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ARDINGLY WAR MEMORIALS

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Chris Comber 2004

The memorials can be found at St Peters church. The World War 1 memorial is in the form of a plaque/board and lists 31 names for World War 1. The World War 2 memorial is in the form of document that has been framed and glazed containing the 12 men from the parish who died in World War 2 plus a further 5 civilains who also died.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2005

1914 - 1918

HOLMAN

Stephen George

Private 844-06, 259th Company, The Machine Gun Corps attached to East African Forces. Died in German East Africa 30th October 1917. Aged 23. Son of Ernest Frederick & Mary Anne Holman of Prospect House Ardingly. Carpenter employed by E. H. Munnion, Builders. Formerly with the Royal Sussex Regiment. Buried in Mingoyo Cemetery, later transferred to Dar es Salaam Cemetery,Tanzania.

ANDRESS

Arthur William

Private G.18041, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Eastern Division. Killed in action when the Battalion returned to the line near Guedecourt on the Somme 5th October 1916. Aged 29. Son of Mr & Mrs R. Andress of Jenkins Croft, Ardingly. Born Ardingly and enlisted in Haywards Heath. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial Mr21.

AUSTIN

Eric Mannington

Rifleman 24/339, 2/3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade. The New Zealand Division. Killed in action at Flers/Courcelette during the Somme Offensive 15th September 1916. Aged 23. Son of William Alabaster & Charlotte Austin of Jenkins Croft, Ardingly. Commemorated on Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial Longueval. Mr11.

AUSTIN

Frank Ernest

Private 235223, 2/7th. Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment. 61st South Midland Division Killed in action at Ypres 28th August 1917. Aged 21. Son of William Alabaster & Charlotte Austin of Jenkins Croft, Ardingly. Native of Hastings. Born in Brockley,Somerset, and enlisted in Brighton. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium Mr30

AWCOCK

William

Private 3/1059, 2nd Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment, 1st Regular Division. Died from wounds suffered at Loos 5th October 1915. Aged 46. Son of Mr & Mrs John Awcock of Ardingly. Born Ardingly and enlisted in Northampton. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery extension F285.

BOURN

Harry

Private 45304, 122nd Company, The Machine Gun Corps. Western Front Machine Gun Unit. Killed in action at Messines Ridge 7th June 1917. Son of Mr & Mrs. Robert Bourn of Balcombe. Husband of Alice Bourn of Ardingly. Born in Balcombe. Enlisted in Haywards Heath. Formerly with the Royal Sussex Regiment. Buried in Voormezeele enclosure number 3 Belgium B111. Also on Balcombe Parish Church War Memorial

BUCKMAN

Reginald

Bombardier 40859, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds at home after discharge 7th October 1917. Aged 25. Son of Mrs Buckman of Lywood Common. Footman at Brook House. Buried in Highbrook Churchyard. Also on Highbrook Parish War Memorial

COZENS

Frederick Thomas

Lance Corporal G. 2753 8th. Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 18th. Eastern Division (Pioneer Battalion). Killed in action during the German Spring offensive 23rd March 1918. Son of Mrs. Cozens of Pickeridge Cottages, Cob Lane, Ardingly. Born Nash in Surrey and enlisted in Haywards Heath. Buried in Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension F. 1893. Name appears on Highbrook & West Hoathly War Memorials

DAY

Alexander

Stoker 1st Class K.8310, H.M.S. "Formidable", Royal Navy. Channel Fleet. Lost when the Battleship blew up off Sheerness 26th November 1914. Aged 24. Son of Spencer and Isabella Day of Holly Cottage, Cob Lane. Regular Naval Rating.Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial Southsea MR.3. Also recorded on West Hoathly and Highbrook Memorials

DIXON

Frederick George

Private G.385, 6th Battalion. The East Kent Regiment. 12th. Eastern Division. Killed in action at Hulluch near Loos 13th October 1915. Son of Mr & Mrs Dixon of Ardingly. Born Highbrook and enlisted in Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial Mr19.

GODDING

John

Driver 28075, 'A' Company, 60th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Western Front Units. Died of heart failure in Military Hospital in France on the 29th December 1916. Aged 33. Born Ardingly and enlisted in London. Son of John Godding of Lywood. husband of J. Godding of 5, Graham Cottages, Spring Lane, Lindfield. Buried in Hamel Military Cemetery F701.

HOLMAN

Jesse

Private G.4209, 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th New Army Division. Killed in action at Wulverghem near Messines, 24th March 1916. Aged 23. Son of Mr & Mrs Holman of 2 Carters Cottages, Ardingly. Born in Ardingly and enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Ration Farm Annexe, Ploegsteert, Belgium B49

HOLMAN

Spencer

Private G.3284, 13th Battalion. The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th New Army Division. Killed in action at Polygon Wood 27th September 1917. Aged 35. Son of Mr & Mrs Moses Holman of Hickpots, Ardingly. Born in Ardingly and enlisted in Brighton. Single man, employed by E. H. Munnion, Builders. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Mr30

JUDD

Percy

Private 10574, 1st Battalion. The Wiltshire Regiment. 25th New Army Division. Killed in action during the 2nd Battle of Ypres 16th June 1915. Aged 24. Born in Croydon and enlisted in Merton,Surrey. Son of Mr & Mrs H. Judd of 119, Bynes Road, South Croydon. Employed as a chauffeur to Mr. William Clarke of ' Berry ' Ardingly. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium Mr29. Name included on the Croydon Memorial Roll in Norbury Library.

LONGHURST

Albert Amor

Private 27064, 2nd Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment. 30th New Army Division. Killed in action on the opening day of the Third Battle of Ypres 31st July 1917. Born Cuckfield and enlisted in Brighton. Formerly with the Essex Regiment. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres,Belgium. Mr29.

MARCHANT

Jesse Rowland

Private G.37775. 7th Battalion, The Royal West Surrey Regiment. 18th New Army Division. Died of wounds sustained during the Arras Offensive 7th May 1917. Aged 36. Born Ardingly and enlisted in Haywards Heath. Husband of Gertrude Elizabeth Marchant of 1, Hapstead Cottages, Ardingly. Left two children. Buried in Mont Huon Cemetery, Le Treport F13.

MARSH

John

Private G.25358, 11th Battalion, The Royal West Kent Regiment. 41st. New Army Division. Killed in action on the opening day of the Third Battle of Ypres 31st July 1917. Aged 24. Son of Mr & Mrs John Marsh of Lywood Common. Ardingly. Born in Swanage, Dorset & enlisted in Horsham. Brother of W. Marsh. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Mr29.

MARSH

William Charles

Private 27263, 1st Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment. 25th New Army Division. Reported missing during the German Spring offensive, on the 23rd March 1918. Aged 32. Eldest son of Mr & Mrs John Marsh of Lywood Common. Brother of John Marsh. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial Mr20.

MUNNION

Frederick Arthur

Corporal G.821, 11th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th New Army Division. Died of wounds received at Sanctuary Wood 4th June 1917. Aged 35. Born Ardingly and enlisted in Brighton. Son of Henry & Maria Munnion of Ardingly. Husband of Mrs M. Munnion of Rolvenden, Kent. Educated at Ardingly College. Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. F102. Name recorded on Ardingly College Memorial & Rolvenden Parish Church

NUNN

Arthur Charles

Private SD827, 11th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th New Army Division. Killed in action near Thiepval 31st October 1916. Aged 27. Born Ardingly & enlisted in Brighton. Son of Harry & Flora Nunn of Hollands Cottage, Ardingly. The Ardingly F.C. goalkeeper (nickname 'Tank'). Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Mr21.

PACKHAM

Ernest

Shoeing Smith 13152, 6th Dragoon Guards (Caribineers). Western Front Cavalry units. Killed in action during the final advance 26th August 1918. Aged 28. Born Lindfield & enlisted in Battersea. Son of Mr & Mrs Charles Packham of Holly Farm ,Pickridge, Ardingly. Old boy of St. Wilfreds School, Haywards Heath. Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery. F401. Also included on West Hoathly & Haywards Heath War Memorials.

PREVETT, DCM

Robert

Sergeant G.541, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th New Army Division. Wounded at Guedecourt during The Somme offensive and died on the 6th October 1916. Aged 26. Born Ardingly and enlisted in Brighton. Son of Robert & Emma Prevett of Horncombe, Cob Lane, Ardingly. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). Name also recorded on the West Hoathly & Highbrook War Memorials. Buried in Dartmoor Cemetery. F188.

QUAIFE

Stanley

Sergeant G. 3335, 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th New Army Division. Killed in action at Loos 25th September 1915. Aged 35. Born St. Leonards and enlisted in Haywards Heath. Husband of Mrs S. Quaife of Borde Hill, Cuckfield. Employed by Mr Clarke at Borde Hill as a gardener. Left a son. Veteran of the South African War. Commemorated on the Loos memorial Mr19.

RICHARDSON

Henry

Gunner 14256, 'D' Battery, 70th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. 15th Scottish Division. Killed in action on the Somme 8th August 1916. Aged 21. Son of Mark & Harriett Richardson of 2, Walwers Lane, Lewes. Employed as a footman at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR21.

RUXTON

William Ralph

Lance Corporal 9194, 5th Mounted Rifles, South African Imperial Light Horse. South African Cavalry Unit. Killed in action in a skirmish with rebel forces in the North West Cape Province of South Africa on the 24th November 1914. Aged 19. Son of Charles & Laura Ruxton of South Africa. Grandson of Mrs Daisy Cocking of ' The Mount ' Little London, Ardingly. Educated at Ardingly College, Haileybury & London Univ. Buried in Rooidam Farm Cemetery (Gordonia), Province of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

SIMMONDS

Harry

Sapper 177226, 92nd Field Company, The Royal Engineers. 18th Eastern Division. Killed in action 2nd June 1917. Aged 33. Born Staplefield & enlisted in Haywards Heath. Eldest son of Harry Simmonds of Staplefield Husband of Lily Martha Simmonds of Binghams Green, Ardingly. Bricklayer employed by E. H. Munnions. Buried in Rookery British Cemetery, Heninel.

TESTER

Edward William

Lance Corporal SD.976. 11th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th. New Army Division. Killed in action on the Rue de Bois 30th June 1916. Aged 30. Born Ardingly and enlisted in Brighton. Son of John Henry & Mary Humphrey Tester of Brickyard Cottages, Ardingly. Buried in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery F631.

TYRRELL

George Warden

Sergeant G.4, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Eastern Division. Killed in action during the Somme offensive near Pozieres 1st August 1916. Aged 24. Son of Mr & Mrs Thomas Tyrrell of 'Old Knowles' Ardingly. Born in Balcombe & enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Mr21.

WILLIAMS

Thomas Roderick

Private G.1902, 8th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Pioneer Battalion of the 18th Division. Died in C.C.S. of wounds sustained on the Ancre during the closing stages of the Somme offensive 25th November 1916. Son of Mr. & Mrs. William of Hickpots, Ardingly. Born in Ardingly and enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Warloy Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension F. 44.

1939 - 1945

BACKSHALL

Eric Owen

Leading Aircraftsman 751665 (Wireless operator), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on the 6th. May 1940 Buried in Ardingly (St. Peter) Churchyard Extension.

BATES

Alfred John

Private 6403570, 4th. Battalion. The Royal Sussex Regiment. Died in Italy on the 7th November 1943. Aged 26. Buried in Milan War Cemetery, Italy.

FARLEY

William James

Driver T/70121, 13th Infantry Brigade Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in Iraq on the 3rd October 1942. Aged 30. Husband of Molly Farley. Son of Henry & Ellen Farley. Buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.

GREGORY

James

Private 6408365, 1st Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action at Cassino 18th March 1944. Aged 33. Son of William & Edith Gregory of Bletchingley, Surrey. Buried in Cassino War Cemetery, Italy.

HOLMAN

Cyril Denys

Aircraftman 1st Class 1427374, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 28th October 1942. Aged 21. Son of Lawrence and Rosetta Holman of Little London, Ardingly. Bur. Ardingly (St. Peter) Chuchyard Extension.

LUXFORD

Dennis Harold

Gunner 148958, 10th Maritime Battery, Royal Artillery. Lost at sea 17th June 1943. Aged 33. Husband of Ellen Elizabeth Mary Luxford of Ardingly. Commemorated on The Plymouth Naval Memorial.

NUNN

Arthur Donald

Air Mechanic 1st Class FX/83693, Fleet Air Arm, H.M.S. 'Dasher'. Lost when Escort Carrier blew up south of the Cumbraes due to a petrol explosion 27th March 1943. Aged 19. Son of Frederick Donald & Gladys Estella Nunn of Ardingly. Commemorated on The Lee on Solent Memorial Hampshir. (F.A.A. Memorial) and the Ardrossan Memorial,Scotland.

RUTHERFORD

John Bell

Sergeant 519262, Royal Air Force, 217 Squadron, Coastal Command. Missing in action 1st February 1941. Aged 24. Unit was flying the Avro Anson during this period. Son of Andrew & Elizabeth Rutherford. Husband of Margaret Jane Rutherford of Addington,Surrey. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial. Coopers Hill, Englefield Green, Surrey.

SMITH

Oswald Albert Ivens

Private 1455279, 6th Battalion, The Kings Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster). Killed in action during the retreat to Dunkirk, near Merville 27th May 1940. Aged 27. Son of Albert Ernest & Harriet Louise Smith of Ardingly. Buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension.

SPICER

Robert Gerald

Lieutenant 250325, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died at home 24th. February 1943. Aged 25. Son of Gerald Sydney & Marion Spicer. Husband of Joan Elizabeth Spicer of Edinburgh. Commemorated Woking (St. Johns) Crematorium

STRAUSS, (Polish Cross of Valour)

Cyril Anthony

Captain 62953, 2nd Battalion, The Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action in Italy 1st December 1944. Aged 31. Son of Herman & Jenny Strauss of Stonehurst, Ardingly. M.A. (Oxon). Barrister at Law (Inner Temple). Awarded Polish Cross of Valour. Buried in Assisi War Cemetery, Italy.

WHITE

Cecil

Able Seaman P/JX 350063, Royal Navy, H.M. Motor Torpedo Boat 640. Killed in action when the M.T.B. struck a mine off Leghorn in the Adriatic on the 27th June 1944. Son of James & Ada White of Ardingly. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea. Mr. 3.

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