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WEST WITTERING WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Transcribed & Researched Chris Comber 2004

The West Wittering War Memorial for 1914-18 is in the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul Stone; it takes the form of a tablet within the church bearing 19 Surnames and Christian names plus year of their death.

1914-1919

CATE
Francis John
Private SD/1768, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action at Arras 9th April 1917. Born in West Wittering and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial Mr.20
CHANDLER
James William
Private G/1750, 8th Pioneer Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 18th Division. Died of wounds 25th August 1915. Age 21. Son of James and Sarah Chandler of West Wittering. Born in West Wittering and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Mericourt L’Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension F. 207
CHAPPELL
Edwin Francis
Second Lieutenant, No 3 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 3rd February 1916. Buried in Vermelles British Cemetery F.423
COMBES
Harry
Able Seaman J/28776, H.M.S. “Vernon”, Royal Navy. Died at home 9th December 1918. Aged 22. Son of Harry and Sarah Combs of Lamb Cottage, West Wittering. Buried in St. Peter and St. Paul Churchyard, West Wittering.
FRYER
Harry Charles
Private 456115, 1/1st Welsh Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died in Palestine 8th January 1919. Aged 38. Son of Charles Henry and Annie Fryer of Woodbine Cottage, West Wittering. Buried in Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine.
GILL, MC
Kenneth Carlyle
Captain, No. 22 Squadron, Royal Air Force. (Bristol Fighters) Formerly 1st Battalion, The Cambridgeshire Regiment. Stationed at Verte Galand near Amiens. Died of wounds 22nd October 1918. Aged 28. Son of The Rev and Mrs A. T. Gill of The Vicarage, West Wittering. Husband of Mrs L. G. Gill of Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey. Educated at St. Catharines College, Cambridge. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in Fillievres British Cemetery.
HANDLEY
Thomas Stephen
Private 51925, 10th Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment. 25th Division. Killed in action 16th April 1918. Born in West Wittering and enlisted in Chichester. Next of kin West Wittering. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium Mr.30
KELLER
Francis Frederick
Lieutenant, 2/6th Battalion, The London Regiment (City of London Rifles). 58th London Division. Killed in action at Arras 22nd May 1917. Aged 28. Son of Frederick Charles and Bertha Keller of “Seabreeze”, West Wittering. B.A. Oxon. Formerly with the Artist’s Rifles. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial Mr. 20
KEWELL
Charles Henry
Corporal SD/2207, 12th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action. 21st October 1916. Aged 36. Son of Richard and Anne Kewell of West Wittering. Born in West Wittering and enlisted in Bexhill on Sea. Included on Eastbourne War Memorial Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial Mr.21
KEWELL
Herbert John
Ships Cook 347643/PO, H.M.S. “Queen Mary, Royal Navy. Lost when the Battlecruiser blew up during the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial MR.3. See also Birdham Primary School
KEWELL
Albert John
Private G/14369, 12th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at St Julien, Ypres 31st July 1917. Aged 18. Son of Mr and Mrs Kewell of West Wittering. Born in West Wittering and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR.30
KEWELL
Walter
Corporal G/1752, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action 4th February 1918. Aged 32. Son of Richard and Ann Kewell of West Wittering. Born in West Wittering and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Croix de Bac British Cemetery, Steenwerck F. 1092
MARTIN
Robert Ambrose Jesse
Sergeant S/20568 Royal Army Service Corps. Base Supply Depot. Died in military hospital at Le Havre 10th December 1918. Aged 33. Son of Frederick and Rhoda Maria Martin of Alton Hampshire. Husband of Mrs Nellie Martin of The Cottages, West Wittering. Buried in St. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre F. 85.
RAMSEY
Lawrence Fairbrother

Rifleman, 5th Battalion, London Rifle Brigade. Born in Bournemouth Hants in the first quarter of 1886. He was the son of Benjamin Mansell Ramsey and Edith Maria nee Fairbrother, the youngest of 6 children – Bernard, Percy, Lilian, Harold and Wilfred. Attested aged 30 on 11 December 1914 an unmarried Poultry Farmer living at White Cottage (later amended to “Camacha”) West Wittering. Embarked in France in 1916 where he was wounded in the face and hand by a high explosive shell. He was 10 days in hospital and 3 weeks in a convalescent camp before being sent back to England on account of his nervous disposition. His hair had turned completely white. He was pale and tremulous, suffering from headaches and dizziness. He slept badly and suffered from bad dreams. His memory and concentration were affected and he was discharged on 28 December 1916 as being no longer physically fit enough to continue in the army. In 1918 he is shown living with his brother Wilfred at The Smithy, in Woodcote Village, Surrey, but he died at Camberwell House, Camberwell, London (a mental hospital) on 7 January 1919. Probate was granted to his unmarried older sister Lilian Fairbrother Ramsey who was a well-known local figure in West Wittering from 1914 until her death in 1974 – probably best known for the “Mrs Paddick” articles she wrote for the West Sussex Gazette from 1936, but also founder member of the West Witt W.I., the West Witt Choral Society, and Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee for 42 years.

[Researched by Sue Fisher-Pascall]

ROLFE
Phillip
Captain, Royal Army Service Corps attached to the 7th Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action 24th August 1918. Aged 27. Son of The Rev George Wilkinson and Mrs Edith Rolfe of 4, Admiralty Row, East Wittering. Born at Swanton Novers, Norfolk. B.A. Fitzwilliam Hall Cambridge. Formerly with the Royal Fusiliers. Buried in Meaulte Military Cemetery. F. 370
ROUSELL
Charles Arthur
Private 45932, 2nd Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. 3rd Division. Died of wounds 15th June 1918. Age 20. Son of Frank Albert and Annie Rousell of Malthouse, West Wittering. Born in West Wittering and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Pernes British Cemetery. F. 10
ROUSELL
Edward James
Rifleman R/50010, 16th Battalion, The Kings Royal Rifle Corps. 33rd Division. Killed in action 12th October 1918. Age 19. Son of Frank Albert and Annie Rousell of Malthouse, West Wittering. Enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay.F.230
SAIGEMAN
Jack
Able Seaman SS/1717/PO, H.M.S. ‘Good Hope’, Royal Navy. Lost with the Armoured Cruiser at the Battle of Coronel Islands off the Chilean Coast 1st November 1914. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial MR.3.
STAKER
George Henry
Gunner 17829, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action. 8th May 1918. Aged 24. Son of Mr.Staker and Mrs Annie Staker of “Fernside” West Wittering. Born in Chichester and enlisted in Hilsea, Hampshire. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Belgium B.11 See also Birdham Primary School

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