war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

WWII - At Rest in Thailand, Tunisia



$ADLEY, Aircraftman 1st Class, RONALD CHARLES, 633816, Royal Air Force. 1 August 1943. Age 21. Son of Charles and Minnie Gertrude Adley, of Dover; husband of Phyllis Eileen Adley, of Dover. 8 H 5

+LUSH, Sapper, CYRIL EDWARD, 1869296, 35 Fortress Coy., Royal Engineers. 28 April 1944. Age 28. Son of Allen Lush, and of Mary Jane Lush, of Dover. 2 B 6

+MILES, Arthur George, 21 September 1943. 1 N 7

WALL, Serjeant, ROBERT CHARLES CROFT, 901347, 118 Field Regt., Royal Artillery. Died 23 September 1943 while a Prisoner of War in Japanese hands. Age 24. Son of William Walter Wall and Jessie Christina née Croft, of River, Dover, who had married at St Mary's, Dover, on 19 April 1911. Born in Dover 1919, lived in Eltham. A brother, William, was born in 1913. 2 N 10


GEARING, Charles Thomas, 7 July 1943. 2 H 35

ROGERS, Corporal, THOMAS WILLIAM MARK, 6286551, 2nd Bn., East Surrey Regiment. 1 October 1944. Age 25. Son of William and Gertrude Rogers, of Dover, nephew of Mark Penn, of 5 Odo Road. Grave 8 A 71. In September 1943 Mr Penn thanked everyone for their kind enquiries regarding Corporal Rogers, "who is a Prisoner of War in Japanese hands, and his earnest prayer is that with God's help he may enjoy good health and return safely"


WILCOX, Private, LEONARD EDWARD, 6289032, 5th Bn., The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). 9 April 1943. Age 24. Son of Isabel Fabian Gale, of Buckland, Dover. 1 F 11


+BAVINGTON-JONES, Jeffrey Russell, 9 March 1943. VI A 7


+KEMBER, Stephen Edward, 7 January 1943. Face 7

+PAY, Private, WILLIAM JOHN, 5503178, 1/4th Bn. Hampshire Regiment. 2 March 1943. Age 26. Son of William and Ethel M. M. Pay, of Dover. Face 23

+WINTON, James William, 25 April 1943. Panel 10

 (photos, courtesy Bob Moseling)

+CARTER, Joseph Albert John, died 18 January 1943. 16 G 1. (his grave is one of those just in front of the cross of sacrifice in the image left)

DE-ROODE, Lance Corporal, JACK, 6339833, 1st Bn., Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. 5 May 1943. Age 31. Son of Charles and Mary H. De-Roode; husband of Kathleen Mary De-Roode, of Dover. 11 B 19

GOWLING or GAWLING, Thomas, died 13 January 1943. 5 F 4. (his grave is one of those behind the stone of remembrance, below)

$MOSELING, Lance Serjeant, ALFRED HARRY HAWKINS, 2094058, 579 Army Field Coy., Royal Engineers. 7 May 1943. Age 23. Son of Frances Rose Moseling, of Buckland, Dover. 11 E 17

PHILPOTT, Serjeant LOUIS DANIEL 6288051  5th Bn, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment), Age: 30, died 16 April 1943, buried grave 5. E. 5.

Louis Philpott was the "much loved youngest" son of Percival Appleton and Rosa Maude, née Appleton. The couple had married at 2.30pm on 28 December 1902 at St Michael's, Folkestone. Percival, from 6 Alma Road, was 21 and a bus conductor, the son of dairyman Edward Philpott, deceased. Rosa, 19,  was living at 50 Bradstone Road, Folkestone, and was the daughter of Daniel Appleton, deceased, a coachmen.

By 1911 the couple had two children; Hilda Rosa, 7, and Edward Percy, 5, both born at Cheriton like their father. They were then living at 53 Bradstone Road, Folkestone. Louis was born the year after, on 16 January 1912. He attended St Mary's school, Dover Road, Folkestone, where in 1924 he received a prize for his work in Class IV. In 1929 Louis was probably living at 9 Darby Place, Folkestone, but he regularly came to Dover to play football and cricket with the Old Pharosians (alumni of the then Dover County School).  In 1938 at St Mary's, Capel-le-Ferne, he became the "dear husband" of May Vera Share, born in Dover in 1912, and a queen of the Dover hospital fête in 1934. The couple had a daughter, Judith S Philpott, born in Epsom Hospital in 1941. Mrs Philpott and her parents had been evacuated to Surrey, and lived in both Leatherhead and Horley at different times.

Before he joined up, Mr Philpott was an accountant with the Folkestone Gas Company. He had been turned down twice for the army on medical grounds, but on the third attempt, bravely determined to serve, he concealed his painful ear condition  and was successful in joining up. Very sadly, he was injured on service and as his wounds became gangrenous he lost his legs. He died on 7 May 1942 as Acting Colour Sergeant, having volunteered to take over from the totally exhausted Colour Sergeant.

Mr Percy and Mrs Rosa Philpott lived at "High Hope", Capel-le-Ferne. They died in different hospitals but on the same day, 20 December 1966 and just twenty minutes apart . They were together again, and in a joint service on Christmas Eve, their their bodies were cremated together.

with thanks to Judy Hayward

STRINGER, Charles Burdett, 24 February 1943. 16 C 18

+TEASEDALE, Cecil Walker, died 26 February 1943. 5 C 16 (his grave is one of those behind the stone of remembrance, above)


+MORLEY, Private, ALBERT JOHN, 6291176, 5th Bn., The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). 8 April 1943. Age 30. Son of Albert and Caroline F. Morley, of Dover; husband of Catherine Morley, of Welling, Kent. 1 J 5.His father, also Albert, was killed on the Somme on 8 October 1916

MURPHY, Private, PATRICK JOSEPH, 6300404, 5th Bn., The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Reported wounded and missing and then as killed in action on 8 April 1943. Age 20. Son of Martin Joseph and Doris Minnie Murphy, of 10 Whinless Road, Dover. 1 J 1 "Our dear son"



HUNT, MICHAEL PATRICK 6297757Private Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 5th Bn. Age: 22 Died 17/03/1943 1. B. 6. (Could this be be "Mickey" Hunt of The Buffs, died the same day, the youngest son of Mrs and the late Mr Hunt of 21 Sydney Terrace, Malvern Road, reported missing, then in April 1944 as killed in action)

from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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