Jul 032017

CWGC Rifles graves in Dover

I have located six Rifles graves in Dover. Four are WW1 and two are WW2. They are:


Rfn. Jack Emanuel BARNSTON, d. 17/02/1940, Artists Rifles at Jewish Cemetery


Rfn. James William BROWN, d.17/09/1919, Rifle Brigade at Buckland Cemetery.


Rfn. John Harris COLLARD, d. 22/12/1918, Ox & Bucks at St. James’ Cemetery.


Rfn. Leslie William Henry George COOTE, d. 26/05/1940, KRRC at St. James’ Cemetery


Rfn .Cecil David John SAMBROOK, d. 27/05/1917, KRRC at St. Mary’s (New) Cemetery.


Rfn. Ernest WELLS, d.03/12/1918, Rifle Brigade at Buckland Cemetery.

Buckland Cemetery:

BROWN, James William., Rifleman S/13654, d. 17/09/19, 41yrs, Rifle Brigade, Grave Ref: 1816

  1. Born.

28/12/1996. Attested at Canterbury into the Rifle Brigade and assigned to the Depot. Number 4723. Medically examined at Canterbury. Described as a 18 year old labourer, 5’7” of fair complexion, blue eyes and red hair.

29/02/1897 – 08/02/1897. In hospital with tonsillitis.

01/03/1897. 2nd Batt at Aldershot.

25/09/1897. Stationed at Parkhurst

15/02/1898. 1st Batt.

17/11/1898. 2nd Batt.

19/11/1898. Posted to Crete (Candia) following uprising by Turkish forces. Boarded the troopship SS. Jelunga.

25/03/1899 – 30/03/1899. In hospital with Stomatitis.

10/04/1899. Appointed Acting Corporal.

02/10/1899. Posted to South Africa. Took part in campaign. Wounded in right arm by bullet.

24/07/1900. Posted to Home

18/03/1901. Promoted to Corporal

07/08/1901. Passed Corporal classes of instruction.

01/12/1901. Appointed Acting Sergeant.

12/12/1901. Demoted to private for ‘Neglect to the Prejudice’.

16/12/1901. Posted to South Africa.

14/05/1902. 1st Batt. Posted to Home.

  1. Awarded South Africa medal with clasps.

02/10/1902. Married Maria Cartwright in Dublin. She remained with the battalion.

30/01/1903. Appointed Acting Corporal

01/02/1904. Reverted to Private at own request.

12/04/1904. Posted to Malta

10/11/1904. Appointed Acting Corporal.

12/12/1904. Granted Good Conduct badges.

27/07/1905. Daughter Vera May born in Malta.

13/10/1905. Appointed Acting Corporal.

25/10/1906. Posted to Home. To Dublin.

10/12/1906. Forfeited Good Conduct badges.

14/06/1907. Reverted to Private.

13/07/1907. Son William James born in Holywood, Dublin.

10/12/1907. Good Conduct badges restored.

17/08/1908. Re-engaged as a Rifleman with the Rifle Brigade to complete 21 years service at Holywood.

16/05/1909. Son Edward born in Holywood.

07/09/1909. Good Conduct badges restored.

19/11/1909. Son Edward died in Belfast.

05/10/1910. 2nd Batt. Posted to India.

03/12/1910 – 24/12/1910. In hospital in Calcutta with Rheumatic fever.

03/10/1912 – 03/01/1913. In hospital in Kuldana with Tuberculosis to the 26/10, then transferred to Rawalpindi hospital. Recommended for discharge on 09/11/1912 and signed off for embarkation home.

31/01/1913. Posted to Home.

04/03/1913. Discharged as medically unfit. Signed off from Netley Hospital. 16 years, 64 days completed.

05/10/1914. Attested at Dover as a Private with the 3rd Buffs at The Citadel at Dover Western Heights. Number 3927.

01/04/1915. Discharged ‘Not likely to become an efficient soldier’. Posted to Reserve. Discharged on orders of Lt. Col. Henry D. Hirst.

04/08/1915. Attested at Dover to the Rifle Brigade. Address: 3 Heldawell Place, George Street, Dover. Recorded as a boot repairer.

08/08/1915. Joined at Winchester. Posted as a Rifleman to No.2 Company, 14th (Reserve) Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Number S/13654. The 14th was then at Belhus Park, Aveley, Essex. In September 1915 it moved to Seaford.

01/03/1916. Discharged as medically unfit for further service due to Tuberculosis but recorded as ‘not the result of military service’. Cough, night sweats recorded. It was believed that he contracted it in Kuldana.

17/09/1919. Died. Address recorded as 3, George Street.

24/09/1919. Funeral at Buckland Cemetery was completed with full military honours. Reverend Winnington Ingram officiated and arrangements carried out by F.E. Ratcliffe of 70 London Road.

Buckland Cemetery

WELLS, Ernest, Rifleman 46753, d. 03/12/18, 19yrs, Rifle Brigade, Grave Ref: D.2194.

Lived at 1, Brookfield Place, Buckland, Dover, with brother and sister. Had served with the Buffs Volunteer Battalion before enlisting. Enlisted at Canterbury, given number TR/13/58251 Territorial Reserve. Assigned to 2nd/10th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment which was re-designated as a Territorial Battalion of The Rifle Brigade in 1916. Died of wounds received in action at Exeter Hospital. Buried at Buckland Churchyard, Senior Forces Chaplain officiating. Nicknamed ‘Ernie’. On 25th February 1915 his brother, Private Arthur Wells, had been killed whilst serving with the 2nd Buffs. His eldest brother, Alfred George Wells had been killed on the 3rd June 1916 at the railway sidings in Dover where he worked as a shunter in an accident, aged 27.

St. James’s Cemetery:

COLLARD, John Harris, Private 201935, d. 22/12/18, 20 yrs, Ox & Bucks, 15thF. Depot. Grave Ref: C/V. 8

Born 1898 in Camberwell. Father William Head (1855), Mother Annie Louisa (1862). 1911 Census: Living at Temple Ewell Farm, going to Temple Ewell school. Joined Ox & Bucks 1916/17. Repatriated on 16/06/1918. Medal Roll: Previously 2/4 Ox & Bucks 5304, Private. British War Medal and Victory Medal. Died at the Western Heights Military Hospital in Dover. Personal effects: 21s 10d.

St. James’s Cemetery

COOTE, Leslie William Henry George, Rifleman 2321961, d. 26/05/40, 27yrs,

2nd KRRC, Grave Ref: Row G, Grave 23.

Born in Wandsworth 1912. The 2nd KRRC had been deployed at Calais to delay the German advance on Dunkirk. Coote died of wounds received during defence of the town whilst being transported on the trawler Botanic back to England. Awarded General Service Medal with Palestine Clasp, 1939-45 Star and 1939-45 War Medal.

Jewish Cemetery

BARNSTON, Jack Emanuel, Rifleman 6970504, d. 17/02/40 18yrs,

Artists Rifles, Rifle Brigade, Grave Ref: Section A, Row 5, Plot 100.

Born in Marylebone 1922. Mother: Rose: Attended Marylebone Grammar School 1932-38. Death: registered in the district of Elham, Kent. In 1937 the Artist’s Rifles became part of the Rifle Brigade. They were not deployed in the war but functioned as an Officers Training Corps. Jack died at Shorncliffe Camp whilst training for the OTC from a head injury sustained following the discharge of his rifle containing a blank cartridge. He was found in his barrack room with his rifle beside him. He died shortly after admittance to hospital. (Source Birmingham Gazette 19/02/1940 pp.2)

St. Mary’s (New) Cemetery

SAMBROOK, Cecil David John, Rifleman, C/4519, d.27/05/1917 age 32, 17th (Service) King’s Royal Rifle Corps (British Empire League), Grave ref. N.H.6

1884           Born

13/07/1884 Baptised Holy Trinity Church, Dover. Father John, mother Elizabeth Jane.

1891 Census: Customs House Quay, Dover

1901 Census: Pier Cottage Strond Street, Dover.

1911 Census: Pier Cottage Strond Street, Dover

27/08/1915. Attested. 5’7”, dark complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair. Engineer by trade. Address: 67 Havil Street, Camberwell.

??/01/1916 17th Posted to Aldershot.

08/03/1916 17th Landed at Le Havre.

10/05/1916 Admitted to Field Hospital.

13/05/1916 Transferred to Treport Hospital

03/06/1916 Transferred to general hospital in UK via Newhaven

22/09/1916 Discharged from Depot at Winchester. Character: sober, honest, steady. Invalided and permanently disabled (totally incapacitated) through chronic nephritis due to exposure and infection, the result of active service.

05/10/1916 Admitted to hospital.

27/05/1917 Died at Pier Cottage, Strond Street, Dover. The Dover Express recorded this was due to the effects of gas poisoning from the Battle of Ypres in May 1916. Awarded British War and Victory Medals

Commemorated on the Dover War Memorial.

Credited to Phillip Eyden

Author Name Phil Eyden

Pictures from Phillip Eyden