war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War I



Surnames F

G Files, courtesy Dover ExpressFiles, G.
George Files, 203471, was an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy and had been so by 1911.

He served aboard the  HM Drifter "Frons Olivae" (RFR/CH/B/8996), and was killed by a mine explosion off Ramsgate on 12 October 1915 when he was 32. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 19

 He was the son of George and Annie Elizabeth Files of 2 Myrtle Cottage, Dover

Finnis, A. A.
Arthur Augustus Finnis, 751, was the "only and dearly loved" son of Arthur and Jane Finnis, of 59 Whyteville Road, Forest Gate, London, formerly of Folkestone Road, Dover.

Born in Greenwich in 1895, he was in 1901 at the home of his grandparents, James and Jane Finnis, at 47 Folkestone Road, Dover. He enlisted at Woolwich into the Territorials on 3 September 1914. He became a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, 238th Brigade.Gunner Finnis was said to have won the  Military Medal, but a note in his service records states that such an award cannot be traced.

 On 8 September 1916  at the Somme he received gun shot wounds to his abdomen, succumbing to them on 9 September 1916 at Maurets Valley, aged 20. He was buried at Heilly Station Cememtery, Mericourt-L'Abbé, grave IV A 56. At the foot of his headstone there is inscribed "He died nobly doing his duty in the great cause"

The headstone, right, is at St Mary's. The inscription reads,
"James Stephen Finnis, Trinity Pilot, Died July 30th 1910 aged 83 years "Safe home in port at last, I was weary and he gave me rest"
"He laid down his life for his country" In loving memory of Arthur Augustus Finnis, grandson of the above and dearly loved son of Arthur and Jane Finnis (Gunner Royal Field Artillery). Killed in Somme Battle September 9th 1916 in his 21st year. "His toil is passed, his work is done And he is fully blessed He fought the fight, the victory won And entered into rest".
Also of Jane Finnis, wife of the above, who departed this life October 18th 1920 aged 83 years. "Sleep on beloved, sleep and take thy rest, Lay down thy head upon they Saviour's breast, We love thee well but Jesus loves thee best. Good night, good night, good night"

Fisher, H. B. B.
Sergeant Henry Burleigh Brockway Fisher, 473056, was born on 15 October 1882 at St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex. He was the eldest child of Robert Henry and Mary (née Brockway) Fisher. In 1891 the family were living at The George Inn, Bridge Street, Wye, Kent, where Mr Fisher was the inn keeper. There were two other children, Charlie, then 6, and Margaret, then 4. By 1901 the family were at East Peckham, possibly at the Mitre Inn, and Henry was working as a journeyman baker, while his father had become a baker shop keeper. They had been joined by three other children, Robert, then 9, William, then 5, and Rose, then 3.

Henry married on 26 December 1903 at the Holy Trinity Church, East Peckham, Annie Hurdle, the daughter of Samuel Hurdle, a waggoner. They had three daughters, Nancy, Dorothy, and Violet. The family were, in 1911, living at 3 New House, Park Road, Crowbourgh, and Henry was working as a barman.

Meanwhile his parents, with Margaret, Rose, and Robert, were at the Elephant's Head, Hook Green, Lamberhurst, where Mr Fisher was the licensed victualler and Robert and Margaret were assisting him. On 29 March 1915, Mr Fisher took a temporary transfer of the licence of the Duke of Wellington, Dover, where he stayed until September 1922, the licence then being transferred to a former Captain of the Royal Artillery.

Henry's family emigrated to Canada, and on his enlistment on 10 July 1915 Henry's home address was 648 5th Street, Prince Albert. He was then working as a teamster, and was described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, with grey eyes and dark brown hair.

Serving in the 5th battalion, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment), he was killed on 9 April 1917, aged 35 in the attack on Vimy Ridge. He is buried in the Nine Elms cemetery, III A 13. His brother, Robert, below, died the same year. They are both commemorated on the St Andrew's, Buckland, Dover, memorial. Their brother, Charles Redgrave Fisher, lost his life, aged 55, during a severe bombing raid on Birmingham on 19 November 1940.

Peace, perfect peace.

Fisher, R. H.
Robert Henry Fisher, G/7681, was born on 17 August 1891 and christened in November at Wye church, near Ashford in Kent.

He enlisted in Maidstone to become a Private in the 1st battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent). He had previously been in the West Kent Yeomanry. He was reported missing and then as killed on 4 October 1917, during the battle of Broodseinde, part of Passchendaele, the third battle of Ypres. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Panel 106 to 108

Born at Wye (Lamberhurst, according to Soldiers Died), he was the third son of Mr and Mrs Fisher of the "Duke of Wellington", Dover. His eldest brother, Harry, above, also died.

GB Flanders stone by Jouce BanksFlanders, G. B.
George Benjamin Flanders, 141127, was an Air Mechanic 2nd Class in the RAF no 5 (E) Aircraft Repair Depot. After an accident he died at the First Eastern General Hospital Cambridge on 23/24 February 1919 at the age of 19

He was the son of the late Benjamin and Cecilia Flanders and his home was at 20 Stanhope Road. In 1911 he was living there, then aged 11, with his parents and his elder brother Albert, 16, who was an apprentice in the building of motor bodies at the Connaught Motor Works. Both sons were born in Walmer, as was their mother, but their sister, Annie, 6, was born in Dover.  Mr Flanders was born in Deal, and was a naval pensioner and working as a stationary engineman in flour milling.

George was buried on 28 February at Charlton. I J 1

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