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Can you help answer these readers' questions? Please
if you can
Foundry for the Dover War Memorial
Where was the figure on our beautiful memorial cast? We know
that Richard Reginald Goulden cast at least three of his
works at the Thames Ditton foundry owned by Arthur Brian
Burton. Did he use the same foundry for any of the figures
of Youth (see "Wee
If you have any information - or even clues - please
do let us know.
Clifford Edward R. Fox and Frank Albert
These two brothers both lost their lives serving with the
RAF during the Second World War. Clifford was born on 5
March 1922 at Caister, and served under the number 1332445
with 135 Pathfinder Squadron (Lancasters). As a Wireless
Operator he was stationed at RAF Bexwell, Downham Market,
Norfolk; he died returning from a raid on Nuremburg in MkIII
Lancaster F2-'C' Charlie, ND711. The plane was shot down
over the small northern village of Herschbach and it crashed
and exploded on impact east of Steinen. He is buried at the
Rheinberg War Cemetery, Berlin, grave 10 B 14.
Frank was born a year after his brother, on 6 June 1923,
possibly in Hamburg. He was baptised in England on 26 June.
He was an Air Gunner and Flight Sergeant, originally in the
Volunteer Reserve, stationed at RAF Bardney and RAF Fulbeck,
Lincolnshire with 189 Squadron (Lancasters). He died on 2
February 1945 in a night-time raid on Karlsruhe. he is
buried at the Durnback War Cemetery, Germany, grave 1 F 18.
They were the sons of Edward Albert Fox, born at Runton,
Norfolk, on 6 November 1896, and Edith May Fox, née Goffin,
who was born in 1901 in the village of California, Norfolk.
The couple had married in 1921, and Mr Fox had been a waiter
at the Manor Hotel, Caister.
Do you know anything about these brothers? Perhaps you're
even a relative. If so, please
do contact us.
The photos below probably were school or family friends of
Lucy Rowland, who lived in Folkestone Road, Dover. Do you
know who any of them are? If so, please do
let us know,
quoting set 2707.
Dover Fire Service
In this picture of firefighters outside Ladywell, Dover, are
two of the men who received George Crosses during the "Sandhurst"
incident of 27 July 1940 in Dover Harbour (see plaque
on this page and account in
"From the Front" - Summer
2013). Ernest Harmer and (probably) Alexander Campbell
are seated, 2nd and 4th from left respectively.
Also present is Lionel Hudsmith, 3rd from left in the row
standing, a recipient of the King's Commendation for Brave
Conduct in the same action.
8th from left in that standing row is probably Harold Wade,
and seated between Ernest Harmer, 3rd from left, is James
With thanks to John Walton for identifying some of these
men. If you know any of them, please do
We recently obtained this postcard, left.
Might they be brothers?
Any information at all would be very welcome.
Dover Fire Service during World War II
A reader is researching Firefighters in Dover and also the
surrounding areas, during the Second World War. If you have
any information or even memories, please do
let us know
This lady was a member of the St Martin's School Old Boys'
Association. The school is in Markland Road, Dover, and
Tommy Eaves (Alfred Thomas Eaves) was a master there before
he lost his life in the Great War. Tommy was one of the
casualties featured in the Unknown Warrior project, and
there is much more information about him
While her husband was in the trenches, Mrs Daisy Eaves,
formerly Daisy Love, took Tommy's role in teaching the boys
at the school. She continued teaching there until her
retirement. We believe she died in 1971, possibly in
We suspect that this may be a picture of Mrs Eaves, but have
not been able to confirm this. Do you know? Or can you tell
us any more about Mrs Eaves - perhaps you even remember her.
Please let us
A Corporal of the Royal Berkshire Regiment
Who is this corporal, in the centre at the front, wearing
hospital blues? The badge on his cap has been identified as
from the Royal Berkshire Regiment, and he has been awarded a Distinguished
Conduct Medal during the Great War.
On his right is a lady named Eliza Joanna Jameson, and she
was a florist in Hackney, where she was born and lived all
Can you identify the corporal, or any of the other people in the
picture? Or where - possibly about 1917? - and why the picture might have been taken?
If you can help,
please let us know
Event in Castle Street, Dover
There are crowds watching as servicemen pass by, sometime in
the early 20th century. But what is the even and what is the
If you know,
please tell us
Dover Lifeguards Memorabilia
If anyone has any memorabilia, memories, or information for
Dover Lifeguard, please do
let us know.
They are compiling the history of the club, and would love to
hear from anyone who can help them.
The Lifeguards are the custodians of the magnificent Keith
Gillman memorial cup, presented in his memory by his parents and
awarded to the winners of an annual open-water race in the
The Unknown Warriors
Kindly sent to us were these four
photos of young men, seeking their families. Do you know
who they are? Could you be related?
us, and help our unknown warriors return home.
George Graves, March 29th 1917
Sincerely yours, Benj J Booker
23rd (Res) Batt London Regt 29/6/18
F. Harvey, 53rd Rifle Brigade 1/12/17
Yours sincerely, Walter S Wheeler
One answer: Joyce Banks has
service records relating to Benjamin James Booker, of 47
Strond Street, Dover.
Update - 2 May 2015: We're
delighted to say that Benjamin Booker's granddaughter has
contacted us, and his photo has returned home.
George Walker, Albert Edward Labbett, and
William J Elston
During the Second World War, George Walker, serving
with the RAF somewhere in the north of England, met Albert
Labbett, veteran of Dunkirk. George came from St Vincent and
the Grenadines, where Albert's uncle, William J Elston, was
buried on 12 February 1897. William had died at the age of
23 from pleurisy, while serving aboard HMS Talbot.
George offered on his return to St Vincent to take a
photograph of the grave and send it to Albert, to pass on to
his mother Lucy, William's sister. Albert's family are
trying to trace relatives of George Walker, to reiterate
their thanks and gratitude for George's kindness. We know
that George had a sister, Olive, and that George was not a
pilot but serving in the role of perhaps "wireless
Do you know anything about George, and could maybe help
reunite Albert's family with George Walker's? If so,
do please let us
Seeking relatives or friends of:
Jack Leonard Miriams, died 20 January 1944
Albert or Alfred Ward, died 23 October 1943
If you are a relative or friend of
these two casualties, please would you
as we have some news to pass on.
Queries raised by burial information
While working through records, we come across service people
who have died and who are not commemorated by the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Yet we wonder if their
deaths may have been war-related, either through illness or
injury received on service or through enemy action at home.
They're listed here:
If you have any information, do please
let us know.
Harry and Vernon Hudson.
They were twin
brothers, who both served in the Great War. A book author in
Canada who is studying twins who served in war-time would
like to learn more about them, and contact relatives. If you
can help, please do
let us know
More about the
twins, with pictures, is
E. G. Port
E. G. Port was a
CSM and later, we believe, Lieutenant in 2nd battalion, The
Buffs during the Great War. His home address was 11 Knotts
Terrace, North Street, Ashford, Kent.
A reader is
trying to trace surviving relatives of CSM Port. The
reader's grandfather was killed in action in Belgium in
March 1915, and subsequent to his death, CSM Port sent a
"detailed and very moving letter" to his widow.
If you know of
any such relatives - or if you are one yourself! - we would
love to hear
Do you know anything about
Thomas Kelt? Please
contact us if you do. He was an ex-Gunner in the 13th
Battery, 7th Regiment, Royal Artillery. He died on 14th January
1946 at the Cottage Hospital, Sidcup, "after great suffering, so
bravely borne with fortitude". He was the dearly-loved son
of Mrs and the late Mr Kelt (Jock) from 100 Heathfield Avenue,
Dover. Jock Kelt died on 3 November 1939. An in memoriam notice in 1948 was placed stating, "Proud
cherished memories of a beloved son and brother, Gunner Tom Kelt."
from Mother, Charlie, and Hilda
|The 1938-39 Street Book has listed:
Kelt T. 100 Heathfield Avenue.
Kelt C. W. 25, Mayfield Avenue.
|The 1948-49 Street Book has listed:
Kelt Amy, 100 Heathfield Avenue
"A soldier and a man"
Left: Tom Kelt,
who served during the Great War. Of the London Regiment,
attached to the KRRC, also late MGS and The Buffs, had served
for two years by November 1917. He also had a large number of
relatives serving. Tom's father had served with the Black Watch
in South Africa, for which he held medals and bars.
This delightful picture of two little friends was taken in
the 1920s. The lad on the right is John Daniel Bernard
Borrett, the nephew of Great War casualty
John Collon Fox;
his sister Madeline's son.
We believe the picture was taken in Dover - John Borrett
lived at Astley Avenue in the town. But who is the lad on
the left? His name may have been Archie. It looks as though the
two boys are standing near memorial plinths of some sort.
you can recognise the place or the boys, or offer any clues
at all, do please do
Cinque Ports Pilots
- Leslie Gillespie
This comes from a lady in
Australia. It is a small (silver?) desk plaque (the
pen is included to indicate the size), and it was given to
Leslie John Gillespie. The words read:
L. J. Gillespie
by the Fellowship of Cinque Ports Pilots
As a memento of his stay in Dover
During the Great War of
anyone know why this might have been presented, and does anyone
have any information about Leslie Gillespie? Please
let us know
Coach Trimmers in Dover - Cyril Beeston
In the early part of the 20th century, Dover had
a number of coachers. Cyril Beeston was the brother
of one of our casualties, Reginald. Their father had
died, and Cyril was apprenticed to a coach trimmers'
That's the shop, on the right. Does anyone
recognise anyone in the photograph, or know where
this workshop might have been? Do
27th November 2008 A reader may be the
granddaughter of one of the people pictured. We are
now trying to contact her.
Cairo - 70th General Hospital
These two pictures are of Ward D, No 7, of the Hospital, and
were taken on 24th February 1918. They were found in an
album of photographs from a car boot sale. Do you
recognise them? If so,
please tell us.
St Bartholomew's School, Dover
We're trying to find pictures of infants' classes from this
school from around 1938 to 1944.
Please tell us
if you know of any.
Henry Thomas Allery
Private Allery served in the Australian Imperial Forces.
There are more details about him
reader would like to know more about Private Allery's service in
The Buffs and his family when they lived in Dover. Can you
William Bernard Traynor - VC
We have been sent a lovely postcard picture of Mr William
Traynor, well-known in Dover between and just after the wars as
our VC winner. He gained his VC in the South Africa campaign.
More details about him are
This is a detail from the whole picture. Does anyone know
what might have been the occasion, and to whom Mr Traynor is
speaking? Behind the group is a shop, which we've identified as
belonging to MacLeod and Company. Where might this shop have
If you can help, please do
16 February 2008. Thank you to Joyce Banks, who found a
reference to a MacLeod housewares shop at 1 High
Street, Dover, in 1948-9. It's now known as White's, and is
on the corner of Effingham Crescent.