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EASTBOURNE POLICE WAR MEMORIALS

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The memorials are two wooden plaques which contain the names of members of Eastbourne Police Service who gave their lives during both World Wars. The plaques are in the offices above the public part of the Police Station.

Photographs Copyright © Janet Graves 2017

IN MEMORY OF OUR COMRADES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR

1914-1918

BONFIELD Reginald William
15285, Guardsman, 2nd Battalion, The Grenadier Guards. Born 1888 in Cardiff, he also enlisted in Cardiff. He resided in Eastbourne where he was a Police Constable. He was killed in action on the 1st November, 1914 near Ypres. Son of William and Rosina Bonfield, of 95, Cyfarthfa Street, Roath Park, Cardiff, Glamorgan. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres (Ieper), West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium, Panel 9 and 11.
CAPELIN George
967, Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Born 1887 in Shoreham, Sussex, he resided in Worthing, Sussex, and was a member of the Sussex Constabulary, based in Eastbourne. He enlisted into the Army in Brighton. He was killed in action aged 29 years, on the 1st July, 1916. Son of Harriett Capelin, of 66, West Street, Crawley, Sussex, and the late Daniel Capelin. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, Picardie, France, Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.
HAINES Oliver Charles
F/1286, Acting Lance Corporal, Foot Police, Military Police Corps. Born 1894, in Tunbridge Wells, he was a resident of Eastbourne, where he was a member of the local Police Constabulary. Before he joined the Police he was employed in a Motor Engineer Works in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He enlisted into the Army in Eastbourne. He was killed in action aged 22 years, on the 3rd September, 1916. Son of Charles and Ann Haines, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He is buried in the Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium, II. G. 9. He is also commemorated on the Tunbridge Wells, Kent War Memorial.
HYDER Alfred James
163861, 233rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Born on the 15th January, 1889 in Coulsdon, Surrey, he was a Police Constable and a resident of Eastbourne (1911 census), enlisting into the Army in Eastbourne. He died of influenza, aged 29 years in a Military Hospital in Rouen on the 27th October, 1918. Son of James and Louisa Hyder of Sanderstead, Surrey. He is buried in the Saint Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Department de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France, S. II. T. 28.
STEADMAN William
P/1287 Sergeant, Military Foot Police, Military Police Corps. Born in Brighton in 1888 and a member of the Police Constabulary serving in Eastbourne. Previously employed as a gardener (1911 Census). He was killed in action on the 5th November, 1917. Husband of Mercy Steadman. He is buried in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ypres (Ieper), Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium, I. I. 90.
 We shall remember while the light lasts,
and in the morning we shall not forget
IN MEMORY OF THOSE FROM THIS FORCE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
WORLD WAR 1939-1945
OWENS Dennis John
Sergeant in Eastbourne Police Constabulary, killed aged 37 years on the 26th October, 1940, dealing with an unexploded bomb following an enemy air raid. Son of the late John Henry and Caroline Owens, of Belle View, High Street, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, Hampshire; husband of Ivy Mary Bispham Owens, of 14 Victoria Drive. Died at Kilburn Terrace. Also commemorated in St. George's Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.

WHITFIELD John Edgar
Born 21 Jun 1913 in Coulsdon, Surrey.. In the 1939 Register he is listed as living at 63, Willowfield Road, Eastbourne and serving as a Police Constable in Eastbourne. No further information currently.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them

Last updated 3 December, 2017

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