World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
Jack Taylor, G/9192, had
driver before he joined the 8th battalion of the Buffs.
He died at the age of 22 on 18th August 1916. He is
commemorated on the Thiepval
memorial in France.
He was the
fourth son of Mr and Mrs F. Taylor, of 66 St James
Street, Dover, and was born, enlisted, and lived in
His brother Percy, born on 19th May 1898 at 66 St James
Street, also served in the Great
War, fighting on the Somme. He became one of the Home
Guard during World War II.
Occupied as a postman, Percy married Ivy Hollands at
Tonbridge in 1920. The couple had two sons - Eric and
Donald. Percy died in Hailsham, Sussex in 1960, aged 61.
He is pictured in the second row from front, third from
right, and in the centre of the closer image.
with thanks to Therasa Dowsett
Harry Terry, 158515, was a
Sailmaker in the HMS "Cressy" of the Royal Navy. He
killed on 22nd September 1914, when the three
of the live-bait squadron were attacked by an enemy
late thirties when he died, he had a long Royal Naval
career. In 1891, aged 15, he was aboard the St Vincent,
at Portsmouth, and ten years later was serving aboard "Sappo"
at Delagoa Bay (now Maputo Bay) on the coast of
Charlton, Dover, he was
the son of Henry, a coachman, and Isabel Terry, and the husband of
Blanche Esther Terry (pictured left), daughter of tailor
John William Brown, of 40 Marine Parade.
They had married at St James on 29th April 1911, when
Harry's occupation was given as Petty Officer, and his
abode as Gibraltar.
When he was lost his address was given as 33 Marine
Parade, given also as Blanche's address when she
He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval memorial in
the United Kingdom.
Harry and Blanche had a
also named Harry. He is pictured here with his Uncle
George, Harry's brother, in about 1920. George was one
of many Dovorians who emigrated to Australia, and who
served in an Australian force in the Great War.
Although official records state that
Harry was serving aboard the Cressy, Blanche on her
mourning card (right) states that he was aboard the
On the back of the postcard Blanche
has written, "Harry was reported missing from HMS Cressy
but he was on HMS Aboukir. He was only lent for duty one
day to the Cressy and not reported returned to his
with thanks to Craig
Terry, S. J.
James Terry, L/9338, joined the 2nd battalion of the
Queen's (Royal West Surrey) and was a Corporal. He was killed in action on
7th November 1914, when he was 24. He is commemorated
on the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium.
He was the son of Mrs
R Terry, of 21 Minerva Avenue, Dover, born at
Christchurch, Dover, and living and enlisting in Dover.
Terry (left) was the brother of Samuel. He was also in
the Queen's, and was wounded twice. He lost the little
finger of his left hand and the use of the third on 15th
November 1914, and on 25th September 1915 received a
bullet in his chest and a shell that penetrated and
scraped his ribs. He had returned to to Cottenham near
Cambridge to recuperate and then to visit his parents,
Mr and Mrs Samuel Terry, from Vale Farm, Studdale, near
In 1940 this In Memoriam announcement was placed:
To the ever precious memory of
our darling boy, Segt Samuel Terry, killed
November 7th 1914.
Some may think that we forget him
When at times they see us smile;
They little know the silent heartache
That is hidden all the while
Never forgotten by his Mum, Sister, and Brother
Arthur Edward Tester 71587,
was born in Dover on 13th February 1890, in which town
he had also enlisted. He was
the son of Mr Thomas Tester, of Priory Road, Dover, and
his wife, Margaret Ann, and had a
number of older siblings: Flora, Bertha, Thomas, Annie,
Ethel, and George, and at least one younger, Frederick.
married Mary Meretta Pulham, aunt of
Jack Pulham, on 30th April 1911, and as
Mr Tester was enlisting as no 167 of the 3rd Dover
Company of the Kent RGA (T), on 9th November 1914, the
family had three children. The first, seated in the
picture below,. was named after his
father, Arthur Edward, and was born on 31st January
1912. He was followed by his brother Ronald (centre), born in 1913, and
by a sister, Irene, born in late 1914.
February 1916, Mr Tester became a Gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery, 109th
Siege Battery, enlisting on 25th February 1916. Five
on 24th July 1916, at the age of 26, he
had lost his life near Fricourt Wood, north east of
Fricourt village and east of Albert, the Somme, in France. His family, then
living at 39 Clarendon Place, were told that he had been
killed by a stray shell landing on the officers' mess,
where he apparently had been working at the time. The
shell killed several officers and other ranks as well.
The day of his death may not have been a major battle
day in the area where he died; however there was an
almost continuous heavy artillery bombardment at that
Gunner Tester was originally buried
in a grave at a cemetery in a clearing at the top of Fricourt Wood, which grave
was marked with a wooden cross and recorded as being next to the graves of five
officers of the 109th Siege battery. In 1920 his body
was moved to Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz,
Somme, France, plot 3, row H,
grave 6. His grandson has found the names of seven men
from the 109th Siege Battery buried at Dantzig who died on 24th
Gunner Arthur Edward Tester
Gunner R.J. Mathieson
2nd Lieut Albert
Peter Walls Thomson
2nd Lieut Albert
Right: postcard of Fricourt showing the main road
and pond "avant le bombardement" - before the
bombardment On the back is written the location of
Gunner Tester's grave
Mrs Tester survived
her husband Arthur by over 60 years, dying on 6th
December 1976. Sadly she was also to lose their second son, Ronald,
from peritonitis, on
12th March 1922. Arthur, their elder
son, died on 18th March 2002, and Irene died in
Australia in the mid 1990s.
who fell asleep 12th March 1922
aged 9 years
"Safe in the arms of Jesus"
Arthur Edward Tester
Father of the above
killed in France
24th July 1916
aged 28 years
"Until the Day Break"
headstone at St James
|In Loving Memory
of Gunner A E Tester, of a Siege Battery, RGA,
who was killed in action on Monday, 24th July
We are standing around where he's buried,
And we think of his home far away,
In that far distant land o'er the ocean
Which he left in his manhood one day.
We are thinking of hearts that are broken
Of his loved ones who mourn for their dead,
And we dread that their hopes will be buried
In the land where their hero is laid
He answered the call of his country,
And we mourn his as one of the best,
Yet although it is hard to bid him good-bye
In our heart we can't grudge him his rest
photo by Jean Marsh
He now lies at peace in God's acre,
Undisturbed by the strife overhead;
He has answered God's roll-call in heaven,
And we've taken farewell of our dead.
We shall meet him again in the morning,
When all war, with its sorrow, is o'er
And the final "Reveille" has sounded
On a brighter and happier shore.
To those in his home and who miss him,
who yearn for their son, now no more,
Jesus Christ, in Thine infinite pity,
Give them strength for the Cross that Thou bore.
||Help them, Lord, to believe that up yonder,
In that mansion prepared by Thy love,
Their dear dead will be waiting to greet them
In the home of Thy kingdom above.
|At the foot of the
headstone are the words, "Peace, perfect peace"
Message sent to the Batteries,
enclosing a message from General Rawlings, Commander
of 4th Army, thanking them and congratulating them
on their fire, skill, and hard work, without which the
infantry could not have achieved their task
In conveying the thanks and congratulations expressed by
the 4th Army Commander on the excellent work done by the
III Corps Heavy Artillery during the recent bombardment
of the German lines, I wish at the same time to take
this opportunity of expressing my deep sense of
gratitude and appreciation to the Group Commanders,
Officers, NCOs, and men of all Batteries for the
magnificent manner in which the Batteries have been
fought and served. No one realises more than I do the
magnitude of your efforts, which in the near future must
lead only to one end(?).
Signed by A E J Perkings, Brig Gen HA III Corps.
with grateful thanks to
John Tester for the information and for the family,
postcard, and message images
with thanks to Joyce Banks for
headstone photograph and transcription
Harry Tester, 48802,
enlisted in Canterbury, and was a
Rifleman in the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own), the London Post Office
Rifles Regiment. He was 18 when he died between 8th and
10th August 1918. He lies at the Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, France.
He was the son of Harry Tester, who
was born in Brighton, and his wife Annie M. Tester.
Harry the younger was born in Margate, as the third
child of the family, having then two older sisters,
Fanny and Dora. They lived in Tunbridge Wells before
coming to Dover, Annie's birthplace. They resided for a
time at 8 Norman Street, Dover
Edward Wenham Thomas,
358088, was a Gunner in the 62nd Siege Battery of the
Royal Garrison Artillery (Kent RGA TF). He was 25 when he died
of wounds on 13th
October 1917, and he is buried at the Dozingham Military
He was the son of James
and Agnes Mary Thomas, of 44 Union Road, Dover, born and
enlisting in Dover.
Frederick Charles Thompson,
J/29148, was a Boy, 1st class in the Royal Navy, aboard
the HMS "Clan McNaughton". He was drowned on
3rd February 1915 when his ship
was lost in the North Atlantic. He was 16 years and four
months old. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval
Memorial in the United Kingdom .
Dover on 17 October 1898, he was the
son of George Edward and Louisa Thompson, née Pearce, of 30, Dickson
Road, Tower Hamlets, Dover, formerly 3 Spring
Gardens, Dover, and in 1915, at 5 Biggin Court, Biggin
Street, Dover. The family moved often; in 1901 they were
at 7 Portland Place, Dover. Then Mr Thompson was working
as a dock labourer, and at home also was Frederick's
elder brother, George, then aged 4.
Thompson, J. J. B.
Joseph John Bassett
Thompson, 174879, a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal
Navy, was killed by a mine explosion in the Straits of
Dover on 23 March 1917. He had been aboard the HMS "Laforey". He is
commemorated on the Chatham Naval memorial in the United
Brother-in-law to George
Simmonds, he was
38 when he died, and had been awarded a long service and
a good conduct medal. He was the son of William John and
Mary Ann Thompson. In 1881 Mary Thompson and her sons
were in the Dover Union workhouse, where Joseph was aged
3 and described as a pauper in the nursery. Mary was
working as a charlady. By 1891 the family were living at
1 Albion Place, Dover. Mary was still a charwoman,
Alfred was then 15 and a boiler cleaner, and Joseph was
He was the husband of Elizabeth Ann
Thompson, of 11 Pioneer Road, formerly 5 Pionee Road. He left a son, and a
little daughter who was born just after his death.
(Exhibition 06) (Memorial)
Samuel Alexander Thompson,
23884, was a sergeant in the Royal Garrison Artillery.
He died of wounds on 13th July 1917 at Arras, aged 29. He is
buried at St Nicolas British cemetery, France.
His wife was
Clara H S Thompson, of 8 Oakleigh Terrace, Westbury
Road, Dover. He was born and enlisted in Dover.
||Could I have
raised his dying head
Or heard his last farewell,
The pain would not have been so hard,
For one who loved him well.
From his broken hearted wife
thanking all friends for their sympathy in her
|Little we thought when he
bade us good-bye
He had left us for ever; he left us to die;
When we look at his picture and think of how he
A faithful British soldier, for all of us he
From his sorrowing Mother, Father,
Brothers, and Sisters
thanking all friends for their sympathy in their
|In ever loving memory of my
beloved husband, Samuel Alex Thompson, who fell
in action July 13th 1917 - His loving wife,
Clara. Until the day breaks.
Thorner, R. E.
Reginald Ernest Thorner (or
Ernest Reginald), L/9143, was a Sergeant in the Queen's
Royal West Surrey regiment, the 1st battalion. He was
killed in action on 25th September 1915. He is
commemorated on the Loos memorial in France.
He was born in
Chiddingfold, Surrey, and enlisted in Guildford. He
lived in Dover. His nephews
Frederick and Robert
Booker lost their lives in WWII.
Thorp, A. T
Alexander Thomas Thorp,
DM2/166209, was a Driver in the 956th Mechanical
Transport Company, the Royal Army Service Corps. Born on
17 March 1876 in Dover, the son of George and Catherine
Thorp, he died
on 5th January 1919 at CCS Alexandria. He is buried at
the Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel, EE 49.
His next-of-kin was Mrs
M. Thorp, from 45a George Street, probably his wife. He
was father to four children, Thomas, Maud, Catherine,
Thurley, C. A.
Charles Albert Thurley,
J/42039, was a Boy, 1st class, in the Royal Navy, of the
HMS "Invincible". He was 17 when he was killed in action
at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. He is
commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial in
the United Kingdom (left).
Born on 15 July 1898, he was the son of Robert
and Amy Florence Thurley, of 11 Edred Road, Dover. In
1901 the family were living at 44 Marshall Street,
Folkestone, where Mr Thurley was working as a
bricklayer. He was born in Paddington, London, while his
wife and Charles were born in Dover. Their youngest
child then, Arthur, 11 months, had been born in
picture by Dean
Sumner. Five names above Charles Thurley's is Dean's
Great Uncle Horace, lost with over a thousand others
when the HMS Indefatigable was sunk. Horace was also just
Maurice Paul Tierney,
G/8037. In The Buffs, he was a Lance Serjeant of the 6th
battalion. He died on 7th October 1916, aged 21 years
and 10 months, and is commemorated at Thiepval memorial
in France. He
enlisted, lived, and was born in Dover.
officer commanding his company wrote to his parents,
saying that he was killed instantly by a shell whilst
leading his men in the attack. All grieved to hear of
his death because he was a good soldier, entirely
fearless and popular with everyone.
Tiltman, A. V.
Arthur Viney Tiltman,
39016, was a Private in the 1st battalion of the East Surrey
Regiment. He was killed in action near Beaurain on 20th
October 1918, at the age of 18. He is buried at Amerval
communal cemetery extension, Solesmes, France.
He was the son of Mr and Mrs H. V. Tiltman, of 3 Churchill Street,
Dover, born in Dover, but he enlisted in Canterbury.
E. Todd. There was an
Edward Todd, aged 10, living at 4 South Road, recorded
in the 1901 census. He was born in Dover, and was the
son of George W. Todd and his wife Florrie.
have been Edward George Walter Todd, who died at the Military
Hospital in Dover on Monday, 6th December 1920, at the age of
29. He had been in the Territorial RGA in 1914, and went
to France in 1916. He was demobilised in December 1918,
after having been gassed, and also having suffered shell
shock, septic poisoning, and trench fever. However, he
resumed work as a fireman on the SECR. Around ten weeks
prior to his death he was admitted to the Military
Hospital, where he remained until he died.
buried on 11th December, with six of his former work
colleagues bearing the coffin. His wife, his parents,
and Mr B Jarvis "his chum who served with him during the
war", were amongst the mourners. Floral tributes
included one from his "broken-hearted wife".
lived at 37 South Road. An Edward G W Todd had been married in 1919 to Lavinia Millen, in the Blean registration district.
words on the headstone (now partially eroded) read:
In Loving Memory of
Edward George Todd
Died 6th December 1920
Aged 29 years
In the midst of life we are in death
Wife of the above
?? August 1944
have passed, dear Ted, from this world of trouble.
Free from all sorrow and pain." (In memoriam, 1921)
with thanks to Joyce Banks
Torr, D. K.
David Kellaway Torr, 13348,
was a Rifleman in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, 2nd
battalion (formerly 5442 RAOC). He was killed in action on 23rd October 1918, and is
commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois memorial in France.
born in Tavistock, probably in 1885, the son of Mr J S
Torr. He enlisted in Woolwich, Kent, and lived
in Dover. Mr J Marshall Morison of 3 Shakespeare
Chambers, Bench Street, wrote on 23 November 1934 that
he was his wife's brother. Mr Torr had been a resident
of Dover for over 40 years.
Horace Benjamin Tucker,
182413, was a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy, aboard
the HMS "Swiftsure". He died on 6th June 1915, at the
Dardanelles and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval
memorial in the United Kingdom.
Born on 28 September 1879
in Dover, he was the son of Horace and Sarah Tucker. In
1891 they were living at 11 Widred Road, and Mr tucker
was working as a post office clerk. Horace was aged just
11 months, and his two elder sisters were also there;
Sarah, 8, and Laura, 5. By 1891 they had moved to 1
Market Lane, Dover, and Mr Tucker was a printers'
compositor. The family had been joined by two more sons;
Frank, 2, and Walter, 18 months
His mother was living at
6 Victoria Road, High Street, Dover, when she was
informed of his death. A next-of-kin was Mrs A A Tucker of 7
Church Court, Dieu Stone Lane, Dover
Charles Tugwell, 160057,
was a tailor working in the High Street before he
enlisted. Before joining up he had asked for an
exemption so that he could finalise his business, having
already passed as class A at Canterbury for the
military. He was given six weeks to do so.
Mr Tugwell was also a keen ambulance man,
a member of the St John' Ambulance Brigade, and when he
did join up went into the Royal Army Medical Corps. He
was then transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery and
became a Gunner in the
1st/2nd Lancashire Heavy Battery.
He was 38 when he died from wounds on 6 April 1918. He
lies at Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension in France.
He was the eldest
son of Charles Tugwell and the late Mrs. Tugwell, of
Dover, and the husband of Elizabeth S. Tugwell, of "The
Fountain," London Road, Dover. He was born and
enlisted in that town, and was a brother of Peace and
Harmony Lodge no 199.
Tull, W. D. J.
Walter Daniel John Tull was
a 2nd Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment. He was in
17th battalion, attached to the 23rd battalion. He
was the son of the late
Daniel and late Alice Tull, and
brother of Edward Tull-Warnock, of 419 Vincent Street,
Glasgow. He was a former professional footballer with
Tottenham Hotspurs and Northampton, and played over a
hundred first team games for the latter.
on 25th March 1918, when he was 29, and is commemorated
on the Arras memorial in France. His cousins,
Stephen and George Palmer,
(Note: Soldiers Died has his his middle name as David, not
Oliver Tunnell was an
assistant master at the Grammar School for Boys, Dover,
before enlisting. He became a temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the
Northumberland Fusiliers, the 12th/13th battalion. He
was 33 when he was killed in action on 24th October, 1918. He is
commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois memorial in France.
He was the son of Edmund
and Isabella Tunnell, from 20 Hanley Road, Shirley,
Southampton, and the husband of Sarah E. Tunnell, of 101
Wingrove Avenue, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. "We
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Turner, B. A. |
Bingham Alexander Turner,
was a Captain in the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's
Own), 6th battalion, and
his Distinguished Service Order was announced in
the Edinburgh Gazette on 27 June 1902.
He was killed in
action when he
was 37, on 2nd November 1914, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate
memorial in Belgium. As a former pupil of Wellington
College Public School, Crowthorne, he is commemorated also
on their Roll of Honour and in their Book of
He was the husband of
Gladys Gooch, formerly Turner, née Jervis, of Hodcott House, West
Ilsley, Newbury, Berkshire, and the son of the
late General Bingham Turner and Mrs Bingham Turner, of Milesdown,
with thanks to Andrew Radgick
George Turrell, 281478, was
a Bombardier in the 11th Siege Battery of the Royal
Garrison Artillery. He died from the effects of gas on
1st June 1918, when he was 42. He lies at Crouy British
cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme, France.
He was the son of
William and Elinor Turrell, from Dover, born and
enlisting in that town.