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WITTERSHAM WAR MEMORIAL

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

The war memorial stands in the middle of the village on Poplar Road, at the junction of the A202 and the Street Green. It consists of a two stepped base upon which sits a plinth and a column which is topped with a decorated urn with carved, stone, wreaths on ech side. There are 22 names listed for World War 1 and 9 for World War 2 (these still need transcribing). The memorial originally costs £15 12s 9d. Further memorials exists with St John the Baptist Chuch for both World War 1 and World War 2.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2004

1914
1919
TO THOSE WHO DIED FOR US

ADDY William Henry
Gunner 374561, No 1 Company, Sussex (RGA - Territorial Force), Royal Garrison Artillery. Died in United Kingdom Tuesday 26th February 1918. Aged 25 years. Son of Henry Addy and Mary Addy; husband of Eveline Mary Paine (formerly Addy), of Church Gate, Udimore, Sussex. Born at Wittersham, enlisted Tenterden. Buried in WITTERSHAM CEMETERY, Kent. Section B.m Grave 9.
ADES James
Serjeant T/722, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Tuesday 4th July 1916 with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force. Born, resident and enlisted Wittersham. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 15.
ASHDOWN Thomas Charles
Private SD/2277, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died Wednesday 16th October 1918. Aged 21 years. Born Peasmarsh, Sussex, enlisted Hastings. Son of the late Richard and Elizabeth Ashdown, of Bate's Farm, Wittersham, Peasmarsh, Kent. Buried in ORCHARD DUMP CEMETERY, ARLEUX-EN-GOHELLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row A. Grave 20.
BATEHUP Horace Charles
Lance Corporal 49581, 2/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 15th April 1918. Aged 20 years. Born and resident Wittersham, enlisted Derby. Son of William and Elizabeth Batehup, of Stocks Cottage, Wittenham (sic), Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 3.
CARTER, MC Richard Thellusson
Captain Acting Major, 11th Siege Battery, 14th Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died of wounds 18th August 1918. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES, Somme, France. Plot V. Row G. Grave 7.
CATT Amos Herbert
Private G/8894, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). killed in action 7th October 1916. Born and resident Wittersham, enlisted Ashford. Grandson of Mrs Jane Catt of Moon Green, Wittersham, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 D.

COLLINGS Lionel Lapidge
Second Lieutenant, Royal Air Force (RAF). Formerly 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry (DLI). Died Thursday 3rd October 1918. Aged 40 years. Son of William Henry and Eleanor Arabella Collings. Born at Brighton. Buried in BRIGHTON (EXTRA-MURAL) BOROUGH CEMETERY, Sussex. Grave 39222.
DENGATE Sidney Charles
Rifleman 41816, 16th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Died of wounds Thursday 18th April 1918. Aged 24 years. Born and resident Wittersham, enlisted Hammersmith, Middlesex. Son of Alfred Dengate, of Old Post Office, Wittersham, Kent, and the late Elizabeth Dengate. Formerly (4800), 3/11th Battalion, London Regiment, London Regiment. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section P. Plot IX. Row R. Grave 1A.
HINKLEY Frederick
Private 73539. 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action Monday 4th November 1918. Aged 20 years. Born and resident Wittersham, enlisted Canterbury. Son of Thomas and Sophia Hinkley, of Mill House, Wittersham, Kent. Buried in ENGLEFONTAINE BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 14.
HOAD Herbert Victor
Private T/1326, 1st/5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds Monday 31st January 1916 with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force. Born and resident Wittersham, enlisted Tenterden. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot VI. Row F. Grave 6.
KNIGHT Sydney
Private 2295, 3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment). Died of wounds Saturday 27th February 1915. Aged 20 years. Born and resident Wittersham, enlisted Shepherds Bush. Son of Mr. and Mrs, Charles Knight, of Hamgreen, Wittersham, Kent. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY, NORD, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section J. Grave 9.
MAYNARD William

Private TF/204219. 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds Sunday 30th September 1917. Aged 36 years. Born Rolvenden, enlisted Cranbrook, resident Biddenden. Son of Charles and Mary Maynard; husband of Nellie Maynard, of Church Cottages, Wittersham, Kent. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row H. Grave 22.

NASH George Joseph
Private M/32144, 611th Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps attached to XVII Corps Heavy Artillery (12 Canadian Caterpillar Section). Died of wounds received in action 30th August 1918 (SGDW states 13th but this is probably the date of wounding) at 42nd Casualty Handling Station. Born Iden, Sussex, birth registered in July to September Quarter 1883 in Rye Registration District, Sussex, enlistd Whitstable, resident Rye. In the 1901 census he is the son of Stephen and Ellen Nash,. Aged 17, a general Labourer, born Iden, Sussex, resident near Oxenbridge Farm, Iden, Sussex. Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 4.

His British Army Service Records have a variety of crossings out in them but the information extracted appears to be:

Nash, George Joseph, resident 9 Potland Place, Wouldham, Kent. Born 6 June 1883, attested. Aged 32 years 183 days. Engine Driver by trade. Attested 11 December 1915. In France from 18 October 1917 until his death 30 August 1918. His with was Edith Mary Nash (nee Sinden)(they married in 16 September 1911 in the Rye Registration District, Sussex). He had three childrenm Ellen Georgina, born 2 August 1913 at Lamberhurst, George Stephen, born 13 November 1914 at Swalecliffe and Agnes Laura, 15 January at New Romney. Allowances were paid to Edith May Nash at Ferry Road, Rye, Sussex. He embarked at Folkestone on Princess Clementine and disembarked at Boulogne 18 October 1917. He died from fractures and lacerations, crushed Proelicas, indicative of being run over; there is reference whether his manner of death should be changed from 'died of wounds' to 'died of injuries'. His medical took place at Maidstone, 20 July 1916. he applied for Exemption from the Armed Services and a Tribunal was held at Hollingbourn (case 592). He stated his address then as No 5 Factory Cottages, Lenham, Kent and his address at National Registration (15 August 1915) as Black Cottages, Swalecliffe near Whitstable. He was engaged in 'All Agricultural work, Thatching & Engine Work', he had been employed by Messrs. E J Poul & SOns, of Swalecliffe for 3 years but was then employed by Mr Brown of Church Square, Lenham(?), who was a Farmer & Diaryman. He was exempted until the 11 October 1916 as he was the only man working on 100 acres. When he was eventually called to serve he did not appear (17 January 1917). On the 12 February 1917 the Police Station at Swanley Junction were contacted but they replied that thye couldm not find any trace of George Nash being, or having been, resident in their area. On the 5th February the Police Office at Chatham was contacted with much the same reply. They suggested contacting Crocken Hill (Dartford's Liaison). An advert was placed in the Kent Messenger asking for his whereabouts andm some kind soul who singned themselves R.H. supplied his address as Portalnd Place, Wouldham.

The local paper states: “Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Nash, of Lloyd’s Green, Wittersham, have received word that their only son, George Nash, of the Royal Engineers, was accidentally killed by being run over by a motor lorry on September 5th. Deceased leaves a widow and three children.” [Note: His papers state that he died 30 August 1918 byut that entry was made on 3 September 1918 hence the date problem in the paper].

PAINE Alfred
Private T/1418, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of Cholera Friday 28th April 1916. Born and resident Wittersham, enlisted Tenterden. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row H. Grave 16.
PHILPOTTS Thomas [James]
Private 27473, 8th 9Territorial Force) Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died of wounds Monday 2nd September 1918. Aged 39 years. Born Almely, Herefordshire, enlisted Canterbury, resident Wittersham. Son of Arthur Philpotts, of Almeley, Hereford; husband of Rose Curtis Philpotts, of Pound Farm, Wittersham, Kent. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 30.
RUSSELL James George
Private T/1431, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Friday 21st January 1916 with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force. Aged 24 years. Born and resident Wittersham, enlisted Tenterden. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XVII. Row J. Grave 13.
SLINGSBY Henry Thomas
Private L/8631, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds Thursday 18th April 1918. Aged 28 years. Born and resident Wittersham, enlisted Canterbury. Son of Barbara and the late Thomas Slingsby, of The Lordens, Peening Quarter, Wittersham, Kent. Buried in HARINGHE (BANDAGHEM) MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row F. Grave 9.
TURNER Arthur William
Shoeing Smith Corporal 42224, Canadian Field Artillery (CFA). Formerly (3 years) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Sunday 25th April 1915. Aged 29 years. Born 11 October 1889 in New Romney, Kent. Next of kin Emma Turner, of Bear Street, Wittersham, Kent. Blackmsith by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted nad passed fit 25 September 1914 at Valcartier, Canada, aged 25 years 6 months, height 5 feet 4 inches, girth 38 inches, complexion dark, eyes grey, hair dark brown. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9831 - 24
WILKINSON, MC James Fisher
Major, 54th Battery, 39th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died of wounds Tuesday 29th October 1918. Aged 23 years. Son of Alfred Maximilian Wilkinson and Ione Mary Wilkinson, of Wittersham, Kent. Educated at Sandroyd School, Cobham, Surrey, Harrow, and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in LA VALLEE-MULATRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Aisne, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 40.
WILSON George G
Serjeant S4/08493. Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). Died Tuesday 11th February 1919. Aged 29. Buried in SOUTH SHIELDS (HARTON) CEMETERY, Durham. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 1386.
WOOLLETT Edward Ernest
Private G/22700, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Sunday 15th/17th July 1917. Born and resident Wittersham, enlisted Canterbury. In the 1911 census he is aged 13, son of James and Harriett Woollett, at school, born Wiitersham, resident Moons Green Wittersham; brother of Thomas (below). No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 12 and 14.

WOOLLETT Thomas A
Private T/1411. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Friday 7th January 1916 with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force. Born and resident Wittersham, enlisted Tenterden. In the 1911 census he is aged 16, son of James and Harriett Woollett, Farm Labourer, born Wiitersham, resident Moons Green Wittersham; brother of Edward (above). Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXXI. Row D. Grave 10.
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POPE S E
Gunner RMA/6471, H.Q. (Eastney), Royal Marine Artillery. Died 29 January 1916. Buried in WITTERSHAM CEMETERY, Kent. Grave 69.

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