World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
Surnames H (part 1
(Surnames H (part 2 of 3, Hay
to Hol) are here, Surnames H (part
3 of 3, Hoo to
end) are here)
*Hadlow, A. L.
A. L. Hadlow is named on
the Memorial window at the Dover Grammar School for
Boys. This is probably A L Hadlow, the 2nd Lieutenant
from the RAF, 70th Squadron, who died on 6th October
1918. He is buried in Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military
Cemetery, II A 30.
Frederick Stephen Hall,
15105, was born in 1899 to Stephen and Edith Hall, the eldest of three brothers
and three sisters, one of whom was named Edith Ivy Hall
and another Bertha.
The family lived at 1 Alma Place, New Charlton Green.
enlisted in Canterbury as a Private in the 1st battalion of the Royal
Munster Fusiliers (formerly 3022 The Buffs), and died on 28th September 1918. He is commemorated on the Vis En Artois Memorial
with thanks to Kenneth Challenor
John W. Hamilton,
17466, was born in Windsor and enlisted in Dover to
become a Sapper in the 38th Field Company of the Royal
Engineers. He died of wounds on 17 May 1915, and is
buried in the Netley Military Cemetery in the United
Alternatively, this could be J Hamilton, 7661, a Sapper
in the 7th Field Company of the Royal Engineers. He died
on 3 December 1918 and is buried in the Dourlers
Communal Cemetery Extension, France, I A 17.
He was the husband of Minnie L Hamilton, from 64
Folkestone Road, Dover.
Albert Alexander Hampton L/9915, was a
Private in D Company of the 1st battalion of The Buffs.
He died in action on 1st October 1914, when he was 20, and is
commemorated on La Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial in France.
enlisted in Canterbury, but was born at Buckland and
lived in Dover. He was
the grandson of Mr G and Mrs Jane Hampton, of 48 Douglas
Road, Dover, and formerly of 24 Kimberley Terrace.
Handford, D. F.
Douglas Frederick Handford, 1601,
was serving as a Battery Sergeant Major in the 7th
battery of the 3rd Australian Field Artillery Brigade.
He was 30 when he was killed in action on 6th August
1915. He is buried at the Shell Green cemetery, Turkey.
He was a
Dovorian, and was the son of Mrs Ellen Amelia Handford
and the late Frederick John Handford.
Walter Ernest Handley, C/5276,
served as a Private in B company of the 8th battalion of
born around 1878 in Dover, and the 1881 census reveals him living
at 75 Limekiln Street, Dover, with his parents, George,
a railway porter, then aged 30, Mary, then aged 31. Both
were born in Dover, as were their children, Walter's
sister Agnes, aged then 14, and his two brothers,
George, 5, and Albert, aged 1.
the family were living at 1 Round Tower Passage. George
had become an errand boy, while Walter was still at
school, then aged 13. The family had been joined by four
more children, Lilian, then aged 9, followed by Rose, 7,
Mary, 4, and Charles, 2. Nine years later, on 9th July
1900, Walter married Harriett Jane Prescott, also a
Dovorian, at Dover Register Office, and in 1901, when he
was 23 and she was 21, the new couple were living at 5
Chapel Court, Snargate Street. Walter was working
as a Town Carman. In 1911 they were living at 5 Russell
Place, Dover, and had two children, Elizabeth, then aged
9, and Walter, 7.
been employed by Pickford's for over 17 years when he joined the army in Dover in December
1914. On 18th August 1916, when he was 38, he was killed
in action in France. He is commemorated on the Thiepval
Memorial in France. Walter's commanding Officer, writing to Mrs
Harriett Handley said, "He was a splendid soldier, and
was popular in the Platoon. The Company extend to you
family were then living at 9 Chapel Lane, Bench Street,
while Mrs Prescott, Harriett's mother, was at 10 Chapel
Street, and Mrs Handley, Walter's mother, lived at 23
Bridge Street. Harriett had two brothers in the navy and
five brothers-in-law in the army, four of whom were at
In ever loving memory of my dear husband, Pte Walter
Handley, 8th Battalion, The Buffs, "B" Company, killed
18th August 1916 at Guillemont. We know not his resting
place, No poppies mark his grave. But we know he made
the Supreme sacrifice for his country. How sad the
parting, none to tell, To part with one we loved so
well. How sweet t'will be, when life is o'er, To meet,
to part no more. His loving wife, daughter, and son.
In loving memory of my dear
husband and our father, Private Walter Ernest
Handley, who was killed in action 18th August
1916. Just a thought, true and tender, of one we
loved and will always remember. From his loving
Wife (Dover), Daughter and family (India), and
Son and family (Australia)
In 1941 Harriett Handley placed an in
memoriam notice in memory of her "dear husband". She
also remembered her father, Marshall Cook Prescott, who
died 24 January 1929, her Mother, Frances Harriett
Prescott, who died 23 February 1934, and her brothers,
John, died 8 November 1936, Stephen, 29 March 1937,
and William, 31 January 1940. Harriet was the aunt of
with thanks to Joyce Banks
Jesse Handley, Walter's brother, may have married
Maud Wakerell. She was the mother of
the sister-in-law of
and the sister of William Henry
Farrell. Charles had been widowed in 1953 when his wife, Louisa Minnie, née
Hacker, died on 7 February, aged 63.
John Thomas Hanson, 10461, was a
Private in the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), the 12th battalion. He
was born in Dover on 7th March 1895, one of the ten
children of Thomas
Hanson (at one time licensee of the Royal Standard,
London Road) and Alice, nee West. He enlisted in Dover, where
he lived, on 14th December
He died during the Battle of the Somme at the
trenches between Delville Wood and Guillemont on 15th
August 1916, one of 10 in the company killed that day. He is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial
John Hanson's family endearingly attached his death
plaque to a oak shield for display. Sadly, just
after he had been killed, the family lost another
child, his younger sister, Edith, aged 12. She had been
injured on 19th July, in Churchill Street, Charlton,
where her family lived (at no 15). A group of boys
had found a hand grenade at the trenches at Copt
Hill (by St James Cemetery), where bomb throwing was
taught to the Garrison. They threw it several times
down the hill without mishap, and one lad, Albert
King, from 10 Churchill Street, had even taken it
home and cleaned it with brass polish.
Dared by others out in the street, Albert threw the
grenade onto the road opposite 6 Churchill Street.
It exploded, ripping up the surface of road and
breaking a number of windows, while flying fragments
scored the walls and doors of the houses. Six people
were injured, including little Edith Ellen, who had
been standing at the end of the road, some six yards
Three boys were taken to hospital, Albert with
puncture wounds in his legs and left shoulder. Edith
had been taken into a shop, where the doctor said
she had merely fainted. Carried home, she became
worse, and in the evening was taken to hospital in
"a collapsed state". The fragment had pierced her
lung, eventually setting up an inflammation. Despite
an operation on 25th August, Edith's condition
continued to deteriorate, and she died on 31st
October 1916. At the inquest, Mrs Hanson spoke of losing her son on the
Somme, and now as having lost her little girl. She mentioned also a
third child the family had lost.
Edith was buried at Charlton. Her father and mother
were amongst the mourners, and laid a floral
tribute, "In loving memory from her heart-broken
father and mother." Another tribute came,
poignantly, "from her playmate, Albert King".
with thanks to Kerry
Note: October 2010 - the photographs
above were carried in John's mother's bag. They were
believed to be of John, but there is a consideration
now that they may have been of a casualty named
Hanwell, W. E.
Walter Ernest Hanwell
Harbird, H. R.
Henry Robert Harbird. This
may be Henry Robert Heffell Harbird, born
in Dover in 1890 to James Harbird and his wife Susannah
Elizabeth, née Heffell.
The couple married in 1881
in Dover, and lived at
7 Queen Street, when James, aged 21, was working as a
general labourer. Ten years later they were living at 29
Hawkesbury Street, with James a manager of a potato
store. They then had three children: James, born 1881,
Helen, aged 6 (possibly Susanna Caroline H.
Harbird born 1884) and Henry.
By 1901 James was a
marine porter and a widower with two more children,
Kathleen, born 1892, and Frank, born 1894. His wife had
died the year before, at the age of 36.
The family were then living at 9 Durham Place. With
them was Ann Perkins, a widow aged 71. Described as
mother-in-law, she may have been Susanna's mother; an
Ann Hambrook Heffell married James Siggins Perkins
At the age of 14 years and 10 months, Henry Robert Heffell
Harbird was examined on 4 November 1902 at Dover Castle.
He became a Boy, 8522, in the Royal Dublin
Fusiliers. He gave his next of kin as Mrs Nell Harbird,
of Dover Street, Folkestone. He was discharged on 18
Henry, aged 18, was again examined on 11 January 1905 at
Aldershot for the RAMC, becoming no 228. He had been
working as a groom for Mr Butler of 21 Odo Road in
Dover, and gave his address as 9 Durham Place, Dover.
He was absent without leave from the annual
training on 16 August 1905, and joined on 12 September
1905, being ordered to serve a further year. He then
enlisted into the Royal Sussex, being examined at
Eastbourne on 8 February 1906 and joining the next day
at Chichester as 8643. He gave his occupation as
Two months later, on 17 April 1906, Henry had been arrested
and was awaiting trial and on 10 May 1906 he was
convicted of having made a false answer on his
attestation. After 21 days detention he returned to duty
as a Private but then deserted on 16 September 1906. He
rejoined on 8 November 1906 and was again tried, this
time convicted of desertion and deficiency of clothing.
He was given 56 days detention on 14 November 1906 and
all his prior service was forfeited. Released from
detention and returning to duty on 9 January 1907, he
was arrested again for stealing goods belonging to a
comrade. On 30 January 1907 he was sentenced to 84 days
imprisonment and discharged with ignominy.
In 1911 Frank was probably at Bedfordshire Reformatory,
at Carlton, near Northampton. He was then a band boy
aged 16. At the age of 18, Frank Osborne Thomas Harbird enlisted
as a musician for a short service, becoming 6841 in the 1st Kings Dragoons Guards. Considered
fit on 18 April 1912 at Bedford, he joined at Curragh
but was discharged less than a year later, on 14
February 1913, after conviction for felony.
In 1912/3 the Harbird
family were probably living at 1 St James Place, an
address on the attestation for Frank. By that time Helen
or Ellen and Kathleen were living at 1 Grange Terrace in
Deal; the addresses of James and Henry were not known.
with thanks for
research to Joyce Banks
A Private A. Harbird was serving in
the 1st battalion York and Lancaster; he had two
brothers also serving.
|Bill, in the Navy, with his father,
Albert, and, in front, Albert and Fred, his
Albert and Fred, going
off to war from Newhaven Town Station.
Albert and Fred were in the York and
Lancasters; Bill was born in 1885 at Walmer
thanks to Jackie Prescott
London Gazette for 22 February 1918, p 2419, there
is mention of a Bandsman Lance Corporal F J Harbird,
who received the Military Medal. He was in the Yorks
and Lancs (Dover). He may have been the son of
William, a house decorator, and Annie Harbird, who
lived in 1901 at 56 Odo Road, Dover. He had two
younger brothers then, Frederick and Alfred, and a
An Alfred Edward
Harbird joined the army at Dover on 4 July 1912 at
the age of 18. He had previously been working as an
outdoor shop porter, employed by Cuff. He was
appointed Lance Corporal on 5 February 1914, but
asked to become a Private again so that he could
serve with his elder brother.
Hardeman, E. T.
Ernest Transit Hardeman,
4411, was a Serjeant Pilot (Corporal?) in the Royal Flying Corps,
serving in the 48th Squadron. He joined the army in
March 1915, and had served a year and five months in
France before coming back to train as a Pilot. He gained
the Royal Aero Club Aviator Certificate no 4818 on 14
June 1917 on L&P Biplane at London and Provincial
School, Edgeware. He went
back to the Front in January 1918 and died a month later at St Quentin on
16th February 1918. He is buried at the Ham British
Cemetery, Muille-Villette in France, I B 30.
the second son, born 11 March 1896 in Dover, of Mr and Mrs J Hardeman, of 36 Military Road, Dover,
and before the war was employed at the Admiralty Pier.
He was an old St Mary's schoolboy, and also a member of
St Mary's choir, which he had joined while at school.
from the Major of his Squadron reads, "With great sorrow
and sympathy I write to inform you that your son,
Sergeant Ernest Hardeman, was killed in action
yesterday. I have been unable to find anyone who saw
your son brought down, but from the evidence of the
wrecked machine he was attacked by enemy machines who
succeeding in killing your son and setting his machine
on fire in the air. His observer Second Lieutenant Croft
was also killed and they were both buried at the
military cemetery today. I am very very sorry indeed to
have to write you this sad news. Your son had not been
with the squadron very long, but I had full hope and
confidence in his good work."
D H Wilson Chaplain to the Forces there wrote, "Dear Mrs
Hardeman, By the time you receive this letter you will
no doubt have heard the sad news of your son's death. He
was killed whilst flying over the lines, and fell this
side. I thought you would like to know that his funeral
took place this afternoon, and I took the service. He
was buried beside his observer in a cemetery just outside
a small town named -. A cross will be erected over his
grave by the Squadron, and on the cross will be your
son's name, rank, and date of death. My deepest sympathy
with you in your great loss. He was honoured and
respected in the Squadron and they will miss him very
much. he has made the greatest sacrifice of all, and you
must be proud to have had such a son. May the Holy
Spirit guide you and comfort you in your sorrow."
Harding, P. J.
Philip James Harding,
T/241556, was born in Dover on 28 March 1886 and
christened at St Andrew's, Buckland, on 2 May 1886. He
was the son of Edward Harding and his wife Catherine,
née Godden. The couple were married at Charlton Church,
Dover, on 27 October 1866. Living at 5 Tower Hamlets, Mr
Harding was then working as a labourer. In 1871 they
were lodging at 159 London Road with their son Edwin
William, four years old. Mr Harding was working as a
gardener. By 1881 they had been joined by children Lucy,
Matilda, William, and Emma.
On 6 May
1888, at just before two in the morning, Mr Harding died
suddenly in bed. Although usually having a cold in the
winter, he was normally fit and well. However, he did
complain of pains in his chest when digging, and his
son, Edwin, who had occasionally worked with him, had
noticed his father occasionally knocking his chest and
complaining of tightness. For five days before his death
Mr Harding had been unable to obtain work, and the
evening before his death he had been in the Three Cups
public house, where his inquest was later held, and had
played skittles with a friend, Thomas Benson, and
others. Mr Harding left the inn at around half past ten,
when he appeared fit and well. The doctor's view was
that he had died of heart disease, accelerated by
privation and by over-exertion during his skittles game.
He was 42, and is buried at St Andrews.
Mrs Harding was in 1888
living at 2 Park Cottages, and in 1891 at number three.
There her son Edwin was a general labourer, and her
daughters Lucy and Matilda were rag sorters at the
papermill. Younger sister Sophia and Philip, then 5,
were scholars. Ten year later the family had moved to 28
Park Road. Edwin had become an ostler, and at home too
were Sophia, by then Mrs Pilcher, a granddaughter,
Lillie Lills, a nursechild, Elsie Woodgate, and Philip,
who was a Boy of All Works.
1911 saw the family at 1
Crabble Terrace, with Philip a general labourer. His
eldest brother Edwin had become a barman, while Sophia
had a daughter, Hilda, 5, and a son, Frederick, 3. Elsie
was still living with them too.
enlisted in Dover to join The Buffs as a Private in the 1st/5th
battalion. He died of wounds on 10 March 1917, and is buried in
the Basra War Cemetery in Iraq.
In ever loving memory of my darling beloved son ...
"They miss him most who loved him best". From Mother,
Sister, and Brothers.
Mrs Catherine Harding died
on 30 July 1933.
Hardy, P. E. R.
Philip Ernest Radford
Hardy, was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Marine Light
Infantry, with the 2nd Royal Marines, RN Division. He
was 22 when he died on 28th April 1917, and is
commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France.
parents were William James and Emily Hardy, from 9
Langport Road, Weston-super-Mare.
A. J. J.
Alfred J. J. Hare, 7801,
was born in Fulham, London, and worked as a Post Office Messenger before he joined the
Royal Flying Corps in August 1915, at the age of 15. He
went to India two months later, in October, and the next
month, November, joined General Townshend's Force. He
was captured by the Turks the following month, December
1915, and was Prisoner of War in June 1916. An Airman,
Second Class, from the 30th Squadron, (India), he died
from malarial fever at Bagtsche, Turkey, on 25th August
1916. He is buried in the Baghdad (North
Gate) War Cemetery in Iraq.
father, Mr Harry Hare was a bricklayer, but in the war
served in the Royal Engineers in
France, and another son (perhaps George) also was serving there. Their
home address was 77 South Road, Dover (also 22 Tower
Hamlets Road). His mother's name
was Sarah, and he was a grandson
of Mr J W McKeen.
Note: George (we believe), who had been
in the post office before joining up, was awarded
the Italian Military Medal for setting up wireless
communications from an island in the middle of the
River Piave. The island have been captured two days
before the October 1918 offensive against Austrian
armies, and the wireless, until the opposite side
was secured, had been the only means of
Harris, A. E.
Albert Edward Harris, 4169
enlisted in London and lived in Ramsgate, and was a Rifleman in the London Regiment (Post Office
Rifles). He served in the 1st/8th battalion. He died on
21st May 1916, when he was 28. He is commemorated on the
Arras Memorial in France, bay 10.
the son of William and Ann Harris, 19 Shakespeare Road,
born on 16 May. He was educated at St Mary's, and
subsequently joined the Post Office, transferring later
to Ramsgate. He was married to
Maria Isabel Harris, from 12 Maywill Road, St Peter's,
Harris, A. J.
Amos John Harris, 910354,
was a Gunner in D company of the 129th Brigade of the
Territorial Royal Field Artillery. Born in
Newport, Monmouthshire, he was
the husband of Charlotte Hester Pilton (formerly Harris)
of 3 Portland Place, Dover, Kent and enlisted in that
town. The former Mrs Harris lived also at 303 London
He was 28 when he died on 22nd
October 1918. He was buried in Kirechkoi-Hortakoi
Military Cemetery, Greece, 283. . On the bottom of
his headstone are inscribed the words: "In the midst of
life we are in death. From his wife and little son, Alfe"
Gunner Harris' grave is on
the far left at the back
in the plots before the cross.
thanks to Charles Fair
Harris, A. V.
Albert Victor Harris,
910905, was a Corporal in the Royal Field Artillery.
Before joining, he was employed by Messrs Flashman and
Company, and was a territorial. He served through the
worst period of the Mesopotamia Campaign, the hardships
of which, coupled with the Indian climate, wrecked his
constitution. He died on 12th October 1917, when he was
31, and is commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918
Memorial in India.
He was born and lived in
Dover and enlisted there. He was the youngest son of
Mrs Susan Harris, from 9 Tower Hamlets Road. His father
Alfred O Harris, predeceased him. Mrs Harris later moved
to 57 Cranford Road, Cressington, Lancashire.
Harrison, A. L.
Arthur Leyland Harrison. He
was a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, and died
on 23rd April 1918 in the Zeebrugge Raid, from which
action he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
This was received by his mother, Adelaide Ellen, née
Leyland. More about
He was born on 3rd February 1886
in Torquay, and
attended Dover College. He was in the Junior School from
1895 to 1900, and in the Royal Navy cadets, being a
cadet in 1902, a Lieutenant in October 1908, and a
Lieutenant Commander in October 1916.
He was a
keen Rugby player, and was in the Royal Navy XV, and in
the Hampshire United Services team between 1906-14. He
also played for Hampshire in 1912-14 and England in
1913-14, when he played against Ireland and France. At
the Queen's Club in March 1914 he played in the game
with the Royal Navy and Army Officers teams, and after
the match they were presented to the King.
the Great War he saw action at the Battle of Heligoland
in 1914, at Dogger Bank in 1915, and at Jutland in 1916.
He was mentioned in despatches on 15th September 1916.
parents had had a home at Waldon Cottage, Durham Road, Wimbledon,
London. Arthur Harrison is one of four men commemorated
on the Zeebrugge Memorial, in Zeebrugge Churchyard in
with thanks to Mr Belsey
father was Arthur John Harrison, and in the London
Gazette for i881 he is recorded as retired Captain with
the honorary rank of Major given the honorary rank of Lt
Col by Royal Warrant dated 25 June 1881. He is elsewhere
noted as having won a prize for shooting at Hythe,
during a course for musketry in 1865. We believe he was
born in London in 1843 and died in 1908, and that his
wife was born in 1849 and died in 1926. The couple
married in 1881.
Harry Hart, 73532, served
with the Middlesex Regiment, 29th battalion, and was
transferred to I 58624 Eastern Command Labour Centre. He died at the
Military Hospital, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, on 20
February 1919, from
pneumonia, following influenza.
He was the youngest son of
the late W V Hart, from 37 Chapel Place, Dover, and the "dearly
beloved" husband of Harriet Daisy Hart, from Jubilee Cottages,
Primrose Road, Dover. She remarried in 1920, becoming Mrs Andrews,
of 75 Primrose Road. It was she who requested that her
first husband's name should be placed on the Memorial.
Hart, H. C.
Horace Cecil Hart, T/2365,
was born at Holy Trinity, Dover, in which town he
enlisted. He was a Private in The Buffs, 1/5 battalion,
and died on 17th January 1916. He is buried in the Amara
War Cemetery in Iraq, IB 17.
the son of John, a Mariner, and Eliza Hart, and known to
his family as
"Chips". His sister, Susanna, was married to
Hart, H. P.
Hyla Padgham Hart was a
Lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry, serving in the
13th battalion. He died on 5th October 1918, and is
commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois memorial in France.
the son of Harry, a grocer's clerk, and Sophia Hart.
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