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Captain The City of London Yeomanry E. E. F. Killed in action in Palestine 28 October 1917. Aged 28. Son of Lewis Pendarves & Lilian Emily Kekewich Of 45, Brunswick Square, Hove. Educated at Eton. Included on Eton College War Memorial and Forest Row War Memorial and Parish Church. Buried in Bersheeba War Cemetery. Palestine. Also listed on Hove Library World War I Memorial.


Hanbury Lewis

[SDGW states Major] Captain, Sussex Yeomanry. Killed in action 6th November 1917. Aged 32. Born 30th July 1885 at 82 Ebury Street, London SW. Husband of Dorothy Page-Turner (formerly Kekewich), of Old Place, Bicester, Oxon. Suffered from septic throat problems during 1916 and returned home for a while. His name was incorrectly pselled on his records at death and it took some while to have the name amended from KEKEWICK to KEKEWICH. Profession Metal Broker when he enlisted. He was 5 feet 10 inches. Listed as one of the Old Etonians Who Fought in the Great War: page 142. Buried in BEERSHEBA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Section M. Grave 38. Also listed on Hove Library World War I Memorial and Eton College War Memorial.

Service record: TNA Catalogue Ref. WO 374/38962



Captain 8th Battalion, East Kent Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at the Battle of Loos 25 September 1915. Aged 24. Son of Lewis Pandarves & Lilian Emily Kekewich of 46. Brunswick Square, Hove. Educated at Eton College. Eton College and Forest Row War Memorials. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial. Also listed on Hove Library World War I Memorial

Kidbrooke Park:

Kidbrooke Park was the home of Lewis Pendarves Kekewich, who lost three sons, two within 10 days of each other; Captain John Kekewich, 8th Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), killed in action 25th September 1915, age 24; Captain George Kekewich, City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders), died of wounds 28th October 1917, age 28; Captain Hanbury Lewis Kekewich, Sussex Yeomanry, killed in action 6th November 1917, age 32.

All three brothers are listed on the Forest Row War Memorial (photo attached). Note the names below; M C & O J Lawrence are the sons of H E Lawrence, Haig’s aide. Kidbrooke was owned by Lewes Kekewich 1909 to 1916.

Edited extract from Forest Row Historical Aspects and Recollections (1984):

Kidbrooke was let for some years until the 22nd November 1909, when it was sold to Lewes Pendarves Kekewich for £35,000.

Lewes Pendarves Kekewich, formerly of Lamborey Park, Sidcup, Kent, was the third son of Trehawke Kekewich of Peamore, Devon, the ancestral home of the Kekewich family. Lewes was born in 1859. He married, on 2nd October 1884, a daughter of Mr Sampson Hanbury of Bishopstowe, Torquay. He was in business in London for many years, living in Sussex during that time, was a keen sportsman, being particularly interested in hunting, shooting and golf. His wife was also a keen horse-woman and member of the hunt.

They had seven children, four boys and three girls, of whom two died in childhood and three boys in the First World War.

The Kekewich family were true supporters of Village life. The sons gave their time and energy to the newly founded Boy Scout movement, helping to form a troop in the village, one brother being Treasurer; and Lewes Pendarves Kekewich provided a room in Kidbrooke Lodge as a meeting place. The boys took the scouts to camps on Ashdown Forest and other places in Sussex and also to the great Jamboree in Windsor Great Park.

During the war all four Kekewich sons volunteered for service and three, John, George and Hanbury, were killed before the end of 1917. The fourth, Sydney, was seriously injured. A military citation regarding John, an officer in The Buffs, states that he refused to be rescued by his men, who would have been subjected to heavy and dangerous fire from the enemy if they had attempted to do so. He was later reported missing and then was presumed to have been killed.

On 28th September 1916 Mr Kekewich sold Kidbrooke for £36,000…….to Sir James Horlick.

Note that Sir James Horlicks is the Inventor of the 'Horlicks' drink. His son, Major Gerald Nolekin Horlick, was also killed in World War 1 and his name is also on the village memorial seen here.


Last updated 21 February, 2009

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