The Tonge WW1 memorial

The Opening and men of the Tonge Memorial

Lieut Basil Lang Marling Apperly   

6th Bttn Royal West Kent Regt. 

Died of wounds 19-4-17.

Buried Etaples Military Cemetery

Plot 17 Row.A.Grave 6.

Age 24 

Son of Rev Josiah Marling Apperly MA and Jessie Annie Apperly of Tonge.

Capt Alan John Bowles 

 A Company 2nd Bttn R.Berks.

 Died 10-4-18.

 Buried BecourtMilitaryCemetery Plot 1

Row.H Grave .C Aged 20

 Son of Capt A.R.Bowles RN and Anne Caroline of Dully House, Sittingbourne. 

Stoker Sidney Fearne RN

Died of Disease  27 th April 1919

Stoker 1st Class K42233

 HMS Octavia.

Buried Gillingham Woodlands rd Cemetery.

Aged 20

Son of George Richard and Mabel Mary Fearne of Church Cotts, Tonge

Had Served in the 4th Buffs early in the war.

Private Stephen H Hook   

Stephen Hook was taken Prisoner of war. He served with the 1st Bttn and was wounded 9th april 1917, 1st day of Battle of Arras He was taken POW with the 6th Bttn. He must have died between 1918 and 1920. 

Lived at Newberry Farm, Tonge.

Another address given is East House Rodmersham.

The papers incinuate he died May/June 1919..

Discharged April 1919 

Private John E H Manser

Killed with 1st Bttn CEF 13th Oct 1915. Buried St.Quentin Cabaret Cem, Wulvegem, Belgium.

Plot 1.Row C.Grave 15

Gunner S George Pilcher 

 Served D battery 179th Brigade .


Killed 21st Oct 1916 

Buried Varrennes Military Cemetery, Somme,


Plot1. Row E. Grave 5 Aged 21

Son of Mr and Mrs Pilcher, 1 Church Cottages, Tonge

Private John George Pope  

8th Battalion Buffs

Killed   18-Aug-1916 at Delville Wood, Somme.

Has no known grave and commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.


Trooper Martin T Prett  

 11th Battalion R.W.Kent.R.

Died of Wounds 31st Jul 1917 

Formerly Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles

Lived Little Newberry Farm, Tonge

Buried Hazbrouck Communal Cemetery Extension

 Plot 3. RowF Grave .2


Private Edgar Percy Randle

7th Bttn Royal Fusiliers 

Killed 13th Nov 1916 in Battle of the Ancre

Buried Ancre British Cemetery, Somme,


Age 35 

Son of Thomas and Alice Randle of Tonge, Sittingbourne,

Husband of Parnel Elizabeth Randle, of Bapchild st, Sittingbourne.

Private William Reeves

1st Battalion Buffs

Killed 18th September 1918

Buried Trefcon British Cemetery, France

Row B.Grave 12 

L/Cpl Christopher Wicks

 Army Service Corps.

KIA 14-Apr-1918 

Buried St.PierreCemetery, Amiens, Somme, France

Plot 9. Row C. Grave 1.

Lived Tonge Mill.

The Wicks Family still owned the Mill when I was a child


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