THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper
 

 

World War II

 

CASUALTIES ON THE MEMORIAL

Surnames A to D

A

Abbott, H. H.
Horace Harold Abbott, added to the Memorial on 11 November 2009 See this page

Adley, R. C.Ron Adley
Ronald Charles Adley, 633816. He was an Aircraftman 1st Class, Royal Air Force. He was taken as a Far East prisoner of war in 1942, held at Thailand (Hintok), and he died from cholera on 1 August 1943, aged 21. He had been helping to nurse his sick and wounded comrades who announcement from the local paper, courtesy Rose Kinghad been working on the Siam-Burma Railway. When his friend George returned to camp in the evening he was told that Ron had died, along with five others. He helped to cremate Ron's body

Ron's ashes were buried at the Hintock River cemetery, and later moved by the CWGC to the War Cemetery at Chungkai, Thailand, 8 H 5 which is a hamlet by the River Kwai Noi

George never forgot his friend, and regularly inserted "in memoriam" notices in the Dover Express and Folkestone Herald. Ron's name was added to the Town War Memorial in 2000 and he is also commemorated at the  Ron Adley's gravestoneFar East POW church at Wymindham, Norfolk. A tree was planed in his memory at the National Memorial Arboretum on 1 January 1998

Ron had brothers and sisters: Charlie, Doris, Fred, Robert, and Rose. They were the children of Charles Outridge and Minnie Gertrude Adley, of 22 Primrose Road, Dover, and grandchildren of Ellen Mary Adley. On his gravestone is inscribed "Always faithful, good, and kind, A beautiful memory left behind"   

with thanks to Rose King
the announcement reads: Ronald Charles Adley, AC1633816 RAF. In memory of my friend Ron, who died on 1 August 1943 whilst a prisoner of war of the Japanese in Tahiland. As a nursing orderly Ron gave up his own life nursing other comrades and friends so that they might live. Per Ardua Ad Astra. George Money, Harlow, Essex


Ronald Adley's Father, Grandmother, and a Brother

FW Adley, courtesy Lee Adley Stevens

left: Charles Otridge Adley. He was born in 1885 in London, and died in 1960 in Dover 

right: Ellen Mary Adley, Charles' mother, born in 1867 in Dover. Her brother Fredrick was father to Sidney Adley, Great War casualty

left: Frederick William Adley, brother to Ronald, born at Lewisham in 1918. and died 1978 in Dover

 

with thanks to
Lee Adley Stevens

more on this family can be found on the Adley-Stevens website 

  (article) (Exhibition 06)   (cousin Sidney Adley) 

Archer, A. E.
Albert Edward Archer, added to the Memorial on 11 November 2009 See this page

B

Baker, S. M.
Stanley Mark Baker was a Steward's Boy, and was serving on the Hospital Ship Maid of Kent when she was bombed in Dieppe Harbour on 21 May 1940.

Stanley was 18 when he was killed, and his body was never recovered. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London, panel 66.

Stanley's brother, Ronald, was  to lose his life some twenty years after Stanley's death. Aged 43 and a bosun on the cross-channel ferries; he was fatally injured on 9 February 1962 aboard SS Hampton Ferry, while helping unload railway carriages at Dunkirk.

 

 

See also:
"Luftwaffe Destruction of the Maid of Kent" by Richard Thwaites (.pdf)
and "Notes on the Hospital Carrier Maid of Kent"

photos with thanks to Richard Thwaites

Bean, R. P.
Robert Patrick Bean was added to the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See this page

Bones, J. F. H.
John Frederick Harry Bones, 934810 was the son of John Richard Bones and Elizabeth Maria, née Gatehouse. The couple had married at St Mary's, Chilham on 16 January 1919, when Mr Bones was still serving with the British Expeditionary Force in France.  John was born at 67 Bulwark Street, the home of his maternal writing from a Christmas card sent by John Bones to his wifegrandfather, Alex Gatehouse, an engine firelighter on the railway.

Before enlisting John  had been employed as a miner at Betteshanger, and, from 1936, as a lorry driver for Mr Sneller.

In 1937 he married Elsie Margaret Croucher. The couple in 1938 were living at Lowther Road with the first of their five sons.

John joined up to become a Lance Bombardier in the 24 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. He was working as a fly driver transporting jerry cans of fuel, when, on 8 May 1943, a long range struck one of the cans and it ignited. He and his companion, Newman, below, tried to throw the cans from the lorry, but the fire spread and the lorry blew up. John Bones was 23 when he died from his burns.

His family had been evacuated to Bognor Regis from Dover, but they were sent home when the roof was destroyed by bombing. A week after they returned to Dover the telegram arrived at Goschen Road, announcing Mr Bones' death. It reads:

image of telegram sent to Mrs Bones"REGRET INFORM 934810 JOHN FREDERICK HARRY BONES DIED IRAQ 8 MAY 43 CONFIRMATION FOLLOWS ARTILLERY RECORDS SIDCUP"

John Bones is buried in the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery in Iraq, 23 H 14.

Mrs Bones remarried in 1958, to Mr John Townley, who died in 1995. Mr Bones' name was added to the Town Memorial in 2000.

 

courtesy Dover Express

       with thanks to Raymond Mercieca
photos and further information with thanks to Bev Keen

John ("Jack") Richard Bones served during the Great War; in India, and then in France from mid-1915. He was awarded the Military Medal at the Cambrai/St Quentin battle of 1918. His brother Harry also was awarded the Military Medal. Another brother, Walter James Bones, died at the age of 20 on 31 May 1915, having been injured just a couple of weeks after arriving in France in 1915. In his last letter home he mentions having a broken thigh, owing to being hit by shrapnel, and that he was "going on first class" and would soon be home in England. Sadly, he deteriorated rapidly, dying two days afterwards. He is buried at Boulogne, France, where an inscription on his grave reads "With Glory Crowned", and is commemorated at Chilham, Kent. Jack, Harry, and Walter were sons of Harry and Ellen Bones.

Booth, F. R.
Frank Robert Booth., added to the Memorial on 11 November 2009 See this page

Bourner, A. (E.) J.
On Runnymede memorial, by Dean SumnerAlbert Edward James Bourner, 89074, of 123 Lewisham Road, Dover. Known as Bert or "Dusty", he was a Flying Officer in the RAF Volunteer Reserve, 48 Squadron. He went to St Martin's school, and later worked on the Dover trams and the East Kent buses

His Hudson was reported missing over Norway during the night of 6-7 January 1942. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 66, and on the River Memorial.

He left a wife, Mary Rosetta Bourner, née Eckhoff (daughter of the well-known councillor Roly Eckhoff), to whom probate was given. His parents were at the time staying at 41 Holden Park Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells

A gravestone at River reads:

In Loving Memory of a Dear Dad
Albert Thomas Bourner
Died 2 March 1949
Aged 64

And his wife
Florence May
A dear mum
Died 8 July 1987
Aged 99

Also of their eldest son
Albert Edward James
Missing in action
7 January 1942
Aged 28
Reunited

River Memorial, courtesy Simon Chambers

FO Bourner was the grandson of Eliza Ann Bourner,

transcribed by Joyce Banks
pictures:
F/O Bourner's name on the Runnymede memorial by Dean Sumner
gravestone by Joyce Banks
the memorial at St Peter's and St Paul's, River

Brading, C. F.
Charles Frederick Brading, added to the Memorial on 11 November 2009 See this page
Bradish, B.
Barrington Bradish, added to the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See this page.
Brett, R.
Raymond Brett, added to the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See this page.

C

Cock, C. E.
Charles Edward Cock, added to the Memorial on 11 November 2009 See this page

Coe, C. R.
Cyril Rupert Coe,1409939, was a Sergeant Air Gunner in the image of Cyril R CoeRAF Volunteer Reserve. His nephew has constructed a most beautiful written memorial to his uncle. What follow are extracts from that memorial   

Cyril was born on 26 August 1922 at 95 Clarendon Street, Dover, one of 6 children of John and Adelaide C. A, (née Austen) Coe both born Dovorians. The children in order of birth were Ada A., Reginald J., Percival C. (he died aged five years whilst his father was on active service in France with the army during the First World War), Douglas V., Cyril R., and Eric W. Coe. All of the boys served their country during the Second World War, all surviving except Cyril 

Cyril attended Christ Church School. After leaving school he worked at The International Stores which was a grocer's in Woolcomber Street. He was a member of the Western Heights Church Choir and served in the Home Guard in Dover until 1941

The family house where he was lived was 95 Clarendon Street and was also the family Greengrocery Shop. It suffered a direct hit by bombs dropped by a pair of Messerschmitt 109's on Wednesday 2 October 1940. His  mother and a customer whom she was serving at the time escaped with only minor injuries, but his mother from then on did suffer hearing problems. The house was completely demolished. His mother and father were offered shelter in South Wales near to where Eric the youngest son had been sent as an evacuee from Dover in 1940

Cyril stayed in Dover until 1941 anwriting from one of Cyril's Christmas cardsd then moved to South Wales, probably Cwmbran, to join his family prior to joining the RAF. Whilst awaiting entry to the RAF he worked for a short time at Saunders Valve Works, in Cwmbran, South Wales. Cyril volunteered for service in the RAF and enlisted on 25 June 1941

Whilst serving with the RAF and seeing first hand the crews returning from operations he told his family that he was not doing enough, so volunteered for air crew as an Air Gunner, starting his training on 13 July 1943. Nearing completion of his training as a Middle Upper Gunner he was sent to 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit at RAF Winthorpe near Newark, Nottinghamshire, which flew Sterling Bombers 

On the night of 17 May 1944 they took off from Winthorpe at 23.34 in Stirlingthe escape hatch from the bomber III Bomber EE956, on a night gunnery/navigation exercise. Within twenty minutes severe icing was encountered. This led to loss of control of the aircraft, which spiralled down. According to the official report "The aircraft broke up in cumulus cloud and caught fire following loss of control, the icing index was high. It was thought that the excessive loads imposed by the loss of control caused a structural failure of the tail." (I have been told this was quite common on Stirling Bombers)

The Board of Inquiry considered that the pilot had not been given sufficient training on instrument flying in view of previous reports indicating a weakness in this respect. The pilot was assessed as being weak on instrument flying, which may have been a contributory factor

At around 23.53, most of the debris crashed into an Iron Stone Quarry a mile northwest of Rothwell, near Kettering, Northamptonshire. All the crew consisting of nine men were killed. Four were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the rest being normal Royal Air Force crew

The crew members were:

Sgt. Murray, Frederick Graham

Pilot, Captain

RCAF

Age 28

Sgt. England, William Henry

Air Bomber

RCAF

Age 20

Sgt. Wolowiec, Joseph Michael

Navigator

RCAF

Age 27

Sgt. Huppe, Alan Wilfred

Air Gunner

RCAF

Age 20

Sgt. Bingham, Norman

Wireless Operator

RAF

Age 20

Sgt. Hoffie, William 

Flight Engineer  

RAF 

Age 29

Sgt. Hebbes, Arthur Percy

Flight Engineer 

RAF

Age 22

Sgt. Coe, Cyril Rupert

Air Gunner    

RAF 

Age 21

Sgt. Foster, Kenneth 

Flight Engineer

RAF

Age 20

(Sgt Arthur P. Hebbes. Flight Engineer from Faversham, Kent had been marrieda lucky heather carried by Cyril, probably picked when he visited his parents in Wales only a few weeks).

A local historian, who as an adult remembered the crash, wrote, "One thing that I do remember is that the wreckage was over quite a large area.  The crash must have been very bad because we found a pair of flying boots, but one boot was still occupied. This was very upsetting for me as an 11 year old boy"

The main crash site of Stirling Bomber EE956 was in an Iron Stone Quarry that was filled in when work in the quarry finished. A spinney of trees was planted over the site of the Quarry. The spinney was in 1994 named "Stirling Spinney" in remembrance of the crew who perished there

. Stirling Spinney, by Simon Chambers

Cyril Coe's name was placed on the Town Memorial in 1995. He is buried in St James' cemetery, Dover. FR 22

1409930 Sergeant
C.R. Coe
Air Gunner
Royal Air Force
17 May 1944 Age 21

Though he passed the way of heroes, we proudly mourn our loss
R.I.P

Cyril Coe's grave is close to Jack Pulham's, another RAF casualty from Dover

illustrations:
Stirling Spinney
from a Christmas card from Cyril to his brother, 1942
the escape hatch from the bomber
Cyril's lucky heather; probably picked when he visited his parents in Wales
with thanks to Peter Coe    

(We Remember 06)

"Treasured and happy memories that never fade of a dear son and brother, Sergeant C. R. Coe A/G. who was killed in a flying accident 17 May 1944." From his loving Mum, Dad, Sisters and Brothers, 1948

Collier, G
George Collier, added to the Memorial on 11 November 2009 See this page

Coombe, E. B.
Ernest Boucher Coombe was a World War I casualty, added to the memorial in the 1990s. Information about him may currently be found in this article

Cork, H.
Harry Cork was added to the Memorial on 29 November 2013. See this page
Cork, N.
Nelson Cork was a post-WWII casualty, added to the Memorial on 11 November 2009 See this page

Craven, A.
Alfred Craven, 1896929, a Flight Sergeant in the RAF,  was 5' 7" tall, with blue eyes and light brown hair. He Alfred Craven with his wife Elsie and daughter Patricia, courtesy Patricia Daviswas born in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire on 19 September 1911 to Ellen Craven, the daughter of William and Elizabeth. He went to Wainfleet Wesleyan School, and between 1924 to 1925 he was a member of the football team at the school. On 26th September 1927 he joined the 2nd Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment. There he played the flute and the euphonium as a musician in the army band

In March 1928 Alfred went to India with his regiment, and in December 1928 to Sudan. They then returned to England, where the regiment was eventually stationed at the Old Park Barracks in Dover. Alfred often played with the band on the bandstand at Dover seafront. There he met Elsie Sharpe, who was to become his wife. Soldiers then were not allowed to marry until they were 34 years old, and had to buy themselves out of the service for £30 in order to get married. This Alfred did, and he joined the Dover Fire Service in 1934 

The couple married in October 1936, and lived at Malmains Road, Dover. Their daughter Patricia was born there in July 1937, and the next year the new family bought a home at Farthingloe Road. The year after war broke out and Alfred continued his work in the picture 1944, the crew of the Lancaster, Mr Craven lower right, courtesy of Patricia DavisFire Service, with alternating duties in London and Dover. But although this occupation was exempt from military service and Alfred was doing a dangerous and much-needed job, the taunts of neighbours led to Alfred's joining up. In 1943 he became an airgunner in the RAF

In July 1944, following the completion of his training, Alfred was serving with No.44 (Southern Rhodesian) Squadron. On the night of 26 July, Alfred and his crew took off from Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire, at 21.19 in Avro Lancaster PB346 PG-J, which had been borrowed from No.619 Squadron. It was their first mission, a raid on the Railway Yard at Givors, central France, with 178 Lancasters and 9 Mosquitos taking part.

Two Mosquitos and four Lancasters were lost. Alfred Craven's was one of them. They were returning from Givours in the early hours of 27 July when they were shot down and crashed near La Boissiere sur Evre, France. The bodies were so badly burnt that all seven of them were buried there in just three coffins in a collective grave.

The crew that were lost were:

Flying Officer Donald Neil McKechnie Captain (pilot) aged 24
Sergeant Anthony Barker Flight engineer aged 28
Sergeant Wilfred Robert Little (RCAF) Navigator age unknown
Sergeant Robert Geoffrey Dean Bomb aimer aged 22
Sergeant Richard Arthur Williams Wireless operator age unknown
Sergeant Ernest John Courtenay Air gunner aged 19
Sergeant Alfred Craven Air gunner aged 33

They are pictured above, right. In the back row, left to right are A. Barker, A. Williams, E. Courtney, W. Little. In front, left to right, are G. Dean, D. McKechnie, A. Craven

A ten foot high marble monument stands in the field where the Lancaster crashed. The crew rest at La Boissiere sur Evre, near Angers, France. There are headstones by the graves. Alfred's reads,

"Deep in our hearts a memory is kept.
We loved him too dearly to ever forget"

with thanks to Patricia Davis
with thanks to Dean Sumner, for RAF information

Notes: There is a reference on p115 in "Hell's Corner" 1940,  published by Kent Messenger, by author H R Pratt Boorman that he had "met Leading Fireman Craven, who had the first shell go through his house". This may refer to Alfred Craven. With thanks to Richard Moseling for pointing this out.

Sergeant Anthony Barker is commemorated at Niton, Isle of Wight, and Bray, Berkshire. There is a biography of him on the website Memorials and Monuments of the Isle of Wight. With thanks to Janet Griffin

D

Dixon, W. A.
William Alfred Dixon died in Ireland in 1920. His name was added to the Memorial on 11 November 2009 See this page

Drury, F. A.
Frank Arthur Drury was added to the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See this page
Dummer, F. C.
Frederick Charles Dummer was added to the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See this page
Dyer,. W. A.
William Albert Dyer was added to the Memorial on 11 November 2009 See this page

 


Copyright 2006-15 © Marilyn Stephenson-Knight. All Rights Reserved