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 →

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 →

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 →

The Sinking Of H.M.S. Exeter

H.M.S. Exeter pictured above from the Western Morning News of 16 Mar 1942. H.M.S. Exeter was an 8,500 ton cruiser and was one of 12 warships lost over three days during the Japanese invasion of Java. The battle was from 27 Feb to 1 Mar. The Exeter, of Graf Spee fame - she exchanged shell... Continue Reading →

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