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FAUBOURG D'AMIENS, ARRAS

$HOPPER, Lance Sergeant, ALBERT EDWARD, 27/320, Northumberland Fusiliers, 11 March 1917. II F 11

$POTTER, Sergeant, ERNEST EDWARD, 9170, Seaforth Highlanders, 8 April 1917. II P 11

 

FAUQUISSART MILITARY CEMETERY, LAVENTIE, PAS DE CALAIS

$MARSH, Rifleman, JOHN, 2778, Rifle Brigade, 8 January 1915. C7

 

6, 183 FERME BUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY, HOUPLINES

RUTLEDGE, Serjeant, A, 8404, 1st B, North Staffordshire Regiment. 19 May 1915. Son of Mrs. E. Hamilton of 134 Clarendon Place, Dover. C 11


13, 336 FEUCHY BRITISH CEMETERY

(p)$ NORRIS, Private, FRANK JOHN, G/17932, 7th Bn, East Surrey Regiment. KIA 30 April 1917. Age 34. Son of Edward and Elizabeth Norris of Dover, husband of Mercy Matilda Norris of 130 Heathfield Avenue, Dover. II A 13
 

27, 717 FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND

$BARCLAY, 2nd Lieutenant, EDWARD WILFRED HOWARD, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, 27 January 1918. IV A 7

$REEVES, Private, MICHAEL BRIDGLAND, 15114, South African Infantry, age 43, 15 December 1917. III B 19


26, 647 FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, MAMETZ

$BAILEY, Private, EDWIN THOMAS, 10962, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 9 September 1916. III H 14

$PACKER, Bombardier, W E, 68906, "D" Bty. 62nd Bd, RFA. 29 July 1916. Age 20. Son of Edward Maurice Packer and the late Ann Packer of 39 Eton Rd, Newport, Mon. Born in Dover. X E 3

FLESQUIERES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY

$KINGSNORTH, Bombardier, CHARLES, 69680, Royal Horse Artillery, age 23, 1 December 1917. VII G 3


25, 504 FRANVILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

JONES, Lance Corporal, WALTER GEORGE, 9025, 6th Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) KIA 9 August 1918. Age 22. Son of Henry James and Emily Frances Jones of Stone Cottages, Elms Vale, Dover. From Hougham, Kent. II C 4

WOOD, 2nd Lieutenant, REGINALD EWART, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). 3 August 1918. Age 20. Son of Reginald G. Wood J.P. and E. R. Wood of "Roquebrune" Julian Rd, Folkestone. Educated at Dover College and Sandhurst. II A 25

 

GEZAINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

$PURSER, Corporal, FREDERICK CHARLES, 200030, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) age 27, 5 April 1918. II J 15


5, 98 GODEWAERSVELDE BRITISH CEMETERY

ATKINSON, Charles Arthur, 43656, died 4 September 1917. Lance Corporal in The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 9th Labour co, transferred to 69609 117th Co Labour Corps. Aged 28. Husband of Emily Rose Atkinson, née Jones, whom he married in 1912, of 1 Sunnyside Street, West Street, Deal. Born in Dover in 1899, he was living in 1891 with his family at 18 Ladywell, Dover. Mr Harry Arthur Atkinson was a journeyman baker, who had been born at Sharnbrook in Bedfordshire, and had married his wife, Edith Alice, née Wallis, in 1897 in the Maidstone area. She had been born at Ditton. All the children were born in Dover; Charles, Mabel, then aged 10, Harold, then aged 8, Sydney, aged 3, and Edith, 1. Grave I D 41.

RIGDEN, Lance Corporal, HORACE HENRY, 7636, 10th Bn, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 19 August 1917. Age 27. Son of Mr and Mrs T. Rigden of Manor House, Barfrestone, Eythorne, Dover. I D 18

 

GOMMECOURT WOOD NEW CEMTERY, FONCQUEVILLERS

$WELLS, Private, ARTHUR JOHN, 35960, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 26 August 1918. I A 9


25, 514 GORDON DUMP CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE

BARNETT, 2nd Lieutenant, PHILLIP, 4th Bn, Middlesex Regiment. 2 July 1916. Age 25. Son of Hyam and Kate Barnett of London; husband of Violet Barnett of 34 Maison Dieu Rd, Dover. IV K



27, 715 GOUZEAUCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY

$NORMAN, Serjeant, G E J, 30999, 1st Bn, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 27 September 1918. Nephew of Mrs M. A. Blackburn of 144 Mayfield Avenue, Dover. V B 2


26, 628 and 623 GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY

$STOKES, Private, FREDERICK JAMES, PW/6104, 17th Bn, Middlesex Regiment. 27 December 1917. Age 29. Son of Mr and Mrs F. Stokes; husband of Alice Stokes. Born in River, Dover. X C 5


25, 533 GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE

$AMOS, Gunner, ALBERT EDWARD, 52863, RGA, age 22, 13/14 October 1916. I L 45

$BALLARD, Corporal, T J, 6434, 2nd Dragoon Guards, 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays) Died of wounds 16 September 1916. Age 28. Son of Mr R. J. Ballard of 6 Randolph Rd, Union Rd, Dover. I C 30


26, 629 GUARDS' CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS

CHILD, Private, JAMES HERBERT, 524, 23rd Bn, Australian Infantry, AIF, KIA 30 December 1916. Age 22. Son of John Herbert Lawrence and Kate Child of 40 Odo Rd, Dover. From Walmer, Kent.  IX C 2.

In 1901 the family were at 1 Cross Road Terrace, East Mongeham. Mr Child was a general labourer, from Camberwell. Mrs Child had been born in Athlone, Ireland, as was their first son, Alexander L, born in Ireland in about 1889. There were four other children there; Charlotte J and James, both born in Folkestone, and Richard Leontine and Daisy E G, both born in Walmer. There had been another child, who had died young.

On 22 July 1910 James attested in Deal for the 3rd (Home Counties) Cinque Ports Brigade, RFA. Then he said he was working as a groom, and that his age was 17 years and 1 month. He was 5' 3½", and may have been an RMLI cadet.

By 1911 the family had moved to Aldersyde Mill Road, Deal. Mr Child had become a postman. James was then a stable boy, and his brother, given as Leontine Richard, a telegraph messenger. Alexander was no longer there.

On 6 November 1911 James re-signed for 12 years. He had grown an inch and was described as having hazel eyes and brown hair, with a scar on his right knee, a mole on his sacrum, and two moles on the right side of his abdomen. His religion was CofE. He went to Woolwich to join; there is a note on 21 November of "apprehended by civil power".

On 23 February 1915 James attested for the Australian forces, stating that he was a farmer, for the duration of the war and four months afterwards. He had grown another 38" and was 9st 8lbs. He had gained vaccination marks on his left arm. His father was then at 3 Claremont Terrace, Mill Road, Deal. A letter dated 29 April 1967 from James Herbert Child of 365 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West, Australia, nephew of James, asked for James' commemorative (Gallipoli?) medallion and lapel badge, stating that he was the next-of-kin as, as far as he knew, all persons in front of him were deceased. He included an extract from James diary which stated, ""I enlisted on Feb 12th 1915, went into camp, sailed from Port Melbourne on June 3rd 1915. Touched at Columbo and Bombay and arrived at Cairo on 17 July. Sailed from Alexandria on 30th August on "Southland" and was torpedoed on 2nd Sept.  Landed at ANZAC 7th September. Heavy shelling." Other notes from his record suggest that James had joined the MEF on 30 August 1915 at Gallipoli. He had been absent without leave between 06.15 on 27 January 1916 and 22.15 on 31 January 1917. He had disembarked from the ship Mudros at Alexandria on 10 January 1916. He joined the BEF on 19 March 1916 at Alexandria, and on 26 March 1916 he was in Marseilles. On 26 August 1916 he was "mentioned for good and gallant conduct in connection with recent hard fighting at Pozières". (Another note suggests he had left  Melbourne on HMAT Euripides on 8 May 1915.) His father's address was given in an amendment as 3 Claremont Terrace, Mill Road, Deal; James' address was given as 1 Newcombe Street, Portarlington, before he joined up.

James was killed in action on 30 December 1916. A letter from a Charles Child, written on 13 May 1920, requesting information on behalf of his parents, being the only relative of James in Australia, states that he knew his brother had been killed as he had been near him at the time. James' will left everything to his mother, named as Catherine Child.

A record suggests that a pension of 15s a fortnight was payable to Mrs Child at 10 Kimberley Terrace, Douglas Road, Dover, beginning 20 March 1917. On 20 July 1920 Mrs Child wrote to ask where was her son's war gratuity, stating, ""if it was forthcoming now it would save a lot of trouble at home as we are very badly in need of it". Around September 1920 she also asked for the next-of-kin badge, which would be due to her for her son's services. A letter dated 20 July 1921, addressed to Mrs Child of 40 Odo Road, Dover, stated that James' 1914/15 badge had been forwarded to his father, as would other medals be in due course. There were also two letters, from a Mrs Tivendale of 142 Hickford Street, Brunswick, on 30 January 1917, asking for confirmation that James had died, as she had seen reported, and from an Isabel D Paul, State School 40, Berwick, on 19 February 1917, asking for details of James' death and of his next-of-kin.

"For Empire, God, and Home" - in memoriam, Dover Express, 30 December 1932.

Mrs Child died suddenly, aged 73, at 3 Belsey's Cottages, Whitfield,  on 14 March 1933. She was buried at Whitfield, with the first part of the service taking part in the congregational chapel.

 

$PALMER, Rifleman, THOMAS WILLIAM, S/7967, Rifle Brigade, age 20, 15 September 1916. VI R 4


13, 283 GUARDS CEMETERY, WINDY CORNER, CUINCHY

$SANDHAM, Lance Corporal, Leister Henry, 10590, "C" Coy. 2nd Bn, Worcestershire Regiment. KIA 25 September 1915. Age 31. Husband of Ellen Sandham of 21 Kitchener Rd, Dover, Kent. From Portsmouth. III A 1A


26, 639 GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY, GUILLEMONT

$STOKES, Private, LEONARD LINDSEY, G/4800, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 15 September 1916. IX N 4

(p)$ USHERWOOD, Private, HORACE CHARLES, G/9118, 1st Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 15 September 1916. Age 22. Son of Mr and Mrs Usherwood of 6 Limekiln St, The Pier, Dover. X N 2

from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

 
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