Tonbridge History

 

People with Tonbridge connections who died in WW2 but are not currently on the Tonbridge Memorial

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Listed here are men, women and children who were born, lived, or worked in Tonbridge but whose names do not currently appear on the Memorial Wall. The list is not exhaustive and will be added to as further research is done. Most of this information was found in the Tonbridge Free Press and further researched at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

 

Men and women in the armed services

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Men with families in Tonbridge who lost their lives whilst doing their duty elsewhere

George Isaac Churchill (Home Guard). He died on 17th April 1941 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

Arthur Ernest Bishop (Home Guard). He died on 17th April 1941 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery.

George Clifford Locke of Pembury Road (coal miner - ‘Bevin Boy’). He died on 10th September 1944 and is remembered in Tonbridge memorial book.

 

 

 

 

Cecil George Constable of Preston Road (police officer). He died on 18th May 1942 and is buried in Tonbridge Cemetery and remembered on Kent Police roll of honour.

Edward Turner (rail worker), husband of Dorothy, 38 Norfolk Road. He died on 24th March 1943 at Ashford rail works and is buried in family grave at Tonbridge cemetery.

Sydney Wiles (rail 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.

 

Civilian deaths in Tonbridge

21st October 1940  (crash of a Blenheim bomber into homes in Dernier Road)

Pat Atkins age 10

Frances Couchman age 78

Alice Ford age 65

Lucy Harris age 57

 

16th December 1942 (bombing in Albert Road, Chichester Road and the nearby railway line)

Brian John Baker age 4

William Thomas Meyrick age 51

Norman Victor Wood age 56

Godfrey George Guest age 86, died on 2nd January 1943, having been injured at Mabledon Road on 16th December 1942.

 

19th June 1944

Michael William Osbourne age 12, died on 22nd June having been injured in V1 attack on Tinkers Island on the 19th

 

3rd July 1944 

Elizabeth Maud Baker age 53, died on 17th August 1944 having been injured on 3rd July at the Oaks, Quarry Hill

 

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