Maples, Kenneth James


Second son of William and Elizabeth Maples of Ashtead, Surrey, and one of three Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Major William Evelyn Maples (G, 1893-1897), Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, fell in Mesopotamia in December 1916 (see individual entry).  Both brothers came to Winchester from Mr. Johnston’s school at Ashtead and played in Commoner XV. When the South African War broke out he joined the 3rd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment and went with them to the front, being gazetted Lieutenant in 1903 and Captain in 1908. In 1903 he qualified as a solicitor and was appointed to the office of the Great Western Railway Company, in which he had been articled.

At the outbreak of war he was mobilised with his regiment (a territorial battalion) and early in 1915, was transferred to the 2nd Battalion. He fell at Festubert on May 16th 1915, killed by a fragment of shell, while leading his men in a night attack.

His name appears on the GWR War Memorial at Chester Station.  This is in the Ticket Clerk’s Office which is not open to the public, although it can be viewed from a distance.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Maples
  • Forenames or initials: Kenneth James
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1890-1896
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 27th November 1877
  • Date of Death: 16th May 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 21 and 22 of LE TOURET MEMORIAL