World War II
SERVICE CASUALTIES IN THE BOOK OF
Arthur Reginald Daniels, 14306104, was a Gunner in the
64th Anti-Tank Regiment (Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry), of the
Royal Artillery. He was 20 when he died on 7 October 1943, and is buried in the Sangro
River War Cemetery, Italy. X B 16
He was the son of Reginald and Ethel Daniels, and the husband of Jennie
Edith Daniels, from Walmer, Kent
"In loving memory of dear Arthur" - 1949 - Mum, Dad, and Pete
Davis, A. D.
Anthony David ("Tony") Davis, CH/X 107012, was a Sergeant
in No 48 RM Commando, the Royal Marines. He was 21 when he died on 1
November 1944. He is buried in the Bergen-op-Zoom cemetery, Netherlands.
6 A 9
He was the "second dearly loved son" of John and Elizabeth Jane Davis, from
117 Bushey Mill Cresecent, Watford,
Hertfordshire, formerly of 14 Heathfield Avenue, Dover, and "treasured
brother" of Joyce, John, and Buster
John Dermott was a Fourth Engineer Officer
aboard the SS Biela, Merchant Navy. He was 22 when he was
reported missing on 14 February 1942. His death was later officially
confirmed, and he is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
He as the "only beloved son" of Mr and Mrs W H Dermott, of 2 Icen Road, Radipole, Weymouth,
Dorsetshire, also 36 Snargate Street
John Churton Disbury, 620637,
was a Petty Officer Motor Mechanic aboard HMS Frobisher. He died on 18 July 1944, when he was 26. He is commemorated
on the Chatham Naval Memorial Panel
He was the son of William Harold and Josephine
Disbury, and was married to Kathleen Disbury from Dover, Mr Disbury died
on 18 August 1946
1949 - In loving memory of
my dear son and our brother John, who was killed off the
Normandy Coast, July 18th 1944. From his
loving Mum, Sisters and Brother
Dowle, C. J.
Charles John Dowle was a Storekeeper, with the
Cable Ship Alert, Merchant Navy. Born on 17 April 1879, he was 65 when he died on 24
February 1945, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
He was the husband of Mrs L Dowle, of 44 Mayfield Road, Dover.
Notes on Alert
Drayner, J. W.
Jack William Drayner, C/LX
26693, was a Steward, Royal Navy, aboard HMS Marigold. He was
26 when he was reported as missing, presumed killed, on 9 December 1942. He is commemorated on the Chatham
Naval Memorial. Panel 64.3
His parents were Walter
George and Lily Ann Drayner, of Dover, Kent, and his wife was
Yvonne Drayner (née Downs) from Shandor, Lewisham Road,
River, Dover. He was father to a baby, Carol
Drury, F. A.
Frank Arthur Drury, was born on 19 July 1904.
With 6 years service, he was a Quartermaster, Merchant Navy. He
was aboard the Cable Ship Alert. He died of wounds on 24 February
1945, when he was 40, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial,
London. Panel 5
Born on 13 July 1904, he was the son of Walter and Emily
Helen Drury. In 1911 Mr Drury was a publican and lodging
house keeper at the Eight Bells Inn, New Street, Dover.
With them there were four children, Walter William John,
8, Frank, 6, Jesse Thomas, 4, and Emily Ethel Frances,
2, all born in Dover. Mr Drury died in 1914.
Frank attended St Mary's school,
and in 1937 married Florence Lily Olivia Pudduck. Her
address afterwards was 54 Elms Vale Road, Dover.
Notes on Alert
For newspaper articles referring to Mr Walter Drury as a
"By the Way"
Duncan, A. E.
Alec Edward Duncan, 1398735, was an Air Gunner
Sergeant in the RAFVR. He was 20 when he died on 24 August 1943, and
is buried in the Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt. 5 J 6.
He was formerly
employed as a messenger at the Central Control Room, ARP, Dover
An old St James schoolboy, he was the youngest son of Alfred Edward Duncan (who
died in 1925 in Islington.) and Helen
Mary, née Cook, who had married in 1913. Mrs Duncan remarried in
1928 to Edward Robert Pascall, a labourer, whose first marriage had been
dissolved in 1927. Edward, born 5 June 1899, and Helen Pascall, born 5
June 1888, lived at
3 Redvers Cottages, Kearsney, Dover, Kent. In 1939 they were living at
17 St James Street; Mr Pascall was then a locomotive boilerman.
The words at the bottom of
Alec's headstone read: "He was fighting for
something sacred and sacred his memory will remain"
1949 - In loving memory of our dear son and brother -
Mum, Dad, Sisters and Brothers
Picture: view over the cemetery. AGS Duncan's grave is in
the left far background. Picture by Andy and Michelle Cooper
left - in memoriam, August 1944
Alec had probably one sister, Ellen I, born about 1914, and two
brothers, Robert Albert, born 1920, and Alfred George Charles, in 1915.
He also had a half-sister and brother; Catherine M, born in 1930, and
Ronald J, born on 4 August 1932. Alec was the nephew of
Albert Henry Duncan; Alfred Edward Duncan was Albert's brother.
Dunning, G. C.
Geoffrey Cameron Dunning,
2328639, was a Signalman in the 1st Airborne Signals, the Royal Corps of
Signals. He died on 19 September 1944, when he was 20. It was the eve of
his 21st birthday. He is buried in
the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands. 15 C 20. The words at
the foot of his headstone read:
Went the day well?
We never knew.
But went the day well or ill,
England, we died for you.
He was an ex-Dukie and the second son of the late
Sub-Conductor James Cameron Dunning, DCM, Indian Army, and Margaret
Louise Mary Dunning, from Dover.
proud and ever loving memory of my dear son ...killed in
action at The Bridge, Arnhem" - Mother, Alfred, Stanley
"I thank my God
upon every remembrance of you" - Mother (1944).
headstone photo courtesy Stewart May
Durtnall, R. R. B.
Rex Ronald Boyce Durtnall, 650617, was a Wireless
Operator/Air Gunner Flight Sergeant, in the RAF, 61 Squadron. He was
awarded the DFM.
On 30 July
1941 at 23:18 hours, he took off from North Luffenham, Rutland, in Handley Page
Hampden AE266 for a raid on Cologne, Germany. Upon returning in the
early hours of 31 July, Hampden AE266 crashed at 04:50 hours when
attempting to land at RAF Upwood, Cambridgeshire. All of the crew were
killed, except Flight Sergeant Scott who was injured. The raid by 116
RAF bombers on Cologne was not very successful owing to poor weather, and
nine aircraft were lost, of which six, including Hampden AE2666, crashed
Flight Sergeant Durtnall's body was recovered and brought home for
burial. His funeral left from 239 London Road. The coffin was draped
with the Union Flag, and borne by members of the RAF to St Mary's,
Cemetery, Dover, YGX 24
He was the youngest son of Mrs Ettie Mary Durtnall, née Driver, and her
husband, whom she married in 1906, the late Charles James Durtnall, from Maidstone, and formerly of 35 Millais Road, Dover.
In 1911 the couple were at 20 Cherry Tree Avenue, with Mr Durtnall
working as a nurseryman clerk. They then had one son, Leonard Charles M,
born in 1908. He was followed by Marjorie E M in 1918 and by Rex in
Before the war he had been an assistant at George Thomas's. He was engaged to Miss Joan Kingsmill,
and amongst the floral tributes was one from "Joan's Mum and Dad and
Stan". Stanley Kingsmill was also in the
RAF, as was Rex's brother, Sergeant Leonard Durtnall.
The crew were:
Officer Patrick James Neil Adshead
Sergeant Rex Ronald Boyce Durtnall DFM
operator/ Air gunner
Kenneth Marcel Fillmore
Distinguished Flying Medal awarded to Flight
Sergeant Durtnall was gazetted on 11
February 1941. He survived a serious crash-landing
on 3 January 1941 when his aircraft
(also a Hampden of No.61 Squadron) crashed at RAF Hemswell after both engines of the bomber cut-out
due to lack of fuel. When he was killed, Flight
Sergeant Durtnall was close to completing his tour
of 30 operations.
Mr Charles James Durtnall, born 26 Deptember 1883, died on 16 July 1940,
aged 58, having become ill while driving a lorry for G and A Clark, for whom he
had worked for forty years. He is buried at St Mary's. Mrs Durtnall, born on 21
July 1878, died in 1960.
Fillmore's brother served as a Pilot in the
RAF. Flight Lieutenant Eric George
Fillmore. He was tragically killed post-war on
18 February 1946 whilst still serving.
Coincidentally, he won a DFC during a
in October 1944.
photo - John Fagg
Dyer, J. A. C.
James Alfred Charles Dyer, FX/94816, was a
Leading Air Mechanic, Royal Navy, aboard HMS Khedive. He died
on 9 April 1945, when he was 21. He is buried at the Kirkee War
Cemetery, India. 10 AA 7
He was the son of James Dyer and Margaret, née Mills, who had married in
Dover in 1911
Dyer, W. A.
William Albert Dyer, C/JX 258486, was an Able Seaman with HMS Kingston. He died at the age of 32, on 22
March 1942. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 53.3
His parents were Edmund James, a crane driver, and Caroline Elston Dyer, from Dover.
In 1911 they were living at 1 Lowther Road, Tower Hamlets, with two
children; Herbert James, 4, and Nellie Rose, 2. Both children and Mr
Dyer were born in Dover.
In memoriam 1943