Can anyone tell me if the name Walter Gill Counter appears on the war memorial at Templeton or if there is a war grave there with that name. He was killed in action aboard HMS Aboukir in Sept 1914 and there is a memorial plaque to him in our churchyard at Eastry, Kent. I have been making enquiries about him and it seems that he was in the Royal Marines and married an Eastry girl in 1913. It seems from my investigation that he was buried in Templeton as he was originally from Somerset.
Any help would be gratefully recieved.
Walter Gill Counter is buried in St Mary’s church grave yard in Eastry, Kent. I believe his wife is also buried with him. I was interested in the inscription on his grave stone as it refers to his death on active service in 1914 (HMS Aboukir), which I have since found out was sunk by a German submarine in the North sea on 22/09/14, with the loss of the entire ships crew. He is not named on the village war memorial (also in the grave yard)!
I believe 4 of the 13 people who were killed when bombs were dropped at Templecombe on 5th September 1942 were railway men. These were Albert Ray, Pat Gawler, Hillier and Dart. Is it possible to let me know please, the first names of the last two men? I understand they are buried at the church in Templecombe. I am hoping to use the details
in a publication. Thank you.
Well I don’t know the answer myself, but I hope there is someone out there who does. If not, the electoral registers for the time should help you. Incidentally there is stuff like http://www.timlaw.supanet.com/bombing%20rev3%20MIN.pdf which gives quite a bit of information on the tragedy.
Further to my previous message re Walter Gill Counter, I think he must be commemorated on the grave stone by his wife’s family, in view of the circumstances surrounding the fate of HMS Aboukir and her crew in 1914.
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