World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
(Surnames M (part 1 of 2, M to
McN) are here)
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
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
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.
Liddle McTaggart, 889, was a Corporal in the 3rd Home Counties (Cinque
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, 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
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
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
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
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,
Mercer, E. C.
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.
William Metcalfe, G/9031, was in the 6th battalion of the
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,
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"
Middleton, G. J.
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
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.
cousin to Stephen Holder (named as Holden
on the 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,
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".
"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
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
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
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
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
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
23rd? July 1932
aged 70 years
|also of Harriett A. S. Mills
the Dearly Beloved Wife of the Above
who Passed Peacefully Away
26th November 1960 aged 88 years
There are further inscriptions on the kerbstones
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
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
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
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
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.
Walter 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.
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
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)
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
W. H. F.
William 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
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.
His 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
mother at Odo Road.
The gravestone (right) is at Charlton. It reads:
|In Loving Memory
My Dear Husband
Henry Thomas Morris
Died June ? 1915.
Aged 52 Years.
Not One Of Us Go
A Minute Before Our Time
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
*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
The words on the
"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
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
He was 31, and is
commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium.
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
Harold Marshall Moss, 2242, was a Driver in the 3rd
Counties 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.
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
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
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.
William Arthur Muddle, 4245, was a Lance Corporal in the 8th (City of
(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
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.
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