war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War I



Surnames O

O'Halloran, M.   
Michael O'Halloran was a Gunner in the Royal Navy with HMS Flirt. On 10 October 1911 he gained the Royal Humane Society's medal for gallantry having gone down into the hold of a vessel to rescue comrades overcome by foul gas

He was drowned on 1 June 1916 and is buried in Grave DV15 at St James cemetery. He left a wife Ethel whom he had married in 1913. She was the daughter of Mr William Davies who lived at 6 Church Place, Dover

Oram, F. G. W.   
Frank G W Oram, 2408, was a Corporal of Horse in the 1st Life Guards. He died on 28 August 1914 at Millbank Military Hospital which date was his 31st birthday. He had married Miss James a schoolteacher from Dover in November the year before  

His mother lived at 49 Longfield Road; his father had predeceased him. He was buried at St Mary's, O K 28,  with a military band and bearers from the 3rd Home Counties (Cinque Ports) RFA (T)

Among the floral tributes were:

"To my darling son, from his sorrowing mother"
"In loving memory of our dear brother, from Ern and Emily"

His wife laid a sheaf of lilies tied with the deceased's regimental colours which was interred with the coffin 

F A Owins, gravestone, by Simon ChambersOwins, F. A.  
Francis A. Owins, 6069, was a Serjeant in the Worcestershire Regiment 2nd battalion. He was 29 when he died of wounds on 28 January 1916. He is buried at St James, Dover. L W 16

He was the son of George and Elizabeth Owins of Worcester and husband of Frances A. E. Williams (formerly Owins nee Carey) of 63 Buckland Avenue, Dover, whom he had married in 1910

His brother Douglas Morgan Owins, 5105, also died on 26 February 1919. He was 34 and had 18 years service. Born at Worcester he also became a Serjeant in the Worcestershire Regiment and had been awarded the DCM in an incident where he had been wounded, and subsequently treated in hospital in Bristol. With a silver war badge and was discharged on the grounds of sickness in 1916. He is buried at Worcester (Astwood) Cemetery, Grave 27500. Married in 1913 he left a widow Annie Owins (nee Griffiths) from 30 Washington Street, Worcester

with thanks to Mike Jones

TA Osborn, gravestone, by Simon ChambersOsborn, T. A. 
Thomas Alfred Osborn, G/13588 was a Private in the 1st battalion formerly the 2nd/4th battalion of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) On 1 September 1918 when he was 20 he died of wounds received on 16 May. He was the son of Thomas and Martha Osborn of 40 Oswald Road, Dover, and is buried at Buckland. D 2381

His gravestone states that he enlisted in October 1914 and died in King George's hospital, London

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