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 1884

    Royal Navy 351242

  • Born 1892

    Died 1914

    Royal Navy K8609 Stoker First Class HMS Niger

  • Born 1892

    Died 1914

    Royal Navy M3927 Writer 3rd Class

  • Born 1891

    Died 1914

    Royal Navy M5733 Engine Room Artificer 4c HMS Niger

  • Born 1890

    Died 1914

    Royal Navy SS109408 Stoker 1st Class HMS Niger

  • Born 1892

    Royal Navy SS109714

  • Born 1893

    Royal Navy SS111999

  • Profile picture for Charles Louis Boniface

    Born 1891

    Died 1914

    Royal Navy K5397 Stoker 1st Class HMS Niger

    Royal Navy K/5397 (PO) Stoker 1st Class HMS Niger

  • Profile picture for James Saxby

    Born 1911

    Died 1916

    Other Empire Force Civilian Air Raid Victim. Ramsgate, Kent

  • Profile picture for Gladys Evelyn Saxby

    Born 1909

    Died 1916

    Other Empire Force Civilian Air Raid Victim. Ramsgate, Kent

  • Born 1881

    Royal Navy Commander

  • Born 1907

    Died 1926

    Other Empire Force Civilian Air Raid Victim. Ramsgate, Kent

  • Profile picture for Ernest Robert Philpott

    Born 1903

    Died 1916

    Other Empire Force Civilian Air Raid Victim. Ramsgate, Kent

  • Born 1870

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Air raid victim

  • Profile picture for Reginald John Bone

    Born 1888

    Died 1972

    Royal Navy Midshipman Armourered Cruisers 'Donegal' and 'Devonshire'

    Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant HMS Destroyer 'Foam'

    Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant HMS Depot Ship 'Thames'

  • Profile picture for Alfred John Coomber

    Born 1862

    Died 1917

    Other Empire Force Civilian Air Raid Victim. Ramsgate, Kent

  • Profile picture for Thomas Bickerton Edmison

    Born 1880

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Captain Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • Born 1874

    Died 1914

    Royal Navy 151080 Ships Steward HMS Niger

  • Profile picture for Florence Earle Lamont

    Born 1872

    Died 1915

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