World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
Leonard Dadds, 71583, was a
Serjeant in the Royal Garrison Artillery, 109th Siege
battery. He was awarded the Military Medal. He
died on 31st October 1918, and is buried at the St Sever
Cemetery Extension, Rouen in France.
born in Folkestone and enlisted in Dover.
*Daniell, H. E.
Edward? Henry Edwin Daniell,
was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Irish Regiment,
commanding the 2nd battalion. He received the DSO. He
died when he was 46 on 20th October 1914, and is
commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France.
Daniels, E. T.
Edwin Thomas Daniels,
G/8803, was a Private in the 1st battalion of The Buffs.
Aged 30, he was killed by a shell on 8 June 1916 and is buried
at Essex Farm cemetery in
II U 14.
the bottom of his headstone are the words, "The
memory of the just is blessed".
Edwin was born in
Whitfield and enlisted in Canterbury, and was
one of four sons in The Buffs of Thomas Daniels, a
shepherd in 1901, and his wife Elizabeth, née
Healey, of Alkham and later of River. They were
married in 1880.
In 1891 the
family were at Guilford NY Cottages, Bensbury Court,
Whitfield, with Mr Daniels an agricultural labourer.
At home were Grace Maria, born in 1884, Edwin, 1886,
and Albert John 1889. Their daughter, Susannah
Healey Daniels, had died in 1883, four months after
her birth. By 1895 the family were at Ararat, Alkham,
and by 1901 three more sons had been born: Sidney
Ernest, 1891, Arthur Henry, about 1895, and Percy
Reginald in 1897, when the address was Wolverton,
Alkham. In 1911 Mr Daniels had become a working farm
bailiff; the census records that they had lost one
other child at a young age.
On 18 November 1915 at
SS Peter and Paul, River, Edwin, then an insurance
agent, married Lilian Annie Dunford, who had been connected with the
school at Alkham for nine years before her marriage.
Their address was Crabble
Farm Nursery, River, Dover.
One of the presents received by the new couple was
from Alkham School teachers, committee, and
children, another from the Alkham tennis club.
Edwin's brother Lance Corporal
Arthur Henry Daniels also died. He had been reported
missing in November 1916; it appears that his body
was not recovered and buried until March 1917. He is
buried in the Regina Trench cemetery, Grandcourt,
France, grave IX G 5.
Mrs Lilian Daniels died in 1957,
||possibly Arthur Daniels
For a family tree see
by Dave Dixon
gravestone picture courtesy Jean Marsh
Darwall, G. C.
Gordon Cecil Darwall was
born in Dover in 1885. He held the Royal Humane
Society's medal for life saving and the King Edward
Coronation medal. He had served in the 3rd
Northamptonshire Regiment and then had gained an
appointment in the Chinese Government. He then went to
the Canadian Permanent Force, retiring from them before
the Great War.
Seconded for duty with the
Cyclists' Corps, he had received a Captain's commission
in August 1914 from the 3rd Somerset Light Infantry. He
commanded a Divisional Cyclists' Company in France from
July 1915 to March 1916, at which time he was invalided
home. He died a year later, on 31st March 1917, from the
disease he contracted while on active service. He is buried at Kensal Green (All
:Souls) Cemetery, Plot 161 Row 3 Grave 44789, in the United Kingdom. His sister, Honor, of 6 East Cliff, requested that he should
be commemorated on
His wife was probably Violet, née Mansell, whom he may have married in 1913,
and they had two sons. He was brother to John, below;
they are buried together. Their
mother had died just before him.
Darwall, J. R.
John Randle Darwall was
born in 1878 in Dover. He was a Second Lieutenant in the
Somerset Light Infantry. He died on 30th July 1915, at
Charing Cross Hospital. His parents were Mr Robert
Cecil, a solicitor, and Mrs Laleah Darwall, born Nova
Scotia, who lived at East Cliff, Dover.
Lieutenant Darwall had come to London a week before, on
a few days leave, and was unpacking his luggage at an
hotel in Craven Street, the Strand. The chambermaid
found him clinging to the bedpost after he had rung the
bell for her help. He said, "I've shot myself
accidentally. I forgot my pistol was loaded. Go and
fetch a doctor."
brother to Gordon, above, and they are buried in the
same grave at Kensall Green. The light cross in the
foreground marks their grave. The words at the foot of
the cross read, "Sacred to the memory of The Reverend
John Randle Darwall, 2nd Lieutenant Somerset Light
Infantry. Born at Dover 7th January 1878, died 30th July
1915. This is the promise he hath promised us, even
eternal life. Also of Captain Gordon Cecil Darwall, 3rd
Battn Somerset Light Infantry. Born at Dover 2nd March
1885, died 31st March 1917. I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course".
Davidson, C. E. G.
Christopher Edmund Grant Davidson
was born in London and was educated at Charterhouse and
Sandhurst. He became a Captain in the 1st battalion,
attached to the 6th battalion, of the Buffs. He was
killed in action, while leading his men in an attack,
at Hulluch Quarries on 13th October 1915, when he was
29. He is buried at Vermelles British Cemetery in
the son of Lieutenant Colonel
Christopher Middlemass Davidson (His Majesty's
Bodyguard) and Jessie Rose Oliphant Davidson, who lived
at 14 Victoria Park, Dover.
Coventry Dudfield Davidson, lost his life in 1900,
during the South African campaign.
Davis, A. A.
There was a
report that an Arthur Alfred Davis was
said to have died of shell shock.
a death announcement for Arthur Alfred Davis reads that
he died at the age of 22 on Monday 23rd May 1921, at St
Thomas Hospital, London "from sickness contracted whilst
on war service." He was buried at
Buckland, Dover, on 1st June 1921. The mourners included
his father, and Frank, Jack, and Leonard, his brothers.
20th March 1899, Arthur had joined the army
as a Boy. He enlisted in Dover on 11th
February 1914, to serve as 40441 in the Royal Garrison
Artillery. He was to be trained for a trade or if unsatisfactory,
to be retained as a soldier according to a consent
letter written by his father on 2nd December 1913. He
was five feet five and a half inches, with grey eyes,
brown hair, and the distinguishing mark of a small mole
on the left side of his navel.
He was admitted to
Woolwich hospital on 27th June 1914 till 11th July 1914
with a healing wound to his knee, which was considered
not sufficient to interfere with his service as a
2nd November 1914 he reported again to hospital after
complaining of pains in his legs. He attended as an
outpatient until 18th November and then went to the
Royal Herbert Hospital in Woolwich. On 27th November he
went to the VAD hospital in Bromley.
rheumatic fever; he was also diagnosed with valvular
heart disease. He was discharged from the services, still
as a Boy, on 3rd April 1915, physically unfit for war
service. The illness was not considered by the board as
a result of war service. His character on
discharge was noted as very good; his illness had
rendered him emaciated. He was discharged from
hospital on 9th April 1915.
He was called up and
then rejected as unfit on 27th March 1917. On 7th May
1917 a badge in respect of the service he had achieved
was issued to him at his request. He was then at 42
Gordon Road, Herne Bay.
He was the son of Mr
Alfred John and Mrs Emily Sarah Davis, nee Penn, from
110 Buckland Avenue, Dover. Mr Davis was a timekeeper at
Buckland Paper Mill.
*Davis, A. B.
Alfred B. Davis, G/7681,
was a Private in the 3rd battalion of The Buffs. He went
to France on 28 November 1915. He died
on 6th March 1919, and was buried at the
father, according to the CWGC, was Alfred Benjamin
Davis, and his wife was E Davis. However, a notice of
death in the local Dover paper states that Alfred B
Davis, of the Buffs, aged 43, died on 6 March 1919 at
the Military Hospital, Kingston-Upon-Thames, and that he
was the son of the late Maurice Davis and Mrs Davis of
14 Oxenden Street.
He was born on 2 March
1876, presumably the second son of Maurice Davis and his
wife Sarah Botwright, née Tooke, who had married in the
Brighton area in 1869. They had both been born in
Middlesex. In 1881 the family were at 53 Bulwark Street,
Dover, with Maurice working as a railway constable.
There were then five children, all born in Dover;
Maurice, born 1870, Winifred, born 1873, Alfred, born
1876, Arthur, born 1878, and Charles, b 1880.
moved to London, and in 1891 was at 11 The Grove,
Hammersmith, in the house of a tailor and sharing the
accommodation with other apprentices and dressmakers.
Maurice, his father, died at the aged of 63 in Dover in
1897, and by 1901 Alfred was living in Dover again, at
14 Oxenden Street, with his mother, aged 61, and
his brother Charles, then a mariner. Alfred was employed
as a railway porter.
married in 1915, to Emily Lobar, and they had a son,
Robert, that year. There may have been another son,
John, born in 1912. In 1920 Mrs Davis remarried,
to Harry Prince. They had a son born on 9 September
1920, Thomas Henry Prince.
Right, the headstone stands
alone amidst the grass. Below, the stone needed
cleaning; it has been safely tended by Dean
Sumner who took the pictures
On the bottom of
the headstone is, "Our Dear Father".
with thanks to Claire Jordan
Lingard Howell Montgomery Davis,
23/116, came from Dover but served as a Corporal in the
1st battalion (3rd) New Zealand Rifle Brigade. He
died of wounds on 20th June 1917, when he was 26, and
was buried at the Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck in
His father was the late
Gledney Smith Davis, and his mother was Margaret Davis.
The headstone in St Andrews
cemetery, Buckland, reads, "In Loving Memory of Albert H B Davis Born 7th March
1887 Died 18th May 1905. His last words were "When By His Grace I Shall
Look On His Face O That Will Be Glory, Glory For Me".
His End Was Peace.
Also of Gledney S Davis older Brother of the above Who was wrecked off
The Gt Barrier Reef New Zealand September 14th 1916 Aged 31 years
"Until The Sea Gives Up Its
Dead" Also of Lingard HN Davis youngest Brother of the
above Killed In Action near Armentières June 20th 1917 Aged 26 years
"The Path Of Duty Was The Way To Glory"
G/23870, was a Private in the 10th (Royal East Kent and
West Kent Yeomanry) battalion. He lived and enlisted in
Dover, and was killed in action
on 21st September 1918. He is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois memorial
The son of Mr and Mrs A R Dawes, from
London Road, he was born in Dover in 1892, and was one
of a family of four - two boys and two girls.
Pictured above, they are: Herbert Edward, born 1902, who
later married Elizabeth Lillian Matthews, and Edith
Mary, born 1894, with
parents Alfred, a baker, and Fanny Rebecca (nee Fuller) in the centre.
On the right are Arthur and Ruby Florence, born 1907,
who would later become Mrs Hopkins.
Left are four generations of the
family: Herbert, holding his son, Donald (born in 1928), Alfred standing, and
William Henry Dawes, Herbert's grandfather
If you recognise
the people in this picture, please do
with thanks to David
William Henry George Dawson, 202602, was
employed with the Post Office in Dover before enlisting
and lived with his grandmother, Mrs Marsh, of 14 Odo
Road, Tower Hamlets, Dover. His sister was Mrs Winifred
A Care, from Glenleven House, 93 Island Wall,
served as a Corporal in "A" company, the 2nd/4th
battalion, of the Royal West Kent Regiment
(formerly 3239, The Buffs), and
was awarded the Military Medal for bravery on 19th April
1917. His citation was, "After the position had been
taken, he established communication from the Front Line
to the Battalion Headquarters by flag under very heavy
fire." He had also been in the landing at Suluva.
He was 20 when he was
killed in action in Egypt
on Christmas Eve, 1917, and is buried at the Jerusalem
War Cemetery, Israel.
headstone: with thanks to Edward Sperinck
This group were all from Dover and had recently
been through fighting in Palestine.
From left to
right they are:
top row: Cpl W. Dawson MM, Sgt J Priest,
Pte C Wakerell, Pte C Gillespie
middle row LCpl A Banks, LCpl E Price,
front row Cpl R Easterfield, Pte A Abbott Pte S
Charles Edward Daynes,
6/1509. He sailed to New Zealand in 1908 aboard the
Ionic, when he was
16, giving his occupation as a farmer. A family story
suggests he was going to work on a relative's farm.
At the time he volunteered to serve in the Great War, he
was employed by Charles Goulter on his merino sheep run
at Blairich in Seddon District near Blenheim, New
Zealand. He became a Private in the Canterbury Regiment, NZ EF,
enlisting for the duration of the war on 15 December
1914. On 8th May 1915, at the age of 23, he was killed in action . He is commemorated on the Twelve Tree Copse (New
Zealand) Memorial, Turkey.
Charles ("Chas") was the son of Mrs Phoebe Ann Daynes, of Mill
Cottage, Lower Road, River, Dover. His father, George,
was formerly the miller at the Crabble Corn Mill.
of his sisters served in the WAAC, during the Great War. His brother,
also George, joined the Royal Artillery at the age of
16, having added to years to his age on enlistment. He
served at Dover Castle, Gibraltar, and Malta, and fought
in the Boer War, being awarded the South Africa medal
with Cape Colony clasp. He was transferred to the Royal
Garrison Artillery and posted to Halifax, Nova Scotia in
1903. In May 1906 he was demobbed.
At the age of 37, he
re-enlisted on 13 August 1915, three months after his
brother Charles was killed. At re-enlistment, he was
described as a policeman in British Columbia, with eight years previous service in the Royal
Garrison Artillery and four years in the Artillery
The headstone is in
the cemetery at St Peter and St Paul, River, Dover. It reads: "In memory of George Daynes, who died May 5th 1907, aged 57 years. Peace
Perfect Peace. Also of Charles Edward Daynes, killed in
action at the Dardanelles, May 8th 1915, aged 23 years.
In His Keeping. Also of Phoebe Ann, wife of George
Daynes, died Jan 13th, aged 85 years. Reunited."
Mrs Daynes is pictured above, right.
Charles is commemorated on the Seddon
District War Memorial,
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memorial images, picture of Mrs Daynes, and additional
details by courtesy of Richard Moseling
Dearlove. A. W.
Albert William Dearlove,
9214, was a Private in the Princess Charlotte of Wales's Royal Berkshire Regiment, 1st
Battalion. He enlisted in Reading. He was killed in
action on 25th October 1914, and is
commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
He was born in East Hagbourne, Berkshire, and lived at
Charlton, Dover. He was married to Emily Pilcher in
1912, and the couple had a daughter, Violet, born in
Dennett, T. S.
Thomas Sutton Dennett, G/81120, was a Acting Corporal in the 17th
battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London
Regiment) (formerly 3262 East Kent mounted rifles). He
was killed in action on 28/29
November 1917, aged 19. He is buried at Hermies Hill
British Cemetery, France, I A 1.
born in Kennington, Ashford, and enlisted in Folkestone,
which was also given as his residence. His parents were Thomas
Sutton Dennett and Charlotte Dennett, and they lived at
Shakespeare House, West Hougham, Dover.
Dennis, C. G. (G. C.)
George Cyril Dennis,
49416(5), worked at the office of the Dover Express,
where he became a great friend of
Frederick Rich, before
enlisting in Canterbury in the spring of 1918. He became
a Rifleman in the 1st battalion of the Rifle Brigade
(Prince Consort's Own).
Born on 6 February 1900 in
Dover and christened at Christchurch on 1 April ("Cyril
George"), he was the son of George Dennis and his wife
Alice Elizabeth, née Booth, both of whom had been born
in Sussex. The couple married in 1919. In 1911 the
family were living at 148 Clarendon Street, having been
in 1901 at 156 Clarendon Street, and Mr Dennis was a
wood sawyer at the Admiralty Harbour. At home then were
George, his sister, Alice Ethel, born 15 October
1902, and his brother, Edwin Stephen, born in 1905.
Lilian N was born in 1915.
George was severely wounded
in the back on 7 November, dying in hospital in Boulogne
on 11 November 1918. He is buried at the Terlincthun British
Cemetery, Wimille, France, IX E 9.
At the foot of his
headstone are the words, "In undying memory never shall
we forget, from home". For many years afterwards, on
Armistice Day, his family laid wreaths at the memorial
and placed announcements in the Dover Express.
In ever loving memory of
our dear son and brother, Rifleman George
Cyril Dennis, Rifle Brigade, who died of
wounds received in action, November 11th,
1918. Never forgotten. From his loving Mum
and Dad, Sisters and Brother (Walmer)
Mr Dennis died on 2 February
1943, and Mrs Dennis on 20 April 1944 at Pembury
Samuel Dresser Dicks,
K/17690, was a Stoker in the Royal Navy. He was born on
18 August 1892 at Richmond, Yorkshire, and lost his
life with the HMS Invincible on 31st May 1916. He is
commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial in the
Nellie, née Culmer, whom he had married in 1915, lived at 28
Mayfield Avenue, Dover. She later married, we believe,
Leonard Frank Gale, in 1918
He was the son of Thomas
Dicks, and agricultural labourer, born in Weatherby,
Yorkshire, and Sarah Jane, his wife.
Diggings, F. W.
Fredrick William Diggings,
G/32495, was a veteran soldier. He came from Ipswich,
and in 1901 he was a colour sergeant, aged 34, and
living at No 1 Married Quarters, Border Regiment,
Cumberland, Carlisle, with his wife Jessie, née
Winwright. She had been born at Shorncliffe and was the
daughter of a Crimean war veteran.
The couple had three
children with them in 1901; Dorothy, 8, born in Dover,
Frederick, 7, born at Cumberland Carlisle, and Ivy, born
at Colchester. When the Great War broke out a further
two children had been born. Fredrick, having had 18½
years service as 5996 with the Border Regiment, rejoined
in Dover. He served in the 1st
Infantry Labour (or 17th Labour) company of the Queen's (Royal West
Surrey), and died when he was 51 or 52 on 24 March
Fredrick is buried at Sainte Marie cemetery, Le Havre
The words at the bottom of his headstone read:
brings back to memory
my dear husband gone to rest
from loving wife
Mrs Diggings' address after the war
was at 1 Military Cottages, Military
Hill. One of their sons also served during the war.
Dixon, E. E.
Ernest Edward Dixon, was a
Second Lieutenant in the 168th Siege Battery in the RGA.
He was killed in action on 9th June 1917, near Messines.
He is buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery in
(see also his brother, William
Percy Victor Dixon,18249,
was born on 28 January 1896. He
was the son of Herbert Dixon and his wife, Eleanor Kate,
formerly Bowles, of 26 Clarendon Rd.,
Dover, and brother to Reginald, below.
In 1901 Percy, then 5, and Reginald, then 10, were
living with their parents at 198 London Road, Dover. Mr
Herbert Dixon was working as a tea agent in retail
grocery. There were three other children then at home;
Violet, 7, Claude, 3, and Daisy, 2. All the children
were born in Dover, as was their mother. Their father
was born in Folkestone and probably died in 1908..
Percy was an Able Seaman
aboard the HMS Natal when
he was killed by an internal explosion of the vessel
while it was in Cromarty Firth on 30th December 1915. He
was 19. He is commemorated on
the Chatham Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom. His
mother, at 47 George Street, Dover, was notified of his
Dixon, R. J.
Reginald James Dixon, 8976,
was a Serjeant in the 2nd battalion of the Oxford and
Bucks Light Infantry. He was born in Buckland, Dover,
and enlisted in Shorncliffe. He was killed in action on
25th September 1915, when he was 25. He is commemorated
on the Loos Memorial in France.
wife, Elsie Mabel Dixon, née Norley, whom he had married
in 1912, lived at 49 Wyndham Road, and
his mother, E K Dixon, at 26 Clarendon Road. He
was brother to Percy, above, brother-in-law to
Norley, and related by marriage to the family of
William John Barden
(Reginald's wife's sister, Alma Annie Norley, married
Robert James Barden, William's brother, in 1905 at St
Reginald's widow remarried, to Joseph R. Hackett. One of
their sons, Owen
Hackett, died in World War II.
Dixon, W. J.
William John Dixon, J/5442,
was aboard the HMS Natal. The vessel exploded in the
Cromarty Firth on 30th December 1915. He was 23, and is
commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial in the United
parents were William John and Elizabeth Dixon, from 1
Valley Road, River, Dover.
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Dowle, R. J.
Robert James Dowle, G/7629,
joined the army in February 1917, and was a Private in
the 10th battalion of the Queen's (Royal West Surrey).
On 24th February 1917, when he was 25, he was killed,
according to his lieutenant, "while doing his duty nobly
in a raid on the enemy's trenches".
Adjutant wrote to Robert's father,
"He always acted as my runner and was always of the
greatest service to me. We always had the greatest
admiration for his bravery and coolness under fire. I
recommended him for the award of the Military Medal, and
I am sure no one deserved it more than he, but so many
are recommended that it is impossible to grant them all.
It seems hard that your son did not get some recognition
of his services ... His death is a great loss to the
Battalion ... His body has been recovered and a cross is
being erected over his grave." Robert is buried at
the Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Belgium.
He was born and lived in Dover and enlisted there.
His father was Robert James Dowle, from 1 Spring
Cottage, Peter Street, later 24 Peter Street, Dover.
This headstone is at Charlton:
In Loving Memory of
Robert J. Dowle
Died 8th April 1946
Aged 75 years
Also Pte. R. J. Dowle
Son of the above
Killed in Action
Aged 25 Years.
Interred at Kemmel Belgium.
transcribed by Joyce Banks
Dowle. W. R.
William Robert Dowle, M/338389,
was a Private in the 881st Military Transport company of
the Army Service Corps. He was 30 when he died from
influenza on 14th November 1918 at Salonica. He is buried at
the Chela Kula Military Cemetery, Nish, Serbia and
was Mrs Ethel Maud Dowle, from 57 Glenfield Road,
Draper, A. R. O.
Arthur Reginald Olley Draper,
was a Lieutenant (Quartermaster) in the 18th battalion
of the Northumberland Fusiliers. He died of wounds on 16th April
1918, and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in
Belgium, Panel 2.
Drew, E. J.
Edwin Joseph Drew, L/7787,
was working at the
Admiralty Works when he was
called up for service at the
outbreak of the War. He lived and enlisted in Dover, and
he became a Private in the 2nd
battalion of the Buffs. He was killed in action on 28 May
he was 30, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate in
His death was announced
on 8 October:
DREW - Private Edwin Joseph Drew, aged 30, killed in action May 28th 1915.
Do not ask us if we miss him,
There is such a vacant place;
Can we e'er forget his footstep,
And his dear familiar face.
Gone, but not forgotten.
Walmer, Edwin was
the son of Richard Drew, from Mill Lane,
Deal, and in 1908, in
Canterbury, he had married Emma Amelia Whiddett, born on
3 December 1885. She
lived at 42 Devonshire Road with their three children,
Edwin, born in 1910, Phyllis, in 1911, and Marjorie, on
15 April 1913.
daughter was born after her father died, and seven
months later her mother was mourning her too. Little
Josephine died on 6 June 1916, and was buried at St
James, in the nonconformist section. Adjutant Waters of
the Salvation Army officiated, and her mother, along
with her uncle and aunts, attended. Her mother laid a
wreath from "Mamma, sisters and brothers". A
further daughter, Bessie Emily, was born on 12 January
In 1923 Mrs Drew remarried to
Albert H Hammond, born on 3 October 1874, and in 1939 a
labourer in the paper mill. The couple were then living
at 42 Devonshire Road. Very sadly the couple
suffered the loss of their six-month son, Henry John, in August 1924, and their nine-month daughter,
Joan Edith, on 20 September 1928. However, their
daughters Sylvia, Kathleen, and Primrose grew up, with
Sylvia marrying a USAAF Staff Sergeant, Eugene Baldwin,
on 23 November 1945
Dunbar, J. S.
John Sinclair (or St Clair) Dunbar, 2171,
was a Private in the Northumberland Fusiliers, "F"
company, 1st battalion. Before the war he worked as
a Trimmer 1 on the cross-channel steamer "Queen",
and was called up as a Reservist. He
was killed in action on 27 October 1914,
and is commemorated on the Le Touret memorial
Kirkgunzeon, Kirkcudbrightshire, he was the son of William and Annie Dunbar, of 2,
Weatherley Street, Scotswood Road., Newcastle-on-Tyne,
where he enlisted. Mr Dunbar was a railway carman, born
in Scotland like his wife and their first
children. In 1901 the family were living at 3 Lord
Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with children Peter, 14,
John 12, Mary, 10, Thomas, 8, and four further sons,
born at Newcastle - James, 6, Willie, 3, and twins
Robert and Walter, 1.
He was the husband of Amelia Augusta Goodchild (formerly Dunbar,
née Terry), of Hubberstone Green, Milford Haven. The
couple had married in Dover in 1910. Their son, John
Edward ("Teddy") was born the year afterwards, when the
Dunbars were at Pontefract, and in 1914 they may have had
in Dover a
daughter, Rose, who died shortly after birth. Mrs Dunbar
was born in Dover, and was one of the some
twelve children of Frank Terry, a marine labourer or
porter, and his wife Emily, who were recorded in the
1891, 1901, and 1911 censuses as living at 6 Bulwark
Street, Dover. Mrs Dunbar was living at 39 Oxenden Street, Dover,
when she learnt of her husband's death.
announcements appeared in the Dover Express:
29 October 1915
In loving memory of my late husband, Private
John Sinclair Dunbar, of the Northumberland
Fusiliers, who was killed in action on 27th
Now rest in peace, they course
of valour run,
Soldier, discharged from war, they victory won;
That glorious victory all shall gain
Who to the end by grace their faith maintain.
31 October 1919
In memory of Private John Sinclair Dunbar, who fell in
action October 27th 1914, aged 26 years.
In the bloom of his life death
In the pride of his manhood days,
None knew him but to love him,
None mentioned his name but with praise.
from his loving son, Teddy
"In loving memory of my dear husband
Jon Sinclair Dunbar, who fell in action October 27th,
1914, aged 26 years.
Sleep on dear father, thy troubles are
We hope to meet on the eternal shore;
On earth there's strife; in heaven rest;
They miss you most who loved you best.
from his loving son, Teddy."
Mrs Dunbar remarried at Charlton,
Dover, on 4 April 1915 to Reginald Edward Goodchild, and
the couple had a daughter, Gladys. Mr and Mrs Goodchild
are now at rest at Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.
* CWGC gives his age
1 occupation supplied by Gina Baines
Albert Henry Duncan,
L/9906, was a Private in the 6th battalion of The Buffs.
Having enlisted in Canterbury, he was killed in action on 13 October 1915 and is
commemorated on the Loos memorial in France.
of Charles and Fanny Duncan, Albert was born in the
Hougham area of Dover on 1 May 1896 and christened at
Christchurch on 7 June 1896. His father Charles was then
a labourer, and the family lived at Landsdown Cottage,
Maxton. Mr Duncan was an army pensioner from the Royal
Engineers, and in 1891 the family were in Dover with
their first three sons, Alfred Edward, born 1887, George
Thomas, born 1888, and Charles James, born 17 January
1889 at Archcliffe Fort while his father was a Private
with with an address of Christchurch Mission Room,
Churchill Road, Hougham.
In 1901 the family were at
3 Approach Road, and had two new daughters, Fanny
Constance, born 1891, and Winifred Lilian, born 1894,and
three more sons, Robert Alan, about 1893, Albert,
and Donald Fleming, 1897. Sadly they had lost a son,
Alec William, soon after his birth in 1899. By
1911 the family were at 2 Lingdale Cottages, Manor Road,
Maxton, and had three more daughters; Gertrude
Elizabeth, 6 April 1903, Nora Isabel, 1906, and Ivy
Maria Teresa, 1908. They had lost a fourth daughter,
Katherine or Kathleen Mary ("Kate" or "Kitty"), born 20
July 1901 when the family were at Homestead Cottage,
Maxton. She had at about 7.55 on 16 November 1903 been
left having her breakfast with three of the other
children, including Constance, at 6 Hubert Terrace,
Maxton, while her mother had probably gone to her job at
cleaning a school. Kitty had got down from the table and
gone into another room, possibly to find the new boots
she had been given. Unfortunately she seems to have
struck a match and her nightgown caught fire. Constance
ran to a neighbour for help, but Kitty was too severely
burnt, on her arms, body, and legs, to survive, dying at
the hospital at 10.35. Mrs Duncan said that Kitty's last
words were to ask for tea and for her father to take her
On 29 July 1912 Albert, who
was a telegraph messenger and 17 years 3 months,
enlisted, doing drill with 3rd battalion The Buffs. He
then lived at 16 Manor Road. On 22 November 1912, living
at 66 Manor Road, his parents gave their consent to his
full enlistment; his character while doing his previous
drill had been very good. On 29 November 1912 he was
sent to Dublin to join his new corps. He was then
described as five feet seven inches tall, having blue
eyes, dark brown hair, and a vertical scar above his
After Albert died, his
mother was sent his effects. Living at 6 Kitchener Road,
she also received his 1914 Star on 18 July 1919, and
acknowledged recipet of a clasp for the star on 10 March
1921, and his war and victory medals on 15 July 1921.
She also received a photograph found on his body. When
Albert's entry appeared in De Ruvigny's roll of honour,
the address given was 24 Markland Road.
Charles, Albert's father,
died on 24 June 1942, at 6 Kitchener Road, aged 82. He
was buried in Hougham churchyard.
When Albert died, his
brother Alfred was living at 5 Ringcroft Street,
Islington. George, Charles, and Robert were in the RGA,
and Donald was aboard HMS Barham. All his sisters were
at 6 Kitchener Road, exception Constance, who was at 94
Bell Hill Road, Bristol.
Alfred died in 1925. He was
the father of Alec
Arthur Rupert Dunn, 13030,
was an old St Martin's schoolboy, and before enlisting
had been employed by Messrs Newing and Gibbons. He
was a Corporal, and had served in the 4th battalion of the Worcestershire
Regiment since August 1914. He had been twice wounded
before being killed in action on 23rd April 1917. He is
commemorated on the Arras memorial in France.
Dover, he enlisted in London, and lived at Ilford. He was
the second son of Mrs Dunn, of 360 Thorold Road, Ilford,
and he and his parents had previously lived at 45 Monins
Road, Maxton, Dover.
He was brother to Horace, below.
Dunn, H. L.
Horace Leonard Dunn, 3306,
was a Private in the City of London Yeomanry in the
Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (including
Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps) (Rough Riders).
He died on 11th April 1916, and is buried in the Suez
war memorial cemetery, Egypt.
brother to Arthur, above, born at St Martin's (probably
the parish, Dover), enlisted at Finsbury Square, and
lived at Ilford.
plaque (right) is at St Bartholomew's church,
Smithfield, London. With thanks to Patrick O'Mara
Reginald Victor Dunn, 6511
was born in Dover. He was an old boy of the Sunday
School at St Mary's and became a Sunday School teacher
before he went to France. He was in the Field Survey
Company, and had been serving as a Private in the 1st/15th
(County of London) battalion
of the London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil
Service Rifles). He enlisted in Dover
a period of rest after having
been at the Front, he was
accidentally shot during revolver practice on 4th May
1917. He was 20. A Memorial Service was held for him at
St Mary's on Sunday 14th May, and later his name would
be placed on his
sister's headstone (right) at Charlton cemetery. He is
buried at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery in Belgium. The
words on the bottom of his headstone there read: "A
bitter grief, A shock severe, To part with one, We love
was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Francis Dunn, from 24
Alms Houses. The eldest son, E J Dunn
(above), who enlisted at the beginning of the War,
served with the Royal West Kents, in India.
|In Ever Loving Memory
My Beloved Wife
Florence Mary Foord
who departed this life 19th January 1918
aged 37 years
"At Rest with the Lord He Knoweth Dest"
Reginald V. Dunn R.E.
(late Civil Service Rifles)
The Beloved Brother of the Above
Accidentally Killed in France
4th May 1917
Aged 20 Years
|Also of our Beloved Brother
William John Foord
United with His Dear Wife
23rd Jan 1955
Aged 72 Years
"Loved By All"
Footnote: By sad
coincidence, in the same year another Private Dunn was
also accidentally shot during practice, this time on the
rifle ranges at Dover. He was wounded in the stomach and
died the next day 10th October 1917, in hospital
(probably a Western Heights hospital). It was the first
fatal accident on a Dover range. Private Dunn was
serving in the East Surreys, and his mother, Mrs J.
Anscombe lived at "Fair View", Hare Hill, Addlestone,
Surrey. Private F. Dunn is buried at St James, Dover.
(See also J R Darwall, this page)
Dunn, W. J.
William James Dunn, L/6842,
was in the 1st battalion of the Buffs, serving as a
Lance Corporal. He was 32 when he died on 25th
March 1915. He is buried at Ration Farm Military
Cemetery, La Chapelle-D'Armentieres, France.
wife, Gertrude, lived at 48 Dour Street, and his parents
were Captain and Mrs Dunn. He was born in Charlton,
Dover, and enlisted and lived in the town. An address of 54 Dour Street
was given when the request was made for his name to go
on the Memorial.
Durban, A. E.
Allan Edwin Durban, TF/290501,
was 27 when he died on 22 August 1917. He had been
serving in the 1st/10th (TF) battalion of the Duke of
Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment as a Serjeant. He
enlisted in Stamford Brook, Middlesex, and lived in
Kentish Town. He died in India and is commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918
parents were Thomas Morris and Eliza Durban, from 154
High Street, Hythe, Kent. In 1911 the family had been
living at 7 Priory Hill, Dover, with Mr Durban working
as a house decorator, as was his son Roland, then aged
24. Both had been born in Aylesford, as was Allan, who
was an assistant certified teacher for the Dover
Education Committee. Mrs Durban was born in Wellow,
Nottinghamshire. Others in the family were Ethel, aged
18, born at Loose, and Morris, aged 8, born in Dover.
Allan's address for probate
purposes was 3St Martin's Place, Dover; probate was
granted to his father.
Dyer, A. H.
Abraham Henry Martin Dyer,
L/10113, was 26 when he died on 19h April 1916. He had
been serving as a Private in the 1st battalion of the Buffs. He is
buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium, after dying
the son of Henry Martin and Johanna Louise Dyer, of 192
Union Road, and brother to Albert (below). He was born
at St James, Dover, and lived in Dover, but enlisted in
(We Remember 06)
Martin Dyer died on 5th May 1943 at 68 Balfour Road,
Dover. He had requested no flowers should be sent.
Dyer, (S. A.) A. S.
Albert Sidney Dyer, L/9940,
was a Private in the 1st battalion of the Buffs. He was
killed in action on 20 October
1914, at Prones Wood, according to his father (at a spot
near to Chateau de Flandres, Radinghem), when he was 18. He is commemorated
on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.
the son of Henry Martin Dyer and Johanna Louisa Dyer of
192 Union Road, Dover (formerly, in 1901, of 166
Clarendon Street), and brother to Abraham Henry Martin
(above). They had sisters Edith Louise, Lucy, and Violet. They were
nephews and niece to Edward George (below) and cousins
born at Christchurch (probably the parish, Dover),
enlisted in Dover, and lived at Tower Hamlets, Dover.
with thanks to Dawn Collins
(We Remember 06)
Dyer, E. G.
Edward George Dyer, T/504,
was the sixth of eleven children. His parents were Abraham
Martin and Hannah Sarah Dyer, and one of his brothers
was Henry Martin Dyer, father of Albert and Abraham Dyer
(above). Abraham came to Dover in 1863, a year after his
father died in Lincolnshire. He married a couple of days
after his 18th birthday.
In 1881 the
family lived at 24 Adrian Street,
Dover, which is where
Sergeant Dyer was brought up. He was born in the parish
of St Mary's, Dover, and enlisted and
lived in the town; on his return from the South African
campaign he married Elizabeth Maude Thomas and by
1910 they were living
at Longfield Road. Their home was
near the corner of North Street, in which road his
parents lived, and the gardens of the two houses shared
a boundary at their ends.
an Inspector of Messengers at the GPO, and had made many
friends, being also a member of the "K" company of the
4th volunteer battalion of the Buffs. He volunteered for
the South African war and served through part of it, and
his company volunteered again when the Great War
out. They were sent to India, and thence to Aden. It was
in Aden, serving as a Sergeant in "D" company of the 1st/4th battalion,
that he died from heat stroke on 25th September 1915. He
was buried with military honours at As De La, and
commemorated on the Heliopolis (Aden) memorial, Egypt
Captain, A C Grigg, wrote to his wife, Elizabeth, "He
was acting as Company Sergeant Major and had carried
himself and led his men with great gallantry, and the
men responded to the fine example set by him and their
bearing under fire was beyond all praise and I was
indeed proud to command such a company. To me,
personally, your husband's death is a great loss, as I
have been in command of the Company to which he was
attached ever since we left England, and I formed the
highest opinion of his personal character and
reliability. He had always endeared himself to the
officers and men and we all join in offering you and his
family our most heartfelt sympathy in your loss. I hope
that the knowledge that your husband died gallantly on
the battlefield fighting for his Empire and that he was
so well loved by all ranks in the Battalion in which he
had served so long, will in some way assuage the great
grief that must be yours today."
memorial, with Sergeant Dyer's
commemoration. The poppy-cross is placed
before the panel containing his name. .
Major F M Dunstan,
commander of "D" company, wrote, "When he died they had
done ten miles with the sand of the desert up to their
knees, and the blazing sun and the enemy's fire to
contend with. In spite of the very trying conditions the
men behaved magnificently and won the highest praise
from the General. Sergeant Dyer kept going till he died.
What more could a man do? I hope the knowledge that he
gave his life for his King and Country and that both in
the Volunteers and Territorials he had always maintained
the best traditions of the Buffs, that he bore
excellent character, was popular with all ranks, and
that he over and over again proved his sterling worth,
will in a measure help to lighten your great sorrow. We
all feel his loss terribly, especially those who, like
myself, have known him for some years. As the result of
the engagement five of the "D" company are dead and two
wounded, still they died as they would have wished, like
Englishmen and doing their duty to the last. All ranks
join in offering to you our heartfelt sympathy for you
in the loss which you have sustained and in expressing
the earnest wish that God will sustain you in this hour
of trouble and trial."
|Far from the field of strife the hero
Old England's flag to save;
He bravely followed through the strife,
And won the martyr's crown of life.
No tender yet sad farewell
From his quivering lips was heard,
So softly he crossed that quiet stream
In a moment to endless life.
Weep not, for now my work is done,
So bravely I upheld the shield,
This banner brave and bright,
Uplifted for the cause and truth -
The truth that must prevail.
They laid him in a soldier's grave
But think of his sweet surprise
He felt, as he met his Saviour's smile,
For He had taken the life He gave.
from his sorrowing Mother and Father
Dyer died, his widow moved to accommodation above a shop
at 1 Worthington
Street. She later billeted a Sergeant
in the Army Pay Corps, William (Billy) Henry Gavin, born
in Ireland. They married in 1918; very sadly, at the age
of 27, he died six weeks later, just before Christmas,
from the influenza epidemic. He is buried at St Mary's,
E J 29
Dyer, civilian casualty in World War II, was another
nephew of Edward Dyer. He was the son of Edward's
brother William, who was the first child of Abraham and
(We Remember 06)
with many thanks to Mike Davis
Dyer family photograph, circa 1910:
back row - Edward Dyer, with his father Abraham and
mother Hannah, front row - believed to be sister-in-law
Lily Thomas, son Edward George (Gil), wife Elizabeth,
with baby Mabel Eileen, known as Eileen, on her lap. Mr and Mrs Edward
Dyer had another son, Reginald Charles, between Gil and
Eileen in age. After his father died he went to an
orphanage for service children at Farnham in Surrey.
When the Great War ended he went to Canada, returning in
1933, and subsequently serving during WWII in the RAMC.
Reginald's son became a Warrant Officer in the RCAF
after WWII. Courtesy Mike Davis
Memorial pictures: Andy and Michelle Cooper
plaque: a photo of a large copper plate
memorial which formerly stood in a church in Aden, now
believed to be in the Army museum at Chelsea.
To the Glory of God
and in Memory of
Non-Commissioned Officers & Men of
The 4th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
who fell in action near Sheikh Othman, or died at Aden
Died of Wounds
No 557 Sergeant T Brazier, 23-9-15
- No 2073 Private L H Fuller, 25-9-15
Died of Heat Stroke in Action
No 504 Sergeant E G Dyer, 25-9-15
- No 2334 Private H R De-La-Mare, 25-9-15
No 2330 Private W.Bromley, 25-9-15
- No 2289 Private A. Steadman, 25-9-15
No 1940 Private G R Brown, 25-9-15
- No 2205 Private R W Maslin, 25-9-15
Died of Disease at Aden
No 128 Private F Griffiths, 17-9-15 - No1710 Private C H Salter, 2-10-15
Erected by the Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the Battalion