THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper


World War II

 

SERVICE CASUALTIES IN THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

Surnames P

Paddock, A. G.
Alan Paddock, courtesy Rory PaddockAlan George Paddock, 204311, was the middle son of Mr John Edward and Mrs Ethel Grace Paddock (née Bullard), of 38 Marine Parade, and was born in Dover on 21 March 1922. An old boy of Dover County (now Grammar) School, he enlisted in 1940 and obtained a war-time commission when he was 19. Before enlisting he worked in the Borough Accountants' Department.

A Captain in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, he was attached to 7th Rajput Regiment, Indian Army. He served with the 8th Army in North Africa before being posted to Burma (now Myanmar). There he was killed in action at the aged of 21 on 27 January 1944, during an attack on a Japanese position. He is buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Paddock brothers, courtesy Rory PaddockMyanmar, grave 4 K 16

Left, with Alan are his two brothers, Colin (1920 - 1994), (far left) and Geoffrey John (1923 - 2001) (centre). They also served in the army during World War II. Colin had joined the army as a career choice prior to the outbreak of hostilities. A regular officer, he was taken prisoner during the war, but managed to escape and made a "home run". For this he was awarded the Military Cross. His citation was for "gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East". Geoffrey, like Alan, gained a war-time commission from the ranks, and served with the Indian Army. Colin and Geoffrey both continued in the Army after the war, as career soldiers. 

Their father had also been a soldier and, in fact, the Paddock connection with Dover came about through the army.  John Edward Paddock (1895-1968) was a sapper in the Royal Engineers before and during the Great War and had been "born into the army".  His father, George Paddock (1856-1930), was a “Shropshire Lad” who left his native county in 1879 upon enlistment in the Royal Artillery and settled finally in Dover, to become a “Man of Kent” by residence.  A number of his children, including John, were born at Dover Castle while he was stationed there as a gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery.courtesy Rory Paddock

courtesy Rory Paddock

 

 

 

 

 

Alan’s life was short, but his memory lives on in the family.  He is forever young

with thanks to Rory Paddock

Note: John Paddock's brother, George, married in 1915 Maud Alice Scrase. She was the sister of Lottie Scrase

Page, C. P. 
Charles Percy Page's parents were John Samuel, a fishmonger, and Kate Page, nee Kingsmill, of 154 Snargate Street. He was born in Dover on 22 October 1909, and he was their youngest son 

He joined the Royal Navy on 26 May 1925, entering as a Boy, 2nd class, after having worked as a shop assistant beforehand. He was was recorded as having blue eyes, a fair complexion, and light brown hair, and as being  five feet two inches tall. At the age of 18 he had grown by two and a half inches, and was engaged to serve for twelve years. His character was recorded as being very good throughout his service, detailed below

HMS Ganges Harwich 26 May 1925 to 22 April 1926 Boy 1st Class 24 January 1926
HMS Marlborough Battleship 23 April 1926 to 10 December 1926  
HMS Royal Oak Battleship 11 December 1926 to 23 October 1929 Ordinary Seaman 22 October 1927
Able Bodied Seaman 22 April 1929
HMS Pembroke Chatham 24 October 1929 to 6 October 1930  
HMS Victory Portsmouth 7 October 1930 to 1 December 1930  
HMS Valiant Battleship 2 December 1930 to 7 January 1932  
HMS Pembroke Chatham 8 January 1932 to 20 June 1932  
HMS Royal Oak Battleship 21 June 1932 to 25 April 1934  
HMS Pembroke Chatham 26 April 1934 to 30 August 1934  
HMS Comet Destroyer 31 August 1934 to 6 November 1935  
HMS Pembroke Chatham 7 November 1935 to 9 December 1935  
HMS Columbo Cruiser 10 December 1935 to 29 July 1936  
HMS Pembroke Chatham 30 July 1936 to 9 September 1936  
HMS Diana Destroyer 10 September 1936 to 31 March 1939  
HMS Pembroke Chatham 1 April 1939 to 31 July 1939  
HMS Malcolm Flotilla Leader 1 August 1939 to 2 September 1940 Acting Leading Seaman 10 June 1940
HMS Pembroke Chatham 3 September 1940 to 8 January 1941  
HMS Registan Ocean boarding vessel 9 January 1941 to 27 May 1941  

Leading Seaman Page was officially discharged on 27 May 1941, when he was reported missing, presumed killed. HMS Registan was responsible for boarding suspicious vessels and looking for arms or contraband. On that day she was escorting a convoy from Plymouth to Milford Haven. At 22.40 she was attacked and bombed by enemy aircraft, catching fire badly

There were a number of casualties. Twelve men were buried at sea. Some survivors were taken off by other escort craft, HM Destroyers Vansittart, Wyvern, and Wild Swan, to Milford Haven. Leading Seaman Page is believed to have removed several of his shipmates from a fire-damaged area

Twenty seamen, including the captain, stayed on board to fight the fire. The Registan was towed into Falmouth by the tug Goliath and two launches.

A close ship mate of Leading Seaman Page is said to have visited his home address, thinking that Charles would be there as he had seen him alive after the enemy action. He was not to be found, and is now commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial for seamen with no known grave. Panel 42.1. However, at Falmouth Cemetery in Cornwall are five graves containing the remains of twenty-seven unidentified sailors from the Ragistan. Perhaps Charles lies at rest here

1942 - "Loved and remembered by all. Happy memories. Doll and Peter"

with thanks to Mrs A. Player
with thanks to Ian Smallwood for extensive detail

Note: Charles was the nephew of Amelia, wife of George Bates. Charles' father was Amelia's eldest brother. Kate, Charles' mother, was cousin to Lewis Kingsmill, commemorated on the Hougham memorial. Charles brother may have been the Mr Page who lost his foot in shelling in October 1942 in Last Lane, Dover

Page, R. A. 
Richard Amos Page was an Able Seaman Gunner. He was with the SS WC Teagle when he lost his life on 16 October 1941. He was 21. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 115

He was the only son of Mrs Mary M Page, from 50 Ashburton Road, Addiscombe, Croydon, later Shepherdswell, and he was the grandson of Mr and Mrs Ross, from 33 Albany Place, Dover

announcement of death, courtesy Dover Express
February 1942

Pascall, J. E. L.
John Edward Lacey Pascall, 6291180, was a Serjeant in the 1st battalion of The Buffs. He died on 13 April 1945 at the age of 30. He is buried in the Argenta Gap War Cemetery, Italy. III F 7

He was the son of Edward Lacey Pascall and Ellen Elizabeth Pascall, of 27 Dixon Road, Dover

Memorial

Pay, W. J.
William John Pay, 5503178, was a Private in the 1/4th battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 2 March 1943, when he was 26, and is commemorated on the Medjez-el-Bab Memorial, Tunisia. Face 23

He was the son of William and Ethel M. M. Pay, from Dover

courtesy Dover Express

1943

courtesy Dover Express
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Payne, F. W.
Francis William Payne was a Second Cook and Baker in the Merchant Navy, aboard the Cable Ship Alert. Born on on 3 July 1906, he died on 24 February 1945, aged 38.He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 5

His wife was E E Payne, from 58 Oswald Road, Dover

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Pearce, W. J.
William John Pearce was a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve and on the Harbour Board salvage tugs.  At sea since he was 16, he had joined the Dover Harbour Board on 2 April 1908, and served as an AB on the tug "Lady Vita". He had been before then the master of the small tug of Pearson's, named "Gnat", and soon became the master of the "Lady Vita"

Renowned for his knowledge of the Channel, he worked during the Great War on the tugs, took part in the bombardment of Ostend in 1918, and was present when the Glatton caught fire. He attempted to douse the flames, but was ordered away by Sir Roger Keyes. Between the wars he undertook salvage work as master of the "Lady Brassey" (below)

Lt Pearce was Mentioned in Dispatches. He was 59 when he died at the Royal Victoria Hospital two days "after a severe accident whilst on war operations" on 7 February 1941. He had been struck and thrown into the harbour by a snapped mooring rope.

The first part of his funeral service was held at St Paul's in Maison Dieu Road, and he was then buried at St James Cemetery in Dover GW 11 with full Naval honours. Four Naval ratings bore his Union Flag-draped coffin and an army bugler sounding the Last Post. There were many mourners and floral tributes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lt Pearce lived at 98 Elms Vale Road (below), and was the husband of Ada Pearce. She laid a wreath, "To my dearest, with love" 

in memoriam, 1943, cortesy Dover Express
February 1943

Mrs Pearce died in 1971 at the age of 97. The couple had three children: Eric, Clara, and Elsie

with thanks to Bernard Chappell

See also Lt Pearce's account of The Glatton

Pelham, W. J.
Wilfred John Pelham, 1397020, was a Navigation Sergeant in the RAFVR. The son of Frederick Charles and Mary Selina Pelham, from Wyboston, Bedfordshire, he was undergoing training with 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit when he took off on 1st May 1943 in Handley Page Halifax MkV serial DG408 for a cross-country exercise.

After departing Rufforth in Yorkshire at 3:20pm, and for reasons not fully known, the Halifax ended up over the sea off the French port of Brest. At just before 7:30pm the RAF aircraft fell into the sea with the loss of all eight crew members.
 

The crew were:
Sergeant Eric Ford WILLIAMSON Pilot (Captain) aged 22
Sergeant Clive Richard L. THORNTON Flight Engineer aged 18
Sergeant Dennis Charles BUTLIN Bomb Aimer  
Sergeant Wilfred John PELHAM Navigator aged 21
Sergeant Dennis William SUFFLING    
Sergeant Allan John DUNN Wireless Operator/Air Gunner aged 27
Sergeant Henry HINETT Air Gunner aged 22
Sergeant John HUNTER Air Gunner aged 22

Five of the crew are buried at Bayeux War Cemetery, with Sergeant Pelham in grave VIII C 5. The words on the bottom of his headstone read, "Until the day break and the shadows flee away".

Sergeant Thornton is buried at Barnville-sur-Mer, and Sergeant Hunger at Siouville.

The body of Sergeant Butlin washed ashore on the Channel Island of Jersey on 3 June 1943 and he was laid to rest with full military honours by the German Occupation Forces at St. Helier War Cemetery (right). The words on his cross state: "547514 Sgt D C Butlin RAF Buried 6/6/1943" with another plaque underneath stating "Loving brother of Cyril Butlin"

 Sgt Hunter was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hunter, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

with thanks to Dean Sumner
photo of St Helier by Jean Marsh and photo of Sgt Pelham's grave by Alan Shirley

Penn, L.
Leslie Norman Penn, 1895663, was a Sergeant in the RAFVR. He died in an aircraft accident on 18 January 1945, when he was 19. He is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 284

He was the "dear son" of Frederick C A and Mabel Dora Penn, from Dover, and had sisters and a brother


gravestone pictured by John Fagg

Perren, H. R.
window by Dean SumnerHenry Robert Perren, C/MX 56502, the son of George and Lily Elizabeth Perren, was a Leading Cook (Acting Petty memorial board by Dean SumnerOfficer) in the Royal Navy.

He was aboard HMS Welshman, and died of wounds on 2 February 1943. He was posthumously Mentioned in Dispatches in July

He was buried at sea, and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Panel 73.1 and on the Welshman memorial at St George's Centre, Chatham

"Till we meet again, dear Harry. RIP. From his loving wife, Joyce". Mrs Perren lived at 23 Minerva Avenue

photos by Dean Sumner - left, the Welshman memorial, right the Welshman window and plaque, both at St George's Centre

Peverley, K. W.
Kenneth William Peverley, 1334693, was a Navigation Sergeant in the RAFVR. He died on 24 March 1943, when he was 19. His ashes were scattered at Harrogate crematorium.  He is commemorated in the adjoining War Graves Plot, the names of the 12 service people cremated there being inscribed on a bronze memorial tablet fixed to the inner wall of the shelter building on the northern boundary of the Air Forces Section

He was an old County (now Grammar) school boy, and the eldest son of Watson Evans Peverley (see below) and Dora Peverley, from 275 Folkestone Road, Dover

Sergeant Peverley was undergoing training with 1652 Heavy Conversion Unit. On 24th March 1943 he took off at 2:50pm from Marston Moor in Yorkshire for a general training flight in Handley Page Halifax MkII Serial BB218,  coded GV-F. Soon after take off and as the aircraft was climbing a fire was seen in the port outer engine. It was reported that the pilot turned off the petrol supply to that engine but failed to ‘feather’ the propeller (turn the blades side-on to the direction of travel to reduce drag). The Halifax subsequently plunged downwards and crashed close to the airfield near the  village of Bickerton. Three of the six crew including Ken Peverley were killed. The survivors who had severe injuries each made a good recovery and returned to RAF service.

The crew consisted of:

Sergeant Frank Heydon THOMAS Pilot (Captain) aged 21
Sergeant S J TIBBS (RCAF )   injured
Sergeant Rino Guiseppe Arturo PLATONI Flight Engineer aged 21
Sergeant Kenneth Wilfred PEVERLEY Navigator aged 19
Sergeant James Alexander PHILLIPS Wireless Operator/Air Gunner injured
Sergeant G S WORBOYS Air Gunner injured

Notes:
Sgt Platoni was the son of Angelo and Emma Platoni, of Finchley, London. He rests in St. Pancras Cemetery.
Sgt Phillips was killed aged 22 on 8th May 1944 whilst serving with 178 Squadron based in Italy. He is buried in Bucharest Cemetery, Romania.

Peverley, W. E.
Watson Evans Peverley was a Pilot from the Trinity House Service, joining them when he was 32 and serving for 18 years before his death. He was aboard the  SS Storaa. He died on 3 November 1943, when he was 51. He had worked at the Dover Pilots Station until it was transferred to Gravesend in 1940, and was well-known in both towns, and recognised as a fine seaman and a grand pilot. For many years he had handled the large German liners using Dover, the largest vessels that came into the harbour .

He was commemorated on the Tower Hill memorial, London. Panel 122

His father had been also a Cinque Ports Pilot, serving a lifetime with them, until he retired at the extreme limit of 70 years of age. Captain L S Peverley, his brother, was also a pilot, serving in the Gravesend channel. He left three children and a widow, Dora Peverley, from Dover. They had lost their eldest son, above, just months previously.

Phelan, T.
Thomas Phelan, 2339636, , was a Signalman in the Royal Corps of Signals. He died on 15 March 1947, when he was 66. He is buried at St James, Dover. Row E, Grave 19 

He was the son of Joseph and Mary Phelan, and the husband of Annie Louisa Phelan, from Dover

Phillips, D. C.
David Colenso Phillips was born on 7 March 1900. With 18 years service, he was a Quartermaster in the Merchant Navy, aboard the Cable Ship Alert. He died on 24 February 1945, when he was 44. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 5

He was the son of David and Elizabeth Phillips and in 1901 was living with his parents at 39 Randolph Road.  His wife was Mrs Mildred Phillips, from 3 Invicta Cottages, Finnis Hill, Dover, and his children were Albert and married daughters Nellie and Millie

"In treasured memory of my beloved husband and our father, David Phillips" (February 1946)

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Phillips, R. F. J.
Phillips, Ronald Frank John, C/JX 559435, was an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy, aboard HM tug, "Roode Zee". He died when he was 18 on 24 April 1944. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 76.1

He was the son of John Charles and Olive Phillips, from Ulcombe, Kent

Philpott, R.
Raymond Philpott, 1235295, was an Aircraftman, 1st Class, in the RAFVR. One of ten children, he was the "dear son" of John and Dorothy Philpott, of 53 Hillside Road, Dover

The letter below is from the Prisoner of War Department of the War Organisation of the British Red Cross and Order of St John of Jerusalem. Dated 23 January 1944 it reads: "Dear Mrs Philpott, Thank you for your letter of Jan 11th., We are very glad to hear that you have received a postcard from your son for we fully realise what a great relief this must be to you."

Aircraftman Philpott was drowned just five months later on 24 June 1944, having been drowned when the POW transport ship Tamahoko was sunk off Nagasaki. . He was 23. He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Column 440

with thanks to Mrs Mackenzie
illustration above: Raymond Philpott's tie pin

Pilcher, T. L. D. 
Thomas Leonard David Pilcher, 7959676, was a Trooper in the Royal Armoured Corps. He died after an accident on 14 January 1943, when he was 19 years and six months old. He is buried in Charlton Cemetery, Dover. Section 2 U, Grave 14

He was the youngest son of the late Benjamin Albert and Annie Sarah Pilcher, of 4 Primrose Road, Buckland, Dover

Pleasance, A. E.
Arthur Edward Pleasance, 2316733, was a Serjeant in the Royal Corps of Signals, the 15 Army Group signallers. He was 33 when he died in hospital in Italy of wounds  as a result of a battle accident on 26 February 1944. He is buried in the Caserta War Cemetery, Italy. V E 18

A Barton Road schoolboy, who joined the army soon after leaving school, he was the elder son of Arthur Edward and Florence Hilda Pleasance, brother to George, below, and the husband of Amy Pleasance, née Pringle. His address was 100 Coleford Bridge Road, Mytchett, when he died, and his effects were sent to Mrs Pleasance, whom he had married at St Andrews, Buckland, on 2 June 1937.

"Dearly beloved husband of Amy Pleasance and Daddy of Teddy and Margaret and brother of Bessie of Mytchett, Aldershot, and eldest son of Mr and Mrs Pleasance of 63 Glenfield Road. Some corner in a foreign land that is for ever England" - March 1944

Pleasance, G. E.
name on Runnymede memorial, Dean SumnerGeorge Ernest Pleasance, 152231, was a Flying Officer in 235 Squadron (part of Coastal Command) of the RAFVR.  He was 21 when he died on 28 December 1943

PO Pleasance (navigator) and FO Alwyn Gilbert Metcalfe DFM (New Zealand pilot) were posted to no 235 Squadron at RAF Portreath in Cornwall on 18 December 1943. They arrived from No 9 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit, based at Crosby-on-Eden in Cumbria. No 235 Squadron were flying Bristol Beaufighter aircraft for anti-shipping work and patrols mainly over the Bay of Biscay

Ten days after their arrival on the Squadron, FO Metcalfe and PO Pleasance were detailed for their first operational mission in Beaufighter coded "X". The Squadron diarist recorded the following for 28 December 1943:-

"Weather overcast with low cloud. Another maximum effort as it is again reported that enemy shipping was active in the Bay. Bristol Beaufighter from Wikimedia CommonsSeveral destroyers had been seen steaming on a westerly course

Six aircraft led by W/C R H McConnell DFC set out at 13.50 hours, followed an hour later by another six led by S/L D H Lowe. W/C McConnell's formation went off in company with six aircraft of 143

Contact was made with the enemy at 16.16 hours. Whilst orbiting the enemy  destroyers, three in number, W/C McConnell and W/O Matthews got separated from the remainder while searching for our force, which  was not found due to its chasing other enemy destroyers on a northerly course. W/C McHardy DFC, Officer Commanding 143 Squadron took over the lead. Crews saw the destroyers firing at an unseen target, which they themselves failed to locate

The formation remained in the vicinity until PLE and then returned to base in safety. The formation under S/L Lowe encountered nothing and made no contact  with the enemy. This formation split up at dusk to return to base independently. Aircraft "X", F/Os Metcalfe and Pleasance were in R/T contact with base, but over cloud. A fix was passed to the aircraft in a position some 15 miles north of St Ives. Nothing more was heard from them. All the other aircraft returned safely"

extract from operations record book, Dean Sumner

FO Metcalfe name on Runnymede by Dean SumnerThe following day one of the squadron aircraft piloted by F/O S J Fielding carried out a search in the area where F/Os Metcalfe and Pleasance were last heard of on the previous evening but could find no trace of them or their aircraft. They are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 128

George Pleasance was the son of Arthur Edward, bootmaker, and Florence Hilda Pleasance (née Larcombe), from  63 Glenfield Road, Dover, and brother to Arthur, above. His effects were sent to his parents.

with thanks to Dean Sumner

Note: the Squadron record lists him as a Pilot Officer
Illustrations:
Bristol Beaufighter, from Wikimedia Commons
extract from RAF Operations Record Book
names on Runnymede memorial by Dean Sumner

"In cherished memory of our dear sons and brothers ....from their loving Mum and Dad, Bessie, Archie, Amy, and children" - 30 December 1949  

Prescott, S. J.
Stephen James Prescott, 6095505, was in the 2nd battalion of The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). He died on 28 November 1941, when he was 25, and is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 55

He was the son of Ada Elizabeth Prescott, nee Parker, born at Ipswich, and Stephen Valentine Prescott, the brother of Harriet Jane Handley, nee Prescott, wife of Walter Handley.  

Price, C. L.
Charles Luke Price, C/JX 135088, was a Petty Officer onboard HMS Tarantula. He died on 19 December 1941, when he was 27. He is buried in the Stanley Military Cemetery, China (including Hong Kong) 6 C 4

He was the only son of Edith Kathleen Finnis, formerly Price, and her husband, Charles (brother to Grace, Joy, Nellie, and Wendy?), and stepson of Mr Finnis, of 3 Hamilton Road, Tower Hamlets, Dover. He was engaged to be married to Rosalyn

"We know not why; some day we shall understand"
"Loved and remembered always"

Price, S. W.
Stanley Wilfred Price, 1392661, was a Leading Aircraftman (Pilot under training) in the RAFVR. He was 19 when he died on 25 November 1942. He is buried in the Vereeniging Old Town Cemetery, South Africa. Church of England Plot, Grave 1282

He was the son of Wilfred C H Price and Ellen Margaret Price, from St Margaret's at Cliffe, Kent

Prince, E.
Eric Saxon Prince was born on 4 May 1889. He had 26 years service, had been awarded the MBE. He was a Third Engineer Officer, Acting Second, Merchant Navy, on the Cable Ship Alert. He died on 24 February 1945, and his body was washed ashore on 22 June, and was interred in Holland. He is also commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 5

His wife was Mrs A Prince, from 4a East Cliff, Dover. See also Frederick Baldwin, for circumstances of MBE

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Pritchard, G. J. 
George James (Jack) Pritchard,1335090, was a Leading Aircraftman in the RAFVR. He died on 30 October 1941, when he was 20. He is buried in the Camden (Quaker) Cemetery, USA. Memorial Plot

He was the son of Alfred A. and Olive Pritchard, from Dover, Kent


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