war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War I



Surnames H

medals and penny, courtesy Danny O'ConnellHadaway, B. A.  
Bert Andrews Hadaway, G/20142, was a Private in the 6th battalion of The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) Born in 1897 he died at the age of 20 on 5 April 1918 and is buried in the Senlis Communal Cemetery Extension, France. I A 6

Enlisting in Herne he was born in Dover on 22 May 1897 to Richard Albert Hadaway JP a master clothier then of 32 Marine Parade, Dover, and Isabella Hadaway (later from "The Haven" London Road, Sittingbourne, Kent) He is also commemorated on the Sittingbourne Baptist Church Memorial 

with thanks to Danny O' Connell

E W Hall, courtesy Dover ExpressHall, E. W.    
Elgar William Hall, 139290, was an Able Seaman (PO Coast Guard) He was born on Christmas Day 1870, and died on 1 November 1914, aboard the HMS Monmouth. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 2

announcement, courtesy Dover Express

Christened at St John the Mariner Church, Dover, on 2 November 1870, he was the "beloved son of his sorrowing mother" Mrs Hannah Hall, of the York Street Almshouses, Dover. In 1881 his father, William George, a labourer (in 1870 a sailor), and his mother, a laundress, were living at 51 Castle Place, Dover with two children, Elgar, 11, and Ellen, 7. The family were all born in Dover. Ten years previously the family had been living at 12 Hartley Street, and four elder children were also there: James, Agnes, Elizabeth, and Annie. William George Hall died in 1887 at the age of 47.

Elgar appears to have married on 21 October 1893 at St Barnabas in Gillingham to Ellen Matilda Miller. He was then working as a stoker in the Royal Navy, and the father's name was given as George Hall (deceased). Elgar appears to have remarried in 1902 in Helston, Cornwall, to Beatrice Annie Richards. At the time of her husband's death, Beatrice was living at the Coast Guard Station in Perranporth, Cornwall. 

Herbert Harman, courtesy Ian GilesHarman, H. R.
Herbert Reginald Harman, 669, Lance Corporal in the 9th battalion D Company of the Australian Infantry was the son of Herbert James and Marie Harman born near Windsor, Berkshire. He attended St Stephen's School there. On 11 April 1908 in Dover he married Susanna Elizabeth Hart the sister of Horace Cecil Hart. He was then employed by the railway. Exactly a year later they had their only child John Herbert Granville Harman. In adult life John became a Constable in the Dover Borough Police

Herbert served five years in the East Kent Volunteer Corps. In 1911 Susanna and their son were living at 65 Limekiln Street with her parents and siblings. Herbert went alone to Australia and although his family had been intended to join him in late 1913 he was still alone when he enlisted at Lismore as a Private on 23 August 1914. On his enlistment his next of kin was given as Mrs C (E) Maidman his aunt of 3 Anns Place, Clewes, Windsor, and his address was probably care of S J Jamieson of Lismore. He was a motor mechanic a Protestant and was described as five feet eight inches tall and weighing ten stone 2 pounds with greyish brown eyes and light hair. His age was 28 years 4 months

He embarked from Brisbane on HMAT Omrah on 24 September 1914 and on 24 February 1915 was appointed Lance Corporal. Herbert died aged 32, from a bullet wound to the head on 2 May 1915 at San Stephano Hospital, Alexandria. He is buried in the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. C 194

Mrs Harman had believed that her husband would have had leave to visit his family before being sent to the Dardanelles, and had the distressing experience of not knowing that her husband may have died until she read his name in the papers. She then had to write to his battalion asking if this were indeed her husband. She added that although he had sent postcards and a tin of chocolate from Egypt to their son, "I am very anxious about him as I have not heard from him since he left for the Dardanelles so I am afraid it is him”

Sadly, it proved so to be. Herbert's will dated 6 March 1915 left the whole of his goods and effects to his wife at 16 Albany Place, Dover, and effects returned were photos cards a gift box a testament and a match box. A letter and a disc were also mentioned. His son John claimed a pension of £13 per annum the trustee for which was his mother. She also received a pension of £52 per annum

Notes: Lance Corporal Harman is referred variously as Reginald Herbert or Herbert Reginald Harman. His widow stated that his name was Herbert Reginald Harman, but that he used only the names Herbert Harman, never normally Reginald. His enlistment forms have him as Harman Reginald Herbert

His aunt Mrs E Maidman referred to him as Private R H Harman and believed that he may have died on 6 May. The deputy public curator believed in 1917 he had died aboard the hospital ship Ionian. The Ionian may have been the ship he took when embarking with the MEF for the Gallipoli campaign on 2 March 1915. His war pension claim document has his service number as 689

with thanks to Ian Giles

LK Hatton, courtesy Dover ExpressHatton, L. N.     
Leonard Nelvington Hatton, 198556, was born at Westbere in Kent on 17 July 1881, the second son of the late Robert Hatton, builder of Dover. He was a Petty Officer Gunnery Instructor in the Royal Navy and lost his life on 22 September 1914 when HMS Hogue was sunk by torpedo. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Panel 1

Commander Norton of the Hogue wrote, "I particularly wish to mention Petty Officer 1st Class Hatton, who, by encouraging the men in the water near me, undoubtedly saved many lives.". To Leonard's sister he wrote, "He was swimming close to me just before I was picked up by the cutter, encouraging the men round him and telling them not to waste their breath by calling out, but to tread water and all would be picked up. I had hoped he would have been picked up, but with so many in the water and so few boats, it was difficult. He was a most excellent Petty Officer in every way and a great help to me in the ship. I offer you my warmest sympathy. I know the Gunnery Lieutenant had the highest regard for him, in fact everyone had, and he could ill be spared. However, you know he died a hero's death, encouraging others to the end, and what could be finer? Yours sincerely, Reginald Norton" 

Leonard was the second son of the late Robert Hatton builder from Dover, and his wife Emma Eliza, née Taylor. They were both born in Dover and married there in 1874. Mrs Hatton had been widowed when her first husband, Charles Croombes, died in Dover in 1870, aged 37.  In 1881 Mr and Mrs Hatton were living in Sturry, at 63 Sturry Street. with Minnie, 11, a daughter of Mrs Hatton's first marriage, born in Dover and their children; Ada, 5, and Frank, 3, both born in Dover, and Violet, 2, born at Sturry. Mr Hatton was a builder and bricklayer, employing 6 men and two boys.

Mr Hatton also suffered an early death, at the age of 44 in 1884. In 1885 in Dover Mrs Hatton married again, to Robert Cocks. In 1891 they were living at Five Post Lane, Dover, and Mr Cocks was a tobacconist proprietor. There were five Hatton children living with them, with Leonard, 9, and Harold, 8, having joined the family. It was Leonard's step-brother, Robert Cocks, of 31 Gilmore Road, Lewisham, who received notification of his death. 

"Great love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

Hitchman, E.
Edward Hitchman. The grave below is at Charlton cemetery

E Hitchman gravestone by Joyce Banks In Loving Memory
Our Dear Brother
Edward Hitchman
who was Drowned while on Active Service
January 21 1917. Aged 50 Years
Also of Our Dear Father and Mother
Edward and Harriet Hitchman
who Lie in a Grave Near By

Gathered Home
Also of
Charles Henry Hitchman
died 19 October 1918. Aged 21

Edward Hitchman lived at 176 Union Road, Dover, and died accidentally. His sisters Mrs Rigden and Mrs Webb were amongst the mourners at his funeral as well as CSM Webb RF, CQMS Gumley RF, and Sergeant Bailey RF, and amongst the floral tributes was one from the officers, crew, and men of the Dredger plant

Charles Hitchman was a Merchant Seaman from 35 Union Road. He was buried on 24 October 1918 

Howell, F. A.
Frederick Andrus Howell, 6279314, was a Private in The Buffs, 2nd battalion. He was 20 (born 1901) when he died on 22 June 1921, and is buried in the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. III B 8

He was the son of Louisa Greenstreet, née Daniels, wife of Edward B N Greenstreet, from 23 Rectory Gardens, Old Town, Clapham, London, and her late husband (died 1902), William John Howell. William Howell was the son of Samuel Howell, grandfather of Sydney Howell

courtesy Dover Express, 1943Hudson, J. H.
John Henry Hudson, J/32251, was a Telegraphist with the Royal Navy HMS Tipperary. He was killed in action at the Battle of Jutland 1 June 1916 when he was 18. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 17

He was the son of Mr and Mrs John Henry Hudson, from 70 Balfour Road, Dover. His brother Douglas was killed in 1940 aged 21. "Their grave - the sea"

In memoriam, 1943

NH Hughes grave, by Andy and Michelle CooperHughes, N. H. 
Norman Henry Hughes, 229339, was the son of Thomas Henry and Lucy Hughes of 23 Victoria Dwellings, Dover. He served  in the 1st battalion of the London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) before he was posted to the 10thSt Sever, by Michelle and Andy Cooper battalion. When he died from the effects of gas on 22 May 1918 he was 19  

He is buried in St Sever cemetery extension, France. Q III N 17. The words at the bottom of his stone read 

Rest in Peace

His grave is fourth from the right, in the foreground row

G Hopper, courtesy Dover ExpressHopper, G. 
Gilbert Hopper, G/460, was a Corporal in the Buffs. Before enlisting he worked for 12 years in the Goods Yard at the Priory Station. He enlisted on 29 August 1914 and went to France in May 1915. He came  home on leave on 10 December 1915 and was killed exactly three months later on 10 (14?) March 1916 aged 30. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 15 to 19

His wife and two children lived at 11 Noah's Ark Road. His wife's father Mr J Martin of 5 Durham Place was also serving, in the Royal West Kents at Dartford    

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