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1914 – 1918.

Frederick Charles Adams, son of Mr. & Mrs. James Adams, was born at Westerham in October 1884. He was at school at Chobham Surrey and Tonbridge, and became a Greengrocer, being in that business with his brother at Tonbridge. He joined the Leicestershire Regiment in 1916, and proceeded to France in September of that year, being killed three weeks after he had landed in France.

Lieut. Thomas Edward Ainger was born at Crowborough in 1883, and was educated at Eton and Kings College Cambridge. After leaving the University he entered the Civil Service and was an Examiner at the Board of Education. He belonged to the Berks. Yeomanry and was called up in August 1914 and went abroad in the Spring of 1915 with the rank of 2nd. Lieutenant as Signal Officer in the Headquarters Staff of the 1/2nd S. Midland Mounted Brigade of which the Berks. Yeomanry then formed part. He was reported “wounded and missing” after the attack on Scimitar Hill (also known as Hill 70) in Gallipoli, on August 21st. 1915, and is now believed to have been killed in action on that date. Lieut. Ainger was son of Mary Henrietta and Edward Barnard Ainger and stepson of Mrs. Ainger of Old Place, Speldhurst.

Charles Frederick John Akehurst was born at Blackhurst Tunbridge Wells on January 10th 1895. He was at school at St. James’s Tunbridge Wells and at Speldhurst and was employed as Butcher before joining the Army. He enlisted in the 16th Battn. Australian Imperial Force in September 1914 and went with his Battalion to Egypt where he was present at the Actions in defence of the Suez Canal. His Battalion formed part of the Dardanelles Expedition, and he was present at various engagements on the Gallipoli Peninsula, being killed in action on August 22nd. 1915. He was entitled to the 1914 & 1915 Stars. He was Son of Mr. & Mrs. C. Morgan Akehurst. The latter was daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jas. Prior of Lower Green.

Albert Edward Allen, son of Mr & Mrs George Allen, was born at Lower Green in November 1882. After attending Speldhurst School he obtained employment at the Reigate Golf Links. He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers in April 1915 and was present at the Battle of Trones Wood and many other engagements in which his Battalion took part. He was killed in action October 25th. 1916.

Edward John Avery was born at Speldhurst Nov 1st 1892 and attended Speldhurst School. He was employed as a Gardener before joining the Army and enlisted in 2nd Battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment, in February 1916. He accompanied his battalion to India and died at Bangalore on August 22nd 1918.

Frederick William Avery was born at Speldhurst May 12th 1895. After leaving Speldhurst School he became a chauffeur and joined the Rifle Brigade in the capacity of chauffeur to Colonel Lord Hardinge he was promoted to sergeant in the 8th Battalion Rifle Brigade he was wounded and reported missing at St Quentin March 21st 1918. Edward and Frederick were the elder and younger sons respectively of Mr and Mrs Edward Avery of Northfield, Speldhurst.

Captain Arthur Cecil Beeman, second son of Mr and Mrs Henry Beeman of Broomhill Bank Speldhurst was born at Tunbridge Wells September 16th 1870. He was educated at private schools at Tunbridge Wells and Bournemouth and subsequently became a brewer. He joined the 3rd Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment (Militia) as Second Lieutenant in 1896 and served in the South African War 1900 – 02. His battalion in which he obtained the rank of Captain was in training at the outbreak of war in 1914. He was immediately employed in Home Defence Work. The battalion was sent out to France in September 1914 and was engaged in the operations, which followed the battles of Aisne. Captain Beeman was killed at Neuve Chapelle in October 1914. He held the South African medal, Mons medal and 1914 star.

Lieutenant John Neville Beeman son of Mr and Mrs H. N Beeman and grandson of Mr H Beeman of Broomhill Bank was born on June 2nd on 1898 in London. He was educated at “The Grange” Crowborough, at Bedford School and in Dresden where he spent 3 years. He joined the Universities and Public School Training Corp. as Private in October 1914 and was sent to the Royal Military College Sandhurst April 1915. On passing out of Sandhurst he was gazetted to 6th Battalion Middlesex Regiment as 2nd Lieutenant and was sent out to France on obtaining the age of 19 in June 1917. He served with his battalion on the Somme front and was awarded the Military Cross. He was killed in action at Villers Hill near Gouzeaucourt on September 29th 1918.

Major Charles Dawson Booker son of Mr and Mrs J Dawson Booker, Burnt House Cottage Speldhurst was born at Eltham on April 21st 1897. He was educated at the Grammar School Melbourne Australia and at Bedford School and joined HM forces as Flight Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval services in September 1915. He served on the Belgium Coast from May to October 1916 and on the Somme and on the Lens- Arras front from October 1916 – November 1917. After some months at home he served again on various fronts in France obtaining the rank of Major and Squadron Commander of the 201st Squadron Royal Air Force. Major Booker was mentioned in dispatches in May 1917 and awarded the DSC and Croix de Guerre Francaise with Palm and Star. He died of wounds near Amiens in August 13th 1918.

Thomas Brooker was born at Speldhurst on February 3rd 1878 and attended at Speldhurst School, subsequently being employed as a farm labourer. He enlisted in June 1916 in the Royal Garrison Artillery and served with his battery in Ypres Salient. He was killed at Waesten on August 5th 1917. He was the grandson of Mr Richard Brooker of Speldhurst.

Archibald William Childs was born at Penshurst in September 1878, being the second son of Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Childs of that place. After attending Penshurst School he obtained work as Gardener and in October 1910, he married Annie, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. Newick of Swaylands. He joined the 1st. Battn. Essex Regt., on June 20th 1916 and was subsequently transferred to the 2nd Battn. Royal Fusiliers. He went out to France in May 1917, and served with his Battn., in various Actions, till reported missing after one of the battles near Cambrai in April 1918.

Sergeant Edward Albert Cooke was born on March 20th 1883 at Bury St Edmunds where he was bought up and educated. He was recalled to the Colours being a Reservist on the outbreak of war joining 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers as Private. His battalion was one of the original Expeditionary force taking part in the Battle of the Marne. He was wounded in October 1914 but recovered and rejoined in March 1915. He was present at St. Eloi and many actions at the Ypes Sector. He was promoted to sergeant in the 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers; Sergeant Cooke’s battalion was transferred to the Somme in July 1916. He was killed in action at Delville Wood on July 21st of that year. He was entitled to the 1914 and 1915 Stars. Sergeant Cooke was in the employ of Colonel B. Pott of Bentham Hill before the War and on his rejoining the army his wife and child came to reside in Speldhurst.

Frederick William Edwards son of Mr and Mrs F J Edwards of Stockland Green Speldhurst was born at Speldhurst October 16th 1897. He was at Speldhurst School and obtained the position of Patrol Leader in the Speldhurst Troop of Boy Scouts. He was employed as stockman before enlisting in the 10th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment, which he joined in August 1916. He was sent out to France in November 1916 and was present at all actions in which his battalion was engaged until the day of his death. The battalion was sent to Italy under General Plumer in November 1917 and was bought back to the Belgium Front in February 1918. He acted as Dispatch Runner for the battalion for about 12 months and was killed near Poperinghe on April 27th 1918.

Stanley Nelson Follington was born at Langton on June 10th 1897, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Follington for many years resident in Barden Road. He attended Speldhurst School and subsequently became a Painter and Decorator. He joined the Royal Navy in April 1916, and after training on HMS “Astroea” was on service as O.S on the West Coast of Africa. He died at the RN. Hospital Haslar on October 17th 1918, being at that time on the strength of HMS “Lord Clive”. He did excellent work as a Boy Scout in Speldhurst and Southborough.

Thomas Richard Forshaw was born at Liverpool on January 3rd 1886 and spent all the early years of his life in that City. He became a Cook and was employed as Chef before joining the Army, which he did in December 1914, enlisting in the King’s Liverpool Regiment. After training he joined his Battalion in France and was present at the Battle of Loos. He died at Rainhill Military Hospital (Lancashire) on January 10th 1917. He married Violet daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Wooley of Barden Road.

Cubitt Eli Godley was born at Fordcombe on May 16th 1873. He was a Bricklayer by trade and joined the Army, as Sapper in the Royal Engineers, in November 1914. He was employed on Home Defence and contracted an illness from which he died at Sheerness in March 25th 1918 and is buried at Speldhurst. He was son of Mr and Mrs George Godley of Northfields and lived with his wife and children in Turley’s Cottages, Speldhurst.

Henry George Hoadley was born at Lower Green on April 27th 1894 he attended Speldhurst School and was in the Church Choir and attended the Young Men’s Bible Class. He became a Gardener and enlisted in the 12th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment in February 1916. He was employed on Home Service and obtained promotion to Lance Corporal. He contracted an illness from which he died in Hospital at Aldershot on December 16th 1916 and is buried at Speldhurst. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Samuel Hoadley of Lower Green and married Harriet second daughter of Mr and Mrs Samuel Hawkins of Blowers Hill.

Frederick Stanley Hodge was born at Tunbridge Wells, December 4th 1891. He was educated at St. Marks Schools, Tunbridge Wells and became a Fishmonger. He enlisted in the 4th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment at the very beginning of the War and served in France till a month before the Armistice, rising to the Rank of Sargeant. He was killed at Cambrai on October 9th 1918. He married Alice, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Young of Lower Green.

Lieutenant Ralph Leonard Knott. son of Mr and Mrs J Knott, of Escott, Shortlands, Kent was born at Penge on August 11th 1891. After finishing his education at Berkhampstead School, he became an Accountant. He enlisted in the 8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers at the outbreak of war on August 5th 1914. He soon obtained a Commission and was attached to the 12th Battalion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, with which battalion he served in France, being present at the Battle of Loos and other actions. He obtained promotion to Lieutenant and was killed at Loos September 25thth 1916. Lieutenant Knott was the nephew of Mr and Mrs Taylor Marsh of Scriventon, Speldhurst where he was brought up.

Thomas Albert Leigh was born at Tonbridge July 8th 1885. He was at school at Tonbridge and joined the Royal Navy as “Boy” in October 1901. He was employed in the Navy as Baker and reached the rank of 1st Class Petty Officer. He saw service during the war in East Indian waters and in Mesopotamia on HMS Alert on which ship he was serving when was killed on September 24th 1916. He was the son of Mr Thomas and Mrs Leigh of Barden Road, by his first wife.

Walter Jesse Levett son of Mr and Mrs Levett of Quarry Cottage, was born at Speldhurst on October 3rd 1879. He enlisted in the Grenadier Guards in 1897 and served in the South African War. He was with his Battalion in France from January to May 1915 and from October of the same year until the date of his death. He was killed at Bosinghe in July 31st 1917. He was Lance Corporal and entitled to the South African Medal in the 1914 & 1915 Stars. He lived at the Cottage, Burnt House Lane.

Archie Albert Miles, third son of Mr and Mrs Miles of Blowers Hill, Speldhurst was born at Poundsbridge on February 28th 1895. He attended Speldhurst School and subsequently worked on a farm. Enlisting in the Royal West Kent Regiment at the end of 1913. He went with his battalion to France in the early autumn of 1914 and was present at various actions. He was killed at La Bassee on October 12th 1914. He was entitled to the 1914 Star.

Harry Miles brother of the last named was born at Poundsbridge on February 28th 1893 he attended Speldhurst School and became a Gardener before joining the army. He enlisted in the Royal West Surrey Regiment in November 1914 and proceeded to France before the end of the year. He was entitled to the 1914 and 1915 Stars and was killed on May 16 1915.

Sidney Isaac Miles brother of the last named was born at Poundsbridge on September 30th 1891. He was educated at Speldhurst School and became a Gardener. He joined HM Army as Driver in the Kent Fortress Royal Engineers in May 1915. He was drowned in the loss of HMS Hythe in the Aegean Sea on October 20th 1915. He was entitled to the 1915 Star.

Brigadier General Louis Murray Phillpotts, second son of Reverend H J and Mrs Phillpotts of Shadwell, Speldhurst, was born at Lamerton, Devon on June 3rd 1870. He was educated at Bedford School & The Royal Military Academy at Woolwich whence he joined the Royal Field Artillery as Second Lieutenant in 1890. He served in the Boer War 1899-1901 and gained the DSO. He went out to France with the original Expeditionary Force and was present at the Battle of Marne. The first and second battles of Ypres, and the first battle of the Somme in July 1916. Obtaining the rank of Brigadier General and being awarded the CMG. He was entitled to the 1914 and 1915 Stars. He was killed in the Bois de Trones on September 8th 1916. General Phillpotts married Amy daughter of Mr Steuart Duckett of Russelstown, Carlow, Ireland and left one six years old son.

William Thomas Picker was born at Ardwick, Manchester on October 27th 1889. He was educated at Armitage Street School, Ardwick and was subsequently employed as a Warehouseman. He enlisted in the 2/7th. Battalion Manchester Regiment in September 1914 and was present at various actions in which his Battalion took part near Nieuport and Arras and in the Somme region 1918. He rendered valuable service as instructor in bombing and gas attack and attained the rank of Sergeant. He was killed near St Quentin on March 21st 1918. He married Lenora, daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles Avery of Northfield Speldhurst.

Spencer James Piper son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Piper of Westwood Road Lower Green, was born at Preston near Brighton on October 5th 1900. He attended Rusthall School and was qualifying as a Chemist at the time of the outbreak of the war. He joined the Kent Cyclists Battalion as Private in September 1915 and saw service at Soissons and Bapaume. He was transferred to the 1st. Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment and was killed at Achiet-le-Petit on August 29th 1918.

Charles Baden Drury Powell was the elder son of Mr and Mrs C. W. Powell of The Manor House, Speldhurst. He was born at Speldhurst on September 15th. 1889 and was educated at The Grange, Crowborough, at Bedales School, Petersfield and at Wye Agricultural College. He afterwards studied for the Stage at the School of Dramatic Art and intended to follow that profession. Soon after the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Kent Cyclist Battalion, and in the following year was transferred to the 21st Middlesex Regiment. His Battalion was sent to France in May 1916 and he took part in the various actions in which it was engaged. He was killed on the Somme Front on August 13th 1916 and is buried in the Maroc British Cemetery three miles from Vermellees.

Major Gerald Frederick Watson Powell was born at The Manor House Speldhurst, April 24th 1891, being the younger son of Mr and Mrs C W Powell. He was educated at The Grange Crowborough, St Wilfreds Bexhill and at Harrow, whence he proceeded to Magdalen College, Oxford. After taking his degree he intended to become a Barrister and was studying with that object when the War broke out. He had joined the Territorial Army in 1911 as 2nd. Lieutenant in Kent Cyclist Battalion and was promoted Captain in 1914. Early in 1917 he was transferred to the 8th Battalion Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, joining that Battalion in May at the rank of Major. Major G.F. Powell was present at various actions in which his Battalion was engaged on the Flanders front and was killed on Hill 60 on July 28th 1917. He was buried at the British Military Cemetery Extension Cemetery at Dickebusch.

Douglas Edward Charles Rogers son of Mr and Mrs Rogers of Bullingstone was born at Langton on November 28th 1898 He attended Speldhurst school and became a Gardener He joined the Training Reserve in June 1917 and was drafted into the Labour Corps. He died in theYorkshire Alexandra Hospital on November 2nd. 1918 and is buried at Speldhurst.

Captain William Victor Trevor Rooper, third son of Mr and Mrs P.L Rooper, of Little Court, Speldhurst, was born at Chester on May 10th 1897. He was educated at Bilton Grange (Rugby) and at Charterhouse. At the time of the declaration of war was a pupil at Rolls Royce Motors, Derby. He immediately enlisted in the Denbighshire Hussar Yeomanry as Motor-Cycle Despatch Rider and shortly obtained his Commission as 2nd Lieutenant in that Regiment. When the Denbighshire Hussar Yeomanry was converted to an Infantry Battalion he joined the Royal Flying Corps. After training as Pilot he went to France early in 1917. He took part in Aerial Offensive Patrol work on the Flanders front and was engaged in various actions at Messines and in the vicinity of Bailleul and Ypres and received promotion to the rank of Captain and Flight Commander. He was killed in an air fight on the night of October 9th. 1917, and is buried in the British Military Cemetery at Bailleul.

Ralph Bonfoy Rooper the second son of Mr and Mrs P.L Rooper, Little Court Speldhurst was born at Chester, July 3rd 1894. He was educated at Charterhouse and New College Oxford, where he was an Undergraduate and a Scholar of his College at the time of the declaration of War. In April 1915 he joined the “Friends Ambulance Unit” and served as Motor Ambulance Driver with that body and with the Scottish Branch of the Croix Rouge Francaise in the years 1915, 1917 and 1918. He was rejected for the Army on account of his health and served for some time in 1916 in the Ministry of Munitions and the Admiralty. He went out again to France in May 1917 and was present at various actions near Poperinghe, Ypres, Soissons and Rheims. He was killed at Gueux near Rheims on May 29th 1918 while acting as Conducteur SSA of the Croix Rouge Francaise. He was awarded the “Croix de Geurre avec Palme” and is buried at Marvaux near Rheims.

Lieutenant William Edward Taylor son of Mr and Mrs Taylor of “Windybraes,” Speldhurst and was born at Southborough on December 14th 1883. He was educated at Skinners School, Tunbridge Wells and afterwards entered his fathers business as Miller. Lieutenant Taylor was in the West Kent Yeomanry and obtained the rank of Sergeant, winning many prizes for shooting, and in the Regimental Steeplechases. In 1907 he was transferred to the Home Counties Brigade Royal Field Artillery as Lieutenant. On the outbreak of the War, he rejoined his old Brigade. He was sent to France in December 1915, and acted as Adjutant for his Brigade and was present at the third battle of Ypres and other actions. Lieutenant Taylor married in February 1914 Margery daughter of A.H. Alchin of St Leonards, by whom he had one daughter. He was killed at Zillebeke on July 31st 1917.

John Thorpe son of Mr Richard Thorpe of Northfields by his first Wife was born at Tonbridge. He attended Speldhurst School and subsequently worked as a Bricklayer. He enlisted in the 9th. Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment in 1915 and was present at various actions in Italy in which his Battalion was engaged. He was for many years a valued and experienced member of the Speldhurst Parish Church Band of Bell Ringers.

Archibald Alfred Thorpe son of Mr and Mrs Thorpe of Northfield Road was born at Speldhurst on November 11th 1895, After being at school at Speldhurst he became a Groom and joined the 1st Army Veterinary Corps. as Private in March 1916. He contracted meningitis while in training camp and died from that disease at St Marks VAD Hospital Tunbridge Wells on July 7th 1916 and is buried at Speldhurst.

Cecil Gerald Turley 2nd son of Mr and Mrs Ernest Turley of Rock Farm Speldhurst was born at Speldhurst on September 26th 1899. He was educated at Speldhurst School and for some years was a member of the Church Choir. He was employed after leaving school on his Father’s farm. He joined the Norfolk Regiment and contracted meningitis from which he died on February 9th 1918 whilst in training at the Crowborough Camp and is buried at Speldhurst.

David Waine was son of Mr and Mrs Waine of Lower Green. He enlisted in the South Lancs. Regiment in1914, being at that time employed at Preston Lancs. He served with his Battalion in France and was killed in action on December 30th 1917.

Major John Russell Wardle was born at Mayfield Hall Ashbourne on December 24th 1879. He was educated at Uppingham and subsequently became a Maltster. He joined the Queens Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry as 2nd Lieutenant in 1888 receiving promotion in due course and becoming Major in 1910. Soon after mobilisation in August 1914 his regiment was selected for Foreign Service and took part in the Gallipoli Expedition in 1915. Major Wardle was killed at the Lancashire Landing in Gallipoli on January 2nd 1916. His Widow and children lived in Speldhurst from 1916 to 1921.

Lieutenant S. Roger Williams son of Mr and Mrs Williams of Broadstairs was born at Huntingdon Court, Kington Herefordshire on July 22nd 1884. He was educated privately and became a Solicitor. He joined H.M Territorial Army in 1908 as Transport Officer to the South Eastern Mounted Brigade Ambulance and was transferred to the East Kent Yeomanry as 2nd Lieutenant in April 1915. His regiment was sent to Gallipoli in Septemebr1915 and he was mortally wounded there on October 23rd. 1915, two weeks after landing. He died on the Gallipoli Peninsular two days after being wounded. Lieutenant Williams married Olive third daughter of W. Mewburn Esq. of Hawkwell Place, Pembury on September 13th 1915 and left a son Roger Desmond, who was born in June 1916. His Widow and child subsequently resided for some years at the “The Ridge”, Speldhurst.

Walter Edward Wood was born at Speldhurst on November 20th 1895 and went to school at Rusthall. He afterwards became a Gardener. He enlisted in the Royal Engineers in the first month of the War August 1914, and was attached as Sapper to the Fortress R.E. He was on board HMS Hythe when the ship was lost in Greek Harbour, being drowned on October 28th 1915. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Wood of Luxford Road, Lower Green.

Captain Alfred James Woodhouse was born on August 1st 1886 at Ealing He was educated at Eastbourne, Cheltenham College and at the Royal Military Academy Woolwich being gazetted 2nd Lieut. RFA in 1907. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1910 and Captain in 1914. He was attached to the 12th Battery 35th Brigade RFA when it was sent to Belgium in October 1914, landing at Zeebrugge and taking part in the retreat from Antwerp and the first battle of Ypres. Captain Woodhouse was killed near Ypres on October 30th. 1914. While at Cheltenham College he was for three years in the Shooting VIII helping to win the Ashburton Shield in 1902, and becoming Captain of the School Rifle Corps, Captain of the Shooting VIII and Senior Prefect. At Woolwich he was Senior Under Officer and gained the Sword of Honour. Captain Woodhouse served with his Battery in India for 5 years from 1909 and was a keen shikari, spending all his leaves in the big game shooting. He married Esther only daughter of Reverend A.C. and Mrs Woodhouse of Winterborne Monkton, Dorset.


1939 – 1945.

Raymond Stuart Armitage The only son of William Stuart and Constance Armitage born in 1919. After his father’s death, he lived with his mother at White Cottage Ewehurst Lane in Speldhurst. At the outbreak of war as a Territorial he went to France with the 4th. Battalion the Queen Own Royal West Kent Regiment. His unit was in the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force to the Dunkirk beaches from whence 338,226 men were bought back to England. Raymond was not among them. He was reported missing and later killed in June 1940 aged 21. He is buried at Morbecque near St. Omer.

Stanley Albert Baker was born on the 25th. June 1922 at Strawberry Gardens, Hawkenbury, Tunbridge Wells. He attended Rusthall School and was a member of St. Margeret’s Sunday School and Bible Class. After leaving school he was employed as a gardener. On the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Air Force and served as Leading Aircraftsman from 1939 to 1944. Following illness he died in Doncaster Royal Infirmary on June 8th. 1944. His mother and sister live at 11 Ashley Park Road, Rusthall.

James Dean Paymaster Lieutenant Commander RN was born at Sydenham on January 19th 1885. He joined the Royal Navy Accountant Branch 1902. In the war of 1914 -18 he served in HMS Lion in the Dover Patrol and in the Convoy Duties. Retired in 1919 on to the emergency list. Recalled for active service August 26th 1939 in Postal and Telegraph Censorship Organisation at the Admiralty and War Office. Died on Active Service February 19th.1940.

William Henry Hallett was born in Tunbridge Wells on November 13th. 1920 and baptised at St. Paul’s Church, Rusthall. He attended Rusthall School and on leaving worked for Wallace Holden & Lea. Billy as he was always called, tried to enter each of the Armed Services, but was not accepted owing to a disability to his right hand. He therefore joined the Home Guard. He died in an air attack during the Battle of Britain in September 1940 at the age of 19. His sister lives at 30 Ashley Park Road, Rusthall. He was buried at Hawkenbury Cemetery, Tunbridge Wells.

David Kenneth Forbes was born on July 18th. 1909 at Gable End, Rusthall. Educated at St. Michael’s School, Uckfield and Tonbridge School, leaving in 1926.He became an Electro-medical Engineer, specialising in X-ray equipment. He was responsible for the installation of such apparatus in the sick bay departments of many ships of the Royal Navy. He married Cynthia Hele Edge of Hastings in St. Mary’s Speldhurst, on the September 3rd. 1939. There were no children. In 1938 he had joined the Supplementary Reserve of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Commissioned Sub- Lieutenant, he was called up in January 1940, and later promoted Lieutenant R.N.V.R. He served in minesweepers attached to Chatham and Dover, and was engaged in the early work against magnetic mines, for which he was mentioned in dispatches. The flotilla took part in the second battle of Narvik. After the fall of France he served at Gibraltar. Later his ship was needed at Bombay and sailed for that destination. The ship was not seen again and was lost, presumably torpedoed, with all the ship’s company off the Cape of Good Hope on December 7th. 1942.

Charles Henry Harland was born in Rusthall and attended Rusthall School. He was a keen Scout and sportsman, playing football regularly for Rusthall. On leaving school he worked for some years on a farm and later went into the building trade. His Military Service during the war was with the Buffs, and later with the Queen’s Royal Regiment. He was wounded in Italy and died of wounds on September 18th. 1944. He is buried in the British Cemetery, Gradara, Italy. His widow lives at 11 Parsonage Road, Rusthall.

Clive Eric Modin was the son of Air Commodore C. O. F Modin CBE. DSC. Royal Air Force and was born in Newcastle 1914. He was educated at Edinburgh House, Lee on Solent, St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, and Clare College, Cambridge, where he coxed his College First Boat to the Head of the River. After taking his degree he joined his grandfather’s firm Foy, Morgan and Company. timber brokers of London. His Grandfather C.L.G Modin formerly lived at Etherton Hill, Speldhurst. On the outbreak of war he became a training instructor in the 9th. Battalion Kings (Liverpool) Regiment attaining the rank of Major. He took part in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and was killed in action at Touffreville near Caen July 17th 1944. He leaves a Widow, Mary and a daughter Anna Lisa living at Riverside Cottage, Sedlescombe.

Sidney William Prunty, Able Seaman Royal Navy, was born in Tunbridge Wells on March 10th. 1921. After leaving school he became a Butcher’s Assistant. He joined the Royal Navy at Chatham on a twelve years’ engagement on his birthday 1938. He was drafted from HMS Pembroke to HMS Cyclops in the winter of 1939. He was reported missing, presumed killed, on May 27th. 1941. His body was recovered from the sea in July 1941 and was buried in Plymouth Naval Cemetery.

Stanley Curtis Russell was born at Rusthall on September 26th. 1922. He attended Rusthall School and captained the school football team in 1936. A keen sportsman, he played regularly for Rusthall Football Club. He was employed first by H. Marshall, Newsagent, and later at the Ministry of Food. In 1939 he joined the Local Defence Volunteers (later the Home Guard). He then joined the Royal West Kent Regiment and was posted overseas in preparation for the North African Campaign. He died on Active Service in the Middle East on September 12th. 1942 and is buried at Geneifa New War Cemetery, Egypt. His mother lives at 49 Ashley Park Road, Rusthall.

William James Smith was born at Blackham in 1905. He was well known as Postman at Langton Green. When the war came in 1939 he joined the Territorial Army, Royal West Kent Regiment. He was sent to France and was at the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. Later he was sent to Egypt, and as a Trooper in the 44th. Reconnaissance Regiment. He served at Alamein and right through to Tunisia. After the end of North African Campaign he took part in the invasion of Italy and was killed in action on September 16th 1943 at Salerno. He is buried at St. Lucia Bathapaglia near Salerno Italy. He leaves a widow in Furzefield Avenue, Speldhurst.

Frederick Arthur John Stewart, Stoker, Royal Navy was born in 1917 and went to Rusthall School. On leaving school he became a lorry driver. He joined the Royal Navy in 1940 and volunteered for service in submarines. While serving in HM Submarine Parthian the vessel was sunk with all hands off the coast of Sicily. His home was at 20 Bourn Road, Rusthall.

Elizabeth Patience Stanger was born in London on March 31st 1910, the daughter of Mr and Mrs R.H.H. Stanger, of Old Place, Speldhurst. She joined the 8th (London) Motor Company of the Auxiliary Territorial Service in January 1939, which was of the Motor Transport Companies of the ATS. raised by the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. Called up on the 3rd. September 1939 she was posted to Newhaven where the Company operated a convoy of Ambulances meeting hospital ships. During the war years she was promoted successively from Sergeant in 1940, to Junior Commander in 1944. She died on duty on April 28th 1944.

William Murray Theobold was born on March 16th 1911. He had been farming in South Africa since 1930. In 1940 he joined the Royal Airforce Volunteer Reserve as a mechanic. By 1942 he was commissioned as navigator and was selected for the Pathfinder Force attaining the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He was reported missing, later killed, on June 11th 1943 returning from air operations over Germany, his twenty-seventh operational flight. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. His connection with Speldhurst was through his aunt, Miss Campbell.

The Roll of Honour is on view in the Church, in a glass - fronted case.