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BRABOURNE WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

The Brabourne village tribute is in the form of a brass plaque hung on the wall inside the Brabourne parish church near to the Five Bells Public House. The names on the memorial are very similar to those that appear on the nearby Smeeth War Memorial. In November 2004 the plaque was in need of a good clean as were the other private memorial plaques located nearby.
Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF BRABOURNE WHO FELL IN
THE SERVICE OF THEIR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918. THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED
BY A FELLOW SOLDIER CAPT F. D. GURREY M.C., R.E.

ADDY

Albert Thomas [William]

[Listed on memorial as Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA)] Gunner 157151, 299th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died Monday 25th March 1918 aged 25 years. Born Brabourne. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Brabourne. Son of Alfred and Agnes Addy of Stelling Lodge, Petham, Canterbury, Kent. Buried in the St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France. Grave reference VIII.G.3.

ASHMAN

Percival (Percy)

[Listed on memorial as South Wales Borderers (SWB)] Rifleman 263019, 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment. Formerly South Wales Borderers. Died Saturday 2nd June 1917 aged 19 years. Son of George and Alice Ashman of Granville Villa, Brabourne Lees, Ashford, Kent. Born Smeeth. Enlisted Canterbury. Percy has no known grave. His name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. Panel reference Bay 9.

BEAN

Clement George

[Listed on memorial as 2nd East Surrey Regiment] Private 17916, 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Formerly 4th Battalion. Formerly 2nd Battalion. Died Thursday 3rd May 1917. Born Lydd, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Smeeth. Clement has no known grave. His name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. Panel reference Bay 6.

BROOKS

George Henry

[Listed on memorial as 9th Norfolk Regiment] Private 39261, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 22nd October 1918 aged 29 years. Son of Thomas William and Mary Ann Brooks. Husband of Ruth Brooks of East Brabourne, Ashford, Kent. Buried in the Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau, France. Grave reference VIII.B.4.

CONLEY

Albert

[Listed on memorial as 6th Buffs] Private G/8517, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Monday 9th April 1917. Born Brabourne. Enlisted Ashford, Kent. Resided West Brabourne. Buried in the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France. Grave reference XVII.M.3.

MARSHALL

G

[Listed on memorial as 2/5th Buffs} Private G/24280 George MARSHALL. 8th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (2640) 2/5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 1st September 1916 aged 19 years. Born in Brabourne. Enlisted Ashford. Buried in the London Cemetery Extension, Lonueval, France. Grave reference 7.B.13.

SKEER, MM

George

[Listed on memorial as Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA)] 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. Son of John and Mary Skeer of Lyminge, Kent. Husband of Lillian Skeer of “Southside” Brabourne Lees, Ashford, Kent. George has no known grave. His name appears on the Pozieres Memorial, France. Panel reference 10. ~Awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field.

VARRIER, MM

Albert Henry

[Listed on memorial as 1 Royal West Surrey Regiment] Corporal 24696, 1st Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (9574) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Tuesday 16th April 1918 aged 25 years. Born Birchold, Kent. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Brabourne. Son of J.R and F.M Varrier of Brabourne, Ashford, Kent. Buried in the Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France. Grave reference V.E.65.

WARD

Horace

[Listed on memorial as 191 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (RFA)] Driver 124232, “C” Battery, 191st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died Monday 8th October 1917. Born Ramridge End, Bedfordshire. Enlisted Luton, Bedfordshire. Buried Canada Farm Cemetery, Leper, Belgium. Grave reference III.D.31.

WARD

William

[Listed on memorial as 123/128 Brigade(s), Royal Field Artillery (RFA)] Driver 85408, 122nd Brigade / 128th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died Friday 1st November 1918. Born Luton, Bedfordshire. Enlisted Faversham. Buried Vichte Miltary Cemetery, Leper, Belgium. Grave reference I.C.4.

1939 - 1945

BROWNE

Douglas Henry

Gunner 14258735, 100 (The Gordon Highlanders) Lt. A.A./Anit-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 14th June 1944, aged 21 years. Son of Robert Thomas Brown and Lilian F. Brown, of Brabourne, Kent. Buried in Imphal War Cemetery, India. Plot 7. Row K. Grave 1.

Last update 29 January, 2006

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