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CRAWLEY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2004
additional information John Harrison

The new Town of Crawley has incorporated the old Crawley Memorial Park Gates in one of the exits of the new shopping mall. In 1914, Crawley was a large village and very close to the parish of Ifield, consequently most of the Ifield men are included on the Memorial Gates. There are 111 names recorded by Surname and initial only. This covers World War 1 only.

1914-1918

ABRAMS

L G
Possibly either:

Lawrence Grant ABRHAMS, Private 13053 13th. Batt The East Surreys. 40th. Division. Died of wounds 16. 4. 18. Born in Sutton, Surrey and enlisted in Wandsworth. Next of kin, Fulham. No apparent connection with Crawley. Included on Ifield Parish Church W. M.

or

Lawrence Golding ABRAMS, Lieutenant, 35th Army Postal Company, Mechanical Transport, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 3rd November 1918. Aged 35. Son of Sydney J. and Wilhelmina Abrams, of Natal, South Africa; husband of Phyllis Abrams, of 8, Caithness Rd., Brook Green, London. Buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France. Division 62. Plot II. Row Q. Grave 7.

ALEXANDER

George Luard
Captain (Acting Major) 1/8th (City of London) Bn London Regiment (Post Office Rifles). Brigade Major, 140th Brigade in 47th (2nd London) Division Born about 1883 in Bayswater, London; son of Captain Ranald M Alexander who had been born in Canada. In 1901 the family was living on the Isle of Wight and in 1917 his father was living at ‘Strathallan’ at Ryde on the island. When George’s estate was being settled in February 1918, this is the address that was given. His wife, Hilda, was the eldest daughter of Oswald Michell Courage, a director of Courage Breweries, and his wife Gertrude Hilda. The 1918 Electoral Roll records them at this address. George and Hilda had 1 child. He died on 5th August 1917 and is buried in Grave I J 1,Anzac Cemetery, Sailly – Sur – La – Lys, Pas de Calais, France.

BAKER

Henry James
Private G/2243, 8th Battalion, , Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 21st March 1918. Aged 24. Born Southease, Sussex, enlisted Lewes. Son of Henry and Mary E. Baker, of The Post Office, Rodmell, Lewes, Sussex. Included on Ifield W.M. Commemorated on Pozieres MemorialL, Somme, France. Panel 46 and 47

BANHAM

Joseph John
Major, 9th. Battalion, , Royal Sussex. 24th. Division. Killed in action during the March Retreat 27. 3. 18. Aged 31. Son of Joseph John and Julia Banham of “The Meadows” Malthouse Road, Crawley. Born Methwold, Suffolk. His father died before the wwar; his mother, Julia Longley (formerly Banham) was the sister of James Longley founder of Longley's the Crawley builders. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR. 27.

BARTLEY

Nat[haniel]
Gunner 135481, “D” Battery, 162nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery 33rd Division. Killed in action in Belgium 19. 9. 17. Aged 31. Son of Mr Nathaniel and Mrs Clara Bartley of Crawley. Born Ifield and enlisted in Crawley. Buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium B. 15

BAYFORD

William
Private TF. 201819 1/4th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 53rd. Division. Drowned when the troopship “Transylvannia” was torpedoed in the Gulf of Genoa. 4. 7. 17. Aged 37. Son of William and Eleanor Bayford of Church Lane Villas, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. Husband of Mrs Isabella Dorcas Lilliot of Crawley (remarried) later of Priest Croft, Ifield. Born in Much Hadham and enlisted in Crawley. Included on Ifield W. M. Commemorated on Lilliott family memorial in St Margaret's Church, Ifield. Commemorated on The Savona Town Memorial, Italy.

BLUNDELL

John
Rifleman R. 38529 13th. Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. 37th. Div Killed in action 13. 9. 18 Aged 38 Son of William and Amelia Blundell of Crawley. Husband of Mrs Ellen Blundell of Lee Green Kent, later of Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada. Born in Crawley and enlisted in Woolwich Buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery. F. 379

BRETT

Albert Edward
Private SD. 2081 12th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 39th. Division. Killed in action at the “Boars Head”on the Rue de Bois 30. 6. 16. Born in West Horsley , Surrey, and enlisted in Crawley. Next of kin West Horsley. Included on Slaugham and West Horsley Parish Church W. M. ‘s Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR. 19

BURGESS

Frederick George
Rifleman 42655 2nd. Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles 36th. Division. Killed in action 6. 9. 18. Aged 20. Son of Mr and Mrs Burgess of 62, West Street, Crawley. Enlisted in Woolwich. Formerly with the Rifle Brigade. Commemorated on The Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium MR. 32

BUTCHER

Robert Henry George
Private SD. 1218 12th. Battalion, Royal Sussex Died of disease at home 10. 4. 15. Aged 44. Son of Mr and Mrs John Lennox Butcher of Burgess Hill. Husband of Mrs Catherine Emma Butcher of Cross Keys, Crawley. Born in Portslade and enlisted in Bexhill. Included on Burgess Hill War Memorial. Buried in St. Johns Churchyard, Burgess Hill

BUTCHER

R L
Either:

Robert Leslie BUTCHER, Private 8078 2nd. Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). 1st. Canadian Division. Killed in action at Ypres 27. 4. 15. Son of Alfred and Mary Butcher of Crawley. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial (Canadian Section) Ypres, Belgium MR. 29

or

Robert Lenox BUTCHER, Private G/71522, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusliers. Died 8th Octover 1918. Aged 19. Son of Mrs. C. Butcher, of 152, Mercers Rd., Tufnell Park, London. Buried in Forenville Military Cemetery, Nord, France. Row F. Grave 5.

BUTLER

Thomas
Private G. 12875 8th. Battalion, Royal West Surrey Reg. 24th. Division. Killed in action Third Ypres. 31. 7. 17. Born in Charlwood, Surrey and enlisted in Horsham Next of kin Crawley. Included on Ifield W. M. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR. 29

CAIN

John Walter
[Known As Jack] Private 27347, 1st Ballation, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds 12. 10. 17. Born Slaugham, enlisted Horsham. Son of Osborne And Harriett Cain. Also on Slaugham War Memorial. Buried in Ruisseau Farm Cemetery

CASON

Isaac William Cason
[Initials mispelt on gate pillar as I W J CASSON] Private 29411, 708th Company, 9th Labour Battalion, Labour Corps. Died of wounds 2nd September 1917. Aged 44. Born Southend on Sea, Essex [SDGW states Rochford, Essex], enlisted London, resident South Northwood, Surrey. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Cason, of Bonwycks Place, Ifield, Crawley, Sussex; husband of Alice Mary Cason, of 44, Cresswell Rd., South Norwood, London. Formerly 117717, Royal Engineers. Included on Ifield W. M. Buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. Plot II Row G Grave 27.

CHANTLER

Frank Hubert
Private 12913 7th. DragoonGuards. Cavalry Division. Died of wounds 4. 4. 18. Aged 28. Son of the late Mr D. Chantler of Crawley, later of Brighton; husband of Mrs Nellie Chantley, of Crawley. Born in Worth and enlisted in Lewes. Buried in Avesnes sur Helpe Communal Cemetery

CHARMAN

Charlie Frederick
Private G/7747, 6th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. 12th. Division. Killed in action during the March Retreat 27. 3. 18. Aged 26. Son of George Henry and Olive Kate Charman of Hydehurst Cottage, Lowfield Heath. Born in Pulborough and enlisted in Redhill, Surrey, resident Merstham. Included on Ifield Parish Church W. M. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR. 27.

CHARMAN

Nelson
Private G./25350. 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. 18th. Division. Died of wounds 14. 8. 17. Born in Lower Beeding and enlisted in Horsham. Next of kin Crawley. Included on Ifield W. M. Buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Belgium B. 7.

CHEESMAN

William Edward
Private SD. 3555 13th. Battalion, Royal Sussex. 39th. Division. Killed in action during the attack on the “Boars Head” on the Rue de Bois. 30. 6. 16. Born in Sutton, Surrey and enlisted in Horsham. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR. 19.

CLARK

William Henry
[Listed as CLARKE in some places] Rifleman S/5620, 10th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. 20th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 3rd September 1916. Born in Buckswood, Ifield and enlisted in Holborn. Next of kin Balham, South London. Clarinet player in crawley Town Band and is listed on their memorial in St. John's Church, Crawley. Father William Clark from Handcross. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.

COLLISON

James Ambrose
Private SD. 1153 11th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 39th. Div Killed in action near Cambrin. 4. 6. 16. Aged 26 Son of James and Ada Amelia Collison of “Swiss Cottage” 46, Alpha Road, Crawley. Born in Ifield and enlisted in Cooden Beach, Bexhill. Buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension F. 114

COOKE

Richard Edward
Second Lieutenant, 11th Battalion (Cambrigdeshires) Suffolk Regiment. Wounded in stomach, died of these wounds 13th April 1918. Born Ifield. Parents Alfred & Laura Cook. On St John’s Memorial as Richard Edwin Cook; also on St Peter’s War Memorial. Buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.

COOPER

Thomas Henry
Private G. 7285 8th. Battalion, Royal West Kents. 24th. Division. Killed in action during the March Retreat 21. 3. 18. Aged 35. Son of Mr and Mrs Cooper of 36, Ifield Road, Crawley. Born in Ifield and enlisted in Chichester Formerly with the Royal Sussex. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR. 27.

CORBETT

Hedley James
Private 20961, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 4th April 1918. Born Exeter, Devon about 1897, enlisted Mill Hill, Middlesex, resident Lower Edmonton, Middlesex. His mother, Margaret Annie Martin, was born about 1864 at Turner's Hill, Sussex. Listed on the St John's Memorial in full. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial. Panel 44 and 45.

COTTLE

Walter Edward [Worsdale]
Lieutenant, Grenadier Guards attached 1st. Guards Brigade Machine Gun Company. Killed in action at Third Ypres 31. 7. 17 Aged 22. Son of Walter Herbert and Agnes Muriel Cottle of Melton Hall, Newigate, Surrey. Included on Ifield Parish Church W. M. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR. 29.

DRUGHORN

William Frederick
Private STK. 76 10th. Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. 18th. Division. Killed in action on the Somme 15. 7. 16. Born in Amsterdam Holland, and enlisted in St. Pauls Churchyard. Next of kin Beckenham. Connection with Crawley unknown. Included on Ifield War Memorial. Buried in Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-Boiselle

Note: His father later became Sir John Drughorn, Lord of the Manor of Ifield. Lived at Ifield Hall post-war. Baronet 1922. There was a memorial to William was at Ifield Hall that took the shape of a sundial. The sundial memorial to William Frederick Drughorn is in the possession of the direct descendants of Drughorn’s sisters, having been donated thereto upon the demolition of Ifield Hall and the then current plans to construct a second runway at adjacent Gatwick Airport in to the garden of the Hall, subsequently abandoned in 2010. Sir John was instrumental in the creation of the war memorials in Crawley and the following legend is on one of the gate pillars to the memorial gardens in Crawley

"The Recreation Ground was bought through Public Subscription and the Entrance gates and tablets were presented and erected by John F. Drughorn in Memory of the men of Ifield and Crawley who fell in the Great War 1914-18"

EDWARDS

Charles Richard
Rifleman A. 204837 11th. Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. 37th. Division. Killed in action 2. 10. 18. Aged 19 Son of Frederick and Myra Edwards of 3, Bank Terrace, Brighton, Road, Crawley. Born in East Grinstead and enlisted in Horsham. Listed on both St John's and St Peter's memorials. Buried in Sucrerie Cemetery, Ablain St. Nazaire. F. 547

EDWARDS

Lewis George
Second Lieutenant 11th. Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. 37th. Division. Killed in action at Ypres 20. 9. 17. Aged 23. Son of George and Annie Edwards of “The Croft” Ifield Road, Crawley. Born Slinfold. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR. 30

EGGLETON

Benjamin
Private L. 7652 7th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 12th. Division. Killed in action near ‘Twin Copses' during the Arras Offensive. 4. 7. 17. Aged 30. Son of Charles and Ellen Eggleton of 146 , Brookwood Road, Southfields, London. Born in Bolney and enlisted in Horsham. Regular soldier formerly with the 2nd. Battalion. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial MR. 20

ELLIS

Albert Edward
Private 11809, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died at sea 13th August 1915. Born Mile End, London, enlisted London, resident Lowfield Heath. Formerly 12512, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Commemorated on memorial inside Lowfield Heath Church although not on that war memorial and also listed on St John's memorial, Crawley. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey.

EVERY

Walter Henry Thomas
Private 648327 1/20th. London Regiment . Killed in action 5. 4. 18 Aged 29 . Son of Walter and Elizabeth Every of 15, Palentine Road, Stoke Newington. Husband of Mrs Edith Evelyn Every(remarried) of 15, Cross Keys, Crawley. Born in Hackney and enlisted in Stoke Newington. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial MR. 20. Included on Ifield W. M.

FRANCIS

Charles Arthur
Private SD/3765 13th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 39th. Division. Killed in action on the Somme 21. 10. 16 Born in Ifield and enlisted in Hastings. Son of James Thomas and Harriett Francis. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

FRANKS

George Samuel
Private TF/265403 2/6th. Battalion, Royal Sussex. Indian Army. Died of disease in India 17. 8. 17. Born and enlisted in Brighton. Next of kin, Ifield. Lived at North Cottage, Ifield. His mother died 1933 and is buried at St Nicholas Church, Worth. Included on Ifield W. M. Buried in Tank Cemetery and Commemorated on The Delhi Memorial. M. R. 43

FRANKS

Francis
Lance Corporal 10658, 2nd. Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. 6th. Division. Died of wounds 8. 10. 14. This is the first casualty from Crawley or Ifield. Born Ifield, enlisted in London, resident Ifield. Parents William and Elizabeth (Eliza) Franks of Crawley. Included on Ifield W. M. Buried in City of Paris Cemetery, Bagneux

FUNNELL

Henry John
Lance Corporal G/3440 9th. Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th. Division. Killed in action near Hooge, Ypres 14. 2. 16. Aged 26 Son of Mr Harry 9Domestic Gardener) and Mrs Louisa Funnell of "The Garage", Buchan Hill, Crawley. Born in Slaugham about 1890 and enlisted in Brighton. Buchan Hill was a country house, now Cottesmore School. Buried in The Menin Road (South) Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium B. 74

GARNER

William Thomas
Private 33235 6th. Battalion, Border Reg. 11th. Division. Died of wounds 5. 10. 17. Born St. Pancras and enlisted in London. Mother living at 10, Cross Keys, Crawley 1916 (Willetts Directory) & 1918 (Electoral Roll). Formerly with the Royal Flying Corps. Buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. B. 16

GARRETT

Arthur Hedley
Private TF/1677, 1/1st. Sussex Yeomanry attached to the 42nd. Division. Gallipoli. Died of dysentry on H.M. Hospital Ship "Rena" 21. 10. 15. Aged 23. Son of Hedley and Alberta Garrett of 12, Brighton Road, Crawley. Born in Crawley and enlisted in Horsham. List on both St Peters and St Johns Memorials. Buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.

GEER

William
Private G. 37905 1st. Battalion, Royal West Surreys. 33rd. Division. Killed in action 16. 4. 18. Aged 34. Son of Harry and Harriett Geer of Mill Lane, Ifield. Husband of Mrs Rose Ellen Geer of 19, West Street, Crawley. Born in Maplehurst and enlisted in Horsham Included on Ifield Parish Church W. M. Commemorated on The Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium MR. 32

GORING

Alfred John
Private TF. 203963 1st. Garrison Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Reg. Egypt. Died of disease in Ismailia, Egypt. 7. 6. 18. Husband of Mrs E. Goring of 15, Horsham Road, Crawley. Born in Brighton and enlisted in East Grinstead. Lived with his grandparents in Crawley. Formerly with The Royal Sussex. Also on Worth W.M. Buried in Ismailia Military Cemetery, Egypt.

GORRINGE

Edgar
Lance Cpl. L. 8358 2nd. Battalion, Royal Sussex 1st. Division. Killed in action near Shrewsbury Forest near Ypres, 30. 10. 14. Aged 30. Regular Soldier. Son of John and Elizabeth Gorringe of 102, Ifield Road, Crawley Born in Marsh Green, Kent and enlisted in East Grinstead. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR. 29

GRAVELY

Charles
Private 7587, 2nd Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Killed in action 8th May 1915. Aged 31. Born Worth, Crawley, enlisted East Grinstead. Brother of William Gravely, of 12, Victoria Rd., Crawley, Sussex. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR. 29. Panel 12

HAWKINS

George Kenner
Corporal 3006 2nd. Life Guards. Cavalry Division. Dow 10. 1. 18 Aged 21. Son of George and Mary Anne Hawkins of Ewhurst Farm, Ifield Road, Crawley. Born in Kemmerton, Gloucs. and enlisted Windsor, Berks. Included on Ifield Parish Church W. M. Buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery F. 446

HARDING

Frederick A
Gunner 97004, ‘K’ Battalion, Tank Corps. Accidentally killed at Bovingdon Camp, Dorset. Large stone from an explosion fell through the open trapdoor of a tank he was cleaning inside, smashed his skull 5th December 1917. , Born Itchingfield south of Horsham. Son of John and Elizabeth Harding. Buried in St. Margarets Churchyard, Ifield.

HEATHER

Arthur
Private G. 19692 9th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 24th. Division. Killed in action during the March Retreat 21. 3. 18. Aged 27. Son of Henry and Lucy Heather of Crawley. Husband of Mrs Arthur Heather of 15, Princes Crescent Brighton. Born in Crawley and enlisted in Brighton. Included on Brighton War Memorial. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR. 27

HEDGER

Frederick
Private L/5990, 2nd. Battalion, Royal Sussex 1st. Division. Killed in action near Cuinchy 16. 2. 15. Regular Soldier. Although listed as being born in Rudgwick no birth record found although posisbly he was born in Pulborough about 1890 and enlisted in Horsham. Next of kin, Crawley Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial Mr22

HERITAGE, MM

Jack
Sergeant 52885, 66th. Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 21. 4. 18. Aged 34 Born in Crawley and enlisted in London. Husband of Mrs Ivy Heritage of 15, Batavia Road, New Cross. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.) (London Gazette 17. 12. 18). Buried in Eblinghem Military Cemetery F. 180

HILDER

Roland Edward
[Spelt Rowland on CWGC] Private L/7653 2nd. Battalion, Royal Sussex 1st. Division. Killed in action near Epinette 23. 12. 14. Born in Brighton and enlisted in Horsham. Parents John and Maria Heritage, of Crawley. Regular Soldier. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial MR. 22

HILTON

Fred
Private L. 10275 7th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 12th. Division. Killed in action near Vermelles, 24. 3. 16. Aged 19. Son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Hilton of Tushmore (a small area now a roundabout on the A23), London Road, Crawley. Born in Ifield and enlisted Horley. Included on Ifield ParishChurch War Memorial. Buried in Vermelles British Cemetery F. 423.

HOLDER

James
Private TF/206765, 2/4th. Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. 53rd. Division. Dow in Palestine 1. 1. 18. Aged 24. Son of James and Elizabeth Holder of 89. Ifield Road, Crawley. Born Ifield, enlisted in Guildford, Surrey. Buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Palestine.

HOLTON

Richard Hubert
Private TF/201034, 1/4th. Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 34th. Division. Wounded at Grand Rozoy on the Marne and died on the 29. 7. 18. Aged 25. Son of Richard Henry and Sarah Holton of County Oak, Ifield. Born in Ifield and enlisted in Horsham. Included on Ifield Parish Church W.M. Buried in Sur Vesle British Cemetery F. 1322

EXTRACT FROM LOCAL PAPER FOLLOWS.

Mr and Mrs R H Holton and family have the heartfelt sympathy of all their friends in the sad loss they have sustained by the death of Hubert who was in the Royal Sussex Regiment. Although the news had not been officially communicated to them, there seems to be no doubt that Hubert, who, while engaged in signalling, was killed outright by the explosion of a shell. This information having been brought home by Private Rice of East Park.

HOY

Jack
Corporal G/3407 9th. Battalion, Royal Sussex Regimnt. 24th. Division. Killed in action at Loos 28. 9. 15. Aged 19. Son of James and Mary Hoy of Ifield, Born in Charlwood, Surrey and enlisted in Horsham. Included on Ifield and Charlwood Parish War Memorial’s Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR. 19 .

HUMPHREY

John
Private 1450 22nd. Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 2nd. Division. Died 1. 6. 16 Aged 20. Son of William and Clare Ann Humphreys of Crawley. Brother of Michael below. Born in Horley and enlisted in Shepherds Bush. Buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension. F. 12

HUMPHREY

Michael James
Rifleman 553742 16th. Battalion, London Regiment (Queens Westminsters) Killed in action 30. 11. 17. Aged 27 . Son of William and Clare Ann Humphreys of Crawley. Husband of Mrs Emily Humphreys (remarried) later of Redstone Road, Redhill. Born in Horley and enlisted in Piccadilly. Brother of John above. Buried in Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension. F. 1496

HYGATE

Harold Philip
Lance Sergeant SD/2105 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th. Division. Died of wounds [Battalion history states Killed] 23. 9. 18. Aged 31. Husband of Mrs Annie Hygate of 119 The High Street, Crawley. Born in Slaugham and enlisted in Crawley. Mentioned in Desptaches, London Gazette 25. 5. 18. Buried in Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension F. 194

IZARD

John William
Private TF. 201157 1/4th. Battalion, Royal Sussex. 53rd. Division. Killed in action First Battle of Gaza 26. 3. 17. Aged 20 Son of Joseph and Ellen Izard of 62, Ifield Road, Born in Ifield and enlisted in Horsham. Commemorated on The Jerusalem Memorial MR. 34.

JOHNSON

James
Lance Cpl. 10038 2nd. Battalion, East Yorkshire Reg. 28th. Division. Killed in action 27. 2. 15. Aged 25. Son of John and Annie Johnson of Bell Vue, Tilgate (near Pease Pottage) and enlisted in Kingston on Hull, Yorkshire. Brother of William Johnson below. Formerly with the East Surreys. Resident of Pease Pottage, near Crawley. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR. 29

JOHNSON

Richard John
Private 41986 7th. Battalion, Norfolk Reg. 12th. Division. Killed in action 23. 8. 18. Aged 18 Son of Samuel and Emily Johnson of 9, St. Johns Road. Crawley. Born in Ifield and enlisted in Horsham Buried in Meaulte Military Cemetery F. 370

JOHNSON

William
Private 9108 8th. Battalion, East Yorkshire Reg. 3rd. Division. Killed in action at Arras 3. 5. 17. Born in Crawley and enlisted in Haywards Heath. Son of John and Annie Johnson of Bell Vue, Tilgate (near Pease Pottage). Brother of James Johnson above. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial MR. 20

JOHNSTONE

Robert James Evan
Private M/38325, Royal Army Service Corps attached 'D' of Docks, G.H.Q. Died of accidental injuries 29. 1. 18. Born Trinidad, West Indies, enlisted Hounslow, resident Dorking. Son of James Evans Johnstone and Henrietta Johnstone, of Trinidad, British West Indies. Henrietta was living in County Oak, Crawley in 1918. Formerly 7309, Lincolnshire Regiment. Also served 9th and 12th Lancers.

JORDAN

Leonard George
Guardsman 22205 1st. Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Goards Division. Killed in action on the Somme 25. 9. 16. Born in Lowfield Heath and enlisted in Guildford, Surrey. Also on memorials at Lowfield HEath, Charlwood and St Peter's, Crawley. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

KERRY

Edward Joseph
[Mispelt on gates as KERREY] Private G. 27464 24th. Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. 2nd. Division. Killed in action 13. 11. 16. Born in Hepworth, Suffolk and enlisted in London. Next of kin residents of Ifield [although not in directory of local residents in 1916]. Included on Ifield Parish Church W. M. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

KILLICK, (LS and G C Medal)

Frank
R.S.M. 11032 Royal Field Artiller. 5th. Division. Ammunition Column. Died at home 6. 2. 19. Aged 45. Regular soldier. Returned home July 1918 and was committed to Hellingly Asylum. Son of Francis (died 1913) and Maria Killick. Veteran of South Africa. Brother of John and Stanley (below). Also on Lowfield Heath W.M. Buried in St. Michaels Churchyard, Lowfield Heath, Surrey.


Frank Killick's Grave stone that also
commemorates his two brothers
Photograph copyright © Geoffrey R Gillon 2014

KILLICK

John
Private G. 15954 13th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 39th. Division. Killed in action on the Somme 26. 10. 16. Aged 35. Son of Francis (died 1913) and Maria Killick. Husband of Mrs Maude Killick of South View, County Oak, Crawley. Brother of Frank (above) and Stanley (below). Born in Crawley and enlisted in Horsham. Included on Lowfield Heath and Ifield Parish War Memorials. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

KILLICK

Stanley
Private G. 18243 8th. Battalion, East Kent Reg. 24th. Division. Killed in action at Messines. 14. 6. 17. Aged 33. Born in Crawley, 1884, and enlisted in Horsham. Next of kin Crawley. Son of Francis (died 1913) and Maria Killick. Brother of John and Frank (above). Only listed on Crawley, St John's, memorial. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR. 29

KING

Charles
Rifleman 379925 2/8th. Battalion, London Reg. (Post Office Rifles) Killed in action at Ypres. 20. 9. 17. Aged 38. Son of Mr and Mrs John King of Forge Cottage, Ifield. Born in Ifield and enlisted in Horsham. Included on Ifield Parish Church W.M. and Crawley Post Office W.M. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium MR. 29

KNOWLES

Harry
Private L. 7316 2nd. Battalion, Royal Sussex. 1st. Division. Killed in action at Loos 25. 9. 15. Aged 29. Son of Alfred and Mary Knowles. Husband of Mrs Elsie Knowles (remarried) of 13, Malthouse Road, Crawley. Reservist. Born in Billingshurst and enlisted in East Grinstead. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR. 19

LAKER

Arthur
Private G. 17994 1st. Battalion, Royal West kents. 5th. Division. Died of wounds 4. 10. 17. Aged 38. Son of Albert and Ellen Laker of Oak Farm, Ifield Wood, Crawley. Husband of Alice Laker, 86, Camilla Road, Bermondsey. Born in West Grinstead and enlisted in Crawley. Formerly with the Royal Sussex. Included on Ifield Parish Church W. M. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR. 30

LAW

Sidney Walker
Lance Bombardier. 353862 The Royal Garrison Artillery. 154th. Heavy Battery. Killed in action during the March Retreat 21. 3. 18. Born in Kemsing, Kent and enlisted in Redhill, Surrey. Son of Frederick and Esther Law. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial MR. 20.

LILLYWHITE

William
Gunner. 7288 Royal Field Artillery. Base details. Died 2. 11. 18. Born in Holloway, North London and enlsted in Brighton. Son of William Joseph and Eleanor Lillywhite. Buried in St. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre F. 85

LINFIELD

Edwin
Private G. 15944 13th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 39th. Division. Killed in action during the March Retreat 29. 3. 18. Born in Ifield 7 enlisted in Horsham. Next of kin, Crawley. Son of Edwin Linfield (senior). Buried in Villers Bretonneux Military Cemetery F. 1170

LUCAS

Donald Leslie
Boy. 86646 Boys Training Wing The Royal Air Force, Cranwell, Lincs. Died at Lincoln Hospital, Lincolshire 17. 8. 18. Aged 18. Son of Maurice William (also serving in the Army) and Mary Lucas of Park View, Ifield. Included on Ifield Parish Church War Memorial Buried in St. Margarets Churchyard, Ifield.

MARTIN

H.G.
No further information currently available.

MITCHELL

Charles Kenneth
Lance Corporal SD/1148, 11th. Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of meningitis at Bexhill 5. 2. 15. Aged 25. Son of Charles James and Sarah Blanche Mitchell of Oak Lodge, Crawley. Born in Ifield and enlisted in Crawley. On both the St John's and St Peter's memorials. Buried in St. John The Baptist Churchyard, Crawley.

MOORE

George Alfred
Private GS/41851, 26th (Service) Battalion (Bankers) Royal Fusiliers. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records him as ‘George Alfred’. The Medal Roll records him as ‘Alfred George’. Both state he served with the same battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and with the same service number. Alfred was born in Fletching near Uckfield, lived in Crawley and enlisted in Horsham. In 1901 he appears on the census as Alfred Moore aged 19, a Nursery Gardener living In Keymer near Hurstpierpoint. He is listed on the Lowfield Heath War Memorial as Alfred T. Moore, but on the memorial in the church as Alfred George Moore. He possibly worked at Cheals Nurseries. A Frank Moore lived at ‘Clyro’, next to Cheals. He also appears on the Worth War Memorial in the church of St Nicholas in Worth as well as the Ifield War Memorial in St Margaret’s Church. In all cases the Regiment, 26th Bn Royal Fusiliers, is the same. Alfred died of wounds on 7th June 1917, the opening day of the Battle of Messines and his body was not recovered for burial He is commemorated on Panel 6 and 8 on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Ypres (now Ieper) Belgium.

MOORE

Robert Joseph
[Listed as J MOORE on CWGC] Gunner 97101, 245th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 26. 7. 17. Born in Framlingham, Suffolk and enlisted in Horsham, resident Crawley. Next of kin, Crawley. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Plot XVI, Row H, Grave 19a.

MOSSE

Philip Godfrey
Second Lieutenant. 6th. Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. 13th. Division. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 18. 4. 16. Aged 25 Son of Herbert R. Mosse M. D. and Katherine Mosse of Roffey House, Horsham. Formerly with the Warwicks. Included on the Ifield Parish Church W. M. Commemorated on The Basra Memorial Iraq MR38

NICHOLLS

Edward
[Spelt NICHOLS on SDGW] Corporal 651381, 21st (County of London) Battalion (1st Surrey Rifles), London Regiment attached 142nd Trench Mortar Battery. Died of wounds 15th October 1918. Aged 22. Enlisted Camberwell, resident Bermondsey. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Nicholls, of Tilgate Forest Cottage, Crawley, Sussex. Buried in Estaires Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot V Row G Grave 27

PACE

Howard Clement
Gunner 1412, 4th. Hampshire Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died at home in Crawley of pleurisy and consumption 5. 7. 16. Aged 22. Born Cuckfield 10. 7. 1894. Only son of Henry Clement and Lilian Elizabeth Pace of “Novar” Earlswood Road, Redhill, Surrey. Parents owned ‘H C Pace and Son’, drapers and outfitters in Crawley High Street. Buried in St. John The Baptist Churchyard, Crawley.

PARSONS

Stephen
Private 43409, 17th. Battalion, Manchester Regiment. 30th. Division. Killed in action 12. 10. 16. Born in Ifield and enlisted in Horsham. Brother of William below; son of Nathan and Mary Parsons, of Crawley. Formerly Royal Sussex. On St Peter's, Crawley memorial. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

PARSONS

William Peter
Private 34657 9th. Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Reg. 25th. Division. Killed in action at Messines 8. 6. 17. Aged 36. Brother of Stephen above; son of Nathan and Mary Parsons, of Crawley. Husband of Mrs Elizabeth Parsons of Oak Cottages 32, Hazelwick Road, Three Bridges. Born in Ifield and enlisted in East Grinstead. Former Royal Engineer. On St Peter's, Crawley and St Nicholas, Worth memorials. Buried in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery. , Belgium B. 89

PAVEY

Maurice Alfred
Airman Clerk 1st Class 166342, No. 8 Cadet Wing, Royal Air Force. Died at Hastings 9. 10. 18. Aged 30. Son of Harry and Ellen Pavey; husband of M. A. Pavey of Ifield. Originally served with Devonshire Regiment. Included on Ifield Parish Church W.M. Buried in St. Margarets Churchyard Ifield

PENFOLD

Albert Edwin
Rifleman 474018 1/12th. Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 7/10/16/ Aged 29 Son of John and Emily Penfold of Tweed Cottage, Ifield. EBorn Worth, enlisted in Horsham. Former Royal Sussex. Included on the Ifield Parish W. M. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

PENFOLD

Philip George
Private TF. 251676 20th. Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. 41st. Division . Killed in action near Ypres 21. 9. 17. Born in Charlwood, Surrey and enlisted in Crawley. Lived at Tushmore Cottages, Crawley. Son of William and Elizabeth Penfold. Included on Ifield Parish Church W. M. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR. 30.

PERRY

Kenneth George
Second Lieutenant 11th. Royal Sussex 39th. Division. Died of wounds 1. 11. 16. Aged 33. Born in Croydon, lived at ‘Melton’, Newlands Road, Crawley. Son of Charles and Caroline Perry of "Hazelglen", Horley, Surrey. Husband of Mrs Dorothy Perry (nee Bruckshaw) of Harraton Lodge, Exning, near Newmarket. Suffolk. Railway Surveyor for London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. Educated at the Whitgift School, Croydon. Service with Artists Rifles OTC. Croydon Roll of Honour, Horley W. M. and Exning Parish Church W. M. Buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery F. 74

PULLEN

William [James]
Gunner 90230, 182 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 28th September 1917. Born Highfield, enlisted Horsham, resident Crawley. Born Ifield about 1883. Son of Maurice and Eliza Pullen. Lived in West St., Crawley, enlisted in Horsham. Brother in Law to Robert Joseph Moore (QV). Worked as a plumber. Buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Plot XXV. Row D. Grave 15.

RAMSEY

H C
possibly: Herbert Cyril Ramsay, Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 22. 4. 18. Born Verton, Nottinghamshire about 1890, in 1901 he was lving in Battersea, son of Reverend William Byron and Mrs Sarah Jane Ramsay, Upton Parsonage, Wiveliscombe, Somerset. Buried in Brown’s Road Miliary Cemetery, Festubert.

RAPLEY

Sidney James
Private TR/161577 53rd. Training Battalion, Royal West Surreys. Died at home 4. 11. 18. Aged 18. Son of William and Clara Rapley of Merton Cottage, Ifield. Born in Charlwood and enlisted in Brighton, Included on Ifield Parish Church W. M. Buried in St. Margarets Churchyard, Ifield.

RAZZELL

William
Private 33703 6th. Battalion, Royal Berkshires. 18th. Division. Killed in action 17. 2. 17. Aged 31. Husband of Mrs Alice Razzell of 9, Albany Road, West Crawley. Parents Frank and Elizabeth Razzell. Brother-in-Law to William Pullen. Born in Ifield and enlisted in Aldershot. Former Royal Engineer. Buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt. F. 314

RICE

Alfred
Private SD. 2118 11th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 39th. Division. Killed in action during the capture of the Scwaben Redoubt near Thiepval 21, 10, 16, Aged 22. Son of John and Eliza Rice of 80, Ifield Close, Crawley. Three brothers died and are listed here Alfred, Frederick Ernest and Nathaniel. Born and enlisted in Crawley. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

RICE

Charles
Private 8765 1st. Battalion, Ox and Bucks Light Infantry. 6th. Indian Division. Died from dysentery and enteric fever in British General Hospital, Asmara, Iraq 18. 7. 16. Born in Worth and enlisted in Horsham. Son of George and Elizabeth Rice, Charles lived with widowed mother at 37 West St, Crawley. Buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

RICE

Charles Alfred James
Sergeant L/9464, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of illness 29. 1. 19. Age 27. Born Ifield about 1891, son of James and Ann Hannah Rice, of Malthouse Rd., Crawley - parents deceased, Ann 1904, James 1915. Charles was married to Lucy and had 2 children Jackie and Mary. Regular soldier, ‘Old Contemptable’. Wounded 3 times. Former member of the Crawley town band. Lived 11 Malthouse Road, Crawley. Buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France. Plot XIII Row B Grave12

RICE

Frederick Ernest
Private G. 21154 11th. Battalion, Middlesex Reg. 12th. Division. Killed in action 28. 7. 16. Aged 28 Son of John and Eliza Rice of 80 Ifield Road, Crawley. Three brothers died and are listed here Alfred, Frederick Ernest and Nathaniel. Born in Worth and enlisted in Horsham. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

RICE

Nathaniel
Private 15254 2nd. Battalion, Hampshire Reg. . 29th. Division. Killed in action on Gallipoli 6. 8. 15. Aged 20. Son of John and Eliza Rice of 80, Ifield Close, Crawley. Husband of Mrs N. Rice (re married) of Lytchett Minster, Dorset. Three brothers died and are listed here Alfred, Frederick Ernest and Nathaniel. Born in Crawley and enlisted in Guildford, Surrey. Comemorated on The Helles Memorial, Gallipoli MR. 4-

SANDLES

Trayton Finden
Stoker 1st. Class RFR/Chib/7250 Royal Navy. HMS “Torrent” Lost with the destroyer in the North Sea 23. 12. 17. Aged 30 Son of William and Jane Sandles of Malthouse Road, Crawley. Husband of Mrs Dorothy Sandles of North Burlingham, Norwich, Norfolk. Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial MR. 1.

Note: This is a puzzle. He is not on any of the Crawley war memorials and cannot be found with any version of spelling of the surname on the 1901 census. His family previously lived at 19 Malthouse Road in 1914. His father is a Thatcher in Willetts Crawley Directory for 1916. Looking through the 1881 and 1901 censuses Trayton Sandals was born Hamsey near Lewes about 1871 and Finden Sandles was born at Barcombe aboutt 1847 with a son named William, born Lewes about 1869. There is also another Trayton Sandales born Hamsey aboutt 1830. Hamsey also has two Sandles on its war memorial but not this one.

SAYERS

Charles
Private TF. 1925 1/4th. Batt Royal Sussex 53rd. Division. Killed in action near Suvla Bay 28. 8. 15. Son of Mr and Mrs Charles Sayers of 33, Malthouse Road, Crawley. Born in Crawley and enlisted in Horsham Buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli.

SCUTT

William George
Private G. 2389 8th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 18th. Division. Killed in action near Bernafay Wood on the Somme 13. 7. 16 Aged 21. Son of William and Jane Scutt of County Oak, Crawley. Born in Ifield and enlisted in Horsham. Included on Ifield and Lowfield Heath W. M’s Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

SIMS

Donald Palmer
Second Lieutenant 2nd. Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company(Infantry) 7th. Division. Killed in action in Italy 23. 10. 18. Aged 34 Son of James George and Susan Maria Sims. Buried in Tezze British Cemetery, Italy.

Note: Listed on the memorial at St. Peter’s. The only donald Sims of the correct age on the 1901 census was born in Thetford, Norfolk and is living in Heston, Middlesex. Appears to be another one whose relatives moved to Crawley post-war. Commonwealth War Graves Commission states that his parents weredeceased.

SOAN

Frederick
Rifleman 1768 4th. Battalion, Rifle Brigade. 27th. Division. Killed in action near Ypres 9. 5. 15. Aged 26. Son of Herbert and Minnie Soan of Rest Cottage, Albany Road Crawley. Born in Crawley and enlisted in East Grinstead. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR. 29.

SPRAKE

George Harold
Lieutenant 8th. Battalion, Royal Highlanders(The Black Watch) 9th. Scottish Division. Killed in action on the Somme 18. 7. 16 Born Brighton. Son of Charles and Alice Julia Sprake, of ‘Kimberly’, Ifield. Married to Alice. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

STEMP

Arthur
Private 4147, 15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales Civil Service Rifles), London Regiment. Kiled in action 16. 11. 16. Born Crawley about 1888. Parents unkown. Enlisted Somerset House. Married. In 1916 he was living in Peckham. Newspaper report confirms details. Nephew of verger of St Peters Church, John Charman. Another nephew Harry Baker also killed. Buried in Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery, Ypres. Plot IV Row G Grave 16.

STOKES

Sidney Wallace
Rifleman S/32606 7th. Battalion, Rifle Brigade. 14th. Division. Killed in action 7. 12. 17. Husband of the late Mrs G. E. Stokes although an Elizabeth Stokes is living at 94 Malthouse Road in 1918 and may be her. Born Walthamstow and enlisted in Dartford. (This is the only S. W. Stokes with CWGC records). Comemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR. 30.

STOWE

John H
Private G. 1597 7th. Battalion, Royal West Surreys. 18th. Division. Died in France. 24. 11. 15. Son of Mr and Mrs Samuel Stowe of 1, Mayfield Terrace, Ifield. Born in St Albans, Herts and enlisted in Redhill, Surrey. Included on the Ifield Parish Church W. M. Bur Corbie Communal Cemetery F. 22

TESTER

Arthur J
Private SD. 2125 12th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 39th. Division. Killed in action on Becourt Ridge 3. 9. 16. Aged 19 Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Tester of Crawley. Born in Hurstpierpoint and enlisted in Crawley. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

TESTER

Herbert Clark
Rifleman 10599, 1/5th Battalion, London Regiment. (London Rifle Brigade) Killed in action 23. 9. 16. Aged 19. Born in Shoreham. Son of Mr Edward and Mrs Alice Tester of 38, Malthouse Road, Crawley. Enlisted in Crawley. Also on Salugham W.M. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

THAYRE

Bert
Private 463991 29th. Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment) 2nd. Canadian Division. Killed in action 26. 9. 16. Aged 28. Born 24. 7. 1888 in Ifield. Son of William and Kate Thayre of 30, West Street, Crawley. Emigrated to Canada. Joined Army in 1915. Carpenter by trade. Not married. Brother of Percy below. Commemorated on The Vimy Memorial MR. 23

THAYRE

Percy Frank
Guardsman. 29138 4th. Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Guards Division. Killed in action near Vieux 12. 4. 18. Born on Ifield about 1893 and enlisted in London. Unmarried. Originally in Metropolitan Police before enlisting. Buried in Aval Wood Military Cemetery, Vieux-Bequin. F. 352

THORNTON

Cruiser Eldred Moore
Private G/12997, 3rd. Reserve Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died in Newhaven of a ‘poisoned foot’, understood to be from an infected blister 19. 3. 17. Aged 43. Son of Cruiser and Mary Anne Thornton who were living in 1916 in Ifield Road, Crawley. Husband of Mrs Alice Thornton of 11, Victoria Road, Shoreham by Sea. Born in Horsham and enlisted in Horsham. Buried in St. Margarets Churchyard Ifield.

WILSON

Gilbert John
Second Lieutenant 16th. Battalion, Royal Sussex 74th. Division. Killed in action near Sheria, Palestine 6. 11. 17. Aged 31 Born in Westminster. Next of kin Rotherfield and Crawley. Brother of Richard below. Included on Rotherfield Parish Church War Memorial. Appears on both St John's and St Peter's Memorials. Buried in Beersheba War Cemetery, Palestine.

WILSON

Richard Leslie
Private 512627, 1/14th. Battalion, London Regiment (The London Scottish). Died of wounds 29. 3. 17. Aged 19. Born Crawley. Son of Mr Gilbert Stringer and Mrs Amelia Wilson of 16, The High Street, Crawley. Brother of Gilbert above. Enlisted in London. Appears on both St John's and St Peter's Memorials. Buried in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty. F. 385

WOOD

Ernest [John]
Private 1866, 35th Battalion, A.I.F. Died near Ypres 12. 10. 1917. Aged 43. Born in Hellingly, East Sussex about 1874. Enlisted Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Educated at the National School, Portslade by Sea, Sussex. Eldest son of John and Ann Wood; brother of Walter David Wood of Ifield Mills, Crawley, Sussex. John Wood later lived in Ifield and ran Ifield steam mill. Ernest emigrated to Australia in 1898, aged 24, and became a draper and outfitter. Unmarried. Parents died before him in early 191. Commemorated on the Menin Gate.

WOOD

E.L.
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WOODHALL

George Frederick Gerald
Commander, H.M.S. "President" Royal Navy. Died of meningitis at Folkestone 13. 9. 16 where he was Divisional Naval Transport Officer and Senior Officer. Aged 50. Son of Lt. Colonel Frederick and Mrs Woodhall. Husband of Mrs Hilda Woodhall of 22, Down Street, Mayfair, London. Also owned Goffs Hill, Crawley. Buried in St. Margarets Churchyard, Ifield.

WRIGHT

William Gregory
Rifleman 301 1/16th. Battalion, London Regiment (Queens Westminsters). Died of wounds 14. 12. 14. Aged 25. Son of John and Mary Wright of 3, Victoria Road, Crawley. Born in Horley and enlisted in Tottenham. Educated at Christs Hospital School, Hertford. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery F. 284

WRIGHT

Roland George Ewart
[Spelt Rowland on CWGC] Private 17679 1st. Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. 29th. Division. Killed in action on Gallipoli 4. 6. 15. Aged 23. Born Hambledon, Hampshire. Son of Mr John and Mrs. Kate Etheridge of 4, Woolborough Road, Crawley; his father was born in Scotland; 1901 Census gives their address as North End Cottages, Woolborough Road, Crawley. Born in Kelso, Roxborough and enlisted in Pinner, Middlesex. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial Gallipoli MR. 4.
CWGC Grave at Ifield not on memorial

LINCOLN

Henry James
Private G/19560, 13th (Labour) Battalion Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Henry was born in Norwich about 1876, the son of William and Ann Lincoln. The 1881 census for St Peter Mancroft, Norwich shows his father as a Chimney Sweep. Henry had two elder sisters; Hannah and Martha, an elder brother, William and two younger brothers Solomon and Harry. He died on 19th October 1916 after being knocked down by a bus at in the Brighton Road, Crawley near the junction with Goffs Park Road. He is buried in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission standard grave in the Churchyard of St Margaret’s in Ifield.

19560 PRIVATE
H J LINCOLN
THE QUEENS
29th October 1916

Ifield men not listed on memorial
LOWE
Edward
From the local Newspaper:

Private 8098, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Edward was born about 1889 and was married to Sarah Ann Lowe who later lived at 1, Alexandra Mansions, Beaufort St, Chelsea. He died on 21st October 1915 and was buried at Vermelles British Cemetery in Grave I. E. 6. His death was reported in the Horsham Times on 4th December 1915, the notice followed that of Jack Hoy.

An Ifield Soldier’s death.

We also regret that E Lowe, not so well known, has died of wounds. This is Ifield’s third loss since the war began though we have had several wounded.”

Edward was included in the Roll of Honour for those killed in action, published in the Horsham Times on 1st January 1916.

The medal roll confirms he Died of Wounds and that he was awarded the 1914 Star (without clasp), British War Medal and Victory Medal together with the Memorial Plaque.

He was possibly the son of Albert John William Lowe who is shown on the 1918 Electoral Roll as living at 7 Mayfield Terrace, Ifield.

Crawley men not listed on memorial
BEALE
Roger Linden
Private MR/105336, 44th Auxiliary Steam and Petrol Company, Army Service Corps. Roger was born in Redhill about 1890 and in 1901 was living in Reigate. Before the First World War he had become a chauffeur and married a Miss Lily Daisy Holloway. After the war the Commonwealth War Graces Commission notes she had married a Mr Messer and was living at Fir Tree Cottage, Tushmore, Crawley. He died on 25th March 1918 and is buried in Grave No 23 in Rosieres British Cemetery. The Horsham Times carried an initial report in its edition of 13th April 1918.

Local War Casualties

Another local casualty is that of Private Beale of Tushmore who is reported to have been killed.”

A more detailed report followed a fortnight later.

Died from Wounds

Mrs Beale from Tushmore, Crawley has received news from the War Office that her husband Driver Roger Beale of the M.T. has died from bomb wounds in France. He was a son in law of Mr & Mrs Holloway of County Oak and before enlisting in June 1915 was a chauffeur. He leaves a widow and two children.

Roger was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal together with the Memorial Plaque.

SMITH
Arthur Henry
Private 54912, 16th (Service) Battalion (Cardiff City) The Welsh Regiment. Arthur was born in Copdock, a small village in Suffolk, near Ipswich. In 1901 he was living near Reigate in Surrey. At the time of his death his wife, Margaret Ellen and his daughter were living at 89 High St, Crawley. Willett’s Directory of Crawley records this was the address of Frederick Merritt, a labourer. When Arthur enlisted in Haywards Heath he gave his address as Lindfield, so he wife may have moved later to lodgings. After the war The Commonwealth War Graves Commission record his wife living at 95 Monson St, Redhill. He died on 27 August 1917 and his body was not found for burial. He is commemorated on Panel 93 to 94 of the Tyne Cot Memorial. His death was reported in the Horsham Times on 15th September 1917

Local War Casualties

We regret to inform you that Private Arthur Henry Smith whose home is at 89 High St, Crawley has been killed in action. For a considerable time Mr Smith was a gardener at Worth Rectory and was a useful member of horticultural societies. He was aged 29, married with one daughter.”

Crawley buried in Franciscan Friary near St John’s Church, Crawley but not listed on memorial
BRYANT
Edmund James
Sergeant Major 7863, 19th (Queen Alexandra’s Own Royal) Hussars. Edmund was born in Walthamstow, then part of Essex and now part of London, about 1875 and was the son of Daniel and Jessie Bryant. Daniel was a Bank Clerk, later a Commercial Clerk and came from Peckham in Surrey. On both the 1881 and 1901 censuses his mother is named by the unusual name of Hephzibah, but also has the initials of ‘A.J.’ It appears she normally used the last name of Jessie instead. This is the name on the family memorial. The 1881 census records Edmund had four sisters Martha, Clara, Lillian and Edith as well as one brother, Cuthbert. He died on 3 February 1918, was based in this country and died from illness. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records show that he was married and his wife Margaret was living at 114, Asylum Road, Peckham. Edmund was a regular soldier, serving in South Africa during the Boer War of 1899 – 1902 and also held the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
O'DEA
Laurence
The Very Reverend, Chaplain 4th Class, Army Chaplain’s Department. Laurence O’Dea was born in Kilkenny, Ireland on 6th May 1851. He does not appear on either the 1881 or 1901 censuses due to his service overseas. His parents were Kyran and Mary O’Dea with an address at William St, Kilkenny as recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He died on 4th November 1917 in London.
St Peter’s Church, Crawley but not listed on memorial
BAKER
Harry Ernest Richard
Lance Corporal G/4384, 2nd Battalion Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Harry was born in Greenwich about 1874, the son of John and Margaret Baker. Margaret, from Horsham, was the sister of John Charman, later verger at St Peter’s Church. John Baker was from Churt in Surrey and is listed in the 1881 census as a General Labourer in a soap works. The family lived at 5 Prospect Place, Greenwich. In 1901 Harry was single and working as a Dock Labourer in Deptford. His wife Ellen Elizabeth Gertrude Baker lived at 13, Keeley Road, West Croydon. He died on 27th March 1916 and his body was not found for burial He is commemorated on Face E of the Kirkee 1914-18 Memorial near Poona (Pune) in India. The following article appeared in the Horsham Times on 29th April 1916.

“Mr J T Charman, the much respected verger of St Peter’s, West Crawley has just received the sad news that his nephew, Lance Corporal Harry Baker, Royal West Kent Regiment, has been killed in action in Mesopotamia on March 27th. Lance Corporal Baker was an ex soldier and, at the outbreak of war, volunteered his services to his country and had seen much fighting. The deceased was 42 years of age and leaves a widow but no children. Baker was very well known in Crawley.”

THIS WAS THE FIRST OF TWO NEPHEWS JOHN CHARMAN LOST, THE OTHER BEING ARTHUR STEMP IN 1918.

HILL
Gerald Stanley
Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Gerald was born in Camberwell, London about 1893. He was the youngest child of Henry and Kate Hill. Henry was a brewer from Kendal in Westmorland. In 1881 the family was living in Weymouth, Dorset with three children and a servant. Henry’s mother in law, Arabella Bebington was also a visitor with Henry’s sister in law, Caroline. In 1901 Henry, still a brewer, was living in Lambeth with the family. However, by the First World War, Henry and Kate had died, as there is a memorial to Gerald in St Peter’s Church, West Green Crawley that is erected by his bother Horace. The stone memorial is near the altar and reads:

“To the Glory of God and in ever loving memory of Gerald Stanley Hill,
2nd Lieut. The 1st London Regt who fell in action in the Battle of the Somme,
Sept 15th 1916 aged 22 years.
The above windows were erected by his brother Horace Rowland Hill of this parish”

 

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