For the last two years I have been re-creating the Ramsgate Roll of Honour from the First World War. I am now starting to add the names very gradually to the IWM’s website
I am starting with the smaller groups such as those men who emigrated from Ramsgate, mainly to Canada or Australia. I have also added some men who served in the RFC/RAF. Have a look at my entries in the community ” RamsgateRemembers14-18″ and please let me know if you find any mistakes!
Ramsgate’s Roll of Honour from WW1 was lost during the Second World War so I am re-creating it in memory of my paternal grandfather who died in France in October 1918. If you go to St George’s Church in Ramsgate you will see the town’s war memorial in front of the main entrance but there are no names listed on it.There are, however, a number of plaques inside the church and other Roll of Honour boards still exist in local schools and churches. Not all the names listed have been found on the CWGC website so I have used local newspapers and street directories to find out more about the families. Stories about survivors are just as interesting. People move around a lot more these days so I have been surprised how many families still live locally a hundred years later. Continue reading LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
In the Thanet Advertiser and Echo of 13th July 1918 an article tells of the opportunity for townsfolk to visit the Ramsgate School of Art for a private view of the Roll of Honour, designed and made at the school out of oak by Mr G C Duxbury.
Above the names of two hundred and seventy men (up to that date) who died in the war was a circular picture of “St George standing high upon the shore, ridding the world of its scourge.” Mr Duxbury also had a sense of humour as if people looked carefully at the defeated dragon he was seen to be wearing a Pickelhaube, the spiked helmets worn by German officers. In the halo around the head of the town’s patron saint were the words of St George’s motto, “To defend the weak”.
Continue reading What happened to it?
Ramsgate was a town of some 30,000 inhabitants whose prosperity in 1914 relied heavily on its visitors in the summer season, whether day trippers or boarders. Other important industries were the railway, fishing and market gardening. A large flour mill and brewery were also important employers in the town. The many small family-run shops and businesses were busy catering for visitors and townsfolk alike, offering a level of personal service unknown to most of us a century later. Some tradespeople were directly involved in servicing summer visitors, such as bath chair proprietors, licensed porters, and a bathing machine proprietress, as well as all those people who ran furnished apartments, boarding houses and dining rooms. Other important jobs were servicing the boat owners, sailors and fishermen in the harbour, such as sail makers, ships’ chandlers, shipwrights, and smack owners.
Many young men would have been apprentices before enlisting in the army but one local man was listed as a Journeyman butcher, one who had completed his apprenticeship, but was not yet considered a master-craftsman. Another was a Brewer’s carman, who drove the wagon with the barrels to deliver them to customers or to the railway stations.Yet another was simply listed as an errand boy.Here are some of the other jobs, those we know about mainly from the local papers, that the young men of Ramsgate had before enlisting:-
Ramsgate Council employees Shopkeepers, managers and assistants
Local school masters Insurance clerks
Builders Bank employees
Local Reporters Printers
Policemen Postmen and GPO employees
Gas works employees Newspaper distributors
Coach builder Plumbers, carpenters
Painters and decorators Hotel and catering staff
Cinematograph operators Signwriter