World War II
CASUALTIES IN THE BOOK OF
Gardiner, E. A.
Edward Arthur Gardiner,
625967, was a Flight Engineer
Sergeant in 9 Squadron, RAF
He took off in Avro Lancaster
W4182 WS-B from Waddington, Lincolnshire at 18:15 hours
on 20 December 1942, for a raid on Duisburg, Germany.
Soon after taking off Lancaster W4182 collided with
another Lancaster, W4269, in the darkness. Both bombers fell
from the sky out of control and crashed on Bracebridge
Heath, about 2 miles south of Lincoln. In a moment, 14
RAF airmen lost their lives
He was the "beloved second son" of Harry and Alice E Gardiner, from 77 Longfield Road, Dover.
He is buried at St James,
Dover. Six NCOs from the RAF were bearers of the
coffin, draped with the Union Flag, and a large number
of RAF followed the cortege. Section ER, Grave 3
"If love could have saved him, he would not have died"
The crew of
Sergeant Gardiner's Lancaster were:
Harry Sidney Brooks
are the names of the crew from the other Lancaster
involved in the mid-air collision. It was from No 44
Squadron and had also taken off from Waddington
Flight Sergeant Anthony Charles Elger
Donald McCready RCAF
Vincent Noel Giri
At the bottom of
his headstone are the words, "Ever Remembered. He died
that we might live" The additional memorial is for Harry
Gardiner, aged 71
RAF information with thanks to Dean Sumner
Picture and transcriptions with thanks to Joyce Banks
Gardiner, S. A.
Sydney Albert Gardiner,1377053,
was an Air Gunner Flight Sergeant in the RAFVR. He was
29 when he died on 20 March 1942 at Salisbury. His
funeral took place at Buckland, Dover, on 28 March,
with his family, numerous friends, and RAF personnel
present. Flight-sergeants and sergeants bore the coffin.
Floral tributes included, "To my dearest loved one and
our darling Daddie, from his loving wife and babies,
Joan and Pat", and "to our
darling Mick, from his broken-hearted Mum and Dad". Section C11
His parents were William
Lydia Ann, formerly Horton, of Dover, and his wife was Ellen
Gardiner, from Market Drayton, Shropshire. He was late
of 39 Glenfield Road, Dover
At the bottom his his headstone are
the words, "Thy Will be Done"
Ricketts, killed by enemy action on 1 September
1944, may be his sister. The family had already
suffered another bereavement when William Gardiner
died at Market Drayton on 13 April 1943 at the age
of 83, after a short illness. Mrs Gardiner's address
was then 57 Tower Hamlets Street.
graveside with thanks
to Joyce Banks
Garlinge, F. L.
Garlinge, 7908187, was a Wireless Operator in the 44th Royal Tank
Regiment, RAC. He was wounded at Sidi Rezegh on 28
November 1941, then reported as missing, believed
drowned through enemy action, on a Hospital Ship on 5
December 1941 at Tobruk. He is commemorated
on the Alamein Memorial in Egypt. Column 22
25, and was the "dear younger son" of Mr and Mrs F
Garlinge, from Dover, and the brother of Fred and Noel
1943 - "Loving thoughts of you
always, dearest, and still hoping", Mum Dad, Noel, Fred,
"Always in our
Gavin, A. G.
Alan Gordon Gavin,
14258557, was a Rifleman in the 2nd battalion of the
King's Royal Rifle Corps. He died when he was 23, on
19 October 1944. He is buried in the Leopoldsburg War
Cemetery, Belgium. III B 4
He was the
"dearly loved youngest son" of Gordon Bedford Gavin and Euphemia Paulina Gavin,
of Meggett Farm, Alkham.
ever loving memory of a dear son and brother ...From
Mother, Brothers and Sisters." 1950
Gerrard, E. N.
Eric Nicholas Gerrard, DLX 21121, was
a Leading Cook (O), Royal Navy. He was 30 when he
was reported missing, believed killed, after the sinking
of the HMS Dorsetshire on 5 April 1942. He is
commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 72, Column 1
He had almost
completed 12 years service when he died, and had already survived the
sinking of the HMS Courageous. He was an old Holy Trinity schoolboy,
and the "dearly loved" son of Mr George Edward and Mrs Marion Clara Gerrard, from 10 Beach Street, who had four more sons
serving. He was the "dearly loved" husband of Linda May Gerrard, of Dover,
formerly living at "Rosedale", Mountfield, near
Robertsbridge, and "darling Daddy" of Deirdre and
Trevor. "A bitter blow"
*Gilchrist, F. R.
Gilchrist may be Francis Alexander Gilchrist. He was a Seaman aboard the
Cable Ship Alert and, born on 17 November 1897, was 47 when he died on 24 February 1945. He
is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
were Francis Alexander and Harriet Gilchrist, and in
1911 they were living at 18 Campbell Road, Walmer. Mr
Gilchrist was then working as a labourer in a gas works,
and there were four children at home; Emma, 15, Alex,
13, James, 11, and Annie, 8, all born in Walmer.
In 1919 Francis married Emma Elizabeth Burnap, who was
to live at 86 Stockdale Gardens, Deal. The couple had
four children, Francis, born in 1919, Joyce, 1922,
Norman, 1924, and May, 1926.
Notes on Alert
Gill, H. W. E.
F. Gill, T/6012484, was a Lance Corporal in the Royal
Army Service Corps, 737 Artillery Company. He was 24
when he was killed in the Nijmegan area, Holland on 30 October 1944
in a motor cycle accident. He is buried in the Uden War Cemetery, Netherlands. 6 H 3
He was the "beloved second son" of Mr and Mrs Frank Gill
"Never forgotten" - 1949 -Mother, Brothers and Sister
Gillman, J. W. T.
John William Thomas Gillman was Private
6288917, in the 2nd battalion of The
Buffs. He died of wounds on 6 November 1942 in "the
Western Desert", when he was 23. He
is buried in the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt XIX E 14
He was the eldest son of John R and Edith F Gillman, of
45 Douglas Road, Dover
"Ever in our thoughts" 1943 - Mum, Dad, Sisters and
Godden, A. V.
Godden, was a Seaman, Cable Hand, Merchant Navy aboard
the Cable Ship Alert. Born on 16 July 1915, he was 29 when he died on 24
February 1945. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill
Memorial, London. Panel 5
His parents were
Fred and Jane Godden, from Dover, and his wife was
Lilian G. Godden, from Efford, Devon. In 1945 she was
living at 63 Odo Road, Dover.
friend was Percy Ellis, also lost with the Alert
Notes on Alert.
picture by courtesy of Malcolm Ellis
Goodfellow, F. J.
Goodfellow was a Mess Room Boy, Merchant Navy and served aboard SS Shakespear. He died on 5 January
1941, when he was 17, and is commemorated on the Tower
Hill Memorial, London. Panel 95
He was the son of
William ("his loving father") and Agnes Florence Goodfellow
("his loving mother"), and brother to Minnie
treasures no one can steal"
This may have
instead have been been
Jack Goodfellow, announced as having died in December
1940, from 48 Beaufoy Terrace
Goodwin, F. A.
Goodwin, 1336800, RAFVR, was the son of
William Frederick and Laura Lillian Goodwin, from Dover,
and was a Wireless
Operator Air Sergeant in 156 Squadron
In Avro Lancaster JB479 GT-K
he took off from Warboys, Cambridgeshire at 18:35 hours
on 24 February 1944. The operation was a raid on the
main German ball-bearing factory in Schweinfurt. The
raid comprised 734 RAF aircraft and was Bomber Commandís
first attack of the war on this target. It was a
follow-up raid to the daylight attack carried out on
24 February by the United States 8th Air Force
During the early hours of
25 February Lancaster JB479 crashed in unknown
circumstances. All of the crew were killed and are
buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany. Grave 4 K
1. A total of
33 bombers were lost, including JB479. Dovorian Sergeant
Donald Halke also lost his
life in this raid
The crew were:
Wing Commander Eric Frederick Porter
Frederick Albert Goodwin
Alfred Colvin DFC
with thanks to Dean Sumner
Grant, J. A.
John Austin Grant
was a Sub-Lieutenant (A) in the Royal Navy Volunteer
Reserve, with the FAS 830 Squadron HMS Furious. He was
23 when he died on 6 May 1944 and is buried in Trondheim (Stavne) Cemetery, Norway. A IV British C13
He was the son of
Capt. John Francis Grant, I.A., and Grace Henrietta Olga
Grant, of Paddington, London, and the husband of Junior
Commander Joan Olive Grant, Auxiliary Territorial
The words on his headstone read:
"Dear husband of Joan. Precious and only son of Capt and Mrs J. F.
Grant. Till we meet again."
grave by Linzee Druce,
Note however, there is also John Austin
Lindsay Grant, RAFVR
Edward Grove was a Chief Cook, Merchant Navy on
board the SS Maid of Kent. He died on 21 May 1940, when
the vessel, acting as a hospital ship, was bombed. He
was 41. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial,
London. Panel 66
He was the "dearly loved" husband of
Mrs R Grove, formerly of 181 Folkestone Road
|In loving memory of my
husband and our Daddy, Francis Edward Grove,
killed by enemy action, May 21 1940, on
the hospital ship "Maid of Kent". His life
was a beautiful memory' his death, a silent
grief. From his loving wife Rose, children
Edith, Leslie, and Rita, and friend Bert
Note: The Maid of Kent
was one of the cross channel ferries, converted to a
Destruction of the Maid of Kent" by Richard Thwaites
and "Notes on the
Hospital Carrier Maid of Kent"
Grover, E. F.
Edmund Frank Grover,173831,
was the son of Frank
Keniston Grover and Ada Mary Grover, of, in 1939, 36
Heathfield Avenue, Dover. They were living at
number 86 when Edmund died
He was born in Dover in 1924 and went
to Barton Road School. Before he enlisted he was a
collector for the Dover Gas Company and competition
officer of the Dover Spotters Club.
He was commissioned from Sergeant
(NCO No 1890348) as a Pilot Officer on 25 March 1944,
and was confirmed as a Pilot Officer on 25 September
1944. On 17 October 1944, then serving with 15
Squadron, he was gazetted with the DFC. His
citation stated that he had completed a very successful
tour of operational duty, and during many sorties had
displayed courage and vigilance of high standard,
including during encounters with enemy fighters. He was
promoted from Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant on
25 March 1946
In the RAFVR, he died on 23 June 1947 at the age of 23,
at the Westminster Hospital.
He was buried on 28 June at Charlton Cemetery, Dover. QL 12
On the foot of his headstone is written, "At the going
down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember
them". Around the kerb of his grave is written, "In
memory of our beloved son, Edmund Frank Grover, died
23rd June 1947, aged 23", and on the other side, "also
of Frank Keniston Grover, beloved husband of Ada
MaryGrover and father of Edmund, died 15th Decr
1956, aged 62 years".
1949 - In loving memory of our beloved son and brother,
From his Mother and Father, Doft and Wally
with thanks to Dean