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KEYMER WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © World War 1 - Chris Comber 2004
World War 2 - Ron James 2020

The Memorial Cross is situated on a small enclosed green by the roadside just below the Parish Church of St.Cosmas & Damian. The 39 men are listed by Rank & Regiment. There is also a carved, decorated, wooden memorial in the Church. An additional stone plaque has been added to the memorial listing the names, rank, and service of those who died in World War 2.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS
PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919.

ANSCOMBE A J
Pte. R.A.V.C, possibly Thomas Anscombe, Gunner 178783, 'C' Trench Mortar Battery Royal Horse & Field Artillery, Salonika Force. Died of Wounds in Salonika 12th August 1917. Aged 33. Son of Peter & Helen Anscombe of Hurstpierpoint. Husband of Edith Anscombe of Bridgefoot Lodge, South Mimms, Hertfordshire. Enlisted in Brighton. Formerly with the Army Veterinary Corps. (SE.1221) Buried in Salonika (Lambet Road) Cemetery, Greece.
AVERY Israel Charles John
Private 27651, 9th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers. 12th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 4th August 1916. Aged 23. Only son of Israel & Patience Avery of 2, Stanford Avenue Hassocks. Born in Hassocks and enlisted in Brighton Also Clayton War Memorial Buried in Serre Road Cemetery No.2. F.1890/2
BROOKER Thomas Edwin
Private G.16403, 13th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Died of wounds 7th November 1916. Aged 37. Son of George & Emma Brooker of Hassocks. Husband of Florence Brooker of 30, Parklands Road, Hassocks Local gardener and bellringer. Born in Ditchling and enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery F.74
BURGESS Albert Edward
[Listed as Royal Sussex Regiment on memorial] Private 21592 Burgess 2/5th Battalion, The Royal West Surrey Regiment. Res. Batt. Died at home 17th August 1917. Aged 20. Son of Mr & Mrs Henry Burgess of Archway Cottage, Woodland Road, Hassocks. Buried in St Cosmas & Damian Churchyard, Keymer.
BURGESS Henry
Private TF.1914 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 53rd Division. Killed in action on Gallipoli 26th September 1915. Aged 28. Son of Mr & Mrs Henry Burgess of Archway Cottage, Woodland Road, Hassocks. Born, Keymer and enlisted in Horsham Buried in Hill 10 Cemetery, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli.
COLEMAN George Thomas
Private G.1331 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action near Meetcheele, Passchendaele on the 23rd November 1917. Aged 28. Son of George & Annie Coleman 35, Parklands Road, Hassocks. Born and enlisted in Brighton. Brother of Frederick Allen Coleman. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium Mr30.
COLEMAN Frederick Allen
Private 47292, 7th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action 4th November 1918. Aged 19. Son of George & Annie Maria Coleman of 35, Parklands Road, Hassocks. Born Hassocks and enlisted in Brighton Brother of George Thomas Coleman Buried in Villers Pol Communal Cemetery Extension.F.1081
COPPARD Frederick [Marshall]
[Listed as Sussex Yeomanry on memorial] Private TF.2045 Coppard 2/4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Res. Batt. Died at home 3rd May 1916. Aged 32. Son of Mr & Mrs Marshall Coppard of Parkmead, Keymer Buried in St Cosmas & Damian Churchyard, Keymer
COPPARD Cecil Trayton
Private 28112, 8th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in acton at Arras 3rd May 1917. Born in Haywards Heath and enlisted in Chichester Next of kin residents of Hassocks. Commemorated on The Arras memorial MR.20
COVEY William Henry
Gunner 920317, 'C' Battery 82nd Brigade. Royal Field Artillery 18th Division. Killed in action during the German Spring offensive on March 21st 1918. Born in Hurstpierpoint and enlisted in Brighton Buried in Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension. (Aisne)
GARBETT Hubert Eustace King
Private SD.3113, 13th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 13th Division. Killed in action on the Rue de Bois 30th June 1916. Aged 28. Son of Francis & Mary Garbett of North Court Lodge, Stanford Avenue, Keymer. Worthing W.M. Born in Hassocks and enlisted in Worthing. Buried in St Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg F.631
GEARING John Ambrose
Private G.1085, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action near Loos 4th March 1916. Born in Beddingham and enlisted in Hurstpierpoint. Also Clayton War Memorial. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR.19
FLINT Hedley
Private 55573, 33rd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps 11th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 8th September 1916. Born in Pyecombe and enlisted in Hove. Next of kin, Henfield Henfield Parish Church Memorial. Buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authile Wood. F.246
HARTNUP Frederick
Sapper. 195220, Base Signals Depot Royal Engineers. East Africa. Died in East Africa 30th December 1917. Aged 32. Son of William & Ellen Hartnup of Oxted, Surrey (Oxted W.M.) Husband of Marjorie Hartnup of 'Millbrook' Hassocks. Born in Oxted, Surrey and enlisted in Burgess Hill Buried in Morogoro Cemetery, Tanzania.
HIRST-SMYTH James Lawrence
Lance Corporal Royal Sussex Lance Corporal G.1582, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Richebourg L'Avoue 9th May 1915. Son of Dr.& Mrs J.D.Hirst-Smyth of Keymer Educated at Ware and Newport Grammar Schools. Born in Hassocks and enlisted in Hove. Commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial MR.22
HOWARD John Brereton
Captain, 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 47th London Division Divisional Pioneer Battalion. Killed in action 6th April 1918. Aged 22. Only son of John Aaron Howard of Friars Oak, and Dinah Howard of 'Lynehurst', Hene Road, Worthing. Born Brereton Hall. Keymer connection unknown. Buried in Martinsart British Cemetery.F232
JUNIPER James
Private G.15938, 13th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at Ypres 24th September 1917. Aged 35 Brother of Mrs S. Randall of 47, Parklands Road, Hassocks Local Postman. Born in Hassocks and enlisted in Ditchling. Name recorded in St Peters Memorial Book, Brighton. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR.30
KING, MM Robert George
Gunner 14805 (M.M.), 'D' Battery. 70th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. 15th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 13th April 1917. Aged 25. Son of Robert & Jane King of 29, Robertson Road, Brighton. Husband of Ellen Annie King of 34 Parklands Road, Hassocks. Born in Brighton and enlisted in Guildford, Surrey. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, MR.29
McDONALD John Edward
Corporal 1963 25th Battalion, The Australian Infantry 7th Brigade. 2nd Australian Division. Killed in action near Pozieres 29th July 1916 Keymer connection unknown. Commemorated on The Villers Bretonneux Memorial MR.26
MANNING, MC George Alfred
Lieutenant (MC), 438th Field Company The Royal Engineers. 3rd Division. Killed in action at Ypres 26th September 1917. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium MR30.
MEARS Arthur Leslie
Lance Corporal 13059, 3rd Battalion, The Coldstream Guards Guards Division. Killed in action at Ypres 11th September 1917. Aged 24. Son of Alred & Lucy Mears of Ditchling. Born in Ditchling & enlisted in Brighton. Brighton and Ditchling Memorials. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR30.
MUNSTER John Francis
Lieutenant 13th Hussars. Mesopotamian Cavalry Units. Died in Mesopotamia 4th February 1918. Aged 22. Son of John Philip & Mary Frances Munster of 43, Onslow Gardens, South Kensington, London. Commemorated on The Basra Memorial, Iraq. MR.38
PARSONS Bennifold Warren
Private G.3310 Parsons 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Died of wounds at Arras 12th April 1917. Aged 20. Son of James & Harriett Parsons of Lodge Farm Cottage, Keymer. Born in Keymer and enlisted in Haywards Heath Buried in Fosse 10 Communal Cemetery Extension F.570
PELHAM, Legion de Honour The Honourable Lyttleton Herbert Keymer
Lieutenant (Legion of Honour) Regimental Adjudant 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division. Killed in action at Troyon 14th September 1914. Aged 30 Fourth son of Francis & Alice Godolphin, the 5th Earl of Chichester, of Stanmer Park. Born Rectory House, Lambeth Educated at Charterhouse. (School Memorial) Buried in Vendresse British Cemetery F1329

See also Falmer War Memorial and Charterhouse War Memorial.

PEATFIELD Stanley James
Second Lieutenant, 60th Company The Machine Gun Corps attached from The Royal Berkshires. Wounded during the Messines offensive and died in military hospital 2nd July 1917. Aged 22 Youngest son of Mr & Mrs M. Peatfield of St Georges Place, Brighton. Earlier of 'Willowbrook' Hassocks. Memorial tablet in Hassocks Congregational Chapel. St Peters Memorial Book Under 2/Lts. Brighton Memorial. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium B.11
PILBEAM F Frank
Private G.15858 11th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 21st October 1916 Husband of Mrs R.Pilbeam of 16, Buckingham Place, Brighton. Son of Mr & Mrs E.Pilbeam of 'Whitelands' Keymer. Born in Ditchling and enlisted in Haywards Heath Brighton W.M. and St Peters Memorial Book. Buried in Grandcourt Road Cemetery F.384
POVEY Herbert Cecil
Private 42398 2nd Battalion, The Inniskilling Fusiliers 36th Irish Division Lost in action during the March Retreat 21st March 1918 age 23 Adopted son of Frederick & Esther Nunn of 140, Calabria Road, Highbury. North London. Born in Brighton and enlisted in London. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR.27
RANDALL Samuel
Sergeant SE.7503, Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Western Front Units. Attached to the 95th Brigade Royal Field Artillery 21st Division. Died 1st October 1915. Aged 32. Son of George & Annie Randall of Ewhurst, Surrey. Husband of Rose Randall who remarried (Jones) and moved to 27, Terminus Road, Brighton. Enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe.F115
RUSSELL Henry
Private 35426, 13th Battalion, The Kings Liverpool Regiment. 3rd Division. Killed in action on the Somme 14th July 1916. Born in Clayton and enlisted in Brighton Next of kin, Brighton. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR.21 Gunner 147062 142nd Battery The Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds at Ypres 12th July 1917 Buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium B.10
SHELTON A
Gunner 147062, 142nd Battery The Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds at Ypres 12th July 1917. Buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium B.10
SIMMONDS Osbourne John
Private 40923, 4th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment. 37th Division. Killed in action on the Ancre 18th November 1916. Born in Ditchling and enlisted in Brighton. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR21.
SMART Henry Walter
Lance Corporal G.17190, 12th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action at Ypres 25th September 1917. Aged 25. Son of Mrs Ellen Smart of 5, Lodge Road, Keymer. Born in Pyecombe and enlisted in Horsham. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR.30
STAFFORD Frederick John Ewart
Second Lieutenant, No 8 Artillery Observation Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Wounded in action flying a BE 2c and died in military hospital Abbeville 22nd April 1917. Aged 19. Son of Edward & Annie Stafford of Brighton. Brighton Memorial and St Peters Memorial Book. Buried in Abbeville Cemetery Extension F.52.
STALLWOOD William Alfred
Private 132563, 51st Company, The Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) Taken prisoner and died in captivity 24th October 1918. Aged 19. Son of William & Amelia Stallwood of 13, Parklands Road, Hassocks. Enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Ixlelles (Elsene) Communal Cemetery, Belgium
STANDING A E
Gunner RFA. Cannot identify but a Silver War Badge was issued to Albert Edward STANDING, Gunner 225883, 2 Depot, Royal Garrison Artillery who enlisted 5 December 1914 and was was discharged 16 December 1918 under Para 392 (xvi) King's Regulation, Para 2 (a) (1), aged 23, issued badge B62868 6 January 1919. Died after January 1919.
STONER William
Private GS/462, 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Died of nephritis in military hospital Hazebrouck on the 13th March 1916. Aged 41. Son of George & Anne Stoner of Keymer. Born in Ditchling and enlisted in Haywards Heath Buried in Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery Extension. F 193
TIDY Thomas Edwin
Private (2nd Class) 304150, Royal Air Force. Died in 3rd Southern Hospital, Oxford from corcho spinal meningitis 20th October 1918. Aged 49. Born Cowfold, Sussex. Baptised 20th February 1870 in Cowfold, Sussex, son of Amos and Frances Tidy. In the 1901 census he was aged 31, born Cowfold, Sussex, a Domestic Gardener, married to Harriett Tidy, resident Clayton Street, Clayton, Cuckfield, Sussex. Buried in St Cosmos & Damian Churchyard, Keymer.
VINCENT Hugh
Private 17469, 6th Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action 14th October 1915. Born in Plaistow, East London and enlisted in Canning Town. Next of kin residents of Hove. Buried in Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt. F.515
WOOLLER Albert Sydney
Private G/1078, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action at Ovillers 7th July 1916. Aged 21. Son of Mrs Abigail Wooller of Whitelands Cottage, Keymer. Born in Clayton and enlisted in Hurstpierpoint. Commemorated on Clayton lych gate memorial. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial MR.21

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE."

AND IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945

DAUGHTREY Albert
Corporal. Service No 6397544. 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 19th February 1941 aged 26. He was the son of Edward and Lilian Daughtrey of Keymer Sussex. Albert is buried at Ismailia War Cemetery, Egypt.
DUDENEY Sydney John
Sergeant. Service No 1836330. Border Regiment. Died 10th September 1945 aged 44. He was the son of Mr & Mrs J E Dudeney and husband of Alice Dudeney of Hassocks, Sussex. Sydney is buried in the churchyard of St Cosmas & St Damian Church, Keymer, Sussex.
EARL Arthur Ronald
Sergeant (Under Training) Pilot. Service No 547852 Royal Air Force. Died 1st July 1944 aged 30. He was the son of George and Margaret Earl. Arthur is buried at Harare (Pioneer) Cemetery, Zimbabwe, formerly Southern Rhodesia. He was the brother of George Earl who died later that month. See below.
EARL George William
Aircraftsman 2nd class. Service No 1880482. 5003 Airfield Construction Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve. Died 31st July 1944 aged 43. He was the son of George & Margaret Earl, and the husband of Lucy Agnes Earl of Hassocks, Sussex. George is buried in the churchyard of St Cosmas & St Damian Church, Keymer, Sussex. He was the brother of Arthur Earl who died earlier that month. See above.
GAMAN Harry Charles
Lieutenant Service No 194199. 45th Leeds Rifles, Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corp. Died 1st November 1942 aged 34. He was the son of William Henry and Florence Ethel Gaman and the husband of Yvonne Gaman of Keymer, Sussex. Harry is buried at Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt.
GRAY Leonard Maurice
Flying Officer (Air Gunner). Service No 50745. 180 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 6th October 1944 aged 29. Leonard is buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey. His home address was Downton, Keymer, Sussex.
HILL Desmond Fairfax
Flight Lieutenant. Service No 60786. 228 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve. Died 13th June 1943 aged 31. Desmond was the son of Charles and Frederica Hill of Keymer, Sussex, and he husband of Isobel Hill. His name is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
JEAL Percy William
Marine. Service No CH/X 105907. No 43 Commando, Royal Marines. Died 28th March 1944 aged 20. He was the son of Percy and Mary Jeal of Hassocks, Sussex. Percy is buried at Belgrade War Cemetery, Serbia. Formally part of Yugoslavia.
KENNETT Douglas Frank
Able Seaman. Service No P/JX 149114. H.M. Submarine Tettarch. Royal Navy. Died 2nd November 1941 Aged 20. He was the son of William & Lily Kennett of Hassocks, Sussex. His ship was lost at sea, and his name is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
PETTET Alexander Henry
Pilot Officer. Service No 85011. 248 Squadron RAF Volunteer Reserve. Died 13th December 1940 aged 28. He was the son of Alexander Charles and Ada Louise Pettet of Hassocks, Sussex. His name is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
PHILLIPS Kenneth David Gordon
Captain. Service No 214765 Royal Engineers. Died 6th January 1945 aged 22. He was the son of Major Herbert and Violet Phillips of Fittleworth, Sussex. His home address was Grand Avenue, Hassocks, Sussex. Kenneth is buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar, formerly Burma.
WHITING Robert
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner). Service No 1334969. RAF Volunteer Reserve. Died 15th September 1943 aged 20. He was the son of Robert & Grace Whiting of Keymer, Sussex. Robert is buried at Le Petit Luc Cemetery, Algeria.

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