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PADDOCK WOOD WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2014

The Paddock Wood memorial stands at the junction of Station Road and Commerical Road, Paddock Wood, Kent. It takes the form of a soldier wearing battle dress, cap and pack, standing at ease with rifle, his left foot is slightly forward and the back of his right leg is braced against a tree stump, he is standing on a square plinth with a relief of an aeroplane in flight on the left hand side, and a three-funnelled ship at sea on the right hand side; all of this stands on single stepped base, and all within small railed enclosure. There are 49 names listed for World War 1 and 23 for World War 2; there is one V.C. winner included.

Extract from Kent & Sussex Courier - Friday 7 January 1921, page 11:

PADDOCK WOOD WAR MEMORIAL.
UNVEILING BY COLONEL WOODMARTYN.

The War Memorial for the parish of Paddock Wood is placed in an excellent position—in front of the Parochial Hall and opposite the entrance to the up-platform of the Railway Station. It stands 12 feet high, and takes the form of a life-sized soldier in full kit standing on a pedestal, on the front of which is the inscription: “To our glorious dead, 1914-1918,” and the names of the fallen. On either side of the base are sculptured bas-relief panels representing the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. The material used for the Memorial is selected Portland stone, and the work was designed and executed by Messrs. A. Burslem and Son, the well-known sculptors, of Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks, the panels and figure being modelled and carved at their Tunbridge Wells studios. At the unveiling on Wednesday afternoon general appreciation of the Memorial was expressed. The ceremony of unveiling was performed by Colonel A. Wood-Martyn, D.S.O., Secretary of the Kent Territorial Force Association, who raised and commanded the 10th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment during the war. The arrangements for the Memorial were entrusted to a representative Committee, of which Mr. F. Beverley Morogan was Chairman and Mr. J. Hunt Hon. Secretary. The cost of the Memorial is about £300, which has been already subscribed. The site cost an additional £50, and further £50 will be required for laying out the site.

At the unveiling there were present the Rev G. B. Charles (Vicar of Paddock Wood), the Kev. W. W. Vicary (Wesleyan), Mr. and Mrs. F. Beverley Morgan. Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Sealy, Col. Frank Harris, Mr. J. H. Podmore, Mr. F. Gurney, Mr. S. Dann, Mrs. H. A. Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Burslem. The singing was led by a united choir conducted by Mr. A. J. Harland, and the Paddock Wood Brass Band, conducted by Mr. T. E. Sinden. The Paddock Wood Troop of Boy Scouts attended under Scoutmaster F. Smith, and the scholars from the Paddock Wood School were present. The attendance at the ceremony was representative the parish.

The service commenced with the hymn “O God, our help ages past,’’ followed by the Lesson from Wisdom iii., 1-9, read by the Kev. W. W. Vicary. The unveiling was performed by Colonel Wood-Martyn, and the dedication by the Vicar.

NAMES OF THE HEROES.

The names inscribed on the Memorial were read by Mr. J. Hunt as follows: William Atherall, Percy Atkinson, George Ash, Joe Ballard, Albert Barden, Alfred Horace Beech, Ernest Bloxham, Frederick Brett, Sidney William Chapman, George Henry Sidney Cheesman, Frederick George Cosham, Arthur George Dumbrell, William Edward Edwards, Charles Foreman, John Hinkley, Alex. William Joy, Edwin Alex. Joy, Harry James Joy, Wallace King, Thomas King, Walter Lipscombe, Nelson Amos Luck, John Lewis Luck, Albert Jeffrey Maddocks, Richard May, Stephen Beverley Morgan, Harry Nunn, Alfred Edward Norton, Alfred John Pullen, Thomas Randall; William Reeves, Henry Roffe, Hy. Sales, Albert Vincent Saunders. Edward Douglas Symes, Reginald Frederick Skinner, Harry Smith, Jack Smith, Alfred Sturmer, John Henry Taylor, Maurice Edward Tickner, John Victor Thompson, William Tidy, Frank Tully, William Charles Vousden, Frederick Albert Wallis, Frank Wilkins, Jack Williams and Thomas Wenham.

HONOURING VILLAGE LADS.

Colonel WOOD-MARTYN then addressed the assemblage. He said he was thankful to have returned from the war and be spared to perform that ceremony. British mothers had reason be proud of their boys, for there were none better. They exhibited wonderful endurance, bull dog tenacity, and unselfishness in most trying circumstances, and the bravery of the British lads not only upheld the Old Flag, but also stiffened the Allies. Those were the boys they were memorialising, and nothing pleased him more than when a few weeks ago a simple private soldier was recognised by the Empire by being accorded burial in Westminster Abbey. That Unknown Warrior was a symbol of the lads who went forth from Paddock Wood. Who knew but what he was a Paddock Wood man? The lesson was simple. They helped to save the Empire by all ranks pulling together from start to finish. To-day, when times were difficult—and likely to get more difficult before they got better—the only way to get through was following the example of the lads during the war, and all ranks pulling together until the country was got on to its working legs again and the future built out of the ashes of the past. Colonel Wood-Martyn said he served for two years and nine months at the Front, and two years in the trenches, and one could know the rank and file better, and declared that without them the war could not be won. The war was not won by the Generals nor the staff, but the Individual man’s endurance and absolute refusal to be crushed. He hoped they would instil into the younger generation the need follow in the footsteps of the men who had given their lives, and so become an example and a steadying influence in a very unsettled world.

A UNITED PARISH

Mr. F. BEVERLEY MORGAN, Chairman of the War Memorial Committee, in handing over the memorial to the care of the Parish Council, said it was hoped that the site would be properly laid out and beautified, and for that a further £50 would be required if the work was to be adequately carried out. The Memorial had been the cause of discussion and difference of opinion, but he did not regret that, because it showed the general and deep interest taken in the question. In country life unanimity was very often, indifference. But they were unanimous in their (sic) the memory of those who fell and expressed gratitude to those who had been instrumental in carrying out the Memorial, or who had given assistance in securing the site. The Memorial was not for their personal gratification—it was the memory those who feel and an example to future generations. For that reason it was necessary that the trust should be vested in public body like the Parish Council. To-day and for many days it would not lack loving labour to keep the site. But future generations might ask "What mean these stones?” and the Parish Council would be asked to care and maintain the Memorial. Some people did not like the idea of a soldier, but he did not think it betokened a spirit of militarism. The soldier was not in an attitude of attack, but rather as guarding comrades at an outpost in time of rest, and thus the Memorial taught that it was the duty of every man, if need be, to place his body between his country and the threat of foreign invasion. In that spirit he asked the Parish Council to take over the trust.

Mr. E. I. OVERY, as Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council, in accepting the trust, said that as the Memorial commemorated those who lived their lives in Paddock Wood so those who were Parish Councillors would do their utmost to see that the place was kept decently and in order.

The hymn “For all the Saints” was then sung, during which wreaths and flowers were placed on the Memorial by relatives and friends. These included one from the Paddock Wood Boys’ School "In memory of our Old Boys,” and one from the “Paddock Wood Comrades in Arms” "In memory of comrades.”

The VICAR said prayers and gave the Blessing, and the "Last Post” and the "Reveille" was sounded by buglers from the Maidstone Depot (Royal West Kent Regiment). The singing of two verses of the National Anthem concluded the ceremony.

Extract from Kent & Sussex Courier - Friday 17 November 1950, page 11:

PADDOCK WOOD MEMORIAL

Two Union Jacks which were brought back by an ex-serviceman of Paddock Wood after seeing service with the British Army through France and Germany from "D" Day, were used to unveil the new names on the war memorial and on seats at a special remembrance and dedication service.

A parade which included the men's and women's sections of the British Legion, the Red Cross, St. John Ambulance Brigade, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Cubs, Brownies and detachments of the Civil Defence Corps and police formed up in Station-road and, headed by the Paddock Wood Sliver Band, marched to the war memorial to join in the service, which was attended by well over 260 people.

Units of the army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy were represented.

The service was conducted by the Rev. G. W. Nightingale, assisted by the Rev. J. W. C. Jenkins. Mr. R. P. Ewins was parade marshal.

Photographs from old postcards

1914-1918
"OUR GLORIOUS DEAD"

ASH

George

Private S/43582, 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders) formerly 042268 Army Service Corps and 9/92005, London Regiment. Killed in action 13 October 1918. Born Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Tonbridge, Kent. Buried in AVESNES-LE-SEC COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Row A. Grave 22.

ATHERALL

William

Private G/12740, 10th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 18 Augustn 1917. Aged 32. Born Lye Green, Sussex, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Goudhurst, Kent. Husband of Violet Frances Atherall, of 5, Denbigh Rd., Tunbridge Wells. Buried in BERTENACRE MILITARY CEMETERY, FLETRE, , France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 9.

BALLARD

Joe

Private T/204205, 7th Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 30 September 1917. Aged 36. Born Brenchley, Kent, resident and enlisted Paddock Wood, Kent. Son of Robert and Harriett Ballard, of Paddock Wood; husband of Mrs. M. Ballard, of Glenmead Cottage, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row F. Grave 11.

BARDEN

Albert [James]

Gunner 40112, 6th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 13 April 1918. Born East Peckham, Surrey, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Chatham. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD, Nord, France. Plot III. Row G. Grave 41.

BEECH

Alfred [Horace]

Guardsman 16084, No.1 Company, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 20 February 1915. Aged 18. Born Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Maidstone. Son of Charles and E. J. Beech, of 1, Council Cottage, Catts Place, Paddock Wood, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 2.

BLOXHAM

Ernest

Private G/17779, 10th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) formerly 3218, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 21 September 1917. Aged 33. Born Haven Dasset, Warwickshire, resident and enlisted Paddock Wood, Kent. Son of George and Ann Bloxham, of Avon Bassett, Warwickshire; husband of Ethel Lacey Bloxham, of 1, Hamlet Cottages, Tudeley Rd., Bellring, Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in LARCH WOOD (RAILWAY CUTTING) CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave lost. Special memorial Row A. Grave 2.

BRETT

Frederick

Private 40534, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment formerly 29020, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 10 August 1917. Born beckley, Sussex, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Canterbury. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

CHAPMAN

Sidney W

No further information currently available

CHEESEMAN

George [Henry Sidney]

[Listed as CHEESMAN on memorial] Private T/2104 [SDGW] or 2164 [CWGC], 5th Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died in United Kingdom 7 February 1915. Born and resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Brenchley, Kent. Buried in ASHFORD CEMETERY, Kent. Grave 7034.

COLVIN

John

Rifleman 4311, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own), Killed in action 6 July 1915. Born Tunbridge Wells, Kent, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Maidstone, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 46 - 48 and 50.

COSHAM

Frederick George

[CWGC lists him as Lance Corporal 85101] Private 65101, 16th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers formerly S4-122921, Army Service Corps. Killed in action 4 November 1918. Resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Dover. Buried in ORS BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Row C. Grave 36.

DUMBRELL

Arthur [George]

Private G/21495, 2nd Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died on service in Salonika 2 October 1918. Born, resident and enlisted Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, Greece. Grave 510.

EDWARDS

William Edward

Acting Sergeant G/8327, 19th Battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died in United Kingdom 27 April 1916. Aged 53. Born Hanover Square, London, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Maidstone, Kent. Husband of Rhoda Edwards, of Mole Trap Hill, Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in ALDERSHOT MILITARY CEMETERY, Hampshire. Grave reference AF. 1987.

FOREMAN

Charles

Private 59433, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 29 September 1918. Aged 20. Born Pembury, Kent, enlisted Tonbridge, Kent. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Foreman, of Goldsmid Cottages, Five Oak Greed, Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in UNICORN CEMETERY, VENDHUILE, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 22.

HENHAM

Thomas

No further information currently available

HINKLEY

John

[Spelt HINCKLEY on SDGW] Private G/13681, "C" Company, 6th Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 3 May 1917. Born Benenden, Kent, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Ashford, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.

JOY

Alexander William

Drummer 1023, "D" Company, 1st/5th Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 21 January 1916. Aged 19. Born, resident and enlisted Paddock Wood, Kent. Son of Albert Edward and Annie Mercy Joy, of 1, Station Villas, Station Rd., Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XVII. Row J. Grave 16.

JOY

Edwin Alexander

Private G/22166, 6th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 3 February 1917. Aged 38. Born and resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Canterbury, Kent. Son of Albert and Sarah Joy; husband of C. E. Joy, of Meadhurst Villa, Maidstone Rd., Paddock Wood, Kent. Born at Paddock Wood according to CWGC. Buried in FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 9.

JOY

Harry James

[Listed as H W JOY on memorial] Private G/68866, 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment) formerly 2842, West Kent Yeomanry. Died of wounds 26 August 1918. Aged 19. Born Matfield, resident Paddock Wood, enlisted Ashford. Son of William and Louisa Joy, of Waterloo Place, Cranbrook, Kent. Buried in BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOURT, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row D. Grave 3.

KING

Thomas

Sergeant T/240230, 5th Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 16 March 1917. Aged 27. Born London, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Horsmonden, Kent. Son of Mrs Lily King, of Rose Cottage, Thorpe, Norwich. Born at Paddock Wood, Kent [according to CWGC]. Buried in Shaikh Saad Old Cemetery, Iraq, and commemorated in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq.

KING

Wallace

Private 241004 [CWGC] or 421004 [SDGW], "B" Company, 1st/6th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born Yalding, Kent, enlisted Lichfield, Staffordshire. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Jane King, of 3, Hamlet Cottage, Tudeley Rd., Paddock Wood, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 B and 14 C.

LIPSCOMBE

Walter

Private 39575, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment formerly DM/231680,, Army Service Corps. Killed in action 6 April 1918. Born and resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Chiswick, Middlesex. Buried in GOMMECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY NO.2, HEBUTERNE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row F. Grave 12.

LUCK

John Lewis

Second Lieutenant, attached to 1st/7th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). Died of wounds 6 September 1918. Aged 22. Baptised 5 April 1896 in Paddock Wood, St Andrew, son of Amos and Harriet Luck. Son of Amos and Harriett Luck, of Paddock Wood, Kent; brother of Nelson Amos Luck (below). In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Yalding, Kent, working on farm with his father and brother, son of Amos and Harrieet Luck, resident Woodlands Paddock Wood, Brenchley, Kent. Buried 10 September 1918 in North East part of PADDOCK WOOD (ST. ANDREW) OLD CHURCHYARD, BRENCHLEY, Kent.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1919:

LUCK John Lewis of Woodlands Paddock Wood Kent second-lieutenant His Majesty's Army died 6 September 1918 at the Military Hospital Devonport Administration (with Will) London 21 March to Bessie Harriett Lucas spinster.
Effects £330 9s.

LUCK

Nelson Amos

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) attached to 1st/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 15 June 1918. Aged 24. Baptised 7 October 1894 in Paddock Wood, St Andrew, son of Amos and Harriet Luck. Son of Amos and Harriett Luck, of Paddock Wood, Kent; brother of John Lewis Luck (above). In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Yalding, Kent, working on farm with his father and brother, son of Amos and Harrieet Luck, resident Woodlands Paddock Wood, Brenchley, Kent. Buried in BOSCON BRITISH CEMETERY, Italy. Plot 2. Row A. Grave 3.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1919:

LUCK Nelson Amos of Woodlands Paddock Wood Kent second-lieutenant His Majesty's Army died 15 June 1918 in Italy Administration London 25 February to Amos Luck retired farmer. Effects £264 8s. 6d.

MADDOCKS

Albert Jeffrey

Private 51213, 1st Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment) formerly 32650, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 30 September 1918. Born Yalding, Kent, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Northampton. Buried in GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XV. Row B. Grave 3.

MAY

Richard

No further information currently available

MORGAN

Stephen Beverley

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached to 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died 14 May 1915. Aged 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Beverley Morgan, of "Mascalls," Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in Y FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, BOIS-GRENIER, Nord, France. Row C. Grave 26.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918, volume 1, page 259:

MORGAN, STEPHEN BEVERLEY, 2nd Lieut., 3rd, attd. 1st, Battn. Leicestershire Regt., 2nd s. of Frederick Beverley Morgan, of Muscalls, Paddock Wood, Kent, by his wife, Clara Elizabeth, dau. of Major Edgworth Horrocks ; b. Tunbridge Wells, 22 April, 1896 ; educ. Hurstleigh, Tunbridge Wells, and Clifton College ; gazetted 2nd Lieut. to the 3rd Leicestershires, 15 Aug. 1914 ; went to France attached to the 1st Battn., and was killed in action by shell fire in the trenches near Armentieres, 14 May. 1915 ; unm. Buried in the Regimental Burial Ground behind the trenches. He was a well-known cricketer, and played for the Public Schools at Lords, in the summer of 1914.

NORTON

Alfred [Edward]

Private L/9324, 6th Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 18 March 1916. Aged 22. Born Lydd, Kent, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Canterbury, Kent. Son of Alfred and Mary Elizabeth Norton, of 6, Station Rd., Paddock Wood, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 15 to 19.

NUNN

Henry [Longhurst]

Private L/9503, 1st Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 8 February 1917. Aged 35. Son of Alfred Thomas and Louisa Nunn, of 3, Station Cottages, Paddock Wood, Kent. (Buried Peshawar (Right) B.C. XXV. B. 683.). Commemorated on DELHI MEMORIAL (INDIA GATE), India. Face 1-23.

PULLEN

Alfred John

Acting Lance Corporal 304818 [CWGC] or 394818 [SDGW], Depot, Tank Corps formerly 2431, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died on service 8 June 1918. Aged 22. Born Knockholt, Kent, enlisted Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Son of Mr. J. W. and Mrs. E. J. Pullen, of Seaborne Villas, Paddock Wood. Buried in South-East part. of PADDOCK WOOD (ST. ANDREW) OLD CHURCHYARD, BRENCHLEY, Kent.

RANDALL

Thomas [Arthur]

Lance Corporal G/2773, 8th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 26 September 1915. Aged 24. Son of Thomas and Harriet Randall, of 1, Seaborne Villas, Maidstone Rd., Paddock Wood, Kent; husband of the late Rose Randall. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 95 to 97.

REEVES

William

No further information currently available

ROFFE

Henry

Private 35808, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment). Killed in action 10 August 1917. Aged 26. Born Finsbury, resident Catford, enlisted Lewisham, Son of Henry Charles Roffe, of Beltring, Paddock Wood; husband of Winifred Roffe, of Old Kent Rd., Paddock Wood, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.

SALES

William Henry

[Listed as SALE on SDGW] Corporal 201178, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 21 March 1918. Aged 22. Born Yalding, Kent, resident Old Hay, near Brenehley, Kent, enlisted Tonbridge, Kent. Baptised 1 September 1895 in Yalding, Saints Peter & Paul, son of THomas and Annie Sales of Yalding. Eldest son of eight children of Mrs. Annie Mancer, of Willow Lane, Paddock Wood, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 58 and 59.

SAUNDERS

Albert [Vincent]

Private L/10181, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 23 April 1915. Aged 21. Born Yalding, Kent, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Maidstone, Kent. Son of Daniel and Clara Eliza Saunders, of Hop Villa, Spimo Park, Paddock Wood, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 45 and 47.

SKINNER

Reginald [Frederick]

Private G/1510, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 13 July 1916. Aged 19. Born Kilburn, Middlesex, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Son of Frederick Richard and Agnes Skinner, of Commercial Rd., Paddock Wood, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C.

SMITH

Harry

No further information currently available

SMITH

Jack

Private G/13763, 1st Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 24 June 1917. Aged 27. Born Brenchley, Kent, resident and enlisted Paddock Wood, Kent. Son of William Smith, of Church Rd., Paddock Wood; husband of Ada A. M. Large (formerly Smith), of Queen St., Paddock Wood, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 15 to 19.

STURMER

Alfred

No further information currently available

SYMES

Edward Douglas

[Spelt SIMES on memorial] Captain, 9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rfiles), London Regiment. Killed in action 13 August 1917. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row H. Grave 13.

TAYLOR

John Henry

Private 6255, 14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish), London Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 27 April 1916. Aged 20. Resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted London. Son of the late Thomas and Kate Taylor, of Paddock Wood. Buried in South-East part. of PADDOCK WOOD (ST. ANDREW) OLD CHURCHYARD, BRENCHLEY, Kent.

THOMPSON

[John] Victor

Sapper 1509, 1st/3rd Kent Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died at sea 28 October 1915. Aged 28. Born Hawkhurst, Kent, resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Tonbridge, Kent. Son of John Thompson, of Jinty Cottage, Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried at sea. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 24 to 26 or 325 to 328.

TICKNER

Maurice [Edward]

Private G/50935, 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) formerly 3227, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 30 September 1918. Born Carlisle, U.S.A., resident Kent, enlisted Paddock Wood. Aged 36. Son of Thomas and Margaret Sexton Tickner, of Carlisle Concord, Lowell, U.S.A.; husband of Flora Tickner, of Nettlestead Cottage, Maidstone Rd., Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in NOYELLES-SUR-L'ESCAUT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 16.

TIDY

William [James]

Bombardier 19601, 8th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 23 August 1916. Born Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Maidstone. Buried in AVELUY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Row H. Grave 3.

TULLY

Frank

Shoeing Smith 99062, 35th Brigade H.Q. Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 5 September 1916. Aged 42. Born Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Woolwich, London S.E. Son of Charles and Mary Ann Tully, of 2, Diamond Villas, Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot B. Row 23. Grave 9.

VOUSDEN

William [C]

Driver 60292, 287th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers. Died 4 January 1919. Buried in STRUMA MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 13.

WALLIS

Frederick [Albert]

Private G/17504, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 9 September 1916. Aged 25. Enlisted Maidstone, Kent. Son of John and Mary Wallis, of Medway Villas, Maidstone Rd., Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot IX. Row F. Grave 21.

WILKINS

Frank [Albert]

Private S/36377, "C" Supply Company (Aldershot), Royal Army Service Corps. Died on service in United Kingdom 30 June 1916. Aged 20. Born and resident Paddock Wood, Kent, enlisted Maidstone. Son of Ernest and Hannah Wilkins, of Old Kent Rd., Paddock Wood. Buried in North East part of PADDOCK WOOD (ST. ANDREW) OLD CHURCHYARD, BRENCHLEY, Kent.

WILLIAMS

Jack

Private G/14256, 1st Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 19 July 1918. Aged 19. Son of Arthur and Laura Williams, of Paddock Wood, Kent; husband of Annie Clara Williams, of Arch Cottage, Queen St., Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in ABEELE AERODROME MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave 10.

1939-1945

ARCHIBALD

Charles Ronald

Flying Officer 89072, 48 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25 February 1942. Aged 23. Son of John and Barbara Archibald; husband of Elaine Archibald, of Maida Vale London. Buried in TRONDHEIM (STAVNE) CEMETERY, Norway. Grave reference A IV British. F. 7.

BRUNT, V.C, M.C.

John Henry Cound

Captain 258297, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) attached to Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action in Italy 10 December 1944. Aged 22. Born Montgomeryshire, resident Kent. Son of Thomas Henry and Nesta Mary Brunt, of Paddock Wood, Kent. Awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) and Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in FAENZA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot III. Row A. Grave 8.

Citation for Victoria Cross (V.C), London Gazette 8 February 1945:

"On 9th December, 1944, the platoon commanded by Captain Brunt was holding a vital sector of the line in Italy. At dawn a counter-attack in great strength by the German 90th Panzer Grenadier Division soon threatened to break through. Captain Brunt rallied his remaining men and, although outnumbered, continued to hold his position. He himself killed about fourteen of the enemy with a Bren gun. On receiving orders to withdraw, he remained behind to give covering fire to his men, before dashing across open ground to a new position. Captain Brunt used the pause caused by this spirited defence to take a party back to the previous position and carry away the wounded who had been left there. Later in the day, the German forces made a further counter-attack. Captain Brunt leapt onto a Sherman tank and ordered the tank commander to drive from one fire position to another, while he sat or stood on the turret directing the fire of the tank. He then jumped off the tank and, with a Bren gun, stalked small parties of the enemy who were trying to approach on the left flank, killing many and causing the rest to withdraw. His coolness, bravery, devotion to duty and complete disregard of personal safety in this magnificent action were beyond praise. The next day, he was killed by mortar fire."

CALLINAN

Reginald Stephen

Sergeant 580171, 233 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 13 April 1940. Aged 29. Son of Daniel and Anne Agnes Callinan, of Auckland City, New Zealand. Buried in SOLA CHURCHYARD, Norway. British Plot. Joint grave 1/2.

DOLDING

William Gilbert

Gunner 1679457, 90 Battery, 49th Light A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 20 April 1941. Born 4 July 1915, and resident, Matfield, Kent. Baptised 29 July 1915 in Five Oak Green, St Luke, son of Gilbert and Florence Jane Dolding, resident Maidstone R N Paddocks Wood, Kent. Son of Gilbert and Florence Dolding; husband of Marjorie Joan Dolding, of Matfield. In the 1939 Register he was unmarried, a Printing Compositor, son of Gilbert and Florence J Dolding, resident Jessamine Cottages, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge R.D., Kent. Buried S.E. of church in MATFIELD (ST. LUKE) CHURCHYARD, BRENCHLEY, Kent.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1941:

DOLDING William Gilbert of Hodge Cottage Matfield Paddock Wood Kent who is believed to have been killed through war operations on 20 April 1941 and whose dead body was found on 20 April 1941 Administration Llandudno 29 July to Marjorie Joan Dolding widow. Effects £197 4s.

EDGINTON

Richard

Trooper 320681, 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, Royal Armoured Corps. Died of wounds at Dunkirk 20 May 1940; body not found. Aged 21. Born and resident Kent. Son of R. S. and Florence May Edginton, of Paddock Wood, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 2.

FUNNELL

Thomas Alfred

[Listed as Thomas W FUNNELL on all memorials] Bombardier 6351326, 5 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action while on Special Duty at sea 29 February 1944. Aged 30. Born 13 June 1913 in Paddock Wood, resident Paddock Wood, baptised 7 July 1918 in Paddock Wood, St Andrew, son of Charles Frederick John and Ethel Jane Funnell, resident Paddock Wood. Son of Charles Fredrick and Ethel Jane Funnell, of Paddock Wood, Kent. In the 1939 Register he was unmarried, a Factory Chemical Worker, resident with his parents at Swatlands Crossing, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge R.D., Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 81, Column 2.

GUTHRIE, M.C.

Bruce Campbell

Major 180229, 5th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Died of wounds in the Middle East 1 April 1943. Aged 28. Born U.S.A., resident Middlesex. Son of Ernest Fairbairn Guthrie and Dorothy Leigh Guthrie. Buried in SFAX WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot VII. Row C. Grave 23.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1943:

GUTHRIE Bruce Campbell of Mascells Pound Paddock Wood Kent died 1 April 1943 on war service Probate Llandudno 22 July to Martins Bank Limited. Effects £1035 9s. 2d.

HENHAM

John Alfred

Leading Aircraftman 1220280, 274 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8 June 1942. Aged 34. Son of Richard William and Mary A. Henham, of Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in FAYID WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 2. Row B. Grave 20.

HOWELL

Arthur

Sergeant (Navigator) 1395412, 1667 HCU, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Flying in an Avro Lancaster I, serial number W4904, took off from R.A.F. Avro Lancaster I on a training-night navigation Bullseye exercise; took off 2010 hrs, aicraft crashed near Moor Monkton, between York and Harrogate 28 September 1943. Aged 20. Son of Luther Roland and Winifred May Howell, of Paddock Wood. Buried in PADDOCK WOOD (ST. ANDREW) OLD CHURCHYARD, BRENCHLEY, Kent. Row L. Grave 11.

KNIGHT

Gordon

Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1161364, 40 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Flying in a Vickers Wellington IC, serial number, X9749, took off from R.A.F. Alconbury on night operations to Karlsruhe and crashed near Handzame, Belgium, 26 August 1941. Buried in HANDZAME COMMUNAL CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave 517.

MUMFORD

Sydney Leonard

Petty Officer Cook (S) C/MX 62714, H.M.S. Niger, Royal Navy. Died at sea 6 July 1942. Aged 37. Born 8 April 1905 in Faversham, Kent. Son of John and Louie Mumford; husband of Mary Jane Mumford, of Washington, Co. Durham. Prior to enlisting he was a Printer's Assistant. Enlisted 30 April 1923 for 12 years, height 5 feet 4¾ inches, chest 34½ inches, dark brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 64, Column 2.

PADGHAM

Frank

Lance Sergeant 985597, 67 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action in Tunisia 21 April 1943. Aged 27. Born 2 February 1916 in Paddock Wood, resident Paddock Wood, baptised 2 April 1916 in Paddock Wood, St Andrew, son of Alfred and Edith Padgham, resident Paddock Wood. Son of Alfred and Edith Padgham, of Paddock Wood, Kent. In the 1939 Register he was unmarried, a Glove Department Salesman, resident 18, Wood Street, City of London, London. Buried in MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 8. Row H. Grave 15.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1943:

PADGHAM Frank of Locarno Cottages Church-road Paddock Wood Kent died 21 April 1943 on war service Administration Llandudno 1 September to Alfred Padgham builder.
Effects £193 10s. 2d.

PALMER

Alfred [Frederick]

Marine CH/22005, Royal Marine Barracks, Chatham, Royal Marines. Died from a Coronary Thrombosis at Rose Villa, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent, 22 December 1944. Aged 43. Born 29 December 1900 in Lambeth, London. Son of Walter Frederick and Ellen Palmer; husband of Edith Ann Palmer, of Rose Villa, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood. Prior to enlisting he was a Domestic Porter. Enlisted 10 May 1918 in London, religious denomination Church of England, re-enlisted 3 July 1930. Height 5 feet 8 inches, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown, greying, hair. Buried in PADDOCK WOOD (ST. ANDREW) OLD CHURCHYARD, BRENCHLEY, Kent. Row N. Grave 15.

PILBEAM

Charles [ Thomas]

Guardsman 2659109, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 20 December 1942. Aged 23. Born 4 August 1919, baptised 5 October 1919 in Cranbrook, St Dunstan, son of Frederick and Annie Pilbeam, resident Furnace Farm, Hartley, Cranbrook, Kent, Son of Fredrick and Anne Pilbeam, of Lamberhurst, Kent. Buried in BEJA WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 2. Row D, Grave 9.

REED

Edward Charles

Flight Sergeant 527651, Royal Air Force. Died 30 April 1941. Aged 24. Born 3 August 1916, baptised 5 November 1916 in Paddock Wood, St Andrew, son of Frederick and gertrude Annie Reed, resident Bethany Cottages, Paddock Wood, Kent. Son of Frederick and Gertrude Annie Reed, of Paddock Wood, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on OTTAWA MEMORIAL, Ontario, Canada. Panel 1. Column 1.

REED

Frederick William

No further information currently available

STEVENS

James John

Able Seaman P/JX 290227, H.M.S. President III (S.S. Empire Amethyst), Royal Navy. Died at sea 14 April 1942. Aged 20. Born 7 August 1921 in Stepney, London, resident Paddock Wood, Kent. Son of Joseph and Selina Stevens, of Paddock Wood, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 65, Column 1.

WAGHORN

Arthur C

No further information currently available

WALLIS

Frederick A

No further information currently available

WATCHOUS

Leslie Austen

Aircraftman 1st Class 812240, 500 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force). Died 13 August 1940. Aged 24. Son of Alfred and Ann Louisa Watchous, of Paddock Wood. Buried in MAIDSTONE CEMETERY, Kent. Plot C.C.1. Grave 94.

WEBLEY

Henry Charles

Private 6343890, 4th Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died of wounds received in Burma 2 April 1944. Born 2 May 1920 in Paddock Wood, resident Kent, baptised 6 June 1920 in Paddock Wood, St Andrew, son of Charles Henry and Nellie May Webley, resident Paddock Wood, Kent. Buried in CALCUTTA (BHOWANIPORE) CEMETERY, KOLKATA, India. Plot L. Grave 143.

WEBLEY

Raymond John

Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1254246, 49 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Flying in a Handley Page Hampden I, serial number AT217, took off from R.A.F. Scampton on a night operation to lay mines in the Terschelling area; reported as missing without trace and believed to have crashed into the sea of the Frisian Islands 19 April 1942. Aged 22. Born 31 May 1920, baptised 4 July 1920 in Paddock Wood, St Andrew, son of Joseph and Mercy Webley, resident Paddock Wood, Kent. Son of Joseph and Mercy Webley; husband of Winifred Ethel Webley, of Rusthall, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 96.

WHITE

John Henry William

Craftsman 10533545, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died of Bacillic Dysentery as a Japanese Prisoner of War while being transported from Ambon Island to Java in the Maros Maru 6 October 1944 (when the Allied riads began on Ambon, Huruku and Celebes in 1944, the Japanese retreated taking the 650 Prisoner of War with them, the Maros Maru transported them from Ambn to Java). Aged 29. Born 5 November 1914 in Kent, resident Kent. Son of Harry and Mabel White, of Ashford, Kent; husband of Jessie Maud White, of Willesborough, Ashford, Kent formerly 163, Canterbury Road, South Willesbro, Kent. In the 1939 Register he was married to Jessie M E (nee Francis) White, a Brake Fitters Assistant, resident 163, Canterbury Road, Ashford, Ashford U.D., Kent. Buried at sea. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 111.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1946:

WHITE John Henry William of 163 Canterbury-road South Willesborough Ashford Kent died 6 October 1944 on war service Administration London 4 June to Jessie Maud Esther White widow. Effects £189 14s. 8d.

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