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WORTH WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © John Harrison 2004

The village of Worth is to the east of Crawley and, although formally part of the tow, vigorously defends its own identity. The church of St Nicholas is in the centre of the old part of the village which, although now surrounded by modern development, still maintains an area of tranquillity.

This memorial is on the left hand wall of the nave in the church. It consists of a memorial tablet in alabaster with an imitation red marble rim. The names of the casualties are on a central panel with the lettering in gold on a black background. It also contains the following dedication.

Remember ye with thanksgiving and all honour
before God and man these men of Worth
who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War 1914-1919

Below this memorial is a smaller one to the four casualties of the Second World War. Amongst them is Wing Commander Hugh Malcolm who was killed leading his squadron of Blenheim bombers in North Africa in 1943. He was awarded the Victoria Cross and his name was given to the Royal Air Force ‘Malcolm’ clubs.

ABBOTT

Percy Moore

Corporal 1865 9th (City of London) Bn (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) London Regiment. Died at home of Pulmonary Tuberculosis 28 October 1918. Aged 25. Listed as a Army Pensioner (Salesman Drapery). Buried in Worth Churchyard. Listed on War Memorial as P H Abbott.

BERRY

Joseph

Sapper 530470 561st Hampshire Works Company, Royal Engineers. Died 27 February 1918, buried at St Michael’s Church, Figheldean in Wiltshire. Born about 1879 at Stanmer, near Brighton. Son of John and Mary Berry. Father was a builder.

BROADHURST

Albert Edward

Private 20123 5th Bn Tank Corps. Died on 22nd March 1918, buried in Grave III.I.3 in Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension. Born in Faversham, Kent about 1892, son of Richard and Sarah Broadhurst. Father was a house painter. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that Albert’s parents were still living in Faversham after the First World War. He was married to Lillian who lived at 104, Spencers Road Crawley. Albert managed a shop at 90, High Street Three Bridges.

CHARMAN

Walter

Corporal L/9450 2nd Bn Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 23rd June 1916, Commemorated on the Basra Memorial. Enlisted in Maidstone. Walter was born in Three Bridges about 1890. He was the son of Henry Charman who was a Railway Porter.

CHEAL

William

Lance Corporal 654160, 86th Company Labour Corps. He died on 10th June 1919 and was buried in Grave N.5 in Marcinelle New Communal Cemetery. After the end of the war one of the major tasks of the Labour Corps was battlefield clearance. It is possible William was killed while engaged in this task. He originally served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, Service Number G/19600. William was born in Horsham about 1887. He was the son of John and Martha Cheal. Father was a gardener. William’s wife lived at 69, High St, Three Bridges.

COOK

Charles Albert

Private G/8886, 9th (Service) Bn, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 18 August 1916, commemorated on Thiepval Memorial. Enlisted in Horsham. Born in Tilgate about 1890, son of William and Sarah Cook, father a Gamekeeper

DENMAN

Cecil Bert

Private 2611 1/9th (Service) Bn (Pioneers) North Staffordshire Regiment. Died on 9th August 1915, buried I Grave D 14 in Blauwepoort Farm Cemetery near Ypres. One of the earliest casualties for this battalion. Living in Stafford when he enlisted in Penkridge, Staffordshire. Born in Crawley about 1889, son of Albert and Alice Denman, father a carpenter.

EVEREST

Albert A

Driver 11800, 56th (London) Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Died in UK 7th November 1918, buried St Nicholas churchyard, Worth. Born Worcester Park, Surrey about 1887. Son of James and Eliza Ann (Annie) Everest. Father a bricklayer. Wife Rose Matilda Everest, lived at 88 High St, Three Bridges.

FEIST

George Samuel

Company Sergeant Major 911, 52nd Bn Australian Imperial Forces. Died 3-4 September 1916, commemorated on the Villers Bretonneux Memorial. Born Southsea, Hampshire about 1888, son of James and Ellen Feist. Father a Railway Guard. Emigrated to Australia about 1909; Agent for Wheat and Manure in Mount Kokeby, Western Australia. He is also commemorated on the War Memorial at Beverley, Western Australia and on the ‘Honour Boards’ in the Town Halls in Beverley and Mount Kokeby.

GEDDES

Arthur Alexander

Captain, 28th Motor Ambulance Convoy, Army Service Corps. Died 5th July 1916, buried in Grave 3 A 8 in Rawalpindi War Cemetery. The First World War burials here are mainly, but not exclusively, connected with operations on the North West Frontier. He is also commemorated on the Royal Army Service Corps Memorial in Christ Church, Rawalpindi. Born in Liverpool about 1892, the son of William John Geddes, a Tea Merchant, and his wife Amy. Parents lived at Hillside House, Worth. Brother of William Geddes (below)

GEDDES

William Murray

Captain. 2nd Bn Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment). Died on 27th September 1915, buried in Vermelles British Cemetery. Born in Liverpool about 1888, eldest son of William John Geddes, a Tea Merchant, and his wife Amy. Parents lived at Hillside House, Worth. Brother of Arthur Geddes (above)

GORING

Alfred John

Private 203963, 1st Garrison Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died of enteric Fever on 7th June 1918. Buried in Grave B. 128 of the Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Enlisted at East Grinstead into the Royal Sussex Regiment, Service Number 122. Born in Worth about 1873. son of Thomas and Esther Goring. Father was a Railway Labourer. Alfred was a Shop Assistant, he was married and lived at 15 Horsham Road, Ifield. He is also commemorated on the memorial at St Peter’s Church, West Green, Crawley.

HABGOOD

William Roy

Sergeant SD/293, 11th (Service) Bn (1st South Down) Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 21st October 1916, commemorated on Thiepval Memorial. Enlisted in Crawley. Born in Worth about 1891, son of Emily Habgood. No details of her husband are available

HARBOUR

Harry

Private 6/7694, 7th (Service) Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. killed in action on 16th May 1918 at Mailly Wood. Buried in Mailly Wood Cemetery. Enlisted East Grinstead, born in West Hoathly about 1895, son of Alfred and Elizabeth Harbour. Father a labourer. Parents lived at killed in action on 16th May 1918 and is buried in Grave II. L. 7 in Mailly Wood Cemetery CGWC state only mother living in West Hoathly post war. Also on West Hoathly War Memorial.

HEAYSMAN

William

Gunner 8413, 122nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Recorded on the memorial as ‘William Heasman’. Died on 15th October 1916, buried in Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovilleres-La-Boisselle. Enlisted in Guildford. Born in Tunbridge Wells about 1894, son of Walter and Mary Heaysman. Father a Butler.

HOLE

Albert

Private G/18335, 13th (Service) Bn (3rd South Down) Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action on 27th September 1917 at ‘Tower Hamlets’ commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Enlisted in Chichester. Born in Worth about 1877, house painter living in Flint Lodge, Tilgate, Crawley. Son of James and Ann Hole. He is also recorded on the Slaugham War Memorial

HOLMAN

Albert Edward

Private SD/680, 11th (Service) Bn (1st South Down) Royal Sussex Regiment. Died on 3rd September 1916, commemorated on Pier and Face 7C of the Thiepval Memorial. Enlisted at Horsham. Born in Worth about 1893, son of John and Matilda Holman. Father a Carpenter and later a Gamekeeper living at Mount Noddy, Paddockhurst Road, Worth. Also on War Memorial, St Leonard’s Church, Turner’s Hill.

HOLMAN

Herbert Robert

Private 1970, 9th (Service) Bn East Surrey Regiment. Died on 26th September 1915, commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Enlisted in Reigate. Born in Pound Hill, Worth about 1894, son of James and Sara Holman. Father a Stud Groom at Crabbet Park, Worth Two other brothers, Alfred and William also died.

HOLMAN

William

Private G/7532, 9th (Service) Bn Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died on 14th July 1916, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Born in Worth about 1892, son of James and Sara Holman. Father a Stud Groom Two other brothers, Alfred and Herbert also died

HOLMAN

Alfred

Gunner 150279, 14th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 7 December 1918, buried in Belgrade Cemetery, Namur. Born in Worth about 1887, son of James and Sara Holman. Father a Stud Groom Two other brothers, William and Herbert also died.

HOPKINS

Walter Herbert George

Able Seaman 200283, H.M. Submarine E 49. Died 12 March 1917. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Memorial. Listed on the memorials as Herbert Hopkins. Born about 1885, son of George and Emma Hopkins, father a Licensed Victualler in Midhurst. Parents died before the First World War, next of kin was his brother Roger. E 49 was sunk off the Shetlands, probably by a mine, all the crew were lost.

HOWE

Arthur

Sapper 183504, 249 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 12 April 1918, Buried in Forenville Communal Cemetery and Extension. Although recorded on the War Memorial as ‘Arthur Howe’, he is listed both on the 1901 Census and by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as ‘Arthur How’ Born about 1882 in Studham, Herts, son of William and Francis How. Arthur was a Bricklayer’s labourer in Aldingbourne near Chichester. His brother Frank was a Watchman in Ifield.

HUMPHREY

William Ernest

Lance Corporal 31352, 16th (Service) Bn Lancashire Fusiliers (2nd Salford). Died 30th November 1917, commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Born about 1891, son of Mrs Jane Humphrey of Wealdstone. Also served in the Army Veterinary Corps with service number SE/2016

JOHNSON

James

Lance Corporal L10038, 2nd Bn East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th February 1915, commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. Soldiers Died in the Great War notes he was a regular soldier and enlisted about 1909 at Hull, he also served with the East Surrey Regiment, service number 10172. At the time of enlistment he gave his home address as Pease Pottage. Born in Three Bridges about 1891, son of James and Annie Johnson, father a Cowman. Brother of William Johnson, below. Also commemorated on the memorial at St Peter’s Church, West Green Crawley.

JOHNSON

William

Private 9108, 8th (Service) Bn East Yorkshire Regiment. Missing, assumed killed in action on 3rd May 1917, commemorated on the Arras Memorial. Born in Crawley about 1889. Crawley resident when enlisted in Haywards Heath. Son of James and Annie Johnson, father a Cowman. Brother of James Johnson, above. Also commemorated on the memorial at St Peter’s Church, West Green Crawley.

JUPP

George William

Private G/8769, 7th (Service) Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Died on 18th September 1918 at Epehy, buried in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery. 61 members of the Regiment are buried here. Enlisted in Redhill, born in Brighton about 1886, a pistol maker. Wife, Edith Agnes Jupp later lived at 29 Mill Road Three Bridges.

LEE

Alfred

Private G/1781, 8th (Service) Bn (Pioneers) Royal Sussex Regiment. He died on 29th October 1917,buried Minty Farm Cemetery. Enlisted in Horsham, born Worth about 1895.

LEE

George Joseph

Private G/25345, 11th (Service) Bn (Lewisham) Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 31 July 1917, commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres. Enlisted in Horsham. Born Staplefield about 1879, son of George and Julia Lee. Both father and son were Game Keepers. Also on Staplefield War Memorial.

MAYNARD

Ernest Edward

Private 214709, 743rd Company, Labour Corps. Died 28 March 1918 during the German Operation Michael, commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. Born in Rotherfield about 1889, son of Edward and Philadelphia Maynard. Father a Railway Porter.

MITCHELL

William Thomas

Private SD/1136, 11th (Service) Bn (1st South Down) Royal Sussex Regiment. Died on 21st October 1916, buried in Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval. Enlisted in Bexhill. Born in Bexhill about 1896, son of William and Jane Mitchell. Father originally a member of the Coast Guard. Resident in Copthorne only after WW1. also commemorated on Copthorne War Memorial. Killed in capture of ‘Stuff Trench’.

MOORE

George Alfred

Also known as Alfred George Moore. Private GS/41851 26th (Service) Battalion (Bankers) Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds on 7th June 1917, the opening day of the Battle of Messines. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Ypres, Belgium. Enlisted in Horsham. Born at Fletching near Uckfield about 1881. A Nursery Gardener, lived near Lowfield Heath. Also on the Lowfield Heath and Ifield War Memorials.

MOORE

Stanley Thomas

Private G/63622, 2/4th Bn The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). killed in action 29th July 1918, buried in Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire. Born in Worth about 1898, the younger son of William David and Sarah Moore. Father a Carpenter. Family lived at 65 Hazelwick Road, Three Bridges.

PARSONS

Alan

Private 1046, 13th (County of London) Princess Louise’s Kensington Battalion, London Regiment. Died on 1st January 1915, buried in Merville Communal Cemetery. A very early casualty for the battalion who had only joined the Lines of Communication troops a week earlier. Enlisted at Kensington, resident in Bayswater. Born Saltwood, Kent about 1886, the son of James and Emma Barham Parsons. Father a Commercial Traveller, mother a Postmistress in Saltwood who later moved to Three Bridges. Brothers, Douglas and William, also killed, see below.

PARSONS

Douglas George

Private 25570 12th (Service) Bn Bermondsey) East Surrey Regiment. died on 5th August 1917 and was buried in Voormezeele Enclosures No 1 and 2 near Ypres (Ieper). Enlisted at Clapham, resident at Three Bridges. Born Saltwood, Kent about 1891, the son of James and Emma Barham Parsons. Father a Commercial Traveller, mother a Postmistress in Saltwood who later moved to Three Bridges. Brothers, Alan and William, also killed, see above and below.

PARSONS

William

Private 390202 9th (City of London) Bn (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) London Regiment. Died at Worth, 29 January 1920, buried in Worth Churchyard. Born Saltwood, Kent about 1887, the eldest son of James and Emma Barham Parsons. Father a Commercial Traveller, mother a Postmistress in Saltwood who later moved to Three Bridges. Brothers, Alan and Douglas, also killed, see above.

PARSONS

William Peter

Private 34657 9th (Service) Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 8th June 1917, buried in the Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery. Enlisted in East Grinstead. Initially served with Royal Engineers, service number 179524. Born in Ifield November 1881, son of Nathan and Mary Parsons. Father a Plumber from Charlwood. 1901 William was a Bricklayer’s Labourer, lived in Three Bridges, married to Elizabeth with their three children..

PAYNE

William

Private 23683 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds on 6th October 1916, buried in Sainte Marie Cemetery in Le Havre. Born in Worth about 1890, son of Benjamin and Hannah Payne. Father a Carpenter living in Three Bridges.

PEARSON

Francis Geoffrey

Staff Sergeant MS/2921 64th Company, 3rd Ammunition Park, Army Service Corps. Died on 6th September 1914, buried in Montreuil Aux Lions British Cemetery. Possibly killed while escaping when P.O.W. The Honourable Francis Geoffrey Pearson, known as Geoffrey was born on 23rd August 1891 in Kensington. He was the youngest of the three sons (and also one daughter) of Sir Weetman Dickinson Pearson, Bt., 1st Viscount Cowdray & his wife Annie who owned Paddockhurst Park, now Worth Abbey School. Also on Turner’s Hill War Memorial. Worth lists his rank as Major in error, this was the rank his brothers held.

PENFOLD

Ralph

Private L/10408 11th (Service) Battalion (1st South Down) Royal Sussex Regiment. Died on 26th September 1917. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Born in Leigh, Surrey about 1893, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Penfold. Father was a Farm Labourer at Maple Cottage, Ifield.

RALPH

Frederick

Rifleman 4482 1/8th (City of London) Bn (Post Office Rifles) London Regiment. died on 15th September 1916 and is buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval. Frederick was born in Uckfield about1890. His father, George, was an Agricultural Labourer in 1881, but by 1901 had become a Chimney Sweep. The family all lived in Uckfield. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission record George’s address as 61 Framfield Road, Uckfield.

RAPLEY

William Godfrey

Second Lieutenant 1st Bn The Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). died on 25th September 1917 and was buried in St Julien Dressing Station Cemetery. He was seriously wounded on the battlefield. Born in Crawley Down about 1894, son of Edwin and Leonora Dorse Rapley. Father a Domestic Gardener, later a Grocer. Also on the Turner’s Hill War Memorial.

STANFORD

Walter Victor

Sergeant 387120 117th Company Labour Corps. Died 21st June 1918, buried in Tourgeville Military Cemetery. He is the only member of the Labour Corps to be buried here. Initially served with the 5th Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps, Service Number A/402 and recorded on the War Memorial as still serving with them. Born in the village of Hanney near Wantage in Berkshire about 1884. Son of Albert and Fanny Stanford. Albert was a Police Constable Hanney & later a Carpenter in the village of East Challow several miles from Hanney when Walter was a messenger. It is possible he was related to the Stanford family in Worth who lost their son William. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives his brother Frederick who lived in Mayfair as his relative.

STANFORD

William John

Private TR 10/157548 51st (Young Soldiers) Battalion Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. Buried in Worth Churchyard with a standard Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone. ~TR 10/157548~Private W.J. Stanford~The Queens~9 Feb. 1918 aged 18~Soldiers Died in the Great War notes he enlisted in Horsham and died at home. Born in Three Bridges about 1899, son of William and Mary Stanford. Father a Broom Maker who had served in 107th Foot, later 2nd Bn Royal Sussex Regiment.

SUMNER

Harold

Private SD/3224 13th (Service) Battalion (3rd South Down) Royal Sussex Regiment. Died on 30th June 1916 at Richebourg L’Avoue. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Enlisted at Horsham. Born in Sale, Cheshire about 1898; son of John and Ellen Sumner. John was a Gamekeeper from Marbury in Cheshire. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission give his mother’s address as ‘Glen View’, Dunscar, Bolton after she remarried and became Mrs Bramwell. Brother, John, also killed same day, see below

SUMNER

John George

Sergeant SD/1859 12th (Service) Bn (2nd South Down) Royal Sussex Regiment. Died on 30th June 1916 at Richebourg L’Avoue and is buried in Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery at Souchez. Born in Sale, Cheshire; born in Sale, Cheshire about 1896, son of John and Ellen Sumner. John was a Gamekeeper from Marbury in Cheshire. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission give his mother’s address as ‘Glen View’, Dunscar, Bolton after she remarried and became Mrs Bramwell. Brother, Harold, also killed same day, see above.

TAVERNER

Harry Alexander

Lance Corporal 1880 9th (City of London) Bn (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) London Regiment. Died of wounds on 25th April 1915 according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the family memorial in Worth and is buried in Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery. Soldiers Died in the Great War and the Regimental history give a date of 26th April. Enlisted at Hammersmith. Born in Sussex about 1891, only son of Henry and Eliza Taverner.

TERRY

Stanley

Private G/3320 9th (Service) Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. Died on 12th November 1916, buried in the Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe. Born in Worth about 1892. Son of James Terry of Rowfant Brickworks and his wife Emma. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission confirms James and Emma were still living at the Brickworks after the war. Also commeorated on the Crawley Down Memorial.

THOMPSETT

Alf

Private 40266 10th (Service) Bn South Wales Borderers (1st Gwent). Killed in action 29th August 1918,buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval. Enlisted in Surbiton, resident in Kingston on Thames. born about 1891 in Worth. Youngest son on Thomas and Mary Ann Thompsett. Thomas was from Laughton near Hailsham in East Sussex. His wife was from nearby East Hoathly. Thomas was a bricklayer and Willett’s Directory for 1916 records Thomas at 38 Hazlewick Road, Three Bridges.

THOMPSON

Lionel Graham Cameron

Sub Lieutenant Royal Navy HMS Indomitable. Killed in North Sea 21 March 1916. Buried in family vault, Worth Church. Born in South Weald, Essex about 1896, the son of Sir Thomas Raikes Thompson and his wife Alice Maude Lovett Cameron. Sir Thomas was the third baronet and the baronetcy of Hartsbourne Manor had been created in 1806. The family later lived at Worth Hall.

THOMPSON

Raymond

Private G1804 8th (Service) Battalion, (Pioneers) Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action on 5th July 1917, buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery. There are 13 members of the Regiment buried in the Extension with 1 further burial in the main cemetery. Born in Crawley Down about 1893 and is living in Worth in 1901. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that his brother, P H Thompson was living at 24, Observatory Road, Redhill.

   

LOCAL CASUALTIES NOT INCLUDED ON THE
WAR MEMORIAL

ASHLEY

Albert Richard

Private 11002 2nd Bn East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 27 April 1915, commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres. Enlisted in Merton, Surrey. Born Worth about 1899, younger son of James William and Minnie Ashley.

BOURNE

Wilfred

Private19314, 7th (Service) Bn Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 3 July 1916, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Enlisted in Bexhill.

WAITE

Charles

Private 27317 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards. Died on 9th October 1917, commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Born in Crawley Down about 1885, Son of Edward and Elizabeth Waite. Edward was a carpenter for a builder. Willett’s Directory for 1916 records Edward living in Sandy Lane, Crawley Down as a gardener. This is the same address that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission held. Charles is also listed as a gardener, living in Bowers Road. The Commonwealth War Grave Commission record Charles’ wife Ada living at 13, Bowers Place, Crawley Down.

Last updated 20 January, 2014

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