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Samuel John Kingshott

Samuel John Kingshott was a Gunner with B Battery, 122nd Bde, Imperial Camel Corps, Royal Artillery. His service number was W/5218.

Samuel was born in 1893, the oldest of four children born to Samuel Coleman Kingshott and his wife Harriet Rose nee Goodes. They lived in St Pancras, London. He had married an Annie James in 1915, in Wales, and they had a son called William Derby Kingshott the following year. Sadly, William would never know his father, but this branch of Kingshott's lives on in Wales to this day.


Samuel died from his wounds in the hospital clearing station at St Omer, France, on 13th April 1918. He was 25 years old.

The picture above, kindly supplied by Samuel Kingshott's great-grandson Wil Kingshott, shows the memorial plaque, known colloquially as a "Widow's Penny", awarded to Samuel. This named plaque was sent to the next of kin of every soldier who died in the Great War. Next to it is the British War Medal that was posthumously awarded to him. He was actually entitled to the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. 

Samuel was my 7th cousin once removed.

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