Lympne War Memorial

In Greateful Memory of the men from this parish
who fell in The Great War
1914 - 1918
J Amyan Ludford Champneys John, born in 1899 in Sellindge was the son of Edward Hugh Stanley Champneys and his wife Magdalene. In the 1911 census Edward, Magdalene and 4 of their 7 children were living in a 12 roomed house at Sellindge, where Edward was a farmer. John attended Bloxham School and the RNAS (Royal Naval Air Service) later transferring to the RFC. John, aged 19, a 2nd Lieut., was killed when his plane got into trouble while landing. He rests in Marissel National Cemetery, France.
Frederick C Fagg Frederick Charles was born in 1896 in Temple Elwell, the son of Thomas and Ellen. In the census of 1901, Thomas, a widower, is living with his children ranging from 16 down to Frederick aged 4 on Canterbury Road, Temple Ewell where Thomas is a general labourer. By 1911 Thomas and two of his children, Susannah and Frederick Charley are living in Lympne - Thomas is a bricklayers labourer and Frederick is a Crow ? Boy on a farm. Charles Frederick as he is known on his military records served as Pte L/10341 in the Buffs (East Kent Regt.,) Frederick was 18 when he enlisted in 1914. He was 5' 7½" tall, weighing 119 lbs, with a dark complection, blue eyes and black hair. He was reported missing on on 28 September 1915 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial. Thomas, in 1920 received the 1914 - 1915 Star, along with the Memorial Plaque and Scroll and in 1921 received The British War Medal, Victory Medal for which he signed and returned his acknowledgement of receipt.
Willm Howland William Howland was born in 1897, the son of George and Jane of Hythe, Kent. In 1901 the family were living at Monk's Norton where George was a Carrier working on his own account. William enlisted in Hythe into the Buffs and became Pte G/4361. He was KIA on 13 October 1915 aged 18 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial
Ernest E Kennett Ernest Edward was the son of Frederick and Mercy of Lympne. He served as Trooper 2437 in the Household Cavelry after enlisting in Dover. Ernest was KIA on 10 October 1917 aged 28 and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing
William McNicoll William was the son of Duncan and Isabel McNicol of Scotland and husband of annie Susan (nee Wratten) of West Hythe, whom he married in the last ¼ of 1916 in the Eltham area. William served as 23144 in the Royal Flying Corps., after enlisting in London, but was transferred to become Corporal 309255 in the Tank Corps. He was KIA on 21 August 1918 aged 28. He rests in Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont. William according to his medal card was entitled to the Victory Medal and British Medal.
Albert Peel Albert Jonathan was 1 of 9 children George and Mary Peel in the 1901 census. George worked as a brickyard manager to support his family. Albert enlisted in Hythe and became Guardsman 25921 in the Grenadier Guards. He was KIA on 8 July 1907 aged 30 and rests in Canada Farm Cemetery.
Percy Piddock Percy William was the son of Thomas and Ellen who in 1901 lived at Botolphs Bridge, Hythe - Thomas worked as an Ordinary Agricultural Labourer to feed his family. Percy enlisted at Grove Park, joining the RASC as No. 222252, later being transferred to the Gloucester Regt., and becoming L/Cpl 38749. He was KIA on 1 October 1918 aged 26 and rests in Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue. He left a widow, Sarah J (nee Swain).
Benjamin A Rolfe Benjamin Alfred was the son of Mark and Thurza who in 1901 was known as Ben and living in Lympne with his parents and 6 siblings - Mark working as a quarry labourer to feed his family. He served as Pte L/8807 in the East Kent Regt., and died on 16 December 1918 aged 30 and rests in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria
Mark Rolfe Mark was the son of Daniel Jesse and Sarah Jane who in 1901 lived in Hythe, where Mark again was 1 of 7 children to a general labourer. Mark served as Leading Stoker on HMS Laforey (built in 1913 in Glasgow) and died on 23 March 1917. He is remembered, as are many other seaman, on the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Note: HMS Laforey was mined and sunk in the English Channel (5 miles of Cap Gris-Nez on 23 March 1917 by UB12 in the comman of Ernst Steindorff
Edwd J Skerritt

Edward John was the son of John Thomas and Elizabeth Skerritt, born in Folkstone about 1881. During WW1 Edward was in Australia where he joined the AIR as Pte 555 in 1915. His service record tells in October of 1915 he was in Gallipoli and had dysentry, a month later rejoining his battalion. In early 1916 he joined the BEF and left Alexandria bound for Marseilles. In August of that year he was wounded in action ( poss. a hand wound) and returned in the summer to England from Boulogne via the hospital ship St David. By the autumn of that year he was back to France. 1917 seems to be no better a year for Edward as he had influenza in March and the following week diarrhea. A few days later he back on duty and then reporte as Missing, believed to be a Prisoner of War. Two months later in May, his records state he was KIA on 12 of the month.
Edward was 5' 8¼" rall weighing 148lbs, with dark hair, brown eyes and a dark complection.
Elizabeth, his mother was awarded a sum of money from the War Pension Claims dept. The service will dated25 February 1917of Edward left £50 to Minnie Jacobs and the balance of his money to be divided equally amongs his brothers and sisters providing his mother was still alive.

The form in the records requesting details for the National Roll of Honour of Australia gives Edwards father as Mr W Skerritt ?. Finally, but really the beginning Edward wrote home on 7 April 1914 from Brisbane, informing his parents he had enlisted - he thought they would be surprised yet shocked to hear this news. He mentions his training and his possible pay. He goes on to say 'I intend to leave 4/- a day to be paid into my account at the Queensland Government Bank to be paid to you if anything should happen to me to cause my death you will be able to collect in London free of charge. If I come though all right all well and good if I don't there will be a few pounds for you at home. I am sending £10 enclosed for my share towards the home with my club money.......So I'll conclude with much love to Mother Min Fred an all I remain your loving son, Ted
Does this answer the question as to who Minnie Jacobs could be ?

Jesse Taylor Jesse was birn in 1889, the son of William and Martha of Lypne, Kent. He served as Pte G/5406 ini the East Kent Regiment, later becoming T/ 271070. He died on 25 December 1917 and rests in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Palestine.
Jack Uden Jack was born in 1890 the son of Frederick and Elizabeth who in 1901 lived at 14 High Street, Hythe where Frederick was a butcher and shop owner with 9 children. Jack's resting place or what happened to him during his service cannot be determined due to the fact that the names Jack and John have for many years been interchangeable - there are records for Jack in the census with his parents, as we have seen from the opening sentence but nothing in either the CWGC or service records that could be 100% for Jack alone. Saying that there is a Medal Card for a Jack Uden a Pte no 495038, but there is a ? over the fact the cards states Date of Dischage 16 Feb 1919.

If anyone knows any differant please let me know.
Wm Moon Upjohn

William in 1901 was a 16 year old boarder at Eton College, the son of William Henry Upjohn K.C. and Lucy Martha. William married Dora (Dorothy) Critchett in 1913. Dora lived at Connaught Sq, London after the war with their son Henry C C born in the winter of 1914 and registered in Paddington.
William served in the Welsh Guards as a Lieutenant. He was KIA on 24 August 1918 and rests in Beaulencourt British Cemetery

On its own on the base of the memorial is the name
Roland C Wratten Roland Glover Wratten was the son of George Jeremiah and Sophia of Hythe, who in 1901 were living in The Old Brickyar, Hythe. Roland enlisted in Hythe, becoming Pte 241550 in the DUke of Cambridge's Own ( Middlesex Regt., ). He died in the UK and rests in All Saints churchyard, Burmarsh.
1939 - 1945
Frederick Butcher  
Peter Cooper  
Leonard G Croucher Leonard George was the son of Harry and Ellen Eliza. He served as Pte S/235981 in the RASC. He was KIA on 17 June 1943 aged 27 and is remembered on the Brookwood Memorial. Leonard left behind a widow, Gwendoline of Lympne
Reginald Dupe Reginald Frederick Cyril Dupe served as Sergeant (Pilot) 517894 in the 97 Sqdn of the RAF. He died on 10 February 1940 and rests in St Stephen's Churchyard, Lympne
Robert Finn  
Harry Hopkin Harry was the son or Richard and Lily and served as 230535 Lieut., in the Sherwood Foresters. He died on 24 October 1942 aged 39 and rests in El Alamein War Cemetery. He left a widow, Ellen of Lympne.
Albert Rolfe Albert Henry was the son of James Thomas and Phyllis Jane of Sellindge. He served as Sapper 2060407 in the RE's. He died on 12 September 1939 and rests in St Stephen Churchyard, Lympne with 7 other casualties of war
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