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BURGESS HILL WAR MEMORIALS - WORLD WAR 1

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Alan Seymour; collated Martin Edwards 2004
Research Alan Seymour/Martin Edwards

These names are taken from the various memorials in and around Burgess Hill and have been collated into a single list. The left hand annotation indicates where the name was found. The key to the annotations is listed first.

KEY     SjC St John Congregational Chapelyard   HP Hammond Place
T Town Memorial   Wc St John's West Churchyard   St St John South Terrace
P St John the Evangelist   Y St John Churchyard   LRS London Road School
Sec Cemetery   Et St John East Terrace   Nc St John North Churchyard
SaC St Andrew's Church   SaCy St Andrews' Churchyard   Sc St John South Chapel
Sj St John's Institute   SjWM St John War Memorial   Nt St John North Terrace

 

AINSCOUGH

James

Sec
P
T

Engine Room Artificer 4th Class M/12306, H.M.S. Pembroke, Died of 'spotted Fever' at Chatham Naval Hospital 22nd March 1915. Age 40. Son of Richard and Mary Ann Ainscough; husband of Elizabeth Jane Ainscough, of 2, Rose Villas, Fairfield Rd., Burgess Hill. Buried in the GILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS) CEMETERY, Kent. Grave Naval. 17. 872. Locally he is commemorated on the: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John's Church War Memorial Board 3. Inscription on the family headstone in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

The following two reports appeared in “The Mid-Sussex Times” 30th March 1915:

Births, Marriages and Deaths
AINSCOUGH – 22nd inst., at the Chatham Naval Hospital, Engine Room Artificer James Aniscough, H M S Pembroke, of Western Road, Burgess Hill.

Sussex Casualties - Died of Illness.
James Ainscough – Burgess Hill. Burgess Hillians will be sorry to learn that Engine Room Artificer James Ainscough, of H.M.S. Pembroke, died of spotted fever on Monday, March 22nd, at the Chatham Naval Hospital. Deceased was a married man, who lived in Western Road, Burgess Hill, and he leaves a widow and a family of four. He was buried on Friday at the Cemetery connected with the Hospital with full naval honours.

ANSCOMBE

Frederick Charles

SaC
LRS
T

Private 51134, 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 5th September 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted and resident Chichester. Son of John Henry & Susan Anscombe, of 4, Westbury Terrace, Junction Road, Burgess Hill. Commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS Memorial, France. Panel 4 & 5. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew's Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board & Photo.

BALDWIN

G

T

Locally this name is commemorated on the: 1. Town War Memorial. No further information currently available.

BALL

Ernest

LRS
P
T

Private 44364, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borders. Killed in action 10th November 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 29. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Formerly 160753, Royal Engineers. No known grave. Commemorated on the TYNE COT Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium Panel reference 65 to 66. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2.St. John’s Church Memorial Board 2. London Road School Memorial Board & Photograph.

BARBER

Albert Victor

P
T

Private 25064, 12th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 9City of ondon Regiment). Killed in action 11th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Henfield, enlisted Haywards Heath. Buried in DRANOUTRE MILITARY Cemetery, Heuvelland, Belgium. Plot I. Row. G Grave 7. Locally he is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John's Church War Memorial Board.

A note is made of his death in 'The Mid-Sussex Times' of 25th July, 1916:

"BURGESS HILLIANS KILLED OR WOUNDED
We are sorry to hear of several more casualties to Burgess Hill men (included in this list) Private A. V. Barber (Royal Fusiliers) who was killed in action."

BARNES

James William

SaC
LRS
T

[Listed as W J on some memorials] Private P.W.5214, 116th (Service) Battalion (Public Schools), Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 11th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Enlisted and resident Burgess Hill. Youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. George Barnes, Gordon Terrace, Mill Road, Burgess Hill. Commemorated on the MENIN GATE Memorial, Ypres, Belgium - (Panel 49 & 51). Locally he is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School Memorial Board & Photo.

The following report appeared in 'The Mid-Sussex Times' of 28th August, 1917:

KILLED IN ACTION
Unofficially the news has reached Mr. George Barnes, of Gordon Terrace, Mill Road, a well-known resident, that his youngest son, Private James William Barnes, Middlesex Regiment, was killed in action on the night of the 11th-12th inst. The sad intelligence came from an officer, who stated the Private Barnes's death was instantaneous, being due to a shell, which killed others at the same time. Mr. Barnes has also received a deeply sympathetic letter from a chaplain. Deceased, who was not quite 31 years of age, was a widower, without family. Prior to joining up he had assisted his father in his business - in fact was "his right hand" - and has also been cleaner at the Post Office.

BARTLEY

Richard

LRS
P
T

Gunner 47018, 5th Battery, 45 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 11th May 1915 in France & Flanders. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. Son of Mr. H. Bartley, of 7 Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill. Buried in the ROYAL IRISH RIFLES Cemetery, Laventie, France. Plot IV. Row F. Grave13. Locally he is commemorated on 1.Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church Memorial Board 3. London Road School Memorial Board & Photo.

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on the 25th May 1915:

KILLED BOMBARDIER RICHARD BARTELY-BURGESS HILL.
We are sorry to learn that Bombardier Richard Bartley, of the 5th Battery Royal Field Artillery, has been killed in action with the Expeditionary Force in France, having been struck by a shell on May 11th. Bombardier Bartley, of 7 St. Bede’s Terrace, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill. He was a Reservist, 25 Years of age, was recalled to the colours at the outbreak of the war, and took part in the terrific fighting at Neuve Chapelle….

BEARD

Thomas Henry

SjWM
LRS
P
T

Private TF/200493, 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 6th November 1917 in Egypt. Age 26. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Horsham. Son of Edwin & Mary Beard; husband of Louisa of 4 Lincoln Street, Brighton. Buried in the BEERSHEABA War Cemetery, Israel. Plot G. Grave 72. Locally he is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s War Memorial Board 3. London Road School Memorial Board & Photo 4. St. John’s Chapel Memorial Tablet.

The following report appeared in Births, Marriages and Death columns of ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on the 1st January 1918:

OBITUARY COLUMN - BEARD: Killed in action in Palestine on November 6th, T.H. Beard, Royal Sussex Regt., son of Mr. and Mrs. Beard, formerly of Dunstall Cottage Burgess Hill, and now of 49 Seville Street, Brighton.

KILLED IN ACTION. – Information has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Beard, formerly of Dunstall Cottage, Burgess Hill and now of 49 Seville Street, Brighton, of the death of their son, T. H. Beard, he having been killed in action in Palestine on November 6th. Deceased, who was employed by Cuckfield Rural District Council, enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regiment shortly after the outbreak of hostilities, and was soon afterwards sent to the Dardanelles, where he took part in the landing and battle of Suvla Bay. Towards the close of these operations he was severely wounded and returned to England. He was afterwards sent to Egypt, where he took part, amongst other engagements, in the capture of Gaza. He leaves a widow. Mr. and Mrs. Beard have two other sons and three sons-in-law serving overseas. Mr. Beard formerly served as a sergeant in the Royal Sussex, but was invalided out on March 10th, 1916.

BIRDWOOD

Christopher William Brodrick

P
T

Captain, 1st/6th Battalion, Gurkha Rifles – Indian Army. Died 7th June 1915 from wounds received on 4th June at Gallipoli. Age 33. Son of William Spiller. & Ellen Frances Birdwood; husband of Helen, of “Wendy House”, The Down, Bexhill-on-Sea. Buried in PINK FARM Cemetery, Helles, Turkey. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 6. Locally he is commemorated on 1.Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church Memorial Board.

The following report appeared in the “Mid-Sussex Times” on the 15th June 1915:

Sussex Casualties – Died of wounds
Captain Christopher William Brodrick, Birdwood, 1/6th Gurkha Rifles, died on June 7th from wounds received at the Dardanelles on June 4th, age 32. The son of General W. S. Birdwood, Baroda, India, he received his first appointment in the Yorkshire Light Infantry in January, 1902, and was transferred two years later to the Indian Army, in which he was promoted Captain in January, 1911. He saw active service in the South African War, taking part in the operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony, and Cape Colony, and received the Queen’s medal with four clasps. Captain Birdwood leaves a widow, Mrs Helen Birdwood, who resides at Burgess Hill.

BLAKE

Charles

SaC
T

possibly Private TF/315492, 16th (Sussex Yeomanry) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 2nd September 1918. Age 24. Born West Ham, Essex, enlisted Hurstpierpoint. Son of the late Thomas & Emma Blake. buried in PERONNE Communal Extension Cemetery. Plot III. Row N. Grave 3. Locally commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church War Memorial Board 3. Ditchling War Memorial.

The following report appeared in “The Mid-Sussex Times” on October 1st 1918:

WIVELSFIELD

MRS. BLAKE, of Hazeldene, Wivelsfield, has received the sad news of the loss of her son who was killed in action on September 2nd. He joined the Royal Sussex Pioneers in 1914, and was with them in France till wounded on July 13th, 1916. Afterwards he recovered he went to Egypt and Palestine with the Royal Sussex Regiment, and returned to France in May, 1918. He was 24 years of age.

BOAKES

Jesse Sydney

P
T

Private T/201845, 4th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 10th November 1918 in India. Age 51. Born Cookham (SDGW states Crockham) Hill, Kent, enlisted Brighton, resident Burgess Hill. Husband of Esther Mahala Boakes of Burgess Hill. No known grave. Commemorated on the KARACHI 1914-1918 War Memorial, Parkistan. Locally he is commemorated on 1.Town War Memorial 2.St. John’s Memorial Board.

BONE

Arthur Henry

SaC

Lance Corporal G/2632, 8th Battalion, The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 25th September 1915. Age 31. Born Clapham, Surrey, enlisted London, resident Paddington, Middlesex. He was the son of Harry R. & Jane Bone of Petersfield, Hampshire & husband of Emma L. Bone, “Dorey Villa” Wivelsfield, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated on the LOOS Memorial, Dud Corner Cemetery, France. Panel 13–15. Locally he is not commemorated on the Town War Memorial but is found listed on 1. St. Andrew’s Church Memorial Board.

 

BOWEN

Thomas

SaC
T

Private 18798, 7th Battalion, King's (Shropshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 3rd April 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Coalport, Salop, Shropshire, enlisted Guildford, resident Burgess Hill. No known grave. Commemorated on the MENIN GATE Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Panel 47 & 49. Locally he is commemorated on 1.Town War Memorial 2.St.John’s Church Memorial Board.

BROWN

G

T

Locally this name is commemorated on the: 1. Town War Memorial. No further information currently available.

BUCKLAND

Percy Augustus

SaC
T

Rifleman B/202302, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 1st November 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 39. Born Higham, Kent, enlisted Brighton, resident Burgess Hill. Son of Mr. John & Mrs. Fanny Buckland, of Higham Rochester Kent; husband of Alice Edith Bucklland of ‘Newbury’, Burgess Hill. Formerly O/12528, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Buried in Preseau Communal Extension Cemetery, France. Plot B. Grave 3. Locally he is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrews Church Memorial Board.

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 12th November 1918:

GAVE UP HIS LIFE
Mrs. Buckland, of Newbury Burgess Hill, has just received the sad news that her husband, Percy Buckland, Rifle Brigade, has been killed in the war. He was formerly in the employ of Mr B.T. Tassell grocer, Junction Road, who also laid down his life (killed in action 14th April 1917) for his country. Both had been in the local Company of Volunteers.

BUCKMAN

Sydney

LRS

possibly: Sidney Buckman, Guardsman 25816, 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds 1st December 1917. Age 19. Born Haywards Heath the son of James & Eliza Buckman, 98 New England Road, Haywards Heath. No known grave. Commemorated on the CAMBRAI Memorial, Lonveral, France (Panel 2). Locally he is commemorated on the 1. London Road School Memorial Board & Photo.

The following report appeared in the Birth, Marriages and Deaths columns of ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on the 1st January 1918:

OBITUARY COLUMN - BUCKMAN: 1st ult., killed in action, Private Sidney Buckman, Grenadier Guards, dearly loved second son of Mr. and. Mrs. Buckman, of Lilac Cottages, New England Road, Haywards Heath, aged 19 years.

HAYWARDS HEATH – KILLED IN ACTION: Our obituary column records the death of Private Sidney Buckman, Grenadier Guards, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Buckman, of Lilac Cottages, New England Road. He was killed in action, and was aged but 19 years. The deceased soldier was formerly a gardener, and was employed at Valebridge and at Lindfield.

BUNTING

Edgar Victor

SaC
T

Pioneer 536405, Lines of Communication Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died 10th April 1919 in Egypt. Age 35. Son of the late Edgar & Mary Bunting, of ‘The City of Hereford’ (Public House 29 Upper St. James’s St.) Brighton; husband of Elizabeth Hartley Bunting (nee Adams), of Firles Cottage, Valebridge Road, Burgess Hill. Buried in the Cairo War Cemetery, Egypt. Grave P.5. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrews Church, War Memorial Board. 3. Inscription on the family headstone in St. Andrew’s Churchyard.

BUTCHER

Robert Lennox

LRS
P
T

Private G/71522, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 8th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Cuckfield, enlisted Brighton, resident Burgess Hill. Son of Mrs. C. Butcher, later of 152 Mercers Road, Tufnell Park, London and the late Robert Henry George Butcher (see below). Formerly TR/10/27210, T. R. Battalion. Buried in buried in Forenville Military Cemetery, Forenville, France. Row F. Grave 5. His name also inscribed on his father’s war grave in St. John’s Churchyard, he died in 1915, Grave Reference C.19.G.. Inscribed at the bottom of a headstone: Also in loving memory of my darling son Pte. R. L. Butcher Royal Fus. killed in action 8 October 1918 aged 19 years. Locally he is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board & photo. 4. Name also inscribed on his father’s CWGC headstone in St. John’s Churchyard. Grave C. 19 .G.

BUTCHER

Robert Henry George

Y
P
T

Private SD/1218. 12th (Service) Battalion (2nd South Down), Royal Sussex Regiment. Died at home of bronchial pneumonia and haemorrhage 10th April 1915. Age 44. Born Portslade. Son of John Lennox Butcher; husband of Catherine Emma Butcher, of 8, Cross Keys, Crawley, Sussex. His son was killed in action in 1918 (see above). Buried in ST. JOHN’S CHURCHYARD, Burgess Hill Grave ref. C.19 G. (North of Church). Locally he is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board. 3. CWGC headstone St. John’s, Churchyard.

The following report appeared in the ‘Mid-Sussex Times’: 13th April 1915

Sussex Casualties Died of Illness
Corporal Robert H. G. Butcher – Burgess Hill. From bronchial pneumonia and hemorrhage the deat occurred on Friday, at his home Rose Villa, (7) Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill of Corporal Robert H. G. Butcher, No. 1218, Southdown Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment. Deceased was 44 years of age. The funeral is taking place this (Tuesday) afternoon at St. John’s Church, the Regiment sending a detachment.

CAMPBELL

Norman Phillips

P
T

Temp Lt. Acting Captain, 189th Company, Special Brigade, Corps of Royal Engineers. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS Memorial Bay 1. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church Memorial Board.

CHAPMAN

Gordon

P
T

NLance Corporal 50440, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. (Formerly 270292 The Suffolk Regiment). Died of wounds 9th July 1917. Age 24. Born Plumpton and enlisted Chichester. Husband of J. E. Butland (formerly Chapman), 37, Osbourne Villas, Hove. Buried in NOEUX-LES-MINES, Communal Cemetery, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 12. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on July 17th 1917:

DIED FOR HIS COUNTRY – The death of yet another Burgess Hill soldier in the service of his country has been notified, Lance Corporal Gordon Chapman, Suffolk Regiment, having been killed in action on the 8th inst. Before joining the Army he was for some years in the service of Mrs. Barclay, of Burgess Hill, being nephew to her housekeeper, Mrs. Cheese. He was 24 years of age.

CLEMENTS

Albert Edward

SaCy

Lance Corporal 711, 10th (County of London) Battalion (Hackney). The London Regiment. Killed 13th November 1914. born Bethnal Green, enlisted Hackney, residence Hackney. Buried South-East of Church in ST. ANDREWS Churchyard, Burgess Hill. Locally he is commemorated: 1. CWGC headstone St. Andrew’s Churchyard.

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on November 17th 1914:

ALONG THE LINE TO LIFE’S TERMINUS – London Territorial Killed at Burgess Hill – The Inquest Yesterday.

The danger of patrolling the railway has again been emphasised locally, and the bad luck sustained by the King’s Liverpool Rifles:

(two soldiers, Private Cyril Letheren, at Haywards Heath and Rifleman Francis John Owen, at Balcombe) both serving with the 6th (Rifle) Battalion The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) had lost their lives in September 1914, when struck by trains on the “London Brighton & Southcoast Railway”),

now appears to be attending the London Territorials. The latest victim was Lance-Corporal Albert Edward Clements, of the 10th Battalion County of London Regiment, who lost his life on Friday.

He had been to Wivlesfield Railway Station, and was returning to his post at Spatham Lane, Near Ditchling Common, walking on the “down” line between the station named and the Junction Road level crossing, when he was struck and killed by a train. (A long detailed report on the inquest follows, including) Arthur John Wimbledon Clements, a detective in the City of London Police, 86 Nicholas Square, Hackney Road, N.E., said the deceased was his son, and was 18 years of age the 10th June last. He was a foreman packer in a wholesale milliner’s and enlisted in the Territorials over two years ago. He was in good health up to the time of the accident as far as witness knew, and in possession of all his faculties. Witness knew he was in Sussex patrolling the railway, and had a letter from him about a fortnight ago. He made no complaint about his duties.

Note: St. Andrew’s Churchyard where Albert is buried is only a short distance from where the accident occurred.

COLEMAN

Arthur [George]

P
T

Private 1651, 8th Veterinary Hospital, Army Veterinary Corps. Died 9th September 1917. Age 39. Son of George and Sarah Coleman, of Burgess Hill. IBuried in the BOIS GUILLAUME Communal Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. Plot A. Grave 27A. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2.St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on September 18th 1917:

DIED IN HOSPITAL – Private Arthur Coleman, of the Army Veterinary Corps, son of Mr. George Coleman, of Alexandria House, Royal George Road, Burgess Hill, died of heart failure in hospital in France on September 9th. The deceased “joined up” in November 1914, and went to France on soon afterwards. For some time past he had suffered from rheumatism and debility, and he was home on short leave only about a month ago. He was 38 years of age. Much sympathy is felt for his father (a well-known and respected boot maker in town) and other relatives.

COLMAN

Arthur Thomas

P
T

Private T.F.208283, 1st/7th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died of wounds 28th August 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 39. Born Chiswick, Middlesex, enlisted London, resident Burgess Hill. Son of Thomas and Emily Colman, of Burgess Hill and the husband of Renee Georgette Colman, of 23, St. Michael’s Place, Brighton. Formerly 3491, Inns of the Court, O.T.C. Buried in LIGNY-SUR-CANCHE British Cemetery, France. Row A. Grave 17. (His brother Leonard was killed in action in 1916, see below.) Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

COLMAN

Leonard William

P
T

Private 70328, 17th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 8th October 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Wilesden, Middlesex, enlisted Chichester, resident Burgess Hill. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Colman, of Burgess Hill. Formerly 5986, Leicestershire Regiment. No known grave.Commemorated on the THIEPAVAL Memorial, France. Panel and Face 10C 10D and 11A. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on October 17th 1916:

KILLED BY SHELL – Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Colman, of Holmesdale, have been notified that their younger son, Private Leonard William Colman, of the Sherwood Foresters, was killed by a shell on Saturday October 7th. The deceased was 33 years of age. Much sympathy will be expressed with his parents and other relations.

COMBES

C

T

Locally this name is commemorated on the: 1. Town War Memorial. No further information currently

CONNER

William

P
T

Locally this name is commemorated on the: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board. No further information currently

COOKE

Thomas William

SaC
T

Private 41299, 1st/7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 16th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 29. Born and resident Burgess Hill, enlisted Hove. Son of George and Lillian Gertrude Cooke of 2, Arundel Villas, Burgess Hill. Formerly 32124, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in NEW IRISH FARM Cemetery, St. JEAN-LES-YPRES, Belgium. Plot XIV. Row E. Grave 19. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on October 2nd 1917:

“HE DID HIS DUTY” – Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. George R. Cooke, of 2 Arundel Villas, Burgess Hill who have been informed that their only son, Private Thomas William Cooke, of the Worcester Regiment, was killed in action in France on August 16th. He was 29 years of age. The deceased formerly assisted his father in a grocery and provision business at Burgess Hill, from which Mr. Cooke, Sen., retired some years ago; and he had been on the staffs of Sainsburys, Brighton, Gravely and Sons, Preston, (Sussex) and latterly, Hoadleys Ltd., Burgess Hill. He joined up in the early part of 1916, eventually went to France, and the fateful day was believed to have been his first in action. He was buried in a military cemetery in France. Lieutenant Gadsby, his officer, wrote: “He was a good soldier, who always did his duty, and will be much missed by his Company.”

CORNFORD

T R

T

Locally this name is commemorated on the: 1. Town War Memorial. No further information currently

COURT

Percy John

Wc
Sj
Sec
LRS
P
T

Corporal G/2701, 8th Royal Sussex. Killed in action in the Battle of the Somme 1st July 1916. Aged 24. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Hurstpierpoint. Only son of Percy John & Catherine Louisa Court, years. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7C. Locally he is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board & photograph 4. St. John’s Institute War Memorial Board & photograph 5. Name inscribed on family headstones located in St. John’s & St. Edward’s Churchyards.

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on July 11th 1916:

GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY. – Following a brief message on a postcard, a letter was received at Burgess Hill yesterday (Monday) which left no doubt that Corporal Percy John Court, No. 2701, of the Royal Sussex Regiment, had given his life for his country. It appeared that he was in the trenches, when a German shell came over and exploded, and Corporal Court and the man next to him lost their lives. The young soldier, who was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy John Court, of 20 Newport Road, Burgess Hill, much-respected residents, for whom sincere sympathy is felt. The deceased had been in the Royal Sussex Regiment since the commencement of the war, and was formerly a clerk in the offices of Messers. Norman and Burt the well-known firm of builders, of London Road, Burgess Hill.

CRAIG

Frank W Shannon

P
T

Lance Corporal S/14477, 8th (Service) Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). Killed in action 28th July 1916. Age 20. Born Brighton, enlisted Finsbury Middlesex; residence Brighton. Son of Mrs. F. Craig of Argyll Lodge, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. buried Faubourge D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 67. Locally he is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board. 

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on August 22nd 1916:

KILLED IN ACTION. – Mrs. F. Craig, of Brighton, has received the intelligence that her only son, Acting Corporal Frank W. Shannon Craig, Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on July 28th, about 8.30 a.m. His Company Commander, writing to Mrs. Craig, stated that the young soldier was holding an advanced post and was killed by a trench mortar, death being instantaneous. The writer remarked that deceased was a very willing and reliable n.c.o., and would be much missed. A comrade, Rifleman C. Holland, who was with Acting Corporal Craig when he was killed, has also written to Mrs. Craig expressing his deepest sympathy with her in her loss, and adding that he had lost “a good pal.” Other Riflemen of the Company have joined in the message of condolence. The deceased was well known at Burgess Hill. A nephew of Mrs. W. G. Bannister and Mrs. C. J. Callow, he was a bright lad. He was educated at Burgess Hill College (under Mr. J. Vinall), and for a time was a member of St. John’s Church Choir. He took part in local athletics.

CRAMB

William John

SaC
LRS
T

Driver 82361, No. 77 Pontoon Park Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 21st April 1918 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Brighton, resident Burgess Hill. Husband of H. Cramb of 31, Spring Gardens, Brighton. buried in St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France Plot XIII. Row C. Grave 1. Locally he is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board.

CROWHURST

Sydney

LRS
T

Locally this name is commemorated on the: 1. Town War Memorial. 2. London Road School War Memorial Board. No further information currently.

DALE

John William

Sj
P

T

Private 35059, 23rd (Service) Battalion. (4th Tyneside Scottish), The Northumberland Fusiliers - formerly 50061, The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regt.). Died of wounds, France & Flanders, 14th May 1917. Age 30. Born Herstmonceux, Sussex, enlisted Burgess Hill. Son of the late John and Mrs. Dale, of Hurstmonceux. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN Cemetery, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 19. Locally he is commemorated on the: 1. Town War Memorial, 2. St. John's Church War Memorial Board, 3.St. John's Institute War Memorial Board & Photo 4. Name commemorated on parent’s headstone, located in ‘All Saints’ Church Churchyard, Hertsmonceux, Sussex – John William son of the above who died of wounds in Boulogne Hospital May 14th 1917 age 30 years.

The following report of his death appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on May 22nd 1917:

DIED OF WOUNDS: Many will be sorry to hear that Mr. J. W. Dale has passed away. He was terribly wounded whilst serving on the western front, particularly about the legs, amputation being necessary. Deceased was a wholesale and retail tobacconist, of 5 Church Road, Burgess Hill. He was formerly in the local Company of Volunteers, and had been a good player for the Burgess Hill Football Club.

DALLAS

William Loraine Seymour

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Chaplin 4th Class, Royal Army Chaplains’ Department. Attached to 5th Battalion T.F., The King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action, France & Flanders, 20th September 1917. Age 33. Son of Charles and Emily Dallas, of Shanghai, China. No known grave. Commemorated on the TYNE COT Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium – (Memorial Reference Panel 160). Locally his name is commemorated on the 1. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following reports of his death appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 9th October 1917:

OBITUARY COLUMN – DALLAS. – 20TH ult., killed in action, the Rev. William Loraine Seymour Dallas, C.F., formerly of Burgess Hill and Kensington, aged 33 years.

ARMY CHAPLAIN KILLED IN ACTION. - From a British battlefront comes the news of the death, in action, on September 20th, of the Rev. William Loraine Seymour Dallas, C.F., who was instantaneously killed by a shell whilst right up with the fighting troops. The deceased will be remembered as having resided in Burgess Hill with a relative, the late Mrs. Goode Wright, in his boyhood. He subsequently went to Oxford, and after his course there proceeded to Wells Theological College. Later he was ordained to a curacy at St. Mary Abbots, Kensington, under the late Prebendary Pennefather. In 1911 he joined the Prairie Brotherhood at Edmonton, Alberta, where he worked with great self-sacrifice and earnestness. Four years later he returned to England, and was accepted as Chaplain to the Forces serving with the King’s Liverpool Regiment. He was 33 years of age.”

DAVEY

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Private 147999, 78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Killed in action, France & Flanders, 9th April 1917. Age 27. Born Burgess Hill, the son of Mr. Davey, of 1, Goldstone Terrace, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE British Cemetery, Souchez, France (Grave reference: Plot XI.E.20.) Locally he is commemorated on the 1. Town War Memorial, 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board, 3. London Road School War Memorial Board.

The following details are given in his 78th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force ATTESTATION PAPER:

Name: William Davey, born Burgess Hill, next-of-kin Arthur Davey, 4, Aberdeen Cott. Royal George Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Date of birth January 30th 1890, Height 5ft 71/2 inches, blue eyes, brown hair, tattoo mark on back of left fore arm, unmarried, trade or calling farming, wiling to serve over-seas – signed, July 28th 1915.

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 26th June 1917:

OBITUARY COLUMN - DAVEY: On April 9th Killed in action, Private W. Davey, Canadian Infantry, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill age 29 years.

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Henry William Norton

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[Spelt DAVIS and Morton not Norton on SDGW and CWGC - also listed as William N only] Private 2062, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 25th April 1915 in France & Flanders. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Weybridge. No known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium (Memorial reference Panel 34). Locally he is commemorated on the 1. Town War Memorial, 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 25th May 1915:

OBITUARY COLUMN - DAVIES: 25th ult., killed in action with the British Expeditionary Force, Private Henry William Norton Davies, of the East Surrey Regiment, son of Mrs. Davies, of 4 Gordon Terrace, Mill Road, Burgess Hill.

SUSSEX CASUALTIES KILLED, PRIVATE H. W. N. DAVIES – BURGESS HILL: Official notification has been received that Private Henry William Norton Davies, of the East Surrey Regiment, was killed in action with the British Expeditionary Force on April 25th. Private Davies was a son of Mrs. Davies, of 4 Gordon Terrace, Mill Road, Burgess Hill, and was a single man.

DENNETT

Alfred John

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[Also listed as Arthur] Private G/61650, 23rd (Service) Battalion (1st SPortman's), Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 17th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 32. Born and resident Burgess Hill, enlisted Haywards Heath. Husband of Mrs. M. Dennett, of 109, West Street, Burgess Hill. Formerly 6074, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Buried in REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, Grandcourt, France. (Grave Reference Plot IV. Row G. Grace 13.) Locally he is commemorated on the 1. Town War Memorial, 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board & Photograph.

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 10th April 1917:

KILLED IN ACTION. – News has been received that Private Alfred John Dennett, Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action on February 17th. He was 32 years of age, and formerly resided in West Street, Burgess Hill.

OBITUARY COLUMN – DENNETT, - February 17th, killed in action, Alfred John Dennett, Royal Fusiliers, late of West Street, Burgess Hill, aged 32 years.

DICKINSON

William [Egerton] de Brissac

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Major, 113th Battery, 25th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Territorial Force). Died of wounds, France & Flanders, 29th October 1918. Age 38. Son of the late Major William Rice Dickinson (Royal Engineers), and Blanche Clubley Dickinson; husband of Mabel Frances Dickinson, of Boston, Mass., U.S.A. buried in VADENCOURT British Cemetery, Maissemy, France (Grave Reference Plot II. Row B. Grave 31.) Locally he is not commemorated on the Town War Memorial but is found listed on 1. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 12th November 1918:

DEATH OF MAJOR DICKINSON. – The death occurred on October 30th, from wounds sustained in action, of Major W. H. E. de B. Dickinson, younger and only surviving son of the late Major-General W. R. Dickinson, R.E., of Woodside, Burgess Hill, who was a prominent townsman in his day. Major Dickinson belonged to the Royal Field Artillery, and was 38 years of age.

OBITUARY COLUMN – DICKINSON. – 30th ult., of wounds received, Major W. H. E. de B. Dickinson, R.F.A., son of the late General W. R. Dickinson, of Burgess Hill, age 38 years.

DIPLOCK

Gordon Reginal

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Private 5276, 9th Lancers (Queen's Royal). Died of wounds 29th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Chichester, resident Groombridge. Buried in LE-CATEAU Military Cemetery, France (Grave Reference Plot I. Row H. Grave 6.) Locally he is not commemorated on the Town War Memorial but is listed on: 1. London Road School War Memorial Board. See also Canterbury, 9th Lancers Memorial

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Alex Ernest

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[Also listed as E Alex and Alex G on some memorials] Private 72978, 25th (Montgomeryshire and Welsh Horse Yeomanry) Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Killed in action 9th March 1918 in Egypt. Born and enlisted Burgess Hill. Formerly 180566, Royal Engineers. buried in JERUSALEM War Cemetery (Grave Reference Plot L. Grave 95.) Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial (listed as A. G. Down) 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board (listed as E. A. Down) 3. London Road School War Memorial Board (listed as Alec. G. Down) 4. St. John’s Chapel War Memorial Tablet (listed as A. E. Down)

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 9th April & 16th April 1918:

CASUALTIES. - Private E. A. Down, 72978, of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, is officially reported to have been killed in the war. He is a Burgess Hillian…………..

THANKS FOR SYMPATHY. – Mrs. Down, of West Street, desires, through this medium, to return heartfelt thanks for all the kindness and sympathy shewn her respecting the loss of her husband (Private E. A. Down, Royal Welsh Fusiliers), who was killed in action in the war.

DOWNARD

Frank

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Private G/16622, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 4th February 1917 with the B.E.F. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. Son of George W. and Emmaline Downard, of 46, West Street, Burgess Hill. buried in BETHUNE Town Cemetery, France (Grave Reference Plot VI. Row B. Grave 13.) Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board.

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 6th March 1917:

GAVE UP THEIR LIVES. – Private Frank Downard, of the Royal Sussex Regiment, is officially reported to have died of wounds. He resided in West Street, Burgess Hill…..

DOWNER

Arthur

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Lance Corproal SPTS/3389, "C" Company, 24th (service) Battalion (2nd Sportsman), Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action at Givenchy, France, 23rd [memorials states 24th incorrectly listed in SDGW as 1916] December 1915. Aged 41. Born and enlisted Brighton, resident Burgess Hill. son of William and Anna Maria Downer, of Burgess Hill; husband of Mercy Downer, of Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill, (they had three children). Buried in the WOBURN ABBEY CEMETERY, CUINCHY, Pas de Calais, France. (Grave Reference Plot I. Row C. Grave 16.) Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. St. John’s Institute War Memorial Board & Photograph.

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 4th, 11th & 18th January 1916:

SUSSEX CASUALTIES, KILLED – LANCE CORPORAL A. DOWNER – BURGESS HILL

Unofficially – by means of an old Burgess Hill comrade-the news has been received that Lance-Corporal Arthur Downer, of the Sportsman’s Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed on Christmas Eve whilst serving on the western front. A former Captain of the Burgess Hill Working Men’s Cricket Club, he leaves a widow and three children, as well as a mother and sister, who are resident at Burgess Hill. He was the only son of the late Mr. William Downer, for many years Lieutenant of the Burgess Hill Fire Brigade.

HOW LANCE-CORPORAL DOWNER GAVE UP HIS LIFE. – Miss A. Downer, of Summerlynn, Oakwood Road, Burgess Hill, has received the following letter, dated January 5th, from Captain Frank Edwards, “C” Company, 24th (Sportsman’s) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers: “ Dear Madam, - It is with much regret that I have to inform you, in answer to your letter of to-day, that your brother, Lance-Corporal Arthur Downer, No.3389, “C” Company, R.F., was killed at (place name given) on December 24th, 1915, at 2.15 a.m. He died while entering his dug-out from the effects of shellfire. It gives me much pain to write you this letter. It will give you greater to receive it. But your pain will be tempered with pride in the work and death of the soldier who has fallen and whose loss you and his comrades mourn. I spoke to Corporal Downer five minutes before he was killed. He was at work in the trenches in charge of a very urgent and important pumping operation to keep the trenches clear for reinforcements in case of imminent attack. I saw the work had been well done, and as he was about to be relieved I said ‘Well done, Downer; you have done well to get this water under.’ I added ‘ Your are tired, and your relief is coming.’ He replied ‘Yes, Sir, I am rather tied now.’ I said ‘Ah well, Christmas is near. We go out of the trenches to-day for Christmas and then we go down country for 16 days’ rest.’ He said ‘That’s good. I can do with a long rest.’ I went on my way to the firing line and returned to the supports, which were being heavily shelled, in about 20 minutes, and found Lance-Corporal Downer was dead. He was a good soldier, earnest, cheery, reliable and brave, and he has gone to his ‘rest’ – a long, happy, unbroken ‘rest,’ without pain or terrors of war. On Christmas Day his comrades, silently and bare-headed, passed a vote of sympathy with his family in their loss, and in the same way paid tribute to the memory of their comrade, Corporal Downer, the first to fall in his Company. The Colonel also wrote me expressing his sorrow at the loss of so good a soldier. You have my very sincere sympathy.” – Through this medium heartfelt thanks are tendered “for the many expressions of sympathy received by both families.”

OFFICIAL – Mrs. A. Downer has now received the War Office notification of the death of her husband, Lance-Corporal A. Downer, of the Sportsman’s Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.

EDWARDS

Edward Henry

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Private 6148, 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars attached to 14th (King’s) Hussars. Died 19th July 1916 in Mesopotamia. Age 26. Born and resident Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. Son of Samuel & Eliza Edwards, of 2, Gordon Cottages, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill. His brother James was also killed, see below, they died within two months of each other. Buried in the AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Grave reference Plot IX. Row E. Grave 16. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church, War Memorial Board 3. St. John’s Chapel, War Memorial Tablet 4. London Road School, War Memorial Board & Photograph 5.

Name inscribed on the family headstone located in St. Edward’s Churchyard. The gravestone inscription reads: "A B James Edwards A.B., lost in HMS Queen Mary at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916, age 23 yrs. also Edward H Edwards, 8th Hussars died in the Persian Gulf, 19th July 1916, aged 26yrs."

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 8th August 1916:

THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY. - ….. Private Edward Henry Edwards, of the Hussars, died from the effects of heat in the Persian Gulf on July 19th. He was a soldier before the war, had been in India, and had seen service in France. Private Edwards was a son, of Mr. and Mrs. S. Edwards, of St. George’s Terrace, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill, who lost a son in the naval battle. (see Edwards, J. below)

OBITUARY COLUMN: EDWARDS, 19th ult., died from the effects of heat in the Persian Gulf, Private Edward Henry Edwards (Hussars), son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Edwards, of St. George’s Terrace, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill.

EDWARDS

James E

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[Note: listed on some memorials as Edwards J. A. B. - the initials A. B. is his naval rank] Able Seaman J/5002, lost in HMS Queen Mary at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916, aged 22. Son of Samuel & Eliza Edwards, of 2, Gordon Cottages, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill; brother of Edward above - two sons lost within two months. Commemorated on the PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire, UK. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial (listed as J. A. B.) 2. St. John’s Church, War Memorial Board (listed as J. A. B.) 3. St. John’s Chapel, War Memorial Tablet (listed as J. E.) 4. London Road School, War Memorial Board & Photograph (listed as J.) 5. Name inscribed on the family headstone located in St. Edward’s Churchyard.

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 13th June 1916:

OBITUARY COLUMN: EDWARDS, 31st ult., James Edwards, A. B., H.M.S. Queen Mary, of Burgess Hill.

HEROES’ DEATH - A.B. James Edwards, No. J 5002, of H.M.S Queen Mary, no doubt went down with his ship in the great battle off Jutland. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, Fairfield Road, and had nearly completed seven years’ service.

The following is taken from: ‘Endless Story’ by Captain Taprell Dorling D.S.O. Royal Navy pub. 1923.

H.M.S. Queen Mary a 28,500-ton ship blew up after being struck by a salvo of shells abreast of one of her turrets. The ship seemed to collapse inwards, the masts and funnels falling together, the side of the ship being blown outwards, and the armoured roofs of the turrets being hurled 100 feet high, in the wink of an eyelid 57 officers and 1,209 men had gone to their deaths.

EDWARDS

Walter

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2nd Lieutenant, 6th (City of London) Battalion. (Rifles), The London Regiment. Killed in action, France & Flanders, 26th April 1916. Son of William & Maud Louisa Edwards. buried in CABARET-ROUGE British Cemetery, Souchez, France. Plot III. Row H. Grave 16. Recently moved from the south wall and now (2002) located in the South Chapel is the memorial tablet to Walter Edwards, this had been erected in the church by his parents in 1916, the inscription reads as follows: "In loving memory of 2nd Lieut. Walter Edwards of the 6th City of London Rifles. The Beloved Son of William and Maud Louisa Edwards who was killed in action at Souchez France on Apr 27 1916 age 20 yrs." Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church, War Memorial Board & Memorial tablet in the South Chapel.

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 12th September 1916:

A MEMORIAL TABLET DEDICATED. - ….. the Vicar, the Rev. Dr. H. G. Bonavia-Hunt, unveiled a marble tablet on the wall of the South aisle, near by, which was then dedicated “in the name and faith of Jesus Christ” and to the memory of the late Second Lieutenant Edwards, of Leylands Park. The tablet, for the erection of which a faculty had been granted by the Chancellor of the Diocese, was the work of Messrs. Norman and Burt. It is of handsome design framed in polished alabaster, and bears the following inscription in golden letters, well cut in: - “In loving memory of 2nd Lieutenant Walter Edwards, of the 6th City of London Rifles, the beloved eldest son of William and Maud Louisa Edwards, who was killed in action at Souchez, France, on April 27th, 1916, aged 20 years.” …………

ELLIOTT

Arthur Henry

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Private 3801, ‘A’ Company, 5th Australian Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade, Australian Imperial Forces. Killed in action, France & Flanders, 25th July 1916, age 32. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Villiers-Bretonneux Memorial, France – (Memorial reference Panel 43). Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. 2. St. Andrew’s Church War Memorial Board. 3. London Road School War Memorial Board (listed as A. Elliott).

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 27th March 1917:

WAR CASUALTIES. – We regret to state that Mr. Thomas Elliott’s youngest son, Arthur, who was with the Australian Force, has made the supreme sacrifice. An official intimation to this effect was received last week by his father, who lives at Peppers Farm, Leylands Road, Burgess Hill.

The following details are gleaned from Australia War Memorial Internet web site: Arthur was 30, when he had enlisted in Australian Imperial Forces on 16th July 1915, his Trade or Calling was a ‘Gripman’. His address was given as the ‘State Savings Bank’, and his next of kin details his father T. Elliott, of “Lion Villa,” Leylands Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex, England. He had been educated in the Council School, Sussex, (London Road School, Burgess Hill) England, and was 28, when he had immigrated to Australia, when his calling was ‘Fruit Farming’. Guy had embarked for overseas service at Melbourne with the 5th Infantry Battalion, 12th Reinforcements, on board H.M.A.T A40 “Ceramic” on 23rd November 1915.

ELLIOTT

Guy

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Private TRS/21984, 6th Battalion, Training Reserve. Died, United Kingdom, 19th December 1916, age 21. Son of Mr. W. H. J. Elliott, of Stafford House, Junction Road, Burgess Hill.buried in RUGELEY Cemetery, Staffordshire, UK. Plot II. Grave 415. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church, War Memorial Board

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 26th December 1916:

OBITUARY COLUMN: ELLIOTT, 19th inst. At Rugeley Camp, Stafford. Guy, the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Elliott, of Stafford House, Burgess Hill, and Ship Street, Brighton, aged 19 years.

(Note: Guy, is listed in Soldiers Died in the Great War as follows: ELLIOTT Guy, Gunner 130415, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. Enlisted Burfen Hill, Residence Burfen Hill, died home 19/12/16, and his age given in the CWGC register is 21.)

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Lance Corporal SD/1685, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 30th June 1916 with the B.E.F. Aged 32. LL B. (Bachelor of Laws). Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Worthing. son of Henry David & Katherine Jane Frape, of “Normandy,” Crescent Road, Burgess Hill. Buried in the CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XV. Row P. Grave 13. For some unknown reason he is not commemorated on any of the war memorials located in Burgess Hill but his name is inscribed on the headstone of his mother’s and sister’s grave located on the South Terrace adjacent to the footpath in St. John’s Churchyard.

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 12th December 1916:

OBITUARY COLUMN: FRAPE, Missing since 30th June, 1916, now reported died as a prisoner of war in German hands, Reginald David Frape, LL.B. Lance Corporal, Royal Sussex Regiment, eldest son of the late Henry David Frape, of Burgess Hill and Brighton, and of Mrs. Frape, 4 Wolstonbury Road, Hove, aged 32 years.

THE WAR. - ….. Lance-Corporal Reginald David Frape, LL.B., of the Royal Sussex Regiment, who had been reported missing since June 30th last, is now reported as having died as a prisoner of war in the hands of the Germans. The deceased was the eldest son of the late Mr. Henry David Frape, of Burgess Hill and Brighton, and of Mrs. Frape, of 4 Wolstonbury Road, Hove. Whilst resident at Aspendell, Church Road, Burgess Hill, Mr. R. D. Frape played for the Burgess Hill Football Club. He was 32 years of age.

So was Reginald killed in action or did he die as a prisoner of war? From the historical information the CWGC Internet ‘Debt of Honour’ register the following: “On 26 September 1915, Souchez was taken from the Germans by French troops, who handed the sector over to Commonwealth forces the following March. The village was completely destroyed. The "Cabaret Rouge" was a house on the main road about 1 kilometre south of the village, at a place called Le Corroy, near the cemetery. On the east side, opposite the cemetery, were dugouts used as battalion headquarters in 1916. The communication trenches ended here, including a very long one named from the Cabaret. The cemetery was begun by Commonwealth troops in March 1916, used until August 1917 (largely by the 47th (London) Division and the Canadian Corps) and - at intervals - until September 1918; these original burials are in Plots I to V inclusive. It was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when more than 7,000 graves were brought in from the battlefields of Arras and from 103 other burial grounds in the Nord and the Pas-de-Calais.” As Reginald is buried in Plot XV. of “Cabaret Rouge” Cemetery, this would confirm that his body had been moved to this cemetery when it was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when the battlefields were being cleared, more than 7,000 grave were brought into this cemetery. Therefore reports of him dying as a P.O.W may be wrong?

FUNNELL

Frederick Sydney

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[Also listed as Sydney F on some memorials] Bombardier 14864, “D” Battery 180th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action, France & Flanders, 21st September 1916, age 24. Born Keymer, Hassocks, enlisted Lewes. Son of Henry & Mary Funnell, of 6, North End Cottages, Junction Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD Cemetery, Longueval, France. Plot XXVI. Row J. Grave 10. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2.St Andrew’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board & photograph.

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 17th October 1916:

BOMBARDIER KILLED IN ACTION. - Mr. and Mrs, Funnell, of 6 North End Cottages, Junction Road, Burgess Hill, have received official intimation that their son, Bombardier F. S. Funnell, of the Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action on September 21st. He was 23 years of age. The sad news was first received in the following letter from Major A. W. Digby:- “It is with deepest sorrow I write to tell you that your son, Bombardier Funnell, was killed yesterday by a shell. He had been doing most excellent as a signaller, and I think had he lived would have gained distinction. He was made unconscious by the shell, and expired while being carried to the dressing station. I am trying to collect his private belongings, which I will forward to you. The officers and men sympathise most deeply with your sad bereavement.” - Mr. and Mrs. Funnel and family desire to express their sincere thanks to all those who have shown sympathy in their sad bereavement.

GILMORE

Reginald E.

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Private G/17322, 11th (Service) Battalion. (2nd South Down), The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action, France & Flanders, 6th December 1917. Born Totton, Hampshire, enlisted Brighton. Buried in WHITE HOUSE Cemetery, St. Jan, Ypres, Belgium. Plot II. Row D. Grave 13. Locally he is not commemorated on the Town War Memorial, but his name appears on: 1. St. John’s War Memorial Board (listed as R. E. Gilmore) 2. London Road School War Memorial Board & photograph, (listed as R. E. Gilmore).

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 18th December 1917:

OBITUARY COLUMN: GILMORE, 6th inst., killed in the war, Private R. E. Gilmore (Royal Sussex Regiment), youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Gilmore, of 8 Montague Street, Worthing, formerly of Church Road, Burgess Hill.

PRIVATE REGGIE GILMORE KILLED. – Mr. and Mrs. A. Gilmore who formerly had a butchers’ business at Church Road, Burgess Hill, and now reside at Worthing, have received the sad intelligence that their youngest of their soldiers sons, Private R. E. Gilmore, of the Royal Sussex Regiment, has been killed by in France by a bomb from an enemy aeroplane at night Quartermaster and Hon. Lieutenant B. F. Swain, in a sympathetic letter to his parents, states that “The lad had been, for the last two months, employed in my store, and war very much liked owing to his obliging ways and neat appearance. Please accept the sympathy of all the lad’s comrades with you and his loved ones in this the time of your trouble.” Regimental-Quartermaster –Segt. Norton Stevenson wrote “The poor lad had only left his tent for a few minutes, and was but a short distance away. It is some consolation to know that he suffered no pain, as death was instantaneous, and when I saw him directly afterwards he was looking so peaceful and at rest. We miss him most terribly. He had only been helping us in the store about six weeks, coming in the first place to take the place of the butcher while he was on leave, but he was so useful and had endeared himself to everybody that he had not returned to his Company for work in the line.”

GRAHAM

Henry

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Private L/10796, 7th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds, France & Flanders, 10th April 1917, age 19. Born and enlisted Brighton. Son of Frederick & Edith Mary Graham of 2, Yew Tree Cottages, Mill Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Buried in FAUBOURG D’AIENS Cemetery, Arras, France. Plot VII. Row G. Grave 44. Locally he is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Chapel War Memorial Tablet.

GREGORY

Martin Luther

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Gunner 18254, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 16th March 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 31. Born and resident Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. Buried in VIEILLE-CHAPELLE NEW MILITARY Cemetery, Lacouture, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 8. Locally he is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 2. London Road School War Memorial Board & photograph.

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 23rd March, 1915:

*OBITUARY COLUMN: GREGORY, 16th inst., killed in action with the British Expeditionary Force, Bombardier,* Martin L. Gregory, of the 5th Siege Battery R.G.A. (son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Gregory, of Royal George Road, Burgess Hill), age 32 years.

*SUSSEX CASULATIES Bombardier M. L. Gregory Burgess Hill: Major J. H. H. Jones, the Commanding Officer of the 5th Siege Battery, R.G.A., at the front, kindly sent the following letter to one of the brothers of Bombardier M. L. Gregory, of Burgess Hill: “16/3/15. Dear Sir, I much regret to have to inform you that Bombardier* M. Gregory, of this Battery, met his death this afternoon by the gun bursting when in action against the enemy. I am thankful to say he was unconscious immediately, and died in a very few minutes. Though you will be officially informed of his decease by the War Office, I thought I should take an early opportunity of informing you and also letting you know how much we all sympathies with you in your bereavement. P.S.- We buried Bombardier Gregory this evening, and I was able to get a parson to read the service.” Bombardier Gregory was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Gregory, of Royal George Road, Burgess Hill, and a brother of Private A. W. Gregory, of the 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He was a keen sportsman and athlete. For a time he served in Ireland, and he spent about six years in India. On recommendation of his officers he obtained some responsible positions. At Aden he was appointed manager of a mineral water manufactory, and subsequently he was stationmaster on the Bombay-Baroda and Central India Railway. Soon after his return to this country he became gun-layer of a 6in. quick-firer at one of the forts at the Needles. Volunteering for active service at the front, he went out with one of the heavy guns in September, and took part in a lot of terrific artillery duels and the recent great victory. Two days before his death he wrote: “ I am still alive. We have had three days of heavy fighting, and –my- word! - it has been hell upon earth. We have advanced in two directions several hundreds of yards, at an enormous loss to the enemy, and our casualties must have been considerable under the conditions of the greatest artillery battle ever known. The battle is still raging, and ‘Jack Johnsons’ are flying everywhere. The deceased was 32 years of age.

*(From the above newspaper reports it seem to point to the fact that Martin’s rank of ‘Gunner’ that is recorded in the CWGC register and ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War’ maybe incorrect and it should be ‘Bombardier’ – he may have received a promotion just prior to his death?)

HACKETT

Kenneth Albert

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Rifleman 46616, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) posted to 1/8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles), The London Regiment. Killed in action 10th August 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Wimborne, Dorset, enlisted Brighton, resident Burgess Hill. Son of Arthur & Elizabeth I. Hackett, of “Wimbourne” Mill Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex.buried in DIVE COPSE British Cemetery, Sailly-le-Sec, France – Special Memorial 8 of which there are 10, located South of War Stone. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

HART

Harry Valentine

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Gunner 30657, 109th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action during the early days of the war, France & Flanders, 24th August 1914, age 29. This would have been during the Retreat from Mons, when the109th Battery, Royal Field Artillery was in its overnight position at Frameries. Born Whitechapel, East London, enlisted London. Son of Richard & Rosina Hart, of Stepney, London; husband of Emily Louise Hart of 8, Nye Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex.buried in FRAMERIES COMMUNAL Cemetery, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 11. Locally he is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following details appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ on 13th October 1914:

SUSSEX CASUALTIES KILLED – GUNNER H. V. HART - information has reached Burgess Hill that Gunner H.V. Hart, No. 30657, 109th Battery Royal Field Artillery, has been killed in action. He was a caretaker at “Meadbourne”, Junction Road, Burgess Hill, and a signalman at “Keymer Crossing” and also at “Folly Hill”. He leaves a widow and two children, one of whom was born a few days after he left Burgess Hill to join the battery. His death was sympathetically referred to by the Rev. W. R. Tindal-Atkinson during a sermon in St. Andrew’s Church on Sunday.

HAYLAR

Alfred Charles

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Shoeing Smith 109301, 29th Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Drowned at sea when the ship “Marquette” was torpedoed, 23rd October 1915. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. Son of Charles and Amelia Haylar, Malt House, Peppering Lane, Burpham, Sussex; husband of Harriett Mary Haylar, 46, Maxwell Road, Littlehampton, Sussex Commemorated on the MIKRA Memorial, Greece. Locally he’s not commemorated on the Town War Memorial but is on: 1. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 2. St. John’s Chapel War Memorial Tablet – (listed as A. W.)

The following details are taken from: ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 28th December 1915:

SUSSEX CASULATIES – MISSING, BELIEVED DROWNED, SHOEING SMITH, ALFRED HAYLER, BURGESS HILL: It has been reported that Shoeing Smith Alfred Hayler, No., 5739, Royal Field Artillery, 29th Divisional Ammunition Column, is missing and is believed to have been drowned on October 23rd. His wife resides at 60, West Street, Burgess Hill.

The following details are taken from the, “Dictionary of Disasters at Sea 1824-1962” by Charles Hocking:

The “Marquette” left Egypt for Salonika on October 19th 1915, carrying the ammunition column of the 29th Division and New Zealand Stationery Hospital. The troops on board numbered 22 officers and 588 other ranks, mostly Royal Field Artillery. There was a party of 36 nurses in addition to the crew, and 541 transport animals. On October 23rd the Marquette was sighted by the U-35, Lt. Cdr. Waldemar Kophamel, 36 miles S. of Salonika. The troopship was torpedoed and badly damaged but did not sink immediately. The total loss of life was 128, of whom 11 were nurses, 88 troops and 29 crew. The survivors were picked up by British and French patrol boats.

HENTY

Arthur John

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Corporal 30228, 40th, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) – formerly 5325 Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action, France & Flanders, 24th March 1918. Born Preston Park, Sussex, enlisted Burgess Hill. Commemorated on the ARRAS Memorial, France. Bay 10. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church War Memorial Board 3. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 4. London Road School War Memorial Board.

The following is taken from ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 4th June 1918:

Mid-Sussex Men who Died for the Empire, Burgess Hill - Henty, Corporal A. J., M.G.C. (killed in action, March 23rd 1916)

HERRIOTT

Albert John

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Lance Corporal G/9269, 8th (Service) Battalion. (Pioneers). The Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of his wounds while a patient in Gifford House, Putney, SW London, 12th August 1919, age 25. Buried in St. Andrew’s Churchyard, Junction Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex – (grave reference private headstone (unreadable) South East of Church.) Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board & photograph

HILL

Austin Shelbourne

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2nd Lieutenant, 6th (City of London) Battalion. (Rifles) The London Regiment. Died of wounds, France & Flanders, 3rd June 1917. Son of Mrs. P. M. R. Hill, 26 Holland Road, Hove, Sussex. Buried in MORY ABBEY Military Cemetery, Mory, France. Plot I. Row I. Grave 6.) Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board

The following is taken from ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 12th June 1917:

Mid-Sussex Men who Died for the Empire, Burgess Hill - Hill, Second Lieutenant Austin S., City of London Regiment (died of wounds June 3rd 1917.)

OBITUARY COLUMN – HILL 3rd inst., died of wounds, Second-Lieutenant Austin S. Hill, second son of the late Mr. William Hill and of Mrs. Hill, of Parklands, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill.

HOADLEY

James Victor

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Private TF/320379, 16th (Sussex Yeomanry) Battalion (Territorial Force), Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 2nd September 1918 with the B.E.F. Age 21. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. Son of James Hoadley, 39, Church Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex. James was killed in action 2nd September 1918, age 21. Buried in PERONNE Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 19.) Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board & Photograph.

HOLMES

Charles Robert

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Lance Corporal 200965, 1st / 4th Battalion Territorial Force, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds, Egypt, 21st April 1917, age 29. Born Hove enlisted Hove. Buried in the GAZA War Cemetery, Egypt. Plot XIX. Row B. Grave 6.) Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board & Photograph.

The following is taken from ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 15th May 1917:

LANCE CORPORAL C. HOLMES KILLED. - There will be many in Burgess Hill who will learn with deep regret of the death of Lance Corporal C. Holmes, Royal Sussex Regiment. His sister, Mrs. H. Nye of Prospect Place, Lewes Road, Lindfield, has received the following letter from Captain Wilson: - “It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of the death of Lance Corporal C. Holmes, Royal Sussex Regiment. He was killed by a bomb dropped from an aeroplane on 21st April, during operations round Gaza. He was very badly hit, and died shortly afterwards in the field ambulance. I cannot tell you how very sorry I am to have lost such a fine fellow. He was always cheerful and contented and a good and thorough worker-one who took a real interest in his work. He was first Sanitary Corporal to my Company and then to the Battalion. The Medical Officer shares my high opinion of Corporal Holmes’ worth. He was also wounded. I can only add further how much we all miss him-one of the best of good fellows.” Before the deceased soldier joined the Colours he worked at Clark’s Bakery in Brighton, but for 13 years lived at Burgess Hill and then at Lindfield. He was the only son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Holmes, who lived at Burgess Hill and Lindfield. He was 29 years of age.

HULBERT

Egbert Wilfred Leslie Ravenhill

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Sub-Lieutenant, Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action, France & Flanders, 25th May 1918, age 19. Born 6th December 1898, the son of Major Harry Ravenhill & May Hulbert, “The Chestnuts,” Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire. Buried in MESNIL Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 17. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial only. He was also an old Brighton College boy and his name appears on the Memorial Panels in the College Chapel. The Chapel had been enlarged in 1922/23 as a memorial to the 150 ‘Old Brightonians’ who fell in the Great War.

The following is taken from ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 11th June 1918:

OBITUARY COLUMN: HULBERT. – Killed in action. Second Lieutenant Egbert Wilfred Lester Ravenhill Hulbert, Royal Naval Division, youngest son of Major and Mrs. Harry Ravenhill Hulbert, of London and Brighton age 19 years.

LIEUTENANT HULBERT KILLED. – Many Burgess Hillians will be sorry to hear that Major and Mrs. Harry Ravenhill Hulbert have lost by death in action their youngest son, Second Lieutenant Egbert Wilfred Lester Ravenhill Hulbert, of the Royal Naval Division. This brave young officer, was 19 years of age, and had only been in France for five weeks. An old boy Brighton College Boy, he joined the H.A.C. by special permission when only 171/2. and spent twelve months in the ranks. Both his elder brothers joined the H.A.C. as privates, and then passed to the Royal Naval Division. The bereaved father, Major H. R. Hulbert, was for some years associated with the firm of Chipperfield and Butler, of Brighton, and was virtually founder of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce.

HYDE

Frank Etheridge

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[Also listed as Frank C on some memorials] Private 205624, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action 11th August 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 18. Born Aldershot, Hampshire, enlisted Brighton, resident Burgess Hill. Son of Frank & Fanny Hyde, of 1, Newport Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS Memorial, France. Panel 7. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board (listed as F. C.) & photograph (listed as F. E.).

The following is taken from ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 24th September 1918:

KILLED IN AN ATTACK. – News has reached Mr. and Mrs. F. Hyde, of Newport Road, that their eldest son, Private Frank E. Hyde, Dorset Regiment (formerly of the R.A.M.C.), who was mentioned in this column last as have been posted as missing on August 11th, was killed in an attack on the morning of that date. The officer conveying the information was unable to give particulars as to the young fellow’s death, but he had discovered that the body was recovered and buried a few days later. The writer added that he had heard of the deceased as having been much liked by his platoon and in every respect a good soldier. Before the war Private Hyde was a member of St. Alban’s Church Choir at Burgess Hill, and at school a keen cricket and football player. His parents wish to gratefully acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy they have received in their loss several coming form unexpected quarters.

IRELAND

Claude

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Sergeant T2/12286, 151st Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Killed in action 12th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 25. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Hove, resident Lewes. Son of Ernest & Elizabeth Caroline Ireland, of, North Common, Chailey, Lewes, Sussex. Buried in BARD COTTAGE Cemetery, Boesinghe, Belgium. Plot V. Row A. Grave 32. Locally his name is not commemorated on the Town War Memorial but is on: 1. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following is taken from ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 30th October 1917:

SERGEANT CLAUDE IRELAND, R.A.M.C., a native of Burgess Hill, and eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ireland, of North Common, Chailey, has been killed on the Western Front. Sergeant Ireland, who was 25 years of age, was home on leave only six weeks ago. For three years he had done his duty to his country. Captain A. G. Phillips R.A.M.C., wrote: -

"Dear Mrs. Ireland, - I deeply regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son, Sergeant C. F. Ireland. He was killed while on duty near the front line by a shell, and he died immediately. It will be a consultation to you to know that he did not suffer any pain at all. From what I saw, he must have dropped practically without knowing he was hit. As officer in charge of the transport section of the field ambulance to which your son was attached, I should like to tell you how very much all of us officers, his own colleagues and the men who worked under him feel his loss, and how deeply we sympathise with you in your bereavement. Your son was respected and loved by all of us, both for his personal charm and his sterling value as a soldier and a non-commissioned officer, his place will not easily be filled by anyone. We asked for volunteers to get his body down the line, and we succeeded in bringing him back to Headquarters and giving him a decent military funeral in a Cemetery behind the line. I am not allowed to tell you the exact place in this letter, but you will be told the exact spot and we are getting him a cross put up. His Sergeant-Major has arranged about that. I know that nothing I can say can possibly diminish you grief, but the greatest consolation I can give you is that you son died a man’s death in a great cause. Please accept the expression of our deepest sympathy."

Mr. and Mrs. Ireland wish to thank all friends for their kind sympathy.

JACKSON

Joshua

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[Listed as Josh JACKSON on SDGW] Private G/1966, 7th (Service) Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 1st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Billinghurst, enlisted Cranleigh, Surrey, resident Burgess Hill. Son of the late Thomas & Eliza Jackson of Burgess Hill. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY British Cemetery, Mametz, France. Plot VII. Row P. Grave 5. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board & Photograph.

The following is taken from: ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 8th August 1916:

THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY. - Private Joshua Jackson, of the Royal West Surrey Regt., was killed in action on July 1st. He was a son of Mr. Thomas Jackson, of Old Farm, Freakes Lane, Burgess Hill.

The Battalion had attacked at 07:30 hrs.(1/7), west of Montauban – when heavy fire at first held up advance in front of Breslau support Trench – they later fought on through Black Trench and Train Alley to Montauban Alley.

The War Diary records that: "after 12 hours fighting the final objective west of Montauban was reached and consolidated on a front of about 280 yards. Casualties: Killed - Officers 7, Other ranks 174, Wounded - Officers 9, Other ranks 284, Missing - Other ranks 58."

JUPP

George William

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Private M2/106039, Army Service Corps, attached H.Q. Guards Division. Died of wounds 24th January 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Brighton, enlisted Hove, residence Brighton. Husband of Daisy Jupp of 14, Frederick Gardens, Brighton. Buried in MERVILLE Communal Cemetery, France. Plot VI. Row H. Grave 3. Locally his name is commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following is taken from: ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 1st February 1916:

SUSSEX CASUALTIES DIED OF WOUNDS, PRIVATE G. JUPP-BURGESS HILL. A good many Burgess Hillians will remember Private George Jupp, of the Army Service Corps Mechanical Transport, who was formerly chauffer to Captain I. Harrison (Quartermaster-Sergeant of the Burgess Hill Company of the V.T.C.), of The Oaks, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, and they will sorry to learn that he passed away on January 26th of wounds received in France the previous day. He leaves a widow and two children in Brighton.

JUPP, DCM

Mervyn George [Crisp]

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Acting Sergeant G/3238, 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 31st August 1916 with the B.E.F. Aged 22. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Hurstpierpoint. Son of George W. and Selina A. Jupp, of Friars Oak, Hassocks, Sussex. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). Commemorated on THIEPVAL Memorial, France – (Panel reference: Pier and Face 7C.) Locally his name is not commemorated on the Town War Memorial but is on: 1. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 2. London Road School War Memorial Board & Photograph 3.Clayton War Memorial 4. Hassocks Royal British Legion, War Memorial, Clayton section - listed as JUP, M.

The following is taken from: ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 26th September 1916: 

THE LATE SERGEANT M. JUPP. OF FRIAR’S OAK – OFFICERS SPLENDID TRIBUTE TO HIS MEMORY

Official confirmation has now been received of the report that Sergeant M. G. C. Jupp, D.C.M. of the Royal Sussex Regiment (a son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Jupp of the Friar’s Oak Hotel Hassocks, and brother of Corporal V. W. C. Jupp, the Sussex County Cricketer), was killed in action on August 31st. He had been promoted to the position of Sergeant about a fortnight before he lost his life. All who knew him will appreciate the following splendid tribute to his memory sent by an officer from the front: -

Dear Mrs. Jupp, - I feel I must write and ask you to accept my heartfelt sympathy in the deep sorrow which has recently been brought upon you by the loss of your son. He was a splendid soldier in every way, and died fighting for his country, as so many others of our poor brave fellows have done and are doing every day. The Germans were attacking our part of the line, and were also shelling us very heavily, and unhappily a shell bust very close to your son, who was in charge of his Lewis gun team, only one man in the team escaping. Four of the team, including your son, were killed instantaneously, and the remaining two were severely wounded. I can honestly say that your son was the best machine gunner in our battalion, and I was very proud of him. I shall never forget the splendid work, which he did at Hooge last February, when he won the D.C.M. It was greatly due to his bravery and initiative that a critical situation was saved. He was one of the most unassuming and yet at the same time one of the most gallant fellows I have every met, and although he has now been taken from us his memory will never fade. His loss has been felt by the whole battalion and personally I feel it very much. But how much more must you, his dear mother, and all his relatives feel it! If it is difficult for us to realise he has gone it is heartrending for you. May God be with you all and bless you and comfort you in your irreparable loss is the sincere prayer of – Your sorrowing friend, C. Harold Dudeney, Machine Gun Officer.

Apart from the above letter, which goes to show how greatly loved and respected Sergeant Jupp had become with both officers and men alike, at home and abroad, Mr. and Mrs. Jupp have received dozens of very beautiful letters from friends and neighbours who knew and loved him for his sterling worth, and it can truly be said that he died as he lived, in sweet self-sacrifice for others. This indeed was the essence of his life.

 

The following is taken from the ‘War Diary’ of the 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment: -

30.8.1916 - Battalion moved into the trenches on left of DELVILLE WOOD,

Officers in action –

Lt. Col. J.F.P. Langdon (C.O.)
Lt. H.C. Coleman (Adj.)
A. Coy. Capt. M. Campbell Johnston.
2/Lt. E. Beast.
2/Lt. J.A. Flowers.
B. Coy. Lt. G.M. Shackel,
2/Lt. C.V. Newton,
2/Lt. G.M.W. Frowse.
C. Coy. 2/Lt. T. Foster,
2/Lt. P.J. Surridge,
2/Lt. G.C. Mole.
D. Coy. Lt. H.H. L’Estrange.
2/Lt. J.A. Paul,
2/Lt. J.P. Mostyn.
Intelligence Officer 2/Lt. H. Treacher.
M.G.O. 2/Lt. C. H. Dudeney,
Medical Offr. Lt. A.A.E. Newth R.A.M.C.

31.8.16 / 1.9.16(It was during this period that Mervyn, was killed in action.)

Germans attacked at 2 p.m. after a heavy bombardment & broke through line held by Battalion on our left.

A & D Coys in front line held on to their trench & were reinforced by two platoons of C. Company.

The remaining two platoons under Lt. Col. Langdon and 2/Lt. Foster of C. Coy. opposed the enemy bombing party who were endeavouring to cut in on our left rear & held them till the arrival of A. Coy. Of 2nd Leinsters about 5 p.m. These two platoons of C. Coy. then strengthened the front line. 2/Lt. J.A. FLOWERS was killed by sniper on afternoon of 31st.

In the front line trenches to left of DEVILLE WOOD, with 2 platoons of "B" Co. in immediate support. The line was held through the night of 31st / 1st against several German attacks, and the men suffered severely from want of rations.

During the morning while attempting to get up with the ration party R.S.M. Owen Williams was wounded.

In the afternoon the Germans on our left rear were driven back by another Bn & the situation cleared considerably.

KENSETT

George

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Private G/208, 7th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 8th October 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 30. Born Clayton, Sussex enlisted Haywards Heath. Son of William & Mary Kensett of 23, St. Mary’s Terrace, Burgess Hill; husband of Ellen Edith Thompson (formerly Kensett) of 5, Pitt Street, Southern Cross, Porstlade, Sussex. Buried in NOEUX-LES-MINES Communal Cemetery, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 8. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board.

The following is taken from: ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 9th November 1915:

SUSSEX CASULATIES KILLED – PRIVATE GEORGE KENSETT BURGESS HILL – News has reached Burgess Hill that Private George Kensett, Royal Sussex Regiment, has died, having been shot through the head. He lived at 23, St. Mary’s Road, and leaves a wife and young children, as well as a mother, who resides in West Street.

KING

Thomas Arthur

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Private 204009, 7th (Service) Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 30th November 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Chichester. Formerly 5234, Royal Sussex Regiment. Commemorated on the CAMBRAI Memorial, Louverval, France. Panel 6. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board.

Thomas was probably killed during the German Counter attack of the 30th November 1917 in the Bonavis area when 7 officers & 96 other ranks of the 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment were killed and over 100 N.C.O.’s and men wounded – (this information from The History of the East Surrey Regiment 1914-1918, Vol. III.).

KNIGHT

Frank

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Private 159123, 18th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment). Died of wounds 19th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 26. Son of Mary Ann and the late Thomas Francis Knight, of Woods Cottage, London Road, Burgess Hill. Buried in WIMEREUX Communal Cemetery, France. Plot I. Row Q. Grave 15. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board & Photograph.

The following is taken from: ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 3rd October 1916:

SOLDIERS GIVE THEIR LIVES. …. Private Frank Knight, of the Canadians, has died from a gunshot wound in a thigh, received in warfare. His mother lives at Wood’s Cottage, London Road, Burgess Hill. He was a single man, a brother being also with the Canadian Contingent.

The following details are taken from his: - "Attestation Paper, 81st Battalion, Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force."

Name Knight, Frank. Born Wivelsfield, Sussex, England. Next-of-kin Mrs. B. Davey, Woods Cottage, Burgess Hill. Date of birth 9th April 1890. Trade or calling Tinsmith. Married No. Height 5ft 7ins. Complexion Fair, Eyes Brown, Hair Brown. Signed 7th Aug 1915."

See National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5225 - 3

LAUGHTON

Ernest Chenery

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Company Sergeant Major 4910, 8th (Service) Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916 in Franbce & Flanders. Born Stoke Prior, Worcestershire, enlisted Westminster, London, residence Hornsey, Middlesex. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL Memorial, France. Pier and Face 6B and 6C. Locally his name is not commemorated on the Town War Memorial but is on: 1. St John’s War Memorial Board 2. Name inscribed on a stone cross on his mothers grave that is located at the western end of the North Terrace in St. John’s Churchyard.

The following is taken from: ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 1st August 1916:

LOCAL CASUALTIES. - Mrs. Laughton of Silvercoft, Park Road, has received the sad news that her son, Sergeant-Major Ernest Chenery Laughton, East Surrey Regt., was killed in action early in July. He was 30 years of age.

Stone cross on mother's grave :

"In memory of Ernest Chenery Laughton, Company Sergt. Major, East Surrey Regiment, son of James & Mary Laughton, Killed in the Battle of the Somme France July 1st 1916 age 30 PRO PATRIA R.I.P."

LINDEN

Walter

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Corporal G/128, 7th Service Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 1st August 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 30. Born Brighton, enlisted Hove. Son of Sarah Ann Linden, of 2, St. John’s Cottages, Leylands Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex, and the late Trp. S. M. James Frederick Linden. Walter was killed in action 1st August 1916, age 30. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL Memorial, France. Pier and Face 7C. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following information is taken from ‘The History of the Seventh (Service) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment’ page 96: -

On the 30th (July) we relieved the 11th Middlesex and again found ourselves in the front line occupying Third Avenue, with C Company in Pozieres Trench in touch with the Australians on the right.

On the night of the relief the 11th Middlesex made an unsuccessful attack from the south against a strong-point on our left flank, under cover of a demonstration by our D Company operating from the north. Our casualties were 5 killed and 24 wounded. On the following evening a similar attempt was made in conjunction with the Middlesex, but met with little success, though our bombing-attack gained fifty yards, which were held and consolidated. This attack cost us 7 killed and 11 wounded.

LITTLE

Walter George

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Private S/6655, 2nd Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 25th September 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 32. Born Ditchling, enlisted Croydon, Surrey, resident Burgess Hill. Son of the late Walter Little; husband of Sarah Henrietta Holman (formerly Little), of 2, Northend Cottages, Junction Road, Burgess Hill. No known grave. Commemorated on the LOOS Memorial. Panel 13 to 15. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following is taken from: ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 26th October 1915:

SUSSEX CASULATIES WOUNDED- PRIVATE W. G. LITTLE, BURGESS HILL: No official news has been received of Private "Wally" Little, of Burgess Hill, but a parcel sent to him by his wife has been returned to her with the word "Wounded" written upon it. Should this meet the eye of anyone who knows of the whereabouts of Private W.G. Little, No 6655, "A" Company, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, news of him would be gratefully received by Mrs. Little, 2, North End Cottages, Junction Road, Burgess Hill.

MANN

Manasseh

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Currently no further official information to hand. Locally this name is commemorated on the: 1. Town War Memorial. 2. St. John’s Church, War Memorial Board, listed as Manasseh Mann 3. London Road School, War Memorial Board listed as Manasseh Mann.

The following report is taken from ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ of 7th November 1916:

DIED OF WOUNDS – Official notice has been received by Mr. and Mrs. G. Mann, of 8, Slimbridge Road, Burgess Hill, that their son, Private M. Mann, 9042, of the Royal Sussex Regiment, died of wounds on October 1st, in France.

Currently no trace can be found of this soldier listed either in the CWGC. ‘Debt of Honour Register’ or in Soldiers Died in the Great War’.

The following information was found while searching for Manasseh, and is taken from the CWGC ‘Debt of Honour Register possibly his brother who died while serving in the Canadian Forces in 1920?

MANN, Daniel, Private 1258, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment), 27th January 1920 age 31. Son of George and Mary Martha Mann, of 8 Hembridge Road (?) (Slimbridge Road), Burgess Hill, Sussex, England, husband of Janette A. Mann, of 31 1/2 East 24th St. Mount Hamilton, Ont. Buried Hamilton Cemetery, Canada – (grave reference: Plot S. Row 116. Grave 17.)

See also Daniel’s ‘Attestation Paper’ at the Canadian Archives website

MARCHANT

Sidney

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Able Seaman, J/212209, H.M.S. Black Prince, Royal Navy. Killed in action Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916, age 18 years 10 months. Sydney Victor Marchant, was the son of Mary Marchant, of 6, Chestnut Cottages, Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire, and the late William Robert Marchant, of Brighton. Sydney was killed in action during the Battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916, aged 18 years 10 months. The sea is his grave and he is commemorated on THE PORSTMOUTH NAVAL Memorial, Hampshire – (memorial reference: 13.) Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following report is taken form ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ of 13th June 1916.

HEROES’ DEATH. - …………S. Marchant, 1st Class Boy, H.M.S. Black Prince, was also lost. He was formerly at St. Luke’s Home, Burgess Hill

MEARS

Alfred Henry

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Private 29874, 1st/ 6th Battalion Territorial Force, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action, France & Flanders 4th October 1917, age 19. Alfred Henry Mears, was the son of Mrs. L. E. Mears, of The Old Cottage, Wivlesfield, Haywards Heath, Sussex. Alfred was killed in action 4th October 1917, age 19. He is buried in TYNE COT Cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium – (grave reference: Plot XII. Row C. Grave 17.) His brother Arthur had been killed three weeks previously. Locally commemorated on: 1. St. John’s Chapel War Memorial Tablet only. Also commemorated at Ditchling on: 1. Village War Memorial. 3. St. Margaret’s Church, War Memorial Board.

The following report is taken form ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ of November 13th 1917.

LOST TWO SONS IN THE WAR. – Following upon the death of their son Arthur killed in action on September 11th, as previously reported in these columns, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Mears, of City Cottages, Ditchling Common have now received official news that their third son, Private Alfred Mears, Royal Warwick Regiment, was killed in action on October 4th. He landed in France the day after his brother was killed. The following letter has been received by his parents from his officer, Lieutenant W. J. Crump: - “It is with the utmost regret that I have to pencil this letter to you in reply to your letter and telegram received yesterday. I realise what a great blow it must have been when I tell you that you brave son was killed whilst gloriously fighting against the Germans on the 4th of October. What a terrible war it is for you household, to think that you have given two sons in the past few weeks. The boy that I writing about I knew personally, and I must say that he was a good and brave soldier. I assure you that he will be missed very much in the Company, since by his untiring efforts, whether conditions were good or bad, he made a great number of friends. My I offer you my very sincere sympathy in this your hour of trouble, and may God bless you and keep you, so that you may see that your sons have given their lives for the cause of right.”

MEARS

Arthur Leslie

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Lance Corporal, 13059, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action, France & Flanders 11th September 1917, age 24. Arthur Leslie Mears, was the son of Alfred & Lucy E. Mears, of The Green, Wivelsfield, Sussex. He was a native of Ditchling, Sussex. Arthur was killed in action 11th September 1917, age 24. He has no known grave and is commemorated on TYNE COT Memorial, Passchendaele, Belgium – (memorial reference: Panel 9 to 10.) His brother Alfred was to be killed in action three weeks later. Locally commemorated on: 1. St. John’s Chapel War Memorial Tablet only. Also commemorated at Ditchling on: 1. Village War Memorial. 3. St. Margaret’s Church, War Memorial Board.

The following report is taken form ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ of 9th October 1917:

KILLED IN ACTION. – Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Mears, of City Cottages, Ditchling Common, have been officially notified that their second son, Lance Corporal Arthur Leslie Mears, Coldstream Guards, was killed in action on September 11th. Deceased was a single man, 24 years of age last Christmas Day, joined the Army in October 1914, two months after war broke out. Previously he had been a gardener at the Downs Hassocks, and at Preston (Brighton). He had quite recently been home on leave-in fact, had only gone back a fortnight before his death. Mrs. Mears has received deeply sympathetic letters from officers and non-commissioned officer of the Coldstreams, and in one of them it is stated her son was killed by a shell with several of his comrades. The shelling was very heavy indeed, “and your son did very well to stop and face it with his men. He inspired them with much confidence.” A Lieutenant writes: - “You are the mother of one of the best Englishmen that have ever lived. In his death, too, he was an Englishman, and what better epitaph could be given to anyone?” A Corporal states that after the deceased’s body was found there was a smile on his face, which denoted that he had met his death quite bravely. Mr. and Mrs. Mears, who have two other sons and a son-in-law serving their country, desire through this medium, to express heartfelt thanks for the many tokens of sympathy received by them on the occasion of their son’s death.

MEAUTYS

Denzil Hatfield

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Lieutenant, 1st Battalion attached 12th Service Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds, France & Flanders, 7th May 1917, age 19. Denzil Hatfeild Meautys, was the son of Major Thomas A. & Ellen G. Meautys, of Hammond Place, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Denzil died of wounds 7th May 1917, age 19. He is buried in ETAPLES MILITARY Cemetery, France – (grave reference: Plot XVII. Row A. Grave 14.) Two of his brothers were also killed during the war see below. Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial. 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. Hammonds Place, Memorial Tablet 4. Clayton Parish War Memorial 5. Hassocks, Royal British Legion, War Memorial, Clayton Section.

The following report is taken form ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ of 15th May 1917:

DIED OF WOUNDS – Very much sympathy will be extended to Mr. T. A. Meautys, J.P., of Hammonds Place, London Road (now away on military service), in his further loss of a soldier son. Early in the war he was called upon to mourn the death of his eldest son, Lieutenant T. G. Meautys, who was killed whilst serving with the West Yorkshire Regiment, and now that of his youngest son, Denzil H. Meautys, of the same Regiment, has been notified. The young officer, who was 19 years of age, died at a base hospital on Monday of last week of wounds sustained on the 13th ult. He was educated at Windlesham House, Brighton, and at Marlborough, where he held the bantam boxing medal and was in the school gymnastic eight. On the outbreak of war he obtained a nomination for Sandhurst. Two years ago he received his commission in the West Yorkshire Regiment, being posted to one battalion and subsequently attached to another, joining the latter on a battlefront last August.

MEAUTYS, MC

Paul Raymond

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Captain, 2nd Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s (North Staffordshire Regiment). (Brigade Major, 53rd Brigade). Killed in action, France & Flanders, 16th June 1917, age 26. Paul Raymond Meautys MC. was the son of Major Thomas A. & Ellen G. Meautys, of Hammond Place, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Paul was killed in action 16th June 1917, age 26. He is buried in LONDON Cemetery, Neuville-Vitasse, France – (grave reference: Plot II. Row B. Grave 20.) Two of his brothers were also killed during the war see above and below. Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. Hammonds Place, Memorial Tablet 4. Clayton Parish War Memorial 5. Hassocks, Royal British Legion, War Memorial, Clayton Section.

The following report is taken form ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ of 26th June 1917:

BURGESS HILL OFFICER’S DEATH – News of the death of Captain Paul R. Meautys, holder of the Military Cross, has reached his Burgess Hill home, and every sympathy is being extended to his father, Lieutenant T. A. Meautys, J.P., of Hammond’s Place – who holds a War Office appointment in France – on his third loss of a son whilst on military service, his eldest son Lieutenant T. G. Meautys, having died from wounds in September 1914, and his youngest, Lieutenant D. H. Meautys, also from wounds on May 7th last. Captain Meautys, who was a Brigade Major, and seen service in India, was killed in France on Saturday week. His father came to England a week ago. He stated that he was with his son two or three days before his death, and the Captain’s services as a Staff Officer were spoken of in highly commendable terms by the General in command. During the visit they were continually under shellfire. Captain Meautys, who had been previously wounded during the war, gained the distinction of the Military Cross at the end of 1916. Mrs. Whittall, wife of Colonel F. V. Whittall, of The Firs, Lindfield, is now the only surviving member of Mr. Meautys’ family

MEAUTYS

Thomas Gilliat

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Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action, France & Flanders, 22nd September 1914, age 25. Thomas Gilliat Meautys was the son of Major Thomas A. & Ellen G. Meautys, of Hammond Place, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Thomas was killed in action during the Battle of the Aisne 22nd September 1914, age 25. He is buried in Vendresse British Cemetery, France – (grave reference: Plot III. Row J. Grave 10.) Two of his brothers were also killed during the war see above. Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial. 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. Hammonds Place, Memorial Tablet 4. Clayton Parish War Memorial 5. Hassocks, Royal British Legion, War Memorial, Clayton Section.

The following reports are taken from ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’:

29th September 1914:

DEATH OF LIEUTENANT MEAUTYS – It is with regret that we record the death as the result of wounds received in action, of Lieutenant Thomas Gilliat Meautys, the eldest son of Mr. Thomas Arrowsmith Meautys, J.P., of Hammond’s Place, Burgess Hill, and brother of Mrs. Whitall, of The Firs, Lindfield. Deceased – a former student at Wyllies, Cuckfield – was a smart young officer, and was gazetted Second Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’s Own) on September 18th 1909, being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on July 9th 1910.

He was 25 years of age, having been born on June 13th, 1889, and the news of his death is made additionally painful by the fact that only recently as June 16th of this year his marriage took place with Miss Norah Neil Hotblack, only daughter of the late Mr. Herbert Hotblack, of Brighton, and of Mrs. Hotblack, of Fairfield, Hambledon, (Hampshire). Much sympathy will be felt locally for Mr. Meautys and his family in their bereavement.

23rd February 1915:

THE LATE LIEUTENANT T. G. MEAUTYS, of the Prince of Wales’ Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment, son of Mr. Meautys J.P., of Hammonds Place, Burgess Hill, who was killed in action at the Battle of the Aisne. Left estate of the gross value of £1,399.

The following is taken from ‘The Bond of Sacrifice - Volume I’:

Thomas Gilliat Meautys, ‘died on the 22nd September, 1914, of wounds received in action on the 20th at the Battle of the Aisne, he was the eldest son of Thomas Arrowsmith Meautrys, J.P., & Ellen G. Meautys, of Hammond’s Place, London Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex.

He was born at Wimbledon, Surrey, on the 13th June, 1889, and was educated at Marlborough, where he was Captain of the Upper School, was in the School Football XV, and won the boxing challenge cup. After leaving Marlborough he was for a year at Wyllies’ Cuckfield, Sussex; and in 1908 went to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, where he was a Sergeant. He was a smart young officer, and was gazetted Second Lieutenant on September 18th 1909, and joined the 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment, getting his step up to Lieutenant in July, 1910. He served with the 1st Battalion of his Regiment in India from January, 1910, to December, 1911, and was Machine Gun Officer when the war broke out. He was mortally wounded while in the front line at the Battle of the Aisne, looking for a convenient place for his guns.

Mr. Meautys, who was a member of the Junior Army and Navy Club, married, in June 1914, Norah Neil, on daughter of the late H. S. Hotblack, of Brighton, and Mrs. Hotblack, of Fairfield, Hambledon, Hampshire, and left one son, Thomas Gilliat, born April , 1915 . His recreations were football, racquets, and shooting.’

His son who was named after him - a son he never saw - was to later become a Captain, Service No: 67769, 15th / 20th Kings Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps, and died age 32, on 21st September 1947, one day short of the anniversary of his fathers death 33 years previously. He was cremated at the Charing (Kent County) Crematorium, Kent. His name is commemorated on a Portland stone WWII memorial panel set into a recess on the west pavilion of the crematorium building.

MILES

Norman Richard

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Sergeant 66877, 170th Tunnelling Company, The Corps of Royal Engineers. Killed in action, France & Flanders, 24th April 1915, age 35. Norman Richard Miles, was the son of Richard & Sophia Miles, of Valebridge Lodge, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Richard was killed in action 24th April 1915, age 35. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the LE TOURET Memorial, France – (memorial reference: Panel 1.) Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church, War Memorial Board 3. London Road School, War Memorial Board & Photograph.

MILLS

Percy Trevenen

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Captain, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, attached 1st Battalion, The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action, France & Flanders, 8th February 1915, age 27. Percy Trevenson Mills was killed in action 8th February 1915. He is buried in the DRANOUTRE CHURCHYARD, Belgium – (grave reference: Plot II. Row A. Grave 11.) Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following reports are taken form ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ of:

2nd March 1915:

SUSSEX CASUALTIES, CAPTAIN P. T. MILLS – It is reported that Captain P. T. Mills, of the Royal West Kent Regiment, formerly of Rookwood, Silverdale Road, Burgess Hill, was killed in action on February 8th.

4th May 1915:

Capt. Percy Trevenen Mills, age 27, 1st Royal West Kent Regiment, of Rookwood, Silverdale Road, Burgess Hill, who was killed in action “in North-West Europe” on February 8th, left unsettle estate - £21,772.

The following biography is taken from ‘The Bond of Sacrifice Volume II’:

Captain Percy Trevenen Mills, 3rd (Reserve) attd. 1st Battn. The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), who was killed in action on the 8th February 1915 at Wulverghem, Belgium, and was buried at Dranourtre, was the son of the late William Gundry Mills, of the Stock Exchange, and Torfrey, Par Station, Cornwall.

He was born in London on the 12th February 1887, and was educated at Aldenham School, Herts, at Bonn University, Germany, and at the R.M.C. Sandhurst. He joined the Royal West Kent Militia in 1905, being gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in May of that year, and was promoted Lieutenant in April, 1907. In the following year he joined the 3rd (Reserved) Battalion of his Regiment, from which he subsequently retired. At the outbreak of the Great War he offered his services, and in August, 1914 was gazetted Lieutenant in his old Battalion, in which he was promoted Captain in September, 1914, while he was on duty at Chatham.

Captain Mills, who has three brothers in the Army, had been at the front nearly three months, when he was at last shot four days before his 28th birthday. He had previously been hit by shrapnel, and being much run down about Christmas was obliged to spend some 10 days in a Boulogne Base Hospital to recuperate. The following tribute to the late Officer’s conduct was received from a Major in the field:

“I admired him enormously for the painstaking and conscientious way in which he tackled his duties, and his coolness and bravery gained the confidence of his men who were genuinely fond of him. He had not been fit fro some weeks past, and his chief anxiety was to avoid falling into the hands of the doctor, which shows the stuff he was made of. He had carried the respect and admiration of all”

Captain Mill, married Ruby, daughter of George Weddell, of Newcastle-on-Tyne and Seaton Carew, Co. Durham, and left one daughter – Ruth, born in December 1912.

MORRIS

Frank Richard

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Private 27518, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action, France & Flanders, 7th October 1916, age 22. Frank Richard Morris was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Morris, of 18, St. Mary’s Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Frank was killed in action 7th October 1916, age 22. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the THIEPVAL Memorial, France – (memorial reference: Pier and Face 8C, 9A & 16A.) Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church, War Memorial Board. 3. London Road School, War Memorial Board & Photograph

The following reports are taken from ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’:

5th December 1916:

MISSING. – Private F. R. Morris, of the Royal Fusiliers is officially reported as missing.

26th June 1917:

MR. AND MRS. MORRIS, of 11 St. Mary’s Terrace, have received the sad news officially of the death of their only son, Private Morris, of the Royal Fusiliers. Morris had already been reported missing, but it appears from a letter received by the parents from a comrade he met his death in October last, being found within a few feet of the enemy trenches. Deceased joined up in March 1916, went to the front In July. He had been in the employ of Mrs. Chapman, and was much respected by those with whom he came in contact. He was but 21 years of age.

MUDDLE

Frank

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Sapper 103505, 146th Fortress Company, The Corps of Royal Engineers. Died of wounds, France & Flanders, 1st May 1917, age 23. Frank Muddle was the son of A. J. Muddle, of Chancton, Gloucester Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Frank died of wounds 1st May 1917, age 23. He is buried in FAUBOURG D’AMIENS Cemetery, Arras, France – (grave reference: Plot IV. Row E. Grave 22.) Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board. 3. Name inscribed on his mothers headstone St. John’s Churchyard 4.London Road School War Memorial Board & Photograph

The following report is taken form ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ of 15th May 1917:

Mr. A. J. Muddle, of Gloucester Road, has received the sad news that his youngest son, Sapper Frank Muddle, passed away at Arras, France, on 2nd May, as a result of wounds received the previous evening. It appears that he and three of his mates were out for a stroll after they had finished work and a shell must have fallen in their midst. They were all very badly wounded, and at the time of sending the news three had died, and the fourth, Frank’s special friend, was in hospital in a very serious condition. – Mr. Muddle and family wish to thank their friends for kindness and sympathy shown them in their great loss.

NEWELL

Clifton Daniel

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[Listed both as Clifton Daniel and Daniel Clifyton on the various memorials] Ship’s Cook 347970, H.M.S. Negro, Royal Navy. Drowned at sea 21st December 1916. Listed as Daniel Clifton Newell in the CWGC. Register and commemorated on the CHATHAM Naval Memorial, Kent. – (memorial reference: Panel 18). Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. London Road School, War Memorial board – (listed as Clifton Daniel Newell).

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 9th January 1917:

LOST IN THE DEEP – A son of the late Mr. Charles Newell, of West Street, Burgess Hill, and of Mrs, Newell, now of Hurstpierpoint, lost his life on one of the destroyers sunk recently. – Mrs. Newell and family desire to tender their sincere thanks for the sympathy and kindness shown them in their sad bereavement.

The following details are taken from page 498 of: ‘Dictionary of Disasters at Sea During the Age of Steam 1824-1962’ by Charles Hocking, F.L.A.:

NEGRO

The destroyer (H.M.S.) Negro came into collision with the destroyer (H.M.S.) Hoste, 1.666 tons, during very bad weather in the North Sea on December 21st 1916. The damage to both vessels was so extensive and the seas so heavy that both foundered. The official complement of Negro was 80” - (and Hoste 116.)

NEWMAN

Daniel

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Locally this name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. London Road School, War Memorial Board - (listed as Daniel Newman). No further information currently available

NEWMAN

Laurence

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Lance Corporal G/428, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds, France & Flanders, 19th August 1916, age 31. Buried in DIVE COPSE British Cemetery, Sailly-Le- Sec, France (grave reference: Plot II. Row F. Grave 29.) Lawrence Newman, born and enlisted in Hurstpierpoint, was the husband of Harriett Jane Newman, of West Cottage, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Locally, commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. St. John’s Chapel, War Memorial Tablet.

The following appeared in obituary column of ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 19th September 1916:

NEWMAN. – Died of wounds, Lance-Corporal Lawrence Newman, Royal Sussex Regiment, of West Cottages, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill.

NORMAN

Donald Duncan

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PPrivate 89490, 60th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), (Formerly 712, Royal Army Service Corps). Killed in action, France & Flanders, 14th August 1917, age 29. Buried in BARD COTTAGE Cemetery, Boesinghe, Belgium – (grave reference: Plot. IV. Row. C. Grave 3.) Donald Duncan Norman, born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman, of Brighton; husband of Eliza Chapman (formerly Norman), of 219, Waverley Road, Small Heath, Birmingham. Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School, War Memorial Board & photograph.

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 28th August 1917:

KILLED WHILST ASLEEP – Mrs. D. Norman, of Market Street, Brighton, has been unofficially apprised of the death of her husband, Private Donald Norman, Machine Gun Corps, whilst asleep at 6:15 a.m. on August 14th. The writer (a comrade of the deceased) says: - “It was all over in a flash Don and three other boys were asleep in a certain part of a trench and a shell dropped directly on them, killing the four outright. His death was instantaneous. Need I tell you how deeply grieved we are at the loss of our chum, who was a great favourite amongst us. He was such splendid company, cheerful and good-natured. Personally I deeply mourn the loss of an old friend. . . . .

He has died a soldier’s death for his country and his loved ones at home. . . . He was a model soldier.” A Lieutenant also wrote, stating that Private Norman, who was 28 years of age, had been buried in a cemetery just behind the line. Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Norman, of Brighton, formerly of West Street, Burgess Hill, and at one time was employed as a carver by Messrs. Norman and Burt. He was also a good cricketer.

NORMAN

Gilbert Thomas

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PPrivate 27431, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action, France & Flanders, 7th October 1916. Commemorated on the THEIPVAL Memorial, France – (memorial reference: Pier and Face 8C 9A and 16A) Gilbert Thomas Norman, born Sevenoaks, enlisted Hove, residence Burgess Hill. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church, War Memorial Board 3. London Road School, War Memorial Board

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 26th June 1917:

PRIVATE G. T. NORMAN KILLED. – Last November we announced in this column that Private Gilbert Thomas Norman, Royal Fusiliers, had been missing since the 7th October preceding. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Norman, of Albion Cottage, London Road, have now been officially notified that he was killed in action on that day. The deceased was their second son, and was 37 years of age. Before joining up he was in his father’s employ. Mr. and Mrs. Norman have two other sons serving in the Crown Forces.

NYE

John Edwin

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Lance Corporal G/2702, 8th (Service) Battalion. (Pioneers). The Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds at home 6th August 1916. Buried in St. Andrew’s Churchyard, Burgess Hill, Sussex – (grave reference: 104) John Edwin Nye, born Burgess Hill, enlisted Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. He was the son of Walter and Mary Nye, of Burgess Hill; husband of Anna Greer Penfold (formerly Nye), of Pollard’s Farm, Burgess Hill.

The following reports appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’:

8th August 1916

THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY…………. Many will be sorry to learn that Lance-Corporal John E. Nye, of the Royal Sussex Regiment, has passed away in hospital at Aldershot. He had been terribly wounded whilst at the front, and, although he was generally bright and bore his sufferings bravely, complications set in, and he died on Sunday evening. Much sympathy is felt for his relatives. He was the second son of Councillor Walter Nye, of Denmark House, Junction Road, Burgess Hill, and the husband of Mrs. J. E. Nye, an esteemed local teacher. Lance-Corporal Nye, who resided at 3 Arundel Villas, Junction Road, was one of the many Burgess Hill footballers who voluntarily enlisted not long after the outbreak of war. He was associated with St. John’s Institute, and appreciated as a humorous singer at many concerts and entertainments given in the town for charitable and other causes. We understand the funeral is to take place at Burgess Hill.

15th August 1916

LANCE-CORPORAL J. E. NYE’S FUNERAL AT BURGESS HILL – AN IMPRESSIVE SCEN AT ST. ANDREW’S – A very large number of residents, at his funeral at St. Andrew’s Church, Burgess Hill, on Thursday afternoon, honoured the memory of Lance-Corporal John E. Nye, of the Royal Sussex Regiment, and shewed their deep sympathy with the relatives. Lance-corporal Nye, the second son of Mr. Walter Nye, of Denmark House, Burgess Hill, was a very popular as a footballer and humorous singer and entertainer. When the Empire called to her valiant sons for help “Jack” responded, and his death in hospital at Aldershot from wounds received in action at the front was sincerely deplored by his many friends. Although a military funeral was not desired the institutions with which the deceased and his relatives were or are associated were well represented. These included St. Andrew’s Church, the Urban District Council (of which his father is a member), St. John’s Institute, the Teaching Staff of the London Road Council Schools (Mrs. J. E. Nye being a teacher in the Infants’ Department), and subscribing members and committeemen of the Burgess Hill Football Club, nearly all the playing members being away with the Forces of the Crown……………….. On the coffin, which was lowered into a grave lined with evergreens and flowers, the inscription ran: -

John Edwin Nye
Died August 6th, 1916,
Aged 31 years.

No fewer than forty-seven floral tributes were sent. They were very beautiful, and at the final scene at the graveside, on that sunny afternoon, their fragrance filled the air. ……..

Mrs. Jack Nye, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Nye and family wish, though the medium of this paper, to thank the many kind friends for sympathy shown to them in their recent bereavement by letter and beautiful flowers, all of which were a great comfort to them in their trouble.

15TH August 1916

BURGESS HILL “MEN’S OWN.” – On Sunday Mr. W. H. Popley presided over a fairly well attended meeting. The sad loss of Brother Jack Nye was referred to, and a vote of condolence and sympathy was passed to the widow and the father, mother and family of the deceased soldier, who succumbed to his wounds just a week previously. The address was given by the Rev. C. H. W. Cox, who occupied the pulpit on Sunday in the absence of the Pastor on holiday. His thought on the war and to the need of putting our confidence and trust in God. The collection was given to the Burgess Hill District Nursing Association.

7th August 1917

In Memoriam. Remember John Edwin Nye, of Burgess Hill (Lance-Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment), who died August 6th, 1916, of wounds received in the Somme Battle.

“They sought no glory, they looked for no reward”

6th August 1918

In Memoriam - Remember John Edwin Nye, of Burgess Hill (Lance-Corporal Royal Sussex Regt.), who died at Aldershot August 6th, 1916, of wounds received in France July 13th, 1916.

“They sought no glory, they looked for no reward”

OSBOURNE

George

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PACKHAM

Benjamin

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Private G/16157, 12th (Service) Battalion (2nd South Down) The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 17th October 1916, age 26. Commemorated on the:Thiepval Memorial to the missing, France. (Memorial reference Pier and Face 7C.) Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church, War Memorial Board3. St. John’s Chapel, War Memorial Tablet 4. London Road School, War Memorial Board & Photograph. Benjamin Packham, who was born and enlisted in Burgess Hill, was the son of Reuben Packham, of the Brewery House, London Road, Burgess Hill; husband of Beatrice Annie Saunders (formerly Packham), of 5, St. George’s Terrace, (Fairfield Road) Burgess Hill, Sussex.

The following reports appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times

19th December 1916: A SOLDIER’S DEATH. – Mrs. Packham, of 5 St. George’s Terrace, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill, has now received news from the War Office that her husband, Private B. Packham, 16157, Royal Sussex Regiment, was killed on October 17th last. Mrs. Packham wishes, through this medium, to express her appreciation of the kindness and sympathy shown her in her bereavement.

16th October 1917: IN MEMORIUM – In ever loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Benjamin Packham, who was killed in action in France on October 17th 1916, aged 26 years.

We miss his hand clasp and his loving smile;
Our hearts are parted: but a little while
And we shall rest within the golden gate,
God comfort us, God help us while we wait.

PACKHAM

Reuben

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Private G/4674, 7th (Service) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 8th August 1918 with the B.E.F. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Buried in BEACON Cemetery, Saily-Laurette, France. (Grave reference: Plot V. Row I. Grave 5.) Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. London Road School, War memorial Board (listed as Reuben Packham, where his name was a later addition to the memorial) Reuben Packham, was born in Burgess Hill and enlisted in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. See also Hitchin Memorial

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Daniel Rupert

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[Listed as Dan Rupert on SDGW] Rifleman 206667, 24th (Home Counties) Battalion (Territorial), Rifle Brigade (the Prince Consort's Own). Died 30th May 1917 in India. Enlisted haywards Heath, resident Burgess Hill. Formerly 5421, 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Buried in AGRA CANTONMENT Cemetery and commemorated on the MADRAS 1914-1918 War Memorial, Chennai, India. (Memorial reference Face 25.) Locally commemorated on: 1.Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church, War Memorial Board 3. London Road School, War Memorial Board.

The following reports appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times

19th June 1917: A SOLDIER’S DEATH. - Rifleman D. R. Page died on May 30th, at Agra, India. He was a native of Burgess Hill, and was well known here, being formerly employed at Messrs. Norman’s brickyard.

28th May 1918: IN MEMORIAM. – In loving memory of Rifleman D. R. Page, of Burgess Hill, who died in India, May 30th 1917.Gone, but not forgotten,From his loving Mother, Sisters and Brother, Francis Charles and Neil.

PANNELL

James

LRS
P
T

Sapper 53240, 112th Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 22nd March 1918, age 28. Buried in BANCOURT British Cemetery, France. (Grave reference: Plot I. Row J. Grave 13.) Locally commemorated on: 1.Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church, War Memorial Board3. London Road School, War Memorial Board & Photograph. James Pannell, enlisted Brighton, Sussex, residence Staines, Middlesex. He was the husband of Sarah J. Pannell, of 123, Wendover Road, Staines, Middlesex.

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 21st May 1918:

SAPPER PANNELL’S DEATH. – Mrs. Pannell, of Egham, Hythe, Staines, Middlesex, has received from an officer the following letter relative to her husband’s death, which was recently noted in this column, the deceased having been a native of Burgess Hill: - “It is with deepest regret that I have to inform you that Sapper J. Pannell was killed in action on March 21st, when the German offensive began. He was carrying a stretcher with a wounded officer on it, when a shell burst almost underneath the stretcher, killing stretcher-bearer and officer. His death is deeply regretted by all of us in the company, for he was a good Sapper and much liked by the men in his section” He leaves a widow and two children to mourn their loss. His three brothers are in the Army, two being in France and the other in East Africa. The deceased, who was aged 28, enlisted in February 1915, and had been at the front for nearly twelve months.

PARSONS

Charles Robert

SjWM
LRS
T

Private G/19792, 10th (Service) Battalion (Kent County), The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly 7905, Lancers. Died France & Flanders 22nd October 1918, age 23. Buried in SCHOONSELHOF Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium. (Grave reference: Plot IIa, Grave 50.) Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Chapel, War Memorial Tablet 3. London Road School, War Memorial Board & PhotographCharles Robert Parsons, born Preston, Brighton, Sussex, enlisted Brighton. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Parsons, West End Farm, Burgess Hill, Sussex.

PARSONS

Ernest Leonard


SaC
LRS
T

Private G/16159, 12th (Service) Battalion (2nd South Down), The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 3rd February 1917. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE Military Cemetery, Belgium. (Grave reference: Plot V. Row K. Grave 16.) Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church, War Memorial Board. Ernest Leonard Parsons, enlisted Haywards Heath, Sussex.

The following reports appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times

27th March 1917: DEATHS: PARSONS. – Killed in the war, Private E. Parsons (Royal Sussex Regiment), of Burgess Hill.

5th February 1918: IN MEMORIAM: In ever loving memory of my dear beloved husband, Pte Ernest Leonard Parsons, who fell in action, at West Ypres, February 3rd, 1917, his remains being laid at rest in Viamertinghe Military Cemetery, West Ypres.

There is a link death cannot sever:
His love and remembrance will last forever.

In loving memory of my dear son, Private Ernest Leonard Parsons, killed in action in France. February 3rd, 1917.

God has saved from weary strife
In its dawn that fresh young life;
Now he waits for us above,
Resting in the Saviour’s love.

From MOTHER, SISTERS and BROTHERS’

PARSONS

Percy

SaC
LRS
T

Private 09854, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died in England 4th May 1916. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Hove. Buried in NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE (St. Andrew’s and Jesmond) Cemetery, UK. (Grave reference Plot V. Row U. Grave 24.) Locally commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church, War Memorial Board 3. London Road School, War Memorial Board & Photograph.Percy Parsons, was born in Burgess Hill, and enlisted in Hove, Sussex.

The following reports appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times

9th May 1916: A SOLDIERS DEATH. – Private Percy Parsons, 09854, Army Ordnance Corps, died in hospital at Newcastle on May 5th. He enlisted last autumn in the A.O.C. and was sent to France, but was invalided to England just before Christmas, since when he has been in various convalescent camps. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Parsons, 8, North End Cottages, Junction Road, Burgess Hill, and a member of St. Andrew’s Church Choir.

16th May 1916: Private Percy Parsons, A.O.C., whose death in hospital at Newcastle we announced in our last issue, was buried with military honours at St. Andrew’s, Newcastle, on May 8th. His death came as a shock to his relatives. Although he had been in various hospitals since December 3rd (1915) they were expecting him home on May 5th for short leave before taking up his duties again. His mother received a telegram on May 3rd and travelled to Newcastle at once. Her son was only conscious for a few minutes at intervals, and was unable to speak. He died of meningitis brought on by exposure. Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Parsons (8 North End Cottages, Junction Road, Burgess Hill) and family have received so many letters of condolence that it is impossible to answer all, and they desire to return thank, through the medium of this paper, for all the kind sympathy shewn them in their sad bereavement. The only son now left to Mr. and Mrs. Parsons–James Raymond Parsons, 1446-has been invalided out of the Navy, through after effects of scarlet fever contacted at Shotley Barracks during his course of training. He received his discharge on April 18th 1916

PASCOE

Walter

LRS
T

Private 26729, 7th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action France & Flanders 23rd April 1917, age 36. Commemorated on the ARRAS Memorial to the missing, France. (Memorial reference: Bay 3.) Locally commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. London Road School, War Memorial & Photograph. Walter Pascoe, born Keymer, Sussex. Enlisted Mill Hill, London. Residence Warminster, Wiltshire. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Ann Pascoe, of 3, Wortley Cottages, Junction Road, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Walter Pascoe, was killed in action on the 23rd April 1917.

The following account of what happened to the battalion on that day is taken from page 166-167 of ‘The Royal Fusiliers in the Great War’ by H. C. O’Neill, OBE. Pub. 1922.

SECOND BATTLE OF THE SCARPE

On April 23rd, the second Battle of the Scarpe began. The 7th Battalion’s share in this battle was an attack north of Gavrelle, which assisted the other units of the division to capture the village. Even in the preparatory stage of the battle the battalion fared badly. A new line, about 200 yards from the German positions was dug; but it was no sooner ready that a sustained bombardment beat the trenches to pieces, and a new line had to be constructed during the night. The Battalion proceeded to take up positions for attack at 8.30 p.m. on the night of the 22nd, and at 4.45 a.m., zero, the infantry began the advance. The men followed the barrage closely; but on reaching the front line found that the wire was only cut in one place, forming a narrow south-easterly lane. The men were thus congested and lost direction; and they encountered bombing parties and a very heavy machine-gun fire. Many casualties were sustained from this cause until a party was organised to attack and capture them. The guns were rushed and twenty-three prisoners were captured. The Fusiliers then pressed on to the support line, and established a post against the Germans’ bombers, who were shepherded back up the trench. The battalion had now got forward to the railway where it was hoped to dig a trench under cover of darkness. Posts were established about 25 yards from the railway and were maintained in spite of the activity of the low-flying German planes, which signalled the Fusiliers’ position. At 8 p.m. the line was linked up with that of the 6th Brigade on the left, and at daybreak the battalion had been relieved after a successful engagement. The number going into action was, 18 officers & 358 other ranks. Four officers, Captain Gast, Captain Granville, Lieutenant Wood and Lieutenant Randell were killed, eight others were wounded. The battalion had been practically wiped out.

"The Royal Fusiliers" volume of "Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19", 7th Battalion, list as 82 for the number of NCO’s and Soldiers who were killed in action on the 23rd April 1917.

PRATT

Arthur John

LRS
P
T

Signal Boy J/35412, H.M.S. “Black Prince”, Royal Navy. Killed in action Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916, age 17. Commemorated on the PORTSMOUTH Naval Memorial, Hampshire, UK. (Memorial reference: Panel 15.) Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church, War Memorial Board 3. London Road School, War Memorial Board & Photograph. Arthur John Pratt, was the son of Elizabeth E. Pratt, of 41, Newport Road, Burgess Hill.

The following report appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’ 13th June 1916:

HEROES’ DEATHS -…. Arthur John Pratt, Signal Boy, No. J 35412, H.M.S. Black Prince, met a similar fate. He joined on January 29th 1915, and his father and mother live at 41 Newport Road, Burgess Hill. Note: Another local lad Sydney Victor Marchant, age 18, also lost his life on this ship, see above.

PRYOR

Hubert Cyril

LRS

Private SD/3170, 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 19th August 1916 with the B.E.F. France & Flanders, age 19. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. Buried in LA NEUVILLE British Cemetery, Corbie, France. (Grave reference: Plot II. Row A. Grave 1.) Locally commemorated on 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church War Memorial Board 3. London Road School War Memorial Board & PhotographHubert Cyril Pryor, born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton, he was the son of William & Ada Pryor, of Burgess Hill.

The following reports appeared in ‘The Mid-Sussex Times’

19th September 1916: DIED OF WOUNDS. – Private Hubert Cyril Pryor, of the Royal Sussex Regiment at a clearing station, died on August 19th of wounds received in action. He was a young soldier, son of the well-known walker, William George Pryor, of 55, West Street, Burgess Hill, who is a member of the A.S.C. unwell and in hospital at Brighton.21st August 1917:IN MEMORIAM. – In ever loving memory of our dear son, Pte. H. C. Pryor, Royal Sussex Regiment, who died of wounds received on the Somme front, August 19th, 1916 aged 19 years.

We little thought when we said goodbye
That he was going to that far-off land to die;
His heart was good, his spirit brave;
Now he rests in a hero’s grave.

From his loving FATHER, MOTHER, SISTERS and BROTHERS.

20th August 1918: IN MEMORIAM. – In ever loving memory of our dear son, Pte. H. C. Pryor, Royal Sussex Regiment, who died of wounds, in France, on August 19th 1916 aged 19 years.

He pure young life was ended
Answering his country’s call,
So loved and honoured by his friends
He’s mourned and missed by all.

From his loving FATHER, MOTHER, SISTERS and BROTHERS.

PUTTICK

Ephraim Abraham

SjWM
LRS
P
T

Rifleman 41352, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 27th May 1918 in France & Flanders, age 18. Born and resident Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. Commemorated on the SOISSONS Memorial to the missing, France. Locally commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. John’s Church, War Memorial Board 3. St. John’s Chapel, War Memorial Tablet 4. London Road School, War Memorial Board & Photograph. He was the son of Alfred & Louisa Jane Puttick, of 105, West Street, Burgess Hill.Following the unveiling and dedication of the London Road Council School Great War Memorial in June 1921 a collection of photographs was sent to the school from the parents and relatives of the fallen. A total of 68 photographs were eventually collected and these were mounted and placed under the war memorial. After the closure of the school in 1989 the memorial board and photographs were passed onto the Burgess Hill Local History Society for safekeeping. The photographs are now in the Societies photographic collection and the memorial board is on permanent loan to the local branch of the Royal British Legion were it is on display in their clubhouse.

After the parents of Ephraim had sent a photograph of their son to the school the Headmaster Mr. Frederick C. Baylis, sent them the following letter:

9th June 1921

Dear Mr & Mrs Puttick:

      Thank you for the photograph of dear Ephraim I was most pleased to receive it for I have such pleasant recollections of him especially in connection with the Evening School, you remember how keen and clever he was in making up those Lantern slides, which were most interesting and amusing.

      I sympathise with you very much in your loss for he was such a good lad, we do not wish our brave boys forgotten, so as soon as possible, we are having their photographs mounted & placed under the memorial in the School.

Yours Faithfully
Frederick C. Baylis

READER

Reginald E

P

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REEVES

James Arthur

SaC
LRS
T

Private 12164, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 14th July 1916 in france & Flanders. Born and resident Burgess Hill, enlisted Croydon. Formerly 4957, Royal Sussex Regiment. [photograph in picture frame]

ROWLAND

Herbert Nelson

LRS

Corporal G/7442, 8th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West kent Regiment). Killed in action 24th May 1917 in France & Flanders. Born keymer, burgess hill, enlisted Brighton, resident Burgess Hill. Formerly 1128, Royal Sussex Regiment. [photograph in picture frame]

ROWLAND

Herbert W

SjWM
P
T

No further information currently

ROWLAND

Walter H

SjWM
LRS
P
T

[photograph in picture frame]

RUSSELL

Aaron

P
T

No further information currently

SEAMAN

George Joshua

LRS
P
T

Private G/21748, 7th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 18th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Brighton, resident Burgess Hill. formerly 2011, royal Sussex Regiment. [photograph in picture frame]

SEAMAN

James W.

LRS
P
T

[photograph in picture frame]

SELSBY

Alfred

LRS
P
T

[photograph in picture frame]

SHEARER

Frederick

P
T

No further information currently

SHELTON

Arthur

P

No further information currently

SHINE

Edward

LRS

[photograph in picture frame]

SILSBY

Charles

Sec
P
T

Charles Silsby, brother of Ernest Edward Silsby, Killed in action in France, 17th April 1916, aged 35. (Charles, is buried in the BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France).

SIMMONDS

Albert

Y
LRS
P
T

Private 201575, 3rd/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at home 19th January 1917. Age 29. Born and resident Burgess Hill, enlisted Hove. Son of Henry and Emily Simmonds, of 5, Adelaide Cottages, Burgess Hill. Grave ref. C. 105 D. (North of Church). Not mentioned in the CWGC. Register, but inscribed at the bottom of the headstone: Rest in Peace. [photograph in picture frame]

SIMMONDS

Henry

SjWM
LRS
P
T

Sapper 183080, 518th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 22nd March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Burgess Hill. [photograph in picture frame]

SIMMONDS

William Charles

LRS
P
T

Private G/5231, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 16th October 1915 with the B.E.F. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. [photograph in picture frame]

SLATER

George Ernest

Sec
P
T

[Also listed as Ernest G on memorials] Private SD/4853, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died in France, [grave states Oct. 30th 1916] 30th June 1917 with the B.E.F. Aged 17.Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. Buried in the CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France.

SMITH

Albert A.

LRS

[photograph in picture frame]

SMITH

George Stanley

SjC
SjWM
LRS
P
T

[Also listed as Stanley G on some memroials] Rifleman 44829, 15th Battalion, Royal irish Rifles. Killed in action 6th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Stonehouse, enlisted Brighton, resident Burgess Hill. Formerly 4916, Royal Sussex Regiment.

In the north section is the family grave of George & Louisa Smith, on the kerb-stone is the following inscription:- also George Stanley eldest son killed in action 6 August 1917 aged 19 [photograph in picture frame]

SMYTH[E]

Bernard A. de P. 

LRS
P
T

[photograph in picture frame]

SOUTHCOTT

Samuel S

SaCy
P
T

SOUTHCOTT, Pte. S. S. M2/222300. 52nd M.T. Coy. Army Service Corps. 31st March, 1918. Age40. Son of William and Emily Paige Southcott, of Braintree, Essex.

STAFF

Arthur

LRS
P
T

Private G/21710, 1st Battalion, Queen's (Royal WestSurrey Regiment). Killed in action 23rd october 1918 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Brighton, resident Burgess Hill. formerly 2219, Sussex yeomanry. [photograph in picture frame]

STENNING

Lawrence

SaC
T

Private SD/3023, 13th (Service) Battalion (3rd South Down), The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 21st October 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 32. Born Sayers Common, Sussex, enlisted Haywards Heath. Husband of Mrs. Reeves (formerly Stenning), 8, Valebridge Terrace, Burgess Hill, Sussex. buried in GRANDCOURT ROAD Cemetery, Grandcourt, France. Row A. Grave 71. Locally his name is commemorated on: 1. Town War Memorial 2. St. Andrew’s Church War Memorial Board.

The following details appeared in “The Mid-Sussex Times” December 5th 1916:

DIED A SOLDIER’S DEATH.” – Mrs. Stenning, 8 Valebridge Terrace, Burgess Hill, has received official news of the death of her husband, Private L. Stennning, of the Royal Sussex Regiment, who was killed in action on October 21st. Deceased was the second son of Mr. Stephen Stenning, and the family are well known at Ansty. Deceased was 33 years of age, and leaves a wife and five children.

Second Lieutenant H. C. Keogh wrote to Mrs. Stenning: - “ I am writing to you concerning your husband Private L. Stenning, who, I regret to say was killed during an attack made on the German lines on October 21st. Your husband acted as my runner during the attack and proved himself a brave and efficient soldier. I was extremely sorry to hear of his death, as he was with me the greater part of the time. I trust that it may be of some consolation to you to know he died a soldier’s death while nobly performing this duty. In conclusion I wish to express the sincere sympathy which the officers and men of this Company feel for you in your bereavement.”

Mrs. Stenning and family desire to tender their very sincere thanks to all who have shewn sympathy and kindness to them in connection with Private’s Stenning’s demise.

STEPNEY

Jack

P
T

No further information currently

STEVENS

Herbert L

LRS
P
T

No further information currently

STRINGER

George W.

LRS
P
T

[photograph in picture frame]

TALMEY

William C

P

No further information currently

TANNER

George H

P
T

No further information currently

TASSELL

Bertram Theodore

SaC
T

Rifleman 553684, 16th (County of London) Battalion (Queen's Westminster rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 14th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Headcorn, Kent, enlisted Hove, resident Burgess Hill.

TEAGUE

Eric Jonathan

SaC
LRS
T

Private G/24058, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 26th September 1918 with the B.E.F. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. [photograph in picture frame]

THORPE

C G

T

No further information currently

THORPE

Walter Charles

LRS
P
T

Private 47848, 3rd/5th 9territorial Force), Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 18th November 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton. [photograph in picture frame]

TUGWELL

James E

P
T

probably John Eaton TUGWELL, Private M2.104609, Royal Army Service corps. Died 11th November 1918 in Egypt. Born cuckfield, enlisted London, resident Burgess Hill.

TULLEY

Charles A.

LRS
P
T

[photograph in picture frame]

TURNER

George H.

LRS

[photograph in picture frame]

TURNER

Harold

SjC
SjWM
LRS
P
T

TURNER, Pte. Harold, 3479. 3rd Bn., Royal Sussex Regt. 6th Aug., 1919. Age 21 died 06.08.1919.

TURNER

Thomas S

SjWM
LRS
P
T

No further information currently

VIRGO

Herbert

SjWM
LRS
P
T

[Listed as VINGO on SDGW] Private T.F.4850, 1st/8th (Territorial Force) Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 18th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Ealing, Middlesex, resident Burgess Hill.

VOICE

Alfred E

Y
LRS
P
T

VOICE, Pte. Alfred Edward, G / 12999. 10th Bn. Royal Sussex Regt. 9th July, 1916. Age 18. Son of Ernest Job and Mary Eliza Voice, of 2, Edinburgh Cottages, Royal George Rd., Burgess Hill. Grave Ref. C. 25 D. (North of Church). Not mentioned in the CWGC. Register, but inscribed at the bottom of the headstone: Peace Perfect Peace [photograph in picture frame]

WAGHORN

John

SjWM
P
T

No further information currently

WAGHORN

John W

SjWM
LRS
P
T

[photograph in picture frame]

WAILES

Hubert Charles

SaC
T

No further information currently

WALDER

Albert E

Nt
LRS
P
T

Private TF/200526, 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 26th March 1917 in Egypt. Born burgess Hill, enlisted Horsham. Commemorated on the JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Local inscription reads: "In memory of Albert E. Walder, son of Thomas & Kate Walder, killed in the Battle of Gaza, Palestine on March 26th 1917, age 23 years. Loved and Lost. [photograph in picture frame]

WALKER

John

SaCy
P
T

WALKER, PTE. John, 20521. 2nd/5th Bn. Royal Sussex Regt. Mrs M. M. Walker, of Compton House, West St., Burgess Hill. South of Church. United Reform Church - Junction Road 16th Feb., 1916. Age 46. Son of John Arthur Walker; Husband of

WALLER

Arthur M.

SjWM
LRS
P
T

[photograph in picture frame]

WALLER

Harry James

LRS
P
T

Gunner 111625, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 30th May 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton.

WALLER

Henry

LRS
P
T

Corporal TF/1895, 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 9th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Born Burgess Hill, enlisted Horsham.[photograph in picture frame]

WALLER

William

LRS
P
T

No further information currently

WALLIS

Frank A G

P
T

No further information currently

WARWICK

William H

P
T

No further information currently

WATERFALL

Vincent

Et
P
T

2nd Lieutenant, 3rd East Yorkshire Regiment, attached to the 5th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (RFC). Killed in action 22nd August 1924. Age 23. Buried in the TOURNAI COMMUNAL CEMETERY ALLIED EXTENSION, Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium.

On the 22nd August 1914, along with his observer Charles George Gordon Bayly, age 23, Lieutenant, 56th Field Coy., Royal Engineers, attached to the 5th Squadron, RFC., were on a reconnaissance flight over Belgium, when they were probably shot down by German ground fire. This was the first British air crew to be missing in action, later confirmed as killed in action, they became the RFC's first fatalities in action during the Great War 

Inscription on plaque reads: "2nd Lieut. Vincent Waterfall their youngest son killed in action 22 August 1914 aged 23."

See also Brighton College - Remembering the 147

WEBB

William

P
T

No further information currently

WELLER

Alfred T

Sec
LRS
P
T

Harry & Alfred Weller, sons of Harry & Mary Weller, killed in action in France. (Alfred, is buried in the SOLFERINO FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium & Harry , has no known grave and is commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France). [photograph in picture frame]

WELLER

Henry [Harry] W

Sec
P
T

Harry & Alfred Weller, sons of Harry & Mary Weller, killed in action in France. (Alfred, is buried in the SOLFERINO FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium & Harry , has no known grave and is commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France).

WEST

Charles Nelson

Nc
P
T

In loving memory my dear husband Pte. Charles Nelson West (under this is the hand painted badge of the Royal Sussex Regiment followed by) Killed in action 1916 age 33. (Charles, has no known grave and it commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France).

WESTGATE

William

P
T

No further information currently

WHATMORE

Herbert

Y

WHATMORE, Pte. H., 8135. 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regt. 18th Jan., 1920. Grave ref. A. 195.  Herbert Whatmore, doesn't have a CWGC headstone as he is buried in a family grave in the west Churchyard near to the south wall. The grave is located behind a holly tree and between the graves of , William & Sarah Verrall and William & Eliza King. The main head or kerb stone with the family surname is missing? (March 2002) but in the centre of the grave is small headstone that reads Herbert died 18 January 1920. On the three remaining kerbstone's is the following inscription, Lloyd died 3 February 1900 age 21, Herbert's brother. Confirmation that it is the Whatmore grave is found in the Church burial record, no.498, Lloyd Whatmore, buried 7 February, 1900, age 21.

WHITE

Arthur J W

LRS
T

[photograph in picture frame]

WHITE

Leonard

SaC
T

LRS

Private G/64184, 2nd Battalion, Queen's 9Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 5th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident burgess Hill, enlisted Haywards Heath. Formerly 226681, Royal Sussex Regiment. [photograph in picture frame]

WICKENS

A W

SjWM
T

possibly Alfred William WICKHAM, Pioneer 96128, 222nd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 23rd July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born burgess Hill, enlisted Tottenham, Middlesex, resident Epsom, Surrey.

WILLEY

Richard

SjWM
LRS
T

[Spelt WILLE on SDGW] Sergeant 241757, 2nd/6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 21st March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Burgess Hil. formerly 2853, Royal Sussex Regiment.

WILLIAMS

Donald

P
T

No further information currently

WOOLLVEN

Newton

LRS
P
T

[Spelt WOOLVEN on SDGW] Private 12118, Macine Gun Corps 9Infantry). Died of wounds 6th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Born burgess Hill, enlisted Brighton, resident Bournemouth. Formerly 7877, Royal Sussex Regiment. [photograph in picture frame]

WORTHINGTON

Albert

P
T

No further information currently

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