World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
Charles William Laing was a 2nd Lieutenant
in the 2nd battalion of the Buffs, appointed as such at the beginning of
1915. He went to the Front as a Colour Sergeant and "his excellent
soldiering abilities were recognised" by his commission. He had also
served during the South Africa campaign, and been wounded at Paardeburg.
He came from Canterbury,
living at 17 Clyde Street, and married Emily Fox, from Queen Street in
Dover. His background was military, as his father had had a
distinguished army career, and had served in the Crimea. Charles was a
Freemason in the Military Jubilee Lodge, Dover
He was killed in action on 24 April,
1915, when he was 36, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Belgium (as above).
His wife later moved to 6 Mark's Court, Abercorn Place, St John's Wood,
William Hammond, whose name appears above 2nd Lt Laing's at the Menin
Gate, came from Nonington, near Dover.
Landall, H. H.
Hubert (Herbert) Harold Landall, 76932, was just 18
when he died on 12 May 1918. He served as a Private in the 9th
battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (formerly
75270, 107th TR battalion).
He was born in Dover and enlisted there,
but lived in Folkestone. He was the son of Richard and
Bertha Landall, of
Forge House, Lyminge, Folkestone, and is buried at Mailly Wood
Cemetery, Mailly-Maillet in France.
note: he is the only person surnamed Landall recorded as
having died by "Soldiers Died". F J Wilson of 7 Russell Street
requested that an H H Landall should go on the Memorial
Laslett, W. S. B.
William Samuel Barrett Laslett, G.9191, was a Private
in the 1st Battalion of The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). He died on 28
August 1916, aged 22. He is buried in the Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium
He was born, lived, and
enlisted in Dover. He was the son of John Samuel Laslett and his wife
Sarah, née Baker, daughter of farmer William Baker, who had married on 1
July 1883 at Christchurch in Folkestone. Mr Laslett was then a baker,
and the son of John Barrett Laslett, a RN Mariner.
In 1901 the family were at 23 Oxenden
Street, with Mr Laslett working as a shopkeeper baker on his own
account. Their eldest son Albert John William, then 16, was a clerk for
a harbour contractor. Percy Baker, 15, born 28 September 1885, was an
engine cleaner for the SECR. They had a daughter, Edith Florence
Victoria, 13, born 22 May 1887, and William, born 14 August 1894, was
then just 6. All the children had been christened at Holy Trinity,
Dover, their address being 24 Oxenden Street, except Percy, whose
address was no 23.
By 1911 they were at 26 Dudley Road,
Folkestone. Mr Laslett had become a marine porter for the SECR, while
Albert was working as an accountant in a newspaper printing office.
William was a shop assistant at an oil colour merchant.
In 1915 William married Ethel A Richards in
Dover. They had a daughter, Ethel, born in 1917, after her father's
death. Ethel remarried in 1918, to William C Doe.
Leonard Albert Lawrence, was
killed in 1944.
in memoriam, above left - 24
in memoriam, above right - 31 August 1917
Laurie, A. W.
|In Loving Memory of My Son A W Laurie
who died of wounds received in action on
November 22nd 1916
This day brings to memory
One who has gone to rest,
And those who think of him today
Are those who loved him best.
Alfred William Laurie
was born on 25 June 1890, at Victoria Barracks, Belfast. He was the
third of the seven children, one of the three born in Ireland, of Fred Horace Laurie, a Colour Sergeant in
the East Lancashire Regiment, 59th Foot, and Bessie Bath Laurie (nee
Banks). Following postings the family spent time in several locations,
including Gibraltar, and Burnley, where other children were born. The couple probably met when the regiment was
billeted at Dover.
Fred Laurie became ill
while he was stationed at Burnley, and, after transfer to St Barts
Hospital, London, died on 6 January 1899, when he was 41. Bessie, who
was then 36, returned to Dover, living in the York Street area,
including at Youdens Court, and in November 1915 at 3 Queen Street. She
also lived at 8 Albany Place.
Three of her sons were
admitted to the Duke of York's Royal Military School, which was then
based in Chelsea. Alfred, formerly a pupil at St Mary's school, attended
between 13 October 1899 and 10 July 1904. He later joined the Royal
Garrison Artillery, 47th company, on 15 August 1906, and had an
exemplary record. He served at the Front for nine months from the
beginning of the war, and was appointed Instructor in gunnery. His
commission as 2nd Lieutenant, for services in the field, occurred on 6
October 1915 (another report gives May 1916 for a commission)
||The telegram reads:
Deeply regret inform you that 2nd
Lieut A W Laurie R.G.A. died of wounds November 22nd. The
Army Council express their sympathy
Alfred died from wounds
incurred in the Battle of the Somme, on 22 November 1916, while
serving in the 42nd Siege Battery. He was 26, and left a widow, Florence
Rhoda Laurie, from Shoeburyness Essex, and residing later at 24 St
Thomas Square, Newport, Isle of Wight. He is buried at Bazentin-Le-Petit
cemetery in France.
|Alfred Laurie with fellow
NCOs and officers - he is third from left in front row
Alfred's younger brother Charles James
also became a 2nd Lieutenant in the same regiment; he was awarded the
Military Cross. The youngest brother, Henry Samuel, served in the Tank
Corps. A sister, Rosina, was educated at the Royal Victoria Patriotic
Asylum (later School), at Wandsworth).
(We Remember 06)
with thanks to Mrs B Newton
Laws, A. F.
Arthur Frederick Laws, 88485, was in the
2nd/6th battalion of the King's (Liverpool Regiment) (formerly 5487 the
East Surrey Regiment). Before enlisting
in Dover he had worked for 18 years as a grocery assistant at the central branch
of the Co-op, and he had been also the secretary of the Dover Trades
He died on 30 October
1917 at the age of 38, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial in
was married to Alice Laws, of 2 Conrad Villas, Underdown Road, Dover,
and lived and was born in the town.
photo Jean Marsh
Lee, S. G.
Sidney George Lee, 90733, was a Gunner in the 6th
Division of the Ammunition Col, RFA. Formerly he had been 36227, a
Gunner in the RGA. He was taken Prisoner of War, and died as such in Asia Minor on
31st December 1916, when he was 25. He is commemorated on the Basra
He was born and enlisted
in Dover, and he was the son of Henry
and Sarah Lee, of 6 Dublin Cottages, River, Dover, and the husband of
Alice Maud Mary Mitchell (formerly Lee) of 21 Randolph Road, off Union
Road, Buckland, Dover.
Frederick James Leeds, 29546, was in the Royal Engineers, for the Signal
Depot at Fenny
Stratford (near Milton Keynes), acting as Sergeant. He was born at Dover; his parents had
lived for over 40 years at Marine Parade. He was married to Ada A.
Leeds, of 19 Leyburn Road, Dover.
He had served for over
15 years, in India, in the South African
War, and was a veteran of the Tirah
He was working at the Post Office Telegraph Department
at Birmingham when the Great War began, and he rejoined the colours.
While on a short leave visit he was suddenly taken ill at his then
home in Birmingham, where he had enlisted, and died on 8 February 1917.
He was buried at
Birmingham (Yardley) cemetery, in the United Kingdom, on 13th February, with full military
honours. The words at the foot of his headstone read, "Until
the day breaks".
Letty, R. R.
Reginald Richard Letty, 19796, was born at
Stonehouse in Devon and enlisted at Devonport in Devon. He was in the
6th battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment, serving as a Lance Corporal
(formerly 38093 of the Devonshire Regiment).
He was killed in action on 23 August 1918, and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois
memorial in France.
Lewis, E. C.
Ernest Charles Lewis, G/9900, was a Private
in the A company of the 6th battalion of The Buffs. He was killed in
action on 3 May 1917, aged 20. He is commemorated on the Arras
Memorial in France.
He was the son of Albert Charles
Lewis. In 1911 Mr Lewis, aged 58, was a builders contractor, living with
his wife, Elizabeth at 32 Maison Dieu Road, Dover. With them were three
children; Katherine, 25, a shop assistant in a drapery, Ernest, 14, and
Winifred, 13. All the family were born in Dover.
Mr Lewis (known to his friends as "Di"),
supported outdoor sport and was once a vice-chairman of Dover Football
Club. A partner in the firm Austen and Lewis, he had recently suffered
the loss of his wife and since then had not been in good health. On 11
February 1920, after an evening at the Dover Institute, being also a
keen member of their bowling club, he died from a heart attack at his
home. He is buried at Charlton.
Lewis, G. D. G.
George David G. Lewis, 5557, was a Serjeant
in the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (including Yeomanry and
Imperial Camel Corps), in the 2nd Dragoon Guards battalion (Queen's
Bays). He died 1 September 1914, in action. He is buried in the Verberie French National Cemetery (plot unknown).
He lived in Dover but
was born in Islington (or Invernesshire) and enlisted in London. His mother, Anne, lived at
the Red Cow, 1 Folkestone Road, Dover, where she had taken over the
licence from her husband Josiah, who had died in 1913. In 1911 George's
sister, Hannah Violet Maud, then 24, and his brother, Cecil Rhodes
Scott, were also living at the Red Cow; ten years before the family had
been at 51 Newington Green, Islington, with Mr Lewis working as a
manager in a wine and spirit stores. At home then were also George's
sister Annie, a teacher, born in 1883, and his brother John, born in
have been George Edmund Gunn Lewis, who was a Freemason in Military
Jubilee, Dover. He joined on 24 December 1913. On 25 November 1914 a
vote of sympathy and condolences was passed for his family and for the
family of W(alter) B Saunders, after their deaths with the British
Lewis, J. N.
John Norton Lewis's
daughter, Lillian, remembers sitting on the step while her father
went into the
scullery in his uniform to tell her mother that he had been called up.
Her parents had
wed on 15 February 1908 at Charlton church. Her father, from Christ
Church parish, Hougham, was 23 and her
Daisy Gertrude Stroud, who lived at 17 Paul's Place, was 19.
Daisy's father was named Stephen; he was a painter. Lillian's other
grandfather, William John Lewis, was a seaman, married to Mary Ann. He
acted as one of the witnesses to the marriage, while Elizabeth Beer was
the other. John was born and lived in Dover.
When John was called up he was in a reserved
occupation, a seaman working the
channel ferries. Nevertheless he enlisted in Canterbury as number L/7776,
a Private in the 6th
battalion of the
the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) and went to the Front.
There he was
wounded, losing part of his ear, and he came home for a short
convalescence. After his return to the Front a telegram was received,
that he was missing, believed killed. His wife refused to accept that he
had died, but one of his friends asked her whether she wished to know
the truth. She agreed, and was informed that there had been a sniper
lying in wait, and that the shot had completely blown away Private
died on 13 October 1915, when he was 31. He is commemorated on the Loos memorial in France. Daisy took in washing from the Connaught Barracks to
supplement her income. She later remarried and became Mrs Manser, giving
her address as 40 St James Street. Mr Manser was the well-off owner of
the Wheelwright's Arms, known locally as the "Blue Pig" because of the
colour of the wall tiles. Later they ran a Post Office at Addington
Street in Ramsgate. Mrs Manser was widowed the second time when
her husband died from a paralysing illness.
||Through shot and through shell,
He fought and fought well,
No thought of pain or of fear,
Till God thought it best,
To lay him to rest,
After toiling for those he loved dear.
A little while your
grave will be o'vertrodden,
Soon the frail cross have fallen in the breeze,
No loving hands are there to tend and cherish
That grave in foreign soil beyond the seas.
from his loving wife and daughter
younger brother Matt (left of picture) also served; he was in the Navy.
There he was a boxing champion, and was once presented with an award for
helping a policeman make an arrest.
with thanks to Mrs Bennett
John William Lewis,
G/24271, had worked for
Messrs G and A Clark Ltd, and he had joined the Territorials at the
beginning of the War (2383 East Kent)( He then became a Private in the Queen's (Royal
West Surrey), 8th battalion, where he died on 23rd December (Soldiers
Died says March) 1916 at the age of 20. He is
buried at the Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, France, II K 10.
His parents were Mr and
Mrs John A Lewis, of 24 Tower Hamlets Road, Dover, and he was born,
enlisted, and lived in the town.
grave at Charlton,
sapling removed by Lesley,
John A Lewis
died 9th April 1924. Aged 59(?)
John W Lewis
son of the above
Killed in Action in France
16th December 1916
Mary A Lewis
died 17th February 1926
Thy Will Be Done
An E. Lewry served in the 2nd battalion of
the Buffs. He was gassed in May 1915, and after convalescence returned
to the Front.
may have been Edward John Lewry, the son of Charles and Eliza of 66
Clarendon Street, Dover, and therefore uncle to
Ernest and Charles Sedgewick. He is named on
the St Martin's School memorial, but seemingly not recorded by the CWGC.
He is not buried at Charlton, St James, or St Mary in Dover.
In 1911 Edward Lewry was an inmate, aged 17, at the Wiltshire
Reformatory School, Bugley, Warminster. Charles Lewry had been summoned
to the Dover Police Court in May 1907 for not sending his son to school,
where his mother said she wished "he could be sent away as she could do
nothing with him", and seemingly (under the name John? of 1 Cowgate
Hill) again in July for not contributing towards the maintenance of his
son in Warminster Reformatory. Mr Lewry said that his son had run away
to Chatham, and that he couldn't contribute, being unable to work
through having a bad leg and being on a pension of only 1/1 with six
children to feed. A comment was made that while at Chatham the son must
have been "up to some mischief" as he had ended in a reformatory.
In February 1907 Edward, 12, and Bertram, 10, of 9 Clarendon Place, were
before the court charging with stealing oranges, figs, and dates, value
6 shillings, from a store in Priory Gate Road into which they had broken
and entered. A couple of months earlier, in November 1906, they
had, with Arthur Shole, 14, and Fred, 12, and Charles Ernest Sedgwick,
10, been charged with stealing a lamp from a bicycle in Trevanion
Street. In January 1902 Charles Lewry had been summoned for not
ensuring that his sons Arthur and Edward were at school; Arthur was at
that time in custody, having been remanded for stealing 36 lbs of coal;
he was sentenced to nine strokes of the birch. Other petty thefts were
reported in 1901.
William John Lilley, T/30427, was a keen
footballer for Eythorne and Stonehall. He served as a Driver in the Army Service
Corps, attached to the 7th Field Ambulance, of the Royal Army Medical
Corps, and he died at the Base Hospital from wounds on 22 September 1914, aged 25. He is
buried at the Bois Guillaume communal cemetery in France.
He was born in Colombo,
Ceylon, and enlisted in Sheffield. He lived in Dover. He was the son of Mr and
Mrs Lilley of Derby, and "the beloved husband" of Mrs Constance Maud Lilley,
formerly Oakden, of 10
Street, River, Dover. The couple had married at SS Peter and Paul,
River, on 26 December 1913. They became, in 1915, the parents of
William Alfred Lilley.
"A sudden change, at
God's command he fell.
He had no chance to bid his friends farewell;.
Affliction came, without warning given,
And bid him haste to meet his God in Heaven" (Oct 1914)
Mrs Lilley remarried on 4 October 1919 at
River church to Charles Frederick Woodgate. Mrs Woodgate was the aunt of
George Edward Locke, 593431,
was born in Rye and enlisted and lived in Dover. He was a Rifleman
in the London Regiment 18th (County)
of London) battalion (London Irish Rifles) (formerly 1822 of the 4th
battalion of The Buffs).
He died of wounds when he was 24,
on 7 April 1917, and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military cemetery in
the bottom of his headstone are inscribed the words "Rest in Peace"
He was the son of Annie
Lydia Locke, of 6 Bulwark Street, Dover, Kent.
(right) a view of Lijssenthoek
Allan Loram, 294257. 1st Class Stoker, Royal Navy. Born on 5
September 1880, he was killed on 22
September 1914 when HMS "Cressy" was torpedoed by
the submarine U-9 off the coast of Holland. He is commemorated on the
Naval Memorial at Chatham in the United Kingdom.
He was the son of Jesse, a gardener, and
Mary Ann Loram, née Seath. In 1891 the family were living at 3 Alexander
Cottages, Buckland, when Allan was a Plumber's Mate, and in 1901 he was
on board "Minerva". His sister, Jessie Brown, of 7 Union Road, was the
relative informed of her brother's death. His nephew, son of his brother
Stephen, born in 1914, was named after him.
| Allan Loram's Medals
British War Medal
(Frederick) Harry Le-Marchant Lovell, 425, was a
Gunner, and served in Egypt in
the British Mediterranean Expeditionary force, in the Royal Horse
Artillery/Royal Field Artillery, Territorial Force. He had enlisted in
Nottingham. He died on 11 November 1916, from wounds. He is buried in the Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt L'Abbe, France, VE17
Born in Guernsey, he was the only son of the late Master
Gunner Lovell, RGA, of Dover Castle and he was brother to Mr and Mrs Holbourne of
4 Brook Place, Dover