Roll of Honour
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 www.margatecivicsociety.org.uk
This reveals that Percy Millen’s brother also died during the war, but he presumably did not share Percy’s faith.