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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed David Hughes and Neil Clark 2004

There is a small war memorial tablet located inside the Ashford Sorting Office in Tannery Lane. This memorial plaque was originally located at the Ashford Royal Mail Sorting Office in Elwick Road. It was later moved to the old Buffs drill hall in Newtown Road where it stayed until that building was sadly demolished in 1996 to make way for the ugly International Rail Terminal (yet another historic Ashford building flattened by greed).

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

The Great War 1914 1918


Arthur William


Private 303161, 8th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Formerly (179352) Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died Sunday 31st March 1918. Born New Cross, London. Enlisted Woolwich, London. Resided Ashford.


William Oliver


Rifleman 04197, 8th Battalion, London Regiment (Post Office Rifles). Died Friday 15th September 1916.


John William


Leading Seaman, HMS Pembroke, Naval Barracks Chatham, Royal Navy (R.N). Died 21st July 1919 (T.B) at 18, Christchurch Road, Ashford.

Note: John’s death is not recorded by the CWGC as a war casualty.


Percy Thomas


Rifleman 7634, 9th Battalion, London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles). Formerly (5654) 8th Battalion, London Regiment. Died Monday 25th September 1916 aged 33 years. Born Ashford. Enlisted London. Resided Ashford.


Percy Frank


Private L/8239, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 25th September 1915 aged 28 years. Born Arundel, Sussex. Resided Bethersden.




Private G/24280, 8th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (2640) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 1st September 1916 aged 19 years. Born Brabourne. Enlisted Ashford.


Frederick James


Private S/11299, 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died Wednesday 15th November 1916 aged 26 years. Born Charing. Enlisted Ashford.


Arthur Frederick


Rifleman 371842, 8th Battalion (Post Office Rifles). London Regiment. Died 18th April 1918. Born Charing. Enlisted London. Resided Sevenoaks.



(Great Chart)

Private S/10403, “B” Company, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 15th September 1916. Born Kingsnorth. Resided Great Chart.




Rifleman 40555, 2/8th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own). Died Tuesday 20th November 1917.




Sergeant 280539, 222nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Holder of the Croix de Guerre (Belgium). Died near St Quentin, France on Thursday 21st March 1918 aged 36 years. Born Harbledown, Canterbury. Enlisted Ashford.

Note: George must have got around – his name appears on Brabourne, Smeeth, Elham and Sittingbourne’s war memorials!

1939 - 1945


Alan Francis


Signalman 6299850, 1st Air Form. Signals, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 20th April 1943, aged 20 years. Son of Ernest Francis and Nellie Ann Candler, of Ashford, Kent. Buried in Le Petiti Lac Cemetery, Algeria. Plot E. Row E. Grave 38.


Percy Edward George


Guardsman 2613212, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 6th October 1944, aged 38 years. Son of John T. and Emily F. Diamond; husband of Annie Irene Diamond, of Biddenden, Kent. Buried in Santerno Valley War Cemetery, Italy. Plot II. Row B. Grave 7.




Sergeant (Air Gunner) 904673, 214 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 9th May 1941, aged 22 years. Son of Thomas and Edith Maude Paton, of South Willesborough, Ashford, Kent. Buried in Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Plot 32. Row C. Collective grave 2.

Last update 29 January, 2006

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