Tonbridge History

 

Tonbridge men who died in World War I:  D – J

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

H. Percy Davey: nothing further known about this man

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Tom Dove was born in Tonbridge in 1888, the son of Thomas and Ellen Dove. Tom was an accountant’s clerk before the war. He was commissioned in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, eventually holding the rank of Captain. In 1916 he married Dulce Dunsford at Eastbourne, and lived in Landsdown Road, Tonbridge.  He was awarded the Military Cross, gazetted on 13th February 1917: For conspicuous gallantry in action. He displayed great courage and determination when in charge of a small party under very heavy fire. Later, he made a gallant attempt to rescue a wounded man. He was killed in action on the 16th August 1917 and is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial.

 

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.

 

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).

 

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.

 

Harry Duvall – not identified, possibly the same as Henry Charles Duvall – see next entry.

 

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.

 

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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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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. 

 

H A Everest: 2 possible candidates for this man:

1st Arthur Everest was born in Sevenoaks in 1896, the son of James and Harriet Everest. In 1911 he was living at 29 Norfolk Road, Tonbridge with his mother and stepfather Thomas Goldsmith and worked as a butcher's boy. He attested for the Royal West Kent regiment on 23rd February 1913 and joined at Maidstone on 26th February. He served with the 1st Battalion as a Private L/10098. He was killed in action on 28th October 1914 .

2nd Albert Henry Everest was born in Yalding in 1888, the son of John and Betsy Everest. In 1911 he lived with his parents at 1 Lambs Bank, Quarry Hill and worked as a tile maker. He married Clara Hornigold at Kings Lynn in Norfolk in 1916. He enlisted on 9th March 1916 and he served as L/C G/43340 in 16th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. He was killed in action on 31st May 1917.  He is remembered on the Arras memorial

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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Henry George Gabriel was born in Tonbridge in 1878. He married Minnie Apps in 1899 and lived at 21 Houselands Road, and worked as a bricklayer. He joined the Royal Engineers in November 1915 as Sapper 141774, however it appears he was an Orderly for the British Red Cross Society from September 1914, gaining the 1914 star (Red Cross roll). At the end of the war he transferred to the Army reserves. He died of a haemorrhage from a duodenal ulcer on 15th August 1919 which may have been attributed to the war service, and is buried in Tonbridge cemetery.

 

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]

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Arthur James Godden 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 .

 

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. )

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Leonard Gregory 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

  

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

Edward Joseph Cyril Heudebourck (misspelt on wall as Heudebouk) was born in Islington in 1896 to Leonard and Eliza. He is recorded as living at 36 Nelson Avenue. He enlisted at Tonbridge as Private S/35280 Royal Army Service Corps and entered theatre of war on 27th March 1915. He died on 19th May 1915 in Egypt and is remembered on Helles memorial.

 

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.

 

A Hill (Slade school memorial - Archibald Hill) possibly same man as H W A 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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. 

 

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.

 

Charles James Jordan was born in Rye in 1885, the son of Herbert and Frances. He moved to Tonbridge after 1911 and was manager of the International Stores. He joined Middlesex Regiment as Private G/24916 and died of wounds on 20th July 1917. He is buried in Hazebrook Communal cemetery.

 

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.

 

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