Unfortunately once again, as often seems to be the case nowadays in Kent, the church was locked so we were not able to take a look inside. A shame but it seems the days when a church's door was always open are sadly long gone.
I wonder whether Mrs Baker did really live to the ripe old age of 105? They were prone to a bit of exaggeration in those days!
There are a handful of war graves in the cemetery from both the First and Second World Wars. It is good to see that even though Private Fowler died in 1918, he is still remembered today.
I came across a memorial to Captain Frederick Andrewes Larking of the Submarine Miners R.E. who died of typhoid in Gosport, Hampshire on 26th May 1893 age 32.
I had never heard of a Submarine Miner before so decided to do some digging around.....
The Submarine Miners were a specialist division of the Royal Engineers formed in April 1871 and tasked with laying underwater mines in British harbour entrances to prevent unwanted incursions by enemy vessels.
A depot for the Submarine Miners was established in Chatham in 1877 and the service continued to expand. By 1886 there were nine companies based around the UK and also in Bermuda, Halifax (Canada), Malta and Hong Kong.
The Submarine Mining Service was eventually transferred to the Royal Navy in 1905.
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