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DITCHLING WAR MEMORIAL

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

20 Names recorded on a tablet in the Parish Church of St. Margaret of Antioch. These are repeated on the large roadside Cross near the crossroads towards Keymer & Hassocks. THe tbalet in the church has a further 13 names added to main memorial (designed by Eric Gill). There are a further two extra burials for World War 2 in the Churchyard.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2008

REMEMBER THOSE WHO WENT OUT
FROM DITCHLING AND GAVE THEIR
LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY
1914-1918

ATTREE Francis [William Wakeford]

Captain, 1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment. 28th Division Killed in action at Ypres 8th May 1915. Aged 26 Son of Colonel Frederick Attree, Royal Engineers, and Mrs Frances Attree of 59, Warwick Gardens, Kensington, London Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR29.

BLAKE Charles Arthur

Private TF 315492, 16th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 74th Division. Killed in action near Peronne 2nd September 1918. Aged 24 Son of Thomas & Emma Blake of Ditchling. Born in West Ham, East London and enlisted in Hurstpierpoint Bur Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension F511

BROWN George [Allen]

Private G 1141, 2nd Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 1st Division Killed in action near Maroc 1st June 1916. Aged 31 Son of George & Ruth Brown of Tarring Neville Born in Barcombe and enlisted in Ditchling Name included on Tarring Neville Parish Church War Memorial Bur Maroc British Cemetery F 149

CHERRIMAN Edward Joseph

Private G 213, 7th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Division Killed in action near Houplines 26th July 1915 Born and enlisted in Ditchling Next of kin, Ditchling Bur Houplines Communla Cemetery Extension F 1140

ELSWORTH Sidney [Charles]

Private G 26001, 10th Battalion The East Kent Regiment 74th Division Killed in action 23rd September 1918. Born in Devizes, Wiltshire and enlisted in Brighton Commemorated on The Vis en Artois Memorial MR 16

FOSTER William [George]

ergeant 93772, The Royal Air Force Number 4 Squadron Accidently killed on active service in France 26 October 1918 Resident of "The Twitten Ditchling Born in Ditchling Formerly of Brighton Recorded on Brighton War Memorial and St Peters Memorial Book(Brighton) Bur `Y` Farm Military Cemetery, Bois Grenier F 276

GREEN William [Maurice]

Private 40345, 21st Battalion The Middlesex Regiment, 40th Division Died of wounds 24th November 1917. Aged 28 Son of Mr & Mrs William Green of The High Street, Ditchling Husband of Florence Alice Green of 11, St Helens Road, Elm Grove, Brighton Born in Ditchling and enlisted in Brighton Bur Rocqigney-Equancourt Road British Cemetery F 398

HARBOUR Thomas

Private G 635, 7th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Division Killed in action at Loos 4th March 1916. Aged 26 Son of Thomas & Annie Harbour of Forge Cottage, East End Lane Ditchling Born in Ditchling and enlisted in Hurstpierpoint Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR 19

HARBOUR George [Albert Richard]

Private G 2683, 8th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 18th Division Pioneers Died in base hospital, Rouen 1st April 1918 Born in Stanmer and enlisted in Hurstpierpoint Bur St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen F 146

HARWOOD George

Private G 17846, 7th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Division Killed in action near Albert 22nd August 1918 Enlisted in Horsham Commemorated on The Vis en Artois Memorial MR 16

HORNEY Robert

Lance Sergeant G 504, 7th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Division Killed in action during a counter attack near Senlis, near Bouzincourt 6th April 1918 Son of Mr & Mrs R Horney of 1 Church Road Ditchling Born Ditchling and enlisted in Hurstpierpoint Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR 27

LEANEY Frederick

Gunner 104673, 230th Siege Battery The Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action on the 17th June 1917. Aged 39. Son of Martin & Eliza Leaney of Ditchling Common. Husband of Mrs Kate Leaney of Littlebury, Saffron Walden, Essex Born Ditchling Common and enlisted in Chichester Bur Athies Communal Cemetery Extension F 451

MEARS Arthur [Leslie]

Lance Corporal 13059, 3rd Battalion The Coldstream Guards The Guards Division Killed in action in the Ypres Salient 11th September 1917. Aged 24 Son of Alfred & Lucy Mears of Ditchling Born in Ditchling and Enlisted in Brighton Name recorded on Brighton War Memorial and St Peters Memorial Book under Meads A Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR 30

MEARS John

Private TF 200444, 1/4th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 53rd Division Killed in action during the Battle of Gaza 26th March 1917 Son of Henry & Ellen Mears of Ditchling Born in Ditchling and enlisted in Haywards Heath Commemorated on The Jerusalem Memorial MR 34

MERRITT Frederick

Lance Corporal 25319, 8th Battalion The Royal Fusiliers 12th Division Killed in action near Ovillers 23rd July 1916 Born in Ditchling and enlisted in Putney Resident of Roehampton Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR 21

PRATT Charles

rivate L 10044, 2nd Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 1st Division Killed in action at the Battle of Loos 25th September 1915. Aged 20 Son of George & Sophia Pratt of "The White Horse Inn Ditchling Born in Southwick and enlisted in Hurstpierpoint Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR 19

SKILTON Frank

Private TF 1830, 1/4th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment Died at home of enteric fever in Epsom general hospital on the 11th September 1915 Son of Mrs M F Skilton of Barbers Bank, Ditchling Born in Ditchling and enlisted in Hurstpierpoint Bur St Margaret of Antioch Churchyard, Ditchling

TINGLEY Frederick [Sylven]

Private 6361, `D`Squadron 1st Kings Dragoon Guards Killed in action at Ypres 6th November 1914. Aged 28 Son of Thomas & Emily Tingley of 17, Parklands Road, Hassocks Regular Cavalryman who served in India Bother of George Tingley Born in West Tarring and enlisted in Chichester Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Blgium MR29

TINGLEY George [Arthur]

Private G 1153, 7th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Division Killed in action at Ovillers 7th July 1916. Aged 22 Son of Thomas & Emma Tingley of 17, Parklands Road, Hassocks Born in Cowfold and enlisted in Worthing Brother of Frederick Bur Ovillers Military Cemetery F 393

WALLER Charles William

Private G 5033, 7th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Division Killed in action during the attack on Ovillers 7th July 1916 Born in Ditchling and enlisted in Brighton Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR 21

1939-1945

BURT

William Thomas

Sapper, 935 Port Construction and repair Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action in Normandy 10th June 1944. Aged 35. Son of Thomas & Winnie Burt. Husband of Elsie Burt Buried in Bayeux War Cemetery, Normandy, France.

CARSON, DFC

Thomas Hulton

Flight Lieutenant, 254 (Anti shipping) Squadron Beaufighter V1 TF, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Lost over the North Sea 25th January 1943. Aged 25. Son of Henry Johnston & Mona Beatrix Hulton Carson of Ditchling. Exhibitioner, Magdalene College, Cambridge, Honours Degree in Law. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial

COTTINGHAM

James Charles

Sergeant Pilot, 218 Bomber Squadron (Wellington 1c X9754 HA G), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Operating from Marham against Hanover. Crashed into the sea off the French coast 15th August 1941. Aged 19. (5 killed 1 POW.) Son of Charles Richard and Emily Louisa Cottingham of Ditchling. Buried in Calais Canadian War Cemetery,Leubringhen.

EMDEN

Henry Lovell

Flying Officer (Pilot), 110 Bomber Squadron (Blenheim 1V), Royal Air Force. Shot down attacking German warships off the North coast of Oldenburg. The aircraft, operating from Wattisham, crashed into the German light cruiser ‘Emden’ killing all four crew members and nine German sailors 4th September 1939. Husband of Mrs Jocelyn Mary Emden of St. Leonards on Sea. Buried in Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Germany.

EVANS

Ronald

No further information currently available

FAULKNER

Cecil John

Private, Pioneer Corps. Died at home 7th February 1946. Buried in St Margaret’s Churchyard, Ditchling

LEGG

Harry Richard

Sergeant (Air Gunner), 40 Bomber Squadron (Wellington 11’s), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Shot down over Holland 13th October 1941. Aged 23. All six crew members lost. Son of Arthur Charles & Lily Legg of Ditchling Buried in Kollumerland (Westergeest) Protestant Churchyard.

NOAKES

Frederick Douglas

Able Seaman, HMS ‘’Jaguar’’, Royal Navy. Lost when the destroyer was torpedoed and sunk by U652 off Sollum, in the Mediterranean. 26th March 1942. Son of Albert James & Florence Violet Noakes of Ditchling Common. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial

SHERRARD

William

Private, Royal Army Medical Corps, India Died in India 4th May 1943. Buried in Delhi War Cemetery, India.

SHOVE, DSO OBE

Herbert William

Captain HMS ‘’Eland’’ (RN Shore establishment, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa, Royal Navy. Died in transit on the SS `Edinburgh Castle’ 5.th December 1943. Aged 57. Son of Herbert Samuel and Bertha Shove. Husband of Mrs Mary Myrtle Shove of Ditchling Common. Buried in Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery

SMITH

Tony

No further information currently available

STEVENS

Richard

No further information currently available

WEAVER

William Frederick

Private, 2/5th. Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action in Tunisia 28th February 1943. Aged 21. Son of Wilfred & Florence Gertrude Weaver of Ditchling. Buried in Beja War Cemetery, Tunisia.

REMEMBER ALSO ALEX XROOKSHANK, RONALD ROBINSON,
COLIN ROBINSON, NOT OF DITCHLING BUT DEAR TO RESIDENTS
HERE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED IN THEIR MEMORY TO THE
RESTORATION OF THIS CHAPEL.

Buried in the churchyard but not on the memorial

HILLS

Leslie Herbert

Private, 8th Home Defence Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died at home 3rd April 1940. Aged 45. Son of Herbert Charles and Florence Hills. Husband of Ivy Katherine Hills of Ditchling Common. Born in Lewes. Served in South Staffordshires and RASC (L/Cpl) in World War 1. Buried in St Margarets Churchyard, Ditchling.

GARRETT

Albert Henry William

Corporal, Royal Army Service Corps. Died at home 17th October 1946. Aged 31. Son of Albert James & May Blanche Garrett. Husband of Violet Kate Garrett of Ditchling. Buried in St Margarets Churchyard, Ditchling

Last updated 3 August, 2008

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