World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
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,
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
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,
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
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,
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.
probably died in 1967 in Dover.
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,
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
He was the third son of Mrs M A Jones, of 60
Manor Road, Maxton, Dover, born at Maxton, and enlisting
Montague William Johnson, 76402, was a Private
in the 2nd/6th Battalion
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.
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,
Montague's brother, Reginald Henry Johnson (below),
of the Royal Garrison Artillery,
was also serving, having done so since
the war. He was in Mesopotamia.
Their parents were the late
Richard Stephen and Isabella Alice Johnson,
married in 1895 in Dover. Née Neame,
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
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
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
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,
He was the son of Tom and Sarah Ann Jones, of 2 Belgrave Road, Dover.
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
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.