war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper


Answers to Readers' Questions


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Primrose Road Mission Hall

This picture may be of the congregation at the Primrose Road Mission Hall, Dover. If you can identify this picture, please do  let us know.

The photograph was part of a collection relating to civilian casualties Mr and Mrs Warman, who died in 1942.

Update: This picture is of Garden Hall, which was in Cherry Tree Avenue. It later became the Gas Works Social Club. The picture was taken around 1937 and is of a social evening held by the Dover Fur and Feather Society.

Thank you very much for the information to Barbara Ayers, who has a copy of the same photograph in which she herself appears.

"Sam" Sawyer

Sam was a Battle of Britain pilot who sadly lost his life in a tragic accident on 2nd August 1940. On 24th July he claimed a Me109, and is given credit by some sources as having downed Oberleutnant Werner Bartels of Jagdgeschwader 26 who crash-landed at Northdown near Margate and was taken prisoner.

A reader from Kent contacted us.His grandmother had a clock, probably from Oberleutnant Werner Bartels' plane. For many years it stood on the mantelpiece at home, and still remains with the family. Mark  would love to speak to anyone from Sam Sawyer's family, or from  Werner Bartels' family. Please do contact us if you can help.

Update:  21 November 2007 We are absolutely delighted to have heard from Sam's granddaughter and son..

Four Generations - Herbert Dawes and Family

four generations

This is four generations of the Dawes family. They are, we believe, Herbert, who is holding his son, Herbert's father, Alfred, and his father, William.

Does anyone recognise them, or this picture? A descendant of this family would like to make contact with any relatives. They may be living in Kent. Please let us know.

Update: 30th October 2008. We're delighted to have heard from a relative of Herbert Dawes, who told us that the photo was taken in his back garden, and the baby's name was Donald. Two distant cousins are now corresponding, having been newly-reunited.    

Update: 7th December 2008. With great pleasure we have now heard from another relative of the family, and have put the members in touch. Thank you so very much for contacting us, and we're so glad to be able to help 

Missing Memorial

This is Mundella School, in the Black Bull Road, Folkestone. It was the school Walter Tull attended when he was a young child.

In 1921 a Memorial plaque, of polished walnut, was unveiled to the boys from the school who had served and fallen. Walter Tull's name was amongst the 91 casualties. We think all 533 names of the boys who had served and returned may also have been inscribed.

The Memorial is missing, and an appeal has failed to track it down. Perhaps it was destroyed when the school was damaged in the second World War. If you know where it is, or what happened to it, please let us know

Update: 17th October 2008. Annie and Peter Bamford, of the Folkestone and District Local History Society, emailed, querying whether a photo they had in their possession could possibly be of the missing memorial. We had an account of the unveiling of the memorial; when they checked the list of names against the photograph it proved that it was indeed a photo of the memorial. This is the most wonderful news, and we thank them very much indeed! An image of the memorial, with a transcription of the names, is now online here.

National Westminster Bank, Market Square

picture inside door, by Simon ChambersJust inside the bank door, on the right, is a memorial to the staff of the bank who served in the Great War (see here). As yet, the photograph above the plaque is unidentified. Part of the photo is shown (left)

We have heard several suggestions of who he might be (possibly R. W. Brett is one), but does anyone know for certain? Please tell us if you do!

Update: 6 March 2010. We are so happy to have met the cousin of the young man featured in this photograph. He is indeed Raymond Brett, who so sadly died in a plane crash over Lanklaar, Belgium on 22 June 1944. He was just 20.

Air Gunner Brett's cousin has very kindly shown us more photographs, and other items belonging to this exuberantly talented young man.

We are so pleased another of our Dovorian casualties has "come home". Rest in Peace, Raymond, as may all the crew who died and are buried with you.

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