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WIVELSFIELD WAR MEMORIAL

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

There are several memorials within Wivesfield which are all detailed on this page. The research behind the memorials was carried out by Alan Seymour and the research of the men by Chris Comber. The names of the men from World War 2 have not been included currently.

PARISH CHURCH – St. Peter & St. John the Bapist.   Inside church - North Aisle
The Parish Church of today is said to date from 11th century. It is the result of building and rebuilding over the centuries, yet it remains simple and unpretentious. Set snugly in, yet somewhat apart from the village, it is surrounded by a churchyard probably older than itself. The yew tree in the north church yard is said by experts to be at least a thousand years old, even older than the Norman church itself!  

In the North Aisle three memorials record victims of the Great War.

1. Great War Memorial - The inscription reads as follows:-

God is our hope and strength a very present help in trouble. This tablet is erected by past and present worshippers of this Church to record the Divine deliverance in the Great War 1914–1919 and to perpetuate the memory of the following Parishioners of Wivelsfield who died for God King & Country

2. Wooden Cross - fixed to the wall next to the north door is the original 'wooden cross marker' which marked the grave in Flanders of 2/Lt A.R. Griffiths 53 / Bty. RFA. 9.8.1915.

Under this cross and set into the wall, is a stone plaque that reads:-

"The above cross marked the grave of Sec. Lt. Allen Rhys Griffiths RFA who was killed in action nr Hooge Flanders August 9th 1915 aged 22"

After these wooden cross markers were replaced with the stone headstones in the 1920's some next-of-kin asked if they could be have the graves' original marker. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission consented, and a number of these were returned to the UK - complete with names, Regiments and other details - they were eventually installed in large houses, cloisters and churches. The latter setting was most usual, with the cross fixed to the wall of the church in the town of village in which the man had lived. No connection with the church or village has yet been traced for 2nd Lt. A. R. Griffiths, and the reason for the display in this Church of his cross remains a mystery. His name is not found listed on any of the other Great War memorials in the village.

3. Memorial tablet - at the western end of the North Aisle, the inscription reads as follows:-

In loving memory of Lieut. Com. DOUGLAS ROSCOE SAXBY-THOMAS. R.N. H.M.S. Venerable The Second dearly loved son of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Thomas of the Indian Public Works Dept. Who lost his life when H.M.S. Laurentie was sunk in the Irish Sea 25th January 1917. “He laid down his life for noble cause and passed unafraid to GOD” This Memorial has been erected by his Mother and Father and his two Brothers Capt. H.G. Saxby-Thomas R.E. and Lieut. N.H. Saxby-Thomas R.F.A.

Above the west doorway is the stained glass 'St. Nicholas' window, the inscription at the base of the right-hand window reads:-

Also in memory of their second son Joseph Henry (FRANKLIN) Lieutenant RNVR who died September 7th 1922 after injuries received in Great War

His name will be found listed on the Roll of Honour in the Church Room. The names of Joseph Franklin and Douglas Saxby-Thomas have never added to any of the other Great War memorials in the village.

 

North Churchyard  

Just inside the north entrance to the churchyard is the Parish War Memorial. From reports in the local paper, it appears that the original war memorial (war shrine as it was then called), was erected before the end of the war in September, 1918.

The following report appeared in 'The Mid-Sussex Times', of 24th Sept., 1918:-

REMEMBERING THE DEPARTED – The war shrine erected at the Parish Church – on a spot adjoining the north entrance to the churchyard – at the cost of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Woods, of Ote Hall, has attracted considerable attention. It is of oak and of artistic design and execution, and has been generally admired by both residents and visitors. The names of the Wivelsfield men who have made the supreme sacrifice in the Crown forces appear on the front.

The memorial was refurbished in the 1990’s, and commemorates the men who gave their lives in both wars, twenty-one names are recorded for the First World War and five for the Second. The inscription reads:-

1914-1919

In grateful memory of all
who sacrificed their lives
for the good of their God, their King and Country,
especially those of this parish

Also in memory of Herbert and Louie Woods, late of Great Ote Hall, 1888-1923

 
South Churchyard  

The enlargement of the churchyard, was in memory of Capt. Frederick T. Godman, 9th Bn. Royal Sussex Reg. He had died as a prisoner of the Germans at Holzminden 12th Oct. 1917, he had been reported missing in action on 26th Sep.1915. A stone plaque was inserted in the west pillar of the south gate by the Godman family. After his son Thomas, was killed during the WW II, another plaque was inserted in the east pillar. The inscriptions on the west pillar reads:-

This churchyard was enlarged in memory of Capt. F. Tyrell Godman who died in he war 12th October 1917 and of Richard his son who died 15th July 1918 age 7.

There are two War Grave's in the south Churchyard, one records a soldier from the Great War - a local man:-

HILBORN H. J., Pte. 267066 Royal Sussex Regiment 10th February, 1917, age 39.

 
Village War Memorial    

This memorial is situated on the south side of Green Road, half a mile east from the junction of the B2112 Haywards Heath to Ditchling Road. The inscription reads as follows:-

Not once or twice in our rough island story. The paths of duty was the way to glory. In memory of the men of this village who died for their country.

It commemorates the men from the villages who gave their lives in both wars, twenty-one names are recorded for the First World War and four from the Second.

Wivelsfield, 1914-1920

   

The following is taken from 'Wivelsfield: The History of a Wealden Parish' Researched by Wivelsfield History Study Group & edited by Heather Warne pub.1994, reprinted 1995 price 11.95, available from sheila.blair@btinternet.com

The Parish (as in 2001,) Church Room in Church Lane was given in 1916 by May Holden-Rose, and it immediately became the home of the newly-formed Women's Institute.

At the outbreak of war the W.I. went into action Mrs. Godman of Little Otehall, (was to lose her husband Lt. Frederick Tryell Godman, in the war see below) was responsible, with help from Mrs. Louie Woods, (Mrs Woods and her husband were responsible for the erection in 1918, of the Parish War Memorial in the Church yard, see above) her tenant at Great Otehall and the Vicar, Mr. Wood for inaugurating the Institute. She persuaded a Russian aristocrat, Princess Kropotkin, who was living in Brighton, to become President, which gave the new group prestige. More than 70 ladies joined and together held 'Fur and Feather' shows and 'Make-do and Mend' competitions. They learned how to use a hay-box to save fuel when cooking and how a bread mixer could save time, freeing women to work on the farm. They entertained wounded soldiers and, long before school dinners were available, provided soup for the children who were on war-time rations.

On the death of Frederick Tyrell Godman in 1917, the Otehall estate was administered by the Public Trustee, who in 1920 sold off the Theobalds Estate, which was renamed the Valebridge Estate (in the south-west corner of Wivelsfield Parish). It consisted of Theobalds, “…farm house with cottages, stable buildings and 254a. 2r. 38p meadow, pasture and woodland in the Wivelsfield, Keymer Urban & Keymer Rural in the occupation of J. Woolland” This they sold by dividing, the land up into plots; and those fronting Valebridge Road and Janes Lane (Burgess Hill) being sold for building while those plots on the corner, at World’s End, (Burgess Hill) were advertised as suitable for shops. These plots were advertised as “…suitable for the early building of a country Cottage or Bungalow, or otherwise for a few acres suitable for a Poultry Farm or for fruit and gardening.” It was suggested as a good investment for “…officers and men who have fought in the War and now desire to live in the country, some of choice and many for health and to regain by this means health and vigour lost on the fields of War.” This was a pattern followed at the end of the World War 1 in several places, including Carshalton Beeches, Wallington and Ripley in Surrey, in order to rehabilitate ex-service men.

Parish Church - Tower room   Parish (now 2001) Church Room, Church Lane - Roll of Honour

This Roll of Honour which now hangs in a glass fronted frame in the Tower Room, is believed to be the original roll that used to be displayed (in the church?) during the war. This roll was probably updated at least until 1916 for it records 80 names (the Roll of Honour in the Church Room c.1920's, contains 105 names) the roll reads:-.

"Pray for those who have gone from this Parish to serve our King and Country by land and sea and air"

Our Roll of Honour

 

The Roll of Honour that is displayed on the north wall records 105 names from the parish, who served and returned from the Great War. Joseph Franklin, who is listed on this roll was to later die in 1922, from wounds that he had received during the war. The roll reads as follows:-

The members of the Church of England of this Parish of Wivelsfield, with grateful recognition of the service rendered by its inhabitants in the Great War of 1914-1919 and with the desire to permanently record the individual share of its families, have caused this Tablet to be erected.

Wivelsfield School, Church Lane - Boer War Tablet    

When the Great War came in August 1914, the patriotism of the young men led them to volunteer in their thousands. Wivelsfield, already had one war hero from the Boer War. On the wall in the school's library (Sep 2001) is a brass tablet, erected in memory to a former pupil of the school, the tablet reads as follows:-

THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY THE PRESENT AND PAST SCHOLARS AND FRIENDS TO THE MEMORY OF PERCY MACKLIN 1st ROYAL SUSSEX M.I. WHO DIED AT KLERKSDORP ON APRIL 23RD 1902 WHILE ON ACTIVE SERVICE.

Percy Macklin, of the 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Mounted Infantry, had died of disease, at Klerksdorp, South Africa on April 25th 1902, while on active service. One of Percy's younger brother's Wilfred, was to later lose his life in the Great War.

To celebrate the end of the Great War a new flagstaff was erected in the school and a half-day’s holiday was given on July 4th 1919 to recognize the ‘Signing of Peace’.

The memorial board by the entrance to the Churchyard of St. John The Baptist, bears the 21 names of those who died and these names are repeated on a roadside stone memorial in the main residential area known as Wivelsfield Green. These are listed here.

1914-1918

BANCROFT

Oliver

Probably Thomas OLiver BANCROFT, Private. 8114, 2/7th Battalion The London Regiment. 58th.London Division. Killed in action near Ypres 11th January 1917. Aged 20. Son of Frederick & Alice Bancroft of 32 Rectory Road, Parsons Green, Fulham. Name also recorded on the Fulham Roll of Honour in Hammersmith Library. Enlisted in Fulham. Connection with Wivelsfield unknown. The only Oliver Bancroft with CWGC records. Buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground,Transport Farm, Zillebeke,Belgium. B.127.

BANFIELD

George William
Gunner 3088, 12th Australian Field Artillery Brigade. th.Australian Division. Wounded at Ypres and died on the 24th.August 1917. Aged 19. Son of Samuel Thomas & Florence Miriam Banfield of 5,Wells Street, Bellevue, Western Australia. Formerly of Wivelsfield. Buried in Adinkerke Military Cemetery, Furnes, Belgium.

BANFIELD

Martin Stephen [Augustus]
Private, The East Kent Regiment. Died on 7th November 1915.(Mid Sussex Times). No record with C.W.G.C. or Soldiers Died (The East Kent Regiment) Possibly died after discharge. In the 1911 census he is listed as BANFIELD, Martin Stephen Augustus – Adopted son of Albert and Alice Jane JARMAN, aged 13, born 1898 at Wiversfield, resident 17 Clerendon Road, Broadstairs, Kent. No other details available.

BISHOP

Alfred Charles V
Private 17560, 15th Battalion, The Royal Scots. 34th Division. Killed in action at La Boiselle on the first day of the Somme Offensive 1st.July 1916. Aged 21. Born in Uckfield, Sussex, registration district, Oct-Dec Quarter 1894 (Vol 2b Page 139). Son of Mr & Mrs George Bishop of 61, Gower Road, Haywards Heath. Born in Nutley and enlisted in Edinburgh. The 1911 census lists him as Alfred BISHOP, son of George and Annie BISHOP, aged 16, born Nutley, Sussex circa 1895, Jeweller's Apprentice, resident Police Station, Jarvis Brook, Sussex. (Edinburgh City Battalion) Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR.21

CHART

Arthur Thomas
Lance Corporal 1522 , 11th Battalion The Australian Infantry. (Western Australia) 3rd Brigade. 1st.Australian Division. Killed in action at Passchendaele 3rd November 1917. Aged 33. Son of Thomas & Emma Chart of Coldharbour Stables, Green Road Wivelsfield. Born Caterham Vale, Surrey. Served with the ANZAC Forces on Gallipoli in 1915 where he was wounded. Buried in Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Belgium. B.45.

EVEREST

Horace Henry
Private TF.200407, 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 34th Division. Killed in action during the attack on Grand Rozoy on the Marne Front 29th July 1918. Aged 21. Son of Mr & Mrs F.Everest of Hole Cottages, Wivelsfield Green Born in Wivelsfield and enlisted in Haywards Heath. Served in Gallipoli and Egypt. Commemorated on The Soissons Memorial. MR.18.

FARNCOMBE

Charles

Private 37734, 1st Battalion, The Royal West Surrey Regiment. 33rd Division. Shot by a sniper and died on the 6th March 1917. Aged 36. Husband of Barbara Mary Farncombe of Oak Cottage, Eastern Road Wivelsfield. Employed at Oathall by Mr.Woods. Bellringer and Cricketer. Left three children. Buried in Bray Military Cemetery F.164.

GODMAN

Frederick Tyrrell

Captain, 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Wounded and taken prisoner at Loos on the 25th September 1915 and died in captivity at Holzminden in Germany on the 12th October 1917. Aged 41. Son of Major General R. T. and Mrs Godman of Pulborough. Resident of Oathall, Wivelsfield. Educated at Haileybury College. Haileybury College and Washington Parish War Memorials. Buried in Neiderzwheren Cemetery, Germany Ger.3.

HARDS

Arthur [Thomas]

Private G.12950, 7th Battalion, The East Kent Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action in the Ypres Salient 12th October 1917. Aged 22. Son of Walter & Mary Hards of "Roseleigh", Church Road, Wivelsfield. Born in Steyning and enlisted in Haywards Heath. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.MR.30.

HILBORN

Herbert John

Private TF.267066, 1/6th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Reserve Battalion. Died of pneumonia at home 10th February 1917. Aged 39. Husband of Margaret Hilborn of Hope Cottage, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green. Left four children.Gardener at St. Georges Retreat. Born in Yeovil and enlisted in Haywards Heath. Buried in St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Wivelsfield.

JENNER

Frederick George

Private G.4016, 6th Battalion, The Royal West Surrey Regiment. 12th. Division. Died of wounds received at Loos 4th October 1915. Aged 28. Son of Amos & Emma Jenner of Wivelsfield. Brother of Mrs Everest of Stroud cottage, Wivelsfield. Born in Wivelsfield enlisted in Brighton Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery F.51.

LUCKETT

George F

Quartermaster Sergeant MS/3951, The Royal Army Service Corps attached to 16th Division. (Divisional Headquarters Lahore) Died of disease in France 11th November 1917. Husband of Mrs G. Luckett of Lunces Cottages, Wivelsfield. Chauffeur. Gassed earlier in the war. Born in Soho. Buried in Achiet le Grand Communal Cemetery Extension F.518.

MACKLIN

Wilfred [George]

Private TF.200405, 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 34th Division. Died of wounds 3rd September 1918. Aged 20. Son of George & Fanny Macklin of 68, Salcott Road, Northcot Road, Clapham Junction, South London. Born in Wivelsfield and enlisted in Haywards Heath. Buried in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery. F.142

MANVILLE

Henry

Private L.8259, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Died of wounds sustained at Ypres 20th November 1914. Aged 35. Son of John & Elizabeth Manville of Cox`s Cottages, Plumpton. Born in Burgess Hill and enlisted in Uckfield. Name also recorded on Plumpton Parish Church Memorial. Regular Soldier. Buried in Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery F.200

MARTIN

Gershom

Ordinary Seaman J.42066, H.M.S. "Raglan", Royal Navy. Killed in action when the Monitor war sunk in action with the "Goeben" and "Breslau" in harbour at Imbros. 20th January 1918. Aged 27. Son of Jesse & Martha Jane Martin of Woods Cottage, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea Mr.3

MARTIN

John

Private G.3376, 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action near Guillemont on the Somme 18th August 1916. Aged 21. Son of Jesse & Martha Jane Martin of Wivelsfield. Born in Wivelsfield and enlisted in Lewes. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial. MR.21

MILLER

Joseph Charles

Gunner 90669, 210th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds sustained in the Ypres Salient 29th September 1917. Born in Wivelsfield. Buried in Buffs Road Cemetery, Belgium. B.94

NEWNHAM

William [Albert]

Private L.11019, 11th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. (1st South Downs) 39th Division. Died of wounds sustained during the German Spring Offensive, at base hospital in Rouen 30th March 1918. aged 19. Son of Mr & Mrs Newnham of 4, Firtree Terrace, Wivelsfield Road, Haywards Heath. Also recorded on Haywards Heath Memorial. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen F.146

SIMMONS

Harry Stanford

Rifleman R.2080, 9th Battalion, The Kings Royal Rifle Corps. 14th Light Division. Killed in action in The Ypres Salient 30th July 1915. Aged 28. Son of Mr & Mrs Charles Simmons of "Linden" London Road, Burgess Hill. Born in Ditchling and enlisted in Bognor. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.Belgium.MR.29

WHITE

Charles [John]
Private TF.200846, 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment 53rd Welsh Division. Killed in action in Palestine 22nd March 1918. Aged 26. Son of Mr & Mrs White of Woodleigh Farm, Wivelsfield Green. Enlisted in Horsham. Buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Palestine.

WHITE

Francis

Private G.5726, 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action during the Somme Offensive 31st August 1916. Aged 20. Son of Mr & Mrs White of Woodleigh Farm, Wivelsfield Green. Born in Stockland, Devonshire and enlisted in Shepherds Bush. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR.21 .

The two Rolls of Honour here have been merged. Those on the Tower Room Roll are designated † and those on the Church Room are designated

Against some of the names there is an abbreviation at the bottom of the roll is the following explanation:-

(D)=
died  
(K)=
killed  
(P)=
prisoner of war
(I)=
invalided  
(M)=
missing  
(R)=
released from service
     
(W)=
wounded      

ALLWOOD

Edward  
Cpl.

ALLWOOD

George  
Brig.

AVIS

James    

BAKER

Alfred    

BANCROFT

Oliver (K)  

BARTLETT

Thomas    

BATEMAN

Reginald  
Lieut.

BATTY

Walter    

BAWLEY

Edward  
Sgt.

BEACH

Albert    

BEACH

Horace    

BEALE-BROWN, DSO

Desmond  
Brig. Gen., DSO

BEAUMONT

Augustus    

BISHOP

Albert (M)  

BISHOP

Alfred    

BLAAUW

Herny T. G (IW)
Lieut

BLUNDEN

A. G. (W)  

BLUNDEN

William H. R.    

BOTTING

Arthur (IW)  

BUCKINGHAM

George    

BURTINSHAW

Philip    

BURTINSHAW

Philip    

CLAPHAM

Charles    

CLOWIS or CLOWES

Herbert J. or Herbert I (R)  

COLLINS

J. P.    

COMBER

James    

COOK

Charles    

COOK

Edwin    

COOK

George    

COOK

Thomas W (W)
Sgt.

COOPER

Albert  
Brig.

CORNFORD

Albert    

CROSLEY

Francis  
Sgt.

DAVEY

William    

DEAN

Albert    

DEAN

Walter    

DIVALL

Thomas    

EVEREST

Albert    

EVEREST

Edward  
RN.

EVEREST

Horace    

EVEREST

Percy    

EVEREST

William    

FARMER

Percy    

FARNCOMBE

Charles    

FIELDER

Albert C.    

FIELDER

Charles    

FLESHER

William G.    

FRANKLIN

Charles S. P  
Inst-Com'r

FRANKLIN

Gordon  
Lieut. Com'r, RN

FRANKLIN

Joseph  
Lieut. RNVR., White Eagle of Serbia & Croix de Guerre

FRENCH

Walter    

FULLER

Albert    

FULLER

Alfred

   

GEAINGHAM

Herbert (I)  

GEORGE

William    

GODMAN

F. T. (P)
Capt.

GRACE

Ernest

   

GRAINGER

Herbert H.

   

GUTTERIDGE

Frank

   

HARDS

Arthur (I)  

HARDS, DCM

Percy C.  
DCM

HARDS

William    

HEMSLY

Ernest    

HEMSLY

Raymond    

HICKS

John G.  
RN.

HICKS

Frank

   

HICKS

Percy W.    

HIGGINS

John L.

   

HIGGINS

Joseph A  
Sgt.

HIGGINS

Leonard    

HILBORN

Herbert John (D)  

HILLS

William

   

HOADLEY

Gordan W.

   

HOOPER

Alfred    

HOPPER

Alfred A.

   

ISTEAD

John    

JESSETT

Frederick H. (W)  

JESSETT

Hubert

   

KEMBER

William    

KENWARD

Herbert  
Sergeant, RN.

KENWARD, MM

William  

Sgt, MM.

LEIGH-PEMBERTON

Darell  
Captain

LIPSCOMBE

Harry C.    

LONGSTAFF

Owen J

 
Lieut.

LYONS

Neil

   

LUCKETT

J.    

MACKLIN

Walter

   

MACKLIN

Wilfred    

MANVILLE

Alfred (I)  

MANVILLE

Charles    

MANVILLE

Henry (K)  

MANVILLE

John    

MARTIN

Charles  
RN.

MARTIN

George C.

   

MARTIN

Gershom    

MARTIN

Jesse

 
Cpl.

MARTIN

John (M)  

MASKLIN

Walter    

MEARS

John    

MERCER

Alfred    

MERCER

Arthur    

MERCER

Frank  
Sgt.

MERCER

Herbert  
Sgt.

MIDDLETON

Herbert R.    

MILLER

Edgar S.

   

NEWNHAM

James R.

   

NEWNHAM

Thomas G.

   

OGDEN

Arthur G.

 
Lieut.

PARSONS

Alfred    

PARSONS

Charles    

PARSONS

Edward    

PARSONS

Fred    

PARSONS

John

 
Lieut.

PELLING

Arthur

   

PELLING

Fred

   

PEMBREY

Mervyn S.

   

PIERCE

Charles W.

   

REAL

William R.

 
Sgt. MM.

ROGERS

John    

SALES

Arthur

   

SIMS

Robert

   

SMITH

John Henry    

TATE

Maurice

   

TOLPUTT

Alan B.

 
Lieut.

TOLPUTT

Nelson

   

TROTTER

Robert F. (R)
Lieut. Col.

UNWIN

C.  
Lieut-Col.

VAGUENER

Ferdinand    

WALDRON, MM

John F  
Cpl. MM

WHITE

Charles    

WHITE

Colin  
Lce/Cpl.

WHITE

Frank K.    

WHITE

Henry G.

   

WHITTING

Walter

   

WICKHAM

Benjamin

   

WOODS, O.B.E., M.C.

Reginald  
Capt. OBE. MC.

WORSFOLD

Arthur    

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