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PLUMTON & PLUMPTON GREEN WAR MEMORIALS

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Alan Seymour 2004

Plumpton has an area of 2,450 acres, and is a strip of country lying to the east of Streat. At the southern end of the parish the Downs rise steeply to Plumpton Plain, with a height of 665ft. The altitude in the north of the parish is about 130ft.

St Michael Church - Plumpton

The church lies to the west of Plumpton Agriculture College and is of unknown dedication but is associated by tradition with St. Michael. It stands isolated in a field, and is reached by a lane and field path from the Lewes-Ditchling Road. The walls are of flint and some Sussex marble with sandstone dressings; the roofs are tiled except for some Horsham slates on the porch. The nave dates from the early 12th century. The west tower was built c.1200 and has 14thcentury additions; the chancel was rebuilt rather later in the 13th century, but the east wall is modern. The porch probably dates from the 17thcentury, and the vestry is 19thcentury work. Inside the church high up on the north wall there are faint wall paintings, one scene showing Christ seated in Heavenly Jerusalem. There were no Great War memorials noted inside this church or war graves or inscriptions on headstones with a reference to the Great War in the churchyard.

To the east of Plumpton Agriculture College another road branches off from the Lewes-Ditchling Road and runs north, straight up to the north end of the parish. The Plumpton Steeplechase Course and railway station is located about a mile and a half up this road. The road that crosses the railway lines here is still controlled (2004), by the old style wooden level crossing gates and a signal box. Beyond the level crossing is the village of Plumpton Green itself, which straggles along the road.

All Saints Church - Plumpton Green
All Saints church Plumpton Green, is located north of the railway station and was founded in 1893, and built of flint with dressings of stone and brick. It consists of chancel and sanctuary, shingled spire, south transept, nave and baptistery.
Lych-gate
This gate was erected as a thanksgiving for peace after the Great War in 1920, on the north side wall is the following inscription:

"To the Glory of God and in humble thankfulness for his great mercy in
granting us peace Nov 11th 1918 - Jun 28th 1919"

Churchyard

In the churchyard is the Parish War Memorial, which commemorates 28 men and 1 woman who died in the Great War, and two from the Second World War. The inscription reads:

'Sacred to the memory of those of this Parish who fell in the
Great War 1914-1918 ‘greater love hath no man than this
that a man lay down his life for his friend'

BRAISER, C HOBDEN, E. THOMSETT, A. H.
BURGESS, V. E. HIGGINS, G. L. WELLS, R.W.
BUCKWELL, P. J. HIGGINS, J. A. WHITE, C. J.
CHAPMAN, G. LEANEY, J. WHITE, F. W.
CLEUR, J. MARCHANT, J. WINKWORTH, K. J.
DEAN, C. H. MANVILLE, H. DURRANT, G.
FUNNELL, S. MIDDLETON, A. H. RODWELL, M. Sister
GOODMAN, E. W. PICKERING, E. A.  
HARRIS, E. PICKERING, W. A.
1939-1945
HARRIOTT, G. ROLANDS, H. DEACON, A. J.
HEWLETT, A. E. SCRASE, H. THOMSETT, C. A.

There is one Great War grave located in this churchyard that is recorded in the C.W.G.C. Register as follows:

DURRANT, Pte. G., 3083. 13th Bn. Royal Sussex Regt. 7th May, 1921. Age 38. Son of George and Amelia Durrant, of the Moat, Plumpton (Grave Ref: 86 North-East of Church)

Two rows behind this grave on the headstone of the grave of Amos Scrase (died March 7th 1918) is the following inscription:

Also of Herbert youngest son of the above who gave his life for home and country Sept 18th 1918 age 37 years interred in Worms cemetery - Sadly missed.

Note: Worms (Hochheim Hill) cemetery is located in Germany. This suggests that Herbert may have had died whilst a prisoner of war?

Inside Church

Hanging on the north wall opposite the entrance doorway, is a framed 'Roll of Honour' for the Great War. The roll lists 145 men from the Parish who were serving in the Forces at that time. The names are listed under the year they had enlisted and the Regiments / services they had joined, (1914 = 61, 1915 = 32, 1916=33, 1917=12, 1918=7 total 145). The inscription reads:

Men serving in His Majesty’s Forces from the Parish of Plumpton in the Great War 1914-1918
Lord we pray the in thy mercy here our anxious pray. Keep our dear ones now far absent neath thy came.

The names are listed under the year they had enlisted and the Regiments they had joined, 1914 = 61, 1915 = 32, 1916=33, 1917=12, 1918=7, (145). Also shown on this roll are those who had fallen or had been wounded,

1914
1914
1914
BURBERRY, F.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
GRAINGER, H.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
PICKERING, E.A.
Royal Fusiliers
BUCKWELL, J.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
GANDY, R. F.
H.M.S. M.211
PICKERING, L.
Kings Royal Rifle Corps
BRADLEY, A. D.
Queen’s Own Hussars
HARRIOTT, H. R.
Lancashire Regiment.
PICKERING, W.H.
Royal Army Medical Corps
BRASIER, C.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
HODGKINSON,
Royal Field Artillery
PENTELOW, A.
Royal Suffolk Regiment.
CHAPMAN, G
Suffolk Regiment.
HEWLETT, A. E.
Royal West Surrey Regiment
PATEMAN, W.
Royal West Kent Regiment.
CHAPMAN, N
Suffolk Regiment.
HARRISS, J.
15th Hussars
PARSONS, F.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
COTTINGHAM, H. J.
H.M.S. Spitfire
HARRISS, A.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
PARSONS, H.
Royal Suffolk Regiment.
CLEUR, J.
Royal Field Artillery
HOBDEN, E.
H.M.S. Queen Mary
SMITH, A.R.
Royal Garrison Artillery
DURRANT, C. H.
Royal Naval Division
HIGGINS, R.
Worcestershire Regiment.
SMITH, R.
Royal Defence Corps
DURRANT, W. A.
Royal Naval Division
HIGGINS, G. L.
Royal Field Artillery
SHUTE, R. J.
H.M.S. Crocus
DURRANT, G.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
HIGGINS, G. A.
Yorkshire Regiment.
STILLWELL, F.
Army Veterinary Corps
DOGGETT, J. O.
H.M.S. Saracen
LEANY, W.
Royal Horse Guards
THORPE, W.D.
Royal Field Artillery
DENHAM, J.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
LEANY, J.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
WOODWARD, J.M.
Royal Sussex Regiment
EDWARDS, A.
Royal Field Artillery
MIDDLETON, A. H.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
WINKWORTH, K.J.
Suffolk Regiment
FUNNELL, S.
Royal Field Artillery
MARCHANT, J.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
WINKWORTH, D.W.
Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
FOSTER, G.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
MANVILLE, H.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
WELFARE, B.
Royal Field Artillery
FAGEN, L.E.
Royal Field Artillery
MEARS. G.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
WHITE, C.J.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
GOODMAN, H. D.
Royal Horse Guards
MERCER, H.
Royal Sussex Regiment.
WALLACE W.
Royal Field Artillery
GOODMAN, A. S.
16th Lancers
MATHIS, C.
Royal Field Artillery
WISE, H.P.S.
6th Royal Berkshire Regiment.
GOODMAN, E. W.
Coldstream Guards
MALTHOUSE, A.
Rifle Brigade
 
GOODMAN, S. H.
Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport.
OUTEN, G.
Royal Field Artillery
 
1915
1915
1915
BUCKWELL, P.
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
HARRIOTT, G.
Royal Sussex Regiment
PICKERING, A.
50th Canadian Infantry
BURGESS, V.E.
Royal Army Medical Corps
HARRISS, F. G.
Manchester Regiment
PARIS, J.
Royal Engineers
BENHAM, F. G.
Royal Flying Corps (Air Mechanic)
HARRISS, E.
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
ROLANDS, H.
Royal Sussex
BANKS, G. S.
Royal Army Medical Corps
HALFORD, W.
Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport
SCRASE, H.
Royal Engineers
BULL, F. A.
Army Service Corps – Mechanical Transport
HIGGINS, J. A.
Royal Engineers
SNASHFOLD, A.
Royal Army Medical Corps
BRADLEY, J. R.
Royal Sussex Regiment
HIGGINS, A. G.
Royal Engineers
THOMPSETT, A. H.
Royal Sussex Regiment
BANKS, A.
17th Lancers
HIGGINS, F. E.
Royal Irish Rifles
WELLS, F. H.
Royal Engineers
CHATFIELD, A. J.
Royal Garrison Artillery
LEANEY, W.
Royal Defence Corps
WELLS, R. W.
East Surrey Regiment
CHIVERS, F. H.
Army Service Corps – Mechanical Transport
MANVILLE, J.
Army Service Corps
WHITE, F.
Royal Sussex Regiment
GOODMAN, P. C.
Army Service Corps – Mechanical Transport
MANVILLE, C.
Royal Garrison Artillery
YOUNG, G. A.
Royal Sussex Regiment
HARRIOTT, A. G.
Royal Sussex Regiment
POCOCK, C.
Royal West Kent Regiment
 
1916
1916
1916
AVERY, M. J.
Army Service Corps – Mechanical Transport
FUNNELL, E.
East Kent Regiment
MORLEY, A.
Middlesex Regiment
AVERY, S. C.
Royal Flying Corp (Wireless)
GRAINGER, F. J.
Royal Sussex
MEREDITH, V.
Northumberland Fusiliers
BUCKWELL, B. P.
Royal Field Artillery
HOWELL, F.
Royal Garrison Artillery
PICKERING, J.
Grenadier Guards
BAKER, H.C.W.
Middlesex Regiment
HEMSLEY, T. S.
East Surrey Regiment
SCRASE, H. A.
Royal Fusiliers
BOYS, H.
Royal Field Artillery
HEMSLEY, H. J.
Royal Sussex
SIMMONDS, A.
Labours Corp
BRADLEY, J. W.
Army Service Corps – Mechanical Transport
HEMSLEY, S.
Royal Naval Division
TURNER, E.
Royal Sussex Regiment
BRADLEY, E. V.
Rifle Brigade
HAMMOND, A.
Royal Field Artillery
THORPE, A. D.
Royal Sussex Regiment
BASSETT, A. G.
Royal Flying Corp (Air Mechanic)
HIGGINS, H. P.
Royal Fusiliers
WELLS, F. S.
Royal Engineers
BASSETT, F.
Royal Flying Corp (Air Mechanic)
LEANEY, T.
Royal Engineers
WELLS, A. J.
Royal Engineers
DEAN, W. A.
London Rifle Brigade
MIDDLETON, H. R.
Royal Engineers (Tank Corps)
WHITE, C.
Royal Sussex Regiment
DEAN, C. H.
London Rifle Brigade
MIDDLETON, G. W.
Royal Engineers
WILLETT, W, G.
Royal Garrison Artillery
1917
1917
1917
BUCKWELL, W. H.
Royal Field Artillery
NORWOOD, H. J.
Royal West Kent Regiment
WELLS, A. J.
Royal Flying Corps (Air Mechanic)
DAGGER, W. F. L.
Northumberland Fusiliers
STILLWELL, F.
Staffordshire Regiment
WHITE, H. G.
Royal Field Artillery (Trench Mortar)
FISHER, E.
Army Service Corps
STURT, H. E.
Royal Flying Corps (Tenting Dept.)
DOGGETT, Annie
Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps - V.A.D.
HARISS, R.
Royal Garrison Artillery
SIMMONDS, E.
Royal Field Artillery
LEANEY Edith
Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps
1918
1918
1918
HOBDEN, J. H.
Royal Garrison Artillery
STILLWELL, F. G.
Bedfordshire Regiment
THORPE, G. A. D.
Machine Gun Corps
LIPSOMMBE, W.W.
East Surrey Regiment
LEANY, P. H.
Bedfordshire Regiment
 
MERRIFEILD, A.
Royal Garrison Artillery
THORPE, A. D.
Bedfordshire Regiment
 

They died the noblest death a man can die Fighting for God & Right
& Liberty. And such a death Immortality.

Notes of interest related to Plumpton and the Great War

The following is taken from: - 'About Plumpton' a thesis by Barbara Barratt in 1972 & edited by Frank Bed in 1995 on behalf of the New Village Hall Appeal Fund..

1. Memorial & Memorial Hall

In 1919 there was a small reading room near All Saints' Church but no hall for social gatherings. It was therefore proposed that the War Memorial in Plumpton should take the form of a public hall in memory of the fallen heroes and should be a "centre of social and education activity for the whole of the community". Mrs. Walter Hodgkinson offered a suitable site opposite the school. On 9th April a public meeting endorsed this proposal and added a suggestion for a Memorial Cross. A fund was set up for the dual objectives and collectors appointed.

Subscriptions and promises amounted to only £340. Miss. Grey of Eryl now took a hand. She and her brother, members of the Coates (cottonspinners) family, had lived on the Ridge for many years. She offered to subscribe £500 on condition that the memorial cross was ordered at once. At a further public meeting on 1st January 1920 this offer and plans for a hall of permanent construction were discussed. The Hall proposed by Mr. William Wells would cost £910. The Cross would be about £100. It was agreed to accept Miss. Grey's offer and to make every effort to raise the rest of the money.

By March 1920 the fund total was still only £925. There were now two factions and the main bone of contention was the question of a licensed bar. Some (including Miss Grey) thought this unsuitable for a Memorial Hall intended as a culture centre. Others, especially the ex-servicemen, regarded it as an essential.

Meanwhile, a group of Committee members decided to solve the problem by buying a hut for £239 at a sale of the assets of a wartime camp at Forest Row. They obtained a public endorsement for this apparent bargain and set about getting it dismantled and transported to Plumpton. It was a large building and had a wing, which could be, used the Old Comrades' Club annexe with licence!

Unfortunately, there was an election on 29th May and some Committee changes. The hut project was seen as ill advised and over-ambitious. When costs appeared certain to exceed funds available the new Committee decided to take drastic steps. The plans for the hall were scaled down but extra funds were still needed.

The subsequent public meeting in September 1920 was reported in the press under the heading "The Plumpton Trouble". Mr Alfred Banks resigned. Colonel Powell-Edwards sent his apologies and his tenant, the Australian Stephen Ralli, had to take the chair. The anti-bar faction, led by the Winkworths, aired their righteous indignation and their opponents were drubbed.

What happened next is hardly surprising. The Old Comrades set up their own club, collected funds and leased a site for their clubhouse. The trustees were the three gentlemen mainly responsible for the hut project Messrs, Banks, Ralli and Powell-Edwards - spurred on no doubt by Mrs Banks who led the Women's Section of the British Legion when that was founded in 1921.

Meanwhile, with the help of volunteers the Village Hall Committee managed before the end of 1920 to complete the Memorial Hall. The War Memorial Cross at All Saints' was unveiled in December. But Plumpton itself found it riven by the dispute and saddled with two halls and the cost of maintaining them.

The site leased by the Old Comrades from William Wells included the coach house, stable and sheds of the old village shop, Western House. These were converted by volunteer ex-servicemen with "Gunner" F. R. Gandy, the Club Secretary, in charge. By Remembrance Day 1921 the British Legion was able to hold a social in the new premises. Miss Grey, generous as ever, had given a billiard table. By 1923 the Club, now a branch of the British Legion, had 196 members and recorded receipts of £1,817 in its first year. It needed more land and in 1923 persuaded Wells to sell an extended site for £350. A larger billiards room and hall were added over a period. Popular weekly dances were held by the Football Club for many years

2. Other War Memorials

Another tribute to those who died (in the Great War) was the planting of 29 trees outside the Memorial Hall - the hall no longer stands but the trees are in the garden of two private houses - 'Crandon' and 'East View'.

The Memorial Hall stood opposite the old school which has now been converted into housing, as for the 29 trees further research needed to see if any still remain standing in 2004?

3. Agricultural College

Plumpton is quite famous for its Agricultural College. After the end of the 1914-1918 War several young officers who had survived the horrors of war came to Wales Farm (Plumpton) to learn about farming. It also acted as a rehabilitation centre for them after coming out of the services. The idea caught on and the / main building was completed in 1926. It was taken over by the East Sussex County Council in 1927 and enlarged in 1936. When the next war came (1939) the college was used for training land girls from all over the country.

The following reports on Plumpton are taken from 'The Mid-Sussex Times' newspaper:

August 25th 1914:
MR. H. P. CHAPLIN, Captain of the Sussex County Cricket Team, has been gazetted Lieutenant in the General Reserve of Officers. He was formerly a Lieutenant in the 18th (Prince of Wales's Own) Hussars.

February 23rd 1915:
VOLUNTEER TRAINING CORPS FORMED. - It has been decided to form a local Company of the V.T.C., with Mr. Morley as Hon. Secretary and the following as committee men: - Mr. A. Banks, Mr. Bovill, Mr. j. Pratt and Mr. H. W. Paris. So far about 50 members have been enrolled.

June 19th 1917:
MISSING. - Private Tom S. Hemsley, East Surrey Regiment, who resided at 3, Cox's Cottage, Plumpton, is officially reported missing since 8th May. His wife is left with three little children.

June 26th 1917:
A PLEASANT SURPRISE. - Mrs. T. Hemsley, of Cox's Cottages, has received a postcard from her husband, Private Thomas Hemsley, East Surrey Regiment, stating that he is well and a prisoner in Germany. He had previously been reported missing.

 

Research Names

BRAISER

C

Possibly: BRAYSHER, C. W. Private 21303, 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. Formerly G/7159, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Locally BRAISER, C. is commemorated on: 1. Village War Memorial, All Saints' Churchyard. 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - were he is recorded as enlisting in 1914 with 'The Royal Sussex Regiment'. I've not been unable to locate a BRAISER, C. spelt in this way in the C.W.G.C. 'Debt of Honour' Internet Register or on the 'Officers / Soldiers Died in the Great War' CD-ROM.

Possibly: Charles William Braysher, born Plumpton, enlisted Lewes, Sussex, residence Bolney, Sussex. He was the son of Charles Samuel & Ellen Braysher, 4, Hill House Cottage, Bolney, Haywards Heath, Sussex.

Charles was killed in action 12th October 1916, age 18. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on THIEPVAL Memorial, France - (memorial reference: Pier and Face 7C and 7B.)

Braysher, C. is commemorated in Bolney, Sussex on: 1. Village War Memorial 2. Great War Memorial Tablet, St. Mary Magdalene's Church.

BUCKWELL

P. J.

Possibly: Buckwell, Benjamin Gunner 196156, 46th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds France & Flanders 5th May 1918, age 28. not been able to locate a BUCKWELL, P. or P. J. in the C.W.G.C. 'Debt of Honour' Internet Register or in 'Officers / Soldiers Died in the Great War' CD-ROM.

Possibly Benjamin Buckwell, born Plumpton, enlisted Hove Sussex. He was the son of Henry & Jane Buckwell, High Street, Ditchling, Sussex. Native of Plumpton, Sussex.

Benjamin died of wounds 5th May 1918, age 28. He is buried in ETAPLES Military Cemetery, France - (grave reference: Plot LXVIII. Row A. Grave 21.)

The following report is taken from The Mid-Sussex Times 14th May 1918:

PLUMPTON - DIED OF WOUNDS. - Mrs. H. Buckwell of the Old Mill House, Plumpton, has received information that her son, Gunner Benjamin Buckwell, of the R.G.A. (Royal Garrison Artillery), has died in a Canadian hospital at Etaples from the effects of his wounds.

BURGESS

Victor Edward

Rifleman 5824, 2nd / 17th (County of London) Battalion, (Poplar and Stepney Rifles), The London Regiment. Formerly 72742, Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action France & Flanders 3rd July 1916, age 29. Victor Edward Burgess, born Rotherhithe, London, enlisted Lewes, residence Reading. He was the son of Alfred Henry Burgess, of 15, Dorothy Street, Reading, Berkshire. Victor was killed in action 3rd July 1916, age 29 and is buried in ECOIVRES Military Cemetery, Mont-St. Eloi, France - (grave reference: Plot III. Row A. Grave 28.) Locally commemorated on: 1. Village War Memorial, All Saints' Churchyard. 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - were he is recorded as enlisting in 1915 with the 'Royal Army Medical Corps'.

CHAPMAN

G.

Possibly: CHAPMAN, Gordon Lance Corporal 50440, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. Formerly 27092, The Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds France & Flanders 9th July 1917 Possibly: Gordon Chapman born Plumpton, enlisted Chichester Sussex. He was the husband of J. E. Butland (formerly Chapman), 37, Osborne Villas, Hove, Sussex. Gordon died of wounds 9th July 1917 and is buried in NOEUX-LES-MINES Communal Cemetery, France - (grave reference: Plot II. Row E. Grave 12.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - where he is recorded as enlisting in 1914 with 'The Suffolk Regiment'. Also commemorated in Burgess Hill on: 1.Town War Memorial 2. St. John's Church War Memorial Board.

The following report appeared in 'The Mid-Sussex Times' on July 17th 1917:

DIED FOR HIS COUNTRY - The death of yet another Burgess Hill soldier in the service of his country has been notified, Lance Corporal Gordon Chapman, Suffolk Regiment, having been killed in action on the 8th inst. Before joining the Army he was for some years in the service of Mrs. Barclay, of Burgess Hill, being nephew to her housekeeper, Mrs. Cheese. He was 24 years of age.

CLEUR

J.

Possibly: CLUER, Jesse Moore, MM., Corporal 14865, "D" Battery, 70th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action France & Flanders 13th April 1917, age 24. Locally CLEUR, J. is commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - where he is recorded as enlisting in 1914, with 'The Royal Field Artillery'. We have not been able to locate a CLEUR, J. spelt this way on the CWGC 'Debt of Honour' Internet Register or 'Officers / Soldiers Died in the Great War' CD-ROM.

Possibly: Jesse Moore CLUER, MM., born Chichester, enlisted Lewes and the husband of Ellen May Jenner (formerly Cluer), of Bramber, Sussex. Jesse was killed in action 13th April 1917, age 24. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the ARRAS Memorial, France - (memorial reference Bay 1.)

J. M. Cluer, Gunner 14865 Royal Field Artillery was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field sometime during 1916, his name appears in the 5th Supplement of 'The London Gazette' of Tuesday, 14th November 1916.

DEAN

Charles Henry

Rifleman 304073, 1st / 5th (City of London) Battalion. (London Rifle Brigade). The London Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 3rd May 1917, age 20. Charles Henry Dean, Plumpton. He was the son of Mr. C. A. & Mrs. E. Dean, of 6, Railway Cottages, Horsted Keynes, East Grinstead, Sussex. Charles was killed in action on 3rd May 1917, age 20, he has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the ARRAS Memorial, France - (memorial reference: Bay 9.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - where he is recorded as enlisting in 1916 with the 'London Rifle Brigade'.

DURRANT

G.

Private 3083, 13th (Service) Battalion. (3rd South Down). The Royal Sussex Regiment. Died United Kingdom 7th May 1921, age 38. G. Durrant was the son of George & Amelia Durrant, of The Moat, Plumpton. He died 7th May 1921, age 38 and is buried in All Saint's Churchyard, Plumpton - (grave reference: CWGC 86 (North-East of Church). Locally his name has never been added to the War Memorial in All Saint's Churchyard but is listed on: 1.Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - where he is recorded as enlisting in as enlisting in 1914 with 'The Royal Sussex Regiment'.

FUNNELL

S.

Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - where he is recorded as enlisting in 1914 with 'The Royal Field Artillery. Currently no further information.

GOODMAN

Eric Walter

Private 10416, 4th Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died France & Flanders 27th March 1915, age 23. Eric Walter Goodman, born Croydon, Surrey, enlisted Brighton, residence Lewes, Sussex. He was the son of Elizabeth Moffat Goodman, of Venture Cottage, Plumpton, and the late Albert Goodman. Eric died 27th March 1915, age 23. He is listed as dying in France & Flanders on the Soldiers Died in the Great War CDROM while the CWGC Debt of Honour Register has him listed as being buried in BRISTOL (ARNOS VALE) Cemetery U.K. - (grave reference: 5.657), which normally means he died in the UK. Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - where he is recorded as enlisting in 1914 with the 'Coldstream Guards'.

Note: BRISTOL (ARNOS VALE) Cemetery contains 356 First World War burials, most of these were of men who died at the local hospitals, particularly the 2nd Southern General and the Beaufort.

HARRIOTT

Gilbert

Lance Sergeant SD/3363, 13th (Service) Battalion. (3rd South Down). The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 13th May 1916, age 23. Gilbert Harriott, born Plumpton, enlisted Lewes, he was the son of Gilbert and Mrs. A. Harriott, of 106, Littell Wales Cottage, Plumpton, Lewes, Sussex. Gilbert was killed in action 13th May 1916, age 23. He is buried in LE TOURET Military Cemetery, Richebourge-L'Avoue, France - (grave reference: Plot III. Row F. Grave 9.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - where he is recorded as enlisting in 1915 with 'The Royal Sussex Regiment'.

HARRIS

Edward

Private 203473, 2/4th Buckinghamshire Battalion Territorial Force, The Oxfordshire and uckinghamshire Light Infantry - formerly 2768, Buckinghamshire Yeomanry (Royal Bucks Hussars). Killed in action France & Flanders 7th April 1917. Edward Harris, born Maresfield, Sussex, enlisted New Court, Middlesex, residence Plumpton. Edward was killed in action 7th April 1917. He is buried in VADENCOURT British Cemetery, Maissemy, France - (grave reference: Plot II. Row A. Grave 43.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting with The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1915.

HEWLETT

Albert Ernest

Corporal G/24398, 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), Formerly 1970, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 21st September 1918. Albert Ernest Hewlett, born, enlisted & residence Lewes, Sussex. Albert was killed in action 21st September 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS Memorial, France - (memorial reference: Panel 3) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting with The Queen' (Royal West Surrey Regiment) in 1914.

HIGGINS

Gerald Lyle

Gunner 2406, "D" Battery, 123rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds France & Flanders 11th December 1916, age 28. Gerald Lyle Higgins, born Horsham, Sussex, enlisted Haywards Heath, Sussex. He was the son of John & Mary Ann Higgins, of Knowlands, Plumpton, Sussex. Gerald died of wounds 11th December 1916, age 28. He is buried in DOULLENS Communal Cemetery Extension 1, France - (grave reference: Plot III. Row F. Grave 10.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting in The Royal Field Artillery in 1914.

HIGGINS

John Arthur

Sapper 140260, 61st Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers. Killed in action France & Flanders 9th April 1917, age 32. John Arthur Higgins, born Horsham, Sussex, enlisted Brighton. He was the son of John & Mary Ann Higgins, of Plumpton; husband of Emma Mason (formerly Higgins), of 34, Ballater Road, Brixton, London. John was killed in action 9th April 1917, age 32. He is buried in BEAURANINS ROAD Cemetery, Beaurains, France - (grave reference: Row D. Garce 7.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting in The Corps of Royal Engineers in 1915.

HOBDEN

Edward

Leading Stoker K/5309, H.M.S. "Queen Mary", Royal Navy. Killed in action Battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916, age 28. Edward Hobden, was the son of George & Lizzie Hobden, of Plumpton Green; husband of Margaret Aitken Grant Kerr (formerly Hobden), of Recthull, Ayton, Berwickshire. Edward was killed in action on board the battle cruiser Queen Mary during the battle of Jutland 31st May 1916, age 28. Only three officers and six men were saved from this ship. His name is commemorated on the PORTSMOUTH Naval Memorial, Hampshire. - (memorial reference: 16.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as being on H.M.S. Queen Mary in 1914.

The following is taken from: 'Endless Story' by Captain Taprell Dorling D.S.O. Royal Navy pub. 1923.

H.M.S. 'Queen Mary' a 28,500-ton ship blew up after being struck by a salvo of shells abreast of one of her turrets. The ship seemed to collapse inwards, the masts and funnels falling together, the side of the ship being blown outwards, and the armoured roofs of the turrets being hurled 100 feet high, in the wink of an eyelid 57 officers and 1,209 men had gone to their deaths.

LEANEY

John

Private SD/1392, 12th (Service) Battalion. (2nd South Down), The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 3rd September 1916, age 26. John Leaney, born Seaford, Sussex, enlisted Eastbourne. He was the son of William & Ruth Leaney, of Plumpton: husband of Mrs. N. H. Levett (formerly Leaney), of Married Quarters, The Barracks, Chichester, Sussex. John was killed in action 3rd September 1916, age 26. He is buried in AVELUY WOOD Cemetery (LANCASHIRE DUMP), Mesnil-Martinsart, France -(grave reference: Plot I. Row M. Grave 1.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting in The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1914.

MANVILLE

Henry

Private L/8529, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds France & Flanders 20th November 1914, age 35. Henry Manville, born Burgess Hill, Sussex, enlisted Uckfield, Sussex. He was the son of John & Elizabeth Manville, of Coxe's Cottages, Plumpton, Sussex. Henry died of wounds 20th November 1914, age 35. He is buried in HAZEBROUCK Communal Cemetery, France - (grave reference: Plot III. Row A. Grave 25.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting in The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1914.

MARCHANT

James

Private G/3345, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 14th February 1916, age 27. James Marchant, born Alfriston, Sussex, enlisted Lewes Sussex. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. James Marchant, of 10, West Street, Alfriston, Sussex. James was killed in action 14th February 1916, age 27. He is buried in MENIN ROAD South Military Cemetery, Yprees, Belgium - (grave reference: Plot I. Row G. Grave 5.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church -shown as enlisting in The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1914. Also found commemorated on the War Memorial located inside St. Andrew's Church, Alfriston, Sussex.

The following report is taken from 'The Mid-Sussex Times' 7th March 1916:

SUSSEX CASUALTIES - KILLED. CORPORAL JAMES MARCHANT, PLUMPTON : We regret to announce the death of Corporal James Marchant, which took place on February 14th, whilst serving with his Regiment at the Front. The deceased, who was well known in Plumpton, had been in the employ of Mr. Honess, and enlisted after the outbreak of war. He was a native of Alfriston.

MIDDLETON

Arthur Henry

Private G/2251, 8th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 5th July 1917, age 21. Arthur Henry Middleton, born Acton, Staffordshire, enlisted Lewes, Sussex. He was the son of Richard & Sarah Middleton, of "Lyndhurst," Plumpton Green, Lewes. Arthur was killed in action 5th July 1917, age 21. He is buried in DICKEBUSCH New Military Cemetery Extension, Belgium - (grave reference: Plot II. Row C. Grave 35.)vLocally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting in The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1914.

PICKERING

Ernest Augustus

Private STK/792, 10th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds France & Flanders 17th July 1916, age 29. Ernest Augustus Pickering, born Kensington, enlisted London, residence Plumpton. He was the son of John & Martha Pickering, of Plumpton, Sussex. Enrest died of wounds 17th July 1916, age 29. He is buried in ABBEVILLE Communal Cemetery, France - (grave reference Plot IV. Row E. Grave 6.)vLocally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting in The Royal Fusiliers in 1914.

PICKERING

W. H.

Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting in The Royal Army Medical Corps in 1914. Currently no further information.

RODWELL

M.

Sister - Possibly: Rodwell, Mary, Staff Nurse, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service. Drowned 17th November 1915. She is commemorated on the HOLLYBROOK Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire.

The following information is taken from: "Dictionary of Disasters at Sea 1824-1962" by Charles Hockling, F.L.A.

The auxiliary hospital ship Anglis, Capt. L. J. Manning, was crossing the Channel from France on November 17th 1915, with a large number of wounded, when she was mined and sunk one mile east of Folkstone Gate. The steamship was struck on the port side forward of the bridge…. at once the boats were ordered out the first of which, with about 50 occupants, got away safely. After this the ship took a heavy list and within ten minutes she sank, taking with her four military officers, one nurse and 129 soldiers and crew. The disaster occurred about 12.30pm.

ROLANDS

H.

Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting in The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1915. Currently no further information.

SCRASE

Herbert

Lance Corporal 140596, 7th Field Company Corps of Royal Engineers. Died France & Flanders 18th September 1918, age 35. Herbert Scrase, born Plumpton, enlisted 1915 at Lewes, Sussex, residence Plumpton. He was son of Amos & Caroline Scrase, of Plumpton; husband of Agnes Louisa Scrase. of Plumpton Rectory, Herbert died 18th September 1918, age 35, possibly as a prisoner of war as he is buried in WORMS (HOCHHEIM HILL) Cemetery, Germany. Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting in The Corps of Royal Engineers in 1915. 3. His name is also inscribed on his father's headstone, All Saints' Churchyard.

THOMSETT

Albert Henry

Lance Corporal G/17915, 11th (Service) Battalion (1st South Down) The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 3rd April 1918. Albert Henry Thompsett, enlisted 1915 at Haywards Heath, Sussex. Albert was killed in action 3rd April 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the POZIERES Memorial, France - (memorial reference: Panel 46 & 47) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting in The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1915.

WELLS

Reginald William

Second Lieutenant, 1st/2nd Battalion, attached 1st Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds France & Flanders 3rd October 1917, age 23. Reginald William Wells, was the son of William & Jane Wells, of The Poplars, Plumpton. Reginald died of wounds 3rd Octobe 1917, age 23. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the TYNE COT Memorial, Belgium - (panel reference: 79 to 80 and 163A.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - shown as enlisting in the East Surrey Regiment in 1915.

The following report appeared in 'The Mid-Sussex Times' on May 29th 1917:

SECOND-LIEUTENANT REGINALD WELLS - son of Mr. W. Wells, The Poplars, Plumpton, has been gazetted to the East Surrey Regiment. Prior to joining up he was at Wadham College, Oxford.

WHITE

C. J.

Possibly WHITE, Charles John, Private 200846, "A" Company, 1st / 4th Battalion, Territorial Force, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action Egypt 22nd March 1918, age 26. Charles John White enlisted Horsham, Sussex. He was the son of George & Elizabeth Jane White, of Woodleigh Farm, Wivelsfield, Sussex. He later saw service at Gallipoli, and was killed in action in Palestine, 22nd March 1918, age 26. He is buried in JERUSALEM War Cemetery - (grave reference: Plot K. Grave 9.) His brother Francis was also killed during the war, see below. Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - recorded as enlisting in The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1914. Also commemorated at St. Peter & St. John Church Wivelsfield on: 1. Church Yard War Memorial 2. Great War Memorial & Roll of Honour located inside Church 3. Village War Memorial, Green Road.

The following report appeared in 'The Mid-Sussex Times' on April 16th 1918:

PRIVATE C. WHITE KILLED IN ACTION - Deep sympathy will be felt for Mr. and Mrs. White, of Woodliegh Farm, Wivelsfield Green, they having received Official news of the death of their eldest son in action in Palestine on March 22nd last - Private Charles White, Royal Sussex Regiment Mr. and Mrs. White's third son was killed in action on the Somme in August 1916. The two remaining sons (one has just recovered from wounds) are serving in France. The White's of Wivelsfield Green may well be considered a very patriotic family. The son killed in Palestine was 26 years of age, and joined up in November 1914. In the following year he went to the Dardanelles. At the time of the evacuation there he was sick at Malta, and on recovery rejoined the Battalion in Egypt, where he remained. No particulars of his death have yet come through.

WHITE

F. W.

Possibly WHITE, Francis, Private G/5726, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 31st August 1916, age 20. Possibly: Francis White born Stockland, Devon, enlisted Shepard's Bush, Middlesex. He was the son of George & Elizabeth Jane White, of Woodleigh Farm, Wivelsfield, Sussex. Francis was killed in action 31st August 1916, age 20. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the THIEPVAL Memorial, France - (memorial reference: pier and face 7c.). His brother Charles was also killed during the war, see above. Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - recorded as enlisting in The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1915. Also commemorated at St. Peter & St. John Church Wivelsfield on: 1. Church Yard War Memorial 2. Great War Memorial & Roll of Honour located inside Church 3. Village War Memorial, Green Road.

The following report appeared in 'The Mid-Sussex Times' on September 19th 1916:

WIVELSFIELD - KILLED IN ACTION

Mr & Mrs G White of Woodleigh Farm Wivelsfield Green have received new that their son Private Francis White Royal Sussex Regiment was killed in action on Aug. 31st 1916. The deceased soldier, who was in his 21st year, joined the Army in May 1915 and at the time of his death had been at the front for eleven month. An Officer of the Regiment writes that Private White 'was hit in the stomach & died immediately' He died in fighting of England's cause, and this may be a consolation to you in your deepest grief. He was buried on the battlefield and a little wooden cross is on the place alongside of those of some of his comrades who died such glorious deaths for their country and homes.

A Sergeant of Private White's Platoon state - 'we did all we possibly could for him but it was impossible to save him. I am pleased to say he died with a smile on his face. He has been under my charge ever since he came out, and I can honestly say he was one of the bravest and fearless men in my platoon. I have the greatest satisfaction of knowing he was decently buried, and the spot where he fell marked. One of the greatest honours for a soldier is to be buried on the battlefield.

I am sure he will be sadly missed at home as he was a good lad, he will be missed in the Platoon where he was liked by all.

WINKWORTH

Kenneth John

2nd Lieutenant, 8th (Service) Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 12th August 1917, age 20. Kenneth John Winkworth was the son of William & Ellen Martha Winkworth, of "St. Helens" Park Avenue, Worthing; formerly of Plumpton, Sussex. Kenneth had enlisted in the Sussex Yeomanry, in August 1914 and also served at Gallipoli and in Egypt. He was Gazetted to 2nd Lieutenant in May 1917, and was killed in action 12th August 1917, age 20. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the MENIN GATE Memorial, Ypres, Belgium - (panel reference 21.) Locally commemorated on: 1. War Memorial All Saints' Churchyard 2. Roll of Honour inside All Saints' Church - recorded as enlisting in The Suffolk Regiment in 1914.

The following report appeared in 'The Mid-Sussex Times' on 26th June 1917:

PLUMPTON, Second- Lieutenant Kenneth Winkworth, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Winkworth, School House, has been gazetted to the Suffolk Regiment. He has seen active service with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. His eldest brother, Second-Lieutenant Donovan Winkworth, is at present in a London Hospital recovering from wounds received in action in France.

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DEACON

A. J.

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THOMPSETT

C A

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2 February 2005

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