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CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL WAR MEMORIALS

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Compiled and copyright © John Harrison 2009

Chichester Cathedral contains the memorial to the cathedral choir school, known as the Prebendal School as well as the Royal Sussex Regiment chapel (St George’s chapel) and many individual memorials.

Photographs Copyright © John Harrison 2009

1914 - 1919

Prebendal School

There are two memorials, the first is on a stone plaque opposite the west entrance to the cathedral.


This gate was given in memory of Old Prebendians who gave their lives
1914-18 1939-45

The second is inside the cathedral. It is situated in what was formerly the Song School, but is now the Canon’s Vestry. This is normally locked but can be opened on request

In memory of the Cathedral Choristers who gave their lives for King and Country
1914-1919

HEATHER

Cecil

Gunner 164443 456th Siege Battery (Att. 51st Division).The Royal Garrison Artillery Aged 39 Husband of May L. Heather of 2, East Row, Chichester Cathedral Chorister. Killed in action 10. 4.18. Buried in Grave IV 2 20 in Anzin St. Aubin British Cemetery, Arras. Also included on St. Georges Rumboldswhyke, St. Pancras and main Chichester Memorials.

HOWARD

Cyril James

Lance Corporal TF.1534 The Sussex Yeomanry Aged 20 Son of Mr & Mrs C. W. Howard of 16, East Street, Chichester. Born in Eastbourne & enlisted in Chichester, Next of kin Chichester. He was also a Cathedral Chorister Killed in action on Gallipoli 8.11.15. Buried in Twelve Tree Copse, Gallipoli, but commemorated on Special Memorial C323 as his grave cannot be traced. Also listed on the main Chichester Memorial

LEMMON

Montague Hague

Private 1001 1st Battalion, The Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry) 3rd Division Aged 28 Son of the late John Lemmon & of Martha Elizabeth Lemmon (later Mrs Wyatt) of Chichester. Born in Chichester and enlisted in Armoury House, London, Resident of Crouch Hill. St. Pancras Church. Employee of The Liverpool & London Globe Insurance Company. Died of wounds 8. 6.15. Buried in Grave I E 33 in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension. Cathedral Chorister and also listed on the main Chichester Memorial

MARTIN

A

Royal Field Artillery Cathedral Chorister and listed on the main Chichester Memorial. No further information currently available

PIERCE

J

possibly J B W Pierce, Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery Died 27th April 1917. Buried in Grave II M 25 in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun. Not included on the main Chichester Memorial

YOUDALE

Harold William

Officer’s Steward 2nd Class L/3820, H M Submarine K 4 Royal Navy Born about 1893. Son of William and Anne Youdale of 29, Beaconsfield Road, Brighton. Died 31st January 1918. Commemorated on Panel 30 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The ‘K’ Class of submarines were designed to operate with the Grand Fleet. Uniquely for a submarine they were powered by steam and were not successful, being involved in a series of accidents. K4 went aground during her trials and in November 1917, while operating with the Grand Fleet, rammed her sister submarine, K1. On 31st January 1918 during similar exercises there was a far worse disaster at night and in a light mist, K22 rammed K14 and was herself then rammed by the cruiser Ithuriel. After several more near misses the cruiser Fearless rammed and sank K17. K6 then rammed and sank K4 with the loss of all hands. This later became know as The Battle of May Island. Not included on the main Chichester Memorial

 

Other memorials in the cathedral

Royal Air Force

This is situated in the chapel of St Clement. It is in black marble with the crest of the RAF above. The lettering is variously in gilt and air force blue:

Remember those who served and gave their lives from the Royal Air Force Stations in Sussex
We will remember them

Army

The Royal Sussex Regimental Chapel is in the Chapel of St George and was dedicated in 1921. It contains panels listing all the 6,800 Regimental casualties from the Great War The 1,024 names of the casualties from the Second World War are contained in a Memorial Book that rests by the altar. The are also colours from the 1st Bn, 2nd Bn and 4/5th (Cinque Ports) Bn. There is also a guidon of the Sussex Yeomanry that hangs over an panel containing the names of the Regiment who died in both wars. There also plaques to the Colonels of the Royal Sussex Regiment both in the chapel and in the cloister

Royal Navy

THIS CHAPEL OF ST MICHAEL WAS
REFURBISHED AS A MEMORIAL
TO THE MEN OF SUSSEX WHO
LOST THEIR LIVES AT SEA IN THE
SECOND WORLD WAR AND WHO
HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. IT
WAS DEDICATED ON 30 JULY
1956 IN THE PRESENCE OF
H.M. QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND
H.R.H. THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

HONOUR ROLL: IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN OF
SUSSEX
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AT SEA
IN THE SERVICE OF KING & COUNTRY
1939 - 1945
AND WHO HAVE
NO KNOWN GRAVE

Individual Memorials

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
LIEUT EDWARD HUMPHRY TYACKE
OF WESTGATE CHICHESTER
SIGNAL OFFICER 25TH BN MACHINE GUN CORPS
FORMERLY OF THE 8TH BN THE BORDER REGT
SEVERLY WOUNDED AT ARMENTIERES, JULY
1916, KILLED IN ACTION AT THE VESLE RIVER
NEAR RHEIMS, MAY 28TH 1918, AGED 21.

This memorial is opposite the Royal Sussex Chapel. He is also commemorated on the main Chichester War Memorial

This ancient chapel of St Thomas & St Edmund of Canterbury was restored to use in memory of Noel Roland Abbey, Lieut., Grenadier Guards, son of William Henry Abbey and of Florence, his wife. Born Dec. The 23rd 1897. He fell in the service of his country in the battle before the Forest of Nieppe April the 12th 1918. In this very critical action the Guards held up the German advance for three days, suffering severe losses.

He was born at Brighton, his father was a High Sheriff of Sussex in 1935 and his grandfather was Mayor of Brighton. There is a similar memorial in St Andrew’s Church, Nuthurst but he is not included on the Nuthurst War Memorial as the family lived in Uckfield House, Hove until 1920 and his is included on the Hove Memorial. Later ‘In Memoriams’ in the ‘Times’ note he died at Neuf Berquin near Hazebrouck. His brother, John succeeded their father as Chairman of the Kemp Town Brewery, Brighton and was also High Sheriff of Sussex. The memorial is beside the gates to the chapel in the north aisle

George Pigot Alms
Sacred to the memory of Lieut. George Pigot Alms of the Royal Navy who was killed aboard the ‘Superbe’ in an action with the French fleet in the East Indies on the 12th of April 1782 in the 16th year of his age. He was the eldest son of Captain James Alms who commanded the ‘Monmouth’ with the most exemplary bravery in the same engagement. He lived the pride and hope of his parents; the delight and admiration of his friends, the rising ornament of his country; and fell gloriously in the discharge of the duties of his profession, honoured and lamented by all who knew him. Impressed with the bitterest application and at a time that her husband was still fighting his country’s battles in India, his fond and disconsolate mother caused this monument to be erected.

This memorial is on the north wall of the Chapel of St Michael and he died during the Battle of Trincomalee

Captain James Alms

This memorial is to the father of George Pigot Alms and is next to his son’s memorial

Erected to the Memory of the ship’s company of HMS Broadwater, sunk in action 18 October 1941 with the loss of 45 lives

This memorial is on the east wall of the Chapel of St Michael

In Memory of Major Hugh Fitzhardinge Drummond
Adjutant 1st Battalion Scots Fusilier Guards

Having had his horse killed under him at the Battle of the Alma
And having been severely wounded at Inkerman he was killed in the trenches before Sebastapol on the 13th August 1855 aged 25

He was born 30th January 1830, son of John Drummond and Georgina Augusta Harvey of Redenham, Hampshire and was also included on the memorial in the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London

No photograph available

To the Memory of Lieut. Jack Ronald Lewes Mackenzie, 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. Son of Lieut. Col. Donald Mackenzie and great grandson of Lieut. Col. George Green Nicholls. Killed in action at Istabulat, Mesopotamia, 21st April 1917 aged 20 years In Manus tuas Domine

He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial and also on the Bognor War Memorial Hospital War Memorial. His memorial is among the many in the cloister

Last updated 16 March, 2009

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