World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
(Surnames P (part 2 of 2, Pigg to
end) are here)
Packer, B. C.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Palmer, 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
Born in Alkham, Dover, he enlisted and lived in Dover.
He was the brother of Stephen Palmer, below, and cousin of
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
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
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
In memoriam 30 August 1917
Palmer, S. J. A.
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.
picture illustrates a story from the Dover Express in
1915. It reads:
Private S J A Palmer
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
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,
nephew remembers the tin being on display for many years
are the other two pictures con-tained in the uniform
button brooch, men-tioned above. They are believed to be
those of Stephen Palmer.
with thanks to
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Parsons, R. S.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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
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
was 19 when he died
on 11 July 1916, and he is
commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
the brother? of May McCarthy (fomerly Petticrew), from 2
Chapel Court, Snargate Street, Dover, Kent.
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
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
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.
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
grave by Jean Marsh
||No easy hopes of lies
Shall bring us to our goal,
But iron sacrifice
Of body, will,
There's but one task for all,
For each one life to give;
Who stands if freedom falls?
Who dies if England lives?
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.
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,
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
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:
The words at the bottom
of his headstone poignantly read:
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
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
Tower Hamlets Rd., Dover.
Piddington, W. T.
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
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
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:
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
"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:
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
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.
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".
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.
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,
parents were William and Annie Peirce, from Brook Villa,
River, Dover. He lived in River.
memorial Private Peirce's name is listed under Pierces)
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
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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