The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Sergeant W H Beake


Serjeant William Harold BEAKE, G/19027, 10th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders, France, death assumed on or since 31st July 1917, age 24.

Born Canterbury, Kent, son of William and Charlotte Beake.

Enlisted Maidstone, Kent, age 21, height 5ft 9¼.  Resided, 2 Acacia Villas, Lower Road, St Mary's Cray, Kent.

Home 19th October 1915 to 25th December 1916; BEF 26th December 1916 to 9th March 1917; Home 10th March 1917 to 22nd May 1917; BEF, 23rd May 1917 to 31st July 1917.

19th October 1915, enlisted into 3/1 Battalion, West Kent Yeomanry, 2105; 10th May 1916, appointed Acting Lance Corporal; 2nd June 1916, appointed paid Acting Corporal; 21stJuly 1916, promotion substantive to Corporal; 21st July 1916, appointed Acting Sergeant; 5th December 1916, embarked /disembarked; 6th December 1916, transferred to 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment / 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, posted 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th December 1916, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd March 1917, Boulogne, admitted 3 Canadian General Hospital; 3rd March 1917, Wimereux, admitted 4 Stationary General Hospital, scarlet fever; 10th March 1917, transferred to England, trench fever; 11th March 1917 to 4th May 1917, Connaught Hospital, Aldershot, trench fever; 4th May 1917, Connaught Hospital, Aldershot, discharged on 10 day furlough; 14th May 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd May 1917, posted BEF & 7th Battalion,  Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th June 1917, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 17th June 1917, joined Battalion in the Field; 31st July 1917, posted wounded & missing.

29th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, deceased; Mother, Charlotte Beake, 19 Cossington Road, Canterbury, Kent.

Probate - Beake William Harold of 19 Cossington Road, Canterbury. Sergeant Royal West Kent Regiment, died 31st July 1917 in France. Probate London 20th October 1920 to Charlotte Beake, widow. Effects £10 1s 6d.

Commemorated at  Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 45 & 47, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


London Gazette, 28th September 1917

His Majesty, The KING, has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the under mentioned:

G/19027 Sgt H Beake, Royal West Kent Regiment (Canterbury)

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