Between the Wars
Those we find between
the CWGC recorded years of 1921 and 1939. With thanks to Joyce Banks.
Butcher, H. F.
Frederick Butcher. Born in 1902 at Clarendon Road, he was too young to
serve in the Great War, but, as a Royal Naval man, would probably have
served in WWII, were it not for the tragedy that took the lives of the
entire crew of sixty. He had begun his career on ships, including HMS
Hood, but then transferred to submarines. On 26 January 1932, his
submarine, M2, went into a dive while on sea trials off Portland Bill,
Dorset, and did not resurface.
A passing merchant
vessel noted that at around 11.15 a submarine had been seen diving stern
first. The M2 had been modified in 1928, some nine years after its
launch, to bear an aircraft hangar and a specially designed seaplane.
The submarine was found on 3 February, and divers over the next ten
months discovered that the hangar door was open, preparatory to the
launch of the plane. The submarine had probably sunk owing to the entry
of water through this route.
In December 1932, an
attempt to bring the submarine to the surface failed, owing mainly to
the poor weather conditions. The M2 remains still on the bed of the sea,
a hundred feet below the surface
with thanks to
illustration: M2, from Wikimedia Commons
Cockburn, P. A.
Cockburn died on 30 April 1924 at the Military
Hospital, Roberts Heights, Pretoria, South Africa. He was 49, and a
Captain in the Royal Artillery, and died after a long illness,
contracted during the war. His medal card reveals that he served in
France in 1915 with the Royal Engineers, and was awarded the Victory
and Empire medals and the 1914-15 Star.
A headstone at St
In loving memory of Charles F. Cockburn |
M.G. Royal Artillery.
Died at Dover, October 6th 1908. Aged 78.
Captain John E. Harrison Cockburn.
Royal Artillery, son of the above.
Who died at Tunis, March 2nd 1913. Aged
Captain Paul A. Cockburn.
Who died at the Military Hospital, Pretoria, 1st
Also of Catherine Elizabeth Cockburn-Fluke.
Daughter of above died 4th April 1964. Aged 83(?)
Nelson Cork died in
1938 after being struck by an army truck while on service in Palestine.
He was buried on 22 October 1938 at the Jaffa Road cemetery, Haifa,
John visited the grave on 3 December 2011, the first time since he was a
toddler. "I have had pictures of the grave and of my father's funeral,
at which my late mother was in attendance, so after all these years to
be standing and touching the headstone was quite emotional., I had
brought some flowers as well as an RBL poppy wreath, and along with my
friend Michael's flowers we placed them on the grave as well as his
medals, and a small prayer was said. Later we went to the St Luke's
hospital where I was born, and to the St Luke's church, where I was
christened and my father had his funeral service. I gave a copy of the
church magazine in which it was published to the church."
We Remember 2
Everett, C. O. B.
Batterson Everett died on 23 September 1929
at Chartham Mental Hospital, aged 48. He had suffered "eleven years
mental and bodily suffering from injuries received in the war". He
had been "severely gassed and suffering from shell shock" according to
his father. Before the war he had been a schoolmaster and on his
discharge his address was given as 31 Salisbury Road, the home of his
buried at Charlton QN22, with the first part of the funeral service being held
at St Bartholomew's. Amongst the mourners were his father and his
sisters, Miss Everett, Miss Honor Everett, Miss Constance Everett, and
Mrs Howman. He is buried with Sarah Elizabeth Mary
Everett, aged 67, 4 Jan 1927, and John Henry Everett, aged 82, 13
J/19206 from HMS Active, Dover Patrol, entered the service on 9 August
1912, and was invalided out on 4 August 1917. He received a disability
pension of £1 4s 6d weekly. He died on 26 March 1922 at the Ministry of
Pensions Hospital, Bushie Park, Denmark Hill. Mrs MacPherson of 174
Heathfield Close informed the Town Clerk, requesting her husband should
be added to the Memorial
George Odell was
serving in F Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery at Abbassia, Cairo,
when he was killed in an accident on 17 December 1924. He was the second
son of Mr and Mrs G F Odell of 98 Hillside Road, Dover
"Always remembered by
his mother, brothers Jim and Bert, and sister Jenny"
Reid, T. A.
Reid died on 6 January 1923 at the War Pensioners' Hospital,
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from illness contracted on active service, wrote
his wife, Alice M Reid, of 89 Mayfield Avenue, to the Town Clerk on 25
November 1924. He had served with the 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers
Smith, F. G. B.
Frederick George Berry Smith, 6837195, of the Royal Rifle Corps. He was the
"beloved husband" of Kathleen Mary Smith, of Winchester, and the only
son of Mrs and Mrs Walter Henry Smith, from 24 Clarendon Road, Dover.
In 1901 Mr Walter Smith, born in Somerset, was a Quarter Master Sergeant
for the Royal Garrison Artillery. The family were living at the Militia
Staff Quarters at the Archicliffe Fort, Dover, and at home were Mrs Maud
Mary Smith, Frederick, then 11, who had been born at Woolwich, and his
two sisters, Dorothy Kingcombe, 10, and Florence Rebecca, 9, both born
in Dover. By 1911 the family had moved to Clarendon Road.
Frederick and his wife
lived at 2a B Block Sparkford Road, Winchester; he was 39 when he died. He
was buried at the Netley Military Cemetery (upper level), after having died at the Netley Hospital on 19 February 1929.
Mrs Kathleen Mary Smith died in 2004.
On the grave is written,
"In loving memory of my dear husband, Frederick George Berry Smith, CQ
M/SJT, KRRC, who fell asleep Febry 18th 1929, aged 39 years"
and on the other side, "And Kathleen Smith, beloved wife of Frederick
Smith, November 27th 1906 - February 2nd 2004". At the foot is written,
"Till the day dawn".
"At the going down of the sun, we will
remember them." DE
Thomas Smith was
killed on HMS Sepoy in an explosion at Hong Kong on 8 April 1930.
Thomas Sutton, Royal
Garrison Artillery, aged 34. Husband of Mrs Sutton, 40 Trevanion Street,
Tucker, F. E.
Frank Ernest Tucker.
He died "after much suffering from injuries received in the Great War,
patiently borne" on 22 April 1929, at Littlehampton, aged
He was the youngest son of the late William Holmes,
builder, and Mary Susannah
Tucker, from Dover. His parents had married at St James on 18 February
1865. Mrs Tucker's father was William Bussey, a coal merchant, and Mr
Tucker's father was John Henry Tucker, a bootmaker. Nine of their
children were baptised at St Andrews, Buckland: Charles William, 1867,
Jessie Emmerline, 1868, William Henry Alexander, 1871, Edith Mary, 1872,
William Bussey Roper, 1875, Catherine Emma, 1876, Frank Ernest, 27 June
1880, Mildred, 6 November 1881, and Amy Sarah Margarita, 1882.
Wall, F. W.
Francis William Wall
("Toff") died on 18 February 1924 from the effects of war wounds
at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. He was late 5595 RSM of the 1st
Battalion the Buffs, also instructor of the Duke of York's School. He
was buried at Streatham Park cemetery.
He was the beloved husband of Teresa Wall
Wilkes. His death announcement, published on 18 September 1936, reads: "On
September 3rd 1936, Cpl. John Wilkes, of the 2nd
Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment, killed by Arabs in Palestine, aged
29 years 11 months. From his loving Wife and Daughters, Irene and
Corporal Wilkes came from Hednesford, Staffordshire. He was a keen
sportsman, and represented his battalion at football. His wife, Emily,
née Bailey, was from a Dover family. They had married in 1931, when the
Lincolnshire Regiment were stationed at the Connaught Barracks in Dover.
Corporal Wilkes had then been transferred to Catterick. Irene was three
when her father died, while Joyce was just eight months. She had never
been seen by her father, as
he had been drafted to Malta some three
months before she was born, and then to Palestine six weeks before his
While Corporal Willkes was in Palestine, Mrs
Wilkes was living at 81 Hillside Road, Dover, On the very day she
received a letter from her husband expressing his hope that he would be
at home for Christmas, Mrs Wilkes was notified that her husband had been
shot by snipers while on duty and had died of his wounds.
The headstone at St Andrews, Buckland, reads:
"In ever loving memory of Joyce Wilkes, who passed away 2nd Jan 1937,
aged 12 months. Also of her daddy, Cpl J. Wilkes, DCM, 2nd Bn
Lincolnshire Regt/ Killed in action near Bala, 3rd Sept 1936, aged 29
years. "Until we meet again" "
The plaque at the foot of the grave reads,
"In Loving Memory of Irene Eliza Price, born 19.8.1933, died 1.6.2003.
Sadly missed by all her family". On the foot kerb of the grave are the
words "Safe in the Arms of Jesus".
Wilson, J. C.
Wilson, 1849504, Royal Engineers, on 3rd October 1922 at Ismailia, Egypt. Beloved
husband of Alice Wilson, of 4 Odo Road, Dover. 13/10
Possibly brother of
William George Wilson
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