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WEST DEAN (EAST SUSSEX) WAR MEMORIAL

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

The memorial in the Church at West Dean consists of two small brass plaques, flanked by the flags of Great Britain and England. There are only two names on each plaque, and the inscriptions contain quite a lot of detail. The lower plaque was added in November, 1997. [Note: There is also a West Dean in West Sussex]

Photographs Copyright © Janet Graves 2004


IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY

1914-1918

LAWRENCE Maurice Theodore

Private SD/2110, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Secondary Regiment, attd. 116th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Inf). Born in Seaford, he enlisted in Bexhill on Sea, Sussex. Part of the British Expeditionary Forces, he was killed in action 3rd September, 1916. Age 18. Son of the Reverend George William Augustus Lawrance and Catherine Elizabeth Lawrance, of West Dene Rectory, Seaford, Sussex. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, The Somme, France, Pier and Face 7 C.

SON OF THE RECTOR OF THIS PARISH
HE FELL BETWEEN MESNIL AND HAMEL
SEPTEMBER 3RD 1916
IN HIS 19TH YEAR.
‘LIVING, HE SERVED GOD,
DYING HIS COUNTRY’

HOLTER Charley Frederick

Private 25040, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 18th April, 1917. Age 21. Son of Thomas William and Sarah Ann Holter, of Exceat, New Barn, Seaford, Sussex. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France, Bay 7.

Note: The date of death on the church memorial differs from the CWGC.

WHO FELL IN THE BATTLE OF LOOS
APRIL 17TH 1917, AGED 21 YEARS.
‘VERY GENTLE AND VERY BRAVE’

CASEY Joseph

Gunner 15743, W Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. Born at Seaford, Sussex. Believed died from wounds 24th November, 1918. Age 33. Son of John and Alice Casey. Buried in the Churchyard of All Saints, West Dean, Sussex, South East of the Church.

ALSO FROM THE FIRST WORLD WAR
JOSEPH CASEY
ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY
NOVEMBER 24TH 1918, AGED 33 YEARS

THEY ARE GONE, BUT HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN

1939-1945

LANG Hugh Ian

Flying Officer (Pilot) 70380, 242 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAFO). Died 20th April, 1941. Age 24. Son of Hugh Francis and Cara Janessa Lang, and husband of Pamela Lang, of Seaford, Sussex. Buried in the Churchyard of All Saints Church, West Dean, East Sussex, South East Corner.

FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR
HUGH IAN LANG
242 (F) SQUADRON
KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
APRIL 20TH, 1941
AGED 24 YEARS

WAR GRAVES AND WINDOW MEMORIAL
CASEY Joseph

See above for detail.


15743 GUNNER
JOSEPH CASEY
ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY
24TH NOVEMBER, 1918
A GOOD AND BRAVE SOLDIER
AWAITING THE LAST REVEILLE

EARNSHAW Harold Cecil

IN MEMORY OF
HAROLD CECIL
EARNSHAW
WHO DIED FROM
WAR WOUNDS ON
MARCH 17TH 1937
AGED 51 YEARS
LANG Hugh Ian

See above for detail.


FLYING OFFICER HUGH IAN LANG
242 (F) SQUADRON
BORN APRIL 24TH, 1916,
KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE APRIL 20TH, 1941
PER ARDUA AD ASTRA
SO DEARLY LOVED, HUSBAND OF PAMELA
‘ONE OF OUR PILOTS IS SAFE’
LAWRENCE Maurice Theodore

See above for detail.


TO THE GLORY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND
IN MEMORY OF HIS FAITHFUL SOLDIER AND SERVANT
MAURICE THEODORE LAWRANCE BORN AT
WEST DENE
SEPTEMBER 19TH, 1897, KILLED IN FRANCE
SEPTEMBER 3RD, 1916

10 November 2004

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