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WILMINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2007

The memorial is to be found in the churchyard of the 12th century Priory Church of St. Mary & St. Peter and takes the form of stone cross with a tapering shaft mounted on a three-stepped stone base upon which are inscribed the details. There are 7 surnames with Christian names for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2, This is a beautiful area in the shadow of the South Downs and overlooked by “The Long Man of Wilmington” the famous chalk carving set on the Northern slopes.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2007

PRO PATRIA
TO THE
PERPETUAL MEMORY OF
(list of names)
FROM THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES ON THE EUROPEAN WAR 1914-1918
"WE THEREFORE PRAY THEE HELP THY SERVANTS WHOM
THOU HAST REDEEMED WITH THY PRECIOUS BLOOD"

CROWHURST

Albert Edward

Private 41247 11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. 25th Division. Died in France 6 October 1918. Formerly with the Royal Fusiliers. Born in Wilmington and enlisted in Eastbourne. Buried in Perreause Chateaux Franco British Cemetery

GIBBS

Walter

Sapper 242 2/1st Sussex Fortress Company Royal Engineers. Died at home 2 August 1915. Aged 29. Son Mr & Mrs Mark Gibbs of Wilmington. Husband of Grace Beatrice Gibbs (remarried) later of Pevensey. Born in Wilmington and enlisted in Seaford Buried in St. Mary & St. Peter Churchyard, Wilmington

MILLER

Ernest Charles William

Guardsman 8959 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. 1st Division. Died in France 29 October 1914. Aged 21. Son of William Henry & Sarah Jane Miller of 29, Winton Street, Alfriston. Born in Ripe and enlisted in Eastbourne. Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium

MOCKETT

Arthur Henry Goldsmith

Private G.1458 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Richebourg L’Avoue 9 May 1915. Born in Arlington and enlisted in Eastbourne. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial

WICKER

Albert

Gunner 73431 82nd Field Battery Royal Field Artillery Mesopotamia. Taken prisoner at Kut el Amara and died in captivity 4 February 1917. Aged 24. Son of Mr J.P.& Martha Wicker of 6, Frederick Gardens, Brighton. Resident of Folkington. Included on Folkington Church War Memorial. Buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq.

WRIGHT

Frederick Thomas

Private 515269 1/14th Battalion, London Regiment (The London Scottish. 56th London Division. Died of wounds 26 November 1917. Aged 18. Son of William & Lydia Jane Wright of "Gatewood" Wilmington. Born in Arlington and enlisted in Hounslow. Buried in Grevillers British Cemetery

WRIGHT

William John

Private 23673 Royal Army Medical Corps. 62nd General Hospital Salonika, Greece. Died of disease 18 November 1917. Aged 21. Eldest. Son of William & Lydia Jane Wright of "Gatewood" Wilmington. Born in Arlington and enlisted in London. Buried in Salonika (Lambet Road) Military Cemetery

1939-1945

BRADFORD

Charles Frederick

Sapper 210 Field Company Royal Engineers. Killed in action at El Alamein 14 November 1942. Aged 29. Son of Ellis & Lottie Jane Bradford. Husband of Mrs Bertha Alice Bradford of Wilmington. Buried in E.Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt

BREMNER, MC

Cecil Douglas

Major 5th Battalion, Royal East Kent Regiment. Killed in action in Italy 21 April 1945. Aged 24. Son of Major Cecil James Bremner RASC. & Gabrielle Caroline Bremner. Husband of Elizabeth Bremner Buried in Ravenna War Cemetery

DINNIS

Arthur Desmond

Sergeant /Air Gunner RAFVR. 83 Bomber Squadron (Lancasters) Lost on operations over Holland 5 March 1943. Aged 21. Son of Arthur William & Annie Dinnis of Wilmington Buried in Wonseradeel (Makkum) Protestant Churchyard, Holland

REYNOLDS

Roy Frederick

Sergeant/Wireless Op/Air Gunner RAFVR. 214 Bomber Squadron (Short Stirlings) Operating from Stradishall in Suffolk. Lost on operations over Germany 14 September 1942 Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery

TAYLOR

Arnold

probably Local confirmation required Private Pioneer Corps. 50 Company Aux. Mil Lost in France during the retreat to Dunkirk and after 17 June 1940. Aged 43 Commemorated on Dunkirk Memorial There is one other Arnold Taylor with CWGC for WW2 he was Ordinary Seaman Arnold Edward Taylor. Son of Edward & Alice Mary Taylor who went down on HMS "Hood" 24 May 1941. Aged 33 Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial

WEST

Herbert

probably Corporal 4th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry Killed in action in Normandy 13 July 1944 Buried in Secqueville-Bessin War Cemetery, Normandy

Last updated: 30 January, 2007

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