Remembering the men from the Kingsdown and Creekside Cluster
who gave their lives in the First World War
On the centenary of their death, we remember
b. 4th Quarter of 1886;
d. 13th October 1915. Aged 29
"C" Company, 6th Battalion, East Kent Regiment (The Buffs)
Remembered with Honour
Loos Memorial, Panel 15 to 19.
Killed in Action
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) records - Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Forster, of Chequers Hill, Doddington, Sittingbourne, Kent. A member of the St. John's Ambulance Brigade for 12 years. Enlisted in August, 1914, proceeded to France, June, 1915.
Percy Forster's family had strong local ties to Doddington. He and his brother, Frank, as well as his grandfather, Charles, were all born in Doddington; while his father, John, was born in Lynsted. Percy followed his father in his occupation as a carpenter and house joiner living on Chequers Hill, Doddington. His uncle, William, was born in Wychling and moved away when he married. Percy was a close neighbour, on Chequers Hill, of fellow soldier Harry Victor Higgins who also died on this day in the same action and in the same Company "C". Those who died that day could not be retrieved or buried in what remained no-man's land, largely unchanged until 1919.
Indications that his body was not recovered can be found in the record of his Effects describing the date as "on or soon after"; his 15-Star medal card also describes the date as "presumed". As a single man, his sole beneficiary was his father, John. On his death, Percy's personal effects amounted to £7 11s. 10d. followed by a later War Gratuity of £4 to his father.
First reported in The Faversham and North East Kent News of 16th December: "Percy Foster (sic), a Doddington man, of whom nothing has been heard for more than a year, and whose parents have therefore been in great suspense, is now assumed to have been killed in action on October 13th 1915."
Percy's death was reported belatedly in the Faversham and North East Kent News of 3rd February 1917 (This report misreports his family name as "Foster"): "PTE. PERCY FOSTER (sic), THE BUFFS. We referred recently to Pte. Percy Foster, the Buffs, a Doddington man, who is now assumed to have been killed in action on October 13th, 1915, no news of him having been received since he was reported missing on that date. He was the son of Mr John Foster, of Chequers Hill, Doddington, and was one of the first three in Doddington to enlist in Kitchener's Army. The other two were Harry Higgins and Wilfred Caryer, both of whom have also been killed, as we have previously recorded. Pte. Foster, who was 29 years of age, offered his services in the first instance for the R.A.M.C. for which he was well qualified as he had been an efficient member of the St. John Ambulance Brigade (Doddington Division) for 13 years. He was unsuccessful, however, in getting into that Corps and so he enlisted in the Buffs with Harry Higgins. The latter was killed on the same date as Pte. Foster was reported as missing. Wilfred Caryer, the other member of the trio, was killed in March last year."
We have transcribed those parts of the Regimental Diary that cover Percy's first experience overseas and the period in the trenches during which Percy Foster and Harry Victor Higgins both died. The closeness of their regimental numbers suggests they probably joined together at the outbreak of war in August 1914. After the slaughter of 13th October, we have included the period behind the lines during which several drafts of soldiers were badly needed to restore the strength of the 6th Battalion - the battalion also received 'morale boosting' visits from the top brass.
Extracts from the Regimental Diary for the new Battalion
31st May 1915: 4.10a.m. ALDERSHOT: Three officers and 108 other ranks left together with Machine Gun section and Regimental Transport for Havre.
1st June 1915:
6.10 p.m. ALDERSHOT: 15 officers and 446 other ranks left by rail for Folkestone.
6.55 p.m. ALDERSHOT: 11 officers and 420 other ranks left by rail for Folkestone
11.30 p.m. FOLKESTONE: The above trainloads of total 26 officers and 866 other ranks left on "The Queen" for Boulogne.
2nd June 1915:
12.45 a.m. BOULOGNE: Battalion arrived, calm voyage.
2.15 a.m. OSTROHOVE CAMP, BOULOGNE: All men had been told off to their tents. During the morning G.O.C. companies inspected their men, saw rifles etc. The C.O. inspected canteen and YMCA; in the afternoon battalion paraded.
5 p.m. OSTROHOVE CAMP, BOULOGNE: Marched without arms through Boulogne, no sick, no prisoners(?)
3rd June 1915:
6.30 a.m. Battalion moved off. Strength 28 officers and 867 other ranks.
8 a.m. PONT-A-BRIQUE Railway Station. Arrived.
8.25 a.m. Battalion entrained the party of 3 officers and 101 other ranks which had left for HAVRE on 31st May joined Battalion here on the same train. Making out strength of 31 officers and 971 other ranks overseas.
At 3.15 p.m. the Battalion arrived in REMILLY WIRQUIN, where it remained until .....
5th June 1915:
7.15 a.m. Battalion marched off, with all 1st line transport in rear of the battalion, on arrival at road junction 1 kilometre west of BIENTQUES, the battalion followed in rear of Royal West Kent Regiment which was leading the battalion. The route taken was BIENTQUES - INGHEM - ECQUES - QUIESTEDE - BLARINGHEM - SERCUS.
2.28 p.m. Arrived and marched into bivouac 1 kilometre NNW of SERCUS Church.
4 p.m. Battalion on Brigade duty and furnished Brigade guard at CHATEAU SERCUS and an inlying piquet which was inspected by Major Floyd. Weather fine and hot.
6th June: the Battalion marched in stages SERCUS - 1 kilometre ENE of HAZEBROUCK RAILWAY STATION - STRAZEELE - MOOLENACKER - BAILLEUL to billets.
7th to 19th June: In morning various inspections were held, and bathing parades took place. Washing of underclothing, and cleaning kit was carried out by all companies. Men practiced methods of relieving trenches.
In afternoon men were given a rest for greater part of day. Heat very oppressive, very gentle NNE breeze.
In BAILLEUL, the Battalion underwent continuous training, drilling, and being inspected as the weather cooled a bit. At various times there were a few men listed in hospital, without any sense of from what they were suffering.
20th June 1915:
4.45 a.m. Battalion marched off from BAILLEUL.
9.05 a.m. Battalion Arrived ARMENTIERES.
9.40 a.m. All the men were settled in their billets in the ARRET BRIQ. Weather mild in morning and very hot in the afternoon, scarcely any wind.
2.30 p.m. All officers attended a lecture by G.O.C. 81st Infantry Brigade on the trenches etc round Armentières.
21st June 1915:
9.30 a.m. Officer and NCOs of "B", "C", and "D" companies attended lecture on trench warfare etc.
11.30 a.m. The medical officers attached to 81st Infantry Brigade lectured officers and N.C.O.s of "B", "C", and "D" Companies on GAS.
3.30 p.m. Officers and platoon sergeants of "B" and "C" companies visited the trenches of the 2/Gloucesters Regiment and 1/Royal Scots.
7.45 p.m. "D" Company marched to 81st Infantry Brigade Headquarter to draw tools for night digging. They formed a working party under the Royal Engineers.
8.45 p.m. "B" and "C" Companies marched off for 24 hours duty in the trenches, "B" going to the 2/Gloucester Regiment and "C" company to 1/Royal Scots.
9.15 p.m. "A" company returned from the trenches. Weather fine sunny and warm, slight westerly breeze. [5 men in hospital]
ARMENTIERES: 22nd June 1915:
2 a.m. "D" Company arrived back in billets after night digging at new 2nd line of trenches.
9.30 a.m. Officers and NCO's of "A" company were lectured on trench warfare etc.
11.30 a.m. Lecture on GAS by a medical officer, for officers and N.C.O.s of "A" Company.
3.30 p.m. Officers and platoon sergeants of "D" Company visited trenches of 1st Royal Scots.
8.45 p.m. "A" company marched off for 24 hours in the trenches with the 2nd Gloucester Regiment, and "D" company for 24 hours with 1st Royal Scots.
9 p.m. Sergeant Dennett accidently killed, strength now 30 officers, 970 other ranks. "B" and "C" companies returned from trenches. Weather fine, sunny and warm, north west wind.
ARMENTIERES: 23rd June 1915:
9.30 a.m. Officers and NCOs of "B" and "C" companies were lectured on trench warfare, etc.
3.30pm C.O., adjutant, Machine Gun officers and 2 officers per company proceeded to PLEOGSTEERT WOOD to go over trenches of 7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment and remain the night with them.
8.45 p.m. "B" and "C" companies marched off for 24 hours in the trenches with 2.Gloucester Regiment and 1/Royal Scots respectively.
9.15 a.m. "A" and "D" companies returned from trenches.
No. 394 Private B. Saunders, "C" Company wounded. Strength 30 officers and 969 other ranks [5 men in hospital]
ARMENTIERES. 25th June 1915:
6 p.m. Battalion moved off by companies starting at 6 p.m. and at intervals of ten minutes to take over trenches 20 to 36 inclusive in PLOEGSTEERT WOOD from 7/Warwick Regiment.
8.15 p.m. First company arrived and moved off into PLOEGSTEERT WOOD where the guides of Royal Warwicks were met.
11.55 p.m. All the companies were in position. Two men of 7th Royal Warwick Regiment killed in the crater whilst relief was being carried out. Weather cloudy and thundery, short showers, no wind. Strength 30 officers and 998 other ranks. [8 men in hospital]
"A" Company took over trenches 20-23 with 1 platoon at supporting point 10 PALK VILLA BRESTWORK.
"B" Company took over trenches 24, 31, and 32 with 1 Section at FORT BOYD.
"C" Company took over trenches 33 and 34, with one section at MOATED FARM.
"D" Company took over trenches 35 and 36, with 2 sections occupying ST IVES.
26th June 1915: Light intermittent firing throughout the night.
12.30 a.m. German working party discovered along hedge opposite 33 trench. "C" Company opened rifle fire on them, results not known.
1.15 a.m. No. 718 Private G. Dove "B" Company wounded in crater. Quiet along our front most of the day.
11.30 a.m. Our guns firing over trenches 20 to 23 bombarded German trenches with high explosive shells, several hits were made, German guns replied firing at wood over trenches 20 to 22. No. 8857 Sergeant A.F. Fraser wounded.
12.45 p.m. Germans sent 6 shells 150 yards in rear of 34 trench. Strength now 30 officers and 997 other ranks. Weather, fine, dull at times. No breeze.
There followed several days of intermittent rifle fire, mortar fire, rifle grenades, and high explosive shells in both directions without much impact. First whiffs of gas nearby (29th June) but none in their trenches.
30th June, Battalion moved into Reserve. 7 men in hospital.
So ended the Battalion's first exposure to the Front.
4th October 1915: MAZINGARBE: The day passed quietly. A few shells were dropped into the town, but did little damage. The day was fine except towards evening, when it rained hard. Order were received for a move the next day, and there were no working-parties.
5th October 1915. MAZINGARBE: In the morning there was a court-martial held on Private Edwards of "A" Company. Major Beeching, 6th Royal West Kent was president - in the afternoon orders were received for the move - In the morning, the C.O. and all the O.C. companies met the General at NOTRE DAME de CONSOLATION (G10 C72 - Sheet 36c. N.W.3 & Pt of 1) and went over the trenches, which were then being held by 1st GRENADIER GUARDS. The battalion moved at 6.15 p.m. by companies at 10 minutes interval (D.A. C.B. being the order of march). The road from MAZINGARBE to VERMELLES was thick with relieving troops, working-parties and transport. After passing VERMELLES, the Companies were brought to a halt on the HULLUCH ROAD owing to the congestion. The guides of the 1st GRENADIER GUARDS could not be found, and when at length new ones were brought, they could not find the way. The communication trenches were very crowded, and one company took five hours to get from Battalion H.Q. to the support trench. The relief was finally completed by 3.30 a.m. The dispositions of the Companies were:-
The battalion had three slight casualties from stray bullets on the VERMELLES - HULLOCH ROAD.
6th October 1915: TRENCHES: There was some shelling during the night, which increased in the early morning. The casualties were five killed and five wounded. During the day, work was carried on in improving the trenches. The new forward trench at G 18 B 6 9½ to G 18 B 9½ 5 was completed and manned by "C" Company.
7th October 1915: TRENCHES: Very heavy shelling all night on the South; this continued incessantly all day. Battalion H.Q. was shelled frequently and also the Reserve trench, in which "A" Company was situated. The continuation of this trench was attempted during the night to HAIE ALLEY, but had to be abandoned owing the heavy shelling.
8th October 1915: TRENCHES: About 8 a.m. Captain GULLICK was hit in the back on his way to Brigade H.Q. His wound, though painful, was not serious.
The French bombardment continued all day without cessation. Our sector of the line was, on the whole, quiet. A "gassing" officer came round to each of the Companies to arrange bays to hold the cylinders, but nothing further was done.
9th October 1915: TRENCHES: Our artillery was active. The Royal West Kent Regiment made an attack from their lines North of the HULLOCH road on the German trenches. The trench was taken in parts, but they were eventually driven out by bombs. The original front line was maintained.
10th October 1915: TRENCHES: Morning was quiet. 6th QUEENS REGIMENT relieved the battalion in the afternoon. New position taken up was in the Old British Line. North of HULLUCH-VERMELLES Road. Relief completed by 6 p.m. No casualties.
11th October 1915: TRENCHES: The Battalion was moved from the Old British line, to old German Line, with Battalion H.Q. in centre of Old German Line. The 6th Royal West Kent into old German line.
12th October 1915: TRENCHES: Battalion H.Q. moved from Old British line, to which EAST SURREY H.Q. came, up to the KIDNEYS, a small trench leading into BRESLAU AVENUE and CENTRE ALLEY. A Conference was held in the afternoon to discuss plans for the attack on the following day. Company Commanders received full instructions, and these were carefully explained to all ranks.
13th October 1915: TRENCHES: At 10.45 a.m. - the Companies moved from their positions and took up the following in the trenches North of CENTRE ALLEY:-
- "A" Company in front line G12 A pt.54 to G12 A 9½ B.
- "C" Company in S.F.T. G12 A 5 3 to G12 A 1½ 8. [Percy Forster's Company]
- "D" Company in support trench G12 A 42 to G12 C 6 9½.
- "B" Company in 2nd Support Trench G 12 A 2 1 to G 12 C 3 8.
At 12 noon the artillery began their bombardment. The enemy replied with some effect on our trenches. CENTRE ALLEY suffering some damage. At 1 p.m. a smoke cloud was created along the line, the portion on our front being made by the East Surrey Regiment. By about 2 p.m. all the smoke had cleared. At 2.15 p.m. the order was given to charge. "A" & "C" Companies went in one line, with "D" Company a few yards behind. The men were met with a terrific fire, machine guns on three sides, while the Germans were laying on their parapets giving rapid fire. The three Companies were practically wiped out. It was very difficult to get any information as Battalion H.Q. as all the wires were broken. At 5 p.m., "B" Company were ordered up to the S.F.T. and one Company of Royal West Kent Regiment to the Support trench.
Major Lloyd went up to the front line. The line was as far as possible reorganized. Our casualties were ten officers, viz. Major Furley, Major Soames D.S.O., Captain Davidson, Captain Brodis, Lieutenant Phillimore, Lieutenant March, 2nd Lieutenant Jelf, 2nd Lieutenant Lambert, 2nd Lieutenant Bainbridge Killed and 2nd Lieutenant Birkett wounded, and 400 other ranks (including Sergeant Burnett, acting Company Sergeant Major (C.S.M.) "A" Company and C.S.M. Glover of "C" Company.) [190 died according the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - listed below]
The night was fairly quiet, though some bombing took place. The following 5 officers reported at 10 p.m. Lieutenant A. Christmas, Lieutenant L.R. Dale, Lieutenant P. Lamb, 2nd Lieutenant H.E.B. Wilkins, 2nd Lieutenant G.F.A. de B. Wood.
14th October 1915: The 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment relieved the Battalion at 5 a.m. who took the trenches vacated in the Old British line. Numerous parties went up to find the bodies of officers and men. At 5 p.m. the 6th Queen's took over the trenches and the Battalion proceeded via Wings Way, FOSSE Way, and the Rutoire to billets in NOYELLES les VERMELLES. The Battalion were all in, without any casualties by 9 p.m.
15th October 1915: NOYELLES les VERMELLES: The officers that arrived on the 13th inst. were posted to companies as follows:
Lieutenant Christmas. A. to "A" Company and 2nd Lieutenant Wilkins, H.E.B. to "A" Company
Lieutenant Lamb. P. to "C" Company. Lieutenant Dale, L.R. and 2nd Lieutenant Wood, G.F.A.de B. to "D" Company.
In the afternoon, 15 men per hour had baths at Pint No.9. In the evening, the bodies of Captain Davidson, 2nd Lieutenant Bainbridge and 2nd Lieutenant Jelf, were brought down from the trenches.
16th October 1915: NOYELLES les VERMELLES. A draft of 42 other ranks arrived from BETHUNE. They were posted to "C" Company. At 12.30 p.m. there was a funeral service in the Military Cemetery at VERMELLES and Captain Davidson, 2nd Lieutenant Jelf and 2nd Lieutenant Bainbridge were buried. In the afternoon, the body of Lieutenant Philmore was recovered. He was buried at 5 p.m.
17th October 1915: NOYELLES les VERMELLES: The day passed quietly. 15 men per hour had baths. A draft of 52 men arrived and were posted to "A" Company. All the companies went for route-marches during the day. The weather was fine, but cold.
18th October 1915: NOYELLES les VERMELLES: The companies all had company drill and physical drill at 7 a.m.
19th October 1915: NOYELLES les VERMELLES to VERDUN: The Companies carried out company drill and physical exercises at 7 a.m.
The Battalion marched (starting at 3.30 p.m.) to VERQUIN via LABOURSE arriving at their new billets at CHATEAU DUHAMEL at 5.30 p.m.
Lieutenants J.C. Page and J.C.T. Leigh proceeded on seven days leave to England.
20th October 1915: VERQUIN: All Companies cleaned up billets and carried out Company drill and physical exercises during the day.
Refitting of battalion with necessary clothing and equipment proceeded with.
21st October 1915: VERQUIN: The General Officer Commanding XII Division inspected the Battalion at 10.15 a.m. and in a speech congratulated Lieutenant Eaton, officers and all ranks on the gallant work done on October 13th. He explained to them that though they had suffered heavy losses, they had only done their job, and that he felt convinced that on the next occasion of their meeting the enemy, they would get back a bit more than their own.
2nd Lieutenant E.A. Carter arrived for duty with the battalion and was posted to "A" Company.
22nd October 1915: VERQUIN: All Companies carried out Company drill, physical exercises, bombing classes and short route marches during the day.
23rd October 1915: VERQUIN: All Companies carried out physical exercises and bombing classes during the morning. In the afternoon the Battalion was inspected by G.O.C. Corps.
He conversed with each individual man in the Battalion and expressed himself as most favourably impressed with the smart and workmanlike appearance. he also stated that he deeply appreciated the fine work done by the battalion on October 13th and pointed out that through their fin work it had been possible for the regiments on our right and left to capture the enemy’s trenches.
24th October 1915: VERQUIN: Drills and instruction classes were carried out under company arrangements.
The Battalion completed their fitting out with equipment.
...... the next day they readied themselves to return to the support trenches – behind the 6th Queens who took over the front line.
"........At 2.15 p.m. the order was given to charge. "A" & "C" Companies went in one line, with "D" Company a few yards behind. The men were met with a terrific fire, machine guns on three sides, while the Germans were laying on their parapets giving rapid fire. The three Companies were practically wiped out ...... Our casualties were ten officers, viz. Major Furley, Major Soames D.S.O., Captain Davidson, Captain Brodis, Lieutenant Phillimore, Lieutenant March, 2nd Lieutenant Jelf, 2nd Lieutenant Lambert, 2nd Lieutenant Bainbridge Killed and 2nd Lieutenant Birkett wounded, and 400 other ranks (including Sergeant Burnett, acting Company Sergeant Major (C.S.M.) "A" Company and C.S.M. Glover of "C" Company.) [190 died according the Commonwealth War Graves Commission]. The 6th Battalion casualties are Remembered at Loos Memorial on Panel 15 to 19. The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay.
|Surname||Forename||Age||Honours Awards||Rank||Service No.||Cemetery Memorial||Additional
|ANDREWS||HERBERT EDWARD MARTIN||23||Private||'G/408'||Loos Memorial||SON OF HERBERT AND N. E. ANDREWS, OF 8, COUTHURST RD., BLACKHEATH, LONDON.|
|APPS||WILLIAM||Private||'G/1967'||Loos Memorial||Born in Burham, Kent|
|ARCHER||WILLIAM JAMES||23||Private||'G/2318'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MR. AND MRS. HENRY JAMES ARCHER, OF 11, COOKE ST., BARKING, ESSEX.|
|ASHMAN||FRANK RICHARD||Private||'G/426'||Loos Memorial||Born in Dover, Kent|
|ASPLIN||ERNEST EDWARD VAUGHAN||35||Private||'G/2351'||Loos Memorial||HUSBAND OF ADA E. ASPLIN, OF 7, SYDNEY RD., TILBURY, ESSEX.|
|ATTEWELL||ROBERT FREDERICK||18||Private||'G/3910'||Loos Memorial||SON OF JAMES AND SUSAN ATTEWELL, OF 32, MANILLA ST., MILLWALL, LONDON.|
|BAINBRIDGE||CARLYLE||20||Second Lieutenant||VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY
I. E. 13.
|Son of John William and Elizabeth Bainbridge, of 115, George Lane, Lewisham, London.|
|BALDWIN||JOSEPH WILLIAM||31||Lance Corporal||'G/449'||Loos Memorial||Husband of Lucy Baldwin, of 44, Gleadless Road, Leadless Road, Heeley, Sheffield.|
|BAXTER||ARTHUR||Private||'G/1055'||Loos Memorial||Born in Charlton, Kent|
|BEARD||GEORGE HENRY||31||Private||'G/644'||Loos Memorial||SON OF THE LATE GEORGE AND POLLY BEARD.|
|BELL||DONALD||19||Private||'G/73'||Loos Memorial||SON OF ELIZABETH BELL, OF 6, HAWLEY SQUARE, MARGATE, KENT, AND THE LATE ROBERT BELL.|
|BENOY||HERBERT HENRY||Private||'G/7795'||Loos Memorial||Resident of Tunbridge Wells|
|BERRY||DOUGLAS WILLIAM||27||Lance Corporal||'G/1831'||Loos Memorial||SON OF WILLIAM AND MARY PEARTON BERRY, OF 33, RUSSELL ST., READING.|
|BOTTING||EDWARD CHARLES||21||Private||'G/915'||Loos Memorial||SON OF JOHN AND KATE BOTTING, OF 12, WHEATLEY TERRACE, ERITH, KENT. ENLISTED SEPT., 1914.|
|BOWEN||WALTER CHARLES||29||Private||'G/638'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MRS. JULIA ANN BOWEN, OF 4, HADDO ST., GREENWICH, LONDON.|
|BRODIE||HUGH WILLIAM||Captain||Loos Memorial|
|BUBB||ERNEST JOHN WILLIAM||19||Private||'G/3047'||Loos Memorial||SON OF JAMES AND MARY ANN BUBB, OF MILL RD., STURRY, CANTERBURY.|
|BURNETT||JAMES EDWARD||Serjeant||'L/6036'||Loos Memorial|
|BURTON||CHARLES RICHARD||Private||'G/137'||Loos Memorial|
|BUTCHER||WILLIAM||24||Private||'G/100'||Loos Memorial||SON OF FREDERICK EDWARD BUTCHER, AND THE LATE JANE BUTCHER.|
|BUXTON||ARTHUR JOSEPH||Private||'S/10786'||Loos Memorial|
|CHAPMAN||JOHN||23||Lance Corporal||'G/1059'||Loos Memorial||Son of Alice Jones, of 23, Rivett St., Tidal Basin, London; Husband of Constance Chapman, of 381, Beckton Rd., Victoria Docks, London.|
|CHURCHILL||ALBERT EDWARD||Private||'G/1057'||Loos Memorial|
|CLARKE||EDWARD FRANK||29||Private||'G/4364'||Loos Memorial||SON OF GEORGE AND ELIZABETH CLARKE, OF KEEP ST., WEST CAMEL, YEOVIL, SOMERSET.|
|CLARKE||STEWART ALGERNON||34||Serjeant||'G/2659'||Loos Memorial||Son of the Late Rev. James Sanderson Clarke, Vicar of Goudhurst, Kent, and the Late Mrs. Clarke. A member of The London Stock Exchange. Enlisted, Sept., 1914.|
|COLE||A G||25||Private||'10260'||Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix
I. H. 17.
|SON OF GEORGE AND BESSIE COLE OF MULBERRY HILL, CHILHAM, KENT.|
|COOPER||JOHN HENRY||Corporal||'G/3072'||Loos Memorial|
|COOPER||WALTER EDWIN||Private||'G/1795'||Loos Memorial|
|COPUS||WILLIAM HENRY||30||Lance Serjeant||'G/2315'||Loos Memorial||SON OF THOMAS HENRY COPUS, OF 16, RIDCOURT ST., WOOLWICH, LONDON.|
|CROFT||JOHN FREDERICK MANNERS||20||Lance Corporal||'917'||Loos Memorial||SON OF ROBERT MANNERS CROFT AND AUGUSTA CROFT, OF COLD BLOW, WOODCHURCH, ASHFORD, KENT.|
|CROOK||HARRY||Lance Corporal||'G/3908'||Loos Memorial|
|CROUCHER||FREDERICK STEPHEN||22||Private||'C/39'||Loos Memorial||Son of Stephen Kelso Croucher and Matilda Jane Croucher, of 3, Ospringe St., Faversham, Kent.|
|DANES||ALBERT WILLIAM||20||Private||'G/271'||Loos Memorial||SON OF ARTHUR AND GRACE EMILY DANES, OF PARK HOUSE GARDENS, BOXLEY, MAIDSTONE.|
|DAVIDSON||CHRISTOPHER EDMUND GRANT||29||Captain||Vermelles British Cemetery
I. E. 11.
|Son of Lt. Col. C. M. Davidson (His Majesty's Bodyguard) and Jessie Rose Oliphant Davidson, of 14, Victoria Park, Dover. Born in London.|
|DENNE||PERCY||Private||'L/9998'||Loos Memorial||BROTHER OF MR. F. H. DENNE, OF 9, FLORA RD., RAMSGATE, KENT.|
|DICKSON||FREDERICK G.||Private||'G/385'||Loos Memorial|
|DUNCAN||ALBERT HENRY||Private||'L/9906'||Loos Memorial|
|EASTLAND||GEORGE EDWIN||29||Private||'G/103'||Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix
I. K. 4.
|BORN AT MARGATE.|
|ENTICOTT||EDGAR CHARLES||25||Private||'G/1077'||Loos Memorial||HUSBAND OF ETHEL ENTICOTT, OF 8, THE GROVE, HAYDN AVENUE, HAYDN RD., SHERWOOD, NOTTINGHAM.|
|FASHAM||WILLIAM||21||Private||'G/110'||Loos Memorial||SON OF STEPHEN WILLIAM FASHAM, OF 22, DENMARK RD., RAMSGATE, KENT.|
|FORREST||ALBERT HENRY||20||Mentioned in Despatches||Private||'G/4412'||Canadian Cemetery No.2, Neuville-St. Vaast
8. C. 10.
|SON OF MR. AND MRS. ALBERT ARTHUR FORREST, OF 33A, RUDDIGORE RD., NEW CROSS, LONDON.|
|FORSTER||PERCY||29||Private||'G/692'||Loos Memorial||Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Forster, of Chequers hill, Doddington, Sittingbourne, Kent. A Member of the St. John's Ambulance Brigade for 12 years. Enlisted in August 1914, proceeded to France, June, 1915.|
|FORSTER||WILLIAM GEORGE||22||Lance Corporal||'L9043'||Loos Memorial||Son of William and Elizabeth Ann Forster, of Thong House Bungalow, Shorne, Gravesend, Kent.|
|FURLEY||BERNARD EDWARD||30||Mentioned in Despatches||Major||Loos Memorial||YOUNGEST SON OF WALTER AND BESSIE BRUEN FURLEY, OF CANTERBURY.|
|GARTON||GEORGE EDWARD||22||Lance Corporal||'G/3907'||Loos Memorial||SON OF GEORGE CHARLES AND ELIZA GARTON, OF "WOODSIDE", CROYDON RD., REIGATE, SURREY.|
|GEORGE||JOHN EDWARD||39||Private||'G/1023'||Loos Memorial||SON OF JOSIAH GEORGE, OF 17, NORTH ST., CHARLTON, LONDON.|
|GIBBS||WARWICK HORACE||34||Private||'G/574'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MARIA GIBBS, OF PRESTON FROSTALL, WINGHAM, CANTERBURY, AND THE LATE CHARLES SANDUM GIBBS.|
|GILBERT||BERTRAM FREDERICK||Private||'G/2407'||Loos Memorial|
|GILLAN||J A||Serjeant||'G/128'||Loos Memorial||(SERVED AS MONRO).|
|GLOVER||THOMAS||Company Serjeant Major||'S/194'||Loos Memorial|
|GOLDFINCH||NATHANIEL||Lance Corporal||'G/4375'||Loos Memorial|
|GRAYLEN||WILLIAM||27||Private||'G/1025'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MRS. A. GRAYLEN; HUSBAND OF JENNIE GRAYLEN, OF 16, CYPRUS PLACE, NEW BECKTON, LONDON.|
|GREGORY||WALTER JOHN||Private||'G/1078'||Loos Memorial|
|GRIGG||CHARLES EDWARD||21||Private||'G/151'||Loos Memorial||SON OF JOHN AND EMILY GRIGG, OF 17, TRINITY PLACE, HERESON RD., RAMSGATE, KENT.|
|GRIGGS||THOMAS JAMES||20||Lance Corporal||'G/792'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MR. AND MRS. W. H. GRIGGS, OF "HIGHSTED", PRESTON, CANTERBURY.|
|HAINES||REGINALD GRAHAM||Private||'G/4281'||Loos Memorial|
|HANCOCK||FRANK||34||Private||'G/47'||Loos Memorial||SON OF WILLIAM HANCOCK, OF 154, FELSHAM RD., PUTNEY, LONDON.|
|HANKINS||JAMES JOSEPH FREDERICK||22||Lance Corporal||'L/9449'||Loos Memorial||SON OF GEORGE AND MARY HANKINS.|
|HANLON||PATRICK||35||Private||'G/3938'||Loos Memorial||SON OF THE LATE PATRICK HANLON.|
|HARE||SIDNEY||24||Corporal||'L/9094'||Loos Memorial||SON OF W. E. AND ROSE HARE, OF WILGATE GREEN FARM, THROWLEY, FAVERSHAM, KENT.|
|HARNDEN||HUBERT JOHN||19||Private||'G/2471'||Loos Memorial||SON OF WILLIAM AND LAURA SOPHIA HARNDEN, OF 3, IVY PLACE, YORK RD., CANTERBURY.|
|HARRINGTON||HERBERT FRANK ARCHIBALD||33||Private||'G/1063'||Loos Memorial||Son of Herbert and Kate Harrington, of 5, FIVE BELLS LANE, ROCHESTER, KENT; HUSBAND OF ETHEL ADA HARRINGTON, OF 10, CORINTHIAN RD., ERITH, KENT.|
|HATCHER||PERCY FIDLER||27||Private||'G/71'||Loos Memorial||SON OF GEORGE AND EMILY JANE HATCHER, OF 30, ADDINGTON RD., MARGATE, KENT.|
|HATTER||CHARLES ENGLEFIELD||24||Lance Corporal||'G/487'||Loos Memorial||SON OF CHARLES AND FANNY HATTER, OF 96, GRECIAN ST., MAIDSTONE.|
|HAXELL||WILLIAM||22||Private||'G/411'||Loos Memorial||SON OF WILLIAM CHARLES AND HARRIETT HAXELL, OF 40, MAXIMFELDT RD., ERITH, KENT.|
|HEWETT||THOMAS HENRY||21||Private||'G/624'||Loos Memorial||SON OF THOMAS FOSTER HEWETT AND ELIZABETH HEWETT, OF 4, BATH PLACE, CLIFTONVILLE, MARGATE, KENT.|
|HIGGINS||HARRY VICTOR||18||Private||'G/773'||Loos Memorial||Son of Harry and Louisa Higgins, of Chequer hill, Doddington, Sittingbourne, Kent.|
|HOLMES||HERBERT HORACE||20||Private||'G/793'||Loos Memorial||Son of George and Alice Holmes, of New House Cottages, Sheldwich, Faversham, Kent.|
|HOWLAND||WILLIAM||18||Private||'G/4361'||Loos Memorial||SON OF GEORGE AND JANE HOWLAND, OF SUNNYSIDE, HYTHE, KENT.|
|HUGGIN||BENJAMIN||Lance Corporal||'G/386'||Loos Memorial|
|HYLANDS||CHARLES||24||Private||'G/210'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MR. J. H. HYLANDS, OF OLD TOWN COTTAGE, SELMESTON, SUSSEX.|
|JELF||CHARLES GORDON||29||Second Lieutenant||VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY
I. E. 12.
|Son of the Rev. George E. Jelf, D.D. and Katherine F. Jelf, of Squerryes Lodge, Westerham. Native of Rochester.|
|JELL||CHARLES GEORGE||22||Private||'G/3923'||Loos Memorial||Son of George and Clara Jell, of Townsend Cottages, St. Margaret's-at-Cliff, Kent.|
|JENNINGS||ALFRED HENRY||25||Private||'G/4358'||Loos Memorial||Son of James William and Sarah Jane Jennings, of 6, Monkton Place, High Street, Ramsgate, Kent.|
|JOHNSON||DOUGLAS CLAUDE ALLEN||21||Private||'G/591'||Loos Memorial||SON OF GEORGE AND ELENOR JOHNSON, OF VENESS HOUSE, APPLEDORE, KENT.|
|JOHNSON||FREDERICK SIDNEY||31||Private||'G/572'||Loos Memorial||Son of Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Johnson, of Wickhambreaux, Canterbury.|
|JONES||NORMAN ALDHAM||Lance Corporal||'G/246'||Loos Memorial|
|JORDAN||THOMAS FRANCIS||Private||'G/172'||Loos Memorial|
|KEELEY||THOMAS JAMES||27||Private||'G/412'||Loos Memorial||SON OF THE LATE JOHN AND MARY ANN KEELEY, OF 14 COMET ST., HIGH ST., DEPTFORD, LONDON.|
|KILBY||WALTER||Lance Corporal||'G/1769'||Loos Memorial|
|KILSBY||JOHN HENRY||23||Private||'G/2412'||Loos Memorial||Son of Walter John and Sarah Flora Kilsby, of 45, Caxton Street, Victoria Docks, London.|
|KINCH||WILLIAM||33||Private||'G/2345'||Loos Memorial||Son of the Late William and Mary Ann Kinch; Husband of Lillian Attwood (Formerly Kinch), of 3, Robert's Road, Belvedere, Kent.|
|LAKER||EDWIN||19||Private||'G/46'||Loos Memorial||Son of George and Eliza Laker, of Holly Lodge, Rumfields, Broadstairs, Kent.|
|LAMBERT||DOUGLAS||Second Lieutenant||Loos Memorial|
|LAWRENCE||GEORGE HENRY||Private||'G/430'||Loos Memorial|
|LEE||LEONARD||30||Private||'L/7755'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MRS. EMMA LEE.|
|LEWIS||JOHN NORTON||31||Private||'L/7776'||Loos Memorial||Son of William and Mary Ann Lewis, of Dover; Husband of Daisy Gertrude Manser (formerly Lewis), of 40, St. James' St., Dover.|
|LOUND||TOM||25||Private||'G/66'||Loos Memorial||SON OF TOM AND THERESA ANN LOUND, OF 12, BROWN'S YARD, INTAKE, SHEFFIELD.|
|MANN||HERBERT||25||Lance Corporal||'G/25'||Loos Memorial||SON OF EMMA MANN, OF 11, HORSEFENY RD., WESTMINSTER, LONDON, AND THE LATE HERBERT VICTOR MANN.|
|MANSER||JOSEPH||25||Lance Serjeant||'G/173'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MR AND MRS H MANSER, OF 17, DELF ST SANDWICH, KENT.|
|MAPLE||ERNEST||38||Private||'S/120'||Loos Memorial||SON OF THE LATE WILLIAM AND OF ELIZABETH MAPLE, OF RINGWOULD, DOVER.|
|MARSH||CHARLES HENRY||Private||'G/376'||Loos Memorial|
|MARSH||CHARLES WALTER BROCKWELL||24||Lieutenant||Loos Memorial||Son of the Late Rev. W. Marsh, M.A., and of Mrs. F.M. Marsh, of The College, South Cerny, Cirencester, Glos. Scholar of Wadham College, Oxford. B.A. 1914.|
|MAXTED||ALBERT EDWARD||Corporal||'G/402'||Loos Memorial|
|MAYBOURNE||ERNEST EDWARD||21||Private||'G/15'||Loos Memorial||SON OF ALFRED AND ELLEN MAYBOURNE.|
|MINTER||PERCY||30||Corporal||'G/564'||Loos Memorial||SON OF EDWARD AND LUCY MINTER, OF 2, KENSHAM VILLAS, MANOR RD., UPPER DEAL, KENT.|
|MOOR||WILLIAM||39||Private||'G/745'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MRS. ANN MOOR, OF 2, MILTON COTTAGES, KEYCOL HILL, SITTINGBOURNE, KENT.|
|MOREN||HERBERT ARTHUR||20||Private||'L/10239'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MR. AND MRS. JOHN MOREN, OF 29, PARKER ST., SILVERTOWN. LONDON.|
|MOYES||WALTER||42||Private||'G/2327'||Loos Memorial||SON OF RICHARD AND HANNAH MOYES, OF STONE, DARTFORD, KENT.|
|McLEARIE||JOHN THOMAS||Private||'G/3909'||Loos Memorial|
|NEELY||DANIEL||39||Corporal||'L/4520'||Loos Memorial||Son of Mary Neely, of Chapel Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, and the Late Robert Neely. Served in the South Africa Campaign.|
|NEWLAND||FREDERICK THOMAS||21||Private||'G/237'||Loos Memorial||SON OF THE LATE THOMAS AND SARAH NEWLAND.|
|ORSLER||HARRY JAMES ELIJAH||23||Lance Corporal||'G/2292'||Loos Memorial||Son of Susan Martin (formerly Orsler), of 17, Appold Street, Erith, Kent, and the late Harry Orsler.|
|PAGE||CHARLES WILLIAM||27||Private||'G/571'||Loos Memorial||Son of Charles and Charlotte Page, of Flederland Lane, Sandwich, Kent.|
|PARKER||FRANK RAY||Private||'G/567'||Loos Memorial|
|PEMBLE||FREDERICK WALTER||Private||'G/167'||Loos Memorial|
|PERRY||WILLIAM JAMES||32||Private||'L/7791'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MR. J. E. AND MRS. J. PERRY, OF 4 FERN COTTAGES, SHOLMSFORD ST., CHARTHAM, CANTERBURY.|
|PETIFER||FREDERICK ALFRED||24||Private||'G/1794'||Loos Memorial||SON OF ALFRED AND MARY ANN JAY PETIFER, OF 45, HAZELWOOD RD., WALTHAMSTOW, ESSEX.|
|PHILLIMORE||JASPER PRESCOTT||23||Lieutenant||VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY
I. E. 10.
|Son of Joseph and Alice Ellen Phillimore. A Student of St. Augustine's College, Canterbury. B.Sc. (London). Born at New Quay, Cornwall.|
|POINTER||ALBERT EDWARD||32||Private||'G/3924'||Loos Memorial||HUSBAND OF MARGARET J. POINTER, OF 19, BLOOMSBURY RD., RAMSGATE, KENT.|
|POOLE||THOMAS||Lance Corporal||'G/278'||Loos Memorial|
|POTTER||SYDNEY DANIEL||Private||'G/1052'||Loos Memorial|
|PRICE||FREDERICK HORACE WALTER||Private||'G/4895'||Loos Memorial|
|PULLEE||WILLIAM||39||Private||'G/5108'||Loos Memorial||SON OF THE LATE MRS. ELIZA PULLEE.|
|RANDALL||PERCY ALFRED||25||Lance Corporal||'G/1797'||Loos Memorial||Son of Louisa Emily Randall, of 23, Carmina Road, Upper Tooting, London, and the Late Robert George Randall.|
|RENOUF||FRANK GEORGE||31||Private||'G/36'||Loos Memorial||Son of the Late Captain and Mrs. Thomas Philip Renouf, of Jersey. A Professional Golfer.|
|REYNOLDS||JAMES THOMAS||29||Private||'G/552'||Loos Memorial||SON OF JAMES AND JANE REYNOLDS, OF EGMORE HATCH, EASTLING, FAVERSHAM, KENT.|
|RIBBONS||FREDERICK CHARLES||Private||'G/4419'||Loos Memorial|
|ROBBINS||FREDERICK THOMAS||27||Private||'L/8738'||Loos Memorial||SON OF GEORGE ROBBINS, OF 2, ROSE COTTAGES, CLAY HILL, GOUDHURST, KENT.|
|ROGERS||WALLACE HERBERT||31||Private||'G/5912'||Loos Memorial||Son of William Rogers. Husband of Lilian Maud Naime (formerly Rogers), of 3, Francis Terrace, Ann's Road, Ramsgate, Kent.|
|SEDGWICK||GEORGE ALFRED||Serjeant||'S/193'||Loos Memorial|
|SHARPLESS||FREDERICK||20||Private||'L/10551'||Loos Memorial||SON OF FREDERICK W. AND S. M. SHARPLESS, OF MAIN ST., BARKBY, LEICESTER.|
|SHOESMITH||ALFRED||24||Private||'G/3930'||Loos Memorial||SON OF HAMLET AND EMILY SHOESMITH, OF 102, LARCH ST., NELSON, LANCS.|
|SHRUBSHALL||WILLIAM RICHARD||18||Private||'G/797'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MR. AND MRS. W. R. SHRUBSHALL, OF 110, UPPER BRENTS, FAVERSHAM, KENT.|
|SMITH||EDWARD FREDERICK||Private||'G/26'||Loos Memorial|
|SMITH||HERBERT ARTHUR||Private||'G/44'||Loos Memorial|
|SMITH||WILLIAM CHARLES||Private||'G/5941'||Loos Memorial|
|SMITH||WILLIAM HERBERT THOMAS||Private||'L/8132'||Loos Memorial||BROTHER OF MRS. MARY CHARLESWORTH, OF 39, STATION RD., STROOD, KENT.|
|SMITH||WILLIAM TRAYTON||27||Serjeant||'L/8019'||Loos Memorial||SON OF AARON SMITH, OF 58, ODO RD., DOVER.|
|SOAMES||ALFRED||53||D S O||Major||Loos Memorial||SON OF THE REV. CHARLES SOAMES, RECTOR OF MILDENHALL, MARLBOROUGH, AND LYDIA GORDON SOAMES.|
|SPARROWHAWK||ALFRED WILLIAM||Private||'G/4371'||Loos Memorial|
|SPENCER||FREDERICK WILLIAM||Private||'G/398'||Loos Memorial|
|SPILLETT||FREDERICK JAMES||29||Private||'G/583'||Loos Memorial||SON OF GEORGE AND EMMA SPILLETT, OF EGMORE HATCH, EASTLING, FAVERSHAM, KENT.|
|STOKES||FRANK||21||Private||'G/1'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MRS. ANNIE STOKES, OF 21, BREWERY COTTAGES, HYTHE, KENT.|
|STONE||WILLIAM||35||Lance Corporal||'S/158'||Loos Memorial||Son of William Henry and Eliza Stone; husband of Lizzie Stone, of 125, Peabody Buildings, Bedfordbury, London.|
|STORR||PERCY FREDERICK||Lance Corporal||'G/77'||Loos Memorial|
|SUMMERSBY||ALBERT L. G.||Private||'4080'||Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery|
|SUTTON||GEORGE EDWARD||25||Serjeant||'L/8529'||Loos Memorial||Son of Hannah Elizabeth Sutton, of 24, Claughton Rd, Plaistow, London, and the Late Albert James Sutton.|
|THOMPSON||PERCY||Lance Corporal||'G/510'||Loos Memorial|
|TILLEY||GEORGE LEONARD||21||Private||'G/576'||Loos Memorial||Son of Walter and Emily Tilley, of Ledsham, South Milford, Yorks.|
|TINDELL||HENRY WILLIAM||Private||'L/8424'||Loos Memorial|
|TODD||ALFRED||32||Private||'G/29'||Loos Memorial||SON OF ALFRED AND THE LATE ALICE TODD.|
|TODD||JAMES ROBERT||Private||'G/3898'||Loos Memorial|
|TOLHURST||GEORGE||20||Private||'G/926'||Loos Memorial||SON OF GEORGE AND CAROLINE TOLHURST, OF 59, SELCROFT RD., EAST GREENWICH, LONDON.|
|TRICE||WALTER CHARLES||19||Private||'G/139'||Loos Memorial||SON OF SAMUEL CHARLES TRICE, OF 8, COPPIN ST., DEAL.|
|TROTT||HENRY JOHN||Private||'G/409'||Loos Memorial|
|TRULL||ARTHUR WILLIAM HENRY||22||Private||'G/410'||Loos Memorial||Son of Henry James and Harriett Trull, of 26, Northumberland Park, North Heath, Erith, Kent.|
|TUPP||CECIL JOHN||Private||'G/577'||Loos Memorial|
|TUPPER||CHARLES E.||21||Private||'G/389'||Loos Memorial||SON OF CHARLES AND HETTY TUPPER, OF 8, ALMA RD., ECCLES, MAIDSTONE.|
|WATKINS||HENRY JOHN||Private||'G/798'||Loos Memorial|
|WATSON||FRANK||23||Private||'G/190'||Loos Memorial||SON OF MR. E. WATSON.|
|WEBB||JACK GEORGE||21||Private||'G/2367'||Loos Memorial||Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Webb, of 93, Gosport Road, Walthamstow, Essex.|
|WELLS||GEORGE FREDERICK||22||Private||'G/198'||Loos Memorial||Son of Frederick and Sarah Wells, of Lime Cottage, Ash, Canterbury.|
|WENBAN||FRANCIS HENRY||Private||'L/8122'||Loos Memorial|
|WEST||ERNEST FREDERICK||28||Private||'G/70'||Loos Memorial||Son of George and Eliza West, of 15, Victoria Road, St. Peter's, Broadstairs, Kent; Husband of Mary Catherine West, of 3, Percy Road, Ramsgate, Kent.|
|WHEELER||ISAAC ALFRED||Private||'G/392'||Loos Memorial|
|WHITTINGHAM||GEORGE HENRY||22||Private||'G/404'||Loos Memorial||Son of William and Elizabeth Whittingham, of "Holmleigh", Lower Lane, Chirbury, Salop.|
|WILLIAMS||ERNEST HENRY||35||Private||'G/405'||Loos Memorial||Son of Edward and Jane Williams, of 26, Church St., Margate, Kent; Jusband of the Late Florence Williams. Served with the Buffs in the South African Campaign.|
|WILLIAMS||PHILLIP||27||Private||'G/6504'||Loos Memorial||SON OF JOHN AND MARY ANN WILLIAMS, OF 4, CURRE ST., ABERAMAN, ABERDARE, GLAM.|
|WILSON||ALBERT ERNEST||19||Private||'G/1084'||Loos Memorial||SON OF HENRY AND ROSETTA WILSON, OF 20, CAROLINE ST., PEAS HILL RD., NOTTINGHAM.|
|WOOD||WILLIAM HENRY||19||Private||'G/3940'||Loos Memorial||BROTHER OF JAMES H. WOOD, OF COSY COTTAGE, TURNER ST., RAMSGATE, KENT.|
|WOODCOCK||ERNEST||28||Private||'G/48'||Loos Memorial||SON OF ADOLPHUS AND CHARLOTTE WOODCOCK, OF STOURMOUTH, CANTERBURY.|
|WOODHOUSE||ROBERT WILLIAM||Private||'G/1086'||Loos Memorial|
|WOOLSTON||CHARLES FRASER||20||Serjeant||'G/69'||Loos Memorial||Son of Charles Walter and Elizabeth Darby Woolston, of "Stanmore", 314, Brownhill Road, Catford, London.|
|YOUNG||FREDERICK GEORGE||Private||'S/87'||Loos Memorial|
Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) web site