Courtesy of St Margaret’s History Society: St Margaret’s in the First World War

Village Heroes

Thirty- one men from St Margaret’s were killed in the war. Lt Col Christopher Bushell, whose parents lived in the village, was awarded the Victoria Cross after leading his battalion in a counterattack and showing tremendous courage, despite being badly injured. Another notable village casualty was Captain Alexander Little, Australia’s highest scoring air ace, who had come to England to fight in the war and married a Dover girl who he set up home with in Drovewat Gardens. He was killed in France on the night of 27th May 1918, after attempting to intercept enemy bombers. He was 22.

Text by Christine Waterman