"We Remember" Booklet 2006
Alfred Richard Breeze
died on 30th November 1917 during
a counter offensive after the Hindenburg Line had been
spectacularly broken in the first tank battle of World War I. He
had been helping to hold a sunken road parallel to the Cambrai
canal, and an eyewitness account stated, “he was killed by a 5.9
and two or three more were wounded with him”. He was 35 and he
left behind a wife, Mabel, and a five-year-old daughter to whom
he sent a silk postcard from France. His wife was said never to
have “got over the loss” and she died nine years later.
Frederick William Jackson Hayward
11th September 1940 Dover was both bombed and
shelled. One of the bombs failed to explode but nevertheless
caused considerable damage in Folkestone Road. Frederick was
called out to stop a gas leak before the bomb could be defused.
He was 63 and was still working when the bomb exploded just
before midnight. He is one of eleven civilians who were killed
that day. Their names, along with four hundred and eighty four
other Dovorians lost in World War II, are inscribed in the Book
of Remembrance currently held at the Museum.
Unnamed Woman, Unnamed Boy
were civilian victims of an air raid on the afternoon of 19th
March 1916. Thirty six bombs were dropped on Dover from two
planes. The woman had been standing by her window when one bomb
fell; her companion was seriously injured. The eight-year-old
boy had been going to Sunday School; the bomb that killed him
also injured a girl cycling. She died later in hospital. In
total seven people were reported killed and thirty injured.
Note: they were not named in contemporary
reports. However, the little boy is Francis Amos Hall, commemorated on
the Salem Baptist Church memorial, and the woman is Jane James.