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ULCOMBE WAR MEMORIAL

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

There are two memorials commemorating the men of Ulcombe. The first is a memorial standing in the grounds of the parish church in the form of a wheeled cross on two plinths with four srteps leading to the base. The second is a brass plaque within the church listing those men who died in the first world war and then an additonal plaue listing those from the second world war. The Ulcombe war memorial was not an easy transcription due to incorrect and corrupt information being listed on the memorial. The memorial lists forename, surname and Regiment/force.
Photographs Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF
ULCOMBE PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918.

BRADFORD

Harry T

Private G/5752, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd September 1917. Son of Mrs E Bradford of Millstead Cottages, Upper Street, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Buried locally in Ulcombe (All Saints) Churchyard Extension. Grave B. H. 3.

Listed as a Buffs man on the Ulcombe war memorial.

BRANN

Henry Jonathan

Driver 115584, “D” Battery, 46th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (R.F.A). Died 17th August 1917. Age 32. Born Ulcombe. Enlisted Ashford. Son of G E and N Brann. Husband of M J Brann of Water Lane, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent. Buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XVII. H. 2.

BUGDEN

Charles William

Sergeant 41087, 1st/4th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Formerly (9199) Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 28th October 1918. Age 36. Born Ulcombe. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Ulcombe. Son of Mr and Mrs W Bugden of Walnut Tree Cottage, East Sutton, Maidstone, Kent. Husband of Bessie Bugden of Moor Lane, Loughborough, Leicestershire. Served in the South African Campaign. Enlisted August 1914. Buried St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave S. III. C. 6.

Listed as Royal West Kent Regiment on the Ulcombe war memorial.

BUGDEN

John Victor

Corporal, 11th (Prince Albert’s Own) Hussars. Died 22nd March 1918. Born and resided Ulcombe. Enlisted Maidstone. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 4.

Listed as L.V Bugden on the Ulcombe war memorial and James on the plaque.

BURTON

George

Gunner 51631, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died 13th September 1914. Age 22. Born Maidstone. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of Jesse and Annie Burton of White House, Ulcombe, Maidstone. Kent. Commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.

CHAMBERS

Charles George

Gunner 21689, “B” Battery, 70th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (R.F.A). Died 30th March 1918. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Ulcombe. Buried Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France. Grave VII. C. 28.

CHAPMAN

Maurice

Private 2347, West Kent Yeomanry (Queen's Own). Died 15th August 1916. Age 20. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Ulcombe. Son of Mrs Elizabeth H Chapman of Eastwood, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent. Buried locally in Ulcombe (All Saints) Churchyard Extension.

Listed on the Ulcombe war memorial as West Kent Hussars.

CRUMP

William Henry

Gunner 60452, “X” TM Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (R.G.A). Died 11th May 1915. Age 22. Born Ulcombe. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Ulcombe. Son of Frederick George and Rosa Ellen Crump of Kingsnorth Wood Cottages, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium. Panel 9.

FAIROW

Charles Frederick

Private L/10387, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 25th May 1915. Age 25. Born Ulcombe. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Thornden, Headcorn. Son of Mr C F and Mrs H A Fairlow of Jubilee Cottages, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium.

FERMOR

Frank Alexander

Lance Corporal 46334, 23rd (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Formerly Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 13th May 1917. Age 28. Born Ulcombe. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of Mrs Annie Fermor of Fairbourne Heath, Ulcombe, Kent. Husband of May Caroline Fermor of Thornden Villa, Headcorn, Kent. Buried Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Hessen, Germany. Grave IV. D. 13.

Listed on the Ulcombe war memorial as Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).

FILMER

Charles George

Private G/12007, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 24th July 1916. Born Ulcombe. Enlisted Maidstone. Buried Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L' Abbe, Somme, France. Grave II. E. 6.

FREED

William John

Private T/205305, 1st Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 25th September 1917. Born East Sutton. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Headcorn. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Also commemorated on Headcorn war memorial.

HAWKINS

Alfred Jesse

Driver 97681, 11th Divisional Ammunition Column. Royal Field Artillery (R.F.A). Died 14th October 1917. Age 19. Born Ulcombe, Maidstone. Enlisted Ashford. Son of William and Emily Hawkins of Wallett Court, Headcorn, Kent. Buried Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium. Grave X. F. 6.

HEATHFIELD

John (Jack)

Private 56978, 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. Died 22nd December 1917. Age 19. Born Broomfield. Enlisted Pluckley. Son of Fred and Elizabeth Heathfield of Roseland Cottage, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent. Buried St Sever cemetery Extension, Rouen, seine-Maritime, France. Grave P. V. B. 2A.

Also commemorated on Headcorn war memorial.

HOWE

Albert

Private G/43179, 13th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Formerly West Kent Yeomanry. Died 25th August 1917. Age 23. Born Ulcombe. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Hollingbourne. Son of William and Sophey Howe of Chegworth Court, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

PIPER

Joel P

[Listed as Joe Piper on SDGW] Private G/2106, 8th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 26th September 1915. Aged 30. Born 1885 Plaxtol, Kent, son of Henry Joel Piper and 1st wife Emma Diprose (his 2nd wife is Alice Ann Banfield who he married in 1905). In 1911 Joel Piper was a Carpenter on Buildings, aged 26 unmarried and living with his father and step mother in Wrotham, Kent. The SDGW list him as being born Roughway, Tonbridge, enlisted Maidstone, resident Boro Green, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 95 to 97. His connection to Ulcombe is unknown.

MACKLEDEN

Vivian Albert

Private G/6467, “B” Company, 6th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly Royal Horse Artillery (R.H.A). Died 9th March 1916. Age 39. Born Boughton Malherbe. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Ulcombe. Son of Edward and Rachel Mackelden of The Carpenter’s Arms, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent. Husband of Phoebe Mackelden of Rock Cottage, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Listed on the Ulcombe war memorial as Royal Horse Artillery.

MERCER

Albert Richard

Private 201291, 2/4th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died Egypt 19th April 1917. Born Headcorn. Enlisted Maidstone. Buried Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. Grave XXVI. D. I.

Also commemorated on Headcorn war memorial.

MERRALLS

Walter George

Lance Sergeant 651031, “B” Company, 2nd/21st Battalion (1st Surrey Rifles), London Regiment. Died 28th March 1918. Age 22. Enlisted Camberwell, London. Resided Ulcombe. Son of Lucy Merralls of “Wentways,” Chart Sutton, Maidstone, Kent and the late George Walter Merralls. Also served in France, Salonika and Egypt. Commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel. Panel 52.

NEVE

Amos [William]

Private S/62, "A" Company, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 18th March 1916. Aged 37. Born and resident Sissinghurst, enlisted Cranbrook. Son of Mrs. Eliza Ellen Hayter, of 2, Cottage, Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, Kent. In 1911 census, aged 32, Amos William Neve is resident at Pye Corner in Ulcombe, married but with no children. His widow marries again a few months after his death, thus leaving his mother as his next of kin. On ancestry.com, his service record indicates that he considered his mother as his next of kin, perhaps an indication that the marriage had faltered by the time he went in to the army No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 15 to 19. This man’s name only appears on the Ulcombe civic war memorial in the churchyard. It does not appear on the brass plaque inside the church. As he was only living in Ulcombe a few years before the war, this might explain why he is only mentioned on the War Memorial and not in the church.

NORRIS

Frederick George Phillip

Lance Corporal 58812, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 29th October 1918. Age 32. Born Chegworth, Kent. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of Adelaide E Blunt (formerly Norris) of Chegworth, Hollingbourne, Kent. Buried Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-Au-Bois, Nord, France. Grave II. I. 27.

OLIVER

William James

Private G/18710, 11th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (4878) Army Service Corps (ASC). Died 23rd March 1918. Born Ipswich, Suffolk. Enlisted Woolwich, London. Resided Ulcombe. Buried Morchies Australian Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave D. 1.

PEEN

R J

Private G/21023 John Robert PEEN. 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 20th November 1917. Age 28. Born Ulcombe. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of William John Peen of East Wood, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louvernal, Nord, France. Panel 7.

Listed on the Ulcombe war memorial as Robert John PEEN. He probably preferred to use his second name (Robert).

POPE

Francis John

Private 460162, 44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick). Died 25th October 1916. Born Sandway, Kent 26th August 1892. Enlisted Winnipeg 5th June 1915. Next of Kin Sarah Pope Chegworth Manor, Hollingbourne, Kent. Commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

PORT

Alfred

In the 1911 census a drummer in D coy. 2nd Battalion, The Buffs at Tanglin Barracks Singapore. Aged 26, born Ash, Kent.

PORT

Arthur A

Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) – No further information currently available

SHARP

Raymond

Corporal T2/014985, 208th Company, 22nd Reserve Park, Army Service Corps (A.S.C). Died 7th September 1916. Age 20. Born Ulcombe. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Headcorn. Son of Stephen and Minnie Sharp of Peckham Farm, Headcorn, Kent. Buried Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave 371.Also commemorated on the Ulcombe war memorial.

SMITH

Morris P

Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) – Probably this man

Private G/21205 Maurice Smith. 7th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly Private 27843 Middlesex Regiment. Died 10th August 1917. Age 20. Born and resided Ulcombe. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of Kate Smith of Reed Cottage, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium.

SORRELL

Albert (Bertie) W

Private 275326, 3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Formerly 17th Battalion. Formerly (2060) 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 25th March 1918. Age 21. Born Ulcombe. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Ulcombe. Son of William and Louie Sorrell of Morebreddis, Goudhurst, Kent. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 9.

Listed on the Ulcombe war memorial as B.W Sorrell.

WATSON

George

Private G/18996, 10th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 16th June 1917. Born Tunbridge Wells. Enlisted Tonbridge. Buried Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave III. G. 5B.

Not on memorial but commemorated in the church

EDWARDES

Owen

Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps (K.R.R.C). Died 30th June 1916. Age 22. Born 6th May 1894. Son of Lieutenant Colonel The Honourable Cuthbert Edwardes (The Rifle Brigade) and Lady Blanche Edwardes. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

Officers Died Great War lists Owens’s date of death as the 1st July 1916, as does the Commonwealth War Graves Commission probably indicative of his demise occurring on the night of 30th June/1st July.

ALSO
1939 – 1945

BRYCE

Morris

Able Seaman D/JX 126796, HMS Glorious, Royal Navy. Died 9th June 1940. Age 30. Son of Alfred and Sarah Pryce of Ruckinge, Kent. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 38. Column 2.

BURGESS

George

[Listed as George BURGESS. Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) on the memorial] Private 6347486, 1st Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). Died 30th January 1944. Age 23. Born and resided Kent. Son of Charles and Lily Burgess. Husband of Florence Irene Burgess of Ulcombe, Kent. Buried Anzio War Cemetery, Italy. Grave II. V. 4.

PHILLIPS

Ronald Frank John

Able Seaman C/JX 559435, HM Tug Roode Zee , Royal Navy (R.N). Died 24th April 1944. Age 18. Son of John Charles and Olive Phillips of Ulcombe, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 76, 1.

Buried in the churchyard but not on the memorial

GIBSON

Kathleen

This civilian casualty is buried in the Ulcombe churchyard but her name does not appear on the parish tribute. In fact her name appears on the nearby Lenham war memorial.

Last update 9 November, 2009

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