War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Mick Tilley 2013
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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FREEDOM JUSTICE HONOUR”
THESE MEN GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
His brothers David and Albert also died and are listed on the
Partidge Green War Memorial
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
Note: See also William Ward (below).
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).
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.
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.
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
NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945
36354, 98 (The Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal
Artillery. Killed in action 25 May 1940, initially reported missing
near Hazebrouck on a scouting mission. Aged 33. Born 27 April
1907 in London, resident Sussex. Son of Charles A. and Lady Mabelle
Egerton, of Mountfield, Sussex. B.A. (Oxon); brother of Edward
Brassey Egerton (killed in World War 1, see above). In the 1911
census he was aged 3, born St Georges, Hanover Square, London,
resident with his parents, Charles Augustus and Mabelle Annie
Egerton, at Mountfield Court, Robertsbridge, Mountfield, Sussex.
Educated at Winchester College, entered the school as an Exhibitioner,
becoming Head of his House in 1923. In the 1938 Kelly's Directory
for Sussex he is listed under Shermandbury as being Captain Charles
Ralph Egerton, a private resident, living at The Sparrows, Wineham.
Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais,
France. Plot 15. Row E. Grave 4. See also Mountfield
and the Lloyd’s of London War Memorial.
from Probate December 1940:
Charles Ralph of Sparrows Henfield Wineham Sussex
died 25 May 1940 on war service Probate Llandudno
15 December to Barclays Bank Limited. Effects £76006 11s.
1394986, 280 Squadron (Coastal Command), Royal Air Force Volunteer
Reserve. Missing belived killed when his aircraft, a Vickers Warwick
BV290 based in Beccles, Suffolk, was lost over the North Sea during
an air sea rescue opeation 8 October 1944, understood that the Warwick
he was flying in was shot down at low level by an ME410 from the
German Seenotgruppe 80. Aged 22. Born 3 July 1922 in Lewes, Sussex.
Son of Arthur James and Daisy Finch, residents of Southwick U.D.
Sussex in 1939; husband of Roberta Finch, of Sorn, Ayrshire. No
known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 229.
included on the Old Comrades Memorial, West Grinstead and also
on Partridge Green War Memorial.
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
WATSON CAPT. 7th
QUEEN’S OWN HUSSARS
BORN 27th FEBRUARY
1913 BELOVED ONLY
SON OF ARTHUR C &
OLINDA E WATSON OF
IN THE BATTLE OF SIDI
REZEGH LIBYA 21st OF
NOVEMBER 1941 DIED
WHILE PRISONER OF WAR
24th DECEMBER 1941
BURIED AT CASERTA ITALY
11 December, 2020