World War II
SERVICE CASUALTIES NOT IN THE BOOK
Cary-Grey, R. W. H.
Reginald William Hargrave Cary-Grey was a Major in the
1st battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment. He was the "dearly
loved" husband of Norah Phyllis (nee Cary) and the
"beloved son" of Mrs Clara Alma Grey from Kearsney,
Dover, who was staying away, at 21 Fursfield Crescent,
Reigate, Surrey, and later of Walmer, and the late Colonel Edward Grey
Aged 44, he was "shot by bandits on
the Kalka-Simla train" on 23rd June 1942. He was one of
six victims. The train was made from two first-class
motor-driven coaches, and was full with passengers. It
was dark, but the driver spotted a boulder on the line
and stopped the train to remove the boulder. He was shot
dead by two men who leapt down from the embankment
Putting their guns through a window,
they fired and killed and wounded the passengers. They
then ransacked the clothing of all the passengers, and
took every "anna" before they leapt away and
escaped into the dark
Major Carey-Grey is buried in the
Delhi War Cemetery, India. 3 G 13
Chappell, R. A.
Ronald Albert Chappell, 195980, was an Assistant Steward
in the Merchant Navy, as one of the Auxiliary Personnel.
He was with HMS Dasher, and was reported missing at
sea on 27 March 1943. He is commemorated on the
Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 10, Column 2
He was the eldest son of Frank
Chappell, formerly Royal Navy, and his wife Margaret
(née Gill), who married by special licence on 18 October
1918 in Lancashire, and the brother of William, below.
On St George's Day 1942, their only sister Rosalind
married Petty Officer Albert Edward Jones at St
Michael's Church, Abertillery.
Chappell, W. A.
William Arthur (Bill) Chappell, C/JX 194795, was a Boy,
1st Class, in the Royal Navy. He was reported missing,
and later presumed killed, on 25 November 1941, after
the loss of the HMS Barham. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval
Memorial. Panel 45.2
He was the youngest son of Frank and Margaret
Mary Chappell, from 3 Matthews Place, Dover, Kent, and
brother of Ronald, above.
"It was his wish to do his duty"
in memoriam 1942
Clark, R. G. H.
Robert George Harold Clark, C/JX 134241, died on 9th
Janaury 1942, aged 27 (26). He was a Petty Officer with
the Royal Navy, aboard H.M.S Vimera. He is commemorated
on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 51.3
He was the son of the late Harry and
Mary Clark, of 19 Prioress Walk, Dover, and brother of
Mrs Bernard Knight, of Elvington. He was the "beloved
husband" of Nora Lovelock/Dora Eileen Clark, from
Fordingbridge, Hampshire, formerly Foxbury Lane,
"When the last voyage is ended
When the last blast is weathered
And there comes no more
The sound of the old ship bell
Sailor, sleep well"
George Collier, 2029190, was a Private in the 1st
battalion of The Buffs. He died on 21st April 1942, when
he was 26. He is buried in the Bari War Cemetery, Italy.
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L. J. V.
Leslie John Victor Cotton, 155939, was born on 23 July 1906 at
Dover, the youngest son of Henry Herbert and Mrs
Florence Cotton of 173 Folkestone Road, later of 7 South
Parade, Salisbury Road, Totton, Hampshire.
He gained his Royal Aero Club Aviator Certificate 18878 on 27
June 1939, at Horton Kirby Flying Club on D H Moth,
Gypsy 1 85/90. He was then lodging with Mrs Harding, of
12 Shirehall Road, Hawley, where he stayed for 12 years.
He was a carpenter, working with Mr Harding and Mr
Harding's father, before volunteering for the RAF in
about 1940, becoming Sergeant Air Gunner 1282309, and had served in the Hawley ARP Rescue
Squad. He was also a member of the Legion of
Pilot Officer (Air Gunner) Leslie Cotton took part in many
operational flights, and two days before he was killed received
the news that on 7 August 1943 he had
gained his commission as a Pilot Officer (with a new
service number 155939).
Serving in the RAFVR, 78 Squadron,
Leslie and all the crew
lost their lives when Halifax Bomber JD201, coded EY-Y, crashed at
0100 on 31 August 1943 near Murrow Station, Wisbech,
Cambridgeshire. The cause was said to have been a
detached propeller. The bomber had taken off from Breighton,
Yorkshire, at three minutes past midnight for a raid on
Mönchengladbach and Rheydt. JD201 was one of three
Halifaxes lost that night from 78 Squadron.
PO Cotton's funeral was at St Lawrence-in-Thanet, Ramsgate on
September 6. Mrs Harding was one of the mourners, along
with Mr G T Brooker who was representing the Hawley ARP.
Floral tributes included those from Mrs Harding and
her son Donald, and the Hawley ARP. PO Cotton is buried
with his grandparents, John and Fanny Darby, north of
the church, next to the wall between the cemetery and
He is also commemorated on the Sutton-at-Hone memorial, near
2016: the grave has been refurbished.
loving memory of John Darby who died August 6 1899 aged
49 years. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
Even so saith the Spirit.
For they rest from their labours."
Also of Fanny Darby, widow of the above, who died July 7 1944,
aged 88 years"
Also of Sgt Leslie John
Victor Cotton RAF
Grandson of John Darby
Who gave his life for his country
31st August 1943, aged 37 years
The crew of Halifax JD201 were:
|F/L Albert Robert Short
|Sgt Walter George Onion,
|P/O Frank Street
|F/O Terence Donovan O'Boyle
|F/O Max Howard Davies
||Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
|Sgt Ernest Alfred White,
|Sgt Leslie John Victor Cotton
660 aircraft took part in the
raid that night, which was a double attack and the
first serious bombing on both towns. The bombing was
very concentrated and about half the built-up areas
of each town were destroyed. Over 370 people were
killed or missing with over 2,150 injured. 32
aircraft were lost or written off on the raid
including Halifax JD201.
delightful image is of a young lad, Don, the son of
Leslie's landlady. Leslie, nicknamed "Gin" owing to the
colour of his hair, and Don were very fond of each
other; Leslie's mother and sister made the uniform for
Don so that he could wear an RAF uniform like Leslie.
with thanks to Don
photo of Leslie Cotton and the new gravestone by courtesy Don Harding
photo of RAF lad Don by courtesy Ray Cotton
further details with thanks to Dean Sumner
Crawford, G. H.
Geoffrey Hutchinson Crawford, 79855, was a Lieutenant in
the Royal Artillery, 15 battery, 6 HAA Regiment. He was
killed in action on 14th February 1942, when he was 38.
Son of George Frederic and Helen
Crawford, Lieutenant Crawford had been educated at
Harrow, and took his BA at Brasenose College, Oxford,
where he was a Rowing Blue in 1926. He then trained
under his father, who was a solicitor in Leeds, and was
admitted as a solicitor in February 1930. He then worked
with Messrs Preston, Lane-Claypen and O'Kelly, of
Lincoln's Inn Fields, coming to Dover and joining the
firm of Messrs Stilwell and Harby in April 1936.
He was a Notary Public.
Before the war he had joined the
Dover Territorial Artillery, and went to France early in
1940. He was evacuated from Dunkirk, and stationed in
several places in England before he went again overseas
at the end of 1941.
He was killed in action at Pelembang,
in Sumatra, on 14th February 1942, at the age of 38.
He is buried in the Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia.
Collective Grave 3 C 2-6
He was said to have been a skilled
athlete, and to have possessed a charming personality
Edward George Croucher (Ted), C/JX 127407, was an Able Seaman
of the Royal Navy. He lost his life when the H.M.S Duchess
collided with the H.M.S Barham on 12 December 1939. He is
commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 33.1
His parents were Mr and Mrs Croucher,
from 135 Clarendon Street. He was an old Christchurch
schoolboy, who played football for the school and the
town. He was also part of a team that played for Kent
The next year an In
Memoriam notice was placed, "In Loving Memory" "Not
forgotten by his Mum, Dad, Brothers, and Sisters"
"Just a token of remembrance to one we will never