war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War I



Surnames J

C F Jackson, courtesy Dover Express Jackson, C. F. 
Cecil Francis Jackson, 36613, was in the Royal Engineers, the 9th Field Company, as a Sapper. He was just 16 when he was killed in action on 17th October 1916, and he is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, in France.

in memoriam 1917 Born in Dover, he was the son of Ellen Jackson, who lived at 14 Alma Place, Maison Dieu Road, Dover, and the late Edwin John Jackson. Before enlisting in Dover at the beginning of the war, and going overseas in February 1916, he had been a Sea Scout, and also employed by Mr Denne as a blacksmith. His serving rank in a local record is given as "Corporal".

in memoriam 1917

Jackson, T. D. 
Thomas Douglas Jackson, 6665, was a Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force, 52nd Squadron. He was 21 when he died from influenza on 13th February 1919. He is buried at Valenciennes St Roch Communal Cemetery, France.

He was the son of Thomas Edward and Mary Jackson, who lived at 4 Malmains Road, Maxton, Dover.

Jardine, J.
James Jardine, 27731, was the son of David and Anne Jardine. He was born in Monbrief, County Armagh and lived in Lurgan, County Armagh, but enlisted in Seaforth, Lancashire. In 1912 in Dover he married Henrietta Sarah Fogg, born 16 April 1890, who, in the return to the CWGC, gave her address as 80 Mayfield Avenue. The couple had two sons, David, born 13 June 1913, and Cecil James, born about 1915. On 30 April 1928, David attested for the Royal Artillery for a period of 12 years under number 781485; his brother followed suit on 30 April 1930, becoming 802051.

James was a Serjeant in the 17th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Awarded the MM and the MSM, he was 38 when he died on 30 October 1918 from wounds to his head from a shell the day before. James was reburied after the war from Bouhain to the St Souplet British Cemetery, France, III F 10. On the foot of his headstone are the words, "In loving memory of a dear husband and dad who made the supreme sacrifice".

Mrs Jardine received a message of sympathy from her husband's Lt Colonel. "I wish to convey my sincere sympathy to you in your great sorrow. Sergt Jardine was the best NCO in my Brigade; most gallant, most keen, and most efficient. Such men are irreplaceable. We shall all miss him very greatly." There was also a message from Sergeant Jardine's captain. "It seems futile to offer sympathy, but please believe that not only his own Battery but the whole Brigade heard with deep regreat of his being killed. We seem to have lost all our very best during the war."

James was brother-in-law to Arthur and Albert Fogg, Ivy Fussell, and William Fussell. His sister-in-law, Winifred Fogg, married Stephen John Sedgwick, the brother of Edward and Walter Sedgwick. See also Foggs and Fussells.

Mrs Jardine probably died in 1967 in Dover.

AJ Jarvest, courtesy Dover ExpressJarvest, A. J.   
Arthur John Jarvest, G/5186, lived and enlisted in Dover, and was a Private of the 2nd battalion of the Buffs. He was 32 when he was killed in action on 3rd May 1915. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Belgium.

He was born in Charlton, the son of Henry Jarvest, a bricklayer, and his wife Mary. In 1911 Arthur was 28 and working as a bricklayer's labourer. The family then lived at 25 Tower Street, Tower Hamlets. Mr Jarvest died in 1917, at the age of 76, and Mrs Jarvest later lived at 48 Tower Hamlets Road, Dover. She died in 1935 at the age of 95.

Arthur's death occurred during the second battle of Ypres. The second battalion were beleaguered by gas attacks and superior enemy gun power. They withdrew, unable to organise, and were supplemented by more men arriving from England on 1st May. The next two days they were bombarded by shell fire, and one trenchful  of men was reported as completely missing. A new support trench, filled with the men just arrived, was captured by the enemy, and the battalion had to retire, without artillery support.  Between 22nd April to 4th May over 720 men died. (from the book "Historical Records of the Buffs", by R S H  Moody)

FW Jeffreys, courtesy Dover ExpressJeffreys, F. W.  
Frederick Walter Jeffreys, L/9845. He was a Corporal in the Buffs, 1st battalion, and was 20 when he was killed in action on 25th August 1915. He is buried at La Brique Military Cemetery, Belgium.

He was born in St Mary's, and lived and enlisted in Dover. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Jeffreys, of 14 Caroline Place, Dover. They had two other sons serving: Herbert, who was in the RFA, and Sydney, in the RGA. 


WC Jenner, courtesy Dover Express

Jenner, W. C.  
William Charles Jenner, L/7541. He was born and enlisted at Maidstone, and was a Private in the 1st battalion of the Queen's Own Royal West Kents.  He was killed in action on 12th October 1914. He is buried at Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos, France, VII D 6

He left a wife and four children.  

Johnson, F.

Fred Johnson, seated left, courtesy Mrs CurdF Johnson with his regiment, courtesy Mrs Curd

Frederick Johnson (left, seated on left, above with the dog). Although at 42 he was beyond the age to serve, he was a veteran and re-joined the colours in Dover to accompany his son William, who had been called up. He served as 654 in the 9th battalion of the East Surreys as a Corporal. On 26th September 1915 he was reported as missing and then killed. He is commemorated on the Loos memorial, France.

F Johnson and family, courtesy Mrs J Curd F Johnson and family, courtesy Mrs J Curd

A Johnson, courtesy Mrs J CurdThe family (above right): William, eldest son, Fred Johnson sitting, born Godalming, and next to him, Bertha, who was born in Aldershot. Beside her, her mother Annie (known as Mary Ellen), on her lap, little Frederick, and to her right, Patrick, named thus because he was born in Ireland.

Right: Annie (Mary Ellen) when she was 91.

with thanks to Mrs J Curd

J Johnson, courtesy Dover Express

Johnson. J.  
John Johnson, PW/5488, was a Private of the 12th battalion of the Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment. He was 28 when he was reported missing on 3rd May 1917, and later as killed. He is commemorated on the Arras memorial, in France.

He was the third son of Mrs M A Jones, of 60 Manor Road, Maxton, Dover, born at Maxton, and enlisting in Dover.

Montague's grave, courtesy Mr JohnsonJohnson, M. W.   
MW Johnson, courtesy Dover ExpressMontague William Johnson, 76402, was a Private in the 2nd/6th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), formerly of the AOC.

He was born in Dover and had grown up there, being an old St James' choirboy.

He enlisted in Ashford, and went out with the first British Expeditionary Force. Sadly, he died of fever on 5th May 1918 after having been a prisoner of war for two months. He was 23.

He is buried at the Rumaucourt Communal cemetery, Pas de Calais, in France, grave 53.

Montague's penny, courtesy Mr Johnson

Montague's brother, Reginald Henry Johnson (below), of the Royal Garrison Artillery, was also serving, having done so since the beginning of the war. He was in Mesopotamia.

Reginald Johnson, courtesy Mr Johnson Reginald Johnson, courtesy Mr Johnson

Their parents were the late Richard Stephen and Isabella Alice Johnson, married in 1895 in Dover. Née Neame, Mrs Johnson and her sons, courtesy Mr JohnsonReginald and Montague Johnson as boys, courtesy Mr JohnsonMrs Johnson was connected with the Kentish brewing company, Shepherd Neame.

Mrs Johnson, pictured left with her sons, died at the age of 29. Montague was  five years old, and Reginald just three.

The two brothers were then brought up by their grandparents, Mr Edward and Mrs Elizabeth Neame, of 16 Granville Street, Dover. Mr Neame died in 1908.


with thanks to Andrew Johnson
and to Simon Johnson

*Jones, H.   
Henry William Jones, 228619, was born in Dover, and was a Private in the 1st City of London battalion, Royal Fusiliers (he was formerly 2120, in the Kent Cycle Battalion). He was killed in action 26 October 1917.  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, in Belgium.

He was the son of Gertrude Jones, from 37 Duncan Road, Ramsgate.

note: there was also a Henry Jones in the 1901 census, a paperlayer, aged 29, from the St Bartholomew's area

Jones, T. E.    
Thomas Edwin Jones was a Warrant Officer, Class I, in the East African Intelligence Department. He died on 5th January 1916,  at the age of 26, and is commemorated on the Nairobi British and Indian Memorial, Kenya.

He was the son of Tom and Sarah Ann Jones, of 2 Belgrave Road, Dover.

Jordan, G. H.     
George Henry Jordan, 204829, was born at Dover (Buckland) in 1897, at Oswald Place, and was an old Barton Road school boy and later of the civil service. His parents, George Edward and Susannah Jordan, later moved to Stoneywood House, Bucksburn, Aberdeenshire (telephone Bucksburn 48).

He enlisted in West London and was a Private in the 6th battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment (formerly 614142 London Regiment).

He was killed in action on 21st September 1918. He lies at the Unicorn cemetery, Vend'huile, France. 

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