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BOXGROVE PRIORY WAR MEMORIAL

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

The area includes the village of Halnaker and the hamlets of Crockerhill and Strettington. The Church of St. Mary and Blaise has memorials to both wars in the North West corner of the Priory. They list the men by Surname, Christian name and Regiment. There is a more detailed additional list for the World War 2 men

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1914-1918

BARBER William George
Private M2/149592 Royal Army Service Corps attached to Mechanical Transport, Royal Garrison Artillery 137th Heavy Battery. Died of wounds 28 June 1918. Aged 30 Son of William & Mary Barber of Boxgrove. Husband of Mary Barber of 2, Riddy View, Highbury, Hitchin, Herts. Born in Westhampnett and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Vignacourt British Cemetery.
BLUNDEN Albert George
Driver T4/262554 Royal Army Service Corps Died at home 10 June 1917. Aged 20. Son of John William & Elizabrth Blunden of Halnaker. Born in Boxgrove and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in St. Mary & Blaise Cemetery Boxgrove Priory.
BONIFACE John Charles
Private G/3245 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at Loos 25 September 1915. Aged 17. Son of John & Ada Boniface of Chermside Villas, The Broadway, Summersdale, Chichester. Born in Chichester and enlisted in Bognor. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial
BUCKLAND Alfred John.
Lance Corporal L/8049 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at Arras 13 April 1917. Regular soldier formerly with the 2nd Battalion. Born in Wick and enlisted in Arundel. Included on Wick, Littlehampton and Chichester City War Memorials. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memoral, Ypres, Belgium.
CAPLIN Albert Edward
Stoker 1st Class K/14760 Royal Navy HMS 'Queen Mary' Lost with the Battlecruiser when she blew up at The Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea,
CAPLIN R.J.
No match with these initials The Memorial records R.M.L.I The only Caplin in RMLI was: Private PO/17326 W.C. Caplin Royal Marine Light Infantry Portsmouth Battalion, The Royal Naval Division (Gallipoli) Killed in action 25 May 1915. Aged 16. Son of Albert Caplin of 'Cosy Nook' Mill Cross Roads, Denmead, Cosham, Hampshire. Buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles Gallipoli.
FAITH Arthur.
Leading Seaman 195641 (RFR/PO/B/5091) Royal Navy HMS 'Viknor' Lost when the Armed Merchant Cruiser was torpedoed off the Irish Coast, 13 January 1915. Aged 32 Reservist Son of Frank & Fanny Maria Faith of Halnaker. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial Southsea,
FULLER Norman
Drummer 9658, 3rd Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment. Home Reserve Unit. Died at home 14 January 1915. Aged 17 Son of Mr & Mrs Fuller of 12, Franklin Place, Chichester. Born in Bow, and enlisted in Portsmouth Next of kin, Merston near Chichester. Included on Chichester City War Memorial. Buried in Grimsby (Scatho Road) Cemetery, Lincolnshire.
GORDON-LENNOX Lord Bernard Charles
Major 2nd Battalion, The Grenadier Guards 2nd Division Killed in action at Bodmin Copse near Ypres 10 November 1914. Aged 36 Third son of the 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon. Husband of Lady Evelyn Gordon-Lennox of Halnaker House.near Chichester. Buried in Zillebeke Churchyard, Belgium. See also Lord's Cricket Members WW1 War Memorial

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

MAJOR LORD BERNARD CHARLES GORDON-LENNOX, 2nd BATTN. GRENADIER GUARDS, who was killed in action at Zillebeke on the 10th November, 1914, was the third son of the seventh Duke of Richmond and Gordon, K.G.

Born in London on the 1st May, 1878, he was educated at Eton College and Sandhurst, from which he joined the Grenadier Guards in February, 1898, becoming Lieutenant in October, 1899.

He took part in the South African War, being present at the operations in the Orange Free State, including the actions at Poplar Grove and Driefontein, for which he received the Queen's medal with two clasps. From 1904-06 he was seconded for service with the Chinese Regiment at Wei-hai-Wei. He was promoted Captain in 1909, and was A.D.C. from November, 1907, to July, 1909, and Assistant Military Secretary, from August, 1909, to November, 1911, to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command.

For his services in the war he was mentioned in the Supplement to Sir John French's Despatch of 14th January, 1915, published by the War Office in April, 1915.

In 1907 Lord Bernard Gordon-Lennox married Evelyn, second daughter of the first Lord Loch, and left two sons: George Charles, born May, 1908; and Alexander Henry Charles, born April, 1911.

He was a member of the Guards' and Turf Clubs, and was a thorough all-round sportsman, his principal recreations being shooting, fishing, cricket, and polo. By his death the Army has lost a keen and brilliant officer, and the world of sport an exponent of whom there were very few equals.

Extract from CricInfo:

Major Lord Bernard Charles Gordon-Lennox, third son of the Duke of Richmond, who was born on May 1, 1878, was killed in action on November 10 whilst serving with the Grenadier Guards. He did not obtain a place in the Eton XI, but was more fortunate at Sandhurst, for whom he played an excellent innings of 80 against Woolwich in 1897. Subsequently he became a member of the M. C. C. and I Zingari, and in 1914 visited Egypt with the latter's team, scoring 119 against All Egypt at Alexandria. For the Household Brigade Lord Bernard was a prolific scorer.

HERRINGTON Sydney.
Rifleman TF/330410 1/8th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment (The Isle of Wight Rifles) 54th Division Killed in action in Palestine during the 2nd Battle of Gaza 9 April 1917. Aged 19 Son of William & Kate Herrington of Crockerhill near Boxgrove Commemorated on The Jerusalem Memorial, Palestine.
HOWARD Walter Ernest
Private G/12631 8th Battalion, The East Kent Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 5 November 1916. Aged 25 Son of Thomas & Eliza Howard of Crockerhill near Boxgrove, Born in Slindon and enlisted in Chichester. Included on Eartham Parish Church War Memorial under Royal Sussex, Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe,
LUFF George Daniel
Petty Officer Stoker 307166 Royal Navy HMS'Genista' Lost when the Flower Class Sloop was torpedoed in the North Sea 23 October 1916. Aged 28. Son of Mr & Mrs Luff of Strettington. Husband of Mrs Nellie Louisa Luff of Halnaker. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.
PADFIELD Herbert George
Private 481, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 4 August 1916. Born in Dorset and enlisted in Chichester. Next of kin, Orchard Street, Chichester. Included on Chichester City War Memorial.and Eartham Memorial Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial
PAGE Ernest
Private TF/320100 16th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 74th (Yeomanry)Division. Killed in action near Moislaines 16 September 1918. Aged 22 Son of Arthur & Ellen Page of 'Fir Tree Cottage', Boxgrove. Born in Lyminster and enlisted in Arundel. Included on Lyminster Parish Church Memorial. Buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension.
PALMER Frederick Ernest
Able Seaman 236457 Royal Navy HMS 'Hogue' Lost when the Armoured Cruiser was torpedoed by U9 off the Dutch Coast 22 September 1914. in company with HMS 'Cressey' and HMS 'Aboukir' Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.
PITMAN Percy
Drummer 2972 1st Battalion, The Irish Guards. 2nd Division. Killed in action near Ypres 4 December 1914. Aged 21 Son of James & Gertrude Pitman of 'Carnes Seat' Goodwood Park, Chichester, Born in Westminster and enlisted in Whitehall. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium
PITMAN Dennis
Trooper 1201 13th Hussars 2ndIndian Cavalry Division, Killed in action 12 July 1915. Born in Beaconsfield and enlisted in London. Next of kin Boxgrove. Buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez.
SYMES Enest Hedley.
Rifleman 1754 1/8th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment, (The Isle of Wights Rifles) 54th Division Killed in action at Suvla Bay 22 August 1915.aged 19 Youngest son of George & Charlotte Symes of 44, Grove Road, Chichester. Enlisted in Newport Isle of Wight. Resident of Boxgrove. Commemorated on The Helles Memorial, Gallipoli
WOOLGAR Frank
Private G/ 669 1st Battalion, The Royal West Surrey Regiment. 33rd Division. Killed in action near Cambrin 8 May 1916. Aged 26 Son of John & Kate Woolgar of 11, Redvins, Giidwood, near Chichester. Resident of Boxgrove. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Guildford, Surrey. Buried in Cambrin Churchyard Cemetery.
1939-1945
BEDFORD Frederick
Lieutenant Fleet Air Arm. Senior Observer Killed in action over St Pauls Bay, Malta on the 21st of February 1942. Aged 22 Son of Vice Admiral Arthur Edward Frederick Bedford CB, CSI. & Mrs Gladys Bedford of Easthampnett Educated at The Royal Naval College, Dartmouth Buried in Malta(Capuccini) Naval Cemetery.
GORDON-LENNOX Evelyn (Lady)
Civilian Died in the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks when it was destroyed by a Doodle Bug. 18th June 1944. Aged 66 Resident of 631 Nell Gwyn House, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea. Daughter of Baron Loch of Drylaw & Emily Villiers of 44, Elm Park Gardens, West Brompton. Widow of Major The Lord Bernard Charles Gordon-Lennox. Buried in Westminster City Cemetery
HOHLER Craven Goring-
Wing Commander 900000 Royal Air Force. Killed in action over the Mediterranean 28th November 1940. Aged 33 Son of Edwin Theobald & Agnes Venetia Goring-Hohler. Educated at Kings College, Cambridge. Joined the Auxilliary Air Force in 1932. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial
LAUNDER Ronald George
Corporal T/71005 Royal Army Service Corps attached to the Royal Artillery. Taken prisoner by the Japanese and died in hospital on Labuan Island, Borneo (Malaysia) 3rd August 1945. Aged 24. Son of William & Ellen Lily Launder of Halnaker. Educated at Boxgrove School. Buried in Labuan Cemetery, Malaysia,
MEYRICK Peter
Lieutenant Commander Royal Navy HMS 'Walney' Lost when the ship was sunk by French Shore Batteries off Oran during the North African Landings 8th November 1942. Aged 33. Son of Admiral Sir Sidney Julius Meyrick KCB. & Lady Meyrick of Norton Husband of Mary Josephine Meyrick of Hartlip, Kent. Educated at The Royal Naval College, Dartmouth Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial
NELSON-WARD Dorothy (The Honourable)
Civilian Died in an air raid on Bath 26th April 1942. Aged 60. Founder of The Watch Ashore; of Crocker Hill House, Chichester. Daughter of The Hon. Marcus Caulfield C.B., widow of Admiral Phillip Nelson-Ward Royal Navy CVO. Buried in Bath County Borough Cemetery
PHILLIPS James Frederick
Gunner 1427291 519th Coastal Regiment. The Royal Artillery. Wounded and died at home 24th of September 1943. Aged 23 Husband of Mrs Fanny Phillips of Aldingbourne. Joined the Royal Artillery in 1936. Educated at Boxgrove School. Buried in St. Marys Churchyard, Aldingbourne.
RYDER Arthur
Gunner 1104533 80th Anti Tank Regiment. The Royal Artillery Killed in action in Malaya 10 December 1941.age30 Son of Alfred & Catherine Ryder. Husband of Lilian May Ryder of Goodwood. Joined the Royal Artillery in 1940. Educated at Lavant School. Commemorated on The Singapore Memorial,
SALISBURY Donald
Flight Sergeant Pilot 1178771 Royal Air Force No 42 Squadron (Bristol Beauforts) Lost over the Mediterranean 30th September 1942 age28 Joined the RAF in 1941 and trained in Canada with the Empire Training Scheme as a pilot. Son of Arthur & Fanny Salisbury of Boxgrove. Educated at Boxgrove and Chichester High School. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial.
SHIPPAM Frank Norman
Captain 180207 Royal Sussex Regiment attached to the 1/7th Middlesex. Killed in action at Caen at Normandy 10th July 1944. Aged 30 Son of Frank & Emily Shippam. Husband of Elizabeth Mary Shippam of Bighton, Hampshire.Mentioned in Despatches Educated at Malvern College and Peterhouse, Cambridge. Bur, Delivrande War Cemetery, Douvres.
STURDY Michael Vyse
Lieutenant Royal Navy HMS 'Kelly' Killed in action when the destroyer was bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Crete in the Mediterranean on the 31st May 1941. Aged 25 Son of Edward & Kathleen Sturdy of Chichester. Educated at The Royal Naval College, Dartmouth Commissioned in 1933. Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial.
TUNKS Jack Ralph
Private 6401700 Despatch Rider, 44th Battalion, The Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed on active service at home 23rd December 1941. Aged 26. Son of William & Eva Tunks of Boxgrove. Educated at Sutton School. Buried in St. Mary & Blaise Churchyard, Boxgrove Priory.
WELLS Sir Gerard Aylmer KCB
Vice Admiral Royal Navy Retired Director General of Port & Lights in Egypt from 1932. Died in Egypt in 1943 No CWGC entry. Aged 64. Educated HMS 'Britannia'. Sub Lt. on HMS 'Ophir' during the Duke of Yorks World Tour. Knighted in 1937 for services during the Abyssinian Crisis of 1937. Buried in Egypt.
There is a separate memorial on the west wall of the Priory to:
GORDON-LENNOX Charles Henry
Lieutenant The Irish Guards North Russian Expeditionary Force attached to The Royal Fusiliers. Died 24 August 1919. Aged 20. Lord Settrington. Son of the Earl & Countess of March of Molecomb, Chichester and 67, Cadogan Square, Chelsea, London. Buried in Archangel Allied Cemetery, Russia

6 July 2005

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