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BRIGHTLING PARISH CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright © Transcribed and researched Chris Comber, formatted Martin Paton 2006

There is a memorial list inside the Church but the main memorial takes the form of a stone cross with a tapering shaft mounted on a plinth with a two stepped base, it stands in the Churchyard. The World War 1 inscriptions are on the sides of the plinth, 24 names. On the shaft of the cross is a brass plaue that names 4 men who died in World War 2, this has not as yet been tramscribed or researched.

Brightling St Thomas a Becket
Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2006
Brightling War Memorial

TO KEEP IN MIND THOSE WHO FROM THIS
PLACE GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

ALLCORN

George

Private 47619 13th. Battalion The Inniskilling Fusiliers 40th. Division Killed in action 31. 7.18 aged 22 Son of George & Mercy Allcorn of Brightling Born Eridge and enlisted in Chichester Formerly Middlesex Regiment Buried in Borre British Cemetery

BAKER

John Frederick

Corporal L.10340, 2nd. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st. Division. Killed in action at Loos 25. 9.15 aged 21. Son of Mr & Mrs E.Baker of Salehurst Fruit Farm, Robertsbridge. Employed by Mr Hawley of Brightling. Born in Salehurst and enlisted in Battle. Included on Salehurst Parish Church War Memorial. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial

BOOTH

Charles Frederick

Private L.10339 (SDGW Lance Cpl.) 2nd. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st. Division. Killed in action at Richebourg 9. 5.15. aged 18. Son of Frederick & Alice Booth of Manor Cottage, Brightling. Born in Dallington and enlisted in Battle. Included on Burwash War Memorial and Parish Church. Buried in Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery

BRETT

William

(Not positively identified but there is a remote possibility that this is) Sergeant SD.996 William Charles Brett, 12th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 39th. Division. Ex regular Soldier. Killed in action at Railway Wood near Ypres 3. 2.17 aged 37. Son of William & Elizabeth Brett of St.Leonards. Husband of Florence Jane Brett of Hastings. Born and enlisted in Hastings. Included on Hastings War Memorial. Buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Belgium

BUSS

Jesse

Private. S.2325, 7th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th. Division Killed in action near Loos 2. 3.16. aged 18. Son of Mr & Mrs Charles Thomas Buss of 3, Longhouses, Brightling. Born in Brightling and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Quarry Cemetery, Vermelles.

CARLEY

Leonard Montague

Private. TF. 2502, 1/5th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action at Richebourg 9. 5.15. aged 19. Son of George Carley,(Blacksmith) & Ruth Carley of Oxley Green, Brightling. Born in Brightling and enlisted in Hastings. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.

Chandler

Frederick James

Private. 47879, 2/8th. Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers 66th. Division. Taken prisoner and died in captivity in France. 30. 9.18 aged 19. Son of William & Ellen Chandler of Brightling Born in Ewhurst and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension.

CHANDLER

William

Private. 28142, 8th. Battalion The East Surrey Regiment. 18th. Division Died of wounds in base hospital at Rouen 23. 11.16 aged 28. Son of William & Ellen Chandler of Brightling (Local gamekeeper). Born in Brightling and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in St.Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen

CROFT

Gilbert

Private. SD.2266, 12th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th. Division Killed in action on the Rue de Bois 30. 6.16. aged 25. Son of Mr & Mrs Croft of Brightling Born in Brightling and enlisted in Hastings. Twin brother of Victor Croft. Buried in St.Vaast Post British Cemetery

CROFT

Herbert

Lance Corporal TF. 320136, 16th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 74th. (Yeomanry)Division Died of wounds in base hospital at Port Said,Egypt 28.1.17. aged 34. Son of Mr & Mrs Croft of Brightling. House Painter, Born and enlisted in Brightling. Buried in Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

CROFT

Victor Albert

Private. SD. 2267, 11th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th. Division. Killed in action 29. 4.18. aged 27. Son of Mr & Mrs Croft of Brightling Born in Brightling and enlisted in Hastings. Twin brother of Gilbert Croft. Buried in Wytschaete Military Cemetery, Belgium

CROUCH

Harry

Private. 20313, No 58 Company The Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action at Ypres 1. 8.17. aged 33. Son of Henry & Matilda Ann Crouch of Barn House, Brightling. Born in Rushlake Green and enlisted in Hastings. Formerly with the Royal Sussex. Buried in Oosterverne Wood Cemetery

CROUCH

Edward

Private. 27108, 12th. Battalion The Royal Fusiliers. 24th. Division Killed in action at Messines 10. 6.17 aged 27. Son of Henry & Matilda Ann Crouch of Barn House, Brightling. Born in Brightling and enlisted in Hastings. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypes, Belgium

CROUCH

William Henry

Private. SD. 1877, 11th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th. Division. Killed in action 21. 3.18 aged 33. Husband of Mrs Florence Kate Crouch 27, Gensing Road, Hastings. Born in Brightling and enlisted in Hastings. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial

DAVIDSON, MC

Edward Gordon

Captain, 19th. (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars.Died of wounds in base hospital at Rouen 2. 4.18. aged 27. Son of Alfred Davidson (P.W.D.India) and Mrs C.M.Scott(formerly Davidson)of Kent House, Kensington. and of Heathfield Park, Sussex. Buried in St.Sever Cemetery, Rouen

FRIEND

Edward Percy

Private. G.7738, 8th. Battalion The Royal West Kent Regiment. 24th. Division Killed in action during the March Retreat 21. 3.18 aged 34. Son of John & Ellen Friend. Brother of Albert Friend of Rosaland Cottage, Dallington. Born in Chelsea and enlisted in Maidstone. Formerly West Kent Yeomanry. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial.

HIBBERT

Henry James

Private. G.24565, 7th. Battalion The Royal West Surrey Regiment. 18th. Division. Killed in action 28. 9.16. Born New Cross, Kent & enlisted in Hastings. Formerly Royal Sussex Regiment. Buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval

JENNER

Douglas

Private. S.2326 Reservist, 7th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th. Division Killed in action near Hulluch 4.10.15. aged 19. Son of Harry & Caroline Jenner of Chestnut Lodge, Boreham Street. Born in Brightling and Enlisted in Hastings. Reservist. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial

MOORE, MC

John Rushton

Major, 71st. Company The Machine Gun Corps. attached from the Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action during the March Retreat 21. 3.18. Born in Marylebone. Included on Sedlecombe Parish Church War Memorial. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial

MUDDLE

Joseph Frederick Richard

Private. L.9250, 2nd. Battalion The Royal West Surrey Regiment. 7th. Division. Regular soldier. Killed in action at Ypres 28. 10.14 aged 24. Son of Joseph & Kate Muddle of "Longhouses", Brightling. Born in Robertsbridge and enlisted in Hastings. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial,Ypres,Belgium

MUDDLE

William Benjamin George

Private G.14589, 11th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th. Division Killed in action 2. 3.17. aged 19. Son of Joseph & Kate Muddle of "Longhouses", Brightling. Born in Brightling and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Railway Dugouts (Transport Farm)Cemetery,Belgium

PELLING

William Wickens

Private. SD.2248, 12th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th. Division Killed in action on the Rue De Bois 30. 6.16. Born in Brightling and enlisted in Hastings. Included on Bexhill on Sea War Memorial. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial.

SMISSEN

George

Private. G. 76, 7th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th. Division. Killed in action near Arras 31. 3.17. aged 24. Son of Franklin & Sarah Smissen of Darwell Road, Netherfield. Born in Mountfield and enlisted in Hastings. Included on Netherfield Parish Church War Memorial. Buried in Faubourg D`Amiens Cemetery, Arras.

WHITEMAN

James

Lance Corporal G.1112, 7th. Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th. Division. Died of wounds near Ovillers 7. 7.16. aged 35. Stockman. Born in Warbleton and enlisted in Hastings. Son of George(Farmer) & Sally Whiteman of Brightling. Included on Netherfield War Memorial. Buried in Albert Communal Cemetery Extension.

ALSO IN MEMORY OF THE FOUR MEN FROM THIS
PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR 1939 - 1945
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Last updated: 5 August, 2013

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