World War II
CIVILIANS WHO DIED IN
=not named in book of Remembrance
~ = not enemy action
Surnames A to D
and M. A.
Abbott, a postman, died on 3 April 1942, age 55, at his home at 8 Priory
Gate Road. His wife, Martha Annie Abbott, was injured there and died, aged
56, at the Casualty Hospital, Union Road. She was the daughter of Mrs
Meyers, of 170 Lewisham Road, according to CWGC (in fact Mrs Meyers was
The couple had married on 2 July 1917 at the register
office in Dover. Mr Abbott was then at the Castle, serving in the Royal Garrison
Artillery. Born on 6 November 1887, he was the son of George William, a
chronometer maker, and of his wife Louisa, and was one of ten children.
He had become a soldier by 1911, though still registered at home with
his family at 11 Tintern Road, Wood Green, Middlesex. Ten years
previously, with the family living at 1 Enfield Terrace, Hornsey,
Middlesex, Alfred had been an errand boy. His new wife had been in 1891
and 1901 at 2 Ethelbert Road, Dover; born on 23 April 1885, she was the
daughter of James Henry Newing, a labourer and then carter (coal) who
possibly died in 1912, and of his wife Maria, died 1901, both buried at
Charlton. Mr Newing may have remarried, to Annie, in about 1906.
The Abbotts had three children; Alfred, born in 1920,
who died very soon afterwards, Annie M, born 1922, and Elsie C, born
1925. Mrs Abbott had another daughter, Margaret Alice Newing, born 2
March 1907, daughter of William Charles. In 1939 the Abbots, with
Margaret and her husband Stephen William Meyers, born 28 March 1906, a
colliery hewer, who had married in 1930, were living at 8 Priory Gate
Road. Mr Abbott was a postman (cycle).
Mr and Mrs Abbott's funeral was on 8 April, leaving
from 23 Douglas Road with the coffins draped in Union flags. They were interred in the same grave at Charlton,
Dover, 32 ZC, with the Rev
Jenkins of Christchurch and the Rev Horsley of Eythorne officiating.
Many postal workers were present at the funeral, alongside the family.
The family included Mr and Mrs Abbott's daughters and Mrs Abbott's brother William and his wife, Annie, Mrs
Abbott's sister Maud, who married
Thomas Norris Williams in 1909, and her sister Emily, who married
George Decent (remembered on this page)
in 1915, and George and Charles Abbott, two of Mr Abbott's brothers.
Mr Abbott's effects were granted to Margaret Alice
Meyers and to Doris Louisa Richards, née Abbott, wife of Cyril Albert
Mrs Abbott was remembered as a warm cuddly person.
and Mrs Abbott were remembered in the Service of
for Civilians - November 2007.
Victor Gordon Abbott. He was an ambulance driver who was killed in an ambulance at Limekiln Street on 25 October 1940, aged
28. He was a member of the F A P and was the husband of Violet L L
Abbott, née Wyatt, of 3 Council House Street, and the son of William Sidney
Abbott, born 22 April 1884, and Sarah Emily née Clark, born 14 October
1881, of 2 Old Folkestone Road. They had married in 1905 and in 1939 Mr
Abbott was a dock timekeeper for the Southern Railway.
Victor's parents were unable to attend his funeral
on 30 October owing to evacuation through illness, but many of his
remaining family were at his graveside at Charlton, Dover, ZC 31 as were
members of the St John's Ambulance and the First Aid Posts.
There were very many flowers laid. The wreath from
his wife read: "His loving Wife and Baby Pam, to my dearest Husband and
||Just a year ago tomorrow
You left this world of strife;
We have lost, heaven has gained,
One of the best the world
from his loving daughter Pamela and wife Vi
Only goodnight, beloved; not farewell
Mum and Dad
He left this world without a tear,
He said goodbye to none;
His spirit flew before we knew
That from us he had gone
(brother) from Queenie, Ern, and
Out of turmoil into eternal peace
(brother) Ivy, Fred, Roy, and Colin
|Without farewell he fell asleep,
With only memories left to keep;
Sleep on, dear brother, God knows best,
On earth, there's
strife; in heaven, rest
(brother) from Frank and Nan
|The call was sudden, the shock severe,
I little thought the end so near;
Only those who have lost can tell
The parting without farewell
his loving sister Pat
You have taken that last long journey, In God' beautiful ship called "Rest",
&ecute Away from this world of sorrow
To the home of eternal rest.
We often pasue and think of you,
And think of how you died
To think we could not say goodbye
Before you closed your eyes
from his sister and brother-in-law, Elsie and Reg
Victor Abbott's brother Sidney William had previously
died suddenly at Swan Hill hospital, Australia, on 31 December 1932,
Amos, L. E.
Lena Ellen Amos. She died at 1 Townwall Passage on 11 September 1940,
aged 20. Married in 1938, she was the wife of Albert Henry Amos, First Class Stoker,
Royal Navy, born 16 June 1915, and the daughter of Mr F. C. Terry, of 96 Maid Street, Maidstone.
Her younger sister Doris Irene Terry also died but her mother was
rescued after three and a half hours trapped in rubble. Stoker Lowe
tunnelled in to free her, having already helped free Mr Richardson, the
only survivor of the Sussex Arms, Townwall Street.
Lena had a five month old daughter Jean who survived,
protected by the body of her mother. We were told that her pram had been
under the stairs. Jean was rescued by Jack Hewitt,
who relates in his biography "Greetings, Dover", compiled by Derek
Leach, that he was later recommended for a George Medal for this action.
Jack met Jean again, in 1980.
The funerals were held at St. James, Dover, Mrs Amos,
Grave 23 ER, and Miss Terry. The cortège left from 16 Maxton Road, the home of Mr
Terry, their grandfather. Mrs Terry, their mother, was still recovering
from her injuries, and was unable to attend. The headstone reads:
Memory Of Ena Ellen Amos, Killed By Enemy Action, 11 September 1940. Aged 20 Years"
||In fondest memory of my darling
Leana Ellen Amos, killed by enemy action, 11 September 1940.
Gone, but not forgotten. From her loving husband, Bert (H.M.S.
photo and transcription, with thanks to Joyce Banks
note - "Bert" Amos died in 1980. In 1939 he was at 21 Maxton Road. He
remarried in 1949 to Marjorie L Bennett.
Albert Victor Ashbee was the son of George Ashbee and his wife Emily. In
1901 the family were living at 5 Alexander Cottages, Dover, where Mr
Ashbee was working as a shoeing smith. There too were son George, aged
20, a general engineer, and Albert, 17, an Engineer's Apprentice.
In 1908 in Dover Albert married Martha Annie R Cairns, and by 1911 they
were living at 7 Model Buildings, Saltwood. Albert was a railway porter.
The couple may have had four children; Emily, Albert, Irene, and John.
In 1935, Albert became the licensee of the Ancient Druids, Stembrook.
He was killed while walking in St James Street on 20 October 1940,
aged 57. He was buried four days later at St Mary's, Dover, 8 GB, with the funeral
cortege leaving from 144 Clarendon Street.
The call was sudden, the shock severe,
I little thought his end so near;
Only those who have lost can tell
The parting without
His loving wife, Martha
In the midst of life we are in death
(dad) Bert, Dorothy and Marie Jeanne
Without farewell, he fell asleep,
With only memories left to keep.
Sleep on, dear Dad, God knows best,
On earth, there's strife; in heaven there's rest
Remembered always by Jack and Ella
In loving memory - Rene and Wally,
Ever remembered - Jack and Em
Ashdown, W. R.
William Richard Ashdown was the son of John and Susan Ashdown.
On Christmas Day 1920 at Buckland Church William married Edith Emily
Tolputt; their parents lived at 11 and 8 George Street, respectively.
William was injured by bomb blast on 6 October
1940 while repairing the road at St James Street and died the next day
at the Casualty Hospital, Union Road, aged 48. He was buried on 12
October at Buckland, Dover. C7 8.
Mrs Ashdown, 10 George Street, laid a wreath at
her husband's graveside. "In loving memory of my dear husband, from
Edie". Others laid included, "To darling "Pop" from Fred and Dorothy"
and "To dear Bill" from "Ma"".
"Very dearly loved" "Always in my thoughts" - Edie
William Lewis Aspinall
was born on 21 December 1898. and in 1939 was at 7 New Lane, York, with
his wife Minnie Reeve, née Southworth, whom he had married in 1921, and
their daughter, Joyce. He was then employed as a sales manager for
Hoover, and was also in the auxiliary fire service.
He died at the Salvation Army Canteen (Red Shield
Club) in Snargate Street (156?) on 23 September 1944, aged 45. He was
then recorded as being from 14 Philip Street, Stockport, Cheshire.
At Dover, he had run the Salvation Army hostel for two years, and was a canteen
manager. His wife Minnie was buried in the rubble with him; she knew he
had died when he stopped speaking to her. She was
seriously injured but able to attend his funeral. Their daughter, Joyce,
had been playing at a friend's house, so fortunately was saved injury.
Captain Aspinall was
buried on 29 September at St James, Dover, 2Y KL. Salvation Army
officers bore his coffin. The funeral service was a joint one with Mrs Isabella
Bonor Simpson, and Miss Muriel Goldup, who also died at the Red Shield Club.
first part of the service was held at the Salvation Army's temporary
citadel at the old Buckland Wesleyan church. All three coffins were
covered with the Salvation Army flag, and borne on one vehicle to the
Citadel before a large crowd. There was a long procession to the
cemetery, with the cortège being saluted by rescue workers and Dovorians
it passed. A Memorial service was held the following Sunday evening.
Captain Aspinall was fondly remembered as being always
on the scene of a war-time incident with the tea van. He was noted for
his courage and cheerfulness, often being out during shelling to help
others. The Mayor of Dover expressed sincere sympathy with his widow and
family, and his work for the people of Dover was considered to have been
an outstanding example of selflessness and devotion.
Mrs Aspinall, born on 23 January 1899, died in the
Dover area in 1975.
with thanks to Janet Oldham for the
photograph and additional information
William Ernest Austen. He was a sign writer, and the husband of A E Austen, of 25 Pencester Road. He was a councillor,
elected in 1935, and a former Deputy Mayor to Jimmy Cairns in 1938 and
1939. He was also a sergeant in the Police War Reserve, and a veteran of
the Great War, having served in France and been commissioned in the
died at the Conservative Club on 23 March 1942, aged 57, and was buried
at Charlton, Dover, 8 2T, his service being conducted by the Corporation
Chaplain, Rev G J Browne. There were many mourners, amongst them Mr and
Mrs F Neech, his son-in-law and daughter, The Mayor, Alderman J R Carins,
and Alderman Gore, and Mr H Saddleton, the Chief Constable. Many
Freemasons were present, including Mr P Goldfinch SB from Peace and
Harmony Lodge. By request there were no flowers.
John Austin. He died on 8 October 1940, aged 63 (77?), at the Casualty
Hospital, Union Road.. He was from 6 St.
John's Road. He was buried on 11 October at Charlton, Dover. ZC 30.
He was a labourer, and was probably injured when HMT Burke, by the
Granville Dock, was struck.
Laura Emily Austin, née Piddock, was the wife of Lawrence
Henry Austin, born 11 August 1898, an East Kent bus inspector (RH). The couple had married in
1928 in the Elham area. Laura Austin had been born in Folkestone, the
daughter of Albert Edward Piddock, a railway signalman, and his wife
Kate Elizabeth, née Marshall. They had married on 29 September
1890 at Alkham. At home with them in 1911 were Laura, then
8, born on 13 October 1902, and her brother Walter, 11. There were three
other children; Edith Alice, born 1892, Ernest Marshall, 1894, and
Dorothy Kate, about 1897.
1939 Laura and Lawrence Austin were living at 2 Albert Road, Dover. It
was there she died on 5 September 1942 as the result of enemy action.
Her children, Patricia (May?), born 1932, Sheila
A, born 1931, and John L, born 1935,
She was buried
on 9 September at St James, Dover, 15 EV, her coffin draped with the
Union Flag, after her body had lain in St Paul's church overnight. There
were a number of floral tributes from sections of the East Kent Road Car
William James Austin was born on 12 May 1889 in Dover. In 1891 he was
living with his family at 11 Primrose Road, Dover. There then were his
father, William John Austin, a bricklayers' labourer, his mother, Jane Sophia, née
Wyatt, who had married in 1883, and his sister, Eliza Hannah, born on 2
January 1887 when the family were living at 45 Oswald Road. Mrs Austin died in 1897, and in 1901 William appeared
to be boarding as a scholar in the home of George and Marsha Goldfinch
at Chalksole Green, Alkham.
In 1910 William married Jane Langstaff, born 1 June 1881, and by 1911
they were boarding at 22 Glenfield Road in the home of Frances Manser
and her family. Also there was William George Langstaff, aged 2, Jane's
In 1939 they were
living at 9 Castle Hill Flats, and William was a dock labourer and ARP
warden. Their daughters were with them, Florence, born 17 June 1911, who
was seeking work, and Doris, born 11 July 1922, a domestic servant. A
third daughter, Edith, born in 1913, had died at the age of two.
The next year, living at 51 High Street, William was
injured in the High Street on 13 November. He died at the Casualty Hospital, Union Road, aged 51.
He was buried on 16 November at St James , Dover, 17 DR, his coffin covered with
the Union Flag. Wreaths laid included, "His broken-hearted Wife" and
"His broken-hearted daughters, Floss and Dot".
Quickly and quietly was his call,
His sudden death surprised us all:
Only those who have lost can tell
The pain of parting without farewell
From his loving Wife and daughters Flossie and
Do not ask us if we miss him,
There is such a vacant place;
Can we e'er forget his footsteps,
And his dear familiar face?
Sadly missed by Father, Brother, and Sister
Mrs Jane Austin later lived at 31 Monins Road. She died
in Dover in 1962.
William Aylmer. He was injured on 11 November 1940 at St Margaret's Bay
and died the next day at the Casualty Hospital, Union Road, aged 66. He
had been working at St Margaret's and was wheeling his bicycle up the
main street when a bomb blew some railings across the road, which struck
He was from Rushams, Wingham,
Richard Bailey. He died on 12 February 1941 at the Casualty Hospital,
Union Road, aged 45, after having been injured on 8 February 1941.
The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen
Bailey, he was an ARP
Ambulance Driver, and, after a service at St Martin's, was borne to his
grave at St James by fellow workers. Amongst the mourners were his
widow, Mrs Ada Beatrice Bailey, from 55 Church Road (formerly Crick,
whom he had married in 1921 in Dover), his daughter, Jean,
his brother, Jack, and Miss Bailey, Miss S Bailey, and Mrs W Pay, his
He was buried at St. James,
Dover. 24 CR.
Amongst the floral tributes laid were, "To my darling,
with all my heart and love, Ada" and "To my darling dad, with love and
sweet memories, from his Jean".
details Joyce Banks
Lily Elizabeth Ball. She died by the Salvation Army Citadel on 13
November 1940, aged 16. She was the daughter of Mrs Ball, of 2 Victoria Cottages, and the late H G Ball, jnr.
She was buried on 18 November at Charlton,
Dover, 3K 11, and the
cortege left from the home of her aunt, Mrs Ives, at 317 London Road.
Her coffin was covered with the Union Flag. One of the floral tributes
bore the message "With love, from Mummy and sisters Norah, Betty, and
"Re-united with Daddy"
Reg, Winnie, Doll, Bill
Charles William Banks was employed on the RE staff and had returned to
England from France when the enemy had advanced to the coast. He lived at 11 Buckland Avenue, and was killed at
the Conservative Club on 23 March 1942, aged 54. He was buried from
Avenue Road on 28 March at Charlton. 31 2S.
He was the husband of
the late Ethel Rose Banks and son of William and Esther Banks, of 1
Avenue Road. In 1911 Charles and his family were living at 3 Noah's Ark
Road, when Charles was working as a carpenter. At home were Cecil, 4,
Irene, 2, and Jack, 1.
Helen Jane Barker, née Burnes. She died on 12 August 1940 in an
explosion at St Radigunds Road, aged
38. She had been for several years a Nursing Sister of the St John's A.B
and was a Nursing Auxiliary attached to a First Aid Post. She was
killed on her way to her duties.
The funeral was held on 19 August at
St Andrew's, Buckland, Dover, C8 12, where the flag of the St John
Ambulance Brigade was flown at half mast during the service. Her coffin
was draped with the flag of the Borough, and the uniform hat and gloves
from St John's laid thereon. Nursing Sisters and Auxiliaries formed a
guard at the graveside, while First Aid members were pall bearers. There
were very many floral tributes, one touching one attributed to "The
Garden and Pets she loved, "Chum", Tony and Buster".
Helen was the daughter of the Mr
William and Mrs Alice Burnes,
of Bryn Maur, Highland Road, Chichester, Sussex. Mr Burnes had been born
at Arundel, Sussex, his wife in Dover. In 1911 they were living at 31
Oswald Road, Dover, and Mr Burnes was working as a brewery labourer.
Helen was then the only child; also there was Mr Burnes' mother-in-law,
Susannah Toms, a widow, born in Dover.
On 28 August 1926 Helen married Bertie
Denis Barker at the Buckland Wesleyan Church, Dover. The family were
still living at 31 Oswald Road; Bertie's parents lived at 1 Malthouse
Cottages, St Radigund's Road, Dover. ON her wedding day Helen wore a
dress of beige georgette with a hat to match, and carried pink and white
carnations. The couple spent their honeymoon in Chichester.
During the war Bertie became an
ambulance driver (chauffeur) and was said to have attended the incident
where his wife was killed (RH). He was in 1940 living at 302 London
Road, where his widowed mother-in-law also lived. On 1 November
1940 Alice Burnes died from taking too much sleeping draught. She had
been, according to Bertie, depressed since the death of her husband, a
night-watchman, some years previously. Mrs Burnes had attended the
doctor on 26 October, and had informed him of her distress at the death
of her daughter. She had also been in a nervous state for some
time, and much more so since her daughter had been killed by a shell.
She suffered from insomnia. The coroner at the inquest stated that it
was perfectly possible for people unable to sleep to forget they had
taken a draught and to take a further one. The coroner expressed his
sympathy with Bertie, saying that he had had more than his share of
During the war, when he was off duty
as a civil defence worker, Bertie voluntarily helped at the canteen at
the Methodis Chapel, Snargate Street. On 21st February 1942, Bertie
married Doris Stokes there. He was then still living at 302 London Road;
he also was associated with 9 Oswald Road.
Bertie died in 1966
Charles Tytler Benbow. He died at the Lagoon Cave, High Street, on 1
September 1944, aged 53. He was from 11 Lancaster Place (another address
given states 5a Metropole Flats). He was buried
at Hillingdon Cemetery, Uxbridge, BB2.
He was born on 13 November 1891 and
christened on 4 December 1891 at Landour, Bengal, India. In 1901 he was
living at 5 Bay Hill Flats, St Margaret's, with his mother, Mabel
Christina, née Lytter (Tytler?), who was a British subject born in Switzerland. His father was Lt-Col John
Edward Dawson Dorner Toohey Benbow of the King's Dragoon Guards and A.P.D.
In 1911 he was living at Dane Cottage,
Pineham, near Dover, with his aunt, Edith Mary Gillies Livingston
Thompson, the widow of Captain Livingston Thompson, XI Hussars.
Christened at St Marylebone on 1 August 1854, she was the eldest
daughter of Captain Robert Christopher Tytler, of the 38th regiment
Bengal Light Infantry, and his wife, Harriet Christina.
Mrs Thompson's home address was 10
Harold Terrace when she died on 15 October 1940 at Rosemount, Church
Whitfield, her effects were given to John Norman Benbow, a
Commander of the Royal Navy. Commander Benbow was the father of
Anthony Benbow and her nephew, being the brother of Charles.
Charles' effects were also given to
Mrs Mabel Benbow died at the age of 71
on 16 January 1933 at 27 East Cliff, after a long illness. Her effects
were given to Charles.
On the headstone of Charles Tytler's grave is written at the front:
In ever loving memory of
Lt Colonel John Edward Benbow
late 1st (King's) Dragoon Guards and A.P.D.
Born August 19th 1858
Died January 2nd 1909
"That where I am there may ye be also"
St John XIV.V.III
at the back:
Charles Tytler Benbow
Born 13th November 1891
Killed by enemy action at Dover
1st September 1944
Commander John Norman Benbow O.B.E.
Died 18th November 1961 aged 78 years
"A True Pilgrim"
|on the left hand side:
Dearly loved wife of
Lt Colonel John Edward Benbow
Born 2nd July 1861
Died 16th January 1933
"On that happy Easter morning
All the graves their dead restord
Father, sister, child and mother
Meet once more"
Benbow's grave is two plots away from his grandparents' grave; it can be
seen in the background. The headstone reads:
who died 4th June 1906
Husband of the above
Who died 10th February 1908
note - Captain Robert and Mrs Harriet
Tytler were present at the Indian Mutiny. They were photographers and
when she was in her seventies Mrs Tytler wrote memoirs of her time in
~?#Bennett, W. H.
William Henry Bennett. He was in the NFS and
died on 10 January 1944, aged 52 at his home at Glenside, Green Lane,
Temple Ewell, after having been injured on 2 June 1943. He was buried
at Temple Ewell, with the Civil Defence forming a guard of honour.
Amongst the mourners were his widow, Mrs Maggie Bennet, and Mr and Mrs J
Strond, son-in-law and daughter, Column Officer C.W. Brown (representing D O Woods NFS), SCO Brock
(Maidstone), CO Fry and CO Eddles (Folkestone NFS), Inspector A.
Fenn (Representing the Civil Defence), Councillor A T Goodfellow,
and Councillor R L Eckhoff. Mr T Bennett was unable to attend as he was on active service with the
Included among the many floral
tributes were those from the NFS, The Mayor and Corporation of Dover, The Labour Party, The Trades Council,
and The Kent Mine Workers Federation (Tilmanstone
Ruth Berry. She died at that Salvation Army Canteen, Snargate Street on 23 September 1944,
aged 23. She was a Mobile Canteen
Driver; of 22 Windsor Road, Ellacombe, Torquay, Devon, and the daughter
late William and Annie Berry, of Chapel Cottage, Bridford, Devon.
Frederick Bexhall (Bexhill on CWGC) was born in 1879 in Ore,
Sussex, the son of Richard Bexhall and Sarah, his wife. In 1911 he was a
general labourer and was at home with his parents at 9 Claremont High
Bank, Ore. Mr Bexhall, then 80, was working as a general labourer and
Mrs Bexhall was a hawker of flowers. At home too were Caleb, their son,
aged 36, a general labourer, and Jack, their grandson, aged 7.
In 1941 he was living at 8 Beaufoy
Terrace and working as a night watchman. He was probably injured near
the site of a military erection on Military Hill. He died at
the Military hospital on 1 October, aged 62.
He was buried at Buckland, Dover, B 906
(old part) in a coffin
draped with the Union Flag, and his wife and brother, Jack,
were amongst the mourners. Mr Kempson, representing Mr J L Eve of the
Construction Company, Dover, was present, and one of the floral tributes
was from Mr Eve and workmates. Children of no 1 and no 12 Beaufoy
Terrace also sent floral tributes.
Benjamin Maynard Botten was born at Tunbridge Wells.
In 1881 he was two years old and lodging with his family at Denny Bottom
in the home of Alfred and Mary Davis. At home with him were his parents,
Alfred, an agricultural labourer, and Mary (formerly Maynard), from
Brenchley, Kent, his sisters Edith, 5, and Jessie, 4, and his little
brother Henry, just two months. In 1891 the family had moved to 8
Matfield Road, and been joined by two more children, Albert and Violet
Benjamin joined The Buffs, we believe,
on 19 February 1897, as 4971 aged 17 years and 10 months. He had
previously been working as a labourer, and was considered to have a very
On 18 January 1908 at the church of
Our Lady and St Martin in Snargate Street, Dover, Lance-Sergeant
Benjamin Maynard Botten (formerly of 1st Battalion The Buffs) married
Alice Louise Handstock. They celebrated their silver wedding in 1933,
when they were living at "The Criterion", Last Lane, Dover.
injured by bomb blast while repairing
the road at St James Street and died at the Casualty Hospital, Union
Road on 7 October 1940, aged 61.
He was the
"dearly loved husband" of
Alice Louise Botten, then of 150 Heathfield Avenue. He was buried on 12
October at St James, Dover, HV 3, the grave of his daughter, Alice May Botten, who had died
on 6 January 1936.
Wreaths laid at the graveside
"His loving Wife"
"Grandpop's little Darling, Ann"
Doris Elizabeth Buddle was the eldest daughter of Robert Godden and
his late wife Doris, née Gandy, who had married in 1917 in Dover. Mrs
Godden, of 48 George Street, had died on 8 August 1933, aged 37, and was
buried at Buckland. She was the sister of
Born in 1918, Doris Godden married Frederick Arthur James
Buddle on 4 September 1937 at St Andrew's, Buckland.
Pictured on her wedding day, the new Mrs Buddle wore a white satin
gown and carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums. Her bridesmaids
carried matching bouquets, and the chief bridesmaid, Miss E Sutton, wore
a salmon pink dress while Miss Jessie Buddle and Miss Eileen Godden,
sisters of the groom and bride respectively, wore blue dresses.
The new couple held their reception at 23 George Street, Dover. Amongst the
many gifts they received were a clock from employees of the Dover Gas
Company at the Gasworks, a tea service and aluminium saucepans from Mrs Buddle,and an oak bedstead from Mr Godden.
Mrs Buddle died at London Road on 25 September 1944, aged 26,
leaving a small daughter, Shirley, just five years old. She
was buried on 30 September at St
James, Dover, 4 CQ. Members of the NFS were bearers.
Amongst the mourners were Mr and Mrs Godden, her parents, and her
sister, Miss Eileen Godden. Mrs Buddle's husband, a corporal in the
Royal Engineers, was serving in Italy and
was unable to be at her funeral.
with thanks to Mrs Shirley Miles
Dennis Patrick Burns died at Folkestone Road on 10 December 1942, aged 33,
when a shell badly damaged no 79, the home of Mr Manning the dentist.
He was a taxi driver and was a Company Sergeant Major in the Home Guard
His wife was Daisy Evelyn Burns,
formerly Ingram, of Priory, Sandwich Road, Eythorne. The couple had
married in 1934.
Edith Mary Burvil(le). A cook in the NAAFI, she died at the NAAFI Canteen, Fan Bay, on 10 February 1943,
aged 39. Born on 28 June 1903, she had in 1939 been recorded as hotel
staff at the Hop Pickers' huts, Swarling Farm, probably near Petham,
She was the widow of Roland Burvil,
whom she had married in 1922 and who had died on 29 July 1938. The
couple had at least two children; John Ernest, born in 1922, and William
F R, born
in 1926. Edith was named after her mother, who, in a double tragedy for
the family, died later in the same year as her daughter, 1943.
Scamp, Mrs Burville's father, died ten years later. When his daughter
died he had been living at 53 Bridge Street, Folkestone, and before
that, in 1911, at 31 Marshall Street, when he had been working as
Mrs Burvil was buried on 16 February
at Hawkinge Cemetery, N34. The site of her grave is pictured, right.
Note: There was one other casualty in
the same raid, who died at the Wanstone Farm Battery. He was
Gunner John Harold Aram of the 540 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery, who is buried in Nottingham Northern Cemetery,
K/21 grave 27. Born on 4 August 1912, he married Eileen Pashley in 1936
and was in 1939 a railway parcel porter of 91 Beckley Road, Nottingham.
The couple had a child, Marjorie, born in 1937. Mrs Aram remarried in
1946 to Edwin Beaumont.
photo: Mark Chapman
Betty Charlotte Bushell. She died at the Salvation Army Canteen, Snargate Street
on 23 September 1944, aged 20. She was a member of the FAP and a
She was the daughter of Mrs. E. D. Bushell, of 4 Beaconsfield Road.
She is buried on 29 September at St Andrews, Buckland,
BN6. Her mother, her sisters, Mrs McIntosh, Florrie, and Kitty, and her
grandparents Mr and Mrs Bushell, were amongst the mourners. Her brother,
Private Bushell, and her brother-in-law, Sapper D McIntosh, were unable
to attend as they were overseas.
The headstone is much eroded, and all
that could be read was "Betty Charlotte Bushell. Killed by Enemy Action".
photo and transcription with thanks to
Albert George Bussey. He died at the County Hospital on 13 September
1944, aged 68, after being injured at the Church Entrance. He
lived at 133 Folkestone Road, and was the verger at Christ Church.
Previously he had been verger at Holy Trinity for many years.
He was buried
at Charlton, Dover, 11 2S, with the funeral leaving from the home of his
brother at the Post Office, Snargate Street.
In Loving Memory
Our dear brother
Verger of Christ Church Dover
Who passed away 13th September, 1944
Aged 68 years
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary and worn and sad,
He made for me a resting place
And he has made me glad
"Thy Will Be Done"
Also of George H. Meeking,
Brother-in-law of the above.
Died 25th December 1951,
Aged 69 years
"Rest in Peace"
Wife of G. Meeking.
who died 23rd June 1974
picture and trancription, Joyce Banks
Adeline Buswell was the
daughter of John Albery, a gardener, and his wife Adeline, who were in
1891 living at Sandgate Road, Hythe. With them then was also their
daughter Charlotte, then 11. The Alberys took in boarders, and by 1911
they had moved to 3 Victoria Place, Seabrook, and Herbert Buswell, a
railway porter from Leicester was boarding there. He and Adeline married
In 1944 the couple were living at 16
Eaton Road, and Mr Buswell was working as a railway guard. Mrs Buswell died at 64 Folkestone Road, where she had sheltered
in a doorway, on 25 September 1944, aged 64. She was buried on 2 October at St.
Mary's, Dover. 14 GC
Edith Emily Cameron. She died on 26 September 1940, aged 62, at her
home at 10 Church Street, and was buried on 30 September at St James,
Dover, Grave 17 EB. She may have been the owner of a small general shop
She was the widow of Henry John M Cameron, who died
in 1910, just three years after they were married. In 1911 she was
living with her parents, William, a nurseryman, and Mary Ann Sparey, at
Kelvinside Imperial Road, Gillingham. Mrs Cameron's mother died at 10
Church Street in 1927, and was buried in Gillingham in the grave of her
Mrs Cameron may have been a member of
Dover Spiritualist Church. She was also the
"beloved friend" of Jennie Bourner
"A brighter morn than ours"
Ernest William Carberry. He was the son of Patrick Carberry, below, and
was a Fireman and Driver in the NFS, living
at 16½ Finnis Hill.
He was injured by being run over by a trailer pump
on 19 December 1941 at a sub Fire Station at Finnis's Hill. He was
taken to the Casualty Clearing Hospital. He had sustained a
fractured rib, but his condition was good, and he was able to talk to
visitors. He explained that he had been between the car and the trailer,
had felt a bump, and then the trailer had run over him. Sadly, his
condition deteriorated, and he developed pneumonia and peritonitis. His
bladder had been perforated, but the surgeon at the inquest stated that
it was a small perforation that leaked intermittently, and that
previous tests had not revealed this. Although an operation was
attempted, Mr Carberry died under the anaesthetic on 23 December 1941.
He was 43
Mr Carberry is buried at St James, Dover, DR 12, and officers and men
of the Fire Service formed a guard of honour at the graveside. His
comrades also acted as bearers. His brothers, A and F Carberry, and his
sisters, Mrs Golden and Mrs Goldsack, were amongst the mourners, as was
his widow, who laid a floral tribute, "In loving remembrance of my
dearest one, from his broken-hearted wife"
Mr Carberry and his wife, Alice Elizabeth, née Ward, known to
all as "Poppy", married in 1930. They had two children, Patrick Ernest Walter, baptised at St James on 5 April 1931, when the family were living at
12 Chapel Street, and Ernest John, baptised on 11 April 1937, when the
family lived at 20 Castle Street. On both occasions Mr. Carberry was
described as a "motor driver"
At the beginning of the war, Patrick was evacuated to
South Wales. Ernie was, however, too young, and remained at home with
his mother. With Mr Carberry on night duty, they were sheltering in the
Anderson shelter in the garden when their home at 6 Dour Street was
destroyed. The blast from the bomb threw debris against the shelter; by
the time they were released the remains of their home had been looted
and they were left merely with the clothes they were wearing. Mr
Carberry senior, who had refused to leave his bed for "the Hun", as he
said, was fatally injured
Less than three months later, Mr Ernest Carberry died, and Mrs Carberry
and Ernie went to stay with an aunt in Folkestone. They then moved to an
uncle in Gravesend, but were forced to move again, this time to London,
when a bomb fell into the back garden without exploding. Finally they
moved to another aunt's, in Torquay, where Patrick joined them. Mrs
Carberry and her sons eventually found a home in the basement of the
hotel where she worked long hours to support them all and to give her
children a good upbringing and education
Loved and remembered always - his loving Wife and
Boys - 1942
Ever remembered by his Brothers and Sisters -1942
illustrations: top left, Mr and Mrs
right, Mr Carberry
bottom left - Mrs Carberry and her sisters - l to r, back row: Poppy,
girl guest of family, Daisy; front row: Wee, Queenie (who lived at Hill
Road, Folkestone, all her married life)
with thanks to Ernie Carberry
obituary and inquest - Joyce Banks
Patrick Joseph Carberry.
He died at the Casualty Hospital, Union Road on 3 October 1941, aged
83, after having been severely wounded at his home at 6 Dour Street the
day before. He is buried at St James, Dover. KU 13
He was the husband of Sarah
Ann Carberry (daughter of Thomas Wilson, a blacksmith), whom he had
married at St James on 10 March 1885. He was an army pensioner, and had seen service in many campaigns, being a veteran of the old 83rd
Foot Regiment and a Corporal of the Royal Irish Rifles.
In 1901 Mr and Mrs Carberry
were living at 2 Castle Cottages, Charlton Green, with their children
Maude, Albert, Fredrick, Charles, and Ernest. In 1911, with Mr Carberry
working for HM Customs, they were living at 34 Widred Road. The children
had been joined by Elsie May, then 8, and Gladys Lilian, 6.
6 Dour Street was the property of the Wilson family,
who sadly lost two sons (Claud and John) on active service.
their father, also lost his life when his home at Sidcup, Kent was hit by a
The headstone at St James reads:
The dearly beloved wife
Died 11th December
1924, aged 58 years.
"They miss her most who
loved her best"
Also of the
Died 3rd October 1941,
aged 83 years
Among the mourners at his funeral were Mrs Goldsack, his daughter, and his sons, Mr A, Mr F, and Mr E Carberry.
One of the floral tributes was from Mr and Mrs Wilson
Note: Charlie Carberry died on 13 August
photo and transcription and further
details: Joyce Banks
Percy William Carswell. A smallholder, he died from wounds at the Casualty Hospital, Union Road, on
20 October 1940, aged 57. He lived at 6 Stanhope Road and had been
working in the garden to reinforce the air raid shelter when a shell
fell. His brother was badly injured.
He was the son of Mrs Maria
Amelia Carswell, of 78 Shorncliffe Road,
Folkestone, formerly 6 Stanhope Road, and her husband Samuel Herbert
Carswell. Mr Carswell had been a sawyer in 1911, and at home then were
Herbert, 30, a bricklayers' labourer, Percy, 27, and William, born 1889,
both sinkers in a colliery, Ellie, 18, and Edith, 15, dressmakers, and
Florence, aged 11.
He was the "dear brother" of his
"loving sister" Lily, and Fred
His funeral on 24 October left from 13, The Grove, Dover, and he
buried at Charlton, Dover. YR 2
Cashman, D. F.
Donald Frank Cashman died on 22 November 1940,
at the age of 19 (CWGC states 28), at his home at 5 Johnson's Terrace, Nonington,
His funeral took place at Nonington church, but sadly his parents and
sisters and brothers were unable to attend, owing to illness. Mr G H
Beer and Mr R R Beer, his uncles, were present along with members of the
local guards and many friends
was the eldest son of Mr Frank Cashman, who in 1936 was a chargeman at
Snowdon colliery, and his wife Dorothy, née Beer. The couple had married
in 1919, and had another son, Maurice, born 1925, and two daughters,
Bettina, born 1928, and Jean, born 1938. Donald had suffered a bad
accident when six years old; playing in a tree he had fallen and so
severely damaged his face that his left eye had had to be removed.
Cashman died in Canterbury Hospital on 16 July 1949, aged 50. The family
address was then 57 Burgess Road, Aylesham, whence they had moved after
their home was demolished by enemy action in 1940..
The call was sudden, the blow severe,
To part with one we loved so dear;
Only those who have lost can tell
The bitter parting without farewell
Ever in our thoughts, from his loving Father
and Mother, Sisters, and Brother
Probably Donald was the nephew of
John Cashman, who is commemorated at
Nonington and who died in France serving in The Buffs on 10 October
1915. Frank, his brother and Donald's father, also served in the Buffs,
and may have been the Frank Cashman severely wounded in the face by a
bayonet. William Cashman, another brother, served in the 7th
details: Joyce Banks
Cyril Frank ("Teddy") Catchpole was the son of Cyril Edward Catchpole,
1894-1966 and Madeline Constance Caroline née Utting 1895-1969. Cyril
Frank was born on 7 December 1914 in Kessingland, Suffolk, and
christened on 4 July 1915, also at Kessingland.
He was a Lighterman of Davis Cottage, Kessingland Beach, Lowestoft, Suffolk.
He had been working on the South Goodwins lightship*. He was injured on 11 September 1940 and died
at Trinity Wharf, Dover, en route to the Casualty Hospital, Union Road,
on that date. He is buried at Kessingland cemetery; his effects were
given to Cyril Edward Catchpole, a fishing boat engineer.
Note: we checked with the CWGC the
details for Mr Catchpole's injury and death, as they seem inconsistent. This is the reply
"The information we hold for Cyril Frank
Catchpole is all the details we hold in our records.
This information was supplied to us
by the local authority at the time. I am sorry that I cannot help
you further in this matter". * Dover Express 5 August 1949.
Family information with thanks to Joyce Banks
William Champion. A mill employee, he was injured at Chitty's Mills
(Granville Street) on 13 September 1944
and died at the County Hospital, aged 55. He was buried on 19
September at St James, Dover. 28 CQ
He was the husband of Amelia
Louisa Edith Champion of 30
Balfour Road, and father to two sons and two daughters. Mrs Champion was
amongst the mourners, with their son, Roy, and their elder daughter, Ena,
accompanied by her husband Mr Hopper. Representatives of the directors
and the employees of Chitty's Mills also attended, as did Captain Cole,
CGM, DSM, Chairman of the Old Contemptibles Association. Mr Champion had
served during the Great War, possibly with the 16th Lancers, and may
have spent some time in India
Mr Champion had two brothers, Stephen, and Thomas who lost a leg during the Great War
with thanks to Steve Champion
illustration: Chitty's Flour Mill, circa 1921
C. W., L., and D.
Although there had been much air activity during the previous week, this
was, according to contemporary newspaper reports the first aerial attack
on Dover for several months. In a bombing raid under a waning full moon
seven houses were destroyed.
Charles William Chapman, a labourer/carter, and his wife Louisa Chapman died at their home
126 Mayfield Avenue on 22 May 1943. He was 54 and Louisa was 53. One of
their daughters, Doris, also died. She was 17. The other daughter was
badly injured (RH)
They were buried on 26 May at Charlton, Dover, 3 2S, their
coffins draped with the Union flag. Officers of the ambulance services
acted as bearers, and present at the graveside were Inspectors A Fenn,
Mrs H Webb, Mrs Elliott, and Mrs Marsh. Included amongst the floral
tributes was one from the general manager and staff of the Dover Harbour
"In loving memory ... from their loving daughter Mary
Chapman and brother and sisters" (60 Tower Street, Dover) - 1944
R. W. J.
Ronald Walter John Chapman. He was injured on 25 September 1944, at
London Road, Buckland and died the next day at the Casualty Hospital,
Union Road, aged 17. He was the son of
Walter John Chapman and Esther Margaret, formerly Williams, of 60 Tower Street, Tower
Hamlets. The couple had married in 1926.
He was buried at St James, Dover, 12 CQ,
with members of the NFS acting as bearers. Amongst the mourners were his
parents, Mr and Mrs W J Chapman, and his sister and brother-in-law, Mr
and Mrs Buss. Flight Lieut G Blackburn, the commanding officer of
the Dover Squadron ATC was also present, with several representatives of Leney's Mineral Water Works. The director and employees of J. Robson's
Ltd sent flowers.
Daisy Ethelwyn Clark. She died on 22 October
1940, aged 63, at her home at 6
Priory Gate Road. She was buried at St
James, Dover, ER 20, which grave was purchased on 24 April 1940, and amongst the
floral tributes were those from "Jo, Doll, Mog, and Grace (the girls)"
"brother Albert" and "sister Eunice", along with one
from the Officers and Staff of the Naval Store department. Her husband,
daughters and sons-in-law, sister, and niece were amongst the mourners
Her husband Ernest died on 24
October 1965, and was buried with his wife. He was 90, and was a retired
soldier, and a veteran of the South African Campaign. He had been in the
siege of Ladysmith and decorated by Queen Victoria. His coffin was
covered with the Union Flag
The headstone reads:
October 1940. Aged 63.
thee but to love thee
thee but for praise"
Edward Ernest Clark,
In his 91st year
discovered by the
original research of Joyce
Mrs Clark died from a cerebral
haemorrhage; probably this was attributed by her family to the stress of
bombardment on Dover, hence the epitaph "killed by enemy action".
Mrs Keyton died under similar
circumstances in 1917.
Albert John Cleak. He lived at 16 Trevanion Street, and died on his way
to shelter at Trevanion Cave on 1 November 1940, aged 71. His son William John Cleak
was with him
He was born in Bristol, but had married in 1890 in Wales to
Mary Anne Rowley. He had lived in Kent more than half his life, and in
the 1911 census was living at 1 New Road, Upper Eythorne, with his wife
and seven children. he was then working as a journeyman blacksmith in a
colliery. Their first child, Lilian, was born in Wales, but the
others were born in Dover excepting the 9-month baby, Doris Irene, who
had been born at Eythorne. Mr Cleak is buried at Eythorne.
Gone but not forgotten
Florrie, Humphrey, and Children
Florence, whose name is in the cutting below, was
born in 1914. She married Humphrey Hall in 1934.
F. E. and F. E.
Frederick Ethelbert Birch Cock and Florence Ethel Cock, née Adams, died at their home at 8 Randolph Road, Buckland,
on 12 June 1941 after an airmine was dropped from a Heinkel (RH).
Florence was 57, and was the daughter of Mrs. Adams, of 12 Coleman Road,
Belvedere. Frederick was 53, employed in the Borough Engineer's
Department and was in the No 6 ARP Rescue Service. Their two sons,
George and Horace, survived; one account says they were blown out into
Their granddaughter, Doris Smith, living in the next
house, was also killed, and was interred in the same grave at Buckland,
Several of the family, including Doris' sister Daphne, and mother, Ella,
daughter of the Cocks, were unable to attend as they were still in hospital
In memoriam 1942 - Always remembered by their sons
and daughters, Sonnie, Kath, Bert, Horace, Sis, and Georgie and
daughters-in-law, Kath, Alice, and Nancy.
Frederick had served in the Great War as 91290, a
Royal Engineer in the Inland Water Transport. He enlisted on 11 December
1915, and had previously been working as a labourer. The couple had
married on 20 November 1909, and by enlistment had five children;
Frederick Arthur, born 28 November 1909, Christopher James, born 5
December 1912, Kathleen Beatrice, born 27 December 1913, Albert
Edward, born 7 March 1915, Ella Margaret, born 8 April 1916.
They had had another daughter, Beatrice Mary, born in
March1911; sadly she died soon after birth. At that time Frederick
was working as a gardener, and the family were living at 35 Granville
Ethel Cockcraft (also Cockcroft). She died at 19 De Burgh Hill on 26 September 1944, aged
72. She was the youngest daughter of the late Rear-Admiral and Mrs Cockcraft.
Her address was 24 Templar Street
She was buried on 29 September at St James, Dover. 13 CQ
Collor, D. E.
Delza Ella Collor was born in 1920 in Dover, the eldest
child of of John Collor and his wife Edith, formerly Lawrence, who had
married in 1919.
In 1935 she received an honours prize at the Dover
Deanery Branch of the Church of England Temperance Society. Miss Collor
was a member of the Christchurch group. She also successfully studied
shorthand and commercial English at the Technical College in Dover.
On 19 March 1944, aged 23, she died 31 Church Road,
Dover, after a long illness. She was buried on
22 March at St Mary's, Dover, 12 HH, with the first part of her funeral being at
She was remembered by Mr and Mrs Beardsall, and by
Joey, in Italy. Mourners at her funeral included Mr and Mrs J B Collor,
her parents, of whom she was their "beloved daughter", the Misses Edna and Eileen Collor, her sisters, Mr. W H Hudsmith (possibly the
poet), Miss G Richards, Miss Nickoll, and Mr S Clout. Several other
people had been present at the church beforehand
The headstone reads:
"In sweetest loving memory of
our dear daughter Delza
Collor, Died 19 March 1944,
age 23 years. If love could have saved her
she would not have died"
On the left kerbstone
is inscribed; "Also of John
Benjamin, father of the above, died 16 June 1960. Aged 77 years".
Mr and Mrs Collor, then living at 57 Clarendon Street, lost twin
daughters in 1929, soon after they were born. Jean
Muriel died on 10 March, and Joan Rubie died on 12 March. They
were buried at St James.
W. E. and E. J.
William Ernest Cook and his son Ernest James Cook lived at the Dover
Patrol Hostel and died there on 11th September 1940. It was 10 days
before their bodies could be recovered from the rubble
William was 59 and Ernest was 28. In 1911
William had been married for less than a year to
Florence Beatrice Dyer; the ceremony performed on 13 June 1910. He was
working as a hotel porter of baggage, and the couple were living at 9
Balfour Road, Dover. William enlisted on 22 January 1916 to become
191291 of the Royal Engineers, (Inland Water Transport Corps), with the
duties of a lighterman. At that time there were three children; Hilda,
born 2 March 1911, Ernest, born 12 June 1916, and Horace, born 21 April
1916. He was demobbed as a sergeant to the National Seamen's Home.
William had been
the Steward of the Hostel for 18 years when he died, and was well-known to many
seamen, especially having worked from time to time on the cross channel
ferries. Ernest was a news printer.
At their funeral on 24th September at
Charlton, Dover, 3F 27,
The Committee of the Hostel laid a wreath, "With
profound regret but sincere remembrance of one who never ceased to serve
the Sailor". Florence's wreath read, "In affectionate and loving
remembrance of my dear Husband and devoted Son".
"God's greatest gift is Remembrance"
William Henry Cook. He died on 1 September 1944, aged 67, at 5
Military Hill and was a retired General Labourer. He was buried on 5
September at St. Mary's, Dover, 28 ZE, and ARP workers acted as bearers.
His widow, their sons, C. W. Cook and P. Cook,
and their daughter, Mrs Crouch, were amongst the mourners.
Alfred Reginald Cooper. He died at the High Street on 13 November 1940,
aged 16. He was an Assistant Mechanic, the "dearly loved son" of Mr
A L Cooper, and his wife, née Kirk, of 28 Farthingloe Road
He was buried on 18 November at Charlton, Dover, 1V 27, and floral tributes
included, "To our loved one, from his sorrowing Mum, Dad, and brother
Not one hour do we forget him, in our hearts
he is always near, we, who loved him, sadly miss him
From his loving Mum, Dad, and Alan
In loving memory of my dear nephew
From Aunt Alice, Uncle John, and family
Alan Francis Court was 5 when he died on 22 November 1940 at his home,
6 Johnson's Terrace, Nonington, Kent. He was the youngest son of Francis Harold George
and Lilian Alice Court
Alfred James Court was in 1891 just one year old, born at Capel-le-Ferne
to James Court, a waggoner on a farm, and his wife Esther. They were
living at 31 Capel Sole Cottages, and already had three children; Annie,
6, Ernest, 4, and Lillian, 2. By 1901 Mrs Court had been widowed; she
was living at Alkham and working as a laundress and dressmaker. Annie
was a housemaid and Ernest was working as a yard boy on a farm. The
family had been joined by a new son, Harry, then 9, and also there was
a nurse child, Edith Taylor, aged 6.
Alfred Court joined up for twelve years service on 12
October 1910 as 3973 in the Rifle Brigade. He apparently ended up as a
bombadier in the RGA, with a home address of Mount Pleasant, West
Hougham. He was discharged on 9 May 1919, his address then being
Black Swan Cottages, West Hougham. He had served in France and had
suffered gun shot wounds to his leg and an injury to his eye. His
character reference was very good, having been considered as an
exemplary, sober, steady, hardworking NCO.
He was 50 years old when he died through enemy action on 2 October 1941 at
his home at 122 Limekiln
Street. He was buried at Alkham. His brother and sister-in-law were
amongst the mourners, and floral tributes were sent from the Dover
working Men's Club and Institute and his friends at the Valiant Sailor,
as well as officers and members of the White Lion Slate Club.
information Joyce Banks
#Coveney, T. D.
Thomas Daniel Coveney was buried on 7
January 1944 at St James, Dover, 29 PE. Aged 41 and a Motor Body Builder, he had died at Trevanion House after
a long illness as a result of
enemy action (on 3 January 1941?). The first part of his funeral service was held at St
Mary's, with his body being taken from 20 Trevanion Street. Amongst the floral tributes were one from Mrs E Coveney and
one from the Trevanion Street Caves
Thomas was the son of Emily
Coveney and her late husband Alfred. He was christened on 14 February
1904, at St James, when the family were living at 52 Clarence Street.
Two of his brothers, Edward and Alec
Coveney, died in the Great War.
In memoriam, 1945:
In ever loving memory of Thomas Daniel Coveney, who passed away January
3 1944, from his loving Mother, Brothers, and Sisters
with thanks to Joyce Banks
She died at 47 Salisbury Road on 26 September 1944 (RH), She was aged 67
according to the Dover Express.
S. and E. L.
Sidney Davis and his wife
Elsie Louisa Davis died at their home at 38 Stanhope Road on 21
October 1941. He was 60 and she was 58.
They were buried on 25 October at St Mary's,
Dover, 2 NK.
Their daughter Elfreda Denne, with Ernest Dunford, brother of Mrs Davis,
and Mrs L A Daniels, sister, and Mr Edwin Dodd, brother-in-law attended,
along with many personal friends and representatives of the Office of
Works at Ashford and Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers
George Henry Decent was the son of John Decent and Maria, née Davis, who
had married in 1883 in Dover. In 1901 Mr Decent was 51 and the publican
at the Three Compasses on Finnis Hill. He had run the pub since 1884,
and remained the landlord until 1904.
Living at home in 1901 were several children; John,
15, George, 12, William, 9, Edith, 7, Frederick, 3, and Lucy, three
months. All the family had been born in Dover
By 1911 Mr Decent had become a boatman, and the family were living at 3
Finnis Square. Son John was working at the docks, while George had
already begun his railway career by working as an engine cleaner for the
South Eastern Railway. William was a post messenger.
In June 1939 Mr Decent was a bearer for the coffin of retired colleague
Harry Williams, who had died on 9th, aged 76. He was buried at Charlton.
R Easton and A Lund were amongst the many railway mourners.
George Decent died at Tower Hill,
Dover, on 25 October 1940, aged 52. According to the ARP warden, Mr. Decent had just come
off shift as a driver from the railway, and had enjoyed a pint in the King William on his way home
with colleague Ernest Silk. As
he was leaving the public house, the blast hit them both. Lying in the road,
but not knowing how severely he was injured, Mr. Decent's last words were a wry "bl**dy
Germans", before he lost consciousness and then died
He was the "beloved husband" of Emily Maria Decent of 4 Lowther Road, Tower Hamlets, and father of Emily, born 1917
Grace, born 1922, and Rosie, born 1928. He had married his wife,
daughter of James Newing, a
carter, at St James on 1 May 1915. At the time of their marriage,
their address was 7 Russell Place, Dover. Emily Decent was the sister of
Maud Williams, wife of Thomas Norris
Williams, and the sister of Martha Abbott
(remembered at the top of this page).
George's mother was at the
time of her son's death living at 62 Balfour Road; she died in 1944 in
Canterbury, aged 82. She had been a widow over
thirty years, as John Decent had died at the age of 65 in 1915. George
was also a brother-in-law to Violet, widow of
George was buried on 30 October at Charlton,
29, with his coffin borne by
Locomotive Drivers. Many flowers were laid, including wreaths from his
wife "To one of the best, from his broken-hearted Wife, Em" and his
children, "Dearest Dad, from
his daughter and son-in-law, Em and Arthur"
and "To dearest Daddy, Gracie and Rosie", and one from his little
granddaughter, "To my darling Grandad, from Baby Shirley". Harmony
Lodge of the ROAB also laid a wreath and a number of flowers were laid
from Railway groups
The inscription on the right kerbstone of his grave
In loving memory of my dear husband, George Henry Decent, killed by
enemy action 25 October 1940, aged 52 years
The inscription on the left kerbstone reads:
Also of Emily Maria Decent, his loving wife, who died 24 April 1967,
aged 74 years Re-united
||I often sit and think of you, dear,
And think of how you died,
To think you could not say goodbye
Before you closed your eyes.
Do not ask me if I miss him,
Life for me is not the same;
All the world would be like heaven
Just to have him back again
from his loving wife Em
He had a nature you could not help loving,
A heart as true as gold,
And to us, who knew and loved him,
His memory will never grow
Loved always by his daughter and son-in-law Em and Arthur, and
|We are thinking of your words, dear Dad,
And what you said is true:
That we should always miss you,
And from our hearts we do
Goodnight Dad, from his loving daughters Rosie and Grace
In the midst of life we are in death
From Mother, Edie, and Fred
Rest in peace
Lucy and Alf
In loving memory
(brother) from Jack, Kit, and Ray
grave and kerbstone transcription by
part of an application for membership of the Associated
Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, filled in
by Mr Decent on 18 September 1935
(left) Mr. Decent's name, recorded in the Benevolent Fund
book of the Society in 1929. This book was kept by Maggie S-K's
Alexander Webb. Below Mr Decent's name is an
entry for F Decent, believed to be his brother Frederick,
and further down are entries for Isaac (Ike) Easton and
Robert (Bob) Easton, Maggie S-K's great-grandfather and
Leonard Douglas Deverson was born in Dover, the son of Arthur Deverson,
a horse slaughterman in 1911, and his wife, Rose Annie. The family were
living in 5 Chapel Lane, Dover, in 1911, and at home were Percy
Reginald, 15, an apprentice french polisher, Cyril Leslie, 13, Mabel
Winifred, 13, and Leonard, then 8. He was the only member of the family
born in Dover; the remainder had all been born in Canterbury.
Leonard married Doris Gertrude Knox in Dover in 1922, and they
had two daughters, Rita, born in 1923, and Brenda, born in 1928. Leonard
worked as a hairdresser, and during the war became an Air Raid Warden.
He died on 13 November 1940, aged 38, at the Casualty Hospital, Union
Road, after being injured at the High Street. According to the St Mary's
book of Remembrance he had been on duty as an Air Raid Warden; it is
reported that he had been sheltering a
woman from a bomb, and a splinter went completely through his steel
He was the "beloved husband" of Doris Gertrude Deverson,
of 23 High Street.
The first part of his funeral service was held at 10
Wood Street, and he was buried on 15 November at Charlton, Dover, 8 AG
, his coffin covered with the Union Flag. Floral tributes including, "To
dearest Len, from his broken-hearted wife, Doris" and "To dear Dad, from
his loving daughters, Rita and Brenda"
I often sit and think of you, dear,
And think of how you died,
To think you could not say goodbye
Before you closed your eyes.
Do not ask me if I miss him,
Life for me is not the same;
All the world would be like heaven
Just to have him back
From his loving wife, Doris
Time has changed in many ways,
But one thing changes never:
The memory of those happy days
When we were all together
From his loving daughters, Rita and Brenda
Away from this world of sorrow to a place of eternal rest
Mother and Winnie
A clock dedicated in his memory is in Dover Museum
George William Dewell. He died on H.M. Trawler Burke by Granville Dock, Dover Harbour, on 8
October 1940, aged 37 (or 33). He lived at 5 Maison Dieu Place and was the
husband of Sylvia Dewell, née Morgan, whom he had married just a few
months before his death.
Born in Folkestone, he was the "beloved son" of Mr
and Mrs Annie Elizabeth Dewell, of Gardeners Cottage, Sandwich
Road, Eythorne, and in 1911 of 60 Dudley Road, East Cliff, Folkestone,
when Mr Dewell was working as a gardener for a hotel. Mr Dewell died on
23 September 1948.
George William's funeral took place on 18 October at Eythorne churchyard, with an address of 36 St John's Road, Elvington
"Until the day break"
||You have taken the last long journey,
In God's beautiful ship called "Rest",
Away from this world of sorrow
To the home of eternal rest
For ever in our thoughts, Mum and Dad
Without farewell, he fell asleep,
With only memories left to keep;
Sleep on, dear brother, God knows best,
On earth there's
strife; in heaven, rest
From Syd and Muriel
E. H. and F. S.
Edward Henry Dive was born in Westfield, Sussex, the son of a farm
bailiff, Stanton Diver, and his wife Mary. In 1891 he was eight years
old and living with his parents and two sisters, Bertha, 10, and
Clara, 7, at a cottage in Church Lane, Rye. In 1911 he was a journeyman breadmaker, boarding at 62 Oxenden Street, Dover, and ten years later
was working as a carman and boarding at 4 Maison Dieu Place.
In 1915 he married Annie Louise West, and the couple
had several children, amongst them probably Stanton, born 1916, Annie,
born 1921, Albert, born 1924, John, born 1925, Frederick, born 1927, and
Peter, born 1930.
On 12 June 1941 a parachute mine fell at Randolph
Road, near their home. Mr and Mrs Dive were both injured. They moved to
25 Bartholomew Street, but there just three months later, on 17
September 1941, Mr Dive, aged 58, working as a carter, and his son
Frederick, aged 14, were both killed by bombing. They were found close
together. Mrs Dive was seriously injured.
Edward and Frederick were buried on 22 September at
Charlton, Dover. 25 1
"Out of a world of turmoil, into a world of peace."
From loving wife Nance and Mother - 1942
"No burdens yonder. Home at last." - 1942
"Loved and remembered always" from loving children, and "Suffer little
children to come unto me" from loving brothers and sisters, Stant,
Nancy, Ted, Peter, Elsie, Jack - 1943
Mrs Annie Dive was sheltering in the Union Road trenches shelter when nine people were
killed by a bomb on Good Friday, 3 April 1942. Nearly blind, her
courage was said to be "wonderful"* Their youngest son, Peter, helped
with the rescue work on this occasion.
* from later article by Bob
Ella Dixon. She died at Market Square on 23 March 1942, aged 17. She was
the daughter of Mrs F Dixon, of Clements Cottage, East Langdon, and of
the late Frederick William(?) Dixon. She is buried at East Langdon.
The words on her gravestone read,
"In ever loving memory of one whose word and smile so
many remember. Ella Dixon ("Bob"). died by enemy action 23rd March 1942.
Aged 17 years. "Be not afraid of them that kill the body"."
Ella went to school in East Langdon before the war and
was said to have been a very bright girl. She and a lad alternated every term in being
top of the school. There was a cup awarded if one was top of the school
for three terms running - neither of them ever received the cup as
the results were always so close.
When Ella was killed she was waiting
for a bus to take her home to Langdon, and had sheltered in the doorway
of the office of the East Kent Road Car Co. The bus station was in the Market
Square, but in the later part of the war it was relocated to Pencester
Gardens because the Square seemed to be a target
The lad who was equal top at school said, "She was a lovely girl, who I
am sure would have made something of her life if she had been spared"
In Memoriam 1943
Bert, Ella's brother, was Albert Charles Dixon, G/4913. He served in The
Buffs, 2nd battalion, D company, as a Private, and was killed in action
near Ypres on 25/24 May 1915. He was 19, and is commemorated on the
Menin Gate. His parents were Frederick Walter Dixon and his wife Annie
Susannah, née Hopper, from East Langdon. 1916 - Never forgotten by
his sorrowing Mum, Dad, Sisters, and Brothers. "Greater love hath no man
than this, that he lay down his life for his friends"
Thomas Doherty. He died on 13 September 1944, aged 52, at Granville
Street. He was buried
on 20 September at St James,
Dover. 29 CQ
He lived at 1 Enfield Road, Gravesend and was the husband of Agnes M
Doherty, formerly Goldsack. The couple had three children - Jack, born
1916, Robert, born 1922, and Jean, 1924. In 1945 Jean placed an in
memoriam announcement in the paper, "In ever loving memory of my dear
Dad ... from his loving daughter, Jean"
Herbert Dowdell. He died at Folkestone Road on 12 September 1944, aged
30. He was a fireman in the NFS. He was the husband of Jessie
Catherine Dowdell, of 8 Kenilworth Road, Cadoxton, Barry, Glamorgan, and
the son of Dora Phillipa Dowdell, of 53 Kenilworth Road (not Dover), and of the late Robert Dowdell
William Dutnall was the son of William and Susanna Dutnall. He died on 30 September 1940, aged 66, at Barwick's
Yard. He had been a Shop Foreman for Barwick's for 25 years. Prior to
that, in 1911, he had been a carpenter.
He was the husband of
Florence Rose Dutnall, née Welch, of Malmains Cottage, Church Alkham,
whom he had married in 1898, and had a son, Arthur Cyril,
and a daughter, Laura Winifed, both born at Swingfield.
He was buried at Alkham, with workmates acting as pall
Mary Frances Dyer. She was injured at her home at 37 Military Road on
2 October 1941 and died at the Casualty Hospital, Union Road, on
4 October 1941, aged 60. She was the "dearly loved" wife of George
She was buried on 9 October at St James, Dover. 16 EW. Her coffin was covered
with the Union Flag, and the first part of her service was held at St
Paul's Church. There were many floral tributes, amongst which were:
"To my beloved wife, from her broken-hearted husband,
"To my loving mother, from her broken-hearted daughter Evelyn and son-in
"To my darling mother from her broken-hearted daughter Doris and little
"from her broken-hearted sister, Maggie"
There were also tributes from the Kent Mine Workers,
Tilmanstone branch, from the caves, from the "King William IV", from
"The Crypt", and her "old pals" and "dear pal" amongst the flowers
Sydney James Dyer in 1911 was living at 8 River Street, River, and
working as a general labourer for the Admiralty works. He had married in
1907 Emily Eliza Wise, who was an ironer for the River Laundry. The
couple had, in 1911, one son, Sidney.
He died at his home at 18 Randolph Road on 12 June 1941,
aged 58 years and 11 months. Mrs Dyer mourned her "dearly beloved husband",
She, along with two of their sons and a daughter, had gone to Yorkshire
to seek refuge from the constant bombardment of Dover, and perhaps work
in the coalmines for the sons. Mr Dyer refused to go, and was therefore alone in the house when the
He was a Gasworks employee, and was buried at
Buckland, Dover, C10 16, with workmates acting as bearers for his Union
Three of his children predeceased him: Rene, who died
on 18 October 1933, Leslie, 20 March 1930, and Hilda, 15 May 1910.
He also had sons, Sid and George, and married children, Ted, Cyril, and
Elsie. Elsie was married to Walter Nadin, landlord of The
Crown, which once stood at the bottom of Military Hill, and then The
Falcon, once on the corner of Bridge Street, Dover. Cyril was stationed
in Dover during the war, and worked up on the cliff tops as part of the
His parents lived in Dover, and he had a sister,
Hilda, living at Wyboston. His brother Fred had died on 28 February
1915. Sydney Dyer died just six weeks before his new little
granddaughter, Jean, was born
with thanks to Jean Sampson