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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
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
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.
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
To part with him we love so dear".
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
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
Menin Gate photo by Jean Marsh
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
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
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
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".
Memoriam" announcement reads: "In ever loving
Fairweather ... who lost his
life in the
sinking of the HMS "Aboukir"
1914, aged 24.
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.
Mother, Brother, and Sisters."
six sisters. His
mother always thought that Bill might be found, and
never fully accepted that he was gone.
*Farley, H. W.
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
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.
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
Frederick Robus. Later she would marry Samuel
Wakerell, and they would become the parents of
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
"Only a little while and we shall meet again." February
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
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
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,
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.
brother to Arthur, below, and
and brother-in-law of James
Jardine and William Fussell.
His sister Winifred Fogg married Stephen Sedgwick,
brother of Edward and Walter
Mrs Fogg died on 18 March 1938. She is buried at
Buckland, with her husband.
(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 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
and brother-in-law of James
Jardine and William Fussell.
His sister Winifred Fogg married Stephen Sedgwick,
brother of Edward and Walter
Note: Norman Fogg,
right, brother of Arthur and Albert, also served, as did his brother-in-law Stephen
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
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,
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
Part of his name and his rank can just be seen on the
edge of his Victory medal, above
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,
with thanks to Joyce Banks
Forth, W. S.
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
left, his grave is at the back, on the
right, at the bottom of his headstone are the
"Dearly loved and deeply mourned by all at home"
photos by Peter Bates
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
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.
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
|Harklous William James Fowler,
born 22 September 1893
He married Mary Coleman in 1919 and died in
| 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
John Collon Fox had spent 18 years on the clerical staff
W H Crundall and Co, of Wood Street,
and becoming 225495, a Private in the 5th battalion of
the Northamptonshire Regiment (formerly 32391 the Suffolk
He died on 6th April
1918, and is buried in the Senlis Communal Cemetery
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.
The headstone below is at Charlton:
asleep 23rd March 1916
in her 71st year.
our loved ones
but to dwell in the hearts of
those we love
is not to die"
Also John Collon Fox
son of the above.
Action in France
6th April 1918
Loved by All
who fell asleep
"Rest at Last"
Lizzie A. A. Heathcote
of the above
in her 75th year.
with thanks to
transcription by Joyce Banks
Cousin Thomas's full name, given in his will of
Thomas John Collon David Matland
Margill Criton Maple, from The Hotel Burlington,
in memoriam, April 1943
Collon Fox was related by marriage to
Charles Weller. Frederick's mother, Sarah, was
the sister of Louisa, the mother of John's
brother-in-law Daniel Borrett.
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.
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
Benjamin was brother to Thomas,
with thanks to Kate Perkins
picture and further details with thanks to Judith Gaunt
for family tree, see
Thomas Franklin, 5187, was a Private in the 3rd/5th
battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. He enlisted in
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
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
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.
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
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
with thanks to Christopher Freeman
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
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.
commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial.
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
||Lance Corporal Berkshire Regiment
||8 Kingswood Villas
||William Mauleverer Fussell (deceased)
|Ivy Hannah Fogg
||8 Kingswood Villas
||Horatio Norman Cecil Jack Fogg (deceased)
|married in the
presence of Frank Albert Fogg and Henrietta
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.