World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
East, H. J.
Hubert James East, a Captain from the 1st battalion of
the York and Lancaster Regiment, died on 10th May 1915.
He is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres in Belgium.
He was the second son of
Mr William H. East ARCA and Mrs Emma East, of "East Lee," Maison Dieu Road, Dover. Born in 1884, he had been
educated at Dover College and gained his first
commission in 1901, in the third battalion of his
regiment. He had served in the South African campaign,
receiving the Queen's medal with two clasps. In July
1903 he was transferred to the 2nd battalion, and was
gazetted Captain of the 1st in July 1912.
Although there was some doubt over his being missing or
killed, a General Plumer eventually telegraphed Captain
East's father to say that a signaller had seen Captain
East killed by a shot in the breast. Mr East also
visited in hospital a Corporal of the East Yorks
Regiment, who said he had seen Captain East, shot in the
leg, making his way behind the firing line. Captain East
passed a severely wounded soldier and gave him a drink
from his flask, and it was then he was shot. He
therefore died while doing an act of kindness on the
When he died Captain East was in command of his
battalion, as all his superior officers had been killed.
The whole battalion, apart from one officer and 63 men,
had now fallen casualty, either killed or wounded.
Married in August 1914, he had been the "dearly
beloved husband" for less than a year of Vera (née Brown),
daughter of the late George Sheward Brown and Mrs Brown,
of Linden Park, Tunbridge Wells. She
later became (Mary) Vera Hyde Upward, of 111, Victoria
Drive, Eastbourne. The Mayor moved a motion that a
letter of condolence be sent to
Mr East, of the School
of Art and one of their officials, and to
Mrs East, for
the loss of their son.
George Easterfield, 26171. He was a Private in the 103rd Co, Machine Gun
Corps (Infantry) (formerly 3/859 East Kent Regiment). He died of wounds on 1st July 1916 at the age of 28.
commemorated on the Thiepval memorial in France.
He was born in Tonbridge, but lived in River, Dover and enlisted in
Dover. He was the
George Dennis Easterfield and Adelaide Easterfield, of 5, Riverside
Terrace, River, Dover.
||Could we have raised his
Or heard his last farewell,
The blow would not have been so hard
For those that loved him well.
He sleeps not
in his native land,
But 'neath some foreign skies,
And far from those who loved him well,
But in a hero's grave he lies.
From Mother and Sister, Brothers, Alice, and
His brother(?), Lance Sergeant Albert
Edward Easterfield, 6057, returned from the war, despite
having served throughout and having suffered dysentery,
malaria, and hysteria.
Eaves, A. T.
Alfred Thomas Eaves was a Lieutenant (TP), acting
as Captain, in the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment,
10th Service battalion.
CWGC states he died on 3 October 1916 (local newspaper
reports state 7 October). He is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial
in France, pier and face 5D and 6D.
A report stated:
Dover Schoolmaster Killed in Action
We regret to state that news has been
received by his wife, Mrs Eaves, of 196 Folkestone Road,
Dover, that Lieutenant and Acting Captain A T Eaves of
the Queen's Royal West Surry Regiment, has been killed
in action. Prior to joining the Army, he was a master at
St Martin's School, Dover, where he had been since March
1908, being previously a student teacher at Deal.
Lieutenant and Mrs Eaves were only married in the spring
of 1914, and since he joined the army Mrs Eaves has been
carrying on his duties as a teacher at St Martin's
school. The news of his death has been received with the
greatest sorrow in the school and the greatest sympathy
is expressed for Mrs Eaves.
Lieutenant Eaves was very closely
identified with the Scout movement, both at St Martin's
School and in connection with the Dover Boy Scouts
Association, of which he was the secretary prior to
joining the army. He
received a commission in the East
Surrey Regiment at Christmas 1914, but a little over six
months ago was transferred to a battalion of the Royal
West Surrey Regiment, and shortly afterwards went with
them to the Front. He was killed by a shell whilst he
was very gallantly engaged in consolidating a captured
position under shell fire.
A memorial service was held at St
Martin's church for Mr Eaves, and he was also named on
the St Martin's school memorial. Mr E J Smith, President of the Old
Boys' Association, when unveiling the memorial, spoke of
letters he had received from Mr Eaves. In one, just
before he was killed, he wrote, "Do not forget me too
soon. I feel you will not. None of my old boys remain at
school, I suppose, but they will visit you from time to
time, and, if I am no more, no doubt will think of old
The last letter Mr Smith received was
written, he said, at one of the worst periods in the
Battle of the Somme. and spoke of a number of things
including the arrangements that should be made were Mr
Eaves to be killed. He ended his letter with: "That is
all. I am well and quite cheerful, and only trust that I
shall do well in all that I am required to do." As Mr
Smith then said; "What a message to us all. What an
example to the boys of the next generation."
Resources 2 (.pdf),
Warrior Educational Resources
image above - Mr Eaves' home
at Longfield Road, Dover
Mr Eaves was one of the casualties
featured in the "Unknown Warrior 90th Anniversary"
project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Educational Resources are
a similar path in his career when he was killed was
Tommy Eaves' name was one of the
181 names of casualties of the Great War read out at the
Tower of London on 21 October 2014, as part of the
"Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" commemoration.
The moat was progressively filled with 888,246 ceramic
poppies, one for each Fallen recorded by the CWGC, between 5 August and 11 November.
If you have further information
about Tommy Eaves, or are a relative, please
Edwin James Edmond, 544010, was born and enlisted in Dover. He was the son of Robert and Emma Edmond, and the
husband of Ethel Nelly Edmond, née Francis, of 6 Military Road, Dover,
whom he had married in 1905 Mrs Edmond's
father was Mr T Francis, a general builder of Dover, and
Corporal Edmond had served on his staff before the war.
In 1911 Edwin, 29, was a painter and decorator for a
general builder. His wife was a book-keeper. There were
two children at home at Union Cottage, Union Road; Hilda
Gladys, 4, and
Leonard William Edmond, aged 2.
a Corporal in the Royal Engineers, from the 1st/2nd battalion of the Cinque Ports Fortress Company (T). He was 35 when he died on 20th May 1917
at Shorncliffe Hospital, after an operation and a long
He was buried in St Mary's Cemetery, Dover in the United
Kingdom. The coffin was borne on a gun carriage, and
covered with the Union Jack. The band of the Royal
Fusiliers was present and played Chopin's march on
nearing the cemetery. Three volleys were fired over the
grave by a party supplied by the Royal Fusiliers and
subsequently twelve buglers belonging to the R. E. (T)
sounded the Last Post. Amongst the mourners were his
wife, who sent a floral tribute "from his sorrowful
wife, Ethel", and his mother.
Arthur Percy Edwards, 49210, enlisted in
Dover and became a Private in the
10th battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers, formerly
18962 in the North Lancashire Regiment. He died of
wounds on 22 September 1918, and is buried in the St
Sever cemetery extension, Rouen in France, R IV D 6.
Arthur was the son of William George Edwards
and Esther his wife, nee Smallman, who had married in
1884. Born in 1888 in Hednesford, Staffordshire, he was
their third child and first son. In 1891 the family were
living at Morris Building, Hill Streeet, Hednesford,
with Mr Edwards working as an engine driver in a
colliery. At home were Arthur, with his two older
sisters, Ada, born about 1885, and Florence, born in
1886. There was also a younger brother, William Herbert,
born in 1890. By 1901 the family had another three
children; George Albert V, born in 1892, Olga Beatrice,
about 1897, and Dorothy Esther M, 1899. Olive Adelina
was born in 1903 in Hednesford; in 1907 the family were
living at Holly Cottages, West Chadsmoor.
1911 the family had moved to 20 Maxton Road, Dover. Mr
Edwards was still working as an engine driver in a
colliery. By this time the family had lost three of
their nine children; Florence may have been one of
them, in 1895. William died before 2am on Friday 13th
September 1907, fewer than three hours into his shift in
the mine at Littleton Collieries, having been
electrocuted after seemingly touching a live wire while
attending an electric motor. At the inquest, although he
had never visited the doctor, he was described as having
signs of inflammation in his heart and lungs, and
probably also scoliosis as his spine curved and his
right ribs were projected forwards. He was considered
thin and sparesly-nourished. His father was the winding
engineman; also on shift and alerted to the accident he
had the sad task of raising his son's body to the
Arthur married in 1912 in Dover to
Helena Croft Kilby. The couple had at least two
children; William Herbert in 1913 and Valerie A in 1916.
Mrs Edwards received Arthur's effects when he
Mrs Edwards was the aunt of
Jonathan Cheney, being the sister of his mother.
On 2 December 1922 at Christchurch, Hougham, she
married Percy Charles Rich, a labourer of 43
Winchelsea Street, Dover. Her address then was 13
Winchelsea Street. The couple had a daughter in
1926, Gwendoline H Rich. Mrs Helena Rich died in
1960 in the Newbury area.
Herbert Edwards married Eileen Alice Davies on 21
August 1935 at St Andrews, Buckland.
Frederick William Edwards was an Artificer
Engineer in the Royal Navy, aboard the HMS Flirt. He
drowned on 1st June 1916 when he was 43. He is buried at
Sheerness Cemetery, on the Isle of Sheppey, United
His parents, Frederick and Mary Edwards, lived in
Dover, and his wife, Lottie Victoria Edwards, in
Sheerness, at the Royal Hotel.
At the foot of the cross the words
read, "Sacred to the memory of Frederick W Edwards, RN,
accidentally drowned June 1st 1916, aged 42 years.
"Grant him O Lord Eternal Rest". Lottie Victoria, wife
of the above, died Jan 6th 1954, aged 75 years. Harry,
only son of the above, died Jan 13th 1954, aged 50
Albert George Ellender, K/4464, was a Leading
Stoker in the Royal Navy aboard the HMS "Formidable". He
was 29 when he died on New Year's Day 1915, when his
vessel was hit by two torpedoes. It was the first
battleship to be sunk in the Great War, and went down
off the Devon coast. Albert is commemorated on the
Chatham Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom.
His wife was Mabel Charlotte Ellender, and they were
parents to a little girl, Doris. The family lived
at 43 Liverpool Street, Dover. Born on 23
January 1866, Albert was
the "dearly beloved second son" of Mr
Joseph William and Mrs Elizabeth Ellender, of Admiralty
House, 1 Strond Street. In 1891 the Ellender family were
living at 31 Priory Road, and Mr Ellender was working as
a railway porter. At home were Charles, 6, Albert, 5,
Reginald, 3, and Helen, 4 months. Ten years later the
family were at 31 Priory Road, with Mr Ellender working
as a grocer's carman. Charles was a grocer's assistant,
and Albert was a port errand boy.
Albert 's brother Reginald, below,
also lost his life.
A message from one who had gone in haste,
Came flashing across the sea,
It told not of weakness but trust in God,
When it asked us, "Pray for me".
And since from churches and English home,
In the day or the twilight dim,
A chorus of prayers has risen to God -
"Bless and take care of him,"
We have lost you, we who loved you,
We like others must be brave,
For we know that you are lying
In a British sailor's grave.
Friends may think that we forget him,
When at times we're apt to smile,
Little knowing what grief is hidden,
Beneath the surface all the while.
his loving Wife and Child, December 1915
These lower two notices were
inserted in 1916, on the anniversary of his
"A most devoted son, and loved by all" - from his
sorrowing Parents, Brothers, and Sister
"Thy will be done"
Ellender, R. A.
Reginald Alfred Ellender, 495231, was the
younger brother (third son of his parents) of George,
above. In the Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial
Force). He was a Private
at the 53rd Station Hospital. He died from pneumonia on
2nd July 1918, when he was 31, leaving a wife, Olive May Ellender, who lived at 208 Folkestone Road, Dover.
He died in North Russia and is buried in Murmansk British cemetery.
Reginald was born in Dover and had attended St Mary's, and then the County
(now Grammar) school. Living in Dover, he then became an assistant master at
St Mary's Boys' School, Folkestone, before he enlisted
in Sittingbourne in 1914. He went to France in January 1917 and was
wounded on the Somme in the September. He gained the
Military Medal then. Two months later he was gassed at
Major D C Williams, writing to Mrs Ellender, said
that Reginald was the first of the expedition to die,
and that "He was an excellent man, always keen to do his
duty". He was buried with full military honours on 2nd
July, with the whole of his corps and a naval band
attending. A firing party saluted as he was laid to rest
on a green hill.
Charles Edward Ellis, 220405, was a Petty
Officer in the Royal Navy. He had served since at least
1916 on submarines, and on 20 July 1918 was serving on
submarine E34, which was sunk by mine on near the
Friesian island of Texel.
The bodies of four of the crew were washed ashore
and buried in Noordwijk General Cemetery,
The Netherlands. Charles Ellis is buried in grave D58;
his grave is behind the Cross of Sacrifice in the
picture below; back row, fifth from the right. The other
crew members were telegraphist Charles Amoore, grave D60
in the same row, and Lt Richard Pulleyne, C47 and Lt
Hugh Wynne, C46, whose graves are in the front row.
Ellis was the fourth son of the late Mr and Mrs T Ellis, 54
Bridge Street. His brother T Ellis lived at George
Street, and his brother B Ellis at Dover College. He had
elder brothers serving; below are Leading Seaman Walter H Ellis and Percy
Ellis, a gunner in the RFA.
His sister, Mrs T Pierce, from 45 Godington Road, Ashford, was officially informed of his
death just days after she received his DSM medal. Petty
Officer Ellis had received also long service and good
grave pictures with thanks to Mark
Ellis, E. B.
Ernest Benjamin Ellis,
K28237, was a Stoker, 1st class, on the HMS Racoon. He
died on 9th January 1918 when his vessel was wrecked off
the Irish coast. He is buried in Rathmullan (St Colomb)
Church of Ireland churchyard.
Ernest was three, having been born on 4 March 1897, and
was living at 9 Finnis Hill with his family. He was
the second son of George Ellis, a railway gate keeper,
and his wife Eliza. Then, as well as Walter, Ernest's
older brother, then aged 9, they had three daughters,
Bertha, aged 11, Florence, aged 7, and May, aged 5. The
family were all born in Dover apart from Mrs Ellis, who
was born in Maidstone.
died in 1914 at the aged of 58, and Mrs Ellis later
lived at 42
East Cliff. She may have remarried in 1915, to William
Hotston. It was Ernest's sister, Bertha A Coombs, of 3
Athol Terrace, East Cliff, who requested his name should
be put on the Town Memorial
||In health and strength he left
And left his loved ones dear,
Not thinking that his young bright life
Would meet death so severe.
From his broken-hearted Mother, Sisters, and
Ellis, G. A.
George Alfred Ellis, L/7371, was a Lance Corporal in the
1st battalion of the Queen's
Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). He was killed in action on 13 September 1914,
and is commemorated on La Ferte de Jouarre memorial in
He was born in Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, and enlisted
in Maidstone. He was the husband of Amy E. Ellis, of 60, Oswald Road, Buckland,
Ronald Whidborne Elverson ("Ron") was a Lieutenant of
the 9th battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. He died
on 25 September 1918 (CWGC date), and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois memorial
This column is at St James. Part is unreadable, but the
legible section states:
Also of His Son
Lieut. Ronald Whidborne Elverson
9th Battalion East Surrey Regiment.
Who fell at the Battle of Loos, September 26th 1915.
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me"
"Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Also to the memory of Annie Eliza,
Wife of Hamilton James Elverson.
Born March 1st. 1851. Died October 15th 1934.
"Blessed are the pure at heart, for they shall see God "
Ronald Elverson was born in
1890 at Kensington, the youngest of six children. In
1901 the family were living at 12 Victoria Park, Dover,
where they kept five servants. Major Elverson died on 5
November 1904 from peritonitis, after suffered several
illnesses. Mrs Elverson remained at Victoria Park,
living in 1911 there with her younger daughter. She was
unfortunate enough to suffer a fire on the third floor
of her home on 26 September 1914, when an oil lamp in a
back room fell from its hanging. The fire brigade were
called but the household were able to put out the flames
before the brigade arrived. Ronald, meanwhile, in 1911,
was at 16 Stanhope Gardens, Highgate N, Hornsey,
Middlesex, staying with the Rex family and occupied as
an army student at Cambridge University. Also there was
his brother, Arthur, then an engineering student.
Ronald was commemorated on the war memorial at St James,
where his father had been churchwarden. An application
was also made in 1926 for Ronald to be commemorated on a
tablet on the north-eastern wall by the reading desk.
The tablet was of marble with a border of green mosaic,
and on the alabaster centre were to be inscribed the
words, "Sacred to the memory of Ronald Whidborne
Elverson, Lieutenant, 9th East Surrey Regiment, who fell
in the battle of Loos, September 16th 1915. "Though I
walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will
fear no foe, for Thou art with me."".
The memorial at Ellesmere
College. Below, detail showing Ronald Elverson's
name. This list of staff is at the bottom
right-hand corner of the memorial
photographs of the memorial at
Ellesmere College, Shropshire, by courtesy of The
Memorial for Ronald
The Ellesmerian Club, Ellesmere College, Shropshire.
Erry, T. H.
Thomas Herbert Erry, TF202273 (6318), enlisted in Hornsea in Middlesex
on 5 February 1`916, and was a Private
in the 1/7 battalion
of the Duke of Cambridge's Own Middlesex Regiment. He
was killed in action on 3rd May 1917.
He lived in Dover; his service record
gives his address as 66 Bulwark Street. On enlistment he
was a carpenter. He was the son of Thomas Erry, who in
the 1891 census was given as a fisherman, born in
Middlesex, and his wife Maria Elizabeth, formerly
Brewer, born in Dover. The couple had married in 1889.
Thomas Errey died at the age of 66 in Dover in 1920.
Living with them in 1891 at 2 St John's Place, in the
Pier Ward, was Edward Brewer, a stepson aged 18, who was
employed as a sweep. Maria Errey in 1881 was a
widow, occupied as a dressmaker.
Evans, A. W.
A. W. Evans attended the Boys' Grammar
between 1906-1908. He was serving aboard HMS "Recruit"
at the beginning of 1915 and had qualified as an
artificer. He lost his life with HMS Recruit. We believe
that this casualty is recorded as William Arthur Evans
by the CWGC and National Archives.
William Arthur Evans was born on 13
May 1893, at Flint. He died on 1 May 1915 when HMS
Recruit was torpedoed off the Thames Estuary. He was the
son of William John and Mary Florence Evans of 59
Buckland Avenue, Dover. In 1901 the family were living
at 33 Park Road, Buckland, Dover. Mr Evans was working
as a Trinity House Pilot. William's younger sister
Florence, then 4, was born in Flint like her parents and
brother; a younger brother, Walter, 2 months, had been
born in Dover.
Evans, E. A.
Edward Arthur Evans, 11805, was born at St
Luke's in London, lived at Forest Gate, and enlisted in
Hounslow. He became a Sergeant in
the Royal Fusiliers, 22nd battalion, and died on
28/29 April 1917 at Oppy. He is commemorated on the
Arras memorial in France, bay 3.
He was named on the Primitive
Methodist window, having been said to have married into
a Dover Methodist family. He was "the beloved husband" of Mrs May
Eliza Evans (née Uden), who lived at 101 Oswald Road, Dover.
May was born in Dover in 1892 and married Edward in
1916. She was a daughter of Albert George Uden, born
Hougham, a house painter, and his wife, Harriet,
née Pucknell. The family in 1901 were living at 6
Lindale Cottages, Hougham within, and other children in
the family were Edith Harriet, Emily C, Frederick
Albert, Henry J, and Elizabeth A. Mary was registered as
"Mary" but sometime between 1901 and 1911, when she was
working as a servant in the New Malden home of Henry
Healey, a committee clerk for the Corporation of London,
she changed her name.
Evans, V. S.
Samuel Victor Evans, TF/202203, was a Private
in the 1/7th battalion of the Duke of Cambridge's Own
Middlesex Regiment. He died on 24th September 1916, and
is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
He was born in Ceylon, India, but
enlisted in Sevenoaks, Kent, and lived in Dover. He was
the Son of Major F and Mrs E A Evans, from 30 Vale View
Everall, E. H.
Everall, 233891. He was aboard the HMS "Aboukir" as an
Able Seaman, when his vessel, one of the three armoured
cruisers in the live-bait squadron, was sunk. It was
22 September 1914, and he was 26. Born on 16 November
1888 at Annalong, County Down, he had joined the Royal
Navy on 16 November 1906 for a period of 12 years. He
was then described as having dark hair and blue eyes,
and grew to 5'5" tall. He served on a number of vessels,
with a character of very good. IN 1911 he is recorded as
an Able Seaman, in the Medway area.
He was the son of
Freeman and Ellen Elizabeth Everall, of 19 Vale View Road, Dover.
In 1911 his family were at the coastguard station,
Hythe, and Mr Everall was a Chief Officer Coastguard. He
had been born in Ramsgate in 1857 and christened on 21
May, the son of Edward, also a coastguard, and Caroline
Everall. Mrs Everall had been born in Ireland, as were
all the children then at home; Caroline, about 1892,
Robert, about 1896, Ellen, about 1898, Kenneth, about
1903, and Agnes, about 1904. There had been 10 children
in the then 27 year marriage, of whom two had died
young. Another brother was
Edward is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial in the
||Many a lonely hour we miss
I have anchored my soul in the haven of
I sail the wild seas no more.
The tempest may sweep o'er the wild stormy deep,
But in Jesus I'm safe evermore.
his loving Father, Mother, Sisters, and
Mr Everall died in
March 1935 at 19 Vale View Road, aged 76. He had joined
the RN at the age of fourteen, having been involved in
North Sea fishing since the age of 12.. He was stationed
in Ireland with the coastguards for 22 years. He was
appointed to Hythe on 21 August 1905. He retired on 9
April 1912. When the Great War began, he rejoined and
served as Chief Officer at the Wireless Signal Station,
Rhossili, South Wales, until 1 April 1919. He had a
Lloyds medal and certificate for meritorious service
when the Rothesay was stranded at Cushenden, Ireland in
January 1899. He is buried at St Mary's.
Mrs Everall died on 2
April 1940 at the hospital, Waldershare, after a fall at
home on 29 March where she fractured her femur. She is
buried at St Mary's.
Edward's grandfather, had been born in about 1824. The
son of Richard Everall and a product of Shrewsbury
Grammar School, he had a long naval career, having
chosen the sea in 1843 in preference to his parents
having articled him as a solicitor. He served throughout
the Crimean War aboard HMS Princess Royal,
receiving the Baltic and Turkish medals and the medal
and clasp for the siege of Sebastopol. He retired as a
Station Officer of the Coastguards in 1879, with a long
He died on 28
September 1909 at his home, 3 Abbey View, and was buried
at River. His coffin was draped in the Union Flag and
thirty coastguards were present, eight from Hythe, where
Freeman Everall, his son, was stationed, acting as
bearers from the house to the cemetery. There were three
volleys fired over the grave and a funeral salute
sounded. Mrs Caroline Everall had died in 1896, aged 72.
Frederick Eversfield, J/12826, is
commemorated on the Chatham Naval memorial in the United
Kingdom. He was an
Able Seaman on the submarine D6, and was 24 when he died
on 24 June 1918.
He was born on 15 May 1894, the son of Harry
Eversfield and Mary Jane née Steel, who had married in
1884. In 1901 the family were living at 1 Alexander
Cottages, Tower Street, Dover. Eldest son Harry, 16, was
working as a labourer in an iron foundry, and also at
home were Elizabeth, 12, Alfred, 9, Frederick, 6, Hilda,
2, and Winifred, 1. The children and their mother were
all born in Dover.
His wife was Kathleen Christina Eversfield, of 19 Saint James Road,
Carshalton, Surrey (17 St Johns Road?).