THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper


World War I

 

CASUALTIES ON THE MEMORIAL

Surnames S (part 1 of 3)
(Surnames S (part 2 of 2, She to Sp) are here, Surnames S (part 3 of 3, Sq to end) are here)

F Sabey, courtesy Dover ExpressSabey, F.
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.

He was 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.

He was 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.

  T Sait, courtesy Dover Express

Mr Thomas Sait. He was the father of the four soldiers below. He had himself served for 21 years in the East Surrey Regiment

 
C Sait, courtesy Dover Express

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.

 

A Sait, courtesy Dover Express

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).

F Sait, courtesy Dover Express

Frank Sait in August 1918 was serving in France.

T Sait, courtesy Dover Express

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 stripes".

research with 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?

Sambrook, C. D. J.
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 Clark.
January 2009 - we have heard that Cecil Sambrook is now to be recorded by the CWGC. Well done, Kent Fallen!

AH Samways, courtesy Dover ExpressSamways, A. H.
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.
LH Sandham, courtesy Dover ExpressLeister Henry Sandham, L10950, 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, when he was 31. He was buried at the Guards' Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, France.

He originally came from Portsmouth, where he enlisted, having been born in Portsea, Hampshire. He married Miss Ellen Marsh from Templar Street in Dover in 1909, left the army, and gained a job in the Dover Postal Service.  He had been there just three months when he was called up on the outbreak of war.

He and his wife had lived at 18 Pioneer Road, Dover, and Leister had left a child as well as a widow, Ellen. She later moved to 21 Kitchener Road. 

Sarsons, J. A. G.
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 Churchyard, Belgium

He was born in London (St Andrews, Middlesex,), the son of Mrs Helen Sarsons, and enlisted in Aldershot. He lived in Dover.

Saunders, G. 
G Saunders house, by Simon ChambersGeorge 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.

Born on 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 parents".

in memoriam announcement for brother from Alfred and Molly, courtesy Dover Express
April 1917

 

 

The words on the gravestone read:

 
In
Loving Memory
of
(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
"At Rest"
Also of
John Baker Saunders
Husband and Father of the Above
Died 12th December 1937
Aged 79 years
"Re-united"

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.

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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.

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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 Gertrude Boorman and of Albert Willson in 1911

Saunders, J. B.
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 the Menin courtesy Daphne AshbyGate 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 months old.

A third 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 education. He 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.

In the picture are, top, John and his brother Tom, and in front of Tom their sister Emma. seated next to their mother, Fanny.

John has the distinction of being twice named on the Town Memorial - see also John Baker

with thanks to Daphne Ashby

Saunders, L. T. 
Leonard Theodore Saunders, 495345, was in the 4th Mobile Dental Unit of the Royal Army Medical Corps. He died from influenza on 12th December 1918 when he was 22. He is buried at Kortrijk (St Jan) Cemetery, Belgium.

He was the son of Alfred, a boiler maker's assistant, and Ann S Saunders of 34 Primrose Road, Buckland, Dover. In 1911 he was living at 9 Jubilee Cottages, Primrose Road, with his parents, and was a dental apprentice. 

W Saunders, courtesy Dover ExpressSaunders, W.  
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.

He was 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. 

F Savage, courtesy Dover ExpressSavage, F. W.
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 

Sayers, J. B.
Probably James 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 abdomen.

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. 

Born 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 1916. 

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 Banks

Scarlett, E.
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 StreetWE Scarlett, courtesy Dover Express, Dover, who requested that he should be named on the Town Memorial at Dover. (We Remember 06)

A relative of Edward may have been William Edward Scarlett (right). He was the eldest son of the late William HG Scarlett, courtesy Dover ExpressEdward 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" in Ringwould. 

His younger brother was Herbert George Scarlett (left) also a Mechanical Staff Sergeant. He was in charge of travelling Five Bells pubworkshops 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 1916.

Miss Maude Scarlett asked for five tickets, for the sister and brothers of Edward, at the unveiling of the Dover Memorial.

(Right) The "Five Bells" public house, Ringwould

*Scott, A.
Probably 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 Place, Dover

*Scott, D.
Donald Scott. This may be George Ernest Donald Scott, who died, aged 25, on 15 GED Scott, gravestone, by Joyce BanksFebruary 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 Velox.  

In Memoriam announcements from 1920 read:

"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 Sister.

with thanks to Joyce Banks

Mr Crispin Edward Shovelier was slightly injured on 16 February 1918 when a shell killed his young neighbour  Gertrude 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 (7), 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 Memorial, France.

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.

Sedgewick, E. C. 
Georgina Sedgwick, courtesy Brian SedgwickErnest 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 then a 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.

picture: Georgina Sedgwick, 1890s
with thanks to Brian Sedgwick

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.

Sedgewick, C. 
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 Ernest, above.

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 aunts".

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.

E Sedgwick and W Sedgwick gravestone, by Simon ChambersSedgwick, E.  
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 living there.

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 died young.

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 own.
Like ivy on the withered oak, when all other things decay,
Our love for them will still keep green and never fade away.
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 1942.

Edward and Walter were uncles of 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 Ivy Fussell her sister, while James Jardine and William Fussell were her brothers-in-law.

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.

Sedgwick, F.   
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 1894.

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 husband ...
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 thee,
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.

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. 

Sedgwick, F.(2)   
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 1916.

 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 announcement:

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) 

* However, 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.

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.

Sedgwick Family table

John Else Sedgwick, shipwright, born Dover 1794, married 12 December 1815 at St James, Dover,
Mary Young, born Dover 1797

John Else Sedgwick, shipwright, born Dover 1817, married Mary, born Whitstable

sons

Thomas Young Sedgwick, shipwright, born 24 November 1828, married 29 July 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 Albany Place)

Walter Sedgwick, shipwright, born Dover 1857, married 1878 Sarah Caroline Ann Cook
(lived at 21 Albany Place)

grand
sons

Joseph Sedgwick,
labourer, born Dover 1868,
married 25 November 1893
 at Dover Register Office
Georgina Lewry

Frederick Sedgwick, RN, born 6 November 1879, died 10 November 1918

Walter Sedgwick, RN, born 24 April 1880,
 died 13 December 1918

Edward Sedgwick, RGA, born 1884, died 23 April 1919

great
grand
sons

Ernest Charles Sedgwick, born 1895
died 28 September 1915

Charles Frederick Sedgwick, born 1893,
died 15 September 1916

Sergeant, F. W. B.  
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 Harry, below.

For family details, see Faded Genes, by Dave Dixon
photo Jean Marsh

Sergeant, H. V.   
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, above

Sharman, H.   
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 Artillery.

Sharp, E. A.   
Ernest Alfred Sharp, 38201, served in the 2nd battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers as a Private (formerly 18876 Royal West Surrey Regiment).  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, Dover

(for family tree see faded genes by Dave Dixon. E below)

E S H Sharp, courtesy Dover ExpressSharp, 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 (Albert); he 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 F. Sharp W. T. Sharp

the family, courtesy Daniel Collard

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 left), born 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 Daniel Collard

Sharp, S. E. C.    
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."

FAS Sheppard, courtesy Dover ExpressSheppard, 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 here


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