war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War I



Surnames F

Faggetter, W. A.
William Arthur Faggeter (Faggether on CWGC and Soldiers Died), 7217, was a Private in the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (including Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps) 9th Lancers (Queen's Royal) battalion. He was killed in action on 20 May 1915, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, panel 5.

He was born in 1883, and in 1891 his family were living at the Old Commercial Quay Inn, on the Commercial Quay in Dover. His father, Lewis Faggetter was then a licensed victualler, and he had for a year been the licensee at the Grand Sultan in Snargate Street before moving in 1885 to the Quay Inn. There he remained until 1896. In 1881, living at 56 Broadway, Cheriton, he was a coal merchant.

In the family in 1891 were Mr Faggetter and his wife, Caroline Anne ("Carry"), daughter of Henry and Susannah Wood, who had married in 1871. Their children Jessie Alice, Mabel Fanny, Annie Caroline, Lewis Henry, and William were also there. Jessie had been born in the USA in about 1872, with Isabel in Hythe, and the other three in Sandgate. There was a fourth sister, Florence Brackenbury, the third child of the family, also born in Hythe.

By 1899 Lewis and Caroline Faggetter were at Sunny View, Folkestone Road, with Mrs Faggeter's parents. Mr Faggetter was working as a commission agent in 1901. William, meanwhile, aged 18, had attested in Dover to the 21st Lancers on 7 October 1899, taking a short service commission and the number 4485. He gave his occupation as fruiterer, his religion as Church of England, and was described as five feet 10¾ inches tall with fair hair and blue eyes. He apparently had a mole between his shoulder blades and a scar on his left wrist. He joined his regiment at Canterbury, and would subsequently ask for two extensions to bring him to eight years' service and then 12 years. He left on 6 October 1911. He had been promoted to Lance Corporal on 8 May 1906 but at his own request reverted to Private on 31 January 1907.

That same year, on 27 April, William's brother Lewis ("Sonnie") died suddenly in the Victoria Hospital, Dover, from an abscess on his brain. He had been a greengrocer at 78 High Street, Dover. Lewis and Caroline Faggetter were living at 59 Bridge Street, and in 1911 Mr Faggetter also described himself as a fruiterer and greengrocer, with his wife assisting in the business. They later moved to 2 Black Bull Road in Folkestone.

In 1912 William married Annie Mary Green, and the couple had two children, possibly Dorothy Faggetter in 1912 and Edward in 1914. William rejoined the colours in Woolwich.

Death announcement - 1915

On 18 September 1915, at Christchurch, Hougham, Annie, aged 23, remarried to Alex Mackenzie. Based at Shorncliffe Camp, he was a Lance Corporal in the Canadian Army Service Corps.

Menin Gate

In loving memory of the dear only surviving son, Willie, killed in action at Ypres May 29th 1915 of Mr and Mrs Faggetter of Black Bull Road.

"A bitter shock, a loss severe,
To part with him we love so dear".

From his loving sisters, Jessie, Mabel, Florrie, and Nan

Folkestone Hythe Sandgate and Cheriton Herald - 26 May 1917

In loving memory of our dear daddy, W A Faggetter, 9th Lancers, son of Mr and Mrs Faggetter, Black Bull Road, Folkestone, killed at Ypres May 20th 1915. Will never be forgotten by his loving little children, Dolly and Sonnie - Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

"Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled.
Then in heaven we hope to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate and Cheriton Herald - 24 May 1919

On 1 May 1922 Lewis Faggetter died at 3 Boscombe Road, Folkestone, aged 72, after a long illness. Mrs Faggetter died in 1924, aged 74. Then from 24 Oates Hill, Canterbury, she was buried at Charlton, Dover, on 16 January 1924.

Menin Gate photo by Jean Marsh

Fairweather, W. H.W H Fairweather, courtesy Mrs Stevens
William Henry Fairweather, 1st Class Stoker, was one of many lost with the Live Bait Squadron on 22 September 1914. He was aboard the HMS Aboukir, and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval memorial.

Born on 9 November 1890, the son of the late William Henry, a railway engine driver, and Catherine Julia Fairweather, formerly Holyman, William lived at 1 Flying Horse Lane, Dover. In 1901 his sisters Florence, 21, a dressmaker, Kate, 13, Mabel, 12, and Vera, 3, and brother Alfred, 8, were living there too. The Fairweathers had been married on 3 November 1877 at St James, Dover; Mrs Fairweather was the aunt of Lewis Baden Holyman

William was 5 feet 7 inches tall, with fair hair and blue eyes. He had been a labourer before he joined the Navy on 2nd June 1910, for a period of 12 W H Fairweather, dead man's penny, by Simon Chambersyears. He was reputed to be the strongest swimmer on the ship, but was unable to survive when the Aboukir was torpedoed, as he was trapped in the engine room.

His father, also William Henry, had died at the age of 55, exactly 5 years before to the day, on 22 September, 1909. Two years after young Bill had died, his brother Alfred, serving with the Engineers in France, won the Military Medal - on 22 September. He survived the Great War and became an engine driver for the Southern Railway on the famous Golden Arrow service. He died in 1974, 60 years after his brother, and throughout his life referred to him as "Brother Bill".

An "In Memoriam" announcement reads: "In ever loving memory of William Henry WH Fairweather, courtesy Dover ExpressFairweather ... who lost his WH Fairweather, courtesy Mrs J Stevenslife in the sinking of the HMS "Aboukir" on Tuesday September 22nd, 1914, aged 24.

Two days ago, so sad to recall,
It is a day of remembrance to all,
So sudden on us our sorrow fell,
To part with one we loved so well.
Asleep in the deep.

From Mother, Brother, and Sisters."

Bill had six sisters. His mother always thought that Bill might be found, and never fully accepted that he was gone.

Alfred Fairweather's medal Alfred Fairweather and his wife "For Bravery in the Field"

with thanks to Mrs J Stevens and Andy Stevens

*Farley, H. W.
Harry William Farley was a Lieutenant in the 8th battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment. He died on 24th April 1918 and is commemorated on the Arras memorial. His medals were sent to his father, then of 17 Queen Street, Maidenhead.

Harry was born in Folkestone, the son of Harry Arthur Farley, a milk dairyman, and his wife Isabelle Ann, née Blackford. The couple married in 1890. Mrs Farley died in 1894, possibly when Harry was born, and in 1901 Mr Farley was living at 9 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, while Harry, aged 6, was at 45 Townwall Street, Dover. This was the home of his uncle Edwin, aged 36, a dairyman shop-keeper, along with hs widowed grandmother Hannah, and Edwin's sister, Elizabeth, who was a book-keeper aged 27. In 1911 Harry was boarding as a student at 39 Tantallon Road, Balham.

Edwin Farley was Mayor of Dover throughout the Great War and received the MBE in 1918 and a knighthood in 1920.

W Farrell, courtesy Dover ExpressFarrell, W.
William Henry Farrell, 3732, was a Rifleman in the 9th battalion of the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own). He had enlisted in Dover and had been  at the Front only seven months, wounded twice, before being reported missing on 25 September 1915. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, panels 46-48 and 50.

Born in 1890, he was the only son of William Farrell and his wife Ellen. Mr Farrell was born in Dublin, Ireland, and probably served in the Royal Artillery. In 1901 he was a general labourer, but by 1911 was described as an army pensioner and a domestic servant in the officers' mess. The couple probably met through their service connections as Mrs Farrell had been born in Barbados.

In 1911 Mr and Mrs Farrell were living at 66 Wyndham Road, Dover, having previously been at number 72. At home then were the couple's two daughters, Mary Teresa, born about 1888, and Maud Ellen, born 1893, both working as paper sorters at the papermill. The following year, 1912, Maud married Frank Arthur Robus, a brother to George Frederick Robus. Later she would marry Samuel Wakerell, and they would become the parents of Leslie James Wakerell.

Mr William Henry Farrell died on 18 August 1918 at his home at 66 Wyndham Road, aged 60. He was buried at Charlton. His wife, Ellen, died on 28 October 1933, aged 70. She had been living at 7 Dickson Road. She too was buried at Charlton.

Note: Maud Farrell may also in 1955 have married Charles Jesse Handley, the brother of Walter Ernest Handley

Farrett, E.
Ernest Farrett, 935, was a Driver in C battery, 222nd brigade, of the Royal Field Artillery. He died on 17 July 1916, from fever, and is buried at the Amara War Cemetery.

He was the son of Samuel and Sarah Farrett and in 1911 the family were living at 75 Wyndham Road, Dover, and Mr Farrett was working as a bricklayer's labourer for the corporation. He had been born in Ramsgate, but the rest of the family were born in Dover. Ellen was 24, and working as a barmaid, while her younger sister Lizzie was married. Daisy was 19 and a factory worker in a brewery, and Ernest was 17 and working as a street cleaner for the corporation. There were also Bertie, 13, Sydney, 11, Freddy, 3, and Alfred, 4 months.

right, pictured in 1949, are five generations of the family; in front Mrs Sarah Farrett, 81, with her great-great-granddaughter, Angela June Matthews, born at 34 Bunkers Hill Road on 21 September 1949. Behind, from left to right are Mrs Alexander, Ernest's sister Ellen, then her daughter, Mrs Daisy Hackett, with her daughter, Mrs June Matthews, Angela's mother.

Ernest was the uncle of Sidney Ernest F. Raysbrook, who lost his life in 1941.

Fennell, J. T.
John Thomas Fennell,121737, was a Chief Petty Officer (Pensioner). He had been born in Dover on 17 October 1867, the son of John and Charlotte Fennell.

In 1871 his family were at 10 Chapel Place, Dover; his father then was working as a butcher. By 1881 the family were at Cross Street, Farnborough, Hampshire, with Mr Fennell working as a grocer's warehouse man. There were three more children born in Dover; Henry, 9, William, 7, Charles, 3, and Edwin, 3 months, who had been born in Farnborough. Mrs Fennell died in 1882, and Mr Fennell remarried in 1885.

John entered the Royal Navy in 1883, and by 1901 he was boarding at the Crown and Anchor, West Street, Sheerness, and was a Chief Petty Officer aboard the "Wildfire". That year he married Eleanor Fellows, and by 1911 he was working as an assistant in a general business, and was living with his wife at 208 Ashley Terrace, Risborough Lane, Cheriton.

He lost his life with the HMS "Aboukir"(RFR/CH/A/907) on 14th September 1914, when he was 46. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Mrs Fennell later lived at  6 Dunnett Road, Cheriton, Folkestone.  She spoke "in loving memory" of her "dear husband".

A sudden change; at God's command he fell,
He had no chance to bid his friends farewell,
Affliction came without warning given,
And bid him haste to meet his God in Heaven.
(September 1914)

Files, A. W. G.
Alfred William George Files, 46419, was a Private in the 4th company of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) (formerly G/8882 East Kent Regiment). He died on 10th October 1917, when he was 25, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

He was the son of Annie Elizabeth Kirk, formerly Files, who had married Charles Kirk in 1907. He enlisted in Dover and in 1911 was living at 123 Heathfield Avenue, Dover, with his family. He was employed as an iron worker, while his younger brother Edward, 15, was a grocer errand boy. His sister May, 10,  was born in Dover like her brothers.

photo Jean Marsh

TG Finn, on Thiepval, by Michelle and Andy CooperFinn, T. G.
Thomas George Finn, G/7711, was in the 10th battalion of The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment).  He was wounded in the left arm by gunshot on 27 July 1916, and was killed in action on 17 September 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial.

He was the son of Mrs Sarah A Finn, who lived at 114 Clarendon Street, Dover, and her husband Job, who died at the age of 65 in 1923. According to Soldiers Died, he was born and lived in Dover, but enlisted in Canterbury.  In 1891 the family were living at 6 Embrook Terrace, Cheriton, and Mr Finn was working as a gardener. Thomas was then three months, noted as having been born at Cheriton, and also there was Elizabeth, aged 7. In 1911 the family had moved to 110 Clarendon Street. Mr Finn was working as a farm labouer, and Mrs Finn as a charwoman. Thomas was a baker, and George was a billiard marker. there was a younger brother, Job, aged 15, and a sister, Catherin, aged 12.

His brother George was killed by a fall of rock at Tilmanstone colliery on 15 September 1937. In September 1940 their brother and sister, Job and Mrs Hutchings placed this verse in memory of both:

"Their faces are ever before us
Their smiles we will never forget
In memory's frame we will keep them,
Because they were two of the best." 

Fisher, R. H. 
Robert Henry Fisher, 3078, was a Private in the 2nd battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action on 18 February 1915, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.

He was born at Northgate, Nottinghamshire (according to Soldiers Died but 1901 census states Canterbury), the only son of Mr Robert and Mrs Catherine Fisher, of Gardener's Cottage Shrubbery, Buckland. He enlisted in Dover.

His sister, Mrs Catherine Donaldson, wife of ex-POW Herbert Donaldson, of 1 Manger's Lane, Buckland, stated in December 1924, "Ten years ago, on Christmas morning, he landed at Southampton from India, not 21 years of age, to go across, never to return. So as Xmas draws near, our first thought is always of him."

1919 In ever loving memory of Robert Henry Fisher (Jum), Northumberland Fusiliers, who gave his life for his country, February 18th 1915. Not forgotten - Father and Mother. "He gave his all for loved ones, King and country, And softly comes the whisper, "It shall be That as he did it unto these, My brethren, he did it unto Me."

"Only a little while and we shall meet again." February 1921

Armistice Day, November 1936 "In ever loving memory of Robert Henry Fisher (Jum), killed in action February 18th 1915, in saving his comrade. Greater love hath no man than giving his life for his comrade. From Father, Mother, and Sister".

Fishwick, M. R.
Maurice Randall Fishwick is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial. He enlisted in Barnstaple and served as a Private, 266790, in the 9th (Service) battalion of the Devonshire Regiment. He was 26 when he was killed in action 26th October 1917.

In 1911 he was aged 20 and working as an elementary school teacher. He was then living at 23 Barton Road, Dover, with his mother, Dorothy Robey, formerly Fishwick, and his step-father, Charley Robey, who was a Trinity House pilot. There were six other children in the family, Dorothy and Charles Robey were born in Appledore, Devon, as was Mrs Robey and Maurice Fishwick, and Ella, Edith Winifred, Violet, and George were born in Dover.

His wife was Alice Mary, who later remarried, and lived at North Leigh, Colyton, Devon.

photo Jean Marsh

Fleming, P. A.
Percy Alexander (Percy Alec) Fleming, 42543, was a Private in the Essex Regiment, serving in the 11th battalion (formerly 9215 Royal West Kent Regiment). He was killed in action on 28th May 1918, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. 

He was born, enlisted, and lived in Dover

Fogg, A. F.
Albert Frank Fogg, L/9203, served as a Serjeant in the "A" company of the 2nd battalion of The Buffs. He was reported missing and then assumed killed in action on 28 September 1915, when he was 21. He is commemorated on the Loos memorial.

He was the eldest son of police constable Horatio Norman Cecil Jack ("Norman") Fogg, who had died on 17 March 1912, and his wife Henrietta Sarah née Dilks, of 104 Mayfield Avenue, Dover. The couple had married on 18 May 1887 at Christchurch, Dover.

In 1911 the family were living at 8 Kingswood Villas, Crabble Avenue, River, Dover, when Mrs Fogg was working as a sick nurse and Mr Fogg as a police constable. There had been eight children, of whom one, Reginald Stenson, born 22 August 1895, had died in 1897 when he was two years old. At home at the Villas then were Ivy Hannah, born 1893, when the family were living at 1 Stanley Villa, Maxton, Arthur Charles, born 14 March 1899, when the family were at 4 Edith Cottages, Mayfield Avenue, and Norman George Douglas, born 28 August 1901. At Edith Cottages in 1901 were Winifred Maude, born 1888, Frances Victoria Rhoda, born 1889, when the family were at 58 Oswald Road, Henrietta Sarah, born  16 April 1890, and Frank Albert, born 1892, had been at home as well as Ivy and Henrietta.

On 4 February 1909 Frank attested in Dover for the 4th Buffs; his service was dated from 25 January. He was then a grocer, employed by Mr Pritchard of Biggin Street, and was living at 3 Minnis Lane, Crabble. He was 5'3" tall, and had blue eyes and brown hair. He re-attested on 13 July for the special reserve, and had grown an inch in that time. His notes consider he was intelligent, hard-working, willing, and reliable, and that he was also a trained scout and telephone operator. There is another attestation for 14 February 1910, when he gives his occupation as a gardener; he had grown another half inch.

On 7 September 1914 he was sent to France. On 5 November 1914 his sister Rhoda asked if there was any news of her brother, then in D company 1st Buffs, as she had sent letters and parcels and had no reply. The response was that her father had received some information in October however. Frank had been admitted to hospital in Manchester on 23 October 1914 and was discharged on 13 January 1915 to report at the depot in Canterbury on 1 February. His address was then 112 Mayfield Avenue.

Albert/Frank was brother to Arthur, below, and Ivy Fussell, and brother-in-law of James Jardine and William Fussell. His sister Winifred Fogg married Stephen Sedgwick, brother of Edward and Walter Sedgwick

Mrs Fogg died on 18 March 1938. She is buried at Buckland, with her husband.

(Foggs and Fussells) (service record notes)

Fogg, A. C.
Arthur Charles Fogg, 65084, was a Company Sergeant Major in "A" Company of the 13th battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, City of London memorial, by Simon ChambersFusiliers (City of London Regiment). He had formerly been in the 1st battalion of The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) (formerly 10900 King's Own). He was 19 when he was killed in action on 16 April 1918. He is buried in the St Amand British Cemetery.

He was brother to Albert, above, and Ivy Fussell, and brother-in-law of James Jardine and William Fussell. His sister Winifred Fogg married Stephen Sedgwick, brother of Edward and Walter Sedgwick

(Foggs and Fussells)


Note: Norman Fogg, right, brother of Arthur and Albert,  also served, as did his brother-in-law Stephen John Sedgwick, left. The son of James Robert and Annie Sedgwick, Stephen was a Private in the RAF and husband of Winifred Maude née Fogg.

Mrs Fogg's nephew Corporal C Walker, of the Australian Forces was severely wounded at Bullecourt in 1917.


picture above: Royal Fusiliers (City of London) memorial, High Holborn, London

Foreman, F.
Frederick Foreman, 7606, was a Private in the 2nd battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He was born and lived in Dover but enlisted in Ramsgate. In 1911 he was recorded as a 24-year-old Private in India, serving in the 1st Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

He was killed in action on 25 September 1915 and is commemorated on the Loos memorial.

He may be the Frederick Foreman who was living at 75 Alexander Road, St Luke's Ramsgate, and, aged 17½ and working as a moulder,was considered fit for military service at Canterbury on 19 February 1904. He became 7088 in the 3rd battalion of The Buffs,  but on 9 May 1904 joined the Oxford Light Infantry. His father was Frederick Foreman and his Uncle George was living at the High Street, St Lawrence, Ramsgate. He could have been in 1891 a boarder, aged six, at 31 Priory Hill, Dover, boarding with Frederick Foreman, aged 33, a railway porter for the SER. In 1901 the Foremans were boarding at 45 Tower Street, Dover, where Frederick the younger was aged 16 and working as an ironworks labourer, while Frederick the elder was a widower, aged 43, and a carter's labourer.  

Foreman, W. H.
William Henry Foreman was a diver on the RFAux "Dapper", in the Mercantile Marine Reserve. Born at Whitstable, he died on 5 October 1916, in Edinburgh, Scotland, when he was 46. He was buried at Buckland Cemetery on 11 October 1916.

Part of his name and his rank can just be seen on the edge of his Victory medal, above

William Foreman was the husband of Clara Eleanor Foreman (née Wraight), of 15 Pretoria Road, Buckland, Dover (right). She had been born at Whitstable, as was their son Frederick, who also served in the Great War. In 1901 the family were living at 75 Wyndham Road, and in 1911 boarding at 8 Selbourne Terrace, Fratton, Portsmouth..

with thanks to Joyce Banks

Forth, W. S.
ForthWS Hagle Dump, by Peter BatesForth WS headstone, by Peter Bates
William Staveley Forth, 87575, enlisted in Canterbury and was in the 18th battalion of the Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment. He was killed in action on 6th July 1918, when he was 38. He is buried at Hagle Dump, Belgium, I H 4

He was born and lived in Dover, and was the son of Elizabeth Forth of 5 Church Road, Temple Ewell, and the late George Frederick Samuel Forth.

left, his grave is at the back, on the centre left
right, at the bottom of his headstone are the words,

"Dearly loved and deeply mourned by all at home"

photos by Peter Bates

*Foster, F.
Frank Foster is probably Loftus Frank Foster, 10680, who enlisted in Dover and was a Lance Corporal in the 2nd battalion of the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). He was 22 when he died of wounds on 9 May 1915. He is buried at Silsoe (St James) Churchyard. At the foot of his headstone are the words, "Thy will be done. RIP".

Born at Kingston, Barham, Kent, Frank was the son of Sarah Jane Foster. He was christened at St Giles, Kingston, on 26 June 1892. On 17 June 1896 at St Mary's, Wingham, Sarah Foster married Frank Lawrence, a mariner. On census night 1901 Frank was unfortunate enough to be in the fever hospital at Edred Road, Dover. There he was in a ward with other children, including his brother, Alfred Lawrence, and Marjorie Piddington, the daughter of William Piddington. At the time Frank and Sarah Lawrence were visitors in the home of Frederick and Emily Matilda Rogers, a relative of Sarah's, at Deddingstone Hill, Barham.

In 1911 Frank was probably living at 14 West Street, Tower Hamlets, Dover, with his mother and with her other four children, Alfred, 13, born at Whitstable, and Ernest, 6, Winnie, 4, and Edith, 2, all born in Dover. Frank was then a fishmonger and journeyman. Another son, Charles, was born in 1912.

Mrs Lawrence was living at 8 Queen Street, Dover, when information was gathered regarding Frank's headstone. She later moved to 25 Primrose Road. She died on 6 October 1941 at 29 Primrose Road, and was buried at St Mary's, the funeral leaving from 31 Primrose Road. Frank Lawrence had died on 1 April 1938, and Mrs Lawrence was buried in the grave of her husband.

Notes: Frank Lawrence was working for the SECR on Good Friday, 25 April 1910, when he fell aboard the SS Calais, then in Calais harbour. He broke his ankle. After being tended on board he returned to Dover on the ship and was transported to hospital in the SECR ambulance. In July 1911, Mr Lawrence was summoned for not ensuring the attendance at school of his son. Mrs Lawrence stated that he had been kept home to take dinner to his father at Folkestone. Albert's attendance improved and the case was eventually dismissed. In 1908 Mr Lawrence was awarded a Mayor's silver medal engraved  "For conspicuous gallantry and saving life at sea 1st September 1908"after he and three others from SS Dover had volunteered and taken part in a perilous rescue of the crew of a Swedish vessel in mid-channel during a 60 mph gale and high seas. Using the lifeboat, they had rowed to the Pilsen, taking in two men who abandoned their ship and removing the remainder of the crew from the stricken vessel. The lifeboat lost two of its oars during the rescue, and using just the two remaining the four men brought the lifeboat back to the Dover and all men were hauled aboard. The lifeboat, full of water, had to be cast adrift.

AT Fowler, courtesy Dover ExpressFowler, A. T.
Alfred Thomas Fowler was an Admiralty Civilian, working as a Canteen Server on HMS Hampshire. Born on 16 October 1897, he was 18 when he was killed in a mine explosion off Orkney on 5 June 1916. All but 12 of those on board were lost, including Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener. Alfred's was not one of the bodies washed up and identified, and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval memorial.

Alfred's mother was Mrs Mary Ann (Polly) Belsey, née Bowles, born 8 April 1868, of 4 Limekiln Street, Dover. He was the third son; his two brothers are below. Married in 1888, in 1891 Mary and Harklous Fowler were living at 1 Medway Cottages, where daughter Edith Mary was born on 16 January that year. They then moved to 16 Hawkesbury Street, where in 1893 and 1895 Mr Fowler was a fireman; he had become a labourer when Alfred was born.

WJ Fowler, courtesy Dover Express CJ Fowler, courtesy Dover Express
Harklous William James Fowler,
East Lancs
born 22 September 1893
He married Mary Coleman in 1919 and died in 1956
 Charles John Fowler, MT ASC
born 18 September 1895

Mr Fowler died in 1901, aged 39. Mrs Fowler remarried the same year to Harry Belsey, who in the 1901 census had been a boarder at 16 Hawkesbury Street in the Halke household. Mrs Fowler, her three sons and her daughter were living in a separate household at the same address. Mrs Fowler was working as a charlady.

By 1911 the new family had moved to 74 Limekiln Street, Dover. Mr Belsey was working as a contractors' labourer. William was a coal dealers' labourer and Charles a butchers' assistant, with Alfred still at school. There were two more children, Harry Belsey, age 8, and his sister Lilian, born 15 August 1904.  Mrs Belsey was widowed again on 19 June that year.

In 1939 she was living at 84 Limekiln Street. She died on 8 November 1950 at Buckland Hospital, when her address was 10 Primrose Road, and is buried at Charlton.

Fox, J. C.
JC Fox, courtesy Dover Express
John Collon Fox had spent 18 years on the clerical staff of W H Crundall and Co, of Wood Street, before enlisting and becoming 225495, a Private in the 5th battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment (formerly 32391 the Suffolk Regiment).

He died on 6th April 1918, and is buried in the Senlis Communal Cemetery Extension. In his will he left £5 to the rector of Charlton church. The rector decided to buy after the war a memorial with the money, namely two silver altar cruets.

Born and enlisting in Dover, John ("Jack") Fox was the son of Mr W Fox and the late Mrs Fox of 8 Granville Street. 

courtesy David Borrett courtesy David Borrett

John's mother, Elizabeth Fox, née Williams

courtesy David Borrett
8 Granville Street. Mrs Fox with John Fox's cousin, Thomas.   John Fox at Crundall's yard
courtesy David Borrett
Business card of William Crundall

The headstone below is at Charlton:

In Loving Memory
Elizabeth Fox
Who fell asleep 23rd March 1916
in her 71st year.
"God calls our loved ones
but to dwell in the hearts of those we love
is not to die"

Fox, headstone at Charlton, by Joyce Banks Also John Collon Fox
(5th Northants Regt.)
son of the above.
Killed in Action in France
6th April 1918
Aged 33.
Loved by All
Also of William Fox
who fell asleep
5th December 1923
In his 75th year.
"Rest at Last"
Lizzie A. A. Heathcote
Daughter of the above
5th May 1947
in her 75th year.

courtesy Dover Express

with thanks to David Borrett
transcription by Joyce Banks


Cousin Thomas's full name, given in his will of 1918, was
Thomas John Collon David Matland Margill Criton Maple, from The Hotel Burlington, Dover

Right - in memoriam, April 1943

John Collon Fox was related by marriage to Frederick Charles Weller. Frederick's mother, Sarah, was the sister of Louisa,  the mother of John's brother-in-law Daniel Borrett.

Frampton, W. J. G. S.
William John Goulbourn Shipdern Frampton was a Captain in the 2nd battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment. He was 32 when he died on 24th April 1918, and is commemorated on the Pozieres memorial.

His parents were Colonel W P Frampton, late of the 59th Foot, and Mrs Bayer Frampton, living at Newton Hall, Clitheroe, Yorkshire. In 1911 William was living with Col and Mrs Mary Barbara Beatrice Frampton at The Lodge, Park Avenue, Dover.

Franklin, B.
Benjamin Samuel Franklin, 164423, was an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy (RFR/CH/B/3262). He was born in Dover on 7 April 1876. He joined his first ship, Impregnable, in December 1891, when he was 18. He was then described as 5 feet 2½ inches tall, with light brown hair, brown eyes, and a dark complexion. He may also have served Missions to Seamen, driving the engine for the boat Stanley Treanor, which operated from Deal.

His final ship was the HMS Aboukir. On 22 September 1914 the vessel, along with the Hogue and the Cressy, was lost in a submarine attack in the North Sea . He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

His parents were Benjamin Samuel and Mary Franklin, from George Street, Buckland, Dover. In 1881 Mr Franklin was working as a painter and his wife as a laundress. The family were living at 9 Erith Street. There were then five children; Eliza, 12, Benjamin, 7, William, 5, Thomas, 3, and Fanny, just 1. The children were all born in Dover.

By 1891 the family were boarding at 10 Tower Hamlets Street, and had suffered a double tragedy. Little Fanny had died in 1884, and her father in 1888.  Benjamin had started work as a labourer.

Ten years later Mrs Franklin was again washing clothes, and Benjamin had been ten years in the Navy. The family had moved to 7 Ethelbert Road. There they may have settled, as Benjamin's address was given in 1908 as Ethelbert Road when he was found drunk and incapable at Tower Hamlets in the early hours of one morning in September; he described himself then as "a seaman on board the Admiralty Works". On 15 April 1911 at St Bartholomew's Church in Dover he  married Kate Farrier, daughter of Emma and Henry Farrier, a carrier. Benjamin's address then was at 7 Ethelbert Road, and Mrs Benjamin Farrier was informed of her husband's death seven years later at the same address. She unfortunately suffered a further bereavement that year, on 9 December 1914, when her mother died at the age of 57.

The Franklins had three daughters, one, Mary Elizabeth Emma, being born in 1912. Mrs Franklin later moved to number 10. 

Benjamin was brother to Thomas, below.

with thanks to Kate Perkins
picture and further details with thanks to Judith Gaunt
for family tree, see Faded Genes

Franklin, T.
Thomas Franklin, 5187, was a Private in the 3rd/5th battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. He enlisted in Loughborough.

He was 40 when he died on 17th May 1916, and is buried at Hipswell (St John) cemetery, UK.

His parents were Benjamin and Mary Franklin, and he was brother to Benjamin, above.  He was born and lived in Dover, and in 1901 was working as a hawker.

Franks, R. S.  
Rolland Sutton Franks was born in 1894 in the Woodbridge area, Suffolk. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th battalion, attached to the 1st battalion, of the East Surrey Regiment. He was killed in action on 12th October 1917, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial.

He was the son of William Henry Franks and Kathleen May, née Coleman, from Coulsden in Surrey. According to the 1911 census he was born in Felixstowe. The other three children at home then had been born in Ipswich; Neville, 22, a bank clerk, Leslie, 21, a ship brokers' clerk, and Inez, 19. Rolland was 16 and working also as a clerk, for a general merchant. The family were then living at Sarnia, The Grove, Coulsdon.

with thanks to David Wharton

Freeborn, A. E. 
Albert Edward Freeborn, 30843, was a Corporal in the 4th Siege battery of the RGA. In 1911 he was a Boy at the Royal Artillery Barracks at Admiralty Road, Great Yarmouth. He died from accidental injuries on 13th October 1916, when he was 22. He is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

He was the son of Sydney James Freeborn and Eva Sarah Freeborn, of 31 Tower Hamlets Street, Dover. He was born and lived in Whitstable and enlisted in London.

CWC Freeman, courtesy Dover ExpressFreeman, C. W. C. 
Charles William Christopher Freeman, K/15937, was a 1st Class Stoker aboard the HMS Pathfinder. He was lost on 5th September 1914, and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval memorial.

Born on 21 May 1894, he was the son of Mr Henry E and Mrs Susan Freeman, of 47 Primrose Road, Buckland, Dover, and formerly of 4 Lea Cottages, Union Road, Dover. In 1911 the family were living at 18 Lansdown Cottages, Union Road, Dover. Mr Freeman had been born at Buckland, Dover, and was then aged 43 and working as a labourer at HM Dockyard. Mrs Freeman came from East Greenwich, London, and four of the children living with them at that time were born there; Susan, 18,  a rag sorter at the paper mills, Charles, 16, a message boy, Elizabeth, 13, and Alice, 11. The other three children there were born at Buckland; Mabel, 9, Marjorie, 7, and Florence,1. In 1901 they were living at 2 Hawthorn Cottages, Primrose Road, Dover, and Mr Freeman was working as a harbour diver.

His brother became a merchant seaman stoker and all-purpose hand, and worked over forty years for the Dover Harbour Board, spending the war years on the firetug The Lady Brassey. He married the sister of casualty Stephen Terry


with thanks to Christopher Freeman

HJ French, courtesy Dover ExpressFrench, H. J.
Henry John French, 237873, was an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy, recorded as such in 1911. He was born on 25 March 1889 at Canterbury, and lost his life on 5 September 1914, when HMS Pathfinder was sunk by submarine attack.  He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

His parents were Mr Arthur and Mrs Ada French, licensees between 1907 and 1914 of the Green Dragon, Strond Street, Dover, and his sister was Mrs Waton of 69 Tower Hill. Mr and Mrs French in 1901 were living at another pub, the Three Cups, on Crabble Hill, Dover, where Mr French was a licensed vitualler; he was the  landlord between 1897 and 1903. With them were four children, Henry, 12, born Canterbury, like his mother, Edith, 10, born Erith, Nellie, 5, born at Lyminge, and Frederick, 1, born in Dover. Ten years before Mr French had been an engine fitter and the family had been living at 9 Maxim Road, Erith.

Friend, J. B.
Joseph Bertie Friend was a temporary Second Lieutenant in the 17th battalion attached to the 13th battalion, of The King's (Liverpool Regiment). He had joined the Royal East Kent Yeomanry when he was 18 and when was one of the first of those mobilised to volunteer for foreign service when the Great War began. He became sergeant and went to the Dardanelles in 1915, but was invalided home through enteric fever. When he recovered he joined for another four years, and later trained at Prior Park, Bath, for his commission. In September 1917 he joined the King's, going to France the following month, and acting there as transport officer.

He was in the heavy fighting from 21 March 1918, where his battalion was decimated, but in June he was invalided home again, this time for three weeks, with trench fever.  He again returned to the Front, and while leading his men in an attack on 21st August  he was hit by a machine gun bullet and died instantly. He was 29. His Commanding Officer, Major W. J W Howard, wrote to his father, "He was much esteemed by both officers and men and his death leaves a sad gap. Offering you our very deepest sympathy."

Joseph was the eldest son of Joseph Bertie and Mary Isabel Friend of 7 Priory Gate Road, Dover, who earlier lived at 153 Folkestone Road, Dover. He lived at Park Place, Dover,  and had been employed as a master butcher.  He was in Corinthian Lodge, 1208, having joined from Union Lodge No 127 on 20 February 1899 as a Master Mason.

Joseph is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial.

Friend, W.
William Robert Friend, G/235, enlisted in Dover to become a Private in "C" company of the 1st battalion of the Buffs. He was 21 when he was killed in action on 2 August 1918. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, Belgium, panel 17.

William was born in 1897 in the St Radigunds area, Dover, the son of James Richard Friend and his wife Sarah Ann, née Gisby. The couple were married in 1894. In 1901 they were living at 4 Hillside Cottages, probably at the Hougham St Lawrence area, with their daughter Emily, and with William C Piddock, Mr Friend's half-brother and Frederick N Gisby, Mrs Friend's brother. All three men were general labourers. Thomas and William Friend, older brothers of Emily, were on census night with their grandparents, James and Emily Gisby, at Ratling, Nonington.

In 1911 Mr and Mrs Friend had moved to 4 Maxton Cottages. They had then seven children, with Emily being followed by Frederick, Annie, Rosey, and Edward. William, aged 14, and Thomas were both described as farm labourers; however it appears that on the night of the 1911 census William was at the home of his uncle, William Charles Piddock and his wife Caroline Mary, née Gisby, at Fairview Cottages, Church Hougham, where he was noted as being a scholar, aged 13.

photo Jean Marsh

Note: When William Piddock and Caroline Gisby married, on 25 May 1901 at Christchurch, Hougham (Folkestone Road), James and Sarah Friend were their witnesses. William was, as noted, James' half-brother, and Caroline was Sarah's sister. William was the son of William Charles Piddock and his wife Maria Elizabeth Piddock, formerly Friend (wife of Richard), née Hogben.

H Fry, courtesy Dover ExpressFry, H.
Horace Fry, 291257, was a Stoker, 1st Class in the Royal Navy.  Aboard the HMS Aboukir (RFR/CH/B/7348) he lost his life in a submarine attack in the North Sea on 22 September 1914. He was 34. A memorial service was held for him and a number of other Great War casualties at Buckland on 22nd September 1915, and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.  .

Before joining the Navy, he had worked for the Dover Electricity Staff. He was born on 9 August 1880 at Teynham, and was the second son of Henry George Fry, a gas maker, and his wife Ellen. They lived at 19 Crabble Hill, Buckland, previously 1 Old Park Cottages, Buckland. He had several siblings; probably Elizabeth, Mary, Henry, Rose, Ada, Alice, Amy, Eleanor,  Leonard, and Olive.

He married Adelaide Henrietta Maskell in 1910 in Essex. She had been born in Plymouth. In 1911 they were living at 8 Old Park Cottages, London Road, Dover, and had a new baby, Kathleen Alice, aged 1 month, born in Dover.  Mrs Fry later lived at 5 Pretoria Terrace, Buckland, Dover. Known to her husband as Ada, she spoke of her "dearly loved" husband. He was "deeply mourned by all" and they prayed "Eternal rest grant him, O Lord".

Fuller, W. E.
William Edward Fuller, 7809, was mentioned in dispatches and gained the Military Medal. Born about 1886 in Dover, he was the fourth son of John Fuller, a mariner, and his wife Susannah Jane, née Best, born in Deal, who had married in 1869. There were at least 11 children; Fanny Rebecca, born 1869, who married Alfred Richard Dawes in 1893, Mary Ann, born 1873, Florence Jane, born 1874, who married Charles Simpson in 1918,  Alfred James born 1877, Rosina Ann, born 1879, who married Walter Cecil Lawrence in 1907, Charles Hill, who joined the Royal Navy, born 1880, Edward John, who was probably a Trinity Pilot, born about 1882, Hetty Elizabeth, born 1883, who married George Thomas Washford in 1904, William, and Arthur George, born 1889. Frank Best was born in 1890, but sadly died when he was two. The family in 1891 were at 280 London Road, and in 1901 at number 265.

John Fuller died in 1896, and William was educated at the Merchant Navy Orphans' Asylum at Snaresbrook, Essex. On 6 January 1901 he enlisted in London as a Boy; he was 5' 35/8" tall, and aged 15 and five months, with auburn hair and blue eyes. He is recorded as a Methodist.

William became a bandsman on 25 September 1903. On 10 April 1905, the year his mother died aged 56, he became an unpaid Lance Corporal, gaining pay for that position on 7 May 1906. He became Corporal on 4 May 1908 and in 1911 he was serving in India. He became Sergeant and Band Sergeant on 7 December 1912.

On 26 April 1913 in Cairo he was re-engaged for the Gordon Highlanders, to complete 21 years service. He was considered clean, smart, trustworthy, intelligent, a good organiser and disciplinarian, with an exemplary character, and very good on the violin and euphonium. He married in Cairo on 3 November 1913, Jane Flora Ritchie, born on 25 February 1880.

A year later, November 1914, he went out with the BEF. He is said to have taken part in all the battles in which the Expeditionary Force had been engaged, from Mons to Flanders. He was killed in action on 4 October 1917 at Gherneet, Belgium, aged 31.  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, 135 to 136.

His military medal was sent privately, without ceremony, to Mrs J Flora Fuller who was then at 67 London Road, Dover, with William's sister Fanny. Mrs Fuller was awarded, from 5 October 1917, 16/3 a week.

Mrs Fuller later lived at Crabble Farm House, Crabble. She may also have lived at 7 Crafford Street, Dover. She probably died in 1969.

photo by Jean Marsh  

Fussell, W.
William Bellingham Fussell, 8247, was a Corporal in the 1st battalion of the Princess Charlotte of Wales' Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was 22 when he died on 4 November 1914. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate, panel 45.

He was the son of the late William Bellingham Fussell and Beatrice A M Fussell, born in Longford in Ireland.  He enlisted in Dublin. A former pupil of the Tattenhall, Cheshire, Home for Boys, he was in 1911 a musician and a drummer serving in the Royal Berkshires and billeted at the South Front Barracks at the Western Heights.

He was the husband of Mrs Ivy Hannah Fussell, of 104 Mayfield Avenue, Dover, and brother-in-law to Albert and Arthur Fogg and James Jardine. His sister-in-law, Winifred Fogg, married Stephen John Sedgwick, the brother of Edward and Walter Sedgwick.

He was married on 22 December 1912 at St Andrews, Buckland Dover, and the register entry states:
William Bellingham Mauleverer Fussell 20 years bachelor Lance Corporal Berkshire Regiment 8 Kingswood Villas William Mauleverer Fussell (deceased) Gentleman
Ivy Hannah Fogg 19 years spinster   8 Kingswood Villas Horatio Norman Cecil Jack Fogg (deceased) Police Constable
married in the presence of Frank Albert Fogg and Henrietta Sarah Fogg

William Fussell is also commemorated on the Tattenhall, Cheshire, Memorial. More about the memorial and about the Boys' home is on the Tattenhall History website
(with thanks to Yvonne Cooper)

(Foggs and Fussells)
note: CWGC has Corporal Fussell's middle name spelt with an "i"

Fyrth, A. J.
Albert John Fyrth, G/11923, was in D company of the 8th battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent). He was living in Poplar and enlisted at Canning Town. He was killed in action on 10th June 1917, when he was 24, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate. 

He was the son of John and Emma Fyrth, who was born in Dover. He was born in Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey and in 1911 was living with his parents at 84 Wyndham Road, Tower Hamlets, Dover. Mr Fyrth, from Wales, was 53 and working as a watchman(?) at Customs House, while Albert was 18 and working as a shop lad at a newsagent. His elder brother, William, 27, was a general labourer, and their sister, Florence, 16, was a rag sorter in the paper mill. Their youngest brother Arthur, 14, had just left school.

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