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SMARDEN WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed David Hughes and Neil Clark 2004
researched
Martin Edwards

The village war memorial is a plaque fixed to the outside of the church wall (St Michaels Church). Sadly the former Rector of Smarden lost all three of his sons in the war.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2004

The Great War 1914 – 1918

AUSTEN

Frederick

Private 27299, 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Formerly (5974) Notts and Derby Regiment. Killed in action 27th September 1918. Aged 27. Born Smarden, enlisted Sevenoaks. Son of Samuel and Annie Austen, of Vane Cottage, Smarden, Ashford, Kent. Formerly 5974, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Buried in GOUZEAUCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot VIII. Row F. Grave 3.

BATT

William

Rifleman 40555, 2/8th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own). Died Tuesday 20th November 1917. Son of Mrs C. Batt, of Buffalo Cottages, Smarden, Kent. Buried in GRAND RAVINE BRITISH CEMETERY, HAVRINCOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Row B. Grave 23.

BROWN

Edwin [Charles]

Second Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 10th August 1918. Aged 30. Son of Samuel and Grace Brown, of Watch House Farm, Smarden, Kent; husband of Elsie E. Brown, of Strood, Kent. Buried in PERNOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HALLOY-LES-PERNOIS, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 4.

BROWN

Joseph

No Trace - too many J Brown’s

BUSS

Percy [Charles]

Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (attended 1st Battalion), The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Sunday 24th June 1917. Aged 26. Son of Charles Henry and Amy Buss, of Chessenden, Smarden, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 15 to 19.

CARRE

Edward Mervyn

[Memorial states E M] Lieutenant, 15 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 16th October 1916. Aged 22. Brother of Maurice and Gilbert (below). Son of Florence Carre, of 8, Rodney Place, Clifton, Bristol, and the late Rev. Arthur A. Carre (Rector of Smarden, Kent). Buried in HEBUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 6.

CARRE

Gilbert Trenchard

Captain, 9th Battalion attached to 6th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday 20th November 1917. Aged 24. Born Weymouth. Brother of Maurice (below) and Edward (above). Son of Florence Carre, of 8, Rodney Place, Clifton, Bristol, and the late Rev. Arthur A. Carre (Rector of Smarden, Kent). Buried in FIFTEEN RAVINE BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-PLOUICH, Nord, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 12.

CARRE

Maurice Tennant

Private 1113, 1st Battalion, Australian Infantry (AIF). Killed in action at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey, on Thursday 2nd September 1915 at Gallipoli (Turkey). Aged 31. Brother of Glibert and Edward (above). Son of Florence Carre, of 8, Rodney Place, Clifton, Bristol, and the late Rev. Arthur A. Carre (Rector of Smarden, Kent). Worked for Lloyd's of London. Educated St. John's, Leatherhead. Originally in the Naval Reserve. Emigrated to Australia aged 29, circa 1913. Buried in SHRAPNEL VALLEY CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot I. Row E. Grave 13.

COLLISON

Percy

Private 52967, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment). Killed in action Thursday 7th June 1917. Born Boughton, Motherby, resident Smarden, enlisted Canterbury. No known grave. Commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.

COPPINS

George

Private T/240102, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Monday 22nd January 1917. Born and resident Snarden, Ashford, Kent (sic - s/b Smarden), enlisted Pluckley, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 6.

CUTHBERT

Arthur George L

Private G/51366, 17th Battalion, London Regiment. Formerly (3449) Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 28th April 1917. Aged 35. Born Smarden, resident Tunbridge Wells. Son of H. and A. Cuthbert, of Marden, Kent; husband of Sophia Emma Cuthbert, of 13, South View Rd., Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Formerly 3449, Royal Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

FRENCH

Noel

Sapper 143718, 20th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers (RE). Killed in action Wednesday 8th August 1917. Aged 24. Born Southwark, Surrey, resident Ashford, kent, enlisted Sheldwich, Kent. Son of Noel and Florence F. French, of Bouverie Chambers, 4, Bouverie Rd. East, Folkestone. Native of London. Buried in BLEUET FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row E. Grave 29.

LUKEHURST

John Herbert

Private (Signaller) 911586, 266th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died Tuesday 10th December 1918. Aged 26. Son of Lillian Maskell (formerly Lukehurst), of Cage Lane, Smarden, Ashford, Kent, and the late James Lukehurst. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Sectuion H. Grave 5.

JONES

Thomas Edward Painton

Captain, 1st/6th (City of London) Battalion (Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 15th September 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D.

RIPLEY

Percy

Private G/92545, 1st/7th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died Sunday 26th May 1918. Aged 37. Son of James and Laura Ripley, of Smarden, Kent. Buried in WANQUETIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 3.

SMITH

Frederick Frank

Private G/42786, 16th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Formerly (G/21753) East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 1st December 1917. Aged 22. Born and resident Smorden, kent (sic - s/b Smarden, Kent), enlisted Cantebury. Son of William Alfred and Mary Ann Smith, of North St., Biddenden, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 9.

UNDERDOWN

Harry Hubert

Private G/10475, 1st Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died on service Wednesday 21st February 1917. Aged 21. Born and resident Smarden, Kent, enlisted Ashford, Kent. Son of Edwin and Olive Underdown, of Hodge Farm, Smarden, Kent. Buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXI. Row H. Grave 8A.

The Second World War 1939 – 1945

During the war a number of German V1/V2 Flying bombs hit civilian targets in the area of Smarden. It is thought (at this time) that the vast majority of Second World War casualties listed on the village war memorial are civilians who were killed by enemy action in some of these raids.

DAVIS

David Henry

Pilot Officer (Obs) 44271, 59 Squadron Royal Air Force. Died 1st August 1940. Aged 27. Son of Albert Edward and Harriette Bertha Davis, of Smarden, Kent. Awarded the A.F.M., twice Mentioned in Despatches. Buried in ST. VALERY-EN-CAUX FRANCO-BRITISH CEMETERY, Seine-Maritime, France. Row A. Grave 8.

HINDS

William

No further information currently available

HOLNESS

Frederick [Charles]

Civilian War Dead, Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. T. Holness, of 8 Council Houses, Smarden. Died at Stanhays, Godinton Road 24 March 1943. Aged 23.

JUDGE

Kenneth [Charles]

Private 10553717, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 25th December 1944. Aged 23. Son of Charles James Judge and Beatrice Caroline Judge, of Smarden. Buried North of the tower in SMARDEN (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD, Kent.

MILLEN

Bruce

No further information currently available

MOORE

Edith [Elizabeth]

Civilian War Dead, of Bakers Bridge, Smarden. Daughter of James and Mercy Holdstock, of West Cross, Rolvenden; widow of Obediah Moore. Injured at Bakers Bridge 28 July 1944; died same day at Ashford Hospital. Aged 73.

NEVE

Henry John James aka Jack

[Listed as NEEVE on memorial] Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) 1335481, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 5 July 1943. Aged 20. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Neve, of Smarden, Kent. Buried in PLOUGUERNEAU COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Finistere, France. Plot 2. Row 13. Grave 6.

REES

Norman [Charles]

Private 3906139, 5th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 28th May 1940. Aged 36. Son of James and Mary Jane Rees; husband of Bessie Edith Aileen Rees, of Smarden, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 114.

RIPLEY

Adolphus [george]

Civilian War Dead, Air Raid Warden; of 18 Tootswood Road. Son of Mrs. A. G. Ripley, of Heathfield Cottages, High Street, Smarden, and of the late A. G. Ripley. Died at A.R.P. Post, Tootswood Road 16 June 1944. Aged 46.

SMALL

Sydney [Edward]

Civilian War Dead, Corporal, Home Guard; of 1 Fairview Villas, Smarden. Son of the late Albert and Sally Small, of Blink Farm. Smarden; husband of Celia Margaret Small. Died at 1 Fairview Villas 29 August 1944. Aged 61.

SMALL

Celia [Margaret]

Civilian War Dead, of 1 Fairview Villas, Smarden. Daughter of the late Arthur Charles and Mary Ann Cheesman, of Forge House, Doddington, Sittingbourne; wife of Sydney Edward Small. Died at 1 Fairview Villas 29 August 1944. Aged 54.

SMALL

Vivien [Pamela]

Civilian War Dead, of 1 Fairview Villas, Smarden. Daughter of L.A.C. Arthur Leslie Small, R.A.F., and Marjorie Letitia Small. Died at 1 Fairview Villas 29 August 1944. Aged 5.

SMALL

Susan [Margaret]

Civilian War Dead, Aged 16 months; of 1 Fairview Villas, Smarden. Daughter of L.A.C. Arthur Leslie Small, R.A.F., and Marjorie Letitia Small. Died at 1 Fairview Villas 29 August 1944. Aged 16 months.

UNDERDOWN

Percy Harry

Leading Aircraftman (R.A.V.R.) 1217243. 123 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 4th September 1945. Aged 23. Son of Percy George and Annie Florance Underdown, of Smarden, Kent. Buried in UDINE WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row A. Grave 5.

WILSON

John

No further information currently available

WOOD

Annie

Civilian War Dead, of Barkley Farm, Smarden. Widow of Dennis Wood. Died at Barkley Farm 24 June 1944. Aged 67.

WOOD

Beatrice [Maud]

Civilian War Dead, of Barkley Farm, Smarden. Daughter of W. C. and E. E. Johnson, of The Terrace, Little Chart; wife of Herbert Wood. Died at Barkley Farm 24 June 1944. Aged 35.

WOOD

John [Alan]

Civilian War Dead, of Barkley Farm, Smarden. Son of Herbert Wood, and of Beatrice Maud Wood. Died at Barkley Farm 24 June 1944. Aged 9.

WOOD

Anne [Elizabeth]

Civilian War Dead, of Barkley Farm, Smarden. Daughter of Herbert Wood, and of Beatrice Maud Wood. Injured at Barkley Farm 24 June 1944; died same day at Ashford Hospital. Aged 2.

WOOD

Kenneth [Herbert]

Civilian War Dead, of Barkley Farm, Smarden. Son of Herbert Wood, and of Beatrice Maud Wood. Died at Barkley Farm 24 June 1944. Aged 6 months.

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