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HEADCORN WAR MEMORIAL

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

The memorial is stands in the middle of the High Street, Headcorn. It is in a cenoptaph style obelisk and is inset with red marble. The plaques commeorating those who died from World War 1 and 2 are on the front of the monument, on one side is a soldier charging with bayonet fixed and the other a naval gunner firing his gun, the back holds a black laurel wreath. There are 37 names for World War 1 and 10 for World War 2. The order here is not the same as on the memorial as the names have been sorted into alphabetical order within conflict for ease of reading.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

LEST
WE FORGET
ERECTED
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF
OUR GLORIOUS DEAD
WHO FELL IN
THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

BARTON

Albert Mitchell

Private G/24583. 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 27th September 1918. Born Eltham, London. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Tonbridge. Buried Marcoing British Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference - I. C. 15.

BINGHAM

James

Private G/52972, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 20th September 1917 aged 32 years. Born Headcorn. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Headcorn. Son of James Bingham of Luckhurst Farm, Headcorn. Husband of Annie Ford (formerly Bingham) of High Street, Headcorn, Kent. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

BURGESS

Alfred

Private L/10145, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 24th August 1914. Born Headcorn. Enlisted Maidstone. Commemorated on the Le Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.

CHANTLER

Charles

Private 201570, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Formerly (4613) Suffolk Regiment. Died 12th August 1917. Born Frittenden. Enlisted Ashford. Buried Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference - XX. D. 4.

CROUCH

Albert William

Private G/19978, “D” Company, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly (37676) General Service (GS) Cavalry. Died 26th October 1917 aged 19 years. Born Hawkhurst. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Headcorn. Son of Mr and Mrs C Crouch of Witherden Farm, Headcorn, Kent. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

CUTBUSH

Herbert Stanley

Lance Corporal 7650, 7th Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly Private 937 West Kent Yeomanry. Died 17th October 1917 aged 25 years. Born Lenham. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of William and Jemima Cutbush of Brookwood Farm, Headcorn, Kent. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference - XXX. D. 14.

DANIELS

Eli Archie

Private 32028, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (O.B.L.I). Formerly (5508) Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment. Died 1st October 1918 aged 23 years. Born Headcorn. Enlisted Derby. Resided Headcorn. Eldest son of James and Edith Jane Daniels of East End Farm, Headcorn, Ashford, Kent. Brother of Wildred below. Buried Anneux British Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference - III. D. 11.

DANIELS

Wilfred Stephen

Private G/9774. 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 12th August 1917 aged 20 years. Born Headcorn. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Headcorn. Parents as above. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium.

DYKES

William H

Gunner 71250, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died 9th February 1918 aged 25 years. Born Headcorn. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Headcorn. Son of William and Elizabeth Dykes of Stone Cottages, Headcorn, Ashford, Kent. Buried Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference - IV. F. 52.

ELDRIDGE

Arthur

No further information currently available – Probably another man who died of wounds after discharge from the service.

EXCELL

George Frederick

Private L/7072, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd May 1915. Born Hawkenbury, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Hawkenbury, Kent. Buried Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Ieper, Belgium. Grave reference - VII. D. 12.

FARMER

Thomas

No further information currently available

FISHER

Arthur R

No further information currently available – Probably another man who died of wounds after discharge from the service.

FREED

William John

Private T/205305, 1st Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 25th September 1917. Born East Sutton. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Headcorn. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

Also Commemorated on Ulcombe war memorial.

GRIMSHAW

William

Private 413136, 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). Died 25th April 1917 aged 28 years. Born London 19th January 1889. Enlisted West Sandling, Kent 20th March 1916. Foster son of Mrs K Broad of Mill Bank, Headcorn, Kent. Buried Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St Eloi, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference - VI. G. 15.

GROSSMAN

Leo Harold

Lance Corporal T/1335, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 7th January 1916 aged 29 years. Born Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Headcorn. Son of Julias and Julia E Grossman of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.. Buried Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave reference - XXXI. C. 4.

HAWKINS

Louis Charles

Private G/8561, 10th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 23rd March 1918. Born Staplehurst. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Marden. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel reference - Bay 7.

HEATHFIELD

John

Private 56978, 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. Died 22nd December 1917 aged 19 years. Born Broomfield, Kent. Enlisted Pluckley. Son of Fred and Elizabeth Heathfield of Roseland Cottage, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent. Buried St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave reference - P. V. B. 2A.

Also commemorated on the nearby Ulcombe war memorial.

HUKINS

Gordon Robert

Private 60626, 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Formerly (5804) Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 9th April 1917 aged 23 years. Son of William and Edith Maud Hukins of “Ashleigh”, Headcorn, Kent. Born High Halden. Resided Ashleigh. Buried in the Gourock Trench Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines, France. Grave reference E.2.

KING

Horace

Private G/11977, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment (R.S.R). Died 18th September 1918. Born Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. Enlisted Maidstone. Commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel reference - 6.

KINGSHOTT

Arthur [Gerald]

Private G/12986, 2nd Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 13th May 1917. Born Southampton, Hampshire. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Headcorn. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel reference - Bay 2.

MARTIN,MM

Edwin

Sergeant G/21181, 7th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (27818) Middlesex Regiment. Died 28th August 1918 aged 21 years. Born Headcorn. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Headcorn. Son of Edwin and Elizabeth Mary Martin of Church School House, Headcorn. Buried Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, Somme, France. Grave reference - II. H. 37.

Awarded the Military Medal (M.M) for bravery in the field.

MERCER

Albert Richard

Private 201291, 2/4th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly Kent Composite Battalion (Gallipoli). Died Egypt 19th April 1917. Buried Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. Grave reference - XXVI. D. I.

MITCHELL

Albert

Private G/43199, 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Formerly (2406) West Kent Yeomanry. Died 19th April 1918. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Tunbridge Wells. Buried Meteren Military Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference -I. E. 141.

MUNN

Charles

Sergeant 89416, 144th Fortress Company, Royal Engineers. Died 1st February 1918 aged 47 years. Son of the late Mrs Mary Gurr of Headcorn. Husband of Louisa Ellen Munn of 40 Bourne Road, Bromley. Brother of Eli above. Buried Snodland Cemetery, Snodland, Kent. Grave reference - 751.

PAGE

Walter Smith

No further information currently available. Probably another man who died of wounds after discharge from the service.

RALPH

Frederick George

Stoker 1st Class 296311, Royal Navy. (RFR/CH/B/4812). HMS Hawke. Died 15th October 1914 aged 34 years. Son of George and Sarah Ralph of East End, Headcorn, Kent. Husband of Harriet Elizabeth Dunster (formerly Ralph) of Park Bungalow, Appledore, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 5.

RALPH

James C

Private S/82, 2nd Battalion, Buffs (East kent Regiment). Killed in action when hit by a high explosive shell at Hooge 27th May 1915. Aged 40. Born Headcorn, enlisted Folkestone, resident Hythe. Son of George and Sarah Ralph, of East End, Headcorn, Kent; husband of Jessie Richmond Ralph, of 107, Portland St., Newtown, Exeter. His brother Frederick George Ralph also fell. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 12 and 14.

REEVES

Albert Walter

Rifleman 4249, 1st/16th Battalion (Queen’s Westminster’s Rifles). London Regiment. Died 1st July 1916 (The First day of the Battle of The Somme 1916) aged 32 years. Born Headcorn. Enlisted Westminster, London. Resided Tufnell Park, London. Son of Edmund and Emma Reeves of Plumtrees, Headcorn, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panel reference - Pier and face 13C.

SHARP

Raymond

Corporal T2/014985, 208th Company, 22nd Reserve Park, Army Service Corps (ASC). Died 7th September 1916 aged 20 years. Born Ulcombe. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Headcorn. Son of Stephen and Minnie Sharp of Peckham Farm, Headcorn, Kent. Buried Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave reference - 371.

Also commemorated locally on the Ulcombe war memorial.

SHILLING

A Thomas Alfred

Private 202536, 2/4th Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly Private (1943) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 7th December 1917 aged 23 years. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Headcorn. Son of Abraham Thomas and Emily Shilling of north House, Headcorn, Kent. Buried Kantara War memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Grave reference - D. 102.

SHILLING

Richard Henry

Private T/2747, 1st/5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 18th September 1916 aged 21 years. Born Headcorn. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Headcorn. Parents as above. Buried Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave reference - IX. E. 24.

VAN-CAMPBELL

William

No further information currently available – Probably another man who died of wounds after discharge from the service.

WAGHORN

John (aka Jack)

Sergeant M/207017. 906th Mechanical Transport Company, Army Service Corps (ASC). Died Thursday 4th July 1918 aged 22 years. John (known as Jack) was the youngest son of John and Frances Waghorn. Although Leon and Walter got through the first world war unscathed Jack died on active service in Palestine (now Israel). Their other son Charlie was not medically fit for the Army. Jack is buried at Ramley Cemetery in Israel.

See also Chilham Memorial

 

Original grave now replaced by CWGC stone

Photographs © Roger Harris 2006

WHITE

Sidney W

No further information currently available

WINTER

William

Private G/7505, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 27th February 1917. Born Hampshire. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Headcorn. Son of Mrs C Deadman of Smugley Farm, Goathurst, Kent, Buried Dover (St James’s) Cemetery, Dover, Kent. Grave reference - L. H. 24.

WISE

Rolland

Private G/207745, 11th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (240546) Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 26th May 1918 aged 21 years. Born Biddenden. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Headcorn. Son of John Henry and Emily Wise of Franks Bridge, Headcorn, Kent. Buried in the Gwalia Cemetery. Grave reference II.B.32.

ALSO TO THE
MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED WHILE S
ERVING THEIR COUNTRY IN
THE
WORLD WAR
1939-1945

BUTCHER

John R

No further information currently available

DUREY

Arthur H

No further information currently available

ELDRIDGE

Sydney

No further information currently available

EMMERICK

Sydney Harper

Private 6347731, 6th Battalion, Queen`s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 26th March 1944 aged 26 years. Born Sussex. Resided Kent. Adopted son of Kate S Chapman of Headcorn, Kent. Buried Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference - XVI. F. 2.

HARRIS

Frederick

Signalman 2388438, I Corps Signals, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 10th October 1945 aged 41 years. Born and resided Kent. Son of Harry and Kate Harris. Husband of Doris Elizabeth Harris of Headcorn. Buried locally in Headcorn (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard, Headcorn, Kent.

HUTTON

Edric Albert

Warrant Officer (Wireless Operator) 1281666 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 524 Squadron. Died 8th June 1944. Buried Lynsted (SS Peter and Paul) New Churchyard, Kent. Lynsted, Kent. Grave reference - Row J. Grave A.

LAWRENCE

Arthur H

Sapper 1883517, 278 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 31st January 1941 aged 27 years. Born and resided Kent. Son of Henry William and Caroline Mabel Lawrence. Husband of Joan Louise Palmer Lawrence of Headcorn. Buried Locally in (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard, Headcorn, Kent.

LONG

Charles William

Gunner 1517929 16 Battery, 2 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died between 28th April 1941 and 5th July 1941. Born and resided Kent. Son of William and Fanny Long. Husband of Rose Eve marry Long of Headcorn, Kent. Buried Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. Grave reference -P. 25.

WEBB

Hector

No further information currently available.

WICKS

Joseph Albert

Private 6288045, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 21st May 1940 aged 21 years. Born Middlesex. Resided Kent. Son of William and Cecilia Wicks. Nephew of Mrs M M Goddard of Headcorn, Kent. Buried Evreux Communal Cemetery, Eure, France. Row B. Grave reference - 21.

Pre war member of the Regiment.

Last update 22 February, 2007

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