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Imperial War Museum War Partnership logoFirst World War - On this Day..... Centenary Commemorations

Commemoration of casualties from the Parochial Parish of Kingsdown and Creekside

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Poppies for CommemorationAt 11pm on 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany, ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history.

At the end of the centenary commemorations in 2018, the Lynsted biographies will be pulled together in a Book of Remembrance.

The Casualties: From this page you can follow the First World War as it was experienced through the sacrifices of casualties from our Parish and nearby. The family connections of soldiers and the places in our Parishes fromwhich they came.Outside Lynsted Parish, we have included names and records from other Parishes within the Kingsdown and Creekside Parochial Parish but the greatest detail is given for Lynsted Parish throughthe Society WW1Project.

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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

Date of death Person   Notes
6th September 1914
[CWGC wrongly give the date as 5th September 1914]
Guy Christopher Ottley OLDFIELD (of Doddington).
Serving in the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment (attached to Kings African Rifles)
Remembered with Honour.
Killed in Action, aged 25.
More....
Memorial: Newnham and Doddington
Theatre: British East Africa (Kenya)
He was the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher George Oldfield, R.A.. Nephew of Brigadier General Jeffreys, of Doddington Place where Guy spent much of his childhood.
10th October & the 1st Battle(s) of Ypres: The dates for the "1st Battle of Ypres" vary according to sources and definitions used. Field Marshal Viscount French, who was in charge of British Forces in theatre at this time, gives 15th October as the start in his book "1914" (pub. 1919). However, according to the "Report of the Battles Nomenclature Committee, 9th July 1920", the '1st Battle' was made up of four battles that took place simultaneously during the period 10th October-11th November 1914.
20th October 1914 Arthur Richard MEDGETT (of Newnham, Kent). Remembered with Honour.
Killed in Action, aged 26.
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Memorial: Newnham and Doddington [Newnham Panel as "A. Midgett"]
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died near Radinghem.
One of 12 children of William and Mary Ann Medgett living in Goodnestone (near Canterbury/Sandwich). Five or six sons served during WW1. Only Arthur died; his younger brother Albert (Sgt) won the Military Medal.
19th December 1914 Charles Alfred TOLHURST (of Lynsted with Kingsdown) Remembered with honour.
Killed in Action, aged 30.
More....
Memorial: Lynsted Church
Theatre: France and Flanders

Died near Armentieres. Re-buried ("Concentrated" from a nearby cemetery that had been marked by a cross) in Y-Farm Cemetery, Bois Grenier (3 miles south of Armentieres).
First joined the Buffs in 1902, became active in 1904. Re-enlisted (The Buffs) on declaration of war.
25th December 1914 Walter George SMITH
(of Newnham)
Remembered with Honour.
Killed in Action, aged 25.
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Memorial: Newnham and Doddington [Newnham Panel]
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died near Radinghem. Buried in Y-Farm Cemetery, Bois Grenier (3 miles south of Armentieres).
1915      
7th January 1915 Sidney Frances KITE
(of Doddington)
Remembered with Honour.
Killed on Home Service, infectious disease, aged 33. More....
Memorial: Newnham and Doddington
Theatre: Home Service
Died: Registered death in Faversham (appears to have died from infectious disease in hospital facilities at Lenham/Hollingbourne nearby)
8th - 14th January 1915: The Battle of Soissons. A brief and ferocious battle as the French tried to secure a 132-metre hill (Hill 132) but had to retreat after the River Aisne was flooded, destroying bridges to the rear of French forces. Only after they were able to construct replacement bridges were they able to retreat. Illustrated London News Report "The Battle of Soissons: Aisne Floods and Bombarded Buildings." Illustrated London News [London, England] 6 Feb. 1915: 184."
22nd January 1915 Henry BURLEY
(of Luddenham)
Remembered with Honour, died from disease, aged 44.
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Memorial: Gillingham (Woodlands Cemetery) - Family living in Luddenham
Theatre: Home (ship at Sheerness)
Died: Influenza or Enteric Fever (Typhoid) in Gillingham Hospital.
8th April 1915 Charles Edward HIGGINS
(Teynham Memorial)
Remembered with Honour, aged 21. Died from disease.
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Memorial: Teynham Church; Dover Marine Station (SE&C Railway Memorial); Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery.
Theatre: France; returned Home ill.
Died: Scarlet Fever, in Gillingham Hospital.
12th April 1915 William James PILE
(of Teynham)
Remembered with Honour, aged 34. More.... Memorial: Teynham Church
Theatre: France & Flanders
Died: near Zonnebeke. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate), Panel 12 & 14
20th April 1915 Ernest RIDLEY
(of Teynham)
Remembered with Honour, died from disease, aged 28. More... Memorial: Teynham Church, East Boundary
Theatre: Home (Fort Pitt Hospital)
Died:
Registered Faversham
22nd April 1915: The Second Battle of Ypres opens with a sustained German attack that included the first use of poisonous gas on the battlefield on the first day. Ended on 25th May [Ref: HMSO 1922] - Personal recollections of the early part of this Battle include the account of George Archibald Hall (Teynham, below) and two soldiers' letters.
2nd May 1915
George Abraham HALL
(of Teynham)
Remembered with Honour, Killed in Action, aged 31. More... Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 12 and 14)
Theatre: France and Flanders

Died: from German shelling of forward trenches in the LANGEMARK/ GRAFENSTAFEL area. Body not recovered.
3rd May 1915 Leonard TERRY
(of Teynham)
Remembered with Honour, Killed in Action, aged 28. More... Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 12 and 14)
Theatre: France and Flanders

Died: from German shelling of forward trenches in the LANGEMARK/ GRAFENSTAFEL area. Body not recovered.
13th May 1915 Stephen CHAMP
(of Teynham)
Remembered with Honour, Killed in Action, aged 40 years. More ... Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 11
Theatre: Mediterranean Theatre

Died: HMS Goliath torpedoed off the Gallipoli Peninsula (Dardanelles)
25th May 1915: The Second Battle of Ypres ends [Ref: HMSO 1922].
27th May 1915 Arthur HUGHES
(of Lynsted with Kingsdown)
Remembered with Honour, Killed in H.M.S. Princess Irene in a catastrophic explosion off Sheerness, aged 30 years. More ... Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 11
Theatre:
Home
Died: HMS Princess Irene catastrophic explosion.
19th June 1915 Frederick Percy CARLTON
(of Lynsted with Kingsdown)
Remembered with Honour, Killed in Action, aged 19 (actually 18 years and 2 months.) More ... Memorial: Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery - Grave Ref: B.3.
Theatre
: France and Flanders
Died: in trenches during shelling and a gas attack in the Potijze sector of the YPRES SALIENT.
12th July 1915 Thomas GOODWIN
(of Oare)
Remembered with Honour, Died from Disease, aged 31. More... Memorial: Mhow New Cemetery (Madhya Pradesh district) - Plot U, Row 5, Grave 4.
Theatre:
Asiatic
Died: in Mhow hospital (possibly from typhoid)
20th July 1915 Percy William CROWHURST
(of Oare)
Remembered with Honour, Killed in Action, aged 19. More... Memorial: La Brique Military Cemetery No.1, Ypres - Grave Ref C4.
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: in trenches, probably from a trench mortar round.
No casualties in August 1915
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France and Flanders: no major engagements. Italian and Russian forces more active. See Home Front pages.
5th September 1915
(between noon and 1pm)
James LUCAS
(of Teynham)
Remembered with Honour, Drowned, aged 19.
More...
Memorial: Teynham Memorial and buried in Teynham (St. Mary) Churchyard, East Corner.
Theatre: Home
Died: drowned off Dover coast while swimming with friends.
25th September: Allied Autumn Offensive begins - including Battle of Loos (ended 8th October); 3rd Battle of Artois (ended 15th October); and 2nd Battle of Champaign (ended 6th November).
13th October 1915 Percy FORSTER
(of Doddington)
Remembered with Honour, Killed in Action, aged 29.
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Memorial: Loos Memorial, Panel 15 to 19.
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: in failed attack on German trenches, near Hulluch.
13th October 1915 Harry Victor HIGGINS
(of Doddington)
Remembered with Honour, Killed in Action, Aged 18.
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Memorial: Loos Memorial, Panel 15 to 19.
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: in failed attack on German trenches, near Hulluch.
6th November: end of 2nd Battle of Champagne and end of Allied Autumn Offensive.
9th November 1915 Malcolm Philip DALTON
(of Lynsted)
Remembered with Honour, Killed in Action, Aged 29.
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Memorial: Redoubt Cemetery, Pink Farm, Gallipoli.
Theatre:
Eastern Mediterranean
Died: in Gallipoli action
21st November 1915 Frederick GODFREY
(of Lynsted)
Remembered with Honour, Killed in Action, Aged 34.
More...
Memorial: Hedge Row Trench Cemetery, nr. Ypres.
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: in a motorcycle accident at the Front.
20th December 1915 Walter William Richard SEARS
(of Newnham)
Remembered with Honour, Killed in Action, Aged 26. More... Memorial: Dunhallow Advanced Dressing Station, nr. Ypres
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: in bombardment
1916      
16th January 1916 Alice POST
(of Teynham)
Died from T.N.T. Poisoning from working at the Faversham Powder Mills, Aged 22. More... Memorial: Remembered in Teynham Church but graveyard marker has been lost
Theatre: Home
Died: from poisoning from TNT work
No casualties in February 1916
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France and Flanders: no major engagements. Italian and Russian fronts more active. Gallipoli is a closed chapter. See Home Front pages.
1st March 1916 Ernest Cecil KEMP (of Lynsted) Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 19. More.... Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 16
Theatre: Mediterranean, nr. Greek island of Kythera/Cerigo
Died: through drowning after ship was torpedoed
6th March 1916 Wilfred Henry CARYER (of Doddington) Remembered with Honour.
Killed in Action, Aged 19. More...
Memorial: Loos-en-Gohelle, Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: In an under-prepared assault on "Triangle Crater" near Noyelles, east of Lens.
18th March 1916 William Charles DRAYSON (of Lynsted) Remembered with Honour.
Killed in Action, Aged 34. More...
Memorial: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: In Action, Hohenzollern Redoubt, near Loos.
2nd April 1916 Henry ANDERSON (Oare)
chr. 5th April 1891
Civilian death - Faversham Explosion Faversham Cemetery, mass burial plot and Memorial
2nd April 1916 Arthur William BEESLEY
(Teynham) b. 1881
Civilian death - Faversham Explosion Faversham Cemetery, mass burial plot and Memorial
2nd April 1916 Albert Edward COLE (Oare) b. 1885 Civilian death - Faversham Explosion Faversham Cemetery, mass burial plot and Memorial
2nd April 1916 Cornelius William TAYLOR
(Teynham) b. 1891
Civilian death - Faversham Explosion Faversham Cemetery, mass burial plot and Memorial.
[Some additional family records have help us build a fuller picture, thanks to family researcher, Emma Knight]
2nd April 1916 Henry Charles WALKER
(Oare) b. 1864
Civilian death - Faversham Explosion Faversham Cemetery, mass burial plot and Memorial
2nd April 1916 Herbert John WOODS (Oare) b. 1891 Civilian death - Faversham Explosion Faversham Cemetery, mass burial plot and Memorial
No casualties in May 1916
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  The French forces were experiencing intense and costly fighting in defence of Verdun. We have transcribed key documents regarding the Battle of Jutland [See also Home Front News snippets]
No casualties in June 1916
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  The French forces were experiencing intense and costly fighting in defence of Verdun
1st July 1916 Leon Lorden ACKERMAN (Lynsted)
b. 1884
Remembered with Honour.
Killed in Action, Aged 32. More...
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: in the opening day of The Somme. Body not recovered.
1st July 1916 William Thomas BUTCHER (Doddington)
b. 1892
Remembered with Honour.
Killed in Action, Aged 23. More...
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: in the opening day of The Somme. Body not recovered.
1st July 1916 Charlie HOLLANDS(Lynsted) b. 1895 Remembered with Honour.
Killed in Action, Aged 21. More...
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: in the opening day of The Somme. Body not recovered.
1st July 1916 Hubert Harold HAYESMORE (Newnham) b. 1893 Remembered with Honour.
Killed in Action, Aged 22. More...
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: in the opening day of The Somme. Body not recovered.
4th July 1916 Samuel Albert UNDERDOWN (Norton) b.1867 Remembered with Honour.
Died of wounds ("shock" & "wound of head"), Aged 49. More...
Memorial: Norton Churchyard.
Theatre: Home (from Mediterranean)
Died: from psychological trauma and physical decline. Associated with losses of HMS Irene and HMS Bulwark.
16th August 1916 Dennis Joseph POWNALL
(Oare) b.1892
Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 24. More... Memorial: Abbeville Communal Cemetery.
Theater:
France and Flanders
Died: of wounds, possibly from "gas gangrene".
9th September 1916 Thomas William BEER
(Lynsted) b.1897
Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 19. More... Memorial: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery.
Theater: France and Flanders
Died: of wounds attacking German trenches in High Wood, Longueval
11th September 1916 William James RALPH
(Luddenham, not on Memorial but Remembered in Services) b.1886
Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 30. More... Memorial: Serre Road Cemetery, No.2
Theatre:
France and Flanders
Died: of wounds in Dublin Trench, Leuze Wood.
12th September 1916 William Percy FOSTER
(Oare) bapt. 4th January 1895
Remembered with Honour. Died of Wounds, Aged 21. More... Memorial: St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen.
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: of wounds received near High Wood. Taken to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen.
15th September 1916 Frederick Thomas HOLLANDS
(Lynsted) b.1889
Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 27.
More...
Memorial: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: in trenches N.E. of Leuze Wood
17th September 1916 John Henry ABBOTT(Luddenham)
bapt: Q1, 1886
Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 21. More... Memorial: Thiepval Memorial
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: in trenches under bombardment (East of FLERS)
26th September 1916 Henry SMITH
(Teynham) b. 27th September 1890
Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 25. More... Memorial: Canadian National Vimy Memorial
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: attacking and holding a Quarry at Courcelette.
26th September 1916 Gerard Prideux SELBY
(Teynham) b. 10th April 1891
Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 25. More... Memorial: Orvillers Military Memorial
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: attending to injured men in "no-man's land."
7th October George LOMBARDY (Lynsted) b. 1876 Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 40. More... Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Somme
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: Battle of Transloy Ridges
10th October Percy Frederick SMITH
(Lynsted) b. 1892
Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 24. More... Memorial: A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: killed in trenches
18th October 1916 Herbert Edward COOPER (Luddenham) b. Q3, 1889 Remembered with Honour. Died of Wounds, Aged 26.
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Memorial: Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'abbe
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: Probably from fragmentation shell shrapnel in Delville Wood.
18th November 1916 Walter David COLE (Oare) b. 1889 Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 27.
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Memorial: Thiepval Memorial
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: During attack on German trenches.
9th December 1916 Frank KNIGHT (Newnham) b. 2nd January 1896 Remembered with Honour. Died of Wounds, Aged 20.
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Memorial: Etaples Military Cemetery
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: Wounds during Relief of his Battalion
16th December 1916 Albert TUMBER (Teynham) b. 1894 Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 22.
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Memorial: Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Zillebeke, Belgium
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: In Trenches Hill 60
1917      
23rd January 1917 William Thomas MANN (Newnham)
b. 11th February 1898
Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 19.
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Memorial: Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Theatre:
France and Flanders
Died: In Shelling of Trench Working Party
3rd February 1917 Henry William FEAKINS (Luddenham)
b. Q3, 1893
Remembered with Honour.
Killed in Action, Aged 22/23.
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Memorial: Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: During a Relieving action by 15th Hants Regiment.
24th February 1917 Thomas BAKER (Teynham)
b. 1888
Remembered with Honour.
Died of Wounds, Aged 28.
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Memorial: Tallinn Military Cemetery (Reval Military Cemetery) Estonia
Theatre: Baltic Sea
Died: Of unspecified illness. Two others from the submarine's complement also lost within a month
7th March 1917 Henry Mercer CHAPMAN (Newnham) Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 20.
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Memorial: Fouquescourt British Cemetery
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: Killed in Action during a relief operation
15th March 1917 Daniel Thomas BAKER (Luddenham) Remembered with Honour. Killed in Action, Aged 25.
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Memorial: Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras
Theatre: France and Flanders
Died: Killed in Action when gun-pit shelled (4 diead, 2 wounded)