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MIDHURST WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2006

The Midhurst War Memorial Cross is situated in the Market Square and contains fifty surnames, one Christian name and initial(s) plus unit for World War 1 in additional another eleven names were added for World War 2. The cross surmounts a stone pillar with atone tablets running the length of the pillars on two sides. At the base there is a further tablet holding the additional World War 2 names.

Photograph Copyright © Chris Comber 2006

1914 - 1920

ALLIN

George

Private. TF.290013 11th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action 3 April 1918. Aged 36. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Allen of Church Street, Midhurst Husband of Mrs Daisy Allin of 10, Devonshire Road Horsham. Born and enlisted in Midhurst. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR.27

BAILEY, MM

William Bridger

Sergeant G.6339 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action during the March Retreat 23 March 1918. Enlisted in Chichester. Next of kin, Midhurst. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR.27.

BAKER

Vincent Joseph

Lance Cpl. 183048 Base Signal Depot Royal Engineers (Egypt). 42nd Air Line Section. Died 27 October 1918. Aged 28. Son of John and Mary Cecily Baker of West Street, Midhurst. Born and enlisted in Midhurst. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine.

BALCHIN

Cornelius M

Sergeant 30638 Field Royal Artillery Died at home 14 November 1919. Buried in Midhurst Cemetery

BARKER

Alfred William

Stoker 1st Class K/20835 Royal Navy HMS “Bulwark” Lost when the Battleship blew up off Sheerness 26 November 1914. Aged 20. Son of Alfred and Agatha Barker of 31, Ashfield Road, Midhurst. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial

BEHN

Rowland Charles

Air Mechanic 2nd Class F/14634 Royal Naval Air Service. Lost when HM Airship SSP4 failed to return in a heavy snowstorm on 21 December 1917. Aged 18. Son of Rowland and Fanny Behn of 2, Petersfield Road, Midhurst Native of Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial.

BEST

Jack

Captain. Number 34 Company The Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 15 May 1918. Buried in Contay British Cemetery, Contay.

BOSWELL

William C

Private SD.5628 11th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action 21 October 1916. Aged 24. Eldest son of Mr and Mrs Boswell of Bennetts Place, Midhurst Employed by Stedmans of The High Street, Midhurst. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Horsham, Midhurst footballer. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR.21

BOSWELL

Thomas

Private 28180, 8th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action 30 September 1916 Aged 28. Son of Mr and Mrs James Boswell of Duck Lane, Midhurst. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR21.

BOWYER

Reginald Arthur Jack

Airman 2nd Class 188409 Royal Air Force Died at home 19 January 1919. Aged 18. Son of Charles Henry and Annie Rose Bowyer of “Holmdale” North Street, Midhurst. Buried in Midhurst Cemetery

BOXALL

William

Royal Navy This could be either: Leading Stoker 296810 (RFR/PO/B/58919) William John Boxall R.N. HMS “Broke”. Killed in action at Jutland 31 May 1916. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial MR3. Or: Chief E.R.A.2nd Class 345447 William Henry Boxall R.N. HMS “Queen Mary” Killed in action at Jutland 31 May 1916. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial Mr3.

CHURCHER

Arthur

Royal Engineers – No further information currently available

COLLINS

William Edwin

Sergeant. M2/221661 Motor Transport The Royal Army Service Corps Died at home 31 October 1918. Aged 35. Son of Edwin and Rosina Collins. Husband of Rosa Collins (remarried) of 8, Railway Terrace, Midhurst. Born in East Meon, Hants and enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Midhurst Cemetery

DANIELL

Hubert John

Captain. Indian Army 20th Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Brownlow’s Punjabi’s) Captured at Kut and died in captivity 19 August 1916. Aged 28. Staff Captain throughout the Siege. Son of Major General Sir J. F. Daniell (KCMG) and Lady Daniell of “The White House” Fernhurst. Born in Rochester, Kent. Buried in Baghdad North Gate Cemetery, Iraq.

DANIELS

Frank

Private G.69292 6th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Reg. 12th Division Killed in action 10 August 1918. Aged 27. Son of George Peter and Mary Jane Daniels of Midhurst. Born in Easebourne and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Morlancourt British Cemetery No 2.

DANIELS

William

Royal West Surrey – No further information currently available

DENYER

Thomas

Lance Cpl. 36565 87th Field Company Royal Engineers. Killed in action 4 August 1916.Aged 22. Son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Denyer June Lane Midhurst. Born and enlisted in Midhurst. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR.21.

ELDRIDGE

John

Private TF.320051 16th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 74th Division. Died in military hospital in Egypt 16 November 1917. Born and enlisted in Midhurst. Buried in Kantara Military Hospital, Egypt.

ELLIS

John Charles

Sergeant G.8245 1st Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. 4th Division. Killed in action 23 October 1916. Aged 27. Son of John and Emily Ellis of Perrotts Cottage, Graffham. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR.21.

ELLIS

William Ernest

Private L.10092 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division Died of wounds on the Marne 11 September 1914.Aged 19. Son of John and Emily Ellis of Perrotts Cottage, Graffham. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Chichester, Included on Graffham Parish Church and Memorial, Buried in Priez Communal Cemetery

HALL

William

possibly Private Tf.320151 16th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 74th Division. Killed in action 16 September 1918. Born in Balcombe and enlisted in Canterbury. Included on Balcombe War Memorial. Buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension.

HAMMOND

Charles John

Rifleman 9746 1st The Rifle Brigade. 4th Division. Killed in action at Le Cateau 26 August 1914. Aged 35. Husband of Mrs Mable Hammond of 179 Earlsfield Road, Earlsfield, London. Commemorated on The Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial MR.15

HARRISS

William E

Rifle Brigade – No further information currently available

HERSEY

George Clement

Chief Steward 2nd Class L/4859 Royal Navy HMS “Invincible” Lost with the Battlecruiser at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial

HOLDER

William Henry

Private TF/200866 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 34th Division. Died in base hospital at Etaples 1 July 1918.Aged 34. Son of Mr and Mrs Holder of June Lane, Midhurst. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery F. 40

HOUNSOME

George

Lance Cpl. 18465 15th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. 41st Division. Died of wounds 1 July 1916. Born in Stedham and enlisted in Gosport, Hants, Next of kin, of Midhurst. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.

KENSETT

Robert P F

PrivateTF.200502 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 53rd Division. Died of wounds In Egypt 9 November 1917. Aged 24. Son of Robert and Lilian Anne Kensett of “La Collette”, Midhurst. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Beersheba War Cemetery, Palestine

KENT

Tudor Granville

Private 9205 2nd Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment. 3rd Indian Division. Killed in action in Mesopotamia. 22 November 1915. Son of James and Ada Kent of Cobden Road, Midhurst. Born in Southsea and enlisted in Southampton. Commemorated on The Basra Memorial, Iraq.

LEGGATT

Albert Edward George

Private TF/6526, 1/5th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 48th Division. Killed in action on the Somme at Martinpuich on the 14 November 1916.Aged 26. Son of Mr and Mrs Leggatt of “Cussies Row” Petersfield Row, Midhurst. Born in Petworth and enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Martinpuich British Cemetery. F.392

LEWIS

Lawrence Percival

PrivateG.19547 12th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Died of wounds 3 February 1917. Son of Mr Lewis and Mrs W. Lewis of Petersfield Road, Midhurst. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Belgium.

MORDLE

Thomas

Private TF.201436 11thBattalion The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division attached 116th Brigade H.Q. Died of wounds 6 August 1917 Aged 28 Husband of Mrs Rose Mordle (Remarried) of Tillington. Born and enlisted Midhurst. Buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.

PEAT

Arthur Robert

Private 5519, 2/6th Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 61st Division. Died of wounds 22 July 1916.Aged 20 Formerly G.2929 Royal Sussex. Son of Arthur and Ellen Peat of “Kirkella”, Station Road, Midhurst. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Merville Communal Cemetery

PLEDGE

Henry James

Private TF.200802 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 53rd, Division Killed in action during the Third Battle of Gaza 6 November 1917. Born in Heyshott and enlisted in Horsham Next of kin, Midhurst. Commemorated on The Jerusalem Memorial MR34

PORTER

Frederick Leslie

Private TF.1736 1/1st Battalion, The Sussex Yeomanry attached 42nd Division. Killed in action Gallipoli 6 December 1915 Aged 26 Husband of Mrs F. Porter of Wood Lane, Midhurst. Son of Mr and Mrs Porter of Station Road, Midhurst. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Gallipoli

PROUT

Horace Bernard

(CWGC Bernerd) Private 42435, 13th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment. 40th Division. Died of wounds. 10 April 1917. Aged 19. Son of William Parsons and Louisa Prout of 28, Ashfield Road, Midhurst. Born in Honiton, Devon and enlisted in Horsham. Formerly with the Royal Field Artillery. Buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery.

PURSLEY

Thomas Edward

Private 1028 8th Battalion, The Northumberland Fusiliers 11th Division.Killed in action 14 June 1917. Aged 30. Son of Mr and Mrs William Frederick Pursley of Midhurst. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR.29

RAWLINS

Frank Henry

Private 558, 7th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action at Hulluch 13 October 1915, Born St. Mary’s, Middlesex and enlisted in Wimbledon. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR.19

REED

Thomas F

Private G.8213 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Died after the war 6 April 1920 Aged 26. Son of James and Amelia Reed of Singleton. Born in Singleton. Buried in Midhurst Cemetery

SIMMONDS

James

Royal Artillery – No further information currently available

STEDMAN

Arthur Roy

Lieutenant 88 Squadron Royal Air Force (Bristol Fighters) Killed in action 14 August 1918. Aged 20. Son of Mr and Mrs R. G. Stedman of West Street, Midhurst. Commemorated on The Arras Flying Services Memorial.

STOVOLD

Alan George

Private TF.2761 12th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Died of wounds 7 August 1916. Aged 19. Son of Thomas and Jane Stovold of The Old Vicarage, North Street, Midhurst. Enlisted in Haywards Heath Attached from the 1/4th Batt. (SDGW 1/4th). Buried in Chocques Military Cemetery F. 98

STROUD

Thomas

Corporal G/1615 8th (Pioneer) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action near Polygon Wood, Ypres, 6 September 1917. Aged 38. Son of Mr and Mrs Stroud of “Cussies Row”, Petersfield Road, Midhurst. Born and enlisted in Midhurst. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR.30

TODMAN

Victor William

Corporal 19529 26th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers 41st Division. Killed in action 16 September 1916 Aged 21 Only son of Arthur and Kate Todman of Rumbolds Hill, Midhust. Buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte

WALDER

James R

Royal Navy – No further information currently available

WELLEN

Arthur Edward

Private G.19510 11th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action 29 April 1918. Born in Lower Launch, Surrey and enlisted in Chichester. Next of kin, Midhurst. Buried in Voormezeele Enclosure Bo 3, Belgium.

WELLEN

Rueben Frederick

Lance Cpl. G.1510 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action near Vermelles 29 August 1915. Son of Mrs E. Lindsey of Station Road, Midhurst. Born in Willesden and enlisted in Midhurst. Buried in Vermelles British Cemetery. F.423

WERRY

William Henry

Private (FTR) 90253 109th Brigade Royal Field Artillery Died of wounds 19 January 1916. Aged 28. Son of William and Kate Werry of Carron Lane, Midhurst. Born in Midhurst and enlisted in London. Buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground

WILMOT

George

Royal Fusiliers – No further information currently available

WOODS

Donald William Collins

Rifleman 48460, 1/28th Battalion, The London Regiment. (The Artists Rifles) 63rd Division. Killed in action 27 September 1918.Aged 34. Son of William and Angelina Woods of Midhurst. Born in Midhurst and enlisted Epsom, Surrey Formerly Royal Sussex. Buried in Quarry Woods Cemetery Sains Les Marquion

WRIXEN

Charles H

Royal Sussex – No further information currently available - No record with CWGC or SDGW.

1939-1945

CHARLES

Arthur Eric

Private S/7662255 Royal Army Service Corps. Supply Personnel Section. Taken prisoner at Singapore and died in captivity in Burma 9 August 1943 Aged 24. Son of Thomas Arthur and Mildred Charles of Midhurst. Buried in Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Burma.

DE LA COZE

John Rushbrook

Flying Officer 106976 Royal Air Force 270 Flying Boat Squadron (Sunderlands) Killed in action 13 March 1943. Son of America and Madge de la Coze, Husband of Mrs Rita de la Coze B.Sc. M.I.M.E. Commemorated on The Malta Memorial.

FOARD

Richard William Charles

Lance Bombardier 924278 The Royal Artillery 144th Field Regiment. (Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry) Died at home 15 June 1940. Son of William Charles and Phyllis Elizabeth Foard of Midhurst. Buried in St Marys New Churchyard, Easebourne.

JENNINGS

Mike

Royal Navy – No further information currently available

MADGWICK

William

Private 6401061 1st Battalion, The Ox and Bucks Light Infantry Killed in action in Normandy 9 July 1944 Aged 19. Son of Charles Alfred and Agnes Kate Madgwick of Midhurst. Buried in Brouay War Cemetery Normandy, France.

PETT

Donald Andrew

Private144113373, 5th Battalion, The Cameron Highlanders. Killed in action in Normandy 24 June 1944 Aged 19. Son of Percy Joseph and Agnes Pett of Midhurst. Buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Normandy, France.

SUTTON

William Charles

Pilot Officer 118617 Royal Air Force. 149 Bomber Squadron (Lancasters) Killed in action 11 August 1942. Son of William and Clara Lillian Sutton. Husband of Mary Georgina Sutton. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial

TACK

George

Sub Lieutenant 2336 Royal Naval V.R. H.M.L.C. ,Tank. Died at home 8 November 1943. Son of Joseph and Lucy Tack of Midhurst. Buried in Midhurst Cemetery.

TRUSLER

Ralph

Private 14291391, 2/6th Battalion, The Royal West Surrey Regiment. Killed in action in Italy 20 October 1943 Aged 20. Son of Mabel Trusler and stepson of Reginald Bodsworth of Midhurst Nephew of Mrs M.Bishop of Midhurst. Buried in Minturno War Cemetery, Italy.

WELLER

Leslie Herbert George

Sergeant 1895614, The Royal Air Force. 460 Bomber Squadron (Lancasters) Killed in action 20 February 1944 Aged 19. Son of Stephen Wiliam and Annie Weller of Midhurst. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial.

WILLSHIRE

Raymond Venables

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Royal Air Force. 102 Bomber Squadron (Halifax’s) Killed in action 10 August 1942 Aged 20. Son of Henry James and Bertha Violet Lillian Willshire of Midhurst. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Last updated: 22 January, 2006

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