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BEKESBOURNE WAR MEMORIAL

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

This village memorial is in rather poor condition through years of decay. Located in the parish church graveyard it needs a good clean up and the inscription and men’s names require painting.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2004

The Great War 1914 – 1918

BEAN

Arthur

Private G/8115 , 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 17th May 1916. Born Canterbury. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Canterbury.

BUSHELL

Sydney J

Lance Sergeant G/346, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 11th July 1917. Born Bekesbourne. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Bekesbourne.

CAGE

Charles E

Private G/9720, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd December 1917. Born Canterbury. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Bekesbourne. Charles is commemorated nearby on the Petham war memorial. 

The Bekesbourne war memorial gives information that C.E CAGE served in the South Lancashire Regiment. The records show that he did in fact serve in The Buffs. Another local man – G.E CAGE did in fact serve in the South Lancashire Regiment. It is possible that the stone mason confused the two.

Lance Corporal 9205 George Edwin CAGE. 7th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment. Died 19th December 1915. Born Canterbury, Enlisted Canterbury.

GIBBS

Warwick

Private G/574 , 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 13th October 1915. Born Preston, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Preston, Kent.

GOLDUP

William Thomas

Gunner 129170, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died (UK) 16th November 1918. Born Hedgington, Kent. Enlisted Maidstone. 

Soldiers Died Great War gives his birth place as HEDGINGTON, Kent. No such place exists as far as we can tell. It probably is a mis-spelling of EGERTON.

HOARE

H

Either

HOARE, Henry - Private G/9113, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 29th December 1916. Born Ashford, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Chartham Le Hatch.

or

HOARE, Harry Walter - Sergeant L/8475 . 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 11th May 1915. Born Lower Walmer, Kent. Enlisted Dover. Resided Westgate-on-Sea, Kent.

HOWARD

William

Captain, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 8th October 1915.

KINGSFORD

Frederick William

Private G/2671 , 8th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (2605) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 21st August 1916. Born Elham. Enlisted Dover. Resided Dover.

KNIGHT

James [Stanley]

Private T/202706 , 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 12th October 1917. Born Birmingham. Enlisted Gravesend. Resided Maidstone.

MEPSTED

John

Private 265572, 1/1st Kent Cyclist Battalion. Army Cyclist Corps. Died India 14th October 1917. Born Canterbury. Enlisted Canterbury. 

The CWGC and the WW1 medal index card (MID) list him as – John MEPSTEAD.

MOORE

Percy

Gunner 27320 , Royal Garrison Artillery (R.G.A). Died 27th October 1915. Born Ashford, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury.

NEWPORT

W Charles V

Private G/2508, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd May 1917. Born Bekesbourne. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Bekesbourne.

Soldiers Died Great War lists – Charles NEWPORT whereas the village memorial gives – W.C.V NEWPORT. The medal index rolls list him as Charles NEWPORT. The CWGC give him as Charles William Victor NEWPORT.

27 December 2004

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