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 →

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 →

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