World War II
SERVICE CASUALTIES IN THE
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
details from the
Battle of Britain Memorial, London. Photos: Trevor
Sanders, G. A.
Alexander Sanders, 1385970, was an Aircraftman, 2nd
Class. He died on 12 May 1941, and is buried at River
(St Peter) Churchyard, Dover. No grave ref
He was a "dear son"
In life one of the finest
In death, one of the brave
He failed not in his duty
Himself he gladly gave
From his loving Mum, Dad, and Joan. May 1942
Santer, R. W.
Santer, 6290374, was a Lance Sergeant in the 5th
battalion of The Buffs. He died when he was 26 on 8
October 1943. He is buried in the Moro River Canadian
War Cemetery, Italy. XII G 4
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs.
William Iden Santer, and the husband of Joyce Ina Santer,
of Whitfield, Kent
Saunders, L. W.
Charles Saunders, C/JX 150543, was a Leading
Seaman on HMS Warspite. He died
on 2 August 1943, when he was 22. He is commemorated
on the Chatham Naval Memorial.
He was the
son of Walter Frank Saunders, born 25
August 1897, and his wife Rose Lilian, née Kitchen, born
24 January 1896. The couple
had married in 1919 in the Medway area.
In 1939 they were living at 28 Mayfield Avenue; Mr
Saunders had been a carpenter but was then incapacitated
through previous war service while Mrs Saunders,
previously a money collector, was carrying out unpaid
domestic duties. Also there was their son Gordon, born
on 31 October 1927 and then still at school. Leonard was
their first child, with Roy, born in 1925, their second.
The grave is at
Charlton. The words read:
|Sacred To The Memory Of
A Dear Wife And Mother
Rose Lilian Saunders
Died 1 May 1974
Resting Where No Shadows Fall
and Walter Frank Saunders M.M.
Husband Of The Above
Died 13 Jan. 1979
L/S Leonard Walter Charles
Saunders R. N.
Son of Above
Killed In Action H.M.S. Warspite
2 Aug. 1943
transcription Joyce Banks
Savage, 3309991, was a Sergeant in
the 1st battalion of the Highland Light Infantry (City
of Glasgow Regiment). He died on 22 September 1944,
when he was 36. He is buried in Bergen-op-Zoom,
Netherlands. 11 A 2
He was the son
of Robert and Grace Muir Savage, the "dearly loved" husband of Mary
Beatrice Savage, née Coleman, of Buckland, Dover, and
father to Ronnie, Angela, and Patrick. He was known to
his friends and workmates of R.E. as "Jock".
Savery, H. J.
Savery, 7910248, was a Trooper in the
1st Royal Tank Regiment, RAC. He was Mentioned in
Dispatches. He died on 19 July 1944, aged 24, at Caen,
Normandy. He is
buried at the Banneville La Campagne War Cemetery,
France. IV B 10
He was the son
of Henry Ernest and Harriott Maud Savery (formerly
Haynes), who married in 1906, and he was ex County (now Grammar) school boy
1948 - In Memoriam - Savery, Henry James, 8th Commandos
and Desert Rats ... "Sadly missed, but proud you were my
son - Dad"
At the bottom of his gravestone are the words: "I am
proud to know you were my son".
pictures with thanks to Di Moses
Sawyer (Sam) was the youngest son of Mr H H Sawyer, from Highclere, London Road, Brentwood, late of Bombay. He
was an Old Boy of Dover College, and on leaving became
in January 1933 a
Flight Cadet at the RAF College, Cranwell
After graduation in December 1934, he
joined No.142 Squadron to fly Hawker Hart biplanes at
Andover, Hampshire. In late May
1936 he was posted to the staff of the Electrical and Wireless
School at Cranwell and subsequently
moved to the Staff
College, again at
Cranwell in mid-July 1938
August 1939 Sam was posted to No.615 'County
Squadron at Kenley, as Adjutant and instructor, but upon
the outbreak of war the following month, he was sent to
No.3 Flying Training School at
South Cerney in Gloucestershire. In early
1940, Sam was on the staff of No.9 Bombing and GunnerySchool
and then in May was posted to No.6 Operational Training
Unit (OTU) at Sutton
Lincolnshire for a refresher
qualifying to fly Spitfires he was sent to become the
Officer Commanding 'B' Flight at No.7 OTU, Hawarden near
Chester. At the beginning of July
Sam was posted to No.65 Squadron of RAF Fighter
Command at Hornchurch in Essex,
and on 8 July took command of the Squadron.
He celebrated his new command with his first victory, by
shooting down a Messerschmitt Me109 off
Dover that day at around 16:10
July he claimed at least another Me109, and is given
credit by some sources as having downed Oberleutnant
Werner Bartels of Jagdgeschwader 26 who crash-landed at
Margate and was taken prisoner
Squadron suffered the tragic loss of 'Sam' Sawyer in a
night-flying accident on 2 August 1940. He took off
from Hornchurch for a night patrol. It was said that he
had offered to replace another pilot,
perhaps one named
Gordon Olive, who was very tired
after many weeks of extensive operations. Possibly
blinded by the glare from the exhausts of his Spitfire
R6799, he climbed too steeply, stalled and was killed in
the subsequent crash. He was 25.
was cremated at the City of
London Crematorium, East Ham, and
he is commemorated on a screen wall at the back of the
war graves plot
He was the "beloved husband" of Biddy
Sawyer, from Willoughby House, Spalding, and father to
their 18-months-old son, Michael. One who
knew 'Sam' stated, "I have very happy memories of [him],
who was a very charming man and he would have made a
very successful Squadron Commander." A brother officer
stated, "The Service is the poorer for the loss of "Sam"
Sawyer, who lived to achieve his ambition - to command a
squadron. It is impossible to think of Sam except as
"The Happy Warrior". He could entertain a few of his
chosen cronies or the audience of a Service concert with
equal ease and grace, but those who knew him best
realised that that attitude towards life was
superficial. Sawyer had early decided that trouble was a
private affair, and, as might be expected, he had no use
for the disgruntled and the grumbler. Sam lived his life
on the principle that it is better to forget and smile
than to remember and be sad. "Ave atque vale""
Note: Sam's brother, Vivian, known as
"Tom" also flew, with Bomber Command. He gained the DFC,
and wrote an autobiography, "Only Owls and Bloody Fools
Fly at Night". He survived the war, dying in the 1980s
for more, plus picture, see
Battle of Britain, H C Sawyer
with grateful thanks to Michael Sawyer and Deborah
with grateful thanks to Dean Sumner, for
the detailed career information
with thanks to Ted McManus for memorial image from City
of London Crematorium
Mark Cooper, from Kent, contacted us. His grandmother
had a clock, probably from Oberleutnant Werner Bartels'
plane. For many years it stood on the mantelpiece at
home, and still remains with the family. Mark
would love to speak to anyone from Sam Sawyer's family,
or from Werner Bartels' family. Please do
if you can help
(21 November 2007) We are
absolutely delighted to have heard from Sam's
granddaughter and son
Sharp, E. C.
Sharp, BSc (Hons), 100895, was a Major in the A squadron
of the 4th Regiment of the Reconnaissance Corps of the
RAC. He died when he was 29 on 9 April 1944, and is
buried in the Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. XVIII D 12
He was an old boy of the Dover
County School (Boys' Grammar) and met in Cairo three
other old boys just a few weeks before he died. He had
been School Captain and won the Stone Cup for his
swimming. He had been a teacher at Gosport Central
School before enlisting. He was the son of Charles and Nellie
Sharp, of 42 Nightingale Road, later 98 or 91 Downs
Road, Folkestone, and the husband of Dorothy Freda Sharp, of Etchinghill, Kent,
who had been teaching at Sutton Valence. The couple had
Sharp, F. S. G.
Frederick Steven George Sharp was born on 26 July
1905. He had 9 years service and was a Seaman,
Merchant Navy aboard the Cable Ship Alert. He died on
24 February 1945, when he was 39. He is commemorated
on the Tower Hill memorial, London. Panel 5
He was the son of
Chief Petty Officer Steven Richard Sharp, Royal Navy,
and Mary Ann Sharp. He was the husband of Emily Sharp,
of 39 Balfour Road, Dover, also 6 The Grove, Dover, and father of twin daughters
Beryl and Pearl.
"In ever loving
memory of my dear husband and our dear Dad"
Notes on Alert
picture courtesy Chris Bates
Sharp, S. G.
Sharp, S/10686487, was in the Royal
Army Service Corps. He died in hospital in North Africa
from bronchial pneumonia on 1 May 1943, when he was
35. He is buried in El Alia Cemetery, Algeria. 12 H 22
He was the eldest son of
Sydney and Ellen E. Sharp, of 133 Snargate Street,
Dover, and was a well-known singer. He was the
brother-in-law of John Smith,
Shepherd, W. E.
E Shepherd was born on 30 November 1908. He had 11
years service, and was a Boatswain, Merchant Navy
with the Cable Ship Alert. He died on 24 February
1945, when he was 34. He is commemorated on the Tower
London. Panel 5
His wife was Mrs W E Shepherd, from
12 Eaton Road, Dover
Notes on Alert
Shepard, H. B.
Shepard. This could be Harry Bernard Shephard, C/JX
141759, who was a Petty Officer Telegraphist who served aboard HMS Penelope, and died
on 18 February 1944, when he was 24. He is
commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 76.3
He was the son of William and Lily
Shephard, and the husband of Edith Shephard, from
Silk, A. A.
Silk, C/KX 93532, was a 1st Class
Stoker and served on HMS
Lightning. She was torpedoed twice on 12 March 1943, the
first torpedo taking off the port bow and disabling her,
and the second hitting her starboard side amidships,
breaking her back
Of the 227 aboard,
45 died. Alfie was posted missing and presumed lost. He is commemorated on the
Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel
Born on 3 December
1919 at 8 Devonshire Road, he was the fourth son of
Albert Arthur, a railway coalman and ex-soldier, and Alice Kate Silk,
formerly Greer, née Bedwell, from Dover, Kent. He was
nephew of Ernest
Henry and Thomas Bedwell
In ever loving memory of our dear
son, Alfred Silk (Tinner) who lost his life on HMS
Lightning, 12th March 1943, aged 23 years. From Mum,
Dad, Sister and Brothers - March 1944
thanks to Jacky Silk
above, Alfie while on shore with HMS Pembroke
right, Alfie, possibly aboard HMS Lightning
above right, Alfie's name on the Chatham memorial
Sisley, R. E. J.
Robert Edward James
Sisley, 1895505, was a Sergeant (Air
Gunner), in RAFVR. He died on 4 April 1944, aged 19,
near Newark, Nottinghamshire, and is buried at Charlton Cemetery, Dover, Section 2W,
Amongst the uncles and aunts who attended the
funeral were Mr and Mrs A Pearson, Mr and Mrs C
Pearson, Mr and Mrs W(illiam) Ealden,
Mr and Mrs G Sisley, Mr and Mrs J Sisley, Mrs Proctor, Mrs Pullen, and Mr J Baker. RAF
personnel also attended, as did representatives of No
354 Dover Squadron ATC, of which Sergeant Sisley had
been an enthusiastic member, members of Dover Spotters'
Club, and staff from grocers Vye and Son.
Sergeant Sisley was the son of Henry
Sisley and his wife Edith
Marion, née Pearson, born 25 February 1899, from 6 Castle Cottages, Charlton Green,
Dover. He was a cousin of
Walter Ealden and
Jack Pulham; their mothers, Ethel
Alice Ealden and Sarah Louisa Pulham, were sisters of
Robert's father Henry.
photo by Mark Chapman
Skelton, W. G.
("Wally") George Skelton was born on 29 August 1908. He had 8
years service, and was a Quartermaster, Merchant
Navy. He was aboard the Cable Ship Alert when he died
age 36, on 24 February 1945. He is commemorated on
the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel
His wife was Mrs E Skelton, from 39 Monins Road,
Dover, and he had three children - Joan, Lana, and
Terence ("Buddy"). His children were evacuated to
Markham, where he had travelled to visit them.
Notes on Alert
Skipworth, W. F.
Mons Skipworth, 195479, was a Pilot
Officer in 356 Squadron, RAFVR. He was reported missing
with full crew on 18 August 1945, aged 30. He is
commemorated on the Singapore Memorial,
Singapore. Column 448
He was the son
of Frederick Harrison Skipworth and Amelia Bessie
Skipworth, from Dover
loving memory of our only son and brother" - 1949
- Mum, Dad and Bessie
Smissen, F. M.
Smissen. This might be Frederick Mansbridge Smissen, who
died on 15 September 1949 at the age of 45 at 133
Heathfield Avenue, Dover, "after much suffering,
He was the son of Mr William and Mrs
Mary Ann Smissen, from Green Lane, Temple Ewell, and was
christened at Lydden on 14 August 1904.
In 1901 the Smissens were living at
Hope Cottage, Hawkinge. Mr Smissen was a waggoner, born
at Hougham, while his wife came from Ewell. With
them were Katherine, 12, born in Sellindge, John, 11,
Buckland, Mary, 8, Dover, Sarah, 6, Cheriton, Emma, 4,
and Maria Laney, 2, both born at Hawkinge. Another son,
Richard Henry, born in 1892, died as a baby; he was
probably Mary's twin. There was also another daughter,
Harriet, born in 1886.
By 1911 the family were at Wootton,
and had been joined by George, born at Hawkinge, Fred,
6, Lydden, and Harry, 4, at Hougham. Also there was
Percy, aged 8, born in Dover.
In 1933 Frederick married Gwendoline May
Mullard. They had a son, Norman, born in 1934.
Mr Smissen died in March 1935, and
Mrs Smissen just six months before her son, on 29 March
William (Bill) Arthur Smissen,
1034889, was a Gunner in the 67 Field Regiment. He died
on 31 May 1940, when he was 40, and is buried in Les Moeres
Communal Cemetery, France. Row B, Grave 25
He was the son of Richard and Kate
Smissen, and the "dearly beloved" husband of Florence Mabel Smissen,
from 97 Hillside Road, Buckland
"Until we meet again"
In loving memory of my
dear husband William Arthur Smissen, killed
by enemy action at Dunkirk, May 31 1940.
From his loving Wife and daughters Florrie
and Mamie. "I must go my way alone, since
you have passed beyond my sight, from the
darkness of this world to higher realms of
life and light ... A real and perfect
happiness I could not find without you,
dear. But I must take what God bestows of
consolation and of cheer. I must take what
life can offer, crumbs of comfort and relief
- fragmentary fare to ease the torment of my
hidden grief. I must learn to laugh again,
that none shall ever guess or see the secret
and the sacred shrine of your undying
In loving memory of our
dear brother, William (Bill) Smissen, who
was killed at Dunkirk, May 31 1940. For
ever in our thoughts. From George, Ethel,
In loving memory of our
brother (Bill) William Arthur Smissen,
killed at Dunkirk, May 31 1940. Ever in
our thoughts. Dolly and Walter, Laney and
In 1942, Florrie, his "ever
loving wife" placed an announcement "This was his
chair, it's empty now, but sometimes when the
firelight gleams, I seem to see him sitting there
and smiling at me through my dreams, as if to say,
"Why mourn for me? I gave my life my life is brief,
I did my duty faithfully. What cause have you for
tears or grief. We'll meet again, somewhere, some
In 1943 William's "ever loving
wife" placed an announcement "You are absent from
the home, but never from the heart. A thousand times
a day you come. Some little thing will start a trail
of lovely memories that winds back through the
years, a trail that all too often leads into a vale
of tears. You are absent from this place, but never
far away from my thoughts, in all I do, in all I
think and say. You have gone, but something of your
spirit lingers here. I feel the comfort of your
presence ever near and dear"
Smissen's grandfather was also named William. Born
in 1826, he was the son of George Smithen and Sarah,
née Allen. William senior was brother to Richard Smissen, who became the second husband of Elizabeth
Taylor, née Greaves, who was arguably the maternal
Also, Walter's stepmother and cousin, Clara Palmer,
was the daughter of Sarah Ann, née Smissen,
born at Capel around 1847.
Laney was the maiden
surname of William senior's wife, Frances
with thanks to Ian
Smith, A. S.
Smith, FX.98537, was a 1st Class Air
Mechanic, Royal Navy. He was aboard HMS
Unicorn when he died on 23 March 1945. He was buried
in the Sydney War Cemetery, Australia. 2 W
He was the son of
John William and Florence Ann Smith, from Dover,
England. His brother-in-law
Norman Lown also died
"In loving memory of our dear son" -
Smith, E. J.
James Smith was an Assistant Steward, Merchant
Navy, aboard the Cable Ship Alert. He died on 24
February 1945, when he was 18, and is commemorated on
the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 5
Born on 17 May 1926, he was the son of
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Smith, from 2 New Cottages, Dover
and loving memories of our dear son and brother"
Notes on Alert
note: William Benn, died 30 October
1941,also lived at 2 New Cottages
Smith, J. E.
John Ernest Smith,
1865167, was a Corporal in the 26th Field Company of the
Royal Engineers. He died at St Valery on 11th June 1940, aged 30. He
is commemorated on the Veules Les Rose Communal
Cemetery, France Row 3, Grave 7
He was the son
of Ernest and Florence Ruth Smith, and the husband of
Edith May Smith, née Sharp, from Dover, whom he had
married in 1932. Edith was the sister of
Sydney Sharp, above.
1943 - "He died
that we might live" - from loving wife Edith and
"In ever loving memory of my dear son-in-law" - Ellen
John is centre,
in the picture, left. With thanks to Mike Sharp
Smith, S. G.
Smith, C/SSX31164, was an Ordinary Seaman age 19 and serving with HMS Sussex when he
was accidentally drowned on 9 August 1940. He is
buried at Glasgow (Cardonald) Cemetery, Scotland.
Section E, Joint Grave 1
His parents were Henry John and Mildred Elsie Louisa
Smith, from "Hillbrow", Martin, Kent, of whom he
was the second son. He was nicknamed "Chub"
From August 1941
The call was sudden, the shock
To part with one we loved so dear;
Only those who have lost can tell
The bitter heartache without farewell
from his loving Mum, Dad,
Brothers and Sisters
His life a beautiful memory,
His death a silent grief
from his loving Gran and
Granddad, Aunties and Uncles
We often pause and think of
And think of how you died
To think we could not clasp your hand
Before you closed your eyes
from his loving Auntie Win
and Uncle Jim
Standring, G. S.
Standring, 927496, was a Sergeant in the 57 Squadron of
the RAFVR. He was reported missing, and then killed,
when he was 30 on 23 June 1942. He is commemorated on
the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 94
He was the son of Robert Selkirk
Standring, and Ellen Isabel Standring, from Potters Bar,
Middlesex, formerly of 55 Salisbury Road, Dover
Staveley, J. J.
Carroll Staveley, 2025966, was a Driver in 287 Field
Company, Royal Engineers. He died on 26 February 1942,
and is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial,
Singapore. Column 42
Stokes, E. E.
Ernest Edward Stokes, 974011,
was a Gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery, 1 regiment.
He was 22 when he was killed in action on 1 September 1942, and is
buried in the El Alamein War cemetery, Egypt. XXV D 16.
He was the "beloved only son" of
Ernest Ford Stokes and Elizabeth Stokes, temporarily at
42 Oxford Road, St. James, Exeter, but of 38 Chamberlain
Road, Astor Avenue, Dover, and nephew of Maude
"None can fill his place in our
hearts" - Mum, Dad, and Mary - 1943
Sumner, D. H.
Henry Sumner, 528883, was a Corporal in 84 Squadron of
the RAF. From 118 Crescent Road, Ramsgate, he was 30 when he died on 16 February 1942.
He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
He was the son of David Charles and
Rose Emma Sumner; husband since 1937 of May Beatrice Sumner,
formerly Goldsack, of Castle Fields, Shrewsbury,
Shropshire. Mrs May Sumner remarried in 1946, to
John Alfred Turner. She was the daughter of
Edward John Goldsack.
Sutton. This may be Donald Jack Sutton, C/KX 97603, a
Stoker 1st Class and was with HMS
Calcutta when he died on 1 June 1941, aged 22. The
vessel was sunk in an air attack approximately 100 miles
off Egypt. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval
memorial. Panel 48.1
He was the son of Sidney and Elsie
Sutton, from Nonington, Kent
"Happy memories when we were all together with Don,
missing June 1 1941, H.M.S. Calcutta (Narvik,
Dunkirk and Crete)" - Mum and Dad
Sutton, H. G.
Sutton (Harry), 1359710, was a Sergeant in
179 Squadron of the RAFVR. He was reported missing and
then as presumed killed, on 21 March 1943,
aged 29. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
He was an old St James school boy,
and a champion at table tennis. He was said to have been
well-known in Dover for his YMCA work, and had been for
many years on the office staff of Clark's the florists.
He was the son of Duncan McBride
Sutton and Annie Sutton, of 183 London Road, Dover. Panel 166
Sutton, R. J.
Roy John Sutton, 1269173, was
the son of Norman and Daisy Sutton, from Dover. He was a
Sergeant in the RAFVR, and died when he was 20 on 7
November 1942. (left) He is commemorated on the Runnymede
Memorial, Panel 94
(We Remember 06)
Swinerd, P. G.
Swinerd, 6289205, was a Private in
the 2nd battalion of The Buffs. He died on 1 February
1945, when he was 25, on the first crossing of the River Shweli, Burma, during the advance on Myitson.
His boat is said to have been machine-gunned by Japanese
troops. He is
commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar. Face 4
have been very blond, he was
the son of John and Louisa Swinerd,
from Dover. The couple were married on 18 August 1906 at
SS Peter and Paul, Charlton. The couple lived at 5
Paul's Place, and John Swinerd was a railway operative,
the son of John Swinerd. He was a labourer, as was
William Ballard, the father of Louisa. In 1091 Louisa
had been living with her family at 10 Colebran Street,
and working as a domestic servant.
By 1911 the family were at 6 Brook
Street, and there were three children: Louisa May, born
10 May 1907, when the family had been living at 3 Bridge
Street, Elizabeth Henrietta, born 16 August 1908, when
the family were at 29 South Road, and John, 11 months.
Mr Swinerd was in 1911 was a carriage cleaner, having
been a labourer in 1909. The family probably had several
more children, amongst them Philip, who was born around
with thanks to George
photo with thanks to Veronica Shirley