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SWINGFIELD WAR MEMORIAL

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

The memorial to the Swingfield men who fell can be found on the Lych Gate of St Peter's Church. THe memorial is in the form of two marle tablets fixed to the interior woodwork with leaded inscriptions. There are seven names listed for World War 1 and four for World War 2. In 1956 concerete spurs were placed behind the larger posts of the lychgate for reinforcement and in 1997 the gates were replaced with exact copies made by local craftsmen. In 200 the church closed and is now a risk from vandalism. The original memorial was dedicated on 13th November 1920 by the Bishop Suffragan of Dover. The architect and builder of the memorial was Mr Pilcher.
Photographs Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

THIS GATE
WAS ERECTED
TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
AND IN
MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO FELL
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918.
"LEST WE FORGET."

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

1914-1918

ATKINS

William

Private G/9807, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 4th August 1916 aged 25 years. Born Elham. Enlisted Folkestone. Resided Swingfield. Son of Thomas and Charlotte Atkins of Smallden Cottage, Wooton, Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Panel reference - Face 5D.

HOBBS

Richard

Bombardier 358471, 170th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (Kent R.G.A. Territorial Force). Died 1st November 1918 aged 36 years. Born Swingfield. Enlisted Dover. Son of Richard and Mary Hobbs of Selsted, Dover, Kent. Husband of Annie Hobbs of 15 Stanhope Road, Dover. Buried Vendegies Cross Roads British Cemetery, Bermerain, Nord, France. Grave reference - B5.

PALMER

C R D

Chief Stoker 299617, H.M.S “Russell”, Royal Navy. Died 27th April 1916. Buried Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery. Grave reference - Protestant grave 311.

H.M.S. Russell was mined off Malta. The whole crew of 100 perished.

PARKER

William

Private G/787, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd May 1915. Born Swingfield. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Denton, Canterbury. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.

PARKER

George

Private G/24368, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died 12th February 1917 aged 22 years. Born Swingfield. Enlisted Dover. Resided Canterbury. Buried Son of Richard and Eliza Ann Parker of The Green, Denton, Canterbury, Kent. Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme, France. Grave reference - III.B.31.

SAUNDERS

Walter G

possibly Private W.G. SAUNDERS. Royal Warwickshire Regiment commemorated on the Folkestone Civic Memorial, Folkestone, Kent. No trace of this man has been found.

SEATH

Thomas William

Lance Corporal L/9783, “C” Company, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 28th September 1915 aged 29 years. Born and resided Swingfield. Enlisted Dover. Son of Mrs H.G. Seath of Dover, Kent. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais. France.

1939 - 1945

DEAN

Kenneth Albert

Sergeant (Observer) 903312, Whitley Bomber MH-J (Z6803), 51 Squadron. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 6th August 1941 aged 24 years. Son of Harry Wood Dean and Alice Mary Dean of Hawkinge, Kent. Husband of Betty Dean. Buried Liege (St Walburge) Communal Cemetery, Belgium. Grave reference - 3.

Kenneth is also commemorated on the Folkestone Civic Memorial. The Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone and in St John`s church, Folkestone.

HEMINGWAY

John Charles

Aircraftman 1st Class 3031421, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 620 Squadron. Died 5th June 1946. Son of Charles Richard Hemingway and Violet Ethel Hemingway of Hawkinge, Kent. Buried Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt. Grave reference - 4.E.32.

HOLNESS

Wallace Henry

Lance Sergeant 6287477 ,1st Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 7th January 1942. Born Canterbury. Resided Kent. Buried Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt. Grave reference - 7.C.4.

Wallace was a professional soldier.

MEADES

Reginald Middleton

Civilian (Killed by Enemy Action). Died 12th August 1940 aged 40 years. Husband of Rose Isabel Meades of Brickfield Cottages, Swingfield, near Blackmill, Bekesbourne, Kent.

Last update 10 April, 2006

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