World War II
SERVICE CASUALTIES IN THE
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
Surnames N and O
Frederick Nash, 1387959, was a
Leading Aircraftman in the RAFVR. He was 24 when he was
killed as the result of an aircraft accident
on 10 April 1942. He is buried in the Montgomery
(Oakwood) Cemetery Annexe, USA Section N,
Lot 111, Grave 2
His mother was
Mrs. Herbert Nash, of, in 1939, 142 Mayfield Avenue, Dover.
1943 "At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning, we will remember him" - Mother,
sisters, and brothers-in-law
Frederick's brother Alfred George,
the second son, also died, aged 26, on 25 July 1940.
Serving in the Merchant Navy, he died suddenly through
war service at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He is buried
at Charlton cemetery. He had been married only the year
before, on 14 June 1939,at St Mary's, to Rosina Ruth
Robson, daughter of Mr and Mrs T Robson of 17 Norman
Street. His widow was amongst the mourners, as were his
mother, brothers F and H Nash, and sisters Mrs W Larkins
and Mrs W Menpes, with her husband, from whose home the
funeral left. Mr and Mrs Robson, his parents-in-law, and
his brother-in-law, Mr A Robson were also present.
Floral tributes included one from his broken-hearted
wife and one from the Guns Crew, SS Stratheden.
Neill, W. S.
William ("Bill") Stanley Neill, 2665325, was a
Guardsman in the 4th battalion of the Coldstream Guards.
He was an old pupil of the County (now Grammar) School.
He was 20 when he died on 31 October 1944, and is
buried in the Mierlo War Cemetery, Netherlands. VII F 9
He was the "beloved eldest son" of Lt and Mrs W Neill of 34
Lascelles Road, Dover
picture with thanks to Richard Schoutissen
Nix, R. P.
Roland Percy ("Percy") Nix,
5393346, was a Private in the 9th
battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment. He died on 29
September 1944, when he was 21, and was buried on 3
October in the Kirkee War Cemetery, India. 1 K 11
His parents were Roland Percy and
Florence Nix, from 1 Aycliffe Cottages, Dover. The
couple had married on 12 June 1920 at St Bartholomew's church. Percy had
at least six brothers and sisters; Florence Ann, who married James
Healey, Rose Mary, who married Edgar William Dixon, and Edgar,
Horace, William, and June.
1948 - Not just today, but everyday, in silence we remember our dearest
son and brother"
Norley, R. W.
Ronald William Norley,
1386374, was a Sergeant Wireless Operator/Air Gunner in
49 Squadron of the RAFVR. With a rank cited of Flight
Sergeant, he was gazetted with the DFM on 8 May 1945, with effect
from 25 November 1943. This was the day before he was reported missing
and then having died, aged 23.
buried in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery, Germany, with
fellow crew member Sgt Wilson, Grave 9 F 14-15
He was the "dearly loved
eldest son" of
the late William John Norley and
Alice Maud Norley, of 108 Markland Road, Dover
Ronald was in the same plane as
Sgt Frederick Ashman, where further details
of the loss may be found Another Dovorian sadly killed on this
raid was Sgt Wilfred Buzan
Leslie George Norton, 1469218, was a Gunner in
the Royal Artillery, from the 233 battery of the 75 HAA
Regiment. He was 23 when he "passed to the higher life" on 5 June 1943, and
is buried in the Habbaniya War Cemetery, Iraq. 2 A 4
He was the eldest son of Harold Nowill and
Louisa Margaret Norton, from Montpelier, 4 Jemmet Road, Ashford, Kent,
and formerly of 119 Folkestone Road, Dover, and brother
of Ruby and Kenneth
"In Thy keeping, Heavenly Father, we
Oates, J. G. B.
John Gerald Beveridge Oates was born on 13
December 1907. He was the Master of the Cable Ship Alert, in the
Merchant Navy. With ten years service, he had been awarded the DSC. He
was lost on 24 February 1945, when he was 37, and is commemorated on
the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 4
His mother was Mrs V Oates, from Flat 31, Waterloo Mansions, Dover, who,
on 13 September 1905, had married John Valentine Oates, son of the
Reverend William Oates. They had two children; sadly John's
brother, Thomas Herbert Beveridge Oates, also lost his life in World War
II. He is commemorated on the Fleet Air Arm Memorial at
Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, having died on 8 December 1941, at the age
of 31, while serving at a Lieutenant with the Royal Navy at H.M.S. Condor
Tom Oates was born in South Africa in 1910, and was a student at
Kingswood College, Grahamstown, South Africa from April 1916 until June
1921, when he and John came with their mother to England. Tom
continued his education in London, and then went to sea, being later
awarded the Polar Medal for his five years of work with the Antarctic.
He had also survived the wreck of the Garthpool on 11 November 1929 in
the Cape Verde Islands, during a voyage to Adelaide, Australia
Mrs Oates, nee Beveridge, was born on 13 January 1867 at Portland,
England, and sadly also lost her parents, who were missionaries in
Madagascar, and two of her siblings, when the SS Cashmere was wrecked on
5 July 1877 near Cape Guardafui. She also lost at sea in 1894 her
first husband, Captain Thomas Tillock Hunter, whom she had married on
22 August 1893
with grateful thanks to Patricia Burgess, who in 2004
published "Bearing the Heart of a Sailor: letters from the Antarctic and
other Faraway Places from Tom Oates to Elizabeth Eadie, 1936-1938"
The 1923 book, "The Story of the Beveridge Families of
England and Scotland", written by their uncle, Stanley Alexander
Beveridge, also refers to Tom and John Oates
Notes on Alert
Connor, R. W. A. G.
Robert W. A. G. O'Connor, T/2063261, was
the "dearly loved and only son" of Robert William and Eliza Emily
O'Connor, of 73 Wyndham Road, and the "beloved husband" of Sarah E. O'Connor of Sandwich
He was in the Royal Army Service Corps, and he died
suddenly at the age of 25 on 28 September 1940, at a hospital near
Basingstoke, while undergoing an operation. His body was brought home by
motor hearse, and on the day of his funeral, his Union Flag-draped
coffin left from the home of his father at 73 Wyndham Road. His funeral
was military, and buglers and a firing party were present when he was
buried at Charlton,
Dover. Section V S, Grave 32
Among the wreaths were:
"His loving Wife, Sally"
"To dear Daddy, from Bobby, David, and Raymond"
"To our dear only son, Mum and Dad"
"Ever in our thoughts"
The words at the foot of his headstone read:
As precious as gold,
Linger with us,
As the days unfold
*O'Keefe, J. J. H.
John James Henry O' Keefe,
2756230, was Corporal in the 5th battalion of the Black Watch (Royal
Highlanders). He died when he was 22 on 28 August 1944, and is buried
at St Desir War Cemetery, France. I C 10
was the son of Florence Beatrice O'Keefe, of Buckland, Dover.
In 1945 three "In Memoriam" notices were placed:
In loving memory of my dear son, Cpl J O'Keefe, of
the Black Watch, killed in action 28th August 1944. From his loving
Mother, Sisters Violet, Norah, Doris, and Betty
In loving memory of our brother Jim, killed on active service 28th Aug
1944. From his ever loving sister, Florence
In loving memory of my dear brother, Corpl James O'Keefe, who was killed
on active service Aug 28th 1944. From brother Tom.
On 1 June 2013 a memorial was unveiled in Mauny on
the Seine, France, to Corporal O'Keefe and five companions who were
August 1944. A seventh person also fell; he is believed to lie in an
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Onslow, G. H.
Geoffrey Harold Onslow, 67120, was a temporary Captain in
the 2nd battalion of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. He was
28 when he died in action on 1 June 1940, and is buried at the De Panne
Communal Cemetery, Belgium. Plot 2, Row C, Grave 23
He was the son of Brigadier-General Cranley Charlton
Onslow, C.M.G., C.B.E., D.S.O., of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Regiment, and of Sydney Alice Onslow (née Franklin), from Henry VIII
Gateway, Windsor Castle, formerly Leyburne Road. General Onslow had been a member of the Dover Town Council in 1926. He was an
old boy of Dover College, as had also been his son, who was born in 1912