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HIGHBROOK WAR MEMORIAL

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

Memorial Cross in the Churchyard 14 names. Highbrook is a small Hamlet between West Hoathly and Ardingly, 1 miles south of West Hoathly village. Several of the men below are recorded on Ardingly and West Hoathly. The details behind the men has been compiled by Chris Comber while the background information has been supplied by Alan Seymour.

All Saints Church

   

The Church of All Saints was built in the 1880's.  Messrs Carpenter & Ingelow of Regent Street, London were the architects.  Their design was Early Decorated style comprising nave, north aisle, chancel, tower, spire, vestries.  It was built from sandstone, lined with red brick on the inside and finished with stucco. The roof was to be covered with local tiles with crested ridge and the spire to be of timber, covered with oak shingles.  The builder was Mr. George Box of Ardingly.

Inside All Saints on the north wall, behind the font hangs the following Roll of Honour:

ROLL OF HONOUR

In remembrance of those who did their duty, even unto death, in the GREAT WAR 1914-1919

Killed in action    

May 9th 1915

Sergeant  Arthur LAVENDER

2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment

September 25th 1915

Captain John Gay CLARKE

9th (Service) Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment

February 12th 1916

Private John BROWN

10th (Reserve) Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment

March 10th 1916

Sergeant Harry NEWNHAM

2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment

November 21st 1917

Private Edward BROOMFIELD

8th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers) Royal Sussex Regiment

March 23rd 1918

Lance Corporal Fred COZENS

8th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers) Royal Sussex Regiment

April 24th 1918

Lance Corporal Percy PEARCE

2nd/9th (County of London) Battalion. (Queen Victoria's Rifles)

July 17th 1918

Private Harry BACKSHALL

17th (Service) Battalion (2nd City) Manchester Regiment

Died of wounds    
October 6th 1916 Sergeant Robert PREVETT  DCM 7th (Service) Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment
October 17th 1916 Bombardier Reginald BUCHANAN 189th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Drowned at Sea    
January 1st 1915 Stoker Alec DAY HMS "Formidable"
Died in France    
December 29th 1916 Gunner John GODDING 60th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Died in England       

October 11th 1917

Lance Corporal Wilfrid HOLMAN 9th (Service) Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment
January 25th 1918 Private Wallace LANGRIDGE National Reserve

MAY THEY REST IN  PEACE 

Memorial Tablet / Plaques

The panelling on the north side of the choir bears a plaque which read as follows:

PRAEMIUM VIRTUTIS HONOR  Brig.Gen.Goland Vaholt Clarke CMG,DSO C.O. City of London Yeomanry 1915-17  C.O. 7th Mounted Bigade & 14, Cavalry Brigade 1917-19 Seventh son of Stephenson Clarke Born 25/11/1875 Died 27/8/1944 Maudlyn House Steyning.

Inside on the west wall of the church, a memorial tablet in marble and brass commemorating Captain John Gay Clarke, which was erected on 25th May 1916 and reads as follows:

In loving memory of John Gay Clarke Captain 9th Battalion Royal Sussex Regt 6th son of Stephenson and Agnes Maria Clarke of Brook House in this Parish who was killed in action in France near the Hohenzollern Redoubt on the 27th September 1915, aged 43 years R.I.P.

Great War Memorial     

Located outside in the Churchyard of All Saints is the Great War Memorial which was unveiled and dedicated on Sunday 19th September 1920. The memorial is of Clipsham stone.  The foundation comprises an octagonal pedestal with two steps.  This supports a central column surmounted by a carved lantern, with a crucifix on its west face and the letters I.H.S. on its east.  The memorial was made by Messers Kempe & Co.

The three most westerly panels of the pedestal bear the inscription:

Remember ye with thanksgiving and honour before God and man these me of Highbrook who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War, A.D. 1914-1919.

The three most easterly panels carry the names of the fallen:

BACKSHALL Harry   BROWN Robert   BROOMFIELD Edward
BUCKMAN Reginald   CLARKE John Gay   COZENS Fred
DAY Alec   GODDING John   HOLMAN Wilfrid
LANGRIDGE Wallace   LAVENDER Arthur   NEWNHAM Harry
PACKHAM Ernest   PEARCE Percy   PREVETT Robert
Combined Details of those who died  

Combined list of men from both memorials. Those on the church Roll of Honour are marked and those on the village memorial are marked *.

*

BACKSHALL

Harry

Private 20702, 1st Battalion Border Regiment 29th Division Killed in action near Ypres 17th July 1918. Aged 37. Son of William Joseph and Emily Backshall of Burstow Bridge Cottage, Highbrook. Born in Ardingly and enlisted in Haywards Heath Formerly G/12683 Royal West Kent Regiment. Buried in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul F.193

*

BROOMFIELD

Edward [William]

Lance Corporal G/2674, 7th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Division Killed in action at Cambrai 20th November 1917. Aged 21. Son of Harry and Fanny Broomfield of Melbury Abbas, Dorset. Born in Ellingham, Hants and enlisted in Chichester. Employee of Mr.Stephenson Clarke at Brook House Commemorated on The Cambrai Memorial MR.17.

BROWN John
Private, 10th (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 12th February 1916. probably Robert below.
*

BROWN

Robert [Robinson]

Private G/7578, 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th New Army Division. Killed in action at Hooge 12th February 1916. Aged 36. Born in Richmond, Yorkshire and enlisted in Brighton. Son of Robert Anna Brown of Richmond, Yorkshire. Employee of Mr Stephenson Clarke of Brook House, Highbrook. Buried in Menin Road, South Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. B.74.

*

BUCKMAN [BUCHANAN]

Reg[inald]

[Listed as BUCKMAN on war memorial and BUCHANAN on Roll of Honour] Bombardier 40859, 189th Brigade, The Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds at home 17th October after discharge 7th October 1917. Son of Mr and Mrs Buckman of Lywood Common. Employed by Mr Stephenson Clarke at Brook House. Also recorded on Ardingly Parish Church Memorial. Buried in Highbrook Churchyard

*

CLARKE

John Gay

[Listed as STEVENS on Roll of Honour not CLARKE] Captain, 9th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at The Battle of Loos 25th September 1915. Aged 43. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson Clarke of Brook House. Resident of Croydon. Commemorated on the Croydon Roll of Honour. Educated at Winchester. (Winchester College Memorial). Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR.19.

Inside on the west wall of the church, a memorial tablet in marble and brass commemorating Captain John Gay Clarke, which was erected on 25th May 1916 and reads as follows:

In loving memory of John Gay Clarke Captain 9th Battalion Royal Sussex Regt 6th son of Stephenson and Agnes Maria Clarke of Brook House in this Parish who was killed in action in France near the Hohenzollern Redoubt on the 27th September 1915, aged 43 years R.I.P.

*

COZENS

Fred[erick Thomas]

Lance Corporal G/2753, 8th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Pioneer Battalion, of the 18th Eastern Division. Killed in action during the German Spring offensive 23rd March 1918. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Cozens of Pickeridge Cottages, Cob Lane, Ardingly. Born in Nash, Surrey and enlisted in Haywards Heath. Name also appears on West Hoathly and Ardingly Memorials. Buried in Chauny Communal Cemetery, British Extension. F.1893

*

DAY

Alexander [aka Alec]

Stoker 1st Class K.8310, H.M.S. "Formidable", Royal Navy. Channel Fleet. Lost when the Battleship blew up off Sheerness 26th November 1914. Aged 24. Son of Spencer and Isabella Day of Holly Cottage, Cob Lane. Regular Naval Rating.Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial Southsea MR.3. Name also recorded at West Hoathly and Ardingly.

* GODDING John
Gunner 28075, "A" Company, 60th Brigade, Royal Artillery. Died 29th December 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 33. Born Ardingley, enlisted London. Husband of Mrs. B. A. Godding, of 5, Graham Cottages, Lindfield, Haywards Heath. Buried in Hamel Military Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France. His name appears on the Parish Church W.M. at Ardingly
*

HOLMAN

Wilfred

Lance Corporal, 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regment. Died in England 11th October 1917. No further information currently. Not listed on CWGC or SDGW.

*

LANGRIDGE

Wallace

[Listed as William Langridge on records] Private 6364, 16th Battalion, The Royal Defence Corps. [National Reserve] Died at home 25th January 1918. Aged 58. Enlisted at Haywards Heath Formerly G/20647 Royal Sussex Regiment. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Langridge. Husband of Emily Ethel Langridge 37, West Street, East Grinstead. Buried in Fort Pitt Military Cemetery, Rochester, Kent.

*†

LAVENDER

Arthur

Sergeant L/9334, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Richebourg L`Avoue 9th May 1915. Born in Hastings and enlisted in Chichester. Regular Soldier. Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial MR.22.

*

NEWNHAM

Harry [Henry]

Sergeant L/6817, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Died of wounds near Arras 10th March 1917. Aged 31. Son of William and Amelia Newnham of Lewes. Husband of Annie Beatrice Guy (Formerly Newnham) of Lywood Common, Ardingly. Platelayer with The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Company. Born in South Malling and enlisted in Lewes. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial MR.20.

*

PACKHAM

Ernest

Shoeing Smith 13152, 6th Dragoon Guards (Caribineers). Killed in action during the final advance 26th August 1918. Aged 28. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Packham of Holly Farm, Pickridge, Cob Lane. Old boy of St. Wilfred's School Haywards Heath. Included on the memorials of Haywards Heath, Ardingly and West Hoathly. Born in Lindfield and enlisted in Battersea. Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery F.401

*

PEARCE

Percy

Corporal 391966, 1/9th Battalion, The London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles). 56th London Division. Killed in action 25th April 1918. Son of Alfred and Adelaide Pearce of Ashurst Villa, West Hoathly. Born in West Hoathly and enlisted in London. West Hoathly War Memorial. Buried in Buchoir New British Cemetery F.360

*

PREVETT, D.C.M.

Robert

Sergeant G/541, 7th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Eastern Division. Wounded at Guedecourt during the Somme offensive and died on the 6th October 1916. Aged 26. Son of Robert and Emma Prevett of Horncombe, Cob Lane. Born in Ardingly and enlisted in Brighton. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). Name also appears at West Hoathly and Ardingly. Buried in Dartmoor Cemetery F.188

23 June 2004

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