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MARDEN WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Marden War Memorials can be found in St Michael and All Saints Church, Marden. The memorials are in the form of wall mounted alabaster tablets. There are 70 names listed for World War 1 and 24 for World War 2 plus 5 civilians from World War 2.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
AND IN EVER GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
MEN OF MARDEN
WHO, BECAUSE THEY LOVED THE HONOUR AND THE FREEDOM OF THEIR
COUNTRY MORE THAN LIFE, MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE
GREAT WAR, A.D. 1914 -1919

AVERY

Harry
Private 41666, 22nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 19th February 1917. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Staplehurst. Buried Regina trench Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave reference - IV. C. 17.

BENZ

Albert Arthur
Sergeant 1050, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) {From WW1 Medal Rolls Index Card]. He was sent to the Asiatic Front 9th December 1915. He was reassigned as 202873, East Kent Regiment at some point. He was discharged unfit on 28th February 1917 or 20th March 1917.

Albert was clearly a man who died of wounds or disease after discharge from the army. The trustees of the memorial allowed his name to go forward on the basis that his death was caused or aggravated by his war service. This case warrants further investigation as it is still possible for Albert’s name to be added to the CWGC war death index. His death certificate may hold clues… His death is registered in the Maidstone Registration District in the July to September Quarter 1918, aged 31. Albert Arthur Benz is listed in the 1911 census as being married for 2 years, to Ellen Kate (nee Preston) with one daughter, Mabel Louise, he was a farm labourer, born Stoke Newington, London, resident Howland Road, Marden. His attestation papers say he was born in Stoke Newingtoon, that he enlisted aged 25 years 7 months and that he was resident in Howland Road, Marden. He was 5 feet 9½ inches, girth 38 inches. He first enlisted 4th December 1912. At this time he had a second daughter Dorothy May. When discharged his wifer had moved to 2 Albion Road, Marden.

BLACKDEN

Arthur Worsley
Second Lieutenant, 180th Brigade. Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died 28th September 1916, aged 18 years. Son of Brigadier-General Leonard Shadwell Blackden CBE and Mary Helen Blackden MBE of The Jewell House, Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Brig-Gen and Mrs Blackden lost another two sons in World War Two! (see below)

BODKIN

Thomas
Lance Corporal 8918, 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died 29th August 1917 aged 24 years. Born Horsmonden. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Claygate, Kent. Son of Amos and Emily Bodkin of 1 Rose Cottage, Claygate, Marden, Kent. Buried Bedford House Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium. Grave reference - Enclosure No2. III. C. 19.

BROWN

Ernest Harold
Private G/66810, 6th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (26954) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 7th September 1918. Born Marden. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Marden. Buried Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, Somme, France. Plot III. Row H. Grave 10.

BROWN

George
Private G/1990, 7th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 30th May 1917. Born Marden. Enlisted Maidstone. Buried Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXIV. Row A. Grave 3.

BROWN

Percy
Private G/8758, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 4th August 1916. Born Marden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Marden. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panel reference - Pier and Face 5D.

BROWN

Thomas
Driver T4/084447, 103rd Field Ambulance, Army Service Corps (ASC). Died in United Kingdom 20th December 1915. Aged 35 years. Born Marden. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Marden. Son of William and Margaret Brown of 5 Railway Cottages, Marden, Kent. Buried Sutton Veny (St John) Churchyard, Wiltshire. Plot 238. Row B. Grave 3.

BROWN

John H G
No further information currently available

BURNARD

Horace Arthur
Private G/19133, 6th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 30th November 1917 aged 26 years. Born Highgate, London. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Margate, Kent. Son of William J Burnard and Hannah Burnard of 2 Laurel Villas, Marden, Kent. Buried Marcoing British Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference - I. C. 11.

BURR

Alfred
Rifleman 45580, 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Formerly (SE/13321) Army Veterinary Corps (A.V.C). Killed in action 3rd October 1918. Aged 21 years. Born Marden. Enlisted Woolwich, London. Resided Marden. Son of Henry and Sarah Jane Burr of Little Crewden, Carpenters Lane, Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel reference 10.

BURR

William
Sergeant L/8356, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 13th September 1914. Born Marden. Enlisted Maidstone. Commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.

CARTER

Richard John
Ordinary Seaman, Mercantile Marine. SS “Cape Finisterre” (Glasgow). Died 2nd November 1917 aged 17 years. Born Mayfield, Sussex. Son of Ellen Carter of Burton Lane, Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

Richard was lost when the steamer was sunk off the south Cornish coast.

COATSWORTH

Edgar
Corporal L/8058, “B” Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment (R.S.R). Died 9th May 1915 aged 26 years. Born St Faith’s, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Son of Arthur Tom Coatsworth of 27 Coombe Road, Tovil, Maidstone, Kent. Husband of E G Coatsworth of 49 Brewer Street, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

CROUCH

George Henry
Rifleman 6/1258, 12th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 17th February 1916. Age 19. Born and resided Hammersmith. Enlisted Fulham. Son of Alfred and Maria Crouch of 127 Queen Street, Hammersmith, London. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium.

EDMONDS

Albert
Private G/4233, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 15th August 1916. Born Marden. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Marden. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5D.

EVEREST

Edward Albert
Private G/3991, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 1st July 1916 (the first day of the Battle of the Somme of 1916). Age 23. Born Margate. Enlisted Margate. Resided Margate. Son of Mrs Ellen Warner Everest of 33 Brockley Road, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and face 5D.

FEAVER

Harold Owen
Corporal G/2846, “B” Company, 8th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (2705) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 26th September 1915. Age 21. Born Benenden. Enlisted Folkestone. Resided Maidstone. Son of John and Anne Feaver of Stone Cottage, Linton, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

FLETCHER, DSO, CdeG (France), FRIBA, FSI, AMICE

Herbert Phillips
Major, 1st County of London Yeomanry (Middlesex Yeomanry). Attached to Royal Flying Corps. Died 3rd August 1916. Age 46. Son of the late Professor Banister Fletcher MP, FRIBA, DL and Mrs E J Fletcher of West Hampstead, London. Buried Hampstead Cemetery. Grave reference - PL. A1.

FRANCIS

William
No further information currently available

GASKIN

Ernest Sidney
Private 30477, 8th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Formerly Driver (T/28643) Army Service Corps. Died of wounds 6th December 1917. Born and resided Marden. Enlisted Maidstone. Buried Outtersteeene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Nord, France. Grave reference - II.C.9.

GLEAVE

William Jeffries
Private SP/2057, 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 29th July 1916. Age 21. Born Didsbury, Manchester. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Marden. Son of Mr I J Gleave and the late Mrs M L Gleave of “Knowle Croft,” Alderley Edge, Cheshire. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

GURR

Amos Jack
Corporal L/17009, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds 21st November 1917. Age 20. Born Marden. Enlisted. Resided Marden. Son of Henry and Ellen Gurr of Penfield Farm, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent. Buried Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France. Grave II. F. 14. Brother of the following casualty.

GURR

George Edward
Private G/14327, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 2nd August 1918. Age 18. Born Marden. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Marden. Parents as above. Buried Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave III. D. 23.

HAWKINS

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

HAWKINS

William
Private G/4815, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died in United Kingdom Thursday 2nd August 1917 aged 44 years. Born Westwell. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Marden, Kent. Husband of Charlotte Hawkins, of Howland Road, Marden, Kent. Buried in the Norwich Cemetery, Norfolk. Grave reference 26.242.

HEASMAN

Charles
Private G/4486, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 18th August 1916. Born Marden. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Marden. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5D.

HODGKIN

David Charles
Private 35165, 4th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment (Princess Alexandra’s Own). Formerly (35480) 9th Training Reserve Battalion. Died 25th May 1918. Age 18. Born Marden. Enlisted Folkestone. Resided Marden. Son of David and Emma Hodgkin of 2 Gladstone Villas, Marden, Kent. Buried Vendresse British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Grave II. A. 7.

HORRELL

Alfred Augustus
Private 172203, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles (Quebec Regiment). Died 18th September 1916. Age 35. Born Fifield, Essex. Enlisted Toronto, Canada, 16th August 1881. Son of Augustus Horrell of West Grove Villas, Marden, Kent. Buried St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave B. 22. 50.

JOHNSTON

John Lyonel Lukin
Captain, 2nd Battalion, Leinster Regiment. Formerly Private (77401) Canadian Infantry Brigade, Imperial Army. Died of wounds 21st June 1916. Age 20. Born Cheriton, Folkestone, Kent. Son of the Reverend R E Johnston MA Vicar of Marden, Kent, and the late Mrs Johnston. Buried Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 197.

JUDGE

Clarence Frank
Private 971, 32nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, AIF. Died 20th July 1916. Age 28. Son of Alfred William and Susan Judge of Goudhurst Road, Marden, Kent. Buried VC Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, Nord, France. Panel 5. Brother of the following casualty.

JUDGE

Walter Guy
Corporal 51350, 16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Attached 12th Entrenching Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Formerly (S/27162) Army Service Corps (ASC). Died 23rd March 1918. Age 32. Born Goudhurst. Enlisted Chatham. Parents as above. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

KEYS

Jack Maurice
Private G/7630, 10th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 7th January 1917. Age 28. Born Hunton. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Marden. Son of John and Emily Keys of Marden, Kent. Husband of Mabel Turk (formerly Keys) of Little Cheyne Court, Midley, Lydd, Kent. Buried La Clytte Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. D. 22.

KING

Frederick William
Private 659521, Eastern Command Labour Centre, Labour Corps. Died in the United Kingdom 6th November 1918. Age 28. Born Marden. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Marden. Son of John and Rachel King of Marden. Buried locally in Marden (St Michael) Churchyard, Marden, Kent.

LAMB

William Henry
Private 51384, 15th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Formerly (RTS/4283) Army Service Corps. Died 27th March 1918. Born East Malling. Enlisted Pluckley. Resided Marden. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

William’s former ASC Regimental number shows that he served with the Army Remount Service.

LATTER

Charles George
Corporal 72637, “T” Company, Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). Died 28th May 1917. Age 31. Born Marden. Enlisted Dover. Resided Marden. Son of Jessie Latter of 8 Bayhall Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent and the late George William Latter. Buried Blackpool Cemetery, Lancashire. Grave T. 53.

As Charles was a “T” Coy member it is probable that he died whilst in training. The RAMC opened a training establishment at Blackpool early in 1917.

LE FEAVER

Charles
Trooper 1637, Household Battalion. Died 22nd May 1917. Age 30. Born Marden. Enlisted Windsor. Resided Staplehurst. Son of John and Ellen Le Fever of Stile Bridge, Marden, Kent. Husband of Norah H J Le Fever of Headcorn Road, Staplehurst, Kent. In the 1911 census Charles was a Licensed Victualler, aged 24, married for a year to Norah, born Marden and resident Knoxbmridge Inn, Frittenden, Staplehurst. Buried Roeux British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 28.

Brother of Victor (below).

LE FEAVER

Victor George
Private G/9134, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 29th June 1916. Born and resided Marden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Parents as above. Birth registered in the January to March Quarter 1894 in the Maidstone Registration District, Kent. In the 1911 census his father was a Licensed Victualler, Victor was aged 17, working at home. son of Victor and Ellen Le Leaver, born Marden and resident Stile bridge Inn, Marden. Buried Berks Cemetery Extension, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot I. Row A. Grave 20.

Brother of Charles (above).

LUCK

John Daniel
Private 241622, 6/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died of wounds 14th October 1918. Born Marden. Enlisted Maidstone. Buried Queant Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 4.

MAYES

Edward Stanley
Private 51794, 12th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own). Formerly Private (33376) Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds 26th November 1917. Aged 33. Born Longstaff, Suffolk. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Marden. Husband of A M Mayes of Maidstone Road, Marden Kent. Buried Grenvillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 6.

It would appear that Edward’s wife is commemorated amongst the village’s civilians that died in World War Two!!

MAYNARD

James Charles
Gunner 33445, 24th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died Sunday 8th April 1917 aged 26 years. Born Rolvenden. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Rolvenden. Son of James and Mary Maynard of 5, Spring Grove, Marden, Kent. Buried in the Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Grave reference IV.K.20.

James name also appears on the Rolvenden parish civic war memorial in Kent.

MAYNARD

William
Private TF/204219, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Sunday 30th September 1917 aged 36 years. Born Rolvenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Biddenden. Son of Charles and Mary Maynard. Husband of Nellie Maynard of Church Cottages, Wittersham, Kent. Buried in the Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. Grave reference VIII. H. 22.

William’s name also appears on the Rolvenden parish civic war memorial in Kent.

MERCER

Thomas
Private T/204083, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 29th September 1917. Age 30. Born Marden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Marden. Son of William and Eliza Mercer of Chainhurst. Husband of Olive Mercer of Royl Oak Cottage, Chainhurst, Marden, Kent. Buried Nine Elms Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row D. Grave 11.

MILLER

William
No further information currently available

MORRIS

Ernest
Petty Officer Stoker 309458, HM Submarine “K17.” Died 31st January 1918. Son of W E and H Morris of West End Cottage, Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel reference - 29.

MORRIS

George
Corporal T3/029117, 1st Company, 32nd Divisional Train, Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). Died of wounds 11th August 1918. Age 32. Born Clapham, London. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Marden. Husband of Mrs L H Morris of High Street, Marden, Kent. Buried Bouchoir New British Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 31.

MUMMERY

Harry William
Corporal 244518, 8th Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Died 23rd March 1918 aged 30 years. Born Ashford. Enlisted Bromley. Resided Marden. Son of Harry and Ellen Mummery. Husband of Frances Charlotte Mummery of 37, Morgan Road, Bromley, Kent. Buried Warry Copse Cemetery, France. Grave reference A.30.

OSBORNE

William Thomas
Private G/13648, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Born Maidstone. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Marden. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.

OWEN-HOLDSWORTH, MC

James Philip
Second Lieutenant, 101st Squadron, Royal Air Force and General List. Formerly Air Mechanic 3rd Class (68258), Royal Flying Corps. Died 12th April 1918, aged 19 years. Born Marden. Son of Herbert Lacy Owen-Holdsworth and Winifred Owen-Holdsworth of Westfield, Battle, Sussex. He attended Wye Agricultural College in 1912 and gained an honours degree in fruit growing. He was awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, Somme, France. Plot XII. Row G. Grave 1. He is listed on three Kent War memorials, namely, Marden, South Eastern Agricultural College (Wye) and Wye College (Ashford).

London Gazette Issue 29974 6 March 1917 page 8 “General List. Cadet James Philip Owen-Holdsworth to be temp. 2nd Lt. (on prob.) for duty with R.F.C. 12 Feb. 1917.”

London gazette Issue 30162 3 July 1917 page 2

“12th June 1917. Temp. 2nd Lt. (on prob.) J. P. Owen-Holdsworth, Gen. List.”

London Gazette Issue 30813 23 July 1918 page 99 (Supplement to the London gazette, 26 July 1918 – page 8831)

AWARDED THE MILITABY CROSS.

“T./2nd Lt. James Philip Owen-Holdsworth, Gen. List and E.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the last six months he has carried out fifty-two bombing raids on the enemy lines of communication, their aerodromes and their rest billets, often flying in very bad weather. Descending to a low altitude he has obtained several direct hits, both on their hangars and their billets. On several occasions he has returned with his machine riddled with bullets. He has set a fine example of courage and determination.

PACKHAM

Edward
Private 106700, 220th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly (203042) East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 25th October 1917. Age 19. Born Marden. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Marden. Son of Mrs Ada Packham of Pattenden Lane, Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel 159.

PAYNE

Fred
Private G/20846, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 12th October 1917. Aged 25. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Marden. Son of Mrs Harriet Paine. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel 17.

Recorded as Paine by CWGC and on MIC.

PIERCE

Frank William
Private 838161, 38th Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). Died 17th August 1917. Age 21. Born Middlesex 2nd August 1896. Enlisted Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada 3rd December 1915. Son of Georgina and Walter Pierce of Bath. Buried Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II. J. 33.

PILLEAU

Arthur Langston
Major, 10th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 10th August 1915. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

RAYNHAM

George James
Sapper 65021, 105th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 7th November 1919. Age 38. Son of John Andrew and Priscilla Raynham of Bradfield St George, Suffolk. Husband of Helena E Raynham of High Street, Orford, Suffolk. Buried locally in Marden (St Michael) Churchyard, Marden, Kent.

READER

Walter
Private G/13660, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Aged 32. Born Staplehurst, enlisted Cranbrook, resident Marden. Son of Edwin Reader; husband of Kate Reader, of Jasmine Villa, Marden, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.

REEVES

John Edward
Private T/240098, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds with the Mesopotamian Field Force 18th February 1917. Born Cranbrook. Enlisted Staplehurst. Resided Marden. Buried Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Plot XX. Row K. Grave 2.

RHODES

John
Private 22491, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 25th September 1916. Born Marden. Enlisted Maidstone. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8D.

RUSSELL

Charles
Private 33547, 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 30th November 1917. Aged 28. Born Marden. Enlisted Canterbury. Son of James and Eliza Russell of Great Cheveney, Marden. Husband of Elsie Rosina Russell of Jubilee House, Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louvernal, Nord, France. Panel 6.

SMITH

Edgar Clarence Thayton
Private 4213, 5th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died 29th November 1916. Age 25. Born Staplehurst. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of Ephraim and Annie Smith. Husband of S A Budd (formerly Smith) of Alvington Cottage, Wray Park Road, Reigate, Surrey. Buried Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, Somme, France. Grave II. E. 22.

SPELLER

William
Private L/8783, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 20th October 1914. Born Marden. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Marden. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 2.

STEWART

Lewis H
Private 34564, 14th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 29th June 1916. Born Barking, Essex. Enlisted London. Buried locally in Marden (St Michael) Churchyard.

STONE

Thomas William
Private G/28498, 7th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 28th March 1918. Aged 19. Born Marden. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of Mrs M K Stone of Pattenden Cottage, Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

SWAN

Charles
Private G/13684, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 6th May 1917. Born Marden. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Marden. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XIX. Row O. Grave 14A.

TERRY

George
Gunner 49759, 27th Anti-Aircraft Company, Royal Garrison Artillery. Formerly Gunner 33rd Siege battery RGA. Died 26th February 1919. Age 24. Son of George and Jane Terry of Holders Farm Cottage, Marden. Buried locally in Marden (St Michael) Churchyard, Marden, Kent.

VIDLER

Charles (Charlie) Reginald
Private M2/11868, VIII Corps, Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). Died 12th May 1918. Age 25. Born Horsmonden. Enlisted Coventry. Resided Tonbridge. Only son of Walter and Fanny Vidler of Mill House, Hamptons, Tonbridge, Kent. Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IX. B. 71.

WHIBLEY

Edward
Private 18536, 6th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 24th October 1918. Age 23. Son of George and Nellie Whibley, Forge House, Marden. Buried locally in Marden (St Michael) Churchyard, Marden, Kent.

WICKHAM

Edward
Gunner 55436, 48th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died in United Kingdom 23rd March 1916. Born Yalding. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Marden. Buried Portsmouth (Milton) Cemetery, Hampshire. Plot I. Row 6. Grave 51.

WILLARD

Jesse
Private G/308, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 16th July 1916. Age 20. Born Hawkhurst. Enlisted Shepherdswell. Resided Marden. Son of Frederick and Harriet Willard of Myrtle Villa, Goudhurst Road, Marden, Kent. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XIV. Row A. Grave 2A.

Also commemorated on the Shepherdswell civic war memorial and on memorial plaque located in St Andrews parish church Shepherdswell.

WOOLFORD

Henry
Private 203936, 2/4th (Yeomanry) Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action in Egypt 4th November 1917. Born Marden. Enlisted Canterbury. Buried Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel. Section G. Grave 33.

ALSO IN THE RENEWED
WORLD STRUGGLE WHICH
BROUGHT VICTORY TO
OUR RIGHTEOUS CAUSE
1939 -1945

BLACKDEN

Vyvian Quentery
Wing Commander 16236, 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 10th April 1941. Son of Brigadier-General Leonard Shadwell Blackden CBE and Mary Helen Blackden MBE (nee Pike) of Marden, Kent. Husband of Dorothea Mercy Blackden of Horam, Sussex. Buried Lemsland (Lemmer) General Cemetery, Friesland, Netherlands. Grave reference - Plot C. Row 10. Grave 260.

Brother of Arthur Worsley Blackden who died in the Great War and Walter (below). Vyvian was the pilot of Wellington bomber W5375 PH-D flying on a mission from Binbrook to Emden that was shot down by a German night-fighter flown by Oberleutnant Egmont Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld of 4/NJGI. All six crew members were killed.

BLACKDEN

Walter Anthony Seton
Flight Lieutenant 86432, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 224 Squadron RAF. Died 14th November 1941. Age 31. Brigadier-general Leonard Shadwell Blackden CBE and Mary Helen Blackden MBE (nee Pike) of Marden, Kent. Walters’s wife’s details are recorded as Dorothea Mercey Blackden (nee Rowe.) BA (Cantab). Commemorated on the Runneymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel reference - 201.

Brother of Arthur Worsley Blackden who died in the Great War and Vyvian Quenttery (above).

CRANHAM

Peter Harry
Gunner 994038, 121 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 2nd November 1942. Age 25. Born and resided Kent. Son of Harry Stuart Cranham and Grace Edith Cranham of Marden, Kent. Buried El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. Grave VI. E. 4.

Brother of Robert (below).

CRANHAM

Robert Jasper
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 537108, 10 Squadron Royal Air Force. Died 30th May 1943. Age 24. Son of Harry Stuart Cranham and Grace Edith Cranham of Marden, Kent Husband of Joan Mary Cranham of Dover, Kent. Buried Reichwald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordhein-Westfalen, Germany. Grave reference - Collective grave 3. D. 10-13.

Brother of Peter (above).

DIBLEY

Frederick Charles
Able Seaman C/JX 156399, Royal Navy. HMS Avenger. Died 15th November 1942. Age 21. Son of James and Ada M Dibley of Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel 53, 3.

Only 12 men survived when HMS Avenger was sunk by the U-155 commanded by Adolf Piening west of Gibraltar. The aircraft carrier was the largest of the 25 ships sunk by this submarine.

DRINKWATER

William Charles Edward
Private T/133871, 1st Armoured Division Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died between 23rd January 1942 and 11th March 1942. Age 32. Born and resided Kent. Son of Albert Drinkwater and of Edith Elizabeth Drinkwater of Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Panel reference - Column 80.

DRIVER

Frederick John
Private 6347671, 6th Battalion, Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 17th November 1942. Age 24. Born and resided south east London. Son of Frederick and Charlotte Driver. Husband of Elsie Doreen Driver of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Buried Tabarka Ras Rajel War Cemetery, Tunisia. Grave reference - 4. D. 6.

GODFREE

Ronald Frank
Leading Stoker C/KX 88260, Royal Navy. HMS Tamar. Died 2nd October 1942. Age 25. Son of John and Dorothy Grace Godfrey of Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 61, 2.

Ronald died whilst aboard the “Lisbon Maru” as a prisoner of war when the ship was torpedoed by the USS Grouper between Hong Kong and Shanghai.

GOULDS

John Albert
Private 6347496, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 20th April 1941. Age 22. Born and resided Kent. Son of William and Ada Goulds of Linton, Maidstone, Kent. Buried locally in Marden Cemetery, Marden, Kent. Grave reference - Section I. Grave 768.

HICKMOTT

Edward
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1809652, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 9th October 1943. Age 20. Son of Tom and Florence Hickmott of Cranbrook, Kent. Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordhein-Westfal, Germany. Grave reference - 17. G. 3.

HILDIGE

Dennis
No further information currently available

JACOBS

Gordon

No further information currently available

LAVENDER

Fred
Stoker 1st Class C/KX 82135, Royal Navy. HM Submarine Tempest. Died 23rd February 1942. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 62, 2.

Fred probably died of wounds ten days after his submarine had been sunk by the Italian torpedo-boat Circe in the Gulf of Taranto.

LINAY

Ivor Lawrence

Lieutenant (Electrical), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. H.M Motor Launch 125. Died 2nd November 1942. Age 35. Son of R E and Margaret E Linay. Husband of Phyllis D Linay of Staplehurst, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 66, 2.

MARTIN

Frederick Thomas
Private 6347490, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 1st May 1944. Born and resided Kent. Son of Sidney Reginald Martin and of Fannie Louise Martin of Marden, Kent. Buried Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Grave XIV. G. 12.

MORRIS

David
Sergeant (Observer) 655223, 149 Squadron Royal Air Force. Died 24th July 1942. Son of George and Laura Harriet Morris. Husband of Florence Emily Morris of Marden, Kent. Buried Uden War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Grave reference- Collective grave 4. I. 10-13.

Stirling bomber W7580 OJ-D was shot down by a night-fighter over Geffen, Holland.

MUSPRATT

Sydney David
Chief Stoker C/K 50631, Royal Navy. HMS Southampton. Died 11th January 1941. Age 41. Son of Charles and Flora Muspratt. Husband of Esther Mildred Muspratt of Marden. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 46, 3.

HMS Southampton was attacked by enemy aircraft in the western Mediterranean and was scuttled the following day.

PAYNE

Robert

No further information currently available

ROBBINS

Geoffrey Alfred
Sergeant (Observer) 924860, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 82 Squadron RAF. Died 12th October 1941. Age 24. Son of Alfred and Nellie Robins of Wateringbury, Kent. Buried The Hague (Westduin) General Cemetery, Netherlands. Allied Plot. Row1. Grave 11.

Geoffrey was killed in a Blenheim bomber V5824 UX-C. It was shot down by ship’s flak off Ijmuiden, Holland. Sergeant’s F E V Day and F V F Lane were also killed alongside Geoffrey.

SARGENT

Eric George
Leading Airman (Telegraphist/Air Gunner) 608015, Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm) HMS “Jackdaw”. Died 13th July 1944. Age 23. Son of George Thomas Sargent and Violet Sargent of Marden, Kent. Buried Crail Cemetery, Fife, Scotland. Grave reference - Section G. Grave 10.

Eric’s Fairey Barracuda of 812 Squadron Fleet Air Arm crashed into a field near Crail. The pilot Petty Officer (Pilot) Stephen Blakey from Otley, Yorkshire was also killed and is buried near Eric.

SUTTON

James Arthur Ivan
Sergeant 1627424, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 626 Squadron RAF. Died 4th May 1944. Age 19. Son of James Arthur Lionel and Doris Lily Elizabeth Sutton of Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Runneymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel reference - 238.

TANDY

Noel
Able Seaman C/J 94612, Royal Navy. HMS Goatfell. Died 11th May 1941. Age 39. Husband of Alice Tandy of Marden, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel reference - 43, 3.

Noel’s ship was originally the paddle steamer Caledonia and used as a minesweeper during the war, later reverted to its original name and use

WELLS

Raymond Cecil Stanley
Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1805639, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 227 Squadron RAF. Died 15th March 1945. Age 21. Son of Frank and Adelaide Wells of Marden, Kent. Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany. Grave reference - 9. F. 2.

Raymond’s Lancaster bomber was PA214 9J-P. It’s last mission had been flown from Balderston to bomb a synthetic oil plant at Wintershall. All 8 crew perished in the crash and are buried at Durnbach.

WICKHAM

Arthur David
Sergeant 6347491, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 14th May 1944. Age 26. Born and resided Kent. Son of George and Emily Edith Wickham of Marden, Kent. Buried Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference - XI. C. 14.

CIVILIAN PARISHIONERS
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
THROUGH ENEMY ACTION

DRISCOLL

Alice Dorothy
Died 4th February 1941. Age 44. Wife of George Henry Driscoll of Meldreth, Stanley Road, Marden. Died at Maidstone road, Marden.

HOAD

Christopher Harral
Died 4th February 1941. Age 58. Of 3 Maidstone Road, Marden. Died at 3 Maidstone Road, Marden.

MAYES

Annie Matilda
Died 4th February 1941. Age 55. Of 4 Maidstone Road, Marden. Widow of Edward Stanley Mayes. Died at 4 Maidstone Road, Marden. Probably her late husband died in the Great War and is the casualty commemorated on the memorial plaque

MAYES

Ivy D
Died 4th February 1941. age 25. Daughter of Annie Matilda and the late Edward Stanley Mayes. Died at 4 Maidstone Road, Marden.

SMITH

Henry Alfred George
Died 3rd August 1944. Age 27. Son of Mr and Mrs W H Smith of Homesby Court, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent. Husband of Lily Ellen Smith of 1 Royal Oak Cottages, Chainhurst, Marden, Kent.

Mortally wounded at Maidstone Goods Railway Station.

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