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Boughton, Dunkirk & Hernhill
War Memorials



GEORGE THOMAS BARTON

Company Quartermaster Sergeant 205808

10th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)


Who died on 27 April 1918     Age 31

Sergeant Barton was born in Herne in 1887, and was the son of Mr William George and Mrs Olive Frances Barton, who lived at 29 Canterbury Road, Whitstable, but had Boughton connections. In 1912 he married his wife Naomi, who was born in Ospringe but was shown on the 1901 census as living with her parents Albert and Emma Harris, in Bushey Close, Boughton. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, living with his parents and working as a milkman, while she was living and working as a servant at 15 Newton  Road Faversham. He and Naomi had two daughters, Edith born in 1914 and Georgina born in 1917. His parents moved to Owens Court Cottages, Selling in about 1918.


Sergeant Barton is buried in Hagle Dump Cemetery near Ypres, Belgium, where his grave reference number is I.C.4. His name does not appear on any of the village war memorials, but he and his brother John are remembered with honour on the Whitstable Memorial. John died in a prisoner-of-war camp near Hamburg in March 1915 - his family say that he had written begging for food. The pictures below were kindly provided by Joanne Matthews, whose grandmother was George’s sister.


This cemetery, which was begun in April 1918, during the Battles of Lys, was named after a nearby stores dump. It was used by fighting units and field ambulances until the following October and was enlarged after the Armistice when more than 200 graves were brought into Plots III and IV from the battlefields of the Ypres Salient.

Photos - Owen and Joanne Matthews

Sources:

National Archives in association with Ancestry.com.:   1901 and 1911 England census database and Barton Family Tree kindly provided by Joanne Matthews

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org

Hagle Dump Cemetery

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Above: George Barton, with wife Naomi and daughter Edith


Right: George’s brother, John Appleton Barton, who served in the North Lancashire Regiment, and who died in a prisoner of war camp in Germany in March 1915