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CROSS IN HAND WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2007

Cross in Hand is a small area on the A272 near Heathfield and Waldron. Within the St. Bartholomews Parish Church, Little London Road, Cross in Hand, is a Roll of Honour with 55 names for World War 1 with units added, there are 22 for World War 2. All those marked * are included on the Waldron Parish and Church War Memorials.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2007

FOR GOD, KING AND EMPIRE
ROLL OF HONOUR
1914-1918

ADES *

Bernard Henry

Private G/13398 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action near Arras 3 May 1917. Aged 19. Son of Mr & Mrs Henry Ades of Grove Cottage, Waldron. Employed by Mr Boniface of Heathfield. Born in Waldron and enlisted in Chichester Commemorated on The Arras Memorial

AKEHURST *

Hubert Clifford

Private G/30410 7th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action 23 August 1918. Aged 18. Son of Mr & Mrs A.Akehurst of "Sunnybank" Cross in Hand. Born Cross in Hand and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel Becourt

BAKER *

George

Private 447306 840 Company, Labour Corps Died in France 5 April 1918. Aged 30. Formerly with the 3rd Royal Sussex (G/12166). Son of Thomas & Elizabeth Baker. Husband of Mrs E S Baker of Ivy Cottage, Waldron. Born Warburton and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Tourgeville Military Cemetery.

BENNETT *

Joseph Charles

Private TF/320231 16th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 74th Division. Died of wounds 31 December 1917. Aged 24. Son of Mr & Mrs C.A.Bennett of "Heatherbrae" Heathfield. Born in Glen Aukey, Tasmania and enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery.

BISHOP, (MM) *

James

Private SD/400 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Died of wounds 23 October 1916. Aged 28. Son of Mr & Mrs Owen Bishop of Cross in Hand. Born in Cross in Hand and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Contay British Cemetery

CORNWELL *

Harry

Private TF/6624 1/7th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment. 56th London Division. Killed in action on the Somme 7 October 1916. Enlisted in Purfleet, Surrey Resident of Uckfield Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

DRIVER *

Ambrose

Private SD/ 912 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Died of wounds 1 July 1916. Aged 30. Son of Thomas & Ellen Driver of Hawkhurst Gate, Blackboys. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Lewes. Included on Framfield Parish Church War Memorial. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery.

DURRANT *

Jesse

Private TF/315377 16th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 74th Division. Killed in action 31 October 1917. Aged 34. Son of Jesse & Ellen Durrant of Woodbine Cottage, Cross in Hand. Born in Waldron and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Beerheba War Cemetery, Palestine.

EDWARDS *

Benjamin Cogan

Leading Seaman 238694, H.M. Submarine E 34, Royal Navy. Lost on the 31 October 1917. with the rest of the crew when the E 34 left Harwich to lay mines off Vrieland and failed to return. The cause is still unknown Benjamin Edwards was a much decorated naval rating. Son of Benjamin & Christian Edwards of Fir Bank Cottage, Cross in Hand. Awarded Naval G.S. Medal (Persian Gulf) African G.S. Medal (Somaliland Clasp), Messina Medal and Croix De Guerre (France). Aged 34 Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial

ELLIS *

Frederick Thomas

Private M2/034181, 2nd Reserve Motor Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died at home 17 February 1915. Aged 25. Son of Frederick George & Mary Anne Ellis of West Street Lane, Horham Road, Cross in Hand. Born at Merworth, Kent. Included on Horam Parish War Memorial. Buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery

EVENDEN *

Charles William

Private TF/240367 1/5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 48th Division. Killed in action 12 October 1917. Aged 25. Son of George & Priscilla Evenden of Crossways, Waldron. Buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery Belgium

EYLES *

Charles

Private G/18085 7th BattalionThe Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Died of wounds 10 April 1917. Son of Mr & Mrs M.A.Eyles of 2, Budge Cottage, Horam Road. Born in Catsfield and enlisted in Eastbourne. Included on Horam Parish War Memorial Buried in Duisans British Cemetery

FARLEY *

Albert

Private G/1417 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Cuinchy 25 January 1915. Born in East Hoathly and enlisted in Eastbourne. Next of kin Cross in Hand Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial

FARNES *

William Robert

Private SD/308 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 3 September 1916. Born in High Hurstwood and enlisted in Eastbourne. Resident of Waldron. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

FOORD *

Frank Robert

Rifleman 608639, 18th Battalion, London Regiment (The London Irish Rifles). Died at home 19 September 1918. Aged 21 Only. Son of Jesse & Caroline Foord of "Snashells" Cross in Hand. Born in Waldron and enlisted in Uckfield. Buried in All Saints Churchyard, Waldron.

GODBOLD *

Kenneth Mc

Lincolnshire Regiment – No further information currently available

HAFFENDEN *

Ernest Arthur

Private SD/596, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Died of wounds 8 July 1916. Aged 22. Son of Daniel & Emily Haffenden of 2, Beeches Villas, Ghyll Road, Waldron. Born in Hailsham and enlisted in Herstmonceux. Buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension

HARMER *

John William

Private 52333, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died at home 5 April 1915. Enlisted in Eastbourne. Next of kin, Heathfield. Buried in All Saints Churchyard, Heathfield

HEARN *

Frank

Private G/3582, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action 11 June 1917. Aged 23. Son of Mr & Mrs B.Hearn of Folly Cottages, Furners Green.Dane Hill. Born in Byfleet, Surrey and enlisted in Uckfield. Included on Dane Hill War Memorial. Buried in Voormezeele Enclosure No 3, Belgium

HENLEY *

Henry William

Sapper 300302, 610th Fortress Company, Royal Engineers Died at home 17 January 1919. Buried in All Saints Churchyard, Heathfield

HILLIER *

Geoffrey Stuart Drummond

Captain, 13th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. 66th Division. (Pioneers) Killed in action during the March Retreat 30 March 1918. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial

HOBDEN *

Alfred

Private G/50021, 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died of wounds 9 March 1918. Aged 24. Son of William & Ellen Hobden pf Glazier Farm, Horam Road, Cross in Hand. Formerly Royal West Surreys. Born Waldron and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Bedford House Cemetery, Ypres.

HOOK *

Alfred

Private G/13394 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action 27 March 1917. Aged 25. Son of Mr & Mrs Thomas Hook of New Pond Avenue Cross in Hand. Born Heathfield and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Faubourge D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras.

HOOK *

Archibald

Private 192245, 15th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (The Central Ontario Regiment) Killed in action at Vimy Ridge 9 April 1917. Son of Mr & Mrs Thomas Hook of New Pond Avenue Cross in Hand Buried in Nine Elms Cemetery Thelus, Arras.

HUMBLE-CROFTS *

Cyril Mitford

Captain, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action on the Rue de Bois 30 June 1916. age 34. Son of The Rev William & Mrs Bridget Humble-Crofts of Waldron Vicarage, Waldron Commemorated on The Loos Memorial

HUMBLE-CROFTS *

Arthur Mitford

Captain, 5th Group H.Q., Royal Air Force Died 19 November 1918. Aged 34. Son of The Rev. William & Mrs Bridget Humble Crofts of The Rectory Waldron. Buried in All Saints Churchyard Waldron

HUNT *

Henry Owen

Lance Corporal TF/203948, 1st Battalion, East Kent Regiment. 6th Division. Formerly East Surreys. Killed in action 8 October 1918. Born in Waldron and enlisted in Eastbourne. Next of kin Cross in Hand Commemorated on The Vis En Artois Memorial

JARVIS *

Albert Frederick

Corporal 6071, 1/16th Battalion, London Regiment. (The Queens Westminster Rifles) Killed in action 8 April 1917. Aged 29. Son of Albert & Lucy Jarvis of "The Retreat" Cross in Hand. Born Cross in Hand Buried in Agny Military Cemetery, Achicourt

JARVIS *

Charles John

Private SD/6146 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action 3 September 1916. Aged 24. Son of Edward & Sophia Jarvis of Fir Tree Cottage , Tilsmore, Heathfield. Born in Heathfield and enlisted in Brighton. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

JARVIS *

Frederick Mortimer Carey

Boy 1st Class J/39869, HMS "Natal", Royal Navy. Lost with the Armoured Cruiser when she blew up in Cromarty Firth 30 December 1915. Son of Frederick & Alice Jarvis of Fern Villa, Cross in Hand Frederick was 16. Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial

JARVIS

Frank Joseph

Rifleman 3820, 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. 27th Division. Killed in action 14 May 1915 Aged 23. Son of Mr & Mrs Jarvis of Langstone Road, Eastbourne. Painter & Decorator. Born and enlisted in Eastbourne. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium

JARVIS *

Leonard

Lance Corporal G/12932, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at Ypres 6 November 1917. Aged 20. Son of Albert & Philadelphia Jarvis of "Spring Bank, " Waldron. Born in Waldron and enlisted in Warley, Essex. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

JARVIS *

Owen

Private G/1431, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Died of wounds 30 April 1915. Aged 19. Son of Albert & Philadelphia Jarvis of Spring Bank Waldron. Born in Waldron & enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery.

JEFFERY *

Charles

Private 443490, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). 1st Canadian Division. Killed in action near Vimy Ridge 3 May 1917. Aged 33. Born in Hellingly and formerly of Waldron Commemorated on The Vimy memorial

LANGDON *

(The Rev) Cecil

Chaplain 4th Class, Army Chaplains Dept. attached to 11th Battalion, Border Regiment. Died 31 October 1917. Aged 35. Son of Augustine William Langdon M.A. Barrister at Law, Lincolns Inn and Mrs Langdon. Husband of Mrs I M.Langdon of Orchard Cottage, Apsley Heath, Woburn Sands Bedfordshire. Incumbant of Horam Sussex. Horam Parish War Memorial. Buried in Gwalia Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium

LEMON *

Maurice Raymond

Private G/43188, 13th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. 24th Division. Died of wounds 4 November 1918. Buried in Cross Roads Cemetery Fontaine Au Bois

MACDOUGALL *

Angus

Private 67504, 113th Company, Labour Corps. Formerly with the 1st Garrison Battalion, Suffolks Died in France 17 January 1918. Son of John & Elizabeth MacDougall of Cross in Hand Husband of Rose Varena MacDougall of Fir Grove Cottages, Cross in Hand Enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery.

OXLADE *

Charles Herbert

Commander, HMS "Arbutus", Royal Navy. Lost when the Convoy Sloop was torpedoed by a U Boat in The Bristol Channel 15 December 1917. She sank the following day. Charles Oxlade was 23 and had been awarded R.N.R. Officers decoration. Commemorated on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

PETERS *

William Robert

Leading Stoker K/6037/PO, HMS "Hampshire", Royal Navy. Lost when the Armoured Cruiser was mined off the Orkneys 5 June 1916. Buried in Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery

PLUMMER *

Frederick Henry

Private SD/3662, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action 3 September 1916. Aged 30. Son of Frank & Rose Plummer of 77, South Street, Dorking, Surrey. Husband of Mrs Anslie Elizabeth Plummer of 11, Ghyll Road, Heathfield Tower. Left 4 children Employee of the East Sussex County Council. Buried in Ancre British Cemetery.

REED *

Alec Frederick

Private 446451, 17th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers 35th Division. Killed in action 15 June 1918. Son of Mr & Mrs F W Reed of "The Hirst" The High Street, Heathfield Tower. Husband of Mrs Nora Reed of 4, Mount Pleasant, Cross in Hand. Born in Waldron and enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Martinsart British Cemetery.

REID *

Alexander

Lance Corporal 30251, No 40 Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly 5529 Royal Sussex. Killed in action during the March Retreat 2 March 1918. Born in Waldron and enlisted in Brighton Resident of Cross in Hand. Son of Alexander and Helen Clara Reid of 15, Gordon Road, Birmingham. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial

RICHES *

Thomas

Corporal TF/2117, 1/5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Richebourg L’Avoue 9 May 1915. Aged 28. Son of Samuel & Louisa Riches of Norfolk Cottage, Waldron. Born in Clerkenwell and enlisted in Hastings. Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial

ROBERTS *

Charles Howland

Corporal M2/279427, No Reserve Depot Motor Transport, Royal Army Service Corps. Died at home 1 June 1917. Aged 24. Son of Major Howland Roberts (Royal Artillery - Retired) and Mrs Roberts of Heathfield. Husband of Mrs Lilian Roberts of Church Road, St. Leonard’s on Sea. Born in Waldron and enlisted in Tunbridge Wells. Buried in Tunbridge Wells Cemetery, Kent

ROBINS *

Harry

Private S/2195, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Reservist. Killed in action at Cuinchy 1 January 1915. Aged 22. Son of Robert James & Harriett Anne Robins of Foxhunt Lodge, Waldron. Born in Heathfield and enlisted in Eastbourne. Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial

RUSSELL *

Edgar

Private 28106, 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action 18 September 1918. Born in Waldron and enlisted in Eastbourne. Resident of Horeham Road, Cross in Hand Formerly with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Commemorated on The Vis En Artois Memorial

RUSSELL *

Norman

Gunner 245279, "D" Battery, 174th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery Killed in action during the March Retreat 23 March 1918. Born in Waldron and enlisted in Tunbridge Wells Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial

RUSSELL *

Frank

Mechanician 284204, HMS "Good Hope", Royal Navy. Lost with the Armoured Cruiser off the Chilian Coast in action with the German Pacific Squadron 1 November 1914. Aged 36. Son of Jabez & Sally Russell of Alfriston. Husband of Elizabeth Russell (remarried) of The High Street, Cross in Hand Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.

SEAMER *

Alfred George

Sergeant SD/348, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 21 October 1916. Aged 35 Husband of Agnes Sophia Seamer of 6, Bakers Cross Avenue Cranbrook, Kent. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Eastbourne Included on Cranbrook Parish Church War Memorial Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

SMITH *

Charles

Private SD/732, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at Ypres 31 July 1917. Aged 27. Son of John & Harriett Smith of Tanyard Cottage, Waldron. Born in Waldron and enlisted in Horsham Included on Broadbridge Heath War Memorial. Buried in Buffs Road Cemetery, St. Jean Les Ypres, Belgium

SOGNO *

George Frank

Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. Died of wounds 9 October 1917. Aged 21 Formerly with the 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Son of Frank & Alice Sogno formerly of Eastbourne. Born in Eastbourne Included on Horam War Memorial. Buried in Mendinghem Military cemetery Proven, Belgium.

TURNER *

Percival Eric

Second Lieutenant, 143rd Company, Machine Gun Corps. Died of wounds 5 October 1917. Aged 19. Son of Frederick Thomas & Ada Mary Turner of Horham Road, Cross in Hand Included on Horam Parish War Memorial. Buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium

TWYNAM *

Cyril Francis Frederick

Lieutenant 1/9th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry 33rd Division. Killed in action 15 April 1916. Aged 20. Son of Major T M Twynam (H.L.I) and Louisa Margaret Twynam of "Lanrick" Waldron. Buried in Cabaret Rouge Cemetery.

VINE *

Edward

Private G/13357, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at Ypres 1 August 1917. Born Cross in Hand and enlisted in Eastbourne Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium.

WOODHEAD *

Robert Comber

Captain, 12th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry 23rd Division. Killed in action 17 July 1916. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

1939-1945

Carved wooden panel alongside the men of the First War. For more details see Waldron except Cedric Watson who is identified below.

BULLOCK

Edward

No further information available

BURCH

Ronald James

No further information available

CARTER

Leonard William

No further information available

CLAUSE

Peter W A

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COLE

Ernest Frederick

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CROOM-JOHNSON

Oliver

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DUMBRILL

Sydney

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EASTON

George J

No further information available

EDWARDS

Vernon

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HUDSON

William

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JEFFREY

Mervyn R

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KILLICK

Bertie

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LANE

Frank Horsburgh

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MOCKFORD

Aubrey Clyde

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MORRIS

Albert John

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OLIVER

Basil

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SAUNDERS

William A

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STARKEY

Garth

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UNICUME

William

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VINE

Reginald

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WATSON

Cedric Francis Fairlie

Leading Airman FAA/FX/78479, HMS "Daedalus" (Portsmouth Fleet Air Arm Base), Fleet Air Arm Died on operations 17 January 191941 Aged 23. Son of Edward Fairlie Watson & Mrs Winifred Edith Watson of Cross in Hand B.A. Hons (Oxon) Commemorated on The Lee on Solent Memorial

WOODHOUSE

Sydney

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