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WARBLETON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Janet Graves 2004

Warbleton is a small hamlet close to the town of Heathfield. The highly polished brass memorial plaques of both WW1 and WW2 are close to the altar.


Photographs Copyright © Janet Graves 2004

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND TO THE SACRED MEMORY
OF THOSE CONNECTED WITH THIS PARISH
WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919.

1914-1918

BEAL

[Horace] Edward

Private SD/65, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action on Beacourt Ridge 3rd September 1916. Aged 22. Son of Mr Beal & Mrs Fanny Beal of Novington Cottages near Plumpton. Born in Chalvington and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Serre Road Cemetery No 2.

BENNETT

Frank

Private SD/3735, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 25th July, 1917. Son of Mr & Mrs Bennett of Batsford Farm Warbleton. Born in Warbleton and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium Plot XVI. Row H. Grave 2A.

BOURNER

Walter Ernest

Private, SD/1795, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st. Division. Killed in action 19th March, 1916. Aged 21. Son of Mr & Mrs John Bourner of The Forge, Horam. Born Vines Cross and enlisted in Eastbourne. Included on Horam and Heathfield Memorials. Buried in the Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section I. Grave 2.

BROOK

Clifford

Private, G/8246, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 10th January, 1918. Aged 40. Born in Warbleton and enlisted in Eastbourne. Next of kin Warbleton. Buried in the Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row G. Grave 10.

BUSS

Cyril [Victor]

Private G/2274, 8th (Pioneer) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 30th September, 1916.Aged 20. Son of Mr & Mrs J.Buss of "The Oaks" Rushlake Green. Bandsman, and chorister at Warbleton Parish Church. Born in Dallington and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in the Puchevillers British Cemetery, The Somme, France. Plot V. Row B. Grave 28.

CORNWALL

Alfred

Lance Corporal G/2281, 8th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 18th. Division. Died of wounds 9th May, 1918. Age 29. Born in Warbleton and enlisted in Brighton. Son of John and Harriett A. Cornwall, of Heathfield, Sussex. Included on Heathfield Memorial. Buried in the Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Plot VIII. Row G. Grave 4.

CORNWALL

George

Lance Corporal G/18185, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 3rd August, 1917. Age 20. Son of John and Harriett A. Cornwall, of 2, Fir Tree Cottage, Punnett's Town, Heathfield Tower, Sussex. Buried in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. Plot VI. Row G. Grave 17.

DORMAN

Antony

Captain (Lieutenant according to CWGC), 13th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 13th November, 1916. Age 30. Awarded the MC. Son of John Joseph and Emily Keziah Dorman, of Brooklands, Horeham Road, Sussex. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, The Somme, France, Pier and Face 2 C.

DORMAN

Arthur Gilbert Decimus

Private SPTS/4183, 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 13th November, 1916. Age 20. Son of John Joseph and Emily Keziah Dorman, of Brooklands, Horeham Road, Sussex. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, The Somme, France, Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

Note: Although these brothers were in different Regiments they fell on the same day and are commemorated on the same Memorial.

Owen on 25th September & 20th November, 1914 respectively. They were both part of the 99th Brigade, 33rd Division and were taken over by the War Office on 1st July 1915. The 23rd and 24th landed at Boulogne on the 17th November 1915. They became part of 2nd Division on 25th November, 1915. They ended the War at Quesnoy, near Lille, France.

Note 2: Service number SPTS was Sportsman Battalion Royal Fusiliers. It was a "Pals Battalion, raised initially from various sportsmen (Footballers/Athletes/Rugby Players/Etc;) being designated 23rd & 24th Service Battalions, The Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment) raised in London by E. Cunliffe

FOX

John

[Listed on memorials as Private, Royal Sussex Regiment] Private 34410, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 26th April 1917. Aged 33. Son of Robert Henry and Mercy Ellen (nee Booth) Fox, of Warbleton, Sussex. IN the 1901 Census (RG 13/889 pg 13) he was a 17 year old Labourer and his father a chicken farmer. Buried in Cabaret-Rouge British cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XV. Row J. Grave 14.

From the The Sussex Express 18 May 1917 page 5 (in action) "Mr. R.H. FOX, Homestead Farm, Warbleton, has received information that his second son, Private John FOX, Suffolk Regiment, was killed in action on 24th April. Private Fox, who was 33 years of age, joined up to do Blue Cross work at the outbreak of the war, and was for some time at the Remount Depot at Pluckley. Later he transferred to the Suffolk Regiment, and went to France last November. He had been away from home for thirteen years."

FUNNELL

Frederick

Private 9184, 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. 28th. Division. Killed in action 27th February, 1915. Age 27. Son of the late Henry and Emily Funnell. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate), Belgium, Panel 21 and 31.

GRAHAM

John Arthur

Captain (Major according to CWGC), 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 20th March, 1916. Awarded the MC. Buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France, IX. F. 3.

HALL

Albert [Herbert]

Private 29184, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. 12th. Division. Killed in action on the Somme 6th August, 1916. Born in Heathfield and enlisted in Chichester. Next of kin Warbleton. Buried in the Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, France. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 45.

HARMER

[William] Henry

Private G/24956, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) ayyached 12th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 7th June, 1918. Age 19. Born and resident Warbleton, enlisted Eastbourne. Son of Mrs. J. Harmer, of Coggers Farm, Horeham Rd., Sussex. Buried in the Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot VI. Row K. Grave 6A.

HEDGECOCK

James [Clifford]

Gunner 810936, A Battery, 186th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 4th April, 1918. Age 34. Husband of L. M. Bradley (formerly Hedgecock), of 27, Owenite St., Abbey Wood, London. Born Warbleton and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in the Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, France. Plot II. Row Q. Grave 1.

HENTY

John Robert

Private SD/321, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 3rd September, 1916. Born in Warbleton and enlisted in Eastbourne. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, The Somme, France, Pier and Face 7 C.

HOBDAY

Harry

Private SD/3370, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 30th June, 1916. Son of Mr & Mrs Hobday of 3, North Street, Punnetts Town.Born in Ashburnham and enlisted in Eastbourne. Employee of Message and Sons Brickyard. Included on Heathfield Memorial. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France, Panel 69 to 73.

HUGHES

Frederick

2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 12th October, 1916. Age 30. Son of the late Edward and Elizabeth Hughes, of Little Horeham, Warbleton, Heathfield, Sussex. Buried in the Struma Military Cemetery, Greece. Plot VI. Row E. Grave 14.

MESSAGE

Edgar

Private TF/2479. C Company, 1st/5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st. Division. Killed in action 9th May, 1915. Age 22. Son of Herbert and Miriam Message, of The Old School House, Rushlake Green, Warbleton, Heathfield, Sussex. Born in Warbleton and enlisted in Hastings. Included on Ticehurst Memorial. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, Panel 20 and 21.

Note: 443 members of this Regiment are commemorated on this memorial.

NEWNHAM

Herbert [Bleton]

Private 5/2486, 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 48th. Division. Killed in action 27th June, 1916. Son of Mrs. K. Newnham, of Gardner Street, Herstmonceux, Sussex. Born in Warbleton and enlisted in Hastings. Included on Ticehurst Memorial. Buried in the Couin British Cemetery, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 17.

Note: Couin Chateau was used as a divisional headquarters from 1915 to 1918. The British Cemetery was begun in May 1916 by the field ambulances of the 48th division, and was used by units and field ambulances during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

OLIVER

Frank

Private M2/033827, Mechanical Transport, 37th Division, Supply Column, Army Service Corps. Died 3rd July, 1917. Age 24. Son of Joseph and Ellen Oliver, of Turners House, Punnetts Town, Heathfield, Sussex. Buried in the Dranoutre Military Cemetery, Belgium. Plot II. Row J. Grave 9.

POPE

Albert "Bert"

Gunner 78060, 55 Battery, 53rd. Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action near Ypres 12th November, 17. Aged 22. Son of William & Emily Pope (Butchers) of Heathfield. Born in Heathfield and enlisted in Woolwich. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

POPE

Henry "Harry" [James]

Private SD/3654, 13th. Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th. Division. Died of wounds 29th September, 1916. Aged 27. Son of William & Emily Pope (Butchers) of Heathfield. Born in Heathfield and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France.

POPE

Wilfred

Private G/54988, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. 29th. Division. Died of wounds 9th October, 1917. Aged 18. Son of William & Emily Pope. Born in Heathfield and enlisted in Eastbourne. Warbleton resident. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Passendale, Belgium. Panel 28 to 30 and 162 to 162A and 163A

ROBINS

George

Lance Corporal (Private according to CWGC) G/1396, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th. Division attached to 73rd Light Trench Mortar Battery. Killed in action 27th March, 1918. Age 26. Son of George and Rhoda Robins, of Church Cottages, Warbleton, Sussex. Born Warbleton and enlisted in Eastbourne. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, The Somme, France, Panel 46 and 47.

ROSE

Thomas

Company Quarter Master Sergeant L/8613, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st. Division. Killed in action 15th May, 1918. Age 30. Son of John and Emma Rose, of Beacon Land Cottage, Warbleton, Sussex. Born West Orchard,Dorset and enlisted in Pulboroug. Buried in the Cambrin Military Cemetery, Near Bethune, France. Plot/Row/Section N. Grave 49.

SLIDEL

Sydney Robert

2nd Lieutenant, 4th battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Probably died of wounds on the 20th April, 1918. Age 36. Son of Mrs. E. Slidel, of Portsmouth and husband of Phillis W. Slidel, of Vine Cottage, Warbleton, Heathfield, Sussex. Buried in the Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Belgium. Plot V. Row C. Grave 5.

Note: Bandaghem was the popular name given by the troops to the groups of casualty clearing stations. The cemetery site was chosen in July 1917 and burials from the clearing stations and other hospitals continued until October, 1918.

SMITH

James [H W]

Private G/2297, 8th Pioneer Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 18th. Division. Died of wounds at Daours 30th June, 1916. Aged 21. Son of Mr & Mrs Matthew Smith of Blackdown, Punnetts Town. Born Punnetts Town and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 4.

SMITH

Matthew

Private 5165, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th. Division. Died 17th September, 1917. Aged 29. Son of Mr & Mrs Matthew Smith of Blackdown, Punnetts Town. Born in Heathfield and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in the Voormezeele Enclosures No. 1 and No. 2, Near Ypres, Belgium. Plot I. Row H. Grave 36.

WINCHESTER

Hubert

Private SD/3486, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th. Division Killed in action 30th June, 1916. Aged 24. Born in Ashburnham and enlisted in Eastbourne. Included on Heathfield Memorial. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France. Panel 69 to 73.

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.

IN SACRED MEMORY OF THOSE WHO
WENT OUT FROM THIS PARISH AND GAVE
THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1939 - 1945

1939-1945

CROUCHER

Lambert Edwards

Able Seaman P/JX 153609, H.M.S. Hood, Royal Navy, Died in action 24th May, 1941 when H.M.S. Hood was sunk during the pursuit of the German Battleship, Bismarck. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47, Column 3.

Photograph published by kind permission of the H.M.S. Hood Association.

HENDERSON

John Patrick Leo

Major 117132, Royal Engineers. Died 16th January, 1944. Age 31. Award the MC. Son of James Alexander Leo Henderson and of Maud Sophia Grace Henderson (nee Hardy). Buried in the Caserta War Cemetery, Italy, V. C. 7.

HUMPHREY

Albert George

Possibly Corporal 6401924, 6th Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action 27th September, 1944. Age 24. Son of Henry and Annie Humphrey, and husband of Patricia Joan Humphrey, of Horsham, Sussex. Buried in the Uden War Cemetery, Netherlands, 1. C. 1.

LOVERIDGE

Anthony Bromley

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 85231, 38th Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on the 14th February, 1941. Age 23. Son of Samuel Guy Loveridge and of Dorothy Loveridge, of Forest Row, Sussex. His brother, Mark Michael Arthur Loveridge, D.F.C., also died on service. Buried in the Rhodes War Cemetery, Greece, Sp. Mem. "C. 3. B. 3.

LOVERIDGE

Michael Arthur

Major 88641, Royal Artillery. Secondary Regiment, 652 A.O.P. Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 10th October, 1946. Age 27. Awarded the DFC. Son of Samuel Guy and Dorothy Loveridge, of Forest Row, Sussex. His brother Anthony Bromley Leveridge also died on service. Buried in the Hanover War Cemetery, Germany, 14. H. 13.

MITCHELL

Samuel Robert

Chief Stoker, P/K 63980, H.M.S.Acheron, Royal Navy. Died 17th December, 1940 when Acheron was mined off the Isle of Wight. She was running trials after a refit. She sank instantly, killing 151 men and sparing only 15 men. Age 37. Son of Samuel Robert and Elizabeth Mitchell and husband of Constance Eileen Mary Mitchell, of Warbleton, Sussex. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 41, Column 2.

TAYLOR

TimothyAlbert

Volunteer. 20th Sussex (Hailsham) Battalion, Home Guard. Died 2nd November, 1940. Age 23. Son of T. a. Taylor and Jessie Taylor of Heathfield, Sussex. Buried in the Churchyard of St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Warbleton, Sussex, Grave 1017.

THURLOW

Maurice Cresswell

Sergeant (Pilot) 565808, 45th Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 11th June, 1940. Buried in the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, G. 135.

POPE

Donald Charles

Sapper 1922409, 22nd Fortress Company, Royal Engineers. Died as a prisoner of war between 01/10/1942 and 02/10/1942. Age 25. Son of Elsie Alice Pope, of Warbleton, Sussex. Commemorated on the Sai Wan Memorial, Hong Kong, Column 8.

Note: The inscription for the memorial reads ‘The Officers and men whose memory is honoured here died in the defence of Hong Kong in December 1941 and in the ensuing years of captivity and have no known grave.’

WALTER

Gilbert Douglas

Sapper 6401446, 100th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 29th April, 1945. Age 27. Husnand of Joyce Ellen Walter, of Punnett’s Town, Sussex. Buried in the Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany, 18. E. 4.

Last updated 27 May, 2008

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