Tonbridge History

 

Tonbridge men who died in World War 2 and later conflicts:  A – C

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A

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. 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

B

 

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.



 

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.




 

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.


 



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.
 

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.
 
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.
 
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.
 

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. 




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.
 

Charles Keith Bourner 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.




 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.

C

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. 

 

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.
 

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.
 


 

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.
 
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.
 
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.
 

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.




 

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.




 
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.
 

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.
 

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
 

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.



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.
 
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.
 
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.

 

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