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Jack West

Jack West

Driver T/44054 Royal Army Service Corps
Died 16 April 1940 aged 33
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in Douai Communal Cemetery, France

Jack West died following a sudden illness whilst serving with the BEF in France and was buried with full military honours. He was the son of George and Kate West; and the husband of Pauline Phyllis Louise West (nee Doughty) of Weston-super-mare, Somerset.

Jack West, date of birth 20 November 1906, was admitted to Heathcote School 6 November 1911, his father was called George and he lived in 4 Argrave Villas in Vale Road. Louis West, date of birth 13 August 1909, and Eveline West, date of birth 17 November 1911, both of whose father was also George of 4 Argrave Villas, attended the same school.

In 1939 George Junior, Eveline and Kate were all listed in the electoral register as living at 4 Argrave Villas; and Eveline and Kate were still there in 1945. George Junior was called “Uncle Jim” to distinguish him from his father. He was a Sergeant in the Medical Corps (No 7250051) and served in India and Burma during and after the War. In 1944 he did the honorable thing and married his brother’s widow.

In 1939 Jack and Pauline Phyllis (known as Pollie) West are listed in the electoral register as living in 49 Grange Cottages in College Road. At the outbreak of war Jack was employed by Mr CFCull, builder of Normandy.

Jack left five children, Ann aged 9, Averil aged 7, Brian aged 4, Bubbles a boy aged 2, and Binkie a baby boy aged 7 months.

(Ash Museum ref 868/1-2)

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