war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper


Dover Cemeteries

"Jottings" - spotted by volunteers as they visit the cemeteries (Index). 


headstone, by John FaggF G Fowler was the younger brother of Henry Fowler, who published in 1926 "A Dictionary of Modern English Usage". The book had been researched in conjunction, but Francis died in 1918 from tuberculosis contracted while on military service, having gone to the Western Front on 22nd December 1915. A previous publication - 1906 - was "The King's English", on which the brothers worked together.

Henry, enlisting at the age of 44 and serving as a Private in the Royal Fusiliers, no 3433, survived the war, invalided out on 7th July 1916 by gout. The Dictionary was dedicated by Henry to his younger brother.

The brothers had grown up in Tunbridge Wells. By 1891, their mother, Caroline, was widowed, and living in Eastbourne with Francis, then a student, and some of her other children. Francis and Henry later settled in Guernsey; Henry at St Pierre Du Boix, with his wife, Jessie Marion (nee Willis?), whom he married on 10th March 1908 at Guernsey.     

It is believed that Francis Fowler was buried in St James, plot MG 21. The CWGC entry reveals that the deceased was a Private in the 5th battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. He was the husband of Mrs V. Dent, formerly Fowler, from 2 Park Cottages, Limpsfield, Surrey. His service number was G/57354. The casualty in that plot died at the age of 40 at Castlemount Military Hospital, and was buried there on 31st May. the burial record has him as being in the 6th battalion.

"Soldiers Died" reveals that Private Fowler enlisted in London and resided in Guernsey. He was formerly Royal Fusiliers, spts/3492. His medal card bears the same two service numbers, and the name of his widow, Mrs W J M M Dent, from Pilgrim Lodge, Limpsfield.

picture: John Fagg
with thanks to Joyce Banks


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