World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
James Keefe, PO/4490, was a
Serjeant in the Royal Marine Light Infantry, who had
served aboard the HMS Alcantara. He had been awarded a
Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Born on 14 January 1871 in
Bermondsey, London, he was in 1891 in the Royal Navy on
board "Research" in the repairing basin at Portsmouth
died from wounds
received in action on 4 March 1916, at the age of 42.
He was buried at St James, in Dover. His wife Frances
Rose later remarried and became Mrs Port, living at 50
St James Street, Dover.
The headstone at DV3 reads:
4th March 1916, age 42.
The St James area suffered great damage in World War II.
The archway is the remains of the bombed church.
Keen, J. T.
Theodore Keen, G/4227, was born in Leigh near Cricklade, Wiltshire. His
father was said to have been the owner of a brickfield and a keeper of
bees. After his father died, his mother remarried, to a veteran of the
James left home and joined The
Buffs. While stationed at the Dover Garrison he met and married, in
1904, Caroline Ellis. The couple spent many years abroad in the Far East
and Africa, while James was on service as a full-time soldier. He served
in the Chitral (1898) and South African Campaigns, and was awarded the
Long Service and Good Conduct Medals. He left the army on a
full pension, with the rank of Sergeant, and for a time was
employed by someone living in Camden Crescent,
On the outbreak of the Great War
James rejoined the colours on 3rd November 1914. He was stationed at The
Citadel, and was possibly charged with training new recruits. Sadly, he
developed stomach pains and died from peritonitis on 25th July 1916, at
the age of 43. He is buried at St James, PF17.
There were four children of the
family; Floss, Nora, Phyllis, who was a baby when her father died, and
one son, Jim. As the son of a soldier, he was educated at the Duke of
York's Royal Military School, and later worked for the corporation in
Dover. The three daughters all married soldiers.
In Ever Loving Memory of
a Dearly Beloved Husband and Father
James Theodore Keen
(late Segt 9th Battalion "The Buffs")
Who peacefully passed away July 25th 1916
aged 43 years
Interred in St James cemetery, Dover
"He obeyed his Country's call"
Weep not, dear wife, I am gone before,
My pain on earth will be no more,
With you I could no longer stay
For death hath summon'd me away.
Weep not for me, my children, dear,
I am not dead, but sleeping here;
My race is run, my course is spent,
To you, dear children, I was but lent.
with thanks to Mike
Gordon Keightley was born
in the parish of St Mary's, Walmer, near Dover, in 1894.
He enlisted at the Duke of York's, Chelsea, on 10
November 1910, gaining his commission on 23 February
1915. He transferred to the RNAS on 8 August 1916.
On 20 May 1917, with Unit. 2 Wing (Mudros), he was an
observer in a Henry Farman over Phasos, Macedonia,
spotting for HMS Raglan, which was shelling Kavalla. The
plane was attacked by enemy aircraft and shot down;
Temporary Sub Lieutenant Keightley was thrown out and
killed. His pilot, Flight Sub Lieutenant James Douglas
Haig, aged 18, from Australia, also lost his life. Both
are commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial,
Southampton, Gordon Keightley on panel 61, buried at
He was the son of Temporary Lieutenant Henry Edward
Keightley, RNVR, a Depot Adjutant at Crystal Palace,
from 72 Kingsdown Avenue, Ealing, when he enlisted, and
the brother of Temporary Sub Lieutenant Henry Stuart
thanks to Andy and Michelle Cooper
Kemp, W. J.
William John Kemp, 3354,
enlisted in Portsmouth and was a Serjeant in the 3rd battalion of the Rifle
Brigade (Prince Consort's Own). He was killed in action on 20th December 1916
at the age of 24. He lies at the Philosophe British
cemetery, Mazingarbe, France.
Sandwich, he was the son of Mrs
Annie Kemp of Vale Cottage, South Alkham, Dover.
Kennett, W. J. I.
William John Isgar Kennett,
J/3433, was an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy, aboard HMS Lama.
He was born in Dover on 24
June 1892. His parents, Percy, a bricklayer, and
Jane Kennett were in 1901 living at 2 Union Row, Dover.
When their son died Mr Kennet was living at 4 Military
William died from disease on 9 December 1915, and is
buried in an unknown grave at the North Point Christian Cemetery, Kamaran
Island. He is also commemorated on the Maala Memorial,
Kennett, T. E.
Thomas Edward Kennett,
196592, an Able Seaman, was killed when his Submarine D2
was lost in the North Sea on 1st December 1914. He was
32. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. He left a wife, Mary A M Harvey (formerly Kennett,
née Sayer), who
lived at 101 Hillside Road, Dover. The couple had
married in Dover in 1907.
Thomas' parents were
William and Esther Kennett, also from Dover. He was the
brother-in-law of Daniel Cannon, lost with the
Formidable on New Year's Day 1915.
A memorial service was
held at his Parish Church, St Andrews at Buckland, for
parishioners who had died on was service on Wednesday,
29th September, 1915. Part of the
service for the burial of the dead was sung, with a
dirge "Grant Rest, O Lord, to Thy servants with Thy
saints". It concluded with the National Anthem, and it
was proposed that the service should be repeated every
Mrs Kennett remarried, to
George Harvey, in 1918.
Keyton, A. J. T.
Albert Joseph Thomas Keyton,
M2/1(6)556644, was a Private in the Clearing Office of the
Army Service Corps. He lived, and enlisted in
Dover, and was born there, being baptised at Holy
Trinity on 3rd September 1896 as Albert Joseph Thomas,
the son of .John
He died on Armistice day,
from pneumonia following influenza, after returning home
on leave with the BEF. He was buried with full military
honours in St Mary's cemetery, Dover, in the same grave
as his mother. The band of the Royal Fusiliers was in
attendance, and the Last Post was sounded at the
graveside. Members of the ASC acted as bearers.
His burial record
lists him as a Transport Driver, aged 22, who died at Shorncliffe Military Hospital and was buried
from Holy Trinity Parish. Mourners
included Mr Keyton (father), Mrs Hudsmith and Mrs Baldock (sisters),
and Miss W Morgan, his fiancée.
Among the floral tributes was one from his father, "in
loving memory of my dear son, from his sorrowing dad",
and one from his brother Joe (BEF
He was the
son of Albert
Walter Keyton, who became a civilian casualty in WWII on 17
the only person surnamed Keyton recorded on "Soldiers
Joyce Banks' research discovered that his registration
of death, the funeral report in the local paper, and the
burial record, all have him named as Albert Thomas
with thanks to
C. King was a Lieutenant in
the Royal Naval Reserve, which he had joined on the
outbreak of the war, attached to the Dover Patrol.
He had worked for the SEC Railway, captaining their
Dover boats, and is commemorated on the
memorial at the now Cruise Terminal, formerly Marine
He was serving aboard
the HMS "Albyn" when he was killed in an air raid on
Calais on 2nd September 1917. He is buried in the
Dunkirk Town Cemetery, France, II B 14. His death was mourned
throughout Dover, as he had been devout person, and
taken also great interest in the Dover branch of the
British and Foreign Sailors' Society. He left a
wife and family, of 185 Folkestone Road, and his wife inserted the notice below
in the Dover Express:
Edward King, 164296, was
born in Dover on 9th March 1881. He had dark brown hair
and blue eyes, and grew to be five feet and three inches
in height. He worked as a stoker on one of the steam
vessels and later on the pilot boats in Dover Harbour.
Perhaps from this time date some of his tattoos, which
included on his right forearm, a sailor, along with a
handclasp and a horseshoe. On his left were a memorial,
and a heart and flag emblem.
On 4th August 1904, at
Charlton church, Edward married Harriet Bowman. She was
the daughter of Thomas Bowman and his wife Annie, nee
Allen, and was one of a very large family. Edward and
Harriet had two children; a daughter, Iris, born in
1906, and a son, Edward Thomas.
Edward Thomas was born in
1913 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His uncle, younger
brother of Edward senior, had emigrated to Canada, and
on his recommendation, Edward, Harriet, and Iris
followed in 1912, living at 58 Brunswick Street,
Brantford at his attestation in September 1915 (street
index for 1915 states 7 Brunswick Street). Edward worked at Massey Harris,
manufacturers of farm machinery; on his attestation
document on 15th September 1915, at Niagara Camp, he is
described as a Ranch Hand.
Edward enlisted in the 84th
Overseas battalion, and went for training in England.
During his service he was awarded the Military Medal. He
was serving as a Corporal in the 75th battalion (Central
Ontario Regiment) when he was.killed at Paschendale on
2nd November 1917. He and another man had been killed
instantly when a shell blew up in the dug-out where they
had been sitting behind the front line.
other men in the dug-out were uninjured, merely
suffering for a few days from the effects of the blast.
The photograph is of
Edward, Harriet, and their two children, taken in 1916,
shortly before Edward left Canada for England. It was a
poignant memento; Edward himself, in a letter to his
father from the Front, had probably realised that he
would not survive. He asked his father to ensure that
Harriet and the two children should return to England,
for he saw no future in Canada for them without him. In
1920, they did return, coming back to Dover, and living
at 5 Pardoner's Way, Crabble. His father, also Edward,
was then living at 19 Douglas Road, Tower Hamlets.
In 1929 Iris married James
Crutchfield, son of casualty James Henry Crutchfield,
and they later moved to Gillingham. Harriet remained
with them until she died in 1953.
King is commemorated on the Menin
Gate memorial, in Belgium, and his name is also inscribed
here in the Canadian Book of Remembrance. A
the Canadian works, Brantford,
of the Massey Harris company, also bears his name.
with thanks to
with thanks to an
Remembrance at Brantford, Ontario
Photos by courtesy of Bill Bowman
King, E. T.
Edward Thomas King,
055486, enlisted into the Army Service Corps, and at
Grove Park was attested Private on 29th March 1915. He
was then 27, and was a motor lorry driver, living at 26
Randolph Road, Dover.
He remained on shore until 17th April
1915 and then went to France between 18th April 1915 and
23rd November 1915. He returned on 24th November 1915
until 19th February 1916. At this date he appears to
have been ill from disease contracted on service, as his
attestation was sent to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
He died from such disease on 20th June 1918.
He was married to
Clara Hilda King, formerly Husk, on 11th July 1912, at
Buckland, Dover, and had two children, Hilda Clara Ruth
born at Dover on 11th September 1912, and Caroline
Louisa May, born 21st June 1914, also at Dover.
Mrs King had lived at 84 Union Street, and later had
moved to Hastings.
thanks to Joyce Banks
Thomas Edward King, 233788,
was a Petty Officer on the HMS Gaillardia, He died on
22 March 1918, when he was 29, and is commemorated on
the Chatham Naval Memorial, United Kingdom. The wreck lies in the North
He was the husband of Emily
Minnie King, née Irons, of 5 Woolcomber Lane, Dover,
father of Eveline, born 1912, and Violet, born 1918, and the
son of Mr and Mrs King of 20 Noah's Ark Road, Dover. Mr
King was a paperhanger in 1911, and in 1901, with the
family living at 26 De Burgh Hill, was a carriage
In ever loving memory of our dear beloved son ....We
little thought his time so short, In this world to
remain, Or that when from his home he went, He would
never return again. We often sit and talk of him, And
think how brave he died, But oh! how very hard I think,
We could not say good-bye. Gone but not forgotten by his
loving Mum and Dad.
In affectionate remembrance of my dear brother ... Safe
at anchor now I rest, With many of our fleet, But once
again I will set sail, Our saviour Christ to meet. From
his brother Bert, and family.
headstone is at Charlton. It reads:
Ever Loving Memory
a dearly beloved wife and mother
who fell asleep 1st April 1925, aged 64 years
Thomas Edward King PO RN
son of the above
who was killed at Sea
22nd March 1918
aged 29 years
Herbert George King
husband of the above
who fell asleep 20th Oct 1932
aged 71 years
Thomas King was the uncle of
who died in 1944, and the brother-in-law of
Frank Booth, who
died in 1940.
Walter King, possibly
202632, a Lance Corporal from the 2nd/4th battalion of
the Queen's Own Royal West Kents (formerly 2918 The
Buffs), who was killed in action in Egypt on 19 April 1917 and is
buried at the Gaza War cemetery, Israel,
XII D 8. He lived and
enlisted in Dover.
This may also be Walter King, 3/2512,
a Private in the 1st battalion of the Essex Regiment. He
was born on 9 November 1889 in Dover, the son of
Frederick William King and Martha Elizabeth née
Richards. In 1901 the family were living at 58 Longfield
Road, Dover, where Frederick, aged 57, was working as a
fitter's labourer and Martha, aged 52, was a
washerwoman. With them were children Elizabeth, aged 18,
working, Charlie, aged 16, a draper's porter, Hannah,
aged 14, Ada, aged 12, Walter, aged 10, and Bertie, aged
6. The whole family were born in Dover. Walter died on
25 October 1915 and is buried in the Amzak Cemetery,
Suvla, Turkey, grave I A 17.
them may be the W. King who is named
on the SECR memorial. His occupation was a Labourer or
Striker (information kindly supplied by Gina
Kingsford, A. C.
Aubrey Carlton Kingsford,
G/5335, was a Corporal in the 7th battalion of The Buffs. He is commemorated
on the Arras Memorial, France, having been killed in action on 3 May 1917.
He was born
in Dover on 5 April 1887 and christened at St Andrew's
on 22 June 1887. William had married Alice Maud Maxwell
in 1875, however Aubrey's record of baptism at St
Andrews has him as the son of William Pierce and Julia Mary.
Mr Pierce was then a gasfitter, and the family were
living at 31 Granville Street.
the family were living at 1 Barton View Terrace, and at
home then were the children Charles Edward W Kingsford,
a gasfitter, born in 1875, Henry William, a plumber's
assistant, born 1876, George Samuel, born 1880,
Edmund/Edward John, born 1882, Winifred Elizabeth, 1885,
then Aubrey, followed by Ernest Stephen, born 1889, and
Eleanora, 1890. Amelia Irene M was born in 1892. The
Kingsfords had moved to 11 Crabble Terrace by 1911, when
only Amelia remained at home.
enlisted in Dover, from a civilian role
as a steward, on 5 January 1915 at the age of 27 years
and 8 months. Two days later he joined at
Canterbury and was confirmed Private on 9 January
1915. He remained in England until 2 September 1915,
thereafter serving in France until his death. He had
suffered shellshock the year before he died, on 13
July 1916. His address was 51 Crabble Hill, the address of his
father and named
brother Edward, below, also died. Two other brothers, Ernest
and Charles, were also serving. Charles, licensee of the
Dolphin between 1922 and 1925, and of the Golden Lion Inn
between 1925 to 1932, became a Colour Sergeant with
the Royal Engineers during the Great War, and was
awarded the DCM.
Two brothers-in-law were also serving, one assumed to be
William Ellis, the husband of Emily Susannah, born 17
March 1878 and christened at St Mary's on 19 May 1878, the other
George Rhodes, husband of Winifred Elizabeth.
family had twelve children, four of whom had died by
1911. One of these was William Henry Kingsford
who had lost his life in the South African War in 1901 during service with the AOC.
The others were Daisy Nora, who died at the age of 5 in
1899, John Sydney, who died in 1885, and Eleanora,
who died in 1892, both at 17 months old. They are
all buried at Buckland.
Memoriam - 1920
In loving memory of our dear brother Jack Kingsford, 7th
The Buffs, who was killed in France, May 3rd 1917. Aged
Note: Charles Edward William Kingsford
married on 1 April 1907 Ellen Frances Charlotte Stanley,
the daughter of Edward Gregory Stanley, who was the
licensee of the Rose and Crown between 1900 to 1907, and
seemingly the licensee of the Park Inn between 1905 and
July 1911. Charles died on 16 April 1946 at 15 Bridge
Street, Dover. He is buried at Charlton, and members of
the R E Old Comrades Association attended his funeral.
William Pierce Kingsford died on 22
January 1928, aged 72. Alice Maud Kingsford died at 51
Crabble Hill in probably February 1932, aged 74. They
are both buried at Buckland.
records with thanks to Joyce Banks
Edward (some records, Edmund) John Kingsford, 12486, was a sapper in the 10 Railway
Co of the Royal Engineers. He was born in Dover and
christened at St Mary's on 26 February 1882. Then the
family were living at 44 Clarendon Street, and Mr
Kingsford was working as a gasfitter.
enlisted in Dover on 24 July 1900 as 6381 of The Buffs,
aged 18 years and 6 months old. He bore a tattoo on his
left fore-arm, of a jockey's head in a horseshoe over a
He had been a labourer in civilian life, perhaps a very
superior sawyer with exemplary conduct (no offences in
the past four years).. At that time his family had lived
at 13 Barton View, Alexander Place, Dover.
Remaining in England until 4 July 1901, at the time of
the census at Holmstone Camp, Lydd, he was sent to
South Africa on 5 July 1901, and remained there until
27 October 1902. He gained the Queens South
African medal with five clasps including; Cape Colony,
Orange Free State, Transvaal.
On his return home he continued to serve until 23 July
1907, then becoming a Reservist between 24 July 1907
and 4 August 1914, being re-engaged as a Sapper on
24 July 1912. He passed several classes of
institution, including swimming in May 1904, and Wood
Cutting by Machinery, at Superior and on 24 July 1916,
Very Superior grades.
He was mobilised again on 5 August, remaining at home
until 26 November 1914, when he embarked for France.
There he remained until his death from wounds in 62nd
Field Ambulance on 26 June 1916.
He was 35, and is buried at Brandhoek Military Cemetery, Belgium,
II E 14. At the foot of his headstone are the words,
"Gone but not forgotten".
Amongst the effects sent home were his disc, postcards,
and a greeting card. Sapper Singlehurst had a watch,
field boots, field glasses and an engrave shell case
belonging to Edward, which he was to bring home to
Edward's family on his next leave. However, regulations
forbade him to bring the shell case.
His brother Aubrey, above, also died in the Great War,
and another brother,
William Henry Kingsford,
died in the South African war.
with thanks to Joyce Banks
Charles Kingsnorth, 69680,
was born in Dover, and enlisted in Ipswich. He was the son of George and Sarah Ann Kingsnorth, of 68
Newson Street, Ipswich. He was a Bombardier in the Royal
Horse Artillery, J battery. He was killed in action on 1st December
1917, and is buried in the Flesquieres Hill British
Cemetery, France, VII G 3.
Kite, A. A.
Alfred Albert Kite, 128825,
was born and enlisted in Dover, and was a Private in the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) (formerly
S4/28468 of the RASC). He
was in the 14th Company. He was killed in action on 21st March 1918, and
is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, in France.
Knell, L. W.
Leonard William Knell,
Z/9865, was an Ordinary Seaman in the RN Volunteer
Reserve, on the HMS Victory VI. Aged 18, he died at the
Military Hospital, Western Heights, from pneumonia, and was buried on
16th October 1918 at St James
cemetery, Dover, NY8. He had joined the Forces just six
weeks previously, and had been in training at Crystal
His parents were
Florence Emily and the late William Henry Knell, of 5
Russell Street, Dover.
Knight, H. W.
Hubert W. Knight, G/25960,
was a Private in the 1st (or 10th) battalion of The
Queen's Royal West Surrey regiment (formerly 38631 of
the Royal Warwickshire). He died of wounds on 25th
April 1918, when he was 19. He is buried in Boulogne
Eastern Cemetery in France, I XA 22.
born in Portsmouth, the son of William John and Mary
Knight, from 89 Stamshaw Road, Portsmouth, but
enlisted and lived in Dover.
Knott, H. R. W.
Henry Richard Walter Knott,
7937, was in the South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st
battalion. He was a Corporal and he died on 24th (26th) October 1914 at Lanniluke. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate at
Ypres, in Belgium.
the youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs W. Knott, of
Buckland, Dover, born and living there, but enlisted at
Knott, S. W.
Sidney William Knott, 5377
was a Sapper in the Field Engineers, 519th
Company. He was killed in action at
Palestine on 19th September 1918, when he was 27. He is
buried at Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.
His father? was Mr F.
Knott, of 289 London Road Dover, and his wife was Rose
Knott, of 24 George Street, Buckland, Dover. He was born
in Dover, but lived in Gillingham.
The headstone is at St
Andrews, Buckland, and reads:
Affectionate Remembrance of A dearly beloved wife and
mother Harriet M. Knott, Who passed away 22nd April 1921
Aged 66 years. Also of Sidney, Beloved son of above,
Fell in action 19th September 1918 Aged 27 years.
"Reunited" Also Francis Beloved husband of the above,
Passed away 26th September 1932. Aged 77 years."
Knott, T. J.
Thomas James Knott,
22520, was a Sapper in the 23rd Field Company of
the Royal Engineers. He was reported missing around the
25th January 1915, and confirmed as dead by the War
Office sixteen months later. It was assumed that he had
been buried in a trench rushed by the Germans at La Bassee. He was 24.He is commemorated on Le Touret
memorial, in France.
parents, Ernest and Kate, lived at Greenfield Road,
Folkestone, and his uncle, A. W. Knott, lived at 20
Alfred Road, Buckland, Dover. He was born in
Hougham and enlisted in Dover.