Diamond War Memorial Project

Private William George Kent

1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Regimental Number 10135
Born: ---- Died: 1915-05-22 Aged: -- Enlisted: Londonderry.

Interred in Twelve Tree Corpse Cemetery. Name inscribed on St Columb's Cathedral (Church of Ireland) Memorial to the men connected with that cathedral who died during the 1914-18 War. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Second son of Mr Richard Kent, ex-prison warder, formerly of Londonderry, and Harriet Kent, 38, Perth Street, Belfast.

William George Kent joined the army, in Londonderry, about four years before he met his death. He was for a number of years in St Columb's Cathedral Choir. He came from India to Rugby with his battalion shortly after war was declared in 1914.

The name of William George Kent was read out during a memorial service held in St Columb's (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, on Sunday, August 1, 1915, to commemorate the officers and men of the city of Derry, who had died during the first year of the Great War.

William George Kent's father, Richard Kent, was born around 1858/59 in Dublin, and his mother, Harriet Lydia Kent, was also born in Dublin around 1859/60. The 1901 Census contains information on three of their children: Elizabeth Annie Kent, who was born around 1886/87 in Armagh, and was working as a Drapery Assistant; William George Kent, who was born around 1888/89 in Belfast; and Jonathan Kent, who was born in the city of Londonderry circa 1897/98.