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IDEN WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2008

The Iden Parish Church (All Saints) War Memorial is on the green in Grove Lane. It akes the form of a wheel cross on a long shaft mounted on a plinth with a three-stepped base; the inscription is on the plinth. There are nine names for World War 1 and eight for World War 2. A further memorial exists over the entrance to the bell tower of All Saints Church, Iden. There are eight names inscribed for World War 1. THe difference in names is marker with an * where the men do not appear on the wa rmemorial.

Photograph Copyright © Chris Comber 2008

IN MEMORY OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

THESE MEN OF IDEN GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

ALMOND

George R C

Sapper 112499, 5th Army School of Instruction, Royal Engineers. Missing presumed killed during the March Retreat 28th March 1918. Aged 37. Son of Thomas & Henrietta Almond Husband of Ellen Almond of Brickfield Cottages, Iden. Born in Rye and enlisted in Hastings. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial

BRAZIL

John Henry

Private TF 7343, 1/5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. (Pioneers) . 48th Division. Killed by a shell while working in the ruins of Martinpuich Church on the 14th November 1916. Aged 19. Son of John & Rose Edith Brazil of Hazel Grove, Dew Farm, Peasmarsh. Born in Iden and enlisted in Rye. Included on Rye War Memorial. Buried in Martinpuich British Cemetery.

COLEMAN

Ernest Henley

Private G/18015 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action near Thiepval 26.10.16. Aged 20 Son of Richard Coleman (Farm Baliff) and Eliza Coleman, of Bosney Farm, Iden. Born and enlisted in Iden Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

KING

Albert

Private 48202, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action on the Somme during the final advance 23rd October 1918. Aged 19. Son of Mr & Mrs Harry King of Baron Grange, Iden. Born in Tunbridge Wells and enlisted in Hastings. Commemorated on Vis En Artois Memorial.

LARKIN

James Albert

Private G/3721, 8th Battalion, East Kent Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 20th December 1916. Aged 26. Son of Thomas & Martha Larkin of Leigh Green, Tenterden, Kent. Born in Iden and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery Mazingarbe

PHIPPS

Edwin Benjamin

Private. SD/1434, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Wounded on the Rue De Bois 30th June 1916 and died in military hospital at St. Omer 3rd July 1916. Aged 18. Son of Benjamin & Annie Phipps of Bowlers Town, Playden. Born in Iden & enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, St. Omer

RANDOLPH *

Francis A

Lieutenant Colonel, Reserve Staff Officer late Suffolk Regiment. Died at home. Born in Bath in 1867. No further information currently available.

SANDLES

George

Private 41950, 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. 12th Division .Killed in action near Thiepval 7th October 1916. Aged 27. Son of Mr Sandles and Mrs Ellen Sandles of 1 The Main Street, Iden. Born in Peasmarsh and enlisted in Rye. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

SMITH *

Albert Lewis

Boy 1st Class J/32429, HMS “Indefatigable”, Royal Navy. Lost when the battle cruiser blew up at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Aged 17. Son of Bertha Elizabeth Noakes (formerly Smith) of the Main Street, Iden. Born in Rye. Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial

WOOD

James

Private G/3718, 8th Battalion, East Kent Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at Guillemont 18th August 1916. Aged 27. Son of Mr & Mrs George Wood of “Readers,” Iden. Born in Iden and enlisted in Hastings. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

1939-1945

ALMOND

Margery Florence

Civilian. Injured in an air raid on 29, Onslow Square, London and died in hospital on the 14th October 1940. Aged 30. Daughter of Sapper George Almond (WW1) and Ellen Almond of Iden. Buried in Chelsea Metropolitan Borough Cemetery

BUCHANAN

James Richebourg

Pilot Officer, 609 Fighter Squadron, (Spitfire Mk1 N3023), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Based at Middle Wallop. Shot down by an ME 109e from JG27 while on convoy patrol off Weymouth. Aged 25. Son of Bertram George & Kathleen Agnes Buchanan of Oxenbridge, Iden. Listed on Battle of Britain Roll of Honour. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

REMEMBER
JAMES RICHEBOURG BUCHANAN
PILOT OFFICER 609 SQUADRON
ROYAL AIR FORCE OF OXENBRIDGE
IN THIS PARISH ONE OF THAT
SMALL COMPANY OF YOUNG MEN
WHO GREATLY OUTNUMBERED DIED
VICTORIOUSLY DEFENDING THEIR
COUNTRY IN THE AIR A.D. 1940
PER ARDUA AD ASTRA

COLEMAN

R

No further information currently available

FAIRHALL

Leslie Ronald

Private, 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died at home 2nd September 1942. Aged 20. Son of Frank Edward & Maria Kathleen Fairhall of Iden. Buried in All Saints Churchyard, Iden

LOWE

James Henry

Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force. Died at home 13th August 1940. Buried in Maidsone Cemetery, Kent.

NASH

John

Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner), 214 Bomber Squadron (Wellington 1C Z 8979), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Operating from Stradishall. Shot down over Hanau in Germany 2nd April 1942. Crew of 6 all killed. Son of Percy & Laura Nash of Rye Foreign near Iden. John Nash was 21. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany

PEARCE

Charles Gosden

Lance Bombardier, 3 /77th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Batavi Dutch East Indies. Taken prisoner by the Japanese and died in captivity 24th April 1945. Son of Hilda Constance Piggott of Iden. Buried in Jakarta (Batavia) War Cemetery , Indonesia

VINTEN

Neville William

Gunner, 479th Battery 77th Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died at home 13th June 1940. Aged 22. Son of Alfred & Emily Mary Vinten of Iden. Buried in Maidstone Cemetery, Kent

WATSON

J

No further information currently available

Last updated: 1 July, 2008

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