HATCH WAR MEMORIAL
1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © James castle and John Harrison 2009
Coleman’s Hatch is a scattered village in the Ashdown Forest a
few miles west of Hartfield. The majority of the Coleman’s Hatch
casualties are also included on the memorial at Hartfield. Holy Trinity,
Colemans Hatch was built in 1912 as a splinter group from St Mary The
Virgin, Hartfield. Many of the men who worshipped or lived in Colemans
Hatch would have been Christened in St Mary’s. (There are differing
spellings locally of Colmans, Colemans and Coleman’s)
Copyright © James Castle 2014
Memorial is in the parish church of Holy Trinity and consists of two
cast iron inscribed plaques, one for each war. The one for the First
World War is inscribed:-
These All Died in Faith
by the names for World War 1.
for the Second World War are on another board below this one without
an inscription. It is interesting to note that in the Vicarage Rooms
behind the church there are memorials to “Those That Came Home”
from the First and Second World Wars.
18547, 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards. Born about 1897 in Tonbridge. Son
of Horace and Kate Burfoot of Hartfield. Living in Hartfield when
he enlisted in East Grinstead. Died of wounds 14th December 1917.
Buried in Grave VI D 11A in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport.
Also listed on the Hartfield Memorial
SD/4882, 11th (Service) Bn (1st South Down) Royal Sussex Regiment.
Born about 1891 in Coleman’s Hatch. Son of Leonard and Hannah
Divall of Coleman’s Hatch. Enlisted in Tonbridge. Died 6th
December 1917. Commemorated on Special Memorial 10 in White House
Cemetery near Ypres. This memorial is for the 16 casualties known
or believed to have been buried there whose graves cannot be traced.
Also listed on the Hartfield Memorial.
the top of his headstone it reads
"Known to be buried in this cemetery".
1/4th Bn Norfolk Regiment. Born about 1879 in Barrow, Lancashire.
Eldest son of the Reverend George Carnac Fisher and his wife May.
Reverend Fisher was the Vicar of Barrow when George was born, then
St Mary’s, Forest Row from 1882-9, then Bishop of Islington,
Bishop of Ipswich and finally Suffragen Bishop of Croydon. They
later lived at Flegg Burgh House, Norfolk. His wife family were
the Thompsons, the owners of Ashdown Park at Wych Cross. The owner
ship of Ashdown Park passed to the younger George in 1908. He was
educated at Cheam School and Harrow. In 1909 he was commissioned
as a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Bn Norfolk Regiment. In 1912 he
also became one of the Sheriffs for the county of Durham. On 23rd
August 1914 he married Janet Katherine Mary Anson (sister of Sir
Denis Anson Bt) who later lived at 23, Launceston Place, London.
They had two sons. He was a civil servant and worked for the Labour
Department of the Board of Trade. Served at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli
and was ‘Mentioned in Despatches’. Later invalided to
the UK with Dysentery. Died of wounds from a hand grenade while
on patrol duty 3rd September 1917. Buried in Grave XXIV A 12 in
Gaza War Cemetery. Also commemorated on the Forest Row, Hartfield
and Fleggburgh War Memorials and the Memorial to Staff of the Ministry
of Labour now in Caxton House, London.
315837, 16th (Sussex Yeomanry) Bn, Royal Sussex Regiment. Born about
1875 in Danehill. Husband of Mrs E S Harding of Marsh Green, Hartfield.
Enlisted in Coleman’s Hatch. Died 6th November 1917. Buried
in Grave M 18 in Beersheba War Cemetery. Listed on both Hartfield
and Colmans Hatch Memorials as Lance Corporal.
Gunner 124708, 1st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Born
in 1886 in Hartfield. Son of George and Emma Hill of 1, St James
Cottages, Balcombe, Sussex. Living in Tunbridge Wells when he enlisted
in Worthing. Killed in action 31st July 1917, the first day of the
Third Battle of Ypres. Commemorated on Panel 9 of the Menin Gate,
Ypres. Also listed on the Hartfield Memorial.
Private G/1306, 2nd Bn., Royal Sussex Regiment. Born in Hartfield
and enlisted in Tunbridge Wells. Killed in action 9th May 1915 at
Aubers Ridge Commemorated on Panel 20 and 21 of the Le Touret Memorial.
Also listed on the Hartfield Memorial.
Also see Frederick Sylvester of the same regiment, killed the same
day with a service number of G/1302.
33438, 1st/8th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Born in Hartfield.
Enlisted in Tunbridge Wells and served as 202826 in the Buffs (East
Kent Regiment). Killed in action 9th October 1918. Buried in Grave
V A 2 in Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension. Also listed on the
Private SD/2934, 13th (Service) Bn (3rd South Down) Royal Sussex
Regiment. Born in Tonbridge. Husband of Mrs M E Hyder of ‘The
Rough’, Coleman’s Hatch. Enlisted in Hastings. Killed
in action 16th April 1916. Buried in Grave I A 9 in the Post Office
Rifles Cemetery, Festaubert. Name spelt incorrectly on Hartfield
G/15455, 12th (Service) Bn (2nd South Down) Royal Sussex Regiment.
Born in Hartfield. Enlisted in Maidstone. Killed in action 17th
October 1916. Buried in Grave XIX D 7 in Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval.
The battalion had been occupying the Schwaben redoubt since 15th
October when a German counter attack was beaten off late in the
day. The position was held until the 17th when the battalion was
relieved. Also listed on the Hartfield
91839, 15th (Service) Bn, Durham Light Infantry. Born in West Hoathly.
Living at Shrewton, Wiltshire when he enlisted in Devizes. Originally
served as M/318138 in the Motor Transport in the Army Service Corps.
Killed in action on 27th May 1918. Commemorated on Special Memorial
5 in Hermonville Military Cemetery. This is about 7 miles north
west of Reims. The memorial is due to the fact that six soldiers
were understood to have been buried there, but their graves could
not be traced and he is one of the six. Listed on the Hartfield
and Colmans Hatch Memorials as a Lance Corporal. Not listed on the
West Hoathly Memorial.
Gunner 277542, 119th Siege Battery, Royal Artillery. Born about
1874 in Forest Row. Son of Job and Jane Luxford of Forest Row. Husband
of Elizabeth Luxford of 2, Highfields, Forest Row. Enlisted in Horsham.
Killed in action 8th May 1918. Buried in Grave II F 17 in Gwalia
Cemetery at Poperinghe. Also listed on the Hartfield
and Forest Row Memorials.
Lance Corporal G/3753. 9th (Service) Bn., Royal Sussex Regiment.
Born about 1890 in Catsfield, Sussex. Son of Harry and Maria Markis
May of 1, Rupert Villas, Bracknell, Berkshire. Enlisted in Eastbourne.
Killed in action 18th August 1916. Commemorated on Pier and Face
7C of the Thiepval Memorial. Also listed on the Hartfield
battalion took part in an attack on Guillemont. One company reinforced
the 7th Bn Northamptonshire Regiment in the German line near ‘The
Quarry’. Battalion relieved on 20th August with 186 casualties.
from Sussex Express 6th October 1916:
of a very brave soldier.
Corporal Ernest May joined the colours at the beginning of the
war and went to Chichester and Shoreham for training. He was home
on June 2nd. 1916 for seven days leave. Back in the trenches,
with a comrade he was taking a message to his colonel. In order
to pass a wounded soldier he moved out of the trench and was shot
in the chest. He told his comrade that he had been hit and died
5546, 2/6th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Born 1883 in Hartfield.
Son of the late Leonard John Stevenson and of his wife, Elizabeth
of 44, Manor Park, Lewisham, London. Resident in Coleman’s
Hatch when he enlisted in Horsham. Initially served as 2857 in the
Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 5th July 1916. His brother
John Stevenson died on 27th October 1916. Buried in Grave II J 10
in Rue-Du-Bacquerot No 1 Military Cemetery, Laventie. Also listed
on the Hartfield Memorial
SD/3024, 13th (Service) Bn (3rd South Down) Royal Sussex Regiment.
Born about 1877 in Ashurst, Kent. Son of the late Albert and Katherine
Sumner. Husband of Emma Jane Sumner (later Crittenden) of ‘Red
House’ Hartfield. Enlisted in Eastbourne. Killed in action
21st October 1916. Buried in Grave XI C 13 in Serre Road Cemetery
No 2 on the Somme, France.
spelt incorrectly on Hartfield Memorial.
attack on Stuff Trench was made by 148 Brigade and by ‘C’
Company of the battalion from the Schwaben Redoubt. The remainder
of the battalion moved forward about 4.30 pm and took over the
Private G/4534, 12th (Service) B (2ndSouth Down) Royal Sussex Regiment.
Born in Forest Row, enlisted in East Grinstead Died 24th September
1917. 20-25 September Battle of the Menin Road. Commemorated on
Panel 86 – 88 of the Tyne Cot Memorial. Also listed on the
Trooper 1548, Household Battalion. Born about 1885 in Coleman’s
Hatch. Son of George and Sarah Ann Weeding. A gardener and husband
of Alice Weeding of ‘Hillside’, Coleman’s Hatch.
Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Commemorated on Special Memorial
H 7 at Roeux British Cemetery. His grave was destroyed by shellfire.
Brother of John Weeding, died 20th August 1917 (see below) Listed
on Hartfield Memorial as Private.
Private G/13259, 7th (Service) Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
Born about 1897 in Hartfield. Son of George and Sarah Ann Weeding
of ‘Edgemount’, Coleman’s Hatch. Living in Coleman’s
Hatch when he enlisted in East Grinstead. Served in ‘D’
Company. Died 20th August 1917 from appendicitis. Buried in Grave
XVII K 4A in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Brother of George Weeding,
died 3rd May 1917 (see above). Also listed on the Hartfield
Private 11406, 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers. Born about 1895. Son of
Joseph and Ellen Eliza Wheatley of Hillside Farm, Coleman’s
Hatch. Died 26th March 1918 St Quentin, France. Commemorated on
Panel 3 of the Pozieres Memorial. Name spelt incorrectly on Hartfield
Memorial. His sister Alice married George Weeding.
In 2014 the following men were added to the Hartfield War Memorial
which had a spare panel and is made from stone. It was not possible
to add them to the Colemans Hatch War Memorial.
"C" Coy 6th Bn. attd. 2nd Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Died 9th May 1915. Age 38. Son of the late Robert Melville (County
Court Judge of Hereford and Shropshire), and the late Mrs. Melville,
of Hartfield Grove, Sussex; husband of Violet S. Melville, of Maypool,
Galmpton, Brixham, Devon. his mother moved to Portsmouth and died
there in 1920. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial. Panel 32 and
33. He is listed on the St Thomas, Portsmouth War memorial and in
G/19177, 7th Bn., Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died
21st March 1918. Buried in Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension.
Grave 1. J. 12.
from Tunbidge Wells Courier 6th December 1918, page 3:
Stevens, Hartfield, Killed.
Mrs Charles Stevens of White House Farm, Coleman’s Hatch
has received information that her husband Private C Stevens previously
reported missing on March 21st is now reported killed. The report
was received from an official German list and has been accepted
as sufficient evidence for official purposes. He was an old and
valued employee of Rickwood & Co Vale House in whose service
he has been for 15 years. He leaves a widow and three children
to mourn their loss.
S/260. 2nd Bn., Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 9th May
1915. Born 20th January 188 in Hartfield. Son of Isaac Wheatley
and Rosanna (Coates). Isaac was a labourer, 1891 census, living
in the Hartfield district, Legers Row. In 1901 the family were living
at Coleman’s Hatch. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial. Panel
20 and 21.
Private 17604, 23rd Company, Machine Gun Corps. Son Leonard John
Stevenson and Elizabeth Stevenson. 1911 Census lists him as living
in India while serving in the 1st West Yorkshire Regiment. Killed
in action 27th October 1916. Buried in grave II B 16 in Grove Town
Cemetery, Meaulte, France. Listed on the Hartfield Memorial His
brother George Stevenson died on 5th July 1916.
W/75120, Auxiliary Territorial Service. Born about 1920. Daughter
of Lewis William and Fanny Barber of Forest Row. Died 9th July 1943.
Buried in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, Coleman’s
Hatch, East Sussex. Civilian Headstone. Also commemorated on
East Grinstead and Forest Row Memorials.
Leading Aircraftman 122111 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Son
of Horace and Kate Burfoot. Died of natural causes while on the
troopship HT Duchess of Richmond, en route to the Far East 12th
February 1943. He was buried at sea and is commemorated on Column
427 of the Singapore Memorial. Also listed on the Hartfield
Rifleman 11007743, 9th Bn., Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Born
about 1913. Son of Charles Wood Butler and his wife, Edith Eleanor,
of Ashford. Died 6th August 1944. Buried in Grave V A 3 in Brouay
War Cemetery, Normandy. Also listed on the Hartfield
Memorial and also at Forest Row where he is listed as ‘Ray’.
Trooper 14526247, Royal Armoured Corps. Born about 1925. Son of
Frank and Rosa Chipperton of Hayes, near Bromley, Kent. Died 6th
September 1943 as a result of falling out of a Scout Car at Stanley,
County Durham. At the time of his death, his parents lived at Tillingham
Lodge, Upper Hartfield. Commemorated on Panel 2 of the West Road
Crematorium, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Also listed on the Hartfield
Sapper 1871588, 22 Fortress Company, Royal Engineers. Born about
1915. Son of Mr & Mrs Percy Crittenden of Hartfield. Captured
during the fall of Hong Kong and died as a Prisoner of War as a
result of friendly fire. The POW transport ship he was on, the Lisbon
Maru, was sunk by the American submarine, the USS Grouper six miles
from Tung Fusham Island, off the China coast, 29°57'N, 122°56'E
between 1st and 2nd October 1942. This ship was carrying 1816 prisoners
on board and was bound for Shanghai. Commemorated on Column 8 of
the Sai Wan Memorial, Hong Kong. Also listed on the Hartfield
Private 6347596, 6th Bn Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment.
Born about 1918. Son of William and Elsie Divall of Coleman’s
Hatch. Died during the Battle of France. On 20th May 1940. Buried
in Plot 7, Row A, Grave 4 in Doullens Communal Cemetery No 1. Also
commemorated on Forest Row Memorial.
Officer Class II (C.S.M.) 6285717, ‘C’ Company, 2nd
(Airborne) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. He received
a stomach wound during the withdrawal across the Rhine, he was taken
prisoner on the following day but died of his wounds on the 28th
September 1944. Son of Charles and Dorothy Godfrey; husband of Violet
Mary Godfrey, of Cosheston, Pembrokeshire, married 1940. Douglas
A Godfrey’s marriage to Violet Mary Williams was registered
in the March Quarter of 1940 in Pembroke : 11a 3193. In the 1911
Census Mr William Godfrey and family are listed as living at The
Stables, Holly Hill, Colemans Hatch, and being employed as a Groom.
Along with his wife Susannah, they had the following children; Florence
A (1881), Frederick J (1884), Arthur F (1886) Charles Edwin Godfrey
(1889), Blanche G (1891). Buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery,
Gelderland, Netherland . Plot 24. Row A. Grave 4.
Bombardier 6397906, 5 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Born about
1913. Son of Frederick Robert and Alice Jarvis. Step son of Mrs
Nora L Jarvis of Hartfield. Died during the fall of Singapore on
13th February 1942. Commemorated on Column 8 of the Singapore Memorial
and the Hartfield Memorial.
Private 6401337, 5th (Cinque Ports) Bn., Royal Sussex Regiment.
Born about 1920. Son of Frederick Alfred and Flora Rose Neale of
Frilford, Berkshire. Died 9th September 1940. Buried in the churchyard
of Holy Trinity at Coleman’s Hatch. Commonwealth War Graves
headstone. Also listed on the Hartfield
Lieutenant 232729, 11th Hussars. Viscount Stuart. Born about 1921.
Son of Arthur Stewart MC, 7th Earl Castle Stewart and his wife Eleanor
May (Nee Guggenheim) of Old Lodge, Nutley and Stuart Hall, Stewartstown,
Northern Ireland. Killed in action 10th November 1942 during the
Second Battle of El Alamein. Commemorated on Column 19 of the Alamein
Memorial. Also commemorated on memorial in St James The Less Church,
Nutley. Brother of Robert Stuart (below).
Lieutenant 311623, ‘B’ Squadron, 9th Queen’s Royal
Lancers. Viscount Stuart. Born December 1923. Son of Arthur Stewart
MC, 7th Earl Castle Stewart and his wife Eleanor (Nee Guggenheim)
of Old Lodge, Nutley and Stuart Hall, Stewartstown, Northern Ireland.
Died of Wounds 17th September 1944. Buried in Grave IV C 7 in Ancona
War Cemetery, Italy. Also commemorated on memorial in St James The
Less Church, Nutley. Brother of David Stuart (above).
WAR GRAVES COMMISSION BURIAL
Lieutenant Colonel 9th (Service) Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. Born
about 1873. Son of Major General H P Sykes (formerly of the Bombay
Lancers) and Mrs M A Sykes. Husband of Mrs O B Sykes of Stone House,
Forest Row. Served in the Boer War in South Africa and was attached
to the 5th (Reserve) Bn Worcestershire Regiment at the start of
the war. Died at Tidworth 8th January 1915. Buried in Grave A 3
A. Commemorated on the Forest Row Memorial. He had been suffering
ill health for some time and shot himself in the head at Bhurtpore
Barracks, Tidworth. He died the next day in the military hospital
there. Civilian Headstone.
George Frederick Baylay
23rd April 1898
Killed in Action 23rd March 1918
At Pargny Bridge on the Somme France
in Scotland, son of Colonel Frederick Baylay, Royal Engineers and
his wife Marion Kirkpatrick Baylay. Colonel Baylay was retired due
to ill health in March 1915. George was educated at Haileybury College.
He is buried in Grave II C 6 in Pargny British Cemetery.
the first day of the German Spring Offensive, the Germans crossed
the Somme and occupied the village of Pargny. The 1st Bn Worcestershire
Regiment counter attacked, recapturing the village and the Bridge.
The commanding officer of the Worcesters, Lt Col Frank Roberts led
the attack and was awarded the Victoria Cross.
302 OCA, 34th Regt (Q.O.R.W.K.) RA TA, 302 Bty.
In Memory of our gallant comrades
who made the supreme sacrifice at Coleman’s Hatch Camp 1944
and in all other theatres of war 1939 – 1945
Lest We Forget.
heartfelt thanks to the residents of Coleman’s Hatch
for hospitality shown during the war years 1941-45
is understood the camp was hit by a flying bomb.
28 January, 2019