World War II
CIVILIANS WHO DIED IN
Surnames U to Z
Woman and man found in wreckage at
Randolph Road after air mine attack on 12 June 1941 (RH)
Christopher Wade. He was a pensioner who died on 12 September 1944, aged 78
He lived at 6 St
John's Road and died at Folkestone Road
He was buried on 20 September at St James,
Dover, 21 CQ.
Wakefield, M. A
Mabel Agnes Wakefield was born in Suffolk, the daughter of
Charles Huggins, a blacksmith, and his wife, Sarah. She
died on 25 September 1944, aged 59 (58?) at London Road. She was the
wife of Thomas William Wakefield, of 1 Erith Street, Buckland.
In 1911 Mr Wakefield had been a grocer general dealer, and Mrs
Wakefield, formerly Huggins, was assisting him in the business.
They had a son, Reginald, 11 months old. The couple married in
1905 and had already suffered the tragedy of losing their
daughter, Doris, aged 1, in 1908.
Mrs Wakefield was buried on 30 September
1944 at Buckland, Dover. C 5. Amongst the mourners were her
husband, her son, Reginald Wakefield, and her daughter-in-law. Her
younger son, Douglas, married to Gladys Standord in 1936, was unable to attend as he was away on active
Walker, J. G
John George Walker. A boat proprietor,
he died on
11 September 1940, aged 54, on
the beach opposite Granville Gardens. He had been sheltering under his
boat with his dog, which also died (RH) He was buried at St
Mary's, Dover. 17 EE. He had been one of the Town Councillors who had opposed a suggestion from London that evacuation in
Dover should be ninety percent of the population, and that the Council
should be reduced to nine members
He was the husband of
Sarah Ann Walker, of 8 Princes Street, and father of Lallie.
The couple had married in 1906 in
Dover; Mr Walker became stepfather to his new wife's daughters, Sabian,
14, Eleanor, 12, and Queenie, 11. They had in 1911 also two children of
their own, Johnny, 5, and Emily, 1, and the family were living at 2
Princess Street with Mr Walker's uncle William and a boarder.
"Ever in our thoughts. One of the
best" (September 1941)
Warman, W. E. and E. A.
William Elgar and Ethel Ann Warman
lived at 86 Union Road..
They died on 3 April 1942 at Union Road Trenches. William was a coal
merchant, aged 58, the son of Arthur James Elvey and Jane Warman, and
Ethel was 53. She was the
Thomas and Ann Fassoms. The couple had married in
Dover on 25 December 1911 at the Salem Baptist Chapel. They had a son, Horace, born in 1913,
to whom their effects were given. He was then serving as a leading
aircraftman in the RAF.
Mr and Mrs Warman had been sheltering
with some thirty other people in the Union Road trenches when the
shelter was hit by a bomb. The end of the shelter collapsed, and nine
people were killed, with others injured. This occurred during the early
hours of Good Friday, during one of the frequent moonlit raids. The
bombing and the corresponding anti-aircraft fire went on for some
three-quarters of an hour.
On 12 April a memorial service for the
deceased was held at the Primrose Road Mission Hall., with Mr John Husk
officiating. Mr and Mrs Warman were buried on 15 April at St Andrews, Buckland, Dover C11 11, with the
first part of the service taking place at the Mission Hall. Mr Husk was
Assistant Officiant. Members of the ARP were bearers of the Union Flag draped coffins, and
many family and friends were present at the graveside.
The photograph (left) is unidentified, but may be Mr and
Mrs Warman on their wedding day. Above is is a meeting of the
Fur and Feather Society at Garden Hall.
Above, the mourning card for Mr and Mrs Warman
Buried on the same day in the same cemetery were Mrs
Marsh and her granddaughter, Dorothy Marsh. Mrs Warman
was the niece of Emma as her mother, Annie, and Emma Marsh were sisters.
Mr and Mrs Warman's son, Horace, and his wife Molly, attended both
Wells, B. J.
Basil John Wells died on 10
September 1940, aged 17. He was injured on 9 September 1940 at Taylor's
Garage, Elms Vale Road, where he worked as a garage hand, and died at
the Casualty Hospital, Union Road
He was the son
of Mr Ernest Wells and his wife Mabel, formerly Summerton, of 121 Snargate Street. "Ever in our thoughts"
He was buried at St Mary's, Dover 17 FB, on
14 September, where his
parents laid a wreath, "To our dearest son, John, from his ever-loving
Mum and Dad" and their family, "In remembrance, from his ever loving
brother and sister, Ernie and Bessie"
"Too dearly loved to be forgotten" -
Mum, Dad, Brother and Sister (September 1941)
Mr and Mrs Wells had already lost a
son; Reginald, who died in infancy in 1926. On 24 October 1943, Mrs
Wells died, "after a long illness, patiently borne", at the Royal
Victoria Hospital, Waldershare. She was buried in the same grave as her
~#Wells, E. A.
Edith Agnes Wells was an
Ambulance Sister in the Dover Nursing Division of the St John Ambulance
Brigade, having been one of the original members in 1928. She had been
in charge of the Cadet Division for a while, and since 1942 had been
Storekeeper. She had been a very much valued member of the division
before the war, and it was said that practically all her spare time was
given to ambulance work in public duties and in the training of ARP
She died peacefully in her sleep on
6 June 1940, aged 55, at Brookfield House, Buckland Avenue,
and was cremated at Charing, Kent. It was requested that there should be no
mourning. Amongst those who attended were her son, Mr. Norman G Wells, and
her daughters and sons-in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Hawkes and Mr. and Mrs. Harris,
and her daughter, Mrs Martin.
Floral tributes included, "To dearest mother, from Boy and Peggy" and
"To darling mother, from her broken-hearted daughter, Stella and
the daughter of Henry and Sarah Jane Moseling and the wife of Arthur Isaac
H Wells, whom she had married in 1916. She was probably the aunt of
Alfred Harry Hawkins Moseling.
details, Joyce Banks
Robert Wheeler died
on 1 September 1944, aged 55. He was injured by his home at Pavilion
Bungalow, Lower Road, Kearsney, and died at the Casualty Hospital, Union
Road. He was a Special Constable and had just telephoned the police
station from a police box in Lower Road
He was the widower of the late
Kathleen Wheeler and the son of Mr and Mrs Wheeler,
of 107 Charles Street, Tredegar, Monmouthshire
Mr Wheeler is buried
with his wife at Shepherdswell. Amongst the mourners at his funeral were
Miss Genie Wheeler, his daughter. She was in the WRNS, and had been
stationed at Chatham when her father was killed. Also present were his
brothers, Cornelius and Alfred, and his brothers-in-law Mr Ivor Lewis
and Mr Emlyn Morgan. The many mourners included Mr Wheeler's friends, and
Officers, WOs and NCOs from the Corps of Signals
Amongst the floral
tributes were those from the Worshipful Master and Brethren of the
Corinthian Lodge, Kearsney Bowling Club, and R J Barwick of Dover; Miss
Wheeler had worked for Barwick's before joining the WRNS
In the photograph above, Mr Wheeler is
on the far right, front row. The Sergeant sitting next to him is Daniel
Borrett, brother-in-law of John Collon
Fox. If you can identify any of the other
officers, or where this photograph was taken, please do
let us know.
with thanks to Cathleen Millwood
White, L. W. P.
Leonard Wilfred Pearman White was a
farm worker and Lance Corporal in the Home Guard, a member of G company,
He married Doris M West on 7 March
1942. Exactly six months later, on
7 September 1942, he
died, aged 37, at the Casualty Hospital after being injured by enemy
action the day before at his home, 21
He was buried on 10 September 1942 at Charlton, Dover, 14 SK.
The funeral left from 14 Underdown Road, and the first part of the
service was held at St Martin's church. Members of the Home Guard acted
as bearers, and there was an arme descort to the graveside provided by
the East Surrey Regiment. Two buglers sounded the Last Post and the
Reveille at the conclusion of the service. On the coffin, draped with
the Union Flag, was Mr White's bayonet. Members of the Home Guard and
neighbours attended the funeral, and amongst the floral tributes was one
from Mr Huntley, of Pineham, Mr White's employer.
in memoriam - 1944
Whitewood. H. J.
Henry John Whitewood. He died on
16 June 1944, aged 60 at
the Casualty Hospital after having been injured on 7 June at the Marine
Station (another account suggests the loco sheds in Beach Street). He had been a fitter on the
Southern Railway, and several SR
workmates acted as bearers: G.Brown, F Chant, R Easton, T Joyner, J Partridge, W Twist. The coffin was draped with the Union Flag.
The first part of the service was held at St Martin's church, near
Henry's home at 36 Markland Road. The Rev W F Jenkins officiated.
Henry's grave is unmarked, but is at 3
FR at St James. It lies directly to the right of the grave pictured,
behind the two headstones on the left. In the background may be seen
some of the World War II graves at St James.
Mrs. Alice Lottie Whitewood (née Leveridge) was Henry's
wife. They had been married nearly 38 years, having wed at Peckham on
27 July 1907. In 1911, with Mr Whitewood already working as a locomotive
fitter for the SECR, the couple were living at 272 Alderminster Road,
Bermondsey, with their little son Henry John, aged 1. Mrs Whitewood
became a seamstress, making dresses for Danny La Rue amongst others.
After the funeral Mrs Whitewood thanked her friends and neighbours
for their sympathy, and also the Casualty hospital and members of the
Southern Railway for their kindness, and for all the floral tributes
sent. Mrs. Whitewood died in the 1980s, aged around 90.
The Whitewood family came from the
Isle of Wight, but Henry and Alice (née Leveridge) probably married in
London. A family story says they were evacuated from London to Dover
with thanks to Terry Cleaver
note: R. Easton, coffin bearer, was
Maggie S-K's granddad
#Wildey, S. A.
Sarah Annie Wildey was the wife
of Albert Wildey. In 1901, living at 4 Queen's Gardens, he was a
butcher, and the couple had two children, Bertha and Edith. By 1911 the
family had moved to 4 Maison Dieu Place, with Mr Wildey working as a
butcher's assistant and Bertha as a milliner's assistant. .
Mrs Wildey died on
20 September 1940, aged 67, at 7 Maison Dieu Place, and
was buried at Charlton, Dover. SK 9
Amongst the mourners at her funeral
were her husband, Mr. Albert Marsh, her brother, and Mr. Alfred Thomas W
Lund, her son-in-law, married to her daughter Edith.
The words on her headstone read:
In Affectionate Remembrance
of Sarah Annie the beloved Wife of Albert Wildey
who died 20th September 1940 Aged 67 years Also
of the above Albert Wildey who died 5th February
1947 Aged 81 years “Re-united”
photo and transcription Joyce Banks
Wills, J. C, H. M., H. A., V. and
James Cauty, Hilda May, Horace Alfred, Vera,
and Brian John Wills. They all died on 12 June 1941, killed by a
parachute mine. James, Hilda, and
Brian died at their home at 14 Randolph Road, and Vera and
at the Casualty Hospital, Union Road, after having been injured at home.
James was 54, Hilda 50, Horace 25, Vera 16, and Brian 4
Hilda, aged 22, daughter of James and
Hilda, and married to Private Ronald Mills, also died. They were buried at
Charlton, Dover on 18 June, in neighbouring graves; Brian and his parents in one,
2 T3, his
brother and sisters in another, 2 T7. Another son, Frederick, and Horace's
fiancée Lille Crofts, were among the many mourners at the graveside.
Frederick had been fighting abroad, and like his brother Douglas had not
been in the house when the mine fell
Pictured left - Before the storm clouds gathered: the
Wills family in the mid 1930s. The lad in the flat cap is Horace Wills,
on his right is Jesse Wills, and on his left is his sister Hilda. Next
to her is Frederick, then little Vera. At the back is James Cauty Wills,
holding Douglas. Next to him, in front, is his wife, Hilda, mother of
the children. Little Brian had not then been born
with thanks to Lynda Mackintosh
There were further In Memoriam announcements in 1943,
amongst which was one "From their loving Mother, brother Jesse, and
sisters Mabel and Ada - Their lives are a beautiful memory, Their death
was sudden, They sleep in a beautiful garden In sunshine in perfect
headstone, left, read: In Memory of James Wills Aged 53 years Hilda May
Wills Aged 50 years Brian John Wills Aged 4 years Killed By Enemy Action
12th June 1941
It was replaced (2013) by a new headstone, right. Here
James is remembered as "James Courtney".
grave photos by Joyce Banks
Willson, E. A.
Elizabeth Ann Willson was the
wife of William Charles Willson. The couple married on 21 August 1915 at
St Bartholomew, Dover.
Mrs Willson was the daughter of Edward
and Mary Jane Austin, from 3 Edred Road, and the sister of
John James Austin. In 1911 Mr Austin
was working as an admiralty labourer in the dockyard, and at home were
nine children; Edward, 23, John James, 21, Emily, 19, Elizabeth, 16,
Dorothy, Isabella, 8, Betsy, 5, Thomas, 12, and Walter, 10. Twelve
children had been born to the family, of whom two had died before 1911.
Mrs Willson died on
25 September 1944, aged 50, at her
home at 37 Edred Road, Tower Hamlets. She was buried on 29 September
at Charlton, Dover, 7 YW, and members of the ARP acted as bearers.
Amongst the mourners were her husband, her son Mr W E Willson, and her
sisters, Mrs G (Ellen) Ellender, Mrs J (Emily) Inglis, Mrs D Bridger, and Mrs W
Her brothers, Messrs T, T.F, and P Austin were also present. Miss Queenie Willson, her daughter, and Mrs Wainwright, her sister, were
unable to attend owing to illness.
The headstone is at Charlton. It
Treasured Memories Of
A Dear Wife and Mother
Elizabeth Ann Willson
Who Died From The Result of Enemy Action
4 September 1944. Aged 50
"In Memory’s Garden We Meet Again"
photo and transcription,
Husband of Above.
Died 11 July 1979. Aged 90
Wilshire, E. E.
Ernest Edgar Wilshire. A house
decorator, he died on
9 September 1940, aged
47, at his home at
5 Monins Road. He is buried at St James, Dover. 26 FR
He was the husband of Ethel Wilshire,
formerly Brett, whom he had married on 15 February 1919 at River, and the son of William
and Sarah Wilshire. In 1901 they lived at 125 Clarendon Place, where Mr
Wilshire was working as a steam engine fitter. There were five sons at
home then; Walter and Sydney, who were apprentice carpenters, and
Ernest, Charles, and Leonard. By 1911 Ernest had become a writer and
decorator, another son, Arthur, was a french polisher, and Mr Wilshire
was an engine driver - stationary - war office.
Mr and Mrs Wilshire had lost another son,
Charles Eric Wilshire, in the Great War. Two other brothers attended the
funeral, with their parents and Mr Wilshire's widow. Mr. Dawn represented
the neighbours of Monins Road, and Mr. G W Davies represented the Ancient
Order of Shepherds
"Cherished in memory's garden"
funeral details: Joyce Banks
Arthur Young. He was a shipwright;
even as a child of 13 he had been interested in the docks, often being
found there instead of at school. He was 34 when he was injured at the
shipyard on 8 October 1940, and he died at the Casualty
Hospital, Union Road, the next day.
He lived at 2 Endeavour Place and was the husband
of Rose A Young and father of several children. He was the only son of
Mrs Isabel Young, of 15 Winchelsea Terrace, whence the funeral
He was buried on 15 October at St Mary's,
Dover. 29 YH. Amongst the wreaths laid were:
"His loving Wife, Rose"
"Mum and Dad"
"The Ship's Company, Transit Camp"
"Directors, Staff, and Employees, Bulwark Engineering Co"
"Tower Hamlets and Winchelsea Caves"
I often sit and think of you, dear,
And think of how you died;
To think you could not say good-bye
Before you closed your eyes.
Do not ask me if I miss him,
Life for me is not the same:
All the world would be like heaven
Just to have him back again
From his loving wife, Rose
Some may think that we forget him
When at times they see us smile
But they little know the heartache
That is hidden all the
Sleep on, dear son, 'till the dawn breaks and we meet again.
From his loving Mum
The call was sudden, the shock severe,
To part with one we loved so dear;
Only those who have lost can tell
The bitter parting without farewell.
He died doing his duty
From his loving sister Vera, brother-in-law Harry, and Boys
Rose Young remarried in 1943, to Ted
Smith. She may have been the
sister of William Frederick Henry
Chandler, who died on 26 April 1918. A picture of Arthur Young's sister, Vera
Sedgwick, and her mother, Isabel Young, may be seen
Vera's sister Elizabeth Gladys may have married the Horace Bishop, the
brother of Frank and William Bishop