WW1 diary of Ernest Cockburn of Ramsgate

WW1 diary of Ernest Cockburn of Ramsgate

In 2006 Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate published the original manuscript of the personal diary of Ernest Frank Cockburn. He lived with his family at Glenthorne, Elms Avenue, Ramsgate throughout most of WW1. Cockburn records in great detail the almost continuous bombing and shelling of Ramsgate. He was Secretary and Accountant of the Westgate-on-Sea Gas and Water Companies. At the beginning of the war he was sworn in as a Special Constable. In 1915 he signed up as required by the Derby Scheme. His company had applied for conditional exemption, and this was granted before the Tribunal on 30 May 1916. All his male staff had been called-up and he records their replacement with female staff. He names the death and wounding of his former employees, and many other military personnel in Ramsgate. I will attempt to add the LifeStories of all these, but will concentrate on creating LifeStories for the 45 persons which the Thanet Advertiser claimed were killed by the 396 bombs and 343 shells aimed at the civilian population of Thanet district.

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  • Born 1901

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Civilian Air Raid Victim. Ramsgate, Kent

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    Born 1907

    Died 1916

    Other Empire Force Civilian Air Raid Victim. Ramsgate, Kent

  • Profile picture for Francis Hardwick

    Born 1909

    Died 1916

    Other Empire Force Civilian Air Raid Victim. Ramsgate, Kent

  • Born 1890

    Royal Navy K6852

  • Born 1891

    Royal Navy SS110153

  • Born 1885

    Royal Navy 215202

  • Profile picture for Henry Hope Minter

    Born 1853

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Civilian Civilian War Death. Ramsgate, Kent.

  • Profile picture for Walter Clarence Spain

    Born 1862

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Civilian Civilian War Death. Ramsgate, Kent.

  • Profile picture for Henry Herbert Divers

    Born 1867

    Died 1916

    Other Empire Force Civilian Air Raid Victim. Ramsgate, Kent

  • Born 1872

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Civilian Civilian War Death. Ramsgate, Kent.

  • Profile picture for George Baker

    Born 1846

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Civilian Civilian War Death. Ramsgate, Kent.

  • Born 1892

    Died 1916

    Other Empire Force Civilian Air Raid Victim. Ramsgate, Kent

  • Profile picture for William Henry Marshall

    Born 1892

    Died 1914

    Royal Navy K7818 Stoker 1st Class HMS Niger

    Royal Navy K/7818(PO) Stoker 1st Class HMS Niger

  • Profile picture for John Alfred Debling

    Born 1877

    Died 1917

    British Army G/4765 Private East Kent Regiment

    British Army G/4765 Private. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 2nd/3rd Bn.

  • Profile picture for John Herbert Smith

    Born 1873

    Died 1915

    Other Empire Force Civilian Air-raid Victim. Ramsgate, Kent

  • Profile picture for John Paul

    Born 1896

    Died 1917

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 300529

    Other Empire Force 300529. Gunner. Canadian Field Artillery.

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 300529 Gunner Canadian Field Artillery 26th Battery

  • Profile picture for David Robertson Crighton

    Born 1889

    Died 1917

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 132297 Private Royal Highlanders of Canada 73rd Battalion

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 458634 Private Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • Born 1888

    Died 1918

    British Army G/15445 Acting Corporal Royal West Kent Regiment

    British Army Second Lieutenant The Queen's Regiment

    British Army Second Lieutenant The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

  • Born 1881

    Royal Navy 297144

  • Born 1881

    Royal Navy 301425