World War II
SERVICE CASUALTIES NOT IN
THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
MacDonald was a Trinity House Pilot, with S.S. Stokesley.
He lived at Park Avenue, and was 41 when he died on 24
April 1940, and was cremated at Charing, Kent. Service
people cremated there are commemorated on a Portland
stone in a recess in a pavilion on the west of the
His parents were John and Christina
Howat MacDonald (née Anderson), and his wife was Bessie
A L MacDonald, from Glasgow
Percy Macdonnell was a
Regimental Sergeant Major, 6280472, serving in 4th
Battalion, The Buffs. He was born in Dover on 14
September 1903, and brought up in that town. He lived in
Randolph Road and went to Buckland School. There he met
Emily Thomas. They were married on 22 June
1929 at St Andrew's Church, Buckland.
Percy joined the army aged 18, owing
to unemployment. He was later posted to India, and Emily
travelled with him. They were there for six years, and
in that time had three daughters: Betty, Daphne, and
Kathleen. They returned to England in January 1936, and
lived for a while in Canterbury, Kent. Percy was then
sent to Shorncliffe, Folkestone. When war broke out he
was sent to France, and in retreat was rescued from the
beaches of France.
was then, with his battalion, sent to Malta, where they
stayed for the three years during the siege of Malta.
During that time he, with Sergeant C. Cook, supervised a
very efficient corps of drums and they beat the retreat
on many evenings in numerous villages, so doing much to
keep up the morale of the inhabitants of Malta. In
recognition of their tenacity, the George Cross was
bestowed on the island by His Majesty The King. (Left,
RMS Macdonnell leading the drums)
Malta was liberated the battalion was sent to Egypt for
a brief break. Following this they were sent to the
islands of Leros and Cos. Near to Cos their ship, HMS
Eclipse, struck a mine and sank in three minutes. A
hundred and twenty eight other ranks, seven officers and
11 non-commissioned officers were lost. Percy was
reported missing, and two years later confirmed as
having died on HMS Eclipse on the night of 23 October
1943. His name is recorded on the Athens memorial.
Percy was a very good swimmer and
often swam from Dover beach to the breakwater - which
was why he was last seen handing his life jacket to a
young soldier who could not swim.
Emily Macdonnell, née Thomas, was of
a Dover family descended from
Thomas, who, with his son and wife, fled from France
during the St Bartholomew uprising in the 17th century.
Thomas was believed to be a stonemason and was in due
course naturalised and became a British citizen, and
some of the family have resided in Dover ever since.
RMS Macdonnell's daughters still live
in Kent - two in Hawkinge and one in Dover. His wife
Emily died in Dover on 22 January 1974, and is buried at
St Mary's cemetery.
Others lost with HMS Eclipse were
Robert Patrick Bean, and
Charles Edward Cock
with thanks to Daphne Sayer
gravestone by Joyce Banks
Marks, R. E.
Robert Edward Marks was a Second Engineer Officer in the
Merchant Navy. He died on the SS Maid of Kent when, in
use as a hospital ship, she
was bombed on 21 May 1940. He was 40,
and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial,
London. Panel 66
He was the third son of the late
Robert James Marks of
Ramsgate, and Mrs Weston, of the Railway Hotel, Kearsney,
and the "dearly beloved husband" of Florence Gertrude Marks,
born 29 March 1890,
from 45 Cherry Garden Lane, Folkestone.
Robert's parents married in 1899 in
the Kensington area. Mr Marks, born about 1854 at St
Margaret's, was a master butcher in 1901, living at 115
King Street, Ramsgate, with his wife Tryphena Maud, née
Woollard, born 7 April 1868 at Margate. He had
previously been married, in 1879, to Mary Jane Spry. She
died in 1887 leaving at least four children, Florence
Gertrude, born 1880, Albert William, 1882, Edith Maud,
1884, and Robert Horace E, 1886.
Marks and Mrs Tryphena Marks had three sons, Charles
James, about 1890, Frank, 1892, and Robert Edward, 1900,
and a daughter, Tryphena Emily Maud, 1902. Sadly, Mr
Marks died on 11 September 1903. Mrs Marks remarried in
London, to Richard Henry Lovett; he died in 1905, aged
Lovett married again to John ("Jack") Weston in 1907. In
1911 Mr and Mrs Weston were living at The Duke of
Cumberland Hotel at 1 High Street, Whitstable, where
their son John Henry had joined them in 1908. On 31
March 1936, Robert Edward would become John Henry's best
man; he may be in the image, right. Living at the Hotel
too were five servants for the hotel, of which Mrs
Weston was the manageress. Mr Weston was a hairdresser.
In 1919 Mr Weston became the licensee at the Railway
Hotel in Kearsney, which position he held until 1948
when he was succeeded by his son.
Weston died on 28 June 1945 at the Railway Hotel; her
remains were cremated at Charing. Mr Weston, a Freemason
and formerly keen swimmer, died on 19 February 1950 and
his body was also cremated at Charing.
Illustration top: bombed
and burnt out Maid of Kent at Dieppe, the destroyed
casualty carriages train beside
Note: The Maid of Kent
was one of the cross channel ferries, converted to a
hospital ship. See
Leonard Martin, Royal Army
Service Corps, died on 27 October 1942 on the motor
launch Greydame. He was an old St Mary's school boy.
Martin, V. D.
Douglas Martin was a sergeant who died at the age of 36
as the result of an accident on 6 April 1942/3. He was the
son of Mrs V Martin, late of 36 Eaton Road, Dover
James Eglington Marshall, 70809,
was a Pilot and Squadron Leader in the RAF. Winner of
the DFC, he was the son of Engineer-Commander Hugh
Haddow Marshall, RNR, and Daisy Miriam Marshall, and was
brought up in West Africa. He started his flying training in September 1937 after gaining a
short service commission with the RAF and later in the year was commissioned into the RAFO (Reserve of Air Force Officers).
In early 1939 he joined 79 Squadron to undergo 'Fighter Command Training' and then in June he relinquished his RAFO
commission to take up his short service commission and later joined
He claimed his first combat success on 18 August 1940 when he shot down a Heinkel
He111 bomber over the Thames Estuary. Soon after he collided with
another He111 and lost a wingtip of his Hawker Hurricane fighter,
but managed to land safely back at Debden
On 29th August Flying Officer Marshall shot down
a Messerschmitt Me109 along the Sussex coast, but the next day was
himself shot down whilst attacking a formation of He111's and baled
out unhurt. He got his revenge on 27 October when he shot down
He often flew as wingman to Squadron Leader Peter Townsend and in April 1941, Marshall was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross
for "... gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations"
In July 1941, Marshall was posted to Command 1452 Flight at West Malling in Kent, equipped with experimental Turbinlite
Havocs, aircraft that mounted searchlights to illuminate enemy
aircraft in the air at night to allow other aircraft to shoot them
down (not a great success)
On 18 April 1942, 23 years old Squadron Leader Marshall and his two crewmen were killed when their Havoc crashed at Widford
in Essex., He is buried at Maidstone, plot CC1, grave 44. His grave
is in the second row, second from left in the picture below.
The words at the foot of his
gravestone read: "Eldest son of Engineer Commander and
Mrs H H Marshall".
pictures and words with thanks to Dean Sumner
Maton, R. H. S.
Ronald Hazeldine Septimus Maton, 581235, was a Sergeant
in the RAF, 53 Squadron. He was Observer when his plane,
Ocean Blenheim IV P4850 Coded PZ-U, was lost over
Brest on 11 March 1941. He is commemorated on the
Runnymede Memorial, Panel 48.
He was born in
Bideford, Devon, the son of George and Mary Elizabeth
Maton, née Hazeldine, who married in 1912. He had three
sisters, Margaret, born in 1913, Joan, born in 1917, who
became a deputy Mayor of Dover, and Peggie, born in 1923. Peggie was born in Dover, where the
family moved during the Great War. The family lived at
Liverpool Street and also Marine House and Guildford Lawn, and
Mr Maton was the manager of a
jeweller's shop in London Road. Mrs Maton ran a boarding
house; many naval people stayed there during WWII.
Sergeant Maton was
a pupil of St Martin's School, Markland Road, and then
of the County (now Grammar) School, playing cricket for
the school. On leaving school he joined the Merchant
Navy, encouraged and helped by a captain who had stayed
at the boarding house with the family. He then
transferred to the RAF.
Ronald, in cricket whites,
with his mother
Margaret and Ron, and, in
Joan and Peggie Maton
Ronald outside Marine House
Maton married Phyllis Pole in 1940, and their son,
Rodney, was born six months after his father was killed.
Above, Sgt Maton's
signature, from a letter to his brother-in-law
Lost with Sergeant
Maton were the pilot, Douglas Keith Plumb, aged 22, and
Charles MacLean Calder, aged 19.
pictures and information with thanks to Peggie Johns
Maxted, W. C.
Walter Charles Maxted, 6297545, was a Gunner in the
Royal Artillery, 2 Maritime Regiment. He was 28 when he
died on 6th May 1941. He is commemorated on the
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 61, Column 3
He was the son of Walter George and
Frances Maxted, and the husband of Hilda Doris Maxted,
from Guston, by Dover . He was brother to William,
below; their father Walter George Maxted was killed in
1918 and is buried at Nine Elms Cemetery, Belgium
Maxted, W. H.
Henry Maxted, 175237, was a Gunner in the Royal
Artillery, 89 HAA. He was 32 when he died on 5th July
1943, and is buried in Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya. 3 D
He was the son of Walter George Maxted and his wife
Frances Emily (Emily Frances), née Baldwin, later Mrs G
Terry, who were
married in Dover in 1907, and the brother of Walter,
above. William was the "beloved
husband" of Hilda May Swinerd, born in Dover in 1909, and who was later living
in Finchley, Middlesex, and father of Brenda
In Charlton cemetery is a headstone for Hilda May
Maxted, which states "Now re-united with her husband
Bill, buried in Libya", and on which are also
commemorated her parents
left - 1944
McGah, J. E.
John Edward McGah, 125487, was a Diesel Greaser and
Fireman. With the Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant
Navy) he was serving on HMS Avenger (aircraft carrier)
when she was sunk by enemy submarine off Gibraltar on 15
November 1942. He is commemorated
on the Liverpool Naval memorial. Panel 7, Column 1
He was the "dearly loved husband"
of Rose Gertrude McGah (née Banks) of 48 Noah's Ark Road, Dover, and father to
Jeannie, Clive, little Marian, and baby Johnnie. The
couple had married on 2 February 1926 at Charlton
"Although gone from our sight he will always live in
our hearts. Beloved by all who knew him"
Mills, S. H.
Sidney Harold Mills, 749135, was a Sergeant in the Royal
Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 20th battalion. He
died on 20 September 1941, shortly after his promotion
to RSM, through enemy action on the Isle of Wight. He
He lived at 4 Brook Street, Dover.
The funeral took place from 6 Peter Street, the home of his
mother, Mrs Susannah (or Anna, Annie, or Hannah) Wetherly, and his stepfather,
William Wetherly (or Weatherby or Weatherley), whom his
mother had married in 1935. The coffin was
draped with the Royal Fusiliers colours, and was borne
by his brothers, Bert, Len, and Ron, his brothers-in-law
Joe and Steve, and his old pal Sergeant Taylor. He is
buried at Charlton, Dover, 3 D grave 29. Mourners
included his wife and his parents, his brothers,
sisters, and in-laws. Amongst the floral tributes was
one from his "broken-hearted wife and babies, Jean and
Shirley" and one "in memory of a comrade, from Gunner
Phipps (school pal)"
He was brother to
Walter Mills, who
died in 1922, brother-in-law to
Yvonne Mills, who were killed by enemy action in 1944,
"beloved husband" of Mrs M Mills (late of Dover) "RIP"
extra details with
thanks to Joyce Banks and Bob Hollingsbee
Mitchell, G. F.
Forsyth Mitchell, 2821364, was a Private in the Seaforth
Highlanders, 2nd battalion. He was 27 when he died on 27
April 1940, and is buried at the Chambieres French
National Cemetery, Metz, France. Grave 19
He left three children and a wife,
who was then living in Canterbury. Before he had joined
the army, thirteen months before he died, he had been a
miner at Snowdown. He came originally from Glasgow
Mockeridge, P. R.
Percival Robert Mockeridge,
10575766, was born in Dover on 21 August 1915, and was
the youngest son of Henry George Mockeridge from Dover
and Sarah Ellen, his wife, née Crompton. He was a
Corporal in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical
Engineers, and was 28 when he died on 12 May 1944. He is
buried in the Cassino War Cemetery, Italy, grave XVI E
He left a widow, Dorothy Emma, née
Hutchings, whom he had married in the Eastry area in
1937, and a daughter, Muriel, born 1940. At St Leonard's
church in Deal there is a processional cross said to be dedicated
to him (right), as he was once a Sunday School teacher there.
with thanks to Valerie
with thanks to Muriel Pierce
with thanks to June Trollope (above)