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UPPER BEEDING WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2020

World War 2 - Ron James 2020

The memorial is to be found in the churchyard of St. peter's Church, Church Lane, Upper Beeding, Sussex. It takes the form of a step surmounted by a square stone base, octagonal shaft and cross with the inscription on metal plaques on the sides of the plinth. The World War 2 name are to be found inside St Peter's Church on the north wall. It takes the form of a rectangular tablet with nowy head and two supporting corbels. There is a latin cross at the top with a foliate design each side. The names are in a single column below in black lettering.

Upper Beeding- WW1 Cross © Ken Wilson-Wheeler (WMR-16750)

Photograph (below) Copyright © Ronald James 2020

THIS CROSS IS ERECTED IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION OF THE DEVOTION OF THE MEN OF
BEEDING WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR 1914 - 1919.
LORD ALL PITYING JESU BLEST. GRANT TO THEM ETERNAL REST

BARBER T P
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BROWN H
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COOK A
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COPELAND D
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COZENS W J
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DRISCOLL E
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EARLEY H
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FINCH A E
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FISH C F
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FLOWERS H
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GROVES C
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HILL F
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HOLDEN F
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MARTIN S
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MAY J
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NEWMAN H
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POINTING L G
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RANSOM E
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SAWYER R
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SHEPPARD C L
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SLOANE R H S
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SYMES F
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TICKNER A
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TULLETT F
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VIRGO A
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WATSON S M
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WATSON W B
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WITTEN F
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TO THE HONOURED MEMORYOF
THE LOYAL MEN OFUPPER BEEDING
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR
1939 – 1945
BOUSELL Albert Ernest
Telegraphist Service No P/J 78305 Royal Navy. Son of William and Alice Maud Bousell and husband of Ada Dorothy Bousell of Southwick. Lost at sea on board HM Submarine Union, when she was sunk by an Italian torpedo boat in the Mediterranean. 22nd July 1941 aged 39. His name is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial
DANCE Reginald Ernest
Private Service No14735983 Kings Shropshire Light Infantry Died 26th February 1945 aged 18. Buried Rheinburg War Cemetery, Germany. The inscription on his gravestone reads ‘The evening star shines on the grave of one we loved but could not save’
FISH Stanley James
Sapper Service No 2073051 626 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers. Born 1920 in Steyning, the son of Albert and Catherine Fish. Killed in action 6th November 1943 in Italy, aged 23. He is buried at Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy. The inscription on his gravestone reads ‘Not gone from memory, not gone from love, but gone to our father’s home above’ His name also appears on the Small Dole memorial.
FORD Frederick Walter
Lance Corporal Service No 7899471 ‘B’ Squadron 13/18 Hussars Royal Armoured Corp. Son of John & Florence Ford of Steyning, and husband of Laura Ford of Plaistow, Essex. He died 9th August 1944, aged 26, and is buried at St Manvieu Cemetery, Cheux, France
FORSTER Ronald Arthur Victory
Sergeant Service No 6406158 1st battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. Ronald was born 2nd Feb 1916 in Suffolk, the son of Spencer & Mary Forster. In 1939 the family were living in Kings Stone Avenue Steyning. He was killed in action 13th July 1944. Aged 28, and is buried in Arezzo War Cemetery, Toscana, Italy. His name also appears on the Steyning memorial.
GASTON Frank Edward
Leading Aircraftsman Service No 976285 RAF Volunteer Reserve. Frank was the son of Albert and Charlotte Gaston of Dacre Villas, Upper Beeding, and the husband of Winfred Gaston of Rosyth, Scotland. He died 12th July 1944, aged 23, and is buried at Biguglia War Cemetery, Haute- Corse, France.
KING Geoffrey Sholto Douglas
Captain Service No 164667 Lincolnshire Regiment. He was the son of Henry Douglas and Mary Beatrice King, of Small Dole, Sussex. Geoffrey died 5th February 1945, aged 32, and is buried at Nederweert War Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands.
OWEN Evan Alfred
Private Service No 6086630. 2nd battalion Queens Royal Regt (West Surrey). He enlisted in 1936 and was killed in action 3rd January 1941. Evan is buried at the Halfaya Solum War Cemetery, Egypt.
SEARLE Ernest Arthur
Stoker 1st Class Service No P/KX 91058 Royal Navy. He was the son of Ernest Philip & Daisy Amelia Searle of Beeding, Sussex. Ernest was lost at sea on the 18th February 1940 while serving on HMS Daring when she was sunk in the North Sea by a German submarine. His name is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
TIPLER Charles Frederick
Sergeant Service No 6404093, 1st battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. He was the son of Bertie and Ethel Tipler of Beeding, Sussex. Charles died on the 29th February 1944, aged 24, and is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery, Italy.
WOOLGAR Frank Burnaby Clifford
Driver Service No T/66668 Royal Army Service Corp. He was the son of E Woolgar of Beeding, Sussex. Frank died 26th March 1941 aged23, and is buried in St Peters Church Churchyard Extension, Upper Bedding, Sussex.
ALSO IN ST PETERS CHURCHYARD EXTENSION,
BUT NOT RECORDED ON THE CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL,
IS THE CWGC GRAVE OF
WADE Sydney Charles
Private Service No 7757176 Royal Army Veterinary Corp. He was the son of Sydney and Louisa Wade and husband of Ethel Irene Wade of Beeding, Sussex. Sydney died on the 14th November 1942, aged 42

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