TONBRIDGE HISTORY - Key Persons


A C Gent

A C Gent - possibly Alfred Charles, RN stoker- no further information (A C Gent born c1905 died 1947 married Kathleen Ongley Tonbridge in 1930) J Giles - possibly James, born in Hanwell in 1896, the son of John and Ellen L. Giles. He was the husband of Annie Giles, and served as Chief Petty Officer, service number C/M 7613, in the Royal Navy. He died on 3rd December 1943 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Aaron Foster

Aaron Foster of 168 Vale Roa Tonbridge served from July 1015 and was still serving in 1919 as an ambulance orderly part time, achieving 1000 hrs in Kent 51. He was born, a son of Thomas and Harriet Foster, in Tonbridge in 1895. In 1911, he was employed as a stable boy at a Preparatory School in Sevenoaks. He enlisted as Private 1049 in the Royal West Kent Regiment on 3rd September 1914 and served at various times with the 3rd, 9th, and 7th Battalions. He was discharged with the rank of Lance Corporal as medically unfit, suffering from hepatitis incurred as a result of active service, on 11th October 1916.

Alan Ambrose Michael Langridge

Alan Ambrose Michael Langridge was born in Mutford, Suffolk, in 1925, another son of Arthur H. J. and Alice I. P. Langridge. Married in Tonbridge in 1944, he was the husband of Peggy Langridge (née Stapley) of 26 Trench Road. He served as Sergeant Air Gnr., service number 1897749, In Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 630 Sqdn. He died on 27thAugust 1944 and is buried in Skarrild Churchyard, Denmark.

Alan John Scott

Alan John Scott was born in Tonbridge in 1922, the son of Frank William and Beatrice May Scott. He was the husband of Doris Scott (née Batchelor) whom he married in Tonbridge in 1942. He served as Pilot Officer, service number 159896, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 467 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn. He died on 3rd November 1943 and is buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery, Belgium.

Albert David Orpwood

Albert David Orpwood was born in Tonbridge in 1917, the son of John and Lydia Orpwood. He was the husband of Mrs Frances Orpwood (née Morley) of 172 Hectorage Road, whom he married in Tonbridge in 1942. He served as Colour Sergeant, service number 6342728, in Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 4th Bn. He died on 27th August 1945 and is buried in Rangoon War Cemetery, Burma.

Albert Edward Leonard

Albert Edward Leonard was born in Tonbridge in 1890, and in 1901 is recorded as living in Florence House, Priory Road. In 1915 he married Annie Stevens, before joining the Royal Fusiliers 32nd Battalion as Private 988 he worked for the civil service having attended Judd School. However he soon obtained promotion to Sergeant. He went to France April 1916 and on 15th September he was struck by a shell in Delville Wood and killed instantly, he is buried in Serre Road cemetery No 2.

Albert Edward Scott

Albert Edward Scott was born in Paddock Wood in 1898, the son of John and Emily Scott. In 1911 the family lived at 22 Hawden Road and Albert Edward was attending a local school. He enlisted at Tonbridge, probably in 1916, and served as Rifleman 46338 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade. He was killed in action on 1st November 1918 and is buried at Preseau Communal Cemetery Extension.

Albert Ernest Maynard

Albert Ernest Bachelor was born in 1923 in Tonbridge, the son of Ernest and Alice Bachelor (née Robinson) of Cemetery Lodge, Shipbourne Road. He served as Air Gunner in the Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve, service number 1800174. He previously attended The Judd School. He died on 25th May 1944 and is buried in Rheinburg War Cemetery and remembered in Tonbridge Cemetery. Albert Ernest Maynard was born in Ticehurst in 1893 son of James and Frances. Married Alice Groves and lived in 1911 15, Pembury Grove Tonbridge, he attested for Middlesex Regiment as Private G/94020 on 25th November 1915 before which he was a labourer. He was killed in action on 13th October 1918 he is now buried at Montay-Neuvilly Road cemetery Montay.

Albert Fenner

Albert Fenner was born in Tonbridge in 1894, the son of Robert and Annie. In 1911 he was living with parents at 30, Priory Road and assisting his father as a coal merchant. He enlisted in Royal West Kent Regiment as Private 4953 on 15th December 1914. He was discharged as no longer fit for war service on 15th March 1916, as he had suffered a bout of rheumatic fever in 1913, he recovered but then had developed Tuberculosis and heart problems. He died on 10th August 1916 at home and is buried in Tonbridge cemetery.

Albert Gardner

Albert Gardner was born in 1884 in Tonbridge was the adopted, the son of Frank and Annie Gardner. In 1911 he was living with parents at 4, New Wharf, Tonbridge and working as a postman for the GPO. He served as Private 242565 5th Battalion Leicestershire regiment. He served in France from Christmas day 1916 until mid July 1916, when he became ill and had blood poisoning. He was sent back to the UK arriving at Lewisham military hospital on 13th July and died 5 weeks later at hospital on 6th September 1917; he is buried at Tonbridge cemetery.

Albert George Carter

Albert George Carter was born at Tonbridge in 1888, the son of William and Constance Carter. In 1911 he married Edith Farnes at Tonbridge and by the time of the 1911 census he was living with her family in Norman Road Tunbridge Wells and working as a painter. He enlisted as Driver 2025 Royal Engineers in 1914 and died on 17th October 1915, following complications after catching a chill. He is buried at Tunbridge Wells Cemetery.

Albert George Foster

Albert George Foster was born in in Tonbridge in 1889, the son of Henry and Clara. In 1911 he was living at 3 St Stephen Street and working as a plumber. He served as an air mechanic 2nd class 59189 in the Royal Flying Corps and died on 2nd April 1917. He is buried in Tonbridge cemetery.

Albert Henry J Curtis

Albert Henry J Curtis was born in 1900 in Tonbridge, the son of William and Beatrice Curtis of 77 Priory Road. Married in 1923 in Tonbridge, he was the husband of Edith Eliza Curtis (née Roberts) He served as Able Seaman, service number P/J 44640, on Royal Navy H.M.S. Esk. He died on 1st September 1940 and is remembered on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Albert Humphrey

Albert Humphrey of High Street, Hadlow joined age 20 Boulogne S.S.A.7 as a Driver from 22/10/1916 serving until 27th February 1917. He was born in 1898 at Hadlow, a son of Henry and Sarah Jane Humphrey. In 1911 the family were living at High Street, Hadlow, and Albert was still at school. He seems to have served initially with the A.S.C. before seeing service with the Red Cross. His Medal Card gives his rank as Private and his Army number as: S4/094837.

Albert Knight

Albert Knight was born in Faversham in 1884, son of John and Emma. He married Matilda Jane Evans and she is recorded as living at 3, Bordyke at the time of his death. In 1913 they had emmigrated to Canada where he was a farmer. He joined the 221st Overseas Battalion Canadian expeditionary force in May 1916. On 30th October 1917 whilst ‘digging in' he was fatally wounded by a German sniper. He is buried in Passchendaele New British cemetery.

Albert Marmaduke Marsden

Albert Marmaduke Marsden was born in Battle in 1891, son of Frederick and Julia. He married Alice Gorham in 1915 and is listed as living at 40, Rose Street then 5, Stafford Road. He was a labourer before joining the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment 7th Battalion as Private G/11909 in January 1916. On 3th May 1917 he was coming off outpost duty when he was fatally hit by a sniper he is remembered on the Arras memorial.

Albert Mitchell Barton

Albert Mitchell Barton was born at Eltham in 1894. In 1901 he was living with his grandmother, Hannah, and her unmarried daughter, Kate, at Shipbourne Road, Tonbridge. By the time of the 1911 census he had begun work as a type carrier at one of the town's printing works. He married Ethel M. Hollamby [See John George Hollamby ] in 1915 at Tonbridge. He enlisted in 1916 as Private G/24583, 1st Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment and went to France in January 1917. He was killed in action on 27th September 1918 and is buried at Marcoing Military Cemetery.

Albert Pettitt

Albert Pettitt: Slade School has a record of him as 'Albert Pettett'. The CWGC has no record for any Albert Pettett; the closest records are for Albert Pettitt, Private 72724 R.A.M.C. killed in action on 30th August 1917 and Alfred Henry Pettitt, Private G/1069 Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment who died on 27th April 1916. Neither of these men have any proven connection with Tonbridge, but as one was born in Eastbourne and the other in Tunbridge Wells, either may have had relatives in Tonbridge at the time that names were suggested for the memorial.

Albert Pilbeam

Albert Pilbeam was born on 26th August 1916, the son of Frederick William and Gertrude Ella Pilbeam of Danvers Road. He was the husband of Beatrice Diana Pilbeam (née Johnson) whom he married in 1939. He served as Sergeant, service number 7381163, in Royal Army Medical Corps 133 Parachute Field Amb. He died on 19th September 1944, aged 28, and is buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery. He previously attended The Judd School.

Albert Woolley

Albert Woolley was born in Tonbridge in 1893, the son of William and Clara. In 1911 he was recorded as living at 1 Alexandra Road, Tonbridge and working as a clerk for Mr Freeland of Quarry Hill, an agricultural merchant. He enlisted at Tonbridge in 1915 initially as Private 24414 5th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, and went to France in June 1916. He was wounded at High Wood on 16th September and sent home to recover. He was later transferred and served as Lance Corporal 68210 22nd Battalion London Regiment. He was killed in action at Peronne, whilst acting as platoon commander, on 2nd September 1918 and is buried at Peronne Communal Cemetery, Extension.

Alec James Hall

Alec James Hall was born c1916, the son of Albert and Edith Hall. He was the husband of Rudolfine Anna Hall and lived in Hectorage Road. He served as Corporal, service number 1887699, in Royal Engineers 190 Rly. Operating Coy. He died on 11th June 1944 and is buried in Salerno War Cemetery.

Alec Sparks

Alec Sparks was the son of Hubert and Nellie Sparks and husband of Marjorie Sparks. He served as First radio Officer Merchant Navy MV Chanda (London). He died on 18th March 1946 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Alexander Gow Dick

Alexander Gow Dick was born in Haringey in 1897, the son of William and Frances Dick. After leaving school Alexander left England for Alberta, Canada where he worked as a farmer. In November 1917 he was medically examined for service in the Canadian Infantry, but seems not to have been called for service until 31st May 1918. He may well have had some military experience beforehand as he held the rank of Sergeant [321556] in the 1st Depot Battalion Canadian Infantry when he died in Calgary on 18th November 1918. At the time of death his parents were recorded as living at 57 Pembury Road.

Alfred Albert Fermor

Alfred Albert Fermor was born in 1896 in Hadlow, the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Fermor. In 1911 the family lived at 28 Waterloo Road and he was working as a farm labourer. He attested as Private 10415 Royal West Kent Regiment 7th August 1914 . He subsequently served with 7th Battalion, was killed in action 19th October 1917 by which time he had achieved the rank of Lance Sergeant, and is buried at Artillery Wood cemetery.

Alfred Archibald Card

Alfred Archibald Card was born at Tonbridge in 1886, the son of Herbert and Laurel Card. In 1909 he married Mary Adelaide Jenner at Tonbridge. In 1911 lived at 30 Cromer Street and worked as a labourer. He served in the Royal Field Artillery as Driver 211797, 29th Divisional Ammunition Column. He died on the 28th November 1918, probably as a result of the flu epidemic. He is buried at Tourcoing {Pont-Neuville] Communal Cemetery.

Alfred Bourne

Alfred Bourne was born at Tonbridge in 1884, the son of Frederick and Selah [Cook] Bourne and lived in Shipbourne Road. In 1916 he enlisted as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers, 491st Company and went to France in August 1917. He was posted missing in June 1918, later confirmed as killed. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Alfred Edmund Cornell

Alfred Edmund Cornell of Woodfield Road, Tonbridge served from October 1914 and was still serving in 1919. He was an Ambulance driver & care of same and orderly part time, achieving 10,200 hrs and Corporal in Field Ambulance Transport R.A.S.E M.T. Kent 51. He was born at Tonbridge in 1882 and died at Tonbridge in 1943. He worked as a watchmaker in the family business run by his father, Alfred Cornell.

Alfred Edward Barnes

Alfred Edward Barnes was born in c1909, the son of Alfred and Katie Barnes. In 1936 he married in Tonbridge Ethel Barnes (née Smith). He served as Gunner, service number 1112245, in the Royal Artillery 118 Field Regt. He died on 6th July 1943 and is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery in Thailand and remembered in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Alfred Edward Darling

Alfred Edward Darling was born in Somersham, Huntingdonshire in 1878, the son of Joseph and Alice Darling. He married Charlotte Frances Golding at All Saints Church, Upper Norwood. By the time of the 1911 census he was living with his wife and son at Streatham. On 2nd March 1916 he enlisted, but was not called up for service until 26th February 1917, when he joined the Army Service Corps at Blackheath as Driver T/292794. By the end of March 1917 he had been transferred to the 105th Training Reserve Battalion at Edinburgh. He went to France on 14th July 1917 and, as Private G/14004, served with the 6th Battalion East Kent Regiment. He was wounded with a fractured right arm in January 1918, and sent home to recover. He went back to France on 27th June 1918 to re-join his Battalion. He was killed in action on 6th August 1918 and is buried at Beacon Cemetery Sailly-Laurette. His wife, after he enlisted, had come to work for Dr Newton [father of Lieutenant Fleming Newton] at Bayham House, Tonbridge.

Alfred John Sinden

Alfred John Sinden was born in Capel in 1896, the son of Harry and Fanny. The family lived in the Tonbridge area. In 1901 they were at Five Oak Green and in 1911 at Brenchley. Alfred John, known as "Jack," enlisted in the Royal Navy as a stoker [Chatham SS115048] on 20th October 1913. From 1st April 1914 he served on HMS Vanguard, being promoted from Stoker Class II to Stoker class I on 20th October 1914. His brother Charles Sinden also served in the Royal Navy as a Stoker and the brothers joined the Vanguard on the same day. They both died when HMS Vanguard was sunk on 9th July 1917.

Alfred Kember

Alfred Kember was possibly born in 1902 in Tonbridge. He was the husband of Evelyn E. Kember and lived in Mabledon Road. He served as Corporal, service number 157925, in the Royal Air Force. He died on 17th December 1945 and is remembered on Singapore Memorial and in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Alfred Masters

Alfred Masters was born in Guildford; he married Alice Moger in 1914 (Lambeth). He joined the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment 7th Battalion as Private G/1554 enlisting at Tonbridge. He died of wounds on 27th June 1916 and is buried in La Neuville Communal cemetery. (No known link to Tonbridge apart from enlistment indicating he may have sought employment here).

Alfred Pattenden

Alfred Pattenden was born in Ticehurst in 1885, son of George and Ellen. In 1901 he lived at Old Farm Cottage, Bidborough and was a carter's boy on the farm. By 1911 the family had moved to 159 Shipbourne Road (Keepers Cottage, Cage Farm). He joined the Royal West Kent Regiment 2nd Battalion as Private L/8477 and entered the war in February 1915. He died of wounds in Mesopotamia and is remembered on the Basra memorial.

Alfred Richard Breeze

Alfred Richard Breeze was born in Buckland, Dover in 1882. In 1907 he married Mabel Eleanor Pallett at Dover. Following the birth of their child, Hilda, at Dover in 1910, the family moved to 72 High Street, Tonbridge where Alfred was employed as a clothier's manager. Alfred served as Private 400393 in the 13th Battalion, Essex Regiment. He was killed in action on 30th November 1917 at Cambrai. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial.

Algernon Edward Le May

Algernon Edward Le May was born in Tonbridge in 1882, son of Edward and Mary. In 1901 recorded as living Denmark House Quarry Hill Road (father being the Hon Secretary to the Kentish POW fund.) Algernon had been educated at Tonbridge School. By 1911 he had married Constance Mable Le May and was living at Barnmead Road, Beckenham working as a hop factor and seed merchant. He joined the 3rd/2nd London Brigade Field Artillery obtaining a commission on 4th August 1915 as 2nd Lieutenant. He served with the BEF in France and was wounded on 23rd July 1917 and subsequently died the following day. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military cemetery.

Alice Elizabeth Wilmshurst

Alice Elizabeth Wilmshurst was the daughter of John and Kate Wilmshurst. She served as Pte ATS, service number W/251531. She died on 8th January 1944 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Amos Leslie Bathurst

Amos Leslie Bathurst was born at Tonbridge in 1893, the son of Stephen John and Jemima Stuart Bathurst and recorded as living in Hawden Road. He enlisted with the 4th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment [Territorial Force] on 22nd May 1911; at that time he was working as a butcher's assistant for Messrs Waghorn, Butchers, Tonbridge. On 26th October 1914 he signed the release which would enable him to serve overseas. He was subsequently transferred to the 7th Battalion and then the 8th as Private G/19023. He went to France on the 8th December 1916. He was killed in action on 19th June 1917; he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial.

Anna Atkins

Job Titles:
  • Staff Member

Anthony A Simpson

Anthony A Simpson [sic]: Anthony Henry Simpson was born in Rugby in 1888, the son of James Herbert and Charlotte Simpson. After leaving Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1911 he took a position as an assistant master at Tonbridge School, where he was also an officer in the O.T.C. He was gazetted Lieutenant to the Special Reserve Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 24th December 1914. He went to France on 19th January 1915 where he contracted bronchitis on active service and died at the Base Hospital, Boulogne on 1st February 1915. He is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

Archibald Douglas

Archibald Douglas was born in Oxford in 1896, the son of Robert Langton and Margaret Jane Douglas. He was educated at Tonbridge School, 1910 - 1915. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery, and subsequently attached to the Royal Flying Corps. He was killed on 16th October 1916 and is buried at Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle D'Armentieres. He was a younger brother of Sholto Douglas, Marshal of the Royal Air Force.

Archie Ferguson Clark

Archie Ferguson Clark was born at Hertford in 1890, the son of Donald and Isabella Clark. Donald Clark was a regular soldier, a Colour Sergeant, and Archie enlisted in the Scots Guards and was already serving with them at the time of the 1911 census. At the outbreak of war Archie was serving with the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards as Drummer 5408. His Battalion landed at Le Havre on 7th October 1914. At the time of death his parents were recorded as living in Hillcrest Hildenborough. He was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on 12th March 1915. He is buried at Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez.

Archie Thomas Williams

Archie Thomas Williams was born in Tonbridge in 1911, the son of Samuel and Sarah Williams of Vale Road. Married in Tonbridge in 1935, he was the husband of Kathleen Williams (née Hayward). He served as Gunner, service number 1111117, Royal Artillery 65 Anti tank Regt. He died on 14th June 1933 and is buried in St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, Normandy.

Arthur Bertram Andrews

Arthur Bertram Andrews was born in 1896 at Shipbourne, the third of six children born to Stephen and Alice Andrews. He enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment in June 1915 and served with the 6th Battalion as Private 201187. He was wounded in late August 1918 and although at first it was thought he would survive he died of his wounds on the 26th August in a military hospital in France; he was aged 22 years. He is buried at Daours Communal Cemetery Extension. The news was delivered to his parents who at that time resided at 17 Meadow Road.

Arthur Boakes

Arthur Boakes [brother of Richard Daniel] was born at Leigh in 1882, the son of George and Marie Boakes, and recorded as living at Powdermill cottages. By the time of the 1901 census he was serving with the Royal West Kent Regiment. In 1905 he married Margaret Ellen Matilda Mannering and in 1911 was working as a shepherd at Broughton Farm, Kemsing. Following the outbreak of war he was back with the Royal West Kents, serving as Sergeant 21043 in the 6th Battalion. He went to France on 23rd December 1915 and was killed in action on 9th August 1918; he is buried at Ville-Sur-Ancre.

Arthur Clough

Arthur Clough was born at Oldham in 1890, the son of Ernest and Elizabeth [Hawkins] Clough. On 31st July 1906 Arthur enlisted in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, Private 7222. He served in India, recorded there in the 1911 census. In 1913 he married Margaret Elizabeth Gudge at Edmonton. Middlesex. At the outbreak of war he went to France with the 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifles, landing at Rouen on 13th August 1914. He was captured on 2nd November 1914 and held a prisoner of war at Gustrow Camp, where he died on 23rd December 1914. His connection with Tonbridge was that by 1914 his father, Ernest, was living at Tonbridge and presumably was still resident when the memorial was erected.

Arthur Ernest Bishop

Job Titles:
  • Bishop ( Home Guard ) . He Died on 17th April 1941 and Is Buried in Tonbridge Cemetery
), husband of Evelyn Wiles, 33 Barden Road. He died on 24th March 1943 at Ashford rail works and is buried in family grave at Tonbridge cemetery.

Arthur Frederick Botham

Arthur Frederick Botham was born at Islington in 1889, the son of Harry Algernon and Sarah Botham. He joined the staff of Tonbridge School in January 1913 as a teacher of mathematics. On the 5th August 1914 he enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company and served initially as a Gunner, later a Bombardier in Egypt defending the Canal. In the autumn of 1915 he returned to England to take a commission in the Special Reserve, Royal Field Artillery and went to France shortly afterwards. He was mortally wounded on 18th June 1917 and died before reaching the casualty clearing station. He is buried at Lingesthoek Cemetery, Poperinghe.

Arthur James Brading

Arthur James Brading was born in 1910 on the Isle of Wight, the son of James Edward and Julia Elizabeth Brading. In 1936 he married 1936 Edith L. Brading (née Everest) from Tonbridge. He served as Warrant Officer Class I, service number 5566866, In the Wiltshire Regiment 4th Bn. He died on 23rd July 1944 and is buried in Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville, France.

Arthur James Cooper

Arthur James Cooper was born in 1915, the son of John and Jessie Cooper. Married in Tonbridge in 1938, he was the husband of Doris Cooper (née Martin). He served as Gunner, service number 14284656, in Royal Artillery 53 Medium Regt. He died on 21st July 1944 and is buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Normandy.

Arthur James Godde

Arthur James Godde n was born in Barncombe in 1895, the son of James and Ada. The family moved to Tonbridge in 1900 and in 1911 were living at the Post Office, 34 Hadlow Road and he was working as a chemist apprentice. He enlisted at Private 2169 7th Battalion Royal West Kent regiment on 8th September 1914. He landed at Le Havre on 27th July 1915 and died on 24th September 1915 from wounds received whilst on patrol. Harry Kent Axelby was one of the stretcher bearers who carried his friend from the firing line and then later to the Becourt Military cemetery, Bechordel-Bechourt where he is buried.

Arthur James Maskell

Arthur James Maskell was born in Halstead in 1901, the son of Mr Augustus Charles and Mrs Kate Maskell of 45 Hilden Park Road. Married in 1928, he was the husband of Dorothy Maskell (née Parmenter) He served as Acting QM Sergt, service number 2214401, in R.E.M.E. He died on 7th May 1944 and is buried in Bari War Cemetery, Italy.

Arthur L. Annison

Arthur L. Annison was born in Tonbridge in 1885, the son of Richard and Agnes Annison. In 1911 the family lived at 130 High Street, Tonbridge. Richard had a grocer's shop there and Arthur, a qualified electrical engineer, was working as a patent agent. Following the outbreak of war Arthur enlisted on 22nd September 1914 and was passed fit for service with the Engineer units of the Royal Naval Division. He was subsequently transferred to the Royal Engineers on 31st December 1916. He saw service in both Egypt and France as a cycle dispatch rider, Corporal 244353 in the 63rd RND Signals Company. Whilst in France he was ill on a number of occasions, and whilst recovering from a bout of myalgia in January 1917 he received the news that his father was close to death. He was granted special leave to return home, but arrived on the 11th January, shortly after the death and funeral of his beloved father. The balance of Arthur's mind was disturbed and he committed suicide on 17th January 1917 at the family home in Tonbridge. He is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Arthur Lucas

Arthur Lucas was born in Southborough in 1896, son of George and Martha. In 1911 he was recorded as living at Lower Cottage, Wadhurst and working as a farm labourer, however at the time of his death his parents had moved to Hilden Cottage, London Road, Tonbridge. Arthur joined the Royal Navy as stoker in April 1915 and served on HMS Strongbow. He was killed as a direct result of enemy action on 17th October 1917 and his body was not recovered for burial. He is remembered on Chatham Naval memorial.

Arthur Marshall

Arthur Marshall was born in Greenwich in 1869; he married Mary Jane Osborne and in 1911 was living at 158 Vale Road, Tonbridge. He was a general labourer before joining the Royal West Kent Regiment as Private 1168 in December 1914. Then he transferred on promotion to Norfolk Regiment as Lance Corporal 21928. His medal card would suggest pre war service either reservist or territorial. He died in India on 4th June 1916 (however there is a dispute as SDGW gives April) he is remembered on the Karachi 1914-18 memorial.

Arthur Morris

Arthur Morris was born in Eastry in 1881, son of Thomas and Sarah. Parents were living in Ash, by 1911 Arthur had left home, (no census return on his details). He married Elsie Bryant in 1917 and lived at 14, Priory Road Tonbridge. He joined the London Regiment, London Irish Rifles as a Private 6267, possibly territorial then when he died CWGC stated at time of death he was rifleman 593433. He was killed in action on 29th November 1917 and is remembered on Cambrai memorial Louveral.

Arthur Piper

Arthur Piper was born in Tonbridge in 1880, son of Frederick and Mary of Langton Tunbridge Wells. He married Kitty Kemp and in 1911 is recorded as living at 44 Norman Road Tunbridge Wells and working as a shop assistant. However at the time of his death she was living at 8 Lansdowne Road, Tonbridge. He joined the Northamptonshire Regiment as Private 49013 (he was known to his friends as Peter). He served in France and Flanders and was killed in action on 23rd March 1918; he is remembered on the Pozieres memorial. P. Piper - if not the above man, possibly Peter Piper born Plaxtol, son of Henry and Emma (native of Hadlow, Tonbridge). He joined the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment 6th Battalion as Private G/8979. He was killed in action on 3rd July 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval memorial. (His brother Joel also fell on 26th September 1915. Both are remembered on the plaque at St Marys Church, St Marys Platt Sevenoaks.)

Arthur Robert Porter

Arthur Robert Porter was born in Romford in 1922, the son of Arthur Ernest Porter and Margaret Thomson Porter (Brown) of Dry Hill Park Road. He served as Flying Officer, service number 124823, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 149 Sqdn. He died on 29th June 1943 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Arthur Thomas Graves

Arthur Thomas Graves was born in Tonbridge in 1897, the son of William and Ellen Graves. In 1911 he was living with parents at 19 Albert Road and was still at school. He enlisted on 17th May 1915 and served as a Sapper with 1st /3rd field company Royal Engineers and he drowned on HMS Hythe on 28th October age 17 years he is remembered on the Helles Memorial. (Quite possibly the youngest to fall from Tonbridge in conflict. )

Arthur Thomas Green

Arthur Thomas Green was born in Tonbridge (known as Thomas Arthur) in 1891, the son of Arthur and Sarah and brother to Frederick. In 1911 he was already serving as a driver 54228 with the Royal Artillery. He went to France in August 1914 and fought in the battle of Mons. He later suffered a bout of rheumatic fever and was invalided home in January 1915. He recovered and returned to duty and died of wounds on 8th October 1917; he is buried at Dozinghem Military cemetery.

Arthur Valentine Langridge

Arthur Valentine Langridge was born in Mutford, Suffolk, in 1921, the son of Arthur H. J. Langridge and Alice I. P. Langridge, of 26 Trench Road. He served as Sergeant Pilot, service number 1330628, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 14th August 1942 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended Slade school, and The Judd School with a scholarship.

Arthur Whenday

Arthur Whenday was born in Hadlow in 1878, the son of John and Sarah. In 1901 the family were recorded as living at 23 Hadlow Road and Arthur was working as a carpenter. In 1911 Arthur and his married sister Elizabeth were living at 40 Chichester Road and he was working as a corn chandler's manager. On the 14th September 1914 Arthur attested as Private 3258 [subsequently 42334 & 19285] in the 4th Battalion [Territorial] Royal West Kent Regiment. He served initially in India from 29th October 1914 until 7th March 1916, when he returned to the UK and was transferred to the 2nd Battalion RWK. He then served in France from 13th January 1917, transferring Battalions again, this time to the 6th Battalion from 15th January 1917. He was initially posted missing, later confirmed as killed in action on 3rd May 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Arthur William Kent

Arthur William Kent was born in Tonbridge in 1919, the son of Mr and Mrs A Kent of 117 Pembury Road. Married in 1942 in Maidstone, he was the husband of Mrs Edith Kent (née Jeffrey). He served as Private, service number 6347452, in The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)2/6th Bn. He died on 27th November 1944 and is buried in Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt.

Arthur William Smith

Arthur William Smith was born in Tonbridge in 1898, the son of Alfred and Ada. In 1911 the family lived at 81 High Street, Alfred was a barber and tobacconist and had his shop there, Arthur was a schoolboy. Arthur enlisted in the Kent Fortress Royal Engineers in November 1914 when he was sixteen years of age. He was stationed at Gillingham when early in 1915 he suffered an attack of appendicitis. Whilst recovering, but still in a weakened state, he contracted a cold which developed into pneumonia. He died on Tuesday 16th March 1915, just seventeen years old, and was buried with military honours at Tonbridge on Monday 22nd March 1915. He is almost certainly the youngest man named on the memorial.

Arthur Worsley Blackden

Arthur Worsley Blackden was born in Cambridge in 1898, the son of Brigadier General Leonard Shadwell and Mary Helen [Pike] Blackden. He was educated at Tonbridge School 1911 - 1915, thence to the Royal Academy at Woolwich and then gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery on 22nd October 1915. He went to France on 3rd May 1916 and was killed in action on 28th September 1916, in the Gird Support Trench, north of Flers, on the Somme front. Whilst selecting a position for his battery a shell burst over his head, killing him instantaneously. He was buried in the parapet of the trench and remembered on Thiepval Memorial.

Aubrey Clarence Bowles

Aubrey Clarence Bowles was born in 1920 in Tonbridge, the son of Albert and Mabel Bowles of Caistor Road. He served as Private, service number 6344489, in the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 4th Bn. He died between 28th May 1940 and 2nd June 1940 and is remembered on Dunkirk Memorial.

Aubrey Perch

Aubrey Perch: no trace of link to Tonbridge. However the name is also on Slade School memorial. The only A Perch on CWGC was Serjeant 18189 Royal Field Artillery. Born Chelsea, son of Francis and Mary and husband to Emily Perch. Enlisted at Eastbourne.

Barry Daunt

Barry Daunt was the son of William and Sarah who lived at 23 Dry Hill Park Road. He entered Tonbridge School in 1911, leaving in July 1916 for Sandhurst. He was gazetted to the Royal Sussex Regiment and later appointed as acting Adjutant to the 36th Brigade company and posted to the front line in France. On 22nd September 1918 he led his men over the top and was hit by machine gun fire. As he lay he was further hit by shell fire. He was buried at Epehy cemetery.

Basil Roy Ottaway

Basil Roy Ottaway was born in Tonbridge in 1924, the son of Alfred and Eveline Ottaway, of Shipbourne Road. He served as Private, service number 14401104, in King's Own Scottish Borderers 1st Bn. He died on 6th August 1944 and is buried in St. Charles de Percy War Cemetery in Normandy.

Benjamin Arthur Hoadley

Benjamin Arthur Hoadley was born in 1883 in Uckfield. He married Rosa Buss in 1904 and was living in Tonbridge after 1911 at 1 Drayton, Road working for Mr Foot the Butcher in Tonbridge. He joined the 4th Royal West Kent Regt at the start of the war then transferred to Rifle Brigade 24th Bn as Lance corporal 206266. He was sent to India in October 1915 where he died on 24th October 1918. He is remembered on the Karachi 1914-18 War Memorial.

Benjamin Charles Dunton

Benjamin Charles Dunton was born in Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire in 1893, the son of William and Eliza Dunton. The family were living in Tonbridge by the time of the 1901 census. In 1911 they were at St Mary's Road and Benjamin was working as a plumber. At some point Benjamin had lost two fingers on his left hand, and he was initially rejected on two occasions when he tried to enlist. He was eventually successful in the autumn of 1916 and served initially with the Essex Regiment and was then transferred to the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers where he served as Private 47274. He was mortally wounded in the thigh on the 10th October 1917, his 24th birthday, and died the following day in hospital. He is buried at Dozingham Military Cemetery.

Bernard Howlett

Bernard Howlett DSO and Bar was born in Hackney in 1899, the son of the Revd. Thomas Edwin Howlett and Gertrude Howlett. He was the husband of Joan Howlett, (possibly née Potts) of London Road. He served as Brigadier, service number 13838, in Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Cdg. 36th Inf. Bde, late 6th Bn. He died on 29th November 1943 and is buried in Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy. F W Hutchinson - possibly Francis William, was born Walthamstow in 1910, the son of Francis John and Nellie May Hutchinson. Married in 1941, he was the husband of Edith Emily Doris Hutchinson (née Christmas). He served as Warrant Officer W.Op./Air Gnr, service number 919425, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 86 Sqdn. He died on 24th October 1943 and is buried in Chingford Mount Cemetery.

Bertram Albion Hall

Bertram Albion Hall was born in Hampshire in 1897, the son of Thomas and Martha. In 1911 he was listed as living at 17 Dernier Road. At the time of death Bertram's mother had moved to 6 Uridge Road. Bertram joined originally as a Private1740 Royal West Kent regiment transferring to 1st/20th battalion London Regiment. He died on 1st October 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval memorial.

Bertram William Hougham MC

Bertram William Hougham MC was born in Faversham in 1896, the son of Bertram and Genie. In 1911 he is recorded as living at South Lawn, London Road, Tonbridge and attending Tonbridge School. In 1914 he joined the Inns of Court. He joined the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment 3rd Battalion and went to France in June 1916 where he was attached to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. His gallantry in action earned him the Military Cross. He died on 6th September, killed by shrapnel as his company entered the village of Nurlu. He is buried in the Peronne cemetery extension. At the time of death his parents had moved to Hilden Cottage, Hildenborough.

Brian John Stacey

Brian John Stacey was born in South Kensington, London in 1894, the son of William and Florence. In 1907 Brian became a day boy at Tonbridge School living with his sisters at Fairview, London Road; his father had died by that date and his mother was living elsewhere. Brian enlisted in the East Kent Yeomanry, but was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment before transferring to the Royal Field Artillery serving with "B" Battery, 63rd Brigade. He died of wounds received in action on 26th April 1917 and is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.

Bruce Ethlebert Gilliam

Bruce Ethlebert Gilliam was born in Tonbridge in 1921, the son of Herbert Charles and Ethel May Gilliam. He was the husband of Dorothy Muriel Gilliam (possibly née Price) of 38 Lyons Crescent. He served as Captain, service number 145886, in the Royal Artillery 91 (12th Bn. The South Staffordshire Regt.) Lt. A.A. Regt. He died on 12th May 1944 and is buried in Cassino War Cemetery.

C. Mathers

C. Mathers: almost certainly the same man as C.J Mathers C.J Mathers was born in Tonbridge in 1895, son of William and Christina. In 1911 recorded as living at 17, Mill Crescent and working as a shop assistant. At time of death parents were at 28, Mabledon Road. He joined London Regiment as Private 1686 and later transferred to 1st Surrey Rifles machine gun corps. At the time of his death he had volunteered with another man to stand by his gun under very heavy shell fire. He was killed in action on 18th September 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval memorial.

Cecil Alfred Brunger

Cecil Alfred Brunger was born in Edinburgh in 1896, the son of Alfred and Laura Brunger. By the time of the 1911 census the family lived in Church Row, Tonbridge. Cecil Alfred enlisted at Tonbridge and served as Private G/3211, 7th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment. He went to France on the 24th August 1915. He died of wounds on 18th July 1916 and is buried at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen.

Cecil Coope Dickson

Cecil Coope Dickson was born in Christchurch in 1921, another son of Lt-Col. Egbert Dickson, formerly Indian Army, and Ida Mary Dickson. He served as Pilot Officer, service number 68719, in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 28 Sqdn. He died on 17th February 1942 and is remembered on Taukkyan Memorial, Burma. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Cecil Croucher

Cecil Croucher was born at East Peckham in 1897. The son of Edward and Elizabeth Croucher. He was educated at Tonbridge School 1911 - 1915, He enlisted initially as Private 5880 Inns of Court O.T.C. and was then commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant 6th Battalion Notts & Derby Regiment. He died on active service in France on 26th February 1917. He is buried at Warlingcourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty.

Cecil Edward Randall

Cecil Edward Randall was born in Malling in 1891, son of Edward and Annie. In 1911 Cecil was a servant living at Swatton Place London, and his parents were living at 1 Judd Road. He attested for the Territorial Army in 1909 and was appointed to 9th County of London Queen Victoria's; he was discharged in 1913 but rejoined December 1915 as Lance Corporal. He transferred to Queens Own West Kent 1st battalion as Private 241163 but earned promotion quickly. He was killed in action on 26th October 1917 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot memorial. At the time of death his parents had moved to 34 Springwell Road.

Cecil George Constable

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  • Officer

Cecil George Longley

Cecil George Longley was born in Tonbridge in 1899, son of William and Esther. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 49, Douglas Road. Before joining Kings Royal Rifle Corps 9th Battalion, in March 1917, he worked in the office of Mr Preston solicitor. He was reported as missing since 21st March 1918 and it was later recorded that he had been taken as a prisoner of war and kept at Camp Chemnitz. On 7th November 1918 he died of pneumonia and is interred at the South Cemetery Liepzig Germany.

Cecil John Blundell

Cecil John Blundell was the son of George and Ada Blundell. He served as Pte, service number 6353757, Queens Own RWK. He died on 22nd June 1941 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Cecil John Bone

Cecil John Bone [incorrectly listed as "Bones" on the memorial] was born at Tonbridge in 1896, the son of John and Elizabeth Bone. In 1911 recorded as living in Houselands Road, but later moved to High Brooms. He worked as an assistant in a clothes shop and then a fruiters; he was also a Territorial in the Royal Engineers, serving as Sapper [T] 854. He was a member of the party of men, Royal Engineers 1st/3rd Kent Field Company, who sailed off to Gallipoli on HMS Hythe, which was sunk on route from Mudros to Cape Helles, on 25th October 1915 following a collision with HMS Sarnia. Like many of the men on board he drowned and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

Cecil Martin

Cecil Martin was born in Tonbridge in 1893, recorded as living at 1 Barden Park Road. He joined the 9th London Regiment Queen Victoria Rifles. Before joining the army he worked for Messrs Foster Porter of Wood Street London. On 1st January 1915 he was killed in action and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin gate) memorial.

Cecil Robert Penney

Cecil Robert Penney was born in Tonbridge in 1898, son of Robert and Minnie. In 1911 recorded as living at 12 Uridge Crescent, for a time he worked for Crystalite records, he joined the Territorial Army enlisting with the Buffs - East Kent Regiment on 7th April 1915. He was afterwards posted to the Kings Royal Rifles and sent to France. He was wounded in the Field and transferred to a casualty clearing station where he died on 20th January 1918. He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Ext Nord.

Cecil Stevens

Cecil Stevens was born in Tonbridge in 1890, the son of Stanley and Harriet. In 1911 the family were living at 35 Lodge Road and Cecil was working as a greengrocer. He served initially as Private 917 Royal West Kent Regiment, later as Rifleman B/200298 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade. He was killed in action on 11th October 1917 and is buried at Cement House Cemetery.

Charles Arthur Ramsden

Charles Arthur Ramsden was born in Romney Marsh in 1888, son of Charles and Sarah. In 1911 recorded as living at 6 Dernier Road and working as a butcher in the meat trade. He married Rose Thompson in 1917; she is recorded as living at 17, Caistor Road at the time of his death. He joined the Buffs East Kent Regiment as Private 200871, he was wounded and taken prisoner of war in March 1918. He died on 4th August 1918 and is buried in Lidzbark Warminski war cemetery.

Charles Butler

Charles Butler of 21 Gladstone Road Tonbridge was 24 years old when he joined the Red Cross in 21st October 1914, leaving his role as Fireman and served until 31/8/1919 at No. 1 M.A.C. Boulogne. He was initially an Orderly but then a mechanic being paid 1/5½ d. per hour. He was awarded the 1914 star by the chairman of TUDC in December 1919. He was born in 1890 at Tonbridge. In 1911 he was working as a fitter at "Explosive Works" - Powder Mills presumably - and living with his parents at 2, Alexandra Road, Tonbridge. The following year, on 3rd August 1912, he married Alice Kerwin at Tonbridge Wesleyan Chapel. He died on 20th February 1964 at Tonbridge. He also served as a fireman.

Charles Cobden Vinall

Charles Cobden Vinall was born in Brighton in 1886, the son of Stephen and Eliza He joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman on 27th May 1905 for 5 years active service and 7 years in the Reserve. He was duly transferred to the Reserve on 29th May 1910. In 1911 he was living with his parents at 54, Lincoln Street, Brighton and working as a labourer on the London, Brighton & South East Railway. Later in 1911 he married Lily Shoebridge at Tonbridge. He was recalled from the Reserve on 13th July 1914 and served on HMS Good Hope as an Able Seaman from 31st July 1914. On 1st November 1914 HMS Good Hope, as part of Admiral Craddock's Squadron, encountered the German cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau off the coast of Chile. HMS Good Hope was sunk with the loss of all hands, some 900 men.

Charles Edward Duvall

Charles Edward Duvall was born in Tonbridge in 1915, the son of Edward Lloyd Duvall and Emily Jane Duvall. Married in Tonbridge in 1936, he was the husband of Eileen Violet Duvall, (née Checksfield) of 143 Pembury Road. He served as Lance Corporal, service number T/195846, in the Royal Army Service Corps, Dispatch rider. He died on 22nd December 1942 and is buried in Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.

Charles Edward Hobden

Charles Edward Hobden was born in Tonbridge in 1894, the son of Frederick and Sarah. He was living at 75 Priory Road and was a bakers' boy before joining the Royal West Kent Regiment 6th Battalion. He entered France on 1st June 1915 as Private G/163. He was killed in action on 8th October 1915 and is remembered on Loos memorial.

Charles George Bellingham

Charles George Bellingham was born at Halstead in 1893, the son of Frank and Naomi Bellingham. He worked as a fireman on the S E & C Railway. In 1916 he married Emily T. Pettitt at Tonbridge and lived in Pembury Road. On 7th March 1917 he enlisted in the Royal Engineers, 80th Broad Gauge Workshops Company and was appointed Corporal WR/269995. He died from influenza at Rouen on 3rd November 1918, leaving a widow and daughter.

Charles Goodwin

Charles Goodwin was born in Tonbridge in 1881, married Amelia Emma Richardson on 1903 at Tonbridge. In 1911 he was living at 47,Houselands Road with his wife and 3 children and working as a jobbing gardener. He served as a rifleman 42871 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and was killed in action on 8th August 1917, remembered on Ypres (Menin gate) memorial .

Charles Henry Malcomber

Charles Henry Malcomber was born in Tonbridge in 1897. Son of William and Elizabeth. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 8, Priory Road. He joined the London Regiment Royal Fusiliers 1st battalion as Private 5412. He was killed in action on 7th October 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval memorial.

Charles Ivan Haxell

Charles Ivan Haxell was the son of Charles and May Haxell, and the husband of Catherine Haxell (née Children) whom he married in Tonbridge in 1939. He served as Capt, service number 66513, Queen's Own RWK 4th Bn, He died on 4th June 1940 and is buried in Exeter Higher Cemetery.

Charles Keith Bourne

Charles Keith Bourne r was born in 1920 in Tonbridge, the son of R. J. Bourner and Caroline Bourner. He served as Marine, service number PO/X4512, in the Royal Marines. He died on 23rd December 1941 and is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery, Malta.

Charles Michael Shearburn Turner

Charles Michael Shearburn Turner was born in 1921, another son of Charles Haddon Turner and Norah Sheelah Shearburn Turner. He served as Lieutenant, service number 200934, in Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 1st Bn. He died on 30th April 1943 and is buried in Massicault War Cemetery and remembered on a family grave in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Charles Reeves

Charles Reeves was born in Aberdeen in c1883 and married Elizabeth Bennett in Tonbridge 1912. Address given at time of death as 1 Bordyke Tonbridge. He joined the 3rd Gordon Highlanders in Aberdeen in July 1915 but was transferred to the Military Police Corps Military foot patrol in December 1916 with service number P/5813. He died on 25th February 1919 and is buried in Terlinctun British Cemetery.

Charles U. W Driver

Charles U. W Driver 5561 F Bty, Royal Horse Artillery, born in 1883, the son of Charles and Sophia of Albert Road. In August 1916 he was discharged in poor health and subsequently died at home 19 February 1917 age 31; buried in plot B3172

Charles W. G. Usherwood

Charles W. G. Usherwood was born in Walton on the Hill in Surrey in 1856, the son of the artist and photographer, William Usherwood. The family were living in Dorking in 1881 but soon after that Charles Usherwood moved into Priory Terrace, Quarry Hill Road, near Tonbridge Station. We only have examples of his portraits in our collection but he also advertised architectural and landscape photographs.

Charles William Parsons

Charles William Parsons was born in Tonbridge in 1910, the son of Albert John and Maud Parsons. He was the husband of Mary Edith Parsons (née Woodall) whom he married in Tonbridge in 1939. He served as Canteen Manager Navy Army and Air Force Institute H.M.S. Acheron. He died on 17th December 1940 and is remembered on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Charles Williams

Charles Williams was born in Tonbridge in 1883, the son of Charles and Sophia. In 1911 the family were recorded as living at 30 Albert Road, Tonbridge and Charles was working as a stableman. He served as Driver 5561 14th Brigade Royal Horse Artillery. He had pre-war service and would have been recalled to the colours on the outbreak of war. He went to France on 5th October 1914 and served there until his discharge on 21st August 1916. He was discharged in poor health and subsequently died on 19th February 1917. He is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Clarence Cuthbert Keem

Clarence Cuthbert Keem DSM MID was born in Tonbridge in 1916, the son of Edward and Prudence Keem. Married in 1936, he was the husband of Nora Culham Keem (née Smith) of 33 Judd Road. He served as Petty Officer, Service number C/JX 607977, in Royal Navy H.M.M.T.B. 360. He died on 1st October 1944 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Claude Abrey Marseille Holloway

Claude Abrey Marseille Holloway was born in Godstone, Surrey in 1894, the son of Percy and Millicent. In 1911 he was living at Cape Cottage, 2 Hadlow Road and was a student at Tonbridge school. He joined the Royal West Kent regiment as 2nd lieutenant attached to the 4th Battalion, but transferred to the 1st RWK in order to be present in their first battles. He was wounded on October 28th 1914 and had his leg amputated. He was attached to the Royal Flying Corps after his recovery, his last appointment being adjutant at Eastleigh. Captain Holloway contracted influenza which later developed into typhoid fever and he died on 19th December 1919. He is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Claude Casburn Clements

Claude Casburn Clements was born at Tunbridge Wells in 1885, the son of Robert and Eva Clements. He was educated at Skinners School, then worked for the Tunbridge Wells Advertiser before working for a number of different commercial firms in Russia, Holland and France. In 1912 he married Nellie May Grinyer at Tonbridge. He joined the Queen's Westminster Rifles in March 1917 and was subsequently gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Berkshire Regiment in April 1918. He was attached to the 7th Battalion Northampton Regiment and killed in action near Cambrai on 9th October 1918. He is buried at Cagnoncles Communal Cemetery.

Clifton Henry Coleman

Clifton Henry Coleman was born at Ide Hill in 1889, the son of Lewis and Harriet Coleman. In 1901 recorded as living in Lavender Hill. Clifton Henry left England for the United States at some point before the 1911 census. He married and settled in Detroit, Michigan, where he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway as a dining car steward. On 10th January 1918 at London, Ontario, he attested for service as Private 3032830 20th Battalion Canadian Infantry. He was killed in action on the 9th November 1918 and is buried at Cement House Cemetery.

Colin Blythe

Colin Blythe was born in Deptford in 1879, the son of Walter and Elizabeth Blythe. He became a professional cricketer who played for Kent and England. He married Gertrude Janet Brown in 1907 at Greenwich. By 1911 the couple were living in Goldsmid Road, Tonbridge. On the outbreak of war he enlisted with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry serving as Sergeant 49296 in the 12th Battalion, and was killed in action at Passchendaele on 8th November 1917. He is buried at Oxford Road Cemetery. The Kent team who won the County Championship in 1906. Blythe is at back right, Woolley at back left. (THS31C.07) Colin Blythe was born in 1879 in Deptford, but he learnt his cricket in the Nursery at the County Ground in Tonbridge. He was a slow left arm bowler and there was beauty as well as deadliness in his bowling. The rhythm in his action and his mastery of flight and spin were poetic. ‘Charlie', as he was known, took 2,506 wickets at 16.81 runs each for Kent and played 19 times for England.

Colin Cowdrey

Colin Cowdrey was a pupil at Tonbridge School between 1945 and 1950. He first appeared at Lords at the age of 13 and went on to become captain of Oxford, Kent and England. He first played for Kent in 1950 and led them to win the Gillette Cup in 1967 and the Championship in 1970. In all he made 23,779 runs for the county and over 100 centuries. He played for England 114 times, 27 of them as captain. In later life Cowdrey made a major contribution to the administration of world cricket, as President of the MCC and Chairman of the International Cricket Council. He was deeply involved in measures to preserve all that is best in cricket from the aggressive trends in the modern game, and brought charm, courtesy and dignity to cricket the world over. He was knighted in 1992 and made a life peer, Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge, five years later. He died in 2000. Two of his sons played for Kent and one of them, Christopher, also played for England. Tonbridge School's hallowed first eleven cricket ground, known as 'The Head', was levelled in about 1840 using surplus soil - and navvies - from the construction of the railway. This well-known print shows it as it was in 1851. It was here that Colin Cowdrey began his spectacular career in the 1940s. (THS12.051) More detailed biographies are on the 'Cricinfo' website here: Blythe, Woolley, Cowdrey.

Colonel Stephens

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  • Staff Member
After briefly studying engineering at University College, London, Stephens became a pupil of the Locomotive Superintendent of the Metropolitan Railway before moving on to gain experience of civil engineering. A first position as Resident Engineer on the Paddock Wood to Hawkhurst line (opened in 1893) led gradually to involvement in other projects in the same area. In 1895 he rented rooms for home and office at Ashby House, No. 1 Priory Road, Tonbridge, adjacent to Quarry Hill Road. As his practice grew he set up the office on the opposite side of Quarry Hill Road at 23 Salford Terrace, in 1900. These two premises served Stephens for the rest of his life.

Courtney William Richardson

Courtney William Richardson was born in Tonbridge in 1925, the son of Courtney and Alice Richardson, of Lavender Hill. He served as Private Driver, service number 14712358, Somerset Light Infantry 7th Bn. He died on 15th April 1945 and is buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany

Crampton, Herbert George

Crampton, Herbert George. Private G/40348 3/10 th Bn Middlesex Regiment, born at Stoke Newington in 1885, the son of George and Elizabeth Crampton. Married Alethea Snelling, lived in Stafford Road. He was wounded in France and sent home where he died in Richmond Military hospital age 32 on 2 November 1917; buried in plot B 3214

Cyril Bickford Isard

Cyril Bickford Isard was born in Bromley in 1890, the son of Arthur and Emily. They lived at Camano House, Quarry Hill Road and Cyril attended Tonbridge School. Arthur served as the chairman of the local council. In 1911 Cyril worked as an articled clerk before joining the 1st/10th London Regiment as a Captain. He was officially reported as missing but later his death was confirmed as 15th August 1915 at Gallipoli. He is remembered on the Helles memorial.

Cyril Frederick Beech

Cyril Frederick Beech was born in 1909 in Tonbridge, the son of Frank William and Cicely Beech. Im 1930 he married in Tonbridge Emily Stella Beech (née Cox-Seale) of Shipbourne Road. He served as Sergeant, service number 1107687, in the Royal Artillery 54 (The Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regt. He died on 23rd May 1945 and is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. D N Biggs - possibly Donald Northey, born in 1908 in Croydon, the son of Thomas and Eleanor Biggs; In 1932 he married in Basingstoke Alice May Biggs (née Tinker). He served as Leading Aircraftman, service number 915936, in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 8th November 1940 and is buried in Basingstoke Cemetery. E K Blackstock MID - possibly Edward Kenneth, born in 1919 in West Derby, the son of John Edward and Mary Ann Blackstock (née Taylor). He served as Bombardier, service number 838358, in Royal Artillery 9 Coast Regt. He died on 21st February 1942 and is remembered on Singapore Memorial.

Cyril James Moss

Cyril James. Second Lieutenant 2 nd Bn Suffolk regiment, born in Tonbridge in 1893, son of James and Louisa of Woodfield Road. He was posted to Salonica in January 1916 and had the misfortune to be kicked by a horse in May. Septic poisoning set in and he was bought back to England for treatment, but alas died on 19 August 1916, age 23; buried in plot A 2434 Cyril James Moss was born in Tonbridge in 1893, son of James and Louisa. In 1911 recorded as living at 29, Woodfield Road and was a bank clerk, he later moved to Turkey where he joined the staff of the Imperial Ottoman Bank. He had previously attended the Judd School and then Tonbridge School. At the start of the war he returned to England and attended Sandhurst, joining the Suffolk Regiment 2nd Battalion, he went on the front line in June 1915 as 2nd Lieutenant. He took part in the Battle of Hooge and in August was invalided back to the England. He received treatment and then went out to fight in Egypt thence Salonica in January 1916 where he had the misfortune to be kicked by a horse in May. Septic poisoning set in and he was bought back to England for treatment, but alas died on 19th August 1916 he is buried in Tonbridge cemetery.

Cyril Kenneth Longley

Cyril Kenneth Longley was born in Tonbridge in 1922, the son of Alfred and Harriett Annie Longley, of 48 Lavender Hill. He served as Gunner, service number 1133579, Royal Artillery 127 Field Regt. He died on 5th December 1942 and is buried in Benghazi War Cemetery,Libya. He previously attended The Judd School.

Daniel Taylor

Daniel Taylor was born in Withyham, Sussex in 1887, the son of Caleb and Mercy. In 1911 Daniel was boarding at 3, Birchden Cottages, Groombridge near Tunbridge Wells and working as a nurseryman's labourer. His father Caleb, who had remarried, was then living at 19 Priory Street, Tonbridge. Daniel served as Private G/654 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment. He first entered France on 1st June 1915. He died of wounds received in action on 4th October 1916 and is buried at Dartmoor Cemetery Becordel-Becourt.

David Harold Franklin

David Harold Franklin was born in c1922, another son of Brigadier General Harold Scott Erskine Franklin and Mrs H Franklin of 21 Manor Grove. He served as Lieutenant, service number EC/2857, in 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles 3rd Bn. He died on 11th April 1944 and is buried in Imphal War Cemetery, India. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

David Llewellyn Francis

David Llewellyn Francis of Green Trees, Hadlow, near Tonbridge, Kent joined age 41 as a driver of a motor ambulance serving in Boulogne from March 1915 until September 1915. In 1911, he was a widower living with his mother, Mary Eliza, and step-father, Robert Laidlaw, at Warren House, Hayes, Kent. He had previously worked as a tea planter in India, but by 1915 he was living at Hadlow and working as a farmer at Goblands Farm. He died on 16th May 1931 at Green Trees, Tonbridge.

David Roger Montgomery

David Roger Montgomery was born in Colchester in 1924, the son of Maj. Robert Hamilton Montgomery and Mabel Martha Montgomery. He served as Staff Sergeant, service number 7955251, in The Glider Pilot Regiment, A.A.C. He died on 24th March 1945 and is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

David Rolfe Nottidge

David Rolfe Nottidge was born in Tonbridge in 1920, the son of William Rolfe Nottidge and Gertrude Rachel Nottidge of High Bank, Tonbridge. He served as Private, service number 6345355, in Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 6th Bn. He died on 17th December 1942 and is buried in Tabarka Ras Rajel War Cemetery, Tunisia. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

David Roy Fisher

David Roy Fisher DFM DFC was born in 1922 in Tonbridge, another son of Walter Henry and Elizabeth Fisher, of 10 High St. He served as Squadron Leader, service number 125430, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 102 (Ceylon) Sqdn. He died on 17th June 1944 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial. He previously attended The Judd School.

Dennis Edgar Baker

Dennis Edgar Baker was born in 1912 in Sevenoaks, the son of Arthur and Elizabeth Baker. In 1938 he married in Tonbridge Kathleen Baker (née Sumbling) of 197 Shipbourne Road. He served as Able Seaman in the Royal Navy, service number P/JX261771. He died on 27th February 1945 on Corvus, when hit by a U boat and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Dennis Guy Mabey

Dennis Guy Mabey was born in Dartford in 1914, the son of Guy and Madeline Mabey, of The Hermitage, East Street, Tonbridge. He served as Flying Officer Pilot, service number 90008, in Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force) 500 Sqdn. He died on 7th October 1939 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery. He was the first Tonbridge casualty on active service.

Derek Charles Spencer Vane

Derek Charles Spencer Vane was born in Tonbridge in 1921, the son of Thomas Charles and Kate Spencer Vane, of 55 Barden Road. He served as Sergeant, service number 910499, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 59 Sqdn. He died on 26th March 1941 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial. He previously attended The Judd School.

Donald Foster

Donald Foster was born in Tonbridge in 1917, the son of Albert Foster and Elizabeth Foster of Clare Avenue. He served as Sapper, service number 1869578, in Royal Engineers 35 Fortress Coy. He died on 26th February 1942 and is remembered on Singapore Memorial

Douglas John Mason

Douglas John Mason was born in 1916 in Tonbridge, the son of John and Nellie Mason of Hectorage Road and husband of Joan Mason. He served as Private, service number 6348558, Queens Own RWK Regt 6th Bn. He died on 23rd October 1944 and is buried in Faenza war Cemetery, Italy.

Edward Batchelor

Edward Batchelor was born in Tonbridge in 1881, the son of William and Ellen Batchelor. After leaving Judd School he first worked for an Australian shipping firm as a clerk. He then passed the qualifying exam for the Civil Service and became a clerk in the War Office. He became an accountant, firstly in the War Office and then in the Health Insurance Commission. He married Sarah Mitchell at Salisbury in 1907 and lived at Streatham Park London (parents still recorded as living in Lavender Hill, Tonbridge). In December 1915 he enlisted in the Artists' Rifles, being gazetted as Lieutenant in the London Regiment in September 1916. He went to France in November 1916 and was killed by a trench mortar on 26th September 1917. He is buried at Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-en-Gohelle.

Edward Charles Cottenham

Edward Charles Cottenham was born Sevenoaks in 1896. He lived with his aunt and uncle in Chiddingstone before joining the King's Shropshire light infantry in 1914 as Private 11067. He was discharged with ‘frozen lung' in 1915 but recalled to the colours in December 1915. Before joining he was a butler to Lady Harriet Ward of Knotley Hall, Penshurst. He was killed in action on 23rd April 1917 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial. By the end of the war his mother is recorded as remarried and living in Skinners' Row, Tonbridge, with his aunt in Baltic Road.

Edward George Clack

Edward George Clack [sometimes recorded as Clark] was born at Tonbridge in 1899, the son of Richard and Edith Clark and lived in Lavender Hill. He served as Private Edward Clark GS/72272 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers attached to 1st Battalion London Regiment. He was killed in action on 28th August 1918 and is buried at Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy.

Edward Herbert William Pusey

Edward Herbert William Pusey was born in Wandsworth in 1919, the son of Edward Thomas Pusey and Alice Georgina Pusey. He was the husband of Lilian Ellen Pusey (née Wickens) whom he married in Tonbridge in 1939. He served as Private, serial number 6345754, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 4th Bn. He died on 30th May 1940 and is buried in Les Moeres Communal Cemetery, Belgium.

Edward Jeremy Jephson

Edward Jeremy Jephson was born in Kensington in 1887, the son of Mary and Capt Frederick Jephson. Edward married Gladys but in 1901 he lived with his parents at Drybank Road and attended Tonbridge School. He joined the Norfolk regiment and gained his commission to Captain on 27th November 1914. Before joining up he worked for the Bombay Burma trading corporation, then as a nursery gardener in north Wales. He was killed in action on 15th September 1916 and is remembered on theipval memorial and also on the family grave in Tonbridge cemetery.

Edward John Austen

Edward John Austen was born at Tonbridge in 1895, the eldest of two children born to John Charles and Jessie Cornelia Austen. In 1911 recorded as living at 40 Pembury Road. He was educated at Tonbridge School, joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps on 16th November 1914, and gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the London Regiment on 3rd April 1915. He was promoted a Temporary Lieutenant on 30th November 1915, and went to France in January 1916. He was wounded on more than one occasion, and killed in action aged 22 on 23rd March 1918 whilst serving with the London Regiment [Royal Fusiliers] 3rd Battalion. He was mentioned in dispatches and recommended for the DSO. He is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial.

Edward Nottidge

Edward Nottidge was born in Tonbridge in 1891, son of Albert and Keziah. In 1901 he was recorded as living at 46 Dry Hill Park Road and he was attending Tonbridge school. By 1911 he was commissioned with the Royal Garrison Artillery and was listed at the Royal Artillery Barracks Woolwich. He was first posted to Plymouth then transferred to the Royal Field Artillery serving at Kildare, on 14th August he was part of the BEF and took part in the Battle of Mons. By December 1915 he had been promoted to Temporary Captain. From July 1916 he was in command of the 4.5 Howitzer battery which became the D/79th Brigade RFA and he took part in much fighting. On 8th November 1916 he was instantly killed by a shell near Thiepval he is buried at Albert Communal cemetery ext.

Edward Percy Nelson Baker

Edward Percy Nelson Baker was born in 1915 in Dartford, the son of Edward and Mabel Baker of 1 Preston Road. He served as Gunner, service number 985523, in the Royal Artillery. He died on 27th July 1943 and is remembered on Singapore Memorial. W H Baker - possibly William Horace, born in 1907 in Maidstone, the son of Horace and Emily Baker. He served as Able Seaman in the Royal Navy, service number C/J 108074. He died on 19th April 1942 and is remembered on Chatham Navy Memorial.

Edward Stephen Mankelow

Edward Stephen Mankelow was born in Tonbridge in 1887, son of Henry and Mary, recorded as living at Loampit Cottages Hadlow in 1901 when Edward was a houseboy (domestic). He joined the Royal Navy in 1903 (adding 2 years to his age) serving to 1908, then as a reserve being subsequently recalled in August 1914. He was discharged in 1916 but served in the Merchant Marine as an Able Seaman. He served on HMT Nagoya but died from influenza on 11th September 1918 in the detention hospital Bakaritza Archangel; at that time he had an address of 19 Northcote Road Tonbridge.

Edward Treloar Smart

Edward Treloar Smart was born in Bath in 1898, the son of the Revd John and Marian. By 1911 the family were living at 20 Manor Grove, Tonbridge. The Rev. John Smart was an assistant master at Tonbridge School where Edward was enrolled as a pupil. Edward served in the Royal Garrison Artillery initially, but later held a commission as Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps serving with the 2nd Squadron. He was posted missing, presumed killed in aerial action on 27th March 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Edward Turner

Job Titles:
  • Worker
Edward Turner was born in Tonbridge in 1893, the son of Edward and Lillie. His parents appear to have separated, and in 1911 he was living with his mother and siblings at 1 Kennings Row, Tonbridge and working as a market gardener. [His father appears to have lived in Houselands Road]. He left the UK for Canada on 21st November 1912 and settled in Ontario. He attested for service with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at London, Ontario on 19th November 1914. He stated that he had had 7 years previous military service with the 7th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment. He served as Gunner 84191 4th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery and died on 28th February 1916. He is buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery.

Edward Victor Sellings

Edward Victor Sellings was born in Penshurst in 1899, the son of Edward and Rose May. After leaving school Edward worked for the South East & Central Railway as office boy at Staplehurst Station, later promoted to head clerk at Headcorn Station. His family were living at 3 Rita Cottages, London Road by 1918. Edward enlisted on 4th June 1917 and served initially as Private 77680 Durham Light Infantry and then subsequently as Private 31201 1st/5th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. He went to France on 13th January 1918 and was killed in action on 25th March 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Edwin Berkeley Cook

Edwin Berkeley Cook was born in London in 1869 and educated at Eton. He was a career soldier, first gazetted as a Lieutenant in the 1st Life Guards in 1890. He served in India for many years. At the beginning of the war he was Lieutenant-Colonel in the 1st Life Guards and went to France with his regiment. He was wounded on 21st October 1914 near Messines and subsequently died on 5th November 1914 in London. He was buried at East Peckham. His father was a Tonbridge resident recorded as living at Roydon hall.

Edwin Gilbert

Edwin Gilbert was born in Paddock Wood around 1877. He married Kate Catherine Craps in Tonbridge and is listed as living in Brasted in 1911. He served in the Royal Engineers and subsequently transferred to the Labour Corps as a Private 294510, he entered France in September 1915 and died on 26th October 1918. He is buried at St Sever Cemetery Extention Rouen. At the time of death his wife is recorded as living at 9 Priory Street.

Edwin Lambton Maling

Edwin Lambton Maling was born in Lewisham in 1922, the son of Dr G A Maling and Mrs Daisy Maling (née Wolmer) of Belton, Hadlow Road, Tonbridge. He served as Ordinary Seaman, service number JX/301909, in Royal Navy H.M.S. Ganges. He died on 18th October 1941 and is buried in Shotley Royal Naval Cemetery, Suffolk. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Eliza Acton

Job Titles:
  • First Modern Cookery Writer
Eliza Acton has been described as the first modern cookery writer, preceding Mrs Beeton by several years. Delia Smith has called her ‘the best writer of recipes in the English language'. Eliza was born in Battle in 1799, daughter of a brewer. Her family soon moved to Ipswich where she grew up and where with a friend she opened a school for girls. This enterprise was short-lived and due to her delicate health Eliza spent some time in France where, it is thought, she had an unhappy love affair and began writing poetry.

Elizabeth Weller

Elizabeth Weller was Jane Austen's great-grandmother. She came from a Tonbridge family whose origins go back to the Civil War. As a child she lived at Chauntlers, a substantial house in Bordyke now divided and renamed as The Priory and The Red House. Elizabeth married John Austen in 1693 and bore seven children before he died unexpectedly eleven years later, leaving her with considerable debts. As a widow and single parent with little financial support she showed resourcefulness and strength of character in raising her large family. To achieve this she took employment as housekeeper to the bachelor headmaster of Sevenoaks School, thereby enabling her sons to be educated there free of charge. (There was no vacancy for a housekeeper at Tonbridge School as the headmaster there was married.) Elizabeth Weller died in 1721 and is buried at Tonbridge parish church, though no memorial can now be found. She is commemorated by a plaque at Sevenoaks School.

Eric Arthur Brockwell

Eric Arthur Brockwell was born in 1910 in Eastbourne, the son of Arthur E. and Helen Brockwell. Married in Tonbridge in 1936, he was the husband of Joyce E. D. Brockwell (née Knight). He served as Leading Seaman, service number P/JX 128776, in Royal Navy H.M.S. Belmont. He died on 31st January 1942 when it was hit by a U boat, and is remembered on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Eric Austin Stanford

Eric Austin Stanford was born in Canada in 1911 and arrived in the UK in 1920. He was the son of Samuel and Millicent Stanford. Married in Tonbridge in 1936, he was the husband of Esmé Joan Stanford (née Wilson), of Pembury Road. He served as Private, service number 14294097, with Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 6th Bn. He died on 3rd November 1943 and is buried in Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy. He previously attended The Judd School.

Eric James Kershaw Buckley

Eric James Kershaw Buckley was born at Pembroke in 1895, the son of James Kershaw and Charlotte Buckley. He attended Tonbridge School from 1909 - 1914. He enlisted in the Royal Navy Air Service on 16th July 1916. He had a very distinguished career being awarded the Order of the Crown and the Croix de Guerre. He served as a Flight Sub Lieutenant and was killed as a result of a collision off the coast near Nieuport on 28th September 1917. Both planes involved crashed into the sea and both pilots were killed. Buckley's body was recovered some six weeks after the crash and he was buried at Flushing Northern Cemetery.

Eric Newton Jarvis

Eric Newton Jarvis was born in Tonbridge in 1910, the son of Keater Cripps Jarvis and Elsie Jarvis of Baltic Road. He served as Chief Engine Room Artificer, service number C/M 38817, in Royal Navy H.M. Submarine H.31. He died on 24th December 1941and is remembered on Chatham Naval Memorial. He previously attended The Judd School.

Eric Ronald Halton

Eric Ronald Halton was born in Stockport in 1913, the son of Thomas and Nellie Halton. He was the husband of Ethel Halton (née Sparrow) whome he married in Tonbridge in 1938. He served as Second Officer Merchant Navy S.S. Glen Tilt (Bristol). He died on 12th December 1942 and is remembered on Tower Hill Memorial.

Eric Rupert

Eric Rupert Heater was born in in Rochdale in 1896, son of Dan and Annie. Dan Heater was a Wesleyan minister and the family moved to Pembury Road, Tonbridge sometime after 1911. Eric joined the Middlesex Regiment 14th Battalion and served as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was reported as missing on 1st July 1916 but his death was not confirmed until 1917. He is remembered at Hawthorn Ridge cemetery No 1 Auchonvillers.

Ernest Arthur Bissenden

Ernest Arthur Bissenden was born at Tonbridge in 1890, the son of William and Esther Bissenden. Ernest worked as a postman for the G.P.O. 1911 recorded as living in Lavender Hill. In 1915 he married Sarah Twiner at East Grinstead and in August of that year he also enlisted. He served with the Norfolk Regiment and then, after going to France in June 1916, he was transferred to the 1st/7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment as Private 41293. He died of wounds on 10th October 1917 and is buried Dozinghem Military Cemetery.

Ernest Caleb Pankhurst

Ernest Caleb Pankhurst was born in Tonbridge in 1896, adopted son of William and Ann Browning who lived at Great Brooms Road, Southborough. In 1911 he moved with his sister to live with John and Emily Marchant at 20 St Marys Road. He worked as an apprentice for Messrs Truscott and son at the Dowgate Press. He also joined the Kent Fortress territorials in 1913 as Sapper 858. In August 1914 he was called up with his regiment and left England for Egypt. En route he became seriously ill and contracted dysentery. He was sent to the military hospital in Cairo but died on 6th December 1915.

Ernest Cooke

Ernest Cooke was born at Tonbridge in 1897, the son of Stephen and Ellen Cooke. In 1911 he was living at 85 Vale Road and worked as an errand boy for a printer, but then subsequently worked for Mr Peters, who had a china shop on the High Street. He enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 19th April 1915 and served as Sapper 2019, 1st/3rd Kent Field Company Royal Engineers. He was one of the men who sailed on the Hythe and who drowned on 28th October 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

Ernest Coulstock

Ernest Coulstock was born in or about 1885 at Red Hill, the son of Henry and Clara Coulstock. [He seems to have been enumerated in the 1901 and 1911 census returns as "Henry" and his birth year was given as 1883 in the newspaper report of his death. No registration for an Ernest Coulstock has been found between 1883 - 1885; although the birth of a Henry Coulstock was registered at Reigate (included Red Hill) in 1885.] In January 1909 Ernest joined the Special Reserve of the Royal Sussex Regiment, attending camp every year. In 1911 he was recorded as living at 3, The Botany. In August 1914 he was mobilised at Chichester and after training went to France on 10th November 1914 as Private SR/713 Royal Sussex Regiment. He was wounded in action and later, following amputation of his left leg, he died of his wounds at the Duchess of Westminster's Hospital Le Touquet, on 30th January 1915. He is buried at Le Touquet-Paris Plage Cemetery.

Ernest Dann

Ernest Dann was born in Redland, Queensland Australia in 1890, the son of the Rev. George James and Hannah Dann. Ernest Dann was a teacher at The Judd Commercial School and boarded at 9, St Marys Road Tonbridge he accepted a commission in the 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment in the early months of the war. By the spring of 1915 he was with his Battalion in Flanders. On 21st November 1915 he was mortally wounded whilst out with a working party. He died the following day, 22nd November, and is buried at Henu Churchyard.

Ernest Frank Laurence

Ernest Frank Laurence was born in Tonbridge in 1919, the son of Richard James Laurence and Daisy C. Laurence, of St. Mary's Road. He served as Lieutenant, service number 312053, in Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). He died on 21st November 1944 and is buried in Meldola War Cemetery, Italy. He previously attended The Judd School.

Ernest Fredrick George Jackson

Ernest Fredrick George Jackson was born in Guildford in 1917, the son of George Stewart Jackson and Eleanor Mary Jackson, of Hectorage Road. He served as Private, service number 5503291, in Hampshire Regiment 1/4th Bn. He died on 8th October 1944 and is buried in Assisi War Cemetery.

Ernest George Lake

Ernest George Lake was the son of Walter and Nellie Lake of Tonbridge. He served as Driver, service number T/14756873, RASC. He died on 29th April 1945 and is buried in Florence War Cemetery, Italy.

Ernest George Mitchell

Ernest George Mitchell was born in Tonbridge in 1896 son of Henry and Mary. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 11, Mill Crescent. He worked as a type-setter for a general printer. He joined Machine Gun Corps (cavalry) as Private 52645 and was killed in action on 11th September 1917. He is buried at Hargicourt British cemetery.

Ernest Goldsmith

Ernest Goldsmith was born in Tonbridge in 1881, the son of William and Annie Goldsmith. In 1911 he was living at 83, St Mary's Road and worked as a wine merchant assistant. He enlisted at the beginning of the war and served with the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire regiment as Private 17731. He was sent to the Dardanelles in September 1915 and died from jaundice on 19th November 1915; he is buried at Hill 10 Cemetery.

Ernest James Fagg

Ernest James Fagg was born in Chatham in 1884, the son of William Henry and Mary Fagg, in 1911 was living with parents at 97, Goodstation Road Tunbridge Wells and assisting his father with the bakery business. In 1914 he married Mable Castle in Tonbridge and lived at 25 Douglas Road, Tonbridge. He served as Gunner 169012 Royal Garrison Artillery and he died of wounds on 21st March 1918. Buried at Montescourt - Lizerolles communal cemetery. Owen Frank Farmer was born in Frittenden in 1888, the son of Edwin and Mary Farmer in 1911, was living at 5, East Street Tonbridge and worked as a grocer's assistant. In 1915 he married Sarah Dora Mankelow (sister of Edward Stephen Mankelow ) at Tonbridge he served as Private SD/1033 Royal Sussex regiment, and was killed in action on 3rd September 1916 near Beaumont-Hamel and is buried at Hamel Military cemetery.

Ernest Nash

Ernest Nash was the son of William and Marie Nash. He served as Able Seaman, service number P/JX 152222, Royal Navy H.M.S. Excellent. He died on 13th January 1943 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Ernest Robert Martin

Ernest Robert Martin was born in Tonbridge in 1895, son of James and Jane. In 1911 lived at Highfield Farm Tonbridge, at that time he was working as an assistant in the coal office for a coal merchant. In December 1914 he joined the Kent Cyclist Battalion as Private TF/265737, he was serving in India when he died of pneumonia following influenza he is remembered on the Kirkee 1914-18 memorial.

Ernest Samuel Roberts

Ernest Samuel Roberts was born in Tonbridge in 1889, son of Amos and Martha. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 19 Havelock Road and was a shop keeper and professional cricketer. He enlisted with Kent Cyclist 2nd/1st Battalion as Private TF/1317 on 13th November 1914 with an address of 23 Houselands Road. He had married Mary Kingham in 1912. He was killed in action on 19th August 1916 and is buried at Brewery Orchard Cemetery Bois Grenier.

Ernest William Funnell

Ernest William Funnell was born in 1907 in Copthorne, the son of Ernest David and Fanny Matilda Funnell. Married in 1936 in Croydon, he was the husband of Elvina Funnell (née Collis), of 53 Lavender Hill. He served as Chaplain 4th Class, service number 91362, Royal Army Chaplains' Department. He died on 30th March 1942 and is remembered on Rangoon Memorial, Burma.

Everard Frank Gray Healey

Everard Frank Gray Healey DFC DFM was born in Eastbourne in c1919, the son of FLt Lt Frank Gray Healey and of Marjorie Healey of Bordyke House. He served as Flight Lieutenant Pilot, service number 116140, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 106 Sqdn. He died on 13th January 1943 and is buried in Apeldoorn (Ugchelen-Heidehof) General Cemetery. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Ewart Blake Richardson

Ewart Blake Richardson was born in Tonbridge in 1899, son of John and Elizabeth. In 1911 he is recorded as living at Home Farm, Colebrook Park. It appears he joined the East Kent Regiment and was transferred to Royal Sussex Regiment as Private G/18799. He was wounded and taken prisoner around May 1918; he died on 22nd October 1918 and is buried at Berlin South-Western cemetery.

F E Nicholls

F E Nicholls - possibly Fernley Edward (Edwin) born in 1904 in Plymouth, the son of Charles and Ellen Nicholls. He was the husband of Gwendoline I. Nicholls (née Peters). He served as Engine Room Artificer 1st Class, service number P/385EC, Royal Naval Reserve H.M.S. Acasta. He died on 8th June 1940 and is remembered on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Fleming Newton

Fleming Newton was born in Tonbridge in 1899, son of Isaac and Kathleen. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 115, High Street he attended Tonbridge School from 1912 and became head boy. He joined the RNAS in summer of 1917 passing as a first class pilot in January 1918. With the amalgamation of the air forces he became 2nd Lieutenant RAF 201st squadron. On May 9th 1918 he was engaged in offensive patrol and an air fight ensued whereby his plane was shot and he went into a spin. He was initially announced as missing in action, however on June 13th it was confirmed that Newton had been killed in action near Warlincourt and is buried in Adanac Military cemetery Miraumont.

Francis George Excell

Francis George Excell MM was born in reading in 1892, the son of Alfred Joseph and Elizabeth Jane Excell. In 1911 the family were living in Reading but before 1914 Francis moved to Tonbridge to take up employment as a printer. He enlisted on 31st August 1914 as Pte 529 Royal West Kent regiment. He went to France on 1st June 1915 and won the military medal in October 1916 for bravery in the field. He was killed in action on 4th May 1917 he is buried in Faubourg D'Amiens cemetery near Arras.

Francis Gilbert Hunt

Francis Gilbert Hunt was born in Maidstone in 1900, the son of Thomas and Florence (brother of Harold). In 1911 he is recorded as living with his father at 60 Mabledon Road. At some point Francis and Dora (his sister) moved to Coventry and he was known as Frederick. He joined the Royal Berkshire regiment as Private 50699 and he died of wounds on 11th June 1918; he is remembered on Soissons memorial. H. S Hunt - not identified, however there is a P Hunt remembered on St Stephen's memorial (not on Tonbridge wall) who was born in 1883 and lived at 110 Vale road, working as a printer for Whitefriars Press. He joined the Royal Engineers as a sapper 1641. He drowned on HMS Hythe on 28th October 1915 and is remembered on Helles memorial.

Francis Robert William Henderson

Francis Robert William Henderson was born in c1921, the son of Algernon Charles Francis and Rachel Mary Donaldson Henderson of Tonbridge. He served as Sergeant Pilot, service number 1457110, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 29th December 1942 and is buried in Tunbridge Wells Cemetery.

Frank Arthur Reader

Frank Arthur Reader was born in Tonbridge in 1892; in 1911 recorded as living at Waterworks Cottage, New Wharf and working as a plumber at the waterworks. He married Lilian Larkin in 1913 and is recorded as living at 168 St Marys Road. He joined the Royal Engineers Territorial Force in 1911 as Private (T) 290; by 1914 he was promoted to Sergeant with Royal Enginners1st/3rd Kent Field coy. He was drowned whilst on HMS Hythe on 28th October 1915 he is remembered on the Helles memorial.

Frank Cyril Hanson

Frank Cyril Hanson was born in West Riding Yorkshire in 1893, the son of William and Mary. In 1911 recorded he was living as 14 St Marys Road and working as a Journalist. He attended Judd School and is remembered on their memorial. He attested on 18th March 1915 as a Private 1413 in the 12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment. He died on 27th July 1916 and is buried in Rue du Bacquerot no 1 Military Cemetery in Laventie.

Frank Lewin Luff

Frank Lewin Luff was born in Tonbridge in 1921, the son of Harry Alfred and Edith Jane Luff, 39 Lyons Crescent. He served as Sergeant, service number 1167425, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 51 Sqdn. He died on 12th July 1942 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial. He previously attended Slade School.

Frank Marchant

Frank Marchant was born in Tonbridge in 1897, son of George and Sophie. In 1911 is recorded as living at 21, Lodge Road, however at the time of his death they had moved to 17, Judd Road. Before joining the army he worked as office staff for Messrs T Wells and Co. He joined the Kent Cyclist and was attached to the Buffs, East Kent Regiment 1st Battalion as Private 15801. On 31st March 1916 he was wounded but as he was being transported to Calais he unfortunately died from these wounds. He is buried in Calais Southern cemetery.

Frank Woolley

Woolley contributed 172 to Kent's highest-ever score of 804 for 4 (wrong on the scoreboard) in 1934. He is the tallest of the three players shown. (THS31C.44) Frank Woolley, born and bred in Tonbridge, also learnt his cricket at the Tonbridge Nursery. He brought grace and colour to Kentish cricket throughout his career from 1906 to 1938. He made 145 hundreds and scored 58,961 runs and bowled very effective slow left-arm. He played 64 times for England. But the quality that endeared him to crowds over the years was the grace and majesty of his left-handed batting. Neville Cardus wrote: ‘No other cricketer served the meadow game as happily and faithfully as Woolley'. Woolley's childhood home was his father's cycle and engineering shop at 72 High Street, barely 100 yards from the Angel Ground. The house was later demolished for road widening, and replaced by what is now Starbucks. There is a plaque to him on the wall facing the High Street. He is also commemorated in the Parish Church and by a road in North Tonbridge.

Fred Arthur Sheldrake

Fred Arthur Sheldrake was born in Tonbridge in 1892, the son of Henry and Lucy Sheldrake. They lived at 34 Hectorage Road in 1911, when Fred was working as a Railway engine cleaner. He joined the Royal Navy as Stoker K/25588. At some point during the early hours of Monday 3rd January 1916, just hours before he was due to end his leave and return to duty, he went into the bathroom, connected a length of rubber hose to the gas mantle and committed suicide, gassing himself. For more details see Coroner's Report. He is buried at Tonbridge Cemetery.

Fred Boyde

Fred Boyde was born in 1868 at Basingstoke, Hampshire. He came to Tonbridge from London, where he had been serving in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, with his wife, Marie and two children, at some point in the early 1900s. He was recorded as the second officer at Tonbridge, living at the Fire Station, 8, Castle Street, Tonbridge in the 1911 census. He served part time with the Red Cross from 10/1914 and was still serving in 1919. He became the Deputy Transport Officer and achieved 10,200 hrs with 2 M. Sug Field Amb Transport R.A.S.C. M T (V) Kent 51.

Fred Coomber

Fred Coomber was born at Tonbridge in 1887, the son of William and Frances Coomber and lived in Priory Street. After leaving school he worked as a draper's assistant before enlisting with the Royal West Kent Regiment, seeing service in India. He was back in Tonbridge working as a postman at the outbreak of the war, when he was mobilised from the Reserve as Private L/7568 1st Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment. He went to France on 15th August 1914. He was wounded on October 27th at the battle of the Aisne. He was sent back to the UK, where he spent some time at Tidworth Hospital. He returned to his Battalion and was killed in action on 23rd April 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial.

Fred Porter

Fred Porter was born in Tonbridge in 1884, son of Matthew and Jane. In 1911 recorded as living at 162 Shipbourne Road and working as a jobbing gardener (brother in law to Robert Hamilton who also fell in the war.) He enlisted in January 1915 joining the 8th Battalion Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment as Private GS/5360. He was killed in action on 26th September 1915 and is remembered on the Loos memorial. S.F.W. Powell (Possibly G) Gerald Frederick Watson Powell was born in Tonbridge in 1891. Son of Charles and Elizabeth, in 1911 recorded as living at the Manor house Speldhurst Tunbridge Wells. He attended Harrow and entering the Inner Temple passing some of his exams for the bar before the war broke. Previously he had obtained a commission in the T.A, Kent Cyclists' battalion, and was promoted Captain in 1914. He later exchanged into another battalion, not wishing to go to India, and volunteered to go to the front. He went to France on 2nd May 1917, having been attached to 8th Battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment, and was promoted Major in March 1917. He was killed in action on 28th July 1917 and is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery.

Frederick Aaron Chantler

Frederick Aaron Chantler was born in 1911 in Tonbridge, the son of Frederick and Rose Chantler of Norfolk Road He served as Signalman, service number 2593933, In the Royal Corps of Signals 30 W/T Sec. He died on 14th or 15th February 1942 and is remembered on Singapore Memorial.

Frederick Arthur Miller

Frederick Arthur Miller was born in Willesden in 1896, son of Frederick and Ella. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 42, Chichester Road and was working as an electric light wireman's assistant before joining 7th Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment a Private G/3946. He was reported as missing since the Trones Wood struggle and when his body was found. He was identified by a photograph found in his tunic (despite this report the matter was still in some doubt). The CWGC has confirmed death to be 13th July 1916. He is buried at Bernafay Wood British cemetery, Montauban.

Frederick Arthur Moulton

Frederick Arthur Moulton was born in Tonbridge in 1920, the son of Anselm and Daisy Jane Hilda Moulton, of Parkview, Upper Postern, Tonbridge. He served as Sergeant, service number 1292879, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 75 (R.N.Z.A.F.) Sqdn. He died on 28th April 1943 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial. He previously attended The Judd School.

Frederick Avis

Frederick Avis was born in 1892 at Tonbridge, the eldest son of Philip and Violet [Card] Avis. After leaving school he worked as a boot maker and lived in Garden Road Tonbridge. He then enlisted in the Royal Engineers on the 28th December 1914 and subsequently went to France on 15th June 1915. He took part in the Battle of Loos on the 25th September following, and in many other engagements. He was wounded in February 1916, and invalided home. He re-joined his regiment in France on 28th June that same year and was killed in action serving as Sapper 58680 with the 255th Tunnelling Company near Ypres on 31st May 1918. He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

Frederick Bennett

Frederick Bennett was born at Tonbridge in 1889, the son of Frederick and Emily Bennett. In 1910, when he was 22 years old, he emigrated to Canada and was living in Vancouver when the war began. He enlisted in December 1917 and served as Private 4080123 29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was killed in action on 9th August 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

Frederick Brown

Frederick Brown was born at Tonbridge in 1879, the son of Randolph and Harriet Brown. He began his working life as a labourer for his father, a plumber. After his marriage to Mabel Mary Marchant, at Tonbridge in 1902, he became a house painter, and in 1911 is recorded as living at 57 Houselands Road. He enlisted at Tonbridge as Private G/12881, 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. He was killed in action on 3rd May 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Frederick Chalklin

Frederick Chalklin was born at Tonbridge in 1889, the son of Harry and Emma Chalklin. By the time of the 1911 census he had already enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment and was serving as a Lance Corporal. At the outbreak of the war in August 1914, Frederick was serving with the 2nd Battalion which was then stationed at Multan in India. At the beginning of 1915 the Battalion was sent to Mesopotamia, arriving at Basra on 6th February 1915. Frederick was then a Lance Sergeant L/9322 and served in one of the two companies which were attached to the 30th Brigade, 6th [Poona] Division. They were besieged at Kut-al-Amara and taken prisoner by the Turkish Army on 29th April 1916. Frederick died from dysentery at Dorak in Turkey on 7th November 1916 and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. At the time of death his parents were living in Norfolk road Tonbridge.

Frederick Charles Adams

Frederick Charles Adams was born at Brasted, Sevenoaks in 1883. He was working as a barman at the Swan Hotel, East Grinstead at the time of the 1911 census, but he seems to have moved to Tonbridge in 1912 or thereabouts, and to have worked with his brother, A. A. Adams, who had a fruiterer's shop at 13 High Street. Tonbridge. He enlisted at Tonbridge in March 1916 and served as Private 40212, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. He went to France in August 1916 and died of wounds on the 29th September 1916, and is buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe. Alfric Euan Allies was born in 1890 at Alfrick, Worcestershire, a son of Mr and Mrs Alfred Edward Allies. He was educated at Mr Bickmore's Yardley Court School and Tonbridge School [1905 - 1909]. He worked for a year for Mr J. Le Fleming at Eton House, and then went to Brasenose College, Oxford in 1910. He graduated in 1913 with an honours degree in jurisprudence and subsequently joined the Inner Temple. He was gazetted as [Temporary] 2nd Lieutenant in 8th [Service] Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 9th September 1914. Promoted to Lieutenant on 1st February 1915. He left England on 29th June for the Dardanelles. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 16th 1915 aged 24 years.

Frederick Charles Green

Frederick Charles Green was born in Tonbridge in 1889, the son of Arthur and Sarah Green. In 1901 the family lived at 20 Waterloo Road. He enlisted as a regular soldier in 1st Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as Private 9044 and in 1911 he was stationed at Hong Kong. He also served for 3 years in South Africa came back to Tonbridge to 3 Pembury Grove in January 1914 having served his 7 years and worked at Mr Chalkin‘s brickyard. He was recalled for service on 5th August and he went to France on 11th September 1914. He was killed in action on 26th October 1914 during the first battle of Ypres and is remembered in Le Touret Memorial.

Frederick Charles Neal

Frederick Charles Neal was born in Tonbridge in 1895, son of Walter and Jane; in 1911 they were living at 87 Vale Road and he was working as an errand boy for a china shop. He joined the Royal Engineers as driver 2012 and was posted from October 1915 he was wounded in action in France/Flanders and died of these wounds on 10th July 1917 he is buried at Bard cottage cemetery, Belgium.

Frederick Fowle

Frederick Fowle was born in in Tonbridge in 1892, the son of William and Ellen. In 1911 he was living with his parents at Horns Lodge Cottages, Hadlow. He served in 2nd/4th Battalion Royal West Kent Regt as Sergeant 201143 and was killed in action on 3rd November 1917 whilst serving as part of the Egypt expeditionary forces. He is buried at Berrsheba War cemetery.

Frederick George Carter

Frederick George Carter was born in Tonbridge in 1920, the son of Alfred and Alice Carter (née Murrell). He served as Private, service number 6345756, in Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 4th Bn. He died on 28th May 1940 and is buried at Rue-du-Bois British Cemetery, Vieux-Berquin, France.

Frederick George Hosier

Frederick George Hosier of Lavender Hill Tonbridge joined the Red Cross on 25th October 1914 when he was 42. He served until 23rd July 1915 as an orderly in France leaving his occupation as a fireman. He was born at Uxbridge, Middlesex in in 1870. He had previously lived at Penshurst before moving to Tonbridge at some point in the 1890s. Before the war he worked as a plumber in the employ of the Railway. He married Ada Wilkinson in June 1895 at March, Cambridgeshire. He died on 1st July 1952 at East Grinstead Hospital.

Frederick James Field

Frederick James Field was born in Lambeth 1871, in 1911 Frederick and his wife Rebecca lived at 97 Priory Road and he worked as a boot maker. He attested as Private 3136 Royal West Kent Regiment on 8th September 1914. He was posted to 4th Battalion served india where he died of heat stroke and enteric fever on 3rd June 1915. He is remembered on Kirkee Memorial.

Frederick Jones

Frederick Jones was born in Bethnal Green in 1895, registered as living at 50 High Street. It is presumed Frederick moved to Tonbridge after 1911 from Bethnal Green. He joined the Royal West Kent Regiment as Private G/109 and entered France on 1st June 1915. He was killed in action on 3rd July 1916 and is remembered on Theipval memorial.

Frederick Latham

Frederick Latham was born in Hoo in 1898, son of George and Caroline. In 1911 is recorded as living in Church Street Hadlow, however at the time of his death his parents were at 10, Judd Road. He joined the Royal Engineers as Sapper 265730 and worked with the 12th Light Railway Operating Coy. He was killed in action on 21st October 1917 and is buried in Reninghelst New Military cemetery.

Frederick Oscar Dickson

Frederick Oscar Dickson was born in c1915, the son of Lt-Col. Egbert Dickson, formerly Indian Army, and Ida Mary Dickson He served as Flight Lieutenant, service number 33164, in the Royal Air Force 51 Sqdn. He died on 5th April 1940 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Frederick Sands

Frederick Sands was born in 1878 at Tonbridge the son of Thomas and Charlotte. He married Amelia Hannah Jeffery in 1901 at Tonbridge and by 1911 the couple with their three children were living at 3 Church Row and Frederick was working as a cabman-jobmaster. He served as Private G/16539 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment and was killed in action on 17th July 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Frederick Sawyer

Frederick Sawyer was born in Burwash, Sussex in 1896, the son of William and Jane. By the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 98 Sylvan Villa, Barden Road and Frederick was working in a smelting works. Frederick enlisted as a Territorial soldier, Private TF/915 with the 1st/1st Kent Cycle Battalion and later as Private 265272 Royal West Kent Regiment. He saw service in India and died there on 22nd January 1917. He is buried at Rawalpindi War Cemetery.

Frederick Smith

Frederick Smith was born Frederick Schmidt in Tonbridge in 1895, the family later anglicising their surname for obvious reasons. He served as Private Frederick Smith G/11941 8th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment and was killed in action on the Somme on 1st September 1916, his 21st birthday. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He was recorded as having enlisted in Tonbridge. His parents were recorded as Mr F. and Mrs E. Smith, living at 2 Pembury Grove, Tonbridge, but the family had been living in Lambert's Yard at the turn of the century.

Frederick Thompson

Frederick Thompson was born in Folkestone in 1894, the son of Frederick and Elizabeth. When he attested for Territorial service in the Kent Cyclists on 30th November 1914 he gave his address at 24 Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge. His initial number was 1487, later renumbered in 1916 as 265676. He saw service in India with the Kent Cyclists and was appointed a Lance-Corporal on 13th June 1916. He contracted a fever in July 1917 and died on 31st July 1917 at Rawalpindi Hospital. He is buried at Rawalpindi War Cemetery.

Frederick William Clack

Frederick William Clack was born at Tonbridge in 1886, the son of Frederick and Harriet Clack. In 1911 lived in 121, Pembury Road. Before the war Frederick worked as a dustman for the council and he also was a Territorial soldier serving with the 1st Battalion Royal West Kent [T.E.]. He attested at Tonbridge on 23rd November 1914 for the Kent Cyclist [Reserve] Battalion and was subsequently sent to India on 2nd February 1917, and then transferred to the 1st/5th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment on 13th November 1917. He served in the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, leaving India on 5th December 1917 and arriving at Basra on the 11th December. He became ill on the 8th June 1918, initially diagnosed with pleurisy, and died on 20th June 1918 on pneumonia at Baghdad. He is buried at Baghdad [North Gate] War Cemetery.

Frederick William Norton

Frederick William Norton was born in Strood in 1890, son of Frederick and Emma . In 1911 is recorded as living at 22, Preston Road, by which time Frederick had joined the Royal Navy firstly as a boy in 1906 then progressing to Ordinary Signaller in April 1908. Service number 235842. He married Evelyn Brackpool in May 1915 . He obtained the rank of Leading Signalman and had passed educationally the rank of Petty Officer. From 5th August 1914 he served on E6 submarines and was killed in action on 26th December by striking a mine in the North Sea. He is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Friend Bristow

Friend Bristow of 7 East Street Tonbridge joined the Red Cross age 34 and served from 23rd September 1914 until 23rd March 1915 as an Orderly being paid at 30/- per week. He was part of a contingent of fireman from Tonbridge who served in France. He later was awarded the 1914 Star in December 1919 by the Chairman of TUDC. He was also awarded the British War and Victory Medals. He born in 1880 at Tonbridge and was married with four children and, in 1911, was employed as a bricklayer.

Geoffrey Hanson

Geoffrey Hanson (brother of Frank) was born in 1890, son of William and Mary. He attested for service in March 1915 for 12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment as Private 1358. He was an accountant by trade after having attended Judd School. During the battle of Le Somme in July 1916 Frank was reported as killed and Geoffrey as missing in action believed killed. During his service he was awarded the military medal and now is believed to be buried in Euston Road cemetery (as per CWGC his death recorded as 1st July 1916).

Geoffrey Panes

Geoffrey Panes from Great Haysden Farm, was the son of Mr F Panes and the late Mrs Panes. He served as First Officer (Ferry pilot) RAF Aux Reserve. He died on 1st September 1941 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended The Judd School.

George Albert

George Albert Down was born in Leamington in 1888, the son of George Thomas and Elizabeth Lucy Down. In 1911 George was living with his parents at Hectorage Road, Tonbridge and working as a labourer. On 2nd September 1914 he enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment and was posted to the 6th Battalion. He was discharged the following month on medical grounds; he had a bunion on his right foot which prevented him from marching. Undeterred, on 21st January 1915, George Albert then enlisted as Sapper 1629 Kent Fortress Royal Engineers. He left England from Devonport on 23rd April 1916 and landed at Alexandria on 3rd May 1916. In Egypt he suffered from gastric problems and was sent to hospital on more than one occasion; he was sick enough to be eventually sent back to the UK on 16th January 1917. Having recovered he went to France with the 422nd Field Company on 27th May 1917. He was reported missing, later presumed dead, on 30th November 1917. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval.

George Ashwell

George Ashwell was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire in 1887, the son of John and Elizabeth Ashwell. In 1899 he married Clara Jane Parker at St Thomas-in-the-Moors, [Balsall Heath] Worcester. By the time of the 1911 census George and his family were living at 74, Shipbourne Road, Tonbridge, and George was working as a bricklayer. He enlisted as a sapper 1552 in the 1st/1st Kent Field Company Royal Engineers on 26th October 1914. He died of wounds sustained at Gallipoli on 5th December 1915 and is buried at Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery.

George Austen

George Austen was William Austen's only son. Born in Tonbridge in 1731, he was orphaned at the age of six. He was educated at Tonbridge School at the expense of his great-uncle Francis of Sevenoaks. After going to Oxford George returned to Tonbridge School for a few years as Second Master or ‘Usher'. He then returned to Oxford as chaplain and junior proctor, before becoming rector of Steventon in Hampshire. He married in 1764 and he and his wife had eight children of whom Jane was the seventh. George Austen was a scholarly and gentle man, happy in his family and his job, whose children enjoyed huge benefits from the stable and caring environment he and his wife Cassandra created. He died at the age of 73 and is buried in Bath. A plaque to his memory on the wall of the Old Chapel, now the Cawthorne Lecture Theatre, at Tonbridge School is shown alongside.

George Avery

George Avery [not on the original memorial] was born in Tunbridge Wells in 1899, the second child of six born to Isaac Albert and Ada [Staplehurst] Avery. By 1911 the family were living in Judd Road, Tonbridge, having previously lived at Southborough. George had served with the Yeomen Cyclists and he was killed in action at Kemmel, Belgium, aged 19 on the 24th April 1918 whilst serving with the 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Private G/30531. He is buried at Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension.

George Batchelor

George Batchelor of 71, Barden Road, Tonbridge, served from October 1914 and was still serving in 1919 he was a Section Leader & Ambulance Orderly and had charge of one ambulance. He served part time and achieved 10,200 hrs. He achieved the rank of Sgt in Field Ambulance Transport R. and C. 2 in Kent 51.He was born in 1863 at Tonbridge, a son of William and Sarah Batchelor. In 1911, he was living at 169, Vale Road, Tonbridge, with his wife, Charity [Cane], and five children, three others having left home. He was employed as a drain layer for Tonbridge Urban District Counciland died in 1933 at Maidstone. He also served as a fireman.

George Cecil Evans

George Cecil Evans was born in Tonbridge in 1898, the son of Harry and Sophia Evans. By the date of the 1911 census the family lived at Pembury Road. George initially served as a signaller with the Kent Cyclists before being transferred to the 7th Battalion East Kent Regiment as Private G/13522. He was killed in action at Jeffrey's Support Trench on 12th August 1917 and is commemorated on the Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial.

George Cogger

George Cogger was born at Tonbridge in 1888, the son of Henry and Eliza Cogger. In 1901 recorded as living at 12, Havelock Road. George attested as a Telegraphist for the Royal Engineers on 25th September 1906 at Tonbridge. He was transferred to the Army Reserve on 25th September 1913, having completed 7 years' service. He was recalled to the colours at Aldershot on 5th August 1914 and went to France on 14th August 1914 where he served as Sapper 16339 1st Army Signal Company Royal Engineers. He remained in France until he was admitted to hospital on 2nd November 1916, suffering from a malignant growth in his intestines. He was discharged as medically unfit on 23rd December 1916 and died at home in Tonbridge on 19th January 1917. He is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

George Corke

George Corke was born at Tonbridge in 1885, the son of George and Maryann Corke. He married Florence Margaret Ware in 1907 at Tonbridge. At the time of his death she was living at Kinnings Row. He enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment in October 1914 and served as Private 34421 2nd/4th Battalion at Gallipoli, landing at Sulva Bay on 11th August 1915, and later in Palestine. He was probably wounded at some point as he was transferred to the Labour Corps, serving as Lance Corporal 548658 in the 812th Area Employment Company. He died on 13th January 1919 at the General Hospital, Alexandria and is buried at Alexandria [Hadra] War Cemetery.

George Crampton

George Crampton is presumed to be the Herbert George Crampton who was born at Stoke Newington in 1885, the son of George and Elizabeth Crampton. By the time of the 1901 census the family were living at Lansdowne Road and Herbert George was working as a junior clerk at the Gas Works. In 1908 he married Alethea Snelling at Tonbridge. He served as Private G/12334 Royal Sussex Regiment, later transferred as Private G/40348 3rd/10th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. He was wounded in France and sent home where he died on 2nd November 1917. He is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery. George Ernest Lister Cressey was born at Nelson, New Zealand in 1895, the son of George and Minnie Cressey. He was educated at Tonbridge School 1908 - 1914, and at the outbreak of war obtained a commission in the Kent Cyclist Corps. After additional training at Sandhurst he was gazetted as Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment on 13th May 1915. He was killed in action on 26th September 1915 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

George Fenoulhet

George Fenoulhet was born in 1887 in New Zealand, the son of Howel and Constance Elizabeth Fenoulhet, the family were in Tonbridge in late 1890's and he attended Judd commercial school. He subsequently emigrated to Canada in 1913 following the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Canadian forces and was accidently shot and killed whilst undergoing training on 5th May 1916. He is buried at Mount Royal cemetery Montreal.

George Frank Elkington

George Frank Elkington was born in Tonbridge in 1914, the son of Frank and Edith Clara Elkington, of Sussex Road. Married in 1943 in Tonbridge, he was the husband of Doris Elkington (née Hewitt). He served as Flying Officer Pilot, service number 173049, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 49 Sqdn. He died on 22nd April 1945 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended The Judd School. F H Elliott - possibly Francis Harry, born c1923, the son of Henry Francis and Cecilia Sarah Elliott. He served as Corporal, service number 6346014, in Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 6th Bn. He died on 10th December 1942 and is buried in Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia.

George Frederick Carpenter

George Frederick Carpenter was born at Tonbridge in 1896, the son of George and Annie Carpenter and lived in Garden Road. On the outbreak of the war he joined the Royal Field Artillery, but was subsequently transferred to the 7th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment where he served as Private 10198 in "A" Company. He was captured on 21st March 1918 and held prisoner of war in Germany at Meschede POW Camp in Westphalia. By the end of the war he had contracted dysentery and he died at the 14th Stationary Hospital in France on 8th January 1919. He is buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille.

George Frederick Laddams

George Frederick Laddams was born in Tonbridge in 1905. Married in Tonbridge in 1930, he was the husband of Linda Laddams (née Ravilious). He served as Sergeant, service number 6281014, in Royal Artillery 30 Field Regt. He died on 25th June 1944 and is buried in Assisi War Cemetery and remembered in Tonbridge Cemetery.

George Hauteville Jackson

George Hauteville Jackson was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1916, the son of Sir Robert Montresor Jackson and Lady Katherine Jackson (née Abrey) of Meadowside, London Road. He served as Pilot Officer, service number 40831, in Royal Air Force 37 Sqdn. He died on 2nd September 1940 and is buried in Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery and is remembered on a family grave in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended Tonbridge.

George Henry Crouch

George Henry Crouch was born at Brightling, Sussex in 1885, the son of George and Alice Crouch. The family moved to Tonbridge in about 1900 and by the time of the 1911 census George Henry was working as a carman for the laundry. In that same year he married Nellie Lucas and lived in Vale Road Tonbridge. He attested as Private G/4838 in the East Kent Regiment on 1st December 1914 at Tonbridge. He went to France on 12th May 1915 and served with the 2nd Battalion. He was wounded in action on the 25th May and had his leg amputated in hospital; he died of his wounds on 30th May 1915, just 18 days after his arrival in France. He is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

George Henry Scudder

George Henry Scudder was born in Dartford, the son of George and Mary Scudder. Married in 1934, he was the husband of Gladys Scudder (née Tucker) 38 Sussex Road. He served as Aircraftman 1st Class, service number 933690, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 7th November 1944 and is remembered on Singapore Memorial. George Sims was born in South Stoneham, Hampshire in 1920, the son of George and Rosina Sims. He was the husband of Emmeline Ann Sims (née le Fevre) whom he married in Tonbridge in 1941. He served as Lance Corporal, service number 1892597, Royal Engineers 74 Field Coy. He died on 23rd November 1944 and is buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery.

George James Baldwin

George James Baldwin BEM was born in 1904 in Tonbridge, the son of Ernest and Emily Baldwin of 34 Danvers Road. He served as Lance Corporal in the Royal Engineers, service number 14295565. He died on 1st September 1945 and is buried in Bologna War Cemetery. George William Baldwin was born in 1917 in Tonbridge, the son of Albert and Matilda Baldwin. He served as Sapper, service number 1923394, in the Royal Engineers 162 Rly Constr Coy. He died on 5th May 1945 and is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. James Baldwin was born in about 1876, probably at Oxted, Surrey. He married Harriet Sherlock at Tonbridge in 1896 and subsequently had two children. In 1901 he was working as a general labourer, by 1911 he was working as a labourer at the Powder Works. He enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment Private GS/4643 1st Battalion, on the 23rd November 1914 at Maidstone; he had previous military experience with the 3rd RWK. At the time of enlistment he was recorded as living at 1 Peach Hall High Street Tonbridge. He went to France on the 12th May 1915 and was killed in action on the 22nd July 1916; he has no known grave and is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial.

George James Gainsford

George James Gainsford was born in High Brooms in 1910, the son of Thomas and Florence Gainsford. Married in Tonbridge in 1932, he was the husband of Rose Ellen Gainsford (née Hooker). He served as Driver, service number T/250436, in Royal Army Service Corps 47th Inf. Bde. Coy. He died on 28th August 1944 and is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery.

George James Saunders

George James Saunders was born in 1918 in Tonbridge. He was the husband of Mrs Ann Saunders (née Lackner) of Woodside Road. He served as Sergeant W.Op./Air Gnr, service number 1381689, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 180 Sqdn. He died on 26th November 1943 and is buried in Cherbourg Old Communal Cemetery.

George Mankelow

George Mankelow was born in Tonbridge in 1893, son of William and Annie. In 1911 recorded as living at 9, Dernier Road. He and was a domestic servant before joining the army; he appears to have served with the Hunts cyclist Battalion as Private 2382 & West Yorkshire Regiment 11th Battalion as Private 52411. On 15th October 1917 he was killed in action and is remembered on the Tyne Cot memorial.

George Martin

George Martin was born in Tonbridge in 1888, son of George and Ellen. In 1911 recorded as living at 16, St Stephens Street and working as a carter for a coal merchant. George joined the Middlesex Regiment and he was awarded the military medal for constant bravery in the field. The medal, being received by his parents, after his death. He was working as a stretcher bearer and even after receiving gunshot wounds to his arm he continued to carry the wounded under heavy fire. He received treatment for his wounds on 11th August 1918 and returned to the front on 24th where he was killed in action. He is buried in Douchy-Les-Ayette British cemetery.

George Richard Fuller

George Richard Fuller was born in 1881 in West Hoathly, to Richard and Elizabeth. In 1911 his parents were living at 107 Priory Road and in 1914 when he enlisted as Private GS 4560 Royal West Kent Regt he was living at Well Place, Penshurst and working as a labourer. He went overseas on 26th January 1915 and received a gun shot would to his leg and was sent home to recover. He was posted to Basrah on 13th May 1916. He died of enteric fever on 17th August 1916 and is buried at Basrah war cemetery.

George Richardson

George Richardson (Gerry) was born in Tonbridge in 1890, son of James and Catherine. By 1911 the family were living at 10 Holford Street but George had already joined the Royal West Kent Regiment 1st Battalion at the age of 17. He served for 4 years then subsequently worked at Barming Asylum. At the outbreak of the war he rejoined his regiment as Private L/8302 and was part of the BEF fighting at the Battle of Mons, however on 28th October 1914 he was killed in action. He remembered on Le Touret memorial.

George Samuel Standen

George Samuel Standen was born in Tonbridge in 1885, the son of Samuel and Annie. In 1901 he and his brother, John Richard (see next entry) were living with the rest of the family at 78 Priory Road and George was employed as a grocer's assistant. By 1911 he had left home and was working, still as a grocer's assistant, in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester. In 1912 he married Ellen Elizabeth Cox at Chorlton. He served as Private 19465 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards and was killed in action on 11th September 1917. He is buried at Artillery Wood Cemetery.

George Wildish

George Wildish was born in Wouldham in 1878, the son of Isaac and Ann Eliza. George may have seen service first during the Second Boer War 1899 - 1902, serving as Private 4990, 19th Prince of Wales Own Hussars. In 1906 he married Minnie Lavinia Killick [sister of Herbert Arthur Killick] at Tonbridge. By the time of the 1911 census George and his family were living at 100 Grosvenor Road, Aldershot and he was working as an officer's groom. He also appears to have pre-war service in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps as Private SE/1032. He was mobilised in August 1914 and served as Gunner 156167 Royal Field Artillery, entering France on 25th November 1914. He was serving with the 20th Division Ammunition Column when he died on 26th March 1917. He is buried at Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte. Minnie Lavinia had returned to live in Tonbridge at 113 Vale Road.

Godfrey Peter Dalton Arkwright

Godfrey Peter Dalton Arkwright was born in 1922 in East Grinstead, the son of Charles Arkwright and Doris Roberts (formerly Arkwright) of The Drive, Tonbridge. He served as Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, service number 281839. He died on 17th July 1944 and is buried is Saint Manvieu War Cemetery, Normandy.

Gordon Alfred Bathurst

Gordon Alfred Bathurst was born in 1922 in Tonbridge, the son of Alfred Charles and Dorothy Bathurst, of Baltic Road. He served as Trooper, service number 7959631, in the Royal Armoured Corps 1st East Riding Yeomanry He died on 19th July 1944 and is buried in Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, and remembered in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Gordon Frank Springate

Gordon Frank Springate was born in Tonbridge in 1920, the son of Frank and Edith Elizabeth Springate, of King's Road. Married in 1944, hHe was the husband of Priscilla Springate (née Bates). He served as Aircraftman 2nd Class, service number 1628953, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 26th February 1946 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended The Judd School.

Gordon Reginald Powling

Gordon Reginald Powling was born in Tonbridge in 1925, the son of Reginald Cecil and Nellie Powling, of 139 Pembury Road. He served as Lance Corporal, service number 14593066, Royal Corps of Signals. He died on 19th February 1946 and is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. He previously attended The Judd School.

Gordon Victor Frank Johnson

Gordon Victor Frank Johnson was born in Hastings in 1921, the son of Frank Percival (Capt TA) and Ellen Johnson, of Hadlow Road. He served as Gunner, service number 1592717, Royal Artillery 205 Bty, 89 H.A.A. Regt. He died on 26th or 27th April 1941 and is remembered on Athens Memorial. He previously attended The Judd School. R Johnson - possibly Ronald, born c1922, son of Mr G Johnson of Preston Road. Served in RAMC (discharged on ill health then subsequently died). He died on 9th January 1943. He previously attended The Judd School. No further information

Hannah Weller

Hannah Weller Relict of Henry Weller of Brenchley Gent died the 11th day of September [1736]

Harold Augustus Hodges

Harold Augustus Hodges was born in Mansfield, Nottingham in 1886. His parents were William and Augusta who resided in Bromley by the time of his death. In 1911 Harold was working as a house tutor at Tonbridge School and lived in the school house. In 1918 he joined the Monmouthshire Regiment 3rd Battalion as a Captain; he was twice mentioned in dispatches and was killed in action on 24th March 1918 in France and is buried at Roye New British cemetery.

Harold Austen

Harold Austen. No record for a Harold Austen with a connection to Tonbridge has been found - all references seem to be for Harold Edward Austen - see next entry. Harold Edward Austen was born in 1894 in Tonbridge, the second of two children born to Charles Edward and Emma Elizabeth Austen. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 5 The Crescent (Havelock Road). Before enlisting on 10th June 1915 he worked as a clerk for Messrs Freer and Brown, solicitors. He served initially with the Buffs [Sergeant 2520], then was transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles. He was a Sergeant [40155] with the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action at Messines Ridge in France on the 7th June 1917. He is buried at Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery.

Harold Edward Buss

Harold Edward Buss was born at Tonbridge in 1895, the son of Thomas and Isabella Buss. In 1911 is recorded as living in London Road Hildenborough. Before the war he worked as a leather cutter. He served as Driver 168882, 9th Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in action by an enemy shell on the 28th March 1917. He is buried in Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras.

Harold Edward Pitson

Harold Edward Pitson (Edward Harold) was born in Sturry in 1911, the son of Samuel and Ada Pitson. He was the husband of Anne Pitson, (née Hitchman) whom he married in 1934. He served as Driver, serial number T/158079, Royal Army Service Corps 9 Res. M.T. Coy. He died on 17th June 1940 on troopship HMT Lancastria and is remembered on Dunkirk Memorial and also in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Harold Parks

Harold Parks was born in Tonbridge in 1896, son of Frank and Adelaide. In 1911 he was recorded as living at Avune Cottage nr Tinley Lodge, Hildenborough, and working as a cowman. He joined the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, as Private 200413. He died of wounds on 1st June 1918 and is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.

Harold Richard Johnson

Harold Richard Johnson was born in Tonbridge in 1889, the son of William and Isabel. In 1901 he lived at124 Pembury Road but by 1911 he was living at Fulwich Road, Dartford and working as a telegraph linesman for the South Eastern and Chatham railway. On 11th December 1913 he obtained his aviator's certificate on a Caudron biplane at Hendon and was one of the first aviators to alight at Tonbridge at Cage Farm Meadow along with Mr. F Godden. He joined the Royal Flying Corps 3rd squadron as a Lieutenant and was involved in many air duels. On 19th January 1916 the plane crashed in high winds, killing him instantly. He is buried at Lapugnoy Military cemetery.

Harold William Golding

Harold William Golding was born in Plaxtol in 1892, the son of Edwin Cecil and Gertrude Mary. In 1911 the family were living at 64 Dry Hill Park Road. Harold attended Tonbridge School. He enlisted in August 1914 initially with 28th London regiment as Private 1522, and was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant on 10th November 1914, in the Army Service Corps. He was then promoted to Captain and attached to the Light Infantry Brigade. He was mentioned in dispatches, and killed in action on 31st October 1918. He is buried at Romeries Communal Cemetery extension.

Harry Alec Beach

Harry Alec Beach was born in Tonbridge in 1898, the son of Charles and Selina Beach. He enlisted as Private G/6365 on the 11th May 1915 in 1st Battalion East Kent Regiment - The Buffs, at this time he lived in Lavender Hill. He went to France on 30th May 1916. He was wounded on the Somme on 23rd September 1916, then returned to his unit on 8th January 1917. In the Spring of 1917 he was hospitalised in France for a month with shell shock, but again returned to his unit. He was killed in action by shell fire on 23rd March 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Harry Charles Kerrigan

Harry Charles Kerrigan was born in Croydon in 1903, the son of Ernest Charles and Rose Ada Kerrigan of 35 Uridge Road. He served as Able Seaman In Merchant Navy S.S. Brandenburg (Leith). He died on 10th February 1941 and is remembered on Tower Hill Memorial and in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Harry Gear

Harry Gear was born in Tonbridge in 1887, the son of Lewis and Mary Ann Gear. In 1911 the family were living at 11 Bank Street Tonbridge and Harry was working as a coal merchant clerk. He served as Private 41651 1st/7th Battalion Worstershire regiment. He was gassed on 18th April 1918 and sent home; he recovered and rejoined his regiment in Italy where he was killed in action on 31st October 1918 at Barenthal. Buried at Barenthal Military cemetery.

Harry James Gammon

Harry James Gammon was born in 1914 in Tonbridge, the son of Frank and Lily Gammon, of 3 Albert Road. Married in 1939 in Aldershot, he was the husband of Eileen M. Gammon (née Allen). He served as Warrant Officer Class II, service number 6345297, in Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 4th Bn. He died on 1st January 1944 and is buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma. He previously attended St Stephen's school.

Harry John Jenner

Harry John Jenner was born in Malling in 1916, the son of Edward John and Florence Emily Jenner. He was the husband of Ivy Lilian Jenner (née Giles) whom he married in Tonbridge in 1938. He served as Private, service number T/160974, in Royal Army Service Corps 235 Corps Troops Coy. He died on 7th January 1943 and is remembered on Brookwood Memorial.

Harry Joseph Clifton

Harry Joseph Clifton was born in Tunbridge Wells in 1875, the son of John and Fanny Clifton. He spent his early life in Tonbridge. The family were at 11 Baltic Road in 1881. He became a toolsmith in adult life and lived in Wandsworth, where he married Elizabeth Goodwin in 1899. He served as Private 16555 in the 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment and died on 17th July 1917. He is buried at the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Harcourt. His wife Elizabeth subsequently remarried and lived at 138 Vale Road, Tonbridge.

Harry Milton Cobb

Harry Milton Cobb was born at Saltwood in 1882, the son of Harry and Mary Cobb. In the mid-1880s the family moved to Tonbridge and in 1908 Harry married Mabel Slaughter at Tonbridge and lived in Sussex Road. Before the war Harry worked as an assistant for a fruiter and greengrocer. He served initially with the Army Service Corps [Private T/292922] and then with the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment as Private 59640. He was reported missing in March 1918 near St Quentin; later reported as killed in the 21st March 1918. He is buried at Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.

Harry Pearson

Harry Pearson was born in Tonbridge in 1892. In 1901 he was living with his widowed mother Fanny and siblings at 93 Shipbourne Road. In December 1909 he joined the merchant service as a boy apprentice and from November 1910 he was an ordinary seaman serving with the Royal Navy. He served on many ships and from September1916 was on HMS Vanguard. Just before midnight on 9th July 1917 one of the magazines blew up taking over 800 crew down. Harry's body was never recovered. He is remembered on the Chatham Naval memorial.

Hector Hugh Hoadley

Hector Hugh Hoadley was born in Battle in 1888, the son of Benjamin and Clara. In 1901 Hector was employed as a page boy in the household of Richard Bevan, a surgeon at Hammersmith. In 1911 he was a corporal in the 2nd Royal West Kent Regiment, at time of enlistment was living in Tonbridge and married to May Catherine Tratt. During the Great War he was promoted to Sergeant 8155. He died in Basra on 24 th July 1915 and is buried in Basra War cemetery.

Henry Austen

Henry Austen was a grandson of Elizabeth Weller and a cousin of Jane's father George. Born in 1726, he was educated at Tonbridge School, being Head Boy when his cousin George was lower in the school, so they must have known each other. Like George he became a clergyman, serving in several parishes, the last of which was West Wickham, where his clerical career ended in some controversy when he adopted Unitarian views. Among his various homes was one in Tonbridge High Street called Fosse Bank (No. 182, now replaced with an office block.) His wife was the daughter of John Hooker, Lord of the Manor of Tonbridge. Henry Austen's daughter Elizabeth Matilda married a Mr Harrison of Southampton, and was known to Jane Austen and her mother and sister when they lived in that city from 1806-9. A small portrait of this lady, shown here, was presented to Tonbridge Historical Society by one of her descendants. If Jane Austen ever paid a visit to Tonbridge it is likely to have been to Henry's house when Jane was young. There are memorials to Henry, his wife and two sons in the parish church.

Henry Barton

Henry Barton was born in 1899 at Southborough, the son of William and Harriet Barton. The family lived in Tonbridge from 1901 onwards. In 1901 they were at 64 Woodside Road and in 1911 at Bloodshotts Cottage, Tonbridge. Henry served as Private 495259 with the 13th Battalion of the London Regiment and though details of his service are not known, he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and so must have seen active service. He died of sickness on 7th June 1919 and is buried in Beirut War Cemetery.

Henry Bertram Stokoe

Henry Bertram Stokoe was born in Tonbridge in 1893, the son of Henry and Annie Esther. The family lived in Park House, Dry Hill Road, Tonbridge from the early 1890s and Henry senior was a housemaster at Tonbridge School, where Henry junior was a pupil from 1908 until 1913. After leaving school Henry was an undergraduate at Oriel College, Oxford when war was declared. He obtained a commission in the 6th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and went out to France in May 1915. He was effectively in command of "A" Company of his Battalion following heavy losses in September 1915 and held the rank of [temporary] Captain. He was killed in action on 12th October 1915 at St Eloi, Flanders. He is buried at Elzenwalle Brasserie Cemetery.

Henry Bottle

Henry Bottle was born at Ticehurst in 1895, the son of William Henry and Caroline Bottle. In 1911 recorded as living in Barns Street Golden Green. He was a farm labourer and in March 1914 he was one of the men taken from the UK by the New Zealand Government Immigration Department to work on farms in New Zealand. On the outbreak of the war he enlisted, Private 6/1470, in the Third Reinforcements of the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces. Henry Bottle was shot on 20th May 1915 whilst landing from HMT Galeka - part of the landing force at Gallipoli. He died of his wound on board the ship and was subsequently buried at sea.

Henry Charles Duvall

Henry Charles Duvall was born in Southborough in 1889, the son of William and Elizabeth Duvall. By the time of the 1911 census the family were living at Houselands Road and Henry Charles was employed as a crystallite worker, probably making billiard balls. He later worked as a roadman for Kent County Council. On 12th August 1914 at the Drill Hall, Tonbridge he attested for service as Private 2851 Royal West Kent Regiment. On 18th July 1915 he left England, arriving at Gallipoli on 1st August 1915 with the 2nd/4th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment. He died of wounds on 10th October 1915 and is buried at Alexandria Military and War Memorial Cemetery.

Henry Charles Sinden

Henry Charles Sinden (This maybe the CB Sinden remembered on the wall.) He was born in Tonbridge 1893, son of Harry and Frances Sinden and older brother of Alfred John Sinden. Charles, as he was known, lived with his parents at Buich yard, 2 Drayton Road, Lavender Hill, and worked as a farm labourer. He joined the Royal Navy the same day as his brother (known as John) and they were posted to HMS Vanguard. Due to an accidental explosion on 9th July 1917 at Scapa Flow the ship sank, killing an estimated 843 men including the Sinden brothers. He is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Henry Clark

Henry Clark was born at Peasmarsh, Sussex in 1882, the son of Henry and Emily Clark. At some point after 1911 Henry, his wife Mary Irene, and their four children moved to Havelock Road, Tonbridge. Henry served as Private 42191, 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, and before that as Private 22798 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment. He died on 31st August 1918, his entry in the Parish Church Memorial Book states: "Killed by a hand grenade during a night attack". He is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial.

Henry Edwin Newton

Henry Edwin Newton was born in Tonbridge in 1894, son of Henry and Adelaide. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 17, Woodside Road and was working as a telegraph clerk for south eastern railway. He joined Royal Air Force in July 1915 service number 6746 and was attached to the 3rd squadron Australian flying corps. He was promoted to first class air mechanic while serving in France and was once recommended for ‘gallantry in the field'. He was poisoned by gas and died on 30th May 1918. He is buried in Crouy cemetery Crouy-Sur-Somme.

Henry George Dunham

Henry George Dunham was born in Bridport, Dorset in 1874, the son of Henry Symes and Georgina Dunham. He was married to Sarah Elizabeth Burton, a widow with two children, in the September quarter of 1899 at Croydon. By the time of the 1901 census both he and his parents lived, in separate households, at St John's Grove, Croydon; both he and his father were working for an ironmonger's firm. At some point before the 1911 census Henry senior and family moved to Goldsmid Road, Tonbridge; Henry George and his family appears to have remained at St John's Grove, Croydon. On 11th September 1914 Henry George enlisted as Private, later promoted to sergeant, 536 East Surrey Regiment, serving initially with the 3rd and lastly with the 7th Battalion. On 1st December 1915 he went to France. He was killed in action on 12th March 1916; he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Henry Dunmall - not identified (possibly the son of George and Sarah Dunmall of Swanscombe who served as Private 187 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment and who died of wounds on 26th October 1916. - no known link to Tonbridge).

Henry George Gabriel

Henry George Gabriel served with the Red Cross - no Red Cross cards found - but his Medal Index Card shows that he landed in France on 23rd September 1914. He was awarded the 1914 Star for his work with the Red Cross in France. He was born in 1879 at Tonbridge and was a bricklayer by trade. He later served as a Sapper in France - details here. He also served at some point with the Tonbridge fire service

Henry James Martin

Henry James Martin of 6 Castle View, The Slade, Tonbridge was age 43 when he joined the Red Cross having served as a fireman at Tonbridge. He joined on 23rd October 1914 and served as in France until 23rd July 1915 as an ambulance orderly. He was born at Wateringbury, Kent in 1869, the son of Henry and Caroline [May] Martin. He, his wife Ellen, and two daughters were living at 6, The Slade in 1911, and Henry was employed as a carter by Tonbridge Urban District Council; he had previously worked as a brewer's drayman.

Henry James Wells

Henry James Wells was born in c1913 and was the husband of Rebecca (née Burrows) whom he married in Tonbridge in 1936. He served as Lance Corporal, service number 6341954, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 1st Bn. He died on 22nd May 1940 and is buried in Nieppe-Bois (Rue-du-Bois British Cemetery), Vieux-Berquin, France.

Henry Jephson Hilary

Henry Jephson Hilary was born in Tonbridge in 1875, to Henry and Alice. They resided at 22 Dryhill Road as Henry senior was a maths master at Tonbridge School where his, the son attended. He married Isobel and they lived in Calcutta India where he served as secretary to the Port Commission and later became Vice Chairman and a member of the Bengal Legislative Council. Henry served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery 17th Brigade, he died of wounds on 2nd June 1917. He is buried Duisans British cemetery Etrun.

Henry John Weatherburn

Henry John Weatherburn was born in Tonbridge in 1899, the son of Henry and May. The family are recorded as living at 17 Hectorage Road. After leaving school, Henry worked for Messrs Roland Stagg Ltd. As soon as he was 18, in 1917, he enlisted as Private 70276 7th Battalion Royal West Surrey Regiment. He went to France in March 1918 and was killed in action the following month, on 26th April 1918. He is buried in Hangard Wood British Cemetery.

Henry Kent Axelby

Henry Kent Axelby [aka Henry Kent Brunning] was born in Preston in 1895 and was the adopted son of John and Louisa Brunning recorded as living in Lavender Hill. Before he enlisted in September 1914, Private G/1547, 7th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment, he worked for the Tonbridge Free Press as an apprentice compositor. He was mortally wounded on 3rd July 1916 by shell fire whilst acting as a stretcher bearer and died, despite all that could be done, at the dressing station. He is buried at Carnoy Military Cemetery.

Henry Puzey

Henry Puzey (Pusey) was born in Tonbridge in 1883, son of James and Rosella. He married Amy Louisa Ireland in 1903 and in 1911 they were lodging with the Saunders family at 13 Hawden Road, and he was working as a stoker for the urban council. He joined the Cheshire Regiment as Private 19000 and first served in France in September 1915. He was killed in action on 22nd October 1917. At the time of his death his wife was recorded at 16 Priory Grove. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot memorial.

Henry Richard Bennett

Henry Richard Bennett was born at Chislehurst in 1896, the son of Henry Edward and Agnes Mary Bennett. He attended Tonbridge School, leaving in 1915 to go to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. He was then gazetted as a lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery later that same year. At the time of his death in a French hospital on 4th August 1918 he was serving with the Royal Horse Artillery, 3rd Cavalry Division. He is buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery.

Henry Snaith Duval

Henry Snaith Duval was born in Edmonton, Middlesex in 1911, the son of Walter John and Caroline Augusta Duval of Stradbrook, Lyons Crescent. Married in Croydon in 1934, he was the husband of Betty Duval (née Snelgrove) of Forest Row. He served as Lieut-Commander in Royal Navy H.M.S. Highflyer. He died on 7th May 1945 and is buried in Trincomalee War Cemetery, Sri Lanka.

Henry Stephen Harding

Henry Stephen Harding was born in Elham Folkestone in 1899, the son of George and Amelia. In 1911 recorded as living at 51 St Stephens Street he was employed by Tonbridge Urban council prior to joining the Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment 1st battalion as Private 25956. He was wounded in conflict and died from these wounds on 25th October 1918 and is buried in Awoigt British Cemetery.

Henry William Archibald Hill

Henry William Archibald Hill was born in Tonbridge in 1894, to Henry and Amelia, recorded as living at 11 High Street. In 1911 Henry was 16 and employed as a footman in the household of Francis Streeten, High Hilden, London Road, Tonbridge. In 1915 he joined the Grenadier Guards as Private 21166 and served in France. He was killed on 27th November 1917 and is remembered on Cambrai memorial Louverval. Bethal Hitchcock was born in 1895 in Tonbridge, the son of Bethal and Annie. In 1911 they are recorded as living at 32 Garden Road and he worked as an apprentice printer machinist for Trustcotts, printers. Bethal enlisted for Kent Cyclist Corps in December 1913. Private Hitchcock absented himself without leave on 2nd October 1915 and was submitted as a deserter. However it is not clear what happened thereafter but records show Bethal (Bert) continued to serve as a Gunner in Royal Garrison Artillery. He continued to earn respect and was recommended for the Military Medal for gallantry in action. He died of wounds on 25th April 1917 and has a grave at Bully-Grenay communal cemetery British ext.

Henry William Barling

Henry William Barling was born at Maidstone in 1875, the son of William and Ann Barling. He joined the Royal Navy on 9th December 1895 as a Stoker. He worked his way up and on 1st July 1913 had risen to the rank of Chief Stoker, serving on HMS Vanguard. In 1906 he married Frances Matilda Pilcher at Sheppey; the couple had two children and lived in Sheerness (although his parents lived in Landsdown Road Tonbridge). On 30th July 1914 he joined HMS Aboukir as Chief Stoker. On 22nd September 1914 his ship, and another two ships, were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boats whilst on patrol. Henry Barling was seen to be clinging to a piece of wreckage after the ship sank, but gave up his hold in favour of another stoker who was having difficulty keeping afloat. He was not seen again. He is recorded on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Henry Frederick Bartholomew was born in Tunbridge Wells in 1891 the eldest child of nine born to Henry and Amelia Bartholomew. In 1911 the family were living at Priory Road, Tonbridge, and Henry Frederick was working as a compositor for Whitefriars Press. He enlisted at Tonbridge in September 1914 in the Royal West Kent Regiment and was eventually a Sergeant, G/1532, in the 7th Battalion. He married Dora Leigh at Tonbridge in 1915. He was killed in action at Trones Wood on 18th July 1916; he has no known grave and is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial.

Henry William Batchelor

Henry William Batchelor was born 1894 in Tonbridge, the son of James and Alice Batchelor of St. Mary's Road. In 1915 he married Annie Henrietta Batchelor (née Church). He served as Bombardier, service number 2058328, in the Royal Artillery 305 Bty. 27 Searchlight Regt. He died on 30th October 1940 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended The Judd School.

Henry William Bourne Palin

Henry William Bourne Palin was born in Linton in 1884, son of Edward and Brita. In 1891 lived in Herefordshire' however Henry's widowed mother moved to Tonbridge by 1916, as she was listed on New Zealand papers. Henry had moved to NZ in 1912 and was a farmhand who at the outbreak of the war had joined the Canterbury Regiment of the New Zealand Expeditionary force. He rose to the rank of Lance Corporal service number 6/319 and was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme on 27th September 1916 he is remembered on Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) memorial.

Henry William Savage

Henry William Savage was born in Tonbridge in 1891, the son of James and Elizabeth. In 1901 the family lived at 62 St Mary's Road. James was then an Inspector in the Tonbridge Police and Henry was at school. After leaving school Henry worked as a jeweller and in 1911 he was boarding at 2 Guilford Road, Tunbridge Wells. He joined the West Kent Yeomanry and saw service at Gallipoli and the Gaza Front. He subsequently transferred to the Royal Air Force, training at Cairo and then serving in France. He was a Lieutenant in the 21st Squadron RAF when, on returning from patrol on 14th August 1918, his plane was in collision with a balloon cable and he and his observer were killed in the resulting crash. He is buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery.

Herbert Arthur Killick

Herbert Arthur Killick was born in Tonbridge in 1887, son of William and Lavina. In 1901 they were living at 17 Pembury Grove and he was working as an errand boy. In 1912 he married Lucy Thomas in Tonbridge. At the time of death she was living at 37 Meadow Road. He joined the Royal Engineers 497th Field coy and on 30th November was captured as a POW. Sergeant Killick died at number 3 reserve Lazaret Hamburg. He is buried in Hamburg cemetery.

Herbert Cecil Groves

Herbert Cecil Groves of 98 Hadlow Road, Tonbridge joined as a clerk age 26 on 26th January 1917, serving until 29th March 1919 at Netley Red Cross Hospital. He was born in 1891 at East Peckham, a son of Herbert William and Emily [Stevens] Groves. In 1911, he was living with his parents and younger brother at High Street, Hadlow and employed as an apprentice printer. He died on 16th September 1960 at Tonbridge. Herbert George Gunner of 97 High Street, Tonbridge joined age 36 years on 22/01/1917 to 10/02/1919 as a Stores Clerk, serving at B.R.C. Hospital, Netley, and then B.R.C Stores, in charge of store Pall Mall, from 20th August 1917 until demobilisation. He was born in 1882 at Tonbridge, a son of George Turk Gunner and his wife, Frances Sarah Weller. In 1911, he was living at 97 -101, High Street, Tonbridge, with his wife, Edith May [Robertson], and their son. He was the manager and buyer of the well-known Gunner's general drapery shop at that address. He died in 1972 at Tonbridge.

Herbert Donald Baldwin

Herbert Donald Baldwin was born in Tonbridge in 1891 the son of Charles and Jane Baldwin. He married Elizabeth Amy Evans at Lewisham in 1915, and recorded as living at 40 Quarry Hill. He served in the Yeomanry prior to the war and subsequently from May 1915 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 156th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. He was hit by a shell near Mametz Wood on the 18th July 1916 and lived for about an hour, despite receiving medical attention. He is buried at Heilly Station Military Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe.

Herbert Draper

Herbert Draper was born in Southborough in 1894, the son of William and Sarah Draper. Before enlisting at Tonbridge he worked as a cricket ball maker. He joined the Kent Fortress Royal Engineers as Sapper 1359. He married Ethel Esther Avery at Tonbridge on 17th January 1918 and they lived at 116 Lavender Hill. He died of pneumonia following influenza. The doctor gave the opinion that his physical strength had been much weakened by an illness he had contracted whilst on active service. He died on 10th November 1919 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Herbert Edward Samuel Catmull

Herbert Edward Samuel Catmull was born in 1916 in Tonbridge, the son of Herbert and Rose Agnes Catmull, of St. Mary's Road. Married in Tonbridge in 1939, he was the husband of Gladys Mildred Celia Catmull (née Burr). He served as Corporal, service number 6348570, in Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 6th Bn. He died on 17th November 1942 and is buried in Tabarka Ras Rajel War Cemetery, Tunisia. He was educated at Sussex Road School.

Herbert George Holness

Herbert George Holness was born in Peckham in 1900, the son of Herbert and Henrietta Sarah Holness. Married in 1926, he was the husband of Hilda Holness, (née Masey) of 27 Forest Grove. He served as Chief Stoker, service number C/K 47054. in Royal Navy H.M.S. Veteran. He died on 26th September 1942 and is remembered on Chatham Naval Memorial.

Herbert George Reed

Herbert George Reed was born in Tonbridge in 1896, the son of William and Ellen Reed. In 1911 they were living at 92 Woodside Road and William was working as a grocer's shop assistant. He enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment, 6th Bn, as Private G/391in June 1916. He was killed in action on 3rd July 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. By the end of the war the family had moved to 67 Priory Road, Tonbridge.

Herbert Honess

Herbert Honess was born 1892 in Malling, the son of David and Evangeline. In 1911 they were living at 36 Woodside Road and he was working as a plumber. He joined the Royal Navy as Stoker K/18559 and was aboard HMS Kale when it struck a mine on 27th March 1918. He is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Herbert James Brotherwood

Herbert James Brotherwood was born at Tonbridge in 1895, the son of Edward and Lidia Brotherwood. In 1911 he was living with his widowed mother and brothers at 10 Hawden Road, Tonbridge; he worked as an errand boy for an outfitter's shop. He enlisted at Tonbridge as Private G/15559 7th Battalion The Buffs [East Kent Regiment]. He was killed in action on 12th October 1917 and is buried at Cement House Cemetery.

Herbert Moon

Herbert Moon was born in Tonbridge in 1883, son of James and Caroline. In 1911 he was living with his mother and step father James Thompson in Hectorage Cottage, Goldsmid Road. In 1912 Herbert married Charlotte Shaw and is recorded as living at 4, Lambs Bank Quarry Hill. He was employed by Mr Hawes, fishmonger and poulterer and then held the position of chauffeur to Mr Freeland before joining the Army Service Medical Corps, Mechanical Transport in May 1916. He obtained promotion to corporal M2/183498. He contracted pneumonia whilst on active service and died on 22nd June 1918 he is buried in Terlincthun British cemetery Wimille. Herbert James Moon was born in Tonbridge in 1890, son of George and Mary. In 1911 recorded as living at Highfield Farm, London Road and was working as a gardener. He joined West Kent Regiment as Private TF/2584 later transferring to The Buffs. He was killed in action on16th January 1917 and is remembered on the Basra memorial.

Herbert Pettitt

Herbert Pettitt was born in Tonbridge in 1897, son of Percy and Harriet. In 1911 the family are recorded as living at Hilden Park and he was working as a milk carrier with his father on the farm. He served with the Hampshire Regiment 2nd Battalion as Private 14510 and he was posted to the Balkans in April 1915 . He died in Gallipoli from wounds on 3rd January 1916 and is buried at Pieta Military cemetery.

Herbert Preston

Herbert Preston, born in c1920, was the foster son of Mrs Alice Trill, of 7 Caistor Road. He served as Able Seaman, service number C/JX 197633, Royal Navy H.M.S. Arethusa. He died on 18th November 1942 and is remembered on Chatham Naval Memorial.

Herbert William Evans

Herbert William Evans [brother of George Cecil Evans] was born in Tunbridge Wells in 1889, the son of Harry and Sophia Evans. By 1911 Herbert had left home and was working as a printer compositor in Bow. He returned to Tonbridge in 1913 to marry Ada E. Joy; he then worked for Whitefriars Press. On the 8th September 1914 he attested for service at Tonbridge as Private G/2211 7th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment. He was posted as missing in March 1918 and later reported to have died from his wounds as a prisoner at Sains du Nord on 6th April 1918. That information did not reach his wife and family until March 1919. He is buried at Sains du Nord Cemetery.

Holger Wynne Hansen-Raae MC

Holger Wynne Hansen-Raae MC was born in c1917 in Italy, the son of Holger Andreas Hansen-Raae and Florence Delia Hansen-Raae. He was the husband of May Chalmers Hansen-Raae, (née Lindesay) whom he married in Tonbridge in 1941. He served as Major, service number 121836, In Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 1st Bn. He died on 14th May 1944 and is buried in Cassino War Cemetery.

Holman Stephens

Holman Stephens never married. He died in a Dover Hotel in 1931 and is buried in London at Brompton Cemetery. A Colonel Stephens Society was set up in 1985.

Horace Wickenden

Horace Wickenden was born in Tonbridge in 1886, the son of Thomas and Sarah. In 1901 the family lived at 8 Danvers Road and Horace was working as a painter's apprentice with his father who was a painter and paper hanger. In 1907 Horace married Amy Emily Ray at Sevenoaks. Horace and his family have not been found in 1911. He enlisted at Tonbridge and served initially as Private G/130039 Royal Sussex Regiment, and later as Lance-Corporal G/40393 12th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. He died of wounds received in action on 7th December 1917 and is buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery.

Hubert Geoffrey Ives

Hubert Geoffrey Ives was born in Tonbridge in 1919, the son of Harry and Ethel Ives, of Orchard Drive. He served as Sergeant Air Gnr., service number 904303, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 24th August 1940 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Hubert Gordon Punnett

Hubert Gordon Punnett was born in Tonbridge in 1876, the son of George and Emily Punnett. In 1881 the family were living in ‘The Firs', Dry Hill Park Road but Hubert emigrated to Canada in 1898 and joined the Canadian Infantry 60th Bn as a Lieutenant in 1915. He died on 26th November 1916 and is buried at Nine Elms Military Cemetery, Thelus.

Hugh Stanley Cummings

Hugh Stanley Cummings was born at West Ham in 1875, son of Henry and Louise Cummings. The family lived in Tonbridge from about 1881 and in 1901 were living in Pembury Road, with Hugh working as a wine merchant's clerk. However he emigrated to Canada in 1904. He enlisted in the 88th Bn Victoria Fusiliers as Private 180026 in November 1915. He died on 5th March 1917 and is buried at Villers Station Cemetery.

Hugh Thomas Gurr

Hugh Thomas Gurr was born in 1892 in Brighton. In 1911 he was lodging at 25 Hawden Road and working as a farm labourer. It appears he joined the Royal West Kent Regiment but later transferred to 1st / 20th Battalion London regiment. He was killed in action on 1st October 1916 and is remembered on Theipval memorial.

Hugh Wilding-Jones

Hugh Wilding-Jones was born in Haywards Heath in 1896, the son of William and Ellen Maria Wilding-Jones. In 1911 the family were living at Gable House, Yardley Park Road, Tonbridge and Hugh was a student at Tonbridge School. After he left Tonbridge School he was an undergraduate at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, joining the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1916 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was wounded in the Somme campaign of 1917. By 1818 he was a Lieutenant serving with 3rd Battalion, but attached to 11th Battalion RWF. He died on 22nd September 1918 of wounds received the previous day in the advance against Bulgarian troops at Salonica. He is buried at Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria.

Hugh William Steven

Hugh William Steven was the son of Alexander and Mary Steven and husband of Beatrice Steven (née Smyth). He served as 2nd Lt, service number 165612, Royal Warwickshires. He died on 29the December 1941 and is remembered in Golders Green crematorium.

Hugo Wharncliffe Freeland

Hugo Wharncliffe Freeland was born in Tonbridge in 1896, the son of George and Laura. In 1911 he was a pupil at Bethany House boys School in Goudhurst, the family lived at Hill Rise Tonbridge, he joined the Royal Field Artillery in September 1914 and obtained a commission to 2nd Lieutenant, he was stationed initially at Plymouth and went to France in early 1915. He was killed in action on 14th August 1915. He is buried at Birr Cross Roads cemetery.

Humphrey Babington

Humphrey Babington was born at Tonbridge in 1884 the son of John and Emily Babington. He was educated at Tonbridge School, recorded as living at 88 Hadlow Road, and then employed as a clerk by the Union Bank of Australia in the UK. He emigrated to Australia in February 1914. He attested for service with the Australian Imperial Force on 19th August 1915 at Adelaide, Private 2973, and served with the 32nd Battalion. He was admitted to 5th Division Rest Station, 8th Australian Field Ambulance, on 27.4.17 suffering from bronchitis and debility, and was transferred to 9th Casualty Clearing Station on 1.5.17 but died the same day. His body was interred in the Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension, one mile north of Albert, France.

Humphrey Yule Chard

Humphrey Yule Chard was born in 1919 in Chelsea, the son of Lt-Col. William Wheaton Chard and Emily Maud Chard, of The Elms, Tonbridge. He served as Sergeant Pilot, service number 904176, in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 115 Sqdn. He died on 4th April 1941 and is buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Marham, Norfolk. He previously attended Yardley Court School and Eastbourne College.

I LOVE THEE

I love thee, as I love the calm Of sweet, star-lighted hours! I love thee, as I love the balm Of early jes'mine flow'rs. I love thee, as I love the last Rich smile of fading day, Which lingereth, like the look we cast, On rapture pass'd away. I love thee as I love the tone Of some soft-breathing flute Whose soul is wak'd for me alone, When all beside is mute. I love thee as I love the first Young violet of the spring; Or the pale lily, April-nurs'd, To scented blossoming. I love thee, as I love the full, Clear gushings of the song, Which lonely-sad-and beautiful- At night-fall floats along, Pour'd by the bul-bul forth to greet The hours of rest and dew; When melody and moonlight meet To blend their charm, and hue. I love thee, as the glad bird loves The freedom of its wing, On which delightedly it moves In wildest wandering. I love thee as I love the swell, And hush, of some low strain, Which bringeth, by its gentle spell, The past to life again. Such is the feeling which from thee Nought earthly can allure: 'Tis ever link'd to all I see Of gifted-high-and pure! Eliza Acton

J. Pusey

J. Pusey: on Slade School memorial as Jack Pusey. No link on CWGC to Tonbridge.

J. Walters

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Alfred Leslie Ware was born in Tonbridge in 1897, the son of William and Jane. The family are recorded as living at 122 St Mary's Road, in 1901 and number 170 in 1911. Alfred was a pupil at St Stephen's School and joined the army as soon as he was 17 years old. He served as Gunner 77693 in the Royal Field Artillery. He first went to France in July 1915 and was wounded in November 1916. He recovered and continued to serve. After a spell at home on leave he returned to France on 10th February 1918 and was killed in action on 26th March 1918 whilst serving with "D" Battery, 161st Brigade. He is buried at Bac-Du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleuval.

Jack (John) Palmer

Jack (John) Palmer was born in Tonbridge in 1897, son of Thomas and Rose. In 1911 recorded as living at 12 Lodge Road and working as a painter's apprentice. He joined the Gordon Highlands as Private 11040; He was twice wounded in the Battle of the Somme and was killed in action on 20th November 1917 and is remembered on the Cambrai memorial Louveral.

Jack Boorman

Jack Boorman was born at Tonbridge in 1890 the son of George and Caroline Boorman. Jack enlisted in the Rifle Brigade at Tonbridge on the 18th April 1907. He served for some years in India with the Rifle Brigade, returning to England on 22nd October 1914, and he was promoted to the rank of Corporal 2066 on 25th October 1914. He went to France on 5th November 1914 and then on the 5th February 1915 he was transferred to the Army Cycle Corps as Corporal 3288 8th Division Cyclist Company. At the time of his death his parents are recorded as living in Pembury Grove. He was killed in action on the 9th March 1915 and is buried at the Royal Irish Guards Graveyard, Laventie.

Jack Cripps

Jack Cripps was born at Tonbridge in 1874, the son of William and Elizabeth Cripps. He entered the Royal Navy, as a Boy 2nd Class, on 5th November 1890 serving on HMS Impregnable. He served in the Navy for the remainder of his life, moving through the ranks - Ordinary Seaman, Able Bodied, Leading Seaman, Petty Officer and Ship's Corporal. He joined HMS Formidable as Ship's Corporal 1st Class on 20th June 1913. He was killed on 1st January 1915 when HMS Formidable was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine with the loss of some 550 officers and men. He is commemorated on the Chatham Memorial. He left a widow, Frances Emma [Mockett] whom he had married at Sheppey on 5th November 1912, and address recorded as Chaucer Road Gilingham. At the time of his death his parents were living in Sussex Road Tonbridge.

Jack Dolding

Jack Dolding was born in Tonbridge in 1915, the son of George and Naomi Dolding. Married in Tonbridge in 1940, he was the husband of Ida May Dolding (née Lambert). He served as Lance Corporal, service number 6350640, in Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 5th Bn. He died on 13th September 1942 and is remembered on Alamein Memorial. W E Donovan - possibly William Edward, born in 1911. He married Annie Archer in 1934. He served as Aircraftman 1st Class, service number 1195390, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 115 Sqdn. He died on 17th September 1941 and is buried in Charlbury Cemetery, Oxfordshire.

Jack Gardner

Jack Gardner (brother of Albert) born in Brighton 1897, also adopted, the son of Frank and Annie. He attended Slade School and enlisted 6th March 1916 he served as Private 33125 10th Battalion Yorkshire regiment when he died. He was killed in action on 11th April 1917, struck by a shell. He is remembered on the Arras memorial.

Jack Leigh

Jack Leigh was born in Tonbridge in 1885, son of George and Jane. In 1911 recorded as living at 10, Waterloo Road and he was working as a builders labourer, he joined the Buffs- East Kent Regiment, as Private G/18744. In February 1917 he was wounded and sent to England to recover. In June he returned and on 11th July 1917 he was killed in action , he is remembered on the Arras memorial.

Jack Marsh

Jack Marsh was born in c1919, the son of George James Marsh and Rose Marsh, 6 The Avenue. He served as Driver, service number T/66015, in Royal Army Service Corps 4 Div. Petrol Coy. He died on 29th May 1940 and is remembered on Dunkirk Memorial.

Jack Twort

Jack Twort was born in Tonbridge in 1873, the son of Horace and Philadelphia. Jack joined the Royal Navy on 5th December 1892 as a Stoker 2nd Class and gradually worked his way up to the rank of Chief Stoker on HMS Tamer on 17th July 1912. He married Olive Winifred Couchman in 1904 at Sevenoaks. On 30th July 1914 Jack was transferred to the HMS Hogue and, in company with HMS Aboukir and HMS Cressy, was patrolling the North Sea on 22nd September 1914 when they encountered the German U-boat U9. U9 sank first HMS Aboukir and then HMS Hogue as she stopped to pick up survivors. Jack Twort and another Tonbridge man, Henry William Barling [HMS Aboukir] lost their lives. At the time of death his mother was living in Tonbridge.

James "Jack" Louis Conzina

James "Jack" Louis Conzina [occasionally "Counzina"] was born about 1880 in London, but his birth registration has not been found; he was the son of Giacomo and Marie Conzina. He married Alice Towner in 1915 at St Pancras; Alice had been born and lived in Tonbridge. Jack enlisted on 11th December 1915 at St Pancras, but was not called up until 15th June 1916 when he joined 3rd Battalion Norfolk Regiment as Private 20322. He went to France on 22nd December 1916 and served with the 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment from 29th December 1916. He was killed in action on 23rd April 1917 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. His widow and daughter were then resident at 164 Vale Road in Tonbridge.

James Adams

James Adams of 13, High Street Tonbridge served from 26th October 1914 until 28th February 1919 at Kent 74, Bidborough Court Hospital, Neville Park, Tunbridge Wells. He served full time as an Orderly. He was born at Capel on January 3rd 1867. In 1911, he and his wife Alice [Bridges] and their three children were living at 50, Lavender Hill, Tonbridge. He was employed as a sewage tank attendant by Tonbridge Urban District Council and died on 20th October 1944 at Tonbridge.

James Coulstock

James Coulstock [brother of Ernest ] was born at Red Hill in 1896, the son of Henry and Clara Coulstock. The family had lived in Tonbridge since at least the 1901 census. At the time of his death his parents were recorded as living in Norfolk Road, and had 5 sons serving. James had enlisted at Tonbridge as Private S/8620 1st Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment. He went to France on 7th December 1914 and died of his wounds on 18th June 1915. He is buried at Dickebusch New Military Cemetery.

James Douglas Steuart-Richardson

James Douglas Steuart-Richardson DFC was born in c1919, the son of Arthur George and Violet Steuart-Richardson (South Rhodesia) of New House, The Ridgeway, and grandson of Sir Patrick Manson GCMG. He served as Flight Lieutenant, service number 33465, Royal Air Force 53 Sqdn. He died on 28th December 1940 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended Tonbridge School. D A Swain - possibly Donald Arthur, born in West Ham in 1919, the son of Frederick Charles and Rose Kate Swain. He served as Flight Sergeant Air Gnr, service number 647531, in Royal Air Force 35 Sqdn. He died on 26th November 1943 and is buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.

James Edward Price

James Edward Price was born in Tottenham St Ann in 1890, son of James and Fanny. In 1901 recorded as living at 85 Quarry Hill, but at the time of death parents were living at 106 Pembury Road. He had attended Judd School and it appears he emigrated to Canada before 1911 as the family were still in Pembury Road (with a servant Ellen Pollington - sister of William Pollington above). He attested for the Canadian Infantry 47th Battalion in June 1915 as Private 629411. He suffered from frost bite that in turn led to trench foot which led to other complications that led to his death from tetanus poisoning. He died on 1 May 1917 age 29 and is buried in Tonbridge cemetery.

James Haddon Turner

James Haddon Turner was born in 1919, the son of Charles Haddon Turner and Norah Sheelah Shearburn Turner He served as Paymaster Lieutenant in Royal Navy H.M.S. Cormorant. He died on 25th September 1942 and is buried in Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery and remembered on a family grave in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

James Hoste Welldon

James Hoste Welldon was born in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] in 1898, the son of Charles and Mary. Charles Welldon was a tea planter in Sri Lanka. By 1911 the family had returned to England and were living at 23 Granville Road, Hove. At the time of the war the family were living at Beech Lawn, Tonbridge. James was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion The Buffs [East Kent Regiment]. He was initially thought to be wounded and taken prisoner, but later given as having died of his wounds on 30th November 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louveral.

James Keemer

James Keemer (believed to be Keemar) was born in Brighton in 1873, son of James and Anna of Colebrook Road High Brooms. In 1911 he lived at Warwick Road Tunbridge Wells and worked as a stationary engineer. He joined 8th battalion Bedfordshire Regiment as Private 33286 and died on 15th November 1917. He is buried in Leeds (Harehills) cemetery.

James McGrath

James McGrath was the son of George Blake and Noel Mcgrath of the Postern, Tonbridge. He served as 2nd Lt, service number 76611, Royal Fusiliers City of London. He died on 9th December 1940 and is buried in Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt.

James Robert Stewart

James Robert Stewart was born in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire in 1885. In 1911 he was living with his brother Alexander and sister Sarah at 55 Hornsey Rise Gardens London N., and employed as a clerk for a paint manufacturer. He apparently had relatives and friends in Tonbridge and was a frequent visitor. He enlisted in August 1914 and served as Private 2250 14th Battalion London Regiment [London Scottish]. He went to France on 18th March 1915 and was seriously wounded by shell fire when coming out of the line on 14th May 1915. He was brought back to England, but died of his wounds on 20th May 1915. He is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

James Robson

James Robson: this man not confirmed but possibly son of Thomas and Emily born 1897 and in 1911 living 15 Sussex Road and working as a general carrier's clerk. Death of James Robson is recorded in Tonbridge in 1920 from effects of poison gas. It appears he may have served with Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders then transferred to Army Pay Corps as Private 22968. He is buried at Lydd Cemetery.

James Stanier Clarke

James Stanier Clarke was a boy at Tonbridge School in 1778. He went on to become a naval chaplain and a writer. He had some correspondence with Jane Austen in his role as domestic chaplain to the Prince Regent, later George IV. The prince was an admirer of Jane's work and she agreed, without much enthusiasm, to dedicate her book Emma to him. Clark was a somewhat pompous and thick-skinned character, not unlike Mr Collins of Pride and Prejudice. His suggestion to Jane that she should include a clergyman, presumably based on himself, in a future novel, was politely declined.

James Thornton

James Thornton was born in Edinburgh in 1899, the son of John and Elizabeth. In 1911 the family were living at 12 Preston Road, Tonbridge and James was at school. After leaving school James worked for the South East & Central Railway in the Electrical Linesman Department. He attested for service with the 7th Reserve Battalion Middlesex Regiment at Tonbridge on 21st October 1916, a month before his 18th birthday. He was initially sent to the Army Reserve until he was old enough for active service. He was mobilised on 2nd July 1917 and went to France on 6th November 1917 where he served as Private 207989 21st Battalion Middlesex Regiment. He died of wounds received in action less than three weeks later on 24th November 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial.

James Waters

James Waters: Theodore James was born in Tonbridge in 1896, the son of James and Eliza. In 1911 the family were recorded as living at 25 Waterloo Road and Theodore James worked as a parcel boy. When he enlisted on 11th October 1916 he was working as a gardener and lived at 1 Wincliffe Road, Tonbridge. He served as Private G/23096 Royal West Kent Regiment, doing his basic training with the 3rd Battalion, then posted to the 10th Battalion ["C" Company] when he went to France on 6th January 1917. He was killed in action on 7th June 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial.

James Woodason

James Woodason was born in Tonbridge in 1887, the son of James and Elizabeth. In 1911 he was recorded as living at 11 Rose Street, Tonbridge and working as a cellar man for a caterer. In the spring of 1914 he married Ethel May Best at Tonbridge. He enlisted on 9th October 1916 and did his initial training at Scarborough with the 1/1 Huntingdon Cyclists as Private 29183. In July of 1917 he was transferred to the Bedfordshire Regiment and went to France on 1st August 1917. He was subsequently again transferred and served as Private 295308 2nd/4th Battalion, London Regiment [Royal Fusiliers]. He was killed in action on 20th September 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial.

Jane Austen

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  • Staff Member
The Austens were a Wealden family, involved in the cloth trade. By the reign of James I they were established at Horsmonden where John Austen held the estate of Broadford. His great-grandson, another John, married a Tonbridge woman, Elizabeth Weller, in 1693. John and Elizabeth were great-grandparents of the novelist Jane, and her grandfather William and father George were also among the twenty-two members of the extended Austen clan who spent at least part of their lives in Tonbridge. Despite the many family links with Tonbridge, there is no firm evidence that Jane Austen herself ever came here, though it is quite possible - even likely - that she would have done so. Jane Austen's grandfather, William Austen, married a widow, Rebecca Hampson, whose previous husband had been a member of the Tonbridge-based Walter family. The Walter step-relations were always friendly towards Jane's father, George Austen - particularly his half brother William Hampson Walter who, even after his marriage, continued to keep in touch with George, who was ten years his junior. William Hampson Walter had no profession and was never prosperous but he lived in the Tonbridge area all his life. His daughter Phylly kept up a correspondence with both Jane and her sister Cassandra which provides useful information about the novelist's life. Late in life Phylly married a farmer, George Whitaker from Pembury. There is a memorial to her in Pembury Old Church. >A number of other Tonbridge people whom Jane Austen encountered in the course of her life are listed on another page. >A 60-page booklet "Jane Austen's Family and Tonbridge" by Margaret Wilson is available from the Jane Austen Society.

Jesse Deeprose

Jesse Deeprose was born in Catsfield, Sussex in 1891, the son of Jesse and Hephzibah Deeprose. At some point after the 1911 census Jesse lived in Tonbridge where he worked for Caleb Moore and worshiped at the Methodist Church. In 1916 he married Annie Robertson Campbell at Hammersmith. He served in the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment as Sergeant 27147. He was killed in action on 31st August 1918 whilst leading his platoon into action. He is buried at Favreuill British Cemetery.

Jim Hewitt Woodhams

Jim Hewitt Woodhams was born in Tonbridge in 1894, the son of Henry and Eliza Woodhams. Henry was a game keeper and the family lived at Colebrook Park Lodge in High Brooms. Before joining the East Surrey Regt, 12th Bn, as Lance Corporal 19558 Jim was a gardener . He was killed in action on 7th June 1917 and is buried at Voormezeele Enclosure No 3.

John Arthur Edward Frend

John Arthur Edward Frend was born in on 6th November 1892 at Rosario de Sata Fe Argentina, the son of Dr John Alfred Keays Frend and Louisa Ann. In 1911 he lived at ‘Rosario', 6 Dry Hill Park Cresent. He attended Tonbridge school between 1908 and 1912 and then went to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant with 281st Brigade Royal Field Artillery and was killed in action on 17th January 1917. He is buried at Pont-Du-Hem Military cemetery, La Gorgue.

John Austin

John Austin Gaimes DSO was born in 1887 in Port Elizabeth South Africa, the son of Henry Austin and Ada Bancroft Gaimes. In 1911 his mother was living at 'Randtville', 48 Lyons Cresent and John was already serving in the Royal Navy having joined in 1903, having previously attended Tonbridge School. By 1916 he had reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander and served on submarines. He was awarded the DSO for services in submarines, discovering secret passages through the mine fields to Heligoland. After the Armistice he was one of three commanders who arranged the surrender of the U boats. His portrait was painted for an exhibition in the Imperial War museum commissioned by the Admiralty. On 20th January 1920 he died at sea making him the last person to have died who is recorded on the Tonbridge memorial and Portsmouth Naval memorial. (In line with the recommendations of the war graves commission. ) [Later addition to Tonbridge War Memorial]

John Benjamin Gough Franklin

John Benjamin Gough Franklin was born in c1920, the son of Brigadier General Harold Scott Erskine Franklin and Mrs H Franklin of 21 Manor Grove. He served as Captain, service number EC/1523, in 11th Sikh Regiment 2nd Bn. He died on 25th August 1941 and is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq and remembered on the Nat West Bank memorial. He previously attended Tonbridge School

John Bentham Bradley

John Bentham Bradley was born in 1891 in Tonbridge, the son of William and Thirza Bradley of The Drive. Married in 1917 in Tonbridge, he was the husband of Annie Florence Bradley (née Dolding). He served as Master Seaman in the Merchant Navy's S.S. Port Hunter (London) in command of Port Denison when it was sunk by German aircraft. He died on 11th July 1942 and is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial. He previously attended the Judd School.

John Brunton Healey

John Brunton Healey was born in Eastbourne in 1923, another son of Flt Lt Frank Gray Healey and Marjory Healey of Bordyke house. He served as Sergeant Pilot, service number 929861, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 9th September 1941 and is buried in Cleveleys (St. Andrew) Church, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire.

John Buchanan Kitchin

John Buchanan Kitchin was born in Tonbridge in 1896, son of Alexander and Jessie. In 1911 John was a pupil at Bethany boys school Goudhurst having previously attended Yardley Court. At the time of death his parents were recorded as living at Bumbrae Brooke Street. In September 1914 he volunteered for service joining the Pals Battalion of the Royal West Kent, he quickly rose through the ranks obtaining the position of Captain and attached to the Buffs 6th Battalion. He died of wounds on 5th May 1917 and is buried in Duisans British cemetery Etrun.

John Charles Tipper

John Charles Tipper was born in Tonbridge in 1923, the son of Harold Alfred and Ethel Tipper of The Drive. He served as Flight Sergeant Nav., service number 1805221, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 500 Sqdn. He died on 26th January 1945 and is buried in Padua War Cemetery, Italy. He previously attended The Judd School.

John Clifton

John Clifton was born sometime between 1877 and 1881, probably at Tonbridge, but no birth registration has been found. He married Emily Thomsett at Southborough in 1905. His parents, as named on his army next of kin form, were John and Fanny Clifton. John and his family have not been found in the census returns. He enlisted at Tonbridge as Private G/16555 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment on 15th July 1916 at the stated age of 36 years and 4 months and that he lived at 138 Vale Road. He had previously served for 5 years with the 3rd Royal West Kent Regiment, pre-war Territorial service presumably. He was killed in action on 17th July 1917 and is buried at Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt.

John Danvers

John Danvers 1724 and Sarah Danvers 1731 (Nave: north wall) Under this Pew Lieth interr'd all that Was mortal of JOHN DANVERS Esqr, of this Town who was a Loyal Subject an Impartial magistrate a kind and Tender Husband. He departed this Life In hopes of a Better Decemr. 12th 1724 aged 78 years To whose memory this Monument was Erected by Sarah his Afflicted widow In the same Grave lies also the Body of MRS. SARAH DANVERS Widdow of JOHN DANVERS Esq above mentioned whose exemplary Piety Charity Humility and most Obliging conversation made her justly esteemed by all who knew her. She chearfully departed this life in hope of a Blessed Immortality March the 21st 1731. Aged 74 years.

John David Clark

John David Clark was born in 1923 in Tonbridge, the son of Donald Fergus Clark and Lilian Eccles Clark (née Starr), of The Croft, Tudeley. He served as Flight Sergeant, service number 1336440, in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 245 Sqdn. He died on 27th April 1944 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial. He previously attended the Judd School. W D Clauson - possibly William David, born in 1919 in Poplar, the son of James Philip and Ellen Elizabeth Clauson. He served as Able Seaman, service number C/SSX 23479, in Royal Navy H.M.S. Dasher. He died on 27th March 1943 and is remembered on Chatham Naval Memorial

John David De La Cour Elliott

John David De La Cour Elliott was born in Tonbridge in 1921, the son of Maj. James Boyne Elliott, O.B.E, and Dorothy Mary Elliott. He served as Second Lieutenant, service number 198604, in Royal Armoured Corps 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars. He died on 27th May 1942 and is remembered on Alamein Memorial, Egypt. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

John Edward Hills

John Edward Hills was born in Tonbridge in 1925, the son of Mr Edward George Hills and Mrs Nellie Hills (née Bowles). He served as Sergeant W.Op./Air Gnr, service number 1810437, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 10th July 1944 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery. He studied at Slade School.

John Edward Sturt

John Edward Sturt was born in Little Horsted, Sussex in 1894, the son of Edward and Ada. In 1911 the family lived at House Farm, Somer Hill, Tonbridge and John Edward was employed as a clothier's apprentice. He enlisted initially as Private 3882 Royal West Kent Regiment and saw subsequent service as Lance-Corporal 633419 1st/20th Battalion London Regiment. He died of wounds received in action on 24th March 1918 and is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.

John F. Mockford

John F. Mockford began his career as a hairdresser at a shop adjacent to the Alma Studio at 80 High Street. His clients would have included gents from all walks of life who may have given him the introduction to many of the great Kent cricketers of the day whose photographs he published as postcards. You can see a Mockford card of the parish church here. Although Frederick T. Bridger was a stationer and bookseller, his role in this history is significant because as a printer he was involved in the reproduction and distribution of early photographs. The business at No. 163 High Street is listed in 1856 and remained with the Bridger family until 1967.

John George Children

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  • Scientist
John George Children (1777-1852) was a scientist at a time when science was still largely a pursuit for gentleman amateurs. He was well-known in London scientific circles, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society at the age of 30 and later became its Secretary. His particular interests were in electricity and the chemistry of minerals. The young John George has been described as a man of exceptional intelligence, greatly spoilt as a boy. Following his education at Tonbridge School, Eton and Cambridge, he married, but like his father soon became a widower when his wife died a year after the birth of their only child, Anna. After a period of foreign travel, including a visit to the United States and Canada which was cut short by ill-health, and a rock-collecting trip to Cornwall and Wales, John George returned to Ferox Hall and began to devote himself to his scientific pursuits, working in the purpose-built laboratory in the grounds of Ferox Hall. Father and son worked together to construct what Humphry Davy described in 1808, after the first of his many visits, as their ‘magnificent experiments and apparatus'. Davy wrote that his days with the Childrens were some of the pleasantest of his life. In 1808 John George was involved in an accident when a sudden conflagration during an electrical experiment threw caustic alkali into his eyes. Luckily the damage was not permanent, but he advised anyone involved in similar work always to wear goggles. Undaunted, the Childrens went on to construct the famous giant battery of 1813. MY SINCERE WISH Let me from noise and tumult fly To quiet and obscurity; Pleas'd let me quit the cares of wealth, Content with competence and health ; Title, ambition, glory, pow'r, Obtrude not on my secret hour; Fair science cheer my humble lot, And virtue, tenant of my cot, With pure religion guard my soul From passion's dangerous, blind control ... (Part of a poem by J. G. Children) John George Children was a member of a well-known local family who lived in Ferox Hall opposite Tonbridge School. He was a scientist and also the father of the pioneering botanist and photographer Anna Atkins.

John George Hollamby

John George Hollamby was born in Tonbridge in 1896, the son of John and Sarah. He is recorded as living at 8 Back Hill, Tonbridge in 1911 and working as an errand boy then later for Whitefriars Press. He enlisted on 27th October 1914 as Sapper 1406 Royal Engineers 1st/3rd Kent Field Company. On 28th October 1915 he drowned on HMS Hythe; at the time of death his parents had moved to 33 Dernier Road. He is remembered in the Helles memorial.

John Howell Pattisson

John Howell Pattisson was born in Tonbridge in 1875, son of Admiral J.R Pattisson and Emma of Rodbourne Tonbridge. He attended Tonbridge school and in 1893 went onto the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich where he obtained a commission with the Royal Field Artillery. By 1901 he had been promoted to Captain, and by 1912 a Major. He entered the Great War attached to the BEF for service at the Dardanelles, he was killed in action on the Gallipoli peninsula on 28th April 1915. He is remembered on the Helles memorial.

John Hylton Welford

John Hylton Welford was born in 1918, the son of Mr Hylton Welford and Mrs Welford of Thorpe Avenue. He served as Pilot Officer, serial number 39588 Royal Air Force 65 Sqdn. He died on 26th May 1940 and is buried in Minster (Thanet) Cemetery. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

John Kettle

John Kettle was born in Tonbridge in 1888, son of John and Frances. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 36 Mabledon Road and working as a printer's compositor. In 1911 he married Ada Bettice; at the time of death she was living at 34 de Montfort Road, Reading. He joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd/4th Battalion as Private 202208 and died of wounds on 6th December 1917. He is buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British cemetery.

John Langridge Allwork put

John Langridge Allwork put his name above the shop front in 1922 and continued working there until the 1950s. So with Avery, Cooke, Flemons and Allwork these premises have been used by photographers for well over 100 years. Although the shop closed recently, the studio behind it continues in use today.

John Macdonald

J. Macdonald: [not on the original memorial] There was a John Macdonald, who has no known connection with Tonbridge, but who served as Seaman 7320 A on HMS Hythe and died on 29th October 1915 when that ship sank. It is possible because of the Hythe connection, that this is the man on the Memorial.

John Murray Mcfarlane

John Murray Mcfarlane was born in Greenwich in 1895, son of John and Ada recorded as living at ‘Elmcroft', The Drive in 1911 (father being head of Sussex Road school). At time of death parents had moved to 81 Quarry Hill. He attended Judd School before becoming an apprentice to Messrs Fielding & Platt Ltd. engineers. He joined the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment 6th Battalion as Private G/29. He was a bomb thrower and was involved in an attack made in a German trench; he was never seen again after going over the parapet. He was missing presumed dead 8th October 1915 and he is remembered on Loos Memorial.

John Papillon

John Papillon was the vicar of Tonbridge from 1791-1802 and was a very distant cousin of the Austens. Through this connection he was offered the living of Chawton in Hampshire. When Jane and her mother and sister went to live in Chawton after her father's death, she came to know him well. As a bachelor he was thought an eligible match for Jane and a running family joke on this subject appears in her letters. His anxious personality - ‘nervous and fidgetty' - meant this was never a serious possibility, though Jane did come to know him well.

John Pettie

Job Titles:
  • Artist
Martin Hardie was born in London in 1875 and went to St. Paul's School and then Trinity College, Cambridge. He moved to Tonbridge in the 1930s and lived at ‘Rodbourne', No. 6 (now 10) Yardley Park Road until his death in 1952. He took an active part in local affairs and his name is commemorated by Martin Hardie Way in North Tonbridge. Hardie came from an artistic family, his uncle being the artist John Pettie. After graduation from Cambridge he started work at the South Kensington Museum (later the Victoria & Albert), working in the library and becoming assistant keeper there in 1914. He married Agnes Pattisson in 1903 and in the same year wrote the catalogue to the V & A's print collection in the National Art Library. He served as an officer in the army during WWI reaching the rank of captain. He returned to work at the Museum after the war, producing a second catalogue of the library's graphics, this time on contemporary wood engravers, in 1919. In 1921 he was appointed Keeper of a new department covering engraving, illustration and design. He remained at the V & A until his retirement in 1935 and built the graphics collection into one of the finest in England, particularly in contemporary prints. Hardie was a great authority on the histories of English watercolours and etchings and the author of many books and articles*, including in 1906 English Coloured Books. His three volume Watercolour Painting in Britain was published after his death between 1966 and 1968.

John Richard Standen

John Richard Standen, brother of George Samuel, was born in Tonbridge in 1888. He enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment at Tonbridge as a drummer L/8678 and by the time of the 1911 census he was stationed in India. From February 1915 his unit, the 2nd Battalion, was part of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force and he was wounded at the siege of Kut, and died from his wounds on 9th May 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.

John Robert Dunmall

John Robert Dunmall was born in Tonbridge in 1894, the son of Albert and Eliza Dunmall, and lived at 117 Priory Road. Before joining he gave his occupation as butcher He joined the Canadian Infantry 8th Bn as Private 234747 on 14th April 1916 and died on 5th October 1917 he is buried at Aix-noulette communal cemetery extension.

John Robert Thayer

John Robert Thayer M.M. was born in Dorking in 1892, the son of Thomas and Mary. By 1901 the family were living at 16 Lavender Hill, Tonbridge. On 1st September 1909 John Robert Thayer attested for service as Driver 58508 in the Royal Field Artillery. In 1911 he was stationed at the RFA Barracks at Portsmouth. He was promoted to Corporal on 13th August 1914 and landed in France on the 22nd August 1914 with the 109 Battery. He subsequently served with the 85th Brigade and was promoted Sergeant on 23rd February 1915. He had a further promotion to Battery Quarter-Master Sergeant on 19th December 1916. He received the Military Medal for bravery in the field in January 1917, the award was published in the London Gazette on 26th April 1917. He was mentioned in dispatches on five separate occasions. He was wounded with a gunshot wound to his right eye on 27th July 1917. He returned to England on 5th August 1917 and was posted initially to 4a Reserve Brigade and then, on 28th November 1917 to 6a Reserve Brigade. He married Edith Lillian Delicate in the summer of 1917 at Tonbridge. He fell ill in September 1918 and died of pneumonia on 28th September 1918 at Cambridge Hospital, his wife was present at his death. He is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

John Salmons

John Salmons was born in 1899 at Tonbridge, the son of George and Mary. In 1911 the family lived at 129 Barden Road and John was at school. After leaving school he worked firstly for Mr G. Gunner, draper, and then for Messrs Stagg and Sons, fellmongers. He enlisted as soon as he was old enough and served as Rifleman 46408 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade. He was killed in action on 25th April 1918 and is buried in Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme.

John Smitherman

John Smitherman was born in Tonbridge in 1886, the son of William and Emily. In 1901 the family lived at 97 Priory Road and John was employed as an errand boy for a leather merchant. By 1911 John had left home and was working as a barman at the Melbourne Hotel in Wallington. He enlisted at Tonbridge and served as Private G/44043 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. He was killed in action on 13th November 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

John Stephen Wilson

John Stephen Wilson was born in Tonbridge in 1923, the son of John S. and Elsie Wilson, of 1 Audley Avenue. He served as Telegraphist, service number C/JX163163, Royal Navy H.M.S. Grasshopper. He died on 26th June 1944 and is remembered on Chatham Naval. He previously attended The Judd School.

John Thelwal Peake

John Thelwal Peake was born in Bedfont, Hounslow in 1895, son of Robert and Ada. In 1911 they are recorded as living at ‘Madeline', 6 Dry Hill Park and he was attending Tonbridge School. At the outbreak of the war he joined the Artist Rifles then shortly after receiving a commission to the 2nd Northampton Regiment. He was wounded in action and taken to Boulogne hospital where he died on 11th May 1915. He is buried in Tonbridge cemetery.

John Waterhouse Children

John Waterhouse Children was born at Tonbridge in 1887, the son of Richard and Marion Children. He attended Tonbridge School from 1897 - 1904. On 12th March 1913 he left England bound for New York. After the outbreak of the war he enlisted as Private 72167 27th Battalion Canadian Infantry. He was killed in action on 15th September 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

Kenneth Horace Eames

Kenneth Horace Eames DFC was born in 1921 in Tonbridge, the son of Walter John and Emma Eames of The Mount, Bidborough. Married in Tonbridge in 1943, he was the husband of Doris Edith Elsie Eames (née Standen) of 3 Douglas Road. He served as Flight Lieutenant, service number 141706, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 626 Sqd. He died on 5th April 1945 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial. He previously attended The Judd School.

Kenneth Jack Wickens

Kenneth Jack Wickens was born in Tonbridge in 1920, the son of Jack Cecil and Mary Jane Wickens, of 14 Preston Road. He served as Gunner, service number 1592733, Royal Artillery 234 Bty, 89 H.A.A. Regt. He died on 20th May.1941 and is remembered on Athens Memorial.

Kenneth Ward

Kenneth Ward was born in Tonbridge in 1923, the son of Stanley and Marjorie E. Ward. He served as Pilot Officer, service number 156122, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 158 Sqdn. He died on 1st September 1943 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Lawrence Jeffrey Elsey

Lawrence Jeffrey Elsey [birth registered as Lawrence Jeffrey Woodgate] was born in Putney in 1892, the son of Hannah Woodgate, who later married Charles Elsey in 1894. Hannah appears to have died in 1904. On 22nd August 1910 Lawrence enlisted in the Royal Navy with the number J5350. On the 2nd April 1915 he was posted to serve as Able Seaman on HMS Albacore, a destroyer. On 9th March 1917 HMS Albacore was hit by a mine whilst off the Orkney Islands and suffered damage and several fatalities, one of whom was Able Seaman Lawrence Jeffrey Elsey. His recorded next of kin was his uncle, Thomas Woodward, his mother's brother, who lived at St Mary's Road, Tonbridge.

Lawrence Julius Le Fleming

Lawrence Julius Le Fleming was born in Tonbridge in 1879, son of the Revd John Le Fleming and husband of Frances Luia Frend (sister of John Arthur Frend ). He attended Tonbridge School and subsequently attended the Royal Military School at Sandhurst. He played cricket for Kent and The Army. In 1899 he joined the 2nd East Surrey Regiment and served in South Africa. He rose to Captain and during the Great War he served with the BEF and was severely injured during the first battle of Ypres. He returned to France in February 1915 and was again shot and wounded in the leg. In April 1917 he returned to take command of the 9th Battalion as Lieutenant Colonel and was killed in action on 21st March 1918. He had been twice mentioned in dispatches for gallantry in the field, and is remembered on the Pozieres memorial.

Leonard Gregor

Leonard Gregor y was born in Malling in 1897 to William and Sarah Gregory. In 1901 he was recorded as living in Bank Street and presumably attended Slade school as he features on their memorial. He attested as Private for the 6th Battalion Buffs on 27th August 1914 and his trade was noted as a gardener. He was wounded in the field on 6th March recorded as a gun shot wound and died of his wounds on 8th March. He is buried at Abbeville communal cemetery.

Leslie Ernest Sanderson

Leslie Ernest Sanderson was born in Tonbridge in 1914, the son of Mr and Mrs Ernest Sanderson. He was the husband of Mrs Bunty Sanderson of Riverbank, Lyons Crescent. He served as Flying Officer, 90014 In RAF (AAF) 500 Kent Sqdn. He died on 19th November 1940 and is remembered at Cambridge Crematorium. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Leslie John Smith

Leslie John Smith was born in Tonbridge in 1915, the son of Albert John and Dorothy Smith. Married in Malling in 1941, he was the husband of Elsie Frances Smith (née Hope) of East Peckham. He served as Gunner, service number 1552059, Royal Artillery 5 Bty. 2 Lt. A.A. Regt. He died on 23rd June 1942 and is buried in Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya. H M Southgate - possibly Harold Macdonald, born Middleton Suffolk in 1906, the son of Harry and Charlotte Southgate. He was the husband of Nellie Southgate. He served as Warrant Officer Class II, service number 1056422, Royal Artillery 132 (The Glamorgan Yeomanry) Field Regt. He died on 24th May 1943 and is buried in Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.

Leslie Kenneth Large

Leslie Kenneth Large was born in 1925 in Tonbridge, the son of Frederick Jack and Nellie Large of Greentrees Avenue. He served as Flying Officer Navigator, service number 166441, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 4th May 1945 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended The Judd School

Lester Leonard Micklewright

Lester Leonard Micklewright was born in Tonbridge in 1921, the son of Jack Micklewright and Winifred A. Micklewright. He served as Lance Corporal, service number T/6148329, in Royal Army Service Corps. He died on 27th March 1943 and is remembered on Brookwood Memorial.

Lewis Chas Hazell

Lewis Chas Hazell was born in 1913 in Tonbridge, the son of Lewis and Emma Hazell. Married in 1932 in Tonbridge, he was the husband of Winifred Elsie Hazell (née Yates), 18 Chichester Road. He served as Driver, service number T/214802, in Royal Army Service Corps 308 Res. M.T. Coy. He died on 26th or 27th April 1941 and is remembered on Athens Memorial.

Lewis Harold Ashdown

Lewis Harold Ashdown was born in 1913 in Tonbridge, the son of Roland and Emily Ashdown. He served as Gunner in the Royal Artillery, service number 1147886. In 1938 he married in Tonbridge Mildred Ashdown (née Milner) of 13 Nelson Road. He died on 24th September 1944 and is buried in Gradara War Cemetery, Italy.

Lewis John Incledon

Lewis John Incledon was born in Lewisham in 1921, the son of Thomas Noel Incledon and Doris Incledon of 15 Hadlow Road. He served as Sub-Lieutenant in Royal Navy H.M. Submarine Thorn. He died on 11th August 1942 and is remembered on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Linay, Robert Elrick Murray

Linay, Robert Elrick Murray. Air Mechanic 2 nd Class 48161 Royal Air Force, born 1895 in Australia, son of Margaret and Robert. He was noted to have attended Heath school at Horsmonden. Fell victim to influenza and died of pneumonia in the Infirmary Hospital Hitchin on 2 December 1918, age 23; buried

Lionel Clifford Hodge

Lionel Clifford Hodge was born in Tonbridge in 1889, the son of Walter and Fanny. In 1901 the family were living at 4 Meadow Lane and Lionel attended Judd School. By 1911 had moved to Dumsford Road Wimbledon and Lionel was working as an article clerk for a chartered accountant. In 1917 he joined as a Private the 28th London Regiment and entered France on 2nd August, he later transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment 6th Battalion on commission to 2nd Lieutenant. He was killed on 30th November 1917 and is remembered on the Cambrai memorial Louverval.

Lionel Killick

Lionel Killick was born in Tonbridge in 1890, son of Charles and Annie. In 1911 the family are recorded as living at 8 Gladstone Road and Lionel had already joined the Worcestershire Regiment as Private 10827. He was wounded in action and hospitalised. His mother made her way to France to see him but arrived too late. He had died on 17th May 1915 and he was buried in Wimereux communal cemetery.

Lionel William Robinson

Lionel William Robinson was born in Fulham in 1895, son of William and Kate. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 7 The Crescent and working as an assistant clerk for the railway. He joined the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment 6th Battalion as Private G177. He died of wounds on 8th October 1915 and is remembered on the Loos memorial.

Louis Walter Brunton

Louis Walter Brunton was born in 1912 in Tonbridge, the son of Frederick Laurence and Harriet Annie Brunton. Married in 1941, he was the husband of Anne Brunton (née Cashmore). He served as Stoker 1st class, service number C/KX 104488, in Royal Navy H.M.S. Eagle. He died on 11th August 1942 and is remembered on Chatham Naval Memorial.

Luther Waghorn

Luther Waghorn was born in Tonbridge in 1878, the son of James and Clara. The family were recorded as living at 117 Pembury Road, Tonbridge and in 1901 Luther James was working as a telegraphist but by 1911 he had changed jobs to become a platelayer. He enlisted at Tonbridge and served as Private 22811 1st Garrison Battalion, Essex Regiment. He died, possibly of fever or disease, at Mudros on the Greek Island of Lemnos, on 12th December 1915 and is buried at Portianos Military Cemetery. Mudros was an important supply and staging port for the Gallipoli campaign. T. Wall (Edward Thomas) was born in Tonbridge in 1896, the son of Daniel and Eliza. In 1901 the family were recorded as living at 21 Uridge Road and in 1911 Edward Thomas was a pupil at the Xaverian Brothers School, Pennybridge, Mayfield, Sussex. His father, Daniel, was a Colour Sergeant in the army. Edward Thomas served as Rifleman 591141 [initially 3084] "D" Company 2nd/18th Battalion London Regiment [London Irish Rifles]. It is probable, given his original 4 figure number, that he was a Territorial soldier originally. He was killed in action on 9th October 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Major John Bradford

Sacred to the memory of Major John Yardley Bradford honbl E. I. C. S. who died April 8th 1841. In his character the pure and holy principles of Christianity were practically displayed by the liberal support of religious and charitable institutions, by numerous acts of private benevolence and by sincere faith and fervent hope in Christ alone for salvation. May we by the grace of god remember love and imitate his virtues. This tablet is erected as a testimony of affection by his family.

Marcus Keane

Marcus Keane was born in Conlara Clare, Ireland, in 1901, the son of the late Capt Frederick Colpoys Keane and Mrs Rose Keane of Bedford. Married in 1929, he was the husband of Eyvor Florence Keane (née Ditmas) of Hadlow Road. He served as Major, service number 20747, In Queens Own RWK Regt 4th Bn. He died on 21st May 1940 and is buried in Bevere Communal Cemetery, Belgium.

Martin Ha

Martin Hardie's watercolour 'Dry Hill,Tonbridge' shows houses on the east side of Shipbourne Road near the junction with Portman Park. Martin Hardie was born in London in 1875 and went to St. Paul's School and then Trinity College, Cambridge. He moved to Tonbridge in the 1930s and lived at ‘Rodbourne', No. 6 (now 10) Yardley Park Road until his death in 1952. He took an active part in local affairs and his name is commemorated by Martin Hardie Way in North Tonbridge. Hardie came from an artistic family, his uncle being the artist John Pettie. After graduation from Cambridge he started work at the South Kensington Museum (later the Victoria & Albert), working in the library and becoming assistant keeper there in 1914. He married Agnes Pattisson in 1903 and in the same year wrote the catalogue to the V & A's print collection in the National Art Library. He served as an officer in the army during WWI reaching the rank of captain. He returned to work at the Museum after the war, producing a second catalogue of the library's graphics, this time on contemporary wood engravers, in 1919. In 1921 he was appointed Keeper of a new department covering engraving, illustration and design. He remained at the V & A until his retirement in 1935 and built the graphics collection into one of the finest in England, particularly in contemporary prints.

Martin Hardie

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Maurice Dudley Chasmar

Maurice Dudley Chasmar was born in Tonbridge in 1914, the son of Reginald William and Jessie Chasmar, of 50 Thorpe Ave. He served as Sergeant W.Op./Air Gnr, service number 1380306, in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 434 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn. He died on 27th September 1943 and is buried in Hanover War Cemetery. He previously attended Judd School.

Maynard Cooper

Maynard Cooper was born at Westerham in 1889, the son of Harry and Annie Cooper. In 1901 recorded as living in Mill Crescent, Tonbridge. By the time of the 1911 census Maynard was working in Littlehampton as an auctioneer's clerk. He attested for service in the Sussex Yeomanry on 10th November 1913, as Private 1676; he had previously served in the West Kent Yeomanry. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant over the course of the following two years, but then discharged as being no longer fit for war service on 12th August 1916. He died some two years later in late 1918. His brother Harry served as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers and he was killed in action on 3rd November 1915 at Gallipoli.

Michael Topham

Michael Topham was born in Bombay, India in 1895, the son of Francis and Pauline Topham. He attended Tonbridge School between 1908 and 1914 as a day boy. After leaving school he was a student at Downing College, Cambridge. He enlisted initially in the 19th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, reaching the rank of Sergeant 993 and seeing service in France from 14th November 1915. He subsequently obtained a commission, on 4th August 1916, as 2nd Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps. He was killed in aerial action over France on 13th April 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial.

Miss Annie Hougham

Note: she was the sister of Bertram William Hougham, Captain, Queen's Own [Royal West Kent Regiment] 3rd Battalion, killed in action 6th September 1918.

Miss Edith Topham

Note: Probably a relative of Michael Topham, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps, 27th Squadron, killed in action on 13th April 1917. His father, Francis David Topham, was living at 42, Hadlow Road, when he applied for Michael's medals in 1920.

Miss Jessie Kitchin

Note: she was the sister of John Buchanan Kitchin, Captain The Buffs [East Kent Regiment] 6th Battalion, died of wounds, 5th May 1917.

Miss Kathleen Estelle Newton

Note: she was the mother of Fleming Newton, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Air Force, killed in action, 9th May 1918.

Miss Mary Palin

Note: she was the daughter of Brita Palin and sister of Henry William Bourne Palin, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, killed in action 27th September 1916

Miss Mattie Jempson

Beneath resteth Martha, the widow of William Fermor, esq, of Walsh, alias Walshes, in Rotherfield, in Sussex. She was daughter of Tristram, the son of Tristram Thomas, of Polhards in Chevening, gent. By Margaret Amherst, of the family lately of Bayhall in Pembury. She had four sons; two living at her death, Henry and colonel John Fermor of Seven-oak. She was born 1637 and dyed 1720

Morris Latham

Morris Latham was born in 1918 possibly in India, the son of Cr Lt-Col Alan Latham rtd (Captain of the 21st Kent Bn Home guard) and Mrs Ruth Latham of Yardley End. He served as Major, service number 977/AI, in 1st King George V's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment) 3rd Bn. He died on 11th May 1944 and is buried in Imphal War Cemetery, India. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Moses George Ransom

Moses George Ransom (Jack) was born in Maidstone in 1872, son of James and Ellen. He married Minnie Sainty in 1902. In 1901 he was living in Houselands Road. By 1911 he had moved to Stanley Road Portsmouth living with his wife's family. Before joining the Royal Navy in 1890 as a boy he was a charcoal burner. By 1892 he became Ordinary Seaman 155151 and by 1915 had reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer. From 1915 he was assigned to HMS Mersey and was killed in action in the Dardanelles on 6th July 1915; he is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval memorial.

MRs ANN DIXON

MRs ANN DIXON relict of HENRY DIXON Esqr of Hillden in this Parish and Daughter of WILLIAM JAMES Esqr of Igham in this County was buried underneath this stone on 16th June in ye Year 1692. She died in the 51st year of her Age universally lamented; Being remarkable in her Life for her affection to her relations her Hospitality towards her neighbours and Charitys to the Poor: in Memory whereof MRS JANE BOOTH her eldest Daughter ordered by her last will the LADY DYKE her executrix to lay this Stone which She accordingly performed in ye Year 1742

Mrs Blanche Evans

Mrs Blanche Evans (Emily Blanche Evans ), wife of John Evans, Head teacher at Judd School, Tonbridge (1908-1928 )

Mrs Felicia Waite

Note: mother of Margaret Bowman Waite, who served in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, and who was decorated for bravery with the Belgian Order of Leopold II for her part, with two other nurses, in tending to wounded men in the front line trenches, under shell fire, and ensuring their safe evacuation.

Mrs Wheelwright He

Irvine Syme Wheelwright was born in Watford in 1915, the son of Major J S and Mrs Wheelwright He served as Pilot Officer, service number 91003, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force) 500 Sqdn. He died on 30th May 1940 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial. He previously attended Tonbridge School. C F Whetton - possibly Cyril Frederick, born in Watford in 1912, the son of Charles Thomas Whetton and Lillian Whetton. Married in 1935, he was the husband of Patricia Whetton (née Hardy). He served as Lance Corporal, service number T/202449, Royal Army Service Corps He died on 9th March 1943 and is buried in Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya.

Murray Inglis Christie

Murray Inglis Christie D.S.O. was born at Sydenham in 1889, the son of George and Edith Christie. The family moved to Tonbridge in the early 1900s, where George Christie was a wine merchant. In August 1914 Murray initiated and organised "A" Company 1st Mid Kent Volunteer Fencibles, of which he was the platoon commander. He then enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company and subsequently obtained a commission in the Royal Fusiliers. He won his D.S.O. on 20th September 1917 for leading his men with great bravery to take their objective whilst under heavy enemy fire. On February 18th 1918 he married Kathleen Dunham at Tonbridge, and whilst on that same leave collected his D.S.O. at Buckingham Palace. Whilst serving as Captain, "A" Company 32nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, he took part in the fierce fighting of the German Spring Offensive and was mortally wounded on the 24th March 1918. He is buried at Bienvillers Military Cemetery.

Murray Whitmore Christie

Murray Whitmore Christie was born in 1920 in Tonbridge, the son of Cllr Hugh Whitmore Christie and Nellie Christie, of The Drive. He was the husband of Phyllis Juanita Christie (née Bunt). He served as Lieutenant, service number 76551, in the Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. 9th Bn. He died on 12th June 1944 and is buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Normandy, and remembered on a family grave in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Nelson Gilbert

Nelson Gilbert was born in Cranbrook in 1895 to Nelson and Ellen Gilbert. At the time of the Great War the family were living at 31 Waterloo Road Tonbridge. Gilbert served as sapper 2167 1st/3rd Kent Field Company Royal Engineers. He enlisted April 1915 left England on 11th October 1915 and was drowned on HMS Hythe on 28th October 1915. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

Nelson Thomas Watts

Nelson Thomas Watts was born in Tonbridge in 1920, the son of Albert Isaac and Ellen Watts. Married in 1943 in Tonbridge, he was the husband of Hazel Irene Watts (née Groves) of Nelson Avenue. He served as Lance Corporal, service number 7902719, Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C. "A" Sqn. 48th. He died on 12th September 1944 and is buried in Gradara War Cemetery, Italy.

Neville Charles Skilton

Neville Charles Skilton was born in Tonbridge in 1915, the son of William and Nellie Skilton of Oak Lodge, Pembury road. He served as Lance Corporal, service number 6291056, Royal Armoured Corps 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters). He died on 11th June 1944 and is remembered on Bayeux Memorial. He previously attended The Judd School.

Neville George Jeffery

Neville George Jeffery was born in Tonbridge in 1905, the son of James William Jeffery and Mary Jeffery. Married in 1937 in Tonbridge, he was the husband of Georgina Jeffery (née Outram). He served as Donkey man, Merchant Navy S.S. Port Hunter (London). He died on 11th July 1942 and is remembered on Tower Hill Memorial.

Norman Frederick Webber

Norman Frederick Webber was born in Tonbridge in 1920, the son of Edward Thomas Webber and Florence Emily Webber, of Quarry Hill. He served as Sergeant Observer, service number 1154729, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 15 Sqdn. He died on 3rd June 1942 and is buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, The Netherlands. He previously attended The Judd School. Frederick Webber was born in Tonbridge in 1892, the son of Francis and Emily. In 1911 the family were recorded as living at 11 Quarry Hill Road and Frederick was working in the civil service whilst also studying for his qualifications. Francis [Frank] Webber served on Tonbridge Council. Frederick enlisted in the Civil Service Rifles in June 1915. On the 24th November 1915 he married Ann Crawford Gow in Bermondsey. Frederick served in the UK as Lance-Corporal 4180 15th Battalion London Regiment and was then commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps in October 1916. He went to France on 13th July 1917 and was killed in action with the 235th Company MGC on 30th November 1917. His wife gave birth to their only child, Joyce Hope Webber, on the day of his death - 30th November 1917 F. Welch. This man has not been positively identified, but is thought to be Frank Welch born in Canterbury in 1885, the son of William and Emily Welch. He served as Sergeant T/200014 1st Battalion The Buffs [East Kent Regiment] and died on 21st March 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Norman Fredrick Woodhams

Norman Fredrick Woodhams was born in Tonbridge in 1913, the son of Norman Charles and Alice Woodhams, of Waterloo Place. Married in Tonbridge in 1937, he was the husband of Eva Maud Woodhams (née Bathurst) He served as Fusilier, service number 6028103, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) 2nd Bn. He died on 13th May 1944 and is buried in Cassino War Cemetery, Italy and is remembered in Tonbridge Cemetery, Italy.

Norman Harden Evans

Norman Harden Evans was born in Streatham in 1893, the son of Harry and Katherine Evans. Norman's father died in 1896 and the family moved to Tonbridge at some point after 1901. At the time of the 1911 census they were living at Ashburnham Road and Norman was a pupil at Tonbridge School. Norman initially enlisted as Private 726 in the Inns of Court OTC, and was then commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal West Kent Regiment. He went as part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force to Palestine serving with the 2nd/4th Royal West Kent Regiment, entering that theatre of war on 12th October 1915. He died as a result of his wounds on 19th April 1917 and is buried in the Gaza War Cemetery.

Norman Reginald Rudd

Norman Reginald Rudd was born in Greenwich in 1921, the son of Reginald Harry and Maisie Violet Rudd, of Park Avenue. He served as Trooper, service number 7941500, Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C. He died on 18th December 1943 and is buried in Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy.

Norman Richardson

Norman Richardson was the son of Henry and Harriet Richardson and husband of Emmeline Richardson. He served as Private, service number 4129942. Cheshire Regt 7th Bn. He died on 15th February 1944 and is buried in Minturno War Cemetery, Italy.

Oswald Wightwick

Oswald Wightwick was born in Tonbridge in 1892, the son of William and Minnie Wightwick and brother to Sidney who also fell and is remembered on the Tonbridge Memorial. The family lived in London Road, Tonbridge, but in 1911 Oswald was a lodger at 32 Bayhall Road, Tunbridge Wells and working as a civil service clerk. He joined the 18th London Regiment as Private 1882 in March 1915 and was killed in action on 9th October 1915. He is buried at Le Treport Military Cemetery.

Patricia Lane

Patricia Lane was the daughter of Mr and Mrs C Lane, Orchard Drive. She served as Aircraftwoman 1st class, Womens Aux Air Force, service number 2004740. She died on 25th April 1943 and is remembered in Charing crematorium.

Patrick Edward Geoffrey Connolly

Patrick Edward Geoffrey Connolly was born in 1914 in Woodbridge, the son of Colonel W. E. G. Connolly, formerly of the Royal Marines, and Mrs. G. Connolly (née Harris). Married in Tonbridge in 1940, he was the husband of Bernice Connolly (née Jackson, sister of George Hauteville Jackson). He served as Wing Commander Pilot, service number 37385, in Royal Air Force 550 Sqdn. He died on 15th July 1944 and is buried in Bussy-La-Cote Churchyard.

Patrick Lloyd Morgan

Patrick Lloyd Morgan was born in 1923, the son of Cecil Lloyd Morgan and Margaret Eleanor Morgan. He served as Sub-Lieutenant (A) In Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve H.M.S. Illustrious. He died on 2nd January1944 and is remembered on Lee-on-Solent Memorial. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Percy Amos Elkington

Percy Amos Elkington was born in Tonbridge in 1891, the son of Edward and Hephzibah Elkington. The family lived at Waterloo Road in 1901, and at Hectorage Road in 1911, though Percy was not at home at the time of the latter census; he may already have enlisted by that date. He married Gwendoline Waldegrave at Medway in 1917. He was killed in action on 9th August 1918 whilst serving as Colour Sergeant L/9534 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment. He is buried at Ville-sur-Ancre Communal Cemetery Extension.

Percy Bridges

Percy Bridges was born in Tonbridge in 1894, the son of Ernest and Fanny Bridges. By the time of the 1911 census Percy had enlisted and was serving as a Private with the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. At some point he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Private 10313, and was serving with them at Wijnberg, South Africa in August 1914 when the war began. The Battalion returned to England via Southampton on 30th October 1914, and subsequently went to France on 6th November 1914. Percy was killed in action at Fricourt on 7th July 1916; he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. At the time of his death his parents were recorded as living at 1, Houselands Road. Percy Bristow was born at Tonbridge in 1896, the son of Edward and Emma Bristow. After leaving school he worked as an errand boy for a newsagent and lived at 28 Hawden Road. He also enlisted in the Kent Cycle Battalion, in which he served for 18 months. Before the outbreak of war he emigrated to Canada. On 19th May 1915 he attested for service as Private 410037 with the 38th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was killed inaction on November 18th 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial. F.B Brook-Foster (Frank Brook Foster) was born in 1898, son of Thomas and Harriett. By 1911 Frank had married Gertrude and was living at 3, Waterloo Place and he worked as a journeyman for the bakers before joining East Kent Regiment as Private L/7991in September 1914. He was reported as missing May 3rd 1915 then confirmed as killed in action, at the time of death Gertrude was living at 168, Vale Road and he is remembered on Ypres Menin Gate memorial.

Percy Charles Norton

Percy Charles Norton was born in Tonbridge in 1895, son of Charles and Kate. In 1911 he was living at 79, Lavender Hill and was a bookbinders apprentice at Dowgate press. He joined the Kent Fortress Engineers in May 1915 as Sapper 541518. Whilst fighting at the battle of Arras on November 1917 he was taken prisoner. A week before the armistice was signed he was put into hospital at Kaiserworth. Whilst being transferred to Dusseldorf he died on 10th December 1918 and is buried in Cologne Southern cemetery.

Percy Constantine Miles

Percy Constantine Miles was born in Tonbridge in 1896, the son of William and Charity Miles. They lived at 20 Garden Road in 1901, were listed in Woodford Green in 1911 but back to Tonbridge and recorded as living 141 St Mary's Road in 1917. Percy joined the Royal Fusiliers 7th Bn as Private 54828 and was killed in action on 28th May 1917. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial.

Percy Dennis

Percy Dennis was born in Tonbridge in 1893, the son of George and Elizabeth Dennis who resided at 15 Mill Cresent. Sometime before 1911 Percy moved to Caledonian Road London and worked as a barman. He enlisted initially as Private 12445 Middlesex Regiment, but was then transferred to the 179th Company, Machine Gun Corps in which he served as Private 28884. He was killed in action in Palestine on 6th November 1917 and is buried at Gaza War Cemetery.

Percy Groves

Percy Groves was born in Leigh in 1895 to John and Charlotte Groves. In 1911 he lived with his parents at 73, Nelson Avenue, and he was a machine minder at Truscott's print. He joined the Kent Cyclist Battalion as Private 905 and was posted to France in November 1914. On 13th August 1916 (The Tonbridge Free Press have it recorded as 11th August) he died of wounds from action and is buried at Chocques Military cemetery.

Percy Hunt

Percy Hunt was born in Wandsworth in 1883, husband to Katherine Hiscott. In 1911 he lived in Priory Road and was a printer's assistant at Whitefriars Press. He later moved with his wife and 3 children to 110 Vale Road. He joined the Kent Fortress Royal Engineers as sapper number 1641. He was on the HMS Hythe when it was sunk in Gallipoli on 28th October 1915, and is remembered on the Helles memorial.

Percy Jowett

Percy Jowett was born on the Isle of Wight in 1887, the son of Herbert and Elizabeth. In 1901 he was recorded as living with parents in 19 Mill crescent and he was a printers' reader. In 1911 he moved to Islington as a boarder and became a bank clerk. In 1912 he left for South Africa. He joined the South African infantry 1st regiment as a Captain but died on 20th July 1916 and is buried at Serre Road cemetery no 2.

Percy Waterman

Percy Waterman was born in Hadlow in 1890, the son of Frank and Anna. The family are recorded as living in St Mary's Road, at number 140 in 1901 and number 60 in 1911. He served as Private L/10623 1st Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment, and, as he entered France on 22nd April 1915, he must have enlisted in the autumn of 1914. He was initially posted as missing, but later his death was presumed to have taken place on the 30th July 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Percy William Davey

Percy William Davey was born in Tonbridge in 1898, the son of Horace and Fanny Davey. In 1906, following the death of Horace Davey in 1899, Fanny married Thomas Morley and is recorded as living at 20, Dernier Road. After leaving school Percy worked for Mr Caleb Moore at Tonbridge before enlisting as Private G/15759 6th Battalion East Kent Regiment in October 1916. He went to France in December 1916. He was killed in action on 9th April 1917 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Peter Terry

Peter Terry was born in Tonbridge in 1923, the son of Alfred and Dorothy Terry of 3 Hilden Avenue. He served as Sergeant Pilot, service number 1803366, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 24th August 1944 and is buried in Bari War Cemetery, Italy and remembered in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Philadelphia Hancock

Philadelphia Hancock was a popular aunt of Jane Austen, one of her father's sisters. She was born in Tonbridge in 1730 but lived with relations after her parents died. A spirited girl, she travelled to India at the age of 20 to find a husband. The man she married was Tysoe Hancock, a surgeon in the East India Company. She and their only child, Eliza, returned to England where the two of them saw much of Jane and her family. Mother and daughter were helped financially by the famous Warren Hastings, a friend of Mr Hancock. Philadelphia died in London at the age of sixty.

Philip Gordon Hazelden

Philip Gordon Hazelden was born in Lambeth in 1923, the son of Reginald Cyril and Helen Elizabeth Hazelden of 13 Chichester Road. He served as Ordinary Telegraphist, service number C/JX 166798, in Royal Navy H.M.M.L. 144. He died on 22nd September 1941 and is remembered on Chatham Naval Memorial. Aged 18, he is possibly the youngest from Tonbridge to die.

Philip Hobden

Philip Hobden (possibly the first to die). Born Tonbridge in 1887, the son of Philip and Caroline. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 4 Preston Road and working as a hay trusser for a hay merchant. In 1912 Philip married Florence Crotaz and joined the 1st Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment as a Private L/7188. Philip was part of the BEF who fought at the Battle of Mons. He was killed in action on 23rd August 1914 and is buried at Hautrage Military cemetery.

Price, James Edward

Price, James Edward. Private 629411 47 th Bn Canadian Infantry, born in 1890, son of James and Fanny of Tonbridge. Emigrated to Canada before 1911. He suffered from frost bite that in turn led to trench foot which led to other complications that led to his death from tetanus poisoning. He died on 1 May 1917 age 29; buried in plot A 1473

Quarry Hill House

Quarry Hill House in use as the VAD hospital. The building later housed Fosse Bank School but has now been demolished The first list below gives details of 75 women who served at the temporary VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) hospital at Quarry Hill House, Quarry Hill Road, Tonbridge, during World War 1. The hospital opened in October 1914 to tend wounded soldiers, and more than 500 men had been treated there by February 2016. It remained in operation until early 1919. Most of the women who worked at Quarry Hill were part-time volunteers. The number of hours which they worked was recorded and is included below where known.

R M H Tovey

R M H Tovey - possibly Ronald Michael Henry, born in Kingston in 1922, the son of William George and Gertrude Tovey, and nephew of Albert A. Field. He served as Private, service number 5773276, Royal Norfolk Regiment 4th Bn. He died on 27th September 1944 and is buried in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.

Reginald Jennaway

Reginald Jennaway was born in Camberwell 1897, the son of Ernest and May, and in 1911 he is recorded as living at 5 Church Street with his mother and grandparents. He attended Skinners School. It appears he joined the Kent Cyclist on 20th December 1915 and transferred to the Buffs, East Kent Regiment 7th Battalion. He was killed in action on 5th October 1916 and is buried at Mill Road cemetery Thiepval. Reginald Edward Jenner was born in Tonbridge in 1898, the son of Edward and Alice. In 1911 he was recorded as living at 26 St Stephens Street, however at the time of death he had moved to 56 Lavender Hill. Edward as he was known joined Royal West Kent Regiment as Private GS/8909 and he was killed in action on 31st July 1917 and is remembered on Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial.

Reginald Sidney Goodman

Reginald Sidney Goodman was born in Basingstoke in 1893, the son of John and Lucy. In 1911 the family were living at 11 Lawn Road and Reginald was working as an assistant to his father a butcher. He enlisted at Tonbridge in 1915 with Kent Cyclist Battalion and served as Private 265596 in 1st Battalion. He died in Ferozepore India on 11th September 1918, and is remembered on Kirkee memorial.

Reuben Arthur Richardson

Reuben Arthur Richardson was born in Tonbridge in 1881, son of Reuben and Alice. In 1891 recorded as living at 43 Vale Road, however by 1901 he moved to Canterbury as a border and was a ticket collector for the South Eastern Railway. In 1906 he married Constance Wooley, daughter of the family he boarded with. By the time of his death she was recorded as living at Tunwell Street, Peckham. Reuben (Arthur) had joined the Middlesex Regiment 1st Battalion and was killed in action on 26th June 1917. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Revd H T Estridge

Sacred to the memory 0f the Revd H T Estridge late Curate of this parish; who died from a fever caught in the exercise of his ministry November 8th 1852 in the 40th year of his age. He was a faithful and earnest preacher of Christ crucified, and a bright example of the power of that doctrine on the heart and life; benevolent and sympathising towards the poor and the afflicted, unwearied in his labours of love and in the promotion of every good work. This monument was erected by the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood (the rich and poor alike contributing) to record his worth and perpetuate his memory. ‘The memory of the just is blessed.'

Revd Henry Harpur

Near this small tablet erected by his affectionate children are deposited the remains of the Rev Henry Harpur many years vicar of this parish. He was patient thru' life and content therewith, ne'er once disquieted his mind as to the future events of providence but solac'd himself in the full assurance of happiness in the world to come thro' the grace of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the plenitude of which Confidence he died the 5th Oct 1790 E 59. Coade and Sealy: Lambeth 1809

Richard Claude Harold Cantin

Richard Claude Harold Cantin was born in 1923, the son of Peter (Piere) Anthony Leo and Mary Amy Lilian Cantin of The Ridgeway. He served as Sergeant Air Bomber, service number 1397376, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 61 Sqdn. He died on 26th November 1943 and is buried in Sage War Cemetery, Germany. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Richard Daniel Boakes

Richard Daniel Boakes [brother of Arthur] was born at Leigh in 1886, the son of George and Marie Boakes. Before the war he worked as a farm carter. He enlisted in the Army Service Corps as Driver T2/017842, and went to France on 23rd June 1915. He married Daisy Parsons at Tonbridge in 1916. He was serving with the 229th H.T. Company attached to 34th H.Q. when he died, probably in the ‘flu epidemic, on 17th November 1918. He is buried at Kortrijk Communal Cemetery.

Richard Edmund Stainbank

Richard Edmund Stainbank was born in Bromley in 1924, the son of Edward Lloyd Stainbank and Ellen Gertrude Stainbank. He served as Flying Officer, service number 152716, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 90 Sqdn. He died on 12th September 1944 and is buried in Vitry-les-Nogent churchyard. He previously attended Tonbridge School.

Richard Millis

Richard Millis was born in Tonbridge in 1866, married to Emily Bates in 1890 and after her death in 1893 married again to Mary Ann Stobbie in 1896. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 38 Vale Road and working as a railway worker, he joined the London Regiment London Rifle Brigade 1st/5th Battalion as Rifleman 315037. He died on 17th August 1917 and is buried in Bradhoek New Military cemetery No 3.

Richard Worthington

Richard Worthington was born on the Island of Guernsey in 1882, the son of Richard and Lucy. By 1891 the family were living at 30 Park Road, Tonbridge. Richard attended Tonbridge School from 1895 until 1900. In 1901 the family were at 21 Manor Grove, Tonbridge. By that date Richard was an undergraduate student at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. He then taught, firstly at Bradfield College in 1904, then in various places in France, Germany and Belgium between 1905 and 1912. He then emigrated to Canada. He returned to take a commission in the Gloucestershire Regiment, serving as Captain of "D" Company 2nd/5th Battalion at the time of his death. He died on 4th May 1917 from wounds received on 7th April. He is buried at Lower Cam, St Bartholomew's Churchyard.

Robert Arnold

Robert Arnold was born in the West Derby district of Liverpool in 1880. He came to Tonbridge in about 1907 to work for Truscott and Sons as a bookbinder and book edge marbler. He played for the local football team. He was an active member of his trade union, and held the post of treasurer in his local branch of the National Union of Bookbinders and Machine Rulers. He enlisted in January 1916 at Tonbridge and served with both the London and Middlesex Regiments, at time of enlistment he was recorded as living at 48, Vale Road. At the time of his death, he was killed in action on 20th May 1917, he was serving with the 1st/7th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, Private TF/203917. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial.

Robert Coles Bruce Glanfield

Robert Coles Bruce Glanfield was born in Hampstead in 1921, the son of Lt-Col. Herbert Henry Glanfield, O.B.E, and Dorothea Bruce Glanfield, of Sundridge cottage, Yardley Park Road. Married 1944 in Burton, he was the husband of Joan Glanfield (née Mason). He served as Captain, service number 229181, in the Royal Armoured Corps. He died on 13th August 1945 and is buried in Kirkee War Cemetery, India. H W Golding: Two sources (1) Captain Army Service Corp RE. No further information in Parish records or (2) possibly Harry T Golding born c1922, served as a Driver, service number T/10693742, RASC. He was the husband of Bernice Golding (née Upton) whom he married in Maidstone in 1941. He died on 5th September 1944 and is buried in Florence War Cemetery. E Goldsmith - possibly Ernest, born c1916, the son of Eliza May Goldsmith, foster son of Edna Foster. He served as Corporal, service number 6398887S, in Royal Sussex Regiment 1st Bn. He died on 21st April 1943 and is buried in Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia.

Robert Edward Gill

Robert Edward Gill was born in Tonbridge in 1923, the son of Mr and Mrs H E Gill of Hectorage Road served as Sergeant, service number 1336802 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 6th June1943 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial. He previously attended The Judd School

Robert Ernest Hamilton

Robert Ernest Hamilton was born in Wiltshire in 1889, the son of Ernest and Emily. In 1911 is recorded as living 160 Shipbourne Road and was a washhouse man. He married Frances Porter (sister of Fred) and at the time of death was recorded living at 162 Shipbourne Road. Robert served as Private 203051 with the Middlesex Regiment 13th Battalion and died on 10th October 1918. He is buried at St Aubert British cemetery.

Robert Galway

Robert Galway was born in 1881 at St Pancras Middlesex. He was a regular soldier in 1901 and was stationed at Colchester, by 1911 he as serving with the 2nd Battalion Norfolk regiment india . Between 1911 -14 he lived at Gladstone Road Tonbridge, he was almost certainly recalled at the outbreak of the war in 1914 and served as Sergeant 4688 2nd Battalion Norfolk regiment. He saw service in the Middle East and died of typhus at Adana as a POW on 31st October 1916. He is buried at Baghdad (Northgate) cemetery

Robert Henri Bradley

Robert Henri Bradley was born in 1914 in Tonbridge, the son of Edward and Edith Bradley. Married in Tonbridge in 1938, he was the husband of Clarice Hilda Bradley (née Grey). He served as Corporal, service number 2592481, in the Royal Corps of Signals. He died on 28th September 1944 and is buried in Milsbeek War Cemetery, The Netherlands.

Robert Sampson

Robert Sampson was born in 1891 at Beccles, Suffolk, the son of John and Ellen. In the 1911 census he was recorded as living with his family at Swines Green, Beccles and working as a printer's compositor. Given his occupation he almost certainly moved to Tonbridge to work in the town's extensive printing industry. He enlisted at Tonbridge early in the war and was recorded as serving in the Royal West Kents by the Tonbridge Free Press in December 1914 with an address given as 31 Lodge Road. He served as Private 1539 7th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment and first went to France on 26th July 1915. He died of wounds received in action a year later on 26th July 1916 and is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

Robert Saxelby Vine

Robert Saxelby Vine was born in Sheffield in 1891, the son of George Robert and Alice. He came to Tonbridge in September 1915 to take up a position on the staff of Judd Commercial School. At about the same time he married Elsie Palmer. He had poor eyesight and was refused three times by the army, before they finally took him in December 1915. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment. He went to France in August 1916 and was mortally wounded on 14th October 1916 and died on the same day. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Robert William Bradbury

Robert William Bradbury was born at Chesterfield, Derbyshire in 1896, the son of Edward and Clara Bradbury. Edward Bradbury worked as the Registrar of births and deaths and the Relieving Officer of the Tonbridge Board of Guardians, and Robert William was employed as a clerk at the offices of the Tonbridge Free Press after he left Judd School. He lived at 12 Woodfield Road. He enlisted on 28th August 1914, initially with the King's Royal Rifles, before being transferred to the Army Cyclist Corps where he served as Lance Corporal 208 VI Corps, Cyclist Battalion. Robert William Bradbury was killed near Souchen on Sunday 11th June, hit by a bullet in the side when returning to the trenches across the open with a "wiring" party. Efforts were made to bring him round, but he never regained consciousness.

Robert William Ryall

Robert William Ryall was born in India in c1893, son of Florence and Lt Colonel Edward Ryall (rtd). He attended Tonbridge School and in 1911 was living at ‘North Ridge' Dry Hill Park Road. He entered Sandhurst in September 1911 and by October 1914 had reached the rank of Lieutenant; he was appointed machine gun officer with 8th Gurkha Rifles. He was severely wounded on 25th September 1915 and taken to Duchess of Westminster hospital at Le Touquet and died on 11th October 1915; his parents were present at the last. He is buried at Etaples Military cemetery.

Robert Wilmshurst

Robert Wilmshurst was born in Goudhurst in 1892, the son of John and Mary and younger brother of William Sivyer Wilmshurst. By the time of the 1901 census the family were living at Donald Villas, London Road, Hildenborough and Robert was attending a local school. In 1911 the family were at 15, Garden Road, Tonbridge and Robert was then working as a labourer in a timber yard. In 1914 he married Eliza J. E. Burr at Tonbridge. He served as Private 52701 32nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers and was killed in action on 27th June 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial.

Robert ‘Bob' Arthur Woolley

Robert ‘Bob' Arthur Woolley was born in Tonbridge in 1924, the son of Jack and Emily Woolley, of 4 Lodge Oak Lane. He served as Flight Sergeant Pilot, service number 1805285, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 626 Sqdn. He died on 23rd June 1944 and is buried in Belloy Churchyard, France. He previously attended The Judd School.

Roland Harry Stanford

Roland Harry Stanford (born Harry Roland Stamford) was born in 1912 in Tonbridge, the son of Albert and Kate Stamford (née Barton) of Shipbourne Road. He served as Naval Auxillery, Merchant Navy, service number 108466. He died on 15th November1942 and is remembered on Liverpool Naval memorial.

Ronald Alfred Harvey

Ronald Alfred Harvey was born in Tonbridge in 1922, the son of Alfred and Alice Maude Harvey of 12 Hectorage Road. He served as Flight Sergeant Pilot, service number 1287051 in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 227 Sqdn. He died on 26th April 1943 and is buried in Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece. He previously attended The Judd School.

Ronald Benjamin Russell

Ronald Benjamin Russell was born in 1911 in Tonbridge, the son of Mr Henry Russell and Mrs Russell of 30 Thorpe Avenue. He served as Sergeant, service number 1377293, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 12 Sqdn. He died on 31st August 1941 and is buried in Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautȏt-sur-Mer. He previously attended Sussex Road School.

Roy Walter Groombridge

Roy Walter Groombridge was born in Tonbridge in 1921, the son of James and Daisy Ellen Groombridge, 48 Trench Road. He served as Private, service number 11050208 in Pionéer Corps 6 Coy. He died on 13th April 1943 and is remembered on Medjez-El-Bab Memorial, Tunisia. He previously attended Sussex Road school.

Roy William Chapman

Roy William Chapman was born in 1921 in Chelmsford, the son of Constance Kirk Chapman (née Gilby) and George Chapman of 5 Hilden Avenue, Tonbridge. He served as Aircraftman 1st Class, service number 1256856, in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, and died on 27th October 1944. He is buried in Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia.

Russell B. White

Job Titles:
  • Bishop of Tonbridge
Russell B. White became the first person to carry the title of Bishop of Tonbridge in 1959, when the post was created as suffragan (assistant) to the Bishop of Rochester. He had previously been Vicar of Tonbridge, described as 'probably the most popular and hardworking Vicar ever to lead the Christian community in the town. His interests were legion and he took an active interest in most town affairs'.* His son, John White, has kindly provided the following details of his father's life: Russell White was Vicar of Tonbridge for fourteen years from 1945 to 1959 and the first Bishop of Tonbridge for the following nine years until 1968, a total of twenty-three years closely connected with the town. He was born in London in 1896, attended the City of Oxford School and then served in the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars from January 1915 to the end of World War I in 1918. After obtaining his degree in Modern History at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, and attending Wycliffe Hall Theological College, he was vicar of several parishes in turn and at one time Chaplain to the Mercers' Company. On his retirement as Vicar and appointment as first Bishop of Tonbridge, Russell White was held in such high regard that, in addition to a number of other presentations, the townspeople of Tonbridge subscribed to an oil portrait of him in his bishop's robes which was presented to him by Councillor Mrs Burke in the Castle on the understanding that Tonbridge Urban District Council should act as its guardian and hang it the Council Chamber. The portrait, shown here, remained in the Castle for several years but is now in the vestry of the Parish Church.

Sidney Batchelor

Sidney Batchelor was born at Leigh in 1896, the son of Benjamin George and Annie Laura Batchelor. Recorded as living at 22, Powder Mills. He worked as a reader in one of the town's printing works and then as a painter for the L & NW Railway. He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers in March 1916 and then was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps on June 1916, as Private 35950. He went to France on 26th July 1916. He was wounded on the 26th April 1918, a gunshot wound to his shin; recovered and went back to his unit on 24th May 1918. He was subsequently killed in action on 20th July 1918 and was buried at La Clytte Military Cemetery.

Sidney Butcher

Sidney Butcher was born at Tonbridge in 1898, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Butcher. In 1911 recorded as living at 5 Douglas Road. After leaving Sussex Road School he worked as a clerk, firstly for Truscott Printers and then for Messrs Denyer and Rumball, auctioneers. He enlisted in the Kent Cyclist Battalion at the age of 17 and subsequently served as Private 130475, 31st Battalion Machine Gun Corps. He was wounded in action and died in a French hospital on 21st September 1918. He is buried at La Kruele Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck.

Sidney George Champion

Sidney George Champion was born at Tonbridge in 1886, the son of William and Mary Champion. He was married to Winifred and lived at 22, Priory Road. He served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers attached to the 2nd Battalion King's African Rifles who fought in East Africa. He died of his wounds on 17th March 1917 and is commemorated on the Dar Es Salaam British and Indian Memorial.

Sidney James Watts

Sidney James Watts was born in Balham, London in 1887, the son of Sidney and Eliza. The family moved to Tonbridge in the 1890s, when they lived at 31 St Mary's Road. Sidney attended Judd Commercial School, leaving in 1901 for a job with Messrs Seale & Austen. He then worked for a firm of electrical engineers in London before emigrating to Canada in about 1910, where he continued to work as an electrician. He enlisted on 22nd September 1914 at Valcartier as Private 10077 3rd Battalion Canadian Infantry. He came to England in October 1914 and on to France in February 1915. He was initially reported as missing on 11th May 1915 and then reported as a prisoner of war in June 1915. Unfortunately that was not the case and it was later established that he had in fact been killed in action on 23rd April 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial.

Sidney Wightwick

Sidney Wightwick was born in Tonbridge in 1889, the son of William and Minnie. In 1901 the family were recorded as living at London Road, Tonbridge and Sidney was still a schoolboy. By the time of the 1911 census Sidney had left home to work as a clerk for Messrs Spencer, Turner & Boldero Ltd., Drapers of Lisson Grove London; Sidney lived with twenty other clerks at the firm's premises at 33 Balcombe Road NW London. Sidney attested for service with the Territorial Army, 9th Battalion County of London, on 16th February 1909. He was discharged as time expired on 15th February 1913. Shortly afterwards Sidney emigrated to Canada. He enlisted with the Canadian Forces on 6th November 1914 at Victoria, British Columbia as Private 77335 7th Battalion Canadian Infantry. He was subsequently commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd/9th Battalion. He died of wounds received in action on 9th September 1917 and is buried at Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery and Extension. [See also Oswald Wightwick - "Lost Men"]

Sir Andrew Judde

Job Titles:
  • Staff Member
Six times Master of the Skinners' Company, Mayor of Calais and of London, Merchant Adventurer and Knight, Sir Andrew Judde was a man who took financial risks, grew wealthy and founded in Tonbridge one of the foremost public schools in England. The Judde arms, with boars' heads, and Skinners' Company arms, with ermine, are displayed above the Porter's Lodge entrance to Tonbridge School. Judde (also often spelt Judd) was born about 1492, the youngest son of a significant Tonbridge landowner John Judde, whose lands were mainly to the south of the Medway, including Barden Park. His elder brothers inherited most of the estate, so Andrew went to London to seek his fortune. He was apprenticed between 1511 and 1517 to John Buknell, a man involved in both the fur trade, as a member of the Skinners' Company, and the wool trade as a merchant of Calais - then a strategic port in English hands. Kentish wool was exported there and bought by foreign buyers, so that merchants of the 'staple', as Judde became in 1517, benefited from the profits in trade and in currency exchange. Wool was not the only commodity traded through Calais. Sir Andrew's name was also linked to trade in gold dust from Guinea, imports of oil and later also the fur trade with Russia. In 1533 he became Master of the Worshipful Company of Skinners, an annual post he was to hold six times. In 1550 he became Lord Mayor of London, when he was involved in a variety of problems ranging from the high price of larks to cases of treason. He was knighted by Edward VI at Westminster in the following year.

Sir Thomas Smythe

Job Titles:
  • Staff Member
Thomas Smythe (1558-1625) was born at Westenhanger Castle near Folkestone. His connection with Tonbridge is through his mother Alice who was the daughter of Sir Andrew Judde (Judd), founder of Tonbridge School and owner of a large estate in and around Tonbridge. Smythe was able to acquire the Great Bounds Estate in Bidborough and other properties in Kent, London and Essex with the wealth he inherited and accumulated from three favourable marriages. The purchase of Great Bounds began a 200-year succession of Smythes until the closing years of the 18th century. The name is preserved today in Smythe Close, off Bounds Oak Way in Bidborough, and also in Sir Thomas Smythe's Charity. Until quite recently this charity, managed by the Skinners' Company, used income from property investments made by Sir Thomas to provide bread for the poor of several parishes in West Kent including Tonbridge. The charity now helps disabled or elderly people on low incomes in the same parishes with occasional small grants of money. Sir Thomas was also a significant benefactor of Tonbridge School. The Judde family connection brought Sir Thomas to the Tonbridge area but his grandfather was also hugely influential in another way. He and Sir Thomas's father were important men of the City of London, closely involved in overseas trade. Sir Andrew was a wealthy merchant adventurer who financed many maritime expeditions, while his father (‘Customer') Thomas Smythe was a very shrewd businessman and chief customer (responsible for collecting customs or dues) to Elizabeth I. Sir Thomas followed both men into overseas trade and became, in the first part of the 17th century, overseer of virtually all trade passing through the Port of London. Sir Thomas Smythe's life was one of great adventure and responsibility, in his patronage of the great expeditions of the day. His family life however, was rather turbulent. He was married three times and had four children of his third marriage to Sarah Blount. 1618 was an eventful year for his family: his eldest son, Sir John Smythe of Bidborough married in that year as did his third son who married against the wishes of his parents and cut himself off from the family. Still in that same year his second son Thomas died, and his daughter also died young. To add to these problems, Sir Thomas was not without his critics and some questioned his accounting of Virginia Company funds. It is not clear how much these claims affected him but he was then 60 and began to take stock of his life, wanting to ensure that his wealth was properly deployed. The following year Sir Thomas composed a long letter to the Master and Wardens of the Skinners' Company requesting them to manage his estate as they were doing for his grandfather, Sir Andrew Judde, and outlined his plans for relieving the poor of West Kent, and the scholars and staff of Tonbridge School. His strong religious faith is apparent in the conditions he attached to the distribution of money from his estate. The contents of this 1619 letter were updated by him each year until in 1625 they were formalised in his Will. Rumoured to have fallen victim of the plague which, according to the historian Hasted, ‘raged greatly here at that time', Sir Thomas Smythe died at Sutton Place, Sutton at Hone, in 1625. His Will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in 1625. It was very carefully and responsibly crafted, giving us a glimpse of his generous nature with a hint of humour and sentimentality. He bequeathed to the Skinners' Company all his houses, messuages, land and tenements near Paul's Gate at the west end of Watling Street, as well as his messuage and tenements in Lyme Street. They were to be held for charitable purposes: for the distribution of bread and cloth to the poor of the Parishes of Bidborough, Tonbridge, Speldhurst, Sutton at Hone and Darenth; a yearly sum of Ten Pounds to the Master of the Free Grammar School [Tonbridge School] and five to the Usher, and six exhibitions of £10 each to ‘youthes to be chosen who should prove themselves most capable' and whose parents could not maintain them at the university for the study principally of divinity.

Spencer Avis

Spencer Avis was born in Seal near Sevenoaks in 1874, the son of Benjamin and Annie Avis. He married Florence Vere Coltham in 1903 at Canterbury, Kent and she is recorded as living at 4 Cromer Street at the time of his death. He seems to have been a regular soldier; in 1911 he was a lance sergeant 6299 serving with the 18th [Queen Mary's Own] Hussars at Aliwal Military Barracks, South Tedford, Hampshire. He was listed as a saddle tree maker. He went to France with his regiment on the 15th August 1914. He was in action at the battles of Mons and Le Cateau, the retreat from Mons, and then the battles of the Marne, the Aisne, La Brassee, Messines, Armentieres and Ypres - all in 1914. In the following years he saw further action at: Gravenstafel, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, the Somme 1916 '18, Flers-Courcelette, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917 and Cambrai 1917. Spencer Avis died on the 19th April 1917 aged 41 and was buried at Etaples cemetery.

Stanley Ernest Savidge

Stanley Ernest Savidge was born in Bromley in 1925, the son of Albert Stanley and Lily Savidge, of 256 Shipbourne Road. He served as Ordinary Seaman, service number C/JX 641914, Royal Navy H.M.S. Hurst Castle. He died on 1st September 1944 and is remembered on Chatham Naval Memorial.

Stanley Gordon Budd

Stanley Gordon Budd was born at Brighton in 1885, the son of Alfred and Florence Budd. He married Sushannah [sic] Carter at Tonbridge in 1910, and he is recorded as living in Caister Road. He worked as a compositor in one of the local print works. He enlisted in 1914 at Tonbridge and served as Sergeant G/1541 in the 7th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment. He went to France on 26th July 1915. He died of his wounds on 2nd November 1916 and is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

Stanley Kenneth Chalklin

Stanley Kenneth Chalklin was born in 1922 in Tonbridge, the son of Frederick William and Kate Elizabeth Chalklin of Primrose Hill. He served as Sergeant Flt. Engr, service number 1332610, in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 207 Sqdn. He died on 30th January 1944 and is buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.

Stanley Laidler Cameron

Stanley Laidler Cameron was born in 1926 and was the foster son of Mrs A Collins of 138 Hectorage Road, Tonbridge. He served as Sergeant, service number 3031883, in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 630 Sqdn. He died on 9th February 1945 and is remembered on the Runnymede memorial.

Stanley Walter Willden

Stanley Walter Willden was born in Derby in 1896, the son of Walter Henry and Elizabeth Jane. Walter Henry Willden died in 1899 and by the time of the 1901 census Elizabeth Jane and her son Stanley Walter were living at 2, George Villas, Romford. In 1905 Elizabeth Jane married her brother-in-law, Herbert Willden, who, like Walter Henry, was a draper. By the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 2 Woodfield Road, Tonbridge and Stanley was a student at Judd School. In October 1914 Stanley enlisted as Private TF/3499 Royal West Kent Regiment and went to Gallipoli in July 1915. He was wounded and also suffered from enteric fever. He returned to England to recover, then re-joined his Regiment serving with "B" Company 10th Battalion RWK. He was re-numbered as Private 210076 in 1916/7. He was initially posted as missing in action, later confirmed as having been killed in action on 31st July 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial.

Stephen Gilbert Jennings

Stephen Gilbert Jennings was born in Epsom 1884, the son of William and Lucy. At the time of enlistment he was living at 23 East Street, Tonbridge, with his parents and working as a wood sawyer. He joined 3/5th Leicestershire Regiment then transferred to North Staffordshire Regiment as private 40565. He was hospitalised for 120 days with a gunshot wound to arm and thigh in October 1916. He returned to duty in July 1917 and on 24th December 1917 he was gassed and died. He is buried at St. Sever cemetery Extension Rouen.

Stephen Lavender

Stephen Lavender was born in Hastings in 1879 and married Nellie Taylor in 1907. In 1911 recorded as living at Stafford Place, Tunbridge Wells and working as a coach and motor smith. He joined the Army Service Corps as Private M2/1030001 and attested on 1st June 1915. On 21st May 1919 he died of influenza and heart failure certified as contracted on military duty. He is buried in Cologne southern cemetery. At the time of death his wife was living at 13, Mill Crescent.

Stephen Pattenden

Stephen Pattenden (brother of Alfred) was born in Tonbridge in 1890, son of George and Ellen. He worked as a Waggoner in the farm in 1911. He joined the 4th/7th Middlesex Regiment as Private 6285 attesting as army reserve on 13th January 1916 and was mobilised on 13th March 1916. He was killed in action on 1st December 1917 and is remembered on the Cambrai memorial Louveral.

Stuart Campbell Veitch

Stuart Campbell Veitch was born in Godstone in 1924, the son of Robert and Nora Veitch (née Bower) of Hilden Avenue. He served as 3rd Officer in the Merchant Navy. He died on 7th January 1945 and is buried in Colombo Cemetery, Ceylon. He previously attended The Judd School

Sydney Charles Catt

Sydney Charles Catt was born at Tonbridge in 1898, the son of William Alfred and Elizabeth Martha Catt. In 1911 recorded as living at 35, Pembury Grove. It was recorded that he worked for South Eastern railways as a linesman. He enlisted in April 1917 as Private 37021, 3rd Battalion Norfolk Regiment. He left England on H.T. Aragon at the beginning of December 1917 as one of a party of reinforcements bound for Egypt. H.T. Aragon was torpedoed and sunk on the 30th December 1917 whilst entering the port of Alexandria with the loss of 380 officers and men, including Sydney Charles Catt. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial.

Sydney L. Cannon

Sydney L. Cannon was born at Wandsworth in 1895, the son of Matthew and Alice Cannon. He attended Tonbridge School 1908 - 1913. And recorded as living at West View The Drive. He served initially as a Lieutenant with the Shropshire Light Infantry and then with the R.A.F. He died in Egypt as the result of a flying accident on 14th September 1918. He is buried at Alexandria [Hadra] War Memorial Cemetery.

Sydney Medhurst

Sydney Medhurst - no trace of link to Tonbridge - possible connection Sidney Charles Medhurst born Islington son of James and Elizabeth. He joined the Royal Field artillery B battery 112th Brigade, he was killed in action on 27th May 1916 and is remembered on Soissons memorial. (Sydney Medhurst also found on Slade school memorial). Ollyett Archibald Mends-Gibson was born in Wangford in 1896, son of Henry and Amy. In 1911 recorded as living at Dry Bank House and attending Tonbridge School. Before joining up he entered a profession at St Mary's hospital Paddington. He volunteered for service in January 1916 receiving a commission in June, in July he went to the front line as 2nd Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery 22nd Brigade. He was injured in 22nd August at Trones wood but never recovered and died at the clearing station on 27th .He is buried at Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension.

Sydney Richard Kember

Sydney Richard Kember MM was born in Tonbridge in 1892, the son of Thomas and Laura Kember. They lived at 33 Uridge Road. However it seems the family emigrated and Sydney joined the Canadian Infantry 27th Bn on 7th December 1915. He died on 17th May 1918 after having been awarded the Military Medal. He is buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery extension No 2.

Sydney Wiles

Job Titles:
  • Worker
), husband of Evelyn Wiles, 33 Barden Road. He died on 24th March 1943 at Ashford rail works and is buried in family grave at Tonbridge cemetery.

Thomas Ashby Flemons

Thomas Ashby Flemons (1856-1941) is first recorded as a tobacconist in the High Street just south of the Great Bridge. Later, in 1882, he took over from George Avery at 141 High Street, and remained there until 1911. From the early 1880s there is an increasing amount of information on the reverse of his photographic mounts relating to the services he offered. Prints and enlargements could be made from glass plate negatives and hand coloured images were also available. On his photograph mounts Flemons states that his business was established in 1864 and he mentions having the Electric Light in his Studio.

Thomas Benjamin Walker Strood

Thomas Benjamin Walker Strood was born in Woolwich in 1895 the son of Frederick and Edith. The family moved to Tonbridge in about 1904 and in 1911 lived at 39 St Stephen's Street. Frederick was employed as a cricket ball maker and Thomas as a general labourer. Thomas served as Private 6253 14th Battalion London Regiment [London Scottish]. He was killed in action on the opening day of the Somme offensive 1st July 1916. He was originally reported as missing, but on the night of 14th October 1916 his body was found by a patrol and the officer in charge wrote to his parents to report that their son's body had been found. He is buried at Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2, Hebuterne.

Thomas Cedric Fawsitt Taylor

Thomas Cedric Fawsitt Taylor was born in Sydney, New South Wales in 1898, the son of Arthur and Ethel. In 1911 the family were living at West Drayton. At some point after that Thomas emigrated to Canada and his father moved to Tonbridge. Thomas attested for service with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 2nd March 1916 at Halifax Nova Scotia. He possibly lied about his age, giving his birth as 20th November 1897 when all other evidence points to a birth in 1898. He served as Private 471150 25th Battalion Canadian Infantry. He died on 29th September 1916 with his age recorded as 17; he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

Thomas Edward Bennett

Thomas Edward Bennett was born at Tonbridge in 1891, the son of Thomas and Emily [Nye] Bennett; Thomas senior died in 1896.At the time of the 1911 census Thomas and his widowed mother were living at St Margaret's Place, Tonbridge, and Thomas was working as a wash house man in a local laundry. He served as Gunner 38961 Royal Field Artillery. He first went to France on 27th July 1915 and he was killed in action on 28th September 1917 whilst serving with "B" Battery, 84th Army Brigade. He is buried at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery.

Thomas Frank Tutton

Thomas Frank Tutton was born in Tonbridge in 1891, the son of Thomas and Rosetta. Thomas attested for 6 years' service in the Army Reserve [Special Reserve] with the 3rd Battalion Devonshire Regiment on 12th January 1910. He was already serving in the 4th Company Army Service Corps [TF] at that time. Later that same year he joined the regular army as Gunner 33630 Royal Garrison Artillery. In 1911 he was stationed in the West Indies, Bermuda & Jamaica, serving with 66 Company RGA. He went to France on 9th December 1914 after being promoted to Bombardier on 19th October 1914. He died of wounds sustained in action with the 5th Mountain Battery on 13th March 1915 and is buried at Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension.

Thomas Frederick Upton

Thomas Frederick Upton was born in Tonbridge in 1884, the son of Thomas and Harriet. In 1911 he was living with his parents at 34 Norfolk Road and was working as a gunpowder maker. On the 6th June 1914 he attested for service with the Kent [Fortress] Royal Engineers; he had had previous Territorial Army service, time expired. He served as initially as Private 1118, later promoted to Corporal and re-numbered in 1916 as 540391. He first saw active service in the Gallipoli campaign from 7th October 1915 during which he appears to have suffered from two shrapnel wounds, one to his left ear and the other to his leg. He came back to England on 22nd May 1916, before returning to the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Palestine on 20th July 1916. He was on his way home on leave in October 1918 when he suffered a bout of malaria. His ship docked at Cherbourg on 2nd October and he was taken into hospital, where his condition worsened, pneumonia set in, and he died on 4th October 1918. He is buried in Tourlaville Communal Cemetery and Extension.

Thomas James Gates

Thomas James Gates was born in Tonbridge in 1898, son of James and Caroline Gates. He lived at 2 Mabledon Road in 1911 and attended Judd School. He joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves as a Telegraphist with service number Z/7117. He died of disease on 10th October 1918, one day after his 20th birthday, and is buried in Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery.

Thomas Knox

Thomas Knox 1843 and Francesca Knox 1831 (Nave: east wall) [From Latin] Here is buried Thomas Knox, Doctor of Divinity, priest of this parish for 36 years, rector of the churches at Runwell and Ramsden-Crays in the County of Essex, first a pupil of Tonbridge School, then, as Master, by his own efforts he successfully restored and increased the benefactions of the founder. In this building when he was putting on his priest's vestments, about to celebrate the divine office, he was snatched away by sudden death on July 23rd 1843, aged 59. A man sorely missed above all others. As an untiring teacher, he so mixed his discipline with gentleness that he won over his pupils to him in wondrous ways. As a preacher with a full and sonorous voice, he was spirited, eloquent and vigorous, and truly Christian. For his patience towards children, his generosity towards the needy, his pity towards the distressed, his friendliness to his neighbours, and his kindness to all he is to be remembered. In public and private affairs he was hard-working and of great service. He married Francesca, daughter of William F. Woodgate, Esquire, of Somerhill. Alas! she died untimely in 1831 and was buried in the same tomb. She was most worthy of all praise and he loved her with exceptional devotion.

Thomas Mercer

Thomas Mercer was in Tonbridge in 1877, the son of Richard and Deborah. In 1891 they were residing at 59 Woodlands, but later they moved to Castle Street. However in 1911 Thomas was a border in the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells and working as a plasterer. He joined the Royal West Kent regiment as reserve S/726. On 30th August the 8th Battalion including Private Thomas Mercer landed at Bolougne to become part of the reinforcements for the Battle of Loos. He was killed in action on 26th September 1915 and is remembered on the Loos memorial.

Thomas Millis

Thomas Millis was born in Tonbridge in 1914, the son of Richard and Mary Ann Millis. He served as Private, service number 6097186, in The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) 1st Bn. He died on 18th. January 1942 and is buried in Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece.

Thomas Russell

Thomas Russell of Waterloo Place, Tonbridge served from October 1914 and was still serving in 1919 as an orderly part time achieving 1000 hrs in Kent 51 having served as a fireman. He was possibly the Thomas Arthur Russell, born 1870 at Tonbridge, who in 1911 was living with his wife Ellen and two children at 25, Woodside Road, Tonbridge, and employed as a carpenter in the building trade.

Thomas Walter Baitup

Thomas Walter Baitup was born in 1909 in Pembury, the son of Jonathon and Sarah Baitup. In 1931 he married in Tonbridge Emily Baitup (née Humphrey) of Audley Avenue. He served as Driver, service number T/2058373, in the Royal Army Service Corps. He died on 29th September 1943 and is buried in Salerno War Cemetery.

Tom Curtis

Tom Curtis was born at Tonbridge in 1896, the son of William and Beatrice Curtis. In 1911 he is recorded as living at 77, Priory Road. After leaving school he worked as a machine boy for one of the local printers, and then in a butcher's shop. He attested for the Royal West Kent Regiment at Maidstone on 4th August 1914, the day war was declared. Tom Curtis was posted to the 7th Battalion RWK on 24th August 1915 and landed in France the following day- the 7th Battalion had landed at Le Havre on 27th July 1915 so he was, presumably, sent in a reinforcement draft. He had two spells at Depot - usually this would signify that he had been incapacitated in some way, wound or sickness, or a period of re-training. Unfortunately not enough of his service record has survived to confirm this. He ended up serving with the 6th Battalion which had been in France since 1st June 1915. He was presumed to have died on or after 30th November 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial.

Tom Edmund Pawley

Tom Edmund Pawley was born in Tonbridge in 1888, son of Tom and Alice. In 1911 recorded as living at Yardley Dene, Yardley Park Road and he working as a clerk to an auctioneer and estate agent. He had attended Tonbridge School until 1905. In April 1915 he obtained a commission with the 2/1st Kent Cyclist. From September 14th 1915 to May 1917 he was a Company Commander with the rank of Acting Captain. He served his entire career on England's south coast until mid 1917 when his nerves broke down with the disappointment that he was not fighting in France. He was seriously ill and hospitalised, relinquishing his commission in July 1918. He never recovered and died as a result of this illness contracted on active service, in a nursing home on 15th February 1921. He is buried in Tonbridge cemetery.

Tom Shorrock Collins

Tom Shorrock Collins was born in 1896 at Witley, Surrey, the son of Thomas and Sarah Jane Collins. By 1911 the family were living at ‘The Hectarage', Tonbridge and Tom was a pupil at Tonbridge School. Tom enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion on 31st May 1915 and then obtained a commission as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Division, on 12th November 1915. He served initially with the Anson Battalion at Stavros in March 1916 as part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. He was then transferred to the Hood Battalion in May 1916. He became ill in in November 1916 and was sent back to the UK to recover. On 15th June 1917 he re-joined the Hood Battalion in France and was wounded on 10th October 1917 and died of his wounds at 3rd General Hospital Le Treport. [There is some confusion over the date of his death - service record and Tonbridge School both give the 10th October - CWGC has 23rd November.] He is buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport.

Victor Clifton

Victor Clifton was born in 1918 in Tonbridge, the son of Horace and Edith Clifton. Married in 1942 Tonbridge, he was the husband of Mayzie Gladys Clifton (née Bradford) of Vale Road. He served as Lance Corporal, service number 6347511, Hampshire Regiment 5th Bn. He died on 15th September 1944 and is buried in Gradara War Cemetery, Italy.

Walter Edward Stanley Warnett

Walter Edward Stanley Warnett was born in Leicester in 1894, the son of Frank and Edith. The family were living at Greenwich in 1901 then moved to Sevenoaks and were in Tonbridge at the end of the war. Walter enlisted in the Army Reserve - Special Reserve at Maidstone on 12th January 1911, subsequently transferring to the Royal West Kent Regiment on 21st August 1911. He was still a serving soldier when the war began; he was promoted from Corporal to Lance-Sergeant on the 7th August 1914 and entered France just over a week later on the 15th August 1914. He was killed in action on 19th September 1914 and is buried at Vauxbuin French National Cemetery.

Walter George Howland

Walter George Howland was born in East Ashford in 1890, the son of Walter and Sarah. Before joining Royal Navy in 1907 as a stoker, he worked on the South Eastern and Chatham railway company. He married Florence Seager and lived in Mill Cresent in Tonbridge in 1914, after having been discharged in 1912. At the outbreak of the war in August 1914 he rejoined as acting leading stoker and obtained further promotion to stoker petty officer. He died on 21st March 1918 as a result of conflict at sea, serving on HMS Botha. G Hubble: there is no obvious candidate for G Hubble although Slade school has Fred Hubble DCM MM & bar living at 87 Priory street in 1911 (not listed on Tonbridge memorial wall). There is a George Hubble on Tunbridge Wells memorial but no information listed. One death of George Hubble listed on CWGC from Northfleet but no obvious connection to Tonbridge. A M Hunt: believed to be H M Hunt. Harold Montague Hunt was born in Maidstone in 1893, the son of Thomas and Florence. In 1911 the widowed Thomas lived at 60 Mabledon Road but Harold was living at Somerset Road, Redhill and working as a servant. Harold married Flossie Holten in 1918 and she is recorded as living in Shepherds Bush at the time of his death. Harold joined Royal West Kent Regiment as a corporal then transferred to the 3rd East Kent Regiment and as 2nd Lieutenant. He died of wounds on 27th August 1918 and is buried in Daours communal cemetery ext.

Walter Gervase Tibbits

Walter Gervase Tibbits was born at Liskeard in Cornwall in 1915, the son of Walter and Bertha Tibbits. Married in 1943, he was the husband of Nancie Goucher Tibbits (née Williams) of The Elms, Hadlow Road. He served as Flying Officer, service number 138069, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 149 Sqdn. He died on 25th February 1944 and is remembered on Runnymede Memorial.

Walter Gregory Neve

Walter Gregory Neve was born in Tonbridge in 1897, son of Arthur and Margaret. In 1901 recorded as living in The Drive, but family moved to Cliftonville by 1911 and Walter was attending school - he was educated at Bishops Stortford College then trained at the Inns of court as a solicitor's article clerk, working with his father. He joined the Buffs East Kent Regiment 2nd Battalion as 2nd Lieutenant. He went to Egypt in May 1916 where he saw much fighting he was killed in action in Salonica on 25th August 1917 and is buried in Sarigol Military cemetery Kriston.

Walter Harold Fisher

Walter Harold Fisher was born in 1908 in Tonbridge, the son of Walter Henry and Elizabeth Fisher, of 10 High St. He served as Flying Officer, service number 123937, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 227 Sqdn. He died on 26th April 1943 and is remembered on Alamein Memorial. He previously attended The Judd School.

Walter James Rye

Walter James Rye was born in Tonbridge in 1891, son of Herbert and Irena. In 1911 he was recorded as living at 19 Dernier Road and working as a domestic. He joined the Royal West Kent Regiment in July 1915 but was transferred into the 1st/20th Battalion London Regiment as Private 6767. He was killed in action on 1st October 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval memorial.

Walter Lamplough

Walter Lamplough (Lamplugh) was born in Bridlington in 1888, son of George and Hannah in 1901 family lived at 57, Quarry Hill Road. Walter joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as Private 4787 and entered the war in July 1915. On 3rd June 1916 it was gazetted he was awarded the DCM, but on 27th June 1916 he died in Egypt and is buried in Ismailia War Memorial cemetery.

Walter Mewett

Walter Mewett was born in Ealing in 1888; he was married to Clara Brotherwood she is recorded as living at 2 Chichester Road Tonbridge at the time of his death. He was a career sailor joining (as a boy in May 1903) the Royal Navy then on 28th March 1906, his 18th birthday progressing to Ordinary Seaman 226521. He served on many ships during the war and ended on HMS Almanzora as Leading Seaman. An influenza epidemic had taken hold of the crew and 8 men died of pneumonia, Walter died on 29th October 1918 and is remembered on the Chatham Naval memorial.

Walter Samuel Hobden

Walter Samuel Hobden was born in Tonbridge in 1883, the son of William and Fanny. He is the cousin of Philip. In 1907 he married Lucy and they lived at 117 Shipbourne Road. He was a milkman before joining as Private 13503 Royal Sussex Regiment then moved to Leinster Regiment 7th Battalion as a Private 5569. He was killed in action on 4th August 1917 and is buried at Ypres Town cemetery Ext.

Wesley Ransom

Wesley Ransom (brother of Jack) was born in Tonbridge in 1882, son of James and Ellen. He married Louisa Clarke in 1911 and is recorded as living at 107 St Mary's Road. He was formerly an engine driver for South Eastern and Chatham railway before joining Royal Engineers, service number 11. He quickly rose through the ranks and became Company Sergeant Major. On 10th November 1915 he died in Malta and is buried in Pieta Military Cemetery.

Wesley Stone

Wesley Stone was born in Tonbridge in 1879, the son of George and Ellen. He married Edith Botten at Tonbridge on 26th February 1898 and in 1901 he and his wife and daughter were living at 28 Darwen Road and Wesley was working for himself as a gas and hot water engineer By the time of the 1911 census Wesley and his family were living at 90 Pembury Road and Wesley was working as a house painter. He enlisted at Tonbridge on 10th October 1914 for service with the Kent [Fortress] Royal Engineers as Sapper 1314. He saw service in several different parts of the country, but not overseas. He contracted cerebro-spinal meningitis in June 1915 and was immediately sent to Fort Pitt Hospital, Chatham. He was seriously ill for six weeks before he died of exhaustion on 23rd July 1915. He is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Wilfred Graham

Wilfred Graham was born in c1917, the son of Morton and Florence Olga Bettsworth Deryer Graham, of 23 Thorpe Avenue. He served as Flight Sergeant. Obs., service number 912104, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 115 Sqdn. He died on 28th August 1942 and is buried in Reichswald Forest Cemetery and is remembered in Tonbridge Cemetery. He previously attended The Judd School.

William Alfred

William Alfred Goldfinch was born in Tonbridge in 1896, the son of William and Emily. In 1911 he was living with his widowed mother and siblings at 76 Pembury Road and working as a milk boy. He enlisted on 14th July 1914 and served as a Private 200359 2nd/4th Battalion Royal West Kent regiment. He went to Egypt in summer of 1915 and was killed in action on 19th April 1917. He is buried in Gaza War cemetery.

William Arthur Nightingale

William Arthur Nightingale was born in Tonbridge in 1879, married to Annie Bannon in 1900. In 1911 they were living at 30, Jephson Road Forest Gate, and he was working as a market butcher. He joined the 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment as Private G/6803 and first served in France in December 1915. He was promoted to corporal and was killed in action on 3rd May 1917. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial. His father at the time of death was living at 2, Dyke Cottages Bordyke.

William Bramwell Lewis

William Bramwell Lewis was born in 1912, the son of Charles Edward and Annie Jane Lewis of Mill Crescent. He served as Sergeant Pilot U/T, service number 710260, in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 13th July 1943 and is buried in Harare (Pioneer) Cemetery, Zimbabwe. He previously attended The Judd School.

William C. F. Waghorn

William C. F. Waghorn of Avebury Avenue Tonbridge served from October 1914 and was still serving in 1919 as an orderly as part time achieving 1000 hrs as Private in Field Ambulance Transport RAMC MT (X). He was born in Tonbridge in 1878 and in 1911 he was living with his wife, Lillian Melissa [Golding] and their daughter at 3, Avebury Avenue. William's occupation was a smith & farrier, as well as a fireman.

William Caleb Burgess

William Caleb Burgess was born at Sutton, Surrey in 1888, the son of William and Eliza Burgess. By the time of the 1911 census William was living at the house of his aunt, Mercy Atkins, at 61 High Street, Tonbridge; William was working as a carpenter. In 1916 he married Sarah Jane Humphrey at Tonbridge, at which time he may already have been serving with the Royal Engineers. He was later transferred to the 9th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as Lance Corporal 34515. He was killed in action on the 21st March 1918; he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

William Clarke

William Clarke of "Sunnyside" Hildenborough, Tonbridge served from September 1916 and was still serving in 1919. He volunteered for Red Cross Society and served here and occasionally in France. He was a Section Leader & Ambulance Orderly from August 1915, leaving his role as a fireman. He was part time achieving 2000 hours, and was presented with his medal by the chairman of TUDC.

William Corke

William Corke [brother to George ] was born at Tonbridge in 1873. He married Caroline Collins in 1898 at Tonbridge. In 1911 recorded as living at 23, Dernier Road but time of his death she was living in Shipbourne Road. He worked at the Baltic Saw Mills and then Whitefriars press before joining up. He enlisted in the 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment as Private G/13159 on 20th June 1916, two weeks after the death of his son William at Jutland - see below. He went to France the following September. He was killed in action on 20th November 1917. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial. William Corke [son of William ] was born at Tonbridge in 1897, the son of William and Caroline Corke. He enlisted in the Royal Navy on 21st February 1915. On 31st August 1915 he joined HMS Defence as an Ordinary Seaman and was rated Able Bodied on 13th April 1916. HMS Defence was sunk with the loss of 900 men at battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916.

William Davis

William Davis 1747, Mary Davis 1781 and son (Chancel, floor) Under this Stone lyeth the Body of the Revd William Davis Vicar of this Parish 35 Years who died the 29th of January 1747 Aged 67 Years. Also the Body of William Davis his Son who died the 15th of July 1749 in the 24th Year of his Age. Also the Body of Mary Davis Relict of the first named Wm Davis, she died the 24th April 1781 in the 81st Year of her Age.

William Edward Salmons

William Edward Salmons was born in Tonbridge in 1897, the son of George and Mary and brother of John. Like his brother John he was at 129 Barden Road and a schoolboy at the time of the 1911 census. He served initially as Private 7626 1st Battalion Herefordshire Regiment which was a Territorial Regiment, and then subsequently as Private 267903 1st/1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. He served overseas, but after 1916 and it is not known where. He died on 1st November 1919 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

William Ernest Mitchell

William Ernest Mitchell was born in Merthyr Tydfil in 1913, the son of William Albert Edward and Agnes Mitchell. He was the husband of Daisy Gwendolyn Mitchell (née Miller) whom he married in 1937 in Tonbridge. He served as Private, service number 6027022, in Cambridgeshire Regiment 2nd Bn. He died on 24th January 1942 and is remembered on Singapore Memorial.

William Ernest Smith

Ernest Smith [as listed by the Tonbridge Free Press]: There were two men named Ernest Smith who had links with Tonbridge, the first being Private Ernest Smith L/9598 Royal West Kent Regiment whose family lived at Pembury Grove and who was reported as missing in France in the Tonbridge Free Press of 15th June 1917. However this man has a medal card with no notation of death and there is no CWGC entry for him. The other, more likely candidate, is Private Ernest Smith 200923 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment who was killed in action on 20th October 1918. This man was born in 1898 at Chelsea the son of William and Anne Smith. By the time of the 1911 census Anne was a widow living at 586 King's Road, Fulham, with Ernest and his half-sister Florence Hudson. Ernest was a schoolboy. It is thought that he was the Ernest Smith who married Edith Mortimer in 1917 at Tonbridge and who lived at 1 George Street in 1918. Ernest is reported to have enlisted in 1914, when he would have been too young for overseas service, and went to France in April 1918. He is buried at Bethencourt Communal Cemetery. William Ernest Smith was born in Tonbridge in 1886, the son of Alfred and Eliza. In 1901 the family lived at 16 Rose Street and William was employed as a paper boy. In 1911 the family lived at 60 Priory Road and William was employed as a butcher. He married Florence Louisa Leveridge on 3rd July 1915 at the Parish Church. He served as Private 1739 in the West Kent Yeomanry and then as Private 270833 in 10th Battalion The Buffs. He originally enlisted in the Yeomanry in March 1914; in September 1915 he went out to Gallipoli, arriving there on 24th September 1915. He then went to Egypt and then to France, where he was seriously wounded in September 1918 and was sent back to England to Sheffield Hospital for treatment. He was later transferred to Fort Pitt, Chatham and then Rusthall VAD Hospital where he died of his injuries on 10th June 1919. He is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

William Francis Woodgate

Francis Woodgate 1790 and Mary Woodgate 1783 (Chancel: north wall) Beneath the Rails of the Altar, in the silent Chambers of the dead, Sleep the Remains of FRANCIS WOODGATE M.A. with those of the loved Partner of his Happiness and his Virtues MARY WOODGATE. During half a Century He conscientiously discharged the PASTORAL OFFICE, As Rector of Watlington, and Vicar of Mountfield, In the County of Sussex. Pious, humble, Charitable, He early aspired at, obtained, and uniformly preserved The truly honourable Character of an EXEMPLARY PARISH PRIEST. In domestic and private Life, The purity of his principles and the Benignity of his nature Led him to fulfil every Duty, Ever strict to himself, But to others amiably indulgent. Not less laudable in her Sphere His FAITHFUL ASSOCIATE Exhibited a Model of conjugal and maternal Virtue, Blest and blessing, In the calm Tranquillity of a long and honoured Life. They closed their Eyes in Christian Faith and Hope, universally regretted, He on the 10th of May 1790, at the Age of 84, His Wife having departed before him on the 12th of Janry 1783 Aged 71. Reader Respect their Memory, imitate their Example.

William Frank Hambridge

William Frank Hambridge was born in Maidstone in 1899, the son of William and Sarah. In 1911 he was living at 131 Barden Road. He was killed in action on 26th August 1918 having served as a Private 85239 in the Royal Fusiliers 2nd battalion London Regiment, and is buried at Peronne Road Cemetery.

William Gordon Cobell

William Gordon Cobell was born at Camberwell in 1899, the son of William Frederick and Annie Marie Cobell. The family moved to Tonbridge at some point after the 1911 census, when they were in Croydon, and 1917, by which time they lived at Chichester Road. William Gordon worked at Truscott Printers and was Private TR/10/31150 in the 32nd Battalion Training Reserve when he was killed in an air raid at Dover on 22nd August 1917. He was buried at Tonbridge with full military honours on Monday 27th August 1917.

William Henry Seale

William Henry Seale was born in Tonbridge in 1891, the son of William and Ann. In 1901 the family lived at 2 Peach Hall and William was a pupil at Slade School. By the time of the 1911 census William had already enlisted in the 1st Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment and was stationed at the Quebec Barracks, Bordon, Hampshire. In 1915 he married Bridget Dorgan at Tonbridge. He first went to France on 15th August 1914. He was a good soldier and had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant by 1917. He then obtained a commission in the 2nd Battalion Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. He was attached to the 5th Trench Mortar Battery. In 1918 he won the Military Cross for valour in the field. He was home on leave between 19th February and 6th March 1918, and on returning to France was immediately back in action. He was severely wounded in action on the 8th March and subsequently died of his wounds on the 14th March 1918. He is buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery. William Ernest Sellens was born in Marden in1885, the son of Walter and Caroline. In 1901 he was living with his brothers and sister at 65 The Drive, Tonbridge. He was working as an errand boy in a boot shop. By the time of the 1911 census he was living with his older brother Frederick and his wife at 7 Woodside Road, and working as a shop assistant. He married Edith Robinson in January 1914 at Tonbridge and then he and his wife Edith left the UK for Australia on 30th January 1914; his listed occupation then was farm labourer. He enlisted as Private 3946 22nd Battalion Australian Infantry AIF on 5th July 1915 at Melbourne, landing at Marseilles on 28th March 1916. He was killed in action at Pozieres on 5th August 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

William Henry Uff

William Henry Uff was born in Tonbridge in 1925, the son of William Henry and Mary Jane Uff, of Mill Crescent. He served as Ordinary Coder, service number P/JX 573922 Royal Navy H.M.S. Lanka. He died on 12th February 1944, aged 19, and is remembered on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

William Ingrams

William Ingrams ofShipbourne Rd, Hildenborough, Kent joined the Red Cross age 22 as a fireman on 23rd September 1914 and served in France until 10th February 1919 He was born in 1892 at Hildenborough, a son of Louis and Henrietta [Card] Ingrams. In 1911, he was living with his parents at Shipbourne Road and working alongside his father as a cricket ball maker.

William James Jeffery

William James Jeffery was born in Ticehurst in 1886, the son of William and Mary. In 1911 he was married to Fanny Ellen Hunphrey and they lived at 32 Woodside Road. William was a cricket ball maker before joining Kent Fortress Engineers in October 1914, as Sapper1251 after having served with the Sussex RE volunteers. He was promoted to Corporal on 30th September 1916 and was part of the Egyptian expeditionary force in June 1917. It appears William contracted influenza which developed into pneumonia and he died on 29th January 1919; he is buried at Kantara War memorial cemetery.

William John Daw

William John Daw was born in Maidstone in 1912, the son of Jubilee John and Alice Clifford Daw. Married in Tonbridge in 1935, he was the husband of Constance Daw (née Cropp). He served as Corporal, service number CH/X 114217, in Royal Marines H.M.S. Copra. 650 L.C.M. Flotilla. He died on 21st July 1944 and is remembered on Chatham Naval Memorial and in Tonbridge Cemetery.

William John Green

William John Green was born in Tonbridge in 1897, the son of Arthur and Sarah and brother of Frederick and Thomas. He attested at Tonbridge in 1914 for the Royal Regiment of Artillery and was already serving with the 4th Battalion Royal West Kent regiment, (territorial). He was subsequently transferred to the Buffs on 26th February 1914. He served with the 2nd Battalion East Kent Regiment in France from 23rd February 1915 until 24th March when he was taken POW. He died at Gottingen Germany from scarlet fever on 17th September 1915 age 18.

William Laurence Bradley

William Laurence Bradley of "Rylstone",The Drive, Tonbridge & The Castle, Tonbridge, served part time from October 1914 and was still serving in 1919. He held the rank of Commandant & Aux Transport officer. His duties included Commandant & Aux Transport officer o/c Field Aux Transport Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells. He achieved 10,200 hrs, Kent 51. He was born in Skipton, Yorkshire on 28th September 1862. He moved to Tonbridge in the 1880s with his wife and four children and, at that date, he was employed as an auctioneer's clerk. By the time of the 1891 census he had become a civil engineer and surveyor. In 1911 he was employed as a surveyor by Tonbridge Urban District Council. Sometime after that he was appointed as the Chief Officer of Tonbridge Fire Brigade until he was succeeded by Chief Officer Gabriel and then Chief Officer Ives. When Ives was called up, Bradley again took up the duties of Chief Officer. He died on 25th March 1939 at Tonbridge.

William Leigh

William Leigh Ffolliott was born in Tonbridge in 1883, the son of Joseph and Kate Ffolliott (previously Card ). In 1890 they lived in London Road, Tonbridge. In 1908 William left for South Africa and subsequently served as a trooper in the British South African police. He died on 24th October 1918 of influenza and is buried at Marondera cemetery.

William Leonard Muir

William Leonard Muir was born in 1914 in Ticehurst , the son of William Alexander Muir and Lillian Muir. He was the husband of Emily. G. Muir (née Hayward) whom he married inTonbridge in 1936. He served as Private, service number 6345311, in Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 4th Bn. He died on 22th May 1940 and is remembered on Dunkirk Memorial.

William Levy Reader

William Levy Reader (brother of Frank) was born in Tonbridge in 1885, son of Harry and Emily. By 1911 he had joined the 4th Battalion Royal Fusillers as Private L/8714. He served 12 years with his regiment before the war broke out. He fought in the Battle of Mons surviving that but was later killed in action. He was shot on 16th September 1914 at Braisne and is remembered on La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial.

William Nelson Carter

William Nelson Carter D.C.M. [Brother of Albert George] was born at Tonbridge in 1893, the son of William and Constance Carter, formerly living at Shipbourne Road and later moving to Church Row. Before joining up he worked for Whitefriars Press. He enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment on 1st September 1914. He served in the 3rd and 6th Battalions of the Regiment, before being promoted Sergeant 767 in the 10th Battalion on 5th December 1917. He had first gone to France on 1st June 1915, and then transferred to Italy in November of that year. He was awarded the D.C.M. at about that time, the award being gazetted on 3rd June 1918. He returned to France in March 1918. He was gassed and wounded on 27th April 1918, recovered and returned to the front only to be wounded again, this time a gunshot wound, on 19th August 1918. He again returned to duty, and was subsequently killed in action on 22nd October 1918. He is buried at Dadizeele New British Cemetery.

William Patrick Twomey

William Patrick Twomey was born in c1920, the son of Mary Ellen Twomey. He was the husband of Bessie Alice Twomey (née Wilson) whom he married in 1941 in Tonbridge. He served as Leading Aircraftman, service number 1292044. in Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 25th September 1947 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery - possibly last recorded death of WW2 for Tonbridge.

William Pollington

William Pollington was born in Tonbridge in 1883, son of Stephen and Eliza. In 1911 recorded as living at 68 Lavender Hill and working as a labourer. He joined the Royal Engineers 495th Field Company as Driver 541197. He died on 28th March 1920 and is buried in Tonbridge cemetery.

William Rye

William Rye was born in Lamberhurst in c1897, son of Isaac and Harriett. In 1911 recorded as living at 13 Cromer Street. He joined the Royal Sussex Regiment as Private G/12349 but later transferred to Middlesex Regiment as Private G/40351. He was killed in action on 24th May 1917 and is remembered on the Arras memorial.

William Thomas Harris

William Thomas Harris was born in Hadlow in 1904, the son of William and Ethel Harris of Golden Green. He was the husband of Mrs Annie Harris (née Richardson) of 166 Shipbourne Road. He served as Gunnery officer In Royal Navy H.M.S. Galatea. He died on 15th December 1941 and is remembered on Plymouth Naval memorial. He previously attended Slade school.

William Turley

William Turley was born in Tonbridge in 1886, the son of Luke and Ruth Turley. In 1909 he married Lottie Kate Stiff at Tonbridge and in 1911 the couple with their daughter were living at 59, Ordnance Road, Greenwich. William was working as a bricklayer's labourer. His parents continued to live in Tonbridge, as did his wife when he was serving. William served with the Middlesex Regiment and first went to France on 27th July 1915. He was Sergeant G/5617 with the 12th Battalion when he was killed in action on 26th September 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

William Webb

William Webb was born in Nettlestead in 1868, but neither his birth registration, nor census entries have been found before 1891, when he was listed as a stoker on HMS Hotspur. William Webb joined the Royal Navy on a 12 year engagement as a stoker on 6th May 1890; he was duly discharged from HMS Acteon on 8th May 1912 to his pension. He was recalled or re-engaged on 2nd August 1914 as a Stoker Petty Officer. In August 1916 he was serving on HMS Lancaster. On 22nd August 1916, whilst ashore at Esquimalt, Canada, he was fatally injured in a road accident. He is buried in Esquimalt [Veterans] Cemetery. His married sister, Charlotte Holden, was a Tonbridge resident.

William Wilmshurst

William Wilmshurst was born in Horsmonden in 1884, the son of John and Mary (older brother of Robert Wilmshurst). By the time of the 1901 census the family were living at Donald Villas, London Road, Hildenborough and William was working as a farm labourer. In 1911 the family were at 15 Garden Road, Tonbridge and William was then working as a jobbing gardener. He later worked as a gardener in the employ of Mr Reeves of Postern Heath. In 1915 he married Alice Payne at Tonbridge and the couple lived at 20 Lavender Hill. In June 1916 he enlisted as Private 31789, Suffolk Regiment. He was later transferred and served as Private 203965 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 23rd August 1918 and is buried at Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont.