Rodmersham- WW1 Memorial

The Opening and the men of the Rodmersham memorial.

Capt B.W.M.Pearson,

 RASC attached to Royal Garrison Artillery

Died of Pneumonia in 47 Casualty Clearing Station 25th Oct 1918.

Buried Vadencourt British Cemetery. 2.B.22

Lived Eagle Lodge, Rodmersham.

Educated at Harrow.

2nd Lieut. Arthur  Bowsher Ward,

8TH EastYorks

KIA 15th Aug 1918 with 1st Bttn.

Buried Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme. 8.C.3

Son of Arthur and Josephine Ward of “Hovedene” HIghstead, Sititngoburne. Born in Rodmersham

Appears also on the Murston memorial. He was a school teacher at the Rodmersham School.

Corporal E.Worsley, West Kents

Died 20-Sept-1918 with 10th Bttn.

Aged 24

Ex Royal East Kent Yeomanry.

Buried Les Baraques Military Cem, Calais

Plot 5, Row F, Grave 8A

Brother of AR.Worsley, of Bridges Farm, Rodmersham Green,

 Private F.Busbridge, Royal Fusiliers

KIA 9-4-17 with 4th Bttn.

Has no known grave, commemorated on the Arras Memorial

Private G.Chittenden, Buffs

KIA 1-5-17 with 6th Bttn.

Aged 33

Has no known grave, commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Lived Kennel House ,Muddy Lane, Bapchild

Son of James Chittenden, Husband of Fanny Chittenden of 3 Laura Villas, Oxenden Square, Herne Bay, Kent.

Pte R.J.Eastman, Royal Sussex

KIA 18-Oct-1918

  C Company 9th Battalion Royal Sussex Regt.  Aged 20.

Buried Hautmont Com Cem

Plot4, Row B, Grave 11

Son of Charles and Mary Elizabeth Eastman, of 4A Shakespeare Rd, Sittingbourne. Born at Upper Rodmersham. The electoral role gives his address as Upper Rodmersham

Pte H.W.Holland, Royal.Berks

Died of Wounds  20th August 1916

8th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regt.

 Buried HeillyStation Cemetery

Plot 3, Row D Grave 52

Son of the late Mr and Mrs James Holland of Little Sandhurst Berks, husband of Maud Holland, Rodmersham Green, Sittingbourne.

Pte J.Johnson, RAOC Died 20th Jan-1919, buried

Les Baraques Military Cemetery,

Calais

7.F.4A

Photo:

 Jacque Johnson

Private E.Knight, Buffs

KIA 3rd May 1917 with 6th Bttn.

Has no known grave, commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Pte J.Lamkin, RHA-

 John Lamkin was the borther of C.Lamkin below. He was not Killed during the war, nor does he appear on the absentee voters list. His service papers reveal a Rochester address With his father Edwin of Rodmersham as next of kin. He was pensioned off in mid 1918,  Date of Death given as ?12/01/1919

Private J.Mitchell, Buffs

KIA 4th Oct 1917

 2/4th Bttn East Lancs.

Has no known grave, commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

Private M.Prett, Royal West Kents

Died of Wounds

31st Jul-1917 with 11th Bttn.

Buried Hazebrouck Com Cem 3.F.12

Ex 2325 Royal East Kent Yeomanry

 Lived Little Newbury Farm, Tonge.

Pte H.J.Pettitt, RAMC

Died 14th Feb 1918.

Buried MaidstoneCemetery.

Pettitt was born in Milton, but was living in Maidstone at the time of his death. His papers do not reveal his connection with Rodmersham:

 

Private W.Ransom, Royal West Kents

KIA 20th Sept 1917.

Has no known grave, commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

Lived HIghstead, Sittingbourne.

Ex 2153 Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles

Private F.Saunders, Royal West Kents

KIA 14th Feb 1917

 7th Bttn.

Has no known grave, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.

Saunders was born in Rodmersham

 Pte E.Tickner, RASC.MT-

 Did not die during the war. Lived Rodmersham Green. Service papers do not reveal when or how he died, a letter in the file notifying disposal of kit is dated Oct 1918. SO a bit of a mystery

Private P.W.White Machine Gun Corps

KIA 15th June 1917.

Has no known grave, commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Sto 1st Cl C.Lamkin R.N.

KIA 22nd Sept 1914

HMS Aboukir

When U9 sunk 3 cruisers before breakfast in the North Sea. 

 Clarence Lamkin was born in Sittingbourne and wasa recalled reservist.

 Has no known grave, commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial

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