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LOWER HARDRES WAR MEMORIAL

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

This memorial gives the man’s initials, surname and unit. As with many other memorials like this the given details are not always correct. Often family members would give the unit they remember the man serving with when in fact that person had served in another at the time of death. Sometimes a man’s rank was given wrongly (a Second Lieutenant changed to a Lieutenant or a Lance Corporal changed to a Corporal). This was done for a variety of reasons but it was mainly as a consequence of ignorence of the correct rank structure.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2004

1914 – 1918

BOWLES

Lewis [Frederick]

Private G/8648, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 18th August 1916. Born Cheriton, Folkestone. Enlisted Dover. Resided Cheriton, Folkestone.

COLEMAN

W R

Stoker (2nd Class) K54448, H.M.S “Pembroke II”, Chatham. Royal Navy (RN). Died 20th October 1918.

DIVERS

Alfred William

Private G/4968, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 15th September 1916. Born Upper Hadres, 1895. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Lower Hardres.

HOPKINS

John

Private 13406, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 24th December 1914 (Christmas Eve 1914). Born Lower Hardres. Enlisted Canterbury.

HOPKINS

Stephen

Private 12398, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 9th November 1914. Born Kingston near Canterbury. Enlisted Canterbury.

QUESTED

William John

Gunner 3507, 63rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died 5th November 1918 (1 week before the end of the war)! Born Petham. Enlisted Canterbury.

SURTEES

Charles Gordon Villiers

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. Died 26th October 1914 aged 22 years.

SUTTON

William Henry

Private 11255, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 29th July 1916. Born Lower Hardres. Enlisted Canterbury.

TAPLEY

Malcolm

Private 260331, 6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Formerly (4566) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 4th October 1917. Born Lower Hardres. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Lower Hardres.

TOWNER

Arthur William

Private 4102, 11th (Prince Albert’s Own) Hussars. Died 24th February 1915. Born Pembury, Tunbridge Wells. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Canterbury.

1939 – 1945

HILLS

H G

Sergeant, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). – No Trace of this man on the CWGC website. It is likely that this man was killed serving in another non Buffs unit.

HOARE

C F

Private, 7th Home Guard, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). – No Trace. It is noted that a N.B HOARE is buried nearby in the Lower Hardres Churchyard. Oddly this man’s name does not appear on the parish tribute.

HUBBARD

Ernest Edward

Leading Airman 922659, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Died 6th September 1943 aged 30 years.

HAMBROOK

William Victor

Corporal 7689903, Provost Company, 18th Division, Corps of Military Police (M.P). Died 11th July 1943 aged 37 years.

SMITH

Herbert Robert Fraser

Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class (ERA.2) C/M 38794, H.M.S “Kittewake”, Royal Navy (RN). Died 21st February 1944.

SARGEANT

Henry S

Private 6284917, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 21st February 1944.

FRANCIS

F E

Petty Officer (PO) F.E FRANCIS. Royal Navy (RN). – No Trace.

Last updated 5 November, 2006

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