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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber & Malcolm Troak2008

The Peacehaven Parish Church War Memorial is to be found on the wall of the Memorial Garden behind the Parish Church of The Church of the Ascension. There were originally 26 names and initials (MAKRED *) recorded on this memorial that have subsequently now updated to 52 names and initials (including World War 1), recorded on a stone tablet. The Tablet now includes the area of Telscombe and Telscombe Cliffs and covers both wars. Considerable details were kindly supplied by Mr. Malcolm Troak of Telscombe Cliffs who in 2000 published a book entitled “We will remember them”. He has researched the updates and kindly loaned us a copy of his work.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2008

1939 - 1945


Leonard Victor

Sergeant, 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Coastal Command (Halifax 11 HR741). Operating from St. David’s, Pembrokeshire. Shot down while attacking U846 in the Bay of Biscay 2 May 1944. Crew of eight all lost. Born Edmonton. Aged 27 Peacehaven resident. Carpenter by trade. Son of Mr & Mrs Margerison of Peacehaven Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial


Peter Gordon

Lance Sergeant 1/6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action in Italy 20 September 1944. Aged 24. Son of Charles Edward & Hlda May Ballam of Peacehaven. Buried in Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy


Harry Ralph

Gunner, 285 Battery, 64th Light A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Regular soldier enlisted in August 1939. Drowned during a training exercise near Peterborough 30 June 1942. Aged 23. Son of Harry & Ellen Bashford of “Greystones, Greengate, Peacehaven. Born in Brighton. Buried in Newhaven Cemetery


Reginald Ernest

Private, 48th Canadian Battalion (Highlanders of Canada), Canadian Infantry. Killed in action in Italy 16 September 1944. Aged 22. Son of Ernest & Vinna Bent of Canada. Husband of Alice Mary Bent of Peacehaven. Buried in Gradara War Cemetery, Italy.


John William

Aircraftman 1st Class (Cook), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Based on Crete during the German Airborne Invasion and died during the seaborne evacuations on 31 May 1941. Aged 32. Husband of Doris M Bradley of Kemp Town, Brighton. Commemorated on The Alamein Memorial


Sidney James

Chief Officer Merchant Navy SS. ‘Coast Wings (London) . Lost at sea with the ship in a convoy from the Clyde to Lisbon. 27 September 1940. Aged 33. Son of Sydney and Rose Brix of Cliff Cottage, Cavell Avenue, Peacehaven. Husband of Lily Brix of Redlands Road, Penarth, Glamorgan. Commemorated on The Tower Hill Memorial


Frank Trevor

Sergeant TF320169 16th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of disease in Wiltshire 23 October 1918. Aged 25. Son of David & Mabel Brookes of “The Cottage” Amberley, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk. Born in Ross on Wye and enlisted in Brighton. Included on Snailwell Parish Church War Memorial, Cambs. and St, Lawrence Church Memorial, Telscombe. Buried in Durrington Churchyard, Wiltshire.


David Vant

Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner), 203 Maritime Patrol Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Indian Ocean (Wellington X111). Died 24 March 1943. Aged 21. Son of George Frederick & Emily Ruth Chapman of Peacehaven. Buried in Liveramentu Cemetery, Colombo, Ceylon.


William Henry

Private, 5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 44th Home Counties Division Wounded at Strazeele during the retreat to Dunkirk on the 27th May 1940 and died of his wounds in St. Omer 31 May 1940. Aged 29. Son of Henry Paul and Kate Clasen. Husband of Violet Joan Clasen of Peacehaven. Buried in Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, St Omer



Private, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. 1st Canadian Division. Killed in action in Italy 13 December 1943. Aged 27. Son of George & Annie Cowie of Canada. Husband of Phyllis Dorothy Cowie of Peacehaven. Buried in Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy



Gunner, Royal Artillery Died at home 18 February 1946. Aged 44. Husband of Violet Mary Cunningham of Peacehaven. Buried in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green.


Frederick Mervyn

Able Seaman, HMS “Hood”, Royal Navy. Lost with the Battlecruiser in the Denmark Strait in action with the “Bismarck” & “Prinz Eugene” 24 May 1941. Aged 23. Son of Mr & Mrs F. Davies of “Llwyn Alyn” Edith Avenue, Peacehaven. Born in Pontypridd. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial


John Derek

Corporal, 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. Killed in action in Italy 13 November 1944. Aged 21. Son of Harold & Katherine Dempster of “Burstock” Seaview Avenue, Peacehaven. Buried in Faenza War Cemetery, Italy


Theodore Millar

Able Seaman, HMS “Erebus”, Royal Navy. One of 12 ratings killed or died of wounds when the Monitor was attacked by Japanese Naval Aircraft 10 April 1942. Son of Millar Darroch and Jessica Dunning of “Seaway” Outlook Avenue Peacehaven. Age 23. Buried in Trincomalee War Cemetery, Ceylon.


Charles Henry

Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner), 180 Medium Bomber Squadron (Mitchell 11 FR396), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Based at Dunsfold in Surrey. Killed when his aircraft collided with another Mitchell from 98 Squadron over Alford in Surrey. He was returning from his 30th mission on the 7. January 1944. Husband of Margaret Forsyth of Telscombe Cliffs. Son of Charles and Marian Forsyth of Peacehaven. Born in West Hoathly, he was 23. Buried in Newhaven Cemetery


Ronald Sidney

Aircraftman 2nd Class, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Stationed at Herne near Bournemouth. Drowned while bathing in the River Stour near Wick Ferry 10 July 1941. Aged 20. Son of Sidney & Annie Amelia Mabel Gardner of “The Haven” Ambleside Avenue, Telscombe Cliffs. Born in St Johns Wood. Buried in Bournemouth (North) Cemetery


George Thomas

Private 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action at El Alamein 28 October 1942. Aged 22. Son of Thomas Andrew and Esther Mary Garman of Peacehaven. Shepherd. Buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.


Charles William Crowne

Guardsman 1518, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. 1st Division. Killed in action during the First Battle of Ypres 29 October 1914. Aged 29. Charles & Emily Gibbons. Born in Vauxhall and enlisted in Westminster. Resident of Tooting. Mrs Gibbons remarried (Mrs Emily) and lived at “Wendycot” Cornwall Avenue, Peacehaven. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.


Samuel Henry Arthur

Boy, SS ‘Lorient’ (Cardiff) Steamship (4737 tons), Merchant Navy. Lost when the ship was torpedoed by U-145 near Cape Farewell, Greenland 5 May 1943. Son of Charles & Annie Gillett, Sam was 17. Born Tower Hill, London. Commemorated on The Tower Hill Memorial


John Stanley

Midshipman, HMS “Triumph”, Royal Naval Reserve. Dardanelles Campaign. Died of wounds received in action at Smyrna 6 March 1915. Aged 19. Born in Bombay, India. Son of Major Thomas Robert Griffiths, Royal Artillery and Mrs Lily Morrill Griffiths formerly of Mold in Flintshire. Later of “Airlee” Telscombe Road, Peacehaven. Buried at sea. Commemorated on The Plymouth Naval Memorial


Ernest Edward

Unidentified Brother of Philip Harman. Son of Mr & Mrs E.E, Harman of Prickwillow. Born Croydon. No other details found.


Philip Roy

Private 2nd Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry 4th Division. Italy. Wounded during the Rapido River crossings and died in hospital in Napes 12 July 1944. Aged 21. Son of Harold & Ernest Harman of Prickwillow, in Suffolk, formerly of Peacehaven. Born in Croydon. Buried in Naples War Cemetery


Albert James

Warrant Officer 1st Class, 30 Heavy Recovery Section, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. Died in Normandy 3 September 1944. Aged 44. Husband of Mrs E. M. Haughton of Peacehaven. Buried in La Chapelle-Yvon Churchyard, Calvados, Normandy France.


Ronald Charles

Sergeant, 110 Bomber Squadron (Blenheim 1V V6448 VE), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Took off from Lossiemouth to support the Commando raids on Vaagso off the Norwegian coast; one of four 110 squadron aircraft shot down that day. There were no survivors. Son of Henry & Lily Hawkes of Peacehaven Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial


Frank Alexander

Gunner, Honourable Artillery Company Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Killed in action at Tobruk 6 June 1942. Son of Frank & Anne Hodge. Husband of Mrs Rosina Hodge of Telscombe Cliffs. Buried in Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya.


John Eden

Sapper 663 Artisan Works Company, Royal Engineers. B.E.F. France. Lost when the SS “Lancastria” was bombed and sunk off St. Nazaire 17 June 1940. Aged 28. Son of William Sydney and Evelyn Horton of “Fourways” Bramber Avenue Peacehaven. Husband of Isabel Winifred Lucy Horton of “The Hoe,” Cornwall Avenue, Peacehaven. Born in Leighton Buzzard Enlisted in Brighton Commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial


Peter Reginald

Gunner, 74th Field Regiment. (25 Pounders), Royal Artillery. Killed in action in Sicily 13 July 1943. Aged 23. Son of Mr & Mrs Walter Hurman of “Devonia” Hoddern Avenue, Peacehaven. Buried in Syracuse War Cemetery, Italy


Francis Peter

Private 73906, 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry 2nd Canadian Division. Killed in action near Mount Sorrel, Ypres 6 June 1916. Aged 25. Son of John & Emma Hutchinson of Boltby, Thirsk, Yorkshire. Husband of Amelia Hutchinson of Hope Cottage, Cairo Avenue, Peacehaven. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium



Able Seaman, H.M. Landing Ship (Tank), Royal Navy. Based in Suez, Egypt. Killed on active service. 11 December 1945. Aged 27. Son of Leonard James & Annie Larcombe of Peacehaven. Buried in Suez War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt


Richard Hugh Anthony

Flying Officer, 85 Fighter Squadron (Hurricane 1 P2923), Royal Air Force. Last seen chasing 3 enemy aircraft off Margate 18 August 1940. Served with distinction in France and Belgium bringing down several enemy aircraft. Son of Lt Colonel Charles Frederick Lee RFC & RAF and Mrs Esme Lee. Born in Mayfair. Educated at Charterhouse. Joined RAF at Cranwell in 1935. Richard Lee was 23. Commemorated on the Runnymead Memorial and the Battle of Britain Memorial. See also Charterhouse World War 2 Memorial.


Eric Thomas David

Flying Officer, 104 Bomber Squadron (Wellington 11), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Desert Air Force. Lost on operations over North Africa and the Mediterranean 23 July 1943. Son of Mr & Mrs Harvey Lees of Peacehaven. Commemorated on the Malta Memorial


Victor John

Lance Corporal R/22246, 16th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. 33rd Division Died of wounds 26 May 1917. Aged 27. Husband of Jesse Margaret Linton of “Rutland House” South Coast Road, Peacehaven. Born in Islington and enlisted in Deptford Resident of Sheerness. Buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux


Denis Brian

Aircraftman 2nd Class Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve attached RAF Motor Transport Pool, Cranwell. Died of a cerebral abscess in Sleaford Hospital, Lincolnshire, 9 May 1941. Aged 26. Son of Herbert Thomas & Laura Rachel Lucas of “Lucan” Dorothy Avenue, Peacehaven. Buried in Cranwell (St Andrew) Churchyard Lincs.



Lieutenant 3rd Royal Tank Regiment. Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action in Normandy 31 July 1944. Aged 22. Son of Henry Samuel & Louise Mathers of Telscombe Cliffs. Buried in St. Charles De Percy War Cemetery Calvados, Normandy.



Captain 16th Battalion, London Regiment. (Queens Westminster Rifles) 56th London Division. Killed in action during the German Spring Offensives 15 April 1918. Aged 32. Son of William & Sarah Anne Newcombe of “Sherborne” Cavell Avenue, Peacehaven. Born in Swallownest near Sheffield, Yorkshire. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial


Harold Ernest

Bombardier, 187th Battery, 67th Heavy A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died on active service in India 17 October 1942. Aged 21. Son of Herbert & Florence Maria Parker of Peacehaven. Buried in Gauhati War Cemetery


George Henry

Chief Yeoman of Signals, HMS “Dolphin”, Royal Navy. H.M. Submarine Base, Portsmouth. Died at home 6 August 1944. Aged 59. Husband of Mrs Anne Pusey of Peacehaven. Born in Haggerston, London. Veteran of WW1. Buried in Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery


William Sidney

Deck Boy, SS “Paris” (London), Merchant Navy. Wounded when the SS “Paris”, (clearly marked as a hospital ship) was sunk during the Dunkirk evacuations and died on the same day 2 June 1940. Aged 18. Son of Sidney & Emily Puttock of Portobello Cottages, Telscombe Cliffs. Born in Telscombe. Buried in St. Lawrence Churchyard, Telscombe


Charles Lawrence

Sergeant Pilot, 49 Bomber Squadron (Scampton) Hampden 1, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Shot down over Kiel in Hampden AD788 EA V 26 June 1941. Aged 25. Three crew members killed, one taken prisoner. Son of Charles Basil and Rose Mary Ray, of “Denston” Glynn Road, Peacehaven, formerly of Madras, India. Included on parents grave in Telscombe Churchyard. Born in Dindigul, India. Buried in Kiel War Cemetery


Thomas William

Private TF/240502, 1/5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 48th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 12 October 1917. Aged 25. Son of Henry George & Elizabeth Reed of 7, Turners Green, Wadhurst. Enlisted in Wadhurst. Connection with Telscombe unknown. Included on Wadhurst Parish War Memorial and St Lawrence, Telscombe. Buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium


David George William

Sergeant (Wireless Operator), No 5 Air Observer School, Jurby Isle of Man (Training Unit with Ansons, Henleys Blenheims and Hampdens), Royal Air Force. Killed in an accident While on a training flight in Blenheim L8693 9 September 1941. Aged 19. Son of George Cosby William & Esme Selby-Lowndes . Born in London. Buried in Jurby St Patrick Churchyard Isle of Man


Edgar Henry

[Listed as Edward on the war memorial] Leading Airman, HMS “Ark Royal” 810 Fleet Air Arm Squadron (Fairy Swordfish), Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy. Killed when two aircraft collided while on anti Submarine patrol 25 November 19 39. Aged 23. Son of Edgar Cyril and Mina Gertrude Shayler of Eastbourne. Born in Marylebone, London Commemorated on The Lee On Solent Memorial


Vernon Arkwright

Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner), 18 Bomber Squadron (Blenheim 1V’s) V6175 WV G, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Operating from Manston in Kent. Hit by AA fire over the English Channel. Sgt Stevens killed. The aircraft crashed at East Guldeford 18 August 1941. Sgts Vickers and Lowe survived, both Injured. Son of Henry James & Dorothy Irene Stevens of Merton Park, Surrey. Born in Brighton, Sgt Stevens was 22. Buried in Hawkinge Cemetery, Kent.


William George

Private TF/320177, 16th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 74th Division Died of disease in military hospital in Abbeville 30 May 1918. Aged 23. Son of Mr & Mrs Thomas Tmlick of “Hill View” Aldingbourne. Born & enlisted in Brighton. Employed at Telscombe Stables. Included on Aldingbourne Parish Church War Memorial and St. Lawrence Church Telscombe. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension.


Alan Jesse

Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Navigator), 305 (Polish) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Mosquito FBV1 LR262 SM Q. The aircraft collided with another aircraft and crashed at Lasham, Hampshire, on return from an operation over France The pilot, Flight Sgt. Basil Hogg and Sgt Tucknott were both killed 24 September 1944. Aged 22. Son of Jesse Newnham Tucknott & Mabel Gertrude Tucknott of Norfolk Lodge, Roderick Avenue, Peacehaven. Husband of Elsie May Jesse Tucknott of Deptford. Buried in Telscombe (St. Lawrence) Churchyard


Ebenezer Nehemiah

Air Mechanic 1st Class, HMS “Gloucester”, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy. Lost when the cruiser was bombed and sunk during the evacuation of Greece 22 May 1941. Aged 22. Son of Nehemiah and Emma Elizabeth Voakes of Peacehaven. Born Tonbridge Commemorated on The Lee on Solent Memorial


Sydney Charles

Ordinary Seaman, SS “ Empire Wagtail “ (London), Merchant Navy. Sunk by a U-260 while with Convoy ONS 154 in Mid Atlantic 28 December 1942. Lost with all hands. Son of Charles Edwin & Florence Kate Ward of Keymer Avenue, Peacehaven. Sydney was 21 Commemorated on The Tower Hill Memorial


George Ronald

Leading Airman, Flying Training School, Netheravon, Fleet Air Arm Service. Killed in an air crash 19 August 1941. Aged 20. Son of James & Elsie Mary Watson of Peacehaven. Buried in All Saints Churchyard, Netheravon



Telegraphist, HMS “Egret”, Royal Navy. Anti submarine escort Frigate. One of 188 men lost when the ship was hit by a glider Bomb launched from a Do 217 30 miles off Vigo on the coast of Spain. 27 August 1943. There were only 35 survivors. Son of Sydney Victor & Ethel Wells. Husband of Mary Louise Wells of Peacehaven Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Herbert Charles

Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Hong Kong Imperial Garrison. Taken prisoner at Hong Kong in December 1941 and died on the Japanese transport Lisbon Maru between 1st and 2nd October 1942. Son of Herbert William & Iris Olive Witty of Peacehaven. Commemorated on the Sai Wan Memorial, Hong Kong.


Sidney Francis

Corporal, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action in Normandy 24 June 1944. Aged 29. Son of Mr & Mrs W S Wright & stepson of Mr F. O. Russell. Husband of Doris Wright of Peacehaven. Buried in Dives Dur Mer Communal Cemetery Calvados, Normandy.


David Alfred

Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died at home 4 February 1943. Aged 28. Son of Harry & Annir Zackheim. Husband of Winifred Zackheim of Telscombe Cliffs. Buried in Willesden Jewish Cemetery.


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