THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

 

World War I

 

CASUALTIES ON THE MEMORIAL

Surnames M (Part 1 of 2)
(Surnames M (part 2 of 2, McP to end) are here)

Mack, W. J. 
 
WJ Mack's Victory medal, courtesy Kevin Toulson WJ Mack, courtesy Kevin Toulson WJ Mack's British war medal, courtesy Kevin Toulson

WJ Mack, announcement of his death, from Dover Express, 1918 - On the 25th April at Alexandria, Egypyt, Private William James Mack, RAMC, the dearly loved husband of Florence B. Mack, aged 36 years

William James Mack, 96687, was born on 19 June 1882, at 4 Brompton Road, Eastbury, in Hampshire, to John Henry Mack, a sW J Mack, full length, seated on a table with swagger stick, courtesy Kevin Toulsonlater, and his wife Edith, née Wilkinson, who in 1881 was a shirtmaker. He joined the family's three daughters; Edith Mary E, 3, Rosalie Jane, 2, and Cleopatra Bertha Graham, 1. Ten years later the family were at Pine Cottages, Pinewood, Farnborough, and more children had been born; Nathaniel Charles, Agnes Pressly: John Edward, and George Henry Lionel (Lionel George on 1891 census).

The family had moved to Dover by 1901, living at 26 Templar Street. Two more children had joined the family; Fred, then 9, (Frederick Joseph) and Marie, 5. John, William, and Nathaniel were all working as slaters, like their father. IN October this year William advertised for permission from farmers to shoot, although not for game, until 1 March.

In December, 1903, when he was 21 and living at 26 Templar Street, Dover, William  married Florence Beatrice Castle at the Primitive Methodist WJ Mack, two people at his grave, courtesy Kevin ToulsonChurch, London Road.  She was 20, from 14 Churchill Street, Dover, and was the daughter of Thomas Castle, a carpenter.

In 1908 William was working as a master and foreman tiler at the Duke of York's school. He suffered an assault when one of his workmen struck him on 22 September, blackening his eye and bloodying his nose when they were having breakfast in the canteen. This assault was witnessed by William's brother, Nathaniel. There was also a contretemps at Tower Hamlets the next day. Claiming that William had constantly aggravated him, the assailant was paid off, and subsequently went to work at Tilmanstone Colliery.

In 1911 William and Florence were living at 3 Granville Cottages, Tower Hamlets Street, in Dover. William was working as a slater and tiler, and the couple had four children, all born at Tower Hamlets. Ethel Florence was 6, Elsie Gladys was 4, Percival James was 2, and Florence Edith was a new-born, under one month old.

In August 1916, William, by then a father of six children (possibly including Frederick and Bertha), applied for exemption from service having been passed only for labour abroad; a month's exemption was granted. A further application in September was refused, with the case to be investigated.

William enlisted in Dover and served as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, 21st General Hospital. He was 36 when he died from yellow (typhus) fever on 25 April 1918, and is buried at the Alexandria Hadra War Cemetery, Egypt.

with thanks to Kevin Toulson

Left is John Mack, William's brother, who in 1917, serving in the Royal Engineers, was treated in hospital in Liverpool after suffering frostbite. Three other brothers were also serving; William and George in the RAMC, and Frederick in the ASC (Remounts).

Their father, John, was a member of the local company of the Kent Volunteer Regiment. Amongst his duties was guarding at Archcliffe Fort.

William's brother Frederick married Rose Kingsford Barton in 1916, the sister of Harry Barton. Another brother, George Henry Lionel (usually known as Roger), married on Christmas Day 1920 at St Mary's Ethel Carey, the sister of Leonard Albert Carey.  The couple's daughter, William's niece, Joyce E Mack, married in 1946 Oliver Killick, the brother of Robert Killick. William's nephew Frederick, the son of his brother Nathaniel Mack and wife Emily, née Trump, probably married in 1949 the sister of Ernest McGuire, Annie Agnes McGuire.

Notes:
It appears that Edith Mack, William's mother, may have died in 1908, and that his father remarried on 11 August 1911 at St Bartholomew's to a 65-year-old widow, Ellen Jane Horton.  She died on 2 February 1917 and is buried at Charlton, the first part of her funeral service having taken part at St Bartholomew's. Only her husband and her step-son Nathaniel were able to attend the funeral, many of the others being on service., though floral tributes were sent.

John Mack was tried at the Dover Police Court in July 1914, just two weeks before the entry of Britain into what became the Great War, for poisoning a cat and a dog belonging to his neighbour. This was an unfortunate accident as, although he had lost several young pigeons to cats, he had placed the poison to deter rats from attacking his pigeons; the label on the bottle had assured him that cats and dogs would not consume the poison. He had rushed into the garden half-clothed to chase away the Persian cat when when he saw it consuming the poison, and had expressed his sorrow to his neighbour. The court took a lenient view, fining him a token £1 and letting him off the costs, and remarking that the label on the bottle was most misleading.. In November the same year William was foreman of a jury at an inquest into the accidental death of a little boy.

Mrs Florence Mack may have given birth to twin girls in 1920; one, Phyllis, died, but the other, Doris, survived and is named as bridesmaid with her sisters Florence and Bertha when their sister Ethel married Albert Reader on 8 October 1927.

Cleopatra ("Bertha") died in 1951 in Dover, her brother Frederick, of Stone Cottage, Lower Road, River, died at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Dover, on 29 March. He is buried at River. Nathaniel Mack, of 10 Finnis Court, who in 1918 worked for the Naval and Army Canteen Board, died on 14 May  1937. He is buried at St James.  John Mack, their father, died on 23 January 1921.

Mrs Florence B Mack died in 1956 in Dover, at the age of 72.

Mackenzie, C. A. C.
Charles Alexander Chandos Mackenzie was the son of A. B. Mackenzie of Godwyne House, 10 Godwyne Road, Dover and the late Brigade Surgeon John Mackenzie, MD. He was a Captain in the 20th Deccan Horse, and he died at the age of 30 on 21 December 1914. He is commemorated on the Neuve Chappelle Memorial in France.

MacWalter, C. C.
Charles Christopher MacWalter was a Second Lieutenant in the 1st battalion of the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).   He died in action on 1st July 1916, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Magub, J. J.
Joseph Jarvis Magub was an Assistant Steward in the Merchant Navy on the SS Ancona, registered in London. He was presumed drowned on 27 May 1917, when he was just 16. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval memorial in the United Kingdom.

He was the son of Herbert and Ida Elizabeth Magub (née Utting), of 71 Barton Road, Dover, Kent.  They had both come from Suffolk, and Herbert Magub was a Trinity Pilot, as had his father George been before him. In 1911 Mr and Mrs Magub were living at 149 Folkestone Road, Dover, and then there were four children in the family, Joseph, aged 10, Eleanor, aged 8, Hilda, aged 6, and Ida, aged 4, all born in Dover.

Marbrook, A. R.
Alfred Richard Marbrook, 5777, was in the 4th Regiment of the South African Infantry. He was 34 when he died on 24 March 1918. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial in France.

He was the son of Abraham Butler Marbrook and Elizabeth Marbrook, who lived at 55 Bulwark Street, Dover.

Marsh, A. J.
Albert James Marsh, 10377, was a Private in the 2nd battalion of the Irish Guards. He was born in Dublin and enlisted there, but lived in Dover. He was killed in action on 13 April 1918.

He is buried at the Aval Wood Military Cemetery, Vieux-Berquin in France.

CH Marsh, courtesy Dover Express*Marsh, C.
Charles Henry Marsh, G/376, was a Private in 6th battalion of The Buffs. He was reported "missing, believed killed" on 13 October 1915, and was thought to have fallen in action at Vermelles. He was 19. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.

Before enlisting in Dover in August 1914 he had been employed by the Dover Standard - in 1911 he is recorded as a printer's assistant - and was held in high esteem.  Born in Charlton, Dover, he was the son of William, who worked for the SECR as a coaler, and Emily Jane Marsh of 32 Devonshire Road. In 1891 the family were living at 20 Albion Place and in 1901 at 19 Ladywell Place, moving to 26 Devonshire Road by 1911. On 4 September 1909 at Buckland his sister, Alice Mary Marsh married William Austen, who served as a Driver.

Another casualty named C. Marsh is here

Marsh, E. A.
Ernest Ambrose Marsh, 28863, was a Private in the 11th battalion of the Border Regiment (formerly G/86945 of the Middlesex Regiment). He died at the age of 25 on 2 December 1917, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium.

He was the son of Mrs Emily Jane Marsh, of 4 South Road, River, Dover, living there, and was born and enlisted in Dover.

photo Jean Marsh

GA Marsh, courtesy Dover Express*Marsh, G. A.
George Arthur Marsh, 9263, was a Private in the 2nd/8th battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He died on 25th April 1918, and is buried at the St Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery, Robecq, France, III E 17.

He was the husband of A. Marsh of 16 Lyon Street, Caledonian Road, London. He lived in Barnsbury, London, but was born in Folkestone and enlisted in Dover. 

This may be the person pictured, who was wounded three times, and was the son of Mrs Murphy of 41 Chapel Place, Dover. His brothers are below.

for the family tree
 see Dave Dixon's
Herbert  Marsh - Suffolk Regiment PO William B Marsh faded genes

Marsh, J. T.
John Thomas Marsh, 2778, was a Rifleman in the 2nd battalion of the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). He was born in Dover, enlisted in Canterbury, and lived in Wingham. He died on 8th January 1915, and is buried at Fauquissart Military Cemetery, Laventie, France, C7

His name was read out at a memorial service held at Buckland church in September 1915.

Buckland graveyard, P Marsh's grave is in the foreground, other CWGC graves cna also be seen, by Simon ChambersMarsh, P.
Percy Marsh, 49100, was a Driver in the Royal Field Artillery. He served in France for two and a half years, and in Egypt. He died at Fulham Hospital on 4 March 1919, aged 27. He was buried with full military honours at Buckland Cemetery, Dover in the United Kingdom, grave reference D 2159. At the foot of his headstone are the words, "Rest in Peace".

He was born in Wingham and was the husband of Mrs E Marsh, and the son of John and Fanny Marsh of 2 Victoria Street, Union Road, Buckland, Dover. His brother, John Thomas Marsh also lost his life.  

The view, right, shows the area of his grave at Buckland - other CWGC graves can also be seen

Marshall, H. G. E.
Henry George Edward Marshall, K/15877, was a Leading Stoker in the Royal Navy. He died on 5 May 1918 when his vessel, HMS Rhododendron, was torpedoed in the North Sea. He was 25. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom.

He was the son of Henry George Marshall, a labourer for the Admiralty, who in 1911 was living with his wife Amelia, a mill hand at the rag mill, at 2 Castle Cottages, Charlton Green. Henry, then aged 17, was an errand boy for a baker as was his brother William David, 16. Their daughter Amelia, 15, was working at the rag mill like her mother, while the youngest child, Charlie, 7, was at school.

Henry, then of 53 Peter Street, married Emily Elizabeth Ann Sarah Ellender of St Mary's, in early 1917. She later lived at 7 Market Street, Dover.

Martell, B. S. 
Brice Selwyn Martell, 138918, was a Serjeant in the Royal Garrison Artillery, 308th Battery (formerly 655 of the Sussex Royal Garrison Artillery (T)). He was 21 when he died in action on 31 October 1917, and is buried in the Menin Road South Military cemetery in Belgium.

His parents were H J and C Martell, of 32 Ashburnham Road, Hastings, Sussex, where he lived. He enlisted in Brighton.   

Martin, G. 
George Chatwin Martin, 115218, was a Driver in the 461st Battery, 118th Brigade of the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. He was born and enlisted in Dover. He was killed in action on 3rd June 1916, and is buried at the Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium, I D 21.

Martin, G. S.
GS Martin, courtesy Dover ExpressGeorge Stiles (Styles) Martin was a Lieutenant in the 5th battalion (Territorial), attached to the 18th battalion, of the Manchester Regiment. He had been in the East Kent Yeomanry at the outbreak of war, and received his commission in the Manchester Regiment in October 1915. He was 26 when he was listed as missing on 23rd April 1917, and a year later, on 14th March 1918, as presumed killed. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France.

He had attended St Mary's school, and been a member of that school's Mission Choir, led by Miss Boyton. Music was in his family, as he was the son of George Munson Martin and A M Martin, who lived at 33 Bartholomew Road, and formerly at 36 Odo Road, Dover, and his father was a member of the orchestra at the Royal Hippodrome in Dover. He endeavoured to discover more of his son's fate. He received two communications from men who had served with him. Private J collonade at the Arras memorial, by Michelle and Andy CooperUpton said, "I saw Second Lieutenant Martin lying near the German wire at Neiuville Street, Vaast. He was very badly wounded in the left side and did not reply when I spoke to him." He added that he feared Mr Martin could not have lived.

Second Lieutenant C. Lawrence said that Mr Martin was acting Captain in his company. "I saw him as we went over the top in the attack on Cherisey on 23rd April 1917. I never saw him again. We reached a small German trench in front of our objective, and were attacked strongly on our right and left. I was severely wounded myself. So far as I know no prisoners were taken on that day, and in my opinion there cG S Martin's name on the Arras memorial, by Michelle and Andy Cooperannot be any doubt that Mr Martin was killed."    

Martin, J. 
John Martin, 121684, was a Gunner in the 41st Anti-Aircraft company of the Royal Garrison Artillery. He died on 22nd March 1918, when he was 26. He was buried at Charlton cemetery, Dover in the United Kingdom.

He was the only son of John and Harriett Martin, who lived at 28 Dickson Road, Tower Hamlets, while John's address aJ Marsh, 28 Dickson Road, by Simon Chamberst his death was given as 42 Tower Hamlets. He had been married fewer than three years, having wed Florence Spendiff on 10 July 1915 at the Congregational church. It had been a double wedding ceremony as Florence's sister, Olive, had married Mr Richard Standen at the same time.

Family and comrades attended the funeral; the coffin was borne by six gunners from the 41st, Messrs Hart, Durrant, Parker, Butcher, Smee, and Hills, with more following, while the band of the East Surrey Regiment attended to play Chopin's funeral march. Mrs Florence Martin, his wife, was there, and laid a wreath bearing the note, "from his loving wife and little Doris" (Amy Doris, born 1916), while Mrs Martin senior's wreath bore the card, "from his heart-broken mother". His sister, Mrs Ingram, his sister-in-law, Mrs Craven, and his parents-in-law, Mr and Mrs Spendiff, were among others who attended, and many flowers were laid.

1919 - We saw him suffer day by day, It caused us bitter grief, To see him slowly pine away, And could not give relief. Not dead to us; we loved him dear, Not lost, but gone before. He lives with us in memory still, And will for evermore. From his sorrowing Mother and sister.

John Martin was brother-in-law to Walter Sydney Gauntlett Spendiff and William George Spendiff. Florence Martin remarried in 1919, to Alfred G Pointer.

Martin, R. 
Richard Martin, L/10484, was a Private in the 1st battalion of The Buffs. He was born in Dover, and enlisted there on 9th June 1915, at the age of 18. At that time he was a cook, living in lodgings.

He was a Wesleyan, and had been brought up by his sister Mary Ann from the age of 11, after their parents had died.  Mary, born 1891, and another sister, Ethel May, born 1895, lived at 22 Lascelles Road. In 1916 Mary married and became Mrs Collier, living at 233 London Road, and later at 4 Reserve Stores, Sturry Road, Canterbury.  He had also an older brother, Albert Edward Martin.

Richard qualified as a 1st class signaller. He remained in England until 31st May 1916, and served in France from 1st June 1916 to 11th September 1916, when he was accidentally killed in the field. A court of enquiry was held; there may have been other accidental casualties at the same time. He was buried at the Peronne Road cemetery.

Albert was 6 feet and three inches tall, with blue eyes, a fair complexion, and brown hair. He had emigrated to Australia, and enlisted there as 2391 on 12 January 1916, leaving Sydney for England on 31st March 1916,  to serve with the 3rd tunnelling company of the Miners. He received gun shot wounds to his right arm on 3rd August 1916, and returned to England for hospital treatment. He sailed from Plymouth to Australia on 19 March 1917. His age when his brother Richard enlisted was 34, and his address was 70 Oraya Street, Boulder, West Australia.  

Richard's medals were probably issued to his brother, although Mary was named as next-of-kin, as letters  addressed to her at Lascelles Road had been returned as "Gone away. Address not known." 

with thanks to Joyce Banks

by Joyce BanksMasters, N. D.  
Norman Douglas Masters was born in Dover on 9 July 1901, the third son of Henry Masters, a hairdresser shopkeeper, and his wife, Rosa Alice, née Thompson, who married in Dover in 1890.

Norman attended St Martin's school and was keen on all school sports and on the Scout movement. In 1911 Norman, aged 9, was at home with his brothers and sisters; Gertrude, 18, who was an assistant hairdresser, Harry, 13, Cecil Merton, 11, Leslie William, 8, and Stanley Ronald, 6. Another brother, Arthur, was born in 1912.

Norman died at that home at the age of 18 on 25 January 1920 at at the family home, 1 Hillside Villas, Folkestone Road, Dover. He is buried at St James, J L 1. Amongst the mourners at his funeral were his father, his sister, and his brothers Ronald and Cecil.  

During the war he had been an apprentice in the Mercantile Marine, on HMS "War Stag", commissioned in Salonika and Russia. Nearly five years after his death, on 24 November 1924, his mother wrote that her son had died from the effects of his service in Russia

His two elder brothers were officers in the Mercantile Marine, and the youngest was still an apprentice.

with thanks to Joyce Banks
(above) Norman's grave is now marked only by the shadow of the tree that grows beside it

Matcham, J. R.  
John Ray Matcham, G/40886, was a Private in the 1st/8th battalion (T) of the Duke of Cambridge's Own Middlesex Regiment (formerly G/15726 Royal West Kent Regiment). He died on 16 August 1917 at the age of 31. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium.

He was the son of John, a bricklayer, and Eliza Matcham, and one of thirteen children, five of whom died in childhood. In 1901 he was living with his parents and family at 16 Pembroke Terrace, Edred Road, Tower Hamlets, Dover, and was working as a solicitor's clerk. Ten years later he was still at home, this time at 10 South Road, Tower Hamlets, and had continued working as a clerk.

On 25 October 1913 at St Bartholomew's he married Louise Edith Baldock, the daughter of grocer Alfred Baldock, from 82 Balfour Road. The couple had two children; Eileen, born in 1914, and Denyss John, born after his father's death. Mrs Matcham received her husband's effects at 82 Balfour Road. She later became Louise Brown.

Note: John's sister, Ellen Eliza, married in 1902 Ernest Charles Grant. They became the parents of Cyril Ernest Grant.

Footnote: Denyss in 1938 was best man for the wedding of Mollie Giraud and George Bennett at St James, when he gave the happy couple a smokers' stand. Denyss married Phyllis Vine in 1942, and died in Surrey in 1971.

photo Jean Marsh

Matthews, H. S.  
Henry (Harry) Stanley Matthews, 2(6?)70321, served in the 1st/6th battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Private (formerly 2594 The Buffs). He was 18 when he died on  4 October 1917. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium.

Born at St Mary's, Dover and enlisting in Dover, he was the son of Mr Charles and Mrs Charlotte Matthews, of 27 Albany Place, Dover. In 1901 the family were living at 21 Chapel Place, Dover, where Charles Matthews was working as a stoker on the mail boats. They then had three children, Edith, aged 4, Charles, aged 3, and Harry, aged 2, all born in Dover. By 1911 the family had moved to Albany Place, and there were five more children born in Dover; daughters Minnie, born 1901, Annie (?), born about 1903, N - probably Eleanor, born about 1905, and Agnes, born 1910, and another son, Frederick, probably born in 1907.

photo Jean Marsh

P Maxted, headstone,by Simon ChambersP Maxted, house, by Simon ChambersMaxted, P. J.
Percy John Maxted, K/5685. He was a stoker on the HMS "Arrogant", and, at 25, he was accidentally killed on 14th October 1916.

He was the son of Robert Maxted, a builders' labourer in 1901, and his wife Alma, née Friend, who had married in 1878. The whole family were born in Dover, and in 1901 they were living at 6 Peter Street, Dover. The children were then Alfred, 18, a bricklayer's labourer, William, 16, a plumber's assistant, Alma, 13, Richard, 11, Percy, 9, Arthur, 7, and Leonard, 3. Mrs Maxted died in 1925, aged 70.

Percy was the husband of Lilian Fulbrook (formerly Maxted) of 14 Paul's Place, Charlton, Dover. He is buried at Charlton cemetery in Dover, United Kingdom, next to Edward Gatehouse.

Percy Maxted died when a lathe fell upon him. At Sheerness dockyard, he and others had gone into a workshop, which was more cosy than their quarters, and had slung their hammocks round a lathe. It weighed three quarters of a ton but nevertheless was dislodged by their weight, and it fell upon his head.

His body was brought home to Paul's Place. The Naval Chaplain, Rev F. Poole conducted the funeral service at the graveside, while the Rev C S M Playfair conducted the service in Charlton church. His widow, parents, and in-laws, named Turner, were present, along with three brothers and a sister, and many relatives and comrades. Among the flowers laid were those from his wife, "To my darling husband, from his broken-hearted wife, Lil" and his little son, "To dear Daddy, from his little Sonny".

The gravestone reads:

In
loving memory of
my dear husband
Percy John Maxted
late H.M submarine flotillia
accidentally killed 14th Oct 1916
aged 25 years
"Grant Oh Lord Eternal Rest,
and Let Light Perpetual Shine Upon Him
also of
William C. Maxted
brother of the above
who passed away 10th March 1944
aged 59 years
R I P
also of
Arthur Maxted
brother of the above
died 2nd February 1963
aged 58(?)years

Percy Maxted
and his four brothers, all of whom were serving. Their parents lived at
15 Paul's Place.
Corporal A Maxted, RAMC   Richard H. Maxted, HM Submarine
Driver L Maxted, RFA (T) Percy Maxted Arthur F Maxted, HMS Yarmouth

see also Tom Fullbrook

a note - Arthur, son of Percy Maxted, married on 6 July 1940 to Winifred Overton. Their reception was held at the home of Maggie S-K's paternal grandparents.

W Maxted, courtesy Brian MaxtedMaxted, W. J. G.  
William John George Richard Maxted, 327235, was killed in action when he was 21 years and 11 months on 15 November 1917 at Gheluvelt near Ypres.  He served in the 1st battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment as a Private (formerly 9688 The Buffs), and is buried at Hooge Crater cemetery, Belgium, IV J 17. 

Born and enlisting in Dover, he was the eldest son of George Shrewsbury Maxted and Kate Elizabeth (née Epps), his wife, who lived at 5 Old Park Road, and who had, by 1917, moved to Canterbury, to 10 Cross Street. They had also lived at 47 Dour Street, Dover. 
 

words on the headstone of W Maxted's grave, courtesy Brian Maxted

W Maxted, courtesy Brian Maxted

November 1939
in memoriam announcement, "in ever loving memory of our dear son and brother", courtesy Dover Express

group of soldiers, courtesy Brian Maxted Hooge crater cemetery, courtesy Brian Maxted

with thanks to Brian Maxted
cemetery - Hooge Crater; William Maxted's grave is central (the right-hand end of the front row )

There words inscribed at the bottom of his headstone are: "The cherished flowers of France may fall, but honour will outshine them all"

DJ McCarthy, courtesy Dover ExpressMcCarthy, D. J.  
Daniel Jeremiah McCarthy, G/5060,joined the 6th battalion of The Buffs as a Private. He died on 5th April 1918, when he was 38. He is buried at Hedauville Communal Cemetery Extension in France.

He was the "beloved son" of Mr and Mrs McCarthy, of 111 Snargate Street. He was born in Dover but enlisted and lived in Canning Town in Essex.

1919 - The shock was great, the blow severe, We little thought his death so near. Only those that have lost are able to tell, The pain that is felt at not saying farewell. His cheerful smile and loving face, Are pleasant to recall. He always had a kindly word, And died beloved by all. From his Wife and Son, Father and Mother, Sisters and Brothers, and his Sister and Brother in London.

AJR McKay, courtesy Dover ExpressMcKay, A. J.  
Alexander J. R. McKay, 23285, was born in Dover, and was the son of the late Corporal McKay and Mrs McKay. They lived at 14 Prospect Road.

He died when he was 19 years old, while serving as a Private in the 2nd battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), having enlisted in Dover. He was reported as killed around 30th July 1916, and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.

 

McLoughlin, F. 
Frederick McLoughlin, 38273, served in the 16th battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Private. Born and living in Dover, he enlisted in Canterbury.

He was 19 when he died of wounds on 23 August 1918. He is remembered in the Lebucquière Communal Cemetery Extension, France, memorial I.

Frederick was the son of William McLoughlin and his wife, Rebecca Ellen, née Parker. The couple married on 8 December 1894 at St Mary's, Dover. They had five children, three of whom had died before 1911. The others were two sons, Frederick, born 1899, and William James R, born 1904. The family lived at 39 Lowther Road in 1901, with Mr McLoughlin working as an engineer's labourer, and at 28 Maxton Road in 1911; Mr McLoughlin was then working as a general labourer for the Admiralty.

Mrs McLoughlin was the sister of George William Gardner Parker, and in 1891 was probably working as a general domestic servant in the home of journalist George Spicer and his wife Cecilia. They  lived in rooms over the stables at 27 Randolph Gardens, Salisbury Road.

Note: we contacted the CWGC for further information. They tell us that he was buried in the Bertincourt German Cemetery. They add, "However, as far as we are aware the German Cemetery at Bertincourt no longer exists."

Vairo cross of sacrifice, Andy and Michelle CooperMcMahon, J. P. headstone, Andy and Michelle Cooper 
James Patrick McMahon, 60554, enlisted in Dover and was a Private in the 70th General Hospital of the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died at the age of 23 on 30th September 1918, and is buried in the Cairo War cemetery in Egypt.M110. the words at the foot of his headstone read: "Until the day breaks". 

Private McMahon was the son of the late Mr. J. P. McMahon and Mrs. E. McMahon, of Sheerness, where he was born; husband of Ethel Maud McMahon, of 17, Union Row, Military Hill, Dover.

Gravestone and cemetery pictures by Michelle and Andy Cooper; Private McMahon's grave is behind the cross of sacrifice, to the right.

The hospital pictures are of Ward D, No 7, in the 70th General Hospital Cairo, taken on 24th February 1918.

They were found in an album of photos from a car boot sale - does anyone recognise them? Please contact us

with thanks to Stella Fryer 

McNeir, G. A.  
George Alfred McNeir, L/10011, was awarded the Military Medal. he was a Serjeant in the 1st battalion of The Buffs. He died on 1st December 1917 at Gonjeancourt(?), when he was 23, and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval in France. 

He was the son of Martin and Esther McNeir, of 1 Invicta Cottages, Finniss Hill, Dover, where he lived, and brother of J McNeir. He was born in Jullundur, India, and enlisted in Canterbury.

Surnames M (part 2 of 2 - McP to end) are here
 


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