war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War II



Surnames S

Sherwood, F. J. 
Frederick Joseph Sherwood was an Able Seaman in the Merchant Navy. He died on 21st May 1940, aged 45, when the "Maid of Kent" was bombed at Dieppe. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 66

His wife was G A Sherwood, from Folkestone

in memoriam, courtesy Dover Express
May 1941
In loving memory of my dearest husband, Frederick J Sherwood, who lost his life on May 21st 1940, through enemy bombing. Sadly missed by his Wife and Children. Rest in Peace

In affectionate memory of our brother, Frederick Joseph Sherwood, killed in the bombing of the hospital ship "Maid of Kent" at Dieppe on May 21st 1940 From his Brothers and Sisters

Note: The Maid of Kent was one of the cross channel ferries, converted to a hospital ship. See here for more information

Small, H. H. A.  
An old Prince of Wales Sea Training School boy, Herbert Harry Alvin Small, C/K64812, was a Petty Officer Stoker in the Royal Navy, aboard the H.M.S. Kelly. He died on 23rd May 1941, when he was 36. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 46.3

He was the son of William St Vincent and Ada Small, and the husband of Gladys Ada Small, from Ersking, Blean, near Canterbury, late of 39 Manor Road, Dover, also later, Maxton

"In memory of my dear son" - his mother - 1942
"In proud and loving memory of my dear brother, Bert Small, who gave his life that we might live in the battle of Crete" May and Ern - 1942
"In loving memory of my dear husband and darling Daddy ... from his devoted wife Gladys and boys Allan and Dennis. Always in our thoughts" - 1942

Smith, A. A.  
Alan Alfred Smith was the "dearly loved" son of Mr and Mrs W Smith, from 6 Alexandra Place, Dover. He was in the Merchant Navy and was accidentally drowned in December 1942 at Kirkwall, Scotland, aged 22 

He was buried at St James, Dover on the 8th March 1943

Smith, C. A.  
Charles Albert Smith, 2608592, was a Guardsman with the 3rd battalion of the Grenadier Guards. He was killed in action on 19 May 1940, when he was 35. He is buried at the Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. 12 C 7

He was the only son of the late Sergeant C. Smith and Mrs Elizabeth Olive Smith, from 26 Marine Parade, Dover, and was the husband of Flora May Smith, from Maida Vale, London

Smith, E. M.  
Edward Mitchelson Smith was a Trinity House Pilot. He was 60 when he died on 18 November 1939; his vessel, SS Blackhill, registered at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was struck by an enemy magnetic mine off Longsand Head buoy. The wireless operator reported having seen Pilot Smith in the sea.

He may have been the son of Edward M Smith, a railway inspector, from Berwick-on-Tweed, and his wife Clara. In 1881 they were at 12 Wilfred Street, Milton-next-Gravesend. He married Gertrude, born 17 July 1885, and the couple may have had two children, Austin Mitchelson and Muriel. His home address when he died was 57 Barton Road, Dover.

Pilot Smith is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London, panel 122.

Smith, J. D. N.   
James Davis Noble Smith, 6085309, was a Corporal in the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey), 2nd battalion. He was 24 when he was "killed in action in the Middle East" on 28th November 1941, and is buried in the Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya. 8 M 7

He was the "beloved youngest son" of  Ellen Beatrice Smith, of Southall, Middlesex, and the late George Noble Smith, late of 5 Bowling Green Terrace, Dover  

"Sleep on loved one, until the dawn breaks"

Smith, W. J.  
William James Smith, Cable Foreman, age 47 died on 24th February 1945, when H.M.T.S. (His Majesty's Telegraph Ship) 'Cable Ship' Alert was sunk. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 5

"In proud and loving memories of my dear husband and our father" from all at 102 Maryon Road, Charlton, S.E.7 (February 1945)

WJA Smith, courtesy Dover ExpressSmith, W. J. A. 
William James Archibald Smith, C/K 64446, was a Petty Officer Stoker in the Royal Navy. He was lost with the destroyer H.M.S. Duchess on 12 December 1939, when she was struck by the battleship H.M.S. Barham off the Mull of Kintyre. The Duchess was sunk, with only a handful of her crew surviving. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 33.3

He was the husband of Elsie Smith, of 62 Folkestone Road, and was aged 35. They had one child, Billy (probably Billy Smith), aged seven. His mother, Mrs Clay, lived at Wigmore Cottages, Eythorne, nr. Dover, Kent  

In Memoriam, courtesy Dover Express 1941

Memories are treasures no one can steal

from his wife Elsie and son Billy

He left the world without a tear
He said good-bye to none,
His spirit flew before we knew
That from us he had gone

From his loving Mother

Time passeth, but memory never fades

from his sincere friend, Phyllis Cole

In memoriam, courtesy Dover Express 1941

Stockbridge, E. J.  
Edward John Stockbridge, C/KX 145321, was a 1st Class Stoker in the Royal Navy. He was reported missing, presumed killed, in December 1942. His date of presumed death was 12th December. He was serving on H.M.S. Firedrake

He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 62.3

He was the youngest son of Mrs Stockbridge of Sheerness, late of Dover, and the late Mr C H Stockbridge

Stringer, C. B. 
Charles Burdett Stringer, 6914729, was a Rifleman in the Rifle Brigade, the 10th (2nd battalion The Tower Hamlets Rifles) battalion. He was 24 when he died on 22 February 1943, and his buried in the Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia. 16 C 18

He was the "dearly beloved husband" of Ruby Louisa Stringer, of 37 Chamberlain Road, Dover

"Always in my heart"

Sweeting, F. E.  
Frederick Edward Sweeting, 7882851, was a Trooper in the 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards of the Royal Armoured Corps. He was reported missing, then as a POW and wounded, and he died at the age of 30 in a Belgian Military Hospital on 26 May 1940. He is buried in the Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. X 12 4

An old Dover County School boy, he was the only son of Mrs Ellen Sweeting from 4 Cowgate Hill, and the late Edward Henry Sweeting, and his wife was Edna Annie Sweeting, from Battersea, London 

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