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EAST CHILTINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Alan Seymour 2004

East Chiltington, formerly a chapelry of Westmeston, is now a parish of 2,500 acres and lies to the east of Plumpton.

Parish Church  
The Parish Church (dedication unknown) is in the centre of the parish, where the lane from Streat meets another coming from the south.
Nave  

On the west wall is the Roll of Honour for the Parish which lists forty nine names in two columns, thirty-three in the first and twenty-six in the second, a red cross is made against those who fell, the roll reads:

Roll of Honour – Men serving in His Majestys Forces from the
Parish of East Chiltington & Novington in the Great War 1914-

Lord we pray thee in thy mercy hear our anxious prayer.
Keep our dear ones far absent neath thy care.

1st Column: (thirty-three names)    
ADAMS, H.F. HMS ‘Maid of Honour’  
ADAMS, A. Canadian Infantry  
ALLCORN, A. Royal Garrison Artillery  
AVERY, M.J. Motor Transport, Army Service Corps  
AVERY, S.C. Royal Air Force (Wireless)  
BAMPFYDLE, F.W. Devonshire Regiment  
BEARD, W. Royal Sussex Regiment  
BASSETT, Scottish Rifles  
BUCKWELL, E. Royal Sussex Regiment  
BUCKWELL, B. Leicestershire Regiment  
BUCKMAN, S.A. Royal Sussex Regiment  
BALDOCK, A.H. R.E. (Tank Corps)  
BLAIR, W. Bedfordshire Regiment  
BUCKWELL, R. Royal Garrison Artillery  
BODLE, G. Royal Field Artillery  
BUCKWELL, W.H. Royal Field Artillery  
BURDER, L.A.W. Honourable Artillery Company  
BURDER, G.E.L. Royal Garrison Artillery  
BRIGGS, F.H. Royal Engineers  
BENNETT, S. Royal Field Artillery  
BENNETT, E.O. Royal Garrison Artillery  
BENNETT, T.G. Machine Gun Corps  
CHEESEMAN, D. Royal Sussex Regiment  
CHESSEMAN, G. Royal Sussex Regiment  
CORNFORD, J.W. Royal Sussex Regiment
CORNFORD, A.H. Royal Engineers  
CATTAWAY, W. HMS ‘Juno’  
COX, J. Royal West Kent  
CHURCHES, R.W. Army Ordnance Corps  
CHURCHES, L.S. Motor Transport, Army Service Corps  
DENCE, F. Royal Field Artillery
FISHER, E. Army Service Corps  
HUNT, H. Royal Field Artillery  
2nd Column (twenty-six names)    
HUNT, T. H.M.S. ‘Goliath’
HEAVER, W. Royal Army Medical Corps, N.Z. Forces
HUNT, W.R. H.M.S. Hyacinth  
HARRIS, R. Royal Field Artillery  
HEARNS, W. Army Service Corps  
JERRARD, E.G. H.M.S. Malaya  
JERRARD, J.A. H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth  
MEDHURST, G. Royal Garrison Artillery  
POWELL-EDWARDS, H.I. Sussex Yeomanry  
POWELL-EDWARDS, G.H. Sussex Yeomanry  
POWELL-EDWARDS, A.R. Sussex Yeomanry  
STARLING, O. Corps of Royal Engineers  
SANDS, T. Royal Field Artillery  
STILLWELL, C.A. (W. Ridings)
SMITH, W.C. Royal Garrison Artillery  
TETLEY, J.C.D. Grenadier Guards
WELLFARE, W. Royal Sussex Regiment
WEAVER, A.E. Royal Sussex Regiment
WOODS, S.J. Royal Field Artillery  
WEAVER, G.A. Royal West Kent
WELLFARE, J. (Garrison Guard)  
WALTERS, J.T. Royal Sussex Regiment  
WELLS, F.H. Corps of Royal Engineers  
WELLS, F.S. Corps of Royal Engineers  
WELLS, A.J. Corps of Royal Engineers  
WELLS, Albert John Royal Air Force  

 

They died the noblest of death a man can die - Fighting For God & Right & Liberty and such a death is immortality.

Churchyard  

There is one Great War grave located in this churchyard that is recorded in the C.W.G.C. Register as follows:

DENCE, Gnr. F., 905635. Royal Field Artillery 8th April, 1920.

In front of the Church near to the north wall is found the family grave of Luke & Sarah Welfare, which includes the following inscription:

Also William youngest son of the above who lost his life in the Great War 1914-1918

War Memorial  

Situated just outside the churchyard on the small green is the Parish War Memorial that commemorates the names of eleven men. Also commemorated on this memorial are the five men who gave their lives during WWII. The dedication reads:

Sacred to the memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1919

V.E. BURGESS C.A. STILLWELL
A. De St. CROIX J.C.D. TETLEY
J.W. CORNFORD A.E. WEAVER
F. DENCE C.A. WEAVER
W. HEAVER W. WELFARE
T. HUNT  
Name Research:  

BURGESS

V. E.

Possibly: Victor Edward BURGESS, Rifleman 5824, 17th (County of London) Battalion (Poplar and Stepney Rifles). Killed in action, France & Flanders 3rd July 1916, age 29. Born Rotherhithe, London, enlisted Lewes, Sussex, residence Reading, Berkshire. Son of Alfred Henry Burgess of 15, Dorothy St., Reading, Berkshire. Buried in ECOIVRES Military Cemetery, Mont-St-Eloi, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 28. Locally his name is commemorated on 1. Village War Memorial

CORNFORD

James William

Sergeant L/8399, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action, France & Flanders, 18th August 1916. Born East Chiltington, Sussex, enlisted Brighton. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL Memorial, France. Pier and Face 7C. Locally his name is commemorated on 1. Village War Memorial 2. Parish Church Roll of Honour.

DENCE, F.

F

Gunner 905635, Royal Field Artillery. Died, United Kingdom, 8th April 1920. Buried in the EAST CHILTINGTON Churchyard. Locally his name is commemorated on 1. Village War Memorial 2. Parish Church Roll of Honour.

De St. CROIX

Aubrey

Captain, 2nd Battalion, 119th (Mooltan Regiment), Indian Infantry. Died 3rd February 1917, age 23. Son of the late George Clement & Clare de St Croix. No known grave. Commemorated on the BASRA Memorial, Iraq. Panel reference 51. Locally commemorated on 1. Village War Memorial only.

HEAVER

William

Private 3/170, New Zealand Medical Corps. Died, Gallipoli, 3rd May 1915, died 3rd May 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on the LONE PINE Memorial. Panel 76. Locally his name is commemorated on 1. Village War Memorial 2. Parish Church Roll of Honour.

HUNT

Thomas

Yeoman of Signals 237755, H.M.S. Goliath, Royal Navy. Killed in action, Dardenelles, 13th May 1915 when the Turkish destroyer Mouavenet-Millieh torpedoed H.M.S. Goliath. The following is taken from: “Dictionary of Disasters at Sea During the Age of Steam 1824-1962” At 01:15hrs on the morning of 13th May three torpedoes hit “Goliath” in quick succession. So swiftly did the ship sink that many of those below were downed before they could reach the upper deck…. Of the 750 on board Goliath about 570, including the Captain were drowned. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL Memorial, Devon UK. Panel 6. Locally his name is commemorated on 1. Village War Memorial 2. Parish Church Roll of Honour.

STILLWELL

Clifford A

Possibly: Private 15/1225, 15th (Service) Battalion. (1st Leeds). The Prince of Wale’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action, France & Flanders, 6th June 1916. Born Leeds enlisted Colsterdale, Yorkshire. Buried in SUCRERIED Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France. Plot 1. Row J. Grace 69. Locally his name is commemorated 1. Village War Memorial 2. Parish Church Roll of Honour

TETLEY

John Charles Dodsworth

Lieutenant, No. 3 Company, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action, France & Flanders, 9th November 1917, aged 31. Husband of Sybil Mary Elizabeth Tetley. No known grave and is commemorated on TYNE COT Memorial, Belgium. Panel 9. Locally his name is commemorated 1. Village War Memorial 2. Parish Church Roll of Honour.

WEAVER

Alfred Ernest

Private G/1669, 13th (Service) Battalion. (2nd South Down). The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action, France & Flanders, 16th April 1918. Born Plumpton, enlisted Lewes. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT Memorial, Belgium. Panel 86 to 88. Locally his name is commemorated 1. Village War Memorial 2. Parish Church Roll of Honour

WEAVER

Albert George

[Listed as G. A. on local memorials] Private G/18206, 7th (Service) Battalion, The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action, France & Flanders, 3rd May 1917, age 36. Son of John and Charlotte Weaver of North Hall Cottages, East Chiltington was born & enlisted Plumpton. No known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS Memorial, France. Reference Bay 2. Locally his name is commemorated 1. Village War Memorial 2. Parish Church Roll of Honour.

WELFARE

William

Private 8307 1st Battalion, The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action, France & Flanders, 26th October 1917. Born Staplehurst, Kent enlisted Maidstone, Kent. Buried in HOOGE CRATER Cemetery, Hooge, Belgium. Plot IX. Row J. Grave 7. Locally his name is commemorated 1. Village War Memorial 2. Parish Church Roll of Honour

30 May 2005

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