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World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2007

Sayers Common is a small hamlet straggling along the A23 near Hurstpierpoint. The memorial is in Christchurch Parish Church, Sayers Common, West Sussex, on the north wall and takes the form of a polished oak plaque with 6 surnames and christian names with a further 7 names added for World War 2.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2007



William James

Rifleman 1057 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade 24th Division. Died in military hospital at Etaples 30 October 1915. Aged 26. Son of Mr & Mrs Gasson. Husband of Esther Miriam Gasson of 1, South Terrace, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill. Native of Bolney Born in Hurstpierpoint and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery


Frederick James

Bombardier (Acting Corporal) 102821, Royal Field Artillery. Son of William & Phoebe Jenden of Clayton. Born in Burgess Hill. In the 1901 census he is listed as the son of William and Phoebe Ellen Jenden, aged 3, born Burgess Hill, resident West End Farm, Clayton. Birth registered in the July to September Quarter 1897 in Cuckfield Registration District, Sussex (2b 160). Baptised 3rd October 1897 at Burgess Hill, Sussex. Sent to France 27 December 1915. Discharged from the Army late on probably as unfit to serve. Died post war, death registered in the October to December Quarter 1920 in the Brighton Registration District. He was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals also the 1915 Star.


Albert Edward

Trooper 2939 2nd Life Guards 3rd Cavalry Division. Killed in action at Ypres 31 October 1914. Aged 20. Son of Thomas & Harriett Seymour of Hickstead Cottage, Sayers Common. Born in Brighton and enlisted in London Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium



Private 9115 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers 4th Division. Killed in action at Meteren, in Northern France 14 October 1914. Husband of Louisa Shiveral of 6, Sea View, Sittingbourne, Kent. Born in Keaddy, Armagh, Ireland Enlisted in Hamilton, Lanarkshire. Connection with Sayers Common unknown. Buried in Meteren Military Cemetery.



Reg. Sgt. Major TF.200087 1/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 34th Division. Killed in action at Grand Rozoy 29 July 1918. Aged 28. Son of John & Mary Simmons of Goldbridge, Sayers Common. Husband of Mrs Beatrice Simmons of 22, Windmill Street, Brighton. Enlisted in 1908 Born & enlisted in Hurstpierpoint Included on Brighton War Memorial Buried in Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire


Ernest Arthur

Private 52700 12th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry 23rd Division. Killed in action at Ypres 23 September 1917. Aged 22. Son of Ebenezer & Annie Trower of Vicarage Cottage, Sayers Common. Born in Sayers Common and enlisted in Hove. Formerly with The Army Cyclist Corps. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

One burial in the Churchyard not included on the Memorial


George Richard

Sergeant SE.3515 Royal Army Veterinary Corps Att. "C"Battery, 87th Brigade Royal Field Artillery Died at home of gas poisoning suffered on the Western Front 25 May 1916. Aged 35 Husband of Frances Annie Nye of 24,Riley Road, Lewes Road, Brighton. Born in Burgess Hill and enlisted in Brighton. Buried in Christchurch Churchyard, Sayers Common



Basil Hugh

(Listed on war memorial as Royal Sussex Regiment) Lance Bombardier The Royal Artillery 5/3 Maritime Regiment. Lost at sea 15 March 1942 Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial


William Reginald

Private 1st Battalion, Royal West Kents Killed in action in Tunisia 5 May 1943. Aged 21. Son of William & Lily Davey of Sayers Common Buried in Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia


Albert Ernest George

Sergeant/Wireless Op/Air Gunner Royal Air Force 77 Bomber Squadron (Whitley’s) Shot down over Holland returning from a raid on Cologne. 13 November 1940. Aged 23. Son of William George & Ellen Everest of Tenterden, Kent Buried in Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Holland


William Richard

Marine Royal Marines Died at home 5 November 1941. Aged 21. Son of William George & Ellen Everest of Tenterden,Kent Buried in St. Mildreds Cemetery,Tenterden, Kent.


Irene Mary

Aircraftwoman 2nd Class W.A.A.F Died at home 3 November 1941. Aged 22 Daughter of John Joseph & Alice Ellen McDonald of Hurstpierpoint. Buried in Christchurch Churchyard, Sayers Common


George Richard Mackenzie

Able Seaman Royal Navy H.M.M.T.B. 30 Killed in action 18 December 1942. Aged 19. Son of James Richard & Isabel Katherine Nesbit of Anstye. near Cuckfield. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial Southsea.


John Franklin Victor

Pilot Officer Wireless Op/Air Gunner R.A.F.V.R. No 43 Coastal Command Squadron (Bristol Beauforts operating from Sumburgh, Shetlands) Lost in action over Norway 17 May 1942. Aged 25. Son of Major Charles Greatley and Edith Alice Suanders. Husband of Mrs G.Suanders. Buried in Vanse Churchyard Farsund, Norway.

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