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BIRDHAM WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2007

Birdham village is south of Chichester. The memorials can be found at St James Church, one on the exterior and the other in the interior. The exterior memorial is a stone cross made of rough-hewn granite set on a plint which bears the names and inscriptions. The whole is mounted ona stepped base. This memorial contains 17 names for World War 1, one more than the church; the man in question is W DAWES. The interior memorial takes the form of a wall-mounted, ornate, wooden, triptych. The centre panel is higher than the two side panels with a relief of the crucifixion in the central panel. In relief at the top of the two side panels is a winged heart with sword through centre. The inscriptions are in gold paint. A flagpole is fixed top the bottom corner, each side of the memorial. Those who served in the navy are listed on the left and those in the army on the right. There is no memorial for World War 2.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2007

Exterior memorial:

THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919
BIRDHAM PARISH MEMORIAL
ALL YE WHO PASS BY REMEMBER WITH GRATITUDE
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO WENT FORTH TO
FIGHT AND DIED FOR GOD AND COUNTRY

Interior memorial:

WHOSOEVER SHALL
LOSE HIS LIFE FOR
MY SAKE SHALL
FIND IT
IN PROUD AND
LOVING MEMORY OF THE
BIRDHAM MEN
WHO FELL IN
THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919

ANSELL

Charles William
Able Seaman 182981 (RFR/CH/B/3025) Reservist, HMS "Hogue", Royal Navy. Lost when the Armoured Cruiser was torpedoed by U9 off the Dutch coast 22nd September 1914. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial

BALCHIN

James
Private 37571, 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. 37th Division. Killed in action 23rd August 1918. Aged 32. Son of Maurice & Anne Balchin of Hammonds Farm Birdham. Husband of Emma Eliza Balchin of "Finches" Birdham. Born in Birdham and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. See also Birdham Primary School

BARNES

William
Private G/1700, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Loos 25th September 1915. Aged 20. Son of William & Clara Barnes of Rose Cottage, Court Lane, Birdham. Born in Birdham and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial See also Birdham Primary School

BEALE

Benjamin
Leading Stoker 282127 HMS "Queen Mary", Royal Navy. Lost with the Battlecruiser at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Aged 40. Son of George & Harriett Beale of Birdham Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea. See also Birdham Primary School

CHALTON

Herbert Henry
Private G/5529, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Died of wounds in military hospital at Wimereux 6th December 1917. Born and enlisted in Horsham. Included on Horsham War Memorial, Connection with Birdham, unknown. Buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery. See also Birdham Primary School

DAWES

Walter
Private G/8414, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Ginchy 9th September 1916. Aged 34. Son of George & Emma Dawes of Webbs Farm, East Wittering. Born in West Wittering and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial.

GREENFIELD

Frederick
Guardsman 6100, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. 1st Division. Killed in action on the Marne 14th September 1914. Born and enlisted in Arundel Commemorated on The Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial

HARRIS

William Robert
Private TF/202953, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action 12th October 1917. Aged 21. Son of William & Anne Harris of Lippering, Birdham. Born in Darlington, Durham and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. See also Birdham Primary School

POWELL

Walter
Private 28371, 13th Battalion, Essex Regiment. 2nd Division. Killed in action 22nd April 1917. Born in Apuldram and enlisted in Chichester Resident of Birdham Commemorated on The Arras Memorial

ROBINSON

Abraham Burchell
Stoker 1st Class K/14971, HMS "Aboukir", Royal Navy. Lost with the armoured cruiser when she was torpedoed off the Dutch coast by U9 22nd September 1914. Aged 24. Son of Henry & Emily Eliza Robinson of Birdham Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea. See also Birdham Primary School

ROBINSON

Thomas William
Able Seaman 194399 (RFR/PO/1C/329 Reservist, HMS "Good Hope", Royal Navy. Lost with the Armoured Cruiser during the Battle of Coronel Islands off the coast of Chile 1st November 1914. Aged 33. Son of Henry & Emily Eliza Robinson of Birdham. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea. See also Birdham Primary School

SHRUBB

Albert Henry
Private 13003, 14th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. 39th Division. Died of wounds 30th July 1916. Aged 24. Son of Henry & Ellen Shrubb of Almondington House, Earnley. Born in Earnley and enlisted in Portsmouth Commemorated on The Loos Memorial See also Birdham Primary School

SHRUBB

Frank James
Guardsman 14121, 4th Battalion, Coldstream Guards. The Guards Division. Killed in action 8th January 1916. Aged 20. Son of Henry & Ellen Shrubb of Almodington House, Earnley near Birdham. Born in Birdham and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Rue-Du-Bac-Graveyard, Laventie

TAPNER, MM

Arthur
Private G/1701, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Died of wounds 21st October 1918. Aged 22. Son of Thomas & Mary Anne Tapner of White Stone, Birdham. Born in Birdham and enlisted in Chichester. Awarded the Military medal (M.M.). Buried in Vadencourt British Cemetery See also Birdham Primary School

TAPNER

Charles
Private 9293, 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. 28th Division. Killed in action 17th February 1915. Aged 22. Son of Thomas & Mary Tapner of White Stone, Birdham. Born in Birdham and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium See also Birdham Primary School

TERRY

Ernest George
Private L/10360, 1st Battalion, East Kent Regiment. 6th Division. Killed in action 19th April 1916. Aged 21. Son of George & Mary Jane Terry of Hill Lands Farm, Birdham. Born in Earnley and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in La Brique Military Cemetery No 2. Belgium See also Birdham Primary School

TERRY

Frederick Arthur
Private L/10361, 1st Battalion, East Kent Regiment. 6th Division. Killed in action.8th July 1917. Aged 19. Son of George & Mary Jane Terry of Hill Lands Farm, Birdham. Born in Earnley and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe. See also Birdham Primary School

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