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SHELDWICH WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Sheldwich memorial is in the form of a stone Celctic croos mounted on a plinth that surmounts a two-stepped base. There are inscriptions on the plinth. THe memorial is located in St James Churchyard, Sheldwich. There are 27 names listed for World War 1 ordered by the year they died, name, rank, Regiment and place of death. There are 6 names for World War 2 listed in the same maaner as for World War 1. Some of the leteering has fallen from the base putting the memorial at risk. The UKNIWM have informed the War Memorial Trust.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATITUDE TO OUR BROTHERS WHO
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914
IN DEFENCE OF THE SACRED CAUSE OF LIBERTY
CIVILISATION AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
WHICH THEY SO GLORIOUSLY UPHELD
THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918

AMOS

Charles Byron

Lance Corporal 28951, 16th Battalion, 4th Brigade, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Formerly (4 years) Officer Training Corps. Died Thursday 22nd April 1915 aged 29 years. Born 12th August 1886 at Faversham, Kent. Son of Henry Amos of Ashford, Kent formerly of Sheldwich, Faversham.. Husband of Brenda G. Amos of 9 Chatsworth Gardens, Acton Hill, London. Charles has no known grave. His name appears on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Leper, Belgium.

Charles name also appears on the nearby Molash war memorial.

BESSANT

Frank Dan

Sergeant 36549, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Formerly (4212) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 22nd April 1918 aged 29 years. Born Fritham, Lyndhurst, Hampshire. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Fordingbridge, Hampshire. Son of Daniel and Annie Bessant of Fordingbridge, Hampshire. Husband of Hilda May Bessant of Ransome Hill, Badlesmere, Faversham, Kent. Buried Morbecque British Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 7.

Also commemorated on the Hernhill war memorial.

BULLEN

William Alfred

Private L/7829, “C” Company, 2nd Battalion, The Queen`s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 19th January 1915 aged 23 years. Born Cork, Ireland. Enlisted Chatham. Resided Gillingham, Kent. Son of William Joseph and Henrietta Hester Bullen of “Storneside,” Perry Wood, Selling, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel reference - 1.

CAREY

Frank

Private G/14962, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 28th October 1918. Born Sheldwich. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Selling. Buried St Souplet British Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference - I. B. 34.

CAREY

Harry

Private 27930, 8th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Formerly Driver (276) Army Service Corps (Territorial Force). Died 1st August 1917 aged 29 years. Born Sheldwich. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Selling. Son of Mr F Carey of Gosmere Cottages, Selling, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper.

COOMBS

Charles

Private L/7848, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 20th October 1914. Born Sandwich, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Wye. Charles has no known grave. His name appears on the Plugstreet Memorial, Ploegsteert, Belgium. Panel reference 2.

EVERSDEN

George

Private 3/7677, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 28th September 1916. Born Eltesley, Huntingdon. Enlisted Huntingdon. Resided St Neots, Huntingdon. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panel reference - Pier and Face 2C.

FRYER

James William

Private 64015, 2nd Garrison Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Formerly Private G/8838 The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 16th July 1918 aged 34 years. Enlisted Canterbury. Son of James and Elizabeth Fryer of Selling. Husband of Mary Frances Fryer of Shepherds Hill, Selling, Faversham, Kent. Buried Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave reference III. S. 22.

FRYER

John Sidney

Private T/242741, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 12th July 1917 aged 20 years. Born Throwley. Enlisted and resided Faversham. Son of Mr and Mrs John Fryer of Throwley Cottage, Sheldwich, Faversham, Kent. Buried Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery, Iraq. Grave reference - XVIII. K. 16.

FULLER

Bernard

Second Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died Monday 4th November 1918 aged 25 years. Son of Mr and Mrs H.R Fuller of Newlands Farm, Charing, Kent. Buried in the Honnechy British Cemetery, France. Grave reference II.B.38.

GAMBRILL

Charlie

Private PW/5184, 18th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died 13th August 1916 aged 28 years. Born Selling. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Faversham. Son of Charles and Ellen L. Gambrill of Shepherds Hill, Selling, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

GARTON

Frederick James

Petty Officer 301338, Royal Navy. H.M.S “Eden”. Died 17th June 1916 aged 40 years. Son of Robert and Mary Gates of Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk. Husband of Edith Benns (formerly Gates) of 59 Suffield Road, Gorleston-on-Sea. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel reference – 19.

H.M.S Eden sunk after colliding with another vessel in the English Channel.

GOODWIN

Frederick Sutton

Stoker 1st Class SS/00513, Royal Navy. (RFR/CH/B/5585). H.M.S. “Redbreast”. Died 15th July 1917 aged 34 years. Son of Mrs W. Goodwin of “Jasamine Cottage,” Blean, Canterbury. Husband of Elizabeth Goodwin of “Red Cottage,” Perrywood, Selling, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel reference - 23.

H.M.S. Redbreast was a “Q” (mystery) ship sunk in the Mediterranean by the UC-38 a German coastal mine laying submarine commanded by Alfred Klatt.

GOWERS

Robert Isaac

Lance Corporal L/8108, 1st Battalion, Royal East Sussex Regiment. Died 5th December 1916 aged 30 years. Born Sheldwich. Enlisted Chichester, Sussex. Son of Charles Fysh Gowers and Elizabeth Jane Gowers of 16 Manor Way, Barnehurst, Kent. Buried Peshawar (Right) British Cemetery, Pakistan. Grave reference - XXXIX. 22.

Also commemorated on the Delhi Memorial (India Gate), India.

HOARE

Thomas

Private L/9067, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd May 1915 aged 28 years. Born Throwley. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Sheldwich. Son of James and Julia Hoare of North Street, Sheldwich, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium.

HOLMES

Herbert Horace

Private G/793, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 13th October 1915 aged 20 years. Born Adisham. Enlisted Faversham. Resided Sheldwich. Son of George and Alice Holmes of New House Cottages, Sheldwich, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

HOOPER

Alfred Henry

Captain, 2nd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died 10th March 1915 aged 34 years. Son of Captain Charles Frederick Hooper (late King’s Own Royal Regiment) and Ida Marjorie Hooper. Buried Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference - III. K. 5.

HOPKINS

Stephen

Private G/541, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 13th October 1915. Born Elham. Enlisted and resided Faversham. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

KIRBY

Frank Thomas

Driver 199586, 223rd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 16th May 1918 aged 21 years. Born Selling. Enlisted Faversham. Son of William and Harriet Kirby of Gosmere Cottages, Selling, Faversham, Kent. Buried Caestre Military Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference - I. C. 10.

LINKINS

Alfred James

Lance Sergeant 6581, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 23rd August 1918 aged 35 years. Born Chilham Lees. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Molash. Son of James and Eliza Linkin of Chilham. Husband of Amelia Linkin of 31 Abbeyfields Cottages, Whitstable Road, Faversham. Buried in the Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, France. Grave reference III.H.8.

PACKMAN

Albert John

Driver T1/3549, 163rd Company, Army Service Corps. Died 27th February 1917 aged 22 years. Born, enlisted and resided Faversham. Son of Henry and Alice Maria Packman of 5 Prospect Place, Eastling, Faversham, Kent. Buried Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave reference - 890.

PAY

Joseph Frederick William

Leading Seaman 212016, Royal Navy. H.M.S. “Invincible”. Died 31st May 1916 aged 31 years. Son of Frederick and Frances Pay of Faversham. Husband of Lucy Elizabeth Pay of 27 St John`s Road, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Panel reference - 12.

H.M.S Invincible was sunk during the Battle of Jutland by SMS Derfflinger and Lutzow. The SMS Lutzow was almost sunk by the Invincible in the same action.

POUTS

Ernest John

Gunner 130600, No1 Depot, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 4th January 1917. Born Hernhill. Enlisted Faversham. Resided Selling. Buried nearby in the Selling (St Mary) Churchyard, Selling, Faversham, Kent.

SAMPSON

Harry Edward

Private 22927, 12th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 26th October 1918 aged 33 years. Born Sheldwich. Enlisted Faversham. Son of Samuel and Emily Samson of Sheldwich Lees, Faversham. Husband of Carrie Amelia Samson of Jubilee Cottages, Manston, Ramsgate, Kent. Buried Heestert Military Cemetery, Zwevegem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference - A. 4.

This man is commemorated on the memorial plaque located inside the church but for some obscure reason he is not commemorated on the civic war memorial in the churchyard. He is not recorded on SDGW or on the Medal Index Cards.

DIXON

W G

Private 10864, 12th Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 10th November 1918 aged 21 years. Son of Mrs Elizabeth Jane Dixon of Hawk Cottages, North Street, Sheldwich, Faversham, Kent. Buried locally in the churchyard of Sheldwich (St James) Churchyard, Sheldwich, Kent.

ALSO IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
OUR BROTHERS WHO FELL IN
THE WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945

KNIGHT

E H

Sapper, 17th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 24th May 1940.

KNIGHT

H W

Sergeant, 3rd Royal Tank Regiment. Died 24th November 1941.

LAKING

J H

Private, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 19 May 1940.

WILES

R C

Signaller, Royal Corps of Signals attached Parachute Regiment. Died 19th September 1944.

WOOD

C W F

Sergeant, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 26th September 1943.

WOOD

W C

Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Died 22nd October 1943.

BURIED IN THE CHURCHYARD BUT NOT ON THE MEMORIAL

IVEY

H J

Staff Sergeant T/36773, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 20th December 1940. Aged 27.

STEVENS

A R

Lance Corporal 1866322, Royal Engineers. Died 27th September 1940. Aged 33.

Last update 8 March, 2006

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