The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Sergeant T J Kevan


Serjeant Thomas Joseph KEVAN, S/1020, 6th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 8th October 1915. 

Born Bermondsey, Kent, son of Peter Kevan, No.10 Brighton? Grove, New Cross.

4th September 1909, Octavius Street, Baptist Chapel, Greenwich, married Emily Frances Elliott, spinster.

Child - Nora Louisa Kevan, born 28th December 1910,  Greenwich.

2nd November 1897, enlisted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Militia.Service No.1349, age 18, height 5ft 4 inches, fair complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, three vaccination marks left arm, anchor left forearm; 40 days drill on enlistment; transferred to Regular Army.

Home 16th December 1897 to 12th September 1899; Egypt 13th September 1899 to 4th March 1900; Home 5th March 1900 to 15th March 1900; South Africa 16th March 1900 to 4th November 1902; Ceylon 5th November 1902 to 4th November 1904; China 5th November 1904 to 19th May 1905; Army Reserve 20th May 1905 to 15th December 1909.

16th December 1897, enlisted Royal West Kent Regiment, Service No.5082, Maidstone, age 18 years, 10 months, height 5ft 3¾ inches, weight 115lbs. Formerly turner; 16th December 1897, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment;  8th April 1898, posted Dublin & 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st July 1898, posted Aldershot; 5th September 1898 to 3rd October 1898, Aldershot Hospital, gonorrhoea; 5th October 1898 to 11th October 1898, Chatham Hospital, gonorrhoea; 20th March 1899, appointed Lance Corporal; 24th September 1899, Alexandria; 10th November 1899, anti typhoid inoculation; 12th January 1900, reverts to Private at own request; 5th March 1900, posted Aldershot; 9th April 1900, posted South Africa; 16th October 1900, appointed Lance Corporal; 3rd January 1902, promoted Corporal; 19th September 1902, promoted Sergeant; 9th April 1903 to 2nd May 1903, Columbo Hospital, soft chancre; 17th March 1904, awarded swimming certificate; 6th May 1904, awarded 2nd Class Certificate of Education; 27th November 1904, found fit to transfer to 1st Class Army Reserve; 20th May 1905, transferred to Army Reserve.

15th December 1909, Royal West Kent Regiment, Service No.5082, period of engagement expires, age 29 years & 11 months, height 5ft 5 inches, fair complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, formerly turner, married, wife Emily, address 100 Lewisham High Road, New Cross, SE; 24th January 1910, Section "D" Army Reserve; 23rd January 1914, Termination of Engagement,  rank of Sergeant.

1911 Census - 100 Lewisham High Road, New Cross, London, SE - Thomas Joseph Kevan, head, age 31, married, general labourer, Port of London Authority, worker, born Bermondsey, Surrey; Emily Frances Kevan, wife, age 24, married 1 years, 1 child, born Deptford, Kent; Nora Louisa Kevan, daughter, age under 4 months. born Deptford, Kent.

Enlisted Deptford, Kent, age 34 years & 210 days, height 5ft 4¾ inches, weight 140lbs, grey eyes, brown hair, mole inside right nipple, anchor left forearm. Formerly turner.

Home, 28th September 1914 to 31st May 1915; BEF, 1st June 1915 to 8th October 1915. 

28th September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th September 1914, promoted Sergeant; 30th September 1914, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st June 1915, posted BEF & embarked; 8th October 1915, posted missing.

8th May 1916, pension of 16/- a week, (increasing to 18/6 a week from 3rd August 1916), awarded to widow and one child, 48 Shardeloes Road, New Cross.

Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Panel 95 to 97, France.

Photograph provided by Geoff Poole


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