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SOUTHWATER WAR MEMORIAL

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The memorial is to be found adjacent to the village surgery in Lintop Square, Village Green, fairbank Road, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex. It takes the form of a brick base, topped by a stone plinth mounted on which is an obelisk; the whole stands on a stone surround. At the top of the front face of the obelisk is a wreath with a bronze plaque set below and below that on the face of the plinth is an incised dedication. The memorial was first unveiled 7 September 2008 by the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex. There are 29 names listed forWorld War 1 and 11 for World War 2.

Southwater - WW1 And WW2 Obelisk
Southwater - WW1 And WW2 Obelisk Patsy Laker (WMR-58804)

IN MEMORY OF ALL THOSE PEOPLE
OF SOUTHWATER WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES IN TIMES OF CONFLICT FOR
THE DEFENCE OF OUR FREEDOM

WORLD WAR I

BALCHIN Frederick George aka Jack
Private 61842, 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment) formerly 8831, 3rd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 9 April 1917. Aged 26. Born and enlisted Horsham, resident Southwater. Son of Charles and Sarah Balchin, of 3, Andrews Cottage, Southwater, Sussex. Buried in FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row G. Grave 4.
BRADFORD Charles Frederick
Rifleman 206590, 24th (Home Counties) Battalion (Territorial), Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) formerly 34th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died on service in India 13 July 1918. Aged 46. Resident and enlisted Horsham, born Lingfield. Son of Mark and Ellen Bradford; husband of Elizabeth Annie Bradford, of 5, Percy Rd., Horsham, W. Sussex. In the 1911 census he was aged 38, born Libngfield, Surrey, a Builder's Labourer, married to Elizabeth Anne with one son, resident Two Mile Ash, Southwater, Horsham Rural, Sussex. Buried in FEROZEPORE MILITARY CEMETERY, India. Plot C. Grave 140.
BURGESS William [Arthur]
Driver T/27908, 3rd Division Train, Royal Army Service Corps. Died on service 17 October 1918. Aged 26. Born and enlisted Horsham, resident Southwater. Husband of Gertrude May Burgess, of 28, Hampstead Rd., Dorking, Surrey. Buried in STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, Seine-Maritime, France. Division 62. Plot V. Row K. Grave 5.
COMPTON James
Corporal TF/200404, 1st/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 16 October 1918. Aged 22. Born Southwater, Sussex, enlisted Haywards Heath. Son of James and Caroline Compton, of 53, Gower Rd., Hayward's Heath, Sussex. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXX. Row F. Grave 4.
CUSTANCE Aldwyn Douglas

Lieutenant, H.M.S. "Exmouth," Royal Navy. Died at Mudros from a self-inlicted bullet wound 22 July 1915. Born 2 October 1891, enlisted 15 September 1904, Sub-Lieutenant 30 july 1912, Lieutenant 30 July 1914. Applied for Royal Flying Corps April 1914. Buried at sea. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 5.

Note: Court of inquiry found that he committed suicide with a view to avoiding the disgrace of Court Martial for improper conduct for which he anticipated he would be tried.

DEACON, MC & MiD Charles
Lieutenant Acting Major, "C" Battery, 113th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 14 May 1918. Aged 39. Husband of J. E. Deacon, of 121, Huntly St., Aberdeen. 25 years' service. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) and Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row B. Grave 45.
EAMES Frank William
Stoker 1st Class SS/104099 (RFR/PO/B/4752), "C" Comapny, Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Navy. Killed in action in the Dardenlles 5 May 1915. Born 7 October 1888 in Horsham, Sussex. Husband of Mrs. B. Eames, of 2, Andrews Cottages, Southwater, Horsham. Sussex. Buried on the right of Krithia Road, Between two forks of Achi Baba Gully, Gallpoli. Grave lost. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 1 and 2.
FUGGLES George Frederick
Corporal CH/14856, H.M.S. "Formidable," Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed when his ship was sunk by torpedo from German submarine U24 off Portland Bill, in the English Channel, 1 January 1915. Aged 24. Born 16 November 1890 in Lower Walmer, Kent. Son of William Fuggles (late Colour. Sergeant, R.M.L.I.) and Mary E. J. Fuggles, of Christ's Hospital, Horsham, Sussex. Telegraph Messenger before enlisting. Religious denomination Church of England. Enlisted 2 October 1905 in London. Height 5 feet 4 inches, fresh complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes. No known grave. Commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 13.
GRATWICKE Peter
Private 677, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 25 July 1916. Aged 34. Born Itchingfield, Sussex, enlisted Horsham. Son of Mrs. C. Gratwicke, of Swaine's Cottage, Southwater, Horsham. In the 1901 census he was aged 19, born Itchingfield, Sussex, a Farm Labourer, son of William and Caroline Gratwicke, resident Swains Cottages, Horsham Rural, Horsham, Sussex. In the 1911 census he was aged 28, born Itchingfield, Sussex, a Brick Setter, son of William and Caroline Gratwicke, resident Swains Cottage, Southwater, Horsham Rural, Sussex. Buried in LE TOURET MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row K. Grave 7.
HIDE Alfred William
Private GSSR/502, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Born and enlisted Worthing. Married Kate Richardson (a widow) at Southwater 24 December 1904; one child. Attested 8 September 1914 at Worthing, aged 39 years 210 days, a Labourer by trade, resident 2 Andrews Cottages, Southwater, Sussex, height 5 feet 4 inches, weight 145 lbs, chest 37 inches, brown eyes, dark brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Posted Royal Sussex 10 September 1914, posted 3rd Battalion 20 October 1918, posted 10th Battalion, 31 October 1914, transferred to 3rd Battalion 4 May 1915, posted 2nd Battalion 1 May 1915, went to France 1 May 1915. Admitted to 4 Stationary Hospital, at St Omer, with Colonial Fever, discharged 16 July 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 69 to 73.
HOWELL Charles Henry
Lance Corporal 8906, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died on service 28 September 1915. Aged 24. Born and resident Southwater, Sussex, enlisted Horsham. Baptised 8 February 1891 in Southwater, Sussex, son of William and Mary Ann Howell. Son of the late William and Mary Ann Howell, of Southwater, Horsham. In the 1901 census he was aged 10, born Southwater, ussex, son of Mary A Howell (a widow), resident Station Road, Horsham Rural, Horsham, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 7 and 8.
HUNTLEY John
Private 3854, 51st Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died of wounds 18 August 1916. Aged 31 years 5 months. Born West Tavington (sic), Midhurst, Surrey. Son of Peter and Elizabeth Huntley, of 27, Bedford Road, Horsham, Sussex. Educated Roffey, Horsham, Sussex. Draper's Assistant. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born West Lavington, Sussex, son of Peter and Elizabeth Huntley, resident Crawley Road, Horsham, Sussex. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot B. Row 27. Grave 24. Australian Roll of Honour circular
KENNARD Arthur

Private 8557, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 6 August 1915. Aged 24. Born Hartfield, Tunbridge Wells. Son of Annie Maria Kennard, of Cairo Cottage, Southwater, Horsham, and the late Edmund Arthur Kennard. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Kent, son of Anne M Kennard (a widow), resident Carrs Cottages, Easteds Lane, Horsham Rural, Horsham, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 126-135 or 223-226 228-229 & 328.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 1, page 213:

KENNARD, ARTHUR, Private, No. 8557, 2nd Battn. The Hampshire Regt. yr. and only surviving s. of the late Edmund Arthur Kennard, of Hartfield, TunbridgeWells, Master at Ipswich Grammar School (who d. 13 April, 1891), by his wife, Annie M. (Cairo Cottage, Southwater, Horsham), dau. of the late George Greenfield ; b. posthumous at Hartfield, co. Sussex, 21 July, 1891 ; educ. Southwater Council School ; joined the 1st Hants. Regt. at Portsmouth, 1 Jan. 1910, going direct to Londonderry till the Autumn, and then to Aldershot, where he was transferred to the 2nd Battn. for foreign service in the autumn of 1911 ; served Wynberg, South Africa ; Mauritius and Mhow, Central India ; came home suffering with malarial fever and was unable to accompany his regt. to the Front in March, 1915, but went out to the Dardanelles with a draft the following July. He was killed in action at the Dardanelles, in the great charge at Krithia, 6 Aug. 1915. On this occasion, out of the 900 who went into the action, only 250 returned.

KENSETT Sydney
Private SD/699, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 3 September 1916. Aged 28. Born Shipley, Sussex, enlisted Horsham. Son of Rose Laker (formerly Kensett), of Trawlers Farm, Southwater, Horsham, Sussex, and the late Reuben Kensett. In the 1891 census he was aged 2, born Sussex, son of Rose Kensett (a widow), resident Old House, Parsons Bridge, Shipley, Horsham, Sussex. In the 1901 census he was aged 12, born Shipley, Sussex, step-son of Raymond Laker, son of Rose Laker, resident Trawlers, Shipley, Horsham, Sussex. In the 1911 census he was aged 22, born Shipley, Sussex, a Poultryman, ste-son of Raymond Laker, son of Rose Laker, resident Trawles Farm, Trawless, Shipley, Horsham, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7 C.
LAKER Frederick James
Private G/1805, 8th (Pioneer) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 12 July 1917. Aged 21. Born Southwater, Sussex, enlisted Horsham. Son of James and Elizabeth Laker, of 2, Bonfire Hill, Southwater, Horsham, Sussex. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Southwater, Sussex, son of James and Elizabeth Laker, resident Bonfire Hill Cottages, Southwater, Horsham Rural, Horsham, Sussex. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Southwater, Sussex, a Farm Labourer, son of James and Elizabeth Laker, resident Bonfire Hill, Southwater, Horsham Rural, Sussex. Buried in DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave 10.
LAKER Percy Bernard
Lance Corporal 1012, 14th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action at Gallipoli 8 August 1915. Aged 22. Son of Peter and Florence Laker, of Southwater Street, Southwater, Horsham. Resident Dingley Village, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Farm labourer by trade. Religious denomination Church of England. Educated Southwater Council School. Emigrated aged 20. Enlisted 9 September 1914. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Faygate, son of Peter and Florence Laker, resident Southwater Street, Southwater, Horsham Rural, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated on LONE PINE MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 40. Australian Roll of Honour circular
LEWRY Frederick George
[Sergeant on memorial] Corporal L/8243, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 9 May 1915. Born Brighton, enlisted Chichester. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Brighton, grandson of Ann Lewry (a widow, beer retailer), resident Hen & Chicken, Worthing Road, Horsham Rural, Horsham, Sussex. In the 1911 census he was a Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, aged 24, born Brighton, Sussex, unmarried, based at Rawalpindi, Punjab, India. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 20 and 21.
MITCHELL Phillip
Sapper 96403, 156th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 6 June 1916. Born Southwater, Sussex, resident Balham, Surrey, enlisted Kingston-On-Thames, Surrey. In the 1891 census he was aged 4, born Southwater, a scholar, son of William and Charlotte Mitchell,, resident Lodging House, In Yard, Keymer, Cuckfield, Sussex. In the 1811 census he was aged 34, born Southwater, a Platelayer Engineer, head of family, married to Amy with three sons, resident 28 Larch Road, Balham S.W., Wandsworth Borough, London & Surrey. Buried in VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 22.
OWEN Thomas

Private G/49, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died on service in United Kingdom 30 May 1915. Aged 21. Born Bedford, enlisted Horsham. Son of Annie Owen of Bedford. Buried 4 June 1915 in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave K/3. 170. See also Bedford Cemetery

Extract Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 4 June 1915, page 8, ‘Deaths’ entry:

OWEN.—On May 30th, at 33, Salisbury Street, Bedford, Thomas Owen, aged 21 years.

ROBERTS Charles D
Private - No further information curently
RUSH Arthur
Private 5371, 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish). Died 24 August 1914. Aged 21. Nephew of Mrs. Emily Barker, of Southwater, Horsham, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.
SAYERS William Richard
Lance Corporal G/6741, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 26 August 1918. Aged 29. Born Southwater, Sussex, enlisted Horsham. Son of Stephen and Mary Sayers, of Southwater; husband of Harriett Elizabeth Sayers. of Southwater Horsham, Sussex. Buried in PERONNE ROAD CEMETERY, MARICOURT, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 6.
SHOUBRIDGE Alec John
Private 5909, 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish). Died of wounds 24 April 1915. Aged 21. Born Horsham, Sussex, resident Horley, Surrey, enlisted Guildford. Baptised 18 February 1894 in Horsham, Sussex, son of William John and hannah Shoubridge. In the 1901 census he is listed as Alic J Showbridge, born Horsham, Sussex, aged 7, son of William J and hannah Showbridge (sic), resident Stone Delph, Slaugham, Cuckfield, Sussex. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Horsham, a Butcher's Boy, son of William and hannah Shonbridge (sic), resident 1, Andrews Cottages, Southwater, Horsham Rural, Sussex. Buried in DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VII. Row B. Grave 9.
SHOUBRIDGE Thomas George
Officer's Steward 2nd Class L/6540, H.M.S. "M.21" (H.M.S. "May" on CWGC) Royal Navy. Killed when his ship, a Monitor, was mined off Ostend 20 October 1918. Aged 22. Born 26 June 1896 in Colchester, Essex. Baptised as george Thomas Shoubridge 12 August 1896 at Shoeburyness, Essex, son of George Henry and Ellen Shoubridge. Son of Ellen Shoubridge, of Southwater Street, Southwater, Horsham, Sussex. Footman by trade. Height 5 feet 4½ inches, chest 34½ inches, fair hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 30.
SIMMONS Frank Bernard
Private 682546, 1st/22nd (County of London) Battalion (The Queen's), London Regiment formerly 24583, 5th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 22 August 1918. Resident Chiswick, enlisted Acton. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10.
STANDING James
Private 26826, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment) formerly 4/1866. Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 24 Aril 1917. Resident and enlisted Horsham, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
WELCOME Albert John
[Listed as 49793 on SDGW] Private GS/49703, 32nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) formerly 22713, Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds 9 June 1917. Born Chichester, resident Southwater, Sussex, enlisted Horsham. Husband of E. Welcome, of 8, Royal Oak Rd., Woking, Surrey. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XV. Row I. Grave 13.
WHITNER Frederick William
Sergeant TF/200889, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 21 March 1918. Aged 26. Born Southwater, Sussex, enlisted Horsham. Son of the late F. and R. Whitner; husband of Gertrude Randell (formerly Whitner), of 92, Tarring Rd., Worthing, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 46 and 47.
WILLIS James
Private - No further information curently
WORLD WAR 2
BONIFACE Frederick George
Driver T/151358, Royal Army Service Corps. Wounded and missing found dead 17 June 1940. Aged 24. Born and resident Sussex. Son of William and Bessie Boniface, of Horsham, Sussex; husband of Irene Frances Boniface, of Roffey, Horsham. Buried in DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot 2 Row 18 Grave 11.
BOURNE Charles Alfred
Private 6400808, 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action October 1942. Aged 25. Born and resident Sussex. Son of Matthew Thomas Bourne and Annie Violet Bourne; husband of Mary Bourne, of Goole, Yorkshire. Buried in EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot XIX. Row A. Grave 4.
BULLER Alexander John Stuart
Pilot Officer (Pilot) 42391, 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 6 June 1940. Aged 20. Son of Admiral Sir Henry Tritton Buller, K.C.V.O., C.B., and Lady Hermione Buller, of Southwater. Buried in SHIPLEY (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Sussex. Grave C.2.
CORBET-WARD John
Private 6400679, 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 23 May 1940. Aged 22. Born kenya, resident Surrey. Son of Maj. Corbet-Ward, O.B.E., and Norah G. Corbet-Ward, of Merrow, Guildford, Surrey; nephew of Ella M. Bazett, of Merrow. Buried in OUTTERSTEENE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, BAILLEUL, Nord, France. Plot 3. Row A. Grave 9.
GODWARD Alfred John
Private 14405770, 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Died of wounds 29 May 1944. Aged 17. Born Sussex, resident Brighton. Son of Frank and Kate Godward, of Southwater, Sussex. Wounded in Burma. Buried in MADRAS (ST. MARY'S) CEMETERY, CHENNAI, India. Plot 19. Grave 90.
GRATWICKE Norman Dennis
Private 14207343, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 10 October 1944. Aged 30. Born 11 March 1914. Born and resident Sussex. Son of Thomas and Ada Gratwicke, of Southwater, Sussex. In the 1939 Register he was a Bricklayer, unmarried, resident Kingston Southwale, Horsham R.D., Sussex. Buried in ASSISI WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row D. Grave 7.
JONES Harry
Boy 1st Class P/JX 157056, H.M.S. "Royal Oak," Royal Navy. Killed when the Royal Oak was anchored at Scapa Flow in Orkney, Scotland,and was torpedoed by the German submarine U-47 14 October 1939. Aged 16. Born 23 October 1922 in Horsham, Sussex. Son of Harry and Florence Elizabeth Jones, of Horsham, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 34, Column 2.
MOORE Lawrence William Albert
Trooper 6918491, 5th (3rd Battalion, The Tower Hamlets Rifles) Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action 13 February 1944. Aged 30. Born London E., resident London S.E. Son of Lawrence William and Ethel Amelia Moore, of Southwater, Sussex; husband of Hilda Maud Moore. Buried in MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot III. Row B. Grave 7.
STEADMAN James Arthur
Private 14306211, 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 4 October 1944. Aged 21. Born Sussex, resident Brighton. Son of Arthur John and Mary Josephine Steadman, of Southwater, Sussex. Buried in ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Plot 12. Row A. Grave 1.
WIELAND Charles Richard
Gunner 901287, 144 (The Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died on service 29 October 1941. Aged 34 [ aged 24 on R.A. Casualty Card]. Born 1907 in Kingbury, Middlesex, resident Barns Green, Horsham, Sussex. Son of George Charles Bradley Wieland and of Fanny Wieland (nee Long), of Barns Green, Horsham, Sussex. Buried in TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY, Libya. Plot 6. Row P. Grave 6.
WYKES Richard Conroy
Gunner L/11079, 6 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. Died 19 April 1945. Born 19 December 1919. Married Violet L Ansell in Horsham Registration District January to March Quarter 1943. Buried in HOLTEN CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Overijssel, Netherlands. Plot III. Row H. Grave 9. National Archives of Canada Service Files: 38859

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