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SHERMANBURY WAR MEMORIAL

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The Shermanbury memorials can be found inside St. Giles’ Church, which can be found up a private drive that leads to Shermanbury Place. The church is remote and can only be visited by car when a service is happening, which is at least twice a month. The small church of St Giles contains two marble plaques, one for World War 1 above the pulpit and another for World War 2 on the opposite wall; each lists the rank and regiment of the deceased in addition to their initials and surname.

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“FOR FAITH
FREEDOM JUSTICE HONOUR”
THESE MEN GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919

BLUNDEN, D.S.M. Abercrombie
Chief Petty Officer 182407, Royal Navy. Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (D.S.M.) for bravery and devotion to duty during mine-sweeoing and minelaying operations [London Gazette 1 January 1916, pages 86 & 87]. possibly died at sea 24 August 1917 on the Heatherside. Not listed on CWGC.
BOWLER Frank Hubert
[Listed as Frank Herbert on SDGW] Private G/5238, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 28 June 1916. Aged 24. Born Henfield, enlisted Hove. Son of Frank and Charlotte Bowler, of 3, Croft Villas, Henfield, Sussex. Buried in KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section H. Grave 36. Also commemorated on the Henfield War Memorial
CAPELIN George
Serjeant 967, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 29. Born Shoreham, enlisted Brighton, resident Worthing. Son of Harriett Capelin, of 66, West St., Crawley, Sussex, and the late Daniel Capelin. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.

FAIRES Harry
[Listed as FAIRS on CWGC] Lance Corporal L/2058, 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers. Died in India 31 October 1918. Born Henfield, enlisted Canterbury, resident Albourne. Buried in MEERUT CANTONMENT CEMETERY, India. Plot 6. Grave 309.
KNAPP Charles
Private L/10374, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 17 May 1916. Born Shermanbury, enlisted Chichester. Brother of Edwin (below). Buried in ST. PATRICK'S CEMETERY, LOOS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row L. Grave 3.

Note: From the 1901 census and the GRO Birth Index, this is probably Charles Knapp, born 1895, the younger brother of Edwin Knapp (see below).

KNAPP Edwin
[Memorial states H.M.S. MONITOR] Stoker 1st Class K/7749, H.M.S. Glatton, Royal Navy. Killed or died by means other than disease, accident or enemy action 16 September 1918. Born 13 October 1890 in Shermanbury. Husband of Violet Middleton (formerly Knapp) of Sutton on the Hill, Derby; older brother of Charles Knapp (see above). Buried in GILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS) CEMETERY, Kent. Naval grave 15. 804-6. [Remains of 1 officer and 56 ratings lost with H.M.S. GLATTON interred in Gillingham New Cemetery]

Note: H.M.S. Glatton was a Monitor class warship which suffered an explosion and fire in one of her magazines whilst she was moored in Dover harbour and had to be torpedoed to prevent an even bigger explosion. 79 men lost their lives.

KNIGHT George [Samuel]

Lance Corporal G/520, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 17 August 1916. Born Henfield, enlisted Chichester. Buried in CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot XVI. Row F. Grave 21. Also commemorated on the Henfield War Memorial

LINFIELD Frederick
[Also spelt Fredrick] Private G/12648, 2nd Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 2 April 1917. Aged 30. Born Guring-on-Sea, enlisted Hive, resident Shermanbury. Son of George and K. Linfield, of Wakeland's Farm Cottage, Moor Lane, Ringmer, Sussex. CWGC states born at Henfield. Buried in CROISILLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 30.
MILLHAM, M.M. Albert
Corporal 14270, "D" Battery, 71st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 24 April 1917. Aged 27. Born Henfield, enlisted Haywards Heath. Son of Mr. E. and Mrs. J. Millham, of 5, Minster Terrace, Partridge Green, Sussex. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in FEUCHY CHAPEL BRITISH CEMETERY, WANCOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 19. Also commemorated on the Partridge Green War Memorial
MURRAY, MC George Anthony

Lieutenant, Royal Engineers attached to 310th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 4 October 1918. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in MARCOING COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave 12.

MURRAY Patrick Hallam
Captain, 61st Battery, 131st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Son of Sir Hugh Murray, of Bramble Hill Lodge, Lyndhurst, Hants. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.
MURRELL Frederick Percy

Private 79948, 59th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action 21 September 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Shermanbury, enlisted Hirsham. Son of Mrs. Jane Murrell, of New Grange Cottages, Shermanbury, Henfield, Sussex. Buried in BUS HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section H. Grave 25.

SAYERS John
Private TF/7318, 1/4th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died in United Kingdom 30 January 1917. Born Shermanbury, enlisted Hove. Buried near the right side of the main path of SHERMANBURY CEMETERY, Sussex.
WARD Henry Sidney
Rifleman 651176, 1/21st (County of London) Battalion (1st Surry Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 23 May 1916. Enlisted Camberwell, resident Peckham. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 10. Also commemorated on the Cowfold War Memorial

Note: See also William Ward (below).

WARD William
Private TF/3282, 1st/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died at Gallipoli 5 November 1915. Enlisted Horsham. Buried in PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY, Malta. Plot D. Row II. Grave 5.

Note: From the 1901 census and the GRO Birth Index, this is probably William Ward, born 1889, older brother of Henry Ward (see above).

WEBB Alfred Henderson
Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died 4 May 1916. Aged 23. Son of H. P. H. and Elizabeth Webb, of 78, Dyke Rd., Brighton. Native of Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot III. Row L. Grave 10.
WEBB John Clifford
Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 14 September 1916. Aged 21. Son of H. P. H. and Elizabeth Webb, of 78, Dyke Rd., Brighton. Buried in GUARDS' CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS, Somme, France. Plot XIII. Row C. Grave 1.
WOOLVEN Nelson Richard
Private 242624, 6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Killed in action 26 April 1918. Aged 25. Born Shermanbury, enlisted Horsham, resident Henfield. Son of George and Sarah Ann Woolven. Buried in FOUQUIERES CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section I. Grave 45. Also commemorated on the Cowfold War Memorial
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
IN MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945
EGERTON Charles Ralph
Major 36354, 98 (The Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 25 May 1940. Aged 37. Son of Charles A. and Lady Mabelle Egerton, of Mountfield, Sussex. B.A. (Oxon). Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot 15. Row E. Grave 4.
FINCH L A M
SERGEANT, ROYAL AIR FORCE possibly either Leslie William Finch, Sergeant 1255107, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 5 November 1945. Aged 31. Son of William Walter and Francis Sarah Finch. No known grave. Commemorated on the MALTA MEMORIAL, Malta. Panel 18, Column 2. or Leonard Finch, Sergeant 1394986, 280 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8 October 1944. Aged 21. Son of Daisy Finch; husband of Roberta Finch, of Sorn, Ayrshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 229.
WATSON Richard Colvin
Captain 51350, 7th Queen's Own Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 24 December 1941. Aged 28. Son of Arthur Campbell Watson and Olinda Emily Watson, of Shermanbury, Sussex. Buried in CASERTA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot III. Row D. Grave 10.

Note: A marble plaque in the church bears the inscription:-

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
RICHARD COLVIN
WATSON CAPT. 7th
QUEEN’S OWN HUSSARS
BORN 27th FEBRUARY
1913 BELOVED ONLY
SON OF ARTHUR C &
OLINDA E WATSON OF
WYMARKS WOUNDED
IN THE BATTLE OF SIDI
REZEGH LIBYA 21st OF
NOVEMBER 1941 DIED
WHILE PRISONER OF WAR
24th DECEMBER 1941
BURIED AT CASERTA ITALY

Last updated: 22 December, 2013

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