Roll of Honour

Birchington. Methodist Archive and Research Centre (reference MA 8030 item 104)
Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes, 2018

The chapel at Birchington lost nine men, three in one incident when H.M.S. Vanguard blew up whilst anchored in Scapa Flow on 9 July 1917.

Pte. Frederick Checkley  10th Bn. Royal West Kent Regt.

Pte. Thomas Hoare 3rd Bn. Dorsetshire Regt.

Corp. Ernest W. Hatcher 6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regt.)

Pte. Thomas A. Hatcher 6th Bn. The Buffs (brother of above)

Pte Sydney Maxted 6th Bn. The Buffs

Gunner Percy A. Millen  H.M.S. Vanguard

Leading Stoker John G. Sayer H.M.S. Vanguard

Stoker John Cook  H.M.S. Vanguard

Sergeant Charles Payne D.C.M.  7th Bn. The Buffs


Further details may be found on the transcription of the Birchington and Acol war memorial

This reveals that Percy Millen’s brother also died during the war, but he presumably did not share Percy’s faith.

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