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HERNEHILL WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Hernehill memorial stands stands just within the grounds of the parish churchyard at the edge of the village green. It is in the form of a granite cross with a sword in relief on the front face. There are 22 names for the First World War and 6 for the Second World War.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN HONOUR OF THE BRAVE MEN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WARS
1914 - 1918
  1939 - 1945

DO YOU WHO DWELL IN ENGLAND'S PASTURES GREEN,
REMEMBER THEM AND THINK WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

ARNOLD

Charles Edgar

Stoker 1st Class SS/106981, Royal Navy. (RFR/CH/B/9600). H.M.S. Cressy. Died 22nd September 1914 aged 26 years. Son of C.C and E.S Arnold of Oakwell Cottages, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel reference - 4.

ARNOLD

Percy William

Private G/12981, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 18th November 1916 aged 21 years. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Faversham. Nephew of F Cory of 57 Chalkwell Road, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne, Kent. Buried Stump Road Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France. Grave reference - A. 50.

Percy probably enlisted, served and died with Frederick Brown who is also commemorated on the war memorial. Note their similar Regimental numbers.

BROWN

John

Private F/3525, 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died 31st July 1917 aged 36 years. Born and enlisted Faversham. Son of John and Mary brown of Dargate, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent. Husband of Hannah Brown of Forstall, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium.

BROWN

Frederick

Private G/12990, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 18th November 1918 aged 31 years. Born Dunkirk, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Faversham. Son of John and Mary Brown of Miles Cottages, Dargate, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Somme, France. Pier and Face 5D.

BESSANT

Frank Dan

Sergeant 36549, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 22nd April 1918 aged 29 years. Born Fritham, Lyndhurst, Hampshire. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Fordingbridge, Hampshire. Son of Daniel and Annie Bessant of Fordingbridge. Husband of Hilda May Bessant of Ransome Hill, Badlesmere, Kent. Buried Morbecque British Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference - Plot I. Row C. Grave 7.

Frank is also commemorated on the Sheldwich war memorial.

CLINCH

John C

Sergeant G/15733, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 21st May 1917. Born and resided Faversham. Enlisted Canterbury. Buried Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference IV.C.2.

CLAMP

Laurence Pearson

Corporal 204077, 7th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly (1187) London Regiment. Died 23rd August 1918 aged 27 years. Born Walsham-Le-Willows, Suffolk. Enlisted New Cross, London. Resided Blackheath, London. Son of William and Alice Clamp of Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk. Husband of Beatrice Alice Clamp of 72 High Street, Ramsgate, Kent. Buried Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France. Grave reference - II.B.8.

COACHWORTH

Edgar Stanley

Private 205679, 7th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly (3827) Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles (REKMR). Died 15th October 1917 aged 25 years. Born Hernhill, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Faversham. Son of William and Ann Coachworth of Forstall, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference -XXX.D.8A.

FOREMAN

Herbert William

Driver 93520, 29th Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died at Sea 23rd October 1915. Born Hernhill, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Commemorated on the Mikra Memorial, Greece.

HARVEY

William Edward

Petty Officer Stoker 299944, Royal Navy. (RFR/CH/B/10437). H.M.S. “Aboukir”. Died 22nd September 1914. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 4.

HORN

Frederick Sidney

Private 58352, 23rd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). Died 10th October 1917 aged 24 years. Born Boughton, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Faversham. Son of Mr and Mrs J. Horn of Staple Street, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel 160.

HADLOW

Bertram F

Sapper 254893, Base Signals Unit, Royal Engineers. Died 13th November 1918 aged 21 years. Son of Albert and Martha Ann Hadlow of Dargate, Faversham, Kent. Buried Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Grave reference - V.C.22.

HASLAM

Wilfred Henry Westcott

Lieutenant, 4th battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 7th February 1916 aged 29 years. Son of Ethel L. Haslam of Dagenham House, Newton Abbott, Devon and the late Reverend F. Haslam (Vicar of Hernhill, Faversham). Buried Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave reference IV.R.20.

JESSOP

A

Possibly this man – Company Sergeant Major 8408 Aubrey JESSOP. 2nd Battalion, Black Watch. Died Persian Gulf 7th January 1916. Born Dumbarton, Scotland. Enlisted Dover.

MANUEL

Ernest [Dane]

Private 204495, 1st (Garrison) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Formerly (3844) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 17th September 1917. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Hernhill, Kent. Commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, India. Panel reference - Face D.

PARSONS

Leonard

Corporal 105367, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment). Died 26th October 1917 aged 31 years. Born Kent 20th November 1885. Enlisted Regina, Saskatchewan, 22nd November 1915. Resided Grand Coulee, Saskatchewan. Son of Albert and Rhoda Parsons of Yorkletts, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent. Buried Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference - X.D.2.

PAY

Reginald

No further information currently available

PHILPOTT

George

Private TR10/22796, 10th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. 30th Training Reserve. Formerly Private (25991) 31st Training Reserve. Died 1st May 1917. Born Blean. Enlisted Canterbury. Buried locally in Hernhill (St Michael) New Churchyard, Hernhill, Canterbury, Kent.

POUT

George

Private 958, 12th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died 3rd June 1918 aged 29 years. Son of George Alfred and Sarah Ann Pout of Pleasant View, Dargate, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent. Buried Borre British Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference - II. A. 5.

POUT

John Alfred

Private G/37673, 12th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 25th June 1918 aged 19 years. Born Faversham. Enlisted Canterbury. Son of George and Sarah Pout of Dargate, Faversham, Kent. Buried Bleue-Maison Military Cemetery, Eperlecques, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference - A.3.

SMITH, DCM

Sidney Allen

Corporal 45659 37th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). Died 29th November 1917. Born Faversham. Enlisted Canterbury. Buried Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave III. A.16.

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for bravery in the field.

SMITH

Percy Richard

Private 150517, Labour Corps. Formerly Private (24501) Northamptonshire Regiment and Private (85496) Middlesex Regiment. Died 31st October 1918 aged 25 years. Husband of Agnes Smith of Pleasant View, Dargate, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent. Buried locally in Hernehill (St Michael) New Churchyard.

Agnes Smith had the same address as George and Sarah Pout.

STEWART

William [Thomas]

Bombardier 317228, Home Counties 1st/1st (Kent) Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died 10th July 1917 aged 37 years. Born Sturry. Enlisted Faversham. Son of David and Mary Ann Stewart of Hawe Farm Cottage, Sturry, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium. Grave reference - IV. A .10.

TWRELL

John

Private L/9588, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 8th June 1916. Born Biddenden. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Herne Hill near Faversham. Buried in the Essex Farm Cemetery, Leper, Belgium. Grave reference reference - 11-U-15.

TWRELL

G

George TWRELL – No further information currently available

WRAIGHT

Alec Leslie

Lance Corporal 70482, 41st Company, Machine Gun Corps (MGC) (Infantry). Formerly (7738) Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 23rd March 1918. Born Hernhill, Kent. Enlisted Faversham. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel reference - Bay 10.

WRAIGHT

Victor Joseph

Private G/18547, 6th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly (2465) Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles (REKMR). Died 9th August 1918 aged 35 years. Born Hernhill, Kent. Enlisted Hernhill, Kent. Husband of Mrs B.R.E. Smith (formerly Wraight) of Tile Kiln Cottages, Dunkirk, Faversham, Kent. Buried Ville-sur-Ancre Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Grave reference - B. 2.

WATTS

Sidney Arthur

Private G/6289, “D” Company, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 2nd December 1917 aged 22 years. Born Lynsted, Kent. Enlisted Faversham. Resided Hernhill, Kent. Son of Alice Maud Hadlow (formerly Watts) of Uplands Farm, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Nord, France. Panel reference - 3.

Also commemorated on the Lynsted war memorial.

GRAHAM

Alfred

Probably – Sapper 11458, 15th Field Company, Royal Engineers (RE). Died 25th May 1918. Born Sydenham, London. Enlisted Dover.

LOCAL MEN NOT ON MEMORIAL

CLINCH

James Harold

Private G/24412, 12th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Formerly (2132) Royal Fusiliers. Died 26th September 1916. Born Hernhill, Kent. Enlisted Maidstone.

COACHWORTH

Theodore

Private 55751, 16th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Formerly (37529) Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 18th September 1918. Born Hernhill, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury.

HAZLEWOOD

Harry

Private 35496. 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Formerly 13667 Dragoons. Died 19th April 1918. Born Hernhill. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Faversham. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

SMITH, DCM

Sidney Allen

Gunner 130600, No 1 Depot, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died 4th January 1917. Born Hernhill, Kent. Enlisted Faversham. Resided Selling. Buried Selling (St Mary) Churchyard. Commemorated on Sheldwich war memorial as E.J. Pouts.

1939 – 1945

BROWN.

[Herbert] Douglas

Leading Aircraftman 1456752 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 53 Squadron, R.A.F. Died 24th July 1943. Age 26. Son of William and Eleanor Brown. Husband of Joyce Begonia Brown of Whitstable, Kent. Buried locally in Hernhill (St Michael) New Churchyard. Grave reference- G. 4.

BUTCHER

Albert

No further information currently available

CRANFIELD

Geoffrey

Second Lieutenant 217668, General List seconded to King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died 14th April 1942 aged 28 years. Born Middlesex. Resided Kent. Son of Lieutenant Colonel S.W. Cranfield and Sybil Augusta Cranfield of Hernhill, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar. Panel reference -Face 19.

EDMONDS

Bruce

Leading Seaman C/JX 133931, Royal Navy. H.M.S. Southampton. Died 12th January 1941 aged 26 years. Son of Harry Alfred and Lily Edmonds of Yorkletts, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel reference - 41, 3.

JAMES

James

No further information currently available

WANSTALL

Arthur John

Private 5958346, 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment. Died 8th March 1943 aged 21 years. Born and resided Kent. Son of Arthur John and Emily Wanstall of Faversham, Kent. Buried Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia. Grave reference - 4. E. 4.

Last update 1 February, 2006

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