World War II
CASUALTIES ON THE
Surnames M to Z
Percy Macdonnell was added to the Memorial on 29 June
2013. See this
Ernest Minter, 1788252, of 14 Wyndham Road, Dover, was in the Royal Artillery, 559
Coast Regiment. He died at the age of 36 on 25 August
1942, at the Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex
He is buried at Charlton, Dover, United Kingdom.
Section 2.T, Grave 29. Mourners included his
mother, Mr and Mrs G and Mr and Mrs C Minter, brothers
and sisters-in-law, and Mrs A Archer, Mr and Mrs J Matticks, Mr and Mrs W
Riley, and Mr and Mrs Pittocks,
sisters and brothers-in-law.
He was the son of George and Jessie Alice Minter,
from Dover, christened at St Bartholomew's church on 1
with thanks to Jean
Miriams, J. L.
Jack Leonard Miriams was added to the Memorial on 11 November 2009 See
Henry Morris was added to the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See
Moseling A. H. H.
Alfred Harry Hawkins Moseling, 2094058,
served as a Lance Serjeant in the 579 Army Field
Company, Royal Engineers. He was the son of Frances Rose Moseling, who, in
1911 was housekeeping at 13 Oswald Place, living with her father Henry, a
labourer on a farm, and six of her children; Elsie, Ernest, Minnie, Nellie,
Albert and Beatrice. Also there was a lodger, Albert Hawkins, a traction engine
Before he joined the Army,
been a chorister at Buckland church, and a scout leader. He had six sisters, and
is pictured left with his four brothers, all of whom served with distinction,
and their mother.
On the far left is
next to him is
Ben (known as Jim), of the Royal Marines, DSM. Fred, RAMC, is behind their
mother, and beside him is Albert Edward Charles, (known as Ted). He was a
corporal in the Royal Marines until 1937, serving on the battleships HMS Valiant
and HMS Ramilles and seeing active service in Palestine. He became a firefighter
in Dover, and was one of a number who fought the fires on HMS Sandhurst and HMS
Codrington in Dover Harbour on 27 June 1940, for which their three senior
officers were decorated. On the far right is
Ernest, Royal Navy, DSM.
This was the last picture taken before Alfred's death on 7 May, 1943, aged 23.
lies now in Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia. 11 E 17
The inscription at the bottom of Alfred's gravestone reads:
Youngest son of F. R. Moseling, Dover, Kent
"To the world he was one, to us everything"
Below is Alfred as a young lad; he was apprentice
to an undertaker. His mother is remembered as an "absolute
sweetie". Her family nearly suffered a triple tragedy, as her eldest
Ernest, serving on HMS Sikh, was sunk on 14 September 1942 during a raid on Tobruk. Fortunately,
he was picked up after three hours in the water, becoming
a Prisoner of War. On 1 June 1941, Ben was serving on HMS Calcutta
when it too was sunk. He, with another 254 members of the ship's company, were
rescued by HMS Coventry.
In 1969, 25 years after his death,
brothers and sisters paid for a new Standard for the Dover Branch of the Royal
British Legion dedicated to his memory. Jim, the standard bearer for the RBL,
was accompanied by his brothers Ernest and Ted at the dedication ceremony in St
Mary's church, Dover, conducted by Canon Ewart
Roberts. During the ceremony
Jim's twin sons, Peter and Jim, sounded the Last Post
After the dedication
ceremony members of Jim's family stood with Alderman William Muge, the Mayor of
Dover, on the steps of the Town Hall as the Standard was paraded through the
town centre from St Mary's church
Unfortunately, more than 40 years on, the Standard
is no longer in use but has been laid-up in St Mary's church
with thanks to Bob Moseling
with thanks to Stephen Moseling
with thanks to Richard Moseling
dedication images courtesy Dover Express
the right is Alf as a Scout with, on his shoulders, his nephew Gordon, the son
of his brother Ernest.
Ernest gained his DSM for action during the
sinking of two Italian cruisers on 13 December 1941, by three RN destroyers
(Sikh, Legion and Maori) and a Dutch destroyer (Isaac Sweers) off
the coast of Libya, at Cap Bon.
Left is Ernest after he was taken Prisoner of War.
The PoW uniform was standard, no matter to which service the men belonged, so
all the Royal Navy men wore their hats sideways to differentiate them from the
with thanks to Bob Moseling
Jim Moseling joined the Royal Marines before the outbreak of the Second World War and spent the years 1939-45 on active service. This picture shows
the medals he was awarded, including the Distinguished Service Medal.
Picture left: facsimiles of Jim's medals,
courtesy Pat Adams
Frances Rose Moseling was probably the
sister of Edith Agnes Wells
William Newington, 6351777, was a Trooper in the 43rd
(2/5th battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, the
Reconnaissance Corps, RAC). He died on 24 Jun 1944, aged
28, when the troopship Derry Cunihy hit a mine. He is remembered on the Bayeux Memorial, France.
He was the son of Mr and Mrs W
Newington of 6 Russell Street, Dover, and had been
employed at Tournay's, Snargate Street, before the war. Mrs Newington (n&ecute;e Binfield) sadly
died shortly after receiving the telegram announcing the
death of her son. Mr and Mrs Newington had already
suffered the tragic accidental loss of their grandson,
W. G. V.
William George Ventrice Oram, 1423791, was a
in the Royal Artillery, 221 battery 552 Coast Regiment
He was born at the Married Quarters, Western Heights, Dover on 10
February 1907, and signed up at the age of 16 on 1 March 1922, with the
rank of Boy. Six feet three inches in height, his military conduct was
considered exemplary. He was discharged owing to deteriorating
physical condition, and died on 26 November 1946 at the age of 39,
from TB contracted while on active service. He is buried at Guston,
Dover. No grave ref
He was the son of William George Edward and Charlotte
Eliza Oram, née Ward, and the husband of Gladys L Oram. William
was a Gunner in 46th Company of the RGA, and was killed at the Citadel,
Dover, around 1917 while carrying a shell
the gun emplacement. Mrs Oram lost her father, Lc Cpl
Mepham to a sniper in Flanders on 23 June 1916
Each year, as part of their Remembrance service,
parishioners of Guston lay a wreath on Serjeant Oram's grave
Left: Sergeant Oram's twin sons, Alan
and John, at a reception following the dedication of a
new plaque on Dover Town Memorial on 11 November 1009.
Sergeant Oram was one of the 22 casualties commemorated:. He had also
three older children: Diana, Eileen, and Pete
with thanks to John and Alan Oram
with thanks to Robin Saunders
Paddock, A. G.
Paddock was commemorated on the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See
Page, C. P.
Page was commemorated on the Memorial on 11 November 2009 See
William John Pay
was added to the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See
Pearce, W. J.
Pearce was added to the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See
was added to the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See
John Daniel Pulham.
Known as Jack, he was a sergeant in the Royal Air Force Volunteer
With No 19
Training Unit "C" Flight, he took off
from RAF Kinloss,
Morayshire, on a cross
in a Vickers Wellington LP760 at
20 April 1945.
Near to Bank Head Farm, Humbie, eight miles to
the southwest of Lothian, the Wellington was cruising
along at 5,000 feet when eye-witnesses on the ground reported a flash
from front to rear. It was just after 12.40. The starboard wing broke
away and the aircraft turned over and spun to earth, striking the ground
upside down. Debris rained down; there was a wreckage trail of some
2,500 yards, and an opened parachute fell 500 yards beyond this
Jack's name, on an extract
from register of deaths in the district of Humbie, East
The investigator's report
concluded that the accident arose through lack of control, perhaps owing
to icing or bumpiness. followed by structural failure in the air as the
plane emerged from clouds. The aircraft had "broken up suddenly
and violently", with its heavier parts dropping "practically vertically"
The crashed plane
There were no survivors; the six
bodies were found in a circle around the aircraft. The crew were:
Jack was the son of
Edward Stanley and Sarah Louisa Pulham, nee Sisley, of Dover. The
picture below is of Jack's family - in the back row are Dorothy, Stanley, mother "Lou" and Jack,
and in the front are Joyce, grandmother Ellen Sisley, and Edward
was a cousin of
Walter J S Ealden. The picture,
right, shows their mothers,
who were sisters, sitting together while
sheltering in Winchelsea cave during an air raid; Jack's mother is in
Jack is buried in St James' Cemetery, Dover,
His headstone reads:
J. D. Pulham
Royal Air Force
24 April 1945 Age 19
Jack's grave is very close to Cyril Coe's,
who was another RAF casualty from Dover
|Photo top right - Jack: top
left - Jack and Lancaster bomber
Note: Jack's father was the brother of Mary Pulham, wife
with thanks to Vera Wright
with thanks to John Tester
with thanks to Clare and Joanne Ambrose
with thanks to Dean Sumner for RAF information
with thanks to Kenny Walker for crash reports and images
Aubrey Glyndwr Matthews is remembered on the
Tir Y Berth Memorial
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Raysbrook, S. E.
Sidney Ernest Raysbrook was named on the Memorial on 11
November 2009 See
Rogers, L. V.
Leslie Victor Rogers was added to the Memorial on 29
June 2013. See this
Silk, A. A.
Albert Alfred Silk was added to the Memorial on 29 June
2013. See this page
Sutton, R. J.
Roy John Sutton was named on the Memorial on 11 November
2009 See this page
Swinerd, P. G.
Philip George Swinerd was named on the Memorial on 11
November 2009 See
Turmaine, E. E.
Ernest Edward Turmaine was added to the Memorial on 29
June 2013. See
U, V - none
Wakefield, R. C. S.
Stephen Wakefield was added to the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See
Ward, 6284820, was named on the Memorial on 11 November 2009. He was a
Corporal in The Buffs, 4th battalion, and, having sailed from Liverpool
in September 1940, served in Malta until September 1943 when the
battalion left for Alexandria. From there on 23 October two
destroyers, HMS Eclipse and HMS Petard, sailed along the Turkish coast
bound for Leros. The ships were carrying the 4th Buffs, ammunition and
supplies for the garrison at Leros. At 23.45pm HMS Eclipse struck a mine
between Kos and Kalymnos, blew up and sank in only two minutes. In
addition to the ship's complement of around 200 men, she was carrying
another 200 soldiers of the Buffs (HQ and A Companies. Only around 100
men were picked up by an air-sea rescue launch of the RAF dispatched
from Leros and boats sent from HMS Petard, after spending over three
hours in the water.
Alfred Ward is
recorded as having died at the age of 30 on the
night of 23/24 October 1943, and is commemorated on the Athens
Memorial, Greece, Face 4.
CWGC states he was the
son of Alfred Mortimer Ward and Kate Ward. It is possible, however, his
father's name was Alfred Partridge Ward. If so, then his parents, Alfred
Partridge Ward and Kate Menpes were married on 4 March 1901 at the
parish church of Charlton, Dover. Mr Ward was a butcher, born in 1873 at Monks Horton, Kent.
They were living at 15 Wood Street at the time of their marriage; they
then moved to 1 Dolphin Place with Mr Ward still a butcher. By 1911 the
family had moved to 73 St James Street with Mr Ward working as a casual
luggage porter. There were then four children in the family; Winifred
Agnes, christened on 8 September 1901, Mortimer Cyril, born in 1902,
Bert, born 29 October 1906 and christened on 24 October 1907 at St
James, and Irene. A fifth child, Hilda, had been born in 1904,
christened on 14 September 1904, and had died in 1908. Another girl,
Louisa, was born later in 1911, followed by Alfred in early 1913.
Mr Ward died on
19 January 1913 and was buried at St James. His wife. living at 72 St
James Street, died on 7 July 1939 and was also buried at St James.
The surviving Buffs formed part of the Allied forces
attempting to hold Leros; after many days of hard fighting the Brigade
Commander ordered the surrender of his forces and most of the 4th
battalion were captured.
Others lost with HMS Eclipse were
Robert Patrick Bean,
Charles Edward Cock
details of the loss of HMS Eclipse were kindly supplied by Chris Tomlinson
White, G. E.
14616160, served as a Private in the 5th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).
He was killed in action on 11
June 1944, aged 19.
Private White died during a bitter battle over the village of Bréville
(to the north of Caen) as part of the Operation Overlord break out
operations, he was one of 49 members of the battalion killed on the 11
June in the attempt to secure the village. The Battle of Bréville was
fought by the British units (mainly 6th Airborne Division)
and the German 346th Infantry Division, between 8 and 13 June
Bréville (Bréville-les-Monts) sits on high ground overlooking the river
Orne. From this vantage point in 1944, the Germans could observe and
attack the positions of the 6th Airborne Division, defending the River
Orne and Caen Canal bridges; and beyond them the British Sword Beach at
Ouistreham. After several German attacks on British positions from
Bréville, it became clear the capture of the village was essential to
secure the 6th Airborne Division positions and protect the
On 11 June 1944 the 5th Black Watch were earmarked to attack
Bréville from the south-west, but before the attack the battalion
detached a company to take over the defence of a nearby Château. At
04.30, supported by the guns and mortars of the 6th Airborne
and 51st Highland Divisions, the Black Watch's attack began.
To reach Bréville the battalion had to cross 250 yards of open ground
and when they neared the village the British artillery ceased their
protective barrage. The Germans then opened fire with their artillery,
mortars and machine-guns. One company was almost wiped out by the German
machine-gun fire as it advanced over the open ground. Met with such a
heavy concentrated fire, the battalion suffered 200 killed and wounded
and their attack was repulsed by German defenders. The survivors
retreated back to the Château, but were immediately counter-attacked by
German infantry, who in turn suffered heavy casualties and retreated
back to the village.
In the afternoon tanks from the 13th/18th Royal
Hussars, were sent forward to reinforce the Black Watch, but they had
only just started to move towards the Château when three tanks were
destroyed by hidden German self-propelled guns. The other tanks were
withdrawn being unable to deploy in the wooded ground around the
Château. The rest of the day and night passed without another attack,
but the Germans sent out reconnaissance patrols to establish the exact
location of the British positions and German armoured vehicles could be
heard moving up to the front during the night. It had been a bloody
affair for the Black Watch.
The village would eventually fall to the British on 13 June 1944. The
battle of Bréville is seen by many military historians as one of the
most important battles of the British landings at Normandy. Had the 6th
Airborne Division lost the battle for the village, the Germans would
have been in a position to attack the landing beaches. After the battle
the Germans never attempted a serious attack on the division again.
is buried at Hermanville War Cemetery, France, 4 E 14.
He was the son of Robert William White, born 6 July 1894 and a labourer, and
his wife Mary Elizabeth, née
Marsh, born 10 April 1901, of Tower Hamlets, Dover.
Mr and Mrs Marsh
married in 1920 and probably had six children. Mary H, died shortly
after her birth in 1920. Robert S, born 18 January 1923 and in 1939 an
iron moulder labourer, was accidentally drowned on 22 June 1941.
Constance M was born on 14 February 1924; she was a laundry worker in
1939 and later became Constance Downie. George was born in 1925 followed
by Ellen or Eileen Rose in 1926. She died on 13 August 1939 at the Royal
Victoria Hospital and is buried at Charlton. Amongst the flowers sent to
her funeral was a tribute from her playmates,
Joyce and Gladys Revell.
Finally, the Whites' last child, Leslie E, was born on 27 April 1928.
In 1939 the
family was living at 82 Beaufoy Road, with Frank L White, a labourer
born on 17 September 1914. It was from this address in 1940 that Mr
White's Great War service medal, valued then at 9s 6d, was stolen by a
12-year-old lad, who passed it on to his younger brother. The lad, who
had offended previously, was sent to approved school.
White died in 1964 in Dover, Mrs White in 1998.
details of the action in which Private White was engaged
were kindly supplied by Chris Tomlinson
was added to the Memorial on 29 June 2013. See
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