World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
Surnames S (part 1
(Surnames S (part 2 of 2, She
to Sp) are here, Surnames S (part
3 of 3, Sq to
end) are here)
Frank Sabey, 3940, was a Private in the
1st/14th battalion of the London Regiment (London
Scottish). Before enlisting voluntarily in November 1914
at their Regimental Headquarters in Buckingham Palace
Road, Westminster (paying £1 annual subscription fee), he had lived in
Dover and worked for many years
as a valued employee of E G Bockham of Worthington
Street, where he had been in charge of the grinding
department. He was the son of Mrs Ellen Sabey and her
husband Branch, a labourer, of 8 Devonshire
Road, Dover. In 1911 he was living there with his
parents and his sisters Margaret and Susie, and his
brother Walter. He was then working as an errand boy in
the skating rink.
assigned to the 2nd Battalion for training. In 1915 he
was transferred to France with a reinforcement draft,
joining the 1st Battalion. He was killed in action
at the Battle of Loos on 25 (or 23) September 1915, and is commemorated on
the Loos memorial in France.
with thanks to Ajax Bardrick
Sait, A. G. R.
Albert Gordon Reid Sait,
9218, was a Lance Corporal in the 2nd battalion of the
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was 27 when he was
killed in action on 28th August 1918. He is buried at
Reningholst New Military Cemetery, Belgium.
born in Kingston upon Thames and enlisted in Canterbury,
but lived in Dover. In 1911 he was serving with 2nd
Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, in
Ceylon and India. He was
the son of Mr Thomas and Mrs Susannah Sait, of 90 Clarendon Place,
Dover, and they had four sons serving.
Mr Thomas Sait. He was the father
of the four soldiers below. He had himself
served for 21 years in the East Surrey Regiment
Charles Sait. He was wounded three
times. In August 1918 he was awaiting his
discharge in France, having undergone an
operation to amputate his left leg.
Albert Sait. It is uncertain
whether this is the A G R Sait who lost his life,
as in early August 1918 the man in the picture
was recorded as a Private serving in Palestine
(having previously served in South Africa).
Frank Sait in August 1918 was
serving in France.
Thomas Sait was wounded three
times in France, and in August 1918 was sent
home for 10 days leave
In 1891 Thomas and Susannah Sait and
their son Frederick, born 1887, were living at the
Barracks for 31 regiment in Kingston-upon-Thams. Thomas
was then a Private in the East Surreys. Mrs Sait and
Frederick were born in Dover, Mr Sait at Kingston in
Surrey. By 1901 Mr Sait had left the army and was
working as a general labourer. They were living at 135
Clarendon Place, Dover, and had seven more children:
Albert, born at Kingston in 1892, Ethel Maud born in
1894 at Ditton, and, all born in Dover, Charles
(registered as George?) Henry and Thomas David, born
1896 and possibly twins, Annie Violet, born 1897, Frank
William, born 1899, and Ellen, born 1901.
By 1904, according the Frederick's
attestation, the family had moved to 126 Clarendon
Place, Dover, with Thomas being an army pensioner and
dock labourer. Two more daughters were born; Daisy Jane,
in 1903, and Lillian Frances, in 1906. Frederick was
serving as a Private, 8048, in the 1st Royal Sussex,
having enlisted on 4 October 1904 at Canterbury. Very
unfortunately Frederick died on 2 November 1912 at
the age of 25, after being run over by a SECR train at
the Priory Station on 28 October 1912.
On 24 August 1914, Thomas Sait enlisted in the Buffs as
Private 10328. He also served in the Labour Corps as
662702. He had been working as a packer, and is recorded
as having a mole on his left cheek. At this time the
family were living at 90 Clarendon Place. He was
discharged on 14 March 1919 and had suffered a number of
gunshot wounds to his left elbow and hand and right leg
on 24 October 1917. He was entitled to wear three "wound
thanks to Joyce Banks
Note: Near the Old
Lord Warden House by the end of the Admiralty Pier was a
railway crossing. Forty years later Maggie S-K's uncle
recalls that it was known to him and his fellow railway
workers as "Peggy Sait's Crossing", after the man who
ran it. "Peggy" was nicknamed thus as he had only
one leg. Further information from Jacky Hartley is that
he lived in Clarendon behind the Engineer pub. He always had a bag of sweets that he would
offer to Maggie's cousin. Could Peggy have been C. Sait
(above), who was wounded in the Great War?
Cecil David John Sambrook, C/4519, was a
Private in the King's Royal Rifles. He was born in 1884
in Dover, the son of Elizabeth Sambrook, née Drake, and
her husband John, who had died in 1907.
Cecil had a dark complexion, brown hair, and
hazel eyes. He was five feet seven inches tall, and had
a scar on his right back and a mole on his right nose
and cheek. In 1901 he was working as an assistant store
keeper, and later as a fireman at the docks. In 1911 he
was working as a seaman on an Admiralty dredger, and
living at home with his mother, his brother Charles, and
his sister Mary.
His character during his military service was given as
very good: sober, honest, and steady. He was
invalided out on 22nd September 1916 as permanently
disabled; he was totally incapacitated at the time. He
received an army pension of 20/- from that time for an
initial period of six months.
On 27th May 1917 at the Pier Cottage, Strond Street, Dover,
he was said to have died from the effects of gas poisoning at the Battle
of Ypres, 19th May 1916, aged 32 years. He had developed
nephritis in May 1916, owing to exposure and infection,
and returned to England in June. He was discharged as
permanently unfit for war service in September 1916; his
death certificate states that he died from septicaemia.
He was buried at St Mary's, grave NH6, on 31May 1917.
further information with thanks to Neil
January 2009 - we have heard that Cecil Sambrook is now
to be recorded by the CWGC. Well done, Kent Fallen!
Albert Henry Samways,
K/15010, was 26 when he died on 31st May 1916. He was a
first class Stoker in the Royal Navy, and had served
from the beginning of the war. He had seen action in the
Battle of the Falklands. He lost his life on the
HMS Invincible, during the first general and only major
naval engagement to take place in the North Sea during
the War, the Battle of Jutland. The British Fleet had
encountered the enemy fleet off the west coast of
Denmark. The Invincible was the flag ship of Rear
Admiral Hood, who, during the earlier part of the war,
had commanded the Dover Patrol. Only six from a crew of
over a thousand survived when the Invincible was hit by
the Lützow and exploded. Albert is commemorated
on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom.
Born on 18 March 1890, he was the son of Mr and Mrs Samways
of Wareham, Dorset. In 1901 he was living at 74 Church
Street, Wareham, Dorset, with his mother Harriett, who
remarried in 1897 to become Mrs Long, his sister Maud,
9, and his half-sister Catherine Long, 8 months.
He was the husband of Alice Sarah Stockley,
formerly Samways, and née Gatehouse. They had been
married just a year. She lived with her parents at 13
Albany Place, Dover, and later at 67 Bulwark Street,
Dover, and was aunt to
John Bones. Mrs
Samways remarried in 1917 to Frederick Stockley.
Sandham, L. H.
Henry Sandham, L10590, was a Lance Corporal in C Company
of the 2nd battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He
was killed in action at Givenchy on 25 September 1915,
aged 25 (CWGC states 31), in an
attempt to break the enemy line south of La Bassée
Canal. His battalion was re-armed and moved forward on
24 September, spending the night in trenches and dugouts
before the assault began with gas and smoke candles at
04.30 on 25 September.
At about 09.40 Leicester's company advanced under
Captain Giffey, with orders from the Highland Light
Infantry. The advance reached the enemy second line, but
owing to defective bombs had to retreat back to their
trenches. Two men were killed, five wounded; there was
no gain as the situation was said to have been the same
as before the attack. The diary concludes "the battalion
settled down in the trenches and dugouts for the rest of
the night. It was a wet miserable night".
originally came from Portsmouth, where he enlisted,
having been born in Portsea, Hampshire. He was the son
of George Henry Sandham, born in Jersey, and his wife
Elizabeth. In 1891 the family were living at 27 Pitcroft
Road, Portsea, with Mr Sandham working as a Chief Petty
Officer, 1st Class. At home with them then were Lester,
born 1 April 1890 according to his christening record, and his elder sister Edith Elizabeth,
born about 1885. Also there was Eliza Payne, 13,
probably the sister of Mrs Sandham.
In 1901 the family
were at 12 Glidden Road or Street, Landport, and Mr
Sandham had become a labourer. More children had been
born to the family; Gertrude Ethel on 23 March 1892, and
Leonard George on 12 December 1892, who were christened
with Lester at St George's, Portsea, on 20 July 1899.
On 3 August 1907, Edith would marry William Ward a coal
merchant at that church. Vera Robina was born in 1900, marrying Clarence Sillett
in 1919. The couple had lost another two children.
Leicester was described as having dark brown hair and grey
eyes, and being 5 feet 3½ inches tall when he joined the
Royal Navy as 234839, with a birth date a year earlier
of 1 April 1889. He seemingly was to sign up for 12
years on 1 April 1907; however, having served as a Boy
from 11 September 1905 he was discharged with a very
good character but with his service no longer required
on 18 October 1906.
He then enlisted into the army at Portsmouth, and in
1909, when he married Ellen ("Nellie") Marsh, born 9
August 1892, from Templar Street, Dover, his occupation
was as a soldier. In 1911 he was stationed at Dover
Castle, a tailor and a Private, but the couple were also
lodging at Alexandra Cottage, Alexandra Place, Dover.
Sadly, they had lost their first born child.
Leicester left the army, and had been working just three
months for the Dover Postal Service when he was called
up on the outbreak of the Great War. The couple had a
daughter, Vera Mildred, born in 1913 in Wiltshire. Mrs
Sandham was living at 18 Pioneer Road when her husband
died; later moving to 21 Kitchener Road. In 1939 she was
living at 60 Folkestone Road, which let furnished rooms,
the address from which Vera married Cyril Norman Gardner
of Deal on 9 September at Christchurch, Dover.
William was buried at the Guards' Cemetery,
Windy Corner, Cuinchy, France, III A 1A. On his
headstone are the letters, "RIP". For many years Mrs Sandham laid on Armistice Day a
wreath from herself and their daughter at the Town
Memorial . Her parents-in-law placed In Memoriam notices
in their local Portsmouth paper:
Their bodies borne to heros'
And their names on honour's role
to Leicester and to his brother Leonard, who had been
killed serving as 10831, a drummer, in the 3rd
Worcestershires on 13 October 1914. He is buried
in the Brown's Road Military Cemetery, Festubert,
France, IV F 6. Both brothers are also commemorated in
the nominal roll cabinet at Worcester Cathedral.
The other person killed with Leister was
probably William Harbord, 10177, from Birmingham, the
adjacent 2nd Worcestershire name on the grave
registration document. He was born in 1888 at St
Pancras, the son of pipecase maker Alfred Harbord and
his wife Sarah.
war diary by courtesy David Sweeney
James Alexander George Sarsons, 39763, was
a Private in the 124th company, Machine Gun Corps
(Infantry) (formerly 5474 of the Dragoon Guards), as
which he is recorded in the 1901
census at the age of 16. He died when he was 34, on 25th
September 1917, and was buried at Westouter
He was born in London
(St Andrews, Middlesex,), the son of Mrs Helen Sarsons,
and enlisted in Aldershot. He lived in Dover.
Saunders, F/10461, was a first class Air Mechanic, with
the HMS City of Oxford. He was 22 when he died on 12 April 1916, from pneumonia following an
operation at the Marine Infirmary, Deal.
19 December 1893 in Dover, he was the third son of
Mr John Baker Saunders, a dealer in the boot trade, and
Mrs Alice Saunders (née Danson) of 284 London Road, Dover
(pictured), and a bellringer. In 1901 the family were
living at 4 Cowgate Hill, Dover, where Mr Saunders was
working as a bootmaker. George's eldest brother, Alfred,
19, was a newspaper reporter, while his next brother,
Herbert, was 14 and working as a clerk. They had a
younger sister, Clara Alice, 6. In 1911 the family had
moved to 284 London Road, where George was working as a
clerk for an Auctioneers and Estate Agents. Herbert was clerking for a
continental parcels agency.
In a service with full military and
naval honours conducted by Rev S. Richards,
George Saunders was laid to
rest at St Mary's Cemetery, Dover. Six of his comrades
carried his coffin, and very many of his old Corps
attended, along with many of his family. His father was
unfortunately ill himself, and unable to attend.
The grave was heaped with flowers, including a large one
of the emblem of the Royal Naval Air Service in crimson,
white and blue flowers, and one "from his sorrowing
The words on the gravestone read:
(Our Dear Son)
George Saunders A.M.I.
15 Squadron R.H.A.S. H.M.S. City of Oxford
Died April 12th 1916
Aged 22 years
"At Duty's Call"
|Also of Alice Saunders
Mother of the Above
Died 16th September 1924
Aged 67 years
John Baker Saunders
Husband and Father of the Above
Died 12th December 1937
Aged 79 years
Thanks to George more were introduced to the exercise of
change ringing. He lived only three doors from George
Godfrey, who moved to London Road when he was about 16.
They became great friends and used to visit each other
rather perilously by means of a wide parapet/rainwater
gulley connecting the houses. George Saunders introduced
George Godfrey and his brother to bellringing, and now
George's son Mike is a keen bellringer. On 12 April 2016 Mike
conducted a quarter peal on half-muffled bells of
Grandsire Triples, 1260 changes, at St Mary's marking the
centenary of George Saunders' death.
Herbert, George Saunders' brother, was also a ringer and
continued ringing until about 1960. Taking bell 6, he
was one of the band who rang a peal of Grandsire Triples
(5040 changes) on 14 May 1919 for the arrival of the
body of Edith Cavell in Dover.
This casualty might also be George
Saunders, 562, was a Private in the 2nd battalion of the
Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was born in Dover and
lived in Dover, but enlisted in Deal. He died in action
on 19 December 1914 and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.
Bellringing link from research by Hazel Basford, Kent County
Association of Change Ringers
Biographical notes by courtesy of Peter Dale
Gravestone image by Jean Marsh
Note: 4 Cowgate Hill was also the home in
1916 of civilian casualty
Boorman and of Albert
Willson in 1911
John Baker Saunders, 3/4657, was a Private in the 1st
battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment. He was reported missing at La Bassée on 8 May 1915, and later as having died. He is commemorated on
Gate memorial in Belgium, panel 36 and 55.
His parents were Mr and Mrs James Hudson Saunders, who
had married on 19 September 1886 at St Mary's, Dover. In
1891 Mr Saunders was a leather merchant's assistant, and
he and his wife Fanny, a dressmaker, were living at
7 Albany Place with John, born on 27 June 1887 and
christened on 18 September at St Mary's, and their daughter Emma
Naomi, born on 4 January 1889 and christened on 24
February at St Mary's. Also there was Sarah Middleton Field,
Fanny's mother, aged 60 and working as a dressmaker. All
the family were born in Dover; John had been named after
his grandfather, also John Baker Saunders. Sadly, a
second son, Samuel James, born on 12 February 1890 and
christened on 23 March, had died when he was eight
son was born on 24 October 1892, Thomas Frith. He was
christened on 27 November. On 9 June 1893 Mr Saunders
died at 2 Albany Place at the age of
35. In October 1895, aged 64, Mrs Field died. Mrs Saunders continued dressmaking, and by 1901 was living at St
George's Cottages, 27 Caroline Place, Dover. On 12 July
that year John enlisted into the York and Lancaster
Regiment, aged just 14 and just 4' 9⅜" tall. He
had hazel eyes and brown hair, with the mark of a mole
in his left armpit. On 28 October 1902 he went to India
where he remained until the end of his engagement.
On 17 September 1901 and 2
March 1904 John received 2nd class certificates in
became a bandsman on several occasions, and a drummer,
but each time at his own request, he reverted either to
a Boy or a Private, which rank he attained when he was
18, or Lance Corporal. He had become an unpaid Lance
Corporal on 20 April 1909 and a paid one on 23 February
1911. In 1911 census, however, he recorded as a Private
in Karachi. Meanwhile his mother had moved to 4 Church
Court, Dover, and only Emma, then a general servant, was
at home with her. Thomas was working as an hotel kitchen
porter at the Royal Norfolk Hotel, High Street, Sandgate.
In 1912 Emma married William Bishop in Dover.
On 11 October 1913 John was
recorded as a "useful 1st clarinet player with years of
military band experience as such". On 13 November 1913 John
was discharged after 12 years of service; his mother,
then living at 15 Peter Street, Dover, had written on 17
June that year enquiring about his whereabouts.
John rejoined the colours
on 30 October 1914. He had grown to 5'9", and is
recorded as having several bad teeth. He went to France
on 18 March 1915, losing his life under two months
later. His brother Thomas served in Mesopotamia.
John's effects were
sent back to his
mother. By 1916 the family had moved to Cheriton, 217
High Street. Mrs Saunders died there on 7 July 1923. She
was buried at Cowgate cemetery, Dover, with her husband.
Emma and her husband continued to live at no 217 until
it was bombed in the Second World War; they then moved
to the nearby Richmond Street. Emma's daughter moved back to Dover after her
marriage, living at Oswald Road.
picture are, top, John and his brother Tom, and in front
of Tom their sister Emma. seated next to their mother,
the distinction of being twice named on the Town
Memorial - see also
with thanks to
Saunders, L. T.
Leonard Theodore Saunders,
495345, was in the 4th Mobile Dental Unit of the Royal
Army Medical Corps. He was admitted to 62 Casualty
Clearing Station on 24 November 1918 with influenza, and
died from pneumonia on 12 December. He was 22. He is buried at Kortrijk
(St Jan) Cemetery, Belgium, B2. There was a possibility
he might have "May he rest in peace" engraved on his
15 September 1896 in his father's birthplace of Dinton,
Buckinghamshire, he was the son of Alfred
and Ann Sarah Saunders. He was christened on 24 August
1899 at Holy Trinity, Dover, when the family were at 2
Finnis Square, Finnis Hill. In 1901 the family were
living at 4 Perseverance Cottages, Union Road, with Mr
Saunders working as a labourer at the marine depot for
the SECR. A daughter, Eva Dorothy Ellen, was born on 15
September 1903, and christened privately at Buckland on
23 October 1903. She died at the age of two months and
was buried on 5 December.
By 1911 the family were
living at 9 Jubilee Cottages, Primrose Road, and Leonard
had become a dental apprentice. His father was a boiler
maker's assistant at the Packet Yard. On 6 September
1912 Ada Ivy Kate was born, and christened on 5 October.
The family's address was later 35 Primrose Road,
Buckland, Dover. Leonard probably enlisted on 14
William Charles Richard Saunders,
G/5180, was employed by Messrs Lukey and Son, at Bench
Street, Dover, before becoming a Private in the 8th
battalion of The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). He was 23
when he was reported wounded and missing on 26th
September 1915, and later was reported as killed. He is
commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.
born, enlisted, and lived in Dover, and was the eldest son of
Mr William Saunders, who later died, and his wife Eliza.
William the younger had been married only five months to
Miss Rose Clark, who was a twin daughter of Mr and the
late Mrs J Clark of Dover. She later remarried and moved
to 17 Woodstock Road, Bedford Park, Chiswick, London.
Frederick William Savage, G/75552, was a
Private in the 6th battalion of the Buffs. He was
reported missing on 18 March 1916, and his date of
death is given as 19 March. He is commemorated on the
Loos memorial in France.
Frederick was born at Temple Ewell, enlisted in Dover,
and lived at River. He worked at Crabble Mills before the outbreak of
the war, and had three other brothers also serving:
Private S G Savage, also with the Buffs, but in India,
Gunner A A H Savage, who was in the Royal Garrison
Artillery in Mesopotamia, and Private C W Savage, who
had joined the Dragoon Guards. They were all sons of Mrs
A/Ellen Savage and her husband, Albert Robert Savage, a
gardener, who lived at 4 Dublin
Cottages, River, Dover. In 1911 Frederick was
living there with his parents and his brothers Sidney,
Percy, and Frank, and his sisters, Winnie and A/Ellen
Benjamin Sayer, 228809, who was a chauffeur when he
enlisted. He had already served for three years with the 4th Battalion
of The Buffs and was serving with the 5th RHC. On 18 July 1916 he
became a Private in the 42nd Battalion of the Canadian
Infantry (Quebec Regiment) in Montreal where he was then living at 563 University Street. He
is recorded as being of dark complexion with brown hair and grey eyes
and standing five feet seven-and-a-half inches tall, with a mole on his
He died of wounds on 9
October 1918. He had been on traffic control duty near Quéant and
was severely wounded by enemy shell fire. He was evacuated to No 9
Canadian Field Ambulance where he died owing to a shell wound
penetrating his back. He was Church of England and is buried at Quéant Communal Cemetery, British
Extension, France, D 19.
on 5 November 1890 in London, James appears to have been christened on
19 May 1902 at SS Peter and Paul, River. He was the son of Emma and of Benjamin Sayer.
In 1901 Mr Sayer was a domestic gardener and the family were living at Bushy Ruff Lodge Gate, River,
Dover. James' sister Marguerite, ten years older, was then a dressmaker.
On 17 December 1903, Mr
Sayer was elected to the parish council at River. He
died in Dover on 16 February 1906 at the age of 52, and
is buried at River. By 1911 James, then an engine
fitter, and his widowed mother were living at 6 Dour
Street, his mother's address also when he enlisted in
Mrs Sayer died at 33
Buckland Avenue "after a long and painful illness, patiently borne". The
gravestone above is at St Andrews, Buckland, and the headstone reads:
"In Loving Memory of my dear mother Emma Sayer, Who died 31 March
1921, Aged 68 years. Also of James Benjamin Sayer beloved and only son of
above who died of wounds
received in action 9 October 1918. Aged 28 years. Interred Que
..."(illegible). There is a four-line verse of which
these words from the last two lines can be read:- "? thoughts shall ever
?? Round the spot where they are laid".
photo and transcription, Joyce
Edward Scarlett, 271096, Engine Room
Artificer 1st Class, Royal Navy. He was born in Dover, the eldest son of the late Edward and
Maria Scarlett. His father had been a coachbuilder, and the family
were considered well-known and respected. Edward himself
was said to have a large circle of friends, and his
mother spoke of her "much loved son". He had attended St
Mary's school, and after serving an apprenticeship with
Messrs A and L Thomas at the Dour Iron Foundry, had
entered the Royal Navy. He was also member of the
United Service Lodge.
Edward died in March 1916, aged 33. His submarine, "E24", was completed in January 1916 and was the first
Naval minelayer. Two months later, on 21 March 1916 the "E24" left
Harwich to lay mines at Heligoland Bight. The vessel did not return. In
1973 examination of the hull of the submarine, accidentally salvaged,
suggested that she herself had struck a mine. The submarine was raised
in July 1974 and with it the remains of 25 unidentified sailors. They
are now buried in Hamburg cemetery in Germany.
Edward is commemorated on the Chatham Naval
Memorial, panel 17. He had lived at 14 Cecil Square, Margate, and and it was
his sister Maud, who lived at 42 Liverpool Street,
Dover, who requested that he should be named on the Town
Memorial at Dover.
(We Remember 06)
relative of Edward may have been William Edward Scarlett
(right). He was the eldest son of the late William
Edward Scarlett, a carriage and van builder in Market
Street, Dover. His mother lived at 58 Elms Vale Road,
Dover. He enlisted in November 1914 and became
Mechanical Staff Sergeant in May 1915, appointed to the
599th ASC Motor Transport company. Before enlisting he
was for several years the landlord of the "Five Bells"
younger brother was Herbert George Scarlett (left) also
a Mechanical Staff Sergeant. He was in charge of
workshops in France, attached to a company of
the Motor Transport, Army Service Corps. He had been a
carriage builder and motor engineer at 5 Market Street,
Dover, where his wife and children lived, and had
enlisted in November 1915. He became MSS on 17th March
Maude Scarlett asked for five tickets, for the sister
and brothers of Edward, at the unveiling of the Dover
"Five Bells" public house, Ringwould
Archibald Scott, 280108, a Chief Stoker in the Royal
Navy, serving with HMS Simoom. Born on 21 July 1872 at
Cleator Moor, Cumberland, he died on 23 January 1917 and
is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel
22. He was married to Florence, who lived at 15 Albany
Donald Scott. This may be
George Ernest Donald Scott, who died, aged 25, on 15
1919 at the Royal Naval Hospital, Invergordon, from
pneumonia after influenza. He was a Petty Officer in the
Royal Navy, and the "dearly loved" husband of Louie
Scott (née Shovelier), from 3 Upper Cowgate Hill, Dover.
They had married only 15 months before, on 6 October
1917, at St Mary's. Miss Shovelier was given away by her
father. She wore a crepe-de-chine dress, trimmed with
Russian braid, and a veil with orange blossoms, and
carried a shower bouquet. Her sister Winifred, as bridesmaid,
wore a cream voile dress, with a pink hat, and carried a
bouquet of white and pink flowers. The groom had
given her a gold pendant, which she also wore. To his
new wife he had given a set of furs, while she had given
her husband a wrist watch.
The funeral left from his widow's home, with the
coffin covered by the Union Flag and borne on a gun
carriage. Bluejackets were bearers, and there were
a large number present at the funeral. The last post was
sounded at the conclusion of the service. PO
Scott is buried at St Mary's cemetery, H E 5, in Dover, United
Kingdom, and his floral tributes
included those "from his broken-hearted wife, Lou" and
from Mr Scott, who lived in 1914 at 2 Yew Tree Cottages,
Military Hill, "his sorrowing dad and sister Dolly", and
from Mr and Mrs Shovelier, "his sorrowing Mum and Dad".,
and two from the officers and the ship's company of HMS
In Memoriam announcements from 1920
"In proud and loving memory of my
dearest husband Donald Scott (Don), Petty Officer HMS
Velox, who died in the Naval Hospital, Invergordon, on
February 15th 1919, aged 25 years. "Even as he trod that
day to God, so walked he from his birth. A kindly
darling fellow, All honour and clean mirth. Dearly loved
and deeply mourned by his loving wife, Lou"
"In fond and ever loving memory of
our dear son-in-law Donald Scott (Don), who died in the
Naval Hospital, Invergordon, on February 15th 1919, aged
25 years. Interred in St Mary's, Dover (HE 5). "Until the day
breaks". From his loving Mum, Dad, and Brothers and
with thanks to Joyce Banks
Mr Crispin Edward Shovelier was slightly injured on 16
February 1918 when a shell killed his young neighbour
Boorman. Mr Shovelier's daughter Lou had not
remarried by the time her father died on 7 December
1949. Mr Shovelier was buried at Cowgate, close to his
home, 6 Cowgate Hill, where he had died.
Scutt, S. F.
Sydney Frank Scutt, G/68586
was a Lance Corporal in the 8th battalion of the Queen's
(Royal West Surrey). Born in 1899, he died on 11th
October 1918, and is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois
He was born, enlisted, and
lived in Dover, and was the son of Charles
Savage Scutt, a police inspector, and Ellen Scutt, (née Cook), married in
1887, from 2 Stanhope Road, Dover. In 1911 the family
were living at 148 Buckland Avenue, Dover. There were
eight brothers; William, Albert, Ernest, Walter, Percy,
Sidney, Reginald, and Bernard, all born in Dover.
Ernest Charles Sedgwick,
L/9885, was a Private in The Buffs, 2nd battalion. He
died on 28 September 1915, and is commemorated on the
Loos Memorial in France, panel 15-19.
His mother, Georgina
Beatrice, née Lewry, and her mother, Eliza, had been born in Scotland.
By 1891 they were at Dover Castle, where Georgina's
father Charles was a gunner with the RA.
On 25 November 1893 at
Dover register office, Georgina Lewry married Joseph
Thomas Sedgwick. He was then 25, a bricklayer's labourer
living at 19 Albion Place, Dover, son of Thomas Young
Sedgwick, a journeyman shipwright, while the new Mrs
Sedgwick was 17, from 6 Colebran Street. Her father was
general labourer and army pensioner.
In 1901 the Sedgwicks were
living at Chapel Court, 2 Chapel Place, and by 1911 they
were at 3 Chapel Place. By 1911 they had had 12
children, of whom two had died. One may have been
Georgina Winifred, born in 1897 and died in 1898. The
firstborn was Joseph Frederick Thomas, on 27
December 1893, followed in 1895 by Ernest Charles.
Rosetta Kathleen ("Ettie") was born in 1899, then
Alexander or Alec, 1900, and Frank Albert or Francis,
1901. Ronald was born in 1904, then Richard Roy, about
1905, followed by Margaret Doris, about 1907. Maurice
Neil came along in 1909, then Queenie E, about 1911, and
finally Donald E(ric?) in 1914. On Ernest's service
record there is also a mention of a further sister, "Phillys".
Mrs Georgina Sedgwick died
in 1918, aged 42. Mrs Lewry requested the 1914 Stars and
Clasps for Ernest and for Charles, below.
Edward John Lewry was their uncle,
a younger brother to their mother.
with thanks to Brian Sedgwick
Edward, Frederick, and Walter Sedgwick are all the
great-grandsons of John Else Sedgwick and his wife Mary
Young; see family table below.
Charles Frederick Sedgwick
(probably Joseph Frederick Thomas), L/9970, was a Private in the 1st battalion of The Buffs.
He died in action on 15 September 1916, and is commemorated on
the Thiepval Memorial in France. He was a brother of
There is a report in
December 1915 of a Dover soldier, Charles Sedgwick of
2nd Buffs, whose mother, Mrs G Sedgwick, was at 7 (North
View Villas,) Clement Street, Swanley,
capturing an enemy flag. It was roughly sewn in black,
white, and red, riddled with bullets, and with its staff
considerably damaged. It was stuck over a trench in
France, which British rifles targeted, but Charles
eventually decided to capture it. Under heavy fire
he reached the flag but, fearing it may be attached to a
mine, tied string to the stick and, after crawling back
to his trench, attempted to pull the flag to it. The
string broke, so Charles went forth again, this time
pulling up the stick and bringing the flag back to his
trench. The flag was later displayed in the officers'
mess at the barracks in Canterbury. The report continues
with the information that Charles was later killed while
engaged in bomb throwing.
On 26 September 1919 this
in memoriam announcement appeared in the Dover Express.
"In loving memory of my dear grandsons, Private E. Sedgwick, 2nd Batt. the
Buffs, killed at Loos on September 28th, 1915; and
Private Frederick Sedgwick, 2nd Batt. the Buffs, on
September 15th, 1916, sons of the late Corporal J.
Sedgwick, Worcestershire Regiment, and Mrs Sedgwick.
From their Grandma, brother and sisters, uncles and
see further notes for
Frederick Sedgwick (2) below *
Ernest, Charles, Edward, Frederick, and Walter Sedgwick
are all the great-grandsons of John Else Sedgwick and
his wife Mary Young; see family table below.
Edward Sedgwick, 358040, was a
Corporal in the 47th Siege battery of the Royal Garrison
Artillery. He died on 23 April 1919 at Weston Favell (VAD)
Hospital, Northampton, and was buried on 1 May in
Charlton cemetery, Dover, I H 24.
Edward was the son of
Walter Sedgwick, born 12 May 1857, and his wife, Sarah
Caroline Ann, née Cook, who had married in 1878 in
Dover. Mr Sedgwick was a
shipwright, and by 1891 they had seven children: Esther
(Jane Cook?), who was a general servant, born about 1877,
John Else, born 18 January 1879, when the family were at
Adrian Cottage, Gertrude Rose, born about 1880,
and Walter, 1880. The family were living at 11
Adrian Street in 1881. Olivia Annie had been born on 26
November 1882, but sadly died around the beginning of
December, 1883, when the family had moved to 3
Adrian Row. She was buried at St Mary's.
Edward was born in 1884,
then Stephen John, 21 July 1886,
by which time the family had moved to 1 Chapel Cottages,
Chapel Lane. Alice Maud was born on 2 November 1888. Florence Mercy
in 1892, Grace Louise on 11 October 1893, William
Else in 1896, and Harry Else on 4 December, 1897; by
then the family were at 21 Albany Place. The home in
1902 was described as having four bedrooms, with a
parlour, kitchen, scullery, and a wc, with a yard and a
garden with a back entrance, yielding rent of some 7/- a
week. The family remained there until Mr Sedgwick died;
in 1946 his son Harry Else Sedgwick and his family were
In 1901 Edward and
Stephen had become general labourers, and by 1911 only
Grace, William, and Harry were at home, working as a
servant, a shop boy, and a school errand boy
respectively. There had been one other child who had
In 1903 Edward married
Mabel Crofts in Dover. They were living at 29 Adrian
Street by 1911 with two children; Edward Harry, born 9
June 1905, when his father was a furniture dealer and
the family were living at 17 St James Lane, and Walter
Else, born 15 January 1910, with his father again a
labourer. Sadly they had lost a child, possibly Mabel
Grace, born and died in 1908.
Mabel Sedgwick died at the
age of 30 on 16 July 1916. She is buried at St James. Edward was buried in the
grave of his brother, Walter, a Petty Officer Stoker,
294390 (see below under F Sedgwick (2)). His
cortège left from 21 Albany Place and the coffin was
borne by bombardiers of the RGA. There was a firing
party from the RGA and the Connaught Rangers played the
procession. Amongst the floral tributes were: "To my
dear husband from his sorrowing wife and boys, Harry and
Walter" and "In loving memory of my dear son, from his
sorrowing mother and father".
We often sit and talk of
them when we are all alone
For memory is the only friend that grief can call its
Like ivy on the withered oak, when all other things
Our love for them will still keep green and never fade
From their loving Mother, Father,
Sisters, and Brothers 12 Dec 1919
Mrs Sarah Sedgwick died on
30 September 1937, aged 78, at 21 Albany Place. She is
buried at Charlton. Her husband died on 24 September
Edward and Walter were
William John Hambrook as their sister Esther Jane
was William's mother. Their brother, Stephen John,
married Winifred Fogg around 28 February 1911;
Arthur and Albert Fogg were
her brothers, and
her sister, while James Jardine
and William Fussell were her
Edward, Frederick, and Walter Sedgwick are all the
great-grandsons of John Else Sedgwick and his wife Mary
Young; see family table below.
Frederick Sedgwick, 289224,
was a 1st Class Petty Officer Stoker in the Royal Navy,
serving with HMS Tirade. Born on 6 November 1879, he was 39 when he died at
sea from pneumonia on 10 November 1918.
In the centre of the
picture, right, is his grave, at Gillingham Woodlands Cemetery, Kent.
At the foot of his headstone are the words, "Gone and
not forgotten, in death we love him still".
He was the son of John Else Sedgwick, a shipwright, and his wife
Rosetta, née Cuthbert, who had married on 26 February
1872 at St Mary, Dover. The family were at 1 Edred Road
in 1881, with Frederick then the youngest of five
children; Anne Rosetta (Ida in baptism record?) being
the first, born in 1872, when the family were at 23
Military Hill, followed by John Else in 1873, Arthur in
1875, and Grace in 1878, when the family were living at
24 Peter Street.
At 24 Hartley Street in 1891, the family had grown by
six more children; Charles William J in 1882, William,
1883, Ruth in 1885, with the family moved to 2 Mount
Pleasant, Alice Maud in 1887, with the family then at 29
Hartley Street, Thomas Walter, 1889, and Albert, 1890.
By 1901 the family were at 148 Clarendon Place; in 1911
Mr and Mrs Sedgwick were at 1532 Clarendon Place,
recording that they had had thirteen children, five of
whom had died. One of these was probably William, in
Frederick was married in 1903 in
Dover to Sarah Reynolds, and their first child
was Nathan Frederick Albert, born on 7 June 1903 and
christened at St Mary. The family were then living at
42 Winchelsea Street and Frederick was sailing on HMS
Anson. In 1911 Nathan was at this address with the
Reynolds family, including probably his aunt, uncle
(also Nathan), cousin, and grandmother. In 1911 the
Sedgwicks were at 80a(?) Medway Road, Gillingham, with
daughter Grace Alexandra, who had been born on 16
November 1905. There were probably two other daughters,
one of whom may have been Irene, born in 1917 in the
Medway area. Mrs Sedgwick later lived at 8 Percival Terrace,
Folkestone Road, Dover, with other family members living
in numbers 6 and ten.
|In loving memory of my dear
In my heart your memory lingers,
Sweetly tender, fond, and true,
And there's not a day, my dear husband,
That I do not think of you.
When days are dark and friends are few,
Dear husband, how I long for you.
From his sorrowing Wife and Children. 1919
|In loving memory of our dear brother ...
Sleep on, dear brother; we will not wake thee
For sorrow or care will not darken your brow;
Peaceful at rest while the birds warble o'er
None of earth's cares will harm you now.
gone and forgotten by some you may be,
But dear to our memory you ever will be.
John and Lizzie (Rosyth). 1919
In ever loving
memory of a dear devoted husband and Daddy ...
Sleep on dear husband and take your rest
They miss you most who love you best.
Friends are friends if they be true
But oh! those friends are very few.
The shock was sudden, the loss severe,
To part with one we loved so dear,
And only those who have lost can tell
The pain of having to say farewell.
"Angels, dear Daddy, will guard you with care."
From his loving wife and children ...1920
Mr Sedgwick died in 1932
and was buried at St Mary. Mrs Sedgwick, Frederick's
mother, died in 1930. Mrs Sarah Sedgwick died on 20
September 1934 and was buried at St James, after a
funeral service at Christchurch.
Edward, Frederick, and Walter Sedgwick are all the
great-grandsons of John Else Sedgwick and his wife Mary
Young; see family table below.
Frederick Sedgwick. There
may be some confusion here with Walter Sedgwick as both
were Petty Officer Stokers in the Royal Navy who died in
1918. It may be, therefore, that this commemoration on
the War Memorial was
intended for Walter.*
Walter Sedgwick was the
brother of Edward Sedgwick, above. He was born on 24
April 1880. On 24 January 1900 he signed up for the
Royal Navy for a period of 12 years. He was then 5' 6½"
tall and would grow another 2¼ " over his
engagement. He was described as having blue/grey eyes
with brown hair and the scar of a cut on his left wrist.
Walter married Ethel
Florence Mattison on 24 February 1912 at Christchurch,
Dover, when he was serving as a fireman on HMS Cossack.
They had children Walter E about 1913 and Violet in
Throughout his engagement his conduct was considered as
very good, but sadly he was invalided out on 18 July
1917 with tuberculosis of the lungs. He died on 13
December 1918, aged 38, at 26 Wyndham Road. He was
buried on 19 December in the same grave as his brother
Edward, borne and followed by Royal Naval men.
Mrs Sedgwick and the
children moved the following year to Brantford, Canada.
In 1919 Mrs Sedgwick placed a verse "in ever loving
memory of my dear husband and our father" in the Dover
Express, the wording similar to the verse for Edward,
except the first line read, "Though sea divides us we
often sit and talk of him ..."
Mrs Sedgwick had probably
joined her family in Canada as there was also another
In ever loving memory of
our dear son-in-law and brother-in-law Walter Sedgwick
Do not ask us if we miss him,
There is such a vacant place.
His cheery ways and loving face
Are pleasant to recall,
He always had a kindly word,
And died beloved by all.
Never forgotten by his mother, sisters, and
brothers-in-law (of Brantford, Canada)
there is a further anomaly, in that Charles Frederick
Sedgwick, above, is recorded with the service number of
L/9970, but there is also a medal rolls entry for a
Frederick Sedgwick, also with the service number 9970.
Both are noted as having served in The Buffs. When Mrs
Lewry requested the 1914 Stars and Clasps as above
(under E C Sedgwick), she
cited 9970 F A Sedgwick of the 1st battalion and E C
Sedgwick of the 2nd.
Edward, Frederick, and Walter Sedgwick are all the
great-grandsons of John Else Sedgwick and his wife Mary
Young; see family table below.
John Else Sedgwick,
shipwright, born Dover 1794, married 12 December
1815 at St James, Dover,
Mary Young, born
John Else Sedgwick,
shipwright, born Dover 1817, married Mary, born
Thomas Young Sedgwick,
shipwright, born 24 November 1828, married 29
1856 at Trinity church, Dover, Sarah Stedham
John Else Sedgwick,
shipwright, born Whitstable 1844, married 26
February 1872 at St Mary, Dover, Rosetta
Cuthbert, born Dover.
(He died 15 December 1932, in Margate, funeral from 21
Walter Sedgwick, shipwright,
born Dover 1857, married 1878 Sarah Caroline Ann
(lived at 21 Albany Place)
labourer, born Dover 1868,
married 25 November 1893
at Dover Register Office
|Frederick Sedgwick, RN, born 6
November 1879, died 10 November 1918
Walter Sedgwick, RN, born 24
died 13 December 1918
Edward Sedgwick, RGA, born
1884, died 23 April 1919
Ernest Charles Sedgwick, born
died 28 September 1915
Charles Frederick Sedgwick,
died 15 September 1916
Frederick William Barten/r
Sergeant, 2145, was a Trooper in the Household
Battalion of the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the
Line (including Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps). He died whe
n he was 31, on 11th October 1917, and is commemorated néeon the Tyne Cotneacuteecute;acute;eacute;emorial, Belgium.
He enlisted in London but was born and lived in Dover. He
was the husband of Bertha Agnes Sergeant, who lived at 5
Salisbury Road, Dover, and brother to
Faded Genes, by Dave Dixon
photo Jean Marsh
Harry Venner Sergeant,
1443, served in D Company of the 1st/15th battalion of
the London Regiment (the Prince of Wales' Own Civil
Service Rifles) as a Sergeant. He was killed in action on 13th October
1915 at the age of 27. He is buried at Dud Corner
Cemetery, Loos in France.
He was the son of Frederick
John and Mary Ann Barten Sergeant of 20 Park Street,
Dover, born in Charlton, Dover, and brother to Frederick, above.
He enlisted in Somerset House, and lived in Fulham.
See Faded Genes,
Harry Sharman, 12856, was a
Serjeant in the 39th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison
Artillery. He was 38 when he was killed in action
(Soldiers Died says of wounds) on
21st July 1916. He is buried at Heilley Station
Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, France.
His wife was Emma Annie
Sharman, from 57 Oswald Road, Buckland, Dover. He was
born and lived in Colchester, and enlisted in Warley,
Essex. He was a career soldier, and in 1911 was serving
in Guernsey in no 17 Company of the Royal Garrison
Sharp, E. A.
Ernest Alfred Sharp, 38201,
served in the 2nd battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers
as a Private (formerly 18876 Royal West Surrey
He died on 22nd April 1918 at the age of 20, and is
commemorated on the Loos memorial.
He was born and enlisted in Dover, and
was the son of Mr T W and Mrs C Sharp, of 1 Alfred Road,
(for family tree see
faded genes by Dave Dixon. E below)
E. S. H.
Edward Sidney Henry Sharp,
5965, first cousin to Ernest Sharp above, was just 19 when he died of wounds on 27th June 1917. He is
buried in the Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. He
had served as a Rifleman in the 12th battalion of the
Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), and before enlisting was employed by
Messrs Faith and Co, of Snargate Street, Dover.
He was born, enlisted, and lived in
Dover, and his mother was Alice Annie Sharp,
living at 5 Sidney Terrace, Malvern Road, Dover. She had
three other sons serving. The eldest was A G Sharp
was serving with a medical transport, and before joining
up he had worked for Messrs Dickeson and Co. He was
married with two children, and the family lived at 19
Dickson Road, Dover.
W. T. Sharp (William
Sharp) was serving in Salonika
with the Rifle Brigade, and he had previously worked for
Mr Mills the baker, in Snargate Street. The fourth
brother, F. Sharp (Frederick), had joined the Queens Regiment.
|A. G. Sharp
||W. T. Sharp
The family of Albert Edward
Sharp, and his wife Alice Annie, nee Gillman, were
Albert G., born about 1888, Alice R., born about
1889, Emma, born about 1891, William Thomas (far
1893 died at Bondues on 27th August 1943, Georgina
(Ena) Mary (right), born 19th December 1895, died 16th April
1984 at Canterbury, Edward Sidney Henry, born about
1898, died 27th June 1917, Frederick Sharp, born
1900, and Stephen.
Right is Albert Edward Sharp with
his son Frederick, and a man believed to be William
Reeves, who married Georgina Sharp
with thanks to
Sharp, S. E.
Stanley Ernest Cecil Sharp
was a 2nd Lieutenant in Prince Albert's Somerset Light
Infantry who died on 20 October 1918 at "Kachi, Persia",
at the age of 28. He is commemorated
on the Tehran Memorial, Iran.
He died from pneumonia
following influenza while on a motor transport
expedition in the desert of East Persia, whence he had
gone from north west India. 2nd Lt Sharp had been hoping
to return home; he was the only son of Mr and Mrs A E
Sharp, from the High Street, who were informed of his
death in a private cable from the War Office on 8
November 1918. Mr Sharp was a draper in the High Street,
Dover, and a member of Corinthian Lodge No 1208.
He had enlisted early in
the war, joining the 4th Buffs, and was then transferred
to the 2nd Somerset light Infantry when he obtained his
commission. He was said to have many friends, especially
from football and rowing clubs.
An in memoriam notice in
1921 has the lines, "His lonely far-off grave in the
Persian desert is but a wayside resting place for the
brief night. Soon the glad morning will dawn, when all
the sleeping warrior pilgrims will awake to follow their
Great Captain into the Holy City."
F. A. S.
Frederick Albert Stanley
Sheppard was a Painter, 1st class, in the Royal Navy,
serving aboard the HMS Invincible. He took part in the
battles of Heligoland Bight and the Falkland Islands,
but was killed in action, aged 29, in the Battle of
Jutland, 31st May 1916. He is commemorated on the
Portsmouth Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom.
He left a widow, Ellen
Louisa Sheppard, who lived at 7 Liebeck Street, Clapham
Junction, London. His father was Mr A Sheppard, of
Jessamine Cottage, Churchill Road, Maxton, Dover.
Surnames S (part 2 of
3 - She to Sp) are here
Surnames S (part 3 of 3 - Sq to end) are