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ALKHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

The memorial is in the form of a granite column and can be found in the grounds of St Anthony's Church, Alkham. The memroial eas nveiled and dedicated on 8th October 1919. The builder was Mr Henry Harvey and the manufacturer Messrs Hambrook & Johns. It was repainted and the lettering was refurbished in 1981.
Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
IN
LOVING AND PROUD MEMORY
OF THE ALKHAM HEROES
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

1914 – 1919

ALLEN

Cecil [G]

Private 33603. “C” Company 11th Battalion, Border Regiment. Formerly (177927) Royal Field Artillery (R.F.A). Died 30th April 1918 aged 20 years. Son of Mrs E Allen of Chalksole Green, Alkham, Dover, Kent. Born Alkham. Enlisted Wollwich, London. Resided Alkham. Buried Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France. Grave reference I.D.25.

BAILEY

George

Gunner 303630. 2nd Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Died 26th December 1917 aged 26 years. Son of Mr and Mrs Robert Bailey of “The Hollies,” Ewell Minnis, Alkham, Dover, Kent. Born Ash, Kent 29th July 1891. Enlisted Ross Barracks, Shorncliffe 11th January 1916. Buried Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-Au-Bois, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference XI.B.1.

DRAKE - BROCKMAN

Ralph Zouch

Lieutenant. M.C. “D” Battery, 46th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Formerly Gunner (126931) Royal Horse Artillery. Died 29th September 1917 aged 29 years. Son of Alfred Drake-Brockman of 112 Sandgate Road, Folkestone, Kent. Buried Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference II.G.26.

COLLARD

Edward

Private G/24742. 2nd Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (9764) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 13th May 1917 aged 37 years. Born Alkham. Enlisted Dover. Resided Alkham. Son of Ambrose and Elizabeth Collard of Wolverton, Alkham, Dover, Kent. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. Panel reference - Bay 2.

COLLARD

George

Gunner 910781. 340th Battery, 337th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died 29th January 1917 aged 39 years. Born Dover. Enlisted Dover. Buried nearby in the River (St Peter) Churchyard, Dover, Kent. Grave reference - 291 (new ground, at west end).

DANIELS

Arthur [Henry]

Lance Corporal G/864. 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 18th October 1916. Born Alkham. Enlisted Dover. Resided Alkham. Buried Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France. Grave reference IX.G.5.

DANIELS

Edwin [Thomas]

Private G/8803. 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 8th June 1916 aged 30 years. Born Whitfield, Dover. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided River, Dover. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Daniels of Whitfield, Dover, Kent. Husband of Lilian A Daniels of Crabble Farm Nursery, River, Dover, Kent. Buried Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference II.U.14.

FRANCIS

Albert

Private 42281. 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 18th April 1918 aged 20 years. Born Alkham. Enlisted Dover. Resided Alkham. Son of James and Rose Annie Francis of 292 Cheriton Road, Morehall, Folkestone, Kent. Buried Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference III.D.10.

GRAINGER

Charles [Henry]

Private 9038. 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died 14th September 1914. Born Dover. Enlisted Dover. Commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne. France.

MAPLE

Stephen [James]

Leading Seaman 192279. (RFR/CH/B/6315), H.M.S. “Bancchante”. Royal Navy (R.N). Died 25th April 1915. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference 9.

MARSH

Sidney

Private G/25320. 3rd Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 15th February 1917 aged 19 years. Born Common Hill, Alkham. Enlisted Canterbury. Son of Alfred and Sarah Marsh of Common Hill, Church Alkham, Dover, Kent. Buried nearby in the Alkham (St Anthony) Churchyard, Alkham, Kent. Grave reference - South-West of Church near West boundary.

MOUNT

Joseph

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PARKER

Percy [William Frank]

Private G/16804. 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 23rd June 1917 aged 19 years. Born Alkham. Enlisted Dover. Son of Alfred Charles and Edith Laura Parker of “Carlile,” London Road, Deal, Kent. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, Belgium. Panel reference - 20.

RYE

George

Private 5184. 44th Battalion, Australian Infantry, (A.I.F). Died 14th March 1917 aged 26 years. Son of William Rye. Husband of Lucy Louisa Rye of 7 Burrow Road, Folkestone, Kent. Buried Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentiers, Nord, France. Grave reference V.A.37.

RYE

John

possibly – James RYE, Private G/18999. 11th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 8th August 1917 aged 20 years. Born Folkestone. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Folkestone. Son of Charles Gilbert and Sarah Ann Rye of Folkestone, Kent. Buried Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference II.Q.1.

TUPPER

E

Petty Officer Stoker 300721 Ernest. (RFR/CH/B/10769) “H.M.S. Aboukir.” Royal Navy. Died 22nd September 1914 aged 30 years. Born Folkestone. Husband of Minnie Beatrice Tupper of 41 Princes Street, Folkestone, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 4.

1939 – 1945

COUCHMAN

Ronald

Guardsman 2614746. 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 25th July 1944 aged 27 years. Son of Ernest James and Olive Blanche Couchman of Alkham, Dover, Kent. Buried Florence War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference XII.B.9.

FAGG

Lewis [David]

Private 6288436. 4th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 23rd October 1943 aged 25 years. Son of Ernest and Emily Maud Fagg of Alkham, Dover, Kent. Commemorated on the Athens Memorial, Greece. Panel reference - Face 5.

GAVIN

Alan [Gordon]

Rifleman 14258557. 2nd Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 19th October 1944 aged 23 years. Son of Gordon Bedford and Euphemia Paulina Gavin of Alkham, Dover, Kent. Buried Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Limburg, Belgium. Grave reference III.B.4.

HINDES

William [Cyril]

Gunner 1769951. 100 (8th Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders) Anti-Tank Regiment. Royal Artillery. Died 9th February 1945 aged 32 years. Son of Elizabeth Hindes. Husband of Mary Ann Hindes of New Malden, Surrey. Buried Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. Grave reference 26.B.3.

KEELER

Henry [Frederick]

Private 6296444. 1/6th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died 24th October 1942 aged 22 years. Son of Charles and Louisa Keeler of Ewell Minnis, Kent. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Panel reference - Column 54.

RICHARDS

[Dudley] Ernest

Ordinary Seaman C/JX 157953, H.M.S. Gloucester, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship Thursday, 22nd May 1941. Aged 18. Son of Fred and Elizabeth G. Richards, of Alkham, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 45, Column 1.

Note: HMS Gloucester (C62) was one of the second group of three ships of the "Town" class of light cruisers. Gloucester saw heavy service in early World War II. She was nicknamed The Fighting G. Built at Devonport Dockyard (Plymouth) she was laid down 22nd September 1936, launched 19th october 1937 and commissioned 31st January 1939. She was 588 feet in length, had a beam of 62 feet 4 inches and a draught of 20 feet 7 inches. She was propelled by four-shaft Parsons geared turbines with four Admiralty 3-drum boilers giving her a speed of 32 knots. She carried a ships complement of 800. in the Kithera Channel, about 14 miles (26 km) north of Crete, she was attacked by German Stuka dive bombers and sank, having sustained at least four heavy bomb hits and three near-misses. 723 lives were lost, with just 82 survivors. Her sinking is considered to be one of Britain's worst wartime naval disasters. Also sunk on the same day, 22nd May 1941, was the new cruiser Fiji.

See Wikipedia for more details of HMS Gloucester

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Last update 6 May, 2008

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