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FRAMFIELD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2009

Framfield is a small village to the east of Uckfield. There is one exterior memorial and two interior memorials for Framfield to be found at St. Thomas-a-Becket church, Framfield. The exterior memorial is in the churchyard and takes the form of a floriated stone Latin cross with an octgaonal column mounted on a square plinth with a four-stepped base. There are no names listed but the memorial refers to the tablets within the church for the names. The World War 1 memorial within the church is in the form of a white stone tablet with black lettering and contains a list of 30 names of those who fell. The World War 2 memorial is also in the form of a white stone tablet with black lettering with a list of 17 names of those who fell. There are six burials in the chruchyard for World War 1 that are not included on the memorial and there is a further commemoration to an officer within the church. This Memorial includes men from the small hamlets of Blackboys, Palehouse Common, Halland and Eason Green.

The memorial has been recently cleaned and the third photograph shows it in its new state. This photograph and that of the Thornton plaque have been kindly supplied by Barry Richardson. For more photographs see the St. Thomas-a-Becket web site.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND TO THE UNDYING MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 1919
THEIR NAMES ARE RECORDED ON THE TABLET
IN THE PARISH CHURCH
Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2009

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHOSE LIVES WERE GIVEN FOR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919

BEALE

Robert William

Driver 162727, 2nd Pontoon Park, Royal Engineers. Killed in action at Ypres 12 October 1917. Aged 24. Son of Robert & Rose Beale of Lower Honeys Green Farm Framfield. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in The Huts Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.

BISHOP

Sydney George Edmund

Lance Corporal G/18037, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action on the Somme July 19 October 1916. Aged 26. Son of Mr & Mrs Harry Bishop of Huggetts Farm, Buxted. Husband of Mrs Edith Bishop (remarried later of Maresfield). Enlisted in Uckfield. Also listed on Buxted War Memorial. No known grave. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

BRYANT

Richard William

Gunner 96374, 34th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery Died of wounds 1 November 1917. Aged 32. Son of Harry & Elizabeth Bryant. Husband of Mrs Margaret Bryant of 83, Hythe Road, Brighton. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Edmonton, Middlesex. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium

DAWES

Bert

Private G/1645, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Died of wounds 18 August 1917 Aged 21. Son of Mr & Mrs George Dawes of 25, Palehouse Common, Framfield. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Lewes. Buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun

DE CARRICK-CHEAPE

John

Lieutenant, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at Becourt Ridge on the Somme 3 September 1916. Aged 22. Son of Mr De Carrick Cheape and Mrs Antoinette Anne Cheape of "Great Streele", Framfield. Educated at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge. Included on the Cambridge University War List and Buxted Parish War Memorial. Buried in Hamel Military Cemetery

DRIVER

Ambrose

Private SD/912, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Died of wounds in Bethune 1 July 1916. Aged 30. Son of Thomas & Ellen Driver of Hawkhurst Gate, Blackboys. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Lewes. Also listed on Waldron and Cross in Hand Parish Memorials. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery

EASTWOOD

Charles Henry

Private G/8267, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Ginchy on the Somme 3 September 1916. Aged 19. Son of George & Sophia Eastwood of Etchingwood near Buxted. Born in Buxted and enlisted in Uckfield St. Marys Parish Church, Buxted. No known grave. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

EASTWOOD

Horace

Private L/7676, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Died of wounds in base hospital at Boulogne 29 April 1916. Aged 29. Regular soldier transferred from the 2nd Battalion. Son of George & Mary Eastwood of Framfield Born in East Hoathly and enlisted in Uckfield. Employed near Framfield as a stockman George Eastwood was a local carter. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

FOORD

Frank

Gunner 374281, 352nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (Sussex T.F.). Killed in action near Ypres 1 September 1917. Son of Mr & Mrs Frederick Foord of Tickeridge Cottages Blackboys, Framfield. Born in Swanborough near Lewes and enlisted in Lewes. Buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium

FOORD

George Frederick

Lance Corporal G/798, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Died of wounds in base hospital at Boulogne 19 July 1916. Aged 21. Son of Frederick & Emma Foord of Ticheridge Cottage, Blackboys. Born in Ilford, Essex and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

FOWLER

Charles

Private SD/923, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Died of wounds at home 22 September 1916. Aged 29. Son of Mr & Mrs W. Fowler of Britts Cottage, Framfield. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Lewes. Single man. Buried in Framfield Churchyard

GURR

Albert Victor

Private TF/241037, 1/5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 48th Division. (Pioneers). Killed in action on Passchendaele Ridge 4 October 1917. Aged 20. Son of David & Edith Gurr of Rose Cottage, High Cross Palehouse Common Framfield. Enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Duhallow ADS.Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

GURR

George David

Private SD/929, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 13 November 1916, Aged 22. Son of David and Edith Gurr of Rose Cottage, High Cross Palehouse Common Framfield. Born in Eastbourne and enlisted in Lewes. No known grave. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

HARLAND

William John

Farrier Sergeant 58251, 22nd Divisional Signals Company, Royal Engineers. Salonika, Greece. Died in Salonika January 19 December 1917. Aged 45. Son of Silvanus & Harriett Harland of Blackboys. Husband of Mrs Alice Harland of Jubilee Cottages, Blackboys. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Salonika (Lambet Road) Cemetery, Greece.

HOPKINS

Herbert

Sergeant TF/290293, 1/7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers 53rd Welsh Division. Killed in action at Gaza in Palestine 26 March 1917. Aged 24. Son of James & Emily Hopkins of "Armadale" Framfield. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Welshpool, Montgomershire. No known grave. Commemorated on The Jerusalem Memorial

JONES

Percy Stephen Charles

Lance Corporal SD/2443, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action near Auchonvillers August 19 October 1916. Aged 21. Son of Mr & Mrs William John Jones of Pump Lane, Framfield. Born in Chiddingly and enlisted in Uckfield. Also listed on East Hoathly Parish Church War Memorial. Buried in Euston Road Cemetery Colincamps

LEWIS

James

Gunner 160296, 31st Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action near Cambrai 30 September 1918. Aged 34 Husband of Mrs Naomi Lewis of "The Budds" Blackboys, Framfield. Born in Tyburton, Herefordshire and enlisted in Newhaven. Buried in Crest Cemetery Fontaine-Notre Dame, Cambrai

MORLEY

Henry

Corporal 213447, Royal Air Force. (RAF Station Dundee). Died at home 1 December 1918. Buried in Framfield Churchyard

MORRISS

Jack Septimus

Lieutenant 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 4th Division. Killed in action at Ypres 5 October 1917. Aged 20. Son of Henry & Una Morriss of Stonebridge, Blackboys, Framfield. No known grave. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial.

OSBORNE

Derrick

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry 6th Division. Killed in action during the March Retreat 21 March 1918. Aged 21. Son of Sir Francis Osborne (15th Baronet) and Lady Osborne of Framfield Grange, Framfield. No known grave. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial

PARIS

Percy John

Gunner 144697, No 2 Re enforcement Depot Bury St. Edmunds, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died at home 16 June 1917. Aged 19. Son of George Alfred & Mary Jane Paris of Tickeridge Mill, Blackboys, Framfield. Born in Brighton and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Bury St. Edmunds Cemetery, Suffolk

PRATT

Frank Thomas

Private 9164, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action at Arras 3 May 1917. Aged 20. Son of Richard & Anne Pratt of Bentley Farm, Halland Born in Framfield and enlisted in Chichester. No known grave. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial

ROBERTSON

H Rennie

Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps attached to the Essex Yeomanry. Died at home 29 July 1916. Doctor of Medicine (MD). Buried in Framfield Churchyard.

SKINNER

Ernest

Private TF/242851, 1/6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 48th Division. Died of wounds 3 April 1917. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Resident of Rollestone, Suffolk. Buried in Bray Military Cemetery

STAPLEHURST

Ernest

Private SD/964, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Died of wounds 19 September 1918. Son of Mr & Mrs R. Staplehurst of Palehouse Common, Framfield. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Lewes. Formerly with the South Downs Battalions. Buried in Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension

THORNTON

Robert West

Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 3rd Division. Killed in action at Bellewaarde near Ypres 16 June 1915. Aged 19. Son of Major Robert Lawrence Thornton CBE. DL. JP & Mrs Charlotte Thornton JP of High Cross, Framfield. No known grave. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial. Also commemorated on a plaque within the church:

In memory of
Robert West Thornton
Lieut: Royal Fusiliers

Elder son of major R L Thornton CBE DL JP of High Cross in this parish born 26th January 1896 and killed in action in the Ypres Salient 16th June 1915 Mentioned in Despatches and recommended by his commanding officer for the Military Cross just before his death.

In remembrance of his life and death the sum of five hundred pounds three and a half per cent stock has been invested for the benefit of the charities of this parish

THORPE

Hubert Jim

Private 28233, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. 18th Division. Formerly Royal Sussex. Killed in action on the Somme 30 September 1916 Aged 19. Son of James & Caroline Thorpe of 67, Alexandra Road, Uckfield. Born Blackboys and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Connaught Cemetery Thiepval

TUCKNOTT

Frank

Corporal G/1675, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Bazentin La Petit 17 August 1916. Aged 21 Born in Ridgewood near Uckfield and enlisted in Lewes. Buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery

WREN

Albert Henry

Private 22483, 30th Training Reserve Battalion (10th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment). Died at home 18 May 1917. Aged 18. Son of John & Anne Wren of Pheasant Cottage, Blackboys. Framfield. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Framfield Churchyard.

WREN

Ernest Alfred

Private 30338, 123rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly Royal Sussex. Died of wounds January 19 October 1916. Aged 20. Son of John & Anne Wren of Pheasant Cottage, Blackboys, Framfield. Born in Framfield and enlisted in Uckfield. Buried in Bancourt British Cemetery

Buried in the Churchyard and not included on the Memorial

BATCH

P

Private 25821, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (Depot). Died at home January 19 November 1918. Buried in Framfield Churchyard

HARLAND

Iva Mary

Worker 34544, Queen Mary’s Army Auxilliary Corps. Died at home 28 February 1919. Aged 23. Buried in Framfield Churchyard

IN THANKFULNESS FOR OUR DELIVERANCE & IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE WAR 1939-1945

BAKER

Thomas

Leading Aircraftman, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on active service in Italy 1 June 1944. Buried in Bari War Cemetery, Italy

BAXENDALE

Joseph Alwyne Francis

Lieutenant, 392nd Battery, 98th Field Regiment (The Surrey & Sussex Yeomanry), Royal Artillery. Died of wounds during the retreat to Dunkirk 2 June 1940. Aged 24. Son of Guy Vernon & Enid Baxendale of Uckfield. Husband of Mrs J A F Baxendale of Bayswater, London. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery

BAXENDALE

Davis Stephenson

Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action during the Normandy Campaign 21 July 1944 Aged 21. Son of Guy Vernon and Enid Baxendale of Uckfield. Buried in Banneville La Campagne War Cemetery, Normandy

COWLEY

Robert Hurst

Sergeant (Pilot), 57 Squadron (Blenheim 1V’s) attached to Coastal Command, Elgin Morayshire, Royal Air Force. Lost on operations 2 September 1940 Aged 22. Son of Herbert & Elsie Mabel Cowley of East Grinstead. No known grave. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial

CLAYTON

Gerald Lawrence

Sergeant (Observer), 218 Squadron (Blenheim 1V’s), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Lost over Holland on a Recce Mission operating from Oakington, Cambs, 8 September 1940. Aged 23. Son of Captain Charles Lawrence Clayton (Royal Artillery) and Mrs Olive Welling Clayton of Fermoy, Cork, Eire. No known grave. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial

HARLAND

William George

Private, Royal Army Service Corps. Died at home 5 April 1941. Aged 36. Son of George & Mary Harland of Blackboys. Husband of Mrs E. Harland of Blackboys. Buried in Framfield Churchyard

HAZELDEN

Anthony

[Listed on War Memorial as Hazleden] Trooper, 4th Queens Own Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Lost during the evacuation of Greece 28 April 1941. Aged 22. No known grave. Commemorated on The Athens Memorial

HAZELDEN

James Cecil

[Listed on War Memorial as Hazleden] Able Seaman, H.M. Landing Craft Gun 13, Royal Navy. Killed in action 22 June 1944. Aged 19. Son of Cecil James & Charlotte Graham Hazelden of Framfield. No known grave. Commemorated on The Chatham Memorial

HENRY

John Myles

Captain, 10th Battalion, Parachute Regiment (A.A.C.). Killed in action at Arnhem 19 September 1944. Aged 23. Son of Arthur & Margaret Henry. Husband of Pamela Evelyn Morriss of Mayfield Buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Holland

MARKWICK

Horace John

Royal Observer Corps – No further information currently available

MORRISS

John Edward

Flight Lieutenant, 151 Squadron (Mosquitos) Operating from Pedannack, Cornwall, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Lost on operations over Europe 6 June 1944. Aged 21. Son of Edward Horne and Lillah Kathleen Morriss. No known grave. Commemorated on The Runnymeded Memorial

PILLINGER

Ellis Arthur

Signalman, 7th Air Form, Royal Corps of Signals. Killed in action in Algeria, North Africa, 10 June 1943. Aged 20. Son of John Henry & Amy Louisa Pillinger of Halland near Framfield. Buried in El Alia Cemetery, Algeria.

PIPER

Robert Ernest

Able Seaman, HMS "Penelope", Royal Navy. Lost when the Cruiser was torpedoed by U-410 off the Anzio beaches 18 February 1944. Aged 19. Son of Edith Dorothy Piper of Scaynes Hill. No known grave. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial

PRYKE

Henry Ivan

Pilot Officer, 196 Squadron (Stirlings) operating from Tarrant Rushton, Dorset, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Lost on operations over France 4 February 1944. Aged 21. Son Henry Ernest and Florence Ethel Pryke of Newtown, Uckfield. Buried in Lyon (La Doua) French National Cemetery

RIGELSFORD

Ronald Warwick

Gunner, 7th Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died of wounds in Alexandria 1 June 1941. Buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

TREWBY

John Preston

Flying Officer, 99 Squadron (Flying Wellingtons operating from Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire), Royal Air Force. Lost on operations over Europe 14 December 1939. Aged 26. Son of The Rev Norman and Mrs Maria Trewby of Framfield. No known grave. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial

WHEATLEY

David

Private, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action during the retreat to Dunkirk 2 May 1940. Aged 21. Son of Benjamin & Esther Wheatley of Easons Green near Framfield. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension

Last updated 6 February, 2010

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