War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Chris Comber 2004
Stopham memorial is to be found on the village green below St Mary the
Virgin Church, off the A283, Stopham, Chichester, West Sussex. It takes
the form of a plain Latin cross on a tapering shaft standing on a square
plinth with a three stepped, square, with the base.set in a small garden;
there are small raised crosses at the base of the shaft on each face.
There are eight names for World War 1 and four names for World War 2.
from West Sussex Gazette - Thursday 6 January 1921, page 12:
WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILED.
Sunday a memorial was unveiled to the men of this little pariah who
made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. The memorial, which has
been erected on the Village Green to the west of the old church, takes
the form of a tapering shaft or column of Clipsham stone, surmounted
by a cross, with the massive octagonal base rising in asteps, fashioned
out of local stone, quarried, cut and built up by the workmen on the
Stopham estate. It was designed by Mr. H. P. Burke Downing, Diocesan
Architect for Chichester. The names, deeply cut on two sides of the
the shaft, are: Albert J. Adsett, Walter B. Barttelot, Nigel W. Barttelot,
Ernest Hawkins, Charles Holden, William
Holden, George Knight, and Harold Nicholson. The impressive ceremony,
in the form appointed by the Bishop of the diocese, was conducted by
the Rector of Stopham, the Rev. V. L. Guise. Following the singing of
the hymn " O God, our help in ages past," General Sir Henry
Sclater, G.C.B., G.B.E., accompanied by Major-Gen. F. W. Cavaye. and
assisted by their nephews, Sir Walter Barttelot and Mr. William Barttelot,
lowered the Union Jack which draped the memorial, to which, temporarily
lashed, was the smoke-stained battle flag of H.M.S. Liberty, in which
ship Lieut.-Commander Barttelot was killed in the succesful action in
the Blight of Heligoland early in the war. This flag was afterwards
carried into the church by his son, Sir Henry Sclater, in an address
to the large assembly, pointed out what a large proportion of men —30
out of the small population of about 100—had answered the call
of duty; and how heavy the toll had been. He said wow much he appreciated
the privilege of being associated with General Cavaye in doing honour
to the men of Stopham, whose memorial would stand for all time to show
the part the parish had taken, and the loss it had sustaimed, in the
Great War, and which would ever keep fresh in our memory and hand on
to posterity the example of those who fought for and saved our Empire
and homes. We must now do our pat in a spirit of unity and sel-denial
to carry on consolidate the work they had so nobly begun, so that those
bereaved of their loved ones might feel that their blood had not been
shed in vain.The Blessing having been pronounced by the Rector and the
Last Post sounded by fourex-Sservice men of Petworth, the ceremony terminated
by the singing of God Save the King.
of the names that appears most frequently on the war memorial is Barttelot.
The family have a long standing association with Stopham as the major
landowners. The family is understood to have come over at the Norman
Conquest. They have a long tradition of service, the 2nd Baronet died
serving in the Boer War, two of his children Walter and Nigel died
in World War One and a further generation, the 4th Baronet fell in
World War Two.
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G/70167, 8th Battalion, The Royal West Surreys. 24th Division. Killed
in action 10th July 1918. Aged 18. Born in Petworth and enlisted
in Chichester. Included on Pulborough Parish Church War memorial.
Buried in Bully Grenay Communal Cemetery British Extension F. 161
D.S.O. Croix De Guerre
Walter Balfour (3rd Baronet)
(Brevet Lieutenant Colonel), Coldstream Guards serving as Military
Attache, Tehran. Killed in action on attachment in Persia 23rd October
1918. Aged 38. Son of Sir Walter George (2nd Bart) and Lady Georgina
May Barttelot; husband of Lady Gladys St. Aubyn Barttelot of Stopham
House, Stopham, Pulborough, Sussex. Awarded the Distinguished Service
Order (D.S.O.), Mentioned in Despatches 4 times and Croix de Guerre
(France). Buried in TEHRAN WAR CEMETERY, Iran. Plot I. Row F. Grave
Commander, H.M.S. "Liberty", Royal Navy. Killed in action, whilst
in command of the Destroyer HMS Liberty, at the Battle of Heligoland
Bight on 28th August 1914. Whilst engaging the German Cruiser ”Meinz”,
the bridge of HMS Liberty took a direct hit from a German Shell
and Commander Barttelot was killed. The Ship was able to return
to port and Nigel Barttelot’s body was taken back to Stopham
for burial. Buried in St. Mary's Churchyard, Stopham
G/16507, 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division.
Killed in action 13th January 1917. Aged 19. Son of Ernest &
Annie Hawkins of The Golf House, Burton Park. Born and enlisted
in Petworth Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe F.
G/3676, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division.
Killed in action 5th Ocotber 1916. Aged 32. Third son of Mr. &
Mrs. Eli Holden of Harwood Green, Stopham. Born in Wisborough Green
and enlisted in Horsham Employed as a Butcher in Petworth. Commemorated
on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21.
92195, 74th Field Company, The Royal Engineers. Killed in action
15th March 1916. Born and enlisted in Petworth. Buried in Noeux
Les Mines Communal Cemetery. F. 178
1st Class SS/105846, H.M.S. Black Prince, Royal Navy. Died when
his ship 31st May 1916, at the Battle of Jutland when the Destroyer
went down with the loss of all crew while under heavy German gunfire.
Born 9th November 1888, in Islington, London. Worked on the Stopham
Estate and Petworth Estates before enlistment. Next of kin resident
48, Sydney Villa, Waterside, Kings Langley, Herts. No known grave.
Commemorated at PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 18.
TF/268110, 2nd/7th Battalion, The Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire
Regiment (The Sherwood Foresters). 11th Division. Killed in action
during the March Retreat 21st March 1918. Enlisted in Horsham. Formerly
with the Royal Sussex Regiment. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial
STOPHAM WHO FELL
IN THE GREAT WAR
comamnding 6th Guards Tank Brigade, General Satff and Coldstream
Guards. Died 16 August 1944. Aged 39. 4th Bart. Son of Lt.-Col.
Sir Walter Balfour Barttelot, D.S.O., 3rd Bt., Coldstream Guards,
and of Lady Barttelot (nee Angrove); husband of Lady Barttelot (nee
Ravenscroft), of Stopham, Sussex. Awarded the Distinguished Service
Order (D.S.O.). Buried in ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY, Calvados,
France. Plot XI. Row A. Grave 12.
the church is a round marble tablet with raised decorative border
in oak and acorn design with an inscription in gold leaf in the
central section below the insignia of Coldstream Guards.
THE BELOVED MEMORY OF
SIR WALTER DE STOPHAM BARTTELOT D.S.O.
4TH BARONET OF STOPHAM
MAJOR, TEMPORARY LT. COLONEL, ACTING BRIGADIER COLDSTREAM GUARDS.
BORN OCTOBER 27TH 1904. JOINED THE 2ND BATT COLDSTREAM GUARDS IN
SERVED IN CHINA 1927. ADJUTANT 1ST BATTALION EGYPT 1931-1934
EGYPT AND PALESTINE WITH 3RD BATTALION 1937. PASSED STAFF COLLEGE
IN APRIL 1940 PROCEEDED TO NORWAY AS BRIGADE MAJOR 24TH GUARDS BRIGADE.
MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES.
BRIGADE MAJOR 1ST GUARDS BRIGADE JULY 1940-NOV 1941. SECOND IN
COMMAND 1ST ARMOURED BATTALION , GUARDS ARMOURED DIVISION FEB 1942
COMMANDED 6TH BATTALION OCTOBER 1942-JULY 1943. COMMANDED 4TH
TANK BATTALION COLDSTREAM GUARDS JULY 1943 - AUGUST 1944,
IN WHICH COMMAND HE WAS AWARDED THE D.S.O. FOR
HIS SKILL AND BRAVERY AT THE BATTLE OF CAUMONT.
HE WAS KILLED IN NORMANDY ON AUGUST 16TH 1944, WHILE
COMMANDING THE 6TH GUARDS TANK BRIGADE
LEAVING HIS WIFE, TWO SONS AND HIS MOTHER
TO MOURN THEIR LOSS.
from the Worthing Gazette - Wednesday 6
September 1944, page 6:
Held At Stopham For
Sir Walter Barttelot
short Memorial Service was held at St. Mary's Church, Stopham, on
Saturday for Brigadier Sir Walter De Stopham Barttelot, fourth baronet,
who was killed in action in France last month. He was 40 years of
age and was the elder son of the third baronet, who was killed in
Persia in 1918. After leaving Sandhurst he passed into the Coldstream
Guards, and during the present war he served in Norway when he was
mentioned in despatches.
1938 he married Miss Sara Patricia Ravenscroft, daughter of Lieutenant-
Colonel and Mrs. H. V. Havenscroft, of The Abbey, Storrington. There
are two children, Brian and Robin.
Barttelot family have been associated with Stopham since the Norman
further information currently.
on CWGC] Civilian, (THE REVD.). B.A.; Air Raid Warden; of Stopham
Rectory, Pulborough. Son of the Revd. W. B. Masefield, of Tittensor,
Staffordshire; husband of Eileen Muriel Masefield. Died at Stopham
Road 4 October 1940. Aged 55. Reporting authority CHANCTONBURY,
RURAL DISTRICT, Sussex.
further information currently.
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