Eccles War Memorial, Kent, England

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100 years of remembrance in our village

To the majority of people in the UK, there is only one Eccles, and that’s in Manchester. Ohh, and it also has its own cake named after it.

However, to us there’s a little village in the South East of England, also named Eccles, which we call home.

Just like so many other hamlets, villages & towns in the UK, we have our own war memorial.

Solely dedicated to those who lost their lives from our village, during the First and Second World Wars.

The Eccles War Memorial and Clock, Eccles, Kent, Emgland, UK

Day in and day out us locals wander past, barely noticing that time is eroding not only the names but the memories as well.

Lest we forget

 To show our respect to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, Gary and I decided that we will remember our lost villagers this Centenary year. Rather than just being a name on a memorial, we found out a little bit more about them.

Poppies - the everlasting symbol of blood spilt on the field, Belgium

We wanted to ensure that the details that we found out about each serviceman were accurate, to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Therefore, we were unable to find the definitive records to 9 out of the 33 names inscribed on the memorial. However, we will continue to research their final honoured resting place.

Travel & Remembrance  

Earlier in 2018 Gary and I went to Belgium and experienced the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony in Ypres, and also visited the Tyne Cot memorial. From there we headed to France and explored areas around the Somme and Amiens.

The Buglers, Ypres, leper, Belgium

We find this poignant time in history very interesting, and It is extremely moving to visit these areas in Europe.

Our heroes

I have listed the honoured men in alphabetical order, although not the order they appear on the actual memorial.

The list of names on the  Eccles War Memorial, Eccles, Kent, Emgland, UK

Name: Charles H V Barden

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Rank:  Acting Bombardier

Date of death: 29th March 1920

Age: 31

Where they are remembered: St Peter & St Paul’s Churchyard, Aylesford, Kent

Where they lived: Eccles Row, Eccles, Kent

 

Looking through the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Name: George Isaac G Barden

Regiment: Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Rank: Private

Date of death: 6th May 1915

Age: 36

Where they are remembered: Ypres Memorial – Menin Gate, Belgium

Where they lived: Bull Cottages, Eccles, Kent 

The memorial wreath in front of the Menin Gate, Ypres, leper, Belgium - II

Name: William Brook

Regiment: Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Rank: Private

Date of death: 3rd October 1916

Age: 21

Where they are remembered: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery, Somme, France

Where they lived: Eccles, Kent

The headstone to Private William Brook, Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery, Somme, France
The Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery, Somme, France

Brothers in Arms

These two gentlemen below died on the same day, same regiment, same memorial;

The Loos Memorial, France

Name: Alfred Henry George Phillip Brown

Regiment: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Rank:  Private

Date of death: 28th September 1915

Age: 28

Where they are remembered: Loos Memorial, France

Where they lived: Eccles, Kent

The memorial to Alfred Henry George Phillip Brown, Loos Memorial, France

Name: James Butcher

Regiment: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Rank: Private

Date of death: 28th September 1915

Age: 21

Where they are remembered: Loos Memorial, France

Where they lived: Victoria Street, Eccles, Kent

The memorial to James Butcher, Loos Memorial, France

Every name a story

Name: Sydney G Chevous

Regiment: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Rank:  Private

Date of death: 7th October 1916

Age: 19

Where they are remembered: Bancourt British Cemetery, France

Where they lived: Belgrave Street, Eccles

The headstone to Sydney G Chevous, Bancourt British Cemetery, France
The Bancourt British Cemetery, France

Name: Henry Elliott   

Regiment: Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Rank: Private

Date of death: 4th August 1916  

Age: 22

Where they are remembered: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Where they lived: Eccles, Kent

The Cross of Sacrifice in front of the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, France
 

Name: Charles Grigsby    

Regiment: Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Rank: Private

Date of death: 22nd February 1915

Age: 35

Where they are remembered: St Peter & St Paul’s Churchyard, Aylesford Kent

Where they lived: Eccles, Kent

 

Name: Jesse Hills 

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps

 Rank: Corporal

Date of death: 5th May 1918

Age: 29

Where they are remembered: Étaples Military Cemetery, France

Where they lived: Eccles, Kent

The headstone to Jesse Hills, Étaples Military Cemetery, France
Étaples Military Cemetery, France

Name: Edwin Leonard J Ivell    

Regiment: Royal Naval Reserve – H.M.S. Pembroke

Rank: Deck Hand

Date of death: 17th October 1917

Age: 34

Where they are remembered: Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery, England

Where they lived: Belgrave Street, Eccles, Kent

Name: Charles Edward Jones

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

 Rank: Driver

Date of death: 30th October 1918

Age: 29

Where they are remembered: Roisel Communal Cemetery, Somme, France

Where they lived: Varnes Street, Eccles, Kent

Name: Ernest Marks   

Regiment: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Rank: Private

Date of death: 19th July 1915

Age: 20

Where they are remembered: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

Where they lived: Varnes Street, Eccles, Kent

The faded headstone of Ernest Marks, Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
The Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

Name: Hamilton Herries Milligan

Regiment: Royal Navy – H.M.S. “Mary Rose”

 Rank: Officer’s Cook 2nd Class

Date of death: 17th October 1917

Age: 29

Where they are remembered: Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent

Where they lived: Eccles, Kent

Hamilton Herries Milligan memorial at Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent
Keeping watch at the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent

Remembered at Tyne Cot

Name: Harry Leonard Neville

Regiment: Middlesex Regiment

Rank: Private

Date of death: 16th August 1917

Age: 37

Where they are remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

Where they lived: Mackenders Lane, Eccles, Kent

The Cross of Sacrifice at Tyne Cott, Belgium
Their Name Liveth for Evermore, Tyne Cot, Passchendaele, Belgium

So many, from one small village

Eccles is a small village of under 800 homes, at the start of world war one it was much smaller.

Eccles Historic Map

Name: Leonard William Payne

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers

Rank: Private

Date of death: 23rd March 1918

Age: 21

Where they are remembered: Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France

Where they lived: Cork Street, Eccles, Kent

The memorial to Leonard William Payne, Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France
The Gates to the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France

Name: Bert Saunders

Regiment: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Rank: Private

Date of death: 18th March 1916

Age: 28

Where they are remembered: Loos Memorial, France

Where they lived: Varnes Street, Eccles, Kent

The memorial to Bert Saunders, Loos Memorial, France
The Cross of Sacrifice in Loos Memorial, France

Name: Henry Sales  

Regiment: Royal Navy – H.M.S. “Pathfinder”

Rank: Petty Officer Stoker

Date of death: 5th September 1914

Age: 35

Where they are remembered: Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent

Where they lived: Varnes Street, Eccles, Kent

The Chatham War Memorial, Kent, England, UK

Something we learned

H.M.S. Pathfinder was the first ship in history to be sunk by a torpedo fired from a submarine. 260 men were lost, of whom 244 are commemorated at Chatham Naval Memorial.

Name: William George Thomas Smith

Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment

Rank: Corporal

Date of death: 30th June 1918

Age: 27

Where they are remembered: Aire Communal Cemetery, France

Where they lived: Varnes Street, Eccles, Kent

The headstone of Cpl Williams G T Smith , Aire Communal Cemetery, France
The British war graves at the Aire Communal Cemetery, France

Name: William Herbert Tassell

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers

Rank: Private

Date of death: 20th May 1917

Age: 27

Where they are remembered: Arras Memorial, France

Where they lived: Eccles, Kent

The memorial to William Herbert Tassell at the Arras Memorial, France
The Arras Memorial, France

Name: Ernest Henry Williams

Regiment: Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Rank: Private

Date of death: 29th September 1916

Age: 20

Where they are remembered: Connaught Cemetery, Theipval, Somme, France

Where they lived: Victoria Street, Eccles, Kent

The headstone to Ernest Henry Williams in Connaught Cemetery, Theipval, Somme, France
The  Connaught Cemetery, Theipval, Somme, France

Name: William Wolfe

Regiment: Middlesex Regiment

Rank: Private

Date of death: 15th September 1916

Age: 19

Where they are remembered: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Where they lived: Belgrave Street, Eccles, Kent

So many names, Thiepval, France

To be Remembered

Invaluable information; when compiling my research, I used the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. They are an amazing organisation that honour the 1.7 million men and women, who died during the First and Second World Wars

Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot, Passchendaele, Belgium

They maintain the cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations around the world.

The Buffs 

While finding out a little bit more about the villagers, I noticed that a few of the Eccles servicemen fought for The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

Then as I started to compare a little more, it was clear that a few even fought together.

The Buffs chapel, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England, UK

Six of the villagers are honoured in the same memorial in Loos. However, what I found incredibly touching was that the three gentlemen below, all died on the same day, and they are from the same regiment and inscribed on the same memorial. Probably these guys all knew each other as they lived around the same streets.

Name: Benjamin Huggins  

Regiment: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Rank: Lance Corporal

Date of death: 13th October 1915

Age: 29

Where they are remembered: Loos Memorial, France

Where they lived: Belgrave Street, Eccles, Kent

The memorial to Benjamin Huggins, Loos Memorial, France

Name: Charles E Tupper 

Regiment: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Rank: Private

Date of death: 13th October 1915

Age: 21

Where they are remembered: Loos Memorial, France

Where they lived: Alma Road, Eccles, Kent

The memorial to Charles E Tupper, Loos Memorial, France

Name: Isaac Alfred Wheeler 

Regiment: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Rank: Private

Date of death: 13th October 1915

Age: 25

Where they are remembered: Loos Memorial, France

Where they lived: Eccles, Kent

The memorial to Isaac Alfred Wheeler, Loos Memorial, France

Have You?

Visited any World War I memorials or experienced the incredible Last Post ceremony held at the Menin Gate in Ypres at 8pm every evening?

The ones I could not trace

These nine gentlemen I am yet to confirm where they are honoured.

Benjamin Betts
Henry Hills
Albert Head
Edward Hawkes
Samuel Jenner
Sydney J Russell
Charles Saunders
Albert Sales
Frederick Smith

A Soldier of the Great War - headstone

However, I will track them down, they will not be forgotten.

About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight.Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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Eccles War Memorial, Kent, England was last modified: November 9th, 2018 by Janis