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Corporal WILLIAM RICHARD ILSLEY 11473, Corporal, Hampshire Regiment.  Age 37   Died 13.8.1920

Corporal WILLIAM RICHARD ILSLEY, was the son of Mrs A. Pestell (formerly Ilsley). He was the husband of Emily, and they lived at No. 11 Cleveland Road, Gosport. Corporal Ilsley, had been wounded in the fighting of the First World War, and had suffered as a result. He had been discharged medically, but could not return to his former work, as he was in and out of hospital. After being admitted for further treatment, Corporal Ilsley, died on the 13th of August 1920. Corporal WILLIAM RICHARD ILSLEY was buried on 16th August 1920, Plot 131 Space 61, and is commemorated by a CWG headstone.

Mrs EVE DOROTHY ISAACS –Miss MAUREEN EVELYN ISAACS Age 23 and 15 months   Died 6.12.1940

Corporal THOMAS EDWIN STEVENS Corporal, 6204151  1st Battalion, Princess Louise’s Regiment, Age 30  Mrs MARGERET STEVENS – Miss JOYCE A. STEVENS   Master THOMAS EDWARD STEVENS     Miss MARGERET ESTHER STEVENS    Mast KEITH FREDERICK STEVENS – Ages 30,25,9,4,30 mts, 13 mts

Corporal THOMAS EDWIN STEVENS, his wife MARGERET, daughters JOYCE A. and MARGERET ESTHER and sons THOMAS EDWARD and KEITH FREDERICK, were taking shelter in No. 79 Avenue Road, Gosport on the night of Friday 6th December 1940, during an air-raid. Corporal Stevens regiment’, was based at the New Barracks (St. George’s) and he lived out of the barracks. Also in the house were, Mrs EVE DOROTHY ISAACS and her daughter MAUREEN EVELYN.

Avenue Road had been struck by bombs on earlier occasions, Sadly that night, a bomb made a direct hit on No. 79. The whole area around the road, received attention. The residential area was situated right next to the railway station and goods yard. Not far away, the naval barracks of St. Vincent, and the RN Fuel Depot in Forton Road. Which of these targets were, the real point of aim will never be known. For the occupants of No. 79 Avenue Road, it did not matter any longer. They were killed outright. The house disintegrated onto them. It was not until the early hours of the morning that the bodies of the occupants were recovered.

Mrs DOROTHY ISAACS and her daughter, were buried, Plot 165 Space 46, and are commemorated by a Family Memorial headstone. Corporal THOMAS EDWIN STEVENS, his wife, daughters and sons were buried, Plot 165 Space 53, and are commemorated by a CWG and Family Memorial headstone. They were laid to rest on Tuesday 13th December 1940.

Constable JOHN IVERY, R.M.P. PO/RMP/X 39, Constable, Royal Military Police.  Age 56  Died 12.1.1945

Constable JOHN IVERY, Royal Military Police, was the son of Mr and Mrs John Ivery. He was married to Florence Ada, and they lived at No. 63, Cobden Street, Gosport. He died at home on Friday 12th January 1945, of illness, attributed to his war service. Constable JOHN IVERY, R.M.P., was buried on Tuesday 16th January 1945, and is laid to rest, Plot 7 Space 39, and is commemorated by a CWG headstone.

Lieutenant HARRY CLAUDE JACK, R.F.C. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps  Age 23   Died 11.8.1916

Lieutenant HARRY CLAUDE JACK, Royal Flying Corps, was born on the 4th of November 1892, the son of Henry Joseph and Emily Jack, of Maeman Manor, Llanwrst, Wales. He was educated at Taplow, Brussels, and London University. He had served in the Royal Engineers Territorial Force before he went to work for the constructional engineering staff of both the Canadian Pacific and then the Boston and Albany Railway Companies. He returned home with the outbreak of hostilities to join the Royal Engineers Expeditionary Force. Following a transfer to Sandhurst, he was gazetted to a permanent commission with the Highland Light Infantry, becoming attached to the R.F.C. from that Regiment.

Lieutenant Jack had completed the flying course of the School of Special Flying, and had been transferred to No. 41 Squadron on the 11th of August 1916 for higher instruction. On the morning of the 1st of September that year he took-off from grange aerodrome, he was flying a Henri Farman F20 aeroplane, service no 7445. Lt. Jack had been flying for about fifteen minutes, he was observed from the ground to be at a height of about 600 feet the machine made a right hand turn, losing some 100 feet in the process, it then nose-dived into the ground in a field some two and a half miles from the aerodrome. The machine exploded on impact and caught fire; Lt. Jack had been thrown some thirty feet away from the blazing aeroplane by the crash.  A Company of soldier’s who were drilling near the crash site, hastened to the spot, having seen the machine fall. The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Johnson, later testified at the inquest, that: “I heard an explosion, and saw a column of thick black smoke billow up to a height of some 60 feet. We arrived to find the pilot some thirty feet away from the blazing aeroplane. He was not burned, but was dead.” A medical officer examined Lieutenant Jack, and stated “ He had a fractured skull, and was instantly killed by the crash. The force of which threw him from the cockpit.” The Inquest concluded that: “ The accident was attributed to the fact that Lt. Jack attempted to make a flat turn. The aeroplane lost too much speed, and stalled.” The Coroner returned a verdict of “accidental death”.

Lieutenant HARRY CLAUDE JACK, R.F.C., was buried on the 25th September 1916, and is laid to rest, Plot 30 Space 34, and is commemorated by a Family Memorial.

Mr WILFRED JACKSON  6 Chapel Road, Gosport. Age 61 Died 14.6.1941                                  SEE – Mr WILLIAM HENRY BARNES

Lieutenant RALPH CONWAY JENKINS, R.F.C. Lieutenant, General List and Royal Flying Corps.   Age 21   Died 2.12.1917

Lieutenant RALPH CONWAY JENKINS, R.F.C., was born at Twickenham, Middlesex. He joined the Army at the outbreak of the 1914-18 war. Serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery, selected officers were attached to the Royal Flying Corps to learn to fly, being able to do so, they could observe the fall of an artillery unit’s gunfire and corrections to targeting could be made.

So it was that Lt. Jenkins found himself at Grange Aerodrome he been awarded his pilot’s wings after successful completion of his instruction. On Sunday 2nd of December 1917 at 3.00pm, he took off in an Avro 504J service reg. no. B 4247, along for the flight was Able Seaman Penn R.N. There was a high wind blowing at the time, and when about two hundred feet high, the machine was seen to turn sideways and crash to the earth. When taken out of the debris of the machine, the officer was found to be dead, having sustained terrible injuries, Penn had one of his thighs broken, having received surgical attention, he was conveyed to hospital, and recovered.

It is thought at the inquest held two days later, that a freak gust of wind flipped the machine over on its back, there had been insufficient height for the pilot to recover, and the aeroplane crashed. A verdict of accidental death was returned. Lieutenant RALPH CONWAY JENKINS, R.F.C., was buried on the 11th of December 1917, and is laid to rest, Plot 50 Space 61, and is commemorated by a Family Memorial.

Private WILLIAM HENRY JENKINS, R.M.L.I.  PO/9389, Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry.   Age 48     Died 9.3.1916

Private WILLIAM HENRY JENKINS, Royal Marine Light Infantry, was the son of John and Ann Jenkins, and the husband of Chloris Jenkins. Private Jenkins was wounded in France, he was treated at one of the casualty clearing stations, and his condition was stabilised. He was brought back on a troopship to Netley Hospital, where after further treatment he continued to recover. Sadly, an outbreak of infection, in the hospital, resulted in his relapse, from which he never recovered. He passed away on the 9th of March 1916. Private WILLIAM HENRY JENKINS, R.M.L.I., was returned to his hometown, where he was buried on the 16th March 1916. He is laid to rest, Plot 2a Space 29, and is commemorated by a CWG headstone.

Mr FRANCIS WILLIAM JOHNSON  10 Hartington Road, Gosport. Age 75   Died 27.4.1941 SEE – Mrs ELIZABETH ANN BLACKBURN

DOMINIK KALLA  Soldier, German Army   Born 5.8.1902               Died 7.6.1944    Age 41

DOMINIK KALLA was seriously wounded in the bitter fighting during the allied landings in Normandy the day after D-Day (7th June 1944). Yet again he was treated and removed to a hospital ship for transfer to this country for major surgery. On the journey back he lost his battle for life and died of his wounds. DOMINIK KALLA, was buried on Saturday 10th June 1944, in the German Plot of the War Graves Section, Row4 Grave 1. A CWG headstone commemorates his final resting-place.

SOLOMON KAMMERER  Soldier, German Army.  Died 16.8.1944 Age unknown

SOLOMON KAMMERER was wounded in action, during the allied breakout of the Normandy Beachheads. He was part of a defensive rearguard action, which was ordered to stand firm. By this action, they allowed many of their countrymen to slip back through the land to the rear of the village of Failaise. When their last ditch resistance collapsed, the whole area, became a notoriously known as ‘the killing fields’ in which so many German soldiers were to lose their lives, and which was known forever after, as the ‘Falaise Pocket’.

Solomon Kammerer, received urgent medical attention, and was placed aboard a hospital ship for the journey back to this country. Due to grievous nature of the wounds he had received, it resulted in his losing his life on Wednesday 16th August 1944, before the ship reached home waters. Solomon Kammerer was buried on 19th August 1944 in the German Plot, of the War Graves Section (see plans on back pages), Row 2 Grave 3, and is commemorated by a CWG headstone.

Chief Petty Officer JABEZ HENRY KEECH R.N. P/J 95460, Chief Petty Officer, Royal Navy. Also served in the 1914-18 War. Age 42        Died 3.11.1945

Chief Petty Officer JABEZ HENRY KEECH, Royal Navy, was the son of Jabez Henry and Ellen Matilda Keech. He was the husband of Gladys Ivy Keech. They lived at No. 37 Palmyra Road, Elson, Gosport. He passed away at Park Pruett Hospital, Basingstoke, Hants. After having been admitted with illness. It is thought that he was taken into hospital because he was in such bad health after having been a prisoner of the Japanese. His condition was a direct result of his treatment by them. Like so many other prisoners of war held captive by the Japanese he could not cope with the coming cold conditions. The climate and health problems were too much for these depleted and emaciated men. Whatever the cause he passed away on Saturday 3rd November 1945. On return to Gosport, Chief Petty Officer JABEZ HENRY KEECH, R.N., was buried on Thursday 8th November 1945, and laid to rest, Plot 17, Space 73, and his final resting place is commemorated by CWG headstone.

Private JAMES FRANKLIN KERMODE 25817, Private, 3rd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment.  Age 22    Died 30.11.1916

Private, JAMES FRANKLIN KERMODE, was the son of Mrs. Amelia E. Giles (formerly Kermode), of No. 51 Norman Road, Gosport. Private Kermode had been born at Peel, on the Isle of Man, in 1894. James Kermode was taken ill during the severe winter of 1916; he was taken to the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar, Gosport, with breathing difficulties. He was diagnosed as having pneumonia, which worsened, and he passed away on the 30th November 1916. Private JAMES FRANKLIN KERMODE, was buried on the 5th of December 1916, and is laid to rest, plot 81 Space 23, and is commemorated by a CWG headstone.

Sergeant WILLIAM FITZROY KIDGELL, R.M.L.I. PO/10868, Sergt, Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Victory. Age 36 Died 5.10.1918

Sergeant WILLIAM FITZROY KIDGELL, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Was stationed at the Royal Naval Barracks of HMS Victory, Portsmouth. He was admitted to the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar, Gosport, after he became unwell during early October 1916. He never recovered, and died on the 5th, through pneumonia, as a result of contracting the ‘Spanish Flu’ epidemic, which raged throughout war torn Europe. Somewhere in the region of a million people died after becoming infected. Sergeant WILLIAM FITZROY KIDGELL, R.M.L.I., was laid to rest on the 6th October 1916, and is laid to rest, Plot 38 Space 92, and is commemorated by a CWG headstone.

Mr ALFRED HAROLD REGINALD KINCHENTON Fireman, NFS No. 85 Ann’s Hill Road, Gosport  Age 39  Died 2.8.1942

Mr ALFRED HAROLD REGINALD KINCHENTON. Was the husband of Ena Victoria Cuthbert Kinchenton, and at the time were living at No. 85 Ann’s Hill Road, Gosport. Mr Kinchenton was a fireman with the National Fire Service. Like all firemen, he spent long hours out in all weathers during the blitz bombing of the area. His death on the 2nd of August 1942 at his home, was recorded as being ‘the result of an illness contracted while on duty during the air raid in August 1940’. Mr ALFRED HAROLD REGINALD KINCHENTON, A.F.S., was buried with honours, on the 5th of August 1942, and is laid to rest, Plot 62, Space 97, and is commemorated by a Family Memorial headstone.

CORPORAL HENRY KINCHENTON 5495251, Corporal, Hampshire Regiment.  Age 29  Died 24.2.1942

Corporal HENRY KINCHENTON, was the son of George Albert and Jessie Kinchenton. He was the husband of Mabel Alice Kinchenton, and they lived at No. 32, Westfield Road, Gosport. Died on Tuesday 24th February 1942, at home, cause not given. Corporal HENRY KINCHENTON, was buried on Saturday 28th February 1942, he was laid to rest, Plot 165 Space 83, and his final resting place is commemorated by a CWG headstone.

Sergeant BERTIE HENRY KING, R.A.M.C. 1645, Sergeant, Royal Army Medical Corps.  Age 27  Died 19.10.1914

Sergeant BERTIE HENRY KING, R.A.M.C., was the son of John Henry and Eva Sarah King of Gosport. He was the husband of Helen Ruth, and lived at No. 40 Mayfield Road, Gosport. He became unwell in the early part of October 1914, and was admitted to the Southern General War Hospital, Fawcett Road, Southsea, which is where he was serving. He was diagnosed as suffering from enteric fever (fever of the stomach), from which he never recovered; He passed away on the 19th of October 1914. Sergeant BERTIE HENRY KING, R.A.M.C., was brought by water back to Gosport, where he was buried on the 22nd of October 1916, and is laid to rest, Plot 58 Space 37, and is commemorated by a CWG headstone.

Oberleutnant WALTER KLEINHANNS, German Air Force Oberleutnant, German Air Force  Born 4.1.1915  Died 12.7.1940  Age 25

Oberleutnant WALTER KLIENHANNS was born on the 4th of January 1915. During the Battle of Britain he served with 3/KG55 Unit of the German Luftwaffe. Taking off on the 12th July 1940 from their airfield at Villacoublay, Northern France, on a mission to bomb the Portsmouth area, and to test the response time of the defending RAF fighters. The raid had been planned to take place when the weather was cloudy, thus affording the aircraft the opportunity to seek the cover of the high clouds. They were completely unaware that the recently developed British invention of Radio Detection Finding (now known as RADAR), had plotted their course towards the mainland, fighters were scrambled to intercept Kleinhann’s Heinkel He 111P coded G1+FA, and the other aircraft of the large formation. ‘B’ Flight of 43 Squadron based at Tangmere swooped down on the unsuspecting bombers, Oberlt Kleinhanns laying prone in the bomb aimers position as the Hurricane fighters riddled the aircraft with machine-gun fire, was hit in the head, killing him instantly. The crew of G1+FA managed to jettison the bomb load as the aircraft rapidly lost height with one engine out of action, a second attack sealed the bomber, the other engine stopped and the bomber made a shallow dive, the Heinkel with its undercarriage shot up, successfully made a belly-landing, coming to stop in a field right opposite the ‘Horse and Jockey’ public house on the Hipley Rd. The rest of aircraft’s crew, Oberfeldwebel’s Knecht and Muller, Felddwebel Kalina, were all wounded but survived, the only one to escape injury was Feldwebel Mohn, and they were taken prisoner.

Oberleutnant WALTER KLIENHANNS, German Air Force, was is buried on Monday 15th July 1940, in the War Graves Section (see plans on back pages), Row 1 Grave 5, and is commemorated by a CWG headstone.

WILHELM GEORG KOCH N13548/47/T, Sailor, German Navy     Died 14.6.1944   Age 23

WILHELM GEORG KOCH, German Navy, was died 14th June 1944, during the allied liberation of France. He was a crewmember aboard one of the fast E-Boats, which were ordered to attack the myriad of shipping off the Normandy coast. The E-Boats, were based at Le Havre, just across the Seine Bay. Their presence cost a lot of casualties amongst the allied forces, until the port of Le Havre was finally taken some six-weeks later. It was during one such attack, that the E-Boat upon which Seaman Koch was serving. Was attacked from the air by two allied aircraft. Between them, the two aircraft racked the hull of the fast patrol boat. One of the torpedoes exploded. Seaman Koch, who had been manning the weapon, was blown overboard by the explosion. The E-Boat sank near enough immediately afterwards, as ammunition caught fire and also started to explode. With the threat gone, the bodies of the crew were retrieved from the sea. Seaman Koch was found to be still alive. Although his wounds were severe.

He was transferred to a hospital ship, and brought to this country for surgery He never made it. The burns and injuries he had received became infected, and he died before reaching these shores. WILHELM GEORG KOCH was buried on Tuesday 20th June 1944, in the German Plot of the War Graves Section, (see plans on back pages), Row 3 Grave 5, and is commemorated by a CWG headstone.