Bromley War Memorial

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Wilfred Frank King

26/03/1899 - 04/11/1917
Wilfred Frank King
Source: Bromley & District Times
CWGC Cemetery: Bromley (London Road or Old) Cemetery
Other Memorials: Congregational Church, Bromley (now Bromley URC)

Place of birth: Bromley, Kent
Last known address in Bromley: 37 Glenfield, Glebe Road

Military information

Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Number: Unknown

Family information

Parents: John & Alice King (nee Simmons)
Parents' occupation: Tax collector
Siblings: Arthur George, Sydney John

Census information

Address: 9 College Slip, High Street
Address: 77 Statherley Road, Sidcup

Extra details

Wilfred, born in Bromley, was the youngest of John and Alice Kingís three sons. The family lived for some time in Sidcup so he was educated at Sidcup House School before going to St Dunstanís in January 1912. He left in July 1914 and became a clerk in Martinís Bank in Dartford. His mother died in 1915 and this is probably when the family moved back to Bromley, living with Aliceís widowed sister Ada Bacon.

Aged 16 he joined the Volunteer Training Corps. When a band was formed he became a drummer and helped train many of the lads. He was a member of the Bromley Town Miniature Rifle Club and an excellent shot.

Wilfred was too young to take part in the early stages of the War, but in 1917 underwent officer training and was commissioned onto the General List for service with the Royal Flying Corps on I9 July 1917. He then commenced training as a pilot, and it was during this that he was killed in a flying accident, on Hounslow Heath, on 4 November 1917. In a flat turn, at 300 feet, his plane side slipped, nose-dived and burst into flames when it hit the ground. The pilot was also killed.

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