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 →

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 →

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 →

Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps

Born today at White Cottage, Sarre, Kent was my great-aunt Charlotte Elizabeth Young. The 5th of seven children to William Young and Mary Ann Hayward. Charlotte was baptised at St Nicholas, St Nicholas at Wade, Kent on 26 Apr 1898. On 23 Sep 1918 Charlotte married Robert Alfred Stothard in Bekesbourne, Kent. They had 4... 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 →

Train roof crawl

Yorkshire Evening Post 16 Dec 1952 A 43-year-old horticultural foreman, Mr. Leslie Ashman, of Daisy Bank, Ditton, near Maidstone (Kent), was today presented with the honorary certificate of the Carnegie Hero Trust Fund by the Mayor of Maidsotne, Ald. Mrs. D. M. Relf. Mr. Ashman, on August 11, when travelling as a passenger on the... Continue Reading →

Drewry’s Bluff, 16 May 1864

Image above: Battery Dantzler, Drewry's Bluff 1864 - Confederate gun commanding the river. The 117th New York Infantry recruited in the Oneida county in the summer of 1862, rendezvoused at Rome, and was mustered into the U.S. service from August 8 to 16, for three years and left the state on August 22. On 12... 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 →

From Dunkirk to D-Day

Why the flags were out Sevenoaks men home from Dunkirk When Guardsman James Berry reached his home at 146 Seal Road, Sevenoaks, on Saturday he was greeted with fluttering Union Jacks and a streamer on which were the words: "Welcome Home." Guardsman Berry, aged 21, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Berry,... Continue Reading →

Olympic Flame at Dover

Now that the Olympics are on in South Korea, I will relate the story of our family's brief connection with the Olympics in 1948. Birmingham Daily Gazette 29 Jul 1948: The Olympic Flame reached Dover last night on the last lap of it 2,000 journey across Europe from Greece to Wembley Stadium. It was borne... 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 →

Death floats lightly

A rumble of airplanes can be heard in the night sky, but it is paid no heed because it is now almost constant. Loud bangs approach and recede again, recorded only in the subconscious. Flashes of light occur, ignored through the black out curtains. And then silence. Death approaches, but you are unaware. And then........ 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

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 to get married.... 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 →

Kut-el-Amara claims an English bricklayer

”It was during the advance at Sheik Said a shrapnel shell came along and killed the Adjutant, wounded the Colonel, killed Corpl. Luckhurst, and also killed a private." So said a comrade of Corporal Harry Luckhurst, T/1638 5th Battalion of The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) my 1st cousin 2x removed who was killed in action... Continue Reading →

Sportsman’s Arms, Barham

What a wonderful photograph and look at that automobile. The Sportsman's Arms was in Derringstone from at least 1850. Perhaps they were off to see a game in another town? 1 Mr. Barry, Landlord, 2 Alfred Stephen Hawkins - my great-grandfather, 3   William Pilcher - husband of my great-grand-aunt, 4 Alfred Crow, 5 Meers (Dasher) 6  Fred Gower, 7 Austin... Continue Reading →

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