, school, born Maidstone, Kent; Thomas Vane, age 22, boarder, married, house painter, Miller, born Yalding, Kent; Mahala Vane, age 21, married under1 year, no children, packer connected in grocers sundries, born Maidstone, Kent.


Enlisted Maidstone, Kent, age 18 years and 5 months, height 5ft 9¾ inches. Resided 73 Union Street, Maidstone, Kent. Formerly gardener.

Home 8th November 1915 to 5th December 1916; BEF 6th December 1916 to 29th September 1918.

8th November 1915, enlisted & posted 3rd Battalion, West Kent Yeomanry, 2169; 30th January1916, Canterbury, neglect of duty whilst on night guard, 2 extra guards; 24th February 1916, Canterbury, neglect of duty, being found in the Institute during stable hours, 2 days confined to Barracks; 2nd June 1916, appointed paid Acting Lance Corporal; 5th December 1916, embarked / disembarked; 6th December 1916, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment, 4th Battalion, posted 8th  Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 25th December 1916, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th December 1916, joined Battalion, In the Field; 16th January 1918, proceeded to Italy; 13th March 1918, promoted Corporal; 21st March 1918, returned with Battalion to France; 24th March 1918, appointed Acting Sergeant; 24th March 1918, confirmed substantive rank, Sergeant; 9th July 1918, granted 14 days leave to UK.

October 1918, allotment of pay of 1/9 a week to mother, Mrs R M Terry, 26 Tuftons Street, Maidstone, Kent to cease on report of casualty..

29th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, deceased; Mother, Rebecca. Mary Terry,  8, Well Road, Maidstone, Kent; Brothers - Albert Britcher, age 28, Rue de Mon? No15 Glen les Mons, Belgium; Thomas Britcher, age 26, GPO Narambal?, Australia; Sister - Cissie May Lythall,  8, Well Road, Maidstone, Kent; Nephews /Nieces - Leonard Lythall, age 5,  8, Well Road, Maidstone, Kent; Constance Lythall, age 3,  8, Well Road, Maidstone, Kent. 

Buried at  Zantvoorde British Cemetery, II.J.11., Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


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