Thame Remembers Private Stanley David Victor Dover
Stanley David Victor Dover was born in 1898 at Moreton near Thame, the third son of Charles and Harriet Dover. He was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Thame on 2nd April 1898, when his father was a beer house keeper at the Rising Sun, Thame.
Charles and Harriet later living at The Firs, Ickford, Bucks.
In 1911 Stanley was a Post Office messenger boy living in Thame.
Stanley joined the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry in August 1914 and served as Private 27221 with the 5th battalion which landed at Boulogne in France on 21 May 1915. The Battalion was part of the 14th (Light) Division that saw action at the Battle of the Hooge, Ypres in 1915 and on the Somme (Battle of Delville Wood) in 1916.
He was reported missing in action during the Battle for Arras on 3rd May 1917 when he was just 18 years of age.
He has no known grave and so Stanley is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He is commemorated in Thame on the War Memorial, St Mary’s church memorial board and All Saints church memorial board.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France on 01st November 2015 by Ron Roberts (Thame Remembers)