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BILLINGSHURST WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2005
Additional information David Slade

The Memorial Cross stands on a platform outside St. Mary's Parish Church in the north-west corner of the churchyard next to the green. There are 55 Surnames with initial(s) only. There are 3 burials incChurchyard, one not on the Memorial. A further 12 names were added for WW2. The memorial takes the form of a Cornish granite cross of St. Columb with a tapering shaft mounted on a plinth with a two-stepped base. A block of stone has been added at the base that holds the World War 2 names. The wole memorial stands in a paved area set within railings. The memorial was unveiled by Lieutenant Gordon Mackie on 13th February 1921. In 1988 the memorial was renovated with the crazy paving placed in front of the memorial and rails to the rear and access to the memorial was improved; all of this at a cost of £1,500. In 1992 the name of L TIPPER was added.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2005

1914-1918
IN
REMEMBRANCE OF OUR MEN
WHO FELL IN THE
GREAT WAR
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVER MORE

AYLWARD Henry Thomas
Private 9113 1st Battalion, The Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. 6th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 23 October 1914. Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham. Next of kin, Billingshurst Commemorated on The Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium MR. 32
BAKER Arthur Robert
Probably Lance Cpl. 25350 5th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment. (Pioneers) 12th Division. Killed in action at Cambrai 30 November 1917. Born in Wonersh, Surrey and enlisted in Horsham. Commemorated on The Cambrai Memorial, Louveral MR. 17
BAGLEY Charles Edward
Private G/15192 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action. 13 April 1917. Aged 24. Son of Charles & Ada Bagley of Chestnut Road, Billingshurst Born in Kirdford and enlisted in Chichester. Included on Kirdford Parish Church War Memorial Buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium
BARNETT Benjamin Thomas
Private G/16300 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action. 14 December 1916 Born in Loxwood and enlisted in Horsham. Next of kin, Billingshurst Buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery,St. Jean les Ypres, Belgium
BEACHER John Ezra Bryant
Private SD/2866 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action. 21 June 1916. Aged 21 Son of Charles & Alice Beacher of “The Haven” Billingshurst Born in Cowfold and enlisted in Horsham. Included on Rudgwick Parish Church War Memorial. Buried in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery.
BLACK Sidney Arthur
Flight Sub-Lieutenant Royal Naval Air Service Royal Navy 3rd Wing. Killed in action. over Gallipoli 8 January 1916. Aged 24. Son of John & Bessie Black of 122, Manor Park, Lee, London. Buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli.
BLENCOWE Charles Edward
Second Lieutenant attached to the 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Previously with the Royal Sussex. Killed in action. 3 May 1918 Included on Cranleigh,Surrey War Memorial. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. MR. 30
CHALLEN Reginald Frederick
Private 33213, 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died of wounds 15 April 1918. Aged 22 Grandson of Mrs Challen of Five Oaks, Billingshurst Formerly with the Cavalry (Lancers) Enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Aire Communal Cemetery.
CHAMBERLAIN Arthur Beaumont Goddard
Lieutenant Royal Navy. H.M.S. ‘Neptune’ Died 23 April 1918. Aged 28 Awarded Bronze Medal for Military Valour (Italy) Son of Edward Twyford & Rose Margaret Chamberlain of Adversane. Served in the Persian Gulf 1909/1914. Born in Southampton. Buried in St. James’s Cemetery, Dover, Kent.
COOK N
possibly Henry COOK, Private G/3734 , 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action with the BEF in France Saturday 25th September 1915 during the Battle of Loos. Born Edenbridge, Kent. Enlisted Horsham. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 69.
COOK J
No further information currently available
COOMBES Alan Gordon
probably Private 11677 8th Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 9th Scottish Division. Died of wounds 19 October 1916. Son of George & Mary Coombes of Hillgrove, Lurgashall, Born in Petworth and enlisted in Guildford Included on Lurgashall War Memorial Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21.
DADSWELL Charles
Private L/7709 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Died of heart failure in captivity 17 November 1917. Aged 35 Son of William James & Katherine Dadswell of Brighton. Husband of Mrs Ansley Hannah Dadswell of “Roseir Gate Cottage” Billingshurst Enlisted in Chichester. Regular. Included on Brighton War Memorial. Buried in Vevy St. Martins Cemetery, Switzerland
DAWES George William
Lance Sergeant SD/3093 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action. 30 May 1916 Aged 39. Son of Mr & Mrs George Dawes of Croydon. Husband of Mrs Rebecca Dawes of 5, Chestnut Road, Billingshurst Born on Croydon and enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension.
EVERSHED Alfred George
Private 27443 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 18th Division. Killed in action 6 August 1916 Aged 20 Son of Mr & Mrs Evershed of Andrews Hill Billingshurst Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21
FEIST Frederick
Private G/2050 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at Loos 26 September 1915. Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham. Next of kin, Billingshurst Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR. 19
FREEMAN John
Private TF/200946 1/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 53rd Division. Killed in action in Palestine during the 2nd, Battle of Gaza 19 April 1917. Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham. Included on Slinfold Parish Church War Memorial. Buried in Gaza War Cemetery,Palestine.
FREWEN Harold
Private 41389 2nd Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. 3rd Division. Killed in action at Ypres 26 September 1917. age 19 Son of George & Ada Frewen of The High Street, Billingshurst Born in Taunton, Somerset and enlisted in Horsham Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium MR. 30
GARMAN Arthur
Private G/51072 17th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Taken prisoner and died in captivity 11 February 1917. age36 Son of Mr & Mrs Stephen Garman. Husband of Mrs A. Garman of 2, Caffyns Row, Billingshurst Born in Chelsea and enlisted in Horsham Buried in Hamburg Cemetery,Germany.
GARTON Arthur
Second Lieutenant 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action. 24 September 1918. Aged 29 Husband of Mrs Annie Garton of 23, Cobden Street, Worthing. Member of the West Sussex Constabulary. Included on Horsham Police Station Memorial and Worthing War Memorial. Buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery.
GRAVETT Albert John
Corporal 11416 2nd Battalion, The Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 14 July 16. Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Woolwich. Resident of Billingshurst Buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt L’Abbe
HAMPSHIRE John (DCM)
Lieutenant 3rd Brigade The Canadian Field Artillery Died of wounds 12 July 17. Aged 35 Son of Edwin & Jane Hampshire of Billingshurst (Served as Hamshere) Buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St. Eloi. .
JOHNS Arthur Hugh
Lieutenant 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action 3 September 1916. Aged 23 Son of The Rev & Mrs Johns of “The Vicarage” Billingshurst Bur,Mailly-Maillett Communal Cemetery Extension.
KNIGHT Alfred Dennis
Private G/16278 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 13 November 1916. Enlisted in Horsham. Bur Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval.
LEE Eldred
Gunner 116219 221st Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery Killed in action. 15 July 17. Son of Mr & Mrs George Lee of 5, Hayes Lane, Slinfold. Born in Slinfold and enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Bus House Cemetery, Ypres,Belgium.
LINES William
Private 11514 Royal Defence Corps. No 3 Protection Company. Died at home 21 December 1916 age 44 Husband of Mrs Anne Lines of The High Street, Billingshurst Born Upper Norwood near Graffham, enlisted in Horsham. Formerly with the Royal Sussex. Buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Billingshurst
MAHON George William
Company Sergeant Major 8368 9th Battalion, The West Yorkshire Regiment. 11th Division. Died of wounds 12 June 1917. Aged 30. Husband of Mrs Lucy Mahon of 1, Primrose Cottage, Daux Road, Billingshurst Born in Dulwich and enlisted in Woolwich. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.
MORRIS Francis
Second Lieutenant 1/5th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. 12th Indian Division. Killed in Mesopotamia 11 September 1916. Aged 27 Son of Robert & Maria Morris of Five Oaks. Billingshurst Enlisted in Victoria, British Columbia in Sept 1914. Served in France with the 16th Canadian Infantry in 1915. Commissioned into the 1/5th Commemorated on The Basra Memorial, Iraq.
MORRIS John Child
Lieutenant 8th Battalion, The Welsh Regiment. 13th Division. Killed in action at Suvla Bay 8 August 1915. Aged 23 Son of Robert & Maria Morris of Five Oaks, Billingshurst (B. A. (Cantab) Magdalene College Cambridge. Commemorated on The Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.
MUGGERIDGE Stanley Thomas
Private SD/ 1774 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division Died of wounds 21 April 1916. Aged 21 Son of Thomas & Anne Muggeridge of 2, Daux Road, Billingshurst Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery
MUGGERIDGE William
Lance Corporal SD/2967 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action. 24 September 1918. Aged 26 Son of George & Ellen Muggeridge of Myrtle Cottage, Oakwood Hill, Surrey. Born in Oakwood Hill and enlisted in Hastings. Included on Ockley (Surrey) Parish Church War Memorial. Commemorated on The Vis en Artois Memorial MR. 16.
NEWMAN Charles
Lance Corporal SD/1775 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action 17 October 1916. Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham. Next of kin, Billingshurst Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21.
NEWMAN Henry
Private G/1783 8th Pioneer Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 18th Division. Died of wounds 15 July 16. Aged 23 Son of John & Mary Newnham of Oak Villas, Station Road, Billingshurst Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham Buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension.
PARKER Ernest

Private 18606, 7th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action Monday 13th November 1916 during the Battle of the Somme in one of the attacks on Grandcourt. Aged 37. Enlisted Horsham. Resided Horsham. Son of Mary Parker and the late Mark Parker of Andrew’s Hill, Billinghsurst; husband of Emily Parker of 36, Park Terrace East, Horsham. Buried in Row C Grave 5 of Stump Road Cemetery, Grandcourt.

The village of Grandcourt was reached by men of the 36th (Ulster) Division on the 1st July 1916 – The First Day of the Somme – but it could not be held. It was occupied by men of the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division on 7th February 1917 after a series of local attacks begun in November 1916 and it is likely that Ernest Parker fell during one of these attacks.

PENFOLD Reuben
Probably Private 25105 6th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment. 12th Division. Died 8 February 1917. Aged 24 Husband of Mrs B. A. Penfold of 48, The Bishopric, Horsham. Born in Shipley and enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Varennes Military Cemetery
PULLEN William Henry
Lance Corporal SD/2981 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39thDivision. Killed in action 21 October 1916. Aged 37 Husband of Mrs Jane Pullen of Ponds Cottage, Oakhurst Born in Rudgwick. Enlisted in Horsham Included on Rudgwick War Memorial. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial Mr21
PUTTOCK James
Private G/6658 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Died of wounds 28 June 1917. Born in Wisborough Green and enlisted in Horsham Included on Loxwood Parish Church War Memorial. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR. 29
RANDALL Albert Henry
Private 39917 1st Garrison Battalion, The Essex Regiment. Died in Greece after the war 24 December 1918. Aged 32. Son of Mr & Mrs Albert Randall of 2,Myrtle Cottages, Billingshurst Born in Horsham and enlisted in Worthing. Buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece.
RANDALL Charles Deschamps
Captain 9th Battalion, The Notts & Derby Regiment. (The Sherwood Foresters) 11th Division. Killed in action at Suvla Bay Gallipoli, 9 August 1915. Aged 39. Son of Colour Sgt. And Mrs Randall, (late of the 1st Batt. ) Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli MR. 4.
REDMAN Charles
Sapper 96778 33rd Divisional Signals Company Royal Engineers. Died 22 December 1915. Aged 28. Son of James & Mary Redman. Husband of Mrs Lilian Redman of Cross Lane Cottages, Barns Green. Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham Buried in Busnes Communal Cemetery.
SPRINKS Albert Henry
Sergeant TF/320223 16th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 74th Division. Killed in action in Palestine 8. 3. 18. age 40 Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Brighton. Next of kin Billingshurst Buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery,Palestine.
STAKER (R ) Possibly) Francis William ??
Private G/4069 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at Loos 28 September 1915. Born in Ryde, Isle of Wight and enlisted in Guildford, Surrey. Next of kin, Billingshurst Commemorated on The Loos memorial MR. 19
STANLEY Arthur Kinnaird
Lieutenant 1/5th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment. 5th Division. Killed in action in Italy 15 June 1918. Buried in Boscon British Cemetery, Asiago, Italy
STEERE Jesse
Private SD/2029 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action. 17 May 1916. Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham. Next of kin, Billingshurst Bur,Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg.
THOMAS William Frank
Driver 59572 Royal Horse Artillery (Depot) Died at home 8 February 1915. age 19 Son of Mr Thomas & Mrs Charlotte Thomas of Southland Cottage, Adversane,near Billingshurst Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham Buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Billingshurst
TRUELOVE Jarvis Leslie
Private 78727 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. 63rd Division. Died of wounds 4 September 1918. Born in Newbridge, Surrey and enlisted in Brighton. Next of kin, Billingshurst Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.
TRUELOVE Victor James
Lance Corporal 28728 11th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 37th Division. Killed in action 9 October 1917. Aged 20 Son of William Charles & Louisa Truelove of West Street, Billingshurst Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR. 30
UNDERWOOD Albert
Private 1845 , 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action in France on Saturday 1st July 1916 – The First Day of the Somme. Born Leatherhead. Enlisted Kingston, Surrey. Buried in Plot VII Row Q Grave 10 of the Danzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France

8th East Surrey’s were part of XVIII Corps under Lieut-General W N Congreve VC and formed part of the 18th (Eastern) Division – New Army – commanded by Major-General F I Maxse being one of the four battalions making up the 55th Brigade along with 7th Queens, 7th Buffs and the 7th Royal West Kent’s.

One of the 8th East Surrey’s Company Commanders was Capt. W P Neill who was a young officer who liked to stand on the fire step each evening and shout insults at the Germans. His men were to be in the first wave of the assault near Montauban and he was concerned as to how they would behave, for they had never taken part in an attack before.

While he was on leave, Neville bought four footballs, one for each of his platoons. Back in the trenches he offered a prize to the first platoon to kick it’s football up to the German trenches on the day of the attack. One platoon painted an inscription on it’s ball:-

The Great European Cup
The Final
East Surreys v Bavarians
Kick Off at Zero

On the day, Neville himself kicked off.
“As the gunfire died away I saw an infantryman climb onto the parapet into No Man’s Land, beckoning others to follow. As he did so he kicked off a football; a good kick, the ball rose and travelled well towards the German line. That seemed to be the signal to advance”
(Pte. L S Price 8th Royal Sussex Regt.)

After the battle the winning footballers were unable to collect their prize money from their commander. Capt. Neville was among the dead.

On the 1st July the battalion lost 156 officers and men killed in action or died of wounds within the next few days.

The Danzig Alley Cemetery was named after a German Trench captured when Mametz was taken by the 7th Division on the First Day of the Somme after very hard fighting at Danzig Alley and other points. The cemetery was begun later the same month.

UPTON George Henry
Sergeant 18/140 18th Battalion, The West Yorkshire Regiment. 31st Division. Killed in action. 27 July 16. Aged 37 Son of Edward & Mary Upton of Billingshurst Husband of Mrs Emma Upton. Buried in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg L’Avoue.
VENN William Edward
Private G/1780 8th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 18th Division. (Pioneers). Died of wounds 5 July 17. Born in Wisborough Green and enlisted in Horsham. Next of kin, Billingshurst. In the 1911 census he was the stepson of James Brooks (a widower), he was aged 18, a bricklayer;s lbaourer, born Wisborough Green, resident with his stepfather and sister (Edit Lois Venn) in East Street, Billingshurst. In the 1901 census he was living with his widowed mother, Lois, and his sister Edit, he was aged 8, born Sussex, resident East Street, Billinghurst. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.
VOICE Archibald Victor
Private M2/265563 Royal Army Service Corps, No. 820 Mechanical Transport Company. Greece. Died 9 October 1917. Aged 21 Son of William Thomas & Charlotte Voice, Station Road Post Office, Billingshurst Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham Buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria,Greece.
WILLIAMS Charles Albert
Private L. 8918 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1stDivision Wounded near Troyon& died on the 30 September 1914. age 24 Son of Mr & Mrs Williams of Gatefield Cottages, Billingshurst Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Horsham Buried in Villers Prayeres Communal Cemetery.
WILSON Alfred
Lance Sergeant S/14598 16th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade. Killed in action. 20 September 1917. Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in Southend on Sea. Resident of Chelmsford, Essex. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial,Belgium MR. 30
WOODHOUSE A F
Lieutenant 4/4th Battalion, The Kings African Rifles Killed in action near Pemba in Portugese East Africa (Mozambique) 13 April 1918. No other details available. Buried in Pemba Cemetery, Mozambique.
WOOLDRIDGE George Albert
Guardsman 29694 3rd Battalion, The Grenadier Guards. The Guards Division. Died of wounds 22 August 1918. Aged 19. Son of William John & Ada Wooldridge of Billingshurst Born in Adversane and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux
ONE MAN BURIED IN THE CHURCHYARD
Not included on the Memorial
PIERCE Frank
Lance Corporal 13875 Royal West Surrey Regiment. (Depot) Died at home of sickness 3 October 1917. Aged 35 Son of Harry & Sarah Anne Pierce of Thakeham Road, Coolham. Husband of Amelia Kate Pierce of 4, Daux Road, Billingshurst Buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Billingshurst
1939-1945
ALLFREY Frederick William John
Sergeant Wireless Operator/Air Gunner 1266971 Royal Air Force Died at home 13th November 1942 Aged 22. Son of Alfred William & May Allfrey. Husband of Annie Caroline Allfrey of Billingshurst Buried in Billingshust (St. Mary) Churchyard
BONDY Robert Claude
Driver T/202762 Royal Army Service Corps attached 250th (Airborne) Lt. Comp, Company Killed in action at Arnhem 17th September 1944 Aged 35 Son of Charles & Florence Bondy. Husband of Ivy Elizabeth Bondy of Billingshurst Buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery,Netherlands.
MONTGOMERIE John Barclay
Aircraftman 1st Class 923881 Royal Air Force No 25 Squadron Died at home 8th May 1941 Aged 27 Son of William & Grace Barclay Montgomerie of Parbrook. Buried in Billingshurst 9St. Marys) Churchyard
NAPPER Percy Alfred
Trooper 7880472 4th Royal Tank Regiment. Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action at Tobruk 22nd November 1941 Aged 30 Husband of Mary Gwen Napper of Billingshurst Buried in Tobruk War Cemetery Libya
PAVER Ready Victor
Lieutenant Colonel 56529 Royal Army Ordnance Corps G. H. Q. India. Died in India 24th April 1943 Aged 50 Son of Ready John & Clara Gertrude Paver of Billingshurst Buried in Delhi War Cemetery, India.
POPE Andrew Alec Kyrle
Major 77672 Kings Shropshire Light Infantry Att. H. Q. 5th Airborne Division. Killed in action on D Day 6th June 1944 Aged 25. Son of Comdr. Rowland Kyrle Cecil Pope and Mrs Agnes Jessex Pope of Much Marcle, Herefordshire. Buried in St. Vaast-en-Auge Churchyard, Normandy
RANDS Douglas Findlay
Flying Officer (Bomb Aimer) 148392 Royal Air Force 431 Bomber Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force. (Halifax’s) Killed in action. 26th November 1943 Aged 29 Son of Frank Andrew & Agnes McMasters Rands. Husband of Mrs Edith Margaret Rands of Billingshurst. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
SKINNER Charles Leslie
Private 14388270 2/5th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Killed in action in Italy 2nd September 1944 Aged 20 Son of Ernest Charles & Lily Ethel Skinner of Billingshurst Buried in Gradara War Cemetery, Italy
SMITH Cecil

Private 6398814, 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action on Thursday 23rd May 1940. Resided at Andrew’s Hill, Billingshurst. Step sister is Mrs Kath Bagley of 116, Coombe Hill, Billingshurst. Buried in Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Maldegem, Oost-Vlaaderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row AA. Grave 5.

A number of graves from various communal cemeteries and churchyards have now been concentrated in this site at Adegem.

Cecil Smith was originally buried in Woumen Churchyard, Woumen, West Flanders, Belgium and his grave was moved between June and September 1967 when the local authority in Belgium wished to widen the road in the area of the churchyard.

Cecil and his brother both joined up on the same day and were posted to the same Regimental battalion. On the day of his death they found themselves on the march, one on either side of the road. A shell landed and badly wounded Cecil. His brother went to his aid and stayed with him until he died. For this act he was subsequently court martialled. His brother survived the war and died in 1999.

STENNING George Franklin
Sergeant 6398044 1st Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action in Tunisia 30th April 1943 Aged 29 Son of George & Elizabeth Stenning of Billingshurst Buried in Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia.
TALBOT John Stanley
Cadet Merchant Navy. S.S. "Designer" (Liverpool) Lost at sea 9th July 1941 Son of Mr & Mrs W. A. Talbot of Billingshurst Commemorated on The Tower Hill Merchant Navy Memorial,London.
TIPPER Leslie Seymour
Sergeant 550283 Royal Air Force. 37 Bomber Squadron (Wellingtons) Killed in action over Egypt 23rd May 1941 Aged 23 Son of Percival Seymour and Grace Tipper of Billingshurst Commemorated on The Alemein Memorial,Egypt

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