World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
(part 2 of 3)
(Surnames H (part 1 of 3, H to
Har) are here, Surnames H (part 3 of
3, Hoo to
end) are here)
Hayes-Newington, C. W.
Charles Wetherall Hayes-Newington
was a temporary Captain in the 2nd battalion of the Cheshire
Regiment. He died in action on 8th May 1915, when he was 21, and is
commemorated on the Menin Gate in Belgium.
the son of Major and Mrs Hayes-Newington, from 16
Merton Road, Southsea, Portsmouth
piper at the Menin
Gate Last Post ceremony
Hayward, J. H.
John Henry Hayward, J862,
was a Leading Seaman in the Royal Navy, aboard the HMS
Raider (CWGC says HMS Sandhurst.). He died on 24th
November 1916, in the North Sea, after having been
washed overboard. He is commemorated on the Chatham
Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom.
born on 7 April 1892 at Queenborough, Kent. His
mother was Mrs Margaret E Hayward, from 37 Tower Hill, Dover.
In 1901 Mrs Hayward, born in Dover and a widow aged 40,
was living there with her widowed father, Henry, a
retired ship's painter. He was 70 and had been born in
Portsmouth. Her two sons were there too, John, 8, and
William, 7, born in Queenborough like his brother. John
was a first cousin to Richard
William Hayward, from 21 Third Avenue, Dovercourt,
requested that his name should be placed on the
Hayward learnt of the accident through unofficial means,
the official letter having not been immediately sent.
Later the Captain of John's vessel wrote, "On 24th
November the ship was at sea in a heavy gale of wind.
Your son was - at the time of the accident - the
boatswain's mate of the watch, an important post and one
of considerable responsibility. It was 2am. He had just
completed, with the assistance of three other seamen,
the securing of a box of ammunition which had become
washed from its stowage by the heavy seas. This done,
your son, with great zeal and taking no heed of the risk
he ran, went forward to the forecastle to see that the
ammunition there was safe. Needless to say that if only
he had reported to an officer first, he would have been
told not to do so, but I suppose he did not count the
risk and his one idea was for the ship.
sooner had he got into the forecastle than a sea fell on
board and must have carried poor Hayward away. One
moment later a man ran forward and reported having heard
a cry from the water. The ship was put round and search
was made, but in the heavy breaking sea running at the
time death must have been instantaneous. No boat could
possibly be lowered, and the night was so black and
stormy that nothing could be seen. However I searched
until having nearly been run down by another vessel, I
was obliged to abandon all hope of saving him.
a sea and in such cold water, death would be practically
instantaneous and painless.
the short time your son had been in the ship he had
already made a name for himself for his smartness and
capability. In the short while, I had come to the
conclusion that he was a seaman of unusual promise. His
loss was keenly felt all through the ship. I can only
offer you my sincere sympathy in your great loss, and
sincerely hope that you will believe that I am deeply
sorry myself for the poor lad's death. He died for his
country as much as if he had fallen in actual action,
and in him the Navy lost a very good man. I am afraid
there are few, if any, of us who have not suffered
similar bereavements during this war, but I am afraid it
is our own mothers only who know to the full the sorrows
which come with them.
I am, my
dear Mrs Hayward, yours very sincerely, G. Fraser."
Hayward, S. P.
Sidney Paul Hayward,
L/295073, was a Private in the 1/7 battalion of the Manchester Regiment.
He enlisted Dover and was born in Buckland. He died 10
June 1917, from wounds. He is buried in La Chapelette
British and Indian Cemetery, Peronne in France.
William Hayward, L/8436,
had served for 9 years. He was a Private in D company of the 2nd
battalion of The Buffs when he died on 3rd May 1915,
aged 27. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate in
He was born, enlisted, and
lived in Dover, and his parents were Mr and Mrs
J Hayward, from 52 Primrose Road, Dover.
Walter ?William Head,
44399, was killed in action on 10th August 1918. He was
20, and had been serving in the 9th battalion of the
Essex Regiment (formerly 36398 Norfolk Regiment). He is buried at the Morlancourt
British cemetery No 2 in France.
born, lived, and enlisted in Dover. He was the second son of Mr and Mrs Head of 56 Tower Hamlets
Road, and his brother, G. Head, who was serving in
Malta, is pictured right.
Hannah Head, later lived at 50 Tower Hamlets Road.
Hebden-Phillips, R. F. (F. R.?)
Francis Reginald Hebden
Phillips, 31808, enlisted in Plymouth and was a Lance Corporal in the Royal
Engineers, serving in the 30th Fortress Company. He was
born in Dover and lived in Canterbury. He was 20 when he died on 26th August 1917,
from injuries received while on duty as a dispatch rider
He was buried on
Saturday afternoon, 1st September, at Charlton Cemetery
in the United Kingdom. The
funeral service was held in the vestry of the
College chapel, and conducted by the Rev E C
Stephens. He was the Vicar of Holy Trinity, the church
which Francis's family had attended for many years.
Francis had sisters, Winifred, Elliott(?), Kathleen, and
Hilda, and a brother.
hymn, "On the Resurrection Morning" was selected by
his parents, Mr Charles Hebden Phillips and Mary Elizabeth
Phillips, later from 12 Ethelbert Road, Canterbury,
because nurses and patients were singing it in an
adjacent ward when their son passed away. The coffin was
of dark polished elm, and the inscription on the plate
was, "2nd Corporal R. F. Hebden-Philips, Royal
Engineers, Motor Dispatch Rider, Died August 26th 1917,
in his 21st year". When the coffin was borne through the
chapel, Chopin's "March Funebre" was played. Flowers
from the family were arranged inside.
were many floral tributes, including a cross of lilies
tied with Royal Engineer and Old Dovorian colours, "with
tender love from father and mother to their beloved
boy", with others "in loving memory of an affectionate
and faithful friend", and "a token of respect from the
Officers, NCOs and men of the Army Signals, Plymouth
Garrison". There was a floral replica of the RE badge,
bearing the message, "with deepest sympathy from his
fellow dispatch riders of the Plymouth Garrison", and "a
token of remembrance, from girls of the Central Military
Exchange Staff, Army Signals, Plymouth. The patients and
nursing staff of C1 Ward, Salisbury Hospital, Plymouth,
placed on their wreath, " Though
a stranger, he was a comrade here, he died a soldier"
Note: a bomb was said to have fallen
through the home of a Mr and Mrs Hebden-Phillips of
53 Folkestone Road, Dover on
1917, but failed to explode.
It narrowly missed Mrs Hebden-Philips and her daughter,
and Mrs Hebden-Philips had been seriously ill from shock
Hedgecock, E. C.
Ernest Charles Hedgecock,
G/24490, had been an agent for the Prudential Assurance
Company before he joined the army under the Derby scheme
in 1916. He was also a member of the Buckland Wesleyan
Church, where his services as a Steward, a Sunday School
Teacher, and a Chorister, were much valued.
was born, and lived and enlisted in Dover, and became a Private in the 4th battalion of the Royal
Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), and, after undergoing training in various
parts of the country, and completing it at the Duke of
York's School, went to the Front in March 1917. He was
killed in action while serving with a machine gun team
on 3rd May 1917 at Monchy Le Preaux, when he was 24. A
comrade, who had been beside him when he was killed,
conveyed the news to his parents, Mr Charles Ellis (who
died a little while later) and Mrs Emma Elizabeth
Hedgecock, from 7 Alexandra Place. He is
commemorated on the Arras memorial in France.
engaged to be married to Miss Semple, the daughter of Mr and Mrs T Semple
from Hastings, and formerly from Millais Road, Dover.
Treasured memories of our dear son and
brother, Ernest Charles Hedgecock, Royal
Fusiliers, killed at Arras, May 3rd
1917, aged 24 years. And with the morn
those angel faces smile, which we have
loved long since, but lost awhile. From
Mother, Frank, Winnie, and Rhoda.
The headstone is at Charlton. The words read:
|In Loving Memory
Charles Ellis Hedgecock
Who Died 15th October 1923
Aged 60 Years
"Abiding in Christ"
Ernest Charles Hedgecock
Beloved Son of Above
Who Made the Great Sacrifice at Arras
3rd May 1917 Aged 24 Years
"Greater Love Hath No Man Than This"
Beloved By All Who Knew Him
Edward John Hedgecock, 358046,
had been employed in the Electric Light Works before
enlisting in Dover and becoming a Gunner in the 62nd Siege battery of the
Kent (TF) Royal
Garrison Artillery. He was killed in action after
eighteen months service on 10th September 1917, when he
was 23. He is buried at Bleuet Farm Cemetery in Belgium.
born in Dover, and his parents were Edward
John and Elizabeth Catherine Hedgecock, from 13 South
Road, of whom he was the only son. The Major of his
company wrote to his parents after his death and spoke
highly of Gunner Hedgecock's efficiency in his work as a
telephonist, and of his devotion to duty
Ever Loving Memory
Our Dear and Only Son
Gnr Edward J. Hedgecock (Teddie)
62nd Siege Battery, RGA
Killed Whilst on Active Service
10th September 1917
Aged 23 Years and 8 Months
Interred at Elverdinghe, Belgium
|also Our Dear Daughter
Elizabeth Katherine (Lizzie)
who Died 8th February 1918
Aged 20 Years and 10 Months
"Until the Day
also of our Dear Daughter Ethel May
died 30th April 1930
Aged 37 Years and 11 Months
"Until We Meet Again"
The headstone above is at Charlton cemetery.
Below is Gunner Hedgecock's last resting place, at
The words at the bottom
of Gunner Hedgecock's headstone read,
"Dearly loved and deeply mourned by all at
In the view, right, his
grave is third in from the right, in the
photos by Peter Bates
Henderson, R. M.
R. M. Henderson. In the
1901 census there is a Robert M Henderson living in
Dover. He was then aged 20 and was an undergraduate at
Oxford university. He was living with his widowed mother
Mary, born Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. It would
seem that she had married Robert Batty Henderson in
Dover in 1878.
Morley Henderson was a Chaplain, 4th Class, from the
Army Chaplains' Department, who died on 3 February 1919.
He is buried in Belgrade Cemetery, Belgium.
Heron. A. E.
Albert Ernest Heron, 1265,
was a Trooper in the Household Cavalry, Royal Horse Guards
(The Blues) of the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the
Line (including Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps). He died on 12th
April 1917, when he was 29, and is buried at the Tilloy
British Cemetery, Tilloy Les Mofflaines, France.
Woolwich, he enlisted in Dover, and was
the son of
Joseph Heron, of 4 Dour Cottages, Wood Street, Dover. He
was the husband of E. Woolmington (formerly Heron), of
45 Church Street, Enfield, Middlesex, and formerly of 9
Evelyn Villas, Devonshire Road, Merton, Surrey. >
Hewes, E. A.
Ernest Alfred Hewes, 14526,
was a Serjeant in the Royal Garrison Artillery, serving
in the 82nd Company. He died on 8th May 1916, when he
was 34, at Lahore. He is commemorated on the Karachi
1914-1918 War Memorial, Pakistan.
born in Sheerness, and enlisted in Dover. He was
the husband of Elsie Gertrude Hewes, née
Blackman, of Buckland,
Dover, the daughter of Thomas Blackman, a miner, whom he had married on 21 June 1913 at St
Andrews, Buckland. They may have had a son, Albert, born
His brother Henry, below,
also died. His father, Thomas Robert Hewes
of 35 Noah's Ark Road, asked for his name to be placed
on the Town Memorial.
Hewes, H. G.
Henry George Hewes was born in
Rangoon, Burma. He enlisted in Dover to the RGA on 14
December 1901 for 12 years service when he was just 14
years and three months old. He then joined his regiment
at Sheerness on 16 December. He went to India on 17
February 1905 and then to Aden on 20 October 1910. He
was confined to barracks for fourteen days in 1907, and
had a few problems in 1909, being docked pay or
suffering reduced pay for misconduct and also gaining a
detention, but regained his good conduct badge in 1910.
He returned home on 30 November 1911, and unfortunately,
in 1912 he was fined with costs for using obscene
language, and then again for being drunk in Newport,
Isle of Wight. He was discharged on 13 December 1913
after completing his term of service.
re-enlisted at Newport, Isle of Wight and became 8110, a
Gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery (formerly 22767
3rd Hants Regiment). He served
in the 121st Siege Battery, and died on 22 April 1917,
when he was 28. He is buried at St Nicolas British
Cemetery in France. At the foot of his headstone are the
words, "Gone but not forgotten".
the husband of Annie Whitham (formerly Hewes), of
New Village, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, where he lived, and
brother to Ernest, above. His father, Thomas Robert Hewes
of 35 Noah's Ark Road, asked for his name to be placed
on the Town Memorial.
Thomas Hewes was born in Norfolk, and on 4 August 1879,
as a Corporal in the Royal Artillery, stationed at Dover
Castle, he married Henrietta Elizabeth Blackman. She was
the daughter of Charles Alfred Blackman, a gasfitter. By
1881 the family had moved to the Military Barracks at
Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey; they then had one child, a
son, Thomas, born the year before. Ernest, their second
son, was born at Sheerness, and from then onwards the
Hewes family travelled with the army. Their daughter
Henrietta was born in around 1885 in Bengal, India,
followed by Henry, Robert at Aden, Arabia, and Lily or
Florence in Ireland.
By 1901 however the family had
settled back in Dover, living at 9 Grace Terrace,
Buckland, and Mr Hewes was a foreman in the Army
Ordnance Corps Department. By 1911 they had moved to 35
Noah's Ark Road.
Mrs Henrietta Hewes died at the
County Hospital, Guildford, in December 1943 and was
buried at Charlton cemetery in the grave of her husband,
Thomas, who had died on 23 October 1823.
Hicks, H. C.
Horace Clement Hicks, 60214,
was in the 102nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison
Artillery, serving as a
Gunner. He died in action in France on 30th November 1917, and is
commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, France.
Elizabeth Hicks, from Hall's Cottage 17 Spring Gardens,
St Peter Street, Dover, asked for his name to be placed on the
Memorial. He was born at Charlton, Devon, and enlisted
in Exeter, but lived in Dover.
*Hickson, S. V. E.
S. V. E. Hickson was a
Second Lieutenant in the Loyal North Lancashire
Regiment. This was probably Samuel Vernon Einem-Hickson,
son of Colonel S A E Hickson, DSO, Royal Engineers, from
Queen's Road, Richmond, Surrey, who died when he was 21
on 4th November 1914. He is buried in the Tanga Memorial
*Hill, F. C.
This could be Frederick Daniel Hill. In 1891 the Hill
family were living at 50 Bulwark Street, Dover. Mr James
John Hill, who had been born in Warwick, was an engine fitter
and two of his sons, Alfred and Frank were also employed
by the railway, being an apprentice engine fitter and in
the goods yard respectively. Frank, then 15, had been
born in Egypt, as was his younger sister Nellie, then
13. Frederick, aged 11, had been born in Portsmouth.
Their mother was Emily, née Lethbridge; the
couple had married in 1864 and would have had by 1911
eight children, though sadly three had died early.
By 1901 the family had moved to 7 Park Street, and
Frederick had followed the family tradition by becoming
an engineer fitter himself. By 1903 he was living in
Woolwich, and on 22 June 1904 at St Andrew's Church,
Sibertswold, he married Ethel Norman, the youngest
daughter of William Henry and Charlotte Norman. They
held their reception at the bride's parents' home, The
Laurels at Sibertswold, and spent their honeymoon in
By 1911 Frederick and Ethel
were living in Gibraltar, and had three children;
Frederick Norman, 5, Enid Kathleen, 2, and a baby,
Violeta Gwendolyn Ruth, 10 months. The two youngest had
been born in Gibraltar. Frederick was an Armament Staff
Sergeant in the No 8 Company Army Ordnance Corps,
continuing his old trade as a fitter.
Frederick had enlisted in Woolwich, and was 35 when he
died in France on 5 September 1915. His body was exhumed
later and reburied at the St Acheul French National
Cemetery, Amiens, France, grave 18. He had been serving
as 277, an Armament Staff Sergeant in the 5th company
attached to the 188th battery Royal Garrison Artillery.
Mrs Hill, his wife, later lived at 29 Buckland Avenue,
Dover. Probate was granted on 23 October 1915 to Nellie,
Frederick's sister, who in 1914 had married William
Grant. The estate amounted to £101 10s.
In 1891 the Hill family were living next door to several
members of Maggie's ancestral family, some of whom were
also employed by the railway.
Hobbs, R. H.
Reginald H. Hobbs,
CH/18461, served in
the Royal Marine Light Infantry as a private. He was killed in action
in the Dardanelles on 8 May 1915, when he was 19. He is
buried at the Courtney's and Steel's Post Cemetery,
Turkey, sp mem 26.
12 April 1896 at Wootton, he was
the "dear son" son of Mr
Henry John and Mrs
Fanny Hobbs, from Crabble Farm. In 1901 the family were
living at Tappington Farm, Denton; Mr Hobbs was
described as a farmer's son. Also there was Reginald's
younger brother Leonard, 1. He received the notification
of Reginald's death in 1915 at The Cottage, Crabble
Farm, River, Dover.
"Cherished in memory's garden"
Richard Hobbs, 358471, was
a Bombardier in the 170th Siege Battery of the (Kent) Royal
Garrison Artillery. He died on 1st November 1918, when
he was 36. He is buried at Vendegies Cross Roads British
Cemetery, Bermerain, France.
born at Swingfield, by Dover, and enlisted in Dover. He was
the son of Richard and Mary Hobbs, of Selsted, Dover,
and the husband of Annie Hobbs, from 15 Stanhope Road,
Hogben, M. W.
enlisting in Dover, he was
the son of James Hogben, from 4 Pioneer Road, Crabble
W. J. N.
Walter James Nicholson
Hogbin, 94423, known as a billiard player of exceptional
skill, and who may have been employed by the
Conservative Club, was a Private in the 13th battalion of The King's
(Liverpool Regiment) (formerly 178250 The Royal Field
Artillery). He died the day after he was
wounded on 26th August 1918, when he was 39. He is
buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France
Dover, he was
the son of Jane and Stephen Hogbin, from Dover and the
brother of George Hogbin, from Woolcomber Street. He
lived in Kilburn, and was
the husband of Mrs E J Hogbin, from 3 Torbay Mansions,
Willesden lane, Kilburn, London, formerly at 6 Burton
Road, Kilburn. They had two children.
(for family tree see
faded genes by Dave Dixon)
Holbrook, H. G.
Henry George Holbrook,
K/17531, was an old St Bart's school boy. A Stoker, 1st
Class, he died just a
month after the war had begun, when the HMS Pathfinder
was mined on 5 September 1914. He was 19. He is
commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial in the United
29 September 1894, he was the son of George Henry Holbrook and Frances Margaret Holbrook,
née Colyer, from 17
Tower Street, Tower Hamlets. The couple were married on
9 June 1894 at St Bartholomew, Charlton, when Mr
Holbrook was employed as a seaman.
In 1901 Mrs Holbrook had
been at 17 Widred Road, Dover, with Henry, then 6,
and her other two sons, William Allen, 5, and George
Alfred, 3. The sons and their mother were born in Dover and all three sons
joined the Royal Navy.
|Second son, William A Holbrook
First Class Stoker
|Third son, George A Holbrook
By 1911 the family were at 8
Alexander Cottages, Tower Street, Dover. Mr
Holbrook, born in Winchelsea, Sussex, had become a
fitters' assistant in marine engineering. Henry and
William were firewood makers. The family had been
joined by two more brothers and two sisters; Albion
Edward, 1902, Ivy Frances, 1904, Violet Rosina,
John Arthur Holbrook, 1909. The family had lost
two other children.
Mr Holbrook died on 29 May 1921, aged 57, and Mrs
Holbrook at 31 Tower Street on 24 October 1934, aged
In Memoriam announcements
from the Dover Express, September
Holden, G. S.
George Stephen Holder (note
surname), 154330, was an Able Seaman in the Royal Fleet
Reserve. He died on 22 September 1914 when the HMS Aboukir was torpedoed. He is commemorated on the Chatham
Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom.
3 September 1874 in the parish of St Mary, Dover, he was
the son of Benjamin Holder, who died the year following
the birth of his son, and his wife, Rosina Holder from 51 George Street, Buckland,
Dover. He was brother to Fanny Maria, the mother of
Guy Middleton. In 1891,
aged 16, he was a member of the crew of the vessel St
Vincent, then at Portsmouth.
the "beloved husband" of Mrs Holder (née
Louie Hanagan) from 31 Market Street, Paddington,
London. He left two sons when he was killed, Walter
Thomas and George. A daughter, Mary Louise, known as
Bet, was born after his death.
shock - a loss severe -
To part with him we loved so dear;
Our loss is great; we'll not complain'
But trust in Christ to meet again." (Nov
43879, was a Private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,
2nd battalion (formerly 8089 in the 18th battalion of
the London Regiment). He died in action on 14th October 1918, and is
commemorated at Dadizeele New British Cemetery.
born at Folkestone, but enlisted in Camberwell. He lived
at Deptford, and his wife
was Mrs L Holderness, from 31 Crossfield Street,
Harold Edward Holland,
8719, was a Company Quartermaster Serjeant with the 8th
battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. He was born at St
Jersey and worked as an Auctioneer's Assistant before
enlisting. He enlisted in Jersey, and this may have been
during the period 1905 to 1908 when the 1st battalion of
the East Surreys were garrisoned there.
He was killed in
action on 1st September 1918 when he was 39, and is
commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois memorial in France. He was
awarded the Military Medal.
the son of the late Edward Holland, born in England and
probably a train driver with the Jersey Eastern Railway.
He was a brother in Military Jubilee no 2195, Dover. He
was married to May L G Holland from 29 Eaton Road, Dover.
CQMS Holland's brother, Edward William Herbert Holland,
an Armourer's Mate in the Royal Navy, was one of 214 men
killed on 21 January 1918 when HMS Louvain was torpedoed
in the Aegean Sea.
with thanks to Barrie
Barton, Channel Islands Great War
Note: a Mrs May Louisa Holland, from 39
Eaton Road, is noted in the Jersey Shipping Lists as
travelling on 22 February 1917
Holland, R. S.
Reginald Seabright Holland,
G/77661, was a Private in the 17th battalion of the Royal
Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (formerly TR/74763
TR). He died on 28th September 1918, when he was
19. He is buried in the Noyelles-sur-L'Escaut Communal
Cemetery Extension, France.
parents were John and Emma E Holland, from 85 Crabble
Hill, Dover, in which town he enlisted.
Holmes. W. P.
William Percy Holmes,
T/204251, served as a Private in the 7th battalion of The
Buffs. He died of wounds on 30th September 1917, when he was 36.
He is buried at Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium
the son of Burvill Holmes and Catherine Holmes, from
Dover. He enlisted and lived in Dover, and was the husband of Mrs S Holmes, from 2
Kingswood Villas, Crabble Avenue, Dover.
Holyman, L. B.
Lewis Baden Holyman,
957181, was a Trimmer in the Mercantile Marine Reserve.
He served aboard the HMS Caledonia, which was
minesweeping. He died at the Haslar hospital on 2nd
November 1918, when he was 18, from pneumonia following
buried at the Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery (Clayhall
Cemetery, Clayhall Road), E 36.17. On his headstone are
the words, "Lewis Holyman, Trimmer MMR, HMS Caledonia,
died 2 Nov 1918 aged 18".
stepbrother, William Bligh,
also died from pneumonia, following influenza, four
months later. He was also a cousin of
The land (below right) is owned by Dover Town Council
and managed by the White Cliffs Countryside Project.
Amazingly, during clearance - which
included shifting some 40 tons of topsoil filled with
detritus of bricks, concrete, rusty metal, bedsprings,
broken glass, and old
garden tools! - Tom Page, of Rhino Plant Hire, found
Lewis Holyman's death
How did it get there? No one knows, but one theory is
that it could have been kept in a shed on one of the
former allotments on the site. Alternatively, this could
have been the place where wreckage from houses bombed in
World War II was deposited.
The whereabouts of the plaque is now uncertain.
with thanks to Joyce Banks, Paul Willmott
(WCCP), and Tom Page (RPH)
Surnames H (part 1 of
3 - H to Har) are here
Surnames H (part 3 of 3 - Hoo to end) are