war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper




William George Champion was born around 1889.

He served with the 16th Lancers during the Great War.


In 1915 in Dover, William married Amelia Hogben.

Right is Amelia in about 1934.


Amelia had two brothers. On the left is George.

On the right is Frank, and in the centre is William


William and Amelia had four children. Their first was Ena Amelia, born in 1917.

William carried this picture of his little daughter with him while serving during the Great War. 



Roy was born on 7 February 1927.

Gladys was born in 1920. She is with her sister Ena during WWII The youngest in the family, Raymond,  was born in 1931.

William died in shelling at Chitty's Mill in Dover on 13 September 1944. The shelling began at 16.05 and continued until 3 the following morning. Two shells hit the mill, already badly damaged from previous attacks and inoperative.

Shelling in Dover was particularly intense during this period, just before the enemy guns were captured. Mr Champion was one of seven civilians  killed that day. Three servicepeople were also killed and 17 people seriously injured.  

William's grave is on the left; he is buried with a number of other civilian casualties from the last days of shelling

with thanks to Mrs Ena Hopper


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