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SELMESTON & ALCISON WAR MEMORIALS

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Compiled and copyright © Janet Graves 2005

The memorial stands on the corner of the A27 (between Eastbourne and Lewes) and the minor road to the village of Selmeston, Sussex. The memorial is protected by a tall wire fence, possibly due to a subsidence problem – see photograph. (Fence removed for Remembrance Service). There are fifteen names inscribed for WW1 and 2 names for WW2. There are also memorials in the Parish Church of both villages. Each village has claimed their own men, 6 from the village of Alciston and 9 from the village of Selmeston. The men are listed in the order in which they died, with the full date of death and the age included.


Selmeston & Alciston War Memorial

Photographs Copyright © Janet Graves 2005

Above: Selmeston WW1 Plaque

Below: Alciston WW1 Plaque


TO THE MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF
SELMESTON & ALCISTON
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

BOYS

Philip George

Died December 8th, 1918. Age 27 years.

CHILVERS

Arthur Henry

Private 27466, 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action 17th April, 1917. Age 19. Son of Frederick William and Alice Orpha Chilvers, of Manor Villa, Selmeston, Berwick Station. Sussex. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, Panel 119 to 120.

CLARKE

Charley

Died March 22nd, 1918. Age 28 years.

CLARKE

George

Died August 23rd, 1917. Age 24 years.

COLEMAN

Sidney Frank

Private K/9923, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Born at Alinton, enlisted in Eastbourne, Sussex. Killed in action 2nd November, 1914. Age 19 years. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 120.

FEARS

George

Private 17027, 1st/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Died 11th November, 1918. Age 24. Son of Eli George and Caroline Fears, of Bo peep, Alciston, Sussex. Buried in the Churchyard of the Parish Church of Alciston.

FOORD

Walter David

[Spelt FORD on SDGW] Private G/2592, D Company, 8th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Born at Alciston, enlisted in Lewes, Sussex. Died of wounds 26th January, 1916. Age 28 years (GWGC) or 27 years (Church). Son of Daniel and Louisa Ford, of 18, Swingate Cottages, West Firle, Lewes. Buried in the Meaulte Military Cemetery, The Somme, France, B.30.

GUMBRILL

David Frederick

Lance Corporal G/4800, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Born in Stoneham, and enlisted in Eastbourne, Sussex. Killed in action 20th September, 1917. Age 28 years. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, Panel 86 to 88.

HAYWARD

James William

Private G/50672, 20th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action 4th March, 1917. Age 32 (GWGC) or 33 years (Church). Father of James H. Hayward, of 50, Alciston, Berwick, Sussex. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B.

HYLANDS

Charles

Private G/210, 6th Battalion, The Buffs, East Kent Regiment. Killed in action 13th October, 1915. Age 24. Born Selemeston, Beriwck, Sussex, enlisted Ramsgate, Kent, resident Berwick. Son of Mr. J. H. Hylands, of Old Town Cottage, Selmeston, Sussex. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France, Panel 15 to 19.

MACKAY

William

Died December 7th, 1917. Age 52.

MOCKETT

George

Private 48203, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 24th October, 1918. Age 21 years. Son of George and Mary Mockett, of 42, Alciston, Berwick, Sussex. Buried in the Preux-au-Bois Communal Cemetery, Nord, France, B. 8.

SHORT

Charles Walter

Gunner 97959, C Battery, 47th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Born at Firle, Lewes and died 22nd January, 1916. Age 21 years. Son of Sidney Walter and Emily Short, of Fairchildes Farm, Warlingham, Surrey. Buried in the Hagle Dump Cemetery, Elverdinghe, Near Ypres, Belgium, III. C. 10.

Note: Elverdinge was behind the Allied front line throughout the war. The cemetery at Hagle Dump was begun in April, 1918, during the Battles of Lys. It was used by fighting units and field ambulances until the following October and was enlarged after the Armistice when more than 200 graves were brought into Plots III and IV from the battlefields of the Ypres Salient. Brielen Military Cemetery, from which 20 graves were brought to Hagle Dump, was used from April 1915 to September 1917.

SQUIBB

Ralph

Died January 7th, 1918. Age 39 years.

WEST

William Robert

Private G/13342, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Born Chalvington, and enlisted in Eastbourne, Sussex. Killed in action 20th April, 1918. Age 19 years. Son of Mr. J. West, of Selmeston Croft, Chalvington, Sussex. Buried in the Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy, Near Bethune, France, I. G. 24.

Note: The cemetery was named from a house on the east side of it used as a Battalion HQ and as a dressing station. It was begun by the Royal Berkshire Regiment in June, 1915 and closed in January, 1916 on account of its exposed situation, but a few further burials were made as late as April, 1918. Plot II to V were added after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields east of Bethune and from certain smaller cemeteries.

1939 – 1945

GOWERS

Charles Peter

Able Seaman D/J 76630, H.M.S. Hunter, Royal Navy. Died 10th April, 1940. Aged 39 years. Son of Herbert and Annie Gowers, and husband of Annie Gowers, of Selmeston, Sussex. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 37, Column 3.

Note: H.M.S. Hunter was part of the second Destroyer Flotilla in the First Battle of Narvik. H.M.S. Hunter was badly damaged by gunfire from the German destroyers and a collision with H.M.S. Hotspur did the rest. The ship sank in the centre of the fjord with heavy loss of life. 

STACEY

Hugh Mclaren

Lieutenant 324582, 141st, 7th Battalion, ‘The Buffs’, Royal East Kent Regiment. Killed in action 1st March, 1945. Age 19 years. Son of Hugh and Cecilia Stacey, of Alciston, Sussex. Awarded the Bronze Star (U.S.A.). Buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany, 13. A. 25.

Note: The Bronze Star (U.S.A.) was instituted on the 4th February, 1944. It was awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States in a combat theatre, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service not involving aerial flight.

5 June 2005

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