Soldier Drowned Whilst Bathing

A further story involving Charles James Gatehouse, husband of my 3rd cousin 3x removed Elizabeth Mary Champion was reported in the Dover Express of 10 Sep 1915. It must have been exciting living on Shakespeare Cliff. An inquest was held at the Esplanade Hotel on Monday afternoon before the Borough Coroner, Mr. Sydenham Payn, into... Continue Reading →

Channel Swum Again

This was big news in August 1938 and was reported all around the country. From the Dover Express of 16 Aug 1938: GERMAN WOMAN DOCTOR’S SUCCESS On Thursday, Frau Bruna Wendel-Plarre (the London papers give the name as simply Wendel), a German woman doctor, who is about thirty years of age, in practice near Leipzig, succeeded in... Continue Reading →

Chins Up

My dad's (Wilfred George Young) 3rd cousin 1x removed was James Victor Richards. (3rd cousin 2x removed to me). What is interesting is the following article. This is because they both served in the Buffs, they were both captured in May 1940 with the B.E.F. in France and they were both in Stalag XXA. Unfortunately,... Continue Reading →

Thrown Under Bus

Stephen George Richards, my 3rd cousin 2x removed worked for the East Kent Road Car Company as a Bus Driver. He had been a chauffeur in 1923 (he had been a chauffeur for Dr. H. O. Preston since 1920) when he married Mabel Ethel Nicholls on the 26 of December at St Mildred Church in... Continue Reading →

W.A.A.F.

I have posted my father's autobiography here, but what did my mother do while he was a prisoner of war? Why, she joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Kathleen Elizabeth Young (née Crowe) No. 2076472 Leading Aircraftwoman. From 5 Sep 1941 to 7 Sep 1945 Kathleen's trade was D.M.T. and her evaluation was "The general... Continue Reading →

Sinking of Hogue

Daily Mirror 23 Sep 1914 The Leeds Mercury of 26 Sep 1914 includes this article, which from this extract lists Charles Alfred Booth as a survivor. Charles was our 3rd cousin 3x removed, the son of James Booth and Ann Ballard. He was the youngest of six children, born on 28 Jun 1877 in Dover, Kent.... Continue Reading →

Distinguished Flying Medal

  From the Dover Express of 30 Oct 1942 and the Whitstabel Times and Herne Bay Herald 07 Nov 1942 we learn of the D.F.M. awarded to Stephen Charles Cox, my 4th cousin 2x removed and about his two brothers, John Frederick Cox and Ernest Walter Cox. They were born in Canterubry to George Ernest Cox... Continue Reading →

You go, and tuck me up in bed

From the Dover Express of 30 Aug 1901 we read about Richard Lawrence Ballard, my 1st cousin 5 times removed. Baptised at Charlton, Dover, Kent on 20 Oct 1822 he was married to Elizabeth Ann Dennis on 2 Nov 1840 in Hougham, St Lawrence, Kent.  They had 13 children - 9 boys and 4 girls.... Continue Reading →

Septuagenarian’s Tragic End

FATAL HABIT OF WALKING IN THE ROAD. (from The Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald of 12 Feb 1927) While walking down Boughton Hill on the evening of February 1st, Frank Howland (71), of Price's Cottage, Horse Lees, Dunkirk, was knocked down by a car driven by Mr. A. H. Davy, of Herman House, London... Continue Reading →

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