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Sergeant S C Mewes


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Serjeant Stephen Charles MEWES, G/2248, 7th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, Flanders France, 23rd July 1917.  

Born Orpington, Bromley, Kent, son of Robert & Sarah Mewes, 2 Ottershall Cottages, St Marys Cray, Kent.


1911 Census - 2 Ottershall Cottages, Fordcroft, St Marys Cray, Kent - Robert Mewes, head, age 53, widower, platelayer, South Eastern & Chatham Railway, born Orpington, Kent; Minnie Seal, daughter, age 28, widow, born Orpington, Kent; Robert Mewes, son, age 23, single, mill hand, dyer, paper mills, born Orpington, Kent; Arthur Mewes, son, age 21, single, gardener domestic, born Orpington, Kent. 

1911 Census - 62 Bromley Common, Bromley, Kent - William Copus, head, age 34, married, baker & pastry cook, employer, home, born Watlington, Oxfordshire; Ada Eleanor Copus, wife, age 32, married 12 years, 1 child, still alive, born Beckemham, Kent; Dorothy May Copus, daughter, age 9, born Bromley, Kent; James Hanington, servant, age 64, widower, 11 children, 7 still alive, baker & pastry cook, worker, born Pamber, Hampshire; Stephen Charles Mewes, servant, age 18, single, assistant baker & delivery man, worker, born Orpington, Kent; John Westbrook, servant, age 18, assistant baker & delivery man, worker, born Orpington, Kent.


13th April 1916, St Michaels & All Angels, Woolwich Greenwich, Kent, Stephen Charles Mewes, age 22, bachelor, Soldier, Royal West Kent Regiment, 2 Ottershall Cottages, Orpington, father Robert Buckridge Mewes, railway plateman, married Emily Mabel Beck, age 20, spinster, 1A Goopey? Villas, Pelepar? Road, father Charles Beck, deceased, baker.

Enlisted  Bromley, Kent, age 21 years & 17? days, height 5ft 5 inches, weight 149lbs.  Resided Woolwich, Kent / 12 Kimbolton Avenue, Bedford, Bedfordshire. Formerly baker.

Home 9th September 1914 to 25th July 1915; BEF 26th July 1915 to 23rd July 1917.

9th September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th September 1914, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th November 1914, leaving ranks without permission, 7 days confined to Barracks; 26th July 1915, embarked; 14th October 1916, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 5th November 1916, appointed unpaid Corporal; 21st January 1917, confirmed in rank of Corporal; 21st January 1917, promoted Sergeant; 3rd May 1917, wounded, gun shot wound leg; 4th May 1917, Abbeyville, 2 Stationary Hospital, gun shot wound leg, slight; 19th May 1917, Cayeux, 5 Convalescent Depot; 20th June 1917, discharged to Infantry Base; 21st June 1917, in the Field, quitting sick parade without permission, reprimanded; 29th June 1917, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot, to Battalion.

11th February 1918, pension of 16/3 a week awarded to widow.

24th July 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Emily Mabel Mewes, Bastia, St Georges, Bermuda; Father, Robert Mewes, 2 Ottershall Cottages, St Marys Cray, Kent; Mother, none; Brothers - Arthur? Mewes, age not known, St Marys Cray, Kent; Robert Mewes, age not known, St Marys Cray, Kent; William Mewes, age unknown, address not known; Sisters - Lily Mewes, age not known, 2 Ottershall Cottages, St Marys Cray, Kent ; Mrs S? R? Seal, 2 Ottershall Cottages, St Marys Cray, Kent.

Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 45 and 47, Belgium.


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