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DYMCHURCH & EASTBRIDGE WAR MEMORIAL

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

 

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2004

The Great War (1914 – 1918)

AUSTEN

Ernest

Ernest AUSTEN – NO TRACE - It has proved impossible to establish a positive identification of Ernest Austen, only a single casualty is recorded with that name by the CWGC but with no obvious connection to the man commemorated on the village war memorial, Ernest is not recorded on SDGW, seven men with the name are on the MICs, but it would seem likely that the right man was born in Dymchurch in 1880 the eldest child of William & Louisa Austen, on the 1901 census the family all lived at "Chapel House", Dymchurch.

BALKWILL

Charles Vince

Second Lieutenant, 1/5th Battalion (London Rifle Brigade), London Regiment. Died 1st July 1916 (first day of the Battle of The Somme).

BALKWILL

John

Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 1 July 1916 aged 33 years (first day of the Battle of The Somme).

STERNDALE-BENNETT, DSO & Bar

Walter

Commander, D.S.O. & Bar. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Division (RND). Died of wounds 7th November 1917 aged 24 years.

BEALE

Charles Louis

Corporal L/9902, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 20th July 1915 aged 20 years.

BEALE

Simeon

Private L/6554, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 25th December 1914.

HOPER

Alfred Edgar

Private 5454, 2nd Battalion, Leinster Regiment (Prince of Wales) (Royal Canadians). Died 12th April 1917.

HOPER

Arthur

Private S/9594, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd May 1915 aged 22 years.

KEMP

Herbert James

Private G/4615, “C” Company, 2nd Battalion, The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 25th September 1915 aged 25 years.

UNDERHILL

Thomas William

Second Lieutenant, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 19th August 1916 aged 19 years. No battalion is listed.

The Second World War (1939 – 1945)

AUSTEN

Alfred

Civilian. Killed by enemy action 24th August 1940 aged 53 years.

AUSTEN

Ada Emma

Civilian. Killed by enemy action 24th August 1940 aged 47 years.

STERNDALE-BENNETT, MC

James

Second Lieutenant 141310 M.C. 6th (H.D) Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 14th March 1941 aged 51 years.

COOMBES

John

John COOMBES – No Trace - It is possible that this is yet another local man who died after being discharged from the service. The trustees of the memorial allowed his name to go forward on the grounds that his death was caused as a consequence of the war.

FAGG

Robert

Stoker 1st Class C/KX97611, HMS “Liverpool”. Died 9th January 1941 aged 21 years.

NEWMAN

Eric

Eric NEWMAN – possibly Eric NEWMAN who was just a baby when he was killed by enemy action in Dymchurch, as the result of a doodlebug.

NUNN

James

James NUNN – NO Match (too many J Nunn’s).

WHITEHEAD

Percy Hoper

Gunner 835697, 71st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (R.A). Died 17th June 1940 aged 26 years.

CHURCH

Charles Joseph

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1355162, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Died 11th June 1943 aged 23 years.

Last updated 28 January, 2009

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