Private James Edward Genn

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

Nov 1918

Media files and documents

Service Number

375385, 456989

Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

Kinsbourne Green
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Wardown Park Military Hospital
United Kingdom

Grave Location

Plot Z.N.52
Crawley Green Cemetery
United Kingdom

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

James Edward Genn was born in Boughton, Nonchelsea in Kent in 1881 to James Billet Genn & Eliza, nee Potter.


In 1901 he 20 years old & is living in Kent with his mother, father, 5 brothers & 1 sister. His widowed grandmother, Lucy Potter, is also living with them. He is working as a bricklayer's labourer, the same occupation as his father. His 16 year old brother Frederick is a farm labourer.


In July 1909 James Edward marries May Edith Gibbons & 2 years later in 1911, the census tells us they are living with her parents James & Grace Gibbons in Lacey's House, Linton, Maidstone. His father in-law is an Army pensioner. James Edward is working as a gardener & groom.


No service record can be found for James Edward, but Wardown Park Museum hold records of when it was used as a military hospital & among these there is a record of him sadly dying in hospital of pneumonia in November 1918. He is buried in the cemetery on Crawley Green Road.

Individual Location

Author: KarenC

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