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EARTHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2004

The memorials are to be found in St. Margaret Parish Church, Eartham. There is an illuminated list in a frame kept in the Church for both wars, plus a memorial for the 18 Old Boys of Great Ballard School, who died in 1939-1945. The School is still active and is situated next door to the Church. There is also single memorial tablet to an Officer who won the VC. In 1900 and was subsequently killed at Suvla Bay in 1915.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2005

1914-1918

ARNELL

Albert Colin

Sergeant G/978, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action at Arras 25th July 1917. Aged 27. Son of Henry & Ellen Arnell of Pear Tree Cottage Donnington. Born in Hunston and enlisted in Chichester. Included on Chichester City and Donnington Church War Memorials. Buried in Monchy British Cemetery.

ARNELL

Alfred

Corporal 9036, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. 5th Division. Killed in action 13th October 1914. Son of Henry & Ellen Arnell of Pear Tree Cottage, Donnington. Born in Chichester and enlisted in Portsmouth. Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial

GOBLE

George William

Corporal G/1055, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action near Arras 3rd July 1917. Aged 22. Son of George & Ellen Goble of Hungerdowm, Fontwell. Born in Aldingbourne and enlisted in Bognor. Included on Aldingbourne Parish Church War Memorial. Buried in Monchy British Cemetery.

GODDARD

James

Gunner RMA 8577(RMR/1C/92), H.M.S. 'Good Hope' (Reservist), Royal Marine Artillery. Lost with the Armoured Cruiser at The Battle of Coronel Islands off Chille 1st November 1914. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.

GREEN

George

Leading Stoker 300676, (RFR/PO/B/7061) H.M.S. 'Bulwark' (Reservist), Royal Navy. Lost when the Battleship blew up off Sheerness 26th November 1914. Aged 31. Son of Rufus and Annie Green of 'The Benges', Upwaltham. Born in Slindon. Included on Duncton Parish Church War Memorial. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea,

HOWARD

Walter Ernest

Private G/12631, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). 24th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 5th November 1916. Aged 25. Son of Thomas & Elizabeth Howard of Crockerhill, near Boxgrove. Born in Slindon and enlisted in Chichester Included on Boxgrove Priory War Memorial. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe.

LIGHT

William John

Lance Corporal G/998, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action at Ovillers 7th July 1916. Aged 19. Son of Edward & Fanny Light of Pack Lane, Oakley Hampshire. Born in Tangmere and enlisted in Bognor. Included on Yapton Parish Church War Memorial. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

MANT

Walter

Driver 78862, 61st Howitzer Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds in Mesopotamia 31st December 1916. Born and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

MEARS

Ezra

Petty Officer 1st Class 119317 (RFR/PO/A/1802), Torpedo Instructor (Reservist), H.M.S. 'Black Prince', Royal Navy. Lost with the Armoured Cruiser at The Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Aged 50. Husband of Mrs Bridget Mears of 6, Madeira Road, Streatham, South London. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial Southsea.

PADFIELD

Herbert George

Private G/481, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action on the Somme near Ovillers 4th August 1916. Born in Dorset and enlisted in Chichester. Next of kin, Orchard Street, Chichester. Included on Chichester City and Boxgrove Priory Memorials. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

PATTEN

Maurice

Private G/483, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Died of wounds 13th January 1916. Aged 24. Son of William Walter & Sarah Patten of Eartham near Chichester. Born in Thorney, Somerset and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery

SNOW

Solomon

Lance Corporal 5345, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. The Guards Division. Killed in action at Cambrai 30th November 1917. Aged 31. Son of Mr & Mrs William Snow of 'The Benges' Upwaltham. Husband of Mrs Amy Snow of 11, Alpha Road, Crawley. Born in Portsmouth and enlisted in Arundel. Included on Duncton Parish Church War Memorial. Buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers Plouich

1939-1945

LONGHURST

Ernest Charles

Leading Stoker P/KX/91200, H.M.S. 'Wild Swan', Royal Navy. Died at home 23rd April 1943. Aged 24. Son of Mr & Mrs John Longhurst. Husband of Marion Longhurst of Waen Wen, Swansea. Buried in St. Margaret's Churchyard, Eartham.

SWABEY

David Carlisle Ridley

Ordinary Seaman P/JX/282456, H.M.S. 'Cossack', Royal Navy. Lost when the Destroyer foundered west of Gibraltar after Being torpedoed by U-563 in the North Atlantic four days earlier on the 23rd October 1941. Aged 19. Son of Vice Admiral Sir George Thomas Carlisle Parker Swabey KBE. CB. DSO. and Lady Swabey of Eartham. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial Southsea

TIDY

Percy

Stoker Petty Officer P/K/64130, H.M.S. 'Polyanthus', Royal Navy. Lost when the Flower Class Corvette was torpedoed by a U boat in the North Atlantic on the 20th September 1943. Aged 37. Husband of Mrs Daisy Tidy of Hambrook near Chichester. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.

Special stone Memorial tablet in the Church

MILBANKE, V. C.

Sir John Penniston, 10th Baronet

Lieutenant Colonel Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Yeomanry. Killed in action at Chocolate Hill, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli 21st August 1915. Aged 42. Won the Victoria Cross at Colesberg in South Africa 6th January 1900 serving with the 10th Hussars. Son of Sir Peniston Milbanke DL. JP. & Elizabeth Milbanke of 19, Manchester Square, London. Commemorated on The Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. London Gazette: 'On the 5th of January 1900, during a reconnaissance near Colesberg, Sir John Milbanke, when retiring under fire with a small patrol of the 10th Hussars, notwithstanding the fact that he had been seriously wounded in the thigh, rode back to the assistance of one of the men whose pony was exhausted, and who was under fire from the Boers, who had dismounted. Sir John Milbanke took the man up on his own horse under a most galling fire and brought him safely back to camp.'

Great Ballard School Roll of Honour
1939/45

ADAMSON

Donald Edward William

Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force. Died at home 5th January 1943. Buried in Lossiemouth Burial Ground.

ANDERSON

Peter Jacques Pelham

Pilot Officer, 118 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Killed in action 1st September 1941. Aged 19. Flying Spitfire Vbs on fighter sweeps over Northern France. Son of Pelham & Grace Edna Anderson of M Maidenhead, Berkshire. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial

BLACKWOOD

Guy Neville

Second Lieutenant, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Missing in action 20th January 1942. Aged 20. Son of Neville & Kathleen Blackwood of Littlewick Green, Berkshire. Commemorated on The Brookwood Memorial, Surrey.

CHAVE

Owen Cecil

Flight Lieutenant, No 15 Bomber Squadron (Short Stirlings), Royal Air Force. Shot down over Belgium 14th February 1943. Aged 30. Son of Sir Benjamin Chave, KBE and Lady Chave of Highfield, Southampton. Husband of Mrs Joan Chave. Buried in Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. See also Highfield, Southampton, War Memorial

CHESTERTON, DFC

Paul Fulton

Warrant Officer (Pilot), 166 Bomber Squadron (Lancasters), Royal Air Force. Shot down over Germany 27th September 1943. Buried in Hanover War Cemetery.

DUNCAN

Ian Grenfell

Lieutenant, 27th Lancers, Royal Armoured Corps. Died at home 30th May 1942. Aged 22. Son of John Elder & Isabel Frances Duncan of Weybridge, Surrey. Buried in Walton & Weybridge Cemetery.

HUTCHISON

Andrew Balfour

Lieutenant, 10th Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action in Italy 6th April 1945. Aged 20. Son of Lt General Sir Balfour Oliphant Hutchison KBE. CB. & Lady Audrey Hutchison of Aldeburgh, Suffolk; Julian his brother also died during the war. Buried in Ravenna War Cemetery, Italy

HUTCHISON

Julian Jervis Oliphant

Second Lieutenant, 10th Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action in Benghazi Libya 23rd January 1942. Aged 20. Son of Lt General Sir Balfour Oliphant Hutchison KBE. CB. and Lady Audrey Hutchison of Aldeburgh, Suffolk; Andrew his brother also died during the war. Buried in Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya.

IBBETTSON

Denzil Boscawen

Lieutenant 74th Field Regiment The Royal Artillery Killed in action in Egypt. 15th June 1942 Aged 26. Son of Maurice Edward Levett & Isabel Marion Ibbetson of Farnham, Surrey Commemorated on The Alamein Memorial.

LOFTS

Michael Henry

Major, 2nd Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Cassino Italy 11th November 1943. Aged 27. Son of Algeron Knights Lofts & Ethelind Minnie Lofts of Warminster, Wilshire. Husband of Mrs Alma Lofts of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Buried in Cassino War Cemetery, Italy.

MATHER

Alan Norman

Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action in Normandy 5th August 1944. Aged 22. Son of Norman Frederick Hugh & Dorothy May Mather of Alverstoke Hampshire. His brother Michael Hugh Lushington Mather (M.C., Royal Artillery) also fell in Germany in 1945. Buried in Hottot-Les-Bagues War Cemetery, Normandy.

MURRAY-SMITH

Alexander George

Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force. Died at home 7th December 1941. Buried in Michaels Churchyard, St. Albans, Hertfordshire

REED

Kenneth John Austin

Flight Lieutenant, 252 Squadron. (Bristol Beaufighters), Royal Air Force. Killed in action in the Middle East 15th October 1942. Commemorated on The Alamein Memorial Egypt.

SNELL

John Duncan Brooking

Lieutenant, 'A' Squadron, 107th Regiment (5th Battalion, The Kings Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster), Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action in Normandy 8th August 1944. Aged 21. Son of John Aubrey Brooking Snell and Mrs Madge Etta Snell of Wareham, Dorset. Included on the Wareham Town Memorial at St. Martins. Buried in Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery.

TOVEY

Richard Strangeways

Flying Officer, No 5 Fighter Squadron (Curtis Mohawks), Royal Air Force. Died in a flying accident in India 19th February 1943. Resident of Storrington. Included on Storrington Parish Church War Memorial Buried in Maynamata War Cemetery, India.

VAUGHAN

Eric Herbert

Lieutenant Royal Navy, H.M.S. 'Curacoa'. Lost with the Anti Aircraft Cruiser when she was accidentally rammed and sunk by the SS 'Queen Mary' off the west coast of Ireland 2nd October 1942. 338 men drowned. Son of Arthur & Evelyn Vaughan. Husband of Vivienne Vaughan of Whitechurch, Dorset. Aged 28. Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial

WOODS

Peter Henry

Lieutenant, 4th Queens Own Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action at Cassino, Italy, 11th September 1944. Aged 22. Son of Brigadier General Hugh Kennedy Woods, D.S.O. and Therese Eucharis Elizabeth Woods of East Bergholt, Suffolk. Commemorated on The Cassino Memorial, Italy

WORMALD

Charles Patrick

Lieutenant, 5/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action at El Alamein, Egypt 5th November 1942. Aged 22. Son of The Rev. Charles Octavius Richard Wormald M.A. and A.W.C. Mrs Wormald, of Oakham Vicarage, Oakham, Rutland. Buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt

Last updated 20 January, 2010

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