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RIVER WAR MEMORIAL

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

The parish tribute is located in the parish churchyard. The name plates are very worn and are badly discoloured.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

IN PROUD AND
LOVING MEMORY
OF
OUR GLORIOUS DEAD
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-18

ALDERSON

Albert Evelyn

Captain, 3rd Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Attached 1st battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died 11th March 1918. Son of Reverent E.A. Alderson (Chaplain to the Forces, 1st Class) and Mary Alderson of “Weeford,” River, Dover, Kent. Buried Struma Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave reference VI.F.II.

AMOS

Albert Edward

Gunner 52863, 25th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died 14th October 1916 aged 22 years. Born Peckham, London. Enlisted Dover. Resided River, Dover. Buried Grove Town Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave reference I.L.45.

BALDING

Frank

Corporal 10207, Royal Army Pay Corps (RAPC). Formerly (14220) 24th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 13th July 1918 aged 25 years. Born Ranley, Louth. Enlisted Oldham. Husband of Evelyn Beatrice Balding of 8 The Avenue, Kearsney, Dover. Buried Louth Cemetery, Lincolnshire. Grave reference 27.71.

The memorial shows Frank as serving in the Manchester Regiment. Frank is also commemorated on the Louth, Lincolnshire war memorial.

BARTLETT

Charles Frederick

Seaman 1858D, Royal Naval Reserve. H.M.S “Aboukir”. Died 22nd September 1914 aged 40 years. Son of James and Mary Bartlett of Deal, Kent. Husband of Fanny Ann Bartlett of 70 Ladysmith Avenue, East Ham, London. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference 3.

BOURNE

Bertie James

Gunner 102253, 168th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died 31st October 1917. Born Littlebourne, Canterbury. Enlisted Dover. Resided River, Dover. Buried Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium. Grave reference I.I.63.

CURTIS

Albert Edward

Leading Stoker 19384, H.M.S “Tartar”, Royal Navy (R.N). Died 17th June 1917 aged 24 years. Son of Mr and Mrs John Curtis of 23 Hope Street, Landport, Portsmouth. Husband of Nellie Gertrude Curtis of Mitre Hotel, 77 Snargate Street, Dover, Kent. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Panel reference 26.

DADDS, MM

Leonard

Sergeant Major 71583, 109th Siege battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died 31st October 1918. Born Folkestone. Enlisted Dover. Resided River, Dover. Buried St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave reference S.IIIG.2.

DANIELS

Edwin Thomas

Private G/8803, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 8th June 1916 aged 30 years. Born Whitfield, Dover. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided River, Dover. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Daniels of Whitfield, Dover, Kent. Husband of Lilian A Daniels of Crabble Farm Nursery, River, Dover. Buried Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium. Grave reference II.U.14.

DAYNES

Charles Edward

Private 6/1509, Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Died Gallipoli, Turkey 8th May 1915 aged 23 years. Son of Mrs Phoebe Ann Daynes of Mill Cottage, Lower Road, River, Dover, Kent. Commemorated on the Twelve Tree Copse (New Zealand) Memorial, Turkey.

DIXON

William John

Able Seaman J/5442, H.M.S “Natal”, Royal Navy (R.N). Died 30th December 1915 aged 23 years. Son of William John and Elizabeth Dixon of 1 Valley Road, River, Dover. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference 9.

EASTERFIELD

George

Private 26171, 103rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (MGC). Formerly (3859) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 1st July 1916 aged 28 years (First day of the Battle of The Somme 1916). Born Tonbridge. Enlisted Dover. Resided River, Dover. Son of George Dennis Easterfield and Adelaide Easterfield of 5 Riverside Terrace, River, Dover, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

EVERALL

Edward Henry

Able Seaman 233891, H.M.S “Aboukir”, Royal Navy (R.N). Died 22nd September 1914 aged 26 years. Son of Freeman and Ellen Everall of 19 Vale View Road, Dover. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference 2.

FOGG

Arthur Charles

Company Sergeant Major (CSM) GS/65084, “A” Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Formerly (10900) King’s Own (Liverpool Regiment)). Died 16th April 1918 aged 19 years. Born Charlton, Dover. Enlisted Dover. Resided Dover. Son Police Constable Norman Fogg and Henrietta Sarah Fogg of 104 Mayfield Avenue, Dover. Brother of Albert Frank Fogg below. Buried St Amand British Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Grave reference II.A.2.

MIC & CWGC both give CSM L/10008 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment.

FOGG

Albert Frank

Sergeant L/9203, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 28th September 1915 aged 21 years. Born Dover. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided River, Dover. Eldest son of Norman and Henrietta Sarah Fogg of 104 Mayfield Avenue, Dover. Brother of Arthur Charles Fogg above. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

FUSSELL

William Billingham M

Corporal 8427, 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 4th November 1914 aged 22 years. Born Longford, Ireland. Enlisted Dublin. Son of William Bellingham Fussell and Beatrice A.M. Fussell of 104 Mayfield Avenue, Dover (the same address as the Fogg brothers). Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.

GOLDFINCH

Edward Thomas

Private 27376, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 13th October 1917. Born Alkham, Kent. Son of Thomas Edward and Elizabeth Hammond Goldfinch of 11 Kearsney Avenue, River, Dover, Kent. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel reference 9.

GROUNDSELL

Frederick G

Bombardier, Royal Field Artillery (RFA) – No further information currently available

HOBBS

Reginald H

Private CH/17634, Royal Marine Light Infantry (RMLI). Royal Naval Division (RND). Died 17th February 1917. Reginald has no known grave. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

HOWARD

Rupert

Lieutenant, 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Formerly (2 years) South African Police. Died 4th September 1916 aged 31 years. Born London 23rd June 1885. Enlisted Victoria, British Columbia 7th January 1916. Resided Victoria, British Columbia. Son of Gerald Richard Howard of Compton Lodge, Kearsney, Dover, Kent. Husband of Gertrude Helena Howard of 4 East Drive, Brighton, Sussex. Buried Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave reference VI.A.2.

INWOOD

William J

Private, Army Service Corps (A.S.C) – No further information currently available

There is only One officer named INWOOD on Officers Died Great War and he served in the 145th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) – 2Lt Charles Hawkins Inwood. Died 16th August 1917.

JARDING, MM, MSM

James

Sergeant 27731, 17th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died 29th October 1918 aged 38 years. Born Monbrief, Belfast, Co Armagh, Ireland. Enlisted Seaforth Lancashire. Resided Lurgan, Co Armagh. Son of David and Anne Jardine. Husband of Henrietta Sarah Jardine of 80 Mayfield Avenue, Dover, Kent. Buried St Souplet British Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference III.F.10.

LEE

Sidney George

Gunner 90733, 6th Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Formerly (36227) Royal Garrison Artillery (R.G.A). Died 31st December 1916 aged 25 years. Born Dover. Enlisted Dover. Son of Henry and Sarah Lee of 6 Dublin Cottages, River, Dover, Kent. Husband of Alice Mary Maud Mitchell (formerly Lee) of 21 Randolf Road, Union Road, Buckland, Dover. Commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

LILLEY

William John

Driver T/30427, Army Service Corps (ASC). Attached 7th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 22nd September 1914 aged 25 years. Born Colombo, Ceylon. Enlisted Sheffield. Resided Dover. Son of Mr and Mrs Lilley of Derby. Husband of Mrs C.M. Lilley of 10 River Street, River, Dover. Buried Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave reference I.A.19A.

MARSH

Ernest Ambrose

Private 28863, 11th Battalion, Border Regiment. Formerly (G/86945) Middlesex Regiment. Died 2nd December 1917 aged 25 years. Born Dover. Enlisted Dover. Resided River, Dover. Son of Mrs Emily Jane Marsh of 4 South Street, River, Dover. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.

MAXTED

Henry John

Lance Corporal G/8459, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 4th August 1916. Born Temple Ewell, Dover. Enlisted Dover. Resided Temple Ewell, Dover. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5D.

Also commemorated on Temple Ewell war memorial, Dover, Kent.

McNEIR

G A

Sergeant L/10011 George Alfred McNEIR MM. 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 1st December 1917 aged 23 years. Born Jullundar, India. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Finnis Hill, Dover. Son of Martin and Esther McNeir of 1 Invicta Cottages, Finnis Hill, Dover. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louvernal, Nord, France. Panel reference 3.

MOAT

Albert E

Corporal 52896, 31st Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died 9th July 1919 aged 26 years. Son of William and Julia Moat of Sholden, Deal, Kent. Buried nearby in the River (St Peter) churchyard, River, Dover, Kent.

PEIRCE

Arthur Edmund

Private T/3190, 4th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Egypt 19th December 1915 aged 29 years. Enlisted Dover. Resided River, Dover. Son of William and Annie Peirce of Brook Villa, River, Dover, Kent. Buried Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Grave reference B.4.

Arthur was probably mortally wounded at Gallipoli and was recovered to Egypt where he eventually died.

PILCHER

George H

Private G/861, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 8th May 1917. Born River, Dover. Enlisted Dover. Resided Dover.

George’s death does not appear to be recorded by the CWGC. This needs looking at because SDGW lists him as being Killed in Action! This warrants a closer look…

REDGATE

George Williams

Engineer Artificer, H.M.S “Racoon”, Royal Navy (R.N). Died 9th January 1918 aged 42 years. Son of John and Mary Ann Redgate. Husband of Helena Redgate of 1 Ella Road, Crouch Hill, London. Buried nearby in the River (St Peter) Churchyard, River, Dover, Kent.

RICHARDS

Edwin James

Private 141973, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) (MGC). Formerly (8424) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 23rd April 1918. Born Temple Ewell, Dover. Enlisted Dover.

Yet another man who doesn’t appear to be recorded by the CWGC despite the fact that SDGW lists him as Killed in Action!

Also commemorated on Temple Ewell war memorial, Dover, Kent.

SAVAGE

Frederick

Private G/7552, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 19th March 1916 aged 28 years. Born and resided Temple Ewell. Enlisted Dover. Son of Mr and Mrs Savage of 4 Dublin Cottages, River, Dover, Kent. Commemorated on the Loos memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

SMITH

Frederick George

Lance Corporal G/3032, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 7th October 1916 aged 20 years. Born Alkham. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided River. Son of Stephen and Ada Emily Smith of the Royal Oak, River, Dover, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, Somme, France. Panel reference - Pier and Face 5D.

SPAIN

A H

Able Seaman 198647, (RFR/CH/B/8641) H.M.S “Mars”. Royal Navy (RN). Died 25th August 1914. Buried nearby (within a few feet of the parish war memorial) River (St Peter) churchyard, Dover, Kent.

STANFORD

C R

Rifleman R/16291 Charles Richard STANFORD. 7th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps (K.R.R.C). Died 18th August 1916. Born Lydden, Dover. Enlisted Chiswick, Middlesex. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Listed on Soldiers Died Great War as C.R STANDFORD and by the CWGC as Charles Richard Standford.

STOKES

F J

Private PW/6104 Frederick John or James STOKES. 17th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Formerly (G/9943) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 27th December 1917 aged 29 years. Born River, Dover. Enlisted Dover. Resided Kearsney, Dover. Son of Mr and Mrs F. Stokes. Husband of Alice Stokes. Buried Grenvillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference X.C.5.

STRAND

Hubert F

Rifleman 6389, 18th Battalion, London Regiment. Formerly (3500) 4th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd October 1916 aged 29 years. Born Dover. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Dover. Son of Mrs Rosina Strand. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panel reference - Pier and Face 13C.

TULL

Walter David (aka Daniel John)

Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Attached 23rd Battalion (formerly 17th Battalion) Middlesex Regiment. Died 25th March 1918 aged 29 years. Born Folkestone 28th April 1888. Son of Daniel Tull. Brother of Edward Tull-Warnock of 419 St Vincent Street, Glasgow. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

Walter Tull was the grandson of a slave. Prior to the outbreak of the war he was a professional footballer with both Tottenham Hotspurs and Northampton Town. He played more than a hundred games for Northampton Town prior to WW1. Despite the regulations which prevailed at the time regarding officers, Walter became the British army’s first Black officer. He was Mentioned in Dispatches for his actions at the Battle of Piave, Italy. Walter was later shot and killed when leading his men at Favreuil, Somme counter-attacking the Great German offensive that commenced on 21st March 1918. His standing amongst the men could be judged by the extraordinary number that risked their lives in a vain attempt to save him.

Walter is also commemorated on the WALTER TULL Memorial and Garden of Rest at Northampton which was unveiled on the 7th November 1999.

It is not known what his Dover connections were and how he came to be placed on the River civic war memorial.

WORSTER, MC

Alexander Frederick

Captain, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly Private 1830 & 240181 East Kent Yeomanry and Captain Corps of Hussars. Died 23rd November 1917. Buried Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France. Grave reference II.E.5.

WORSTER

Donald Edward

Private G/4302, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 11th September 1917. Born River, Dover. Enlisted Dover. Resided Dover. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel reference 17.

Note: The Following men are not commemorated on the war memorial yet are buried within yards of it! (they probably died too late to be included on the parish tribute)

FULLBROOK

Tom

Master at Arms C/MX 51946, Royal Navy. Died 16th November 1947. Age 52. Son of Mr and Mrs Tom Fullbrook. Husband of Lillian Fullbrook of River, Dover. Buried River, Dover, Kent.

AVERY

George

Stoker 1st Class C/KX92691, H.M.S “Imogen”. Royal Navy (RN). Died 12th November 1946 aged 25 years. Son of James Thomas Avery and Phoebe Susan Avery. Buried River, Dover, Kent.

1939 - 1945

AXFORD

Norman Frank

Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1181575, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 420 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron. Died 27th July 1942 aged 20 years. Son of Frank William George and Hilda Frances Axford of River, Dover, Kent. Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Grave reference 4.D.1.

Pilot Officer R N Rayne was taken prisoner when the Hamden (AE202) he was flying (PT-X) crashed near Tonning. The rest of the crew were buried nearby and were then subsequently reinterred after WW2 to Kiel War Cemetery.

BAILEY

Christopher J

Gunner 1766156, 66 Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 16th June 1943. Son of Frederick and Eliza Bailey. Husband of Louise Elizabeth Bailey of Wyboston. Born and resided Kent. Buried Eaton Socon Cemetery, Bedfordshire. Grave reference - Row 1. Grave 28.

BLASKETT

Edward John

Leading Aircraftman 1447236, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12th September 1944 aged 23 years. Son of Frederick Alfred and Catherine Sarah Blaskett of Dover. Buried Calais Canadian War Cemetery, Leubringen, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference - 3.E.12.

BOURNER

Albert Edward James

Flying Officer 89074, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 48 Squadron R.A.F. Died 7th January 1942. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel reference – 66.

BUCKIE

Keith Brundle

Able Seaman C/JX137401, Royal Navy. H.M.Submarine Thistle. Died 14th April 1940. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference – 35.1.

H.M. Submarine Thistle was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U4 off Skudenses, Norway.

CHAPMAN

Thomas Alfred

Stoker 1st Class C/KX82964, Royal Navy. H.M. Submarine Thistle. Died 14th April 1940. Son of Frederick George and Margaret Ann Chapman of River, Dover, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference – 38.2.

DUNFORD

Cyril Aubrey

Guardsman 2723363, 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards. Died 11th September 1944 aged 20 years. Born Canterbury. Resided Kent. Buried Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Limburg, Belgium. Grave reference - I.D.11.

GILLMAN

Keith Reginald

Pilot Officer 42053, 32 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 25th August 1940 aged 19 years. Son of Richard Gordon Gillman and Gladys Annie Gillman of River, Kent. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel reference 8.

GOLDFINCH

James Charles Henry

Aircraftman 1st Class 1226213, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 13th September 1943 aged 36 years. Son of Mr and Mrs J Goldfinch of River. Husband of Edith Goldfinch of Hexham, Northumberland. Buried locally in River (St Peter) Churchyard, Dover, Kent.

MARSHALL, DFC

James Edlinton

Squadron Leader (Pilot) 70809, Royal Air Force. Died 18th April 1942 aged 23 years. Son of Engineer-Commander Hugh Haddow Marshal RNR and Daisey Miriam Marshall. Buried Maidstone Cemetery, Maidstone, Kent. Grave reference - Plot C.C.1. Grave 44.

PHILPOTT

Raymond

Aircraftman 1st Class 1235295, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24th June 1944 aged 23 years. Son of John and Dorothy Philpott of Buckland, Dover, Kent. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Panel reference - Column 440.

SANDERS

Glyn Alexander

Aircraftman 2nd Class 1385970, Royal Air Force (RAF). Died 12th May 1941. Buried nearby in the River (St Peter) Churchyard, Dover, Kent.

WALL

Thomas William

Donkeyman, SS Dynamo (Hull). Merchant Navy. Died 17th April 1943 aged 21 years. Son of Thomas Cecil and Harriet Wall. Husband of Evelyn Lillian Elizabeth Wall of Dover. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel reference - 36.

SS Dynamo was sunk by a mine in the Thames Estuary.

Last update 19 November, 2016

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