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11am on Monday 4th August 2014 eight wreaths where laid to commemorate
the start of WWI
Charles BENNETT was
born about 1899. In the 1901 census he was aged 2 yrs living with parents William &
Eliza Bennett, at the Post Office, Culverstone, Ash also with eight older
brothers and sisters, one called William.
The CWGC have him as Private G/69938 serving with the 10th
Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) and recorded as killed
in action on 8th August 1918. He is listed on the
Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen
William BENNETT was
born about 1888 in Stansted. He appears In the Southfleet Census
for 1901 aged 12 years old and living with his uncle.
The CWGC have him as Private
L/8312 Killed in Action 4th April 1915. 1st
Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) age 26. Cemetery: Tuileries
British Cemetery, Leper, West-Vlaanderen, Belguim. His next of kin was recorded
as his mother Mrs Sarah Ann Roots, of Plumrush, Harvel, Meopham, Kent.
Alfred Horace CHATFIELD
The CWGC have only one Alfred Horace Chatfield listed as
follows: Alfred Horace Chatfield, Private 57155
(formerly G/8863) Killed in Action 2nd November 1916.
9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment (formerly East Kent Regiment) No next
of kin recorded. The GW-CD have the same, plus Born: Sevenoaks, Enlisted:
Gravesend Residence: Wrotham. Electoral Roll 1914 + 1915 – no
Chatfield parents listed
The CWGC have Private G/9348 A. Cole Killed in Action 16th September
1916. 10th Bn Queen's Own (Royal West
Kent Regiment). Son of John and Sarah Ann Cole, of Weald, Sevenoaks,
1914 + 1915 Electoral Register has a John COLE at Pease Hill, Ash. A notice
of his death in the Kent Messenger Newspaper for 21st Oct 1916 names his parents
as Mr & Mrs John Cole, Man’s
Farm, West Yoke
A search of the CWGC website lists only three Alfred Dedmans. Two have next of
kin in Canvey Island, Essex and Caversham, near Reading, the third as follows. Private
Alfred Dedman G/10997, 2nd Battalion, West Sussex Regiment Rank: Killed in
Action 9th September
1916. No next of kin recorded.
The GW–CD lists - Private Alfred Dedman G/10997 2nd
Battalion, West Sussex Regiment, killed in Action 9th September 1916.
No next of kin recorded. Born: Northfleet Enlisted:
Woolwich Residence none recorded
Electoral Roll for Ash 1914 + 1915 – no Dedman family listed
Alec B HAMILTON
Lieutenant. possibly died August 1918. A search of the CWGC
website for A. B. Hamilton lists three, none of which seem likely. However a
search with just A. Hamilton gives Alexander Hamilton Lieutenant. Royal Air
Force Unit 3rd Sqdn. Aged 23, date of Death: 8th August 1918. Next of Kin:
Thomas B. and Annie Brown Hamilton, of Eastwell Court, Ashford, Kent.
Commonwealth War Dead Memorial ARRAS
FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL. 1914 Electoral Roll of Ash lists
HAMILTON, Idley Farm, Idley
William Alfred JAMES Spr
19446 Killed in Action 9th May 1915. 7th
Division Signal Coy., R.E. Son of Mrs L. James, of 15, Ewart Rd,
Chatham. His wife was recorded as Emily Pratt (formerly James) of The Street,
Ash Marriage Register 23 August 1913 William Alfred JAMES (21) & Emily
1914 Electoral Roll for Ash lists Albert JAMES West Yoke, Ash. Born about 1892 (1901
Angus McPHEE A
search the CWGC website lists nine Angus or A
McPhee's. The GW-CD lists Private S/7191
Angus McPhee, Killed in Action May 1917.
1/8th Battalion, Princess Louise’s (Argyll & Sutherland
Highlanders).- Born: Archatton, Argylls Enlisted: Bromley
Residence: Creagan, Argylls
1915 Electoral Register for Ash lists Dugald McPhee at the Malt House, Ash.
1914/1915 Newspaper Dartford Chronicle Roll of Honor lists Angus & Dugald
McPhee, possibly brothers
Private 8080, died at Ash 28th January
1918. Buried in Ash Churchyard. No connection with Ash found todate. Born about 1887. No
likely candidate found in 1901 Census.
The CWGC website lists him with No. 3 coy,
1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Husband of Emily Harriet Jenkins, 28 Dorset
Ash Burial Register – James Jenkins, abode Post Office Ash,
buried 1st February 1918. CWGC Headstone in Ash Churchyard - age 31.
G.R.O. search - Marriage
– James Jenkins to Emily Harriett Ling - Ref 1913 Jun Depwade 4b 415
G.R.O. search – shows he had a son James W. Jenkins, (mothers maiden name Ling)
1914 Jun Willesden 3a 659
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Richard Stoddart BENSON, D.S.O.,
aged 47, was Captain of the destroyer "H.M.S. Exmouth" that was
torpedoed on 21st January 1940 in the North Sea, off the coast of Wick
with the loss of all hands. He had lived at Ash Place (Manor) before the
war with his wife Cicely Katherine (nee Beauchamp). He was the Son of Henry and
Maud Benson and is also commemorated on the PORTSMOUTH
NAVAL MEMORIAL A full account of the sinking is given by Bob Baird at "Sinking
of the "H.M.S. Exmouth"
Charles Frederick. EVANS aged
20, was the son Sidney Cecil and Beatrice Evans of Butlers Place, Ash. Charles
was a Flight Sergeant Air Gunner, 186609, died 28th October 1944 while serving
with R.A.F. Squadron 356 equipped with Liberator Bombers, that was based Salbani,
India. Attacks on Japanese bases in Burma, Sumatra and Malaya were carried out.
C.F. Evans is buried in the RANCHI
Ernest Arthur FARNELL aged
28 years, was married to Alfreda Joyce BEVAN at Ash Church on 12th December 1942, and lived at 4,
Billet Cottages, Ash. Alfreda died in the summer of 2007, never having re-married.
Ernest was a Flight Sergeant, Service No. 1390007, and served with
the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit 630 Sqdn. Based at East Kikby,
Spilsby, Lincolnshire, part of 5 Bomber Group. On the night of 30th
March 1943 he flew as navigator on Lancaster JB288, piloted by Pilot Officer
A.G.C. Johnson on an air-raid on Nuremberg, Germany. There were very heavy
losses that night and early in the morning of the 31st March, their
plane was shot down by a German night-fighter about 20 miles north of Nuremburg.
Ernest A. Farnell, Johnson, and two other members of the aircrew, Flight Sergeant McGill
and Sergeant France were killed and are buried in DURNBACH
WAR CEMETERY. Flying Officer Headlam,
Sergeant Watts and another crew member survived the crash and were taken
David Barclay HENNELL
aged 32, son of Rev Harold Barclay Hennell
former vicar of Ash and Ethel Hennell, was a Captain, 198377, in The King’s
Royal Rifle Corps died 6th June 1943 in the U.K. and is buried at Ridley.
Thomas Barclay HENNELL
aged 42, son of Rev Harold Barclay
Hennell former vicar of Ash and Ethel Hennell, was granted a Temporary
Commission as a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Unit on becoming
a war artist in 1944. He visited Cherbourg Harbour amongst other places
following the Allied Invasion of France. He then went to the Far East as a war
artist covering the campaign against the Japanese and was killed by terrorists
in Indonesia on 5th November 1945 soon after the end of WWII.
Frederick R. W. HOLLANDS
aged 24, son of Albert and Agnes Hollands;
husband of Stella Minnie Grace Hollands, of Ash. Served as a stoker, service
number C/KX 120816, on H.M.M.L. (possibly Her Majesties Mine Layer
or Motor Launch) 262. He died on
28th March 1942 and is commemorated on the CHATHAM
an account of the raid on St Nazaire on 28th March 1942 a ML 262 is
mentioned several times at http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_stnazaire2.html
Denis George Patrick LEAVEY
aged 33, son of George Edmund and Marion
Louise Leavey of South Ash Manor and husband of Mary Alicia Leavey, of Fareham,
Hampshire, died 28th July 1944.
He served as a Captain, service number 90278, with "A"
Sqn., 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, Royal Armoured Corps who had landed on ‘Gold
Beach’, Normandy on D-Day 6th June 1944. On the first day ‘A’ Squadron
with the 7th Battalion Green Howards following a route through CREPON liberated
CREULLY. This small town is where the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards Memorial is
situated. The Regiment took part in the bitter fighting at CRISTOT against
elements of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend. He was buried in the BAYEUX
Charles George SMITH
aged 35, Son of Sidney and Alice Smith of Rose
Cottage, Ash and husband of Lena K. Smith, of Gillingham. He was a Petty Officer
Stoker, service number C/K 66780, on H.M.S. Candyytuft and died 10th September
1941 as the result of an explosion
that occurred within twenty-four hours of leaving Reykjavik, Iceland where she
had docked for a major refit. Fourteen men were killed and eleven injured as a
result of the explosion.
aged 25, son of Harry and Alice Rosa White, of
Butlers Place, Ash. He was a Private, service number 6290311 and served
with The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). He died on 7th October 1943 and is
buried in BARI
September 1943 the Allied invasion of the Italian mainland began with a
landing in the south near Reggio and, a few days later, in the Gulf of Salerno
Margaret Jane SHARMAN
(Civilian) Aged 10, daughter of Henry
Harold and Lily Sharman, of 18 Butlers Place, Ash and died 4th October 1940 when
a high explosive bomb fell at the back of Butlers Place during the 'Battle of