World War II
SERVICE CASUALTIES IN THE
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
Paddock, A. G.
George Paddock, 204311, was the middle son of Mr John
Edward and Mrs Ethel Grace Paddock (née Bullard), of 38
Marine Parade, and
was born in Dover on 21 March 1922. An old boy of Dover
County (now Grammar) School, he enlisted in 1940 and
obtained a war-time commission when he was 19. Before
enlisting he worked in the Borough Accountants'
A Captain in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, 2nd
attached to 7th Rajput Regiment, Indian Army.
He served with the 8th Army in North Africa before being
posted to Burma (now Myanmar). There he was killed in
action at the aged of 21 on 27 January 1944, during an
attack on a Japanese position. He is buried in Taukkyan
Myanmar, grave 4 K 16
Left, with Alan are his two brothers, Colin (1920 - 1994),
(far left) and Geoffrey John
(1923 - 2001) (centre). They also served in the army during World War II.
Colin had joined the army as a career choice prior to
the outbreak of hostilities. A regular officer, he was
taken prisoner during the war, but managed to escape and
made a "home run". For this he was awarded the Military
Cross. His citation was for "gallant and distinguished
services in the Middle East". Geoffrey, like Alan, gained a war-time
commission from the ranks, and served with the Indian
Army. Colin and Geoffrey both continued in the Army
after the war, as career soldiers.
Their father had
also been a soldier and, in fact, the Paddock connection
with Dover came about through the army. John Edward
Paddock (1895-1968) was a sapper in the Royal Engineers
before and during the Great War and had been "born into the
army". His father, George Paddock (1856-1930), was a
"Shropshire Lad" who left his native county in 1879 upon
enlistment in the Royal Artillery and settled finally in
Dover, to become a "Man of Kent" by residence. A number
of his children, including John, were born at Dover
Castle while he was stationed there as a gunner with the
Royal Garrison Artillery.
Alan's life was short, but his memory lives on in
family. He is forever young
with thanks to Rory Paddock
Note: John Paddock's brother, George,
married in 1915 Maud Alice Scrase. She was the sister of
Page, C. P.
Charles Percy Page's parents were John Samuel,
and Kate Page, née Kingsmill, of 154 Snargate Street. He was born in Dover on 22
October 1909, and he was their youngest son
He joined the Royal Navy on 26
May 1925, entering as a Boy, 2nd class, after having worked as a shop
assistant beforehand. He was was recorded as having blue eyes, a fair
complexion, and light brown hair, and as being five feet two
inches tall. At the age of 18 he had grown by two and a half inches, and
was engaged to serve for twelve years. His character was recorded as
being very good throughout his service, detailed below
May 1925 to 22 April 1926
Class 24 January 1926
April 1926 to 10 December 1926
December 1926 to 23 October 1929
Seaman 22 October 1927
Seaman 22 April 1929
October 1929 to 6 October 1930
October 1930 to 1 December 1930
December 1930 to 7 January 1932
January 1932 to 20 June 1932
June 1932 to 25 April 1934
April 1934 to 30 August 1934
August 1934 to 6 November 1935
November 1935 to 9 December 1935
December 1935 to 29 July 1936
July 1936 to 9 September 1936
September 1936 to 31 March 1939
April 1939 to 31 July 1939
August 1939 to 2 September 1940
Leading Seaman 10 June 1940
September 1940 to 8 January 1941
January 1941 to 27 May 1941
Leading Seaman Page was officially
discharged on 27 May 1941, when he was reported missing, presumed
killed. HMS Registan was responsible for boarding suspicious vessels and
looking for arms or contraband. On that day she was escorting a convoy
from Plymouth to Milford Haven. At 22.40 she was attacked and bombed by
enemy aircraft, catching fire badly
There were a number of casualties.
Twelve men were buried at sea. Some survivors were taken off by other
escort craft, HM Destroyers Vansittart, Wyvern, and Wild Swan, to
Milford Haven. Leading Seaman Page is believed to have removed several
of his shipmates from a fire-damaged area
Twenty seamen, including the
captain, stayed on board to fight the fire. The Registan was towed into
Falmouth by the tug Goliath and two launches.
A close ship mate of Leading
Seaman Page is said to have visited his home address, thinking that
Charles would be there as he had seen him alive after the enemy action.
He was not to be found, and is now commemorated on the Chatham
Naval Memorial for seamen with no known grave. Panel 42.1. However, at Falmouth
Cemetery in Cornwall are five
graves containing the remains of twenty-seven unidentified sailors from
the Ragistan. Perhaps Charles lies at rest here
1942 - "Loved and remembered by
all. Happy memories. Doll and Peter"
with thanks to Mrs
with thanks to Ian Smallwood for extensive detail
Charles was the nephew of Amelia, wife of
George Bates. Charles' father was Amelia's eldest brother. Kate,
mother, was cousin to Lewis Kingsmill, commemorated on the Hougham
memorial. Charles brother may have been the Mr Page who lost his foot in
shelling in October 1942 in Last Lane, Dover
Page, R. A.
Richard Amos Page was an Able Seaman Gunner. He was with
the SS WC Teagle when he lost his life on 16 October
1941. He was 21. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill
Memorial, London. Panel 115
He was the only
son of Mrs Mary M Page, from 50 Ashburton Road,
Addiscombe, Croydon, later Shepherdswell, and he was the
grandson of Mr and Mrs Ross, from 33 Albany Place, Dover
Pascall, J. E. L.
Edward Lacey Pascall, 6291180, was a
Serjeant in the 1st battalion of The Buffs. He died on
13 April 1945 at the age of 30. He is buried in the Argenta Gap War Cemetery, Italy. III F 7
He was the son
of Edward Lacey Pascall and Ellen Elizabeth Pascall, of
27 Dixon Road, Dover
Pay, W. J.
William John Pay, 5503178,
was a Private in the 1/4th battalion of the Hampshire
Regiment. He was killed in action on 2 March 1943, when he was 26, and
is commemorated on the Medjez-el-Bab Memorial, Tunisia.
He was the son of William and Ethel
M. M. Pay, from Dover
Payne, F. W.
Francis William Payne was a Second Cook and Baker in the Merchant
Navy, aboard the Cable Ship Alert. Born on on 3 July 1906,
he died on 24
February 1945, aged 38.He is commemorated on the Tower
Hill Memorial, London. Panel 5
His wife was E E Payne, from
58 Oswald Road, Dover
Notes on Alert
Pearce, W. J.
William John Pearce was a Lieutenant in the Royal
Naval Reserve and on the Harbour Board salvage tugs.
At sea since he was 16, he had joined the Dover Harbour Board on 2 April 1908,
and served as an AB on the tug "Lady Vita". He had been
before then the master of the small tug of Pearson's,
named "Gnat", and soon became the master of the "Lady
Renowned for his knowledge of the
Channel, he worked during the Great War on the tugs,
took part in the bombardment of Ostend in 1918, and
was present when the Glatton caught fire. He attempted
to douse the flames, but was ordered away by Sir Roger
Keyes. Between the wars he undertook salvage work as
master of the "Lady Brassey" (below).
Lt Pearce was Mentioned in Dispatches. He
was 59 when he died at the Royal Victoria Hospital two days
"after a severe accident whilst on war operations"
on 7 February 1941. He had been struck and thrown into
the harbour by a snapped mooring rope.
The first part of Lt Pearce's funeral
service was held at St Paul's in
Maison Dieu Road, and
he was then buried at St James Cemetery in Dover GW 11
with full Naval honours. Four Naval ratings bore his
Union Flag-draped coffin and an army bugler sounding the
Last Post. There were many mourners alongside his
family, including the Mayor of Dover and a
representative of Admiral Ramsay. Amongst the many
floral tributes was one from Mrs Pearce, "To my
dearest, with love".
The inscription on the grave, left, reads,
Sacred to the memory
Lieut William John
Called suddenly to higher life
7th 1941 Aged 59 years
Life's work nobly done
his dearly loved Wife
who passed away March 29th 1971 Aged 91 years
Lt Pearce lived at 98 Elms Vale Road (below), and in
1911 Ada, his wife, with their two daughters, Elsie Ada,
born 26 December 1904, and Clara Veronica, born 1908,
were at 5 Cowgate Hill, Dover. A son, Eric, was born in
1913; he was appointed police constable in Dover in
with thanks to Bernard Chappell
grave image by Joyce Banks
Lt Pearce's account of
Pelham, W. J.
Wilfred John Pelham, 1397020, was a Navigation
Sergeant in the RAFVR. Born in Dover in 1922, he was the
younger brother of Freda and Kathleen, the children of Frederick Charles and
Mary Selina Sophia (formerly Tanner) Pelham, from Wyboston, Bedfordshire.
Sergeant Pelham was
undergoing training with 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit when
he took off on 1 May 1943 in Handley Page Halifax MkV
serial DG408 for a cross-country exercise. After
departing Rufforth in Yorkshire at 3:20pm, and for
reasons not fully known, the Halifax ended up over the
sea off the French port of Brest. At just before 7:30pm
the RAF aircraft fell into the sea with the loss of all
eight crew members.
The crew were:
|Sergeant Eric Ford WILLIAMSON
|Sergeant Clive Richard L. THORNTON
|Sergeant Dennis Charles BUTLIN
|Sergeant Wilfred John PELHAM
|Sergeant Dennis William SUFFLING
|Sergeant Allan John DUNN
||Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
|Sergeant Henry HINETT
|Sergeant John HUNTER
Five of the crew are buried at Bayeux
War Cemetery, with Sergeant Pelham in grave VIII C 5.
The words on the bottom of his headstone read, "Until
the day break and the shadows flee away". At
probate his address was given as 18 Alfred Road, Dover,
and his effects went to his father, a papermill foreman.
Sergeant Thornton is buried at Barnville-sur-Mer, and
Sergeant Hunger at Siouville.
The body of Sergeant Butlin washed ashore on the Channel Island of Jersey on
3 June 1943 and he was laid to rest with full military
honours by the German Occupation Forces at St. Helier War
Cemetery (right). The words on his cross state: "547514 Sgt D C Butlin RAF Buried 6/6/1943" with another plaque
underneath stating "Loving brother of Cyril Butlin"
Sgt Hunter was the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hunter, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
with thanks to Dean Sumner
photo of St Helier by Jean Marsh and photo of Sgt
Pelham's grave by Alan Shirley
Leslie Norman Penn, 1895663,
was a Sergeant in the RAFVR. He died in an aircraft
accident on 18 January
1945, when he was 19. He is commemorated on the Alamein
Memorial, Egypt. Column 284
He was the "dear son" of Frederick C A and Mabel Dora
Penn, from Dover, and had sisters and a brother
gravestone pictured by John Fagg
Perren, H. R.
Henry Robert Perren, C/MX
56502, the son of George and Lily Elizabeth Perren, was a Leading Cook (Acting Petty
Officer) in the
He was aboard HMS Welshman, and died of
wounds on 2 February 1943. He was posthumously
Mentioned in Dispatches in July
He was buried
at sea, and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval
Memorial Panel 73.1 and on the Welshman memorial at St
George's Centre, Chatham
"Till we meet again, dear Harry. RIP.
From his loving wife, Joyce". Mrs Perren lived at 23
photos by Dean Sumner - left, the
Welshman memorial, right the Welshman window and plaque,
both at St George's Centre
Peverley, K. W.
Kenneth William Peverley,
1334693, was a Navigation Sergeant in the RAFVR. He died
on 24 March 1943, when he was 19. His ashes were
scattered at Harrogate crematorium. He is
commemorated in the adjoining War Graves Plot, the names
of the 12 service people cremated there being inscribed
on a bronze memorial tablet fixed to the inner wall of
the shelter building on the northern boundary of the Air
He was an old County (now Grammar) school boy, and the
eldest son of
Watson Evans Peverley (see below) and Dora Peverley, from
275 Folkestone Road, Dover
Sergeant Peverley was undergoing training with 1652
Heavy Conversion Unit. On 24th March 1943 he took off at
2:50pm from Marston Moor in Yorkshire for a general
training flight in Handley Page Halifax MkII Serial
BB218, coded GV-F. Soon after take off and as the
aircraft was climbing a fire was seen in the port outer
engine. It was reported that the pilot turned off the
petrol supply to that engine but failed to 'feather' the
propeller (turn the blades side-on to the direction of
travel to reduce drag). The Halifax subsequently plunged
downwards and crashed close to the airfield near the
village of Bickerton. Three of the six crew including
Ken Peverley were killed. The survivors who had severe
injuries each made a good recovery and returned to RAF
The crew consisted of:
|Sergeant Frank Heydon THOMAS
|Sergeant S J TIBBS (RCAF )
|Sergeant Rino Guiseppe Arturo PLATONI
|Sergeant Kenneth Wilfred PEVERLEY
|Sergeant James Alexander PHILLIPS
||Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
|Sergeant G S WORBOYS
Sgt Platoni was the son of Angelo and Emma Platoni, of
Finchley, London. He rests in St. Pancras Cemetery.
Sgt Phillips was killed aged 22 on 8th May 1944 whilst
serving with 178 Squadron based in Italy. He is buried
in Bucharest Cemetery, Romania.
Peverley, W. E.
Watson Evans Peverley was a Pilot from the
Trinity House Service, joining them when he was 32 and
serving for 18 years before his death. He was aboard the SS Storaa.
He died on 3 November 1943, when he was 51. He had
worked at the Dover Pilots Station until it was
transferred to Gravesend in 1940, and was well-known in
both towns, and recognised as a fine seaman and a grand
pilot. For many years he had handled the large German
liners using Dover, the largest vessels that came into
the harbour .
commemorated on the Tower Hill memorial, London. Panel
His father had been also a Cinque
Ports Pilot, serving a lifetime with them, until he
retired at the extreme limit of 70 years of age. Captain
L S Peverley, his brother, was also a pilot, serving in
the Gravesend channel. He left three children and a
widow, Dora Peverley,
from Dover. They had lost their eldest son, above, just
Thomas ("Paddy") Phelan, 2339636, was
a Signalman in the Royal Corps of Signals. He died on
15 March 1947 at the County Hospital, Dover, when he was 66. He is buried at St
James, Dover. Row E, Grave 19. At the foot of his
gravestone is inscribed, "Mizpah. His loving wife and
sons. His duty well done."
The son of
Joseph and Mary Phelan and born on 11 November 1880,
Thomas married Annie Louisa Pretoria Mansfield, born 16
May 1900, in 1925 in the Hertford area, in which area
she had been born. The couple had three sons; Patrick G,
born 3 July 1926, John T in 1927, and William Joseph on
27 July 1929, all in the Bromley area.
In 1939 the family were at 26 Odo Road, Dover. Thomas
was working as a telephone switchboard operator, but was
also a reserve for signals. He may have been the Thomas
Phelan, aged 20, who was a private in the infantry, born
in Ireland, at the Citadel Barracks.
Annie died in 1980 in Dover.
Phillips, D. C.
David Colenso Phillips was born on 7 March
1900. With 18 years service, he was a Quartermaster in
the Merchant Navy, aboard the Cable Ship Alert. He died
on 24 February 1945, when he was 44. He is
commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 5
He was the son of David and Elizabeth
Phillips and in 1901 was living with his parents at 39
Randolph Road. His wife was Mrs Mildred Phillips, from 3 Invicta Cottages, Finnis Hill, Dover, and his children
were Albert and married daughters Nellie and Millie
"In treasured memory of my beloved husband and our
father, David Phillips"
Notes on Alert
Phillips, R. F. J.
Phillips, Ronald Frank John, C/JX 559435, was an
Able Seaman in the Royal Navy, aboard HM tug, "Roode Zee".
He died when he was 18 on 24 April 1944. He is
commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 76.1
He was the son of John Charles and
Olive Phillips, from Ulcombe, Kent
Raymond Philpott, 1235295, was an Aircraftman, 1st
Class, in the RAFVR. One of ten children, he was the
"dear son" of
John and Dorothy Philpott, of 53 Hillside Road, Dover
The letter below is
from the Prisoner of War Department
of the War Organisation of the British Red Cross and
Order of St John of Jerusalem. Dated 23 January 1944 it
reads: "Dear Mrs Philpott, Thank you for your letter of
Jan 11th., We are very glad to hear that you have
from your son for we fully realise what a great relief
this must be to you."
Philpott was drowned just five months later on 24 June
1944, having been drowned when the POW transport ship Tamahoko was sunk off Nagasaki. .
He was 23. He is commemorated on
the Singapore Memorial,
Singapore. Column 440
with thanks to Mrs
illustration above: Raymond Philpott's tie pin
Pilcher, T. L. D.
Thomas Leonard David Pilcher, 7959676, was a Trooper in
the Royal Armoured Corps. He died from injuries
sustained in an accident in Dorset on
14 January 1943, when he was 19 years and six months
old. He is buried in Charlton Cemetery, Dover, section 2
U, grave 14. The words at the foot of his headstone
read, "Loved Ones There Will Be United, There Will Be
No Parting. Sadly Missed".
He was the
youngest son of the late Benjamin Albert and Annie Sarah
Pilcher, of 4 Primrose Road, Buckland, Dover. They had
married on 11 September 1897 at St Andrew's, Buckland.
Benjamin was a labourer, as had been his deceased
father, William, and as was his father-in-law, Albert
George Finn. Their address then was 4 Pilgrim's Place,
St Radigund's Road.
In 1901 the family
were at 2 Primrose Road, and were still there ten years
later. Mr Pilcher was working as a carter, and the
couple had then six children: Albert, Alice Jane, John
Frederick, Emily, Frank William, and Annie, with another
daughter, Ethel May, being born on 22 May that year.
Another child had died in infancy. Thomas was born in
1923, after three more children: Amy, Benjamin, and
Both his parents had
predeceased Thomas. Mrs Pilcher died at home, 4 Primrose
Road, after a long illness, on 16 July 1930. She was 49,
and was buried at Buckland. Mr Pilcher collapsed and
died while working on his allotment on 16 June 1932,
aged 61. He too was buried at Buckland. Tommy's eldest
brother, Albert, als predeceased him, dying suddenly at
the London Hospital on 1 April 1940, aged 42.
Pleasance, A. E.
Arthur Edward Pleasance, 2316733, was a Serjeant
in the Royal Corps of Signals, the 15 Army Group
signallers. He was 33 when he died in hospital in Italy of wounds
as a result of a battle accident on 26 February
1944. He is buried in the Caserta War Cemetery, Italy. V
A Barton Road schoolboy, who joined
the army soon after leaving school, he was the elder son of Arthur Edward and
Florence Hilda Pleasance, brother to George, below, and
the husband of Amy Pleasance, née Pringle. His address
was 100 Coleford Bridge Road, Mytchett, when he died,
and his effects were sent to Mrs Pleasance, whom he had
married at St Andrews, Buckland, on 2 June 1937.
beloved husband of Amy Pleasance and Daddy of Teddy and
Margaret and brother of Bessie of Mytchett, Aldershot,
and eldest son of Mr and Mrs Pleasance of 63 Glenfield
Road. Some corner in a foreign land that is for ever
England" - March 1944
Pleasance, G. E.
Ernest Pleasance, 152231, was a
Flying Officer in 235 Squadron (part
of Coastal Command) of the RAFVR.
He was 21 when he died on 28 December 1943
(navigator) and FO Alwyn Gilbert Metcalfe DFM (New
Zealand pilot) were posted to no 235 Squadron at RAF
Portreath in Cornwall on 18 December 1943. They
arrived from No 9 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit,
based at Crosby-on-Eden in Cumbria. No 235 Squadron were
flying Bristol Beaufighter aircraft for anti-shipping
work and patrols mainly over the Bay of Biscay
Ten days after
their arrival on the Squadron, FO Metcalfe and PO
Pleasance were detailed for their first operational
mission in Beaufighter coded "X". The Squadron diarist
recorded the following for 28 December 1943:-
with low cloud. Another maximum effort as it is again
reported that enemy shipping was active in the Bay.
destroyers had been seen steaming on a westerly course
Six aircraft led
by W/C R H McConnell DFC set out at 13.50 hours,
followed an hour later by another six led by S/L D H
Lowe. W/C McConnell's formation went off in company with
six aircraft of 143
Contact was made
with the enemy at 16.16 hours. Whilst orbiting the enemy
destroyers, three in number, W/C McConnell and W/O
Matthews got separated from the remainder while
searching for our force, which was not found due
to its chasing other enemy destroyers on a northerly
course. W/C McHardy DFC, Officer Commanding 143 Squadron
took over the lead. Crews saw the destroyers firing at
an unseen target, which they themselves failed to locate
remained in the vicinity until PLE and then returned to
base in safety. The formation under S/L Lowe encountered
nothing and made no contact with the enemy. This
formation split up at dusk to return to base
independently. Aircraft "X", F/Os Metcalfe and Pleasance
were in R/T contact with base, but over cloud. A fix was
passed to the aircraft in a position some 15 miles
north of St Ives. Nothing more was heard from them. All
the other aircraft returned safely"
The following day
one of the squadron aircraft piloted by F/O S J Fielding
carried out a search in the area where F/Os Metcalfe and
Pleasance were last heard of on the previous evening but
could find no trace of them or their aircraft.
They are commemorated on the
Runnymede Memorial. Panel 128
George Pleasance was the son
of Arthur Edward, bootmaker, and Florence Hilda Pleasance (née Larcombe), from
63 Glenfield Road, Dover, and brother to Arthur, above.
His effects were sent to his parents.
with thanks to Dean Sumner
Note: the Squadron
record lists him as a Pilot Officer
Bristol Beaufighter, from Wikimedia
extract from RAF Operations Record Book
names on Runnymede memorial by Dean Sumner
"In cherished memory of our dear sons and brothers
....from their loving Mum and Dad, Bessie, Archie, Amy,
and children" - 30 December 1949
Prescott, S. J.
Stephen James Prescott,
6095505, was in the 2nd battalion of The Queen's Royal
Regiment (West Surrey). He died on 28 November 1941,
when he was 25, and is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 55
He was the son of Ada Elizabeth Prescott, née Barker,
born at Ipswich, and Stephen Valentine Prescott, who had
married in 1915. They had three other children; John,
Ada, and Violet. Mr Prescott died on 29 March 1937, aged
43; he was the
brother of Harriet Jane Handley, née Prescott, wife of
Price, C. L.
Charles Luke Price, C/JX
135088, was a Petty Officer onboard HMS Tarantula. He died on 19 December 1941, when he was 27.
He is buried in the Stanley Military Cemetery, China
(including Hong Kong) 6 C 4
He was the only son of
Edith Kathleen Finnis, formerly Price, and her husband,
Charles (brother to Grace, Joy, Nellie, and Wendy?), and stepson of Mr Finnis, of 3 Hamilton Road, Tower Hamlets,
Dover. He was engaged to be married to Rosalyn
"We know not why; some day we shall
"Loved and remembered always"
Price, S. W.
Stanley Wilfred Price, 1392661, was a Leading
Aircraftman (Pilot under training) in the RAFVR. He was
19 when he died on 25 November 1942. He is buried in
the Vereeniging Old Town Cemetery, South Africa. Church
of England Plot, Grave 1282
He was the son of Wilfred C H Price
and Ellen Margaret Price, from St Margaret's at Cliffe,
Eric Saxon Prince was born on 4 May 1889. He
had 26 years service, had been awarded the MBE. He was a
Third Engineer Officer, Acting Second, Merchant Navy, on the
Cable Ship Alert. He died on 24 February 1945, and his
body was washed ashore on 22 June, and was interred in
Holland. He is also commemorated on the Tower Hill
Memorial, London. Panel 5
His wife was Mrs A Prince, from 4a
East Cliff, Dover. See also
Frederick Baldwin, for circumstances of MBE
Notes on Alert
Pritchard, G. J.
George James (Jack) Pritchard,1335090,
was a Leading Aircraftman in the RAFVR. He died on 30
October 1941, when he was 20. He is buried in the Camden
(Quaker) Cemetery, USA.
He was the son
of Alfred A. and Olive Pritchard, from Dover, Kent