World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
Surnames B (part 2
(Surnames B (part 1 of 3, B to
Bed) are here, Surnames B (part 3 of
3, Brad to
end) are here)
Edward Albert Beer
was the elder son of Mr and Mrs E Beer, of 14 Avenue Road,
formerly 80 Biggin Street, and the husband of Mrs Beer from Toowoomba in
Australia. He also left a young child. He was
serving in the 298th Siege Battery of
the Royal Garrison Artillery, and was 30 when he was
killed in action on
22nd September 1917. He had served since the
beginning of the war, and received his commission as
second lieutenant while serving in a siege battery in
France. The officer commanding his battery wrote, "I
very much regret to have to tell you that your son 2nd
Lt E A Beer was killed in action on 22nd September. He
owed his death to an act of great gallantry and self
sacrifice as, when he was at the OP and safely under
cover in the dug-out, he went out under heavy shell fire
to bring in an infantry officer who was wounded, and
whilst outside with the officer, another shell dropped
and killed both instantaneously. He was brought down to
the Battery position that night, and was buried next
morning; the Wesleyan chaplain performing the ceremony.
Although he had only been commissioned such a short time
he was a most valuable officer and it is a great loss to
us; all the officers sympathise most deeply with you in
your great loss."
His mother and father, in the announcement of his
death, knowing he had tried to save another, quoted
"Greater love hath no man than this". Edward is buried in
the Voormezelle enclosures, Belgium.
with thanks to Bill Beer
William Thomas Beer, 149905, was in the
1/3 Kent RGA (T), and became a Gunner in the Royal Garrison
Artillery. He was born at Ann's Terrace, Poplar (Cubitt Town, Middlesex,
according to "Soldiers Died"), and
enlisted in Dover. He was first cousin to Edward, above.
He was killed by a shell late on 22 December 1917, and
was buried the next day at Ypres
Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium
with thanks to Bill Beer
photo of gravestone by
Arthur Lewell Beerling, L/8018, was
born in Dover and lived and enlisted there. He was a
Private in the 1st battalion of The Buffs, and died at
the beginning of the war on 18
October 1914. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert
Memorial in Belgium.
His mother was the former Charlotte
Stokes from Barfrestone. On 13 May 1861 she married
George Henry Cocks at St Mary's, Nonington. The couple
had a daughter, Annie Stokes Cocks, born in 1864. Sadly
her father had already died that year at the age of 26,
being buried at Barfrestone on 10th August.
Mrs Cocks remarried on 29 August 1868 at Nonington to
Charles Barling (Burling or Beerling), a miller. The
couple had four sons; Frederick Charles, Percy, Ernest
Henry, and Cecil John by 1881, when they had moved to
Princes Street, Dover. Charlotte was then a housekeeper.
Unfortunately she was widowed again in 1888, and by 1891
at 9 Princes Street, she was left with two more
children, Arthur and Mabel Rose. However, she was living
on her own means and Frederick was working as a
clothier's assistant while Ernest was a Barber's
Apprentice. Arthur was attending St Mary's school. In
1901, still at home, both Ernest and Arthur were
By 1911 Charlotte was living alone at
5 Princes Street. Arthur had enlisted and was serving in
Singapore in the 2nd battalion of The Buffs, occupied as
Mrs Beerling died in
1933, at the age of 91.
Notes: Arthur may in 1914, have married
Ethel Phoebe Green in the Dover area - but may have used
the name Arthur L Wilson (Kent registration). His birth
appears to have been registered as Arthur Lewell Wilson
in 1883. There is a note that the effects of Arthur
Beerling alias Wilson were given to his widow Ethel P.
Reginald Clifford Beeston, 125197,
was born at Buckland, Dover on 22 September 1902. He was baptised at St
Barnabas, a church destroyed in World War II, on 12
Reginald's father died on 17 June 1909; he
had served in the Royal Garrison Artillery. In 1911
Reginald was living at 4 Millais Road with his widowed
mother, and Cyril, one of his brothers, who was working
as an apprentice trimmer at a motor works, and his
little sister, Winnie, aged 4. (Leslie was at the Duke
of York's RM School.) Boarding with them was
Ernest James Rumens, a widower and a carpenter at the
Admiralty Works; the following year Mrs Beeston and Mr
Rumens married. They probably had a son, Ernest, in
In 1913, Reginald went
to the Duke of York's Royal Military
School, and then enlisted in Warley, Essex. Serving as a
Trumpeter, he was in A battery in the 13th Fire Command
of the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was just 16 when he died
at Shoeburyness Camp on 9 November 1918, two days before
Reginald now lies in
Buckland Cemetery, Dover, grave D2300. At the bottom
of his headstone is inscribed "Thy Will be Done".
James Belcher, 66406,
rests at the Communal Cemetery Extension, Aix-Noulette,
France, in grave 1E. He was 35 when he was killed in
action on 10th April 1917, while serving as a Sergeant
for C battery in the 107th brigade of the Royal Field
Born at Dover (or Stratford, Essex, according to
Soldiers Died) to Fredrick and Harriet
Belcher, He lived at Plaistow. In 1905 he married Hilda, nee Pierce, who, in 1924, was living at
1 Edgar Crescent, Buckland, Dover. He was
brother-in-law to Samuel and Alfred Pierce. He was awarded
the Military Medal.
Bellfield, W. H. F.
Walter Henry Francis
Bellfield, L/7474, was commemorated on the memorial at
Christchurch, Folkestone Road, now demolished. Enlisting
at Shorncliffe, he served
as a Private in the 1st battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kents) and
died from gas wounds on 17th August 1915. He was
25. He is buried at Southend-on-Sea (Sutton Road
cemetery) in the United Kingdom, A1169
He was born in Hoxton, Middlesex, and later lived at
Dover. His parents were Walter Henry and Minnie Bellfield,
from 60 Folkestone Road.
Alfred Isaac Belsey, S/10443, was born
in St Mary's parish and christened there on 20 December
1895 from 43 Adrian Street. In 1911 he was a skate rink
boy and was then
working as a news vendor
when he enlisted in Dover on 6 February 1913, aged 17, into the 2nd battalion of the Buffs,
having previously applied as a boy to the Navy, without
serving as a Private and went out with the British
Expeditionary Force to France on 2 June 1915. He then
went to Salonika
on 23 October 1916 and was 19 when he died there from
malaria on 27 July 1916. Mrs Belsey received her
"dear son's" effects on 11 November. He is buried in Greece,
in Lahana Military Cemetery, and hiis headstone (left)
bears the words "Never Forgotten"
With brown eyes and hair, he was the son of Edward,
a mariner in 1895, and Sarah Margaret Belsey
who at his death lived at 13 Albion Place, Dover, with
his brother Edward, aged 21. His older brother, William,
27, lived at 83 Rotherham Road, Lowestoft, formerly
Durham Hill, Dover, and his
married sister, Helen Caroline Martin, 29, at 19 Hartley
Only 17 when he enlisted, Alfred
adapted slowly to his new responsibilities, being
disciplined in early 1915 for various offences,
including refusing to obey an order, being absent from
parade and from his post, and being drunk in Biggin
Street in the evening. Nevertheless, his mother received a letter from
Hopkins, after his death:- "It is with deep regret that I convey to you
the sad news of your son, who passed away peacefully in
the service of his King and country on July 27th. He was
a very fine soldier and I am sure you will be proud to
learn of the deep regret felt by the officers, NCOs, and
men of his company."
Private Belsey's grave is the second in
the group of five near the cairn step >>>>
pictures with thanks to Charles Fair
George Lewis Belson was an Old Pharosian,
and he is commemorated on the memorial window at the Dover Grammar
School for Boys. He was born on 13 June 1896 at
Gravesend, Kent, and in 1901 was with his parents,
George and Eliza Belson, at 55 Alloa Road, Deptford,
London. There also were his elder sister, Ethel, 6, and
his younger sister Florence, 1.
He served in the Royal Navy, with the
number M3799 on the HMS Fisgard as a Boy Artificer. He
had been the only boy of several from the Grammar (then
pass the exam for eligibility for service on the vessel.
His parents, who lived at 21 Astley
Avenue, received two telegrams. The first stated,
"Regret to say your son has met with a very serious
accident and is in a critical condition. Will wire again
shortly. Chaplain HMS Fisgard" Shortly afterwards
another telegram arrived, "Regret to say your son passed
away; result of accident" Mr Belson was a Customs House
officer, then at Ramsgate, and was informed of the sad
loss at his work.
George Belson died on 3 December 1914, and is buried in Gravesend
William James Berry, J/11168, was
ashore with the HMS Pembroke, formerly HMS Grampus, as an Able Seaman. He died on 14
February 1916, aged 22, at the Royal Victoria Hospital,
Belfast. His body was brought from Ireland to Dover. The
first part of his burial service was held at Holy
Trinity, Dover, and he is buried at St Mary's,
Dover, E 1 23.
Born on 7 October 1893, he was the eldest son of S Berry, who left
his mother a widow. She remarried to George Walker, a
stoker, to become Mrs Alice Kate
Walker, of 31 Limekiln Street (formerly of 20 Limekiln
Street, and in 1901 at 39 Limekiln Street), Dover. Mr
and Mrs Walker had a daughter, Ethel.
J. E. W.
James Edward William Betts,
277057, was born in Dover on 7 June 1875. He was the son
of James Betts, a mariner, and Eliza, born in Dartmouth,
Devon. In 1881 they were living at 22 Albion Place,
Dover, with their children, James, 7, John, 5, William,
3, and Eliza, 1, all born in Dover like their father. By
1901 James was married, to Gladys Adelaide, and was a
stoker at Bermuda, aboard Proserpine. As Petty Officer
Stoker in the Royal Navy, he died of disease on 13
October 1918, aged 43, while serving on HMS "Teviot".
He was buried at the Royal Naval Cemetery, Haslar,
Gosport, Hampshire, E 33.19 (Clayhall Cemetery, Clayhall
Road). Mrs Betts was at 53 Easlemont Road, Southsea, at the time of his death, and
later at 29 Lawson Road, Southsea, Hampshire.
On his headstone is inscribed, "James Edward Betts,
Stoker Petty Officer RN, RN Barracks, died 13th Oct 1918
T. A. T.
Thomas Aylmer Tattnall Bidgood was in the 91st
(or 96th?) Heavy Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery.
Gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant on 9 February 1915 (p1328),
he was a Lieutenant and was 20 years old when he died of wounds on 28 October 1917.
He is buried
Kantara War Memorial cemetery, Egypt, B 182
He was the "dearly beloved and only
son" of Major T W Bidgood, from 4 Harold Terrace, Dover.
Lieutenant Bidgood's sister,
Constance Bidgood, lost her life in World War II.
Right, plot B at Kantara cemetery.
pictures: Michelle and Andy Cooper
Stephen Charles Bingham, 57401,
formerly 3799 of the Royal West Surrey Regiment, was a
Private in the 4th Garrison of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers
He was born and enlisted in Dover.
He died on 19th
December 1917 and is buried in the Blargies Communal
Cemetery Extension, France, 1 A 10.
headstone (left) is at St James, Dover, and reads:
In Ever Loving Memory
Who fell asleep March 14th 1916
Aged 72 years.
|Day By Day We
Saw Her Fade
And Gently Pass
We Fondly Wish
Within Our Hearts
That She Might
Also of George Henry* Bingham
Husband of the above
Who passed away March 28th 1918
In his 75th year
Will Be Done"
Also of Stephen Charles Bingham
Son of the above
Who gave his life for King and Country
December 19th 1917
Aged 38 years
* or Henry George,
according to records
photo and transcription
with thanks to Joyce Banks
Edward Thomas Bish, L/6774, enlisted in
London and was a
Serjeant from E company of the 2nd
battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment. He died from
wounds on 19th September 1914, aged 30, after having
fought in the battle of Aisne with the BEF.
He was born in Dover, the son of Thomas
and Alice Bish, from 34 Nightingale Road, Dover, also 11
Heathfield Avenue, and he
left a widow, Lydia N A Bish (nee Goddard), who lived at 137
Hartington Road, Brighton.
He is buried at St Nazaire (Toutes-Aides)
in France, reference A 12. .
with thanks to Mr L Bish
Frank George Bishop, J/6765, was
born in Ramsgate on 4 May 1894. Serving in
the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman with HMS Conquest he was
drowned on 18 March 1916 when the ships boat was lost
off Harwich during a storm. All 39 crew, who were
returning from shore leave, were lost. Frank Bishop was laid to rest at St
Mary's, Shotley, near Harwich, RN plot 103.
His parents were William James Bishop,
born in Chatham on 1 August 1866, a
dock labourer in 1901, and Florence, his wife, born in
Ramsgate on 19 February 1870. The family moved from
Ramsgate to Dover around 1900. At home in 1901 at 3
Pleasant Row, Dover, were children William J, born about
1890, Harry, about 1891, Ernest, 24 February 1892,
Florence Elizabeth, about 1896, and May, about 1900.
Frank, then 6, he was a patient in Dover Hospital in the
High Street. In 1911 the family were living at 16
Hartley Street, and had been joined by Edward, about
1901, Frederick, about 1903, Charlotte Elizabeth, 1907,
and Horace, 1909. There was another sister, Lilian E,
born on 1 July 1914. One daughter, Elizabeth May, had
died young. Mr and Mrs Bishop later moved to 6 Durham
Place, and thence, by 1939, to number 8.
Frank was probably the brother of William Bishop, below.
Possibly Frank's brother Horace married in 1928
Elizabeth/Gladys Culver, the sister of
note: confirmation of years of birth of
the siblings is difficult.
is uncertain, but there is a burial record for a William Thomas Bishop at
Charlton on 20 April 1921, then aged 32.
buried from 6 Durham Place, and would probably be the brother of
Frank, above. A veteran of the Great War and described
as an Army Pensioner, he died at the
Victoria Hospital in Dover.
Mourners at his funeral were
his father and mother, Mr H and Ernest Bishop,
brothers, the Misses M and C Bishop and Mrs Gudge
sisters, and sister-in-law Mrs H Bishop.
His grave is 2J24. It appears to be unmarked; it is
probably the space immediately behind the rectangular
kerbstones in the centre of the picture.
Wreaths were recorded at the Town Memorial on Armistice
Day 1927 and 1928. Respectively they were for "Wm James
Bishop and Frank George Bishop from his Father, Mother,
Sister and Brothers" and for "William and Frank George
Bishop from his Father, Mother, Sister and Brothers".
Mrs Florence Bishop died on 4 September 1948, aged 78,
at 8 Durham Hill. She was buried at St Mary's with her
husband, who had died on 18 January 1945, also at 8
Note: William appears as William J in the
census return of 1901. There is a birth for William
Jamesregistered in Thanet in 1892. Burial and death
records name William Thomas Bishop.
Black, N. V.
Neville Victor Black, 36679,
a Private from the 11th battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment was
21 when he died on 13th October 1918. He died in Russia
and is buried at Murmansk
He was born and enlisted in
Dover, and was the son of Victor John and Mrs Bertha J Black,
née Craig. Mrs Black lived at 19
Tower Hamlets Road, Dover.
(right) is supplied with the courtesy of Dover Museum.
On the back are the words "Victor Black Scouts War
Service War Service Runner Buried at Murmansk St Mary's
Scouts" It is believed to be Neville Victor Black, as he
is buried at Murmansk, and is commemorated on both the
St Mary's Parish and St Mary's School memorials. He was
born in 1897.
with thanks to Jean
Marsh and Mark Frost
Blackett, W. S. B.
William Stewart Burdett
Blackett was a Captain in the Leicestershire Yeomanry.
The regiment was The Household Cavalry and Cavalry of
the Line (including Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps). He served in the South African campaign with the
Grenadier Guards. He died of wounds when he was 41, on 24/25th
November 1914, and is buried at Poperinghe in Belgium.
He was the
son of Captain Blackett of the Royal Navy, and the
husband of Mrs Blackett Swiny, from Arbigland, Dumfries.
His sister was Miss Catherine S M Blackett,
who lived at 84 London Road, Dover (Tunbridge Wells)Miss
C Blackett also lived at The Cottage, Park Avenue,
William James Blackford was
commemorated on the memorial at Christchurch, Folkestone
Road, before its demolition. He was an Engineer
Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, serving on the HMS
He had served in the Royal Navy from 8th August 1915,
and at the time of the Armistice he had been posted to the
Black Sea. He had continued absence from England until
November 1919, when he became seriously ill, believed to
be as a result of
his war work.
He died at the Chatham Naval Hospital on New Year's Day 1920, when he was 51,
from a rupture of an aneurism of his aorta, and
was buried with full naval honours at Charlton, Dover, H 20.
wife. Amy Kendall Blackford lived at 97 Folkestone Road,
Dover, and his parents, William Farmar and Elizabeth
Blackford, also came from Dover. He had five children.
William Edward Thomas Blanche, 56687,
was born and enlisted in Dover. He was a Gunner in
the Royal Garrison Artillery, died from wounds received
in action on 25th April 1916, when he was 23.
The Chaplain to the Forces, the Rev S. Waldegrave CP
said "I thought a great deal of him and he was very
helpful to me in many ways. He was an earnest Christian
in a devout manly way, and a devout communicant. He was
beloved by us all, and the loss to the battery and the
church of God is great."
The Battery Quarter Master
Sergeant wrote on 5th May 1916 saying he was "one of the most respected
men in the Battery, was well liked by all ranks, a real
good soldier, and his loss will be keenly felt by all
The letter, pictured left, continues
by saying that "His grave is marked by a cross, and an
everlasting wreath has been added, with a card bearing a
suitable inscription. that is all we could do on earth
for him, and may God be pleased to receive his soul, is
the earnest prayer of yours very sincerely, A E Thorlby(?)"
William is buried at Berles-au-Bois Churchyard
Extension, France, 56687
The pictures below are of William's
parents, in 1934, of his sister Gladys, in 1914, and of
his brother, Cyril, who served in the Motor Transport.
The fourth person is believed to be Bob, possibly of the Royal
lived at 32 Noah's Ark Road during the war, and later
their parents, William and Maria, lived at
32 Greenlands Terrace, Dover.
|In loving memory of our dear son ...
hard to part with those we love,
Though parting hours will come,
Then let us hope to meet above,
In that eternal home.
From his loving Mum and Dad,
Sister and Brother
with thanks to Mr
Joseph Henry Bland, G/9033, had been
working as a labourer when he enlisted, aged 19, in
Dover the 6th battalion of The Buffs, on 11 December
1915. Born in Cork, he lived at 1 St James Passage with
his mother Elizabeth, a widow, and his brother Edward,
22 in 1916, and his sister Kathleen, 25.
Before going overseas, he was
confined to barracks several times, for various offences
including inattention in the ranks and being late on
parade. Once on the Front he fell sick with tonsillitis,
being admitted to hospital on 11 May 1916 for six days.
Three months later, on 1 September 1916, he was
seriously wounded by gunshot in his right thigh and
shoulder, sent to the ambulance train on 3 September,
and transferred back to England. He underwent an
amputation of his leg, but his wounds became septic, and
he died, aged 20, on 30th September at 1.30 in the
afternoon, at the Duchess of Connaught Red Cross
Hospital, Taplow, Buckinghamshire.
His body was brought home, and he is
buried at St James, DV12. His effects were also
returned: a bag, a belt, some correspondence, and four
shillings and ninepence one farthing.
Blatchford, J. W.
John William Blatchford,
56192, enlisted at Herne Bay, and was a Private from the Royal East Kent Volunteer Reserves
Machine Gun Corp, serving with the 74th battalion of the
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). He was formerly 2170 in
the RE Kent Mounted Rifles. On 22nd September 1918,
less than a month before the war ended, he was killed in
action at the age of 25. He is buried at Ronsoy Communal Cemetery.
Commemorated on the Unitarian
Church memorial, he was the son of James and Ann Eliza Blatchford
of 7 Maison Dieu Place, High Street, Dover.
Thomas Blaxland was born in Dover at 45
High Street. He lived with his wife, Mary Louise
Blaxland, at 19 Barton Road. He was a Cinque Ports Pilot, who died on 28 February 1916.
The Dover Express reported that Thomas Blaxland
boarded a Trinity House steamer at Dover for the Downs.
There he had joined a further steamer, the SS "Thornaby",
to pilot her as far as Great Yarmouth. She was carrying
a load of iron ore from Marbella to Hartlepool. At noon on Monday
28 February, the "Thornaby" was seen by the pilot of a
nearby Norwegian steamer suddenly to disappear. She was
two miles north east of the Shipwash Light Vessel, near
Harwich. 19 crew were lost.
with injuries to the head, was found in the water. The Dover Telegraph stated that the crew of a passing
steamer had lifted the body into a lifeboat, but the
lifeboat had then broken loose. The crew had
hailed the Southwold lifeboat, "Alfred Godly", and it
had towed the steamer lifeboat with the body on board
"Many evidences of deep sympathy" were expressed at
Thomas Blaxland's funeral on 4th March, the Dover Standard noted.
The cortege started from his home, and he was buried at
Charlton cemetery, QM 9. He is commemorated on the Cinque
Ports Pilots memorial, unveiled in June 1949 at St
Mary's church, and
on the Tower Hill memorial in London.
When the Dover Town Memorial was unveiled in 1924,
Mrs Blaxland gave her address as 113 Buckland Avenue.
The inscription on the gravestone reads:
Memory of My Dear Husband
Aged 37 Years
Who Was Called Suddenly Away
On February 28th 1916
At Sea By An Act Of War
Gone From His Dear Ones But Never Forgotten
died at the Royal West Kent hospital, Maidstone, at the
age of 66, on 16 July 1944
with thanks to Brian Cuff
with thanks to Joyce Banks
Notes: Mr Blaxland's gravestone has a
broken column, a symbol of a life cut short.
His brother Edgar, also a Trinity House pilot, is
buried close by. The monument on his grave is similarly
a broken post,
with a chain
and anchor added, right. On his headstone are the words,
"Sacred to the loving memory of Elgar Blaxland, Trinity
House Pilot, died 3rd April 1930. "Pilot of that Haven
afar, grant him sweet peace beyond the bar". At the foot
is written, "Also of Vita, his wife, died 4th January
1971, aged 85 years".
Mr Blaxland, unusually, has a dedication on a CWGC
memorial for the missing (at Tower Hill) but has also a
William Victor Bligh, K/3614, was a
1st class Stoker in the Royal Navy. Born on 8 December
1890 in Dover (registered as "Blythe"), he had been employed at the Packet Yard
before entering the Navy. He had had ten years service, and was with
HMS "Wallington" when he died on 24 February 1919
at the Immingham Naval Hospital. He was suffering from
pneumonia following influenza, and had just returned
from a short leave to see his brother, S M F Bligh of the RFA, when he became ill.
buried at St Mary's, Dover, JH9.
His funeral was conducted with full Naval honours, the
coffin being borne on a gun carriage and covered with
the Union Flag. At the end of the service the Last Post
This was the second death in
the family in under four months, as his
stepbrother, Lewis Holyman,
also died from pneumonia following influenza, on 2
William was the son of
Flora Bligh. The daughter of Lewis Nathan, she had
married James Blythe in Dover in 1877. By 1881 the
couple had a son, Henry James Blythe, aged 1. Mr Blythe
was a general hawker, and Mrs Blythe a charwoman. She is
recorded as Florence Flora, and as having been born in
Hull, while other census returns and her birth
registration give her birthplace as London.
By 1891 Mrs Bligh was 30 and a widow. She was working as
a charwoman and lodging at 6 Finnis Court, Dover. With
her were her sons George, 8, (probably registered as
"Blythe") and Frederick, 6, and her daughter
Jessie, 3. Also there, head of the household, was
John Holyman, a boatman and a widower, with his son
John, aged 3 months. Mr Holyman had married Eugenie
MacDonald on 6 February 1875 at St James, Dover, and they may have been
living in Ramsgate in 1881, with his adopted son William
Taylor, aged 1. Mr Holyman was the uncle of
Ten years later, 1901, they
had moved to 4 Round Tower Street. John Holyman, head of
his household, was then 50 and a marine porter on the
boats. Flora, recorded as "Bleigh" or "Blugh" and also as head, was
a housekeeper. With her were her sons
Walter, 9, and Lewis, 1, and daughters Jessie, 14, and
Mr John Thomas Weeks or Wicks Holyman, son of
John Weeks Holyman, and Mrs Flora Bligh (her name in the
index to the register was "Blythe") married at Holy
Trinity on 20 August 1909. In 1911 they were living at
31 Limekiln Street, with Alice and Lewis. When William
died in 1919, his mother was notified at 53 Bulwark
Street. She died at 16 Bridge Street in 1933, aged 74.
Note: John Holyman was talking in
Limekiln Street to George Scott on 22 July 1911 when
Mary Elizabeth Speller, 25, was murdered in a room above
by George William Parker. While George Scott rushed in
to assist Mary Speller and brought her dying outside,
John Holyman, remaining below, saw the assailant leave
the premises. He and George Scott pursued him, detaining
him until Constable Blaskett arrived. Mary Speller, the
mother of three children (George, 4, Florence, 2, and
Edward, 11 months), was buried four days later at St
Mary's; George Parker, aged 26, was executed at
Maidstone prison on 19 December 1911.
James Blogg, G/24678, is buried at the Stump Road Cemetery in Grandcourt, France. He was just 19 when he was killed on
18 November 1916. He enlisted at St Pancras,
Middlesex, had been serving as a Private with the 7th
battalion of The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.
He was formerly 5662, the East Kent Regiment.
He was the son of James and Rhoda Martha Blogg, and he
lived in Dover. His nephew
aged 6, the son of his sister Amelia, was drowned on 19
June 1940 while evacuated to Wales.
Charles Percival Blundell, 16936, died
from a gunshot wound at the No 2 General Hospital,
Havere, France, on 8 November 1915, when he was 28. He was a
Second Corporal in the 54th Field Company of the Royal
Engineers. He now lies in the Ste Marie Cemetery, Le
Havre, France, Div 19 L 4.
He was born and enlisted in Dover,
the son of Charles Blundell and his wife Susannah, née
Robbins, who had married on 10 November 1880 at St
Lawrence in Thanet. Mr Blundell was a pork butcher, of
Charlton, Dover and his father, Thomas, was a
coastguard. Mrs Blundell's father was a bricklayer.
In 1891 the family were living at 2
East Street, Dover. Children then there were Frank
Charles, born 1881, Margaret Lucy, born 1885, Charles,
born 1887, and Henry Arthur, just five months. A servant
was also there.
Mr Blundell died at the age of 45,
probably at the beginning of 1898. The family moved to
16 Kimberley Terrace, Douglas Road, Dover, and there in
1901 were Mrs Blundell, living on her own means, Frank,
a carpenter's apprentice, Margaret, a dressmaker's
apprentice, Charles, who had become a telegraph
messenger, and Henry. They had been joined by Sidney
Herbert in 1892, and Dorothy Mary in probably 1894.
Charles attested on 12 November 1907
with his old schoolmaster as reference;
he was then a bricklayer. He was 5' 7½" tall,
taking size 7 boots, with grey eyes and brown hair, and
described as having a mole on his left shoulder and a
large faint mark of a scar on his chest. Meanwhile his
mother, with Frank, Margaret, and Dorothy, remained at
16 Kimberley Terrace. On 4 May 1910 he extended his
service to seven years, and on 21 March 1914 to 12
years, and on 18 April 1915 he was promoted to Second
Corporal. He served in South Africa from 5 August 1914
to 20 October 1914, and with the BEF in France from 20
November 1914 to 8 November 1915. He had undertaken
instruction in telephony, which he passed with a "fair"
on 14 January 1910, and was considered a "very superior"
bricklayer on 19 October 1911 and promoted to 2nd
engineer, having passed at the Western Heights workshop
on 14 November 1907 as a superior and skilled
Mrs Blundell received probate for her
son on 19 May 1916, with effects totalling £240 13s 6d,
and his personal belongings on 1 September 1916. She
asked for the words below to be placed on his headstone:
Grant him, Oh Lord,
and the Shining
of Light Perpetual
headstone in Charlton cemetery (right) reads:
----- 4th Jane 1898 aged 45 years.
2 children of the above who died in infancy.
Charles Percival 3rd son of the above who
died from wounds at Le Havre aged 28 years.
Grant them O Lord eternal rest and the shining of light
Also Susannah wife of the above died 25th March 1944
(transcribed by Joyce Banks)
Mrs Blundell, then of 32 Douglas
Road, died at Barham.
Notes: in Charles' records his
brother Sydney is given as being
at The Buffs Convalescent Camp,
Eastbourne, and his brother at
the Police Section House,
Borough Hight Street, SE.
Horace Edward (actually Eldred) Blythe, TF/6487,
lived and enlisted in Dover. He was a
Private of the 1/7th Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). He died in France
on 6/7 October 1916, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France,
12D and 13B.
Born on 11 May 1890 and christened on
22 June 1890, Horace was the son of George Charles
Blythe and his wife Selina Emily, née Rigden. Mr
Blythe was a fireman on the London, Chatham, and Dover
Railway. In 1891 the family were living at 1 Claremont
Cottages, George Street, Buckland, Dover, with their
daughter Clara Agnes R, born 1886, and sons George
William F, born 1888, and Horace. Ten years later the
family were at 1 Edgar Crescent, and Mr Blythe had
changed occupation to become a general dealer. Clara was
working as a nurse girl.
In 1911 the family were at 44 Union
Road, and had been joined by a new son, Sidney Hubert H,
born in 1903. Mr Blythe had become a carrier and
contractor, and Horace was assisting him as a carrier.
On 13 February 1916 Horace married Ethel Emily Perry at
St Andrews, Buckland. Horace's effects were sent back to
her just a few months later.
Horace's father, then living at the
Old Cottage, St Radigund's Abbey, asked for his son to
be commemorated on the memorial at Dover.
Reginald Blythe, L/16100, was a Private
in the 4th battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of
London Regiment), having enlisted in Hounslow. He was
killed in action in France on 14th September 1914, and
is commemorated on La Ferte Sous Jouarre memorial,
was born at Victoria, Buckland, on 12th October 1898,
and his father was Archibald James Blythe, who in 1924 was
living at 8 Tynemouth Street, Fulham, London, with
Reginald's mother, A Blythe. William Blythe, below, was
The Blythe Family..
13353, was a Serjeant who was awarded the Military
Medal. In the 8th battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City
of London Regiment), having enlisted in London, he
was killed in action on the Somme at the age of 27 on 7
July 1916. His name is engraved on the Thiepval
He came from Dover,
having been born at Erith Street, Buckland, and had been
stationed there. He left
a widow, Susan, who lived at 2 Ethelbert Road, Tower
Hamlets, Dover. He was brother to Reginald, above
The Blythe Family
Boakes, T. J.
Thomas J. Boakes,
G/14032, was a Private in the 6th battalion of The
Buffs. He was a general dealer, living at 43 Kitchener
Road, cared for by Mrs E M Spiers, a housekeeper.
He was born and enlisted in Dover, and was in the 24th
Training Reserve Battalion. He may have had a late night
on 17 April 1917, as the next morning, at the 8am
parade, he was confined to his billet at Watford for
being unshaven and having a dirty rifle.
He was killed in action on 3rd October 1917, aged 39,
and now lies at Monchy-Le-Preux in France, I N 22. His
parents had predeceased him, but he left brothers Ben,
of 1 Tower Hamlets Road, William, David, and a sister
Probably Arthur Borrow,
G/414, a Lance Corporal in the Royal Sussex Regiment. He
served in the 7th battalion. He died on 24th December
1915, and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.
He was born in St John's, Yorks, and enlisted in
Bourne, B. J.
Bertie James Bourne,
was a Gunner in the 168th Siege Battery in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was
killed by a shell which exploded over his battery on
31 October 1917. His Major said of him, "He was one of
the best gunners in the Battery, and a thorough good
soldier, always cheerful in the worst circumstances".
Born at Ickham by Canterbury, Bertie was one of the six children of James, a labourer
in 1901 and a railway plate layer in 1911, and his wife
Ann, née Fairbrass. The couple had married in on
31 October1886 at Wingham. Both signed the register with
Bertie was christened on 14
August 1892 at St John the
Ickham. He had two older sisters, Sarah Ann and Esther,
and three younger brothers, Thomas Leonard H, Henry
William (or William Henry), and Ernest Leonard. Sarah
Ann probably died in 1908 at the age of 21, and from 4
River Street was buried at River. Esther, in 1896,
married Maurice Deegan. The family were living at Ewell
Minnis in 1901 and 4 River Street in 1911; Bertie was
then a labourer.
In 1911 Bertie
married Eliza Agnes Kenney. They had three daughters,
Nora Agnes, born on 13 January 1912 and christened at S
Peter and Paul at River on 21 February 1912- her father
was then a farm labourer, Ivy M, born in 1914 and Irene
Alice, born in 1916. The family lived at 8 River Street.
Bertie enlisted in Dover, and was 25 when he died.
He is buried at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, I I 63.
Mrs Bourne remarried on 7 October 1919 to Henry Albert
Carter. The couple probably had four sons; Albert, 1920,
Sidney, 1921, William, about 1924, and Frederick, 1926.
the records the surname appears variously as Bourn or
Bartholomew Bowlt is
commemorated in the East London Cemetery, Plaistow,
United Kingdom (screen wall 28056). He was a Fireman in the Mercantile
Marine Reserve, with HMS Stephen Furness, and died from accidental injuries at the
age of 27 on 3 September 1915. He was born in Dover,
and was the son of William and Olive Bowlt, of 12
Victoria Street, Dover, formerly 26 Union Row. His brother,
Frederick, was also a casualty,
and is named below.
Their sister, Isabel Maria Knox of 12 Victoria Street,
asked that they should be commemorated. Mrs Knox's
Charles William Knox, was also a casualty. Elizabeth Behan,
another sister, of the same address, was the relative
notified of Frederick Bowlt's death. She too lost her
Joseph Behan; he died exactly two years before her
brother Frederick. Mrs Behan suffered a further
bereavement when her 15-month old daughter, Ivy
Isabella, was knocked down and killed by a cart in the
Union Road on 26 July 1917. Little Ivy is buried at
Buckland, as is Benjamin, a brother of Frederick and
Bartholomew, who died at the age of 10 in 1902.
Bowlt, F. W.
Frederick William Bowlt,
J/29331, was one of the Dovorians killed in action
during the famed Zeebrugge Raid, when British vessels
attempted to protect shipping by blocking the outlet
for German submarines at Zeebrugge. He was aboard
HMS Vindictive, which suffered severe shelling even
before reaching the mole (harbour wall), and of which
the landing parties were forced to advance under heavy
German bombardment. Born on 30 June 1898, he was 19 when he died on 23 April 1918.
Like Bartholomew above he was the son of William
and Olive Bowlt, née Aldridge,
of 17 Union Row, Dover.
In 1901 the family were at 5 York Place, Dover, with
William occupied as a sail maker. With them were seven
children, all born in Dover: Isabel, Batholomew, Kate,
Benjamin, Lizzie, Frank, and Frederick.
He now lies at
St James, in Dover, PW 12a, with many of his comrades.
Dover commemorates the anniversary
of the action every year on St George's Day when the
Mayor rings the bell from the mole at Zeebrugge, now
hanging outside the town hall, and after attending a
service held at the gravesides at St James' cemetery
where Frederick now rests.
The Zeebrugge graves
in the distance at St James
Bowman, A. M.
Arthur Morris Bowman,
41286, was a Private from the 3rd battalion of the Worcestershire
Regiment. He was reported as wounded on 22nd March, and
then listed as missing and presumed killed
on (20)30th March 1918. He is commemorated on the
Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 5a and 6c.
He was born and enlisted in Dover, and his mother was Mrs Elizabeth
May Bowman, from 6 East Street, Dover. He had
brothers and sisters, and was known as "Joey" to the
The headstone is at St James, and
"Until We Meet"
|In Loving Memory
a dear husband
died 3rd January 1938
aged 78 years
|And Elizabeth May
wife of the above
died 5th January 1954
aged 79 years
|Also of our dear
Killed in France 1918
aged 28 years
|And our dear son
died 4th October 1935
aged 42 years
1925 - In ever loving memory of our dear son ... God
knows how much we miss him, And knows the tears we shed.
But hush! He softly whispers, "Thy loved one is not
dead", But only gone before, To that bright home above,
To wait with Christ, our Saviour, For those on earth we
loved. From his sorrowing Mum and Dad.
photo and transcription with thanks to
Boyton, V. H. T.
Victor Henry Thompson Boyton
was a Second Lieutenant in the 289th Siege Battery of
the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was 20 when he was
killed in action on
31st May 1917, and his buried at Vlamertinghe millitary
cemetery in Belgium.
the son of Charles Taylor Boyton and Fanny May Boyton,
of Bank House, Horsefair, Birmingham.
*Brace, A. W.
Alfred William Brace, 72353, a Private in the 15th
battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derby Regiment). He was formerly 33620 of the RFC.
He lived in Dover at 31 Millais Road,
had been a coach painter before he enlisted in London. He was the husband of Alice Brace,
née Britten, of
Huntsville, Church Road, Hadleigh, Southend-on-Sea. They
had married on 8 June 1908 at St Neots and had a son,
Sidney Victor, born on 3 June 1909.
He died of wounds caused by a bomb
explosion at 1.45 pm on 27 February 1918, at the 36th
Divisional Salvage Dump, Kempton. He and several others
had been unloading a waggon of Stoke Mortar bombs
when one was dropped. It exploded, killing two outright
and injuring six others. Private Brace was amongst the
injured, and later died from his wounds.
He is buried at the Duhallow A D S
cemetery, Belgium, IV A 5. His effects were sent home;
amongst them were letters, photographs, a religious
book, a cigarette case, a badge, a knife, and some
by Jean Marsh
Surnames B (part 1 of 3 - B
to Bed are here
Surnames B (part 3 of 3 - Brad
to end) are here