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BODIAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
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John Harrison 2007

Bodiam is a small village north east of Robertsbridge and only a few miles from the county boundary with Kent. It is famous for its well preserved medieval castle which was constructed by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge in the years after 1385 There are memorials at St Giles Church and on the old village pump in Bodiam village itself.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2010

The memorial at St Giles is in the form of a Lych gate with the following inscription:

St Giles, Bodiam 1914-1918
(Names)
Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends

The memorial on the village pump (now roofed) is for both world wars.

To the Glory of God and in deathless memory of the men of this parish
who so loyally took up arms in the defence of King and Country
in the Great European War of 1914-18.
Especially of the who gave up their lives for the same cause
(Names)
This village memorial has been dedicated by Parishioners and friends Oct 1922.

Also 1939-1945.

Lest We Forget.

1914-1918

AUSTEN

Theophilus [Francis]

Private G/58729, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 19th August 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Bodiam, enlisted Hastings. Son of Theophilus and Mary Austen, of Cottenden Cottage, Stonegate, Ticehurst, Sussex. Formerly 3/33288, 3rd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Buried in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 33.

CLOUT

Albert

Private G/18292, 11th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 30th September 1917. Aged 32. Born Bodiam, enlisted Hastings. Son of William & Elizabeth Clout, of Ivy Cottages, Bodiam. Wounded 7th June 1917 by a gun shot woud to the right thigh, evacuated to England. Rejoined his Battalion 6th September 1917. Died due to gun shot wound to the neck and right arm along with a fractured spine. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Section P. Plot III. Row I. Grave 1A.

MILTON

Thomas [James]

Guardsman 15010, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 4th September 1914. Born Bodiam, enlisted Hawkhurst. Son of Mr. A. Milton, of Neals Cottages, Bodiam, Sussex. Buried in Guards Grave, Villers Cotterets Forest, Aisne, France. Grave 16.

1939-1945

HALL

Ralph

Sergeant 822961, 2 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Born about 1913. Son of William and Lillian Hall. Husband of Constance Vera Hall of Northiam Died 19th February 1944. Buried in Grave III N 9 in Anzio War Cemetery, Italy

HUDSON

William Foster

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 174430, 215 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Vickers Wellington Mk II. Born about 1917. Son of Alfred and Dorothy Hudson of Ewhurst, Sussex. Died 27th February 1944. Buried in Grave 3 H 11 In Chittagong War Cemetery. The squadron was a pre war squadron of Bomber Command that was converted to a training unit. It was reformed in December 1941 and transferred to India the following February. It was equipped with Vickers Wellington IC bombers. During the retreat from Burma it was involved in supply dropping, then with coastal patrols and did not return to bombing until March 1943. In September 1943 it re-equipped with the Wellington Mk X and was based at Jessore with detachments at Kolar and Amarda Road.

LONG

Harold Edwin

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 3030276, 514 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Avro Lancaster. Born about 1924. Son of Owen Cephas Long and his wife Mildred Mary, of Westwell, Kent Died 21st July 1944. Buried in Grave 1 in Hunsel Roman Catholic Churchyard. The squadron was formed at Foulsham, Norfolk in September 1943. It first flew the Lancaster Mk II bomber. This had radial engines instead of the more usual Merlins, but converted to the Lancaster I & III with Merlin engines in June 1944 and was based at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. The crew took off at 23.07 in ME858, Code Letters JI-J, on a mission to Homberg. They crashed at Hunsel in Holland near the Belgian border and were one of four aircraft the squadron lost that night.

Last updated 4 July, 2010

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