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COWFOLD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2003
extra details Neal Ward & Martin Edwards

This transcription covers the stone Memorial Cross, a Celtic wheel cross on a three step base, in St Peters Churchyard, Cowfold, and the marble Memorial Tablet inside the church. There are 22 names on the memorial cross, and 22 on the tablet, but in each case a different name is missing, so the overall total is 23. There are two name slisted for World War 2.

BOXALL Caryl Lermitte

Captain, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. 29th Division. Killed in action during the landings on Gallipoli at 'V' Beach 27th April 1915. Aged 27. Regular officer. Son of Sir Alleyne Alfred Boxall, 1st Baronette and Lady Boxall of 14, Cambridge Square, London W.2. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. MR.4.

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice: Offcers Died in the Great War 1914-1916, Volume 2, page 52-53:

CAPTAIN CARYL LERMITTE BOXALL, 2nd BATTN. HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT, younger son of Baron and Baroness Boxall, of 14, Cambridge Square, Hyde Park, W., was born at that address on the 28th December, 1887. He was a nephew of Mr. Boxall, K.C., Recorder of Brighton, and of the late Sir Charles Boxall, K.C.B.
He was educated at Eton from 1901 to 1907, where he was for two years reserve oar for the College VIII, and at the R.M.C., Sandhurst, from which he received his commission in the Hampshire Regiment in October, 1907, becoming Lieutenant in April, 1911. He served with 2nd Battalion of his regiment in South Africa, the Mauritius, and India, and was promoted Captain in December, 1914.
He was with the expedition to the Dardanelles, and took his company ashore from the ss. "River Clyde," and was mortally wounded while leading his men in operations on the landing, dying on the 27th April, 1915.
A brass tablet to the memory of this officer has been placed in the Parish Church of St. Peter, Cowfold, Sussex.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 1, page 46:

BOXALL, CARYL LERMITTE, Capt., 2nd Battn. The Hampshire Regt., yr. s. of Alleyne Alfred, 1st Baron Boxall, of 14, Cambridge Square, Hyde Park, W., by his wife, Mary Elizabeth, dau. of the late Janice Henry Lermitte, of Knighton, J.P., and nephew of Mr. Boxall, K.C., Recorder of Brighton, and of the late Col. Sir Charles Boxall, K.C.B.; b. at 14, Cambridge Square, W., 26 Dec. 1887; educ. Eton (1901-6) and Sandhurst; received his commission in the 2nd Hampshires, 9 Oct. 1907, and was promoted Lieut. 1 April, 1911, and Capt. 4 Oct. 1914. He served in South Africa, Mauritius and India, and with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. Landed from the River Clyde with the 29th Division, and died of wounds received in action following the landing at the Dardanelles on 25 April, 1915. He was unm. A brass plaque to the memory of this officer was erected in the south aisle of St. Peter's, Cowfold, Sussex.

BROOKER Ernest

Private G/3235, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at Loos 25th September 1915. Aged 19. Son of Harry & Fanny Brooker of 19, Picts Cottages, Cowfold. Born in West Grinstead and enlisted in Worthing. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial MR.19

ELPHICK Harry

Orderly, British Red Cross Society, Royal Victoria Military Hospital Netley, Southampton. Died in service 14th April 1917. Aged 50. Husband of Jane Elphick, of 6 Bolney Road, Cowfold. Engaged, aged 48, and served from 27 December 1916.

HARRISON George Basil

[Not on Cross] Lieutenant Commander, H.M.S. "Natal," Royal Navy. 2nd Cruiser Squadron The Grand Fleet. Lost when the Armoured Cruiser was destroyed by an internal explosion in the Cromarty Forth 31st December 1915. Aged 33. One of 404 lives lost. Son of Commander M. J. Harrison Royal Navy and Lucy Caroline Harrison of Freckleton, Crawford Bay. Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada. Assigned to H,M.S. Natal 1st August 1914. Brother of Thomas Harrison. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial MR.1

HARRISON Thomas Edmond

[Some documents show middle name spelt Edmund] Lieutenant Commander, H.M.S.'Aboukir', Royal Navy. Lost when the armoured cruiser was torpedoed off the Dutch Coast by U.9. on 22nd September 1914. Aged 34. Son of Commander M. J. & Mrs. Harrison of Freckleton, Crawford Bay, Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada. Husband of Maud Winifred Harrison of Wey Lodge, Liphook, Hampshire. Connection with Cowfold unknown. Brother of George Harrison. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial MR.1

HERMON, D.S.O. Edward William

Lieutenant Colonel (Commanding), 24th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers (1st Tyneside Irish) 34th Division formerly King Edward's Horse. Killed in action at Arras 9th April 1917. Aged 38. Son of Mr & Mrs Sydney Hermon of The White House, Balcombe. Husband of Ethel Hermon of Brook Hill House, Cowfold. Born in Preston, Lancashire. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.). Buried in Roclincourt Military Cemetery. F.184

D.S.O. Citation details Distinguished Service Order 1916-1923, page 266:

HERMON, EDWARD WILLIAM (Christian names gazetted as "Ernest William") (D.SO. L.G. 4.6.17); b. 10.6.78: 1st com. 9.5.00; Capt. 12.2.10: retired 7th Hussars 22.2.11; Major, retired pay, late Hussars; served S. African War; Capt., retired pay; Major, King Edward's Horse, 1901-2; Queen's Medal with 5 clasps; served Europ. War, as T/Lt.-Col., King Edward's Horse, commanding 24th Northants (sic) Fusiliers. He was killed in action 9.4.17.

HOWARD Benjamin John

Private G/873, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division Killed in action at Ovillers 7th July 1916. Aged 29. Son of Edward & Mary Howard of Picts Cottages, Cowfold. Born in Rowhook. Enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Ovillers Military Cemetery F.393

KENSETT Harry

Private G/25364, 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. (Reserve Batt). Died at home 19th February 1917. Aged 28. Son of John & June Kensett. Husband of Lily Kensett of Post Office Cottage, Lower Beeding. Born in Steyning and enlisted in Horsham. Buried in St.Peters Churchyard, Cowfold

LEES St. John Arnold

Lieutenant Commander, H.M.S. "Monmouth, Royal Navy. South Atlantic Squadron. Lost with the Cruiser during the Battle of Coronel Islands off Chile 1st November 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial MR.2

LODER Robert Egerton

[Listed as LODGER on SDGW] Captain (Staff - 160th Brigade), 1st/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 53rd Division. Died of wounds 29th March 1917. Aged 30. Born 10 March 1887, baptised 18 April 1887 at St Peter, Eaton Square, Pimlico, Middlesex, son of Edmund Giles and Marion Loder. Son of Sir Edmund and Lady Loder, of Leonardslie, Horsham, Sussex; husband of Muriel Rolls Loder, of Clock House, Cowfold, Sussex. Resident of The Clock House, Cowfold. Educated at Eton College, left 1906. Roll of Honour and Lower Beeding Memorial. Born in Cowfold. Wounded during the First Battle of Gaza. Mentioned in Despatches twice Egypt, Gallipoli. In the 1891 census he was aged 11, son of Edward Loder, resident Leonardslie, Highfield, Lower Beeding, Horsham, Sussex. Buried in DEIR EL BELAH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Section C. Grave 73. See also Lord's Cricket Members' World War 1 Memorial and also the Cambridge University Trinity College Memorial. Also listed on the R E Loder Memorial Window, Lower Beeding, West Sussex

MEARS Edward

Lance Sergeant 50657, 13th Observer Company, Royal Defence Corps formerly 1264, Royal Fusiliers. Died at home 18th October 1916. Aged 40. Husband of Mrs Bessie Mears of 14, Salters Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight. Enlisted in Horsham. Formerly with The Royal Fusiliers. esident Potters, Cowfold, Sussex. Buried in St. Peters Churchyard, Cowfold.

TULLETT Alfred Ernest

[Not on memorial tablet] Guardsman 26455, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. The Guards Division Killed in action near Amiens 25th August 1918. Son of Mr & Mrs Alfred Tullett of Northfields, Cowfold. Husband of Helen Tullett of 71, Claybrook Road, Hammersmith. Born in Cowfold and enlisted in Horsham. No known grave. Commemorated on Vis En Artois memorial MR.16

PACKHAM Edward Henry

Private PW/4900, 19th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). 41st Division Pioneers. Died in Italy 2nd December 1917. Born in Bolney and enlisted in Chichester. Next of kin, Partridge Green. Buried in Montagnana Cemetery, Italy.

ROMILLY Cosmo George

Lieutenant, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers attached from 13th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire And Derbyshire Regiment). 29th Division. Killed in action on Gallipoli 11th August 1915. Aged 25. Son of Charles Edward & Gerda Romilly. Husband of May Louise Romilly of Eastbridge, Crondall, Hampshire. Educated New House, Oxford University, Matriculated 1909, B.A. Buried in Twelve Tree Copse, Gallipoli, Turkey. Also commemorated on New College World War 1 Memorial, Oxford, Oxfordshire, also Cotton House Old Boys Memorial, Marlborough, Wiltshire and Farnborough Memorial, Farnborough, Hampshire.

ROWELL Frank

Gunner 31239, 76th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Taken prisoner at Kut el Amara and died in captivity in Mesopotamia on the 29th September 1916. Born in Horsham and enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Bagdhad North Gate War Cemetery, Iraq.

SAYERS Henry

Lance Sergeant G/1850, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action at The Battle of Amiens 9th August 1918. Aged 22. Son of George & Ellen Sayers of Little Brook, Cowfold. Born in Cowfold and enlisted in Eastbourne.. Buried in Querrieu British Cemetery F. 116

SYKES, MC Douglas Collett

Lieutenant, 11th Battalion, Border Regiment. 32nd Division. Killed in action near Coxyde, Belgium 26th July 1917. Aged 26 Son of Walter & Emma Sykes of 'The Drewitts', Warninglid. Awared the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery, Belgium. B.24.

WARD Henry Sidney

Rifleman 651176, 1st/21st Battalion (First Surrey Rifles), London Regiment. 47th London Division. Killed in action near Arras 23rd May 1916. Aged 20. Enlisted in Camberwell. Son of William Powlett Ward and Mary Ann Ward of Kent Street Cowfold and brother of William Powlett Ward. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial MR.20 Also commemorated on the Shermanbury War Memorial

WARD William Powlett

Private 3282 1st/4th Royal Sussex Regiment, 53rd Division. Fought in battle of Suvla Bay, Gallipoli 9th August 1915. Evacuated to Malta, and died there of enteric fever 5th November 1915 aged 26. Son of William Powlett Ward and Mary Ann Ward of Kent Street Cowfold and brother of Henry Sidney Ward. Buried at Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta, Grave D II 5.

WOODFORD Harold Vivian

Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Hulluch 13th October 1915. Aged 22. Son of Charles Morris & Florence Margaret Woodford of Bowshotts Cottage. (Cowfold?) No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial MR.19

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 2, page 321:

WOODFORD, HAROLD VIVIAN, 2nd Lieut., 8th (Service) Battn. Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regt.), 2nd s. of Charles Morris Woodford. of The Grinstead. Partridge Green, co. Sussex, C.M.G., formerly Resident Commissioner of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, by his wife, Florence Margaret, dau. of the late John Palmer, of Bathurst, New South Wales; b. Epsom, co. Surrey, 23 Jan. 1893 ; educ. Tonbridge School, where he was a member of the O.T.C., and on leaving there went to Australia, where he entered the Hawkesbury Agricultural College, near Sydney, with a view to qualifying for tropical agriculture ; subsequently spent a year in the British Solomon Islands, being an active member of the Legion of Frontiersmen, and in 1914 proceeded to the Straits Settlements, where he held an appointment on the Cicely Rubber Plantation in Perak; returned to England on the outbreak of war and obtained a commission in the Berkshire Regt. 6 Feb. 1915; trained at Bedford, Reading, Warminster Camp and Wool; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 2 Oct. following, and was killed in action at Hulluch on the 13th. A brother officer wrote on 17 Oct. 1915: "He led his men over splendidly, but so far has not returned. and we are all very much afraid that he must be 'missing, believed killed.' Of course, there is just a glimmer of hope that he may have been taken prisoner, though how anyone could live through that hail of machine-gun fire I do not know," and the Adjutant wrote in Dec.: "On the night of 22 Dec. a Lance-Corporal of our regiment went out from the front trench which we were occupying in order to search for any of our dead who were still thought to be lying between the English and German lines from the engagement of 13 Oct. When he returned he reported that he had found the body of your son Harold. . . . The Lance-Corporal was a brave boy and went out quite voluntarily. He says that the body was lying about twenty yards in front of our barbed wire, and that there was a bullet wound in the head." Unm.

WOOLVEN Nelson Richard

Private TF/242624, 1st/6th Battalion, Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Sherwood Foresters). 46th North Midland Division T.F. Killed in action near Bethune 26th April 1918. Aged 25. Son of George & Sarah Anne Woolven. Born in Shermanbury. Enlisted in Horsham. Next of kin, Henfield. Buried in Fouquieres Churchyard Extension. F. 109. Also commemorated on the Shermanbury War Memorial

WOOLVEN Thomas

[SDGW lists him as Woolman] Private PS/3457, 18th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). 33rd Division Pioneers. Killed in action near Ypres 14th April 1918. Born in Cowfold and enlisted in Chichester. Next of kin residents of Partridge Green. No known grave. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial Mr.32

WREN Walter

Private M2/077413, 272nd Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died of wounds 28th August 1918. Aged 41. Husband of Mrs. Ellen Wren of 14, Virgins Croft, Battle. Enlisted in London. Next of kin, Cowfold. Buried in St.Hilaire Cemetery Extension, Frevent.

1939-1945
HARVEY Ernest
Leading Aircraftman 1184211, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26 July 1943. Aged 23. Son of Ernest Albert and Elizabeth Mills Harvey, of Cowfold, Sussex. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot 3. Row F. Grave 7.
KING Arthur
Marine probably Arthur John KING, Lance Corporal EX/5206, 2 A.A. Regiment, Royal Marines. Died 12 September 1941. Aged 23. Son of John King, and of Lily Mary King of Lower Beeding, Sussex. Buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Berlin, Germany. Plot 10. Row G. Grave 10.

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