Thursday, 5 June 2014


Four more men from the parish died during July 1917, including the son of a former pastor of Ash Congregational Church.  

(32) Pte G/1874 Albert William HAMMOND 7th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).  (Westmarsh War Memorial).

Albert William Hammond was the son of Mr W.J. Hammond of Eden Cottage, Minster, Ramsgate.  He was born in Ash, and was a pupil at Westmarsh School. He enlisted at Margate. He died of wounds on 23rd July 1917, whilst a prisoner of war in Germany.
His brother Frederick George Hammond also had died from wounds on 29th September 1915, whilst serving in 7th Battalion The Buffs.
He is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany.  (plot IX.C.6). 
Another casualty named on the Westmarsh War Memorial, George Marsh, also died whilst a prisoner of war in Germany, and is buried in the same cemetery.

(33) Pte 42575 Barton Fells DADD 11th Battalion Middlesex Regiment.

Barton Fells Dadd was the son of the late Reverend John Barton Dadd and Mrs Dadd of Dunmow, Essex. His father was pastor of Ash Congregational Church from May 1859 until January 1872.  Barton was born in Witham, Essex and was a pupil at Bishop’s Stortford College.  He married Helen Beatrice Holman, of New Street, Ash, at the Congregational Church in Ash on 10th March 1900.
He enlisted at Sandwich, and initially joined Royal West Kent Regiment (service number G/25231). He was killed in action on 24th July 1917, aged 38, and is buried in Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-preux, Pas-de-Calais, (plot 1.B.34).

 (34) Pte G/20575 Harry JOHNSON 9th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment.

Harry Johnson was born at Waldershare near Dover, and enlisted at Canterbury. He died of wounds on 25th July 1917, and is buried in Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery, Ypres.

(35) Lance-Corporal G/19274 Henry DUTNALL 11th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment.

Henry Dutnall was born in Sittingbourne, and was formerly a member of the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles, a yeomanry regiment.  He enlisted at Canterbury. 
He was killed in action on 26th July 1917, and his name is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.  (panel 45 and 47).
From the regimental history it seems likely he was killed when a fighting patrol was sent out to investigate a report that the Germans were withdrawing from their front line. This was not the case, and the patrol suffered severe casualties in returning to their lines astride the canal outside Ypres.  During that week the battalion sustained 80 casualties. The Germans were also replying to the British bombardment, which preceded the Third Battle of Ypres on 31st July 1917. The weather at this time was extremely wet, and the ensuing battle both armies literally became bogged down in the Flanders mud.

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