World War I
CASUALTIES NOT ON THE
George Files, 203471, was an Able Seaman in the
Royal Navy and had been so by 1911.
He served aboard the HM Drifter "Frons Olivae" (RFR/CH/B/8996),
and was killed by a mine explosion off Ramsgate on 12 October 1915 when
he was 32. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 19
He was the son of George and Annie Elizabeth Files of 2 Myrtle Cottage,
Arthur Augustus Finnis, 751, was the "only and dearly
loved" son of Arthur and Jane Finnis, of 59 Whyteville Road,
Forest Gate, London, formerly of Folkestone Road, Dover.
Born in Greenwich in 1895, he was in 1901 at the home of his
grandparents, James and Jane Finnis, at 47 Folkestone Road, Dover. He
enlisted at Woolwich into the Territorials on 3 September 1914. He
became a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, 238th Brigade.Gunner
Finnis was said to have won the Military Medal, but a note in his
service records states that such an award cannot be traced.
On 8 September 1916 at the Somme he received gun shot wounds
to his abdomen, succumbing to them on 9 September 1916 at Maurets
Valley, aged 20. He was buried at Heilly Station Cememtery, Mericourt-L'Abbé, grave
IV A 56. At the foot of his headstone there is inscribed "He died
nobly doing his duty in the great cause"
The headstone, right, is at St Mary's. The
"James Stephen Finnis, Trinity Pilot,
Died July 30th 1910
aged 83 years "Safe home in port at last,
I was weary and he gave me rest"
"He laid down his life for his country"
In loving memory of Arthur Augustus Finnis, grandson of the above and dearly loved son of
Arthur and Jane Finnis (Gunner Royal Field
Killed in Somme Battle September 9th
in his 21st year. "His toil is passed, his work is done
And he is fully blessed
He fought the fight, the victory won
And entered into rest".
Also of Jane Finnis, wife of the above, who departed this life
October 18th 1920
aged 83 years. "Sleep on beloved, sleep and take thy rest,
Lay down thy head upon they Saviour’s breast,
We love thee well but Jesus loves thee best.
Good night, good night, good night"
Fisher, H. B. B.
Sergeant Henry Burleigh Brockway Fisher, 473056, was born on 15
October 1882 at St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex. He was the eldest child of
Robert Henry and Mary Fisher. In 1891 the family were living at The
George Inn, Bridge Street, Wye, Kent, where Mr Fisher was the inn
keeper. There were two other children, Charlie, then 6, and Margaret,
then 4. By 1901 the family were at East Peckham, possibly at the Mitre
Inn, and Henry was working as a journeyman baker, while his father had
become a baker shop keeper. They had been joined by three other
children, Robert, then 9, William, then 5, and Rose, then 3.
Henry married on 26 December 1903 at the Holy Trinity
Church, East Peckham, Annie Hurdle, the daughter of Samuel Hurdle, a
waggoner. They had three daughters, Nancy, Dorothy, and Violet. The
family were, in 1911, living at 3 New House, Park Road, Crowbourgh, and
Henry was working as a barman.
Meanwhile his parents, with Margaret, Rose, and
Robert, were at the Elephant's Head, Hook Green, Lamberhurst, where Mr
Fisher was the licensed victualler and Robert and Margaret were
assisting him. In April 1915, Mr Fisher took a temporary transfer of the
licence of the Duke of Wellington, Dover, where he stayed until
September 1922, when the licence was transferred to a former Captain of
the Royal Artillery.
Henry's family emigrated to Canada, and on his enlistment on 10 July 1915
Henry's home address was 648 5th Street, Prince Albert. He was then
working as a teamster, and was described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, with
grey eyes and dark brown hair.
Serving in the 5th battalion, Canadian Infantry
(Saskatchewan Regiment), he was killed on 9 April 1917, aged 35 in the attack on Vimy Ridge.
He is buried in the Nine Elms cemetery, III A 13. His brother, Robert,
below, died the same year.
Peace, perfect peace.
Fisher, R. H.
Robert Henry Fisher, G/7681, enlisted in
Maidstone to become a Private in the
1st battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent). He had previously been in the
West Kent Yeomanry. He was reported
missing and then as killed on 4 October 1917. He is commemorated on the
Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Panel 106 to 108
Born at Wye (Lamberhurst, according to Soldiers
was the third son of Mr and Mrs Fisher of the "Duke of Wellington", Dover.
His eldest brother, Harry, above, also died.
George Benjamin Flanders, 141127, was an Air
Mechanic 2nd Class in the RAF no 5 (E) Aircraft Repair Depot. After an
accident he died at the First Eastern General Hospital Cambridge on
23/24 February 1919 at the age of 19
He was the son of the late Benjamin and Cecilia
Flanders and his home was at 20 Stanhope Road. In 1911 he was living
there, then aged 11, with his parents and his elder brother Albert, 16,
who was an apprentice in the building of motor bodies at the Connaught
Motor Works. Both sons were born in Walmer, as was their mother, but
their sister, Annie, 6, was born in Dover. Mr Flanders was born in
Deal, and was a naval pensioner and working as a stationary engineman in
George was buried on 28
February at Charlton. I J 1