War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © World War 1 - Chris Comber 2004
World War 2 - Ron James 2020
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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.
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.
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
(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.
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,
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
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
Legion de Honour
Hon. Herbert Lyttelton
as The Honourable Lyttleton Herbert Keymer PELHAM] Second Lieutenant.
Born 3 April 1884 at Rectory House, Lambeth, 4th son of Rev. Francis
Godolphin, 5th Earl of Chichester, of Stanmer, Lewes, Sussex; married
Mary Gwendolen Emmott in St Margaret, Westminster. He was at Charterhouse
[D] 1898 - 1900. In the 1891 census he was aged 7, born London,
Middlesex, brother of Ruth Pelham and son of Canon Pelham, resident
Dann Dairy, Gloster Road, Seaford, Eastbourne, Sussex. In the 1901
census he was aged 16, born Lambeth, Surrey, a school boarder, resident
South Lynn, Mill Gap Road, Eastbourne, Sussex. In 1902 he was commissioned
into the Hants. & Isle of Wight R.G.A. (Militia) then in 1904
transferred to the Royal Sussex Regiment. Held Aviator's and Pilot's
Certificates. In the Great War he served as Adjutant with 2nd Bn.
He was awarded the Cross of Légion d'Honneur. He was killed
in action on 14 September 1914. His grave is in Vendresse British
Cemetery, Aisne, France. Plot. I. Row C. Grave 15. See
Parish Church, Falmer
War Memorial and Charterhouse
from the Charterhouse Register, Long Quarter 1898:
Herbert Littleton. b. 3 April, 1884. (Daviesites); Left O.Q.,
1900.-Joined D.C.O. Hants & Isle of Wight R.G.A. (Militia
The Hon. H. L. Pelham, The Vicarage, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
from Northwich Guardian - Friday 19 December 1913, page
4, and Runcorn Guardian - Friday 19 December 1913, page
most recent qualiflcations for the Royal Flying Corps include
Mr. Herbert Lyttelton Pelham, youngest brother of Lord Chichester,
and lieutenant in the 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment. Mr. Pelham learnt
to fly at the Vickers School Brooklands, and passed his tests
in the most promising manner for the Royal Club's certificate,
which was granted him the last meeting.
from Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday
19 September 1914, page 8:
the Hon. Herbert Lyttelton Pelham (killed) is brother to the Earl
of Chichester. His father, the late Rev. the Earl Chichester,
was formerly vicar of Yarmouth. Lieutenant Pelham was born in
1884, and became lieutenant in the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1908.
from London Evening Standard - Saturday 19 September
1914, page 6:
Hon. Herbert Lyttelton Pelham, youngest brother of the Earl of
Chichester, was born in 1884. He entered the Militia, and in 1904
joined the Royal Sussex Regiment, of which he was appointed adjutant
in December, 1911.
from Beverley and East Riding Recorder - Saturday 26
September 1914, page 4:
the Hon. Herbert Lyttelton Pelham, who was killed in one of the
recent engagements, is brother of the Earl of Chichester, and
son of the late Hon. and Rev F. G. Pelham, a former vicar of St.
Mary's, Beverley. Lieutenant Pelham was born in 1884, and became
a lieutenant in the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1908.
from Beverley and East Riding Recorder - Saturday 26
September 1914, page 4:
in action, the Hon. Herbert Lyttelton Pelham, Lieutenant and Adjutant
2nd Battalion Boyal Sussex Regt., youngest son of the late Francis,
Earl of Chichester, of Stanmer Park, Falmer, and Alice, Dowager
Countess of Chichester, of Oldland, Keymer, aged 30.
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
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
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
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
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
147062, 142nd Battery The Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds
at Ypres 12th July 1917. Buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery,
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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
NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE."
IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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,
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
26 May, 2022