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FINDON
WAR MEMORIAL

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

The memorial is to be found within Findon Parish Church, St. John the Baptist. The church is set in a Downland location to the North of Worthing. The World War 1 memorial takes the form of a large stone tablet on the south wall of the church. There are 38 names with units plus date of death with location. The Second World War memorial can also be found on the wall and is in the form of a smaller stone tablet to the right of the First War Memorial with 14 Names, units and date of death.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2007

THIS STONE
W ITH THE CROSS
IN THE CHURCHYARD
IS DEDICATED BY THE PEOPLE OF FINDON TO THE
BELOVED MEMORY OF THE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR WHOSE NAMES ARE ENGRAVED HEREON

1914-1918

ALDER

George

Private TF/2083 1/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 53rd Division. Died of wounds at Suvla Bay 29 August 1915. Aged 23. Son of William & Mary Alder of 2, Buckingham Road, Holmwood, Surrey. Born in North Mundham and enlisted in Worthing. Included on West Stoke Parish Church Memorial near Chichester. Buried in Hill 10 Cemetery, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli.

BARTLETT

Arthur

Private 41284 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. 12th Division. Killed in action at Arras 3 May 1917. Aged 36. Son of John & Eliza Bartlett. Husband of Edith Matilda Bartlett of Rectory Gate, Petworth Commemorated on The Arras Memorial

BOULTON

Alec Gordon

Second Lieutenant Special list 129th Duke of Connaughts Baluchis Assistant Provost Marshall (Doullens) HQ 3rd, Army Interpreter to. Died 19 February 1916. Aged 36. Son of Major General C.F. & Mrs Boulton of "Woolsthorpe" Findon. Born in Karachi, Sind, India.Served in the South African Campaign where he was taken prisoner. Buried in Beauval Communal Cemetery.

BRIDGER

William Albert

Lance Corporal L. 9082 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Regular soldier. Killed in action on the Somme 24 August 1916. Born in Newmarket, Suffolk and enlisted in Chichester Resident in Findon. Buried in Heilly Station Cemetery

BRIDGER

Wilfred Percival

Private V 6832 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died at home after discharge 13 September 1918. Aged 34. Husband of Mrs F.M.Bridger of 4, Leigh Road, Broadwater. Buried in St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Findon.

CARRIER

Jesse

Private TF/315272 16th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 74th Division. Died of wounds in military hospital in Rouen 19 September 1918. Born in Horningsham, Wiltshire and enlisted in Findon. Resident in Findon. Buried in St. Sever Communal Cemetery, Extension, Rouen

CARTER

Leslie

Private L. 10469 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Richebourg L’Avoue 9 May 1915. Aged 19. Son of Mr & Mrs Amos Carter of Findon. Born in Buxted and enlisted in Worthing. Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial

COBBY

Joseph

Private G. 5693 8th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action near Arras 13 May 19 17. Born in Pulborough and enlisted in Worthing. Next of kin, Fittleworth Resident in Findon. Included on Fittleworth Parish Church Roll of Honour. Buried in Warlencourt Halte British Cemetery.

CONSTABLE

Thomas

Lance Corporal 7640 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. 5th Division. Killed in action near Festubert 26. 10.14. Aged 26. Son of Albert & Ruth Constable of Findon. Born in Chichester and enlisted in Worthing. Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial

CONSTABLE

George

Sergeant 8936 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died of wounds at home 5 April 19 15. Aged 21. Son of Albert & Ruth Constable of Findon. Born in Findon and enlisted in Brighton. Buried in St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Findon

CONSTABLE

William

Sergeant L.9125 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Loos 25 September 1915. Aged 23. Son of Albert & Ruth Constable of Findon Regular Soldier.Born in Findon and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial

CONSTABLE

Albert

Lance Corporal 7701 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. 5th Division. Taken prisoner and died in captivity in Germany 15 September 1918. Aged 29. Son of Albert & Ruth Constable of Findon. Born in Findon and enlisted in Chatham, Kent. Buried in Cologne South Cemetery

DOUGLAS

Cedric Christian

Gunner 900426 Royal Field Artillery 70th Battery 34th Brigade Died of wounds 18 September 1918. Aged 29. Son of Edwin & Christine Maria Douglas of Fox Down, Findon. Born & enlisted in Worthing. Buried in Varennes Military Cemetery

DRURY

Frederick

Private TF/201269 1/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 53rd Division. Died of wounds in military hospital in Egypt 11 November 1917. Aged 20. Son of Samuel & Mary Drury of 4, Temple Street, Brighton.Born in Eastbourne and enlisted in Worthing. Brother of Herbert Drury. Buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

DRURY

Herbert

Private 1001022 43rd Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment.) 3rd Canadian Division. Killed in action 1 October 1918. Aged 25. Son of Samuel & Mary Drury of 4, Temple Street, Brighton. Brother of Fred Drury Commemorated on The Vimy Memorial

EYEARS

Alfred Edward

Private 14245 8th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 23rd Division. Died of wounds 23 October 1915. Aged 23. Son of Marry & Mary Anne Eyears of 2, Hermit Terrace, Findon. Born in Lewes and enlisted in Worthing. Buried in Sailly sur la Lys Canadian Cemetery

FRANKLAND

Thomas Hugh Colville-

Brevet Major 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. 29th Division. Killed in action during the landings on "V"Beach, Gallipoli 25 April 1915. Aged 35. Son of Colonel Colville & Mary Jay Frankland, Included on Hove War Memorial Commemorated on The Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

FRANKLAND

Robert Cecil Colville-

Captain 1/8th Battalion, Lancasshire Fusiliers. 42nd Division. Killed in action during the attack on "The Vinyard’near Krithia, Gallipoli 7 August 1915. Son of Colonel Colville & Mary Jay Frankland Formerly with the North Staffords. Included on Hove War Memorial Commemorated on The Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

FRASER

William Allan

Captain Royal Engineers. 26th Division.al H.Q. Salonika Died of disease in Salonika, Greece 7 July 1917. Buried in Salonika (Lambet Road) Salonika, Greece

GURD

Harry John

Private 500471 The Labour Corps. 695th Agricultural Company. Formerly SE.9364 The RAVC. Died at home in Worthing hospital 25 June 1918. Aged 37. Husband of Alice Gurd of Muntham Lodge, Findon. Born in Berwick St. John, Wilts and enlisted in Worthing. Buried in St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Findon

HARDS

Albert

Sergeant 17762 Royal Engineers. 253rd Tunneling Company. Killed in action 13 March 1916. Aged 29. Son of Albert & Ellen Hards of Nepcote Lane, Findon. Born in Shipley and enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Sailly Labourse Communal Cemetery

HOLLINGDALE

Richard

Private G. 1093 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of scarlet fever at home 23 March 1915. Aged 28. Son of Mr & Mrs Richard Hollingdale of Rogers Farm, Findon. Born in Findon and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Findon

HUDSON

Arthur

Second Lieutenant 31st Australian Infantry 5th Australian Division. Killed in action at Fromelles 19 July 1916. Aged 41. Born in Greenwich. Husband of Mrs V.G.Hudson (remarried) Tea Buyer. Former member of the Middlesex Yeomanry. Commemorated on The VC.Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial Fromelles

LANGHAM

Aylwin

Private 32641 12th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. 31st Division. Killed in action near Vieux Berquin 9 August 1918. Son of Walter & Fanny Langham of Nepcote near Findon. Born in Findon and enlisted in Worthing. Buried in La Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, Morbecque

LANGRIDGE

Leslie Harold

Lance Corporal 10931 4th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps., 27th Division. Died of wounds suffered at Bellewaarde Wood near Ypres 4 May 1915. Aged 20. Son of Harry & Edith Langridge of Elm Cottage, Findon. Born in Brighton and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium

MADGE

Charles Albert

Lieutenant Colonel Royal Warwickshire Regiment. attached to 33rd, Division.al H.Q. & South African Defence Force. Killed in action. 10 May 1916. Aged 41. Son of Dr.Henry & Mrs Madge of Upper Wimpole Street, London. Husband of Mrs Barbara Madge of North End, Findon. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery

MARGESSON

Edward Cuninghame

Major 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers 29th Division. Killed in action during the landings at "S" Beach Gallipoli 25 April 1915. Aged 43. Son of Lt Colonel & Mrs W. G. Margesson of Findon Place, Findon. Husband of Mrs Marian Margesson (remarried) later of 5, Sloane Court, Chelsea. Commemorated on The Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

MARGESSON

Anthony Robert

Lance Corporal 33307 13th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. 22nd Division. Died at sea 11 January 1917. Born in Findon and enlisted in Hampstead Commemorated on The Doiran Memorial, Greece.

MILLS

Edward George

Private L.10465 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Loos 25 September 1915. Aged 19. Son of Mr & Mrs P. Mills of West Kingston Farm East Preston. Born in Littlehampton and enlisted in Worthing. Included on Littlehampton War Memorial Commemorated on The Loos Memorial

PRATT

Charles

Private G.27206 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. 24th Division. Died of wounds at home from wounds received in France 28 October 1918. Aged 19. Son of Mr & Mrs Charles Pratt of Sheepcombe, Findon. Born in Findon and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in St. John the Baptist Churchayard, Findon

PRATT

George

Private TF/202079 2/4th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. 53rd Division. EEF. Killed in action at Beersheba 3 November 1917. Aged 39. Son of Louise & Peter Pratt of Gore Cottage, Findon. Husband of Mrs M. A. Pratt of 24, Grove Road, Ashstead, Surrey. Born in Findon and enlisted in Kingston on Thames. Buried in Beersheba War Cemetery

PRESTON

Herbert William Lawson

Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery "M" Anti Aircraft Battery Died of wounds in base hospital at Rouen 19 August 1917. Aged 28. Husband of Lily Maude Preston of 37, Forthbridge Road, Clapham Common. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen

RUFF

Ernest

Private L.10460 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Richebourg L’Avoue 9 May 1915. Aged 20. Son of Herbert & Jane Ruff. Born in Sullington and enlisted in Worthing. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial

SHORT

George

Private G.14477 7th Battalion, East Kent Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action 22 August 1918. Aged 18. Son of Frederick & Emily Short of Spear Hill, Ashngton, Sussex. Born in Findon and enlisted in Brighton Resident of Findon Commemorated on The Vis en Artois Memorial

TIZZARD

William

Private CH/18440 Royal Marine Light Infantry HMS. "Queen Mary". Killed in action when the Battlecruiser blew up at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 29. Son of James & Caroline Tizzard of Rose Cottage, Findon. Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial

WOOLGAR

George William

Able Seaman J/5689 Royal Navy HMS "Hardy". Killed in action when the destroyer was disabled in action with German Light forces off Scarborough 16 December 1914. Buried in Immingham, St. Andrew Churchard,

WYATT

Hugh Greystone Penfold

Second Lieutenant 1/1st Sussex Yeomanry. Died of dysentery in military hospital in Alexandria 12 November 1915. Aged 24. Son of Hugh Richard (Barrister) & Mrs Grace Evelyn Penfold-Wyatt of Cissbury House , Findon Educated at Winchester. Born in Findon. Included on St. Andrews Church Memorial, Worthing. Buried in Chatby Military Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt

WYATT

Geoffrey Wilfred Penfold

Second Lieutenant 1st Battalion, East Kent Regiment. 6th Division. Killed in action near Flers 15 September 1916. Aged 20. Son of Hugh Richard (Barrister) and Mrs Grace Evelyn Penfold-Wyatt of Cissbury House Findon. Born in Findon. Buried in Serre Road Cemetery Number 2.

LORD, ALL PITYING JESU BLEST, GRANT THEM THINE ETERNAL REST.

THIS STONE WITH THE ALTAR RAIL
IS DEDICATED IN GRATEFUL
MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR
LIGVES IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR
WHO NAMES ARE ENGRAVED HEREON

1939-1945

ARMSTRONG

George Henry Smith-

Petty Officer P/J/111634 Royal Navy. HMS "Royal Oak" Lost when the battleship was torpedoed by U 47 in Scapa Flow 14 October 1939. Aged 31. Son of Mr & Mrs J Armstrong. Husband of Mrs Alice Armstrong of Findon Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.

BARNETT

Frederick William

Lance Bombardier 5th Medium Regiment. Royal Artillery. Killed in action in Tunisia 14 October 1943. Aged 36. Son of William & Annie Barnett. Husband of Daisy Barnett of Worthing. Buried in Medjez el Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.

BEECH

Harry Downing

Guardsman 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action in Italy north of Rome on 19 June 1944. Aged 31. Son of James & Phoebe Beech. Husband of Mrs Margaret Beech of Findon. Buried in Assisi War Cemetery, Italy

CREIGHTON, DFM

Noel Vaughan

Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1429155 R.A.F.V.R. 101 (Bomber) Squadron. Lancaster 111’s Shot down over Versailles 27 April 1944. Aged 23 all 8 crew killed. Son of Harold Vaughan & Clarice Creighton of Findon Valley. Buried in Viloflay New Communal Cemetery. France.

DILL, Croix De Guerre (avec palm)

David Gordon

Lieutenant S.A.S. (A.A.C) formerly with the Kings Royal Rifles Killed 25 November 1944. Aged 20. Son of Major R.W.G. Dill (MC) and Mrs Mary Dill of South Stoke, Oxfordshire. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bavaria.

FRADLEY

William Arthur

Sergeant Radio Operator/Observer RAFVR. Died at home 17 December 1941. Aged 24. Son of Victor and Florence Fradley of West Worthing. Buried in Wittering Churchyard (All Saints) Northamptonshire.

GOLDSMITH

Ernest

Corporal 1st Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 8th Army. Killed in action at Enfadaville in Tunisia 21 April 1943. Aged 27. Son of Eliza May Goldsmith Foster son of Edna Foster of Findon. Buried in Enfadaville War Cemetery, Tunisia

MARTIN

Thomas George

Stoker 1st Class P/KX/95944 Royal Navy HMS "Hood" Lost when the Battlecruiser was lost in action with the "Bismarck" in the Denmark Straits 24 April 1941. Son of Mr & Mrs Thomas George Martin of Findon. Husband of Patricia Mary Martin of Gosport, Hampshire. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.

MOORE

Alan Wilfred

Lance Corporal Royal Australian Engineers. A.I.F February 196th PK Company Died in captivity in Labuan, 29 March 1945. Aged 40. Husband of Doris May Moore of Mosman Park, Western Australia Commemorated on the Labuan Memorial , Labuan, Malaysia,

OCKENDEN

Eric William

Lance Bombardier 118th Field Regiment. Royal Artillery Died of disease, malnutrition and brutality on the Burma railway as a prisoner of the Japs. 23 August 1943. Aged 24 Captured at Singapore. Son of William & Elizabeth Ockenden of Findon. Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Siam

PATIENCE

William Ronald

Sergeant Air Gunner RAFVR. 97 Bomber Squadron (Lancasters). Killed in action when Lancaster ND840 was shot down over Paris near Clichy on 6 August 1944. There was one survivor (Squadron Leader Rodney James DFC) who escaped capture and rejoined the Squadron later. The locals have erected a memorial to the crew. Sgt Patience was the son of Mr & Mrs Ronald Patience of Penshurst in Kent. He was 19. Buried in Clichy ( North) Cemetery, Paris.

TREE

Maurice

Lance Sergeant Royal Engineers. Attached to Royal Bombay Sappers & Miners Died in India 18. 4, 44. Aged 37. Son of Arthur William & Emily Tree of Findon. Husband of Beatrice Tree of St. Leonards. Buried in Kirkee War Cemetery.India

WAGHORN

Peter George

Sergeant Flight Engineer RAFVR. 356 Bomber Squadron Salbani , India (Liberators) Lost over Burma 16 September 1944. Aged 19. Son of Stanley & Florence Waghorn of Shirley, Southampton., Hampshire. Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery near Rangoon, Burma.

WYATT

Eric Thomas Penfold

Major 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards Died of wounds suffered during the evacuation of Dunkirk February 19 6.40. Aged 36. Lost two brothers in the 1914/18 war, M.A.Oxon and Barrister at Law. Son of Hugh Richard and Grace Evelyn Penfold –Wyatt of Cissbury House Findon. Buried in Dover St. James Cemetery, Kent

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