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 on: Today at 12:13:12 
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Hull Daily Mail - Friday 04 July 1941


RHODES - Fred, drowned  R.N. Patrol, the dearly loved eldest son of An niece and Fred, aged 23, and loving brother of Lewis, Doris, Annie and Lily.  We little thought you had to die, Without an chance to say good-bye, Sleep on dear son, death divides, but memories cling - Mum and Dad.

 on: Today at 12:06:45 
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William Frederick Rhodes
Royal Naval Patrol Service  -  H.M. Patrol Vessel Warrior
Service number LT/JX 189063

Died on the 28th June 1941  aged 23 years.

Buried in Newhaven Cemetery, Newhaven, East Sussex - grave Reference: Grave 550. Cemetery.

Husband of Violet Evelyn May Rhodes, of Hull.

Hull Daily Mail - Friday 04 July 1941


Mrs. W.F. Rhodes of of 10 Hama's - terrace, Manchester Street, Hull, has received news that her husband, 23-years-old Seaman William Frederick Rhodes, has been lost at sea.
Before joining the Navy just over a year ago Rhodes was a fitter on the St. Andrew's Dock, where he was employed by Willey Brothers, with whom he had worked since leaving the Scarborough-street school

The Naval History Net shows his date of death as the 29th June 1941.

Attached is a photograph of Seaman Rhodes from the above newspaper article and also a photograph of his grave in Newhaven which I tool a couple of months ago.

 on: Today at 11:43:59 
Started by ric871 - Last post by Craggs
A couple of Newspaper Archive articles from the time ..................

Northern Whig - Monday 16 February 1948


CRAWFORD - Flying Officer Ivan Kenneth Crawford, D.F.C., of 601 Co. London Squadron R.A.F., grandson of Lieut-Colonel Fred Crawford C.B.E., of Belfast, and John Garvey, D.L., of Ballena, who lost his life (result of an accident) whilst on duty, aged 26 years.  Funeral at St. Andrew's Church, White Colne, Essex, on Thursday at 2.30pm.

Belfast News-Letter - Monday 16 February 1948



The death has taken place, as the result of an accident while on duty, of Flying Officer Ivan Kenneth Crawford, D.F.C., of 601 (County of London) Squadron, at the age of 26.  He was the son of Colonel S.W.K. Crawford and a grandson of Colonel Fred Crawford of gunrunning fame. Flying Officer Crawford was educated in England and joined the R.A.F. immediately he left school.  After he had completed his training he was stationed for a short time in Limavady.  While serving in North Africa he was awarded the D.F.C.

The reference in the obituary to "Colonel Fred Crawford of gunrunning fame" refers to :

Colonel Frederick Hugh Crawford CBE, JP (21 August 1861 – 5 November 1952).  Do a basic internet search on his name and you will find out his history - it isn't really relevant to this Forum - that's just to point readers in the right direction should the newspaper comment provoke thought.

 on: Today at 08:06:44 
Started by Man of Kent1 - Last post by Man of Kent1
I'm glad you typed that lot out, John, thank you!  Grin

 on: Today at 08:00:39 
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 on: Today at 07:56:36 
Started by John - Last post by John
A fairly modern reprint of an old photo showing Monkton Post Office - hopefully one of our two locals will be able to say if it's still there  Smiley

 on: Today at 07:50:52 
Started by John - Last post by John
A nice aerial view, dated 1931, over Hamble Aerodrome.

 on: Today at 07:44:13 
Started by Craggs - Last post by John
Blackburn Shark on the slipway at Lee-on-Solent, 1937.

 on: Today at 07:36:41 
Started by Man of Kent1 - Last post by John
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - Saturday 15 December 1900

As we intimated in our last issue was likely to be the case, an enthusiastic reception was accorded at Canterbury on Monday to Sergeant-Major Mudford and his comrades of the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles, just returned from South Africa, where they have served for upwards of twelve months in the South African Light Horse. The men arrived at Canterbury West at five minutes after eleven on Monday morning, and were received on the platform by the Sheriff, the Deputy-Mayor, and the ex-Mayor, loud cheers being raised by a large number of citizens assembled both inside and outside of the station. Drawn up in the roadway opposite the station was the regiment of Yeomanry to which the men belong, under the command of Colonel Lord Harris, and the band of the 7th Royal Dragoon Guards from Shorncliffe was in attendance. On the Sergeant-Major and his men emerging from the station, they saluted the regiment, and the salute was returned. Three cheers were then given for the Queen, three for Colonel Byng, and the South African Light Horse, and three for Sergeant-Major Mudford and his comrades.

There was an immense concourse of people assembled in the station yard, who cheered vociferously as the procession started for the Cathedral. Earl Stanhope, Lord Lieutenant of Kent, was in a carriage wih the ex-Mayor. Sergeant-Major Mudford and his men walked behind the band, and then came the Yeomanry Regiment. The route to the Cathedral yard was thickly lined with people, and many of the houses were decorated. At the great west door Lord Stanhope was introduced to the Sergeant-Major and his men by Lord Harris, and shook hands with each. A short thanksgving service was held in the nave, after which Dean Farrar welcomed the returned warriors, and the Archbishop then delivered an address. His Grace spoke in terms of grateful recognition of the value of their services to the country and of the honour they had brought to the County of Kent.

Subsequently, at the ancient Guildhall, Sergeant-Major Mudford and his men were presented with the honorary freedom of the city. The Mayor (Mr. Alderman Hart), in addressing them, mentioned that the honorary freedom had been conferred on only a few persons during the last 500 or 600 years, the recipients of the honour including William Pitt, George IV., Lord Tenterden, and, quite recently, Mr. Henniker Heaton, M.P. The Mayor then read the following letter he had received from Sir R. Buller:-

"7th December.

Dear Sir, - I believe that the idea of sending out Yeomanry to South Africa originated in the fact that the men of the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles, whose return you are about to celebrate, were mentioned by me in a telegram I sent home. I was telegraphing regarding the need there was for more mounted men, and mentioned that in the South African Light Horse, one of the irregular corps then under my command, there were some East Yeomen. Practically, therefore, the gallant fellows whose return you are about to celebrate were the pioneers of that great movement. As for the South African Light Horse, there is no corps that has done better or had harder work to do, and when I say that I give, I think, as high praise as it is possible to give.

Yours faithfully,

Redvers Buller."

Sergeant-Major Mudford replied on behalf of himself and his comrades. He said they had simply tried to do their duty, and it was a matter of great gratification to them to find that their work had been so highly appreciated.

The Ex-Mayor (Mr. Alderman Collard) next congratulated the newly-made freemen, and mentioned that one of the eleven who went out - Trooper Tice - had been given a commission in the South African Irregular Forces. Earl Stanhope then addressed the company, mentioning that the County of Kent had sent something like 1,200 Volunteers to South Africa to take part in the war.

Lord Harris, speaking subsequently, said that fourteen months since he was doing everything he could to conceal the fact of these men wanting to go to South Africa for fear that the War Office would stop them. Having been unsuccessful in obtaining the sanction of the military authorities to their being sent out, the only thing to do was for them to "go on their own." It was curious to look back to that now, knowing that in the meantime there had been such a demand for that class of soldier, the mounted rifleman. After a year's experience of the Imperial Yeomanry, the Secretary of State had appointed a Committee to consider the organization of the Yeomanry and various other matters. That might be taken as indicating that the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa very highly appreciated the services that had been rendered by the Imperial Yeomanry, recognised the great advantages of mounted riflemen, and foresaw the necessity of improving the Yeomanry force and of enlarging it. As chairman of that committee, he would endeavour to impress on his colleagues the necessity of remembering that the class which had for more than one hundred years maintained this Yeomanry force in face of scant assistance and some derision, the class which would continue to maintain that force, and which would be for all time the backbone of the Mounted Rifles in this country, was the agricultural men, the country gentlemen, yeomen and rural tradesmen, men who always had a horse at hand, and knew how to use it. That was the class on which the Yeomanry would always have to depend, and the demands of service in the Yeomanry would have to depend on the time which these men could conveniently give to the country without interfering with their ordinary business. Referring to the letter of General Buller, Lord Harris said there was not the least doubt that the formation of the Imperial Yeomanry was due to the telegram Sir Redvers sent to the War Office, in which he praised the detachment of the East Kent Yeomanry that had joined the South African Light Horse.

At the conclusion of the proceedings in the Guildhall, a public luncheon was given in the Corn Exchange, under the presidency of the Mayor who was supported by Earl Stanhope, Lord Harris, Captain Howard, M.P., Colonel Hegan, Colonel Kelly, and a large number of ladies and gentlemen residing in the county. In the evening a smoking concert was held in the same building.

 on: Yesterday at 23:44:28 
Started by Man of Kent1 - Last post by Man of Kent1
After many other battles and skirmishes, including the disaster at Spion Kop, Buller's forces eventually managed to relieve Ladysmith.
The SALH, including the men of the EKY, went on to play their part in numerous other actions all over South Africa, resulting in promotions, Corporals Clarke, Foster and Monckton to Sergeant and Sergeant Mudford to Sergt.-Major.
By the end of 1900 it was time for the East Kent men to return home but, sadly, Trooper Sole of Wickhambreaux, near Canterbury died of enteric fever at Standerton.
The courageous, and very lucky, Trooper Tice decided to stay on in South Africa after being offered a commission in the South Africa Mounted Irregular Forces (SAMIF).  He went on to serve in the Prince of Wales Light Horse and by 1902 was a Captain in the 9th.Bn. Imperial Yeomanry.
The remaining personnel sailed back on the RMS 'Medic', finally arriving by train at Canterbury on the 8 December 1900 where they were given a warm welcome by the Deputy Mayor and Lord Harris and a full military band.
Later, Sgt.-Major Mudford attended a service at Canterbury Cathedral before going to the Guildhall to be presented with the Honorary Freedom of the City of Canterbury.
Sgt.-Major Charles Tilleard Mudford was also awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his courage and leadership.
He then resumed his occupation of proprietor of the 'Kentish Gazette' and went in search of a wife....................... be continued.................

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