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47 Non-Coms Approved To Date!
118 cases investigated, 65 cases aborted by us, 13 cases rejected, 47 cases Approved

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What exactly are Non-Coms?
A simple Explanation here

RESEARCHERS
Neil R Clark (Non-Com Specialist)
David Hughes (Military Historian)
Kyle D Tallett (Military Historian and Published Author)
Chris Harley (Independant Non-Com Specialist)
Soldier
John Morecombe
Campaign For War Grave Commemorations
The true pioneer of non-com work

CONSULTANTS
The following persons have been consulted during our non-com research. All have provided valued assistance or advice
Christine Smith (Ashford Borough Council)
Maggie Stephenson-Knight  (Dover War Memorial Project)
Dave Dixon (Faded Genes)
Janet Powell (Kent Family History Society)
Alan D Humphries (Department of Trade & Industry)
Jim Davies (Great War Forum)
Mick Mills Buffs Expert (East Kent Regiment) 
Kevin O'Neill (Great War Forum)

(Approved)
Rejected
Appealing
Waiting for Decision

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BATCH 1
April 2001
A.J BAKER
1. BAKER A.J (DCM)

(Ashford War Memorial)
(Approved)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
Link to the PLUCKLEY REMOUNT DEPOT where Alf served during the Great War
HEADSTONE
Gallipoli Style Marker erected Ashford Cemetery March 2008
2. CATLING G.L
(Ashford Cemetery Grave - Peterborough War Memorial, Cambs)
(Approved)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
3. CLOKE F.W
(Ashford War Memorial)
(Approved)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
4. COLLINS C.N
(Ashford War Memorial)
Rejected
5. FISHER A.L
(Ashford War Memorial)
Rejected
GLEAVE J.C
6. GLEAVE J.C
(His Decayed Grave in Wye Churchyard - Not on Wye War Memorial)
Rejected
APPEALING

The MoD rejected this man on the grounds he was a serving police officer in the Royal Irish Constabulary when he was mudered by the IRA. We are appealing against this decision on the grounds that the CWGC does commemorate other RIC men! CLICK HERE to read the circumstances of our appeal
CLICK HERE for information on the Kilmichael Ambush where James was murdered
CLICK HERE for the Kilmichael Ambush Map
7. HOLDER R.G.W
(Ashford War Memorial)
(Approved)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
8. HOSKINS H.F
(Ashford War Memorial)
Rejected
APPEALING

See his newly restored grave below
We are appealing against this rejection because this man died of the SAME disease he had been kicked out with less than a month later! The Naval Historical Branch refused to give this sailor the benefit of the doubt which we find apalling!
9. INGALL A.L
(Ashford War Memorial)
(Approved)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
10. KNOCK W
(Ashford War Memorial)
(Approved)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
Shockingly this man was killed in action on the Somme, France but was still forgotten!
11. MACHIN A.S.H
(Ashford War Memorial)
(Approved)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
MACHIN A.S.H
New CWGC Headstone Erected Ashford Cemetery 30 October 2007
(Before this his name appeared on a decayed kerbstone with small & incomplete letters)
12. PAGE W.R
(Ashford War Memorial)
Rejected
APPEALING
We are appealing against this rejection because this man died of the SAME disease he had been kicked out with less than a month later! The Naval Historical Branch refused to give this sailor the benefit of the doubt which we find apalling!
13. QUINNELL J.W
(Ashford War Memorial)
(Approved)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
14. ROSSITER E
(Ashford War Memorial)
(Approved)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
E ROSSITER
New CWGC Headstone Erected Ashford Cemetery 30 October 2007
(before this he had nothing to mark his grave)
15. SHARPE E.S
(Crundale War Memorial)
Rejected
16. SINDEN W.A
(Boughton Aluph War Memorial)
(Approved)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
Sinden W.A
war grave
New Headstone Erected Boughton-Aluph Churchyard April 2006
(Before this he had nothing to mark his grave)
17. USHERWOOD J.J
(Ashford War Memorial)
(Approved)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
18. MILLAIS Sir John Everett
(Resided Warehorne - Not on Warehorne War Memorial)
Rejected

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BATCH 2

October 2004
1. BATT G
(Egerton War Memorial)
(Approved 28 January 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
DIXON
2. DIXON William Alfred MC
(Approved 21 February 2008)
(Killed in Action in Ireland by I.R.A)
This forgotten officer was a former CSM in the Suffolk Regiment and was commissioned after lengthy war service. He was awarded the Military Cross as a Sergeant Major in Salonka. The trustees of Dover War Memorial in the early 1920's disgracefully refused his wife's request to have his name placed on the town's civic tribute! If that wasn't bad enough, his wife paid the full costs of his funeral and his name was never placed on any kind of official tribute! Quite shocking - but we intend to do something about this... He is 100% entitled to an official commemoration and a new military pattern headstone. His name will also soon be recorded on the CWGC Roll of Honour.
Click on his photo (above) to see his service papers
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
3. HANDS H.E
(Egerton War Memorial)
Rejected 11 February 2008
4. HUSK A.F
(Tilmanstone War Memorial)
(Approved 11 February 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
5. INWOOD W.J
(River War Memorial)
(Approved 28 January 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
6. McCLAREN A.L
(Mersham War Memorial)
(Approved 28 January 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
7. SWAFFER W.G
(Charing Heath War Memorial)
(Approved 28 January 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
8. TUKE B.M
(Sutton Valence War Memorial)
(Approved 28 January 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
9. WOODS F
(Found By Jim Davies)
(Approved 28 January 2008)
Shockingly this man was killed in action on the Somme, France but was still forgotten!
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
10. SWANSON H.S
(Found By Jim Davies)
(Approved 28 January 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
BATCH 2.2
11. BENZ A.A
(Marden War Memorial)
(Approved 13 February 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
BATCH 2.2
These additional two men were submited in January 2008
12. FLINT A
(Willesborough War Memorial)
(Approved 13 February 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
13. WEST A.S
* In Association with Terry Denham and the Great War Forum
Dartford (Watling Street) Cemetery, Kent
(Autralian Munitions Service)
Approved 8 April 2008
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
Here is the FULL story on the Great War Forum
14. FOAD G.E
Buried: St Nicholas-at-Wade Cemetery, Kent, UK
Approved May 2008
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY

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BATCH 3

August 2006
1. BAKER H.J
(Sittingbourne War Memorial)
Approved 9 September 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
2. HOLLIS C.G
(Milton War Memorial)
(Approved 9 September 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
3. PACKHAM A.T
(Bobbing War Memorial)
(Approved 15 September 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
4. RALPH G.F
(Murston War Memorial)
(Approved 9 September 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
5. TICKNER E
(Rodmersham War Memorial)
(Approved 15 September 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
6. TYLER L.C
(Sittingbourne War Memorial)
(St Michaels)
(Approved 15 September 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
7. SMITH C.V
(Sittingbourne)
(Approved 15 September 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
8. SEARS A
(Speldhurst War Memorial)
Shockingly this man was killed in action in France but was still forgotten!
(Approved 15 September 2008)
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY

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BATCH 4
November 2007
1. BURGNEAY A.S
Dover Marine War Memorial (SE&CR)
Approved 4 November 2008
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
2. HOLROYD E
Waiting for Decision
3. LAMKIN J
Sittingbourne
(Kyle Tallett's case)
Approved 15 December 2008
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
4. MAY W.J
Dover War Memorial Project
(Maggie Stephenson-Knight)
Approved 15 December 2008
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
5. WEST S.J
Brenzett War Memorial, Kent
Approved 8 January 2009
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY

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BATCH 5
December 2008
1. BAILY S.U
Kings School Canterbury War Memorial
Approved 16 January 2009
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
2. HART S.C
Shadoxhurst, Kent
Rejected March 2009 
3. HOLLAMBY C
Approved 12 January 2009
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
4. HOSKINS H.F
Ashford War Memorial, Kent (Appeal From Batch 1)
Waiting for Decision
5. SAMBROOK C.D.J
Approved 12 January 2009
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
6. UDEN J
Lympne War Memorial, Kent
Approved 12 January 2009
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
7. WEST James William
Lyminge War Memorial, Kent
Approved 12 January 2009
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
8. WHITE G.J
(Found by Mick Mills)
Approved 12 January 2009
STILL NOT UPDATED ON CWGC WEBSITE!
To Investigate why this man hasn't been entered after 2 years!

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BATCH 6
Submitted 6 March 2009
1. BLACKMAN F.J
Higham War Memorial, Kent
Waiting for Decision
2. BRIMACOMBE F.E
Sutcombe War Memorial, Devonshire (Shawn Dymond)
Approved 1 May 2009
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
3. COLLUMBELL A
Endon Civic War Memorial, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs
(Kevin O'Neill)
Approved 1 May 2009
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY
4. FOSTER F
Stamford, Lincolnshire (Jim Davies)
Approved 1 May 2009
STILL NOT UPDATED ON CWGC WEBSITE!
To Investigate why this man hasn't been entered after 2 years!
5. WEBSTER P.H
Biggin Hill Civic War Memorial, Kent
Approved 1 May 2009
LINK TO HIS NEW CWGC ENTRY

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BATCH 7
May 2010
1. BROOKE E.O
2. SCRUBY N.C
3. MILLER A.S
4. FINCH J.W
5. GALLUP E.H.T
6. GANNON M
7. HODGSON C.E
8. MAYNARD R.H
9. McCALLUM L
10. PAYNE A.H

Soldier
Campaign For War Grave Commemorations
John Morcombe (aka Jack Clegg)
The true pioneer of this groundbreaking work



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Herbert Frederick HOSKINS
Grave Restored October 2007 By
 Christine Smith
(Cemeteries Officer)
Ashford Borough Council

We submited this man's case to the Ministry of Defence in 2005 and last year were informed that the case had been rejected! We are in the process of appealing to the Naval Historical Branch to look at this case once more as we feel his case should never have been rejected in the first place.This man's grave has now been completely restored thanks to Christine Smith (Ashford Borough Council) who saw the state of his original grave and decided to do something about it. When the grave was cleared she found the original inscription shield together with an anchor. Both were integrated into the design by Christine which is extremely pleasing. This is very terrific news and we are very grateful to Christine for her valued help and assistance. This is not the first time Christine has helped us either - she has singlehandedly traced most of the above men's graves and burial sites and has ensured other war graves within her remit are properly looked after. It's a great pity that other local authorities we come across aren't staffed by caring honourable people like Christine Smith...

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Orpington
Orpington War Memorial
Buried All Saints Churchyard, Orpington, Kent
Lance Corporal Lawson Akehurst Smith

Researched by: Alan Humphries 2007
http://www.dti.gov.uk/about/aboutus/warmemorial/index.html 
 L.A. Smith
 Age at death: 33
 Born:  
 Full Name: Lawson Akhurst Smith
 Service, Regiment, Corps, etc: London Regiment
 Unit, Ship, etc: 9th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles)
 Enlisted: 1 January 1915, London
 Rank: Lance Corporal
 Decorations:  
 War (and theatre): WW1
 Date of Death: 13 May 1918
 Manner of Death: Died
 Family Details:  
 Residence:  
 Home Department: Board of Trade - Patent Office
 Civilian Rank: Second Division Clerk
 Cemetery or Memorial: Plot C , Row A 15 All Saints Churchyard
 Kent  
Additional information and photographs
Some of Lawson Smith's Army medical papers have survived at the PRO.
From these, and from the Board of Trade files, it is possible to piece
together something of his tragic story.

For two years, Smith served at home with the 9th Battalion London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) before being sent to France on 2 February 1917.  He was there only 5 months, returning on 24 July, having been wounded and shell-shocked. His file describes his military character as "very good, steady and well conducted"; at some stage he had been promoted from Private to Lance Corporal.  He was eventually discharged from the Army and confined to a mental home. He died from the effects of throwing himself out of a window while in a state of coma. Lawson Smith was one of several borderline candidates for the Roll of Honour considered by the Board of Trade's War Memorial Committee in 1923. He had not died "on active service", though his death was very clearly a result of the war. The Committee decided that his name should be included, noting that it had already appeared on the Patent Office Memorial 1914-1918, now in Concept House, Newport (Board of Trade Rollof Honour, PRO, BT 13/111 and L A Smith, PRO, WO 364/3820). He is listed in the Medal Rolls WO 372/18 as Private 3919.

L A Smith is also commemorated on the Orpington War Memorial, the Roll of Honour at All Saint's Church, Orpington, the Roll of Honour at St Andrew's Church, St Mary's Cray and the Roll of Honour at St Paul's Crofton Photographs of these memorials (courtesy of John Pateman) Click on the images on the left of the page to view a larger version.

After a great deal of further research by members of the project, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have now accepted Lawson Akehurst Smith for inclusion to the Roll of Honour, this will be followed by his grave being marked in the near future.

LINKS TO RESEARCH (PDF's)
Overview of the case and copies of his service papers
Orpington District Times 24 May 1918
Marriage Certificate (GRO)
Death Certificate (GRO)
Hendon Advertiser 17 May 1918
Bromley District Times 17 May 1918

Alan Humphries
Webmaster for BERR War Memorial site
ITLO/WEBSITE MANAGER/AIM
http://www.dti.gov.uk/about/aboutus/warmemorial/index.html
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