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CAMBER WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed & researched John Harrison 2007

Camber is a small village to the east of Rye and on Romney Marsh. It is the easternmost parish in the county and is dominated by the large holiday camp. The church of St Thomas is in Lydd Road and the memorial is inside the church. There are only four names listed for the First World War and three for the Second. The church was destroyed by enemy action in World War Two and the altar rails were lost. The memorial is in wood reads

The Altar rails and this tablet was erected in loving memory
of the men of Camber and Broomhill who died in the Great War of 1914 –18
(Names)
Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.
1939 - 1945
(Names)
1914-1918

MARSHALL

Robert

Private 1851, 5th (Cinque Ports) Bn Royal Sussex Regiment Born about 1895 at Broomhill Farm, off Lydd Road, Camber. Son of Samuel Arthur and Emma Jane Marshall of 46, Grove Road, Ore, Hastings. Enlisted in Rye Died 10th October 1915. Buried in Grave III D 5A in Etaples Military Cemetery. The battalion embarked for France in February 1915. It took part in the Battle of Aubers Ridge in May, but became a pioneer battalion in August for the remainder of the war.

MARTIN

Leonard

No further information currently available

NOAKES

James

possibly James Henry Noakes Corporal G/677, 7th (Service) Bn The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Born in Winchelsea. Living in Lydd when he enlisted in Dover. Killed in action 10th October 1917. Buried in Grave XII D 2 in Cement House Cemetery

SOUTHERDEN

Frederick

Driver 130280, ‘D’ Battery, 63rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery Born about 1884. Second son of Frederick Southerden of Jury’s Gap. This is a hamlet, a little further along the coast towards Dungeness. Husband of Alice Southerden of 52, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent. Killed in action 1st December 1917. Buried in Grave IV L 16 in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension Listed in ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War’ as ‘Sutherden’.

1939-1945

LIBBY

Frederick

The are only a few Libbys recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Only two have a Christian name of Frederick.

Either

Frederick Thomas Libby, Stoker 1st Class, D/KX 105371, HMS Prince of Wales. Died 11th December 1941 following the sinking of the ship by Japanese carrier aircraft the previous day. Buried in Grave 35 D 6 in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.

Prince of Wales was built by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead and commissioned on 31st March 1941. She was armed with ten14 inch guns in two quadruple turrets and one twin turret. In May 1941, with the old battlecruiser ‘Hood,’ they intercepted the German battleship ‘Bismarck’ and the heavy cruiser ‘Prinz Eugen’ in the Denmark Strait. In a short engagement Hood was sunk and Prince of Wales damaged. Later that year she was sent to the Far East with another old battlecruiser ‘Repulse’ as part of Force ‘Z’ as a show of strength From a crew of 1612 men; 20 officers, 280 sailors and 27 marines were lost. Among the dead were Admiral Sir Tom Phillips, Commander in Chief of the Eastern Fleet, and the Captain of Prince of Wales, John Leach.

or

Frederick Libby, Able Seaman, P.JX 127456, HMS Barham. Died 25th November 1941 when he battleship was torpedoed and exploded in the Mediterranean. This event was filmed and is often shown. Commemorated on Panel 48, Column 2 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Barham was built by John Brown on the Clyde and commissioned in October 1915. On 31st May 1916 she took part in the Battle of Jutland. After service in the Mediterranean during the Second World War she was torpedoed by U331 off Sollum and exploded.

Neither of these casualties has any known connections with Camber

PAYNE

Charles Tony

Private 14548959, 7th Bn Hampshire Regiment. Born about 1925. Son of Mrs A A Payne of Rye. Killed in action 10th July 1944. Commemorated on Panel 5, Column 2 of the Bayeux Memorial. This territorial battalion was formed from the 5/7th battalion in 1939 and fought in the North West Europe campaign of 1944-45.

SOUTHERDEN

William Jack

Private 6412338, 5th Bn Hampshire Regiment. Born about 1924. Son of Samuel and Alice Elizabeth Southerden. Died 13th October 1943. Buried in Grave V D 1 in Minturno War Cemetery, Italy. This territorial battalion was formed form the 5/7th Bn in 1939 and fought in North Africa and Italy.

Last updated 14 August, 2007

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