World War II
SERVICE CASUALTIES NOT IN
THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
Hambrook, R. F.
Robert Fittall Hambrook, C/J 110579, was a Chief Yeoman
of Signals in the Royal Navy, aboard HMS Dasher.
He died on 27 March 1943, when HMS Dasher suffered a
huge internal explosion and subsequently sank, and is commemorated on the
Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 70.3
Born at Faversham, he was the fourth son of Mrs Emma
Mary Hambrook (née Bing) of 78 Oswald
Road, Dover. In 1894 she had married James Hambrook, a
son of Thomas and Esther Hambrook of Shoulden; he
died before 1911. Robert was named after Mrs Hambrook's
grandfather, Robert Fittall.
"God's will be done"
Hambrook, W. J.
William John Hambrook was in the Merchant Navy and died
at sea aboard the Alcantara, aged 41, on 4 July 1944. He
worked as a waiter or smokeroom attendant. Born on 10 July 1903, he was the son of
William John Hambrook and his wife Esther Jane, formerly
Henry, née Sedgwick, of 33 Millais Road, Dover, born 11
June 1876. The
couple had married in 1901.
the family were living at 33 Millais Road, with Mr
Hambrook working as a postman. At home then were Mrs
Hambrook's sons, Walter George Reynolds Henry, born on 7
May 1896, a telegraph messenger, Horace Freshfield Henry,
about 1899, and Edgar Ernest Henry, 1900. Also there
were William John and his sisters Doris Gertrude, born
1904, and Mabel Grace, 16 August 1909. A further son, Eric, was
born in 1918.
William had blue eyes
and brown hair and was 5' 9½" tall. In 1927 he married Dora Benham in Southampton; the couple had a son, Ronald, in
1928. When he died he was living at 2 Cobden Crescent,
Bitterne Park, Southampton. His effects were returned to
the first cousin once removed of
Percy Thomas Walter Walker, as Percy's grandmother
Frances was the sister of William's father. He was also
the nephew of Edward and
Walter Sedgwick; his mother was the sister of their
William Hambrook died
on 5 October 1937, and is buried at Charlton cemetery.
In 1939 Mrs Hambrook was still at 33 Millais Road with
her son Walter, a postman, and her daughter Mabel, who
in 1937 married Ernest Benjafield and in 1955 remarried
to James Moodie. Also there was Percy Crawford born in
1884, a postman. Mrs Hambrook died probably in 1955.
Hazlewood, A. S.
Arthur Stanley Hazlewood, 1219747, was an Aircraftman,
2nd Class, in the RAFVR. He was 22 when he died on 25
June 1943 as a Prisoner of War. He is buried in Ambon
War Cemetery, Indonesia, 6 B 16
He was the son of Walter R. Hazlewood and his wife Amelia A., née Foord,
Ramsgate. The couple had married in 1916 in Dover;
Amelia and her brothers and sisters had been born in
Ramsgate but had moved to Dover, where in 1911 they were
at 3 Limes Road and their father, Robert, was a baker
and confectioner for the Co-op. Amelia then was a shop
Arthur was born in Dover, as was his brother, John, and
had attended Barton Road School. Before he enlisted,
had been a clerk employed by florists G and A Clark Ltd.
was missing on service for sixteen months before, in
June 1943, his parents, then at 56 Crescent Road,
Ramsgate, were delighted to hear that he was alive. He
was a PoW of the Japanese at Java. His parents moved to
18 Godwin Road, Ramsgate, and there, on 27 November
1943, their renewed hopes were destroyed when the Red
Cross passed on the information that Arthur had died.
Minnie, mother of Amelia
and Arthur's grandmother, died on 15 January 1940 and is
buried at Charlton, with the first part of her funeral
service being held at the Congregational Church in the
High Street, which she had attended for many years.
Robert Foord died on "3 February 1932, and was also
buried at Charlton.
This grave is at Charlton, and the footstone reads: "...
memory of Arthur Stnley Hazlewood, Royal Air Force,
Grandson of the Above, Died 25th June 1943, aged 22
years, in Japanese Prisoner of War Camp. Called to
photos Joyce Banks
Heath, A. E.
Albert Edward Heath was the youngest son of electrician
William John Heath and his wife Eliza, of 141 Clarendon
Place, Dover. He was an old Duke of York's boy, and
served in the Royal Engineers, 22 Fortress Company
He was reported missing after the
capitulation of Hong Kong on 25th December 1941, and in
August 1942 reported as a POW in Japanese hands. He died
on 18th December 1944, when he was 25, and is buried at
Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan. British Section BB, Grave
home address was with his sister, Mrs Archibald, at 141
Clarendon Place, Dover
Heron, D. B.
Donald Boyd Heron, 903482, was a Sergeant (Pilot) in the
RAFVR, 42 Squadron. He died on 29 November 1941, his
death registered in the Dartford area, and
was buried on 5 December at Gravesend cemetery, Kent, plot B 14,
1482. He may have been stationed at Leuchers, Fife.
Born on 16 January 1914, he was the son of Ernest Edward Heron and
his wife Miriam Grace, née Boyd, of 8 Avereng Road, Folkestone.
The couple had married at the Baptist church in
Folkestone on 12 October 1912. Mr Heron is recorded as a
master grocer in the 1911 census, when he was living at
12 Sandgate Road with two of his sisters and his brother
He was an old Dover College
schoolboy, and in 1931 gained
a London Chamber of Commerce prize for elementary
mathematics. He married Phyllis M Crutch in 1939 in the
Clerkenwell area, and in the 1939 register is recorded
as being already in training in the RAF, with the couple
living at 12 Sandgate Road. Mrs Heron was born on 18
September 1910 and was in 1939 a ladies' hairdresser.
They may have had a son, Anthony, in 1942.
picture: Gravesend cemetery entrance
Holbrook, J. A.
John Arthur Holbrook, 791282, was a Gunner in
the Royal Artillery, 17 battery, No 1 Anti-Aircraft
regiment. He was 31 when he died as the result of enemy
action at New Malden, London between 25 and 26
October 1940. He is buried at Morden Cemetery,
Surrey. Section S, Grave 245. His name is also recorded
on the memorial panel. Screen Wall, Panel 3
At the time of his death he was recorded on the casualty
card as living in Canterbury. He was the son of the late Mr and Mrs
George Holbrook, from Dover, and husband of Mrs (Hetty?) Holbrook,
from 1 Douglas Avenue, New Malden.
pictures of screen wall with thanks to Dean Sumner
We attempted to find Gunner Holbrook's grave; we believe
it is in the area of the fallen leaves, pictured left.
At the back of the image is the cemetery chapel.
Gunner Holbrook was the brother of
George Henry Holbrook
Charles Albert Hopper, C/JX 141200,
was an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy. He was 22 when he
was reported missing, presumed killed, on 5th April
1942, after the sinking of the H.M.S Cornwall. He is
commemorated on the Chatham Naval memorial. Panel 54.3
He was the son of Mr and Mrs William
George Hopper, from 19 Queen's Gardens, Dover
Howden, I. C.
Ian Campbell Howden, was a Lieutenant Commander of the
Royal Navy. He had served for 19 years in the Navy. He
passed out from the RN College, Dartmouth, in January
1925, and joined the Queen Elizabeth. The following
September he was appointed for a four year specialist
course in engineering at Keyham. Promoted to
sub-Lieutenant in July 1928, he became Lieutenant in
April 1930, and Lieutenant Commander in April 1938. On
20 July 1934 he had gained his Royal Aero Club Aviator
Certificate, 12099, at Hampshire Aeroplane Club, DH 60X
Cirrus 11 30/80 HP. He then lived at Blockhouse, Gosport
He became engineer officer aboard the
destroyer H.M.S Gurkha in January 1939, after serving from
1929 in the minelayer Adventure, in submarines at home
and in China, and in submarine parent ships Bruce and
Tiatania. He was reported missing, believed killed, on
9th April 1940, after the loss of the Gurkha off the
coast of Norway. Born in Dover on 30 June 1907, he
was 32 when he died. He is commemorated on the Plymouth
Naval Memorial. Panel 36, Column 1
He was the "very dear son" of Violet
Howden, from Nell Gwynn House, London, SW3, and her late
husband Dr Ian Howden, JP, from Dover, and the "beloved
husband" of Marjorie
Hunt, L. J.
Lawrence John Hunt, 549999, was a Leading Aircraftman in
the RAF. He was reported as missing and later as died on
2 June 1940, and is buried at the Kiel War Cemetery,
Germany. 2 J 15
He was the "dearly loved only son" of
Captain and Mrs J W Hunt, from 54 Priory Hill, Dover
Note: With no unit of squadron reference,
it is currently uncertain how LAC Hunt is now buried at
Kiel. Possibilities range from his having been captured
groundcrew in France and dying en route to a PoW camp,
or that his body may have been washed ashore in Germany
subsequent to operations regarding the evacuation from
Dunkirk, possibly from RAF Calshot. PO Cyril Collings of
Calshot was posted as missing on the same day, and is
commemorated on the Runnymede memorial. If you have any
further information, please
let us know
- with thanks to Dean Sumner