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WEST HOATHLY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Chris Comber 2004

The memorial is in the form of a Cross and stands in the churchyard.
There is also an enamelled memorial in St.Margarets Parish Church.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2006

1914-1918

ARBUTHNOT

Kenneth Wyndham

Major, 2nd Battalion, The Seaforth Highlanders. 4th Division. Killed in action at Ypres. 25th April 1915. Aged 40. Son of Mr & Mrs W.R.Arbuthnot of Plawhatch, West Hoathly. Husband of Mrs.Janet Elspeth Arbuthnot of ‘Shipka’, North Berwick. Served in the Chitral Expedition 1895. The Sudan 1896/97, South Africa 1899/1902. Brevett Major 1902. Mentioned in despatches. Buried Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa, Belgium.B.129

BARTON

John Thomas

Private 16973 , 1st Battalion, The Grenadier Guards. The Guards Division. Killed in action at Hulluch 17th October 1917. Aged 21. Son of John & Sarah Barton of 30, Villiers Street, Dresden, Longton Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Born in Hanley and enlisted in Stoke. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial. MR.19.

BLACK

Ronald George

Lieutenant, Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Tyrant’. Grand Fleet Destroyer Flotillas. Lost overboard 4th November 1917. Aged 22. Son of The Rev.Charles Black (M.A. Oxon) and Mrs Emily Gertrude Black. Served in the Sennusi expedition with H.M.S.’Mallow. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea MR.3.

BROOKER

Frederick George

Airman 3rd Class 307890, Royal Air Force. Died of influenza at home 26th October 1918. Aged 18. Son of George & Mary Brooker of West Hoathly. Buried St.Margarets Churchyard, West Hoathly.

CAPLIN

Frank Thomas

Private 87065, 4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers. 3rd Division. Killed in action near Marcoing 8th October 1918. Aged 19. Son of Mr & Mrs Caplin of The Old Farm House, Sharpthorne. Born in West Grinstead and enlisted in Worthing. Buried Masnieres British Cemetery, Marcoing. F.912.

CARTER

James Henry

Shoeing Smith 955048, Royal Field Artillery. Died in base hospital at Le Havre 23rd November 1918. Born in Haywards Heath and enlisted in Brixton, London. Buried St.Marie Cemetery, Le Havre. F.85.

COLE

Charles Victor

Private G.41291, 22nd Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers. 2nd Division. Killed in action near Loos 29th April 1917. Aged 38. Son of Herbert George & Mary Cole.Husband of Minnie Mary Cole of 3, Melchbourne Villas, West Hoathly. Chorister at the Parish Church and Hon Sec. West Hoathly Bowls Club. Born in Hove and enlisted in East Grinstead. Buried Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleaux en Gohelle F.777

COMBER

Frederick John

Private G.2713, 8th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 18th Division. (Divisional Pioneer Battalion). Wounded on the Somme near Montauban and died in C.C.S. near Amiens 30th June 1916. Born in West Hoathly & enlisted in Chichester. Buried St.Pierre Cemetery, Amiens F.300

COMBER

William Ephraim

Private G.S.933, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Richebourg 9th May 1915. Aged 43. Son of William & Elizabeth Comber of West Hoathly. Husband of Constance Comber of 2, Bow Cottages, West Hoathly Left eight children. Woodsman. N.W.Sussex Coopering Champion. Born in West Hoathly and enlisted in East Grinstead. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. MR.22.

COZENS

Frederick Thomas

Lance Corporal G.2753, 8th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action during the German Spring offensive 23rd March 1918. Son of Mr & Mrs Cozens of Pickridge Cottages, Cobb Lane, Ardingly. Born in Nash, Surrey and enlisted in Haywards Heath Buried Chauney Communal Cemetery British Extension. F.1893 Also Ardingly and Highbrook Parish Church Memorials.

CREEK

William Leonard

Private 52261, 12th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers. 24th Division. Killed in action at The Third Battle of Ypres 31st July 1917. Aged 37. Husband of France Mabel Creek of Conington Cottages, Bedford Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire. Born in Great Beddow, Essex and enlisted at East Grinstead. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. MR.29.

DAY

Alexander

Stoker 1st Class K.8310, H.M.S. "Formidable", Royal Navy. Channel Fleet. Lost when the Battleship blew up off Sheerness 26th November 1914. Aged 24. Son of Spencer and Isabella Day of Holly Cottage, Cob Lane. Regular Naval Rating.Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial Southsea MR.3. Also on Ardingly Parish Church Memorial.

GATES

Charles

Private G.18327, 1st Battalion, The East Kent Regiment. 6th Division. Wounded during the German Spring offensive and died in military hospital near Amiens 23rd March 1918. Husband of Mrs Gates who later remarried and lived as Mrs.J.T.Holmes of 2, Knaves Acre, West Hoathly. Enlisted in East Grinstead. Buried St.Pierre Cemetery, Amiens. F.300.

HANKS

Frederick William

Private G.18327, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at the Battle of Loos on the 25th September 1915. Aged 22. Son of William Henry & Kate Hanks of ‘The Red House’ West Hoathly. Born in Brighton and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial. MR.19.

HARBOUR

Harry

Private G. 76747th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action at Mailly Wood 16th May 1918. Son of Mr & Mrs Harbour of Ivy Cottage, Rockhurst, West Hoathly. Born in West Hoathly and enlisted in East Grinstead. Buried Mailly Wood Cemetery F.131.

HIDER

Arthur

Sapper. 496883, 504th Field Company The Royal Engineers. 58th London Division. Wounded in the Ypres Salient and died on the 27th October 1917. Aged 38. Son of Jeremiah & Ellen Hider of Birch Grove. Born in East Grinstead and enlisted in Bristol. Buried Duhallow A.D.S.Cemetery, Ypres.Belgium B.20.

KNIGHT

James William

Private 54964, 15th Battalion, The Welsh Regiment. 38th Welsh Division. Killed in action during the final advance 8th August 1918. Aged 38. Son of Philip & Harriett Knight of 4, Vinols Cross, West Hoathly Born in West Hoathly. Formerly with The Royal Sussex Regiment. (Royal Sussex on War Memorial). Born in Henfield.Enlisted Horsham. Buried Moulin de Pierre British Cemetery, Villers-Outreau.F.1346

LEPPARD

Harold John

Lance Sergeant PS.2290, 16th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment. 33rd Division. Killed in action on the 25th February 1917. Born and resident in West Hoathly. Enlisted in London. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR.21

MIDDLETON

William Archie Arbuthnot

Captain, 2nd Battalion, The Seaforth Highlanders 4th Division. Killed in action during First Ypres 25th April 1915. Aged 28. Son of Lt/Colonel W.C.Middleton and Mrs Helen Frances Middleton (Nee Arbuthnot) of Barham, Springfield, Fife. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. MR.29.

PARKS

George Albert

Rifleman B.202241, 12th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade. 20th Light Division. Wounded during the German Flanders offensive and died in military hospital 10th April 1918 Husband of Mrs J.Parks of Hackenden. Born in Hurstmonceaux Enlisted in East Grinstead. Buried Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport. F.13.

PEARCE

Percy

Corporal 391966, 1/9th Battalion, The London Regiment. (Queen Victorias Rifles) 56th London Division. Killed in action on the 25th April 1918. Aged 27. Son of Alfred & Adelaide Pearce of Ashurst Villa, West Hoathly. Also Highbrook Memorial. Born in West Hoathly. Enlisted, London. Buried Buchoir New British Cemetery F.360.

PREVETT, DCM

Robert

Sergeant G.541, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Wounded at Guedecourt on the Somme and died in C.C.S. on the 6th October 1916. Aged 26. Son of Robert & Emma Prevett of ‘Horncombe’, Cobb Lane. Born in Ardingly and enlisted in Brighton. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). Employee of Brook House, Highbrook. Buried Dartmoor Cemetery F.188. Ardingly & Highbrook War memorials.

REYNOLDS

J G

Lance Corporal 10945, 3rd Battalion, The Coldstream Guards. The Guards Division. Died at home of tuberculosis 22nd January 1918. Aged 27. Son of William & Elizabeth Reynolds of ‘The Red House’ West Hoathly. Buried St.Margarets Churchyard, West Hoathly.

STEVENS

Henry

Gunner 226821, ‘D’ Battery 148th Brigade 30th Division. Royal Field Artillery Died of wounds 27th April 1918. Born in Lewes and enlisted in East Grinstead. Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. F.102.

STILL

Ernest George

Sapper. 154386 , 4th Provisional Company The Royal Engineers Died at home of pneumonia 12th April 1916. Aged 33. Son of Mr & Mrs E.Still of West Hoathly. Husband of Emma Annie Still of White Stone, West Hoathly.Left 2 children Born and enlisted in East Grinstead. Buried Fort Pitt Military Cemetery, Chatham. Kent.

STYLES

John

Private 41364, 32nd Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers. 41st Division. Killed in action in the Ypres Salient 22nd July 1917. Aged 38. Son of Mr & Mrs G.Styles of 95, The High Street, Turners Hill. Husband of Beatrice Elizabeth Styles of 5, The Red House West Hoathly. Born in Balcombe and enlisted in East Grinstead. Buried Oottaverne Wood Cemetery, Wytschaete. Belgium B.152

STYLES

William John

Private 13703, 3rd Battalion, The Coldstream Guards. The Guards Division. Killed in action at Hulluch 8th October 1915. Born in West Hoathly and enlisted in Horsham. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial. MR.19.

TESTER

James Lance

Corporal. G.31032, 1st Battalion, The Royal West Kent Regiment. 5th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 28th June 1918. Aged 19. Son of James & Martha Tester of 4, Coombe Cottages, West Hoathly. Formerly with The Royal Sussex Regiment. Born in Ashurstwood and enlisted in Hastings. Commemorated on The Ploegsteert Memorial MR.32

VINCENT

Albert George

Private 56197, Number 13 Company, The Labour Corps. Died of pneumonia in Etaples 1st July 1918. Base hospital. Aged 41. Son of Amos & Susannah Vincent of Bow Cottage, West Hoathly Husband of Mary Ann Vincent of 8.Chapel Row, West Hoathly Formerly with The Royal West Surrey Regiment. Born in West Hoathly and enlisted in East Grinstead. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery F.40

VINEY

Herbert William

Trooper 111, The Household Battalion. Cavalry Division. Formerly with the 1st Life Guards. Wounded at Monchy and died in base hospital 8th May 1917 Born in Frome and enlisted in Horsham. Buried Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension F.95.

WARD

George Noble

Lance Corporal 5760, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Munster Fusiliers. 1st Division. Killed in action in the Ypres Salient 10th November 1917. Aged 21. Son of Mrs Emily Ward of 2, Chapel Row, West Hoathly Born in West Hoathly and enlisted in Horsham. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR.30

WILLIE

William John

Private G.7745, 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action near Arras 13th April 1917 Son of Mr & Mrs Willie of West Hoathly. Born in Haywards Heath. Enlisted at East Grinstead. Buried Lieven Communal Cemetery Extension. F.557.

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