war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War I



Surnames I

Igglesden, R. A.
Robert Arthur Igglesden, 435252. He was a Lance Corporal in the 50th battalion of the Canadian Infantry, and died on 10th April 1917. He was killed instantly by a bullet from an enemy sniper during the attack on Vimy Ridge. He is buried at the Canadian cemetery no 2, Neuville St Vaast, France.

Robert was the second son of Mr and Mrs R Igglesden, and was born on 13th November 1891 in Melbourne, Australia, as was his younger brother Sidney. A baker, Robert had settled in Calgary, Alberta, Canada around 1910, where he was well-known as a vocalist and member of the Calgary Choral Society. He enlisted in the Canadian Forces on 15th October 1915, when he was 23 years and five months. He had grey eyes and brown hair, and stood five feet eight inches tall, and gave his religion as Unitarian. His parents lived at 99 Barwick Road, and later at "The Beacon", Chilton Avenue, Kearsney, Dover.

A report in the Dover Express after his death stated, "The sympathy of all in Dover will be extended to Mr and Mrs R Igglesden in the death of their son, Private Robert Arthur Igglesden, who was killed in action with the Canadians at the taking of Vimy Ridge on 10th April. He went to Calgary about five years ago in the business of baker and confectioner, and intended to return after a few years experience and to be taken in as partner with the firm of Igglesden and Graves at Dover. When the war broke out he joined up with his brother Henry Alfred Igglesden (right) at Calgary who has recently been home on ten days sick leave having been wounded last November. Another brother is serving with the RFA in India.".

Henry was a carpenter before enlisting, and had spent two years in the RE Territorials. He was taller than his brother, at five feet eleven inches, and had grey-blue eyes and slightly balding brown hair. He was born on 13th February 1889, in Dover, and had enlisted in January 1915.

Inwood, W. J.
William James Inwood. In the 1901 census William Inwood was living at 95 Oswald Road, Dover. He was then aged 22, married to Maria, and given as a clerk at the Co-operative Society.

He had done voluntary service in Dover. During his service in the Great War, he was said to have been gassed. He was invalided out of the Army Service Corps on 8th April 1918, after nearly two years in Fance, and died on 19th November 1918 at 98 Clarendon Place, from tuberculosis. He was 40, and he left a widow and five children. He was buried at River churchyard, Dover, on 25th November 1918. His headstone reads: "Our son, who passed away after much suffering, 19 November 1918" 

William's parents were William and Emma Inwood. William senior was a gardener, who was employed by Mr Birmingham at Brook House. He later moved to River to become the gardener at Riverdale, the home of Mrs Bigoe Williams. Mrs Williams had a home also at Waterloo Crescent. William senior died in 1928 at the age of 82, and Emma died in 1934, aged 90.

Note: William Inwood was the uncle of Miss Lillian Kay, former headmistress of Dover Grammar School for Girls (thus also Maggie S-K's old headmistress). Miss Kay's mother would clean from top to bottom Mrs William's Waterloo Crescent home, when Mrs Williams took her annual three-month trip to Scotland.  

with thanks to Derek Leach
for information about William Inwood's war service and his family, see Faded Genes, by Dave Dixon

Irvin, G.
George Irvin

Irving, C. R.
Christopher Richard Irving, 65416, was a Gunner in the 85th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. He was killed in action on 24th July 1916, at the age of 25. He lies at Bronfay Farm Military Cemetery, Bray-Sur-Somme, France.

Born in Locherbie, he was the son of George and Agnes Irving, of 128 Clarendon Place, Dover, and enlisted in that town.

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