World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
(part 3 of 3)
(Surnames C (part 1 of 3, C to
Clac) are here, Surnames C (part 2 of
3, Clar to Coo) are here)
This was Frederick
Alfred Coppard, 60490, a Private in the 9th battalion of
the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (formerly
23238 the 4th battalion of the East Surrey Regiment). He
was wounded in the head by a rifle shot on 1 April 1918,
and died on 12
April. He was 39. He is buried at Wimereux Communal
Cemetery, X C 7a.
born in Tunbridge Wells, the son of Frederick Richard Coppard
and his wife Eliza Frances, née Hall, from Tunbridge
Wells. Frederick had four sisters and two brothers:
Rose, Violet, Edwin, Henry Charles,
Minnie Eliza, and Alice Matilda.
Frederick enlisted and lived in Dover, but formerly had
lived in Folkestone, where he worked as a brickmaker's
apprentice. He lived at Goodman's cottage, Park Farm,
where Maud Winter was working as a domestic servant. The
couple married in 1901, and went on to have four
children: Charles Edward, Frederick Richard, Kit, and
Dorothy Maud. At his death, his family were living at
13 Peter Street, Dover.
Maud remarried, to Frederick Foxley, a widower whose
wife Fanny, née Carpenter, had died in the Fever
Hospital in Dover only a few months after they had been
married in 1917
Cork (surnamed Cook on Soldiers Died),
42616, was a
Private in the 10th battalion of the
Lincolnshire Regiment. He was 18 when he was killed in
action on 17 April 1918. He is commemorated on the
Tyne Cot memorial.
born and enlisted in Dover, and was the son of Elizabeth
Cork, 14 George Street, Buckland, Dover.
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(Two Special Visits)
picture right - left to
right - John James Cork, George Edward Cork, and Henry
George "Harry" Cork.
Alfred's father. He is buried at
Dover, D2067, having died two days before his son was killed, and saw service also in the Boer war.
He is half brother to John and to George, who had 22 years' service
in the Navy.
During the second world war George
was probably involved in the evacuation from Dunkirk,
and also worked
on the boom defences in Dover Harbour, during which he
was blown up and then medically discharged. He then
worked in an aircraft factory, but became terminally
ill, thanks to the hazardous nature of the work. He died
on 23 September 1943.
possibly six brothers in all: the others were
Nelson Cork, died 1938 in Palestine, William Leonard
Cork, who served in the battle of Dogger Bank, when the
Blucher was sunk, in 1915, and Albert, who served in the
artillery, and in the tunnels as a telephonist beneath Dover Castle.
The picture, left,
is believed to be Harry Cork, son of
George Cork's nephew would like to
hear from any relatives. Please
with thanks to John Cork
John James Cork,
S/906, was a Private in the Royal Sussex Regiment,
serving in the 2nd battalion. He enlisted in Dover
in 1914 as a "Kitchener's Recruit", and embarked for
France on 11th January 1915. He arrived at just after
two pm on 13 January, and was killed 12 days later, on
25 January 1915.
He was 25. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.
born at Charlton, Dover, to George Norris Cork, and Mrs Eliza Ann Cork, née Sharp, from 18 Erith Street, Buckland,
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(Two Special Visits)
Left: John James Cork's scroll, penny,
medals, and badge are still proudly kept by his family
John James was one of at least six children. George Edward,
(pictured above under Alfred George Cork) was the
eldest, born in 1885.
John was born in 1890. then Frances, born 1891, Bertha Elizabeth in 1894,
William Leonard in 1897, Albert Edward in 1902, and
Nelson Frederick Cork,
with thanks to John Cork
Victor Cork, G/27665, was a Corporal in the 2nd battalion of the
(Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment).
was the son of Walter John Cork, a gardener, and
his wife Clara, née Horsman, of 3, Malmains
Road, Maxton, Dover. He was born on 25 August 1896 at "Dalmonsden" (Tilmanstone)
and enlisted in Dover. On the 1911 census, when the
family were still living at Tilmanstone, Victor's name
is given as Austen Victor
and he had five brothers and sisters, including Walter
Heathfield Cork, who was working as an engine cleaner
for the SECR, Archibald George Cork, who was an
undergardener, Margaret Ellen Cork, and Robert Baden
Cork. His other sister was named Edith.
The same year, in July, Victor was working as a baker's
boy when he observed and reported the ill-treatment of a
pony on the Dover Road near Tilmanstone, resulting in
the offender receiving two months' hard labour.
He was killed in action on 28 November 1917, when
he was 20, and is buried in the Tyne Cot cemetery, LVIII
B 26. At the bottom of his headstone are the words,
"Till he come". In 1919 in their In Memoriam
announcement. Victor's parents appealed for any soldier
who may have been with him on the day of his death to
send them any information he might have.
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grave picture by
courtesy of Jean Marsh
29318, was a Private in the 7th battalion of the East
Yorkshire Regiment (formerly SS/1258 RASC). He died of
wounds on 31 March 1918, when he
was 25. He is buried at the Bouzincourt Communal
born on 7 February 1893 in the Peel area of the Isle of
was the son of Walter Scott Corteen, born 26 January
1863, and his wife
Elizabeth Anne, née Cretney, born 24 May 1872.
The couple had married on 7 November 1892 at the parish
church, Patrick, Isle of Man (right), when they were living at
Peel and Patrick respectively. Mr Corteen was then a
diver; his father William was a mason, living in 1871 at
Ballacorteen Cottage, Maughold, and apprenticed by 1881.
In 1889 William was listed in Porter's Directory as a
farmer and mason. Mr Robert Cretney was a labourer.
the family were living in Folkestone, at 5 Ethelbert
Road. Gladys Emily was christened on 2 January 1900 at
St Saviour, Folkestone, joining Walter, William Robert,
born 1895, and Lily May, 1897, who had all been born on
the Isle of Man. The family moved to Dover, where were
born Thomas Alfred, about 1902, Isabella, about 1905,
Douglas James, 1907, and Eileen Phyllis, born 29 January
1911. (Douglas on 7 March 1910 between
5pm and 6pm was run over by an empty timber tug
belonging to William Crundall; the wheel passed over his
shoulders. Very fortunately, after examination at the
hospital, he was declared to be not seriously
injured and was allowed home with his mother. The family
were living at Dour Street).
On 15 October 1909 Mr
Corteen, described as an Admiralty Mason Inspector, was
presented to the Prince of Wales on the opening of the
Dover National Harbour. The Prince asked him a number of
questions about his diving experiences, both in a bell
and in a suit. Sadly, a gale was blowing, and a
procession through the harbour entrance bringing the
royal party had to be abandoned.
In 1911 the family were at
48 Dour Street. Mr Corteen was a submarine diving
inspector, working for the Dover Harbour Board. Walter
had become a pastrycook and baker at Mcintyre's, while
William was an apprentice to an engine fitter plumber at
Pearson's works. Walter was a bellringer at St Mary's;
on 30 October 1912 he rang the tenor for the first local
peal, and on 2 April 1913 he again rang the tenor for
5040 changes of grandsire triples. He rang the 5 for 336
changes of grandsire triples on 5 January 1913 as a
farewell to Rev Reed, a fellow ringer, and the treble
for 308 changes of grandsire triples on 24 September
1913, alongside the first lady to have rung at St
the family had moved to King's Lynn, Norfolk. Walter's
residence on "Soldiers Died" was given as Norfolk; he
had enlisted in Wakefield. His family address on CWGC
was Ivy Villa, Loke Road, King's Lynn; the couple in 1939
were at Glenmaye, Marsh Lane, with their daughter
Eileen, who had married John Coston. Mr and Mrs Corteen
died in the 1940s.
information from research by Hazel Basford, Kent County
Association of Change Ringers
Note: there is an
Edward Mahany Corteen, 112243, of 10th battalion the
King's (Liverpool Regiment) buried in the Douglas, Isle
of Man, cemetery. He was 21 when he died on 18 November
1918; he was buried on 24 November 1918 in grave L26. He
was the son of Robert Henry and Lena (possibly Angelina)
Corteen, of 9 Duke Street, Douglas. Also buried there on
8 April 1931 are Robert Henry Corteen, a compositor then
of 14 Victoria Crescent, who died at the age of 73 on 5
April 1931, and on 11 March 1927 Norah Louise Corteen,
who was 27 when she died on 9 March 1927.
James Cohsall or
Coshall, S/10450(9)?, was a Private in the 1st battalion
of The Buffs. He died
from wounds on 11 August 1915 when he was 19, and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Rochester, he was
the son of Mr Thomas and Mrs Patience Cohsall, from 15 Bowling Green
Hill, Dover, formerly 3 Hartley Street, previously 4
Blucher Row. He had four brothers, Thomas, who served in
the Royal Navy in WWII, William, Henry, and Archie, and
two sisters, Patience and Eliza.
he lived in Dover, he enlisted in Canterbury on
27th February 1913, when he was eighteen years and one
month. At the time he was employed as a greengrocer for
a Fruiterer and Greengrocer of 89 Longfield Road, Dover,
and was noted on enlistment as having a tattoo of a
heart pierced with a sword on his right forearm.
soon in trouble in his new career; on March 29th he was
confined to barracks for a week for not complying with
an order, not getting his equipment marked, and for
gambling. On 18th April he was confined for ten days,
again for not complying with an order. He probably
expressed his view of the order too, as he was also
charged with using obscene language to an NCO!
James was sent out with the
expeditionary force on 11th November 1914. Just a
few days before he lost his life, he had an amazing
escape. An enemy bullet struck him while he was on
sentry duty. Hitting the Buffs emblem on his cap, the
bullet was diverted upwards by the head of the dragon
and passed harmlessly through the top of his cap.
The dragon, however, lost its head.
Below is James' brother, Henry. The picture on the left,
below, is the Queen's Royal Regiment at The Royal
Tournament, Olympia, in George V's Silver Jubilee year
of 1935; Henry is in the second row, far left.
Left is Henry on sentry duty, and below is an
unidentified picture of one of the family. If you know
who this is, please do
On the right is the Coshall
family during hop-picking. Many
Dover would supplement their income this way each
autumn, staying on the farm for up to six weeks.
The Coshall surname is said to
go back to the time of William the Conqueror, or William
the Bastard as he is known in unconquered Kent. His
half-brother Moretaine's first son, also named William,
is believed to have taken the surname Cossall or Coshall,
after the village. The transposition of the 's' and
the 'h' is believed to have occurred during the reign of
with thanks to John Coshall
with thanks to Dawn Coshall
with thanks to Joyce Banks
Court, B. J.
Court, S/10338, was a Private in the 1st battalion of the Buffs.
He died of wounds on 11th March 1915, and is buried at the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres.
born and lived in Folkestone, but enlisted in
Couzens, R. H.
Couzens, 260286, was a Private in the 1st/5th battalion
(territorial) of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment
(formerly 2889 East Kent Regiment). He was reported
missing on 4th October 1917, and later as killed. He was
19, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
born and enlisted in Dover. His
mother, Eliza Emma Couzens, who lived at 49 Adrian
Street, referred to him as "Reggie". He was brother to
gravestone below is in St Mary's cemetery, and reads:
Memory of Albert Edward Couzens
November 23rd 1911
aged 48 years
loving memory of two sons of the above Sid and Reg
Killed in Action in France 1917.
"For King and
Emma Couzens, wife of the above
January 15th 1932 aged 60 years.
transcribed by Joyce Banks
Tyne Cot photo Jean Marsh
A/200261, was a Rifleman in the 11th battalion of the
King's Royal Rifle Corps (formerly 2891, The Buffs). He had been in active service
for two years and nine months before he was fatally
wounded on 17th August 1917. He was 23, and is buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium
born and enlisted in Dover. He was said to have been a
twin, perhaps to Jessie, and was the third son of Mrs Couzens of 49 Adrian
Street, Dover. She had four sons serving, one of whom,
Reggie, above, also died.
Coveney, 7126 (613077), was a Private in the 1st/19th
(County of London) battalion (St Pancras) of the London Regiment
(formerly 2974 of 2/4th the East Kent Regiment). He was
killed in action on 29th
September 1916, when he was 23, but his death was not
confirmed until May 1917. He is commemorated on
the Thiepval Memorial.
He was born and enlisted in Dover.
Known as "Stormy" to his family, he was the "dearly
loved third son" of Mrs. Emily Manser Coveney, née
Potter, of 2 Arthur's Place,
St James' Street, Dover,
and her late husband Alfred, who had died in 1910 at the
age of 47.
In 1911 Mrs Coveney was living at 18 St James Street,
with her sons Albert Ernest, 19, a nurseryman's clerk,
Alec Joseph, 17, a stationers' errand boy, Edward
Potter, 16, a greengrocers' errand boy, Arthur Bachelor,
11, and Thomas Daniel, 8, and her daughters, Helen May,
18, Jessie Marion, 14, and Clara Kathleen, 9, were also
at St James Street.
All the family were born in Dover, and two of Alec's
brothers also died in war-time; Edward, below, and
civilian casualty in World War II.
"Peace, perfect peace"
Coveney ("Chum"), 290487 (2?), was a Private in the Huntingdon Bicyclists,
or the 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment. He was killed in
action on 22 March
1918, when he was 22. He is buried at Chapelle British
Cemetery, Holnon, France
born, lived, and enlisted in Dover, and was christened
at St James on 9 May 1895, when the family were living
at 12 Woolcomber Street. He was
the son of Mrs Emily Manser Coveney, from 2 Arthur's
Place, Dover, and brother to Alec, above, and to
Coventry, 19831, was a Private in the 6th battalion of
the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. He died of wounds on 17th
September 1916, when he was 19. He is buried at Heilley
Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, France.
born at St James's in Dover, enlisted at Marylebone, and
lived in Knightsbridge. His
Thomas and Elizabeth Molly Coventry, of 35, Castle
Avenue, Dover, Kent.
The headstone is in Charlton. It reads:
In Ever Loving Memory Of
Beloved Wife of Thomas Coventry
Passed Away 29th September 1934
Aged 79 Years
Also Our Dear Son
Thomas Edward, Late D.C.L.I.
Killed In Action In France
17th September 1916
Aged 18 Years
"Nearer My God To Thee"
transcription, Joyce Banks
Crascall, C. H.
Coulson Henry Crascall, 177293, was an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy. He
was born on 15 September 1878 at Dover and died on 22nd September, 1914,
aged 36, when HMS "Cressy" was sunk off the coast of Holland by the
U-9. The "Cressy" was the third vessel to be struck, the other two
being the first the "Hogue" and then the "Aboukir". 1,459 men were lost,
and 837 survived, some of the survivors being taken to Holland by the
Dutch steamer "Rosa".
Coulson, known as Harry, was 5 feet 6 inches tall,
had brown hair and blue eyes, and a tattoo of HC on his left arm. Before
he joined the Navy he had been working as a barber.
When he died, Harry, was living at 10
Percival Terrace, Dover (left). In 1881 he was listed at his grandparents'
house, Alfred and Hannah Uden, at 9 Military Road. The 1901 census showed
him as a 24 year old seaman in Dover. In 1907 he married Charlotte Ann
Hedgecock, and in 1911 the couple were living at 28
Douglas Road. In August 1915 Mrs Crascall was told to go
home after being found drunk and disorderly in Snargate
Street; she said she had no home to go to. She remarried in 1916, to John Parker.
Coulson Henry Crascall is commemorated on the
Chatham Naval Memorial and was also commemorated on the War Memorial at
Christchurch, Folkestone Road, Dover. Coulson is an ancestral name,
given to the first-born son in the family. A 400-year
tradition came to an end with Harry's death.
Divers have visited the wrecks of
the Cressy, the Hogue, and the Aboukir - they lie 25 miles off the
Dutch coast and a hundred feet down. They're sunk so closely together in
soft mud that it's difficult to ascertain which is which. But the
remains of bridges and gun stations can still be seen, along with a
gaping area of damage on one of the vessels - probably the result of the
Maggie S-K's great great uncle
Harry and Eddie's names on the Christchurch memorial,
now in storage after demolition of the church
Harry is brother to Eddie (entry below). Another brother,
Richard (Dick), born on 19th July 1889, served in the
Expeditionary Force. He enlisted on 18th August 1915
into the 68th Overseas Battalion when he was 26. At this
time he lived with his wife Florence (Flo) at 2120
Saskatchewan, and he was noted as a labourer with blue
eyes and black hair, standing at five feet three inches.
He later became
part of the 3rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion, which saw
action at Ypres, the Somme, and Vimy Ridge. From the
Pioneers he was transferred on 9th May 1917 to the 29th
Canadian Battalion. He survived the Great War, and in
the 1960s came home with his wife to visit Dover again.
with thanks to an Ontario viewer for information about
Maggie S-K's collection: above left, in Canada, Dick and Flo Crascall
on their Golden Wedding, above right, in Dover, l to r,
Robert Easton, his wife Elsie, née Lund, and Dick Crascall. Bob and Elsie Easton were Maggie S-K's
grandparents, and Bob Easton was nephew to Dick Crascall,
and also cousin to WWI casualty William Gatehouse.
The Crascalls were cousins-by-marriage to casualty
A snippet of interest discovered in the
Dover Express 8 April 1892 reveals that Harry, with an
Albert Tapley, was arrested on 14 February 1892 for
breaking into the shop of William Alfred Adley, and
stealing various silver and bronze money, English and
foreign, and postage stamps to the value of 7s, on 14th
February 1892. They received a penalty of one day's
imprisonment, having been in custody since 14 February.
Sentencing them, the Recorder said that he was sorrowful
to see them in the dock. They had given great pain to
their parents, and had brought disgrace upon
hard-working honest respectable people. He was inclined
to think they had been led astray by someone older than
themselves. See entry under
Sidney Adley for information about the shop.
Crascall, E. F.
Edward Francis Crascall.
G/21352. Private in the 2nd Batalion, The
Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). He died on 2 April 1917. He is
noted in the 1901 census as an errand boy, aged 11. He was the fifth son
of the late Henry Crascall, who lived at 1 Maxton Hill Cottages and died
on 12 March 1917, aged 69, after a six week illness. In 1911 Eddie,
with his father, and his brothers Ernest and Herbert,
were living at 2 Wrights Cottage, Mount Pleasant, Dover.
According to the regimental diary, the 2nd Battalion were mounting a
second attempt to relieve the town of Croisilles just before Easter
Sunday. After a cup of cocoa - it was frosty night, under bright moonlight
- they advanced under some shellfire to attain their attack positions by
one in the morning. Attack began at 5.15, and, like the previous
attempt, was greeted with heavy machine gun fire for Croisilles was
strongly held by the enemy. The battalion managed to advance under cover
from their own Lewis guns, but had already had lost all officers in B
company, forcing this company to reorganise with C Company. Eventually,
after fighting until nearly eleven that following evening - eighteen
hours - they handed over to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Edward may have
been one of the 25 Other Ranks killed that day. He is buried in
Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, grave reference IV F 4 and was also
commemorated on the War Memorial at Christchurch, Folkestone Road, Dover
He was brother to Harry and Richard
(who survived), above, and
their brother William Alfred Crascall, from 13 Manor
Road, requested that Harry and Eddie should be placed on the Town
Eddie Crascall is
Maggie S-K's great great uncle
Susannah Stephenson-Knight at her great great great
Uncle Eddie's grave
Euston Road cemetery, E F Crascall's grave second from
The grave was visited the next day by Eddie's
nephew and niece-in-law and family, who wrote this in the
visitors' book .......
"Proud of our Uncle and Great Uncle
Charles Joseph Crepin, M/314435, was a Private in the 695th
Mechanical Transport Co. of the Army Service Corps.
There was a report of his death in the Dover Express,
The following is an extract from the "Bury St Edmund's
Free Press" in connection with the death of Private
Charles Joseph Crepin, elder son of Mr and Mrs F. Crepin,
of 5 Prospect Place, Buckland, Dover, who died in
Mesopotamia from heat stroke on August 28th 1917.
"It is with no small measure of regret that we have to
record the death of Private Charles Joseph Crepin, a
well known and esteemed townsman of Bury. The deceased
soldier's wife, who resides at 61 Queen's Road, received
the distressing intelligence on Wednesday evening that
her husband passed away on August 28th, succumbing to
an attack of heat stroke in Mesopotamia. Private Crepin
joined the Army last April, when he enlisted in the Army
Service Corps, Mechanical Transport. Within a very
short time he was despatched to some unknown foreign
destination. In due course Mrs Crepin received an
intimation of his whereabouts, and, naturally, the news
of his death came as a shock to her of the most painful
Private Crepin was a native of Dover, but for the past
ten years he had resided in Suffolk. Before joining the
Army he was an energetic and most useful special
constable, and was attached to the Tuesday night
section. He was a valued employee of Mr G W Henshall, of
The Cornhill, for whom he acted as traveller. In
consequence of his business connections, he was known
throughout a wide area of the Eastern Counties, and we
have no doubt the sad news of his untimely end will be
received with sincere sorrow and regret by the numerous
business and social friends he possessed.
Mrs Crepin is left with a daughter, five years old, to
mourn her loss, and deep sympathy is felt for her in the
extremely sad blow which has befallen her."
Charles was born in Dover on 19 August 1882 and christened on 8 October
at St Mary's. He was the son of Frederick Crepin, a
butcher in 1881 and a goods porter in 1882, and his wife
Ann, née Chapman, who had married at St Andrews,
Buckland, on 13 July 1881. Frederick
was born in Gravesend about 1857, the son of Thomas Crepin, a stoker.
Frederick had been boarding at the home of Maria Peirce
and her niece Ann Chapman at 8 Beaconsfield Road.
the family had moved. Maria Peirce was now living with
Mr and Mrs Crepin at 5 Prospect Place. Mr Crepin had
become a miller's labourer. There were then three
children; Charles Joseph, Ellen Amy, born in 1885, and
Florence Annie, 1891. By 1901 Charles had become an
ironmonger's apprentice. By 1911 the Crepins had been
joined by another son, Frederick Reuben, born in 1901.
They had lost two of their five children, one of them
being Florence who had died in 1905. Charles, meanwhile,
had married Edith Lunn, born on 3 October 1983, on
Boxing Day 1908 at the parish church, Battersea, and the
couple had moved to 61 Queen's Road, Bury St Edmunds,
where Charles was working as a shop assistant in an
ironmonger's business. On 2 September 1912 they had a
daughter, Ivy Florence, born at 61 Queen's Road.
Charles enlisted in
Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, on probably 5th December 1915. He died in 1917, when he was 25, and is buried at Basra
War Cemetery, Iraq, I B 2. At the foot of his headstone
are the words, "Until the day break and shadows flee
Mrs Ann Crepin
died on 17 September 1921 aged 61 after "a painful
illness patiently borne", and is buried at Buckland.
Ivy Crepin married Michael Addy, a proprietor of a boys'
and men's outfitting business, in 1938, and in 1939 they
were living at 21 Queen's Gardens, Peterborough; Ivy's
mother was living with them.
William Crockford, 198167, was a First Class Petty
Officer in the Royal Navy. He died at the age of 33 when
the HMS Hawke was torpedoed on 15th October 1914. His
sister, Eliza Kadwell, living at 21 Artillery Road, East
Cliff, Ramsgate, was notified of his death.
He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. A
gravestone in St James reads: "In Loving Memory of Our
dear brother, Charles William Crockford. First Class
Petty Officer, Lost in the North Sea on H.M.S. Hawke,
15th October 1914. Aged 33 years. Loved By All."
parents were Richard Ballard Crockford and Fanny
Crockford, from Canterbury. He was born at Northgate,
Canterbury, on 6 June 1882. The family were living at 49
Old Ruttington Lane, Canterbury in 1881, with Mr
Crockford working as a labourer. Then at home were
Eliza, 12, Elizabeth, 10, Harriet, 8, and Richard, 3,
all born at Northgate, Canterbury.
With Mr and Mrs Crockford
dying in 1890 and 1889 respectively, their daughter
Emily, a bobbin maker, became head of the household, and
at home with her were Richard and young Charles, then 9.
Boarding with them was George Pierce, a wood dealer. By
1901 Charles had become an ordinary seaman, and was on
board the Pioneer at Bighi Bay, Malta.
"broken-hearted sweetheart", Grace, placed this verse in
October 1914, "in ever loving memory"
"His toils are past; his
work is done;
And he is fully blest;
He fought the fight; the victory won;
And entered into rest.
Never to be forgotten"
He was the "dearly loved
younger brother" of Mr R Crockford, Mrs Kadwell,
and Mrs S R Hubbard, Goschen Road, Dover
A sudden change; I in a moment fell,
I had no time to bid my friends farewell;
Think nothing strange, death comes to all;
I today; tomorrow you may fall.
Forbear, dear friends, to mourn and weep,
Whilst sweetly in the sea I sleep;
This toilsome world I left behind,
A glorious crown I hope to find.
(Mrs S R Hubbard was the
former Winifred Crockford, who married Stephen Richard
Croft, R. J.
Jeffrey Croft became a 2nd Lieutenant in December 1914,
being promoted from Quarter Master Sergeant. He served
in the 2nd battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment,
and had already served through the Boer war, receiving
three medals and two bars. He died at St Eloi on 21st
March 1915, and is buried at Dickebush New Military
mother was Emily Croft, and his father was Mr Charles E
Croft, from York Street and later 6 Dour Street. Mr
Croft was an old Dover resident, having worked for
thirty years for Messrs Hills, the Coachbuilders. Robert
was brother to William, below.
Croft, W. J.
Croft, 7916, was a Serjeant in A company of the 1st
battalion of the Gloucester Regiment. He was wounded at Poperinghe, and died at the London Hospital on (27th) 29th
He was 29, and is buried in the Brompton Cemetery,
brother to Robert, above,
and born at Dover, son of
Emily and Charles Croft. His wife was Emma Eloie
Adamthwaite (formerly Croft), from 38 St Vincent Street,
foot of his headstone are the words, "Peace, Perfect
thanks to Jeane Trend-Hill
Crofts, G/8388, was a Private in the Buffs (East Kent
Regiment, the 6th battalion. He was killed in action on 27th August
1918, and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois memorial.
He was born, enlisted, and
lived in Dover, and his brother was Frederick, below.
Edwin lying down, front row
with thanks to Mr and Mrs O'Bree and Mrs Ellerington
Probably Frederick William Crofts
L/9742, who was a Private in the the 6th battalion of The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
He joined the Buffs in 1912, and was in the 6th battalion, like his brother Edwin,
He was killed in action on 9th April 1917, and is commemorated on
the Arras Memorial.
He was born in St Mary's,
Dover, and enlisted and lived in that town, being the son of Mr and
Mrs Crofts, from 15 Hartley Street.
(We Remember 06)
brother, Harold, became a POW. On his safe return, the
letter below was issued by the King.
The Queen joins me in welcoming you on your release from
the miseries and hardships which you have endured with so
much patience and courage.
these many months of trial, the early rescue of our
gallant Officers and Men from the cruelties of their
captivity has been uppermost in our thoughts.
thankful that this longed for day has arrived, and that
back in the old Country you will be able once more to
enjoy the happiness of a home and to see good days among
those who anxiously look for your return.
with thanks to Mr
and Mrs O'Bree and Mrs Ellerington
F. W. Crofts is named on the new panel, placed on the
Memorial on 11 November 2009
Frederick and Edwin Crofts are first cousins twice
removed to Brian Banks, husband of Joyce, stalwart DWMP
Alexander Edward Croockewit
of the 3rd battalion, but attached to the 1st Battalion of the
Bedfordshire Regiment. He died from wounds received at Menin
Road on 26th October 1917, when he was 31. He is buried
at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.
He was educated at Bedford School, and was the son of
(Jan Hendrik) and Fanny
Mary A H U Croockewit, nee Rapp, of "Menin,"
32 Leyburn Road, Dover, who married in 1878.
On 1st February 1923, when the Town Memorial was being
discussed, 2nd Lieutenant Croockewit's mother wrote to
the Town Clerk, "Although
my dear son's name stands already honoured on three
other memorials, his regiment, his school, his last
place of residence, I am proud to feel that his name
will be remembered with all the brave heroes of his
Crutchfield, J. H.
Crutchfield, 4577, was a Colour Serjeant in the East
Surrey Regiment. He served in the South African War
for 11 years was a Staff Serjeant in the Indian
Unattached List. He died of sickness on 30th
at the Royal Victoria Hospital, after having been
gassed in the Great War. He
was 47. He is at rest in Charlton cemetery,
buried there on 5th July from 27 Tower Hill, 2H 18.
He was the son of the late Joseph and Sarah Crutchfield,
and the husband of Annie Crutchfield, of 35 Peter
Left is his family, with, in the back row, Joe, Elsie,
and Fred, and in the front, Jim,
(his wife), and Violet. Right is the beginning of
a letter he wrote in August 1905 to his Mother, from the
2nd East Surrey Regiment Halfmoon Bks, Ranikhet, India.
He begins, "Dear Mother, I now write these few lines to
let you know that we are all quite well except poor old
Fred he does not seem to get on much up here
Hills he is much better off on the Plains. He get ague
and fever very bad at times but the others are getting
along first class especially Violet, she is a little
caution and is beginning to talk already."
Further in the letter he describes the weather, "We have
just got the rains on us now and it does come down when
it starts and it makes such a noise on the roof that
you have a hard job to hear what each other is saying
you can guess what it is like for the roofs up in the
hills are of iron like the huts down Roppicking and
there is plenty of thunder and lighting."
The headstone at Charlton reads:
My Dear Husband
Staff Sergt J H Crutchfield, IML
who died 30th June 1919
after a long and painful illness
aged 47 years
also of Annie
Wife of the Above
Called to rest 21st May 1960
aged 80 years
Life's Work Well Done
for two pictures of James Crutchfield see
Exhibition 06, for family tree see
genes by Dave Dixon. Little Jim Crutchfield later
married Iris King, daughter of casualty Edward King.
with thanks to Marilyn Friend
Curd, W. A.
Curd, K/35204, was a First Class Stoker in the Royal
Navy. With HMS Pembroke (ashore at the Royal Naval
Barracks), he died aged 25 during the air raid on 3
September 1917. He had been home on sick leave, having
previously survived a torpedoing in the Mediterranean on
15 May 1917.
He is buried at Gillingham (Woodlands)
Cemetery. the words at the bottom of his headstone read,
"Gone but not Forgotten"
14 November 1891, he was the "dear son" of Mrs Emily
Ann Curd, née Graves, born 18 September 1872, of 1 Biggin Court,
Biggin Street, Dover. The family were living there in
1901, with Mr William Alfred Curd, his father, working as a carter on a
farm. William was their eldest son, and there were also
Ellen Elizabeth, born about 1894, Bessie Florence, 1896, Annie
Emily, 1897, and Frederick James, 1900, all born in
Dover like their father. Mrs Curd was born in Deal. In
1911 the family had been joined by Eliza Emma, 1903, Alfred
George, 1904, John Edward, 9 January 1907, and Ethel May,
21 March 1911. Mr Curd was working
as a general labourer, as was William.
A light is from
our household gone,
The voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant from our home,
Which never can be filled.
Father, Sisters, and Brothers
A sudden change, he in a
He had no time to bid me farewell.
from his loving sweetheart,
The drill hall, above, is
now a university library and believed to be
the longest one in Europe. The former parade
ground is in front. A plaque outside the
main entrance commemorates the casualties of
the air raid; the hall was at the time being
used as an overflow dormitory and some 900
ratings were sleeping there. There is also a
memorial at Gillingham (Woodlands) cemetery,
where many of the casualties are buried.
Mr Curd died on 20 July 1922, and is buried at St
Mary's. Mrs Curd died in 1951.
(Edwin) Curling, 34984, was a Private in the 1st/5th battalion
(territorial force) of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
(formerly 5240 of the East Kent Regiment). He was killed in
action on 1st October 1918, when he was 28. He is buried
at Proville British Cemetery.
enlisted in Canterbury and lived in Dover. He was
the husband of Ellen Potter (formerly Curling), from 7
Monins Road, Dover.
Albert Edward Curtis,
19384, was a Leading Stoker in the Royal Navy. Serving
aboard HMS Tartar, he was killed by a mine explosion
in the Straits of Dover on 17 June 1917. He was 24. He
is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Born on 2 August 1892, he was the son of John and Sophia Curtis,
of 23 Hope Street, Landport, Portsmouth. In 1901 they
were living at 21 Hope Street, with Mr Curtis working as
a brewers' labourer. At home were Alfred, 14, Thomas, 12,
Henry, 10, George, 8, Albert, 6, and Beatrice, 2.
He was the husband of Nellie
Gertrude Curtis, née Pilcher, of Mitre Hotel, 77 Snargate Street,
Dover, formerly 2 Dublin Cottages, River, and father to
a baby son, also Albert Edward. The couple had married
on Albert's birthday in 1916 at SS Peter and Paul,
River. Nellie was the sister of
George Henry Pilcher.
Surnames C (part 1 of
3 - C to Clac) are here
Surnames C (part 2 of 3 -
Clar to Coo) are here