THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

 

World War I

 

CASUALTIES ON THE MEMORIAL

Surnames M
(Surnames M (part 1 of 2, M to McN) are here)

McPherson, D.  
Douglas McPherson was the son of James McPherson, and his wife Lydia. In 1891 they were at Thurlow Hill, Streatham, London, with Mr McPherson working as a quartermaster sergeant.

Mr McPherson died in 1899 in Dover, aged 43. Mrs McPherson, born in Dover, was in 1901 living at 43 Maison Dieu Road. Douglas was then aged 4, and lived there with his mother, his elder sisters Elsie, aged 15, then a dressmaker's apprentice, Winifred, aged 13, Marion, aged 10, and his brother Hugh (below), aged 8. They were all born in London, but Douglas was born in Edinburgh. In 1911 the family lived at 41 Maison Dieu road.

Educated in Dover, Douglas was an old boy of the Dover County (now Grammar) School. He died at Clare Hall Sanatorium, Barnet, on 3 December 1920.

McPherson, H. F. 
Hugh Farquhar McPherson, 532928, was a Private in the 1st/15th (County of London) battalion (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles) of the London Regiment. He was probably conscripted in Dover in early 1916, and in due course assigned for training with one of the London regiments of the Territorial Army as Rifleman 5959. After training with the 3rd Battalion of that regiment he was sent out with a reinforcement draft to France in 1916 . On arrival he was attached to the 1st Battalion, Civil Service Rifles (1.15th London Regiment) amidst the 47th (London) Division. In early 1917 his service number was changed to 532928.

He died in action on 7 June 1917 during the opening of the assault of the Battle of Messines Ridge, aged 24. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.

His parents were the late James and Lydia McPherson, and he was brother to Douglas, above

with thanks to Ajax Bardrick

Mrs McPherson very sadly lost her life only two months after Hugh was killed. She had gone to London to stay with a daughter, and while the two women were crossing the road on 10 August 1917 they were knocked down by a motor car at the corner of Nightingale Place, a road near the Royal Artillery barracks. Mrs Marion Dixon, the daughter, was able to get up again but the front wheel of the car had passed over her mother, fracturing six ribs and she had also sustained head and facial injuries. She died shortly afterwards at the Woolwich Infirmary. Mrs McPherson was 59 when she died, and had been living at 30 Beaconsfield Avenue, Dover. Her effects were given to her daughter Elsie May, who had married Frederick Dunmur in 1912.

Mrs Dixon was the wife of Alfred Thomas Dixon, the son of William Dixon of Toronto, Canada. He was a musician in the Royal Artillery band and was well-known in Dover as a violinist. The couple had married on 8 September 1915 at St Mary's church.

McTaggart, R. L. 
Robert Liddle McTaggart, 889, was a Corporal in the 3rd Home Counties (Cinque Ports) Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery (T). He was a furniture salesman for Flashman & Co on joining on 20th February 1911, aged 26 years 5 months. He was then living at 2 Liverpool Street, having come from Eastwood Street, Glasgow. This town was his place of birth, and in 1901 he was living there with his parents Robert and Margaret, and older siblings Annie N, John B, and David L.

He died on 18th March 1916, and is buried in the Lucknow Cantonment Military Cemetery, India, Plot T, Row 3, Grave 12. He is also commemorated on the Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial, Chennai, India, face 3

In 1913, in the Penrith district, he married Ida Alderson, and in 1916 Mrs McTaggart wrote from Low Street House, Plumpton, Penrith asking that her husband's effects should be forwarded to her. Previously she had lived at 202 Folkestone Road, Dover, and on 15 January 1919 the address she gave in a letter was at 44 Maison Dieu Road, Dover.  

On 30th June 1924, F G Hayward, an architect and surveyor from the Market Square informed the Town Clerk that he had found two names of casualties who had been on his staff but who had not yet been included on the list of those to be commemorated on the Town Memorial. One was Harry Squibb, the other Robert McTaggart.

Medhurst, F. 
Frank Medhurst, S/16033,  served as a Rifleman in the 12th battalion of the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. He was 30 when he was reported as missing and later as having died on 20 September 1917.

Living in Dover, he was the son of Mr W (F. W?) Medhurst, who lived at 21 Ladywell Place Dover. Before he enlisted in Dover had been working for Mr Rogers, a fruiterer of Biggin Street. He was also a member of the St Mary's football team.

photo Jean Marsh 

*Mello, A. 
Arnold Mello was a Second Lieutenant in the 1st/14th (County of London) battalion (London Scottish) of the London Regiment. He had voluntarily enlisted as Private 2400 with one of the London Territorial Army Regiments in late 1914. He was commissioned from the ranks into the London Scottish. Born on 25 August 1886, he died of wounds at the age of 29 on 17 November 1915, while leading one of the platoons of the 1st London Scottish. He is buried at the Lillers Communal Cemetery in France, and is featured in the Illustrated London News of 25th December 1915.*

He is also commemorated on the St Mary Magdalene memorial at Bexhill-on-Sea memorial. His parents, Adolphe Arnold Edward, a solicitor, and Blanche Mello (formerly Thomas), lived at 52a Devonshire Road, Bexhill-on-Sea. Previously they resided in Dover; in 1891 they lived at 3 Waterloo Crescent.   The couple married at St Giles Parish Church, Camberwell, on 2 September1885; Mrs Mello, née Elliott, was widowed from her first husband, Peter Paul Thomas, whom she had married in 1880.

with thanks to Ajax Bardrick

*website: www.iln.org.uk

Mello, P. F.
Peter F. Mello was a Captain in the Royal Navy, coming from Rosebank, Sidley, Bexhill-on-Sea. He is featured in the Illustrated London News, from 27th October 1917.

He may have been the son of Blanche Mello, formerly Thomas, above, and later took his stepfather's surname. He was aged 10 in the 1891 census, and 1 month in the 1881, having been born in Liskeard, Cornwall..

Mercer, E. C. 
Eric Cameron Mercer, was a 2nd Lieutenant of the Indian army, attached to the 2nd battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. An old Dover College student, he was said to be "a man of fine physique" and an "ardent and skilful sportsman". He had passed out of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, at the end of July, and was gazetted just two months before he died. He died on 13th October 1914, in action, when he was 19, and is buried at the Outtsteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul in France.

He was the son of Colonel Charles Archibald and Helen E Mercer. Colonel Mercer commanded the Dover National Reserve.

Metcalfe, J. W. 
JW Metcalfe, courtesy Dover ExpressJohn William Metcalfe, G/9031, was in the 6th battalion of tJW Metcalfe, courtesy Dover Expresshe Buffs. He was 21 when he died in action on 3 May 1917, and he is commemorated on the Arras memorial in France.

Born, enlisting, and living in Dover, he was the son of the late Sergeant Metcalfe and Mrs Mary E. Maxted, from 2 Alexandra Place, London Road, Dover.

 Arras memorial image, by Michelle and Andy Cooper

Mickle, F. W.
Frederick William Mickle, 70569, served in the 141st company of Machine gun Corps (Infantry) as a Private, after having enlisted in Canterbury as 4320 of The Buffs.  He died of wounds on 14th July 1917 when he was 26. He is buried at Woods Cemetery in Belgium.

Born and living in Dover, he was the son of Mrs and Mrs J W Mickle, of 8 Church Road, Maxton, Dover. His father died on 9th July 1937, at the age of 76, and in 1941 Mrs Mickle placed an "in memoriam" notice to her "dear husband" and her "dear son". "Until the day break and the shadows flee away - from his loving Wife and Mother"

GJ Middleton, courtesy Mr D DavidsonMiddleton, G. J.
Guy John Middleton, 509(5)91 enlisted in Edinburgh. Awarded the Military Medal posthumously, he was a Serjeant in the Royal Field Artillery. Aged 25, he died on 22 July 1916  of wounds received the day before.  He is buried at the Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericout-L'Abbe in France.

Born in Deal, he was the eldest son of the late James Middleton. Mr Middleton in 1891 was a railway carriage examiner, born in Nottingham; he married Guy's mother, Fanny Maria Holder, in 1888 in Dover. The family were living at 28 Gladstone Road, Deal, and there were then two children; Rosa, aged 12 and born in Ashford, and Guy, then 9 months. William Herbert, a second son, was born in 1900 in Dover. He was partially blind, while his sister suffered epileptic fits. 

Mrs Middleton remarried in 1898, to Francis Walter Davidson. She was then living at 1 Paradise Street. By 1901 the family were living at 16 Ladywell Place, Dover. Mr Davidson was an army ordnance labourer, born i Scotland. In 1916 the address was at 1 Clyde Cottages, Maison Dieu Road, and in 1924, Mrs Davidson was at 4 Wood Street, Dover.

Guy was cousin to Stephen Holder (named as Holden on the memorial)

(Memorial) (We Remember 5)

Millington, P. H. W. (H. W.)
Percy William Herbert Millington, 69346, enlisted at Canterbury and was a Private in the 1st battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (formerly 5945 East Surrey Regiment).

He was the son of Herbert James Millington and his wife Elizabeth Jane, née Packman, who had married at Hernehill on 5 March 1882. Mr Millington was in 1891 an agricultural labourer. The family were then living at Goodnestone, and there were four children, Percy, christened on 1 March 1885 at St Michael, Hernhill, Ada, born about 1883, Elizabeth, circa 1888, and a new baby, Mabel. The family had moved to 4 Margery Terrace, Dover, by 1901, and had another daughter, Laura May, born about 1898.

By 1911 Mr Millington was working for Dover Town Council as a general labourer, while Percy was also a general labourer, for a contractor. The family had been joined by two more daughters, Ivy Maud, then 9, and Lillian, 6. There was also a nurse child, Aileen Mabel Brown, born in 1909 in Dover. The family had lost a further child, possibly Frank James Millington who died at the age of 20 months in September 1894.  The family were living at 15 Nightingale Road, Dover; Mr and Mrs Millington later moved to 6 Church Place, Dover.

Percy was 33 when he died as a Prisoner of War on 7 September 1918. He is buried at Valenciennes (St Roch) Communal Cemetery in France V G 7, having been originally buried in a German grave. At the foot of his gravestone are the words, "Forever in our thoughts, from mother and sisters". This was their second choice of words as originally they chose, "In loving memory, from mother and sisters".


September 1919


September 1930

"Death divides but memory clings" - his sorrowing mother and sister.

Mrs Millington died in 1953. See also Thomas William Wall.

Percy's sister Laura was the mother of James Holman, killed by enemy action in 1940.

Millne, C. H.     
Charles H. Millne, 1369, was a Private in the London Regiment (Cyclists), 25th battalion, and was the son of the late Sergeant Millne (RGA), and of Mrs Collins, from 60 Bulwark Street, Dover. He had enlisted in Fulham, and his residence was given as Weybridge.

He had been on duty at Lewes, and died on Christmas Eve 1914, after six weeks' painful illness, in the 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton. He was 21.

The first part of his funeral service took place in Holy Trinity church, with the Rev A H Collins officiating there and at the graveside at St Mary's, Dover, J F 22. Military honours had been offered for the funeral, but Mrs Collins, his mother, preferred not to have them. His friends Miss Baughton and Cyclist Arthur Stonard were amongst the mourners.

For more information about the cyclists, see this dedicated website

Mills, A. 
Aubrey Mills, T/241697, was a Private in The Buffs, enlisting at St Pancras. He served in the 1st/5th battalion. He died on 11th February 1917, when he was 27, and is buried at Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

He was the son of James and Annie Mills, who came from Leeds, where he was born, and the husband of Matilda Jane Lilly, formerly Mills, who lived at 6 South Road, Kingsdown, Deal. They had been married just over a year when he was killed. He had lived in Dover.

JA Mills, courtesy Dover ExpressJA Mills, stone at Charlton, by Simon ChambersMills, J. A. 
John Allen Mills, 2611, was a Sapper in the 1st/3rd Field Company of the Royal Engineers, enlisting in Gillingham.  He died on 7th September 1916, and is buried in Belgium, at the Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery. He had also served in Egypt.

His parents lived at 9 Spring Gardens, Peter's Street, Dover, in which town he also lived

 

He is named on a gravestone at Charlton cemetery. The stone reads:

Sacred to the Memory
of
our Dearest only Son and Brother
John Allen Mills
killed in action
7th September 1916
aged 23 years
Interred in Vlamertinghe Churchyard, Belgium
Abide With Me
also of my Dear Husband
John Thomas Mills
Father of the Above
who died
23rd? July 1932
aged 70 years
At Rest
also of Harriett A. S. Mills
the Dearly Beloved Wife of the Above
who Passed Peacefully Away
26th November 1960 aged 88 years
"Re-United"

There are further inscriptions on the kerbstones

RG Mills, courtesy Dover ExpressMills, R. G. 
Robert George Mills, 65136, was born in 1881, the son of William Mills and his wife Phoebe, née Turner. In 1881 the family, all of whom were born in Dover, were at Portland Place, Dover, with Mr Mills, born 1843, working as a labourer. They had six daughters with them, Elizabeth Jane, 13, Fanny Lavinia, 12, Susannah Phoebe, 10, Gertrude Mary, 8, Alice Maud, 6, and Laura Amy, 4. In 1891 the family were probably at 13 Hartley Street, joined by three sons and a daughter Margaret. By 1911 Mrs Mills, a widow, was living at 3 Bowling Green Terrace with her sons Robert George, Edward, and James, all labourers, and aged respectively  33, 29, and 23. Also there was her granddaughter, Florence Reid, aged 3, who had been born in Aldershot.

Robert enlisted in Dover and became a Private in the RAMC, serving in the 68th Field Ambulance. He had seen nearly 19 months service in Gallipoli and Salonica, and was 34 when he died suddenly on 2 December 1916 at the Holt Auxiliary Hospital, in Ullet Road, Liverpool. He had developed pneumonia after suffering malarial fever.

He was buried at St James cemetery in Dover, United Kingdom, with the band of the East Surreys playing Chopin's funeral march on the way to the cemetery and also supplying the firing party. The Rev C P Dale officiated.

He was "deeply mourned". His mother, then from 44 York Street./Terrace, Dover, attended, with his brothers A. Mills (probably James) and Sergeant E J Mills from the South Staffordshire Regiment. His sisters Mrs Fanny Potter, Mrs Gertrude Reid, and Mrs Margaret Reynolds also attended, with his brother-in-law and three sisters-in-law. Many of his former comrades of the RAMC were also present, and a number of floral tributes were laid.

The words on the headstone read, "In Ever Loving Memory of a Dearly Beloved Son & Brother Robert George Mills RAMC Who Died at Holt Auxiliary Hospital from Pneumonia Contracted Through Malarial Fever December 2nd 1916 Aged 34 years. Also James Albert Mills Brother of the above Who Died December 30th 1960 Aged 74 years “They Miss Him Most That Loved Him Best” Also of William Alfred Mills Brother of the above Who was Drowned in Dover Harbour September 24th 1917 Aged 51 years "Nearer My God To Thee"

Mrs Mills, then of 4 Marine Place, died on 17 March 1930. She is buried at St James.

Brothers of Robert Mills  
E J Mills, courtesy Dover Express J A Mills, courtesy Dover Express
Edward John Mills,
later discharged
James Albert Mills,
serving with the RFA

right - William Alfred Mills, who fell off the Admiralty Pier and drowned 24 Sept 1917 aged 51. He was born in Dover on 26 May 1866. In 1871, as Alfred W Mills, he was staying with his grandmother, Elizabeth Turner, at 7 Mount Pleasant, and in 1881 at 185 Bowling Green Hill, as the nephew of Robert and Charlotte Turner. He was then working as a labourer. He married Anna Pepper on Christmas Day 1888 at Charlton Church, Dover, the couple both from 22 Colebran Street. They were the parents of Walter Albert Mills, below

W A Mills, courtesy Dover Express

Robert was the uncle of Maurice William Potter and of David Thomas William Reynolds and of Walter Albert Mills, below

grave and transcription by Joyce Banks

Mills, W. A.   
24.03.16Walter Albert Mills, K/9158, was born in Dover on 2 September 1893, the son of William Alfred Mills, a labourer (above), and his wife Anna, née Pepper. Fifteen children were born to the family; one, born in 1905, was Sidney Harold Mills, who lost his life in 1941. Bertie, another brother, lost his wife Ellen Mills and daughter Yvonne during a raid in 1944. Two children died in infancy.

Walter was christened St Andrews, Buckland, on 21 June 1894. His parents, named then as William Alfred, a labourer, and Hannah, were living at 5 Colebran Street. In 1901 at 9 Peter Street, the family is recorded with parents named Alfred and Annie, with children at home Margaret, 12, Walter, 11, Jessie, 9, Wilfred, 8, Frederick, 5, Arthur, 3,and Florence, 1. In 1911 parents William and Hannah had moved to 15 Colebran Street and the family had been joined by Bert, 9, Sidney, 7, Robert, 5, Rosina, 3, Queenie, 1, and eldest son William, 21, a carman.

Walter served in the Royal Navy, joining at Chatham for twelve years on 3 October 1910 as an Engine Cleaner and Group 3 Stoker. At this time he may have added a year to his age, as the birth date on his service records is 2 September 1892. His records show that he was five feet three-and-a-half inches tall, and was dark of complexion with brown hair and hazel eyes. He had a flower scroll with the name "Edith" on his left forearm. In 1911 he was recorded as serving as a 2nd class Stoker, born at Charlton.

On 26 May 1912, from 37 Military Road, he married Annie Louise Wellard at Christchurch, Hougham. She was the daughter of Louis George Wellard, General Dealer, deceased, and sister of George James Wellard. In 1914 they had a son, Sigmund W A Mills.

Walter passed as an Engineer on 18 June 1918, but was invalided home on 10 March 1920 from pulmonary tuberculosis. His conduct throughout his service had been recorded as very good. He died on 20 February 1922 and was buried with semi-military honours at St James. The K|ings Own Light Infantry were bearers, and the coffin, from 37 Military Road, was borne on a gun carriage and draped with a Union Flag. Walter's cap was placed on top of the flag.

On 2 February 1926, at Christchurch, Hougham, Dover, Annie remarried, to engine driver Percy John Goldsack. They had a daughter, Rita.

Mrs Susannah (or Anna, Hannah, or Annie) Mills, his mother, remarried in 1935 to William Wetherly (or Weatherby or Weatherley)

CH Minter, courtesy Dover ExpressMinter, C. H.  
Charles Herbert Minter, 144, was born in Eastry in 1888, and died on 19th July 1916. He is buried at the Rue Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix in France.

He had been serving as a Private in the 32nd battalion of the Australian Infantry, and his parents were Charles Daniel and Charlotte Emma Minter, of "Manner", Sutton Street, Colac Victoria, Australia. He was the only son of the family, and his sisters Edith, Daisy, May, and Connie, along with Mrs Flint, of 26 York Street Almshouses, Dover, of whom he was the eldest grandson, were left to mourn.

Minter, E. W.  
EW Minter, courtesy Dover ExpressErnest William Minter, L/8868, had enlisted in Canterbury and served as a Lance Corporal in the 1st battalion of the Buffs, attached to the 8th battalion. He was wounded by shrapnel in August 1915 and returned to England to recover. He went back to France in December 1915, and before rejoining his regiment he was chauffeur to Brigadier-General Bainnbridge.  He was 34 when he was killed in action on 21st January 1916. He is buried at the Menin Road South Military Cemetery in Belgium.   

He was the "eldest beloved son" of Mr and Mrs Minter of 97 Herbert Street, Buckland, in which area he was born. He had lived in Dover and had attended St Bart's school. His grandfather was the late Mr William Fortune, of 47 Tower Hamlets Road, Dover.

Mitchell, D.   
David Henry Mitchell, G/25154, was a Private in the 1st battalion of the Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment). The CWGC records his rank as Lance Corporal. 

Known as David, he was born Duncan Henry Mitchell in Dover in 1899, in which town he also lived and enlisted. He died on 8 April 1919, from wounds, and is now at rest in Bradford (Scholemoor) Cemetery. He is commemorated on Screen Wall III C 2085.

David was the beloved son of David ("Jock") Duncan Mitchell, born in Dundee, and Mildred Kingsland from Buckland, Dover, who married in 1898.  In 1901 they were living at 41 Bridge Street, Dover. Mr Mitchell was working as a general labourer. David, or Duncan as he is recorded in that census, was then 8, and also in the household was Muriel Beer, a niece, who was 17 and working as a dressmaker,  Rebecca Holman, a widowed boarder aged 56, who was a laundress, and was born in London, and Mildred Kingsland, 29, a visitor born in Dover who was working as a housemaid. She probably died in Dover in 1923, aged 50.

David was the eldest of five children, and had a brother, William, and three sisters, Laurel, b 1902, Mildred ("Millie"), b 1907, and Isabel H (known as Hilda), 1911.

with thanks to Lindsay Mitchell 

AE Moat, gravestone, by Simon ChambersMoat, A. E.   
Albert (Edward) Moat, 52896, was a Corporal in the 31st Heavy Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was 20 when he enlisted on 16th November 1914, and working as a farm labourer. He was considered steady, hardworking, and willing.

Attesting as a gunner, he joined his unit at Newhaven on 19th November 1914, and was posted as a gunner on 11th December 1914. On 9th May May he was appointed A/bombardier, and was promoted as Corporal on 30th June 1917. He then became A/Sergeant on 3rd January 1919, and on 3rd June 1919 was with the 31st Heavy Battery as A/Sergeant, but then reverted to Corporal. . .

Just over a month later, on 9th July 1919, when he was 26, he died at Aldershot from an abscess and from pyelephlebitis toxaemia. His parents were wired, and they brought him home for burial at River Church.

Albert Moat was born in Dover, and was the son of the late William and Julia Moat, from Sholden, Deal. Very sadly his mother died just a month later, on 8th August 1919. His parents may then have been living at 1 Malvern Cottages, Kearsney Avenue, Dover, which was also the address of his sister, Emily Martha Gill, born 1872, and married in 1899 to Thomas John Gill. 

Albert also had brothers: William, born 1874, from the Hare and Hounds at Northbourne, Frederick Stephen, born 1881, from Fir Cottage, Upper Deal, and Walter Ernest, born 1885, living at 1 Norman Cottages, Upper Deal.

A further address for a Mr W. Moat was Hawthorn Cottages, Church Path, Upper Deal.

with thanks to Joyce Banks

Morris, E. W.  
Ellis Wayman Morris was a temporary Second Lieutenant in the 5th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. He died on 9th November 1917, and is buried at Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, France. 

He had been at home on leave just a few days before he was killed, and left to mourn his parents, Mr and Mrs Morris, of the Shakespeare Hotel. Another of their sons was also serving in the RFC, while a third had lost an eye in the attack on Hill 60 in 1915.

*Morris, R.   
Reginald Morris was in recorded as being in the machine Gun Corps. The name on the Memorial may therefore be Reginald Arthur Morris, 42941, who was born and enlisted in Dover, and was a Private in the 151st company of that Corps (Infantry) (formerly 2517 The Buffs), and who died on 3rd September 1916.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Morris, W.   
William Morris

W Morris, gravestone, by Andy and Michelle CooperMorris, W. H. F.   
W Morris, courtesy Dover ExpressWilliam Henry Francis Morris, 6272, enlisted in Canterbury, and was a Private in the 18th (County of London) battalion (London Irish Rifles) of the London Regiment (formerly 4267 4th battalion The Buffs). He died on 6th December 1916, and is buried at the Railway Dugouts Ground, Belgium. 

He was born in Dover in 1895, where he lived, and his mother was Mrs C. E. Morris, who lived at 5 Odo Road. She referred to him as a Rifleman who had died on the Somme.

 

CWM Walls, courtesy Dover ExpressHis brother-in-law, CSM Walls, DCM, of the Royal Sussex Regiment (pictured left), was also on active service abroad, and his wife, William's sister, was staying with  her mother at Odo Road. 

 

 

 

The gravestone (right) is at Charlton. It reads:
In Loving Memory
Of
My Dear Husband
Henry Thomas Morris
Died June ? 1915.
Aged 52 Years.
Not One Of Us Go
A Minute Before Our Time

Also Of
Horace Edward George Morris
Youngest Son Of Above
Died August 28th 1904
Aged 1 Year & 3 Weeks
Gone But Not Forgotten


Also William Henry Francis Morris
Son Of The Above
Who Was Killed In Action October 6th 1916
Aged 21 Years

photo and transcription, Joyce Banks

*Morrison, A. H.  
Albert Henry Morrison, T/3435, was a Private in the 5th battalion of the Buffs, who enlisted and lived in Dover. He was drowned on 15th April, 1916. He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

A gravestone, below, is in St James cemetery. It is in the centre of the picture, left. The Zeebrugge plot can be seen in the background

 

In memoriam announcement,from parents, courtesy Dover Express
April 1917

  

 

The words on the gravestone read:

 

"In Loving Memory of my Beloved Children

Albert Henry Morrison, drowned Mesopotamia April 15th 1916, aged 19 years

Also of Ethel May Morrison "Maisie" who fell asleep May 15th 1919, aged 19 years

Also little Billie, aged 5 years"

 

Morrison, R. G.   
Rupert George Morrison was born in Dover, a second son, and was a Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery. Stationed in Dover, he had served since the beginning of the War, going over to France with the first Expeditionary Force, and took part in all the principal engagements in 1914. He contracted a severe bronchial cold from spending ten wet days without rest or change on the guns at Neuve Chappelle, and was invalided home. On his recovery he returned to the Western Front, and was gassed. He was again invalided home.

His lungs were severely damaged, and the cause of his death, on 24th May 1918., after a long illness, is given as phthisis. He was 32.

His funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon, 29th May, and a number of Volunteers acted as pallbearers, with his coffin covered with the Union Flag. Rev R. Parker Jones officiated, and amongst the mourners were his parents, Major A and Mrs Morrison, his widow, Mabel, his sister, Mrs Hopper, his brother, Reg Morrison, and his father-in-law Major Parry. A large crowd gathered outside the church and there were many wreaths laid. He is buried at Harlech (or Llandanwg) (St Tanwg) Churchyard, north west of the main entrance. His grave is marked by a four foot high white marble cross, with a matching kerb, with chipping in the centre.

Mrs Morrison lived at "Abingdon", High Park, Ryde, Isle of Wight, and was left to care for their baby.

HW Morton, courtesy Dover ExpressMorton, H. W.    
Harold William Morton, S/11081, was Rifleman in the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), 9th battalion. He was born in Dover, to George Maddison Morton and his wife Mary Ann, both of whom predeceased him. They lived at 28 Chapel Place. He was married with two children. His wife was probably Rose Ellen, née Tracy, who came from Dover. They later lived at Woolwich, where he enlisted. Subsequently she became Mrs H R Bradley, living at 1990 Haultain Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Harold left England on 12 December 1915. On 4/5 January 1916, as his commanding officer reported, "He had gone out with a party to assist in getting away a man who had been wounded, and was himself hit in this work of mercy. He only lived a few minutes, and then passed peacefully away." A comrade said, "He died a beautiful death, the death of a hero, and his last words were "Goodbye Rosie"."

He was 31, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium.

B Moss, courtesy Dover ExpressMoss, B.   
Bertie Moss, L/9193, was a Private (Drummer) in the 2nd battalion of the Buffs. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, after having been killed in action by a trench mortar on Sunday 11 April 1915, when he was 24 (25?). He had previously seen service in India and China.

He was born in Bury St Edmunds, but enlisted at Shorncliffe and lived Nunhead, Kent. Bertie's father was Henry Moss, and his mother was Mrs Jane Moss of 7 Lascelles Road, Dover, later Walden Road, Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth, and she had five other sons serving. One was Harold, below.

photo of detail from Menin Gate by Jean Marsh

H Moss, courtesy Dover ExpressMoss, H.    
Harold Marshall Moss, 2242, was a Driver in the 3rd Home H Moss, gravestone, by Simon ChambersCounties Brigade (Territorial Force of the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery). He lived and enlisted in Dover.

Before joining up, Harold (known as "Mossy") had been a newspaper vendor, standing on the corner of Worthington Street. He  had joined the army just three months before his death, having until then remained at home at the urging of his brothers who wished him to help  their mother. She had already lost one son, Bertie, above, in Flanders. Harold was 23 when died while on service at High Wycombe on Sunday 6 February 1916. 

Harold's commanding officer, Captain Searle, RFA (T) wrote to his mother, "Allow me to express my sympathy with you in the sudden loss you have sustained. I have good reason to believe that he would have made a good soldier. I am sure you feel proud that he was serving his country and I desire to congratulate you on having so many sons who are soldiers. The cause of death has been found to be a large abscess on the brain."

Harold was buried at Charlton cemetery in Dover, United Kingdom, Z L 32, with full military honours. The service took place on 11th February, beginning at 3.15 pm. His body was borne on a gun carriage from his mother's home, and the cortege passed along Worthington Street, where for so many years "Mossy" had sold his newspapers.  

Many newsvendors attended to mourn with his family. Amongst the floral tributes were:

"To my darling Harold, from his broken hearted mother, and sisters, Rosa, Ruby and Cecelia"
From "His sorrowing brothers in France, and at home"
From "Two girls who miss his cheery smile at Worthington Street"

with thanks to Joyce Banks

Mowll, S. E.    
Sidney Edward (correctly, Eward) Mowll, 147800, was a Private in the 5th battalion of the Canadian Infantry. He was born in Dover on 30th December 1890, and his mother was Emily Maud Mowll of 20 St Andrews Terrace, and later 5 St John's Road, Dover. He was the eldest son of the family, his father being Councillor George H. Mowll, who in 1891 was a Wine and Spirit Merchant at 2 Townwall Street. He was five feet eight inches tall, with brown eyes and fair hair, and was a member of the Church of England . 

He was working as a clerk in Canada when he enlisted on 10th July 1915, but had a previous service record. He returned to England with the third Canadian Contingent, and was drafted to the first. He was reported missing and believed killed on 6th June 1916, at Hill 60, Belgium, during, as a contemporary report put it, "the glorious attack where the Canadians recaptured the lost ground at Ypres". His remains were found and buried on 12th June, and he is recorded as having died at Hill 60, and been interred at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground in Belgium. His father had predeceased him, and he was "deeply mourned by his sorrowing Mother (Emily), Brothers, and Sisters".

There were two further brothers serving with the second contingent. One, Private G H Mowll, the second son, had joined in 1914. He was badly wounded and maimed for life while on the Somme in September 1916. He was returned to England to recuperate, and remained in hospital until he was left for Canada, arriving on 1st April 1917, to complete as far as possible his cure. 

A fourth brother was in the Merchant Service, and his vessel was torpedoed in the Bay of Biscay. He was fortunate enough to be rescued and landed at Falmouth. 

Muddle, G. W. A.    
GWA Muddle, courtesy Dover ExpressGeorge William Arthur Muddle, 4245, was a Lance Corporal in the 8th (City of London) battalion (Post Office Rifles) of the London Regiment . He gained his promotion for devotion to duty in the field. He was killed in action on 15 September 1916, at High Wood in France, and is buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval in France.

Before enlisting in London he was employed in the PO Cable Depot, Dover. He lived with his aunt and uncle at 22 Granville Street, Dover, and it was Emily Muddle of that address who requested that his name should go on the Memorial.

His mother was Fanny E. Nowers, of 55 Bakers Avenue, Hoe Street, Leyton, London

RJ Mutton, courtesy Dover ExpressMutton, R. J.    
Robert James Mutton, G69636, was a Private in the Light Trench Mortar Battery, attached to the Royal Fusiliers, 17th battalion (City of London Regiment) (formerly14050 of the 28th TR battalion).. He died on 9 May 1918, and is buried at the Cabaret-Rouge cemetery, Souchez in France. 

He was the only son of Mrs Matilda Mutton, 24 Glenfield Road, Buckland, and her husband Robert, a labourer at the Admiralty. He was born and living in Dover, but had enlisted in Canterbury. In 1911 he was living with his parents at  Old Park Cottages, Buckland, Dover. His mother and his sister Ethel were then working as rag sorters at the Rag Mill.

Surnames M (part 1 of 2 - M to McN) are here
 


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