war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War II



Surnames N and O


North family plot, by Andy and Michelle CooperNorth, Lord F. G. 
Lord Francis George North, 23157, was a Major in the 144 (The Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry) Field Regiment. He died when he was 39 on 25 August 1940, by stepping on a landmine while out for a stroll. He is buried at Waldershare. His sister, Lady Cynthia May Noel Williams, the only daughter of the family, was also killed. She was married to Max Wells Williams, a Lieutenant in the Army. Lady North was injured

Lord North's addresses were at Waldershare Park, Dover and 70 Eaton Place, Westminster. He Francis North, his grave slab, by Michelle and Andy Cooperwas the son of Frederick George North, DL, JP, 8th Earl of Guildford, and of the Countess of Guildford (nee Hargrave Pawson), of Dover, and was the husband of Lady North (nee Burrell), of West Grinstead, Sussex. His

Above, the North family plot, at All Saints Church, Waldershare

Right, the slab commemorating Francis, Lord North. It reads: "Francis George, Lord North, Eldest Son of Frederick George, 8th Earl of Guildford and Violet, his wife. Born June 15th 1902, died August 25th 1940"

pictures by Andy and Michelle Cooper


Oates, W.
Wilfred Leonard Oates, C/KX 93378. was a Stoker, 1st Class, in the Royal Navy. He died on 12th December 1940, when he was 20, aboard the H.M.S. Duchess. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial  Panel 33.3

He was the "loving son" of George Elijah and Florence Beatrice Oates, from Elvington

"You live with us in memory still; not just today but always will"

In memoriam, courtesy Dover Express
December 1941

Not a day do we forget you
In our hearts you are always near;
We, who loved you, sadly miss you
As it dawns another year

From Mum, Dad, Sisters, and Brothers

To live in the memory of those who love us is not to die

From his loving Mum, Dad, Brothers, and Sisters

O'Beirne, H. W.  
Henry W. O'Beirne was born on 28th June 1886. With 26 years service, he was an Assistant Cable Foreman on the H.M.T.S. (His Majesty's Telegraph Ship) 'Cable Ship' Alert,  lost on 24th February 1945. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 5

His wife was Mrs Rose J O'Beirne, formerly Goodburn, from 20 Bridge Street, Dover, and they may have had two children, Stella E, born 1916, and William A, born 1920. Henry may have been the great-uncle of Freddie Spinner.

Notes on Alert

O'Rourke, W. J.
William James O'Rourke (on CWGC as James William O'Rourke), 6285775, was a Private in The Buffs, 1st battalion. He was "killed in action in the Western Desert" on 3rd November 1942, when he was 25. He is buried in the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. Joint Grave IX C 5A

His parents were Katherine O'Rourke, from 8 Winchelsea Terrace, Dover, and her late husband, William  

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