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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2005

The memorial is in the form of a large stone tablet (fading rather badly) that is to be found in the porch of Donnington Parish Church (Holy Trinity) bearing the names of 9 men from the first war and 8 from the second.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2005



Albert Colin

Sergeant G/978 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, 12th Division Killed in action near Arras 25th July 1917. Aged 27. Son of Henry & Ellen Arnell of Pear Tree Cottages Donnington. Born in Hunston and enlisted in Chichester. Included on Chichester City Memorial and Eartham Parish Church. Buried in Monchy British Cemetery



Corporal 9036, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. 5th Division. Killed in action 13th October 1914. Son of Henry & Ellen Arnell of Pear Tree Cottages, Donnington. Born in Chichester and enlisted in Portsmouth Included on Chichester City and Eartham Parish Church War Memorials. Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial


Edward John

Private TF/200859, 1/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, 53rd Division. Killed in action at The First Battle of Gaza,Palestine 26th March 1917. Next of kin, Donnington. Enlisted in Chichester Commemorated on The Jerusalem Memorial. Palestine


Joseph Arthur

Private G/28991, 2nd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, 2nd Division. Killed in action 21st September 1918. Aged 20. Son of James & Ellen Poore of Donnington. Born in Donnington and enlisted in Chichester Buried in La Targette British Cemetery Neuville St.Vaast



Private 25964, 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, 24th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 3rd August 1917. Aged 33 . Son of Mr & Mrs K Talman of Brickfield Cottages, Hunston. Husband of Mrs Edith Talman of 1, Price`s Cottages, Donnington. Born in Birdham and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium.


Edward William

Private G/52561, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 3rd Division Killed in action 21st March 1917. Born in East Grinstead, and enlisted in Harlesden. Formerly with the Middlesex Regiment. Connection with Donnington unknown. Buried in Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras.


Arthur Thomas

Private G/16285, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, 12th Division. Died of wounds 9th August 1918. Aged 23. Son of Mr & Mrs White of Pear Tree Cottages, Donnington. Enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Pernoise British Cemetery.



Private 49706, 32nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. 41st Division. Died of wounds 6th December 1916. Born in the New Forest and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery.


Harry Thomas

Private (Bugler) 7741, 4th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. 27th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 8th January 1915. Aged 27. Son of Mr & Mrs Harry White of Bell Lane, Birdham. Born in Haslemere, Surrey and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial,Ypres, Belgium.



Kenneth James

Boy 1st Class PJX 171720, H.M.S. “Hood”, Royal Navy. Lost when the Battlecruiser was lost in action with the “Bismarck” in the Denmark Straits 24th May 1941. Aged 18. Son of Florence Banfield of Aldingbourne. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.


Anthony John George

Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards Killed in action in Italy 25th September 1944. Aged 19. Son of George & Violet Harris of St. Johns Wood, London. Buried in Castiglione South African Cemetery, Italy.


Thomas Crosskey

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action during the defence of Hong Kong. 18th December 1941. Aged 20. Son of Grahame Crosskey and Nina Adeline Harris of Hove. Buried in Sai Wan War Cemetery, Hong Kong.



Sergeant Observer 581526, 21 (Bomber) Squadron (Bristol Blenheims) Royal Air Force. Died 26th November 1940. Aged 23. Son of Arthur & Harriett Osborne of Donnington. Buried in Donnington (Holy Trinity) Churchyard


William Leslie

Corporal 5345536, 10th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Killed in action at Anzio in Italy 4th February 1944. Aged 30. Son of William & Alice Rapson of Stockbridge,near Donnington. Buried in Anzio War Cemetery, Italy


Cuthbert Eric

Chief Petty Officer Steward PL/12818, H.M.S. “Galatea”, Royal Navy. One of 470 lost when the Cruiser was torpedoed by U557 off Alexandria on 15th December 1941. Aged 40. Son of Harry and Edith Sait. Husband of Winifred Muad Sait of Donnington. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.


Reginald Ernest

Sergeant 1293036 460 (Bomber) Squadron (Handley Page Halifax’s), Royal Air Force Lost on operations over Germany 20th April 1943. Aged 21. Son of Capt George Ernest Smith (MC) and Mrs Ethel Mary Smith of Donnington. Commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial


Frederick William

Private 6400662, 5th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action at Salerno, Italy 9th September 1943. Aged 32. Son of Thomas & Rose Ubsdell. Husband of Euphemia Stark Ubsdell of West Wittering. Buried in Salerno War Cemetery Italy

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