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ROTTINGDEAN WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2004

Rottingdean War Memorial is in the form of a Memorial Cross standing on a plinth on a two-stepped base on a paved area on the village green by the pond. The names on the memorial are repeated on a stone tablet in the Parish Church of St. Margaret’s. There are 37 surnames with one Christian name only. There are nine burials in the Churchyard. Only three are included on the War Memorial. A further 29 names have been added for World War 2.
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1914-1918

AVIS

David

Private G/3634, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at the Battle of Loos 25th September 1915. Aged 29. Born in Rottingdean and enlisted in Brighton. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR. 19

AVIS

Joseph Henry

Able Seaman J/4895/PO, H.M.S. “Bulwark”, Royal Navy. Lost when the Battleship blew up off Sheerness 26th November 1914. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Royal Naval Memorial, Southsea MR. 3

BEER

James

No further information currently available.

BECK

Charles Thomas

Private 23109, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. 28th Division. Died in Salonika, Greece 25th October 1918. Aged 36. Husband of Mrs Ada Beck of New House, Rottingdean. Born in Rottingdean and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece.

BOUTELL

William Ernest

Gunner 132394, ‘A’ Battery, 280th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 31st August 1918. Born in Woodingdean and enlisted in Hove. Included on Brighton War Memorial Buried in Croisilles British Cemetery. F.1489

BROOKER

Ernest George

Sapper 540286, 433rd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died in Flanders after the War 27th November 1918. Aged 30. Son of Joseph and Eliza Brooker of Rottingdean. Husband of Mrs Maud Brooker of 4, Court Ord Cottage, Rottingdean. Buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille F. 34

BRUCE

Harold

No further information currently available.

CHATFIELD

William Harry

Private 458331, Labour Corps formerly TF/267153, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of sickness after the war 14th February 1919. Aged 20. Son of Mr and Mrs Herbert Chatfield of 9, The High Street, Rottingdean. Buried in St. Margaret’s Churchyard, Rottingdean.

DAY

Percy George

Boy 1st Class J/27626/C, H.M.S. ‘Clan MacNaughton’, Royal Navy. Lost when the Armed Merchant Cruiser, foundered in the North Atlantic 3rd February 1915. Commemorated on The Chatham Royal Naval Memorial MR.1.

DAVIS

Albert George

Possibly: Private SD/5447, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Bazentin 16th August 1916. Aged 19. Son of Mr and Mrs R. G. Davis of 23, Ditchling Road, Brighton. Born and enlisted in Brighton. Included on Brighton War Memorial Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR.21

DRIVER

William

Private G/3621, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 29th July 1917. Aged 34. Son of Mr and Mrs Driver of 185, Bear Road, Brighton. Born in Rottingdean and enlisted in Brighton. Included in St. Peters Parish Church Memorial Book, Brighton. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium MR.29

DOYLE

Andrew

Lance Corporal 8102, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. 3rd Division. Killed in action. 27th October 1914. Aged 31. Husband of Mrs Maude Bessie Doyle of 3, Vicarage Lane, Rottingdean. Born in Belfast and enlisted in Brighton. Regular Soldier Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial MR.22.

FOWLER

David Dennys

Second Lieutenant, The Royal Flying Corps. Killed in an enemy air raid 17th March 1917. Aged 20. Son of James and Mary Fowler. Buried in St. Margaret’s Churchyard, Rottingdean.

GASTON

Harry

Private 56209. 13th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 38th Welsh Division. Killed in action during the final advance 20th October 1918. Aged 29. Formerly with the Royal Fusiliers. Husband of Mrs Annie Gaston of ‘The Cot’ The High Street, Rottingdean. Son of Mr and Mrs P. Gaston of 5, Frederick Cottages, Lewes Road, Lindfield. Born in Lindfield and enlisted in Rottingdean. Included on Lindfield Parish War Memorial. Buried in Cross Roads Cemetery F. 521

GODDEN

George Henry

Private G/3509, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action near Monchy 3rd May 1917. Son of Mr and Mrs M. Godden of Northgate Cottages, Rottingdean. Born in Rottingdean and enlisted in Brighton Commemorated on The Arras Memorial MR. 20.

HENNESSY

Charles Stideford

Private 6271, 11th Battalion, Australian Infantry. 1st Australian Division. Killed in action. 25th February 1917. Aged 28. Enlisted Perth, Western Australia. Son of David and Honona Mary Hennessy (nee Mould) of Field Cottage, Rottingdean. Commemorated on The Villers Bretonneux Memorial MR. 26

HENNESSY

Ivan Thomas

Sick Berth Attendant M/877/PO, H.M.S. ‘Good Hope’, Royal Navy. Lost with the Armoured Cruiser at the Battle of Coronel Islands off Chile 1st November 1914. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Royal Naval Memorial, Southsea. MR.3

HOLDEN

Walter Henry

Private 23282, 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. 25th Division. Died of wounds 20th April 1918. Aged 25. Son of Walter and Mary Anne Holden of 1, Brighton Road, Rottingdean. Born in Rottingdean and enlisted in Waltham Green, London. Buried in Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Belgium. B 38.

JOHNSON

Reginald

Corporal 10665, 10th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment 10th Division. Killed in action. at Suvla Bay 10th August 1915. Aged 19. Son of Joseph Stephen and Ellen Johnson of Beacon House, Rottingdean. Born in Rottingdean and enlisted in Southampton. Commemorated on The Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. MR.4.

LARKIN

William John

Private G/16237, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 10th October 1916. Aged 26. Son of William George and Agnes Larkin of Rottingdean. Born in Shoreham, Kent and enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps F. 156

MARVEL(L)

Arthur Henry

Possibly: Private 44231, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. 21st Division. Killed in action. 13th April 1918. Son of Arthur John and Sarah Anne Marvell. Born in Marylebone and enlisted in Walthamstow. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR.27. Possibility only no apparent connection with Rottingdean.

MOPPETT

Herbert Edward

Private 60697, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. 63rd Royal Naval Division. Killed in action during the March Retreat 23rd March 1918. Born in Rottingdean and enlisted in Brighton. Next of kin, Rottingdean. Formerly with the Royal Sussex. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial MR.20

MOORE

James

Private S/2170, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Richebourg L’Avoue 9th May 1915. Reservist. Born in Kemp Town, Brighton and enlisted in Brighton. Next of kin Rottingdean. Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial MR.22

MOODY

Jack

No further information currently available.

NICHOLSON

John Anthony

Lieutenant, 48 Battery, 36th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery Died of wounds near Grevillers 5th October 1918. Aged 20. Buried in Grevillers British Cemetery F. 512

PETTITT

Frederick John

Private G/3016, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at the Battle of Loos 25th September 1915. Aged 27. Son of Frederick and Mary Pettitt of 20, Rifle Butt Road, Black Rock, Brighton. Born in Rottingdean and enlisted in Brighton. Included on Brighton War Memorial. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR. 19

RICHARDSON

Ivan Gordon

Lance Corporal G/5521, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Died of wounds 10th March 1916. Aged 21. Son of Gordon and Harriett Richardson of “The Tryste” Rottingdean. Born in Mayfield and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Lillers Communal Cemetery F. 201

ROSE

Joseph H.

S.M. 196, No. 1 Aircraft Depot, Royal Flying Corps formerly with 27 Squadron. Died 28th January 1916. Son of Mr and Mrs H. Rose of “Brookside”, Steyning Road, Rottingdean. Buried in St. Margaret’s Churchyard, Rottingdean

SANDERS

Edward William

Private G/3414, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action near Guillemont on the Somme 18th August 1916. Aged 28. Son of Edward and Mary Sanders of 19, Redvers Road, Brighton. Born in Rottingdean and enlisted in Brighton. Included on Brighton War Memorial. Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval F. 403

STACEY

Gerald Arthur (DSO)

Major, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. 29th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 9th October 1916. Buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont. F. 294

STEVENS

Herbert

Not positively identified but this could be: Herbert Leslie Stevens, Corporal L/8159, a regular soldier of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action at Bodmin Copse 30th October 1914. Aged 27. His brother lived in Burgess Hill. Born Plumpton and enlisted in Hurstpierpoint. Included on Burgess Hill W.M. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR.29

STYLES

Edward

Private G/3601, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Died of disease at home 9th December 1914. Aged 29. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Esther Styles of Old Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Born in Woodstock and enlisted in Brighton. Employed in Rottingdean. Buried in Woodstock Cemetery, Oxfordshire.

SURTEES

Charles Gordon Villiers

Lieutenant 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. 7th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 26th October 1914. Aged 22. Son of William Villiers and Mary Surtees of St. Stephens Canterbury, Kent. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium MR.29

TITCHENER

Walter John

Able Seaman Z/416, ‘Hood’ Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (Sussex). 63rd Royal Naval Division. Killed in action 23rd April 1917. Aged 18. Son of Walter and Florence Titchener of 12, The High Street, Rottingdean. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial MR.20

TURNER

Ronald

Possibly: Second Lieutenant, 1/5th (Territorial Force) Battalion, Essex Regiment. 54th Division. Gallipoli. Formerly with the Artists Rifles. Killed in action at Suvla Bay 15th August 1915. Aged 30 Son of The Rev. Robert Stobbs Turner and Catherine Mary Turner of Tewkesbury Gloucestershire. Educated at Queens College, Cambridge. B.A. Amateur international and Football Blue Cambridge University War List Commemorated on The Helles Memorial MR. 4. Connection with Rottingdean unknown therefore, possibility only.

WEEKLEY

John

Private GS/809, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Special Reservist Killed in action at Richebourg L’Avoue 9th May 1915. Aged 41. Son of Peter and Esther Weekley of 3, Vicarage Lane, Rottingdean. Born in Rottingdean and enlisted in Brighton. Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial MR.22

WOLTON

Edgar

Private PS/1537, 16th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. 29th Division. Killed in action during the March Retreat 26th March 1918. Aged 30. Son of Samuel and Sarah Wolton of Henley on Thames. Born in Henley, Oxfordshire, and enlisted in London. Husband of Mrs Ethel Wolton of Montpelier House, Rottingdean. Buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery. Belgium B.10

FIVE BURIALS IN ST. MARGARETS CHURCHYARD.

BATEMAN

H

Fireman, S.S. ”Tycho”, Mercantile Marine. Steamer sunk by a U Boat off Beachy Head 20th May 1917. Body recovered and buried in St. Margaret’s Churchyard

KING

Reginald William

Private 67450, The Labour Corps formerly G/3064 with the Royal Sussex Regiment. Died at home 3rd November 1918. Aged 32 Son of Henry and Lottie King of 29, Quebec Street, Brighton. Husband of Mrs Daisy King of 2, Rifle Butt Road, Rottingdean.

REDMAN-KING

W. O.

Lieutenant, Special List. Died of pneumonia at home 28th February 1919. Son of Dr. J. B. and Mrs Annie Louise Redman–King of Weetwood Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire. Born in Brighton.

ROWDEN, M.C.

Cuthbert Roger

Major, 78 Squadron, Royal Air Force formerly with the 5th Worcesters. Died at home 20th April 1918. Aged 21. Son of Arthur Roger and Blanche Mary Rowden of Eastnor, Ledbury, Herefordshire. Husband of Mrs Frances Rowden of “Halcon”, Redhill, Surrey.

SHORT

J.

1st Engineer, S.S. “Tycho”, Mercantile Marine. Steamer sunk by a U-boat off Beachy Head 20th May 1917. Body recovered and buried in St. Margaret’s Churchyard

THERE IS ALSO THE GRAVE OF AN UNIDENTIFIED MERCHANT SEAMAN PROBABLY FROM THE SS ‘‘TYCHO’’

1939-1945

ADKINS

Eric Joseph

Cabin Boy, SS “Pacific” (Hull), Merchant Navy. Cargo ship 2,816 tons. Lost when the ship foundered in bad weather en route to London from Sunderland 9 February 1943. Aged 18. Son of George Alexander & Theresa Adkins of Durban, Natal. Commemorated on The Tower Hill Memorial

ALLISTONE

Henry Lester

Private, 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died at home 12 June 1940 Buried in Rottingdean Churchyard

BONE, DSC

Anthony Watney

Lieutenant, HM Torpedo Boat 710, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Lost with the whole crew when the MTB was mined near Zara in the N.E. Adriatic Sea 10 April 1945. Aged 27. Son of Harry Peters & Lilian Watney Peters Bone. Husband of Mary Marjorie Bone. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial

BORHAM

Geoffrey Hart

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot), 183 Fighter Bomber Squadron (Typhoon 1b’s), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Shot down over Germany 24 February 1945. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

BRITTEN

Richard Philip

Lieutenant, HMS ‘Matabele’, Royal Navy. 6th Destroyer Flotilla. Torpedoed by U454 in the Barents Sea 17 January 1942. Aged 27. Only two survivors. Son of Felix & Edith Emily Britten of Rottingdean. Commemorated on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

CASSELS

Peter Robert

Sub-Lieutenant, FAA. HMS “Heron’, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. No 759 training Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton. Lost off the coast in an accident 14 November 1941. Aged 21. Son of Sir James Dale Cassels Kt. & Lady Cassels of Putney, West London. Member of the Middle Temple Commemorated on The Lee on Solent Memorial

DUDENEY

John

Civilian Killed in a bombing raid on ‘Greenways,’ Ovingdean 12 October 1942. Aged 55. Husband of Mrs Ada Dudeney of 6, New Cottages, Ovingdean. Buried in Brighton County Borough Cemetery.

GORMAN

Harry Fortescue

Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Artillery. Died in Hamburg after the war in the Army of Occupation 20 January 1946. Aged 45. Son of Major William Henry Gorman (East Surreys) and Mrs Florence Gorman of Rottingdean. Husband of Mrs Frances Isabel Patricia Gorman of Brighouse, Yorkshire. Buried in Hamburg Cemetery. Germany

HATTON

Noel

Sergeant (Navigator), 626 Bomber Squadron (Lancasters), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Operating from Wickenby in Lincolnshire. Shot down over France 4 May 1944. Aged 21. Son of William Charles and Beatrice Eveline Hatton of Rottingdean. Crew of seven all buried at Montigny Buried in Montigny-Les-Guesdier Communal Cemetery

HEAD

James Alfred

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 218 Gold Coast (Bomber) Squadron (Stirlings), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Shot down over Denmark 29 April 1943. Aged 20. Son of Mr & Mrs J R H Head of Hurstpierpoint. Buried in Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark.

HILL

Rowland Mytton

Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force. Died at home 25 July 1941 Buried in St. Matthews Churchyard, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire.

HOLMYARD

Alan Ernest William

Lieutenant, General List. Died in India 20 September 1945. Aged 40. Son of Ernest William & Ethel Holmyard. Husband of Zoila Maria Holmyard of Chelsea. Buried in Maynamati War Cemetery, India (Bangladesh)

JAY

Arthur David

Midshipman, HMS “Neptune,” Royal Navy. Killed in action when the Cruiser sank with all hands when it was mined in the Mediterranean on the 19 December 1941. Son of George Thomas and Dora Florence Jay of Southsea, Hampshire. Arthur was 17. Commemorated on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

LANGLEY

Edward Charles Pakes

Flight Sergeant (Navigator/Wireless Operator), 254 Squadron (Beaufighter X and Mosquitos), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Anti shipping units based at North Coates, Lincolnshire. Died at home 11 March 1945. Aged 24. Son of Edward & Lila Alice Langley of 224, New Church Road, Rottingdean. Buried in Rottingdean Churchyard

LANGLEY

Lila Alice

Civilian, Fire Guard. Killed in an air raid at 224 New Church Road 29 March 1943. Aged 48. Daughter of Charles John and Florence Gear of 9, Springfield Gardens, Clapton, London. Wife of Edward Langley. Buried in Hove Municipal Borough Cemetery

LONDON

Ronald

Flying Officer, 227 Bomber Squadron (Lancaster 111’s) Balderton, Pilot Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Shot down over Germany 6 December 1944. Buried in Hanover War Cemetery

PARKER

Charles William Ian

Sergeant (Air Gunner), No 50 Bomber Squadron. (Hampden 1 X2908 VN), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Operating from Lindholme and returning from a raid on Hamburg the aircraft crashed into houses in Dunhill Road, Poole, Lincs. There was one survivor but the other three crew members were killed, including Sgt Parker, who was brought home for burial 16 November 1940. Aged 19. Son of Captain Charles Parker and Mrs Mary Parker of Rottingdean. Buried in Rottingdean Churchyard

PIGEON

Arthur Lionel

Lieutenant, 217 Battery, 520th Coastal Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died at home 1 December 1941. Aged 46. Son of Henry & Edith Marion Pidgeon. Husband of Dorothy Louisa Pigeon of Rottingdean. Buried in Rottingdean Churchyard

PUGH

Edward Baldwyn

Sergeant, 251st Field Park Company, Royal Engineers. Taken prisoner at Singapore and died in captivity 10 December 1942. Aged 34. Details the same as below. Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

PUGH

Cuthbert Martin Parkhurst

Private 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. 18th Division. Taken prisoner at Singapore and died in captivity 12 July 1943. Aged 30. Son of The Rev Baldwyn de Fonmartin Pugh and Emily Marion Pugh of Giselham Rectory, Suffolk. Husband of Joan Edith Pugh of Old Catton, Norwich. Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

REEVES

John Edward

No further information currently available

SHAW

George Alfred

Gunner, 459 Battery, 70th Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died at home 30. 5.1941. Aged 38. Son of William & Julia Helen Shaw of Rottingdean. Husband of Helen Priscilla Shaw of Hove. Buried in Rottingdean Churchyard

SNUDDEN

George Charles

Able Seaman Royal Navy HMS Yeoman. (Holland naval base) Died after the war 10. 5.1945. Aged 40. Son of Charles George & Ellen Snudden of Cosham, Hampshire. Buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Holland

STACEY

Harry Arthur

Lieutenant, HM Submarine ‘Swordfish’, Royal Navy. Left Portsmouth for her patrol station off Brest but was mined off St Catherine’s Point, Isle of Wight, with the loss of all 40 members of her crew. 7/16 November 1940. Aged 25. Wreck discovered in 1983. Son of Major General Stacey DSO. Legion of Honour & Mrs Annette Stacey. Husband of Mrs Una Dorothy Anne Stacey. Awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Bronze Medal. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.

STONE

Harold

Civilian, War Reserve Constable, Brighton Borough Police. Injured at Rottingdean 18 December 1942, aged 40, and died the same day at The Royal Sussex County Hospital. Son of Joseph Edward & Ellen Stone of 118, Grand Avenue, Surbiton, Surrey. Husband of Ethel Stone of 21, Stanmer Avenue, Saltdean. Buried in Brighton County Borough Cemetery

VINALL, DFM, Twice Mentioned in Despatches

James William

Flying Officer (Flight Engineer), 214 Bomber Squadron (At the time flying Fortress Mk11’s), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Shot down over Southern Germany 17 March 1945. Aged 40. Son of James William & Fanny Vinall. Husband of Laurie Evelyn Vinall of Rottingdean. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery

WHITWORTH

John Nesbitt

Major, Royal Artillery attached 4th Divisional Headquarters, BEF, France. Killed in action during the Dunkirk evacuation operations 31 May 1940. Aged 41. Son of Robert & Hilda Whitworth Husband of Kathleen St John Whitworth of Ripon, Yorkshire. Buried in De Panne Communal Cemetery

WILDE

Sidney John Scott

Pilot Officer (Air Gunner), 115 Bomber Squadron (Wellington 1c R3202 KO J), Royal Air Force. Operating from Marham on a raid on Hamburg the aircraft ditched in the sea off the island of Rottum, Holland. All six members of the crew were drowned 3 August 1940. Pilot Officer Wilde was 31. Son of Sidney & Iris Scott Wilde. Husband of Ila Wilde of Howwood, Renfrewshire. Buried in Delfzijl General Cemetery, Holland

WILLIAMS

Doris Caroline Lucy

Civilian. Died in a bombing raid in Kemp Town, Brighton 23 February 1944. Aged 23. Daughter of Mr & Mrs Cecil Williams of 246, Eastern Road, Brighton. Buried in Brighton County Borough Cemetery.

Last updated 22 January, 2009

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