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APPLEDORE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2004 Martin Edwards

Appledore has several memorials. These two particular memorials plus the plaque reside in the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Appledore. There are tablets to those who died in World War 1 and World War 2 plus a plaque to an indiviudal from World War 2.

Photographs Copyright © David Hughes & Neil Clark 2004

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN
GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM
THIS PARISH WHO LAID DOWN THEIR
LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

"They were a wall unto us,
both by night and by day."

APPS

Walter [Harry]

[Listed on memorial as Royal Garrison Artillery] Gunner 72768, 14th Battery, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died Iraq 4th May 1917. Born Ashford. Enlisted Chatham. Resided Appledore. Buried Basra War Cemetery, Basra, Iraq. Grave reference IV.K.16.

BATES

[Simeon] Percy

Lance Bombardier 160415, 1st Reserve Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died 6th May 1918 aged 38 years. Born Appledore. Enlisted Lydd. Son of Mrs E Bates of Appledore, Kent. Buried locally in the Appledore (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard, Appledore, Kent. North East of church.

BOURNE

William James

[Listed as 1st Battalion on memorial] Lance Corporal G/10448, 6th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 30th June 1918. Born St Mary’s Cray, Kent. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Frittenden. Son of William Bourne of Weaversden Cottages, Frittenden, Kent. William has no known grave. His name appears on the Pozieres Memorial, France. Panel reference 58 and 59.

COOPER

Frederick William

[Listed as Private on memorial] Rifleman B/201384, 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Formerly (S/4161909) Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). Died Sunday 1st September 1918 aged 28 years. Born Appledore. Son of William Cooper of Oak House, The Heath, Appledore, Kent. Buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension, St Sever, France. Grave reference R.II.O.22.

DUNSTER

John

Private 40228, 11th Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Died Friday 24th August 1917 aged 26 years. Born Appledore. Son of John and Mary Dunster of Black Cottages, Appledore, Kent. John has no known grave. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel reference 65/66.

DUNSTER

Charles John

Able Seaman 222764(PO), H.M.S “Victory”, Royal Navy (RN). Died Thursday 13th September 1917 aged 34 years. Son of Frederick Thomas and Elizabeth Dunster of 1 New Rents, Appledore, Kent. Brother of George below. Buried locally in the Appledore (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard, Appledore, Kent. North East of church.

DUNSTER

George

Private G/9626, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Wednesday 7th March 1917 aged 38 years. Born Appledore. Resided Appledore. Son of Frederick Thomas and Elizabeth Dunster of 1, New Rents, Appledore, Kent. Brother of Charles above. Buried in the Estaples Military Cemetery, Estaples, France. Grave reference XXII.A.14A.

EDWARDS

Percy Albert

Private L/9876, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Tuesday 28th September 1915. Born Appledore. Enlisted Canterbury. Percy has no known grave. His name appears on the Loos Memorial, Loos, France. Panel reference 15 to 19.

FLISHER

George [Edward]

Sapper 195261, III Corps Headquarters, Signals Sub Section, Royal Engineers (RE). Died Thursday 18th July 1918 aged 31 years. Born Ivychurch, Kent. Enlisted Chatham. Son of George John and Matilda Mary Flisher of Ivychurch, Kent. Buried in the Pernois British Cemetery, Pernois, France. Grave reference II.F.21.

FOWLE

Frederick William

Private G/23226, 18th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died Tuesday 16th April 1918 aged 25 years. Son of Albert and Sarah Fowle of Court Lodge Road, Appledore, Kent. Born Appledore. Enlisted Canterbury. Frederick has no known grave. His name appears on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel reference 8.

GILL

Thomas William

[Listed as Private on memorial] Driver T4/059162, 208th Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died Saturday 14th December 1918 aged 25 years. Son of William Gill of Station Road, Appledore, Kent. Buried in the Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece. Grave reference 965.

HAMMOND

George

Private G/3068, 8th Battalion, The Queen’s (West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (3848) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Friday 11th August 1916. Born Appledore. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Appledore. Buried in the Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, France. Grave reference III.D.6.

On the 10th August 1916 the 8th battalion moved into trenches at Talus Boisee. The total strength of the battalion in the frontline was only 382 men. Two companies were kept in reserve by the 55th Division.

HYDER

William John

Gunner 76479, 147th Siege Battalion, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died Saturday 7th July 1917 aged 31 years. Born Appledore. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Appledore. Son of John Edward and Sarah Hyder of 2, West End Cottage, Appledore, Kent. William has no known grave. His name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. Panel reference Bay 1.

JOY

William J

Private 108049, HQ Company, 1st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (MGC). Died Wednesday 10th December 1919 aged 19 years. Son of Ernest James and Edith Jane Joy of Rye Sussex. Buried in the Appledore (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard, Appledore. North east side of church.

MILLAR

Ian Arthur

Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (RIR). Died Saturday 30th September 1916. Buried in the Struma Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave reference II.B2.

MARCHANT

Reginald [James]

[Listed as 5th Battalion on memorial] Private TF/201997, 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Formerly 5th Battalion. Drowned at sea on the SS “Transylvania” Friday 4th May 1917 age 19 years. Born Fairlight, Hastings. Enlisted Hastings. Son of Albert and Emily Bertha Marchant of Church Farm, Fairlight, Sussex. Reginald has no known grave. His name appears on the Savona Memorial, Italy.

MOORE

William (Willie)

Corporal G/115, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Thursday 3rd May 1917 aged 27 years. Born Appledore. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Appledore. Son of Jane Moore of Victoria Cottage, The Heath, Appledore, Kent. Willie has no known grave. His name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. Panel reference Bay 2.

POPE

Joseph [John]

Private G/4784, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died Sunday 18th April 1915. Born Appledore, Kent. Enlisted Whitstable. Joseph has no known grave. His name appears on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Leper, Belgium. Panel number 45 and 47.

Joseph may have been known by local people as John Pope.

RICKARBY

Maurice Charles

[Listed on memoiral as King's Royal Rifle Corps] Lance Corporal 505135, 13th Battalion, London Regiment. Formerly (93659) 5th Battalion, London Regiment and also Kings Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC). Died 9th September 1918 aged 26 years. Born Abingdon Berkshire. Enlisted Finsbury London. Resided Folkestone. Son of Arthur and Jane Rickarby of Canterbury, Kent. Husband of Gladys Rickarby of Appledore, Kent. Buried in the Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille. Grave reference III.D.21.

WILSON

George

[Listed as Gunner, Royal Field Artillery, Indian Army on memorial] Driver 57428, 82nd Battery, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died Gallipoli Turkey 20th October 1916. Born Ashford. Enlisted Tenterden. Buried in the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Baghdad, Iraq. Grave reference XXXI-X-39.

George’s entry on the memorial states that he was serving in the Indian Army when killed. It is possible that the 82nd Battery, RFA was attached to an Indian Division hence the confusion. The 82nd Battery operated 12 inch howitzers that were mounted on railway platforms.

WIMBLE

George

[Listed as Private on memorial] Lance Corporal 41637, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment). Died 7th August 1918 aged 39 years. Born Appledore. Enlisted Tenterden. Son of George Wimble of Green Fields, Appledore, Kent. Husband of Florence Clara Wimble of New Barn Farm, Otford, Sevenoaks, Kent. George has no known grave. His name appears on the Pozieres Memorial, France. Panel reference 19 to 21.

WADSWORTH

Norman [Arthur]

Private G/21213, 7th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly (27834) Middlesex Regiment. Died Thursday 28th September 1916. Born Hornsey Middlesex. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Appledore. Son of T.A Wadsworth of 16 Woodland Way, Palmers Green, London. Norman has no known grave. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial, The Somme, France. Panel reference 5D and 6D.

JOHNSON

Douglas Claude Allen

Private G/591 Douglas Claude Allen JOHNSON. 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 13th October 1915 aged 21 years. Born Appledore. Enlisted Ashford. Son of George and Eleanor Johnson of “Veness House”, Appledore, Kent. Douglas has no known grave. His name appears on the Loos Memorial, Loos, France. Panel reference 15 to 19.

1939-1945
BALDOCK Victor Alfred

Gunner 1074819, 118 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 2nd September 1943 as a prisoner of the Japanese. Aged 35. Son of William James Baldock and Elizabeth Baldock; husband of Elizabeth Frances Ivy Baldock, of Appledore, Kent. Buried in Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand. Plot 5. Row F. Grave 1.

CHACKSFIELD Douglas [Geater]

Flight Sergeant 1152688, 148 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 5th October 1942. Aged 26. Son of William and Louise Chacksfield; husband of Marjorie Chacksfield, of Birmingham. No known grave. Commemorated on Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 249.

GODDEN James George

Leading Aircraftman 1176451, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 6th April 1942. Aged 29. Son of George and Emma Godden; husband of Eleanor Godden, of Surbiton, Surrey. Buried in Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt. Plot 4. Row G. Grave 5.

HUDSON William Francis

[Listed as Francis William on CWGC] Sergeant (Navigator) 1801746, 692 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26th August 1944. Aged 21. Son of James Arthur and Annie Florence Hudson, of Appledore, Kent. Buried in Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge. Grave 13567.

LAW Albert

[Listed as Private on memorial] Driver T/177730, 250 (Airborne) Light Comp. Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 25th September 1944. Aged 25. Husband of E. F. Law, of Harlington, Hayes, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on Groesbeek Memorial, Gelderland, Netherlands. Panel 9.

MILTON Charles W illiam

Private 11404620, Army Catering Corps attached 252 Battery, 80m H.A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 7th January 1943. Aged 27. Son of Herbert Frederick and Ethel Milton; husband of Gladys Irene Milton, of Appledore, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on Brookwood Memorial, Surrey. Panel 21. Column 2.

POLDEN Albert Frederick West

[Listed as Albert Frank West Polden on CWGC] Flight Lieutenant 138135, 189 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th March 1945. Aged 32. Son of Samuel Jacob and Frieda Polden; husband of Phyllis Ellen Polden, of Lower Shiplake, Oxfordshire. Buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 18. Row F. Grave 3.

STILLWELL John Digby

Lieutenant 113723, 44th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 5th December 1941. Aged 27. Son of Clarence Digby Stillwell and Fanny Sarah Stillwell; husband of Janet Cecil Stillwell, of Kenardington, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 21.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Plaque in Church

WHEATLEY Arthur Thomas

Flight Lieutenant, RAF Bomber Command. Killed in action 1st March 1943. Aged 22. Grandson of Thomas Joseph Pearson.

Last update 28 January, 2006

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