war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper


The "We Remember" Booklet 2006



Harry Goldsmith

Harry Goldsmith, courtesy Miss Puckett and Mr Jarvis

He had three sisters, and was the only son of the family. With their parents Emma and Henry Goldsmith, they lived in Seaview Terrace on Bunker’s Hill. A paper maker before he joined the Navy in March 1914, he was 21 when his Monitor vessel, HMS Raglan, was lost in the Dardanelles on 20th January 1918. She underwent repeated fire, and her magazine exploded. Only six men survived, but they saved the bullet-riddled flag, which for some years hung in Barham church. Harry’s father made drawings of the Raglan, which he gave to his daughters in memory of their brother.

drawing of Raglan, by Harry's dad, courtesy Mr Jarvis

Edward George Dyer

Edward Dyer, courtesy Dover ExpressHe was an Inspector of Messengers in the Post Office in Dover when war broke out in 1914, but he had already service experience as he had served as a volunteer during part of the South Africa Campaign. His battalion of the Buffs again served voluntarily in the Great War, and Sergeant Dyer was sent to Aden. There, acting as Company Sergeant Major, he died from heat stroke on 25th September 1915, aged 31. He was a popular man, and his Henry Dyer, courtesy Dover Expresscommanding officers had the “highest opinion of his personal character and reliability” and of his “great gallantry”.  

His nephews also fell while serving the Buffs. Albert Sidney Dyer was 19 when he was killed in action on 20th October 1914, and his brother Henry Martin Abraham Dyer (pictured left) died of wounds on 19th April 1916, aged 26.

Horace Abbot, courtesy Judy Hart Horace Harold Abbott

Son of William and Bertha Abbot, he died, aged 31, during World War II on 6th October 1943. He was a private in the Buffs and with many of his comrades was lost at the Sangro River, Italy. His father and his grandfather were blacksmiths in London Road. Later his father worked for Dover Corporation and helped check damaged properties during the war.



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