World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
Arthur James Nash, G/24262.
He was 20 when he was killed in action on 1st August 1917, and he is
commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate memorial in Belgium. He was in the 8th
battalion of The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
(formerly 3020, East Kent Regiment),
serving as a Lance Corporal.
living in Dover, he went
to St Mary's school, and was the youngest son of William
and Mary Jane Nash, of 24 Ladywell Place, Dover He
enlisted in Canterbury.
Nash, J. R.
John Robert Nash, M/316133,
born around 1879, was the son of Alfred Nash, a police
inspector, and Jane, formerly Fagg, who had married in
Dover in 1870. In 1909 he married Kathleen Kennett, also
in Dover, and in 1911 the couple were living at 3
Victoria Crescent, Dover with John working as a carman
for a builders' merchant firm. Visiting them was his
mother, then a widow.
John enlisted in Dover, and
on 4 October 1918 he was killed in action as a Private in the Royal Army Service Corps,
565th MT Company, attached to the VI Corps Heavy
Artillery. He is buried in the Louverval Military Cemetery, Doignies in France,
Inspector Nash, popular, advancing
quickly in his career, and said to be eminently
trustworthy, reliable, and upright, had served 35 years
in the police force when he was killed helping launch
the lifeboat to the aid of two men in a hopper barge
adrift in a severe gale at 1.40 am on 11 September 1903.
The wind twisted the lifeboat just before it was
launched and drove it into a fence. A wheel of the
lifeboat carriage ran over his back; it was later
discovered that the toe of his right boot, his right leg
having been doubled beneath him, had penetrated his
heart. He died instantly. The two men remained on their
barge, declining rescue on two occasions when a tug put
out to them, and in the morning returned to shore
unharmed having been picked up by the passenger steamer
Britannia. Inspector Nash is buried at Charlton.
Neill, C. S.
Charles S. Neill,
S/10607, was born in Lydd to Mr James H H Neill, a
Sergeant in the Royal Artillery, and his wife
later lived at 9 Westbury Road, Dover. He enlisted in
Dover, and served as a Private in the 1st battalion of The Buffs,
having been in the 3rd (reserve) battalion in France in
the early part of 1915.. He had been reported as
missing, and then as a prisoner of war, after having
been severely wounded in February 1917.
When he recovered from his wounds he was employed on
various works by his captors. He was able to send
letters to his parents; the last they received from him
was dated 30th October 1918, from Soltan, stating he was
well. They were informed of his death in 7th February
1919 by the Central Prisoners of War Committee (British
Red Cross Society), after a fellow prisoner of war who
had recently returned had notified the Committee that
Private Neill had died in hospital in Germany from the
"Spanish sickness". His death occurred on 30th (Soldiers Died says 1st) November 1918.
He is buried in Hamburg cemetery in Germany, and it is believed he
was the only listed Dovorian POW who had not returned
There were three sons still serving
in the Royal Artillery in early 1919, all of whom had
been wounded, and one severely. Two of the sons were in
the RGA. One received his commission 1917 for services
in the field, and became a captain in command of a POW
camp in France. The third had joined the BEF in France
in October 1914, as a trumpeter, and, after having
served throughout the Great War, was then part of the
army of occupation in Germany. The extended family could
boast fifteen sons who had served in the army or the
navy during the Great War.
Newland, G/237, was a Private in 6th battalion of The Buffs (East Kent
Regiment). He was 21 when he was killed in action on 13th or 14th October
1915, and is commemorated on the Loos memorial in France,
Before enlisting in
dover he was
a baker at the premises of Mr Holmes Morris. He was born
and lived in Dover; "the
dearly beloved only son" of the late Thomas and Sarah Newland, formerly of 6
Alexandra Place, Buckland.
||Oh teach me from my heart
Thy will be done.
John William Newman,
G/9733, was a Private in the 6th battalion of the Buffs
(East Kent regiment). He was killed in action on 7th October
1916, when he was 35. He now lies in Bancourt British
cemetery in France.
Enlisting in Dover, he was, before the war,
for many years employed by Messrs R. Dickeson. He was
born and lived in Dover and was
the son of George Newman, of 42 Snargate Street, Dover.
Mrs Newman of 29 Balfour Road requested that he should
be put on the Memorial.
Percy Chester Newman,
G/13566, was a Lance Corporal in the "D" company of the 6th battalion of
the Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Before the war he was a
clerk with the Clyde Shipping company at Dover, and a
member of the Territorial battalion of the Buffs,
joining in April 1908 from 6 Barton View, Buckland.
war broke out Percy volunteered for foreign service. He
enlisted in Dover and he
went to India in October 1914, and thence to Aden. In
October 1916 he returned to England, and in December
1916 he went to France. He was killed in action on 2nd May 1917,
aged 27, and is commemorated on the Arras memorial in
the son of Fred and Annie Newman, born in St Mary's,
Dover, on 7 December 1889. He was christened at Charlton
Church on 16 March 1890, and there his parents were
given as Matthew, a commercial traveller, and Anne,
living at 1 Spring Gardens, Dover.
In the 1891 census Percy had become a nursechild,
living at 38 St Peter's Street, in the home of Daniel
Borrett, a cordwainer, and his wife Lucy. One of their
children was Bernard George Borrett, linked by marriage
Charles Weller and John
Collon Fox. In 1911 Percy was still at 6 Barton
View, the home of Charles and Eliza Croft, where he was
designated a lodger. Mrs Croft was the daughter of
Daniel and Lucy Borrett.
Percy was the husband of
Daisy May Simmonds (formerly Newman),
of The Gothic Inn, Snargate Street,
Dover. The couple had married at 2.30pm on Christmas
Day, 1913, at St James, attended by four bridesmaids.
Daisy referred to Percy as her "dearly loved husband".
Percy's Captain wrote to
Daisy, who then lived
at 6 Barton View, Dover, and who was the daughter of Mr
and Mrs W. Tart, saying "He will be greatly
missed by us all, he was such a splendid fellow and good
soldier. He laid down his life fighting hard in the
fiercest fighting that has taken place during the war."
Newman, R. H.
Reginald Henry Newman, 374112, was a Rifleman n the 8th
(City of London) battalion of the London Regiment (Post Office Rifles).
He died of
wounds on 25th April 1917 when he was 29. He is buried
at the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
He was born in Dover. He was the son of William Ingram Newman and Sophia
Catherine Newman, of 1, Queen Street, Dover. He lived in
Dover, but enlisted in Canterbury.
Newton, A. W.
Albert William Newton. In
December 1913 the local paper mentions an Albert William
Newton who was serving in the RMLI.
He may be the person who
was Acting Sergeant, CH 17111 in the 1st Royal Marines
Battalion, Royal Naval Division and killed on 3
September 1918. He was the son of Frederick Newton of
123 Regent or Reginald Road, Eastney, Hampshire. Acting
Sergeant Newton was born on 16 Jun 1894 in Kinsale,
County Cork, Ireland. He is buried in the Queant Road
British Cemetery, Buissy, France, VF 29.
Nicholas, H. C.
Henry Charles Nicholas -
Henry Charles Nicholass, 2163, was
a Gunner in the 1st.2nd battery of the RFA (3rd Home
counties). He was 23 when he died on 27th May 1916 at
the War Hospital, Colaba, India. He is
commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, India.
He was the only son of
Henry Richard and Louisa Jane Nicholass, of 16,
Peter Street., Dover, formerly 2 Spring Gardens.
Nimmo, A. C.
Alfred Charles Nimmo,
K/4760, was born on 30 September 1889 at Headcorn, Kent.
He was the son of Alfred Charles
Nimmo and Mary née Goldsmith, of 166 Union Road, Buckland, Dover.
The couple had married in 1889, and in 1901 the family
were living at 42 Longfield Road, Dover, and Mr Nimmo
was working as a
carpenter. With them were four
Alfred, aged 11, William, aged 9, born in
London, and Alice, aged 2, and Ellen, aged 7 months,
both born in Dover.
Alfred served in the Royal Navy,
acting as Leading Stoker. He was killed at the aged of
25 when his ship, HMS "Princess Irene", exploded off
Sheerness on 27 May 1915 when she was being loaded
with mines. The explosion was massive, with debris and
human remains thrown over 20 miles. Some 350 people were
killed, and a number of people inland injured, with one
young girl fatally so.
Alfred Nimmo is commemorated on the Chatham Naval
At Sheerness is a grave, sq DD 66 (right), for one of the few recovered
bodies. This is for civilian shipwright "Arthur Harold, the second
son of Thomas and Augusta Grout, whose work on earth was
ended by the explosion on HMS Princess Irene, May 27th
1913, aged 27 years. "Faithful unto Death"
Norman, E. J.
(G?) Edward James Norman, 30999,
was an Acting Sergeant in the 1st battalion of the
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment (formerly G/27661
in the Middlesex Regiment). He was killed in action in France on 27th September
born in Folkestone and enlisted in Margate. Mrs
Blackburn, from 144 Mayfield Avenue, requested that his
name should be placed on the Town Memorial
Frank John Norris was born
on 16 January 1883 and christened on 5 July 1885 at St
Mary, Dover, on the same occasion as was his brother
Edward, born 15 October 1879. They were the sons of
Richard Edward Norris a tailor, and his wife Elizabeth Ann, née
Corbett, born 27 May 1845, from 5 Chapel Lane. The
couple had married on 5 July 1868 at St Mary, when both
were living at Limekiln Street.
In 1871 the family were at 4 Woolcomber Street. There
were three sons, Edward, born about 1868, Henry B
(possibly registered as Richard B S), about 1870, and
William George, about 1871. Also there were George
Corbett, born in 1798, grandfather, and Alfred Corbett,
a cousin aged 14. There was a family lodging too, John
Child, a mariner, with his wife Maria and their eight
months daughter Mary.
By 1881 the Norris family had been joined by Frances
Elizabeth, born about 1873, Eliza Ann, 1874, and Herbert
Edward, about 1876. Mr Norris died in February 1885 and
was buried at St Mary from 5 Chapel Lane. Mrs Norris and
her family by 1891 had moved to 16 Chapel Place, and Mrs
Norris was a tailoress. At home with her were Edward, by
now a commission agent, Henry, a fishmonger's assistant,
William, a blacksmith's apprentice, and Herbert, and
there were three more sons, Richard, born 7 May 1882 (or
John, 1883, and Frederick, born about 1889. Frances (as
"Fanny") may have become a domestic servant in
may have been a servant at 11 Chapel
By 1901 the family were at 2 Dour Street, and at home
were Henry, a labourer, Herbert, a cork cutter, Richard,
a blacksmith, Frank, a barman, and Fred, still at
school. By 1911 Mrs Norris had changed her occupation,
from tailor to a fried fish shop worker, alongside Henry
and Herbert who were still at home with her, this time
at 162 Snargate Street. Mrs Norris had had twelve
children, of whom three by then had died. She later
moved to 11 Commercial Quay.
Frank, meanwhile, had become an upholsterer, and on 3
August 1908, still living at 2 Dour Street, had married at SS Peter and Paul, Charlton,
Dover, Mercy Matilda
Martin, born 8 January 1882. In the wedding picture
above are Frank and Mercy Norris, and behind them from
left to right are Mercy's sister Olive
and her future husband, Frank's brother, Richard Norris,
and next to them, Emily, Mercy's sister, with her
husband Ernest Parker. The young lady is unknown.
In 1911 Frank and Mercy Norris were living at 130 Heathfield
Avenue, with Frank then a porter in a furnishing
business. They had a new daughter, Mabel Kathleen, born
on 9 June 1909; in 1914 another daughter, Ruby Evelyn,
Frank enlisted in Canterbury, and became G/17932,
a Private in the 7th battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. He had seen seven months active service
before he was killed in
action on 30 April 1917, when he was
34. He was buried at the Feuchy British Cemetery,
France. Frank's brother, Herbert
Norris, below, was killed three days later.
In ever loving memory of my
loving and dearly loved husband, Frank John
Norris, of the East Surrey Regiment, who
gave his life for his King and country on
April 30th, 1917, aged 34. Sleep on, beloved
one, until the day break - from his
sorrowing Wife, Mother, and Children (130
Heathfield Avenue, Dover)
|Entrance to Feuchy British Cemetery -
Private Norris's grave is to the right of
the entrance (out of shot)
||Private Norris's grave is in
the foreground row, just
behind the camera position
bottom of the gravestone is inscribed:
Father in thy loving keeping
leave we now our loved one sleeping
Elizabeth Norris died on 20 November 1937 and is buried
at Buckland. She had been living with her son, Richard
at 117 Heathfield Avenue. Mrs Mercy Norris died in 1974.
Feuchy pictures with
thanks to Michelle and Andy Cooper
Herbert Edward Norris, known as
Bert, 60491, was a Private in the Royal Fusiliers (City
of London Regiment), 9th
battalion (formerly in the East Surrey Regiment). He was
the brother of Frank, above.
lived in Marylebone and enlisted in London on 14 June 1916.
killed less than a year later, on 3 May 1917, three
days after his brother, Frank.
He is commemorated on the
Arras memorial in France, bay 3.
In loving memory of my
dear sons, Herbert and Frank Norris, who
were killed in action in France on April
30th and May 3rd 1917. They are gone but not
forgotten, Often do we call their names, But
there is nothing left to answer, But their
pictures in their frames. From their
sorrowing Mother, Sisters, and Brothers.
Other brothers who
Richard Norris, who enlisted on 1 December
1916, and was in the Army Ordnance Corps. On
12 December 1908 he married at SS Peter and
Paul, Charlton, Dover, Olive Maria Martin, born 2 May 1879,
the sister of Mercy (his brother Frank's
wife). Richard died on 18 February
1945, Olive in 1953.
Sapper Fred Norris, who was a
Transport Driver in the Royal Engineers
Nowers, L. F. F.
Leslie Fred Filer Nowers,
M2/202810, was a Private in the RASC, in the 881st Mechanical
Transport Company. He was born and lived in Dover, and
enlisted in Canterbury. Before enlisting he was in the
anti-aircraft corps, and worked for the Dover Motor
Company in Castle Street.
He was 20 when he was
reported missing, and later as presumed dead, on 27 June
1917 in the Atlantic Ocean. He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton
in the United Kingdom, panel 44.
He had a sister, Mabel, and was the son of
bootmaker Frederick George and Laura D. Nowers, of 30 Frith Rd., Dover and formerly (in 1901)
of 3 De Burgh Hill.
At the foot of the
grave, left, are the words, "Everlasting light and
On their gravestone (left) at
Charlton cemetery, Leslie's name was also inscribed. The
|In loving Memory of
Frederick G. Nowers
June 1938 Aged 69 Years
|Also Leslie, Beloved Only Son of
Killed in Action 27th June 1917
|Also of Frederick George Nowers
April 1949 Aged 89 Years
Well Done Thou Good and Faithful
Around the kerbstone is written, "And
of their daughter, Mabel Gertrude King, died 30th
January 1984, aged 89 years. Dearly loved", and "Also of
their son-in-law, Ralph James Oddy King, died 31st
October 1951, aged 60 years, whose ashes are interred
The stone on the grave reads, "Hilary
Mabel King, 23 August 1923 - 2 May 2009. Daughter of
Mabel and Ralph".
the inscription at
to Andy and Michelle Cooper