war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper


The "We Remember" Booklet 2006



John James, Alfred George, and Nelson Cork

JJ Cork, courtesy Mr J CorkN Cork, courtesy Mr J CorkJohn (left) enlisted in Dover during the Great War. Serving in the Royal Sussex Regiment, he was killed in January 1915 at the age of 25. His nephew Alfred was 19 when he died in April 1918, with the Lincolnshire Regiment. Neither has a grave. John is named on Le Touret memorial in France, and Alfred on the Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium.  John’s brother Nelson (right) died on active service in Palestine in 1938, aged 34. 



Harry Bates

H Bates, courtesy Mr P BatesIn World War II he served in the Merchant Navy. He was chief steward on the cable ship “Alert” when she was lost in the Straits of Dover on 24th February 1945. The son of James and Elizabeth Bates, the brother of George Bates, who was a casualty of the Great War, and the husband of Alice, Harry was 47 when he died. All the crew of the “Alert” perished, and Harry is one of at least 16 crew members from Dover.




E Gatehouse, courtesy Mrs J HartleyEdward William Gatehouse

He was 5’ 9” tall, and worked as a blacksmith’s lad before joining the Navy in 1906. He worked as a stoker through the beginning of the Great War, before being invalided from the “Pembroke” in March 1915 with tuberculosis. The disease was unremitting, and he was remembered as a small man with white hair lying in bed before he died at home, aged 28, on 11th September 1916. His father, Charles, was caretaker of the disused Shakespeare colliery at the foot of the cliffs. As the railway was blocked one side by a landslide at the Warren and the other by the storage of ammunition trains in the Shakespeare tunnel Charles had to row to Dover to fetch the coffin and then row his deceased son back for the funeral. Edward is buried in Charlton cemetery.


A Osborne, courtesey Mr R OsbourneAlbert George Osborne

Enlisting in Dover at an early age, he served with the Norfolk Regiment. He was severely wounded and died at the age of 18 on 2nd October 1918, just over a month before the Great War ended. He lies in a cemetery at Abbeville, France, a town near the mouth of the Somme. Born in Guernsey to Walter Osborne and his French wife Ada, he was the eldest of a family of four brothers and two sisters.  

Note: Soldiers Died states "Malta" for his birthplace


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