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WESTHAM WAR MEMORIAL

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

This Church was the first one built just after the Normans landed and fought the Battle of Hastings in 1066. St Nicholas Church at Pevensey, built approximately 150 years later is just a few hundred feet from St. Mary the Virgin Church. The war memorial consists of two tablets within the church, both wall mounted. The World War 1 memorial is a tablet with two columns of names listed for those who died, 36 names in total, and the World War 2 memorial is a tablet with a single column of names listed for those who died, 19 names in total.
Photographs Copyright © Janet Graves 2004

1914 – 1918

IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE GREAT WAR

BARBER

Alfred
Alfred John Barber, Private G/16488. 11th (1st South Down) Bn, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd November 1917, buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. He was born in Stone Cross about 1894, son of Alfred and Mercy Barber. Father a Road Labourer. Enlisted in Eastbourne. CWGC list parents living at Stone Cross.

BARNES

George
George Albert Elliott (CGWC) Lelliott( SDGW), Private SD/148, 11th (1st South Down) Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 12th July 1916, buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension. Born Westham about 1894, son of Alfred and Jane Barnes. Father a Cattleman on a farm. Enlisted in Eastbourne. CWGC list parents living at Horseye, Pevensey.

BOOTH

Frank
Matthew Frank Booth, Corporal SD/391, 11th ( 1st South Down) Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 3rd September 1916, commemorated on Thiepval Memorial. Born Westham about 1888. Son of Matthew and Emma Booth. Father a Carter in a brickyard. Enlisted in Eastbourne.

BOURNE

Percy
Percival John Bourne, Private 29161, 9th (Service) Bn Royal Fusiliers. Died 6th August 1916, no known grave, on Thiepval Memorial. Born about 1890, son of John and Margaret Bourne. Father a stockman on a farm. Family from Hellingly. CWGC records father had died and mother living at Holly Bank, Hankham.

BREACH

Albert
Albert Edward Cheal, Private SD/397 12th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment attached to 116th Brigade Royal Engineers. Died 2nd August 1917, buried Dozinghem Military Cemetery. Born Wilmington about 1894, son of Frederick and Miriam Ruth Breach, Father a shepherd, parents from Westdean. GWCG records them living in Hankham.

BURGESS

Albert
Private 12165 8th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Inf). Died of wounds 22nd July 1916, buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen. Born in Westham about 1884, son of Charles Burgess. CWCG gives address for father as Reid’s Cottage, Wartling Hill, Pevensey.

BURGESS

George
No further information currently

BURGESS

Harry
Henry Thomas Burgess, Private SD/2864, 13th (3rd South Down) Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 30th June 1916, commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Born in Westham about 1891, son of Edward and Sarah Burgess.

BURTON

George
No further information currently

CAMPBELL

Alexander Boswell
Captain, Sussex Yeomanry. Died of Wounds 13 September 1917, buried Duhallow A. D. S. (Advanced Dressing Station) Cemetery. Regiment confirmed by London Gazette entry 23 April 1915. Born Eastbourne 1877, son of Bruce and Caroline Campbell. Bruce was a barrister from Nottingham. Alexander became a solicitor

See below for memorial details in St Mary’s Church, Westham which differ to above.

Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds received in action at Ypres 13th September 1917. Aged 40. Late of Priesthawes, Sussex.

For the full window see below

CHEAL

Edward
Edward Richard Cheal, born about 1895 in Herstmonceux. Pte SD/159, 11th Royal Sussex. Killed in action 3rd September 1916. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial. Son of Edward and Hannah Cheal. Father a shepherd aged 69 at son’s birth. CWGC state father died and mother living in Foord’s Lane, Hankham

DANN

Robert
Private 44014, 9th (Service) Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 9th April 1917, buried in Wancourt British Cemetery. Enlisted in Eastbourne. Originally 164580 Royal Artillery. Born about 1890 in Ripe. Son of William and Sabina Dann. Father a butcher.

EASTON

Leslie
Jack Leslie Easton, born about 1884, son of Joseph and Mabel Easton. 2nd Lt, 227 Siege Bty, RGA. Died 21st March 1918. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. CWGC lists father living in Tunbridge Wells and mother living in Westham.

ELPHICK

George
George Charles Elphick, Rifleman, 371177, 2/8th (City of London) Bn (Post Office Rifles). Died 16th May 1917, buried St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. Born about 1890 in Westham, son of Charles Elphick, a Domestic Gardener. Enlisted in London, Resident of Pevensey. His parents later lived at Hankham Cross.

FOORD

Thomas
Thomas William Foord, Stoker 1st Class, K/23553, HMS Queen Mary. Died 31ST May 1916 at Jutland. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Queen Mary sunk by heavy shells from Seydlitz and Derfflinger penetrating a forward magazine. The ship exploded and of 1275 crew only 9 survived. He was born in Westham about 1896, the son of James and Elizabeth Foord. CWGC records that Elizabeth had died and James was living at Friday St, a few miles towards Eastbourne.

FUNNELL

Ernest
Ernest George Funnell, Private SD/1333, 12th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 30th June 1916 at Richebourg L’Avoue. No known grave, on Loos Memorial. Born in Westham. Son of William George Funnell, 3, Aylesbury Cottages, Langney, Eastbourne.

FUNNELL

Charles (Jack) George
[Listed as Jack on the memorial] Charles (Jack) George Funnell, Sapper 532200, 490 (Home Counties) Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 8th July 1917. Aged 22. Born Pevensey, enlisted Eastbourne. Son of George and Jane E. Funnell, of Laurel Villa, Westham, Pevensey, Sussex. Buried in Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row D. Grave 18. Details confirmed by Eastbourne Gazette death notice, detailing Sapper C (Jack) Funnell.

GANDER

Fred
Frederick Albert Gander, Private 54199, 2/6th Bn Manchester Regiment. Died of Wounds 27th March 1918. Buried in Le Cateau Military Cemetery. Born Willingdon about 1882. enlisted in Eastbourne.

GEERING

Job
Job Geering, Private, 25036, 1st Bn Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 21st April 1918. Buried Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy. Enlisted at Eastbourne. Born 1880 at Hankham, son of Job and Annie Geering. The elder Job was a Journeyman Blacksmith and his son a Railway Porter at Newhaven. CGWC state husband of Mrs L M Geering of 111, Blaker Road, Peckham, London

HOBDEN

William
William James Hobden, Private 229354, 44th Battalion Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment). Died 25th October 1916, Buried Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont. Born Ditchling 1st January 1889. Son of William and Alice Hobden. Father a Foreman Bricklayer. Son emigrated to Canada, served in regular army, Royal Winnipeg Rifles (90th Rifles), then Canadian Militia in Winnipeg Light Infantry (106 Regiment). Volunteered 10 June 1915. Worked in Canada as a Steward, Unmarried. CGWC lists parents at 3, Gordon Terrace, Westham.

LANDER

Fred
Lance Corporal SD/203, 11th (Service) Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 3rd September 1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Born Lurgashall near Petworth about 1895. Son of James and Fanny Lander. Enlisted in Eastbourne.

LEWIS

Vincent
POSSIBLY Vincent James Lewis, Acting Bombardier 122382, C Battery 1867th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Died of Wounds 20th June 1917, buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery. Born Twickenham about 1884. Son of James Vincent (Doctor of Music) and his wife Annie of Thornton Lodge, Pope’s Grove, Twickenham. Enlisted Finsbury.

No other Vincent Lewis traced on Commonwealth War Graves Commission listings.

MARCHANT

Thomas
Thomas R Marchant, Private G/27841 24th (Service) Bn (2nd Sportsman’s) Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 17th February 1917. Buried Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt. Enlisted in Eastbourne. Born 1897 in Westham, son of Robert and Selina Merchant. Father a Grocer’s Assistant. Family lived in Westham Street, Pevensey.

MILLER

Alfred
Private 2309, 13th (Service) Battalion (3rd South Down), Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 19th July 1918. Aged 26. Buried in Westham in St Mary’s churchyard. Born 1892 in Hankham, enlisted in Bexhill. Son of James Nelson Miller and his wife Sally Miller. Father a Domestic Groom. CGWC states parents lived at Peelings Farm Cottages, Hankham.

2309 PRIVATE
A. MILLER
ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT
19 7 1918 AGE 26

PINK

Whitmore
Possibly Charles Whitmore Pink, Private 71388, No 8 Company, Royal Army Medical Corps Died 27 January 1917, buried Neath (Llantwit) Cemetery. Born Brighton about 1871, son of Richard and Fanny Ping. Husband of Elizabeth Pink of 7, Wellfield Terrace, Neath, Wales.

PLUMMER

Albert
Lance Corporal 3427, 13th (Service) Bn (3rd South Down) Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd July 1916. Buried Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez. Enlisted in Eastbourne. Born about December 1880 in Chailey. Son of Charles and Caroline Plummer. Father a Carter. CGWC states parents deceased and wife, Esther, living at 3, Andros Close, South Common, Lewes.

RUSSELL

Alfred
Private 6319, 1st Bn Scots Guards. Killed in action 12th November 1914. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres. He was born in Wartling Hill, Sussex about 1888, the son of Alfred and Annie Russell. Father was a Stockman on a farm. CWGC has parents at Elm Cottage, Langney, Eastbourne

SCOTCHER

Edward
Possibly Edward Augustus Scotcher, Private 10820, 5th Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment. Killed in action 5 October 1915. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Born in Shoreditch, enlisted in Poplar, resident in London.

SCOTT

John
No further information currently

SHERWOOD

Samson
Leading Stoker K/13132, HMS Queen Mary. Died 31 May 1916, Jutland. Queen Mary sunk by heavy shells from Seydlitz and Derfflinger penetrating a forward magazine. The ship exploded and of 1275 crew only 9 survived. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Born about 1896. Son of Mrs Sherwood 29, Winter Road, Eastbourne.

SHORT

Frank
Edward Frank Short, Private, 42818,East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 25th October 1918. Buried in Preux-Aux-Bois Communal Cemetery. Born Stone Cross about 1900, son of Mrs and Mrs J Short of the White House, Stone Cross, Pevensey. Enlisted in Brighton, resident in Pevensey.

STAPLEHURST

Harry
Gunner 210745, ‘D’ Battery, 50th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 22nd August 1918. Buried in La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck. Born about 1889 in Westham. Son of Thomas and Eliza Staplehurst. Father a Gardener. CWGC lists parents living in Eastbourne. Harry was married and his wife Millie was living in Cemetery Villa, Eastbourne. His cousin William Reginald Staplehurst was also killed.

STAPLEHURST

Reginald
William Reginald Staplehurst, Private G/8708, 2nd Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 17th July 1916. Buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2. Born about 1893 in Maresfield. Son of William and Annie Staplehurst. William was the Sexton at Langney Cemetery. His cousin Harry Staplehurst was also killed.

STEVENS

Charles
Possibly Private G/2304, 8th (Service) Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 14th July 1916. Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval. Born Hellingly, Enlisted in Eastbourne.

THOMPSETT

Edward
No further information currently

THORPE

Frank
Frank Ernest Thorpe, Petty Officer J/5204, H. M. Submarine G7. Died 1st November 1918. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. G 7 was lost in the North Sea on this date, it was the last submarine to be lost in the war, cause unknown. Born in Hankham about 1892, son of Ernest and Elizabeth Annie Thorpe. Father a Blacksmith. CGWC list the parents at 16, Sidley Road, Eastbourne.

THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

1939 – 1945

IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE PARISHIONERS OR WESTHAM
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN
THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

ALLEN

Charles
Charles Reginald Allen, Flying Officer (Pilot) 128426. 578 Squadron Royal Air Force. Died 19th March 1944. Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bavaria, Germany. Flew Handley Page Halifax III. Shot down on raid on Frankfurt, one of twelve aircraft lost that night.

ANDERSON

Harold
No further information currently

BARNES

Richard
No further information currently

BEVAN

William
Possibly William George Hamilton Bevan, Private 5501319 5th (Cinque Ports) Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 16th June 1940. Commemorated on Dunkirk Memorial. Aged 21. Son of William John and Adelaide Bevan.

BOURNE

William
No further information currently

FLY

Ronald
Ronald Edwin Wooller Fly, Steward, P/LX 22859 HMS Javelin. Died 29th November 1940. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 5th Destroyer Flotilla intercepted in the English Channel by three German destroyers, Richard Beitzen, Hans Lody and Galster. Each German destroyer fires four torpedoes. Two hit Javelin, one on the bow and one on the stern. Ship badly damaged but not sunk.

HARLAND

Robert
Robert Horace Harland, Private 7th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 20th May 1940. No known grave. Commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial. Born about 1919. No further information currently

HARLAND

Peggy [Rosemary]
Worked in a garden nursery in Hankham. Attended Hankham C.P. School in the 1930's. Died 29th September 1940. Aged 17. Daughter of Mr. Asher and Mrs. Olive H. Harland, of Peelings Cottages, Hankham, Pevensey. Injured 28 September 1940, at Cavendish Place when the house was bombed and she was trapped by the legs which had to be amputated to free her, died the next day at Princess Alice Hospital. Awarded the Girl Guides VC. In the 1939 Register she was born 6 December 1923, unmarried, a Horticulturalist, resident Peelings Cottage, Hailsham Rural District, Sussex. Buried in St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard.

HOWELL

Harold F
Sapper 2072983, 208 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 12th July 1940. Aged 24. Son of Henry John and May Rose Howell of Westham. Buried in St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Westham.

2072983 SAPPER
H. F. HOWELL
ROYAL ENGINEERS
12TH JULY 1940 AGE 24

KING

Edward
Corporal 6404006, 1st Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 21st September 1942. Buried El Alamein War Cemetery. Aged 21, son of George and Edith Mary King of Westham.

KING

Frank
No further information currently

MILES

Oswald
Oswald Francis Arnold Miles, Gunner 2027845, 5 Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 31st May 1940. Buried Dunkirk Town Cemetery. Born about 1914, son of Arthur James and Rachel Nellie Miles of Upper Willingdon.

MITCHELL

Douglas
Probably Douglas Michael Mitchell, Pilot Officer (Navigator) 134515. 178 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 5th March 1943. Buried Minturno War Cemetery, Italy. Aged 22, son of Walter and Beatrice Adelaide Mitchell of Eastbourne. Squadron flew Consolidated Liberator heavy bombers.

PEARSON

Robert
Robert Henry Pearson, Lance Corporal 7690799 Corps of Military Police. Died 8th September 1943. Buried Salerno War Cemetery, Italy. Aged 36, son of Charles and Mercy Pearson. Husband of Beatrice J. Pearson of Westham.

PORTER

Reginald
No further information currently

SMITH

Robert
Robert Archer Smith, Pilot Officer (Pilot) 82947, 616 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th August 1940. Buried in Leconfield (St. Catherine) Churchyard. Aged 26. Son of Homer Archer Smith and Sarah Margaret Smith, of Westham, Pevensey, Sussex. Squadron flew Spitfires.

TAYLOR

Percy
Percival Charles Taylor, Rifleman 6852326, 1st Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 27th November 1942. Buried Benghazi War Cemetery. Aged 22, son of Henry and Miriam Ruth Taylor of Hankham.

WADMAN

Peter
Peter Trangmar Wadman, Aircraftman 2nd Class 1806558, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8th February 1945. Buried Harare (Pioneer) Cemetery, Zimbabwe. Son of Edwin Trangmar and Janet Bent Wadman of Polegate.

WEST

Soloman
Private 7523228, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 19th January 1944. Buried Minturno War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Mark and Emily West. Husband of Margaret Grace West of Eastbourne.

WILKINSON

Myrtle [Olive]
Civilian, aged 32, died 28 September 1940, of 69 Cavendish Place. Daughter of William H. and Olive B. Reed, of 5 Hankham Street, Pevensey; wife of Karl Wilkinson. Died at 69 Cavendish Place. In the 1939 Register she was born 9 May 1909, married, resident 69 Mansfield Garage, Cavendish Place, Eastbourne, Sussex

THEIR NAMES LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

Buried in churchyard but not on memorial

GRANT Frederick
Seaman LT/JX24241609 Royal Naval Patrol Service, HMS Pintade. Father from Westham.

SEAMAN FREDERICK GRANT
KILLED JANUARY 31ST 1942. AGED 25 YEARS.
“FOR EVER IN OUR THOUGHTS.”
NOW ALSO OUR PARENTS
ALFRED (PUFF) GRANT
BORN 26 8 1888 DIED 25 4 1963
KATHLEEN LOUISA GRANT
BORN 18 10 1889 DIED 28 5 1977
“REST IN PEACE.”

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
IN MEMORY OF ALEXANDER BOSWELL CAMPBELL
LIEUTENTANT 8TH ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT
DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION AT YPRES
13TH SEPTEMBER 1917, AGED 40
LATE OF PRIESTHAWES, SUSSEX

From the 'Guide to St Mary's Church, Westham'

"The large window in the south wall is dedicated to Mr. Campbell of Priesthawes. When the first World War broke out he volunteered and asked if any of his employees would do the same. He was killed very early in war, and this is his memorial. It shows St. George of England, because he loved his country and St. Hubert the Hunter, for he kept a pack of harrier hounds at Priesthawes, and was well known for his hunting activities."

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY
OF LIEUT. COL. CHARLES WILLIAM OWEN, I.M.S., C.M.G., C.I.E., J.P.,
OF THE HORNS, HANKHAM
WHO DIED MAY 23RD 1922, AGED 69
AND OF MARY ELIZABETH, HIS WIFE
WHO DIED APRIL 11TH 1920, AGED 63

HE SERVED FOR 24 YEARS IN INDIA,
ACCOMPANIED GEN. ROBERTS ON AFGHAN CAMPAIGN 1879,
SERVED EGYPTIAN CAMPAIGN 1882,
AFGHAN BOUNDARY COMMISSION 1884,
MOHMUND EXPEDITION 1897
RETURNING HOME IN 1900 HE TOOK ACTIVE INTEREST IN
COUNTY AND RED CROSS WORK
HE BECAME COUNTY DIRECTOR OF SUSSEX B.R.C.S.,
AND WAS FOR 22 YEARS CHURCHWARDEN OF THIS PARISH

From the 'Guide to St Mary's Church, Westham'

"On the north wall is the St. Luke’s Window, dedicated to Lt. Col. Charles W. Owen, I.M.S., C.M.G., C.I.E., J.P., of the Horns, Hankham, who served in the Medical Corps in South Africa, and his wife Mary Elizabeth. This depicts St. Luke the Physician."

TO THE GLORY OF GOD, IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CAPT. MONTEGU SINCLAIR WELBY, 18TH HUSSARS
WHO DIED AT PAARDEKOP, SOUTH AFRICA,
AUGUST 5TH, 1900 AGED 34 FROM WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION AT M???DICHT JULY 30TH .
HE SERVED IN THE TIRAH CAMPAIGN IN 1897
AND WAS WELL KNOWN AS AN EXPLORER
IN NORTHERN TIBET AND THROUGH THE UNKNOWN REGIONS BETWEEN ABYSSINIA AND THE NILE VALLEY.

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