14 June 2015

Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment - PoW Other Ranks 1914


The roll-call below is of men who were serving with Royal West Kent Regiment when they became prisoners of war of the Germans on or before Christmas Day 1914. There are 158 names in this list; significantly fewer losses sustained by some other regiments but still representing a serious loss of trained soldiers. They were all men that that British Army could ill-afford to lose. You can read more about this Prisoner of War data source on my 1914 PoWs page.

This data has been transcribed from a single source held at the Imperial War Museum:

B.O.2 1/132 is 4-page, typed list sent by No 2 Infantry Record Office, Staines Road, Hounslow, dated 14th January 1919  


My full transcription of this Royal West Kent Regiment Prisoners of War roll call of other ranks (not reproduced here) also contains the men's home addresses.

I have transcribed the records as they were written at the time. Note that the majority of the numbers should correctly have been prefixed with the letter L/ indicating regular enlistment. The one obvious exception is John Bailey whose three-digit number, 522, stood out like a sore thumb. On checking, I realised that his correct number was S/522, indicating that he was a member of the Special Reserve.

As far as the other men are concerned, the longest serving man here is L/4493 William Cridland whose number dates to November 1895. The newest recruit is 10243 Private F C Thomas whose regimental number indicates that he joined eighteen years later than William Cridland, in November 1913. I shall be pleased to receive for publication on this post, any other additional information or photographs of any of these men.

The full transcription of this roll is available for sale as a download or CD for £20. Contact me if you would like to purchase a copy.

7953 Private J Allen
10079 Private J Allen
9748 Private J T Arnold
10002 Private J Ashton
5819 Private A J Bailey
10031 Private E Baker
6132 Private H Baldwin
S/522 Private John Baldwin
7780 Private A R Bashford
8779 Lance-Corporal D Beeshahan
8064 Lance-Corporal H C Bellfield
7752 Private T Bishop
8050 Private P Bramble
10021 Private W Bridger
5733 Private G Bristow
9305 Private T Brockwell
10066 Lance-Corporal E W Brown
9654 Private F H Bull
5918 Private H Bullard
8030 Private W Carden
6098 Corporal H Chapman
9815 Private W Christie
8069 Private H Clark
9144 Private A P Clarke
8760 Bandsman H J Claxton
5540 Private W A Cole
10012 Private A A E Collins
6651 Private B Cook
9899 Private H Cooksay
8076 Private E Cousins
8282 Private H Coveney
6801 Private J Cox
6309 Private H Coxhead
4493 Private W Cridland
10056 Private J J Curtis
6571 Private J H Dinsdale
7350 Private J W Dodd
9770 Private C Donald
7661 Corporal H Donaldson
6806 Private J Donovan
7688 Private T L Dow
9752 Private W C Dyke
7855 Private G J Ely
7287 Private A Etherington
7712 Lance-Corporal H Farbridge
6724 Sergeant W T Fermer
10090 Lance-Corporal A E Field
9379 Private H Fife
10150 Private R Fitzgerald
8006 Private H Fletcher
5879 Private J T Foster
8254 Private A Friend
8173 Private J Goldsmith
6729 Private J Grady
7873 Private A W Graham
6799 Private F Haigh
8371 Private W H Hall
8986 Private J Handyside
5824 Private C Harden
7945 Private W Harris
8116 Private J W Harrison
9811 Lance-Corporal W F C Harrison
7639 Private J Hart
7899 Private W G Hay
9888 Private J F Hemmings
7962 Private A Higgins
9546 Private H Hilton
7353 Private G Homewood
7275 Private M Hopkins
7383 Private T E Hunt
8024 Colour-Sergeant A H Hutchings
10017 Private T Jackson
10016 Private J Jobson
6686 Private G Johnson
9859 Private G Johnson
9723 Private J Jupp
9674 Private T Kensett
8931 Private H Kent
8965 Private H Woods
9755 Private F A King
8742 Lance-Corporal W Kitchen
7542 Private W Langridge
6499 Private W Little
9956 Private W G Long
9065 Private W Longhurst
7139 Private C G Lovell
8150 Private W Ludlow
7784 Private R D Mantell
10019 Private W Marchant
7272 Private F J Marshal
9122 Private J McCarthy
9483 Private F W Mercer
6684 Private W J Miles
8367 Private A F Moody
4690 Private F Morris
6757 Private T Murphy
8434 Private W Needham
9563 Private J W Newland
5548 Private J W Organ
7285 Private J Packham
7136 Private H Pass
6186 Private P E Pay
8003 Private J T Pearson
10054 Corporal E J Peill
5562 Private A Perkins
7268 Private F Pike
5698 Private H F Pope
6074 Lance-Corporal A J Price
7490 Private A R Price
7189 Private F Pryer
10059 Private J V Pryer
7964 Private T Pryer
8730 Private H F Quinn
8468 Private W H Rigby
6658 Private W Riley
7486 Private T Ritfield
7697 Private J V Rowe
9932 Private E Russell
6388 Private G T Samuels
7887 Private A Savage
9767 Private E G Scott
9724 Driver R W Seager
8312 Sergeant R Sewell
8107 Lance-Corporal A Sheppard
6688 Private W Sipthorpe
5397 Private A Smith
10205 Private E Smith
9695 Lance-Corporal H G Smith
7384 Private J J Spicer
9920 Private C Spreadborough
10215 Private T E Standen
8638 Private W Standen
8848 Sergeant J H Sterry
7907 Private G W Stewart
8664 Corporal F J Strong
7295 Private J Sullivan
9649 Private R Sweet
10243 Private F C Thomas
9734 Private G T Thomas
10046 Private A Thompson
10224 Private C A Tong
10055 Private A W Towns
10013 Private W Trice
7460 Private A Tucker
6489 Sergeant E W Turmer
7481 Private J Tyler
7352 Private A Waghorne
7795 Private H Wallace
9999 Private F J Wallis
5680 Private C Warner
10113 Private G J Webb
9463 Private H Wells
5830 Private J Westlake
8238 Private J S Whitehead
8773 Private J T Wilkins
5092 Private H G Williams
9739 Private J Woolhead
8160 Private J J Worsell

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