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Boughton, Dunkirk & Hernhill
War Memorials

For a short time from 1915 – 1916, The Dunkirk Parish Magazine carried various items of news  “From our Men at the Front”. The column was put together by the then Headmaster of Dunkirk School, William Burgess, who was also Organist and Choirmaster at Dunkirk Church. This feature of the magazine came to an end in June 1916, with the announcement that “owing to the regulations under "The defence of the Realm Act”, we are not allowed to publish particulars about our friends abroad, we must not mention where they are and what their experiences are”. Tragically the Burgesses were to lose their own son in August 1916. The magazine also carried other pieces which reflected both local circumstances and the national mood, but ceased separate publication in December 1917, and church news was absorbed into the Ospringe Deanery Magazine along with several other parishes – but not Boughton or Hernhill, which carried on with their own magazines, but these have not yet been found. Anyone able to help with these, please contact us!

April 1915:

Last month on account of the lack of space we were not able to mention the loss that our Parish has sustained in the resignation of its clerk and sexton Mr Albert Tong. He had ably fulfilled his duties for many years and was always punctual, civil and obliging, and to be depended on in every way. He has nobly responded to the call of his country in its hour of need, and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery and is stationed at Sheerness.

June 1915:

On May 21st there was a Military Wedding at the Church, when Miss Gladys Barnes was married to Lieut. Cecil Leigh. The Ceremony was performed by the Rev. E. Armitstead, Vicar of Goosetrey, Cheshire, assisted by Mr. Somerville.

Mr. Henry Barnes gave away the bride, though he has scarcely recovered from his recent operation. The Church was tastefully decorated for the occasion with palms, lilies, and other plants, and looked quite pretty. There were a goodly number of guests, some of whom had come a long distance. The happy couple went first to London where they had a house lent to them by a relative and afterwards to Devonshire.

July 1915:

An Intercession Service for our sailors and soldiers is held every Thursday at 7.30 p.m., at which the names of all those from the Parish who have joined the forces are mentioned and specially remembered before God. If we are to gain the victory, we must pray. The issues of the War are in God's hands. It is the duty of all those who are eligible to join the Navy or Army to fight for the maintenance of our liberty and our continued existence as a free nation, but there are many who cannot join in the actual fighting, who still have work to do, and surely the most important work such are called upon to do is that of making earnest supplication to Almighty God that He would bless and protect our brave sailors and soldiers and grant the victory to us and our Allies. I know that our men, especially those in the fighting line are greatly encouraged and cheered by the thoughts that they are not forgotten by those left at home and that prayers are offered up in their Parish Church on their behalf but there is a danger, lest in the course of time we grow slack in the performance of this duty and work, therefore there is a need of perseverance. It would be well to make it a binding rule that we will allow nothing save illness or some other most urgent cause to hinder us in our regular attendance at this service. Believe me,

Yours very faithfully,

A.R. Jackman

August 1915

This month’s magazine saw the first of the articles under the heading “NEWS FROM OUR BOYS SERVING WITH H.M. FORCES”, but also other items which reflected on the national mood:

The members of the Choir feel that they could not enjoy their Annual Outing this year when so many homes are desolate, and nearly all filled with anxiety about their relations at the Front. They have decided to forego it and wait for happier times.

The offertories on Sunday, August 8th will be for the Archbishop's Western Canada Fund. This is a Fund established by the Archbishops to provide money and to secure men for the supply of the new and overwhelming spiritual needs of Western Canada. Before the War it was estimated that the number of immigrants in Western Canada was over 1,000 daily, the majority of these are our own countrymen and church-people, and we must do all we can to help them until they are in a position to help themselves.

The underlined names below are men who are on the war memorials - clicking on the name will take you to their page.


“From rock and tempest, fire and foe, protect them wheresoe'er they go,”

Colonel Gosset has returned to duty after being at home on leave.

Lieut. Gosset is home on sick leave.

"Bill Oliver," as he was always known at school, is at the Front, and is in charge of the signalling section of his Battalion. He is well and going strong.

Gordon Hall spent his 21st birthday at Mhow, in India. He has been to Bombay for seven days' holiday.

AIfie Terry, who has regularly written, has been taken ill with influenza, and is in Hospital " somewhere ln France." He has been doing duty with the motor transport, and has become a very skilled driver. His father is in the same district, and is .engaged in the same service.

Fred Bones is on the sick list. He fell ill in France, and was brought to England. The writer of this article visited him in King George Hospital, Stanford Street, London. He seemed very happy and comfortable, and hoped to go back to his duty in France. He is now at Guildford House, Roehampton.

Jack Bones is in Dartford. He is an officer's servant and is getting on well.

Charlie Wills has been home on short leave, and his opinion is: “There is no place like England."

Albert Smith is at the Front with his Battery, which has done splendidly. It has won one V.C., one Legion of Honour, .one D.C.M, and four Mentioned in Dispatches.

Bernard Smith (Ginger) is in Ireland.

W. V. Burgess is going through a course of instruction with the University of

London  O.T.C.  at Perivale,  in Middlesex. Once they were “on the go“ from Monday 6 a.m. till Tuesday1.30 a.m.

Jesse Marsh is doing duty at Herne Bay, and his elder brother, Sidney, is at


Regimental Sergt.-Major Rye was last heard of on Salisbury Plain, and was

expecting to move to "somewhere in -------" at an early date.

Leslie Rye is now' almost recovered from the “gassing" he received, and is doing light duty at Dover.

Arthur, who has asked to be sent “out," is in Canterbury.

George Epps has had the misfortune to be laid up and his case is serious. He is lying, at the time of writing, in Canterbury Hospital.

William Sinclair, an old schoolboy, writing this week says ' We are not downhearted on H.M.S. Africa.'

Frank Foster is with the 1st L G., also “somewhere in France." He says: "Sometimes we ride all night in full kit, and it is tiring work."

Stephen Beal is on the Vengeance. He is on his way home to be transferred to a new ship.

Sid Beal has joined the Canadian Contingent, and is now in England completing his training.

There are now over one hundred old Dunkirk schoolboys serving the King.

W.H.B. - Mr. W. H. Burgess will be glad to receive news of our boys from parents and others for publication in the magazine.

September 1915

The lighting order will make it difficult for us to continue the Evening Services, but as a rule difficulties are created in order that they may be overcome, and I have no doubt some means will be found to darken the windows of the Church. The Church officials are to meet on Sept, 2nd at the Vicarage to discuss this question. Some expense will be incurred, to meet this, we must ask for special subscriptions.

It is hoped to restart the Church of England Men's Society after the hop-picking. The subscription is one shilling a year (less than a farthing a week.) Meetings will be held once a month and it is hoped a corporate communion service once a Year. A soldier at the front writes: “It is surprising the number of soldiers who belong to the C.E.M.S. and the good the society is doing." The Secretary will be glad to receive names of new members, who must be regular communicants.


"Send thy Grace, that they may conquer in the strife "

Since writing the last article we are very sorry to have heard of the deaths of Percy Brunger and Swinford Smith. Our sincere sympathy is with the parents and friends of these brave lads,

Stephen Beal has been home on leave. His old ship the V----------- has come back from the Dardanelles to refit. He saw the landing of our forces on the Peninsula of Gallipoli, and he cannot adequately praise the bravery of our men during that terrible affair.

Sid Beal is with the Machine Gun Battery of a Canadian Unit. The Battery was raised by a gentleman of Toronto, who paid half the cost, and is still responsible for one half of the cost of training, etc.

Fred Bones is still very happy in the convalescent home, and Jack is still at Dartford.

Fred Beal has been very severely wounded in the jaw. His condition is pitiable in the extreme, but he is well looked after and happy in the British Red Cross Hospital at Port Skewett, near Chepstow.

W. V. Burgess has completed his training and has been gazetted to a 2nd Lieutenancy in the Princess Charlotte of Wales Royal Berkshire Regiment.

Walter Culver is at Maresfield, and his cousin Harry is facing the enemy in H.M.S. Blonde.

Alfred Downs is “doing his bit" near at home. He is one of the guards of a large munitions works near F-----,

George Epps is much better, but was still in the K. and C. Hospital when we heard last.

Bill Foster is on the Hebe in the North Sea.

Reg. Grainger is somewhere at the Front. He has had a narrow escape, for a gun he was serving burst, and strange to say, although nine men were standing round it, not one was injured.

Gordon Hall has left Mhow, and is now at Aden, where there is some prospect

of fighting. He was very well and fit when he last wrote home.

Fred Howe has joined the R.E.K.M.R. and is in training. His brother Eddie is also in training with the Canadians on the other side of the "herring pond." He hopes to be soon in England.

Harry Lacey has donned the khaki and is in training with the R.E.K.M.R.

Robert Martin, who has been in three "scraps" in the North Sea, is on tht liert'ct.

Both Ernest and Sidney Newman have been wounded. Sidney's case is a very severe one. but we sincerely hope that he will get well and strong again.

Willie Neale has been at the Front since the beginning and is still going strong.

Albert Philpott is training with the R.E.K.M.R.

Albert Ralph is with the 8th Batt. Buffs at Farnborough.

R. S. M. Rye is at the Front. He is delighted rvith the merl under him. He says he has never commanded better, and they have to be "kept back "not "urged on."

Leslie Rye is now in his father's Battalion.

Bernard Smith is in Ireland. “It is a long way to Tipperary“ where he is now


Alfie Terry has been very ill, and was for some time in hospital in France, He is now convalescent, and was last heard of at Harrogate.

Stanley Terry has left Sussex and is now somewhere in Essex. He is in splendid health.

Our old friend Albert Tong is now near Ightham, in Kent, where he is training with the Kent Heavy Battery.

Both Leslie and Allan Watels are in the Defence Force in W. Australia. Allan is in the signalling section, and says every lad in W. Australia has to learn to defend his hearth and home. He puts in three Saturdays a month and several evenings. The lads look on it as a pleasure as well as a duty.

Edward Price, Willie Dunkin, Alan Mercer, P. Howe and Victor Rye are working away at munitions. Victor Rye has given up his holiday to help serve his native land.

News from our boys will gladly be received by

W. H. B.

October 1915

It was decided to darken the windows of the Church in accordance with the regulations of the Lighting Order, and that the Church should be insured against Aircraft risks.


"Send thy Grace, that they may conquer in the strife "

Since our last issue we regret to have to report the death of W. Packman, in one of the French hospitals. Our sincere sympathies are with the parents.

Mr. T. D. Barnes has recently gone to somewhere in France.

R.S.M. Thomas Rye is in hospital, and has been under three operations; but we are glad to hear he is progressing favourably.

The following is an extract from a letter from an officer at the Front, He has just given a description of an engagement in which he took part, and then adds

“The solution of the questions between the Allies and Germany is no nearer settlement. That will be done by the people at home.. It is the praying people, who are really trying to put themselves in touch with the Will of God, who have the result in their hands- We are out here for Victory, in a just cause, and for Peace; but it is the people at home who have the stronger weapon”

November 1915

Mr Ellender's account for fitting the blinds etc. at the Church amounts to £4 0s 9d. The Churchwardens will not be able to meet this extra expense out of their ordinary receipts. I hope the parishioners will do their best to raise this amount. The box at the Church door will be used for this purpose,


"Send thy Grace, that they may conquer in the strife”

2nd Lieut. T, D. Barnes is at the Front somewhere in France. He has had several spells in the trenches, and his billet, when out of the trenches, is a hay loft.

Pte. Sid Beal is now in Dartford going through a pastry cook's course.

Stoker S. Beal is at Chatham on H.M.S. Pembroke.

Pte. Fred Beal is still in hospital hoping soon to get home.

Pte. W. Beal is still near Canterbury

Pte. F. Bones is on the Hospital Ship ‘Letitia’ going between Southampton and Alexandria.

Pte. J. Bones is expecting soon to go to Malta.

L.-Corpl. " Bill Oliver" is well and happy in the trenches.

2nd Lieut. W. V. Burgess is at Bovington Camp, Wareham.

Pte. J Button is reported to have gone to the “Near East."

Pte. A Downs is still near home on guard at a munitions uork.

Pte. Geo. Epps has recovered from his illness and is back again training near Canterbury.

Colonel Gosset, who relinquished his command, owing to ill-health, is now doing other important work for the Government.

Lieut. Rene Gosset is on the recruiting staff at Faversham.

Pte, Harry Griggs is home on leave after sixteen weeks in hospital with rheumatic fever.

Pte. S. Grainger has spent his second birthday at the front.

T Grainger is Chief Baker on 'H.M.S. Falmouth and doing well.

Pte. Gordon Hall is near Aden, and has done outpost duty in the Arabian Desert.

Pte. Edward Howe has arrived from Canada, and is in training in Kent, and his brother, Pte. F. Howe, is near Canterbury.

Trooper W Lancaster has been home on leave.

Ptes. H. and S. Lyons are both in the Army, one in the A.S.C. and the other in the O. and B. Light Infantry.

Pte. A. Philpot looked hearty and well when he arrived home on leave last week-end.

R.S.M. T. Rye has now recovered from the injuries he received by the explosion of a German mine. He has been some weeks in hospital.

Pte. L. Rye is at Shoreham and has been put back from irvo drafts by doctors orders.

B.b.-A. Rye is still on duty at Canterbury. He is in the band and helps play the troops to Church and also helps at recruiting meetings.

All were glad to see Dvr. A. Smith home after fourteen months in the trenches. He was at Mons.

Dvr. B. Smith also managed to get.home at the same time as his brother. He looks extremely well. '

Gr. A. Tong is still near Ightham. He has been back on leave.

Pte. A. Wood is in the R.E.K.M.R. and is training near Canterbury.

The writer will be pleased to receive news of any of our brave boys, so that readers will be able to know how the boys "especially from this parish" are getting on and where they are.


December 1915


"Send thy Grace that they may conquer in the strife”

We very much regret that we omitted to record the death of Gunner R. Grainger, R.G.A, in our last month's issue. He died while serving his king and country, and our sincere sympathies are with the parents in their great loss.

We have also to notify the death of L. Corpl. H. Hart, of the Royal West Kents. He died of wounds, some time ago, and our deepest regrets are offered to the parents in their grief.

Our congratulations are offered to Corpl H. Mercer, L-Corpl. J. P. Marsh, and L-Corpl. A. Terry on their promotions,.

Corpl H. Mercer, is, we understand, serving with the Cheshire Regt. as Acting Sergeant and is expecting shortly to go to-one of the " fronts"'

L.-Corpl. J. P. Marsh is now at Ramsgate doing telephone work for the Navy having been transferred from the Kent Cyclists' telephones. He says it is very interesting work and is one of the ways in which the Navy is brought into touch with the Army.

Pte. Jack Foreman is in the Kent Cyclists, and is with the Company guarding the coasts in the neighbourhood of Lydd.  

Pte S. Lyons, who is in the Bucks pioneers is now at the " front," and we wish him a happy time and safe return

Alan Mercer has offered himself for active service, but has had to undergo an operation before being attested. He is now better, and we understand is trying to get into the Royal Flying Corps. This will make five sons of Mr. Harry Mercer serving their country'

Pte. J.W. Bones has left Dartford and is now at Woolwich. He has been inoculated for service abroad.

Pte. Fred. Bones was last heard of at Malta.

Pte. L. Rye has been certified unfit at present for foreign service, and is being transferred to the works of Messrs. Armstrong Whitworth as 1st Class Artificer. He will be engaged in the production of heavy artillery.

Tprs. Norrie Harden and "Jack" Button, old Dunkirk cricketers, are together with the R.E.K.M.R. in Servia. They were both well when we last heard from them.

Stoker Stephen Beal is in Chatham Hospital with an injured knee.

Regtl. S.M. Rye ieturned to the front on Nov 21, going out with a draft for his


Vincent Brunger is with the Army Ordnance Corps at Dover,

Lieut. W. Downie, who married our Miss Gladys Thomas, is in this Corps.

We most humbly apologise for styling Bandsman A. Rye as band-boy, and we

heartily congratulate him on his promotion, also on his volunteering for active service. He hopes to get his 1st Class Army Certificate in February and is working hard for it.

Tom Grainger has been home on leave

We have seen Pte. E. Howe, who looks healthy and strong. He is a regular attendant at our Church when home'

Harold Jarvis was in Dunkirk a fortnight ago. He has been sick but is now better.

Pte. S. Newman has been invalided from the Army, and is now but a wreck of his former self.

A photograph of Pte. Gordon Hall has arrived home. He looks very pale and thin, but otherwise is well. He has been in action. The 4th Buffs marched to Waht, turned out its garrison of 4 guns, 700 Turks and 1000 Arabs, held it against Turkish reinforcements from Lahej, and then marched back to Sheik Othman the same day. The distance covered was 20 miles and the men had to march across a waterless and shadeless desert on an exceptionally hot day.

Pte. Bernard Packman, an o1d school boy, is home on sick leave. He had six pieces of shrapnel in his back, some of which have been taken out, but he prefers to let the other pieces stay in rather than undergo more operations to have them removed.

Tpr. A. Philpot is in the huts on the polo ground at Canterbury..

Albert Ralph and Ernest Ralph are doing their "bit," one in the Buffs and the other in the R.E.K.M.R.

Pte. Alf. Terry is now stationed near London.

Gunner A. Tong is still at Ightham with the Kent Heavy Battery.

Pte. S. Beal has returned from Dartford and is now at Shorncliffe with his unit

Pte. Benstead has left Sevenoaks and is now near Tunbridge Wells.

L.Corpl. "Bill" Oliver is still at the "front " in France, and up to the time of going to press was safe and well.

We are informed that Gr. G. Coombs is training in Wiltshire,

Driver A. Elvey is with his battery in Brighton, and

Pte. Henry Griggs is doing light duty at Chelsea Barracks.

2nd Lieut. W.V. Burgess is still in Dorsetshire. Trench work has been the chief business during November. In a recent letter he says:

“We had a rough time in the trenches. We were in all day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. with 6 in of water in the trench behind the firestep. Raw rations .were served out. I had a piece of rump steak, like lights, cut it up with the aid of a penknife and pair of nail scissors, and cooked it with an onion and potatoes. When the ground was frozen we marched to our huts across country, and the water in one valley we crossed came up to the tops of my legs, and it was cold - puttees, boots, and breeches soaked through."

Pte. H. Lacey has been transferred from the R.E.K.M.R. to the Buffs and is in Canterbury.

A.B. Robert Martin is somewhere off Scotland, as are also C. Stoker

Harry Culver and Baker C. Robinson, and during this bitter weather our hearts go out to them, and also to E. and W. Foster, P.O. Frank Howland, Seaman H. Jarvis and those others who are so nobly keeping our seas so safely that we may live in peace and have food in plenty.

Harold Owen has been accepted for the R.E.K.M.R. and joins on 29 Nov.

We are extremely sorry to hear that Capt. H. H. Dawes has been severely wounded. He is now in hospital in Alexandria, and we hope will have a speedy recovery.

Christmas is close upon us, and we wish all our Soldier and Sailor Boys as happy a Christmas as may be possible under the circumstances, hoping and praying that Almighty God will so direct our fleets and armies that soon we may have again that "Peace on earth, and goodwill toward men " which our Blessed Saviour brought to this world on the first Christmas morning. W.H.B

January 1916

Dunkirk Roll of Honour.


Barnes, T. D., 2nd Lieut., R.F.A.

Barret, F., Private, King's.

Beal, F., Private, Buffs.

Beal, Sid., Private, Canadian F.F.

Beal, S., Stoker, H.M.S. Pembroke.

Beal, V., Trooper, R.E.K.M.R.

Benstead, D., Private, Buffs.

Bones, F. R., Private, R.A.M.C.

Bones, J. W., Private, R.A.M.C.

Brunger, P. (dead), Private, Royal E. Surrey.

Brunger, V., Private, A.O.C.

Brunger, W., L.-Corpl., Buffs.

Burgess, W. V., 2nd Lieut., Royal Berks.

Button, G., Trooper, R.E.K.M.R.

Culver, H., Petty Officer, H.M.S. Blonde.

Culver, W., Trooper, R.E.K.M.R.

Coombs, G., Private, Buffs.

Downs, A., Private, Buffs.

Foster, E., Seaman, Navy.

Foster, F Trooper, Life Guards.

Foster, W. , A. B., H .M S. Hebe.

Foreman, J., Private, Kent Cyclists.

Gusset, F., Colonel, King's.

Gusset, R., Lieut., E. Yorks.

Griggs, H., Private, Grenadier Guards.

Grainger, R. (dead), Gunner, R.G.A.

Grainger, S., Gunner R.F.A.

Grainger, Chief Baker, H.M.S. Falmouth.

Hall, G., Private, Buffs.

Hambrook, S. F., Trooper, W. Kent Yeomanry.

Hart, E. A., Private, Buffs.

Hart, H.T. (dead), L.-Corpl., R.W. Kent.

Howe, E., Private, Canadian P.P.

Howe, F., Trooper, R.E.K.M.R.

Howland, Pk., Petty Officer, H.M.S. Kale.

Howland, F., Private, R.A.M.C.

Howland, G., Private, R.W. Kent.

Howland, J., Private, R.W. Kent.

Igglesden, W., Private, Buffs.

Jarvis, H., Seaman, H.M.S. Faulkener.

Lacy, T. H., Private, Buffs.

Lancaster, W., Trooper, Dragoon Guards.

Lyons, H., Driver, A.S.C.

Lyons, S.. Private, Bucks Pioneers.

Leigh, E., 2nd Lieut., Buffs.

Marsh, J. P., L.-Corpl., Kent Cyclists.

Marsh, S. G., Trooper, R.F.K.M.R.

Martin, K., A.B., H.M.S. Ferret.

Mercer, Arthur, Private, Buffs.

Mercer, F., Private, Buffs.

Mercer, H., Sergeant, Cheshires.

Mercer, P., Private, S. Lancs.

Miles, S., Trooper, R.E.K.M.R.

Neale, W., Private, Buffs.

Newman, E., Private, Buffs.

Newman, S., Private, Buffs.

Owen, H., Trooper, R.E.K.M.R.

Packman, C., Private, Buffs.

Packman, W. (dead), Private, Buffs.

Philpott, A., Trooper, R.F.K.M.R.

Pont, H., Gunner, R.H.A.

Ralph, A., Private, Buffs.

Ralph, I., Trooper, R.E.K.M.R.

Robinson, C., Baker, H.M.S. Blonde.

Rye, A., Bandsman, Buffs,

Rye, L., Private, Buffs.

Rye, T. fa, Regimental S. Major, Buffs.

Smith, A., Driver, R.F.A.

Smith, Alan, H.M.S. Leviathan.

Smith, B., Driver, A.S.C.

Smith, H., Private, Buffs.

Smith, S. (dead), Private, Buffs.

Stace, H., Private, Buffs.

Terry, A.-, Private, A.S.C.

Terry, Ar., L.-Corpl., A.S.C.

Terry, S., Private, A.S.C.

Tong, A., Gunner, R.G.A.

Tong, E., Company Sergt.-Major, Buffs.

Tong, C., Corpl., Buffs.

Washington, H., Private, Buffs.

Wills, C. F., Driver, R.H.A.

Wills, J. W., Sergt., Buffs.

Willis, C., Private, Buffs.

Wood, A., Trooper, R.E.K.M.R

March 1916

“In many parishes women willing to help in the work of the farm or gardening are asked to send in their names to a representative of the Women's Agricultural Committee, until such a representative has been appointed for this parish, I shall be pleased to act as such.

All the single men who have not received exemption will be called up this month, and in June the married men are to be called up. The field work must be done, and women have been asked to come forward and supply the place of the men.


" Bless them, guide them, save them, keep them, Near to Thee."

Tpr. Arthur Wood, R.E.K.M.R., is quartered on the Polo Ground at Canterbury. He is in good health and is acting as groom to one of the officers.

Tpr. G. Epps, of the same Regiment, is going through a course of field cookery,

Tpr. S. Miles is expecting to leave for Egypt every day.

Tpr. A. Philpot is also on the Polo Ground and is " going strong."

Pti. D. Benstead, 2/4 Buffs, is in training at Tonbridge

Pte. Sid. Beal, C.E.F., is now in France, and has been transferred to the Mechanical Transport.

Stoker Ste, Beal is doing light duty at Chatham. His lame knee still troubles him.

Gr. H. Pout, of the R.H.A, is resting in Egypt.

Pte. H. Griggs is on light duty at Caterham.

Pte. V, Brunqer, A.O.C,, is now working with the Motor Transport at Farnborough, Hants.

Trooper F. Foster, I.L.Gds. has been wounded in action, and, after being in hospitals in France and Brighton, is recovering his strength in a convalescent home at Lewes.

Pte. Ed Baker, Royal Fusiliers, is in training at Shoreham Camp, Sussex.

Pte. W. Neale, 1st Buffs, is groom to O,C. Transport in France.

Pte. F. Beal, 1st Buffs, has returned to France, and

Trooper W. Beal, R,E,K.M.R., is at Birchington.

Sergt. E. Pout is serving with R.E.K.M.R.

Pte. E. Howe, C.E.F., is at Shorncliffe, and his brother:

Trooper F. Howe, is doing musketry training at Birchington.

Pte, F. Bones is still on H.M. Hospital Ship "Leticia." He was present at the evacuation of the Gallipolli Peninsula (Cape Helles), and his ship brought off the last wounded of the party.

Pte. J. Bones is in Netley Hospital with typhoid. He was taken ill on H.M. Hospital Ship "Brittannic", and was brought home with 1,000 sick and wounded from Naples as a patient and not an orderly. He is now able to get up for a little while each day.

Robt. Martin is still alive and well on H.M.S. "Ferret."

E.G. Foster is in Cromarty, and

Seaman W. J. Foster is on H.M.S. "Hebe."

P.O. W.Tong is in hospital at Malta.

Private A. Downs is still near Faversharn, and

Gr. A. Tong is near Ightham and is working with the Regimental Military


R.S.M. T.L. Rye has been where the fighting is thickest, but is still well and looling forward to short leave.

Pte, Alfred Terry is, we are sorry to say, ill in Dunkirk.

L,-Cpl. A. Terry is about to abandon single blessedness and to go in double harness for the future. May his married life be a happy one.

A field card from Driver A. Smith informs us he is well and at the Front.

L.-Cpl. T. Marsh and Trooper S. Marsh have left the country, one for India and the other for Egypt.

The regiment which Pte. G. Hall is attached to has left Aden for a hill station in India, where they will have. a well-earned rest.

Owing to shortage of Officers 2nd Lieut. W, V. Burgess is assisting in training a

Battalion of Somerset Light Infantry, "Derby recruits," and is still at Wool, in Dorsetshire.

We wish to heartily thank those parents and others who have sent in news for this article this month, and hope that far next month more news will be available.



“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his Friends."

We deeply regret to report the death by shell fire on the Gallipoli peninsula of Trooper Jack Button, R.E,K.M.R. His death took place at the early age of 19. He was a bright unassuming lad, and a member of our Cricket Club. He will be greatly missed by the Club, as he was one of our best fast bowlers, and almost unplayable sometimes. Always merry and bright, he was a good example of a Britisher and a Kentish man. and one of the first to volunteer for Active Service. Our hearts go out in sympathy to his parents in their severe loss, and may the Great God of Battles be able to comfort them with the thought that in giving his life for his Country he was copying the example of Him who gave his life for us.

April 1916


“Keep our loved ones, now far absent, Neath thy care ."

Private F, Beal is now serving with the 8th Batt, near the destroyed town of Y-s.

Private F. Bones was last heard from at Alexandria alive and well, and his brother

Private J. B. Bones is still in Netley Hospital and progressing favourably,

Private P. Brunger is home on leave.

L, Corpl. W. Brunger is also home on leave after going through a very hard time near B-e. He is in good health and doing well.

Private J. Foreman is in India.

Lieut R. Gosset is under orders for the front.

Private G. Hall is recuperating at Bareilly in India.

Sec. Lieut. E. Leigh is recovering from shock at his home in Cheshire.

Tpr. G, Epps is at the Cavalry Barracks in Canterbury.

Private W. Baker of the 3/22 The Queen's is at Winnal Down Camp, Winchester"

and his brother Private E. Baker of the Royal Fusiliers has been transferred to Dover.

L. Corpl. T. Marsh has arrived in India,

and his brother Tpr. S. Marsh in Egypt.  

Alan Mercer is attached to H.M.S. Pembroke.

Tpr. Philpot is still in Canterbury.

Private Leslie Rye is now engaged at munitions work and is working at an aircraft factory at Hayes.

R.S.M. T. L. Rye is home on leave. He has with his Battalion experienced a hard tine and was extremely glad of a rest in a nice feather bed.

Private A. Terry is ill Hospital at Canterbury and getting well slowly.

Driver C, Wills is with his battery in France, and since his last return has met several of our old Dunkirk lads at the Front.

Tpr. F. Foster is now well again and back at the Depot.

As many who attested under the Derby Scheme are now being called up we hope to give a longer account of our men next month.

As we go to press we hear that the Vicar's' brother-in-law has been awarded the Military Cross.

Philip Marsh has been successful in joining the Navy.

W. H. B.

June 1916

In this issue of the magazine, there appeared the following announcement:

Owing to the regulations under "The defence of the Realm Act”, we are not allowed to publish particulars about our friends abroad, we must not mention where they are and what their experiences are.

July 1916


Mrs and Miss Barnes have arranged to hold a Bazaar on Thursday, July 20th, in aid of our Blinded Soldiers and Sailors, in the Garden at " Berkley." We owe so very much to our brave Sailors and Soldiers, many of whom, in the work of defending our homes and lives, have lost their sight; and I am sure we all shall be most ready to show our sympathy for them in this their great loss, and also our gratitude to them for their sacrifices on our behalf. The large bills set forth all the attractions. It is to be opened at 2.30 by Lady Harris: and the admission is

2.30 – 3.30     -    1/-;

2.30 – 3.30     -    6d;

After 6 p.m.    -    3d.

August 1916

On Friday August 4th, we shall begin the third year of this terrible war. Special services will be held on the following Sunday. I hope very many will make a special point of being present at these Services, especially at the celebrations of the Holy Communion at 8 and after the morning service.

Miss Barnes is to be congratulated on the great success of the Bazaar. The accounts .have not been quite made up, but £140 will certainly be available to send up to St. Dunstan's Hostel for Blinded Soldiers and Sailors.

September 1916

The sadness and awfulness of this terrible War has been brought home to us in this parish during the past month. Mr. Burgess has lost his elder son, who has given his life for his King and Country. Our hearts go forth to Mr and Mrs Burgess and the family in loving and true sympathy, feeling sure the God of all Comfort will give them of His Grace to bear with patient and holy resignation this heavy and bitter cross He in His love has seen fit to lay upon them.

They have the joy of knowing that their son has died a noble death; he was struck with a piece of shell as he was leading his Company into action.

He was a very keen soldier, and a very promising career seemed to lie open before him; but God in His wisdom has taken him, we cannot doubt, to do higher and better work for Him in His Church in Paradise.

Edward Baker has had a severe wound in the head. He is now at home on leave and will soon we hope be quite well again.

A fair number come to the Intercession Services for our Sailors and Soldiers; but, if we only knew the power and duty of prayer, many more would come to join in these Intercessions, especially members of families who have relations in the Army and Navy. The weekly Service is on Thursdays, at 7.30 p.m.

October 1916

Wednesday, Nov. 1st, is All Saints' Day. All those who have lost their loved ones in this terrible war I hope ,will make a point of being at the Holy Communion Service at 7.30 a.m. so that we may remember all those from this Parish who have made the great sacrifice by laying down their lives for our King and Country – and pray that God would have mercy on them.

November 1916

Owing to the regulations under “the Defence of the Realm Act", the Church Bell will not be rung for the Evening Services.

December 1916

I am quite sure we all felt very sorry when we heard the news that Mr Burgess, the headmaster of our School and our most excellent Organist and Choirmaster, was leaving us after Christmas. While congratulating him on his new appointment

as Head of a much larger School at Dover, we cannot help feeling more than sorry we are losing him. I have only been in the Parish a little over a year, and I can realise how we shall miss him He was ever ready to help in any good work in the Parish, and whatever he undertook to do was always done in the very best way. He will be more than missed in the Church. The musical part of our Service is very much above the average to be found in country Churches. The School will also be a great loser, the discipline and teaching being excellent.  I trust that whoever may be appointed to succeed him will carry on his good work.

February 1917

The Government have made their last appeal to the public for a loan to carry on the war. If this should fail we are told the Government will have to adopt other plans to secure that the necessary money to carry on the War to a successful issue shall be found. It is the duty of every one to give what they can. A meeting is to be held of the Churchwardens and Sidesmen to discuss what steps can be taken to help those willing to subscribe to the loan. In many parishes, War Savings Societies have been started, contributors paying in at least 6d. a week, and when they have paid in 15/6 they receive War Saving Certificates of- 15/6, this can be cashed for 15/9 at the end of the 1st year; 16/9 at the end of 2 years;17/9 at the end of 3 years ; 18/9 at the end of 4 years; and 20/- at the end of 5 years

March 1917

It is proposed to form a Volunteer Training Corps for the three parishes of Boughton,; Dunkirk and Hernhill. A public meeting is to be held at the Wesleyan School, Boughton, on Tuesday, March 13th at 8 p.m.

The War Savings Association has been started; at the first meeting 22 members took cards and over £17 was paid in. Meetings are held fortnightly, on Friday’s at the School from 7 to 8 p.m." The next meeting is on the 16th of March.

April 1917

We all are asked to offer ourselves for National Service. It does not mean that those who offer themselves will be asked tr undertake other work than that which they are now doing but it rests with Head of the Department to suggest work which he considers as of more National importance anyone might do. I offered myself to do any work which was considered by the Authorities to be more useful than my present work, and I have now received a request, to add to my duties the joint charge, with the Rev, Pullen Thornpson, Vicar of Luddenharn, of the Parish of Hernhill, when Mr Clark is called up as a Chaplain of the Forces. This will mean that the Services will have to be altered and we may have to be content

with less Services on a Sunday.

May 1917

The Intercession Service for our Sailors and "Soldiers will beheld, for the present, on Sundays, immediately after the Evening Service. The names of those from the Parish serving in the Navy and Army will be read out, and we will ask God to bless and protect them, I hope those who have relations and friends serving will come to this Service and join in the- Intercessions. The Chaplains abroad say the men do feel happy and grateful, when they know that their dear ones at home are meeting together in the Church to think of and pray for them. I shall be glad to receive names of those who have joined the Navy or Army since our last list was made out. I do not want to miss any names out.

June 1917

I have received a letter from the Secretary of the Waifs and Strays Society saying that the Society at the present time is being called upon to provide a large number of motherless and unprotected children of our Sailors and Soldiers, but they are finding it difficult to secure suitable foster-parents. I have been asked if I can possibly help by recommending suitable women in the parish willing to receive children under the age of seven. They allow 5s. a week for each child and a full outfit is provided when the child is placed out. These "war case”' are infinitely sad and it is our bounden duty to help them so far as our means will permit. I should be glad to receive the names of any who would be willing and able to help in this good work.

We deeply regret to report the death somewhere in France of Edward Baker. Our hearts go out in sympathy to his parents in their great loss, but they have the great comfort in knowing that their loss is his gain. He was always guided through life by a very high sense of duty to God and man, though strife and fighting were most repugnant to him. He never hesitated in answering to the call of his King and country. He will be long remembered by those who knew him in the Parish for his most devoted work for some years in our Sunday School.

July 1917

For some months there has been in the porch of the Church a framed plan of what has been suggested to alter the interior of the Church. The organ and choir are now placed in the most inconvenient position. I would like to suggest that if some such plan of alteration could be made it would be a most fitting memorial of those who have given their lives in fighting for us in this terrible war, and if this was agreed to, a tablet with their names would be placed in the new chancel. It would also be a very suitable thank-offering for a righteous peace at the close of the war.

On Monday, June 25th, was laid to rest in our Churchyard the body of our late and much loved Vicar, Rev. W. J. Springett. For 60 years he lived in this parish as the parish priest and worked faithfully for His Master. His influence for all that is good extended beyond the parish and the number of clergymen, with the two archdeacons of the Diocese, who were present at the service, show how highly he was regarded and how very much all loved and respected him. He had well earned his rest when God called him from our midst.

On the same day there was also laid to rest the body of William Baker, the second son Mr and Mrs Baker have lost in this terrible war. The sympathy felt for them in their sad bereavement was shown by the number of parishioners present at the funeral service.

September 1917

The War Working Class, which has been meeting at Berkley for some months, has made and sent into the Central Depot : 51 pairs of socks, 34 mittens, 14 bed jackets, 24 pyjamas, 10 mufflers, 7 shirts, 3 nightingales, 15 vests. The members of the class have also collected the sum of £6 18s. 7d.

We must congratulate the workers on these excellent results.

November 1917

A very urgent appeal for help for the Vice-Lieutenant's Comforts Fund for the Kent

Prisoners of War has been sent to me and also to our Parish Council.

Last year the Committee received £4904 11s 2d. Larger funds are now needed. The Kent Prisoners of War number no less than 1,220,

The authorities of the Red Cross Society have shown their confidence in the Kent Prisoners of War Committee by ruling that it and its subcommittee shall alone be responsible for the supply of comforts to Kent Prisoners of War. Lord Harris, the Vice-Lieutenant of the County, earnestly begs the County to respond to this appeal. The Archbishop also commends this appeal saying in a letter addressed to Lord Harris, “Beyond question the Kent Prisoners of War have a direct and urgent claim upon us all for such alleviation of their trials and distress as may be possible. I think a great many clergy and Churchwardens will be glad to give congregations the opportunity of subscribing through a Church collection. The object is one entirely appropriate."

At a meeting of the Parish Council, a letter from Mr Tassell, Clerk to' the Rural District Council, was read, in which it was stated that our Local Committee is looking after 30 prisoners, sending to each of them 3 parcels of the best food obtainable, weighing 10 lbs. each, every fortnight; this costs over £50 a month. In answer to Lord Harris' appeal the Council hope that every parish in the district will assist by having a Flag Day on Nov. 17th. A small proportion of the amount received will be handed over  to the Headquarters of the Kentish Prisoners of War Fund, which supplies Bread to the men through Switzerland, and a further proportion will be allocated to the H.O. Fund for the Kentish men at the Front.

The balance will be given to the Faversham Local Association for Prisoners whose homes are in the Faversham district. It was decided to fall in with this suggestion and to arrange for a Flag Day on Nov 17th.

The offertory also in the morning of Sunday Dec 2nd, will be given for the same object. I feel sure that this will appeal to all, and that we shall be pleased and ready to do all we can to help those who are suffering such cruel hardships for us.

The Evening Meetings for Foreign Mission have been put off till the Spring. It was found to be quite impossible to arrange evening meetings for the last week in October on account of the danger of air raids

December 1917

Sir Arthur Yapp is instituting a Food Economy Campaign in the hope of  persuading everyone to.ration themselves voluntarily and to avoid compulsory rationing.

It is necessary for us to realise that no one can hope to maintain the standard of living which they enjoyed before the War. We have a much less tonnage capacity of the ships carrying imported food. We have to supply the needs of our Allies, and owing to the shortage of tonnage we are restricted to the markets of Canada, the United States, and the Argentine. Unless everyone will honestly try to keep within the limits laid down, and in this way help to bring the War to a successful issue. I am writing for copies of the rations per week to enclose in this month's magazine.

The Dunkirk Parish Magazine - 1915 to 1917

Source: The Dunkirk Parish magazines of 1915/1917

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