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BOYALL, Rifleman, Edwin, 3969, 1st Bn, Rifle Brigade. died 17 September 1915 at PoW camp near Potsdam. Age 32. Son of the late Charles of Royal Engineers, possibly died 1887, and Ellen Maria Boyall, possibly née Chapman, died 1909, of Dover.

In 1891 the family were at 158 Clarendon Street; Ellen, sons Charles, born 12 October 1876 at Sandgate, Percy Robert, born about 1881 in Halifax, Nova Scotia (died 12 February 1943 at Westminster from heart disease), Edwin, born about 1884 in Gibraltar, and Millie, born 1887 in Dover, christened 7 August 1887 at Christchurch, Hougham, Dover. At the time of this christening the address was 138 Clarendon Street, and Mr Boyall's occupation was given as bricklayer.

From Percy's records, Mrs Boyall was living at 12 Dixon Road in about 1901. Percy was at 43 Balfour Road in October 1915 as was Charles, the son, in 1914. Percy served in the King's Royal Rifles Corps, and had been in the South Africa Campaign.

Edwin married Rosina May Brown in 1913; she later lived at 104 Queensland Cottages, Brassey Road, Winchester. Edwin enlisted in Dover.  He went to Le Havre in August 1914. His residence was given as Winchester. He died as a Prisoner of War in a camp near Berlin (Döberitz) and is buried in grave VIII L 2.

With very grateful thanks to NSB Dudzele, P.De Vuyst for the image above. It shows the burial place of a number of soldiers, their graves marked by crosses. Rifleman Boyle's grave is just in front of the fourth man from the left. The image came from a Belgian soldier also held as PoW at the camp; Gustaaf Verhaeghe, from the 4th Infantry of the Line. He is on the left of the image, holding the watering can.

Notes: In 1939 Charles, the son, was at the Poor Law Institution at Union Road, Dover, given as Electrician Wireman Royal Engineers Sapper No 25714 (Retired). Rosina, born 14 August 1886, was at 104 Brassey Road, Winchester, a domestic in the home of the Harding family.


BEER, Staff Serjeant (Farrier) ERNEST, T2/9639, Horse Transport, 41st Div. HQ Royal Army Service Corps. 4 May 1919. Age 41. Son of William and Elizabeth Beer of Eythorne, Dover; husband of Daisy E. Beer of 1 Ayton Rd, Ramsgate. III F 17


$NEILL, Private, CHARLES S., 10607, 1st Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) Died of influenza 30 November 1918. Age 22. Son of Mr and Mrs J. H. H. Neill of 9 Westbury Rd, Dover. VI C 7

$SCARLETT, EDWARD, March 1916. grave unknown



FENSOME, Private, G, 9981, 2nd Bn, Royal Scots Fusiliers. 15 May 1915. Age 24. Son of Mr and Mrs Fensome, of Dover, probably James Fensome who married Emma Howard at Poole, Dorset, in 1886. He was born in Poole, Dorset, and in 1901 he was 11 and living at Mill Cottages, River, with his mother, Emma, and siblings Jane, 14, Emma H, 9, John H, 7, William, 5, and Henry Robert, who was one month old. His mother was given as the wife of a railway labourer in the West Indies, and she was born in Exeter, Devon.  Rose, a sister, 14, was a servant to John and Sarah Elgar, at 12 Folkestone Road. In 1907 she married Charles Albert Nicholson. Probably John H. was John Henry Felsome, who died on 25 April 1915, and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Grave VH A 3


KIRKWOOD, Private, GEORGE FELIX, 12064, 2nd Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 27 March 1920. Age 19. Son of Mrs S. Kirkwood of 45 Tower St, Tower Hamlets, Dover. B 4718


$OSBORN, Captain, GEORGE ASHBY CHADWICK, 24 October 1917 no ref


LINCOLN, Stoker 1st Class, EDWARD ALFRED, 174298, HMS "Endeavour" Royal Navy. Died of pneumonia 12 December 1918. Age 43. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Son of Thomas William and Ann Maria Lincoln of West Hougham, Dover; husband of Annie Lincoln of Oak Tree House, High St, St. Lawrence, Ramsgate. Served in the Benin Expedition (1897). V B 26



MORES, Company Serjeant Major, JOHN HENRY, 7081, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 6th Bn. Died 10 August 1915  Panel 31 and 32. Husband of Charlotte Lucia Annabella Theresa Mores, formerly Higton, née Skladnikiewicz, of 124 Clarendon Place, Dover (the home of her sister, Agnes Hill).

Mrs Mores' first husband, John Higton, died in Colchester in 1908, leaving her with an infant daughter, Minnie. Mrs Higton married John Mores on 22 October 1914 in Dover. She died on 15 November 1918 from 'flu, aged 32, and is buried at St James. The small stone in the earth marks the spot.

Her stepfather, James Hamlett, 9797, died on 17 September 1918 at the age of 48. He was in the 1st battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, and had served in the South Africa campaign. On rejoining to serve in the Great War he was sent to the Dardanelles, where he contracted dysentery. Ill for eight months, he went to France after leaving hospital to guard enemy prisoners. He returned to England continuing that duty, where he contracted fatal bronchitis. He is also buried at St James, LG 21. His grave is on the extreme left, front row - the Zeebrugge plot is in the background.

A third sister, Catherine, also lost her husband, Edwin Jepson (left). He died on 2 March 1916 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, panel 12. He had served 21 years in he Kings Own, and rejoined in September 1914. He left three children. Their son, Wilfred Henry Hudson Jepson became a sergeant in 14/20 Kings Hussars and he was shot in the head at Lanarca on 28 September 1956 during the Cyprus emergency.



(p) $ HARRIS, Gunner, AMOS JOHN, 910534, "D" Bty. 129th Bde, Royal Field Artillery. 22 October 1918. Age 28. Husband of Charlotte Hester Pilton (formerly Harris) of 3 Portland Place, Dover. Grave 383

(p) INGRAM, Pioneer, P T, 25801, 3rd Air Line Sect. Signals, Royal Engineers. 29 November 1918. Age 26. Son of Edith Gouch (formerly Ingram) of 1 Lime Tree Cottages, Upper Eythorne, Dover and the late Samuel Ingram. Grave 513.The words at the bottom of the headstone read, "Gone but not Forgotten. Mum, Dad, Sisters, Brothers" Picture (left) by Charles Fair

(p) THOMSON, Major, JAMES, Mentioned in Despatches, Commanding 130th Siege Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery (formerly the 6th Howitzers) Died of malignant malaria and dysentery 26 November 1917. Age 42. Son of the late John Thomson of Glasgow; husband of Edith Annie Thomson of 23 Salisbury Terrace, Stoke, Devonport. Born Glasgow. MA Glasgow University. Was Instructor of Signalling at Dover 1914. Served in France 1915-16 in Macedonia 1916-17. Grave 35.The words at the bottom of the headstone read, "Faithful unto Death. I will give thee a crown of Life" Picture (right) by Charles Fair


(p) $BELSEY, Private, ALFRED ISAAC, 10443, 2nd Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 27 July 1916. Age 19. Son of Edward and Sarah Margaret Belsey of 13 Albion Place, Dover. II E 2


ATKINS, Bombardier, W G, 57486, 365th Bty. 3rd Bde, Royal Field Artillery. 19 August 1916. Son of Sarah Norris (formerly Atkins) of Dover Corner, Tilmanstone, Eastry, Kent. 1633

DENNIS, Staff Serjeant, FREDERICK WILLIAM, 19382, Royal Engineers. attd 33rd Base Park, Died of pneumonia 30 December 1918. Age 28. Son of John William and Ada Maud Dennis; husband of Dora Louise Dennis of 12 Douglas Rd, Dover. 1046

RITCHIE, Bombardier, ALEXANDER FALCONER, 60983, 133rd Bty. 129th Bde., Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 14 December 1916. Son of James Falconer Ritchie and Annie Ritchie of 18 St. Andrew's Terrace, Crabble Avenue, Dover. 1683. Brother of James Falconer Ritchie

$UPTON, Lance Bombardier, HENRY, 910576, 1st Bde. Ammunition Col Royal Field Artillery. 11 November 1918. Brother of S. Upton of Bell Inn, Shepherdswell, Dover. 739


$WEST, Rifleman, WILLIAM, 2116, 4th Bn, Rifle Brigade. Drowned at sea (from SS "Princess Alberta") 21 February 1917. Age 31. Son of John and Frances West of 4 Dour Terrace, Temple Ewell, Dover. no ref


BROWNING, Private, T, 49925, 85th Coy, Machine Gun Corps. 23 September 1916. Age 39. Brother of William Browning of 6 St. Radigunds Rd, Buckland, Dover. 453

CROFTS, Serjeant, RICHARD, T4/107566, 50th Railhead Supply Detachment, Army Service Corps. Died of malaria 7 October 1916. Age 54. Father of Mrs E. M. Richards of 2 Brook Cottages, Lower Rd, Temple Ewell, Dover. 536.

$STAGEMAN, Gunner, JOHN, 15515, Royal Field Artillery. 5 June 1916. 143


$ALDERSON, Captain, ALBERT EVELYN, 3rd Bn, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) attd 1st Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 11 March 1918. Son of Mary Alderson of "Weeford" River, Dover, and the late Rev E. A. Alderson (Chaplain to the Forces 1st Class) VI F II

BRISTOW, Company Serjeant Major, ALFRED ERNEST, L/6162, 2nd Bn, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) attd 7th Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Killed in action 5 September 1916. Age 35. Son of the late Mr and Mrs H. Bristow of Shoreham, nr Sevenoaks, Kent; husband of M. W. Bristow of 29 Heathfield Avenue, Dover. III E 2

$GATES, Second Lieutenant, HORACE JOHN, 16th Wing, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action 19 November 1917. Age 26. Son of William Henry and Norah Amy Gates of 197 Folkestone Rd, Dover. IX E 3

from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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