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DUNCTON AND DISTRICT WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed & Researched Chris Comber 2004 & Oliver Hartley 2021

Thinly populated downland area. Incorporating the men of Duncton, UpWaltham, Burton and Barlavington. Brass plate inside the church on the South Wall lists 7 Surnames with one Christian name for World War 1. A further plaque is located on the south interior wall of church listing those who died in World War 2. The first detail was provided by Chris Comber, the research below that by Oliver Hartley. The World War 2 details was supplied by Oliver Hartley.

Photographs Copyright © Oliver Hartley 2021

DUNCTON, UPWALTHAM, BURTON AND BARLAVINGTON.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN HONOUR
OF THOSE OF THE ABOVE PARISHES WHO
SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR A.D. 1914-
A.D 1919 AND IN SACRED MEMORY OF

BAKER

Jonas

Private 7851, 1st Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. 4th Division. Died of wounds on the Aisne 16 September 1914. Born in Upperton and enlisted in Chichester. Buried in Rozieres Churchyard Aisne.

Private 7851, 1st Battalion The Hampshire Regiment.
Killed in action at Chateau Roziere in Northern France on 16th September 1914 age 25. He was born in Tillington on 15th August 1889 to Richard Baker and Ann Enticknap, who were married on 29th June 1888, also in Tillington. Jonas was a farm labourer who lived at Sid’s Cottage, Lurgashall before the war. His parents lived on the Burton Park Estate hence Jonas being on the Duncton memorial. Buried in Rozieres Churchyard, Rozieres-sur-Crise, Aisne, France

BAKER

John Henry

Possibly Private 29505, 2nd Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 2nd Division. Died of wounds 25 August 1918. Aged 37. Son of David and Sarah Baker. Husband of Mrs Sarah Baker of Sycamore Road, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks. Born in Egdean near Fittleworth and enlisted in Oxford. Formerly with the Royal Worcestershire Regiment. Buried Bac-Du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval F.103

believed to be:
John Henry Baker, Private 29505, 2nd Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, age 37. John died of wounds on 25th August 1918. He is buried at Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval, south west of Arras in Northern France. John was born in 1888 to David & Sarah Baker in Egdean just outside Petworth.

BARTLETT

Arthur

Private 41284, 9th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers. 12th Division. Killed in action at Arras 3 May 1917. Aged 36. Son of John and Eliza Bartlett. Husband of Mrs Edith Matilda Bartlett of Rectory Gate, Petworth. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial Mr. 20. (No record with SDGW)

Private 41284, A Company, 9th Battalion The Royal Fusiliers, Age 36.
Arthur was killed in action at Arras on 3rd May 1917 and is commemorated at the Arras Memorial in France. He was born in Findon on 29th December 1880 to John Bartlett & Eliza Batten who married in Sherborne, Dorset in 1873. Arthur was a domestic gardener and lived in Lavington Park. He left a wife, Edith Matilda Lucas of North Street, Petworth who he married in 1913 and a son, Arthur who was born in 1916.

FULLER

William

Private 61537, 22nd Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers. 2nd Division. Killed in action 27 February 1917. Aged 40. Son of William and Eliza Fuller of 57, Duncton. Husband of Mrs Elizabeth Annie Fuller of Ivy Cottage, Duncton. Born in Coombs and enlisted in Petworth. Formerly with the Royal West Kent Regiment. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR.21

Private 61537, 22nd Battalion The Royal Fusiliers, Age 40.
William was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme on 27th February 1917 and is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. He was born on 16th April 1877 at Coombs near Lancing to William Fuller and Eliza Walls. William was a farm worker who lived in Duncton High Street. He left a wife, Elizabeth Ann Pescod of Ivy Cottage, Duncton who he married in 1897 and a daughter, Annie Dora who was born in 1897.

KNIGHT

Harry

Private G/3710, 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division. Killed in action at the Battle of Loos 25 September 1915. Son of Richard and Fanny Knight of Duncton. Born in Duncton and enlisted in Petworth. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR. 19

Private G/3710, 9th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, Age 21.
Harry was reported missing presumed dead during the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was born on 19th October 1893 in Duncton to Richard Knight & Fanny Woods. Harry was a domestic gardener who lived in Duncton High Street and was unmarried with no children.

GREEN

George

No further information currently

Leading Stoker 300676, HMS Bulwark, Age 31.
George was killed along with 741 other souls on 26th November 1914 when an internal explosion destroyed the ship while moored in the River Medway estuary and is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was born on 23rd August 1883 to Rufus Green and Annie Catherine Arnold who married in 1875 in Westhampnett. Before the war he lived at The Benges, Upwaltham and worked as a farm labourer. George was half-brother to Solo Snow – they shared the same mother. He was not married and had no children.

SNOW

Soloman aka "Solo"

Lance Corporal 5345, 2nd Battalion, The Scots Guards. The Guards Division. Killed in action 30 November 1917. Aged 31. Son of Mr and Mrs William Snow of “The Benges”, Upper Waltham. Husband of Mrs Amy Snow of 11, Alpha Road, Crawley. Born in Portsmouth and enlisted in Arundel. Buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich F. 379

Lance Corporal 5345, 2nd Battalion The Scots Guards, Age 31.
Solo was killed in action in Northern France on 30th November 1917 and is buried at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, south west of Cambrai, Northern France. He was born on 21st July 1886 to William Newman Snow and Annie Catherine Green who were married in Alverstoke in 1886. He was a carter and lived with the family at The Benges, Upwaltham. Solo was half-brother to George Green – they shared the same mother. He left a wife, Amy Arber who he married in 1913 in Horsham, and a daughter, Florence Annie born in 1914.

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY
WITH A GREAT SACRIFICE WE WON VICTORY

THE ELECTRIC LIGHTING AND HEATING
IN THIS CHURCH WERE INSTALLED AS
AN ACT OF THANKSGIVING FOR
DELIVERANCE AND IN GRATEFUL AND
LOVING MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING
PARISHONERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE WAR.1939 - 1945;

CARTER [Francis] Raymond
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1166938, 207 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Age 22. Francis died on 10th September 1942 when his Lancaster went down off northern Denmark while on a mine-laying mission. He was washed ashore near Bovbjerg and was buried at Lemvig Cemetery by the parish priest. He was born in the winter of 1920 at Heath End, Duncton to Stephen Carter, a coal worker, and Louisa Leeding Davis who lived at 416 Heath End.
CONNOR Harold [Frederick]
Private 6094420, 2/7th Battalion The Queen’s Royal Regiment, Age 27. Harold was killed in action in Italy on 21st January 1944 and is buried at Minturno War Cemetery on the cost between Naples and Rome. He was born locally in autumn 1917 to a local gardener, Arthur W Connor, and Matilda Durrant who lived at 1, Council Cottages, Duncton.
DARKER Cecil [Roser]
Petty Officer D/J110360, HMS Isis, Age 31. Cecil was killed on 20th July 1944 while serving aboard the destroyer HMS Isis. Isis hit a mine and sank off the western sector of the Normandy landing beaches with the loss of 154 men. He was born in Ireland around 1913 to Frederick Darker, a groom, and Alice Marguerite Roser who lived at The Lodge, Barlavington Manor.
MARSHALL Charlotte [Catherine]
Civilian & Schoolteacher, Age 27. Charlotte was killed on 29th September 1942 when a lone German bomber attempted to drop its bombs on Canadian troops stationed at Petworth Park. The bombs missed their mark and hit Petworth Boys School. As there was no air raid warning, 80 children were at the school at the time and 28 were killed along with the headmaster and Charlotte, an assistant teacher. All of the victims are buried in a mass grave in the old cemetery in Petworth, just off the Horsham Road. Charlotte was born on 21st December 1914 in Duncton to Ernest William Marshall and Lucy Hannah Short of Burton Rough. Charlotte lived at Briar Bank.
MAYES Godfrey [Middleton James Mayes]
Flight Sergeant 922140, 269 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Age 19. Godfrey died when his Hudson plane went down into the sea while on convoy escort duties near Iceland on 11th February 1942. An SOS signal was heard but no trace was found of the plane or crew. He was born in the winter of 1922 to James John Mayes and Fanny Flora Ford who lived at Redlands Farm, Duncton. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey. Godfrey’s sister, who lived in the village until her recent passing, recalled having to cycle home from the post office in Petworth where she worked, to deliver the telegram to her own parents informing them of their son’s death.
PEACOCK Morris [Henry]
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1337343, 76 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Age 19. Morris was killed on 9th November 1942 after having baled out of his Halifax bomber over Hamburg, Germany. The squadron was on a bombing mission and were heavily engaged by flak. The pilot gave the order to abandon but shortly regained control and cancelled his order but too late to save Morris and a colleague who had already jumped. There is record of his colleague being taken as a POW so one can only assume that Morris was shot before or shortly after landing. The remaining crew made it safely back to base. He is buried at the military cemetery in Hamburg. He was born in 1923 to William Henry Morris and Henrietta Annie Drummond of Crouch Farm Cottages, Barlavington.

Duncton is proud to remember and honour those brave men and women who made the
ultimate sacrifice in defence of the freedoms we enjoy today.

Rest in Peace.

Last updated 30 November, 2021

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