The Fallen of Marden 1939-1945, by Chris and Mari Gosling
Published by the Marden History Group, 62 pages. A4 size spiral bound booklet (N5430)
Marden is a village in Kent, and lies several miles south of Maidstone, and this booklet provides a fascinating record of men and women from the village who served and died in the Second World War. The booklet is divided into 5 sections.
From the introduction: Section 1 lists the eleven servicemen killed when the V1 landed on the Army Camp in Pattenden Lane on 3rd July 1944 when eleven servicemen were killed (They were serving away from home and so are not found on the Marden War Memorial in the Church). In Section 2 we list the twenty-four servicemen from Marden itself who lost their lives in the Second World War and who are mentioned on the War Memorial (and four whose names do not appear). Section 3 covers the six people (civilians and serviceman) who were killed when bombs fell on the Maidstone Road on 4th February 1941 and on Maidstone West Station on 3rd August 1944. A total of forty-five deceased. Section 4 shows all the cemeteries and memorials where these people are commemorated. Section 5 records the commemoration service held on 4th July 2004. Each section has been listed alphabetically. The amount of information we have been able to find varies from person to person....
One of the entries is included here to provide an example of the information contained (This entry appears in section 2 of the booklet):
Morris, David - Service No. 65522. Sergeant (Observer) David Morris, of 149 Squadron Royal Air Force, was the son of the late George Morris (shown, along with his younger brother Ernest, on WW1 panel of Marden War Memorial) and Laura Harriet Morris (nee Robbins). David was educated at Judd School, Tonbridge and married Florence Emily Woolford (whose own father Henry Woolford also appears on WW1 panel of the Marden Memorial) on 3rd October 1936. The local electoral register shows them residing at 2 Spring Grove Cottages in 1939. Florence was pregnant when David was killed and gave birth to a little girl, Tessa, some two months after his death. David died on 24th July 1942, when a Stirling bomber W7580 OJ-D was shot down by a night-fighter over Geffen, Holland and lies buried with the other six members of the crew in collective grave 4.1.10-13 at Uden War Cemetery.
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spiral spine is tight and intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Has a small price sticker on rear side cover