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SEDLESCOMBE WAR MEMORIAL

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

The St. John the Baptist Church has a wooden Memorial tablet inside for World War 1 and World War 2, 29 Christian names with surnames with ranks and units are recorded for World War 1 and 10 added for World War 2 plus one local farmer. There are also several churchyard burials including one World War 2 man not on Memorial

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2006

1914-1918

ADEANE

Henry Robert Augustus

Captain. 1st Battalion, The Coldstream Guards. 1st Division. Joined with a draft of 80 men on the 1 November 1914. Killed in action near Veldhoek near the Menin Road during a German attack 2 November 1914. Aged 32. Son of Admiral Edward & Lady Edith Adeane. Husband of Victoria Eugenie Adeane of Westminster. Born in Middlesex. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium. See also Brabraham, Cambridgeshire, war memorial

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

CAPTAIN HENRY ROBERT AUGUSTUS ADEANE, COLDSTREAM GUARDS, son of the late Admiral Edward Adeane and the late Lady Edith Adeane, was born at 28, Eaton Place, London, on the 31st July, 1882. He was educated at Winchester, and the R.M.C., Sandhurst, and was gazetted to the Coldstream Guards in 1902, becoming Lieutenant in 1905, and Captain in 1912, retiring in May, 1913. At the outbreak of the war, he was voluntarily in the Reserve of Officers, and joined his regiment for service at the front. He was killed near Ypres on the 2nd November, 1914.

Captain Adeane married in 1909, Victoria Eugenie Bigge, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Stamfordham, and left one son, Michael Edward, born 30th September, 1910.

BARWICK

Edward Sidney

Private 20206. 11th Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 37th Division Died of wounds in base hospital at Etaples 14 April 1917 Aged 20. Son of Mr & Mrs Barwick of Cutcombe, Somerset. Born in Cutcombe, Somerset and enlisted in Coventry. Resident of Sedlescombe. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery

BATEHUP

Bertram Henry

Rifleman 46431. 2nd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade 8th Division. Killed in action on the Marne 27. 5. 18. Born in Sedlescombe and enlisted in Hastings. Resident of Sedlescombe. Commemorated on The Soissons Memorial

BOXALL

Harry

Private F. 2679. 2nd Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment. 8th Division Killed in action 24 April 1918. Aged 21. Son of Henry & Mary Anne Boxall of Compass’s Cottage, Staplecross. Native of Sedlescombe. Born in Westfield and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Villers Bretonneux.

BRYANT

Charles

Chief Cook 342453 Royal Navy. HMS "Formidable". List when the Battleship was torpedoed in Lyme Bay 1 January 1915 Aged 40. Son of Jonathan & Anne Bryant of Sedlescombe. Husband of Mrs Rosalie Bryant of "Fairview" Lenham, Kent. Lenham Parish Church Memorial. Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial

BRYANT

Frederick Clarence

Private 27158. 1st Battalion, The Canterbury Regiment New Zealand E. F. Died at home 26 November 1918 Aged 22. Son of Albert Edward & Alice Elizabeth Bryant of School Hill, Sedlescombe. Buried in St. John The Baptist Churchyard, Sedlescombe.

COOMBE

Boyce Anthony

Lieutenant. 4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers 3rd Division. Killed in action at Herenthage Wood near Ypres. 11 November 191914 Aged 25. Son of Harvey Treythen C and Mrs Coombe of Sedlescombe. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium

CRAMP

Leonard

Private G. 9252. 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. (W. M. East Essex). 1st Division. Killed in action near Bazentin la Petit on the Somme 7 August 1916 Aged 31. Son of James & Frances Cramp of Brede. Resident of Sedlescombe. Born in Brede and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Brewery Orchard Cemetery

CRITTENDEN

Frank

Gunner 209878. 379th Siege Battery The Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 28 October 1918 Aged 33. Son of Samuel & Mary Crittenden of "Chittlebirch" Staplecross. Husband of Amy Crittenden. Native of Sedlescombe. Born in Ewhurst and enlisted in Brighton. Resident of Staplecross. Buried in Awoingt British Cemetery

DAWSON

Reginald

Private G. 16905. 11th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at Polygon Wood during the Third Battle of Ypres. 26 September 1917 Aged 18. Son of Rebecca Dawson of Barrack Cottages, Sedlescombe Born in West Wratting, Cambridgeshire and enlisted in Hastings. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial.

DENGATE

James

Lance Corporal G. 11486. 1st Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Indian Army N. W. Frontier. Died of tuberculosis in military hospital in Muree 14 September 1917. Aged 20. Son of James & Naomi Dengate of Brickyard Cottages later of "The Haven" Sedlescombe. Born in Sedlescombe and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Muree New Cemetery and Commemorated on The Karachi Memorial, Pakistan.

GODMAN

Walter William Wynn

Second Lieutenant. 1st Battalion, The Kings Royal Rifle Corps. 2nd Division Killed in action at Richebourg L’Avoue. 24 January 1915 Aged 19 Son of Joseph and Bertha Godman of 59, Chester Square, Belgravia, London Born in Hascombe, Surrey. Buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg L’Avoue. .

HARRIS

Edward John

Lance Corporal G. 15929. 11th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 26 April 1918 Aged 27. Son of James & Caroline Harris of Hollington St. John, near Hastings. Born in Guestling and enlisted in Hastings. Included on Hastings War Memorial. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial

HOBBS

William

Private G. 22003. 6th Battalion, The East Kent Regiment. 12th Division. Died of wounds 20 September 1918 Aged 38. Son of Matthew Henry and Jane Hobbs of George Nympton, Devon. Husband of Letitia Laura Hobbs of Sedlescombe, later of North Kensington, London. Included on the Parish Church War Memorial in St. George’s Church, George Nympton near South Molton. Buried in Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension

HODGSON

Christopher Anthony Rowlandson

Captain. 2nd Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment 7th Division. Killed in action during an attack near Bas Maisnil 18 December 1914 Aged 41 Son of Arthur Pemberton & Mrs Hodgson. Husband of Mrs Alex Hodson. Served in the South African War. Commemorated on The Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

JOHNSON

Charles Henry

Private G. 28198. 15th Labour Battalion, The Royal West Surrey Regiment (98th Labour Company, Salonika). Died 24. 6, 17, Aged 24. Son of John & Elizabeth Johnson of. "The Bowlings" near Battle. Formerly Royal Sussex Regiment. Enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston, Greece.

MCDOUGALL

Edward Cecil

Rifleman 551189. 2/16th Battalion, The London Regiment. The Queens Westminster Rifles. 60th Division. Died in Salonika, Greece. 3 January 1917 Aged 25. Son of John & Harriett McDougall of 66, Cambridge Road, Hastings. Born in Welling, Kent and enlisted in Westminster. Buried in Salonika (Lambert Road)Military Cemetery, Greece

MCDOUGALL

Malcolm

Pioneer 159353. The Royal Engineers "P" Special Company. Killed in action near Ypres 4 July 1917. Aged 28. Son of John & Harriett McDougall of 66 Cambridge Road, Hastings. Born in Welling, Kent and enlisted in London. Formerly Royal West Kents. Buried in Essex Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

MOORE

Gillachrist

Second Lieutenant. 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division Killed in action near Klein Zillebeke near Ypres. Aged 20. Son of Sir Norman Moore Bart. MD. FRCP. & Lady Moore of Sedlescombe. Educated at St. Catherines College, Cambridge. Cambridge University War List Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium

MOORE

John Ruston

Major. 71st Company The Machine Gun Corps attached from The Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action during the March Retreat 21 March 1918. Born in Marylebone. Included on Brightling War Memorial. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial

MORRIS

Percy John

Private G. 40312. 2nd Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment. 8th Division. Killed in action near Arras 7 October 1918 Aged 32. Son of John & Ellen Morris of Sedlescombe. Formerly Royal Sussex. Born in Sedlescombe and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in St Nicholas British Cemetery, Arras.

MULLENS

Cyril John Ashby

Sub-Lieutenant. Royal Naval Air Service. Drowned off the coast of Flanders 5 May 1916. Aged 18. Only son of Sir John Mullens and Lady Mullens of Belgravia, London. Born at Barrow Hills, Longcross, Chertsey, Surrey. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. Included on Cambridge University War List Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial

PARKER

John Bradbury

Captain. Royal Field Artillery Northern Command Depot (Ripon). Died at home 19 November 1918 Aged 37. Son of William George & Eva Parker. Husband of Mrs C. M. M. Parker of St. Peters Road, Croydon. Buried in St. John The Baptist Cemetery, Sedlescombe.

RELFE

Percival Edward

Private G. 2179. 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action near Epehy in attacks by the Battalion, on the Hindenburgh Line 21 September 1918 Aged 22. Son of Mr & Mrs George Relfe of School Hill, Sedlescombe. Born in Hollington and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery. .

RICHENS

Wilfred William

Private 104496. 1st Battalion, The Canadian Mounted Rifles. (The Sasketchewan Regiment). Killed in action near Vimy 15 September 1916 Aged 22. Son of Eli & Grace Richens. Born Longcot Berkshire. Commemorated on The Vimy Memorial

SOAN

Albert Clarence

Private G. 17973. 13th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division Killed in action at St Julien on the opening day of the Third Battle of Ypres 31 July 1917 Aged 21. Son of Mr & Mrs F. Soan of Sedlescombe. Born in Sedlescombe and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in Buffs Road Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

WATSON

Ernest

Private G. 10333. 12th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action near the Schwaben Redoubt 16 October 1916 Aged 24. Son of George & Kate Watson. Born in Catsfield and enlisted in Hastings. Included on Brede Parish Church War Memorial. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

WELLER

Sydney

Corporal 15607. 2nd Battalion, The Grenadier Guards 2nd Division. Killed in action near Ypres 10 November 1914. Born in Tonbridge and enlisted in Diver. Resident of Sedlescombe. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial. Ypres, Belgium

WILLIAMS

Walter John

Private Machine Gun Corps. Medal Rolls Private 6870 Walter John. The Queens 6653. No match with CWGC or SDGW.

1939-1945

CRUMP

Jack

Private 1/4th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action in Tunisia 15 March 1943 Aged 24. Son of Thomas & Elizabeth Rose Crump. Husband of Mrs Ellen Crump of Sedlescombe. Buried in Oued Zarga War Cemetery, Tunisia

FARROW

Harold William

Sergeant. The Royal Corps of Signals. Died in Singapore 30 September 1945 Aged 38. Buried in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.

FRANKLIN

James Howard

Lieutenant. Royal Armoured Corps The Queens Bays. (2nd Dragoon Guards). Killed in action in Italy 20 September 1944 Aged 20. Son of George Gould & Mary Howard Franklin of Sedlescombe. Buried in Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy. .

HINDE

Harold

Corporal Royal Air Force. Serving in HMS"Courageous". Lost when the Aircraft Carrier was Torpedoed. By U 29 off the Irish coast 17 September 191939 Aged 26. Son of Henry Clarke & Susan Mary Hinde of Staplecross. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial

NOBLE, MC

John Padmore

Captain. G Battery 5th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. Killed in action in Normandy 8 June 19444 Aged 26. Son of The Rev. William Hatt Noble MA. And Mrs Elizabeth Noble of Hawkhurst, Kent. Buried in Sully Churchyard, Normandy

READ

Henry Edgar

Leading Aircraftman RAFVR. Died at home 11 June 1941 Aged 25. Son of Edgar & Florence Read of Sedlescombe. Buried in Sedlescombe Churchyard

SHAMBROOK

Horace James

Gunner 53rd Coast Regiment. The Royal Artillery. Died at home 7 August 1942 Aged 20. Son of Henry William & Charlotte Rebecca Shambrook of Sedlescombe. Buried in Sedlescombe Churchyard

SMITH

James Percival

Leading Aircraftman RAFVR. 920 Balloon Squadron. Died at home 9 May 1942. Son of Arthur & Caroline Smith of Sedlescombe. Buried in Sedlescombe Churchyard

SWANSON

Thomas Harold

Gunner 114th Field Regiment. The Royal Artillery. Died in Ceylon 22 March 1943 Aged 29. Buried in Colombo (Kanatte)Genaral Cemetery, Ceylon

WILLIAMS

Marcus Allen

No further information currently available from existing records

LOCAL FARMER KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION

ANSTEY

George Harold

Farmer. Killed by enemy action while working on his farm at Poppinghole, Salehurst 27 June 1944 Aged 40. Husband of Elsie Anstey of Poppinghole Farm. Buried in Battle Rural District Cemetery

ONE WW2 BURIAL Not on Memorial

ELTON

Geoffrey William

Sub Lieutenant RNVR. H. M. Motor Torpedo Boat No 30. Died at home 7 June 1942. Son of Sydney George and Dorothy Joan Elton of Eastbourne. Buried in Sedlescombe Churchyard.

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