Encouraged by the local newspaper something of a local competition developed as to which family had the most men at the Front. In 1915 Mrs Todd of Princes Street in Ramsgate had a son and eleven grandsons on active service, while Mrs Goldfinch of Model Cottages in King Street had five sons in the army. Private Miller of the 9th Buffs was mentioned as one of the 14 members of his family who had enlisted, including 3 sons, 4 brothers-in-law, 4 cousins and 2 nephews all except two of whom came from Ramsgate!! Even Mrs Sebag-Montefiore up at East Cliff Lodge had five sons away fighting. Captain Robert did not come back. Continue reading Mother’s Pride
Leonard Maurice Keysor was born in Maida Vale in London in 1885. His father Benjamin Keysor imported clocks. He was educated at the Townley Castle school in Ramsgate. The Rev S H Harris became Principal in 1890 in what the Jewish Standard called “a high-class boarding school for young Jewish gentlemen.”
The Thanet Advertiser January 8th 1916
During World War I HMS Natal was assigned to the 2nd Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet, but did not participate in any battles. The ship was sunk by an internal explosion near Cromarty Firth on 30 December 1915. Many Thanet men were serving on her. The commanding officer Captain Eric Back who died was the brother of Mrs Maud Hatfeild, a well-known Margate personality who later became the first woman Mayor of Margate. Eric Back’s name is inscribed on the All Saints Church (Westbrook) War Memorial where his brother, Guy, was the Vicar.
Ordinary Seaman Stanley James Attwell Drayson aged 18 of 53 Albion Street Broadstairs
Sick-berth steward J A W Jenkins of Shannonville, Dundonald Road, Broadstairs
Leading Seaman T W Jervis of 4 King Edward Road, Ramsgate.
Chief Petty Officer W F Chandler (formerly of Ramsgate, now of Sheerness)
Petty Officer C H Port of 31 Avenue Road Ramsgate
Shipwright 2nd Class A Harty of 57 Albion Street Broadstairs
Ordinary Seaman L C Pantony of 1 Camden Villas, Green Lane, St Peter’s
Ordinary Seaman E Stupple of 1 Calva Cottages, Vicarage Street, St Peter’s