World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
(Surnames W (part 1 of 2, W to
Wickham) are here)
Wicks, A. G.
Arthur Giffard Wicks, 9077, was a Private in the 2nd
battalion of the Honourable Artillery Company. On 2
April 1917 he died from wounds he had received on 31st
March. He was 19. He is buried at Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps,
Dover, he was the
"beloved younger son" of John Giffard Wicks and Kate
Wicks, from "Snaefell", 39 Priory Hill, Dover, formerly
of Ashen Tree Lodge, Dover.
In 1911 the family were living at 18 Castle Hill
road, Dover, and Mr Wicks was working as a head teacher
in a school.
He lived in Chesham, and enlisted in Aylesbury.
He is also commemorated on the Chesham memorial.
William Wiley. This might
be Major William Wiley, of the RAMC, who died on 12
February 1917 at the age of 40. Twice mentioned in
dispatches, he was in the 12th Field Ambulance of the
RAMC. He is buried at South Ealing cemetery I D 12.
Born in Cork, he was the son of William and Jessie
Wiley, and the husband of Ida, née Nuthall, whom he
married in 1910. They had a daughter, Enid J Wiley, who
was christened in Dover in 1912. Mrs Ida Wiley remarried to become Mrs Richards.
Williams, G. E. J.
George Edward James Williams, 2110, was
a Lieutenant in the 2nd Field
Company of the Australian Engineers. He had enlisted on
2 June 1915, as a Driver and on 6 September 1915 had
embarked from Sydney, New South Wales aboard HMAT A70
Ballarat. His address was Monksilver, Louisa Street,
Gloucester Street, Brisbane.
He died from wounds on 25
October 1917, and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military
Cemetery in Belgium, XXII C 15.
Born at Battersea, he was the husband of
Williams, who was killed in Canterbury on 3 June
1942, and in 1911 was at 5 Military Road Dover, with his
stepmother, Mrs Adeline Williams, née Erby, of 6 Military
Road, Dover. He was then an apprentice engine
fitter. In 1901 he had been living at 10 Vale
View Road with his father, George, a widower, who worked
on the steam ships. George and Adeline married in 1904.
Adeline's parents had been licensees at the Kent Arms,
Dover between 1878 and 1895, Mrs Erby having run the pub
for a short while after her husband's death in 1893.
research with thanks to Joyce Banks
Williams, W. H.
William Henry Williams,
SS.103409, was a Stoker, 1st class, in the Royal Navy.
He was aboard the HMS "Good Hope", and was killed in
action at the Battle of Coronel (Chili) on 1st November 1914, at
the age of 26.
He was the
of Minnie Jane Gold (formerly Williams), of 23, Moselle
Street, High Road., Tottenham, London, and "dearly loved
and sadly missed by his sorrowing Wife and Aunt". Mrs Gold formerly
lived at 6 Market Street, Dover.
He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval memorial in
How hard it is to part with those
We hold on earth so dear;
The heart no greater trial knows,
No sorrow more sincere.
Peace, perfect peace. (Nov 1914)
Williams, W. S. S.
Walter Stephen Sockwell
was the son of Walter and Alice Williams, of 3 Heverham
Road, Plumstead, London. The couple married in Dover in
1893; Mrs Williams was formerly Fanny Alice Stockwell,
born in Folkestone in 1870. In 1901 they were living at
4 Five Post Lane, Dover, with Mr Williams working as a
general labourer. With them were their first three
children, Norah, aged 7, Walter, then aged 5, born on 29
August 1895, and Ruby,
aged 3, all born in Dover.
Ten years later there family were living at 2 Selborne
Terrace, Dover, joined by a fourth child, Stanley, then
aged 9. Mr Williams was working as an engine driver for
contractors S. Pearson and Sons, and Norah had become a
music teacher. Walter had begun work as an apprentice at
Walter became an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy, on the
HMS "Defence". He died on 31st May 1916 in the Battle of
Jutland, at the age of 20. He is commemorated on the
Plymouth Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom.
His mother, by then living at 3 Heversham Road,
Plumstead, London, was the relative notified of his
||What will it matter when the war is o'er?
What sea shall contain him or on what shore
He shall be sleeping - far away from his home.
Not there will we look, but to God's great Dome,
Where the quiet moon and each shining star
Will tell us that he is not very far -
And so are we comforted; we know - we know!
That youth has come to claim his own again,
That nothing beautiful that God has given
Dies utterly - or gives his life in vain.
In ever loving memory of our dear son
A Willis was probably Thomas Arthur Willis, a Gunner,
54881, in the 97th battery of the Royal
Field Artillery. He went missing, feared drowned,
from the transport "Manitou" in the Aegean Sea on
Saturday 17 April 1915. He had just returned from
Born in Shrewsbury in 1891, he enlisted in Dover and was
in 1911 serving overseas in the 90th battery at
Jubbulpore, India. He was a grandson of the late QMS
James Robert Robinson, AOC and the
eldest son of Mr and Mrs Willis of 31 Longfield Road,
He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey, panel
21 and 22.
Notes: QMS Robinson died on 1 April 1909
from pneumonia and was buried at St James. He was a
veteran of some 24 years, having served in the
Anglo-Zulu war of 1879 and had also been engaged at the
Ordnance Stores in Dover. He had been awarded a good
conduct medal and left the Army with an exemplary
character. QMS Robinson had also been recorded in 1891
as publican of the Ordnance Inn at 120 Snargate Street,
and in 1901 as a painter, living at 32 Belgrave
Road with his wife and one of their three daughters,
Agnes Isabel. Agnes.born about 1882 in Bermuda, would
marry Ebenezer Payn Gower,
a corporal in the 19th Hussars, at Christchurch, Dover,
on 27 June 1903. The other daughters were Edith Maud,
born 1887 at Portsmouth, who married William James
Maltby, a soldier, on 28 February 1897 at Christchurch,
Dover, and probably Nellie. She is likely to have become
Mrs Willis Russell and the mother of
Thomas Arthur Willis. Mrs Robinson died on 17 August
1922 and was buried at St James in the grave of her
Wills, A. C.
Alfred Constantine Wills, 2231, was a Driver in the 3rd
Home Counties brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. He
had a short and painful illness, and died on 6th
December 1915, at the age of 21 and 11 months, at the
Western Heights hospital. He is buried at St Mary's,
He was the son of Mrs Isabella Wills, of 54 London Road,
think and talk of you,
We have listened for your footsteps,
Which has been all in vain.
But we trust in God to meet you
In heaven once again.
Sadly missed, from
his heart-broken Mother, Father, Brothers,
Willson, A. J.
Albert John Willson ("Bert"), CH926(S) was 21 when he died of
wounds on 3rd August 1916 while serving with the
1st Royal Marines RN Division, Royal Marine Light
Infantry. He is buried in the Barlin
Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Born on 14 January 1895, he was the second and
"dear beloved" son of Mr Alfred and Mrs
Charlotte Lavinia Willson, née
Esplanade, Dover. In 1911 the family had been living at
4 Cowgate Hill. Mr Willson was working
as a messenger for Trinity
House, and there were five
children in the family. Winifred
was 21 and an assistant in the
millinery department of the
Co-operative Stores. William,
19, was working as a seaman for
Trinity House, and Albert, aged
16, as a shop boy. There were
two more sons, Sidney, aged 13,
and Alfred, the youngest, then
10. Ten years previously they
had been living at 2a Cowgate
Note: 4 Cowgate Hill was also the home in
1916 of civilian casualty
Boorman and of George
Saunders in 1901.
Wilshire, C. E.
Charles Eric Wilshire,
G/9020, was in the 8th battalion of the Buffs. He died
at the age
of 20 years and two months on 6th September 1916. He is
commemorated on the Thiepval memorial in France.
He was the "beloved son" of William
Evans Wilshire and Sarah Jane Wilshire, of 6 Barton
Path, Dover, and previously at 123 Clarendon Place,
Dover. He was born, enlisted, and lived in Dover.
His brother Ernest
Wilshire became a civilian casualty in World
Wilson, C. E.
C. E. Wilson
Wilson, H. P.
Henry Porter Wilson, L/10605, joined the 7th battalion
of The Buffs in 1915.
He was a Private died in action on 23rd March 1918, at the age of 23. He is
commemorated on the Pozieres memorial in France.
Born in Croydon, he was
the son of
Mr and Mrs Wilson of 13 Commercial Quay, Dover. where he
enlisted and lived.
1925 - In loving memory of our dear son ... "Gone but
not forgotten" From Father, Mother, brothers and sister
Winkworth, E J
Edwin John Winkworth
was born in Dartford, and had an army career. In 1901 he
was a Private in Canterbury. He had served for several
years at Dover Castle, and when the war began was an
instructor in the No 1 depot of the RGA. His
commission was announced in May 1917. As 2nd Lieutenant in
the 219th Siege battery of the RGA he died of wounds on 6th
December 1917, aged 38, and is buried at Achiet Le-Grand
Communal Cemetery Extension in France.
His parents were the late George and Agnes Susan
Winkworth, of The Brooklands, Dartford, Kent, and his
wife was Eleanor, nee Fittall, who lived at 176
Clarendon Street, Dover. In the New Year of 1918
Mrs Winkworth received a telegram from Buckingham
Palace. It read:
"The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the
Army have sustained by the death of your husband in the
service of his country. Their Majesties truly sympathise
with you in your sorrow. - The Keeper of the Privy
The headstone is at Charlton, and reads:
|In Loving Memory
who passed away
29th March 1915
aged 72 years
Elizabeth Ann Fittall
Wife of the Above
who passed away
30th September 1922
aged 77 years
2nd Lieut Edwin John Winkworth
219 Siege Bty RGA
Son-in-Law of the Above
Died of wounds in France
6th December 1917
aged 38 years
who passed away
14th July 1947
aged 60 years
photo and transcription with thanks to
Wise, 222824, was
was the son of James Loftus and Agnes Eleanor Wise, from
London, and the husband of Edith Green (formerly
Corporation House, Tower Hamlets Road, Dover.
A Leading Signalman on the HMS "Flirt" with the Royal
Navy, he was
Mentioned in Dispatches, He also gained the
Distinguished Service Medal, gazetted on 26 July 1916.
Vice Admiral Sir Roger Bacon, in his report, detailed
the work of the Dover Patrol over the preceding winter,
escorting merchant vessels and troop-carriers, hindering
enemy submarine activity, and engaging in a number of
actions including bombardment of enemy positions in
Belgium. During this time over a hundred Dover Patrol
officers and men were lost.
Leading Signalman Wise was killed at the age of 29 on 26
October 1916 when the Dover Patrol intercepted enemy
destroyers intending to raid in the Straits of Dover.
HMS Flirt was torpedoed after she had lowered a
to rescue survivors from the burning drifter Waveney II.
The only survivors from HMS Flirt were those in this
He is commemorated on the Portsmouth
Naval memorial in the United Kingdom
left HMS Flirt, Wikimedia Commons
Wood, C. E.
Charles Edward Wood, 120266, was a Gunner in the
Clearing Office of the RGA. He had been invalided home
from the Front, and he died at the Central Military
Hospital, Eastbourne on 16th July 1918, from double
pneumonia following influenza. He was 32.
His body was brought home to Dover on 20th July by
train. It was met at the station and brought back to his
house at 4 Barton Path. Previously he had lived with his
brother at 4 Biggin Street.
Charles' funeral was held two days later, on Monday 22nd
July, with full military honours. His body was borne on
a gun carriage to Buckland cemetery, and the coffin was
covered with the Union Flag. Members of the RGA were
bearers, and the band of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment
played "Abide with Me" at the graveside. After the
service there were three volleys fired over the grave,
and the Last Post was sounded.
was born, enlisted, and lived in Dover, and was the husband of Gertrude Wood, who lived at 7
Charlton Avenue, Dover. She was one of many relatives and friends at his graveside. Her
parents, Mr and Mrs Hopper, and her uncle from Sandwich
were there, along with four brothers, Lieutenant JE
Wood, Mr H Wood, Corporal B Wood APC, and Mr E Wood, and
Miss C Wood, his sister. There were numerous floral
Mrs Wood's home and the street it stands
Wood, J. F.
James F. Wood
Wood, J. T.
James Thomas Wood, 40512, was a Private in the 7th battalion of the
Bedfordshire Regiment (formerly 29006, Essex Regiment) He died on 3rd May 1917 and is
commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France.
Born in Cha(r)tham, he was the son of George, a farm
labourer, and Emily Wood.
In 1881 the family were at Chartham Hatch, and at home
were sisters Beatrice, 17, Margaret, 12, and Annie, 8,
and brothers Herbert, 11, William, 6, and Frederick, a
He enlisted and lived in Dover, and was the husband
of Matilda Emily Wood, formerly Gilham of St James' Parish Hall, Dover.
The couple had married in 1911, and in that year Miss
Gilham had been working as a house parlour maid at St
William Wood was a temporary Captain in the 8th battalion of the
Queen's Own (Royal West Kents). He was 37 when he died
in action on 31st May 1916, and is buried at Dranoutre Military
He was the youngest son of James and
Elizabeth Wood, from Dover.
In loving memory of Captain W Wood.
One of the best and loved by all who knew
him - from his sorrowing Father, Brothers,
|Through shot and through shell,
He fought and fought well,
No thought of pain or of fear,
Till God thought it best to lay him to rest,
after toiling for those he loved dear.
We miss the handclasp, miss the loving smile,
Our hearts are broken; yet a little while,
We too shall pass within the golden gate;
God help us, God comfort us while we wait.
From his affectionate brother and sister, Arthur and Emily
His father received a telegram of condolence:
The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the
army have sustained by the death of your son in the
service of his country. Their majesties truly sympathise
with you in your sorrow.
Worster, A. F.
Alexander Frederick Worster was an old boy of the County (now the
Grammar) school. His parents lived at the Dublin Man o'
War, River. He was a member of the Dover Rifle Club, on
its Committee, and a good shot, and he was also a
Scoutmaster. He was a pupil of Mr Twyman, the auctioneer
at Canterbury, after he left school, but when war broke
out he joined the Royal East Kent Yeomanry and
afterwards received a commission from the Buffs. He was
the first Dovorian to be awarded a Military Cross and
He gained the Cross as a temporary 2nd Lieutenant, for
conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. "He
gallantly led a party in pursuit of the
retreating enemy, and in the face of heavy opposition
established himself in the enemy's second line"
(London Gazette 18th June 1917). His old school said
they "heard with pleasure" of the award, and that
Lieutenant Worster was put in temporary command of his
Three months later he received the bar to the Cross,
detailed in the Gazette of 17th September 1917. Again it
was for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He
had been commanding his company against a hostile raid.
"He collected every available man with the greatest coolness
under intense barrage and posted them at point of
advantage, moving up and down the line encouraging his
men, with a complete disregard of danger. His great
courage and personal example caused the raid to be
repulsed with great loss to the enemy. Later, though
heavily sniped, he brought in a wounded enemy from "No
Man's Land" therefore obtaining important identification."
On 23rd November 1917, just as he was due home on leave,
the then Captain Worster died from wounds. He was buried
at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery,
Manancourt. His commanding officer, Brigadier General
Green, wrote expressing his sympathy with his father,
adding that he was the most popular man in the battalion
and adored by the men in his "B" company. "His personal
bravery and splendid soldierly qualities were a byword
in the battalion. He had led his company to a glorious
victory on the 20th in the battle of Cambrai.". He
had recommended him for both honours, the Brigadier
continued, and if he had lived he would have received
On 21st April 1918, after the Church Parade on the
Western Heights, Brigadier General Sir W B Hickey,
KCB, presented to Mr Alex Worster the
Military Cross and Bar which had been awarded to his
son. This was the second son to be lost, as the younger,
Donald (below), had been killed just before his brother.
Worster, D. F.
Donald F. (Edward) Worster, G/4302, was born in River,
Dover, and lived and enlisted in the town. He was in the 8th
battalion of the Buffs, serving as a Private. He was
killed in action on 11th September 1917, aged 22, and is
commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial. He was the
brother of A. C. Worster, above
Daniel Wyborn was been born at Sholden, by Deal,
the son of Daniel Wyborn and his wife Sarah, formerly
Capp. He was
in the Mercantile Marine, working as a fireman for the
South Eastern and Chatham Railway when his vessel, the "Achille
Adam" was attacked by an enemy submarine on 23rd March
1917; in 1918 an In Memoriam announcement noted that he
was killed by "enemy shellfire". He was 63. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill
memorial in London, United Kingdom.
In 1875 he married Mary Ann Beer, daughter of Richard
and Rachel Beer, and the couple had two
children, Ernest (married Grace in 1901, died 1954) and
Florence (married 11 December 1905 at Christchurch,
Hougham to Percy Edward Golding). In 1881 the family were
living at 33 Clarendon Street, Dover, and Daniel was
working as a coachman/domestic servant. By 1891 they
were at 122 Clarendon Street, with Daniel employed as a
grocer's carman. In 1901 Daniel and Mary were living at
4 Roseberry Terrace, Underdown Road, Dover, and Daniel
was working as a fireman on the SECR. Lodging with them
was Frederick Beer, Mrs Wyborn's brother.
On 8 November 1913 Mrs Wyborn died at home after a long
illness, having been nursed by her sister, Elizabeth
("Lizzie") Punyer, for six years. She was buried at St
James, with many affectionate messages on the floral
In 1916 Daniel married Lizzie and the couple continued
to live at Roseberry Terrace. After Daniel 's death she spoke of "ever loving memory of my
dear husband" and stated that she was his "ever
sorrowing wife". Less than a year later
Lizzie's sorrows ended; on 16 January 1918 she died at
27 Ladywell Place, aged 67. She was buried at Cowgate.
1919 - Never forgotten by his loving son and daughter,
Ern and Flo
above left: Transport
Memorial at Newhaven, which commemorates amongst others
the Achille Adam and her crew. below right, the Achille
Adam commemorated on the Memorial. Pictures with thanks
to John Harrison
above on the Memorial reads:
"This memorial is
erected to the memory of the Captains, Officers, and
Seamen of HM Transports who lost their lives whilst
sailing from this port during the Great War 1914 to 1918
and also in commemoration of the valuable services
rendered by the Mercantile Marine of the United Kingdom
during the War.
Wyborn, J. F.
John Frederick Wyborn, 172563,
was born at Great Mongeham on 12 March 1877, the son of
John Wyborn and his wife Hannah, formerly Squibb, both born at Walmer.
In 1881 the
family were living at 1 Edgar Crescent, Buckland, Dover,
with Mr Wyborn working as a malt maker. Their children
then were Susan, 10, Richard, 8, Adelaide, 7, and John,
4. John's brother James, below, was born the
following year. By 1891 the family were at 4 Russell
Street, Dover, with John working as a shop boy.
By 1911 John was in the Royal Navy. He was an Able
Seaman when he was lost on 23 March 1917 with HMS
"Laforey". He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval
Memorial in the United Kingdom. (J J B Thompson, also lost,
refers). Mrs Wyborn,
then a widow, was living at 24 Folkestone Road, Dover,
when she was notified of her son's death.
Wyborn, J. H.
James Henry Wyborn, 210901, enlisted and lived in Dover,
and was a Driver in the Royal
Field Artillery. He died from pneumonia on 11 November
1918 at the age of 36. He is buried
at the Bussigny Communal Cemetery Extension,
In 1901 he was living with his parents at 4 Russell
Street, and working as an assistant hairdresser. Ten
years later he was at home with his widowed mother at 9
Rosedale Cottages, Manor Road, Maxton, Dover, employed
as a hairdresser. The same year he married Nellie Hill,
and the following year the couple may have had a
He was the brother of John,
and the husband of
Nellie Wyborn, of 25, Folkestone Road, Dover.
Wynne, E. R. L.
Eric Ralph Lovatt Wynne was a Captain in the 10th Gurkha
Rifles, 1st battalion. He died when he was 21, on 26
October 1918, and is commemorated on the Basra war memorial
He was the son of Arthur Edwin Wynne, MA, the headmaster
of Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon, and the late
Wynne, M. St-C. P.
on 3 October 1895, Maurice St Clair Patrick Wynne was the son of the late
Mr William Wynne of 69 Snargate Street, and Mrs Norah
Keilthy, wife of James Keilthy, of Avenue Villa, Frith Road, Dover.
He was an old boy of St Francis of Sales school in
Walmer, and went on to study with his brother Arthur at
a college in Deal for the Roman Catholic priesthood. However,
he volunteered for service at the outbreak of war,
beginning with the Territorials, and joined the Royal
Garrison Artillery on 14 October 1914. He was then 5' 7"
tall. He was
transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in
Maurice saw considerable service with the Mediterranean
He was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant on 1 Jan 1916, and
the next month was awarded the DCM for his actions
in the Gallipoli campaign when he was 19. On 6 August
1915 as a Lance-Corporal he had displayed conspicuous
gallantry at Sulva Bay. He brought ammunition
firing line and on in advance of his party under heavy
fire to find out
where it was most required. He was
informed on 4th September by
Lieutenant General Mahon,
who was commanding the 10th Irish division. He wrote,
Officer and Brigade Commander have informed me that you
have distinguished yourself by gallant conduct on the
field. I have read their report with great pleasure and
have forwarded it to the higher authority for recognition."
Maurice became a Lieutenant in September 1918. Sadly he
was fatally wounded by a shell on the third day leading
his men in an advance on Le Cateau. Having served
throughout the war, he died just a month before the
Armistice at the No 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station
on 10/11 October 1918, aged 23. He is buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British cemetery, Manancourt,
France, XIV C 2. At the foot of his headstone are
engraved the words, "Eternal rest grant unto him, O
Lord. May he rest in peace. Amen".
His commanding officer wrote, "He had done splendid work
in the first two days, when the whole battalion earned
very high praise, and the news of his death came as a
very great blow to all of us. A fine type of officer,
loved as a comrade by his brother officers and men. His
loss is one we can ill afford, and we all feel it very
William Wynne, Maurice's father, was in 1901 at the Masonic
Hall in Snargate
Street, and occupied as a caretaker. Aged 60, he came from
Manchester, and his wife, Norah Mary Cecelia, née Deegan,
then 34, from Limerick in Ireland. The couple had
married in 1891 in Dover, and they had four children
together; Norah Gwendoline, born in 1891, Kathleen,
about 1893, Martyn William Arthur, 1 May 1894 ("Arthur"), and Maurice
Sinclair, all born
in Dover. William died later that year, 1901, and the
following year Mrs Wynne married James Keilthy. He was
an engine driver for the electricity for the council,
and in 1911 they were living at 1 Granville Street with
Kathleen, Arthur, and Maurice, then a painter in a motor
building, and with a new son, James Roland Keilthy, born
in 1905. Another new son, William James, born in 1902,
had died at the age of 2.
William Wynne had been married twice; his
first wife, Emma, née Hatton, whom he had married
on 6 April 1867, died in 1889 at the age of
41. The couple were living in 1881 at the Grand Shaft
Barracks, Western Heights, Dover, where William was a BR
Sgt/Chelsea Pensioner. With them then were eight
children; Margaret, born in
Ashton, William and Frederick Charles, born in Ireland,
Charlotte and Edith Ellen, born in India, Lea and May, born in Kingston-upon-Thames, and Harry, who was born in Dover.
Sadly Harry also died in 1889, aged 8, just before his
During the war Arthur served with The
Buffs and then was gazetted on 28 February 1917 with a
commission in the Royal Fusiliers. He survived the
war and was married at St Paul's, Dover, on 12
September 1928 to Mlle Germaine Georgette Martineau,
born 13 July 1894, from Versailles. Employed at Chitty's
Mill as a cashier in the 1930s, Arthur died in
Dover in 1968; his wife in the Ashford area in 1978. The
couple had two sons; Maurice George Arthur Wynne, born
on 13 November 1930 at the Buckland Nursing Home and
named in memory of his uncle, and Martyn William Anthony
Wynne, born on 23 December 1931 at 1 Castle Avenue,
picture, above right: with thanks to
census information with thanks to Joyce
Surnames W (part 1 of 2 - W to Wickham) are