war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War II



Surnames R

Redpath, A.       
in memoriam, 1942, courtesy Dover Express
Andrew Redpath, 2754069, was a Private in the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), 2nd battalion. He died on 21st November 1941, when he was 26. He is buried at Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya. 7 C 8

He was the son of David and Annie Redpath, and the "dearly loved" husband of Doreen Redpath (nnéee Frankham) from Greenford, Middlesex

in memoriam 1942

Richardson, H. M. B.        
Mrs Richardson's grave, by Andy and Michelle Cooper
Helena Maria Barbara Richardson, W/160617, was a Private in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. She died in a car crash in Bracknell on 15 January 1942, while driving on active service.  She was 25, and is buried at Waldershare, All Saints, near Dover. No grave ref  

She was the second wife of Dr Joseph Richard Whitehead Richardson, born in Dover in 1900, whom she had married in 1936; in 1939 Dr and Mrs Richardson were living at 1 Marine Parade, Dover, Dr Richardson's address also in 1911. Mrs Richardson's mother was Teresa Falloon, from West Hampstead London, and her father Jacob Fuhr, who had been born in Germany around 1876 and emigrated to Canada in 1908. The couple had married on 6 December 1912, the year Teresa Falloon had emigrated to Canada from England. Both their children were born in Manitoba - Barbara on 8 March 1916 - and in 1916 the family were living in Souris, Manitoba. Lodging with them was Edward Redewold, aged 30, born in Russia.

lychgate, entrance to Waldershare churchyard, by Andy and Michelle CooperMrs Richardson's brother, Hugh Philip Falloon, also died while on service duties and was buried at Waldershare on 18 May 1945. He was a Major in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, RCIC, and was 31 when he succumbed to wounds, received at Deventer, North Holland, at No 4 Canadian Hospital on 5 May 1945. He is believed to have been awarded posthumously the Dutch Military William Order for exceptional bravery on the battlefield. Dr Richardson remarried in late 1943, and he and his new wife Bessie ("Bobby") were amongst the mourners at Hugh's grave. 

statue, by Michelle and Andy CooperThe words on the headstone read:

"Barbara, beloved wife of J R W Richardson, killed while serving her country in the ATS 15th January 1942 aged 25 years"

The words on the footstone edge read:

"also her brother Hugh Philip Falloon, died of wounds May 5 1945, aged 31, They are gone into the World of Light"

Mrs Richardson's grave lies to the left of the lychgate. It has recently (2012) been restored.

above left: memorial statue to the ATS, at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

Pictures by Andy and Michelle Cooper, who officially adopted and cared for the grave until they moved away in 2015. 

Notes: The Reverend Hugh Falloon was vicar of Christchurch, Folkestone Road, and was great-uncle to Barbara and Hugh. He had been appointed in 1903 when Christchurch became a separate parish. He was later at Temple Ewell.

Dr J Richardson died on 12 May 1948 at his home in London Road, Dover, at the age of 48. He is buried at SS Peter and  Paul, River. Baptised at St James on 7 June 1900, he was the son of Dr Joseph Richardson and his wife Ada. They lived at 13 Liverpool Street and later 1 Marine Parade. He attended Dover College and, between 16 September 1918 and 9 November 1918 served in the RAF as a flying cadet before moving to Guy's Hospital to study. As well as caring for his own patients, he worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Dover and Waldershare during the Second World War, and at Buckland helped care for the many casualties from Dunkirk. To help fight the many fires in Dover after raids, he lent his car to the fire service in order to pull the trailer pump. He was also the police surgeon from April 1929 and deputy coroner at the end of the war. (Information by courtesy of Mark Chapman, and from the Dove Express obituary.)

Teresa Falloon, born in Liverpool on 18 July 1879, was in 1939 a paid domestic at 60 Marlborough Mansions, Hampstead. She died in Hampstead in 1969.

J Robertson, courtesy Dover ExpressRobertson, J.
James Robertson, 2754163, was a Lance Serjeant in the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), 1st battalion. He was 26 when he died in action on 14 May 1940, and is buried in the Choloy War Cemetery, France. 3 D 7

His parents were David and Helen C Robertson, from Pathhead, Fife, for whom he was the second son. Only a few weeks before his death, on 28 March 1940, at Christchurch, Hougham, Dover, he had become the "beloved husband" of Violet Frances Hearne of 128 Clarendon Place   , the second daughter of Mr and Mrs Hearne.

Mrs Robertson remarried early the following year, to Mr Edward A James. Very sadly, aged 27, she herself died that same year, 1941, on 12 November, at the home of her parents at 12 Underdown Road, Dover. She was buried at Charlton, in the same grave as her sister Mrs May L Chittenden, who had died at the age of 21 in August 1938. 

Rothwell, P. T.      
Percy Thomas ("Jinks") Rothwell, 106334, was a Lieutenant in the Royal Tank Regiment (7th), RAC. He was in the England Hockey XI during 1937-8 and the Great Britain Hockey XI in 1938.

He was Mentioned in Dispatches. He died when he was 28 on 4th May 1941, and is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 21

His parents were Frederick and Alice Annetta (nnéee Smithers) Rothwell, who married in Thanet in 1903. His wife was Dorothy Ellen ("Bill") Rothwell, from Narborough, Leicestershire

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