Horace Alfred Kingshott

This is a short page relating to Horace Alfred Kingshott, who emigrated to Australia just before the Great War.

 

Horace was born on 27th May 1892 in St Pancras, London, England. He was the third of six children born to Walter & Emma Kingshott who had been married on 8th October 1887 in Lambeth, Surrey, England. Horace was baptised at the All Saints Church in Camden on 19th June 1900. 

 

By the time of the 1911 Census, which was taken on 2nd April 1911, Horace was still living at the family home of 4 Harrington Street, St Pancras, but was starting to make his own way in life as a clerk. He was obviously made of adventurous material as shortly after the census he emigrated to Australia. His brother, Walter Sidney Kingshott, also went to Australia. I have not managed to locate a passenger record for him, but he was certainly settled in Australia at the beginning of the Great War.

 

Horace settled in the Sydney, New South Wales, and married a lady called Daisy Helen Elizabeth Burr in the Sydney suburb of Annandale in 1916. Horace & Daisy's son was John Horace Kingshott, a seaman, who settled in New Jersey, USA. I am not aware of any other children that Horace and Daisy may have had but if you know different, please let me know.

 

Horace appears to have joined the Australian Army and served from that time. I have his Army Service Record for the Australian Imperial Force, from 1918, and this shows that he was eligible for the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. The front sheet of his record is reproduced here.

Horace Alfred Kingshott Attestation Paper

These are the medals that Horace would have been entitled to wear. Having fought throughout the war, and in common with many millions of other men, he must have seen some terrible sights.

1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal

Horace died relatively early on 27th December 1949 in Sydney. He was only 57 years of age. Though I have not found any current Australian descendants of his, his branch lives on in New Jersey, USA, via his son John, and is very healthy. 

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