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 Arthur Joseph Barratt Balkham

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Arthur Joseph Barratt Balkham

Birth
Folkestone, Shepway District, Kent, England
Death 20 Jul 1929 (aged 16–17)
Folkestone, Shepway District, Kent, England
Burial Folkestone, Shepway District, Kent, England
Plot Plot 4, grave 3214A UNMARKED GRAVE
Memorial ID 205776419 View Source
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He was a shop assistant and died in the sea, off Folkestone pier. He drowned in the tidal wave which hit the Folkestone beach on the 20th July. He was brought for burial from 15 Thanet Gardens, Folkestone.
He was a scout:
The young scout drowned was Arthur Balkham, of Thanet Gardens. Some 70 fellow scouts attended the funeral that followed, to pay their last respects. This took place on Arthur's 17th birthday, at Grace Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church.

Desperate efforts were made to rescue Arthur. Charles Allebone, assistant to the harbourmaster, had seen the 10ft high wave hit him and hailed Mr J Hunter, second officer of the railway cargo ship "Whitstable." A boat was immediately launched to go to the rescue. But it couldn't reach him in time.
http://www.dover-kent.com/Bob-Hollingsbee/2001-11-01.html
Mistranscribed on Ancestry burials as Backham.

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