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Colgate is about five miles east of Horsham and the parish consists of the villages of Colgate, Faygate and the surrounding area. However there are only eight names on the memorial with a further three local residents as listed on Soldiers Died in the Great War and one Commonwealth War Graves Commission burial in St Saviour’s churchyard.

The War Memorial is inside the church and consists of a wooden notice board with doors, which is mounted upon a wooden stand, about six feet high in total. On the left hand side of the memorial is the dedication and the casualties for 1914 and 1916 (there are no casualties for 1915). On the right hand side are the casualties for 1917 and 1918.

The dedication reads:-

To the Glory of God and in grateful remembrance of those who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1918 in the cause of Freedom, Truth and Justice

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

The War Memorial is unusual as most list the casualties alphabetically, the one at Colgate lists them by the year they died.

There is also a stone memorial plaque set inside the south wall near the main entrance to those killed on active service 1939-45 and to the civilian casualties killed in the bombing of September 1940.

Private 292085 2nd Bn Suffolk Regiment 76th Brigade, 3rd Division. Died of Wounds 26 Sept 1917. Son of Walter and Grace Annie Allingham of Hopper Farm, Faygate. Born Burstow, Surrey. Age 31, not 37 which the CGWC have in error. Enlisted Pinner, Middlesex Grave XIX C 17A in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Brother of Walter Allingham (below)
Serjeant 75377, ‘B’ Bn, Heavy Branch, Machine Gun Corps. Died of Wounds. 22 Aug 1917. Brother of Frederick Allingham (above). Born Redhill, Surrey, age 35. Wife Mabel Allingham, lived in West Yaldham, Kemsing, Kent. Enlisted Whaley Bridge, Lancashire. Initially served with Sherwood Foresters as 9782. Buried in Grave VIII I 12 in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Brother of Frederick Allingham (above).
ASHBY William John
Private TF 200460, 1/4th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. 101st Brigade, 24th Division. Killed in Action 9th October 1918. Born Colgate, age 22. Son of William and Emily Ashby, 6 Carylls Cottages, Colgate. Enlisted in Horsham 31st August 1914; 18 years, 167 days on enlistment. He was a Gamekeeper and unmarried. Original Regimental number 4/2135. Killed in Action 9th October 1918. Buried in Grave XIV E 8 in Hooge Crater Cemetery.
Private G5892, 2nd Bn Queens (Royal West Surrey) 91st Brigade, 7th Division. Killed in action 6th September 1916 during an attack on Delville Wood. Son of Jesse and Mary Brooker, Upper Bewbush Farm, Faygate. Born Ifield, Age 26. Commemorated on Pier & Face 5D & 6D of the Thiepval Memorial
Private TF201068, 1/4th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment 101st Brigade, 34th Division. Died of Wounds 15th October 1918. Born Colgate, Age 22. Umarried, son of John and Louise Fuller. Lived Carylls Cottages, Faygate Enlisted Horsham 13th July 1915, a Gardener. Original Regimental number 4/3472. Buried in Grave XXX E 5 in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.
JEAL Harry
Private G1776, 8th (Service) Bn (Pioneers) Royal Sussex Regiment, Divisional Pioneer Bn, 18th Division Died of Wounds. CWGC states on 14th July 1916. Family memorial states 13th July 1916 as does the Medal Roll. Born ‘Upper Bewbush’ (between Faygate & Crawley). Son of the late William and of Mary Jeal. His mother lived at Buchan Hill near Colgate and later at Tilgate Forest Row, Slaugham. Age 22. Enlisted in Horsham. Died of Wounds. CWGC states on 14th July 1916. Family memorial states 13th July 1916 as does the Medal Roll. Commemorated on Pier and Face 7C, Thiepval Memorial. Served in ‘B’ Company. Wounded by shelling in Bernafay Wood.
HARVEY Frank Lennox
Lieutenant, 9th (Queens Royal) Lancers. Commissioned Second Lieutenant in September 1911 and promoted to Lieutenant in October 1913. Died 30th October 1914, age 23. Commemorated on Panel 5 of the Menin Gate, Ypres and on the Regimental memorial in Canterbury Cathedral.
HARVEY Douglas Lennox

Second Lieutenant, 9th (Queens Royal) Lancers Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Cambridge University Officers Training Corps in February 1913 and in the 9th Lancers in May 1914. Died 3rd November 1914 aged 21. Buried in Grave III D 1 in Dranouter Cemetery, Belgium.


Douglas and Frank (above) were two of four sons of the Reverend Edward Douglas Lennox Harvey of Beedingwood, Colgate. He was a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant for Sussex and Vice Chairman of West Sussex County Council. He was also awarded the OBE for his services in the First World War.

In 1914 the 9th Lancers formed part of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade in the Cavalry Division.

There is a memorial to Frank and Douglas in St Saviour’s Church, Colgate. ‘To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Frank Lennox Harvey, Lt 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers, killed in action near Messines, Oct 30, 1914 and Douglas Lennox Harvey, 2nd Lt, 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers, killed in action near Messines, Nov 3, 1914.

BRINKLEY Alfred Walter
Private G22298, 7the (Service) Bn Buffs (East Kent Regiment). 55th Brigade, 18th (Eastern) Division. Died 23rd December 1917. Born Norton, Suffolk. Resident in Faygate. Buried in Grave XIV H 2 in Dozinghem Military Cemetery.
MASKELL William Arthur
Lance Corporal 9319, 2nd Bn East Yorkshire Regiment 83rd Brigade, 28th Division. Killed in Action 5th February 1915 Born Brighton , Resident in Faygate. Commemorated on Panel 21 & 31 of the Menin Gate, Ypres.
MILLER Ernest Charles William
Private 8959, 1st Bn Coldstream Guards.1st (Guards) Brigade, 1st Division. Born Ripe, East Sussex. Age 21. Died 29th October 1914. Son of William Henry and Sarah Jane Miller of 29, Winton Rd, Alfriston. Ernest lived in Colgate but was possibly regular soldier. Commemorated on Panel 11of the Menin Gate, Ypres.
1914-1918 CWGC BURIAL

Private 10576, 11th (Service) Bn Middlesex Regiment 36th Brigade, 12th (Eastern) Division. Died 14th November 1917. Son of Josiah and Mary Ann Wrigley of Holmfirth, Yorkshire. Josiah & Mary later moved to Colgate, resident there in 1916.

Edward is buried at St Saviours Church, Colgate. CWGC headstone. 10576 Private Edward Wrigley Middlesex Regiment 14th November 1917 ‘He suffered much, but murmured not, our hero, brave and true’





Private 6288679, 2nd Bn The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment Born about 1919. Died between 10th May and 4th June 1940. Buried in Grave 4 in Merris Communal Cemetery. Merris is a village between Hazebrouck and Bailleul in France. The first date is probably that when he was 'officially' missing and the late date is that of the final day of the Dunkirk evacuation.


Ernest Howard

Lance Bombardier 1580619, 310 Battery, 72 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery Born about 1912. Son of Christian and Ellen Burrage of Colgate, near Horsham. Died 11th March 1941. Buried in Block L, Grave 26 in Hills Cemetery, Horsham.


Albert James

Gunner 1061053, 7 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery Born about 1906. Son of Thomas and Alice Elizabeth Coomber. Husband of Isabella Harriet Coomber of Upper Billingford, Norfolk. Died as a Prisoner of war, 5th March 1943. Commemorated on Column 16 of the Singapore Memorial. 7 Coast Regiment formed part of the Singapore defences. This is the only military casualty named Coomber with Albert as a Christian name.


Anthony Wyndham Evans

Lieutenant 'HMS Shrike', Royal Navy. Born about 1917. Son of Edward McConnel Wyndham Lawrie and his wife, Ethel Winifred. Husband of Joan Lawrie. Died 28th June 1944. Buried in Grave 17 at St Canice's Church, Faughanvale Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. HMS Shrike was the home base for 836 Squadron. This was the largest squadron in the Navy as it provided aircraft for all the Merchant Aircraft Carriers. These were merchant ships that together with their normal cargo were equipped with a flight deck. They were equipped with Fairey Swordfish biplanes for anti-submarine operations.




Stoker 1st Class C/KX 80553, HMS 'Trusty', Royal Navy Died 5th April 1942. Buried in Plot 6B, Row M, Grave 4A in Kanatte General Cemetery, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 'Trusty' (Pennant Number N45)was a 'T' Class submarine. Commissioned in July 1941. First stationed in the Mediterranean in 1942 it the moved to the Far East.


Lance Corporal 5436517, 1st Bn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Born about 1912. Son of Thomas and Sarah Jane Redman. (The CGWC states their surname is Clay in error). Died 10th June 1942. Commemorated on Column 61 of the Alamein Memorial.



Identity not confirmed. The CGWC has six Frank or Francis Wilsons whose connections are not stated


These all died as a result of the bombing of Colgate on September 9th 1940. The first bomb hit the house of the District Nurse, Gertrude Hocken. She was rescued and taken to the village hall. Heather Barnes was a first aid worker there. The Post Office was then hit followed by the village Hall, killing Mrs Hocken and fatally wounding Miss Barnes who died at Horsham Hospital. The other three casualties were all members of the Auxiliary Fire Service when another bomb exploded near the church gate; John Ian Campbell (Commanding the Colgate unit), Richard John (Jack) Constable (Badly injured and died at Horsham) and William Doick, only aged 16. Three other bombs fell on the village, but only one exploded later, probably a 'delayed action'.


Heather Diana

V.A.D. Colgate Village Hall. Born about 1920. Daughter of W G Barnes MA (the Chief Air Raid Warden in Colgate) and his wife Mrs GMK Barnes. Injured at Colgate Village Hall 9th September and died from her injuries at Horsham Hospital the following day. Awarded a Posthumous Commendation from His Majesty the King for brave conduct in Civil Defence, a Posthumous award of the Red Cross Gallantry Certificate and the Girl Guides Bronze Cross.


John Ian

Commander of the Colgate unit of the AFS. GDA, NDA. Born about 1902. Son of John MacDiarmid Campbell and his wife, Margaret, of Doune, Perthshire, Scotland. Husband of Maude Alma Campbell of Kirklee, Braco, Perthshire. Lived at 2, Lancer Cottages, Colgate. Killed outside Colgate Church 9th September 1940.


Richard John

Fireman AFS. Known as 'Jack' and listed as such on the memorial. Born about 1902. Son of John Constable of Pine Cottage, Colgate and the late Amy Constable. Husband of Sarah Elizabeth Constable. Lived at Lilac Cottage, Colgate. Badly injured by the bomb explosion outside Colgate church and reported to have lost both legs. Died at Horsham the following day.



Fireman AFS. Born about 1924. Son of Fanny Matilda Doick and the late Walter Doick. Lived at Blackhall Farm, Colgate. Killed outside Colgate Church 9th September 1940.


Gertrude Ann

District Nurse. Born about 1890 in Croydon. Daughter of George and Mary Hoddell of 48, Cecile Park, Crouch End, Middlesex. Widow of George Hocken. Lived at 'Ferndene', Colgate. Injured at her home by the first bomb. Taken to the village hall which was hit by another bomb which killed her. Buried in the churchyard at Colgate.

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