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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Bartholomew Bowlt

Bartholomew George Stephenson Bowlt was the son of Frederick William Bowlt, a boiler maker with the S.E.C. Railway Company and Olive Louisa Aldridge. He was one of 8 children and was born 8 Jul 188 in Dover, Kent. Baptism - Buckland, St. Andrew, 11 Aug 1888 Bartholomew served as a Fireman in the Mercantile Marine... Continue Reading →

Double Banns

During World War One many servicemen would have married before going off to war and others after returning. It appears some had to make several tries to get married during the war. One such person was Arthur Twist, a Leading Stoker and later Stoker Perry Officer on the H.M.S. Falmouth and my 3rd cousin 3x... Continue Reading →

Herald of Free Enterprise

On 6 Mar 2017 a 30th anniversay service was held in Dover for the Zeebrugge ferry disaster. See Kent Online and Keeping love alive The second link has a photo of Peter McNeill, son of Lynda Burt, 38, a stewardess from Dover, who lost her life in the tradgedy. Lynda was our 4th cousin. You can read about... Continue Reading →

The hand grenade explosion

Image above: A female worker inspects Mills hand grenades in a British factory during the First World War. Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.  Dover Express 3 Nov 1916 Yesterday afternoon the Borough Coroner (Mr. Sydenham Payn) held an inquest on the body of the little girl, Edith Ellen Hanson, who was on July 19th last injured... Continue Reading →

Maid of Kent

S. R. Hospital Ships Lost Dover Express 7 Jun 1940 The loss of the hospital ship "Maid of Kent" was officially announced in the shipping losses for the week ending May 26th. The "Brighton," another hospital ship, was sunk by an attack at the same time in Dieppe Harbour. Both are Southern Railway vessels. The... Continue Reading →

Death from misadventure

Engine Driver's Fatal Fall The East Kent Coroner (Mr. Rutley Mow II) held an inquest at Derringstone, Barham, on Wednesday evening, on the body of Charles Henry Lilley, aged 44, an engine driver in the employ of Mr. A. C. Arter, Barham, who died as the result of a fall from a truck. The evidence... Continue Reading →

Lilley of Brabourne

On 16 Oct 1860, as reported in the Southeastern Gazette, Mary Lilley, landlady of the Five Bells at Brabourne, Kent, was a witness in a case of horse stealing as was one Thomas Lilley. The license of the Five Bells had ben transferred from William Fox to Thomas Lilley in August of 1855. The Five... Continue Reading →

Jutland or Skagerrak?

To the Germans it was the Battle of Skagerrak and was celebrated as a victory until after World War Two, they even named their second "pocket battleship" Skagerrack in 1933. And perhaps it was, the British certainly lost more ships and men than the Germans did. To the British it was the Battle of Jutland... Continue Reading →

In the cold of France

  Above Photo: A sentry post in France - Liverpool Daily Post 03 February 1940 France. February 1940. The landscape is snow-covered and there are temperatures of 10 degrees below zero. Three men died after bringing a brazier inside their billet to keep warm. Special leave to Britain is allowed and some men go home... Continue Reading →

Runaway horse and van

A Southern Railway Motor Driver, Arthur George Aldridge was my 4th cousin 2x removed. He was born 21 Dec 1893 in Dover to Arthur George Aldridge and Harriet Kingsland. He enlisted in the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 2nd Battalion on 6 Mar 1911 and later served in the Labour Corps - 583rd Home Service Supply completing... Continue Reading →

Son of sea-captain weds at Barham

31 Jan 1914. St John the Baptist Church in Barham, Kent. A marriage takes place between Carl Albert Otto, a 26-year-old bridge builder, son to Henry Otto, a sea-captain and Edith Ellen Hawkins, a 19-year-old daughter of Alfred Stephen Hawkins and my grand aunt. Their banns had been read in the church on Jan 11,... Continue Reading →

L/Cpl weds at end of war

The wedding took place at St. Bartholomew's Church, on Satruday, 29 Sep 1945 between L/Cpl. R. J. Bent and Nancy Kennett. Dover Express 5 Oct 1945 Dover Express 02 April 1948 The High Alter at St. Bartholomew's Church Nancy Matilda Kennett was my 1st cousin 1x removed, daughter of my Grand aunt Annie Jane Hawkins.... Continue Reading →

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