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BEXHILL-ON-SEA POST OFFICE WAR MEMORIAL

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The Bexhill-on-Sea Post Office war memorial is wall mounted in the sorting hall, Delivery office, Devonshire Square, Bexhill and takes the form of a plain brass plaque with engraved lettering in a mixture of black and red. There are three men listed for World War 1 only.

Bexhill Post Office Dave Hatherall (WMR-72420)

BEXHILL ON SEA
POST OFFICE
IN MEMORY OF OUR COMRADES
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

CORDER

Ernest Edward

Ordinary Seaman Sussex 3/297, H.M.S. Hawke, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 15 October 1914. Born 28 February 1895. Birth registered in Eastbourne, Sussex. Brother of Mrs. N. Startup, of 36, Clarence Road, Eastbourne. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Eastbourne, Sussex, son of Frank and Nora Corder, resident 55, Leslie Street, Eastbourne, Sussex. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Eastbourne, Sussex, a Messenger Boy, brother of Charles Corder, resident 24, Gilbert Road, Eastbourne, Sussex. Appointed Temporary Assistant Postman 12 December 1912. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 6.

Extract from Bexhill-on-Sea Observer - Saturday 24 October 1914, page 9:

BEXHILL POST OFFICE RESERVIST ON THE "HAWKE."

It is feared that Ernest E. Corder, a young man lately employed at the Bexhill Post Office, and who was serving as an A.B. seaman on board the H.M.S. "Hawke" when she was torpedoed in the North Sea, has been drowned. His name does not appear in the list of survivors. and so far, no news of him can be gleaned from any source, Mr. Corder, whose home is in Eastbourne, where he resided with some relatives, was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and came over to Bexhill some time ago to join the outdoor staff of the Genera] Post Office. On the outbreak of the War he was called up and drafted to the "Hawke." The last intimation of his whereabouts was that he was on board the ill-fated cruiser.

DUNK

Harry

Rifleman 375853, 8th Battalion, The London Regiment (The Post Office Rifles). Died of wounds 11 August 1918. Aged 19. Born in Bexhill and enlisted in Hastings. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Dunk, of Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. Buried in PERNOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HALLOY-LES-PERNOIS, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 7. See also Bexhill-on-Sea Town

Extract from Bexhill-on-Sea Observer 24 August 1918:

A Inter from a hospital in France has conveyed to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dunk,, of Gunter's Lane, the sad news of the death of their eldest son, Rifleman Harry Dunk, London Regiment. Rifleman Dunk was formerly on the telegraphic staff and afterwards a postman at Bexhill. He was popular with his comrades. He joined up at the age of 18, and was in the London Regiment with many others from, the postal service. He had been only two months in France. On the 8th inst. he was wounded by a shell in the abdomen, and was taken into hospital. Everything possible was done for him but he never rallied; on the 11th he passed away in his ,sleep. He was 19 years of age. The interment was in a British military cemetery. A cross with his name and regiment marks his grave.

PANNIFER

Edward

Private L/7564, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment 1st. Division. Killed in action near Shrewsbury Forest Ypres 31 October 1914. Son of Mr and Mrs Pannifer of Wanganui New Zealand. Husband of Mrs L. R. Pannifer (remarried) later Mrs. L. R. Wagstaff (formerly Pannifer), of The Police Station, Penn's Lane, Erdington, Birmingham. Born in West Ham, East London, and enlisted in Eastbourne. Regular Soldier. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 20. - See also Bexhill-on-Sea - St Mary Magdelene and also Bexhill-on-Sea Town

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