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STAPLE WAR MEMORIAL

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The memorial is to be found with the churchyard of St James the Great Church, The Street, Staple, Dover. It takes the form of a rough hewn Celtic cross on a tapered, rectangular, base and plinth with an additional tablet lying flat at the base commemorating those from World War 2.

Photograph Copyright © Suzannah Foad 2013

TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL
MEMORY
OF THE MEN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914-1919

AMOS Hubert William
Able Seaman J/37513, H.M.S. "Tartar," Royal Navy. Killed by an explosion 17 June 1917. Aged 18. Born 2 October 1898 in Staple, Kent. Baptised 29 January 1899 in Staple, St James, son of William and Edith Hannah Amos. Son of William and Edith Hannah Amos, of Shatterling, Wingham, Canterbury. Enlisted 2 October 1916 for 12 years, formerly a Market Gardener. Height 5 feet 4 inches, chest 32 inches, fair hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born Staple, Kent, son of William and Edith Hannah Amos, resident Shatterling Staple, Staple, Eastry, Kent. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Staple, kent, at school, son of William and Edith Hannah Amos, resident Shatterling House, Wingham near Canterbury, Staple, Kent. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 28.
BEERLING Thomas William
Able Seaman J/6394, H.M.S. "Cressy,", Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 22 September 1914. Aged 21. Born 26 August 1893 in Wingham, Kent. Baptised 29 October 1893 in Staple, St James, Kent, son of Thomas and Charlotte Beerling. Son of Thomas and Charlotte Jane (Lottie) Beerling, of Summerfield, Staple, Canterbury, Kent; brother of George (below). No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 2.
BEERLING George Alfred
Private G/5297, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 13 July 1916. Born Staple, Kent, resident Summerfield, Woodnesborough, Kent, enlisted Canterbury, Kent. Baptised 29 December 1895 in Staple, St James, Kent, son of Thomas and Charlotte Jane Beerling. Son of Thomas and Charlotte Jane (Lottie) Beerling, of Summerfield, Staple, Canterbury, Kent; brother of Thomas (above). In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Woodnesborough , Kenty, a Farm Labourer, son of Thomas and Charlotte Jane Beerling, resident 8, Church Cottage, Staple near Canterbury, Staple, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 D.
COX Ernest George
Private G/41281, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 5 September 1918. Aged 21. Born Ash, resident Nonington, enlisted Dover. Son of Mrs. Mary Amy Cox, of Thatch Cottage, Staple, Canterbury. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Kent, son of John and Mary A Cox, resident Shepherds Close, Patrixbourne, Bridge, Kent. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Preston near Wingham Kent, a Field Worker on Farm, son of John and Mary Ann Cox, resident Staple Street, Staple near Canterbury, Staple, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 3.
HOLNESS Cecil John
Private G/794, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 1 September 1915. Aged 25. Born Staple, Canterbury, Kent, resident Wingham, Kent, enlisted Preston, Kent. Baptised 28 September 1890 in Staple, St James, kent, son of Henry Vincent and Eliza bertha Holmes. Son of Henry and Mary Holness, of Staple, Canterbury; husband of Lilian Minnie (nee Joiner) Holness, of 69A, Marshall St., Folkestone, married 1 January 1910 in Staple, St James, Kent. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Staple, Kent, a Coal Pit Sinker, married to Lilian Minnie Holness with one duaghter, resident Ash, Canterbury, Kent. Buried in CALVAIRE (ESSEX) MILITARY CEMETERY, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot III. Row C. Grave 3.
PALMER Alfred
Ordinary Seaman J/34809 (CH), H.M.S. "Vanguard," Royal Navy. Killed when his ship was sunk 9 July 1917. Aged 18. Born Sandwich, Kent, 26 April 1899, and baptised St Clement's, Sandwich, Kent, son of Arthur Standford and Alice Palmer. Son of Arthur Stanford Palmer, of Barnsole, Staple, Canterbury, and the late Alice Palmer. In the 1911 census he was aged 11, born Sandwich, Kent, at school, son of Arthur Stanford Palmer and Alice Palmer, resident Barnsole, Staple near Wingham, Staple, Kent. Enlisted 26 pril 1917 for 12 years, formerly a Labourer (Carter), height 5 feet 1 inch, chest 33 inches, fair hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 22.
TURNER Henry John
Private L/8015, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Born Staple, Kent, enlisted Shorncliffe. Baptised 10 October 1886 in Staple, St James, kent, son of george and MArtha Ann Turner. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, born Staple, Kent, a Groom. Domestic Gardener, son of George and Marta Ann Turner, resident Staple Street, Staple near Canterbury, Staple, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 69 to 73.

MAKE THEM TO BE NUMBERED WITH THY
SAINTS IN GLORY EVERLASTING

ALSO IN THE MEMORY OF

BUTCHER Robert William
Private 6300487, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Accidentally killed in North Africa 19 June 1943. Aged 19. Son of Robert James Butcher and Edith Helena Butcher, of Staple, Kent. Buried in BONE WAR CEMETERY, ANNABA, Algeria. Plot III. Row E. Grave 3.
FAGG William Thomas
Stoker 1st Class D/KX 598089, H.M.S. "Serene," Royal Navy. Died in Royal Naval Sick Quarters, Cuxhaven, Germany, from severe burns from an accidental fire 16 June 1945. Aged 20. Born 19 May 1925 in Staple, Kent, resident Cantebury. Son of William George and Alice Lilian Fagg, of Summerfield, Kent. Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 10. Row J. Grave 6.
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1939 - 1945

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