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

The village has a small well kept war memorial near to the church. The year 1917 was not a good one for Bethersden as most of their war dead died in this one year.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2004

The Great War (1914 – 1918)


Herbert Bright

Second Lieutenant. 20th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Attached 100th Company, Machine Gun Corps (MGC) (Inf). Formerly a Trooper in the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles (REKMR). Formerly Lance Corporal, O.T.C Sherborne School. Died Wednesday 19th July 1916 aged 21 years.


Frederick Walter

Private 50914. 24th Battalion (2nd Sportman’s), Royal Fusiliers. Formerly (3221) Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment). Died Monday 13th November 1916.


John Edward

Private 123. 49th Battalion, Australian Infantry (AIF). Died Sunday 15th September 1918.



Private T/265200. 6th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died Tuesday 4th June 1918 aged 19 years.


Sydney William

Private 5135. “A” Company, 1st Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died Thursday 21st December 1916 aged 19 years.



Private T/202941. 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Friday 2nd August 1918 aged 20 years.


Harry Herbert

Able Seaman R/571. Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). Died Sunday 6th May 1917.


John [William]

Private G/24687. 7th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 10th August 1917 aged 29 years.


Arthur Walter

Trooper 2158. Household Battalion. Died Saturday 6th October 1917 aged 20 years.


Henry Thomas

Private G/13689. 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Thursday 3rd May 1917.


George Thomas

Lance Corporal T/202957. 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly 5th battalion. Died Friday 12th October 1917 aged 23.



Private 38625. 3rd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 12th November 1918.


Charles Frederick

Private TF/241541. 8th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died Tursday 12th April 1917.


George Ernest

Gunner 71249. 1st (Highland) Heavy Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Formerly 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Friday 17th August 1917 aged 24 years.

1939 – 1945


Sydney John

Staff Sergeant 762309, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. Died 4th October 1943 aged 28 years. Son of Sydney Robert Barlow Davies and Edith Jane Davies. Buried Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Grave reference 2.K.12.


Frederick George

Able Seaman C/JX 336225, H.M.S “President III”, Royal Navy (R.N). Died 18th May 1943 aged 27 years. Son of Frederick George Randall Murrell and Julia Murrell of Bethersden, Ashford, Kent. Husband of Joyce Murrell of Bethersden. Buried Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Grave reference 4.K.17.~Frederick would not have been serving “aboard” H.M.S. President III at the time of his death as that was a shore establishment based at Dedworth Manor, Clewer, Berkshire.


Richard Henry

Petty Officer C/JX 145790, H.M. Submarine “Stonehenge”. Royal Navy. Died 20th March 1944 aged 24 years. Son of Arthur and Clara Beatrice Neale. Husband of Jean Ann Neale of Bethersden, Ashford, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference 74.3. ~H.M. S/M Stonehenge failed to return from its first patrol in the Far East theatre of war becoming the first R.N submarine lost in the war against Japan. It is believed that she struck a mine and sank.


Ernest R.

Lance Corporal 6283707, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died between 15th May 1940 & 4th June 1940 aged 30 years. Born and resided Kent. Son of Ellen Elizabeth Penfold of Ashford, Kent. Husband of Hetty Irene Penfold of Ashford, Kent. Buried Esquelmes War Cemetery, Peco, Hainaut, Belgium. Grave reference V.B.60.



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William Charles

Lance Corporal 7917946, 44th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 27th November 1941 aged 22 years. Son of William George and Gertrude Lilian Roots of Bethersden, Ashford, Kent. Buried Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt. Grave reference 20.D.3.


James Henry

Guardsman 2617530, Grenadier Guards. Attached to H.Q. 6th Guards Tank Brigade. Died 24th October 1944 aged 28 years. Son of Archie and Ethel May Vine of Bethersden, Ashford, Kent. Buried St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave reference – S.1.K.5.

Last update 29 January, 2006

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