St Dunstan, Snargate
War Memorial, Kent

In Honoured Memory
Albert Henry Swift

Bertie as he was known by his family was born in 1886 the son of George and Clara who in 1901 were living at 26 Tufton Road, Ashford. George was employed as a bricklayers journeyman while Bertie was a post boy and grocers errand boy. Ten years on in 1911, George is now a bricklayer while Birt (as spelt on document) is 26 years old and a widower working as a bricklayer's labourer. George, his wife and 4 sons were living in a 4 roomed house in Snargate. The attestation papers for Bert are duplicates and the date is not visible, but at that time he was 18 years and 3 months old, 5' 4¼" tall, weighing 106lbs and a 31 " chest. He had brown hair and eyes and a fresh complection. Bert at the time of his enlistment lived at West Cottage, Snave ?, and had 4 brothers, 3 nephews/neices and 2 aunts/uncles. So far, he attested on 16 June 1903 and mobilized on 5 August 1914 as, Pte L/7545 in the East Kent Regt., The Buffs, a member of the BEF from 7 September 1914. The 18 February 1915 saw him 'at home' four 4 months . By 1 July 1915 he had been posted again to France and on 18 March 1916 he is recorded as Missing and on the same day a line in his records says 'Death Presumed'. His name is recorded on the Loos Memorial

On the 2 May 1917 the personal property of Bert was forwarded to George, his father.He also acknowledge the receipt of his 1914 Star in July 22 1919. His British War and Victory medals followed in 1921.

Reginald Gosbee Norman Reginald was born in Brenzett, the son of Albert and Edith, who in 1901 lived at Farm House Breznett where his father worked as a shepherd. By 1911 Edith has been married for 16 years and was the mother of 7 - Reginald was 11 years old and attending school. No 1 Hope Cottage, Snargate wa the family home - a cottage of 4 rooms
He enlisted into the Northamptonshire Regt. in New Romney, becoming Pte 59432. Norman was KIA on 29 September 1918 aged only 19 and he is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial along with over 9800 other casualties whose final resting place is known only unto Their God
Frederick James Golder Frederick was born in Folkestone, the son of Thomas Edward and Amelia Jane Susannah Golder. In 1901 the family were living at 17 Richmond St, where Thomas was a greengrocer and a 17 year old Frederick worked for his father. In 1904 Frederick married Rose Fielder in the Romney Marsh Registration District. Rose after the war lived at Red Lion Cottages, Snargate. Frederick enlisted in Tonbridge, into the Northamptonshire Regt., becoming Pte 41311. He was KIA on 30 June 1918 aged 35 and rests in Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, Albert along with over 700 casualties - 313 of those young men are unidentified.
Rose after the war lived at Red Lion Cottages, Snargate
Who Fell in The Great War
1914 - 1918
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Grant Them Thine Etnernal Rest


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