war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War I



Surnames C (part 1 of 3)
(Surnames C (part 2 of 3, Clar to Coo) are here, Surnames C (part 3 of 3, Cop to end) are here)

Cadman, A. G.
Albert George Cadman, L/6380, served as an Acting Serjeant in the 1st battalion of The Buffs during the Great War, having already served in the South Africa Campaign. He was 32 when he was killed in action, on 24 June 1917, and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.

His parents were Charlotte Cadman, of 8 Palmerston Cottages, Dover, and the late Robert Thomas Cadman, and he was born at Buckland. In 1891 his family were living at Alexander Cottages, Buckland, Dover, where Albert had two elder brothers, Harry, 12, and Edward, 9, and a younger one, George, 4. He also had an elder sister, Flora, aged 15. In 1901 Albert was a soldier at the Shorncliffe Camp, Folkestone.

He was married in 1905 to Alice Bertha Cadman, of 164 Clarendon Place, Dover, and enlisted in that town.

Cairns, H. R.
H R Cairns, courtesy Dover ExpressHerbert Robert Cairns 9249, awarded the DCM, was a Corporal in the 1st battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. He was born in Shankill, lived in Morton Down, and enlisted in Belfast.

He had an Army career, being stationed in Dover in 1910, going to India on 7th December 1910, and returning on 29th October 1914. Less than a week later, on 5th November 1914 he went to the Front, and on 9th May 1915 he was killed in action. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.

His wife lived at 66 Manor Road, Dover.

The Chatham Naval memorial, a tall tower surround by lawn and walls, vast in size, by Simon Chambers

Cannon, D. E. T.  
DET Cannon, courtesy Dover ExpressDaniel Edward Thomas Cannon, J/11807, was born on 24 October 1894. He was the "dearly loved" son of Henry Cannon and his wife Emma from 93 Hillside Terrace, Buckland, Dover, formerly 7 Lower Hillside, Dover. In 1901 Mr Cannon was working as a diver at the harbour, and the family were living at 3 Claremont Cottages, George Street. Two of Mrs Cannon's children from her first marriage, Annie, 19, and Fred Sayer, 16, were with them, and there were then seven sons of the marriage; Henry, 13, Albert, 10, Walter, 8, Daniel, 6, George, 4, Harold, 2, and Robert, 2 months.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1910, and in 1911 is recorded as training at Shotley, near Ipswich. As an Able Seaman he lost his life when he was 21, on New Year's Day 1915, when HMS Formidable was sunk within two hours of having been struck by enemy torpedoes. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.  

Daniel's half-sister Mary, had, exactly a month before, lost her husband, Thomas Kennet, aboard the submarine D2. His and Daniel's names were read out during a memorial service at Buckland Church on Wednesday 29th September 1915, held to commemorate all those from the parish who had already lost their lives in the Great War.

Many of the Cannon father, HT Cannon, courtesy Dover Express Mrs Cannon, courtesy Dover Express Family were serving
  Sapper H T Cannon, R E
enlisted 12th October 1915
Mrs Emma Cannon  
H Cannon, courtesy Dover Express AJ Cannon, courtesy Dover Express HT Cannon, courtesy Dover Express R Cannon, courtesy Dover Express
H Cannon, RFA (T)
joined September 1914
Albert James Cannon, Stoker PO
HMS Diamond, joined August 1906
b 3 December 1890
Henry Thomas Cannon, Leading Stoker
HMAS Australia, joined 1st March 1906
b 2 April 1887
Robert Cannon, Stoker
HMS Pembroke, joined 1916
b 27 May 1898
WRC Cannon, courtesy Dover Express G H Cannon, courtesy Dover Express FRG Sayer, courtesy Dover Express TA Bennet, courtesy Dover Express
Walter Robert C Cannon, Stoker
HMS James Fletcher, joined July 1916
George Horace Cannon, Able Seaman
HMS Fairy, joined April 1912
b 9 August 1898
Fred R G Sayer, stepson,
RFA joined March 1916
Thomas A Kennett, son-in-law, joined November 1897, died 1st Jan 1915

Daniel Cannon's name was one of the 181 names of casualties of the Great War read out at the Tower of London on 12 October 2014, as part of the "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" commemoration where the moat was progressively filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies between 5 August and 11 November.

Carey, L. A. 
Leonard Albert Carey was a Merchant Seaman, aged 17 when he lost his life on 18 September 1918. His coalship, the John O Scott, registered at Newcastle, was torpedoed by an enemy submarine off Trevose Head, north coast of Cornwall, and all the crew of 18 were lost. He is commemorated with them on the Tower Hill Memorial in London, United Kingdom.

His parents were Henry James and Rosina Adelaide Carey (née Sharp), of 40 York Street, Dover. The couple had married on 1 June 1884 at St Bartholomew's church. By 1891 they were living at York Terrace, with their children Henry James, 6, Arthur William, 4, Rosina Clara, 4, and Ethel Jane, 2 weeks. Mr Carey was working as a general labourer. Florence May, Cecil Stanley, and Herbert Frederick had joined them by 1901, and Mr Carey had become a coal merchant's carman; he worked for many years for J W Bussey & Co. In 1911 the family's address was 40 York Street, and two more children, Leonard, then 9, and Reginald Thomas, 6, had been born.

Leonard's sister, Ethel, married George Henry Lionel Mack at St Mary's on Christmas Day 1920; George was the brother of William James Mack. The couple's daughter, Joyce, married Oliver Killick, the brother of Robert Killick.

Mr Carey died on 19 November 1926, aged 61, and was buried at St Mary's, in the grave of his wife, who had died on 30 August 1919.

Carpenter, A. D.  
Alfred David Carpenter. G/15716, was a Private in the 8th battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). He was killed in action on 18th June 1917, at the age of 36. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Belgium.

He was the husband of Ann Carpenter, from 43 Clarendon Place, Dover, and was born and enlisted there.  

Casey, H. T.  
Harold Theodore Casey, G/11131, was a Private in the 8th battalion of The Buffs. He was killed in action on 14 June 1917, when he was 19. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Belgium.

Born in Dover and enlisting there, he was the son of Thomas and Ann E Casey, from 3 Palmerstone Terrace, Maision Dieu Road, and formerly from 19 Albany Place.

with thanks to R Jenkins
photo of detail from Menin Gate by Jean Marsh

Caspall, P. R.  
Percy Robert Caspall, 910504, served as a Corporal in the Royal Field Artillery, 215th Brigade. He was 25 when he died on 29 May 1919, on his way home from Mesopotamia, and is buried in the Deolali Government Cemetery. He is also commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial in India.

Born in Dover, he was the son of Henry Freeman Caspall and Mary Ann (née Godden), from 115 Folkestone Road, Dover. He attended St Mary's school, and in 1909 Percy won a prize as "Jumping Jack" for the best dancer in the performance of "Toy Life" at the Town Hall, a show written by the Mayor, Walter Emden, for the charitable purpose of raising funds to provide meals for poor children. Percy's prize was a book, given to him by the Mayor at a special tea party for the performers. The following year Percy played one of the comic villain fairies, "The Sunflower", in another piece written by the Mayor, "The Moonchild and the Butterfly".

By 1911 Percy was working as a brewer's clerk, while at home were his sister Elsie, 15, and his brothers Donald, 10, and Eric, a baby. Mr Caspall was recorded as builder that year, but he also became an undertaker and probably employer of casualty Arthur Ackehurst. Mr Caspall was also a Town Councillor.

A Percy Caspall cup was given to St Mary's Old Boys' Association "in memory of a fine sportsman who lost his life in the War". It was awarded for swimming and was won for the second time by Frank Jenner in 1927, the cup being presented to him by Donald Caspall, brother of Percy.

No one knows the silent heartache,
Only those can tell
Who have lost a son and brother
Without a fond farewell.
We loved him, no tongue can tell
How deep, how dearly, or how well.
God loved him too and thought it best,
To take our darling home to rest.
From all his loved ones at home. 1920 

Cathcart, E. W.  
Edward Walter Cathcart, 3/8482, served as a Lance Corporal in the 1st battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment. Born in Easthamstead in 1892, he was the eldest son of Daniel (born 1866 at Greenwich) and Emily Agnes Cathcart (née Harrison), who had married in 1890. His grandfather may have been a Scottish soldier stationed at the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich.

Edward was an Old Boy of the Duke of York's Royal Military School, as was his father before him. He died when he was 22, on 13th April 1915, and is buried at Wimereux Communal Cemetery in France. The local paper reported, "General sympathy will be extended to QMS and Mrs Cathcart, of the Duke of York's School, whose son was killed in action recently."

Daniel, after having been a Captain of the Buffs, retired as the Head Clerk at the Duke of York's School, and  the couple moved to 11 Coleridge Avenue, Manor Park, London.

with thanks to Jean Stroud

HR Cave, grave, by Simon ChambersCave, H. J. 
Harold Cave, courtesy Dover Express
Harold James Cave, 358121, was a Signaller (Gunner according to Soldiers Died) in the 115th Heavy Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery (Kent.(RGA-(TF)). He had worked on the SEC Railway before enlisting in 1914, and he had been in France for three years before dying from double pneumonia on 24th April 1918. He was 23, and is buried at Etaples in France.

He was born and enlisted in Dover, and was the eldest son of James and Bertha Cave of 36 Stanhope Road, Dover. In 1901 the family were living at 20 Dour Street, and Mr Cave was working as a bootmaker. They had another son, probably Cyril, Harold's younger brother, on active service.


Etaples was a concentration of hospitals, and nearly 11,000 troops from WWI are buried here. Signaller Cave's grave is in the middle of the small block of graves, just to the right of centre background, in the picture above.
Note: he probably also lived in 1912 at 30 Dour Street, where the daughter of William Maple, died 24 February 1945, also lived

AJCawte, courtesy Mrs BarnesCawte, A. J.  
Alfred as young man, courtesy Marilyn HaggartAlfred Joseph Cawte, 9023, was born in Winchester, to James Cawte and his wife Sarah, nee Bell, who had married in that town in 1862.

Alfred enlisted in his residential town of Dover to become a Corporal in the 3rd battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). He was 40 when he was killed in action on 27th April 1915. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium.

Emma and her daughter Laura, courtesy Joy Iverson, Marilyn HaggartHe was the husband of Emily E Cawte, formerly Logsdail or Logsdall, nee Trigg, from 3 Ruffins Court, Princess Street, Dover, and father of three children. He had previously lived at 2 St James Place.

In 1911 Alfred, a general labourer, is recorded at 80 St James Place, Emma and her daughter Laura, courtesy Joy Iverson, Marilyn Haggartboarding with his family; his wife of 12 years Emma and children Roger (believed born Logsdail, later became Cawte), 13, Laura, 6, and Rose,  in the home of the Wilson family. Another sister, Emily, was born the year after. Also there was Olive Logsdail, then aged 17, and a general servant. Olive later married Albert Iverson, but sadly died at the age of 33 after a car accident in 1925. Roger served in the Great War, as a driver in the Royal Field Artillery, no 86635.

Alfred Cawte had also fought in the Boer War, and, then in the 2nd Roger, courtesy Joy Iverson, Marilyn Haggartbattalion, wrote in a letter to his Aunt and Uncle John Bell,  at Finchampstead Barracks,  "In reply to yours of August, I am very glad to see you are (illeg). As I am now the same and am filling out again just getting my weight back again. We are having it pretty quiet here now, only sniping occasionally, but I suppose you have seen in the papers about Biltersd(illeg?) fighting and of the release of our prisoners, which will give Buller a better chance as there is no fears of injuring them now, and he has the right metal now, he has 9.2.6 inch siege guns 6 & 5 inch howitzers, besides naval guns, field guns, and Sarah Bell, courtesy Marilyn HaggartPom Poms, enough artillery to blow them to the place that's very hot. Botha will surrender in a day or so ... " 

He signs the letter, "I remain your most obedient nephew, Alf", after having passed on his thanks to his cousin Kate for some Woodbines, and expressing his anticipation of some wine being sent, which "makes one smack his lips and wish he had it at the present time, what a luxury".

top right, Alfred as a young man
two of Emma with her daughter Laura
bottom right, Roger Iverson, Olive's son, who was a Chindit in WWII
bottom left, Sarah Cawte, nee Bell, Aflred's mother

with thanks to Marilyn Haggart

Cay, A. L. 
Arthur Lindsey Cay was a Captain in the Royal Navy. He was the third son of Royal Navy Captain Robert Barclay and Augusta Del Hoste Cay, who lived at Godwyne Road, Dover. He had entered the Navy in 1882 as a cadet, and had taken four firsts for his promotion to Lieutenant in 1891. He became Captain in 1907. He had commanded the Achilles before taking over the Invincible, and in July 1914, just before the Great War began, had been in Dover with his ship. At the age of 48 on 31st May 1916, he was lost, when his vessel, the HMS Invincible was destroyed during the Battle of Jutland. His name is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom. His four children were left parentless, as his wife, Mabel Laidley, had predeceased him.

The Invincible was the flagship of his friend, Admiral Hood, who also lost his life. Captain Cay took her into action in a way, Admiral Beatty said, "would have warmed the heart of one to see". Her last moments were recounted, "The Invincible was the first of our big ships to go under. Her end was glorious. She was engaged by two of the bigger ships of the enemy's fleet, and at one time it was believed the great super-Dreadnought, the Hindenburg, had a cut at her. One of the enemy ships was accounted for by the Invincible, and she also helped to send to the bottom two other smaller ships before her own turn came.

Very soon afterwards she was seen to be in difficulties. Flames were issuing from all parts, and it was so hot that the gun crews had to be withdrawn in rapid succession until only one was left. From the nature of the trouble, it was impossible to do anything for the Invincible and the ships nearest to her had to stand off more and more. The men could be seen on deck stolidly waiting the end as though on church parade. There was not enough time to launch boats.

Her flag still flew proudly, and as the flames crept closer to that band of heroes they lined up and gave it a last salute. All was nearly over. There was a terrific explosion. Men went sky high, the ship listed heavily, and disappeared partly below the water. A few men still remained visible on the end of the ship standing out of the water. They had no chance of getting away. Above the noise of battle there came across the waters the strains of "God save the King", which these heroes broke into as their death song. To this and the accompaniment of a terrific explosion, the rest of the ship went under."

Only six were saved from a crew of 1,021.

Arthur Cay is commemorated also on a Jutland war memorial inside St Michael's and All Angels Church, Brooksby, Leicestershire (this information with thanks to Liz Blood, Heritage Support and War Memorials Officer, Leicestershire County Council)

*Chaddock, E.  
This could be William Ernest Victor Chaddock. He was born in the parish of Bainswell, Newport, Monmouthshire in 1892. On 15th January 1909,. when he was 17, he joined the Territorials as no 695., and was passed as fit at 1 St Martins Place on 20th January 1909. He was then working as a clerk at Friend and Co, and lived at 116 Buckland Avenue, Dover.

He was approved for discharge in March 1910 as having joined the 3rd battalion of The Buffs (Special Reserve), perhaps as 9643, and appears to have enlisted in the regular army at Canterbury on 7th June 1910 as no 9330. He then served in Dublin between 4th October 1910 and 10th January 1913, served elsewhere until 30th January 1913, and then went to India on 31 January 1913 until 15th November 1914.

He suffered a gun shot wound to his thigh which necessitated his admission to the 3rd London General Hospital at Wandsworth between 28th May 1915 to 21st June 1915. Returning to action, he was reported as missing on 2nd March 1918, and then as having died from pneumonia on 23rd July 1918 while a prisoner of war.

He is buried in the Denain Communal Cemetery, France, C80.

He was the son of William John Chaddock and his wife Kate Jane, and all his private property was sent to Mrs William Chaddock of "Maycroft", Wimbourne Road, Poole, Dorset. He probably had two brothers, Edward Henry and Percival Sidney.  On enlistment he had given his father as next-of-kin, then living at 116 Buckland Avenue.

with thanks to Joyce Banks

Champion, A. E.  
Albert Edward Champion, G/12729, was a Private in the 10th battalion of the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). He was killed in action on 24th February 1917, when he was 33. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium.

He was born and lived in Dover, enlisting there, and his mother was Mrs Susannah Champion, of 3 Wyndham Road, Tower Hamlets, Dover. 

for more about his family see Faded Genes by Dave Dixon

*Chandler, F. G.  
Frederick George Chandler, 94373, was a Private in the 222nd company of the Machine Gun Corps (infantry) (formerly 1242, the Kent Cyclists' Battalion (TF)). He had enlisted in Ashford on 9 November 1914. Five days after he was admitted, he died in Abbottabad Hospital, India, from enteric fever on 25 September 1918, at the age of 25. He is commemorated on the Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial.

His parents were Mr Horace and Mrs Lucy Chandler, née Collard, from Buckland, Dover. They were married in 1886. In 1911 the family were living at 6 Union Road, and Mr Chandler was working as a painter and builder. There were several in the family, including Horace, 23, a grocer shop assistant, Edith, 19, a servant, Nellie, aged 15, and Albert, aged 13. Frederick was then 17, and working as an apprentice in the drapery. All the children were born in Dover, as was Mr Chandler. Mrs Chandler was born in Whitfield.

Chandler, W. F. H.  
William Frederick Henry Chandler, G/37293, was born in Dover on 29 December 1897 and christened at Buckland on 20 January 1898. He enlisted in Dover, and was a Private in the 6th or 7th battalion of The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). He died on 26 April 1918, when he was 20. He is buried at the Hangard Wood British Cemetery, France.

He was the son of Mrs Clara Chandler, née Belsey, from 5 Endeavour Place, London Road, Dover. She was the widow of Frederick Chandler, a miller or miller's carter, who died in July 1911 and was buried at Buckland. Their little son, Alfred Percy, twin to Rose Annie, died at the age of 17 months in August 1911. Rose may have been the wife of Arthur Young, killed by enemy action in 1940.

Chapman, T. H.  
Thomas Henry Chapman, 17699, was born and lived in Dover. In 1906 he married Clara Nancy Meadows. The couple in 1911 were living at 233 London Road, and Mr Chapman was working as an insurance agent for the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society.

Mr Chapman enlisted in Dover and became a Private in the 13th battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). He died of wounds on 24 November 1916 at Rouen in France. He is buried there at the St Sever Cemetery Extension.

Mrs Chapman remarried in 1920, to Walter Slatter. In 1924, still living at 233 London Road, she asked for her first husband's name to be placed on the Town  Memorial.

Chase, H. C.  
HC Cahse on Arras Memorial, by Andy and Michelle CooperHarold Charles Chase was born in Dover, and joined the East Kent Yeomanry in October 1914. He became Second Lieutenant in the Lincolnshire Regiment (4th battalion territorial) in October 1916, and went to France in January 1917. He was killed in action on 8th June 1917 at Hill 65, and is commemorated on the Arras memorial in France. 

His parents were William Henry Chase and Fanny Amelia Chase, from 22 Cherry Tree Avenue. Mrs Chettle was born in America, and Mr Chettle at Shepherdswell. In 1911 he was working as a nurseryman, and Harold was a Municipal Assistant Overseer. He had a younger brother, Herbert Frank. The family were living at 1 Osmunda Villa, Cherry Tree Avenue, Dover.

This headstone is at Charlton. It reads:

headstone, by Joyce Banks

headstone and transcription,
 Joyce Banks

In Loving Memory Of
Fanny Amelia
Dearly Beloved Wife Of
William Henry Chase.
Died 6th February 1938
 Aged 73 Years.

Also Harold Charles Chase
2nd Lieut. Lincoln Regiment.
Killed in Action
8th June 1917. Aged 23 Years.

And Arthur Frank Chase
Died 10th October 1892
   Sons of the Above.

William Henry Chase.
Died 28th November 1943.
 Aged 78 Years

.photo Joyce Banks

caring for the grave:
Lesley of Urban Surgeons

AW Chatwin, courtesy Dover ExpressChatwin, A. W.  
Alfred William Chatwin, 910(9)913, was the son of Frederick Chatwin, a general carrier, and his wife Margaret,  née Rolfe, who had married in 1894. In 1901 the family were living a 7 Tower Hamlets Street, and Alfred had a little sister, Florence, then aged 2. Another sister, Ellen May, was born in 1901.

Mr Chatwin died in 1904, aged 37. Mrs Chatwin remarried a year later to William Alfred Curd. The new family lived in 1911 at 49 Tower Hamlets Street, where a new daughter, Ivy Gladys Curd, born in 1910, joined the other three children. Mr Curd was working as a carter.

Alfred enlisted to become a Driver in the 222nd brigade of the Royal Horse Artillery/Royal Field Artillery (TF).  He died of wounds in Mesopotamia on 6th December 1917, aged, 20, in Mesopotamia, and is buried at the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery.

Mrs Curd died soon afterwards, on 23 February 1918, and Mr Curd three years later, at the age of 43, on 23 July 1921. He lived long enough to see Florence Chatwin marry in 1920 Alfred Hollands. The new couple moved into 49 Tower Hamlets Street, the family home. In their turn, they saw Mr Curd remarry, shortly before his death,  to Florence Howell. They were living at 43 Odo Road, with Mr Curd's daughter, Ivy.

Mr Curd had been working as a coal merchant's foreman for Messrs Hoare, Gothard, and Bond. He had withdrawn two large sums of money, which remained unaccounted for. He was, however, intending to buy horses, harness, and a cart to set up again as a carter on his own account. His body was found on the hard at the Outer Harbour; he had sustained a fracture to the base of his skull and death was through drowning.

Alfred Chatwin's sister, Florence, requested in 1924 that his name should be placed on the Town Memorial. 

Chettle, E. E.  
Ernest Frederick Chettle, born in Dover,  was a Postal Clerk, and in 1911 a Daily Foreman lodging at 3 Queens Crescent, St Pancras. He became a Lieutenant in the 7th battalion territorial of the Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment), attached to the 4th battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He died from wounds in No 7 Stationery Hospital, Princess Hotel, Boulogne on 5th April 1918, when he was 32. He is buried in the Boulogne East Cemetery in France.

He was the son of Frederick William and Ellen Chettle, of 7 Balfour Road, Dover.

Chidwick, J. T. 
Joseph Thomas Chidwick, 32046, was a Private in the 2nd battalion of the (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) South Lancashire Regiment. He died on 22nd March 1918, when he was 31. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial .

Born in Dover and enlisting there, he was the son of Francis Thomas and Mary Ann Chidwick, née Marsh, of 172 Union Road, Buckland, Dover. The couple had married on 24 April 1882 at St Michael and All Angels church, Folkestone, when Mr Chidwick was working as a mariner and Miss Marsh, who was born at Poulton, as a housekeeper. They were the children of Thomas Chidwick and Luke Marsh respectively. Both fathers were labourers; Mr Chidwick signed the certificate as witness with his mark.

Francis Chidwick died on 5 October 1899 at 130 Clarendon Place, Dover, at the early age of 54 "after eight days of severe suffering, leaving behind a wife and family of small children to mourn his loss". Mrs Chidwick remained at the home, living in 1901 with her sons Frank, then 18, a tramway conductor, and Hilary, 10, and her daughters Jane, 11, and Margaret, 6. Joseph was also there, aged 14, working as an under-gardener.

By 1911 the family had moved to 9 Montrose Cottages, Manor Road, Dover, with Mrs Chidwick working as a laundress, Joseph as a carter, and Jane and Margaret as as a laundry maids. Mrs Chidwick, then at 18 Maxton Road,  died in 1929 and is buried at St James.

Church, W.  
William Church. This may have been William Robert Church, known to the family as "Robert". He served as a Private, no TF/1202, in the Kent Cyclist Battalion. He died on 12 October 1915, and is buried in the Hythe (Horn Street) Burial Ground, along the coast from Dover, grave 178.

Soldiers Died has him as resident in Hythe, and enlisting in Tunbridge Wells. He was born in Dover, the son of Lawrence John Church, a shop keeper, who was born in Ireland of East Kent parents, and his wife Blanche, née Chidwick, from Alkham. In 1901 the family were living at 90 Oswald Road, which was both a house and a shop. The couple had married in 1888; nine years before Blanche is recorded at 23 Folkestone Road as a servant in the home of William Flashman. Mr Flashman was an estate agent and auctioneer, the son of George Flashman, founder of the well-known furniture business.

On 28 February 1902, Mrs Church died, at the age of 42. Mr Church remarried in Dover in 1903, to Eliza Jane Marsh, Blanche's niece, and by 1911 the couple had two more sons, Lawrence and Frederick. Lawrence was born in Dover, and Frederick in Hythe. The family were living by then at 2 Alfred Villas, Sun Lane, Hythe. Mr Church was working for an insurance company and Robert was working as a fitter's assistant for a gas company. Mr and Mrs Church had two further children, Grace Maude, born at Sun Lane on 23 May 1911, and William Edward ("Eddie"), born on 10 March 1916. Robert idolised his little sister; she was left crying when he went to war.

There are a number of inscriptions around the base of the cross on the grave at Horn Street. At the front they read:
"In Loving Memory of Blanche Church who died on the 28th February 1902 aged 42 years, also William Robert Church who died on the 12th October 1915 aged 19 years. Mother and Son. "Safe in the arms of Jesus"

On the left hand side, the inscriptions read:
And in loving memory of Eliza Jane Church, wife of Lawrence John Church, who died Sept 17th 1923 aged 42 years, "Faithful unto death"

On the right hand side the inscriptions read:
Also in loving memory of Lawrence John Church, husband of Blanche Church, who died 4th May 1922 in his 53rd year. "The memory of the just be blessed"

The stone laid on the grave reads:
Also William Edward Church, youngest son of Lawrence and Eliza, died 18th Jan 1974, aged 57

Robert is also remembered in Hythe, on the town memorial and on the URC memorial. He was remembered too on the war memorial at St Leonard's school.

Eddie served during WWII aboard HMS Ark Royal, and was Mentioned in Dispatches for his courage when the ship sunk after being hit by a torpedo in the Mediterranean on 13 November 1941.

with thanks to Joyce Banks for her identifying research
penny and portrait by courtesy Barbara Crowe
with thanks to Barbara Crowe

Churchill, C. H. M.
C H M Churchill was a Captain in the 20th Duke of Cambridge's Own Infantry (Brownlow's Punjabis) He died on 17th February 1917, and is buried at the Amara War cemetery in Iraq.

C Clackett, courtesy Dover ExpressClackett, C.  
Charles Clackett, T/203581, joined the Buffs in September 1914. He served in the 6th battalion as a Private. He was wounded at the Battles of Mons and Loos, and died from wounds on 7th April 1918 when he was 20. It was said that both his legs had been blown off. He is buried at the Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery in France.

He was born at Colchester, Essex. His parents were Charles and Anne Clackett, and the Clackett family were said to have been labourers on the Belmont Estate, Throwley, by Faversham, Kent. Charles lived and enlisted in Dover, and had relatives at 3 Cowgate Hill, Dover. Ada, in the announcement below, was his cousin.

Death announcement - April 1918

with thanks to Rosa Moon

Surnames C (part 2 of 3 - Clar to Coo) are here
Surnames C (part 3 of 3 - Cop to end) are here

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