World War II
SERVICE CASUALTIES IN THE
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
Surnames K and L
Keeler, H. F.
Frederick Keeler, 6296444, was a Private in The Queen's
Royal Regiment (West Surrey). He was in the 6th
He was the "second and dearly loved son" of Charles and Louisa
Keeler, formerly Hood, from Ewell Minnis, Kent. In 1911
Charles Keeler was a waggoner on a farm, and he, his
wife, and their first son Charles, were living at
Standen Cottage, Alkham.
Henry was 22 when he died on 24
October 1942, and is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column
"Greater love hath no man than this,
that he lay down his life for his friends"
In memoriam, 1944
Note: his sister, Ruth May Keeler, died
on 27 August 1938
Dorothy Kathleen Keeler, Henry's sister, married George
Draper on 5 March 1938 at Alkham Church. The bride's
bouquet of pink carnations and white tulips was after
the ceremony placed on the grave of her father.
George Draper was from Wiltshire, and during the Second
World War served in the Dorsetshire Regiment, 2nd
Battalion, as a Warrant Officer, Class II, 5724673. He
died on 2 May 1944, and is buried in collective grave 7
D 5-13, the Kohima War Cemetery.
"Beloved husband of
Dorothy, née Keeler, and adored daddy of Pam of Ewell
Stephen Edward Kember,
1514227, was a Gunner in the 80 HAA Regiment of the
Royal Artillery. He was drowned at sea when he was 24, on 7 January
He was the only son of Stephen Henry and
Alice Eliza Kember, of River, Kent Mrs Kember died on 19
The picture on the right is of Robert
Kember, Stephen's uncle, marrying Nellie Ward in 1927; Stephen is the lad
sitting cross-legged in the front row. He was named
Stephen after his father, who is on the right in the
back row. His mother is the far left. Stephen's middle name was given in memory
of another uncle,
Edward, twin to Robert
and brother of Stephen
senior, who lost his life in the Great War
Gunner Stephen Kember is commemorated on the
Medjez-El-Bab Memorial, Tunisia. Face 7
with thanks to Nigel Steggles
919756, was a Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) in
the RAFVR, 114 Squadron. He was the "second beloved son" of
Sergeant W C Kennedy, of the Army Educational Corps, and
Mrs Kennedy, formerly of Rosenden, Guston, and of 13
Eric Kennedy was reported missing
from operations on 27 October 1941, and later as having
died. During the early afternoon of that day, six
Bristol Blenheims from 114 Squadron took off from West
Raynham in Norfolk to carry out an anti-shipping sortie
off the Dutch Coast. A convoy was attacked, but no
results were seen. The RAF aircraft then came under
attack by defending Luftwaffe fighters from 4 Staffel,
Jagdgeschwader 53, which shot down two of the Blenheims.
One of the Blenheims lost was V5888
which crashed into the sea soon after 3pm to the west of
Texel, killing all three crewmembers. (All the crew in
the other Blenheim lost were also killed.)
The crew of Blenheim V5888 were:
|Sergeant James Wilson BRADLEY
|Pilot Officer Raymond Herbert BATTEN
|Sergeant Eric Douglas KENNEDY
||Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
||Age not known
Bradley was the son of Henry and Nellie Bradley, of
Bromley, Kent. He and P/O Batten were never found and
remain 'missing'. They are commemorated on the RAF
buried in Terschelling (West Terschelling) General
Cemetery, Germany Grave 35
supreme sacrifice. Per ardua ad astra"
with thanks to Dean Sumner
above - in memoriam
right - Blenheim preparing for a sortie, from Wikimedia
Kennedy, L. R. E.
Robert Edward Kennedy was a Lieutenant (E) aboard HMS Galatea (cruiser), sunk by
torpedo fired from U-557. He was 25 when he died on 15 December 1941
with 468 of his companions; only 100 survived.
Born on 13 April 1916,
Lewis was the "dearly loved eldest son" of Mr.
Robert Charles William and Mrs Louisa Kennedy, brother of Stewart, and the husband
of Doreen Betty Kennedy, of Wye, Kent.
is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel
44, Column 3
Right: Lewis Kennedy at Greenwich, below,
his parents, who ran The Gate Inn on Crabble Hill, Dover
"God gives us love, someone
to love he lends us"
with thanks to and photos courtesy of
Alice and John Williams
note: U-557 was commanded by Ottokar
Paulssen. He and his entire crew were lost the day after
the sinking of the Galatea, when the U-boat was
accidentally rammed by an Italian torpedo carrier.
Kerry, W. E.
W. E. Kerry
J. W. Kersley
James William Kersley Crowley was a Greaser in the
Merchant Navy. He was 39 when he was killed during the
enemy bombing of the hospital ship "Maid of Kent" on
21st May 1940
He is commemorated on the Tower Hill
Memorial, London. Panel 66
"Always in our thoughts - Mother,
Sister, and Jack"
Note: The Maid of Kent
was one of the cross channel ferries, converted to a
hospital ship. See
7607542, was the elder son of Mr Alfred Wheeler Killick
and the late Mrs Sarah Pritchard Killick (née Turner), from 20
Salisbury Road, Dover. The couple married on 26 August
1910 at St John's Wesleyan Chapel, Prescott Street,
Wakefield; in 1911 they were living at 3 Beaconsfield
Avenue Dover, with Mr Killick, who was born in Dover,
working as a nurseryman; in 1926 he was working at
Clark's. Robert was born in 1915 in Dover, preceded by
his sister Susannah in 1914, and followed by a brother,
Oliver, in 1921.
He was an old boy of the County
(now Grammar) school, in 1934 winning an award for
Georgraphy, and had been a reporter on the
Dover Express for six years before joining the RAOC with another reporter, S. Wells in September 1939
He attended No 003 Ammunition
Examiner War course at Bramley, Hampshire, commencing on
23 October 1939, and then went to France early in 1940 where
he was part of the attempt to prevent enemy mechanised
forces moving forward in France. He left Ostend on the
cargo boat SS Abukir at 10:20pm on 27 May, one of a
party of twelve from the 13th Salvage Unit bringing
fifteen enemy Prisoners of War to England. Only one of
the twelve survived, as the others were below decks and
the ship sank in under two minutes. She had been bombed
and then attacked by torpedo on 28 May 1940; in attempting to ram the
U-boat her speed was too slow and she was struck amidships by the fourth torpedo
There were 200 passengers, including
women and children, and it was said by a reporter at the
time that they were machine-gunned while in the water.
The few who survived had been in the water six hours
before rescue by a British destroyer. One of these
was Second Officer Wills-Rust, who had been pinned to
the boat by concrete slabs, but had been released as she
Robert was 25 when he died, and is
commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial, France. Column 146,
The family had only recently suffered another
bereavement with the death of Robert's mother on 27
March 1940. Her remains were cremated at Charing.
Notes: Mr Killick, a member of the family
owning the Killick and Beck drapers' firm in the Market
Square, was a keen member and also in the 1940s Chairman
of the Dover Chess Club, holding meetings at his home.
He also was a sidesman and later warden of St James
church. Brother George, one of the drapers, was also a
sidesman at the church. Their sister, Ellen, had married
Rev Henry Hooper, a Wesleyan minister connected with St
James church, who died on 29 April 1936. Mr Killick died
in 1951 in Dover.
Oliver Killick, Robert's brother, married
on 26 August 1946 at St Mary's church, Dover, Joyce E
Mack. She was the niece of
William James Mack,
her father, George Henry Lionel Mack being one
of William's younger brothers. Joyce was also the niece
of Leonard Albert Carey,
the brother of her mother Ethel.
Joseph William Kilyon,
617334, was a Flight Engineer Sergeant in the Royal Air
Force, 102 Squadron. He was 22 when he died on 14
February 1943. He is buried in the Jonkerbos War
Cemetery, The Netherlands. Collective Grave 8 I 6-9
The son of Joseph and Rose
Minnie Kilyon, from Luton, Bedfordshire, formerly 180
Clarendon Place, he was an old St Martin's school boy,
and previously worked at the Dover Engineering Works
"In loving and everlasting memory of my dear son and our
brother, who failed to return from operations on
Feburary 14th, 1943, from his everloving Mum and
Sisters" - 1946
Kime, B. O.
Kime, 118098, was a Quartermaster
Captain in the 1st battalion of the Lincolnshire
Regiment. He died on 25 April 1945, when he was 41. He
is buried in the Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany. 4 B 1A
He was the husband
of Ethel Kime, from Dover
King, D. J.
King, 1883613, was a Sapper in the
224 Field Company of the Royal Engineers. He was
accidentally killed on Friday, 30 August 1940, when he
He was buried with
full military honours on 4 September in Liskeard (Lanchard)
Cemetery, Cornwall. 'Extension', Section C, Grave 99.
The cortege had left at a slow pace from The Cottage
Hospital Mortuary, with a firing party from the Kings
Company preceding. Eight fellow soldiers were bearers.
He had joined the army only seven
months before as a volunteer, and was said to have been
very popular amongst his section
Dover for his football as left-back for St Barts' Old
Boys' team, he was the "dearly
loved only son" of Mr and Mrs T G King, from 9 Douglas
Road, Dover, and the "cherished brother" of Mrs Menpes,
from 40 Northlands Avenue, Orpington, Kent. They
attended the funeral, and other mourners included an
officer from the soldiers' company and six NCOs. Floral
tributes included those from his "broken-hearted" mum
and dad, his brother and sister, and his
"Ever and always
in our thoughts"
||"Dearly loved and deeply mourned by his Mum
||"At the going down of the sun, and in the
morning, we will remember him" Nellie and George
||"Loved, remembered, longed for always" Lily
The words at the
bottom of his headstone read: "Sacrificed to keep men
free, Priceless treasures went with thee"
King, E. G.
(Ted) King, 634371, was an Air Gunner
Sergeant in the 149 Squadron of the RAF. He was killed
while on an operational flight on 4
April 1943. He is buried in Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery,
Denmark. A III 7 9
He was the "dear
son" of Mr and Mrs B King, from 47 Lime Kiln
Street, Dover, and had sisters and brothers
Kingsmill, S. G.
Stanley George Kingsmill,
1394618, was an Air Bomber Sergeant in the RAFVR. He
died during a night training exercise on 28 April 1944, aged 20.
He and the other crew took off from RAF Westcott in
Buckinghamshire in a Vickers
Wellington MkX serial JA456, coded OP - M, from 11
Operational Training Unit.
They were cruising
at 15,000 feet above the Bristol Channel when the port
engine failed. The pilot turned towards the
Pembrokeshire Coast, searching for an airfield on which
to land. They arrived over Haverfordwest airfield at
23.45, but owing to unfamiliarity with the airfield and
lack of power as only one engine was running, the
Wellington touched down too far along the runway and
bounced back into the air before crashing into a ravine
beyond the airfield boundary. The Wellington burst into
flames, and four of the six crew members perished.
The beloved only son of George Albert and Maud Mary Kingsmill, of
Dover, Stanley Kingsmill had only recently returned from
training in Canada. Before he joined the RAF he was a
sergeant in the local Air Training Corps and connected
with the local ARP. He was buried from the family home at 232 London Road
in St Mary's, Dover, section YGx, Grave 16, on 4 May
1944. Amongst the mourners were his parents,
grandparents and his fiancee, Miss T Kennedy. Men from
the RAF, ATC, the Fire Guard and the Ambulance
Department were also at the graveside.
The crew were:
|Flight Sergeant Trevor
|Sergeant Alister Henry
||aged 27 (survived
|Sgt Stanley George
|Flight Sergeant Marcel
|Sergeant N L Taylor
||age unknown (survived
|Sergeant Leonard Ernest
from his injuries, Sgt Scott went on to serve with 75
'New Zealand' Squadron, but sadly on 4th November 1944,
he lost his life as a Flight Sergeant when his Avro
Lancaster failed to return from a raid on Solingen in
Germany. He is buried at the Rheinberg War Cemetery.
Flt/Sgt Gardiner was the son of Albert Gardiner and
Mabel Gardiner (nee Maugham); husband of Dorothy
Patricia Gardiner, of Westown, New Plymouth. Taranaki,
New Zealand. He is buried in Haverfordwest Cemetery
Sgt Scott was the son of A. W. Scott and Ella Scott, of
Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand.
Flt/Sgt Quadry was repatriated to France.
Sgt Laird was the son of Ronald James Laird and Dora
Laird (nee Kydd); husband of Joan Laird of Palmerston
North, Wellington, New Zealand. He is buried in
information with thanks to Dean Sumner
Kirton, D. I.
Kirton, 550500, was born at 302 London Road, Dover, on 29 June 1919. He
was educated at St James' school, and at the County (now
Grammar) School for Boys. He left there in 1935 and
joined the RAF as a Boy Entrant. He was posted to the
RAF School of Photography, and later accepted for Pilot
Training, which he began in June 1939
With his training completed he was in
April 1940 posted to No 501 Squadron, flying Hawker
Hurricanes. The next month he was sent to No 65 Squadron
at RAF Hornchurch, to fly Supermarine Spitfires. He survived the early skirmishes with the Luftwaffe during
the Battle of Britain, but on 8 August 1940 he was in
combat with Messerschmitt Me109's and at about 11.40 was
shot down in Spitfire K9911 over Manston, and crashed
and was killed. His body was recovered, and he is buried
in St James Cemetery, Dover. The
funeral was on Tuesday
13 August, with the first part of the service being held
at St James Church. Sergeant Pilot Kirton was buried
with full Royal Air Force honours, with the bearers, the
firing party, and the bugler all coming from the RAF.
Many people attended, and there were numerous floral
tributes. Section KV, Grave 22
He was the son of
James Hughes Kirton
, who died at the end of the Great War,
and Violet Kathleen Kirton, in West Hampstead, London. Mr
Kirton never saw his son. Mrs Kirton remarried in
and, as Mrs Eric Calton, dedicated a
on Dover Sea Front to David and to his brother
James, below, who also died
||David at his first school
He is the fair-haired lad on the left
||LAC Kirton in
one of No 2 Squadron's Lysanders at Hawkinge
airfield in 1939
The picture pre-dates
his pilot training, and was taken while he
was still ground crew, with the rank of
David Kirton's gravestone may be
seen here; he
is buried next to his father
New housing estates have been
constructed at Hawkinge. This was the site of the
closest RAF airfield to occupied France, extensively
used during the Battle of Britain. One of the estate
roads is named in David Kirton's memory
"He gave his life that we might
live. RIP - Mother and Jim"
Note: the Luftwaffe
pilot who shot down David Kirton may have been
Oberleutnant Willy Fronhoefer, of Jagdgeschwader 26.
He was himself later shot down, but survived and
became a POW on 31 August 1940
with thanks to Ken
Stoker for images and information from his
with thanks to Dean Sumner, Shoreham Aircraft
Museum, Sevenoaks, for the image of David Kirton as
an adult and for information about his RAF service
Another of The Few, Peter
Kennard-Davis, crashed and was fatally wounded
nearby on the same day that David Kirton was killed.
Kirton, J. H.
Kirton, 41771, was promoted to Squadron Leader, Pilot,
in the RAF around May 1942. He was Mentioned in
Dispatches several times
On 27 January 1944, at 18.55, he
took off from Desborough on a cross-country training
flight in Wellington HZ484. For reasons unknown the
plane crashed at 22.45 near Manor House, Arthingsworth,
about five miles west of Kettering
James was 27, and is buried at
Desborough, Cemetery, Northamptonshire. Section H, Grave1. Lost with him were:
Officer Donald Edward Blunt
Officer Frederick Walter Jones
Sergeant John Orr
Wireless Operator/Air -gunner
Sergeant Arthur Leslie True-Love Butler
inside the entrance to Desborough Cemetery is this plot,
below. James Kirton's grave is on the right. At the foot
of his headstone are the words "His life a beautiful
memory, his absence a silent grief"
On the left is the grave of his
Navigator, Donald Blunt. At the foot of his headstone
are the words, "At the going down of the sun and in the
morning, we will remember him"
crews, a total of 16 young men, died that night from RAF Desborough
in separate accidents. Over 121 RAF personnel died that
James Kirton was the son of James Hughes and
Violet Kathleen Kirton, and the grandson of Mrs Harriet
Gibbs from 13 or 7 East Cliff. He was married to Frances
née Panter, from Barnt
Green, Worcestershire, and they had two children, their
daughter Anthea being born after her father's death. Like
his brother, David, above, James also attended the County
(now Grammar) School, where they were said to be popular
with staff and pupils alike. James also played rugby for
The picture is of their mother, who
became Mrs Calton, aged 96, meeting
Air Chief Marshall Sir Peter Harding, at a reception
after the annual service at Westminster Abbey to
remember those lost in war. She is quoted as saying,
"It's a wonderful occasion. It's really special to me.
Feelings come out that just can't be described, feelings
that only a grieving mother can understand"
A photograph of James Kirton on the the promenade at
here. "In Remembrance"
with thanks to Ken Stoker
with thanks to Dean Sumner, Shoreham Aircraft Museum,
with thanks to Ron Kennedy
Kisbee, W. J. E.
William James Edward Kisbee,
C/X 20616A, was an Acting Leading Seaman on HMS Rosabell, in the
Royal Naval Reserve. He was a holder of the Royal Humane
Society's Certificate, and was formerly of the Pilot
Cutters, Dover. He was 28 when he died on 11
December 1941. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval
Memorial Panel 49.3
He was the eldest son of
Edward and Clara Elizabeth Kisbee, from 44 Beaufoy
Terrace, St Radigunds,
Dover, and brother to Charlie, Percy, and Flo
smiling, always content,
Loved and respected wherever he went;
Always thoughtful, willing, and kind,
A beautiful memory left behind"
"Love's last gift; Remembrance"
John William Laker,
C/J 103942, was a Chief Petty Officer
aboard HM Submarine Snapper. He was 34 when he died on
12 February 1941, having been reported missing. He is
commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 41.2
He was an old boy of St Martin's
school, and the son of Anne Ellen Laker, from River,
Kent, and formerly of 23 Kitchener Road, and her late
husband William Charles Laker
Langham, L. J.
Langham, 1337179, was a Sergeant
(Navigation/Bomb Aimer) in 102 Squadron of the RAFVR. He
was reported as missing and then killed on 26 February 1943, when he was 23. He is buried
in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Collective Grave
4 C 2-20
He was an old
County (now Grammar) school boy, and the son of
Harry Louis and Emma Langham, and husband of Bettina
Jewel Langham (nee Coppins) from Dover
Law, R. T. E.
Thomas E (Felton?) Law, C/K 17057, was a Petty Officer
Stoker aboard HMS Veteran. He was
48 when he died on 26 September 1942, and is
commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 61.1
He was the husband of Amy Louisa
Rolfe Law, from Deal, Kent
Lawrence, L. A.
Lawrence, 1395618, was a Flight
Sergeant in 179 Squadron of the RAFVR. A former pupil of
the County (now Grammar) School, he was reported
as missing during operations and later as having died on 4
November 1944, aged 21. He is commemorated on the
Runnymede Memorial. Panel 219, and his effects were sent
to his mother.
He was the only son of
the late Albert and Mrs Edith Florence Victoria
Lawrence, formerly Laslett, of 19 Monins Road. The
couple had married on 22 June 1908 in Holy Trinity
church, Dover. Miss Laslett, who was the sister of
William Samuel Barrett
Laslett, then lived at 23 Oxenden Street, and her
fiancé at 13 Limekiln Street. He was employed as a
fireman on the SECR; he had been born in Canterbury to
Mr and Mrs Frank John Lawrence.
1911 the family were living at 11 Winchelsea Terrace,
Dover, with two daughters, Florence Edith and Vera
Lilian. Mr Lawrence, then 27, was working as a
locomotive engine fireman. He died on Saturday 8
February 1941 at the Casualty Hospital, Dover, aged 57.
1945 In Memoriam - In fondest
memories of my dear son and brother, who was reported
missing October 14th 1944 and now presumed killed. CC
RAF. From Mum and Sisters.
detail from panel at
Runnymede by Dean Sumner
Lewis, A. W. G.
George Lewis, 179221, was an Assistant Steward,
Merchant Navy (as Naval Auxiliary Personnel). Aged 21, he was
aboard HMS Dasher when it exploded on 27 March 1943 off
He is commemorated on the Liverpool
Naval Memorial. Panel 10, Column 2
He was the "dearly loved youngest
son" of Mrs Lewis and the late Albert Lewis, of 3
Cranbrook Villas, London Road, Dover.
"A cruel and
William Alfred Mons
Denis Lilley, C/JX 150304, was a Leading Seaman aboard HMS Southampton. He was reported
missing, and later as having died, on 11 January 1941,
when he was 25. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval
Memorial. Panel 41.3
His wife was Lillian Anne Lilley,
formerly Martin, from Feltham, Middlesex. The couple had
married on 28 December 1938 at St Bartholomew's, Dover.
Miss Martin had been living at 53 Devonshire Road.
William was the "dearly loved" and only son of Mrs Constance Woodgate and the late Mr
William John Lilley RASC
(late of Dover)
"He died that we
|Just a memory, fond and true,
From one who thought the world
You live with me in memory still,
Not just today, but always will
In treasured memory of my dear husband, from his loving
wife Lil and baby son Ray
|Memories are treasures no one
In ever loving memory, from his
loving Mum, Dad and sisters
Thoughts return to scenes long
Time rolls on but memory lasts"
In loving memory of my dear son-in-law, Mum and family
In memoriam, 1942, 1943
Littlehales, 1268196, was a Sergeant (Air Gunner) in the
RAFVR, 625 Squadron. He was 33 when he was reported
missing, and later as having died on 3
November 1943, and is buried in the Reichswald Forest
War Cemetery, Germany. 6 G 6
He was the son of Joseph and Annie
Littlehales, and the husband of Kathleen Littlehales, of
Lydden, Kent. Mrs Littlehales' address at the time of
her husband's death was 29 Old Park Road, though she was
then temporarily staying at Littleworth House,
Lohan, G. H.
Lohan, 94156, was a Captain in the South Staffordshire
Regiment, attached to the 8th battalion of the Durham
Light Infantry. He was 32 (24?) when he died on 17 July
1943, and is buried in the Catania War Cemetery, Sicily.
II D 28
He was the second son of Major Matthew Gordon Lohan and Queenie Lohan, and the husband of Margaret
Mary Lohan, from Pittville, Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire. 1944 - "In treasured remembrance of our
2751603, was a Corporal in the 1st
battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). he
died on 12 June 1940, aged 36. He is buried in the Veules-les-Roses Communal Cemetery, France. Row 1, Grave 3
He was the son of
James and Jean Low, and the husband of Louisa Low, from
Lown, N. E.
Lown, C/JX 140413, was a Petty
Officer aboard HMS Bullen. He
died on 6 December 1944, aged 27. He is buried in the Hillswick (St Magnus) Cemetery, Shetland. Grave 205
He was the son of Edmund Lown, and of
Maud Lown (nee Coleman), and the husband of Lilian Rose
Lown, of Dover. His brother-in-law
Alan Smith also died
Lush, C. E.
Cyril Edward Lush,
1869296, was a Sapper in 35 Fortress
Company of the Royal Engineers. He died as a POW on 28 April
1944, when he was 28. He is buried in the Chungkai War
Cemetery, Thailand. 2 B 6
He was the son of
Allen Lush and Mary Jane Lush, from Dover
1949 - "In loving memory of a dear
son and brother ... "also Frederick G Lush who died 22
August 1922" - from their loving Mum, Dad, and Brothers