GEN. FRENCH’S DESPATCHES

Dover Express 23 October 1914 GEN. FRENCH’S DESPATCHESPORTIONS OF LOCAL INTEREST.LOCAL OFFICERS AND MEN MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES.On Monday two lengthy despatches from General Sir John French were published. The first despatch deals with the final stages of the retreat of the British Forces on Paris — a retreat that it is clear, from the despatches,... 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 →

A Dover Soldier Family

Dover Express 23 Jul 1915 We regret to learn that Mr. C. J. Howard, who resides at 2, Beach Street, has received a final letter from the War Office informing him there can be no longer any hopes of his son, 10256, Lance-Corporal William Alfred Howard "C" Company, 1st Battalion The "Queen's" Royal West Surrey... Continue Reading →

Wounded, P.O.W. and Died

John Reginald Raynes, my 4th cousin 2x removed was born in the spring of 1894 at Pembury, Kent. He was a farm labourer and the youngest son of John Raines and Emily Kneller who had 5 children. Another son, Frederick Nathaniel Raynes was a Private in the Kent Cyclist Battalion, 1855. John enlisted in November... Continue Reading →

A lucky man was he

Alfred Edward Chilcott was born 23 Jul 1893 at Spaxton in Somerset, England. His parents were James Chilcott and Sarah Type. On 3 Nov 1928 he married Ethel Nellie Emery Baker at Spaxton. Alfred was my half 1st cousin 3x removed, connected to me by my 3rd great-grandfather William Chilcott who was baptised at St... Continue Reading →

Found Working With Stolen Tools

Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 27 February 1937 Two Young Men Before The Magistrates Two young Petham men were found working with tools wich they had stolen appeared before the magistrates at St. Augustine's Petty Sessions at Herne Bay, on Wednesday. They were Stanley Austin Jarvis (21), Town Road, Petham, and Stanley Hope (17),... Continue Reading →

Died of Wounds 16 Nov 1918

Even though the war had ended on 11 Nov 1918 there were many wounded that continued to die after that date. William Thomas Goldup, my 1st cousin 2x removed was one of those. William was born about Mar 1896 at Egerton, Kent - near Ashford. He was the 5th of 10 children born to Charles... Continue Reading →

K.I.A. 13 Nov 1916

Born in Elham, Kent on 29 Mar 1878, William Pegden lived at 2 Downs View Cottages in Shoulden Bank in 1911 and was an above ground labourer at a colliery. William was a sapper in the Royal Marines, 2nd Field Company, Divisional Engineers (Deal/1093(S)). He was 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall with Black eyes... Continue Reading →

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