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ROCHESTER SIR JOSEPH WILLIAMSON'S
MATHEMATICAL SCHOOL WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © WW1 Martin Edwards & WW2 John Wigley 2006

Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical school is a boys' grammar school set up in Rochester, Kent. The 17th-century politician Sir Joseph Williamson left £5,000 to set up the school and another in Thetford, Norfolk. The school was originally in Rochester High Street, spanning the city wall. In the 1950s an annexe was built at the Priestfields site for first, second and third forms. In autumn 1968, the whole school moved to the Maidstone Road site. The school is known as the Math or Rochester Math. Former pupils are known as Old Williamsonians. The Roll of Honour Board shown here is taken from an old postcard, the transcription may not be completely correct as this was taken from the postcard.

The memorial takes the form of a large nowy headed board, gilded, with central relief depicting Britannia standing over a kneeling knight with lance and shield, flanked by World War 1 names (79 names) in four columns. Not shown here are the four separate lancet shaped panels listing the World War 2 names (91 names). The School crest and motto can be seen below central relief panel. The school motto "sub umbra alarum tuarum" - beneath the shadow of thy wing.

The original dedication was held on 30th June 1923 performed by Dr Donald Tait, the rededication took place on 29th March 1950 performed by the Lord Bishop of Rochester and the unveiled by Lord Tedder.

Note: The World War 2 memorial was originally a large oak table, designed by school staff, incorporating the existing name panels. This was found to be impractical when the school moved premises in the late 1960s, and the panels were moved and added to the World War 1 memorial.

Sources:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The Williamsonian School Magazine spanning the War years.
Kelly's Directory of the Medway Towns 1939.
British Warship Names. Capt T.D. Manning and Cdr C.F. Walker.
Medway Roll of Honour. Peter and Eileen Sharpe.
Medway Archives.

Photograph from an old postcard

IN MEMORY OF THE WILLIAMSONIANS WHO FELL 1914-1918

ALLEN

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ANDREWS

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AYERS

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BALLANTYNE

Allan James

Second Lieutenant, 46th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Died 10th November 1917. Aged 19. Son of Allan and Flora Ballantyne, of 28, Watling St., Gillingham, Kent. Buried in IZEL-LES-HAMEAU COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 4.

BETTS

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BOWES

Victor Harold

Staff Sergeant (Armourer) A/1236, Royal Army Ordnance Corps attached 8th Battalion, Royal Scots. Died 10th March 1915 in France. Born 18th January 1893 in Chatham. Son of Peter Bowes and Alice Jane (née Latham). William was also army – RHA – and worked at the Barracks at Fort Pitt. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 47.

BRADLEY

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BRISTOW

Cuthbert George

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion attached 3rd Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 17th July 1917. Aged 23. Son of George and Alice Bristow, of Crayford House, Livingstone Rd., Gillingham, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

BROOKS

Thomas Brownhill

Assistant Paymaster, H.M.S. "Tipperary", Royal Naval Reserve. Lost with his ship at the Battle of Jutland 1st June 1916. Aged 22. Son of Thomas Brownhill Brooks and Elizabeth Selina Brooks, of 49, Rochester Terrace, Chatham, Kent. Native of Chatham. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 22.

BROWN

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BUTCHER

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CLOAKE

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COOPER

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COVINGTON

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DANN

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DENTON

Herbert Hugh

Sergeant 995, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Died of wounds 9th December 1914. Aged 27. Born and resident Rochester, enlisted Canterbury. Son of Richard and Charlotte Elizabeth Denton, of 29, High St., Rochester, Kent. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 58.

GILES

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DUDDING

Herbert David

Sergeant P/776, 16th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 3rd September 1916. Aged 26. Born and resident Gillingham, enlisted St., Pancras, Middlesex. Son of William and Ellen Ann Dudding, of 25, Barnsole Rd., Gillingham, Kent. Buried in CONNAUGHT CEMETERY, THIEPVAL, Somme, France. Plot XIII. Row E. Grave 10.

EVANS

C

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FEARNLEY

Cecil

Private 2764, 15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles). Killed in action 12th May 1915. Aged 22. Enlisted London, resident Rochester. Son of Joseph Bates Fearnley and Ann Fearnley, of 173, Eastgate, Rochester. Buried in BROWN'S ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, FESTUBERT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 19.

FIELD

William John

Private 533006, 15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles). Died of wounds 28th July 1918. Aged 24. Born and resident Gillingham, enlisted Chatham. Son of Sarah Field, of 86, Windmill Rd., Gillingham, Kent, and the late John Field. Buried in ARNEKE BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 20.

GARROD

Herbert

Sergeant 3243, 9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 21st December 1916. Enlisted London, resident Rochester. Buried in PONT-DU-HEM MILITARY CEMETERY, LA GORGUE, Nord, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 3.

GIBBS

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GODSIFF

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HAMMOND

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HARDMAN

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HONEY

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HOOD

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JOHNSON

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JOYCE

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JUDGE

Leopold James

Second Lieutenant, General List attached 110th Trench Mortar Battery, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Aged 21. Son of James and Mary Ann Judge, of "Willow Garth", 13, Greenholm Rd., Eltham, London. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 10.

KENT

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KING

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INGMIRE

Gilbert Maynard

Assistant Paymaster, H.M.S. Dalhousie, Royal Naval Reserve. Died 7th August 1916. Aged 29. Son of William Holman Ingmire and Alice Anderson Ingmire, of" Basra," 8, Valencia Rd., Worthing. Native of Kent. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 22.

LANCE

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LAWRENCE

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LITTLE

Arthur Joseph

Sergeant SP/2056. 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of ondon Regiment). Died of wounds 19th November 1916. Aged 24. Enlisted Chatham, resident Rochester. Son of E. J. Little and M. E. Little, of Borstal, Rochester; husband of Florence Little, of 197, High St., Rochester. Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row F. Grave 6.

LITTLE

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probably James Charles Henry LITTLE, Sergeant 32640, 1st Garrison Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 7th June 1919. Aged 29. Buried in CALCUTTA (BHOWANIPORE) CEMETERY, India. Plot O. Row D. Grave 12.

LYON, MC

George William

Lieutenant, 511th London Field Company (Territorial), Royal Engineers. Killed in action 16th April 1918. Aged 21. Son of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Lyon, of 43, Marlborough Rd., Gillingham, Kent. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in BOVES WEST COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 1.

MARCHANT

Edward William

Sergeant 270035, 10th (Royal East Kent and West Kent Yeomanry) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 25th March 1917. Aged 23. Son of Edward John and Mary Ann Elizabeth Marchant, of 6, Horsley Rd., Rochester. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 262.

MARTIN

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MASON

Stanley Hopkins

Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 26th September 1916. Aged 21. Enlisted Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Son of Mrs. Ada Mason, of 23, New Rd., Rochester, Kent. Buried in REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row L. Grave I.

MASTERS

George Alexander Lewis

Trooper 234, 2nd Battalion, Australian Light Horse. Killed in action at Gallipoli 5th July 1915. Aged 39. Born 12th August 1875. Gillingham, Kent. Son of Thomas and Eliza Masters; husband of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Masters, of 154, Eastgate, High St., Rochester, England. Native of Dartford, Kent. Traveller by trade, also a tailor. Educated at Mathematical School, Rochester. Emigrated aged 35 years. Previously served with Royal East Kent Yeomanry (City Imperial Volunteers - South African War). Buried in SHRAPNEL VALLEY CEMETERY, Turkey. Plot III. Row F. Grave 32. See Australian ROH Details

McCREA

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OAKESHOTT

Lewis Ewart

Corporal M/205167, Mechanical Transport 32nd Anti-Aircraft Section, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in the Balkans 27th November 1917. Born Chelsea, enlisted Putney, resident Bayswater. Son of Reuben Samuel and Caroline Kelly Oakeshott, of 43, Colville Gardens, Notting Hill, London. Native of Chelsea, London. Buried in SARIGOL MILITARY CEMETERY, KRISTON, Greece. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 572.

PACKMAN

Thomas Alfred

Lieutenant, Royal Horse Artillery attached 7th/8th Trench Mortar Battery. Killed in action 9th September 1916. Aged 21. Son of Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Packman, of Grove House, Maidstone Rd., Rochester. Buried in VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row B. Grave 18.

PETERS

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PIERSON

Roy R

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 30th April 1915. Aged 19. Son of Frederick Pierson, of "High View," Maidstone Rd., Chatham. Buried in DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 9.

PITT

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RUSH

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RIDE

Austin Stafford

Private G/24639, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 2rd June 1917. Aged 30. Enlisted Bromley, resident Gilingham. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Ride, of High St., Gillingham; husband of Gertrude Mabel Ride, of 34, Marlborough Rd., Gillingham, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

STONE

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SAYER

Robert Bramwell

Second Lieutenant, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (CIty of London Regiment). Died of wounds 19th February 1917. Aged 30. Son of Robert W. and Hannah M. Sayer, of "The Tors," Maidstone Rd., Chatham. Congregational Minister. Buried in VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 50.

SMITH

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SMITH

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SPURGE

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STAGG

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STEVENS

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STONE

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STROUD

Harold Charles

Sergeant 6713, Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry). Killed in action 28th October 1917. Aged 22. Enlisted Armoury House, resident Chatham. Son of George and Mary Stroud, of 179, Constitution Rd., Luton, Chatham. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 7.

TROTTER

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TROTTER

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TRUEMAN

William Ewart Gladstone

Lance Corporal 1192, "D" Company, 20th (County of London) Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), London Regiment. Died of wounds 29th September 1915. Aged 23. Born Luton, Chatham, enlisted New Cross, resident Brockley. Son of Albert Edward and Elizabeth Ann Trueman, of Chatham, Kent. Buried in NOEUX-LES-MINES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 26.

WALDRON

Cecil Hamersley

Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 2nd March 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.

WEBBER

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WHITE

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WOOD

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YOUNG

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THOMPSON

Herbert Richard

Captain, 2nd Garrison Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 3rd May 1918. Aged 34. Son of Thomas Richard and Ellen Thompson, of Gillingham, Kent. Returned from Argentine Republic to offer his services in 1914. Served in France, 1915-16. Buried Karachi Cemetery A/E. A. 6.). Commemorated on DELHI MEMORIAL (INDIA GATE), India. Face 1.

THE GREAT WAR
SUB UMBRA ALARUM TUARUM

ROLL OF HONOUR
THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
1939-1945

ABLETT

Alan William

Corporal 634587 7th Bn Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Son of Frank and Florinda Ablett of Gravesend. Kent. Died 21/05/1940 Aged 20. Buried Albert Communal Cemetery Extension. Plot 2 Row D Grave 14.

ALGAR

Robert Henley

Sub Lt (A) Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. Son of James William and Doris Victoria Algar (Nee Hillsdon of Coulsdon) one time Maidstone Rd Wigmore. Died 25/01/1945 Aged 21. Buried Port of Spain (St James) Military Cemetery. HMS Goshawk was an RN Air Station in Trinidad.

ARRIGONI

Giovanni

Lt 186950 The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Son of Giuseppi and Louisa Arrigoni of Maidstone Kent. Died 21/02/1945. Buried Taukkyan War Cemetery. 27.A.20.

AVENT

Douglas John

Sergeant (Obs) 566960 Royal Air Force 15 Squadron. Died 12/05/1940. Buried Munsterbilzen Communal Cemetery Grave 2. Confirmed by school magazine.

BAKER

Arthur Charles Henry

Sergeant Air Gunner 1895850 RAFVR 57 Squadron. Son of Arthur and Ethel Baker, husband of Irene E.A. Baker of Strood Kent. Died 08/07/1944 Aged 32. Buried St Nicolas D’Aliermont Communal Cemetery. French Mil Plot Row 1 . Grave 2.

BARTLETT

William James

Lance Corporal T/133908 RASC. Son of William Charles and Catherine Bartlett,husband of Dorothy Constance Bartlett of Sutton Valence Ex Selbourne Rd Gillingham?. Died 08/08/1942 Aged 37. Buried Tunstall Churchyard Kent. Unproven but most likely.

BATCHELOR

Gordon Herbert

Flying Officer 86343 RAFVR 54 Squadron. Son of Herbert Henry and Frances Batchelor of Higham Kent. Died of wounds whilst POW 15/04/1942 Aged 23. Buried in Hamburg Cemetery 5A.H.9.

BATE

Alan

Flying Officer (Pilot) 66006 RAFVR 46 Squadron. Son of William John and Frances Edith Bate of Rochester Kent. Died 22/11/1942 Aged 22. Buried Catania War Cemetery. Sicily. Grave I.F.8.

BEARD

Roy James George

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 199014 RAFVR 256 Squadron. Son of Alfred Robert and Ellen Beard of Strood Kent. Died 25/04/1945 Aged 21. Buried Padua War Cemetery IV.B.4.

BOISTON

John Rochester

Pilot Officer RAFVR. Son of Lt Cdr William R. Boiston RN and Edith Boiston of Gillingham Kent. Died 29/07/1942 Aged 22. Buried Estevan Cemetery. Sec 8.Plot 1. Lot 12.

BOND

Ronald Arthur

Flight Sergeant (Nav) 1397203 RAFVR 605 Squadron. Son of Arthur John and Elsie Agnes Bond of Strood. Kent. Died 25/05/1944 Aged 21. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. 29.C.17.

BOWEN

George Allan

Commissioned Engineer Royal Navy HM Submarine Thistle. Died 14/04/1940 Aged 39. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 37. Column 2. HMS Thistle was lost off Norway in 1940. Confirmed by school magazine.

BRADLEY

Reginald Gilbert

Flight Sergeant (Obs) 742284 RAFVR 90 Squadron. Son of Ernest T. Bradley and Martha Bradley, husband of Elsie May Bradley of Gillingham. Kent. Died 28/07/1941 Aged 28. Chatham (Palmerston Rd) Cemetery Sec 8 Grave 1.

BRAYBROOK

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No further information currently available. Named in school magazine with an ‘E’ at end of name and described as ‘Sgt’ no unit given.

BRUCE

D

No further information currently available. School magazine says "Sgt Gnr RAF but three fit the bill.

BRYSON

Frank Rayner

LAC 1246589 RAFVR. Son of Frank Inge Bryson and Susanna Bryson, Husband of Marjorie Isabel Bryson of Rainham Kent. Died 21/10/1944 Aged 37. Naples War Cemetery III.S.11.

BURCHETT

Frederick Cyril

Private 6289706 5th Bn. The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Son of George William Alfred and Lily Emma Burchett of Rochester Kent. Died whilst POW 28/05/1940 Age 22. St Quentin Northern Communal Cemetery Plot 10. Row 25. Grave 10.

CAIRNS

Howard

Ordinary Telegraphist C/JX 295607. RN. HMS Firedrake. Son of Henry and Hilda Cairns of Hoo Kent. Died 17/12/1942 Aged 21. Chatham Naval Memorial. 59.3. HMS Firedrake was a destroyer of1934, torpedoed in 1942.

CAREY

Peter Leslie

Sergeant (Nav/Bomber) 1321055 RAFVR. Son of Percival William and Ethel Mary Carey of Chatham. Died 02/04/1942 Aged 21. Middleton Stoney (All Saints) Churchyard. Plot 2. Row.G. Grave 9.

CHASTON

Thomas William

Sergeant (W.Op/Air Gnr) 1181834 RAFVR 150 Squadron. Son of Cecil Edward and Annie Sophia Chaston of Rochester. Died 24/04/1942 Aged 21. Rochester St Margaret’s Cemetery Sect J Grave 257.

COATES

A E

Pilot Officer 40643 Royal New Zealand Air Force 502 Squadron. Son of Thomas Joseph and Edith Agnes Maud Coates, husband of Elsie May Coates. Died 16/09/1942 Aged 30. Runnymede Memorial Panel 11. Only a possible. One of 3 with these initials.

COTTON

James Alban

Sergeant 993809 Royal Artillery. 9 Survey Regiment. Son of Alfred Charles and Kate Elizabeth Cotton, husband of Dorothy Mary Cotton of Herne Bay. Died 17/06/1944 Age 23. La Delivrande War Cemetery Douvres VIII.D.4. School magazine confirms.

CRONIN, DFM

William Joseph

Sergeant (Obs) 365686 RAF. 53 Squadron. Son of Joseph Bryan Cronin and Mary Elizabeth Cronin of Gillingham Kent. Died !5/05/1940 Aged 31. Templeuve Communal Cemetery Tournai Hainaut Row A . Grave 3.

CULHAM

Frank Arthur

Sergeant 742448 RAFVR 14 Squadron. Son of Cdr and Mrs William James Culham of Latchingdon Essex. Died 21/05/1941. Alamein memorial. Column 242,. School magazine confirms.

CULHAM

James Willmot Samuel

Lt Royal Navy HM Submarine Regent. Son of William James and Winifred Clara Culham of Lolworth Cambridgeshire. Died 01/05/1943 Aged 24. Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 72 Column 3. HMS Regent was a submarine of 1930, lost in 1943. School magazine confirms.

DADD

Roy Ernest

Sergeant 569552 RAF 12 Squadron. Son of Albert Ernest and Nellie Dadd of Borstal Kent. Died 21/04/1943 Aged 22. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 146.

DAWES

Edward

Flight Lt (Pilot Instr.) 41262 RAF. Son of George Alfred and Ada Georgina Dawes of Borstal Rochester Kent. Died 20/12/1941 Aged 21. Rochester St Margaret’s Cemetery. Sec J. Grave 256.

DIXON

Robert

Sergeant (Flt Engr) 1605828 RAFVR 178 Squadron. Son of George Robert and Eliza Ann Dixon of Chartham Kent. Died 21/08/1944 Aged 20. Klagenfurt War Cemetery Coll.Grave 5. B.6. Identified in Medway Roll of Honour. Address may be misprint.

EDWARDS

Frederick Charles

Sergeant (Nav) 578280 RAF 50 Squadron. Son of Charlie and Amelia Edwards of Strood Kent. Died 25/06/1944 Aged 20. Fransu Churchyard. Coll. Grave 1.

FINN

Keith Charles

Apprentice Merchant Navy. SS British Resource (London). Son of Mr and Mrs Charles John Finn of Chatham. Died 14/03/1942 Aged 19. Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 20. Only casualty with these initials. School magazine confirms.

FLOREY

Edwin John Charles

Sergeant 577867 RAF 467 (RAAF) Squadron. Son of Herbert Ernest and Eva Gladys Marie Florey of Gillingham Kent. Died 08/01/1943 Aged 20. Runnymede Memorial Panel 149.

FORSHEW

Frederick Edward

Flying Officer (Nav) 134683 RAFVR 9 Squadron. Son of Edward James Forshew and Amy Edith Forshew of Strood Kent. Died 14/01/1944 Aged 23. Hanover War Cemetery. Col. Grave 2. C. 6-10.

FORSTER, DFM

Peter Charles Thomas

Sergeant (Pilot) 7000529 RAF. Son of Robert Goddard Forster and Florence Mary Forster of Castletown Dorset B.Sc Hons (Ex Maidstone Rd Chatham). Died 17/04/1941 Aged 23. Upper Heyford Cemetery Sec B. Grave 98.

FOWLER

Edward Graham

Flying Officer 81397 RAFVR 420 (RCAF) Squadron. Adopted son of Edward and Rose Fowler of Wembley Middlesex. Died 12/02/1942 Aged 30. Runneymede Memorial Panel 66. Most likely of two. School magazine confirms but as Flt Sgt.

FRIEND

Arthur Cyril

ERA2 C/M38804 Royal Navy HMS Penzance. Son of George Thomas and Alice Eleanor Friend of Gillingham kent. Died 24/08/1940 Aged 31. Chatham Naval Memorial 37.2. HMS Penzance was a sloop of 1930, torpedoed in 1940.

FRY

Peter William

Flying officer (Pilot) 50229 RAF !57 Squadron. Son of Frank and Eva Fry, husband of Margaret Fry of Rainham Mark Gillingham . Died 29/09/1944 Aged 25. Oosterhesselen (Geesbrug) General Cemetery Row 1 Grave1.

GARTON

George Foxlow

Supply Asst C/MX 61169 Royal Navy HMS Resolution. . Foster son of John T. and Kate E. Garton of Chatham. Died 16/05/1940 Aged 20. Chatham Naval Memorial. 39.2. HMS Resolution was a battleship of 1915 and was involved in the Norwegian campaign.

GRUBB

James Henry

Sergeant 910392 RAFVR 51 Squadron. Son of Albert Victor and Rebecca Grubb, husband of Daphne Myrtle Grubb of Gillingham. Died 23/06/1941 Aged 25. Runnymede Memorial Panel 44.

HANNAN

Edward Frank

Sergeant 6287236 The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment. Died 28/11/1941 Aged 25. Asmara War Cemetery 4.G.8. Confirmed by school magazine.

HARRIS

Alec Edward

Flying Officer (Nav) 147934 RAFvr 256 Squadron. Died 19/01/1945. Mazargues War Cemetery Marseilles. Confirmed by school magazine.

HARVEY

Frederick Bright

Squadron Leader 100176 RAFVR. Died 21/10/1942. Sarratt (Holy Cross) Churchyard NW of Church. I/C Air Ministry Photographic Unit. Confirmed by school magazine.

HAWKEN, DFM

John Llewellyn

Sergeant Pilot 564188 RAF 233 Squadron. Son of William John Hawken and Mary Hawken of Newquay Cornwall. Died 14/04/1940 Aged 26. Runnymede Memorial Panel 15. Confirmed by school magazine.

HOWE

Grant Frederick Kerslake

Leading Airman FX/77340 Royal Navy HMS Daedalus (826 Squadron). Died 30/09/1940 Aged 20. Son of Frederick William Howe MBE and Margaret Lucy Howe of West Runton Norfolk. Sage War Cemetery 7.E.4. RN Air Station at Lee on Solent. Confirmed by school magazine.

HURLEY

Ian Edward

Civilian War Dead. Company officer NFS injured in accident at Huntsman’s Corner Chatham. Died same day at St Bart’s Hospital. Son of Mary Hurley and the late W.T. Hurley of 32 Maidstone Rd. Died 19/12/1941 Aged 31. Burial place not shown.

HURLEY

Kenneth William

Leading Writer C/MX 577777 Royal Navy HMS Quorn. Son of Joseph and Ella Annie Hurley of Gt Sankey Lancashire. Died 03/08/1944. Chatham Naval Memorial 78.3. HMS Quorn was a Hunt Class Destroyer of 1940, sunk in 1944. Confirmed by school magazine.

JACKSON

Bert Thomas

CERA C/MX 45249 Royal Navy HMS Cornwall. Son of Alfred Henry and Lilian Annie Jackson, Husband of Doris E. Jackson of Gillingham Kent. Died 05/04/1942 Aged 31. Chatham Naval Memorial 60.1. HMS Cornwall was a cruiser of 1926, sunk by aircraft in 1942.

JONES

Francis Herbert

Pilot Officer (Obs) 44074 RAF 15 Squadron. Son of Frank Henry and Ellen Jones, Husband of Louise May Jones. Sometime heavy weight champion of the RAF. Died 30/07/1940 Aged 32. Breskens (Kijkuit) General Cemetery Row W Grave 20. Confirmed by school magazine.

KENWORTHY

John Caleb

Pilot Officer 118888 RAFVR 77Squadron B.Sc, (London). Son of Caleb and Kathleen Kenworthy of Higham Kent. Died 09/09/1942 Aged 27. Runnymede Memorial Panel 70.

KINGSNORTH

A

No further information currently available. Listed in school magazine, but no details, possibly a civilian from Harrow.

KNIGHT

John James

Sergeant (Obs) 751045 RAFVR 48 Squadron. Son of John James Knight and Eliza Knight, husband of Joan Collard Knight. Died 08/02/1942 Aged 32. Runnymede Memorial Panel 87. Confirmed by school magazine.

LEWIS

William

Flying Officer (Pilot) 139418 RAFVR 255 Squadron. Son of William and Ethel Teresa Lewis of Rochester. Died 01/04/1944 Agrd 21. Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery 4.F.18.

MACKELDEN

Frank

Flying Officer (Pilot) 125698 RAFVR 466 (RAAF) Squadron. Son of Ernest James Mackelden and Margaret Mackelden, husband of Jessica Mackelden of Milton Regis Sittingbourne Kent. Died 12/06/1943 Aged 28. Rheinberg War Cemetery 3.A.12.

MARSHALL

H

Not precisely identified. But school magazine gives him as a Chief Engr RN who died an accidental death.

McVIE

Alfred Harold

Captain 145051 Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment 2nd Bn. Son of Alfred Thomas McVie and Beatrice Mary McVie, husband of Mary Margaret McVie of Southsea Hants. Died 14/07/1944. Foiano della Chiana War Cemetery 2.J.7. Confirmed by school magazine.

MEADE

Edward Paul

LeadingWriter RN HMS Pembroke. Son of Christopher and Norah Meade of Strood. Died on service 20/10/1945 Aged 24. Rochester St Margaret’s Cemetery.

MOORE

Herbert Louis

Sergeant 1399452 RAFVR 77 Squadron. Son of Alfred Louis and Edith Mary Moore, husband of Betty Stewart Moore. Died 17/06/1944. Runnymede Memorial Panel 234.

NASH

Raymond Gordon

Leading Supply Asst P/MX61198 RN HMS Lagan. Son of Clarence Henry and Mary Ann Nash of Dorchester Dorset (Ex Maidstone Rd Rochester). Died 20/09/1943. Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 79.Column 1. HMS Lagan was a frigate of 1942, broken up in 1946.

NAUGHTIN

Harold Thomas

Flight Sergeant 754002 RAFVR 235 Squadron. Son of Thomas and Roberta Naughtin of Rochester Kent. Died 28/05/1941 Aged 21. Runnymede Memorial Panel 37.

NICHOLLS, DFC, MID

Geoffrey Amos

Flight Lt 115343 RAFVR 139 Squadron. Son of George Henry and Elizabeth Nicholls, husband of Nancy Nicholls of Gillingham Kent. Died 03/04/1945 Aged 24. Runnymede Memorial Panel 265.

NORRIS

Alfred Henry

Sergeant 755647 RAFVR 51 Squadron. Died 26/04/1941. Runnymede Memorial Panel 49. Confirmed by school magazine.

PAINE

St E F

No further information currently available.

PIPER

Roy Arthur

Private 14618271 King’s Shropshire Light Infantry 4th Bn. Son of Henry Arthur and Nellie Piper of Rochester. Died 04/04/1945 Aged 19. Hanover War Cemetery 15.E.

POTTS

Leslie Gordon Maynard

Sub Lt Royal Navy HMS Daring. Son of Mr and Mrs H.J. Gordon Potts of Milton Southsea Hants. Died 18/02/1940 Aged 23. Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 37 Col 1. HMS Daring was a destroyer of 1932, torpedoed in 1940. Confirmed by school magazine.

RALPH

Norman Frederick

Signalman 2359765 Royal Corps of Signals. Son of Frederick and Kathleen Louisa Ralph of City Way Rochester Kent. Died 15/10/1942 Aged 21. Rawalpindi War Cemetery 1.C.11.

REECE

Ronald Jack

Leading Supply Asst C/MX 48779 Royal Navy HMS Ivanhoe. Son of Isaac Allen Reece and Emma Reece of Rochester. Died 01/06/1940 Aged 24. Gillingham (Woodlands Cemetery) Naval Reservation Grave 861. HMS Ivanhoe was a destroyer of 1937, mined at Dunkirk in 1940.

RICHARDS, BSc

Alan Edward

Civilian War Dead. Of Whitecroft Pattens Lane. Son of William Richards of 83 Kitchener Rd Strood and the late Florence Richards, husband of Winnie Richards. Injured 4th September 1940 at Pattens Lane. Died in St Bart’s hospital 11/12/1940 aged 27.

ROGERSON

John

Ordnance Artificer C/MX 45282 Royal Navy HMS Ivanhoe. Son of George and Rose Rogerson of Gillingham, husband of Alice Dorothy Polly Rogerson of Tonbridge. Died 01/06/1940 Aged 29. Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery Naval Reservation Grave 1274.

ROWLETT

John Eustace

Sergeant 741334 RAFVR 10 Squadron. Son of Eustace and Ethel Rowlett. Died 16/01/1941 Aged 27. Runnymede Memorial Panel 51. Confirmed by school magazine.

RUSSELL, ARSM, MIME

Cyril Harrison

Major Army Reserve of Officers. Son of Sgt Maj John Pearce Russell RE and Florence Russell, husband of Mary Sarah Russell of Rangoon Burma. Chinese Liaison Officer. Died 10/05/1942 Aged 36. Rangoon Memorial Face 111. Family ex Berengrave Lane Rainham. Confirmed by school magazine.

SALMON

Richard Vaughan

LAC 1457534 RAFVR. Died on active service 23/12/1942 . Rochester (St Margaret’s ) Cemetery Sec A Grave 625. Confirmed by School Magazine.

SANDIFER

Eric Leonard

Flying Officer (Nav) 136487 RAFVR 45 Squadron. Son of Albert James Sandifer and Maud Mary Sandifer, husband of Irene Ethel Sandifer of Middlesborough Yorks. Died 20/10/1944 Aged 35. Gauhati War Cemetery 4.E.22. Not identified in school magazine but appears to be ex Pagitt St Chatham.

SAWYER

Horace Henry

Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1255736 RAFVR. Son of Harry and Louise Sawyer, husband of Hilda Sawyer of Gillingham Kent. Died 28/101942 Aged 26. Runnymede Memorial Panel 76.

SAWYER

T

Shown in school magazine as ‘RAF’ no further information.

SHARMAN

Peter Robinson

Sergeant (Flt Engr) 577192 RAF 15 Squadron. Died 05/05/1943. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 21.A.1. Confirmed by school magazine, but as ‘PB’.

SPRIGGE, DFM

James Alexander

Flight Lt (Pilot) 52287 RAF. Died 02/08/1945. Ramleh War Cemetery 7.B.3. Confirmed by school magazine.

STONE, DFM

Raymond Allen Mawson

Sergeant (Obs/Fitter 1st Cl) 563238 RAF 210 Squadron. Died 21/12/1940. Brookwood Military Cemetery 25.B.13. Confirmed by school magazine.

TERRY

Frank Arthur

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 139509 RAFVR 7 Squadron. Son of Arthur Benjamin and Isabel Francis Terry of Strood Kent. Died 11/04/1943 Aged 20. Luxembourg (Hollerich ) Communal Cemetery Coll Grave 12-17.

THORNHILL

Martin Arthur

Flight Sergeant (W/Op) 1333987 RAFVR 405 (RCAF) Squadron. Son of Arthur Barrick Thornhill and Alice Katherine Thornhill of Strood Kent. Died 11/06/1944 Aged 22. Auneau Communal Cemetery Coll. Grave.

TOPPING, DFM

John Robert

Pilot Officer 103530 RAFVR 420 (RCAF) Squadron. Son of Thomas and Annie Mary Topping, husband of Kathleen Topping of Bedford. Died 12/02/1942 Aged 24. Runnymede Memorial Panel 72. Confirmed by school magazine.

TURNER

J

No current information available. Not confirmed in school magazine.

WALTER

Harry

Pilot Officer 67084 RAFVR 144 Squadron. Son of Jonathan David and Harriet Amelia Walter of Chatham Kent. Died 05/11/1941 Aged 21. Runnymede Memorial Panel 35.

WALTERS

Harold Thomas Arthur

Sergeant (Nav) 1394347 RAFVR. Son of Edward Harold and Edith Alice Walters of Hendon Mx. Ex Victoria Rd Chatham. Died 12/09/1943 Aged 21. Highgate Cemetery Square 88 Grave 44390.

MALET- WARDEN

John Hamish

Sergeant (Pilot) 989146 RAFVR 78 Squadron. Died 17/08/1941. Jonkerbos War Cemetery Coll Grave 12.B.1-3. Placed here to conform to position on memorial, confirmed by school magazine. Also on Old Roffensian Memorial.

WELCH, DSM

Philip Arthur McKinder

Petty Officer Telegraphist C/JX 135504 Royal Navy HMS Gloucester. Son of Septimus Secundus Welch and Lilian Mary Welch of Strood Kent. Died 22/05/1941 Aged 26. Chatham Naval Memorial 45.3.

WILDE

Brian

Captain EC/11704 1st Punjab Regiment. Son of Gordon Leonard Wilde MM and Hilda Sophia Edith Charlotte Wilde of Westminster London. Died on active service 06/04/1945 Aged 20. Madras War Cemetery Chennai 5.A.8. Confirmed by school magazine.

WILDER

Dennis Frederick Dean

Sergeant (W/Op Air Gnr) 1334719 RAFVR 166 Squadron. Son of Frederick George Wilder and Emily Julia Wilder of Strood Kent. Died 26/02/1944 Aged 24. Colroy-La-Roche Churchyard.

WILKINS

Walter George Raymond

Leading Writer C/HD/X75 RNVR HMS Gloucester. Son of Walter R and Maude Wilkins of Chatham. Died 22/05/1941 Aged 20. Chatham Naval Memorial 50.2. HMS Gloucester was a cruiser of 1937, sunk by aircraft 1941.

WILLIAMSON, MBE

Richard

Flight Lt 72145 RAFVR. Died on active service 04/11/1941. Heliopolis War Cemetery 1.A.21. Confirmed by school magazine.

WILLMOT

Charles Henry

Sergeant 658032 RAF. Died 28/10/1942. Runnymede Memorial Panel 96. Confirmed by school magazine.

WILSON

A E

School magazine says ‘AL’ in mercantile service. No other information.

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