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CHARTHAM WAR MEMORIAL

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

The memorial is a granite Celtic cross, approached by two steps with a further sword 'cross' within the Celctic cross on the wetsren face. The memorial stands on the village green, Chartham, outside the perimeter of the chuchyard, next to the entrance. There are sixty names for the First World War and thirty names for the Second World War. It was unveiled in October 1920 by Admiral Sir Doveton Sturdee. Of the thirteen Royal Navy/Royal Marine casualties commemorated by the Chartham village war memorial, three served aboard H.M.S. Cressy another served on H.M.S. Hawke and another on H.M.S. Hogue. All three ships were sunk by the German submarine U9 commanded by Kapitanleutenant Otto Weddigen. The names for World War 1 are split by Navy and Army. For ease of reading these have been merged into a single, alphabetically sorted, list.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF CHARTHAM WHO FELL IN
THE GREAT WAR, 1914-19.
ROYAL NAVY
H.M.ARMY

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE."

1914 -1919

ARNOLD

Victor

Captain, 1st/4th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 15th January 1917 aged 29 years. Youngest son of Henry William and Mary A. Arnold of Nickle, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq. Panel reference - 6.

ASHBEE

A G

Private CH/1556(S), 1st Royal Marine Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Died 27th September 1918. Buried Anneux British Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference - I.D.5.

BISHOP

George Ewart

Private G/69559, 17th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Formerly (TR/10/18078), T.R. Battalion. Died 12th April 1918 aged 19 years. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Chartham Downs. Son of George and Frances Bishop, of 27 Asylum Cottages, Chartham Downs, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Hessen, Germany. Grave reference IV.C.5.

CACKETT

Horace James

Petty Officer Stoker 309910, Royal Navy H.M.S. Defence. Died 31st May 1916 aged 33 years. Son of George and Caroline Elizabeth Cackett of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Husband of Kate May Cackett of 24 St Vincent Terrace, Sheerness, Sheppy, Kent. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel reference - 14.

H.M.S Defence was sunk by gunfire during the Battle of Jutland.

CARE

Frederick [Thomas]

Private S/10584, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 22 July 1915. Born and resided Chartham. Enlisted Canterbury. Buried Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Grave reference - I.C.102.

CARR

Sidney

Corporal G/8657, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs, (East Kent Regiment). Died 19th May 1917 aged 23 years. Born and resided Chartham. Enlisted Canterbury. Son of George Frederick and Elizabeth Carr, of Chartham. Husband of Jessie Carr, of Hatch Farm, Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Dorian Memorial, Greece.

CAVELL

Stanley [Herbert]

Sergeant SE/5304, Army Veterinary Corps, attached 177th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Died 21st March 1918 aged 31 years. Born Walmer, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Husband of Louie Yarsley Barnett (formerly Cavell) of 2 Alicia Villas, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.

CHEESEMAN.

J

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COLE

C

No further information currently available

COLEMAN

George Henry

Stoker 2nd Class K/21846, Royal Navy. H.M.S. Pathfinder. Died 5th September 1914 aged 20 years. Son of George and Annie Coleman of Horton Cottages, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 6.

H.M.S Pathfinder was lost with all hands when a torpedo from the German submarine U21 hit the magazine. It was the first RN ship sunk by a torpedo.

COLEMAN

H

Probably this local (Kent) man - Private 40086 Herbert COLEMAN. 22nd (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 21st March 1918 aged 20 years. Son of Henry and Annie Coleman of 5 Station Row, Teynham, Sittingbourne, Kent. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

COLLARD

Roland

Private G/5123, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 18th August 1916. Born Chartham. Enlisted Bromley. Resided Holness Park, Sherbourne, Dorset. Son of Joseph and Louisa Collard, of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Grave reference - IV.J.6.

COLLINSON

H

Corporal 61343, 1st Mountain Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 3rd January 1919. Son of Mrs Sarah Collinson, of 9 New Town, Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Quetta Government Cemetery. Grave reference – 2544. Also commemorated on the Delhi Memorial, India. Face 1.

COOK

William Cook

Stoker 1st Class K/ 35042, Royal Navy. H.M.S. Bee. Died 12th March 1919. Buried New International Cemetery, Hankow. Grave reference - 197. Also commemorated on the Sai Wan (China – Hong Kong) Memorial.

H.M.S. Bee was a small (625 Tons) China Station gunboat.

CORK

Albert

Private G/9765, 8th Battalion, The Buffs, (East Kent Regiment). Died 10th August 1917 aged 30 years. Born and resided Chartham. Enlisted Canterbury. Son of William and Emma Cork. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium.

CRAGGS

Percival

Second Lieutenant, 13th Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment. Formerly Corporal (96536) Royal Engineers. Died 30th September 1918 aged 25 years. Son of Edward William and Annie Craggs of “Chief’s House,” Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury. Buried Strand Military Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Grave reference - VIII.D.7.

DADSON

Albert

Private G/15581, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd May 1917 aged 30 years. Born Westfield, Sussex. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Chartham. Son of Mark and Elizabeth Ann Dadson. Husband of Ellen Dadson, of Primrose Hill, Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel reference - Bay 2.

DALE

S

Private 10798 Sidney DALE. 1st East Surrey Regiment. Died 31st August 1916 aged 22 years. Born Chartham. Enlisted Canterbury. Son of Edward William Dale, of 1 West View Cottages, Shalmsford Street, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

DANIELS

E

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DASHWOOD

George [Lewin]

Private 8765, 3rd Regiment, South African Infantry. Died 9th April 1917 aged 26 years. Son of George and F. Dashwood of Queenstown, South Africa. Buried Point-Du-Jour Military Cemetery. Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference - II.A.3.

FAGG

Albert

Chief Stoker 154116, (RFR/CH/A/1846). H.M.S. Cressy. Died 22nd September 1914. Husband of L.K. Ringer (formerly Fagg) of 605 Dominion Street, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 4.

FINCH

Thomas

Private 32537, 5th Battalion, Prince of Wales Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). Formerly (38544) Machine Gun Corps. Died 23rd October 1918 aged 23 years. Born Chatham. Enlisted Canterbury. Son of Susan and Thomas Finch of 8 Nunnery Fields, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension. Grave reference - V.D.5.

FRISBY

Edwin Daniel

Lance Corporal 8546, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 18th March 1915 aged 21 years. Born Folkestone. Enlisted Aldershot. Resided Chartham. Son of Mr A Frisby of 1 Asylum Cottages, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Brompton Cemetery (next to Chelsea F.C), London. Grave reference - N.172981.

GAMBRELL

Arthur

Private 106238, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment). Formerly 4th Hussars (East Kent). Died 5th June 1916 aged 37 years. Born Herne Bay, Kent, 30th January 1882. Enlisted Yukton, Canada 30th December 1914. Son of Mr and Mrs Frederick G. Gamble of Boughton, Faversham, Kent. Husband of the late Beatrice Gambrell. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium. Panel reference - 30.

GOODBAN

Stanley

Private 235387, 2nd/5th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Died 4th October 1917. Born Boughton, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Throwley. Buried Cement House Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference - I.F.7.

GUTTERIDGE

Walter Cyril

Corporal 9677, 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. Died 4th October 1917 aged 23 years. Born Chatham (possibly should read Chartham on Soldiers Died Great War). Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Stelling. Son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Gutteridge, of Broadway Villa, Petham, Canterbury, Kent. Husband of Dorothy May Martin (formerly Gutteridge) of Mount Pleasant Cottages, Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

HOARE

Henry

Private G/9113, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 29th December 1916 aged 22 years. Born Ashford. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Chartham Hatch. Son of Henry and Annie Hoare of Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference - VIII.B.1.

HOMEWOOD

C

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HORTON

Charles Bertram

Driver 479, Home Counties (Kent Heavy Battery), Royal Garrison Artillery (Territorial Force). Died 29th November 1914. Born Herne Bay, Kent. Enlisted Faversham. Buried nearby in the Chartham Cemetery, Chartham, Kent. Grave reference - R.32.

HORTON

Jessie [Reginald]

Private T/203107, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 12th October 1917 aged 32 years. Born Chartham. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Wye. Son of K Horton, of Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, Kent. Husband of Mrs H Horton, of Withersdane, Wye, Ashford, Kent. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel 17.

HUBBARD

Ernest [Edward]

Private G/20144, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 30th November 1917 aged 21 years. Born and resided Chartham. Enlisted Canterbury. Son of Mrs S.A. Hubbard, of The Exchange, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel reference - 3.

INGRAM

William [Henry]

Stoker 1st Class SS/111804, H.M.S “Hogue”. Royal Navy(R.N). Died 22nd September 1914 aged 24 years. Son of William Henry Wakefield Ingram and Blanche Mary Ingram of Rattington Street, Chartham, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 5.

KITNEY

Herbert George C

Private 204069, “B” Company, 6th (Wiltshire Yeomanry) Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Formerly (2221) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 28th March 1918 aged 33 years. Born Ashford. Enlisted Herne, Kent. Resided Dover. Son of Maurice and Francis Kitney, of 16 West Parade, Hythe, Kent. Husband of Mary Ann Kitney, of 34 Agnes Maria Street, Coxlodge, Newcastle-on- Tyne. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

LARKIN

Arthur D

Private 42584, 1st/5th (Territorial) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 15th December 1917. Aged 26. Born Kennington, enlisted Wath-on-Dearne, Yorkshire. Buried in Aeroplane Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 28.

LOUDER

Archibald [Stewart]

Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class 271761, Royal Navy. H.M.S. Natal. Died 30th December 1915 aged 25 years. Son of Frederick Alfred and Jane Louder of 28 St George’s Road, Gillingham, Kent. Husband of Ida Lauder of Chartham Downs, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference -11.

H.M.S Natal sunk within five minutes after a series of internal explosions. She was at anchorage in Cromarty Firth, Scotland. Sadly 390 crewmen perished. Those whose bodies were recovered now lie in Rosskeen Churchyard, Invergordon, Scotland. Archibald’s body was obviously never found.

LUSCOMBE

William H

Private D/7245, 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers). Formerly Private (32091) South Lancashire Regiment. Died 26th November 1918. Buried Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Grave reference - I.C.17.

MANN

W H

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MARTEN

Charles Peter

Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own). Attached (Commanding officer) 18th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 15th September 1916 aged 36 years. Son of Captain S.W. Marten (East Kent Militia) and Mrs B.L. Marten of Shalmsford Bridge Manor, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Serre Road Cemetery No2, Somme, France. Grave reference - XXXIV.1.1.

Educated at Tonbridge School and Clare College, Cambridge. Gazetted December 1901. Served with Mohmand Expedition (1908).

MAYBOURNE

Ernest Edward

Private G/15, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 13th October 1915 aged 21 years. Born Staplehurst, Kent. Born Chatham, Kent (Probably Chartham). Enlisted Canterbury. Son of Alfred and Ellen Maybourne. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

MOAT

[Walter] James

Leading Seaman 150687, Royal Navy. H.M.S. Pembroke. Died 21st November 1914 aged 42 years. Son of George and Mary Ann Moat of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Husband of Mary Ann Moat of 25 St Winifreds Road, Folkestone, West. Buried nearby in the Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Gillingham, Kent. Grave reference - Naval 13. 656.

Also commemorated on the Folkestone Civic Memorial and in All Souls Church, Cheriton.

MORRIS

William Thomas

Private G/5425, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 18th August 1916 aged 28 years. Born and resided Lyminge. Enlisted Canterbury, January 1915. Son of George and Elizabeth Morris, of Etchinghill, Kent. Husband of Ethel Violet Morris, of 10 Gordon Road, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panel reference - Pier & Face 5D.

Also commemorated on the Lyminge, Kent parish war memorial.

NORRIS

Frank

Private L/7781, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 21st June 1915 aged 35 years. Born Dover. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Harbledown. Son of Thomas and Mary Norris, of The Cottage, Harbledown, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium. Grave reference - B 16.

PERRY

William James

Private L/7791, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 13th October 1915 aged 32 years. Born Hoath nr Canterbury. Enlisted Dover. Resided Molash. Son of Mr J.E and Mrs J Perry of 4 Fern Cottages, Shalmsford Street, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Also commemorated on the Molash village war memorial.

PURCELL

J F

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RAINES

Frederick [Charles]

Stoker 1st Class 296016, Royal Navy. (RFR/CH/B/4733). H.M.S. Hawke. Died 15th October 1914 aged 31 years. Son of William and Elizabeth Raines of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Husband of Emma Elizabeth Raines 47 Park Road, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 5.

SARGEANT

John

Private G/7932, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 23rd February 1916. Born Rye, Sussex. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Chartham. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

SHERWOOD

Albert William

Rifleman 593445, 18th (County of London) Battalion, (London Irish) London Regiment. Died 23rd April 1918. Born Petham. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Chartham. Buried Valenciennes (St Roth) Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference - V.A.2.

SHORTER

Edward [George]

Private L/9570, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd May 1915. Born Byfleet, Hampshire. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Chartham Hatch. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium.

SWAN

E

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SWAN

William Henry

Leading Seaman 237021, Royal Navy H.M.S. Cressy. Died 22nd September 1914 aged 25 years. Son of Ellen Swan of Willow Cottages, Rattington Square, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference -1.

TAYLOR

Frederick [George]

Private G/8878, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd July 1916 aged 24 years. Born and resided Chartham. Enlisted Canterbury. Son of Henry William and Mary Taylor, of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

THEOBALD

Alfred William

Private 62834, 92nd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 12th July 1917 aged 20 years. Born Great Warley, Essex. Enlisted Kentish Town, London. Son of Alfred George and Alice Theobald, of Thruxted Farm, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Brother of George below. Buried Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference - I.E.40.

THEOBALD

George Herbert

Private 33806, 7th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). Formerly (67543) The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 12th October 1918 aged 19 years. Born Warley, Brentwood, Essex. Enlisted Scarborough. Resided Chatham. (Probably should read Chartham). Son of Alfred George Theobald, of Thruxted Farm, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Brother of Alfred above. Buried Bucquay Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France.

TWYMAN

George [William]

Corporal 1975, Household Battalion. Formerly Sergeant (2847) Royal East Kent Yeomanry. Died 23rd December 1917 aged 33 years. Born and enlisted Canterbury. Husband of Alice Twyman of 3 Camden Terrace, St Peter’s Place, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference - V.D.53.

The Household Battalion to which George belonged was formed from personnel of the Household Cavalry Reserve Regiments at Knightsbridge Barracks, London. They formed on the 1st September 1916 and fought as infantry until disbandment on 10th February 1918.

WATSON

Hugh Bourne

Sergeant G/13680, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 18th September 1918. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Shalmsford Street, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave reference - IV.B.5.

WHITE

Frederick

Petty Officer Stoker 297650, Royal Navy. H.M.S. Cressy. Died 22nd September 1914 aged 31 years. Son of James White and H Emily Jane White of Chartham Downs, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 4.

WHITE

James

Private L/10022, 2nd Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 17th November 1914. Born enlisted and resided Canterbury. Buried Brompton, Cemetery, London, Grave reference - N.172707 (near Edwin Frisby).

WHITEBREAD

Arthur William

Private 42035, 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Formerly 10964 Royal Flying Corps. Died 3rd July 1918 aged 20 years. Born Mayfield, Sussex. Enlisted London. Resided Chartham. Son of John James and Sarah Jane Whitebread of Primrose Hill. Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Hessen, Germany. Grave reference -I.K.4.

WRENCH

George

Private G/5178, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 14th March 1915. Born Bedford. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Chartham.

1939 – 1945

BALLARD

Philip Sidney

Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1258728, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 22nd February 1942. Son of Harry and Mary Ballard, of Chartham. Buried Chartham Cemetery. Grave reference – Row G.58.

The Hamden bomber AE394 VN-M ran out of fuel following a raid on Koblenz. The aircraft crashed in York killing three of the crew.

BELLAMY

Arthur [George Oliver]

Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1808099, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 190 Squadron. Died 21st September 1944 aged 20 years. Son of Oliver James and Mabel Bellamy, of Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Ravenstein Roman Catholic Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Grave reference - 2.

BRICE

Stanley Fitzgerald

Lance Corporal 6284650, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 25th May 1940. Born and resided Canterbury. Son of Albert Edward and Mary Brice, of Chartham. Buried nearby in the Chartham Cemetery, Chartham, Kent. Grave reference - Row F. Grave 60.

BRITT

James

Fireman & Trimmer, “SS Hamla” (London), Merchant Navy. Died 18th August 1942 aged 19 years. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel reference -54.

“SS Hamla” sailed from Rio de Janeiro on 11th August 1942 with a crew of 38 and four gunners. It was commanded by Captain William Ashley Shute O.B.E. The ship was lost with all hands after being torpedoed on or about the 18th August 1942.

CLOVER

Jack

Private S/80038, 46 Field Butchery, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 24th February 1946 aged 27 years. Born London. Resided East London. Son of Sidney and Margaret Clover. Husband of Josephine Clover, of Chartham. Buried nearby in the Chartham Cemetery, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Grave reference - Row N. Grave 58.

COOMBER

Ronald [Harold]

Sergeant 812107, Royal Air Force, (Auxiliary Air Force), 500 Squadron. Died 10th October 1941 aged 20 years. Son of John and Edith Coomber, of Harrietsham, Kent. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel reference - 41.

DANIELS

Frederick [Charles]

Aircraftman 1st Class 636364, Royal Air Force. Died 23rd September 1940 aged 20 years. Son of Arthur and Fanny Daniels, of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Buried nearby in the Chartham Cemetery, Chartham, Kent. Grave reference - Row G. Grave 54.

DATLEN

Victor Allan

Gunner 941186, 85 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 23rd November 1943 aged 24 years. Born Kent. Resided Canterbury. Son of William Arthur and Mabel Datlen, of Canterbury, Kent. Buried Kanchaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Grave reference - 2.Q.15.

DIXON

Robert

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1605828, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 178 Squadron. Died 21st August 1944 aged 20 years. Son of George Robert and Eliza Ann Dixon, of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Klagenfurt War Cemetery, Carinthia Province, Austria. Grave reference - Collective Grave 5.B.6.

Klagenfurt is the only CWGC cemetery in Austria.

Note from Kevin Dixon: In the first few weeks of August 1944 Robert went on missions dropping supplies over Poland, in support of the Warsaw Uprising. He was killed in Action 21st August 1944. Robert was Air Engineer on board Liberator KG 938, on a mission to bomb Goering Tank factory. The aircraft was hit by ground ak ak fire. Robert was either killed by shrapnel wounds he received as a as a result of this attack, or as a result of the subsequent aircraft crash. Six crew members died:

159397 PO Morrison JE Pilot
1812499 Sgt Higgs GWF Air Gunner
1802106 Sgt Milton GE W.Op Air Gnr
1579114 FS Evans RS Air Gunner
1323192 Sgt Dorling NW Air Bomber
1605828 Sgt Dixon R Flt Eng

The aircraft is believed to have crashed nr Amstatten in Austria. Bodies were originaly buried at Mitterkirchen and later moved to Klagenfurt. 983449 Sgt D C Matthews otherwise known as Dizzy Mathews bailed out and survived. He was a PoW in camp L3 but without a PoW number.

Dizzy later made contact with all of his fellow crew members families. He also gave his account of the night of 21/08/1944 to Author Mel Rolf. The story is now detailed in his book " To Hell and Back" Chapter 14. ( Please Note Roberts name is incorrectly George Dixon in this Story). Also worth reading Chapter 13 which details the supply drops over Poland.

I have in my possession his service record, Various letters home (covering the last few weeks before he died), the dreaded Telegram informing his family of his death, his scroll of honour and a collection of four medals.

Robert is Commemorated on the war memorial at Chartham. Also commemorated on this memorial is Jack Clover Husband of Roberts sister Josaphine.

DUNNELL

Walter Harold

Private 6300796, 2nd/7th The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 3rd October 1943 aged 19 years. Born and resided Canterbury. Son of Ernest Joseph and Annie Dunnell of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Salerno War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference - V.E.37.

Died on the first day of the Italian amphibious landings.

FULLER

Cyril Leslie

Private 14551743, 1st/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 9th November 1944 aged 19 years. Born Kent. Resided Canterbury. Son of Reginald and Alice Rose Fuller, of Nickle, Kent. Buried Meldona War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference - I.B.2.

HAYES

George [William]

Private 6294685, 1/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 29th November 1944 aged 33 years. Born and resided Kent. Son of George Douglas Hayes and Nora Hayes of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference - XV.F.2.

HINDER

Alfred

Private 6286943, 4th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died between 23rd & 24th October 1943 aged 27 years. Born and resided Canterbury. Husband of Joan Hinder of Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, Kent. Buried at sea and commemorated on the Athens Memorial, Greece. Panel reference - Face 5.

McGEE

William

Private 640966, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 16th March 1943. Buried nearby in the Chartham Cemetery, Chartham, Kent. Grave reference - Row G. Grave 60.

HOARE

J F

No further information currently available

HOLLINGSBEE

Victor [Charles]

Corporal 6286585, 4th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died at sea between 23rd & 24th October 1943 aged 23 years. Son of Horace and Bertha Hollingsbee. Born Northampton. Resided Kent. Buried at sea and commemorated on the Athens Memorial, Greece. Panel reference - Face 4. (Note also Alfred Hinder).

Victor was a pre war Buffs man.

HUBBARD

James [William]

Sergeant (Pilot) 551931, Royal Air Force. Died 7th December 1941 aged 20 years. Son of James Arthur and Mabel Hubbard, of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Buried nearby in the Chartham Cemetery, Chartham, Kent. Grave reference - Row G Grave 57.

JURY

Edward Frances

Driver T/244001, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 17th November 1942. Born and resided Kent. Buried Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya. Grave reference - 4.G.8.

KNOTT

Walter [Henry]

Driver 2137894, 20 Bridging Platoon, Royal Engineers. Died 21st November 1944 aged 39 years. Born and resided Croydon, Surrey. Son of Charles and Emily Jane Knott, of Canterbury, Kent. Husband of Hilda Dorothy Blanche Knott, of Canterbury, Kent. Buried Meldona War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference - I.D.18.

MANKTELOW

Robert Eric [Eustace]

Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1257893, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 272 Squadron. Died 4th November 1944 aged 23 years. Son of Robert and Lillian Manktelow, of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Bari War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference - XI.A.19.

FRAZER- SMITH

H R

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MILES

A

Possibly this man – Bombardier 1032404 Arthur George MILES. 148 (The Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 21st September 1943 aged 41 years. Son of Henry William and Sarah Jane Miles of Ramsgate. Husband of Eliza Winifred Miles of Ramsgate, Kent. Born and resided Kent. Buried Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand. Grave reference - 1.N.7.

ROGERS

Ernest Albert

Private 6289036, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment. Died between 10th May 1940 & 23rd June 1940 aged 21 years. Born and resided Canterbury. Son of Albert and Ellen Mary Rogers, of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent.. Buried St Hilaire-De-Riez Communal Cemetery, Vendec, France. Grave reference - 6.

CWGC shows no battalion details for Ernest. He probably served with either the 2nd or 5th battalion during the withdrawal of the BEF from France (Dunkirk).

STARR

D

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TOMLIN

Harry Raymond

Petty Officer (Supply) C/MX 57949, “H.M.S. Blean”. Died 11th December 1942 aged 22 years. Son of Harry and Celia Tomlin, of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 64.1.

WHITE

Edward Reginald [George]

Sergeant CH/X 1094, H.M.S. Curacoa, Royal Marines. Died 2nd October 1942. Aged 25. Son of Edward Charles Richard (RN CPO/Stoker Retd) and Muriel Ethelwyn White; husband of Evelyn White, of Gillingham, Kent. Born at 5 Rattington Street, Chartham, lived locally and worked on the local chicken farm before joining the Royal Marines. No known grave. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 65.2.

WIFFEN

Raymond Stewart

Private 5878871, 12th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 1st June 1940 aged 35 years. Born and resided Canterbury. Son of Alfred and Caroline Wiffen. Husband of Bessie Wiffen of Chartham, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial, Nord, France. Panel reference - Column 144.

Raymond served in the RAMC before the outbreak of war.

WYLES

Frederick [Bernard Horace]

Private 317565, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 12th September 1944 aged 28 years. Born and resided Kent. Son of Mr and Mrs F Wyles. Husband of Laura May Wyles, of Chilham, Kent. Buried Grenada War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference - II.F.65.

Frederick is also commemorated on the village war memorial at nearby Chilham.

GURR

Alfred Henry

Corporal CH/X 3462, Royal Marines. H.M.L.C.G. (L) 9. Died 24th June 1944 aged 24 years. Son of Alfred and Matilda Gurr. Husband of Rena Betty Eugenia Gurr, of Gillingham, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference – 79.1.

This civilian casualty (SMITH P.S) does not appear to be listed on the memorial (perhaps it should now be added)-

SMITH

Phyllis Sophia

Civilian (Killed by enemy action). Died 31st October 1942 aged 11 years. Killed at Watling Street, Chartham, Kent. Daughter of Henry Edward and Lilian Eva Smith of 5 Primrose Hill Cottages, Chartham Hatch.

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