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WILLINGDON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2010

Willingdon is a large village on the main road, North of Eastbourne, now largely by-passed. The memorial is to be found within St Mary the Virgin Parish Church and takes the form of a tablet set into an arched bniche in the interior wall with a further tablet added below with the names for World War 2. There are 24 names for World War 1 with Units, 26 for World War 2 listed under Royal Navy, Army Royal Air Force and Merchant Navy sorted here in alphabetical order.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2010

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND TO ENSHRINE
IN LASTING MEMORY AND HONOUR~
THE NAMES OF THOSE FROM THIS VILLAGE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE WAR
1914-1919

BAILEY Amos
Gunner 19604, 95th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 26 December 1917. Aged 32. Son of William & Annie Bailey. Husband of Mrs Annie Bailey of "The Post Office" Willingdon. Born in Lamberhurst, Kent and enlisted in Dover. Buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport
BALDWIN Edwin
Private SD/1252, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 29th Division. Died of wounds at home 3 November 1916. Aged 21. Son of David & Emily Baldwin of Rodmill Lime Works, Willingdon Road, Eastbourne. Born in Willingdon and enlisted in Eastbourne. Employed as a painter. Included on Eastbourne War Memorial. Buried in Eastbourne (Ocklynge) Cemetery.
BALDWIN William
Private 1981, 16th Battalion, Australian Infantry. 4th Australian Division. Killed in action on the Somme 6 August 1916. Aged 23. Son of David & Emily Baldwin of Rodmill Lime Works, Willingdon Road, Eastbourne. Born in Willingdon. Emigrated to Australia in 1912. Employed on Western Australian Railways. Enlisted in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2
BONIFACE Charles Henry
Private 84195, 3rd Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) 58th London Division. Killed in action near Amiens 24 August 1918. Aged 18. Son of Thomas & Helen Boniface of Lower Willingdon. Born in Willingdon and enlisted in Brighton. Commemorated on Vis En Artois Memorial
COWSHALL James Herbert
Driver 13141, 35th Brigade Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery. 12th Division. Died 16 May 1915. Aged 23. Son of Emily Cowshall of Willingdon. Born in Willingdon and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery Richebourg L’Avoue
DENNIS Lionel
Private SD/409, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Died of wounds 11 July 1916. Aged 36. Son of Thomas & Lucy Dennis of Willingdon. Born in Willingdon and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery
FOORD William Albert
Privte SD/178, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment.Died of wounds 25 June 1916. Aged 20. Born East Dean, enlisted at Eastbourne. Son of Albert and Mary Jane Foord of Ocklynge Cottages Willingdon. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 111.
FREEMAN-THOMAS The Hom Gerald Frederick
Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. 1st Division. Killed in action near Troyon on the Marne 14 September 1914. Aged 21. Son of 1st Viscount and Viscountess Willingdon of 5, Lygon Place, London and of "Ratton" Willingdon. Commemorated on Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial
HENDLEY Albert Thomas
Private SD/1357, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at Ypres 31 July 1917. Aged 31. Son of Mr & Mrs W R Hendley of "Sea View" Willingdon. Born in Frant near Tunbridge Wells and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Buffs Road Cemetery, Belgium
HYLANDS Albert
Private G/19531, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action 27 September 1918. Aged 32. Son of Joseph & Louisa Hylands of Lower Wellingham near Glynde. Husband of Emily Hylands of Willingdon. Born in West Firle and enlisted in Chichester. Included on Glynde War Memorial. Commemorated on Vis En Artois Memorial
LARTER, DCM Alfred Callaway
Sergeant 65196, 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 12th Division. Died of wounds 9 October 1917. Aged 40 Husband of Florence Marian Sarah Larter of 7, Rosebank Cottage, Lower Willingdon. Born in Marylebone, London and enlisted in St. Pauls Churchyard. Buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery.
MARTIN Ernest Percival
Lance Corporal SD/209, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at Beaucourt Ridge on the Somme 3 September 1916. Aged 23. Son of Charles & Ellen Martin of Willingdon. Born Willingdon and enlisted in Eastbourne. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.
MARTIN Thomas
Private SD/208, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at Beaucourt Ridge on the Somme 3 September 1916. Aged 22. Brother of Lance Corporal Ernest Martin. Son of Charles & Ellen Martin of Willingdon. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial
MARTIN Victor
Private 52650, 32nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 41st Division. Killed in action 3 February 1917. Aged 29. Son of Richard & Orpha Martin of Willingdon. Born in Willingdon and enlisted in Chichester. Resident of Twineham. Buried in Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Belgium
READ William
Private G/77995, 29th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. (Under Royal Sussex on W.M.) Died at home 5 February 1917. Aged 21. Formerly with Royal Sussex. Son of Joseph & Elizabeth Read of Southdown Cottages, Red Lion Street, Willingdon. Born in Willingdon & enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Willingdon.
READ Edmund
Sergeant 3154, 1/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. 15th (Scottish) Division. Killed in action on the Somme 15 July 1916. Aged 27. Son of Edmund and Elizabeth Read of Willingdon, later of Burton on Trent. Born in Willingdon and enlisted in Ipswich, Suffolk. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial
REID William Macnab
Rifleman R/8987, 4th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps 27th Division. Killed in action at Bellewaarde Wood near Ypres, 10 May 1915. Aged 27. Son of James & Annie Reid of Willingdon. Born in Gunnersbury, London and enlisted in London. Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium
STEVENS William Thomas
Private SD/231, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at Beaucourt Ridge 3 September 1916. Aged 28. Son of Daniel & Mary Stevens of Willingdon. Brother of Mrs M. Stevens of Purley, Surrey. Born in Willingdon and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Ancre British Cemetery.
STEVENS Arthur
probably Able Seaman 169989, HMS "Ettrick", Lost when the Destroyer was torpedoed in the English Channel by U-61 7 July 1917. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial.
VIGERS Robert Stanley Garrard
Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps 20th (Light) Division. Died of wounds 5 April 1917. Aged 20. Son of Stanley Vigers (Solicitor) and Mrs Ethel L. Vigers of Willingdon. Born in Chelsea. Buried in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt.
WHITE Arthur
Private SD/490. 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action on the Rue De Bois 30 June 1916. Aged 25. Brother of Mr Charles White of Ivy Cottage, The Dicker, Hellingly. Born in Willingdon and enlisted in Eastbourne. Commemorated on Loos Memorial
WOOLLER Ernest
Private SD/2223, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action on the Rue De Bois 30 June 1916. Aged 20. Son of David & Emily Wooller of 4, Rosebank Cottages, Lower Willingdon. Born in Willingdon and enlisted in Bexhill Buried in St. Vaast Post British Cemetery.
WOOLLER Harry
Lance Corporal G/651, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at Arras 17 June 1918. Aged 26. Son of David & Emily Wooller of 4, Rosebank Cottages, Willingdon. Born in Willingdon and enlisted in Eastbourne. Commemorated on Arras Memorial
WRIGHT George James
Private 9998, "C" Squadron, 4th Queens Own Hussars. 2nd Cavalry Division. Killed in action near Ypres 20 October 1914. Aged 19. Son of George Thwaites & Mary Jane Wright of 2, Barham Cottages, East Hoathly, formerly of Willingdon. Born Willingdon and enlisted in Eastbourne. Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium

1939- 1945

YE WHO LIVE IN ENGLANDS PASTURE GREEN
REMEMBER US
AND THINK WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

BELCHAM Dennis Harvey
Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died in Tripoli Libya 15 September 1943. Aged 28. Son of Harvey & Evelyn Nellie Belcham of Willingdon. Husband of Mrs Marjorie Belcham. Buried in Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
CARTER Stanley
Private, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action in Germany 13 April 1945. Aged 29. Son of Charles Henry & Ruth Carter. Husband of Florence Emily Carter of Lower Willingdon. Buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany
HAMMETT Edwin George
Sergeant, 138 (Bomber) Squadron (Lancasters), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Operating from Tempsford, Bedfordshire. Lost on operations over Europe 14 April 1943. Aged 20. Son of Wilfred & Doris Jessie Hammett of Willingdon. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial
HILTON Albert William Ernest
Gunner, 429th Battery, 126th Light A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died at home 7 September 1943. Aged 19. Son of William & Emily Elizabeth Hilton of Willingdon. Buried in Willingdon (St. Mary) Churchyard.
HOLLOBONE Roy James
Sergeant/Wireless/Op/Gunner, 405 (Canadian) Bomber Squadron (Wellingtons), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Operating from Driffield, Yorkshire. Shot down over Germany 29 August 1941. Aged 21. Son of Robert Walter & May Hollobone of Willingdon. Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany
HOWELL Robert Alwyn
Lieutenant Commander, HMS "Vervain" (Flower Class Corvette), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. In command of the "Vervain" when she was torpedoed and sunk by U-1276 escorting convoy HX 337 in the Irish Sea 20 February 1945. 50 crew members lost. The U-boat was destroyed almost immediately by HMS "Amethyst". Son of George Walter & Lilian Howell of Willingdon. Husband of Mrs Eva Howell of Warninglid. Aged 39. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.
LEMON Ernest John
Sapper, 22 Fortress Company (Hong Kong), Royal Engineers. Taken prisoner by the Japanese at Hong Kong in December 1941 and died in captivity 25 June 1942. Aged 29. Son of Henry John and Florence Fanny Lemon of Willingdon. Buried in Sai Wan War Cemetery, Hong Kong, China
MANSER James Henry
Gunner, 53 Battery, 41st Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died in Tripoli, Libya 15 July 1944. Aged 38. Son of Alexander and Agnes Julia Manser. Buried in Tripoli (Victoria) Naval Cemetery, Libya
MEWETT Roy G
Not found in CWGC data base. Unidentified.
MILES Oswald Francis Arnold
Gunner, 5 Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Killed in action during the retreat to Dunkirk 31 May 1940. Aged 26. Son of Arthur James & Rachael Nellie Miles of Upper Willingdon Buried in Dunkirk Town Cemetery
MOTTRAM Sidney Edward
Lieutenant, 129 Battery, 530 (8thBattalion, Hampshire Regiment) Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died at home 30 May 1944. Aged 50. Son of Thomas & Sarah Elizabeth Mottram. Husband of Elfrida Mottram of Willingdon. Buried in Willingdon (St. Mary) Churchyard
NOAKES Alfred Charles
Private, 2nd Airborne Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Arnhem 24 September 1944. Aged 31. Son of Alfred & Clara Noakes of Willingdon. Husband of Mrs Rosetta Noakes of Willingdon. Buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery Holland
PALMER Frederick K Arthur
Gunner, 64th Battery, 157th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action at Alam Halfa 6 June 1942. Aged 25. Son of George & Grace Palmer of Willingdon. Husband of Barbara Alice Palmer of Hastings. Commemorated on Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
PHILLIPS Angus Morley
Leading Aircraftman Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died in Brussels, Belgium, 19 March 1945. Aged 21. Son of Douglas Morley & Daisy Phillips of Lower Willingdon. Buried in Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium
POTTER John Abraham Humphries
Sergeant/Observer, No 18 (Bomber) Squadron (Blenheim Mk 1’s), Royal Air Force. Killed when his aircraft crash landed at North Coates in Lincolnshire returning from a raid over Germany 25 February 1940. Aged 20. Son of Charles & Amy Potter of Willingdon Husband of Enid Elsie Potter of East Grinstead. Buried in East Grinstead (Mount Noddy) Cemetery
RANGER George Nelson Victor
Private, 2/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action in Tunisia 28 February 1943. Aged 23. Son of George Nelson Victor & Annie Ranger of Eastbourne. Commemorated on Medjez-El-Bab Memorial Tunisia
RANGER Harold Alfred
Gunner, 22 Field Regiment. Royal Artillery. Killed in action in Italy 4 November 1944. Aged 25. Son of Alfred & Annie Ranger of Lower Willingdon. Buried in Cessna War Cemetery, Italy
SKINNER Sidney Harold
Private, 7th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died at home 18 July 1944. Aged 30. Son of Harold George & Emma Dixon Skinner of Eastbourne. Husband of Annie Elizabeth Elizabeth Skinner of Lower Willingdon. Buried in Eastbourne (Ocklynge) Cemetery
SOUTHERN Charles Herbert
Company Quartermaster Sergeant, Royal Corps of Signals attached to Indian Signals Corps, 14th Indian Division, Egypt. Died in Egypt 11 February 1945. Aged 47. Son of Charles & Elizabeth Caroline Southern. Husband of Lilian Southern of Lower Willingdon. Buried in Moascar War Cemetery, Ismailia, Egypt
TIMMS James Frederick
Fusilier, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers Killed in action at Cassino in Italy 29 November 1943. Aged 29. Son of William James & Kate Timms. Husband of Annie Timms of Lower Willingdon. Commemorated on Cassino Memorial, Italy
TULLY Vernon Edmund
(Listed on War memorial as TULLEY) Rifleman, 10th (2nd Rangers) Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Died at home 17 November 1944. Aged 33. Son of Miles & Elizabeth Tully of Biggen Hill, Kent. Buried in Biggen Hill Cemetery.
WALDEN William Douglas
Flying Officer, No. 31 Transport Squadron (Dakota’s), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Lost on operations over the Mediterranean 29 June 1944. Aged 27. Son of Mr E. H. & Mrs Elizabeth Walden of Lower Willingdon. Commemorated on Malta Memorial
WEST Robert William
Chief E.R.A., HMS "Hood", Royal Navy. Lost with the Battlecruiser in action with the Bismarck in the Denmark Straits 24 May 1941. Aged 39. Son of William Robert & Ada West. Husband of Esther Elizabeth West of Southsea. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial Southsea.
WHITFIELD Thomas Harold
Ordinary Seaman, HMS "Vervain", Royal Navy. Lost when the ship was torpedoed in the Irish Sea 20 February 1945. For more details see Lt Com. Howells. Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial Souths
WHITFIELD Vincent Vernon
[Recorded on the CWGC under hsi step-father's name of SHIELDS] Ordinary Seaman, S.S. Empire Heath (Sunderland), Merchant Navy. Died when his ship was sunk by German U 129 11th May 1944. Aged 20. Son of Charles Henry and Florence Annie Shields, of Scarborough, Yorkshire. Brother of Thomas HArold Whitfield (above). Vincent lived with his mother and when she married he took her husband's name of Shields, Thomas (his brother) lived with his father in Sussex retiaijng the name. Vincent was registered on his birth certificate as Whitfield. No known grave. Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 41.
WILLOUGHBY Reginald Thomas
Motor Mechanic, HMS "Algerine", Royal Navy. Lost when the Fleet Minesweeper was torpedoed by the Italian submarine "Ascianghi" off Bougie in the Mediterranean, 15 November 1942. Aged 24. Son of Thomas Edward & Alice Willoughby of Willingdon. Husband of Joyce Edna Willoughby of Willingdon. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea

 

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