World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
Surnames P (part 2
(Surnames P (part 1 of 2, P to Pie) are here)
Henry William Piggott, G5853, was a Lance
Corporal in D company of the 1st battalion of the Buffs.
He was killed in action on 19th April 1916, when he was
23, and is buried at La Brique Military Cemetery in
Born in Winchelsea, Sussex, he enlisted and lived in
Dover. He was the eldest son of the late Mr Joseph
Piggott and Mrs S Piggott, 13 Wyndham Road, Dover, and
later of 11 Ladywell Place, Dover.
|Cross to Harry Piggott -he is given the rank
||Fragment of mourning card; he is
described as the "eldest and dearly beloved
son". The first verse is "through shot and
through shell", but the second couplet is
brothers were Joe, George, and Reg, and his sisters,
Alice and Nell. George, pictured right, was
custodian at Dover Castle for many years while his wife
Mabel ran the shop. They lived in Peverell's Tower.
with thanks to Nicky McCann
Charles Pilcher. There was a Charles Pilcher,
aged 12, in the 1901 census, living at 4 Catherine
Place. He was born at River and was the son of John and
Elizabeth Pilcher. His sister, Emily, was married in
1912 to Albert Dearlove
Pilcher, G. H.
George Henry Pilcher, G/861, was born around
1892, the son of Jesse Pilcher and his wife Emily Alice,
formerly Jay. The couple had married in 1884. In 1901
the family were living at River Street, River, with Mr
Pilcher working as a papermaker. There were then six
children living at home; Elizabeth, Herbert, George,
Nellie, Ernest and Flora. The family were born locally;
Mr and Mrs Pilcher and Elizabeth at Ewell, and the other
children at River.
By 1911 the family had moved to 5 Dublin Cottages,
River, and George was working at the nearby papermill,
while Mr Pilcher had taken a job as a water worker. They
had been joined by another daughter, Beaty, though four
of their twelve children had died. Later Mr Pilcher
lived at 77 Snargate Street.
George enlisted in Dover to become a Private in
the 1st battalion of The Buffs. He died in action on 8
May 1917, and is buried at the Philosophe British
Cemetery, Mazingarbe in France.
The headstone on the left is at SS Peter and Paul,
River. It reads:
In Loving Memory of
Our Beloved One,
Herbert John Pilcher,
who passed away February 26th 1909
long and painful Illness
Aged 19 years. Also in
Loving Memory of George Henry Pilcher, Brother of the
above who was Killed in Action May 8th 1917 Aged 25
years. Also in Loving Memory of
Albert Edward Curtis
Action June 17th 1917 whilst serving on HMS Tartar Aged
23 years. Also Alice Emily beloved Wife of Jesse Pilcher
and Mother of the above Who died January (illeg)
Aged 64 Years. (The date of her death was January
31st 1929; Mrs Pilcher passed away "after much
suffering, patiently borne".)
gravestone and transcription Joyce
Pink, D. S.
Donald Stuart Pink, G7000, was an acting
Corporal (Company Range Taker) in the 10th battalion of
the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). He had been
educated at St Martin's School, and had for some years
before enlisting worked as a clerk at Mowll and Mowll,
solicitors. He had been in the regiment for a year, but
had been abroad for only a few weeks when he died from
wounds on 6th (2nd?) June 1916. A nursing sister at the
casualty clearing station wrote to his father, "he was
admitted suffering from bullet wounds in the mouth and
some injury to the spine. He was deeply unconscious and
remained so, passing away at 11pm the same day."
He was 20, and is buried at the
Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord in France.
He had been born in Ayr in Scotland,
but enlisted and lived in Dover. His parents were Ernest
and Edith Morrison Pink, from 26 Fisher Street,
Maidstone, formerly of Westgate, and previously of St
Martin's Place, Dover. They had previously lost another
son, a clerk in the Land Valuation Office at Dover, who
had been accidentally drowned while bathing off
Shakespeare Beach in 1914.
Piper, T. W. H.
Thomas William Harvey Piper, 01-384
(91-0384), was a Gunner in the Territorial Royal Field
Artillery, serving in the 222nd Brigade. He was 24 when
he died on 5th September 1917, and is commemorated on
the Basra Memorial in Iraq.
He was the son of William and Mary
Ann Piper, from 63 North Road, Hythe, Kent. He was born
and enlisted in Dover.
Podevin, G. S.
George Sibbit Podevin was a temporary Captain
(from 8th August 1914), attached to a Nigeria Regiment,
according to one source, and according to another
source, he had served in the South African Constabulary
at the beginning of the 20th century. As a retired
Captain (he relinquished his commission on 22 September
1915), he was a Political Officer in Bamenda, Cameroons.
He was formerly Special List.
He died on 2nd December 1918 from
pneumonia, following influenza. Baptised at St
James on 16th February 1878, he was the "beloved and
only surviving son" of the late Joseph George Podevin
and Mrs Catherine Podevin (nee Irons), of 16
(alternatively, 8) Pembridge Square, London, formerly of
Joseph Podevin was given as "gent" in
the baptismal entry, and on the date of his marriage at
St James, 24th March 1877, was the Secretary of the
Yacht Club, son of Joseph Jackson Podevin, a hotel
keeper. His wife was the daughter of Richard Irons,
|In Loving Memory of|
Joseph George Podevin
Born 13th August 1851. Died 7th May 1909
|Also of his son
Richard Irons Podevin
who died Johannesburg, South Africa
15th day of November 1909
aged 30 years
"When the summons came, the spirit returns
to God who gave it"
George Sibbit Podevin
Beloved son of the late J G Podevin
Assistant District Commissioner and Political
Officer at Bamenda, Cameroons
who died there on 2nd December 1918
with thanks to Joyce Banks
with thanks to Dave Dixon (for more information on the
family tree, see
with thanks to Neil Clark
Albert Goddard Port died as a Merchant Naval
man, working for the SECR, when the SS Achille Adam was
lost on 24th March 1917. He was 29, and is commemorated
on the Tower Hill Memorial in London, United Kingdom
He was born at Dover and was the son of the late
William and Sarah Port.
The scroll reads: this scroll is written to honour that
great company of our men who though trained only to the
peaceful traffic of the sea, yet in the your of national
danger their themselves with the ancient skill and
endurance of their breed to face new perils and new
cruelties of war and in a right cause served fearlessly
to the end and this is written further to ensure that
among the rest shall be ever freshly remembered the name
and service of Albert Goddard Port.
scroll and plaque by very kind courtesy
of Roy and Sue Harwood
Charles William Port, L 7851, had eight years
military service, and was called up on 4th August 1914
from his occupation as an SECR Marine Porter. He served
in the 1st battalion of the Buffs, where he was promoted
to the rank of serjeant for gallantry on the field and
gained the Military Medal.
He was 34 when he died of wounds on
8th July (June?) 1916, and is buried at Bethune Town
Cemetery in France.
He was born and enlisted in Dover,
and lived at Tower Hamlets, there. His wife was A S
Port, from 63 Penfold Road, Folkestone. His father and
brothers are pictured below.
Father Albert Port, employed
by the SECR.
Albert Port, Seaman Gunner.
He had ten years service, and had been active in
the Sulva Bay landing and in Dardanelles
P Port, Able Seaman, serving on HM patrol vessel
E Port, Private in the
Machine Gun Corps, and formerly in the Buffs. He
went out with the first expeditionary force, and
had only ten days leave in nearly three years,
Pott, D. R. B.
Richard Barwick Pott, 910798 (910978) , on the right of
the picture, was a Shoeing Smith in the Territorial
Royal Field Artillery, 102nd battery. He had been
employed by the Post Office before enlisting, and had
served in the Royal Navy. He died on 19th October 1918,
when he was 23, is buried at the Quetta Government
Cemetery, and is commemorated on the Delhi Memorial
(India Gate) in India.
He enlisted and lived in Dover, and
was said to have been one of a large family, which
included his sister, Emily, and his brother Robert, on
the left in the picture. Robert serving in the 2/3rd Kent RFA, had
previously worked at Tilmanstone Colliery.
parents were Daniel and Emma Pott, née Barwick, of 80 Glenfield Road,
Dover. Daniel senior, seated in the picture above, had
moved to Dover with one of his brothers from the Isle of
Sheppey, where he was born. He had served in the South
African War, and was serving during the Great War as a
Private aboard the hospital ship Dieppe. He also had
worked at the Post Office.
"Ever in our thoughts" - from Mum, Dad, Brothers and
Sisters - 1943
with thanks to Christine Hodgson
Note: Mrs Emma Pott died on 2 November
Potter, E. E.
Edward Ernest Potter. One such is noted in
civil records as having been born in Dover in 1887.
CWGC and SD refer to Ernest Edward
Potter, 9170, who was a Serjeant in the 8th battalion of
the Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of
Albany's). He died in action on 8th April 1917, and is
buried at the Faubourg D'Amiens cemetery in France. He was born in Hougham and enlisted
Potter, M. W.
Maurice William Potter, K33152 (K387S2), was
a first class Stoker aboard the HMS Bacchante,
land-based with the HMS Pembroke. He died
while home on leave from bronchitis and pneumonia
following influenza on 8 March 1919. He was 28.
His parents were John Henry
Fanny Lavinia née Mills, of 8 Marine Parade, later 4 Marine Place, Dover.
Fanny was the sister of Robert
George Mills and the aunt of
David Thomas William
Reynolds. In 1911 the family were living at 7
Bowling Green Terrace, with Mr Mills working as a
labourer in the Government Dockyard and Maurice, then
20, working as a labourer for a haulage contractor.
William, the younger son, was then aged 4. In 1901, when
the family was living at 13 Hartley Street, a daughter
Annie, aged 11, was with them.
In 1913 Maurice married Annie Bryant.
The couple had a daughter, Doris, in 1915.
Maurice was buried at St James on
Thursday 13 March, attended by many members of his
family, and by four representatives of the RAOB, of
which he was a member.
The CWGC gravestone in the picture,
at the front of the grave, is dedicated to Maurice. The inscription on the large stone at
the back reads:
|In Loving Memory
Maurice William Potter
died 8th March
aged 28 years
also William Alfred Potter
brother of the
died 31st October 1936
also John Henry Potter
Father of the
died 7th September 1947
also his wife
Fanny L. Potter
aged 72 years
|also Thomas Graham
died 16th June 1927 aged 37 years
died 18th July 1931 aged 13 years
died 27th September 1933,
aged 18 Years
also Maurice Gilbert Graham
son of the
who passed away 27th April 1939
aged 26 years
1925 - In ever loving memory of
our dear son and brother Maurice W Potter (Bingo)
who died March 8th 1919. The flowers we lay upon his
grave May wither and decay. But our love for him who
sleeps beneath Will never fade away. From Mum, Dad,
Bill, his only sister, and Tom. Also Annie E Potter,
wife of the above, who died June 2nd 1920. "At
Rest". They miss her most who loved her best. From
her little daughter Doris (Chatham).
1937 - In loving memory of our dear son, Maurice W.
Potter ("Bingo"), 1st Class Stoker, HMS Bacchante,
who died 8th March 1919.
You are sleeping with your brother Bill,
The Lord has called him home,
The call will come for me and Dad,
Now we are left alone.
Potter, S. T.
Stephen Thomas Potter was a Stoker in the Royal Navy,
serving with HMS(T) Embra. He was invalided on 17
October 1917 from a Naval hospital. He died on 10 June
1920, aged 39, at his home at 7 Albany Place, Dover,
"after a long and painful illness, patiently borne". .
He was the son of Morris W and Mary A
Potter, and the husband of Hester Priscilla S, née
Crump, whom he had married in 1904. His wife stated he
had been in the Dover Patrol, and had a Mercantile
Marine medal, as well as the British War and Victory
Medals. He also had a silver medal and certificate,
with thanks to Diane Potter
"Until the day breaks"
Powell, R. G.
Robert George Powell, 93463, was a Bombardier
in the Royal Garrison Artillery, serving in the 195th
He was born and enlisted in Dover. He died of wounds on
19th August 1918, and is buried in the Jerusalem War
Cemetery, Israel (left).
Mrs B V Powell of requested that his name should be
placed on the Memorial
photos: with thanks to Edward Sperinck
Prescott. R. H.
H. Prescott, L67920 (L/16720), in civilian life a french
polisher, was an acting Corporal in
the 9th battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London
Regiment). He was formerly 11024 of the 3rd (KO)
Hussars. Born at Charlton, Dover, and living and
enlisting in that town, he was 25 when he died on 7th
July 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial
His parents were the late Police
Constable Richard John and Mary Ann Prescott, who died
in 1912, from 1
Tower Hill, Dover. His brother John served in the Royal
Navy, and had several narrow escapes from torpedoing.
His sister, Lucy Prescott, was living at 24 Westfield
Road, West Ealing, where she was working with her
sister, Winifred, in a munitions factory. Miss Prescott
married later in 1916, becoming Lucy Isabel Watson, living at 66
Gibson Square, London.
The picture above shows Winifred
Prescott marrying Thomas Harman, around October 1916.. Her sister Lucy is at the bottom left,
and her future husband, who served in the Royal
Artillery, is probably the man in military uniform in
the middle row. . .
with thanks to Chris
Note: Richard is cousin to
Joseph Brann, died 1945.
Joseph's mother, Nellie, was cousin to Richard's father..
In the wedding picture Nellie is in the back row, first
from the right. Richard was also first cousin to John
Henry Hayward; his mother, Margaret, and John's mother, Mary, were sisters, daughters of Henry Bartlett
Alfred Priest, 9452, was Rifleman in the 1st
battalion of the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own).
was born in London and enlisted and lived in Dover. He
had been a Goods Foreman on the railway before being
called up on the Reserve, and lived with his wife
Susannah Ethel Priest, at 7, The Grove, Barton Road,
Dover. He left for France on 4th August 1914. On 14th
May 1915 he was having a rest break, and a shell hit the
trench where he had been. Many of his comrades were
hurt, so he went to help save them. He was then hit by a
further shell, and killed outright. His body was never
recovered, and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate
memorial in Belgium.
He never saw his new baby daughter,
who was born after he was posted overseas. Mrs Priest,
his widow, who worked as a machinist at the Dover
Marquee Company, eventually moved to 60 Stanhope Road,
living next door to her son, Alfred, at number 62.
The gravestone, right, is at St
Mary's. The inscription reads:
In Affectionate Remembrance
Dear Father and Mother Alfred
Priest Who died August 8th 1905 Aged 52 years.
Also of Ellen Ann Priest Who died January 20th
1909 Aged 55 years "Peace Perfect Peace"
my dear Husband Alfred Priest Eldest Son of the
above Who was Killed in Action at Ypres May 14th
1915 Aged 29 years "He Gave His Life For His Country's
information with thanks to John
grave by Jean Marsh, transcription by Joyce Banks
Edward Pullen, B/202213, was a Rifleman in
the 12th battalion of the Rifle Brigade, the Prince
Consort's Own (formerly S/2/SR/03984 Royal ASC). He died
23rd March 1918, when he was 43, and is commemorated on
the Pozieres Memorial in France.
Born in Dover, his father was
John Pullen, from 12 Sturry Road, Canterbury. He was
married to Ellen Pullen, from 162 Amelia Street,
Walworth Road, London. He lived in Walworth when he
enlisted in London.
Purser, F. C.
Frederick Charles Purser, T/200(0)30, was a
Corporal in the 6th battalion of the Buffs, having
enlisted in Dover and possibly then living at 58
Folkestone Road. He was
killed in action (Soldiers Died states died of wounds) at
Albert on 5th April 1918, when he was 27. He is buried
at the Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension in
France, II J 15
The son of Joseph Purser, from
Bedfordshire, and Sarah, his wife, from Hertfordshire,
Frederick was christened at St Andrew's, Buckland, on 14
September 1889, having been born on 11 August. The
family were then living at 13 Union Road and Mr Purser
was working as a gasman. In 1891 the family were at 6
Road, and at home were sons William then 15, and working
as a farm labourer, and Frederick, and daughters
Elizabeth, 11, Maud, 6, and Emily, 4. In 1901 the family
had been joined by another daughter, Winifred, then 6.
Mrs Purser died early in 1907, and Mr Purser in 1910.
In 1911 he was living with his sister Emily and her
husband Reuben Marchington at 24 Pretoria Terrace,
Dover, working as a coal porter at the Gas Works. Emily
and Reuben had married on Christmas Day 1907 at St
Bartholomew's, Charlton, and by 1911 they had one little
daughter Winifred, then nine months.
In 1912 Frederick married Florence
Hedgecock, and in 1914 they had a son, Frederick
Surnames B (part 1 of 2 -
to Pie) are here