war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War I



Surnames P
(Surnames P (part 2 of 2, Pigg to end) are here)

Packer, B. C.
Bertram Charles Packer, 44474, enlisted in Canterbury, and was a Rifleman in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, posted to the 2nd.15th battalion with the London Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles) (formerly TR/10/31799 32nd TR battalion TR/13.58703 20th TR battalion).

He died of wounds on 5 November 1918, and is buried at the Cement House cemetery in Belgium.

He was born at Ospringe, near Faversham, the son of Edward Maurice Packer and his wife Kate Ann, née Peal. The family were in 1911 living at 6 Stanhope Road, with Mr Packer working as a miller. Bertie was then 11. Another son, Edward, then 23, was a grocer's porter, while his brother Ernest, 15, (below) was a grocer's apprentice. Also apprenticed was another brother, Frank, then 16, to a printer. They had a sister, Louise Elizabeth, then 21.

Packer, E. W.
Ernest Walter Packer, 68906, was a Bombardier in the Royal Field Artillery, D battery, 62nd Brigade. He was 20 when he died on 29 July 1916. He was buried at the Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, France, X E 3.

CWGC details state that he was the son of Edward Maurice Packer, and the late Ann Packer, from 39 Eton Road, Newport Monmouthshire. He was the brother of Bertie Packer, above.

The Dover Express named him as Ernest William Packer, when the memorial was unveiled.
The National Archives records him as Ernest I Packer on the medal lists.
Soldiers Died notes him as Ernest Walter Packer, Bombardier, enlisted and lived in Maidstone.
The 1901 census has Ernest W. Packer, aged 5, and Bertie C. Packer, aged 1, as the sons of Edward M Packer and Kate Ann Packer, his wife. Ernest was born at Ospringe, Kent, Bertie at South Preston, Kent. Then they were living at 4 Mall Place, the parish of St Catherine, Preston, civil parish Preston Within, district of Faversham. Mr Packer was a time-keeper at a mining machinery factory.  In 1891 Mr and Mrs Packer, with Edward and Louise, were living at Mill House, Water Lane, Ospringe, with Mr Packer working as a miller.

Pain, A. T.
Alfred Thomas Pain, G/13570, was in the 6th battalion of The Buffs, serving as a Serjeant. He was 25 when he died in action on 3rd May 1917, and is buried in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery in France.

His parents were Stephen and Susan E Pain, from 149 London Road, Dover. He enlisted and lived in Dover, but was born in Teynham, Kent. His brother G V Pain wrote to request he should be on the Memorial.

believed to be G PalmerPalmer, G. T.
George Thomas Palmer, G/5181. He was a Private in the Buffs (East Kent Regiment), the 8th battalion. He died of wounds on 19th August 1916, and is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial in France.

Born in Alkham, Dover, he enlisted and lived in Dover. He was the brother of Stephen Palmer, below, and cousin of Walter Tull.

The picture above is believed to be that of George Palmer. It is one of three contained in the hollow uniform button, above right, from which his mother created a brooch. The other two pictures from the button are below, in his brother Stephen's entrydog tag

Lower right is George's dog tag, returned after his death.

August 1922 - In ever affectionate memory of my two beloved sons, George Thomas Palmer, killed in action August 19th 1916 and Stephen John Alexander Palmer, killed in action July 16th 1917. Six years have passed, Yet still I miss them. A silent thought, a secret tear, Keeps their memory very dear. From their ever loving mother. RIP

with thanks to Stephen Coombe




Right, however, is a picture described as being that of G T Palmer, from 204 Union Road.





Right is his younger brother, William John Palmer, RGA, who was awarded the DCM



In memoriam 30 August 1917

Palmer, S. J. A.
SJA Palmer, Menin Gate, by Andy and Michelle Cooper
Stephen John Alexander Palmer, S/7023, was a Lance Serjeant in the 7th battalion of the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (formerly 10174 The Buffs). He was 20 when he died in action on 16th July 1917. He is commemorated at Menin Gate in Belgium. Born in River, and enlisting and living in Dover, he was the son of Mrs Harriett Palmer, of 204 Union Road, Buckland, Dover.

The picture illustrates a story from the Dover Express in 1915. It reads:

Stephen Palmer and box, courtesy Dover ExpressPrivate S J A Palmer

Of the 1st battalion, The Buffs, writing to his brother at 227 London Road, Dover, from "the same mansion",  describes a lucky escape he had, a box of Oxo his brother sent him in his last parcel having been the means of saving his life. He says: "A bullet hit my breast pocket, went through my tobacco box into the Oxo tin. It tore my coat in twenty places, and I am only bruised."

His company lost his platoon officer and ten men with one shell. Private S J A Palmer has three other brothers serving - Private E G Palmer, "somewhere in France", 1st Buffs; Private W. Palmer, just returned from Gibraltar after three years' service with the RGA (expecting to go to the Front); and Private G Palmer, who is in training at Shoreham, with the 8th Buffs. George Palmer, above, also died.

Note: Stephen's nephew remembers the tin being on display for many years at home

These are the other two pictures con-tained in the uniform button brooch, men-tioned above. They are believed to be those of Stephen Palmer. (article)

with thanks to Stephen Coombe

Palmer, T. W.
Thomas William Palmer. S/7967, was born in Dover and lived there, but enlisted in London. He became a Rifleman in the 8th battalion of the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own). He was killed in action on 15th September 1916 and is buried at Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs in France.

He was the son of William Thomas Palmer and his wife Sarah Elizabeth, née Ward, from 26 Lansdown Road, Canterbury. The couple had married at St Mary's, Dover, on 24 January 1895; Mr Palmer was then a railway guard, the son of Thomas Palmer of the Metropolitan Police. Sarah's father, William Emerson Ward, then deceased, had been a signalman on the railway.

In 1911 the family had been living for at least ten years at 3 Caroline Place, Dover, with Mr Palmer working as a railway porter for the SECR. In 1911 Thomas, 15, was then working as a messenger boy, and at home too were his sisters, Elsie Hellena, 12, and Hilda May, 6. Another brother, Wilfred Emerson, had been born on 29 January 1900, but sadly died in 1901.

AG Parker, courtesy Dover Express Parker, A. G.
Alfred George Parker, 2975, had attended St Mary's school when he was a boy. He had served in the Garrison Artillery in England between 1899 and 1907 (another document suggests he served only two years six months), and was discharged after serving his time. He then went to Australia and, after a time as a labourer, joined the Australian forces on 16 May 1915, aged 23 years and 1 month. He became a bugler, and at that time was five feet five inches tall. He had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and black hair. On his left fore arm was a tattoo of a flower cross and crossed shields, and on his right fore arm was a tattoo of a ballet girl with clasped hands.

His service was chequered. On 5 August 1915 he was fined £1 for breaking camp and being absent without leave for nearly three days. At this time his conduct was considered as normally good. On 7 October he was again absent without leave. This time his conduct was considered indifferent, and the question of discharge arose. On 29 October 1915 he was discharged from the Depot Company, with the note that he was unlikely to become an efficient soldier. On 18 January 1916 he was charged with conduct likely to prejudice the good order of his camp. He had clearly been enjoying himself as his offence was "being in company with girls who were in a state of intoxication within the camp, and also being abroad with them". On 24 February 1916 he was charged with disobedience of orders after being warned, and with being absent without leave from 21 to 23 February. He was recommended for discharge from C Company, of the Depot Battalion, on 24 February 1916, and  discharged on 25 February. His Major said, "This man has been before me on three different occasions charged with offences of more or less serious nature; his character is undoubtedly bad. I have apart from these offences given him several opportunities to amend his line of conduct, with no good result. He is certainly a menace to the good order and discipline of the battalion."

Alfred re-enlisted on 12 June 1916, and on 8 November 1916 sailed on the SS Port Nicholson from Sydney, arriving at Devonport on 10 January 1917. On 14 January he went to Codford, and was again absent without leave between 24 to 26 February, losing 12 days pay. On 5 March 1917 he sailed for France, from Folkestone. Perhaps then he took the opportunity to visit his brother Charles, who in June 1917 is recorded as the licensee of the Swan Inn, 176 Dover Road, Folkestone.

He had a short spell in hospital at the end of June, but by 24 July he was marching out to Havre, and on 7 October 1917 he joined his unit and served in the field. He lost a day's pay for being absent for two and a half hours from billeting, until apprehended, on 27 February 1918. On 5 April 1918 he was killed in action. His effects were received by his father, Mr Alfred James Parker, of the Dolphin Inn, Dover, on 2 June 1918.

Alfred is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux memorial in France. He was awarded the 1914/15 star, the British War medal, and the Victory medal. His plaque and scroll were sent to his father and to his mother, Rose.

Parker, D.
A D. Parker is commemorated on the memorial window of the County School, now Boys' Grammar, in Dover. The school magazine, Pharos, number 23 for December 1916, notes that David Parker, who was at the school between 1906 and 1907, was missing. He was serving in the 8th Battalion of the Winnipeg Rifles.

"David" may have been the name by which Henry Edward Parker was known. Henry Parker attested for the Canadian Infantry at Winnipeg on 22 July 1915. He was born on 25 October 1891, and his next-of-kin was his mother, Emily Parker, of Connaught Cottage, Frith Road, Dover. He was a book-keeper, described at 5 feet 4 inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair, and was recorded as a Baptist. He became a Private, 475172, in the 8th battalion of the Canadian Infantry, and was killed on 26 September 1916. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, France, and was recorded as the son of the late Henry David Parker and Emily Parker.

In 1911 a David was living with his mother, Emily, a boarding-house keeper, at 2 Saxon Stteet, Dover. He had been born at Highgate and his mother at Pimlico. In 1918 there was a newspaper report that Emily Jane Parker of Connaught Cottage, Frith Road, who had been a nurse for "a great many years in Dover" had died suddenly on 11 August 1918. She was buried at Charlton, and amongst the mourners were her sisters Nellie and Winnie Parker. Nellie would obtain the probate of Emily's will.

Emily had been baptised on 17 December 1865 and was from the parish of St Peter, Eaton Square, Pimlico. Born on 29 September 1865, she was the daughter of Richard Parker and his wife Marion, née Griffiths, who had married in London in 1864. Her father was a dairyman, which business his wife continued after his death assisted by their daughter Marion Winifred. There were two other daughters in the family; Ellen Maud and Lydia Mabel L. Lydia married in 1895; the other sisters remained single.

with thanks to Joyce Banks for discovering the David/Henry Edward link

Parker, G. W. G.
George William Gardner Parker, G9297, served as a Private in the 6th battalion of the Buffs. He was born in Dover and enlisted there on 28 November 1915, aged 36. He was employed in the Works Department of the Depot RM at Walmer.

He went overseas on 8 June. Less than a month later, on 3 July 1916, he was reported missing. He is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial in France.

He was the third son of Frederick and Rebecca (née Gardner) Parker, who both predeceased him. The couple were probably married in 1862 at St Andrew's, Deal. In 1881 the family were living at 6 Church Court, where Mr Parker was a licensed driver. There were then five children; Jane Eliza West, 13, Ernest Richard, 9, Rebecca Ellen, 8, Henry, 5, and George, 3.

Still at 6 Church Court in 1891, Mr Parker was a fly driver groom, and the family had another son, Frederick, 9. By 1901 they had moved to 15 Spring Gardens with just Henry and George still at home, both working as brewers' labourers. Mr Parker continued as a licensed driver and groom. With George the only child still at home, they remained at that address in 1911 with the same occupations. There had been in total nine children in the family, of whom three had died young.

George was the uncle of Frederick McLoughlin.

Parsons, R. S.
Raymond Steriker Parsons was a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, serving in the Hood battalion of the RN Division. He died on 4th June 1915, and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. Miss Parsons, of 14 Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, requested that his name should be placed on the Dover Memorial. His sister, Helen, was married to Herbert Robinson

Parsons, S. J.
Stanley James Parsons. 8213, was the son of William and Harriett Parsons, from 10 Bartholomew Street, Dover, and brother to William, below. He was born in Dover, but enlisted in London and lived in Sevenoaks.

He served as a Serjeant in the 9th battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. He was 19 when he died on Christmas Eve, 1916. He is buried at the Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe in France.

Parsons, W. C.
William Charles Parsons, L8432, enlisted in Dover as Private in the 1st battalion of the Buffs. He was reported missing, and later as having died on 20th October 1914. He was 27. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.

Born in Dover, He was the son of Mr William and Mrs Harriett Parsons, of 10 Bartholomew Street, Dover, and brother of Stanley above. He lived at Buckland.

E S Pattison, headstone, by Simon ChambersPattison, E. S. .
Edward S. Pattison, 177356, was a Leading Seaman in the Royal Navy, with HMS Pembroke. He was awarded the Africa General Service Medal (with the Somaliland Clasp), and he served in the Dardanelles with the HMS Implacable.

He was the son of Frederick and Ellen Pattison, from Dover, and the husband of Marion Pattison, who lived at 96 Norwich Road, Ipswich.

He was 39 according to the CWGC when he died from injuries aboard ship on 14th March 1918, and he is buried at St James cemetery, Dover in the United Kingdom. His tombstone associates him with the HMS Melpomine. At the foot of his tombstone are the words "Peace, Perfect Peace".

For his family tree, see Faded Genes, by Dave Dixon

Peirce, A. E.
Arthur Edmund Peirce - see below under "Pierce"

Pearce, G. T.
George Thomas Pearce, S/172, was a Lance Serjeant in The Buffs, 3rd battalion. Born in Dover, he was the son of George Pearce, a Carman, and his wife, Catherine. In 1891 this family were living at 16 St James Street, and George Thomas was working as a painter.

George was the  "dearly loved" husband of Ellen Jane Pearce née Horton of 5 and later 9 Union Row, Military Hill, Dover. The couple had married in 1900. In 1901 they were living at 3 Alexander Cottages, Dover, with a son, Arthur. George was working as a blacksmith. The couple had four daughters Evelyn, born 1902, Dorothy, born 1906, Winifred, born 1909, and Lilian, born 1911. They had had a fifth daughter, Ivy, born in 1915, who sadly had died as a newborn. The couple also had  a further son, Percival, born in 1906. All the children were born in Dover

Still employed as a blacksmith, George  enlisted on 28 August 1914 at Canterbury. He had previously been a volunteer in The Buffs. Unfortunately, on 9 November 1915, while on a course of field pioneering, he  developed a cough and shortness of breath. He was admitted to the Western Heights Military Hospital with pleurisy. He was discharged from service 2 June 1916 as no longer physically fit, having not recovered from his illness the year previously. His bronchitis and pleurisy were caused by exposure during his military service.

He died on 4 October 1918 at the aged of 46, after "many months of suffering patiently borne" . He was buried with military honours at St Mary's, E J 17. His son Arthur may have been unable to attend his father's funeral owing to being on service in Italy at the time of his death.

The words at the bottom of his headstone read:

His grief now o'er
His pain for ever done
A life of endless joy
We hope he's now begun

Perry-Ayscough, H. G. C.
Henry George Charles Perry-Ayscough had served in the South African Campaign and the West African Frontier Force, and authored a book, "With the Russians in Mongolia", published in 1914. He died on 25 September 1915, when he was a Captain in the Connaught Rangers, having served in the 4th battalion and been attached to the Royal Irish Rifles (Soldiers Died states Royal Munster Fusiliers). He is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium.

 gathering for the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, by Michael Webb

He was the son of the late Rev George B Perry-Ayscough (died 31 August 1885), a vicar of Brabourne in Kent, and the Hon Emma Sophia Perry-Ayscough, née Parnell (died 26 November 1910), whom he married on 17 May 1866. She was the daughter of Sir Henry William Parnell, 3rd Baron Congleton, and Sophia Bligh. He had at least two sisters, the younger of whom was named Ethel Sophia (died 1914), and who married the Rev Herbert Meade Ramus.

Pettet, W. H.
William Henry Pettet was born in Dover in about 1894. He was the son of Frederick Richard Pettet and his wife Rosina, née Bailey, who had married at St Andrews Church, Buckland, on Christmas Day 1886. Mr Pettet was then a cooper, like his father Charles. By 1901 he was working as a fruiterer and greengrocer and living at 1 Herbert Street. There too was Mrs Pettet, who had been born in Plymouth, and their children Frederick, Lily Rosina, Charles James, William, Daisy Florence, and Ethel Louise.

By 1911 the family were living at 2 Claremont Cottages, Chapel Hill, Dover. William had found employment as a tram conductor, while Charles was working as a clerk for the cross channel service. Another brother, Robert, had joined the family, aged just 4. The family had lost two children in infancy. Mrs Pettit died on 10 May 1915 at her home, aged 48.

William Henry Pettet, TF 260080, enlisted in Canterbury as a Private in the Royal Sussex Regiment, serving in the 2nd battalion (part of the BEF). He died of wounds on 25 October 1918, and is buried in the Vaden Court British Cemetery, Maissemy in France.

"Never forgotten by his loving Father, Brothers, and Sisters" - 1919

A Petticrew, on the Thiepval memorial, by Andy and Michelle CooperSPetticrew, A.
Alexander Petticrew, 10193, was a Private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, serving in the 2nd battalion. He was born in Shankhill, Co Antrim, and enlisted in Belfast.

He was 19 when he died on 11 July 1916, and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

He was the brother? of May McCarthy (fomerly Petticrew), from 2 Chapel Court, Snargate Street, Dover, Kent.

Phillips, O.
Owen Phillips, 217032, was born in Loughborough on 5 November 1884. He served as an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy, with the HMS Bulwark. He died when he was 30 on 26 November 1914, when the Bulwark blew up at 07.35. Very few men (14?) were saved from a crew of over 700. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom.

He was the son of John Phillips and Mary, née Woolley, married in Loughborough in 1875.  By 1901 Mrs Philips, aged 50 and a widow, was living at 11 Court C. Wards End, Loughborough. She was working in a hospital. Her son James, 22, was a brickmaker, while Owen, then 19, was a foundry labourer. Their younger brother Edward, 17, was a brickfield labourer. At home also were five more children, Sarah, 15, Mary, 12, John, 10, Joseph, 8, and Florry, 6.

Owen was the husband of Alice Louisa Gregory, formerly Phillips, from 33 Wyndham Road, Dover, formerly 31 Wyndham Road. Mrs Gregory was born in Dover. He left also a baby daughter.

Phipps, C.
Charles Phipps, G/5493, was in the 8th battalion of the Buffs. He was a Private, and he died when he was 23 on 13th March, 1916. He is buried at the Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium.

Private Phipps was the son of Mr David Phipps, of  9 Wyndham Road, Dover. He enlisted and lived in Dover, and was born at Charlton in the United Kingdom.

grave by Jean Marsh


Who stands if freedom falls, who dies if England lives? notice from father, courtesy Dover Express No easy hopes of lies
Shall bring us to our goal,
But iron sacrifice
Of body, will, and soul.
There's but one task for all,
For each one life to give;
Who stands if freedom falls?
Who dies if England lives?

C Phipps on Thiepval memorial, by Michelle and Andy CooperPhipps, C.
Charles Phipps, G/536(6)0, enlisted in Sittingbourne, and was a Private in the 7th battalion of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment). He was 30 when he died on 1 July 1916. He is commemorated at Thiepval memorial in France.

Born in Dover, he was in 1911 a butcher's assistant, and one of five sons of James William, a labourer, and Ellen Phipps, of 49, Military Road, Dover, and brother to Edward, James, and Frederick, who also died. He lived in Milton Regis.

Phipps, E.
Edward Arthur Phipps, 32107, was a Private in "A" company of the 7th battalion of the Prince of Wales' Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). He was 29 (26?) when he died on 3 August 1917, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium.

Born and enlisting in Dover, and in 1911 a butcher's assistant, he was the son of James William and Ellen Phipps, of 49, Military Rd., Dover, formerly 66 Snargate Street, and in 1891 of 10 Seven Star Street, and brother to Frederick, James, and Charles who also died. His enlistment number is sequential with James', suggesting they went together to enlist. Either James or a fifth son Mr and Mrs Phipps had serving had been wounded on 8 July 1917. Of their five sons, only Percy, the youngest, survived.

Phipps, E. W.
Edwin Wilfred Phipps, G/21458, was 19 when he died of wounds on 25 September 1917. He enlisted in Dover and was a Private in the 1st battalion of the Buffs, and was buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, France.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Phipps, of 3, Eastholm Mansions, Highbury Road, Weston-super-Mare, and lived at Maidstone (Soldiers Died says Bexhill-on-Sea). He was born at Maidstone 

FE Phipps gravestone, by Andy and Michelle CooperPhipps, F. E.
Frederick Edward Phipps, L/8713, was 31 when he died from wounds on 5 April 1915 at No 12 General Hospital, Rouen. He enlisted in Canterbury and was a Lance Corporal in the 2nd battalion of The Buffs. Born at St Mary's and living in Dover and in the Royal Army" in 1911, he was the son of James William and Ellen Phipps of 66 Snargate Street, Dover. His brothers Edward, Charles, and James also fell.

He now lies at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen in France. His grave is at the bottom, near left, of this view:

FE Phipps, view of St Sever, by Michelle and Andy Cooper





The words at the bottom of his headstone poignantly read:

Gone but not forgotten
from your loving Father, Mother, and Brother

Of the five brothers only Percival survived. 

Phipps, J. W.
James William Phipps, 32108, was a Private in the 2nd battalion of the Prince of Wales' Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium, having died on 21 August 1918, when he was 35.

He was born and enlisted in Dover and in 1911 was a butcher's assistant. He was a brother of Frederick, Charles, and Edward, who also died, and they were sons of James William and Ellen Phipps, of 49, Military Rd., Dover.

Phipps, W. R.
William Roach Phipps, T4/059124, enlisted in Dover and was a Driver in the 276th Horse Transport Company of the Army Service Corps. He was buried at sea after dying of enteric on 27 March 1915. He is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Egypt

He was 30 and was born and lived in Dover. He was the son of Mrs Sarah Phipps, of  31, Tower Hamlets Rd., Dover.

Piddington, W. T.
William Thomas Piddington, CH/812, was a Serjeant at the Royal Marines Depot at Deal, in the Light Infantry. He died on 5 February 1915, when he was 54. He is buried at St James cemetery in Dover, United Kingdom.

His parents were William and Susannah Piddington, and his father was a teacher of music, born at Woolwich, as was William himself. In 1881 he was living at the Royal Marine Barracks at Chatham, aged 20, in a unit led by Private Richard Drew. There were 25 to the unit, ranging from a lad of 14 who was a drummer, to a 37-year-old sergeant. By 1901 he was living in Deal, had married Mary, also from Woolwich, and had a daughter, Marjorie, who was born at Deal and was then 8 years old. He served for 30 years and six months in the Royal Marines, as a bandmaster, and was in the Militia staff at Dover, and had gained a distinguished conduct medal. He had also been an instructor of music to the Gordon Boys' orphanage.*

William was a Freemason, and from Lord Warden Lodge no 1096 he joined Military Jubilee Lodge 2195 on 28 September 1899. He was secretary there between 1899 - 1900, and 1902 -1905,and became senior warden in 1901. He left that Lodge on 22nd August 1906.

He had been out of the service for 12 years, but was called up as a Naval Pensioner when the Great War began. By then living at 26 Marine Parade in Dover, he underwent an operation at the end of January 1915, at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. This was deemed a success, and there was every hope of his early recovery. However, he relapsed, and passed away at 2.15am on 5 of February.

There were many expressions of sympathy and regret when he died. His coffin,  inscribed with the words "William Thomas Piddington, died 5th February 1915, aged 54 years",  and draped with the Union Flag, was carried to the cemetery by four of his colleagues. There, with the Reverend T. B. Watkins officiating, as he had at St James' church beforehand, the coffin was lowered into a grave lined with yew sprigs.

ever loving memory of
William Thomas Piddington
who passed peacefully away
on Feb 5th 1915
aged 54 years
To live in the hearts of those we love
is not to die

Also of
Marion Piddington
widow of the above
who died October 4th 1936
aged 70 years
Peace, Perfect Peace

Many people attended, including Mr R J Wells and Mr T Francis from the Military Jubilee Lodge, and there were numerous floral tributes. Those from his immediate family read:

"To my dear one, with everlasting love until we meet, from his loving Wife"
"With our very best love to our darling dad, from Hilda and Frank and little Frankie"
"With fondest love to our darling dad, from his sorrowing daughter Marjorie and Bob"
"With fond love to one of the best of fathers, from his sorrowing daughter and son-in-law, Ethel, Cecil, and baby Eileen"
"With loving sympathy from his sister" (Mrs Cooper)

There were many others, including one from the Golden Cross Self-Help club at St James Street, from the Band of the Royal Marines at Deal, from friends at Deal and Walmer, and from the Sergeants' Mess at Deal. The Lodge made grants to the family after William's death, while Mary's address became Richmond House, Marine parade.

The next year, 1916, "In Memoriam" notices were posted:

In memoriam notice, from Mrs Piddington, courtesy Dover Express In Memoriam from r Piddington's daughters, courtesy Dover Express

Later that year, in May, Marjorie married Bob (Robert Baxter) at St Mary's church. Rev Watkins again officiated. By 1924 Mrs Piddington was living at 8 Cambridge Terrace' she confirmed her husband satisfed one of the conditions for inclusion on the Memorial as he had been in receipt of a war pension

* All inmates of the Gordon Boys' Orphanage in St James Street were dispersed in the early part of WWII, and the orphanage itself was destroyed by enemy action during that war. The Gordon Boys never returned.

Note: On census night 1901 Marjorie was in a children's ward at the fever hospital, Edred Road. Frank Foster was there at the same time.

ACH Pierce, headstone, by Simon ChambersPierce, A. C. H.
Alfred C. H. Pierce, 9284, served as a Private in AA company of the 1st battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was 28 when he died on 5th October 1917. He is buried at Buckland cemetery, Dover in the United Kingdom. at the foot of his headstone are the words, "Thy Will be Done".

Born in Dover, he was the son of the late Eliza Betsey Pierce and of Alfred James Pierce, from 1 Edgar Crescent, Dover, brother to Samuel, below, and brother-in-law to James Belcher. Hilda, sister to Samuel and Alfred, and also at 1 Edgar Crescent, asked for all three named to be commemorated on the Town Memorial.


A E Pierce, courtesy Dover ExpressPeirce, A. E.
Arthur Edmund Peirce, T/3190, joined in Dover the 4th Buffs as a Private, and was attached to the 2.4th Royal West Kent Regiment. He was sent to the Dardanelles, and he died from bronchial pneumonia at the General Hospital, Alexandria, on 19th December 1915, when he was 29. He is buried at the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

His parents were William and Annie Peirce, from Brook Villa, River, Dover. He lived in River.

(on the memorial Private Peirce's name is listed under Pierces)

Pierce, S.
Samuel Pierce, 9810, enlisted in Canterbury and was a Private in the 2nd battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He died on 26th August 1915, when he was 24, in Mesopotamia. He is buried in the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq.

Born in Dover, he was the son of the late Alfred James Pierce, from 1 Edgar Crescent, Dover, brother to Alfred, above, and brother-in-law to James Belcher.

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