World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
Gabbé, A. C. (E.?) G.
Albert Eber Gustav Gabbé, 12990, was born in Dover on 11 October 1891.
His parents kept the Union Hotel in Dover for
several years. He gave his occupation as former
when he enlisted, and had worked at Messrs Friend and Co, who were
continental parcels express agents. He had also been in the RFA (Territorials)
in Dover for three and a half years.
He enlisted in the 5th battalion, the
Saskatchewan Regiment of the Canadian Infantry on 24 September 1914,
and became a Signaller (Private). Then he was given as being five feet
eleven and a half inches tall, with light hair, blue eyes, and a scar on
the centre back of his neck. He was in the first Contingent that came
over from Canada, and he died on 30 August 1915. He is commemorated at
the Berks Cemetery Extension in Belgium.
His former employers, when they heard of
his death, sent a letter to his mother, saying how much he had been
appreciated by the firm.
Albert was the son of Frederic Henry
Rudolphe and Anne Culmer Addis Gabbé (née Keene), and had a sister,
Elisabeth, and a brother, Edwin, who served with the Dublin Fusiliers
and with the Royal Marine Labour Corps.
After Mrs Gabbé's death, Mr Gabbé
remarried, to her sister, Sarah Martha Keene. The couple had two more
children, Edmund, born in 1916, and Charles Ernest Culmer Gabbé,
who was born in Dover on 25 September 1900. Charles was a Rifleman in the 1st
battalion of the Rifle Brigade, and died on 12 June 1921. He is buried
in the Ranikhet New Cemetery, India, plot B, row 11, grave 213, and
commemorated on the Madras 1914-18 Memorial, Face 4.
*Gage, W. R.
Wilfred Roy Gage, T/2356, was a Private in the 5th battalion of The Buffs.
He was born at St Margaret's, and enlisted and lived in Dover. He died on 7th January 1916, and is buried at the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.
Mr G R Gage, of 17 Churchill Street
requested that his name should be placed on the Memorial
ancestry, see Dave Dixon's
Private Gage was a first cousin to Walter James Gage, on the East
Leonard Frank Gale,
J/8830, was the son of George, in 1901 a bricklayer's labourer, and
Annie Gale, born on 28 September 1892 at Dorking, Surrey. In 1901 the
family, with two more sons, Albert and Edward, were living at 25 Meadow
Brook Road, Dorking.
He was the husband of Nellie Rosina
Gale of 13, De Burgh Street, Dover (pictured), whom he had married in
1918 in Dover, and the father of a little son, Frank. Mrs Gale is
believed to be the widow of Samuel Dresser Dicks.
Leonard was 5 feet 6
inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. He had worked as a labourer
before joining the Navy at Portsmouth. Serving as an Able Seaman with
the submarine depot ship HMS Lucia in 1918, Leonard was acting as a
watchman on one of the submarines in dry dock at Smith's Dock, South
Bank, Teesside in the early hours of New Year's Day 1919. At about 2.45
one of the men sleeping below was woken by a thud and cry for help, and
upon investigation discovered AB Gale at the bottom of the dock. AB Gale
stated that he was "all smashed up". He had fractured the base of his
skull and sustained compound fractures of the right side of his jaw and
his right femur. He was removed to Cleveland House Hospital, and there
died two days later from compression to the brain. He was aged 26.
An inquest was held,
where the question was considered of whether a plank had slipped and
tipped AB Gale into the dock. The Commander stated that he felt it was
quite safe, and a verdict of accidental death was returned.
AB Gale is buried at Charlton cemetery,
Dover, Kent, grave reference YS9.
In Ever Loving Memory
My dear husband
Leonard Frank Gale
Who died 3rd
From the result of an accident
Aged 26 years.
Thy will be done.
the gravestone is now laid flat
picture by John Fagg
In ever loving memory of my dear husband
and my father, Leonard Frank Gale, who passed away January
He never failed to do his best,
His heart was true and tender,
He worked so hard for those he loved,
Then left us to remember.
From his loving Wife and son Frank
Gandy, F. R. G.
Frank Reginald George Gandy, 7137, was a Private in the 1st/19th (County
of London) battalion (St Pancras) of
the London Regiment. He was formerly 2888 of the 4th Buffs, having
enlisted in Dover on 15th November 1914, and been transferred to the
London Regiment on 31st August 1916. He died on 1st October 1916, at the
age of 19, and is commemorated on
the Thiepval Memorial in France.
He was born and lived in Dover,
the son of Ernest and Emilie Gandy. He was the uncle of
Doris Buddle, his sister
Doris Margaret having become Mrs Buddle's mother. In 1901 the family
were living at The British Queen, at 76 Biggin Street, where Mr Gandy
was the licensed victualler between 1901 and 1903. Living with them were
their children Ernest John, 9, Doris Margaret, 5, Frank Reginald George,
3, and Horace Herbert Victor, 2. By 1911 Mr Gandy had become a carman to
a wholesale grocer, and his son Ernest, then 19, a fireman on a crane.
The family had been joined by Albert Edward, then 9, Victoria Beatrice
Q, 5, and Maggie May, 3. They were living at 19 Queens Gardens, Dover,
where they were living when Frank was killed.
Mrs C Gandy, of Danes Cottage, requested
that his name should be placed on the Memorial.
"Not gone from memory,
not gone from love,
But gone to his Father's home above."
Note: Ernest Gandy may have been
one of the original
anti-aircraft volunteers in 1914
Edward William Gatehouse,
SS/103285, was a 1st class Stoker in the Royal
His CWGC records state that he was on the H.M.S. "Blonde", but he served
a further two months ashore ("Pembroke II") before he was invalided from
the Navy because of tuberculosis.
After an illness lasting ten months, he died on 11th September 1916, aged
28, at his parents' home, and is buried at Charlton cemetery, Dover in
the United Kingdom. The
line was inoperative, owing to a landslip at the Warren and the
storage of munitions in the Shakespeare tunnel, and so Edward's father
was forced to row to Dover to fetch the coffin, and then return it with
his son's body in the same way for burial.
He had joined the
Navy ten years before, in July 1906, when he served aboard the
"Acheron". He was clearly quite a character, as his records note an
occasion when he refused duty in 1908, and also underwent the
unfortunate experience of two short periods in the cells in 1909 and
He was the son
Mr and Mrs C Gatehouse, of Shakespeare Colliery, Dover, and cousin to
William, below. He was buried on 16th September, ZN 1, and is next to Percy Maxted, another WWI
Edward W. Gatehouse
died 11th September 1916
aged 28 years
"Thy Will be Done"
sister of the above
the beloved wife of George McLelland
who died April 6th 1917
aged 26 years
"Gone but not Forgotten"
stone book beneath reads:
Charles James Gatehouse
father of the above
who died 30th September 1951
aged 89 years
of his wife
mother of the above
who died 18th August 1957
aged 94 years.
with thanks to Jacky Hartley
Gatehouse, W. J.
James Gatehouse, 16618?DA,born 10 December 1878, was a
deckhand in the Royal Naval Reserve. He
served aboard HM Trawler "King's Grey". He died when he was 39, on 26th
September 1918. He is also named on the Trawlers' and Mine-Sweepers'
Memorial, now held at Dover Museum.
He was the
husband of Mrs Emily M Gatehouse, of 14 Lowther Road, Tower Hamlets,
He was the son of William Gatehouse (born 26 August 1843) and
Gatehouse (née Easton)
(believed as pictured right, above). William senior was in 1881 a ship
fireman, and there were then two children, William, aged 4, and Eileen/Ellen,
aged 1. The family were living at
28 Oxenden Street. In 1911 they were living at 2 Winchelsea Terrace,
where Mr Gatehouse, 67, was a retired mariner and his wife, Elizabeth,
55, was working as a charwoman. William was a dredgerman, while his
sister Alice was a dyers' assistant at Scott's the Dyers, and his two
younger sisters, Annie and Minnie, were domestics.
He and Edward Gatehouse, above, were cousins, and he had an only son,
Harry (pictured right, with his Aunt Grace), who laid a wreath at the Town Memorial when it was unveiled in
1924. William's Aunt Nell also laid a wreath; "to my dear nephew".
Williams's tombstone is now laid flat. It reads::
Loving Remembrance of
My Dear Husband
William James Gatehouse
who was Killed at Sea 26th September 1918
aged 41 years
Rough Billows Crossed, Ye Now Have Reached the Haven
That Ye Desired with Straining Eyes to See.
Your Last Sweet Words are on our Hearts Engraven
And When Shall We Gain Your Perfect Victory?
William's grave is near the Zeebrugge plot, in St
In September 1940, his son Harry placed this In Memoriam announcement
||In ever loving memory of William
James Gatehouse, who died on September 26th 1918 on HMAT "King's
Gray". From his son Harry.
with thanks to Jacky Hartley
with thanks to Sue Verrill
William James Gatehouse is a first cousin at twice removal to Maggie
(right) William Gatehouse is remembered on the Trawler and
Minesweepers' memorial, kept by the Dover Museum
Horace John Gates
was in the office of Leney's, in the mineral water department, before
enlisting, and also on the committee of the Dover Rifle Club. When
he joined the Royal East Kent Yeomanry at the beginning of the war, he
to have been the best shot in his squadron. He served in the Dardanelles
and in Egypt. He was a second Lieutenant (temporary), having gained his commission
in the West India Regiment, and later in the Royal Flying Corps, where
he served in the 16th Wing. He died on 19th November 1917, and is
buried at the Struma Military Cemetery in Greece.
His parents were Captain William Henry and
Norah Amy Gates, from 197 Folkestone Road, Dover. Captain Gates was in
the SECR Marine Service, and was commanding the vessel "Queen" when the
enemy captured and destroyed it in 1916.
1918 - In loving memory of my brother,
Second Lieut H J Gates, RFC, who was killed while flying in the air at
Salonica on November 20th 1917. Loved by all who knew him. From his
loving sister Alice (Exeter)
Gates, T. J. G.
George Gates, London Z/7117, was in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve,
serving as a Telegraphist aboard the submarine HM P36. He died from
pneumonia on 10th
October 1918, when he was 20, and is buried at the Haslar Naval
Cemetery, Hampshire, UK (now Clayhall Cemetery, Clayhall Road), 33.8. All the officers from his
ship and more than 120 men attended his funeral, with 24 of his
messmates drawing the gun carriage bearing his remains.
Born on 9 October 1898, he was the son of James Thomas and Caroline
Frances Gates, from 58 Nightingale Road, Dover. In 1901 they were living
at 2 New Cottages, at the rear of Priory Road, Tunbridge Wells, when Mr
Gates was working as a printers' compositor. Thomas' parents were amongst the
many mourners at his funeral.
The words on his headstone say, "In loving
memory of our dear son, Thomas James George Gates, who passed away
October 10th 1918, aged 20 years. Late Telegraphist HMS P36. "Till we
F. J. P.
Parsons Geard was a corporal in the Royal Flying Corps. Educated
in Herne Bay, he had
enlisted in the Royal Engineers in 1910, joining the Balloon Section in
1911. He was appointed airman rigger in 1911, and in 1912 transferred to
the Royal Flying Corps. He was killed on 18th August 1914, at Peronne,
France, where he is now buried, when his plane crashed. The plane had a
faulty control and fell from a height of 60 feet while returning from a reconnaissance flight. He
was 22. The Pilot, Lieutenant Smith-Barry, survived, and returned
home with a broken left leg and right knee-cap.
Corporal Geard was the second son of John,
a stonemason, and Amelia Emily Geard, of 36 Lascelles
Road (formerly at number 45), Maxton, Dover. He was born at Mottingham,
near Eltham, Kent, on 1 September 1892, and brothers were Wilf and Jack.
His grandfather was William Parsons, of Chislehurst.
His nephew, also Frederick, was lost at sea
on 3rd August 1940.
Gibbons, R. G.
Richard George Edward Gibbons was a Carpenter, given as Petty
Officer 1, aboard HM Yacht James Fletcher, serving in the Mercantile
Marine Reserve. He died suddenly from pneumonia on 2nd November 1918, when he was 39.
buried at St James (TI13) Cemetery in Dover with full naval honours, and
officers and men from the Drifter Patrol followed..
He was the
husband of Emmeline Annie Gibbons, of 10 Guilford Lawn, Dover, and
formerly from 22 Charlton Avenue, Dover, and father to George Wallace
Gibbons, baptised at St James on 31 October 1917. . The couple had
married on 30 August 1915; Mrs Gibbons was then living at 4 Guilford
Lawn and was the daughter of Jesse James Valentine, a gardener, while PO
Gibbons was at number 10, the son of Richard, a carpenter, deceased.
Percy Gibbs. Identification is as yet uncertain. There is Percy Gibbs,
who in 1901 was living in Sheerness, having been born in Dover. He was
the son of Sarah Gibbs, who was born in Middlesex, and was then aged 14.
A Percy Gibbs was
also a casualty of the Great War. As G/22590 Private in The Buffs, he
served in the 8th battalion and died on 10th August 1917. He is
commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium. He was born at Penge, enlisted in
Staines, and lived in Ashford, Middlesex.
This may also
have been Archibald Percy Randolph Gibbs, 9992. He was a Lance Corporal
in the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). He was 26 when he died on
26 August 1914. He is commemorated on La Ferte Sous Jouarre memorial,
France. His parents were Ambrose James and Julia Gibbs, from Church
View, Great Comberton, Worcestershire.
Percy was the first bellringer
to have died in the war, and had become a member of the Kent County
Association of Bellringers just over a year before, having joined on 2
April 1913. He rang several peals in Kent, and was probably a member of
the band of bellringers at Dover. He rang a peal at St James on 7 April
1913, taking the no 5 bell. These bells, in a church destroyed by enemy
action in WWII, were of steel and difficult to ring owing to there being
no rope guides. The peal was 5040 changes, taking three hours and 15
minutes. Percy also rang for the wedding of bellringer Harold Arthur
Roberts to Ethel Harmer at St Mary's on 9 July 1913, completing in the
evening on no 7 a peal of bob major of 5040 changes. The groom had been
a St Mary's ringer for many years
Percy Gibbs was
remembered on the spoken Roll of Honour for casualties at a service held
at St Mary's, Cannon Street, on the first anniversary of the entry of
Britain into the Great War, 4 August 1914, and again on 4 November
information from research by Hazel Basford, Librarian, Kent County Association of Change
Ringers. More about A P R Gibbs in the war is
here (then click
World War I records on left hand frame). Further bellringing research by
Gilham, A. E.
Albert Edward Gilham was in the Mercantile Marine, working for the SECR
as a Telegraph Boy 1 He was aboard the S.S. "Achille Adam" (London),
when it was sunk by an attack from an enemy submarine on 23/24 March
1917. He died from exposure. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill
memorial, London, the United Kingdom.
He was the
son of Annie Elizabeth Gilham, of 4 Wood Street, Dover, and the late
George James Gilham. Shortly after Bertie was lost, Mrs
Gilham remarried to become Mrs Edward Cooper. .
Memoriam" announcement reads:
"Gilham - In
fond and loving memory of a dearly beloved son, who perished at sea,
March 23rd, 1917, Albert Edward Gilham, aged 15 years and 11 months, son
of Mrs Gilham, of 4 Wood Street, Dover, and the late George Gilham, of
56 Union Road.
how we miss you
When we sit and think of thee,
It is so hard to think you are sleeping
At the bottom of the sea.
Mother, brothers, and sister Nancy"
1925 - In loving
memory of Albert Edward (Bert) lost at sea with the Achille Adam, March
3rd 1917. Also William George, who died February 19th 1919, dearly loved
sons of Mrs Cooper (Hull). Though time may change things, love and
memory ever clings. From Mother, Dad, Sisters and Brother
Note: William George Gilham lived at 186 Union Road, and was 34 when he
died. He had been employed at the Gas Works. He is buried at Charlton.
Mrs Gilham lived at 19 Sovereign Place, William Street, Hull in November
1 occupation supplied by Gina
Thomas Henry Gill, K/25136, HMS "Derwent", Royal Navy. He was
drowned off the French coast after a mine explosion in the English Channel on 2nd May 1917.
His mother was informed of his death; she was then living at 142 Union
Road, Dover. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial..
He was 23 and the eldest son of Henry A. and Emma
Gill, of 32 Union Road, Dover, born on 14 April 1894 at 8 Colbran
Street, Charlton, Dover. In 1901 the family were living at 6 Alpine
Cottages, Union Road, Dover, when Mr Gill was working as a builder's
carman. At home as well as Thomas were daughters Emma Mary, 9, Annie
Sophie, 4, and Rosie Emily, 1. By 1911 they had been joined by Henry
Albert, then 10, Ellen Laura, 7, Charlie Arthur, 5, William Daniel, 4,
Noel John, 1. Apart from Emma Mary, who was born in Rotherhithe like her
mother, the children were all born in Dover like their father.
|1st class Stoker Harry Lawson,
married Annie Gill, who lived at 160 Union Road
|Leading Stoker George Bilton,
married Emma Gill,
who lived at 132 Union Road
"Not just today, but every day, in silence we remember - Father,
Mother, Sisters and Brothers"
"In loving memory of our dear brother ... Always remembered -
Sisters Alice, Nell and Emma"
In memoriam announcements, May 1940
Gillham, F. H.
Frederick Horace Gillham, M/4581, was born in Dover on 21 March 1894, and became a Sick
Berth Attendant, 1st Class, in the Royal Navy. Aged 21, he was serving
aboard the HMS Lion when he was killed during the battle of Jutland, on
31 May 1915. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval memorial in the
His parents were
William and Jane Gillham, of 162 Union Road, Buckland, Dover, formerly
from 43 Primrose Road and 27 Lea Villas, Primrose Road, Buckland, Dover.
In 1901 the family were living at Laburnam Cottage, Buckland, Dover, and
William Gillham was occupied as a Bell Diver with the Harbour Works. He
too was born in Dover, as was Frederick's younger sister Jane. Their
elder brother William was born in Greenwich, like their mother.
Frank Glayzer, L/11072 was a Private in the 6th battalion of
Buffs. He was 19 when he was killed in action on 27th August 1918, and is buried at the Meaulte Military cemetery
Born in Rochester, Kent, he was the son of Mr P F and Mrs C Glayzer, from 15 Winchelsea
Terrace, Dover. He lived in that town but enlisted in Canterbury.
Augustus (Augustine) Gleeson, L/11429, was a Private in the
10th battalion of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, formerly S/26733, the
Army Service Corps). He died on 7th June 1917, and is commemorated on
the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium.
He was born in Brighton, and enlisted and lived in Dover.
Albert Godden. There was an Albert Godden living in River,
Dover, listed in the 1901 census. He was born in Dover and was then 9
years of age. His parents were J and Jane Godden.
Godden, S. T.
Stephen Thomas Godden, 208179, was a Gunner in "B" battery of
the 74th brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. He died from wounds on
23rd October 1918, when he was 40. He is buried at the Mount Huon
Military Cemetery, Le Treport in France.
He enlisted in Horley in Surrey and lived at
Smallfields, in Surrey. His mother was Eliza Godden, from 18 Park Street Dover,
where he had been a member of Corinthian Lodge no 1208, initiated on 15
May 1905, and his wife
was Florence Godden, from 57 Montern Road, Forest Hill, London. He
had previously been employed as a storekeeper for P&O.
His son, Sub-Lieutenant Stephen Anthony Golder Godden
died aged 25 in World War II, on 20th July 1941. Attached to HM
Submarine Empire, he had been awarded the DSC. He is buried at Mundesley
(All Saints) churchyard.
Godfrey, C. W.
Charles William Godfrey, 119576, was a Gunner in the 288th Siege
Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was killed by a fragment of
shell on 20th June 1917. He was 32, and is buried in the Maple Leaf
Cemetery in Belgium.
Mr and Mrs H Godfrey, of Cowgate Hill Cemetery, Dover, were his
parents; his father was a gardener/sexton at Cowgate Cemetery and later
at St Mary's and St James cemetery, living in St Mary's Cemetery Lodge
House. Charles was their
only son, born in Dover.
He lived in Margate, and left a wife, Edith K. Godfrey and
small child, whose address was later at 6 Empire Terrace, College Road,
Photos: above, circa 1900, Charles
left, circa 1907.
(rear) - Charles Godfrey, unknown, Ada, Henry Godfrey (his father)
(fore) unknown, unknown, Mary Ann ("Polly") (his mother)
with thanks to Mike Godfrey
The headstone is at St James, and reads:
||In Loving Memory
A dear husband,
Who entered into rest
15th January 1920.
"Until the day breaks"
|Also of Charles William.|
Only son of the above,
and dearly loved husband of
Edith Kate Godfrey,
who was killed in action in Belgium
1st June 1917, aged 32 years.
Mary Ann Godfrey
Died 17th April 1941.
Aged 83 years.
photo and transcription
Albert Henry Golder, 23250. Before enlisting he worked for many years for the Anglo-American Oil
company. Living at Buckland, Dover, he enlisted in Canterbury and became a Private in the 12th Battalion of
the East Surrey Regiment. He was killed in action on 27th May 1918.
He is buried at the Brandhoek
New Military Cemetery, in Belgium.
He was the son of J W Golder, of Ripple, Dover, and the husband
of M M Golder, of 49 Lowther Road, Dover.
His wife and father also lived at
Primrose Cottage, 36 Union Road. His brother, E. Golder, also served;
his wife and children lived at Ash, near Aldershot.
Goldfinch, E. T.
Edward Thomas Goldfinch, 27376, was a Guardsman in the 4th battalion of
the Grenadier Guards. He was 28 when he died from wounds on 13th October 1917. He
is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium.
He was the only son of Thomas Edward and Elizabeth Hammond Goldfinch, from
11 Kearsney Avenue, River, Dover, and he was born at Alkham.
His commanding officer spoke of him as "a brave and
photo Jean Marsh
Philip Goldfinch, S4/091033, died from pneumonia on 27th November 1915, when he was 23. He had been
acting as a Corporal in the Royal Army Service Corps, in the 63rd Field Bakery. He is buried at Charlton,
in the United Kingdom.
He was the son of Walter Pascall Goldfinch from Dover and Aurea (nee
Webb), from Barham. Philip was born in
Charlton, Dover. He enlisted in Dover and lived in Shepherdswell.
The headstone at Charlton reads:
|Sacred to the Memory
Our Dear Son
Corporal Philip Goldfinch, ASC
who died while serving his country in Scotland
Nov 29th 1915, aged 23 years
Will Never Be Forgotten
by his Father Mother Brothers & Sisters
Sleep On Dear One
Also Sergt A. Garroway 1st Scots Guards
Killed in Action in France
May 9th 1915, aged 30 years
Gone but Not Forgotten
Thank you to Dave Dixon (of www fadedgenes.co.uk)
for the information that Walter and Aurea Goldfinch were the
grandparents of William Lacey Goldfinch, who became a WWII casualty
in 1944, and that Philip was therefore William's uncle.
Goldsack, E. J.
Edward John Goldsack, G/39959, was a Private in the 7th
battalion of the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was 29 when he was
reported as missing, and later killed, on 10 August 1917. He is
commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium.
He was the son of Henry George and Ellen Goldsack, from 125 Heathfield Avenue, Dover, born in Dover.
The family lived at 18 Park Road in 1901, with Mr Goldsack working as a
general labourer. At home then were eight children; William, 13, Edward,
12, Ellen, 10, Florence, 7, Leonard, 5, Frank, 3, Ada, 1, and baby
Ernest. By 1911 the family had been joined by three more children;
Albert, Richard, and Elsie, and had moved to Heathfield Avenue. Edward
was then working as a grocer's porter. Mr Goldsack was employed by the
Dover Gas Company as a labourer.
and lived in Dover, and was the husband of May Beatrice Geary (formerly Goldsack,
née Claw, the daughter of William Stephen Claw) from 59 High
Street, Dover. The couple married on 24 March 1912 at St Andrew's
church, Buckland, when Edward was working as a warehouseman, giving
their address as 37 Randolph Road. They had a son, Ernest, in 1913, and
a daughter, May, in 1917.
In ever loving memory of our dear sons,
Leonard George, who died August 18th 1916' also Edward John,
killed in action August 10th 1917. Never forgotten - from
their loving Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters
Mrs May Goldsack remarried on 9 April 1919 at
Charlton Church to Charles Geary, a widower. He was a petty officer
in the Royal Navy. The couple had two children, Charles in 1919 and
Kathleen in 1922. Mr Geary died suddenly at 41 George Street, Dover,
on 17 February 1930 in Dover.
Miss May ("Maizie") Goldsack married
David Henry Sumner on 27
December 1927 at St George's Church, Ramsgate.
photo of detail from the Menin Gate by Jean Marsh
is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial
Two In Memoriam announcements from January 1940,
In loving memory of Harry - never forgotten by
his loving Mother
In fond remembrance of our dear and only brother Harry
(Son) - always remembered by his loving Sisters.
For more about Harry, see
(We Remember 06) and his (Memorial)
Goldstraw, G. P.
Gerald Parker Goldstraw, 19483, was the only son of the Rev
and Mrs W W Goldstraw. He was born at Pembroke Dock. He had been educated at Nantwich Grammar School,
and had then become a bank clerk at Deal. He lived in Dover. He enlisted in Plymouth
(Soldiers Died says Portsmouth) in
September 1915, serving in the Royal Fusiliers, 26th battalion. Two days
after his twenty first birthday, in May 1916, after finishing his
training, he went to the Front. There he served in the trenches,
going over the parapet a number of times to fix barbed wire, and in
September 1916 he went into action. He was killed in an advance on 7th
A comrade who was at his side and sent the news of his death, wrote,
"He was buried at night on the field of honour, on the spot where he was
hit. He was most popular with us all, being very unselfish, and I am
sure he is now resting in the peace of God, being released from the
severe struggles we have lately been through."
Gerald is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in
France, and a memorial
service was held for him on 12th November 1916 in the London Road
Primitive Methodist Church. It was full with worshippers, expressing
their sympathy and showing respect to his memory. The Communion Table
was decorated with white flowers, placed around the Roll of Honour on
which Gerald's name was inscribed.
The service was taken by the Rev Holyoak, after the Rev A G Gray of
the Royal Flying Corps, had an accident which rendered him unable to do
so. The sermon was based on Revelations iii, vs10, "Because thou didst
keep the word of My patience, I will also keep thee". There were
passages from the Scriptures, some words from the order for the Burial
of the Dead, and a number of hymns: "O God Our Help in Ages Past",
"There Is No Night in Heaven" "Lo! Round the Throne at God's Right Hand"
"Christ Will Gather in His Own" and "For All the Saints Who From Their
Many people had kind words to speak about Gerald. The Primitive
Methodist Chaplain at Aldershot said he was "always so kindly, so
straight, so friendly, so generous". The Manager of the National
Provincial Bank at Deal said, "He was a lad of whom any father might
have been proud. Had he lived he would have risen high in the Bank's
service". His friend, with him when he died, wrote, "Gerald had made the
supreme sacrifice which so many fine lads of our glorious battalion have
made, and I am quite certain none bore his pain and died more cheerfully
The Primitive Methodist Church memorial
Goodburn, E. C.
Edward Charles Goodburn, G/15415, was a Private in the 12th
battalion of the Royal Sussex regiment. He was born in Dover and
enlisted in Grimsby, and was part of the British Expeditionary Force.
He died on 15th October 1916,
and is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial in France.
Goodwin, F. G.
Frederick George Goodwin, TF/260089, was a Lance Corporal in "A" company of the
9th battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment. He enlisted in Dover. He
became part of the British
Expeditionary Force, and was killed in action (Soldiers Died says died
of wounds) on
1st June 1918, when he was 29. He is buried at the Pernes British
Cemetery in France.
He was the son of Henry Holtum Goodwin, a master
baker, and Clara Eliza Goodwin, and brother of
Beatrice Goodwin. In 1901
the family were living at 3 East Street, Dover, and with them were other
daughters Ellen Eliza, 23, a baker, and Winifred, then 8. Also there
were other sons Herbert, 21, a bread maker, Sidney, 17, Walter, 15. The
whole family was born in Dover. The family ran the Tower Hamlets bakery,
and in 1911 the three youngest children, who were still at home,
Beatrice, Frederick, and Winifred, were all helpers in the bakery, as
was their mother. In 1904 both Frederick and Beatrice obtained first
class certificates in model drawing at the Dover School of Art and
Science and Secondary School (of which the headmaster was
Mr Goodwin died on 27 June 1916
at 3 East Street after a lengthy illness. He is buried at Charlton.
(one record gives "Robert") Gould, L/7328, was
a Lance Corporal in the
Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment. He was 35 when he was killed in
action on 22 July 1916. He is buried at Caterpillar Valley in France,
XIV F 2. the inscription at the bottom of his headstone reads, "Gone but
not forgotten". His grave is to the left of the entrance.
Born in Bethnal Green and enlisting in Middlesex, he
married in 1909 in Dover Christine Eleanor Irons, born on 24 December
1884. In 1911 Mrs Gould was with her mother at 5 Woolcomber Street with
her son, born in 1909, Robert Sidney. It is recorded that the couple had
also lost a baby. Mr and Mrs Gould had a daughter on 20 July 1912, Doris
Mabel, and another son in 1915,
William Gould. Mrs Gould later lived at 6 Woolcomber Lane.
In 1918 Mrs Gould married Henry Edward Cheeseman,
Petty Officer of the Royal Navy. They had four sons, Henry E in 1919,
Lewis A in 1920, Bernard George
Cheeseman on 17 March 1921, and Reginald James in 1924, who died on
5 May 1927. In 1934 the family were at 6 Douglas Road. Mr Cheeseman died
in 1963, aged 70. Mrs Cheeseman died in 1960.
Grace, W. H.
William Henry Grace, 2902, served as a Private in the
Australian Infantry, 47th battalion. He was 28 when he died on 13th
April 1917, and is buried at Achiet Le Grand Communal Cemetery
He was the son of Tom and Fanny Grace, and the
husband of Stella Mary Grace, of "Sunnyside", Stalworth, Queensland.
Frederick Grant, 1213 (138293) was in the 123rd battalion of
the Canadian Pioneers. He was born in Banff, Scotland, on 30th June
1880, and had lived in Dover for 20 years before leaving for Canada. He
was five feet six and a half inches tall, with light brown hair and blue
eyes. He was a carpenter who had served for two years in the Garrison
artillery, and when he enlisted on 17th August 1915 was 32 years and two
He died on 18th June 1917, and is buried at Ecoivres
Military Cemetery, Mont-St Eloi in France. His wife, Sarah Margaret Grant,
lived at 300 Harvie Avenue, Earlscourt Toronto. A M Grant of 5 Castle
Avenue, Dover, asked for his name to be placed on the memorial.
Grant, H. A.
Henry/Harry Alfred Grant, 33006, was in the 1st battalion of the Norfolk
Regiment, serving as a Private. He had enlisted in Putney, Surrey. He
was killed in action on 26th April 1918, when he was
31, and is buried at the Tannay British cemetery, Thiennes in France.
Born in Dover, he was the son of Henry and Susan Jane Grant of Dover.
Graves, F. G.
Francis George Graves served as a Second Lieutenant in the
Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). He was in the 4th
battalion, attached to the 16th battalion.
He was killed in action on 20th September 1917, and is commemorated
on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
His parents were William Henry Graves and Mary Edith
(nee Norris), who married in Dover in 1889. Francis, their fifth child,
was born on 14 July 1895, and had three (possibly four) sisters, Hilda,
Florence, and Irene, and two brothers, William and Albert. William Henry
Graves was a Draper's Manager, son of William Graves, a Draper, and the
family, employing between ten and thirteen staff, lived at 132 Snargate
Street for over 40 years.
with thanks to Chris Graves
Graves, H. K.
Henry Knott Graves, 14546, enlisted in Dover and was an
acting Farrier Serjeant in the 88th
Field Company of the Royal Engineers. Born at Lydden, Dover, in 1888 to
William John and Hannah Brown Knott, and a brother to
Jack Graves, he married Elsie Miriam Henson on
3 July 1915 at Holy Trinity, Dover. He was then living at Pioneer
Road, and she at 69 Snargate Street.
In 1911 his parents recorded
Harry as a telegraphist in the Royal Engineers. His own census entry
shows him as being in the 4th Division of the Royal Engineers Tel
Company, a driver and having the trade "mounted". The Division were then
in South Africa.
He died from pneumonia on 13 October 1918, and is buried at the Basra War
Cemetery in Iraq.
|There is one thing death cannot sever
Love and remembrance last forever.
Peace, perfect peace.
Never forgotten by his ever loving mother, brothers, and sisters
above - In memoriam November 1918
right - In memoriam October 1919
with thanks to Chris Graves
Hewitt Gray, 593168, was born in Hythe, and he lived and
enlisted in Dover as 146 in the 4th battalion of The Buffs. He became a
Sergeant in the London Regiment (18th County of London) battalion
(London Irish Rifles).
He died on 6th December 1917, and is buried in the
Westoutre British Cemetery in Belgium.
Green, H. D.
Herbert David Green, L/11377, was a Private in the Queen's
(Royal West Surrey Regiment). He served in the 1st battalion. Formerly
he was T/30700 in the Army Service Corps. He was killed in action on
St George's Day, 1917, and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in
He was born in Chesterfield, Kent, and lived and
enlisted in Dover.
Richard William Green, 31249, worked at Messrs Richard
Dickeson and Co before enlisting in Folkestone to serve as a Private in the 50th Co
of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) (formerly as G/8525 of The Buffs).
He died of wounds on 13th November 1916. He
is buried at the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen in France.
He was born in Dover and lived at Shorncliffe, Folkestone.
His father was the late Sergeant C Green of MMP, and his mother, Mrs
Green, lived at 19 Trevanion Street, Dover
||In loving memory of my dear son, Richard
William Green (Dick), who died of wounds received in action
on November 13th, 1915. Sadly missed by his loving Mother
and Sisters Kate, Lill, and Mary.
His life for his country, his soul to God. Peace, perfect
Gregory, A. F.
Alfred Frederick Gregory, 358468, was a Gunner in the 352nd Siege
Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery Kent (RGA (TF)). Before enlisting in April 1916,
he had worked for eight years at Messrs Wyborn Bros, butchers, from
Worthington Street and Temple Ewell, after being educated at St
Bart's. He was killed in action on 3rd June 1917, aged 23. He is buried
in the Pont de Nieppe Communal Cemetery, France.
Born and enlisting in Dover, he was the son of Walter and Caroline Gregory, from 18 Widred Road,
Dover. Mr Gregory was a plasterer and builder.They had four more sons serving,
and at least two daughters, Ethel and Mabel. One of Alfred's brothers,
Arthur, married Dorothy
Rodgers in 1920.
Griffiths, J. T.
James Thomas Griffiths, 593368, was a Rifleman in the London
Regiment, in the 18th (County of London) battalion (London Irish Rifles)
(formerly 4185 the 4th battalion The Buffs). He was killed in action on
21st March 1918. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France.
Born in Cardiff, he lived in Dover but enlisted in
Thomas Griffiths, 873ES, was a first engineer from the Royal
Naval Reserve, aboard the HM Trawler "Flicker". He died on 4 March 1916,
and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom.
He was born on 26 April 1876 at Swansea. He left a wife,
who was at 16 Victoria Street, Fleetwood, when she was informed of his
death. In 1901 Thomas married Hilda Bessie White in Dover; she had been
born in Dublin. At the time of the census they were visitors at 114
Snargate Street, with Thomas working as a ship's engineer.
1925 - In ever loving memory of my dear husband and
our dear father, Thomas Griffiths, who was lost at sea, 4th March 1916.
"The cup was bitter, the sting severe, To part with one we loved so
dear. The trial was hard - we'll not complain, But trust in Christ to
meet again. Not gone from memory, not gone from love, But gone to his
Father's home above. From his loving wife and daughters."
Grigson, A. H.
Alfred H. Grigson, 5717, was a Private in the 11th (Prince
Albert's Own) Hussars of the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line
(including Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps). He died of wounds on 14th May 1915, and is buried at the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord)
He was born in Ipswich and enlisted and lived in Dover. The 1901 census
gives him as born in Bury St Edmonds, living at 59 Peter Street, and
then 10 years old. His parents were William and Jane Grigson.
*Grigson, W. E.
Walter Edward (Ernest) Grigson, 43400, was a Serjeant in the 10th
battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers (formerly 5854 of the London
Regiment). He died of wounds on 1st April 1918, and
is buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen in France.
He was born in London, enlisted in Camberwell, and lived at Peckham.
Grounsell, F. C.
Frederick C. Grounsell, 910213, was a Bombardier in the 215th
battery of the Royal Field Artillery. He died on 31st May 1919, when he
was 24. He is commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, India.
His parents were George and Rebecca Grounsell, from
"Belmont", Lower Road, River, Dover. In 1901 the family were
living at 9 Victoria Street, Dover, where Mr Grounsell was working as a
bricklayer's labourer. There were then four children, Grace and
Frederick, both born in Lambeth, and Harold and Hetty, both born in
Dover. By 1911 the family had moved to The Gables, Lower Road, River,
Dover. Another daughter, Amy, had been born, and Mr Grounsell was
working as a labourer at the gas works. Frederick was aged 16 and
working in the coal trade.
above right, plaque at River church.
It reads: "Sacred to the Memory of Bomb'r Frederick George Grounsell,
222nd Brigade RFA, who died at Deolali, India, May 30th 1919. This
tablet was erected by his comrades".