THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

WWII - At Rest in France

 

22, 406 ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, France

+MYERS, John Jacob, 11 June 1940. Plot 5, Row H, Grave 15

 

44, 897 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY, France

+SAVERY, Trooper, HENRY JAMES, 7910248, Mentioned in Despatches, 1st, Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C. 19 July 1944. Age 24. Son of Henry Ernest and Harriott Maud Savery, of Dover. IV B 10


43, 883 BAYEUX MEMORIAL, France

BURKETT, Signalman, Ronald, M/ 101928, posted missing and later as having died on 8 August 1944, aged 25, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, 3rd Canadian Division Signals, Panel 21, Col 2, twin brother of Maurice Burkett, buried in the Schoonselhof cemetery, Belgium, sons of William Wood Burkett and Bessie Hannah, née Elms, of Edmonton, Alberta, born Dover in 1919. Mr and Mrs Burkett married in Dover in 1909. Commemorated at All Saints' Anglican Cathedral, 103rd Street, Edmonton. Siblings included Phyllis E M, born 1913, William W, born 1914, Stanley W, born 1916, and possibly Marjorie B, born 1910, all born in Dover

FOX, Charles William, Troop, 10602848, died 24 June 1944, aged 20. 43rd (2/5th Bn Gloucestershire regiment, panel 6. The son of George and Elizabeth Fox, from Denton, Canterbury, formerly Hougham, Dover. Killed in the sea off Normandy

JORDAN, Frederick James, Rank: Craftsman Regiment/Service: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Age: 23 Date of Death: 18/07/1944 Service No: 871714. Panel 18, Column 3. He was born in Dover 1920, the son of Mr and Mrs James Jordan; his mother's maiden name was Sinclair. The family lived at Moon Cottage, Bowling Green Terrace, Dover. Craftsman Jordan was first reported missing in "North-West Europe"

"Happy and treasured memories of our dear son and brother, Craftsman Frederick James Jordan, killed in action in North West Europe, July 19th 1944. Gone, but never to be forgotten by his loving Mother, Father, Sisters and Brothers." -1950

MURPHY, Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.) JOHN, 3649657, 1st Bn., South Lancashire Regiment. 6 June 1944. Age 37. "Beloved husband" of Joyce Florence Murphy, of Tower Hamlets, Dover (28 Goschen Road). Panel 15, Column 3

NEWINGTON, Trooper, WILLIAM, 6351777, 43rd (2/5th Bn. Gloucestershire Regt.) Regt., Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C. 24 June 1944. Age 28. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Newington, nee Binfield, of Dover. Panel 7.Mrs Newington sadly died shortly after receiving the telegram announcing the death of her son

SUCKLEY, Private, HARRY LAWRENCE, 3663700, 13th (2/4th Bn. The South Lancashire Regt.) Bn., Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. 6 June 1944. Age 23. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Suckley; husband of Beatrice Violet Suckley, née Cockings, of Dover, whom he had married just weeks before. Panel 18, Column 2


43, 883 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, France

(p)BURDER, Private, ROBERT, 3957370, 1st Bn., Dorsetshire Regiment. 30 July 1944. Age 34. Husband of Hortensia R. L. Burder, of Dover. His headstone is below. II L 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

(p)GATES, Bombardier, LEONARD FREDERICK JOHN, 935233, 90 Field Regt., Royal Artillery. 6 June 1944. Age 26. Son of Frederick Charles and Jessie Gates; husband of Evaline Mary Gates, née Pettifer, of Dover. "Beloved husband of Betty Gates, Temple Ewell". At the bottom of his headstone, right, are the words, "Duty well done". X G 2

 

(p)HUGHES, Corporal, FRANCIS, 3652230, 1st Bn., South Lancashire Regiment. 6 June 1944. Age 28. Son of Richard and Elizabeth Hughes; husband of Ivy Hughes, née Shilling, of 15 Erith Street, Dover, and beloved Daddy of Frankie. Their son, Anthony Francis, had died just the week before, on 29 May, at the Hospital for Sick Children, in London.  At the bottom of his headstone, left, are the words, "In ever loving memory of my dear husband. Sacred heart of Jesus, grant him eternal rest". XI C 26. Mrs Hughes remarried in Dover in 1945 to James Bettis.

 

(p)+PELHAM, Wilfred John, died 1st May 1943. VIII C 5

(p)PRICE, Private, MORGAN REES, 14205199, 2nd Bn., South Wales Borderers. 6 June 1944. Age 21. Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Price, of Dover. At the bottom of his headstone, right, are the words, "To bud on earth, to bloom in heaven. If loved could have saved he would not have died". X H 7

photos of Bayeux with thanks to Alan Shirley


 

BIARRITZ (DU SABAOU) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, France

+BALFOUR, Sergeant (Bomb Aimer) RAYMONDE DEREK, 1396828, 101 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 28 April 1943. Age 19. Son of V. Balfour and Edith M. Balfour, of Ashford, Kent; nephew of Mrs. A. W. Pike, of Dover. Division 9, Collective grave 6730

BLEVY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, France

+CURTIS, Gilbert Alfred John, 8 June 1944. Buried in a collective grave with his seven other crew members

 

2, 9 CALAIS CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, LEUBRINGHEN, France

BLASKETT, Leading Aircraftman, EDWARD JOHN, 1447236, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 12 September 1944. Age 23. Son of Frederick Alfred and Catherine Sarah Blaskett, of Dover, England. 3 E 12

CHAMBIERES FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, METZ, France

MITCHELL, George Forsyth, 27 April 1940. Grave 19

 

CALAIS SOUTHERN CEMETERY, France

CHENEY, George Henry Jonathan, 6283051, Sergeant in the Royal Tank Regiment, enlisted Royal Armoured Corps, 3rd, was 28 when he died on 25 May 1940. Born on 31 August 1911, he was the son of Jack and Edith Ellen Cheney; husband of Margery Cheney, formerly Pearce, married 1937, of Frogham, Hampshire. Plot N. Grave 25. Old St Mary's school boy, born in Kent, residence Canterbury. We're told that he lived in the Winchelsea, Dover, area before he married, and that he was killed on Dunkirk Beach. He was told to set fire to his tank and then run with the battalion; it was then he was killed. Civilians are said to have buried the casualties. His mother's sister, Helena Kilby, became the wife of Arthur Percy Edwards in 1912.

 

CHOLOY WAR CEMETERY, France

ROBERTSON, James, 14 May 1940. 3 D 7

SAMUELS, REGINALD DOUGLAS 1321353Sergeant (Nav.) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve  550 Sqdn. Age: 22 Died: 15/03/1944 Son of Harold and Sarah Samuels, of 48 Crowland Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex. Coll. grave 4. A. 12-16. Reginald was an old St Martin's School boy, and worked at Dolbear's builders in Dover. The family then lived at 21 Maxton Road, Dover.

 

20, 399 DIEPPE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, HAUTOT-SUR-MER, France

ADAMS, Lieutenant, FREDERICK PRIDGEN, H.M.S. Daffodil., Royal Naval Reserve. 18 March 1945. Age 29. Son of Frederick and Ida Austin Adams, of Dover, England; husband of Erica D. Adams, of New Malden, Surrey. N 34

 

CLICHY NORTHERN CEMETERY, HAUTS-DE-SEINE, France

WELHAM, LEONARD CHARLES, 1396473, Flight Sergeant (Air Bomber), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve - 97 Sqdn. Died 10/11/1944, aged 22. Son of Wilfred Horace and Kathleen Elizabeth Welham, née Blackman, of Brighton, Sussex. Plot 16. Row 13. Coll. grave 3. Born Dover, brother of Wilfred Welham


4, 19 DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, France

BALFOUR, Robert, died 11 June 1940. Column 66

$BOOTH, Driver, FRANK ROBERT, T/1024189, 2 Div. Petrol Coy., Royal Army Service Corps. 25 May 1940. Age 40. Son of John Luke and Margaret Booth; husband of Mary A. R. Booth, of Dover. Column 135

+COX, Cecil Charles, died 17 June 1940. Column 145

FAULKNER, Herbert Fraser, died 1 June 1940. Column 7

FORSYTH, Serjeant, ANDREW, 3052171, 1st Bn., Royal Scots. 25 May 1940. Age 31. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Forsyth; husband of Edith Elizabeth Forsyth, of Dover. Column 35

GIBSON, Lance Corporal, WILLIAM HORACE, 6285847, 2nd Bn., The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). 20 May 1940. Age 22. Son of Joseph Arthur Gibson, and of May Gibson, of Dover. Column 37

+KILLICK, Robert, 28 May 1940. Column 146

$LEIGHTON, Private, VICTOR WILLIAM, 13001292, 53 Coy., Aux. Mil., Pioneer Corps. lost in S.S. Lancastria (Liverpool) 17 June 1940. Age 36. Husband of Beatrice Leighton, of Dover. Column 152

+ROLFE, Sapper, WILLIAM, 1893987, 706 Gen. Constr. Coy., Royal Engineers. 7 August 1940. Age 41. Son of Stephen and Mary Rolfe; husband of Edith Rolfe, of Dover. Also served in the 1914-18 War. Column 27

STEVENS, Gunner, ROBERT STANLEY, 3441879, 15 Bty., 6 H.A.A. Regt., Royal Artillery. 1-2 June 1940. Age 32. Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Stevens; husband of Beatrice Ethal Stevens, of Dover. Column 15

 

4, 19 DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY, France

DRURY, James Edward, died 31 May 1940. Plot 2, Row 13, Grave 3


FRANLEU CHURCHYARD, France

VIRTUE, Private, HARRY, 3051805, 7th Bn., Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. 5 June 1940. Age 30. Son of James and Annie Virtue; from Berwick; husband of Mary Margaret Virtue, of Dover. Row A, Grave 7.


44, 891 HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, France

$WHITE, Private, GEORGE EDWARD, 14616160, 5th Bn., Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). 11 June 1944. Age 19. Son of Robert W. and Mary E. White, of Tower Hamlets, Dover. 4 E 14


LA BOISSIERE-SUR-EVRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, France

$CRAVEN, Sergeant (Air Gnr.) ALFRED, 1896929, 44 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 27 July 1944. Age 33. Husband of Elsie J. Craven, of Dover. Collective grave


44, 892 LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES, France

BROWN, JAMES ALLEN (Jim), 3652575, Serjeant, died 23 June 1944, aged 30, Medical Section of the South Lancashire Regiment, 1st btn. Son of George and Sarah Annie Brown, and "dearly loved" husband of Lilian Maud Brown, father of Derry, from Saltash, Cornwall, late of 14 Liverpool Street, Dover. "Soldier of Christ Well Done" - 1944. IV D 11.

(p)$GOLDFINCH, Serjeant, WILLIAM LACEY, 954859, 76 Field Regt., Royal Artillery. 26 July 1944. Age 26. Son of William Lacey Goldfinch and Ellen Charlotte Goldfinch, of Whitfield, Kent; husband of Gladys Eileen Goldfinch, of Dover. IV E 7
photo by Bev Keen


2, 6 LES BARAQUES MILITARY CEMETERY, SANGATTE, France

DIXON, Pilot Officer (Pilot) HERBERT DIXON, 40809, 26 Sqdn., Royal Air Force. 27 May 1940. Son of Charles Dixon Dixon and Maggie Dixon, of Helston, Cornwall; nephew of Mr. T. N. Dixon, of Dover. Plot 12, Row A, Grave 3

LES MOERES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, France

+SMISSEN, William A, 31 May 1940. Row B, Grave 25


 LYON (LA DOUA) FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, France

+BARRON, Sergeant, ALFRED VICTOR MARTIN, 1813827, 158 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 17 September 1943. Age 19. Son of John Thomas Barron and Elizabeth Barron, of Dover. Row K, Grave 4

OYE-PLAGE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, France

(p)+FISHER, Herbert Charles, 24 February 1945. Row 5, Grave 18


44, 895 RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, France

+ YOUNG, Harold George, 12 June 1944. IA E 19

WILSON, Corporal, WILLIAM GEORGE, 6852353, 7th Bn., Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. 20 August 1944. Age 24. Son of Una Violet Williamson, of Dover. II A J 4. From Orchard House, West Hougham


42, 879 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY, France

COOMBES, Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.) JAMES, 3652572, Mentioned in Despatches, 1st Bn., South Lancashire Regiment. 12 August 1944. Age 28. Son of Stanley and Florence Cuttiford Coombes; "dearly loved" husband of Vera Joan Coombes, of 20 Harwick Road, Maxton, Dover. I C 15. Father to Barbara, aged two, and Jimmy, aged 8 weeks.


45, 900 ST. DESIR WAR CEMETERY, France

BRAY, Serjeant, ROLAND WALLACE, 403077, 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. 22 August 1944. Age 32. Son of Edward and Alice Bray; husband of Rose Martha Bray, of River, Dover. II E 13

+O'KEEFE, Corporal, JAMES HENRY, 2756230, 5th Bn., Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). 28 August 1944. Age 22. Son of Florence Beatrice O'Keefe, of Buckland, Dover. I C 10

ROBINS, Second Lieutenant, JOSEPH ALFRED, 311508, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire). 20 August 1944. Age 25. Son of Joseph and Adelena Robins, of Dover. V A 5


 ST. DOULCHARD COMMUNAL CEMETERY, France

EDWARDS, Sergeant (Flt. Engr.) ALFRED VICTOR RONALD, 1801246, 620 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 4 February 1944. Age 23. Son of Alfred and Florence Catherine Edwards, of Buckland, Dover, 15 Shrubbery Cottages. Military Plot, Row A, Grave 6. He came from Guston school, and before the war worked in the dockyard. He is said also to have been in the mines, and disliked it so much that he asked his foreman how to get out. The answer was to volunteer for the RAF. Taking off from probably Leicester East, "Ron" was reported missing from air operations; his plane, a short Stirling LK 395B, was shot down while on a special mission to France, said to have been to supply the Résistance with arms and ammunition. This was the first mission of this nature for 620 Squadron. It was later claimed that the Résistance had nevertheless benefitted as they stripped the crashed plane of all supplies possible. Six others died with him - Edward Fyson, Eric Bennett, Leslie Darlington, George Harold Kent, George Salter -Frederick William Christian Dean -  all buried in the same cemetery, next to one another.  On Ron's headstone, "Silent thoughts and treasured memories of our dear son. Gone but not forgotten. RIP".


43, 887 ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX, France

BAKER, Serjeant, HAROLD BERTRAM, 4130515, 86 (5th Bn. The Devonshire Regt.) Anti-Tank Regt., Royal Artillery. 11 July 1944. Age 26. Son of Bertram and Edith Baker; husband of Violet Baker, of Dover, Kent. X B 8

GROVES, Private, RONALD JOHN ROBERT, 5673724, 4th Bn., Somerset Light Infantry. 10 July 1944. Age 24. Son of Robert and Florence W. I. Groves; husband of Rosalind Groves, of Dover. X G 6


43, 890 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY, France

+BEAL, Private, HENRY JOHN THOMAS, 14398596, 8th Bn., Durham Light Infantry. 11 June 1944. Age 21. Son of Henry George and Louisa Olive Beal, of Dover. II E 9


19, 397 VEULES-LES-ROSES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, France

+LOW, Corporal, JAMES, 2751603, 1st Bn., Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). 12 June 1940. Age 36. Son of James and Jean Low; husband of Louisa Low, of Dover. Row 1, Grave 3

+SMITH, Corporal, JOHN ERNEST, 1865167, 26 Field Coy., Royal Engineers. 11 June 1940. Age 30. Son of Ernest and Florence Ruth Smith; husband of Edith May Smith, of Dover. Row 3, Grave 7

from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission



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