Private William George Monk

Thank you to Margaret Dennis for the following research.

William George Monk was born in Sydenham Kent, the son of Richard Monk, a gas company labourer, from Blackbrook near Dorking.

The 1901 census shows William (described as Willey) aged 5, with parents Richard and Annie Monk at 3 Dawson Cottages, Sydenham, London. He had older brothers Richard and Charley, and younger sister Mary.

In 1911 the family was at 26 Watlington Grove, Sydenham. William was 14 and working in a chemist’s shop.

Enlisted at Woolwich aged 18, on 10th August 1914 in Special Reservists. ‘S/10771’ Private, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 7th Bn. Attached to 178th Coy. Royal Engineers.

Private Monk was aged 19 when he died on 29th December 1915 in France.

His grave is in Norfolk Cemy, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France. I. B. 35.

Son of                          Richard and Annie Monk

Regiment                     7th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), Attd. 178th Company, Royal Engineers.
Number                        S/10771

Date of Death              29th December 1915
Place of Death             France

Age                              19

Cemetery                    Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France