Thursday, 29 May 2014


Two more men from the parish were killed during theBattle of the Somme.  

(19) Pte L/9186 Charles OLIVE 6th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

Charles Olive was born at St. George’s, Canterbury and enlisted in Canterbury. His place of residence was in Ash.
He was killed in action on 7th October 1916 during an attack on Bayonet Trench during the battle of Le Transloy Ridges on the Somme.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (pier and face 5 D) on the Somme.
Thiepval Memorial
(20) Pte 70263 Robert MAXTED 17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment).  (Westmarsh War Memorial)

Robert Maxted was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Maxted, of Nash, Ash. He was born in Adisham, and enlisted in Sandwich. 
He died of wounds on 30th October 1916, at the age of 37. It seems likely he was wounded during an attack on the Pope’s Nose near Thiepval, on the Somme, that took place on 21st October. This was a subsidiary attack carried out by 117 Brigade, with a company each from 17th Sherwood Foresters and 16th Rifle Brigade.  Some ground was gained in the assault. 
He died at a base hospital and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France (plot VIII. D. 156).