war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War II



Surnames G

Gawling, T. 
Thomas Gawling or Gowling, 1734427, lived at 66 Astley Avenue, Dover. He was a Gunner in the Royal Artillery, 142 battery, 45 Light AA Regiment. He was 35 when he died on 13 January 1943 

He is buried at the Medjez El Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia. 5 F 4

"He died that we might live" - remembered by his brother and sister-in-law, Kath and Bill

Geard, F. W. J. 
Frederick Wilfred John Geard, C/KX 86860, was a Stoker, 1st Class, in the Royal Navy. He was lost at sea with H.M. Submarine Thames on 3rd August 1940. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval memorial. Panel 38.2

He was the "dear and only" son of Mr and Mrs Geard, who had lived at Folkestone Road, and brother to Winnie and Mollie

"For ever in our thoughts"

Gearing, C. T. 
by Joyce BanksCharles Thomas Gearing ("Sonny") was the son of Charles Thomas Gearing and Frances Emily, nee Parsons. He had a brother and a sister christened at St James; Louis William Edwin, born in 1910 and Violet Helen, born in 1913. Then the family was living at 12 Trevanion Street, with Charles senior employed as a car man and then a cab washer

Charles served as a Bombardier in the Royal Artillery, 9 Coast Regiment, and was 39 when he died. He is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. 2 H 35

The headstone is at St James, and reads:

In Ever Loving Memory
Our dear Mum and Dad
Frances Emily Gearing
Died 5th October 1946
Aged 70 years

Charles Thomas Gearing
Died 22nd Feb 1947
Aged 73 years

Also our Dear Brother
Charles “Sonny”
Died 7th July 1943
While a P O W
Aged 42 years
Interred at Siam
Life fades but memory clings

1948 - "Not just today, but every day, in silence we remember our dear mother, .... father, ... also our brother Sonny, who died whilst a prisoner of war in Japan" - From all at Sutton, Ashford, Dover and London

with thanks to Joyce Banks

Gillman, E. E.   
Ernest Edward Gillman was a Fireman with the Merchant Navy, on the Maid of Orleans. He was killed at sea on 28th June 1944, aged 42, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 66

He was the "beloved husband" of Beatrice Gillman, from Harwich (formerly of Limekiln Street, Dover), and the fourth son of Mrs Gillman and the late Mr T Gillman, from 46 Ropewalk, Dover

Glass, W. T.
William Tait Glass, D/12969, was a Corporal in The Buffs, in the 6th battalion (HD). He lived at 2 Waterloo Crescent, Dover, and died at the Shorncliffe Hospital, aged 54, on 20 January 1940.

The first part of his funeral was held at St James(?) in Dover. The hymn "Abide with Me" was sung, and as the cortege left the church for the cemetery, "O rest in the Lord" was played on the organ. The coffin was draped with the Union Flag and borne by six men from the Buffs. At the graveside a volley was fired by the regiment. Section G S, Grave 2 

He left a widow, Agnes, and children, Claude, Bob, Jock, and Doreen

In memoriam announcement, courtesy Dover Express
 January 1941
In ever loving memory of my dear father, William Tait Glass, NDC, who died on active service, 20th January 1940
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,
But at the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
His loving daughter, Doreen
in memoriakm announcement, courtesy Dover Express In ever loving memory of a dear husband and father, William Tait Glass, NDC, who died on active service January 20th 1940. Always in our thoughts. He died that we might live, his memory hallowed in the land he loved. His loving Wife, Sons, and Daughters, and granddaughter Mavis

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