War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2011
Westhampnett War Memorial is to be found on the North wall in St Peters
Church, Westhampnett and takes the form of a stone tablet flanked by
pilastres; to this has been added a second plaque for World War 2. There
are 8 names for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2. The memorial was
first unveiled 29 June 1921 having been designed by Mr MacDonald Gill.
There are also special memorials for three members of the Halstead Family.
Copyright © Chris Comber 2011
NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
REMEMBER BEFORE GOD THESE MEN OF
WESTHAMPNETT WHO FELL IN WAR 1914 - 19
PO/14365, HMS "Princess Irene", Royal Marine Light Infantry.
Regular. Enlisted in Portsmouth Division RMLI in January 1906.
Was serving on board the former Canadian Pacific Liner which had
been converted to a minelayer. On the 27 May 1915 the ship was
at anchor in the Medway off Sheerness, when her cargo of mines
blew up, completely destroying the ship. 279 men were lost including
78 civilian workers who were on board. There was only one survivor.
Son of Mr & Mrs S. James of 11, Westerton, Born 22 December 1888
in Westhampnett and enlisted in Portsmouth. Bertram James was
25. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial,
Southsea. Panel 9.
Royal Flying Corps. Killed in a flying accident 26 November 1916
at Tadcaster. Aged 23. Born 12 April 1893 at Chichester. Son of
John & Elizabeth Lillywhite of Oving Road, Westhampnett. Born in
Westhampnett. Nephew of James Lillywhite the Sussex Cricketer, who
captained the first English Test side to tour Australia. Captain
Lillywhite was one of the first aviators to obtain a flying certificate
in January 1914 and served in Egypt and the Western Front with No.
3 Observation Squadron. He was promoted to Captain and served as
a flying instructor in 1916. Took his flying examination at The
Grahame-White School, Hendon in a Grahame-White Biplane 1st Jnauary
1914. At the time he was an Apprentice. Included on Chichester
City and Portfield (Rumboldswyke)
War Memorials. Buried in St. Peter Churchyard, Westhampett, Chichester,
TF/320341, 16th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment (Sussex Yeomanry)
74th Yeomanry Division. E.E.F. Died of nephritis in military hospital
in Palestine 25 June 1917. Aged 20. Son of James & Sarah Pickard
of 4, Guilden Road, Chichester. Born in Washington near Worthing
and enlisted in Brighton. Included on the Chichester
City & Portfield (Rumboldswyke)
War Memorials, & The Royal Sussex Memorial Chapel Chichester Cathedral,
under 16th. Battalion. Buried in Deir el Belah War Cemetery, Israel
(Palestine). Section D. Grave 100.
28541, 12th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killedin action 9 August
1915. Aged 21. Son of John & Eliza Piggott of 24, Westhampnett.
Born and enlisted in Chichester. Included on Chichester
City Memorial. No known grave. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial,
Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 1.
1st Class K/10192, HMS "Irresistible", Royal Navy. One
of 16 men lost when the Battleship was mined during the Dardanelles
operations on the 18 March 1915. The ship finally sank but most
of the crew were rescued by destroyers. Son of Mr & Mrs Frederick
Robinson of 29, Church Farm, Westhampnett. Frederick Robinson
was 22. Born 12 December 1892 in Chichester. No known grave. Commemorated
on Portsmouth Royal Naval Memorial, Southsea. Panel 8.
Togo the ship's cat lost with HMS Irresistible
Photographs Copyright © William Thomas Clegg AB RN 2011
63320, 228th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds in base
hospital at Rouen 30 August 1917. Aged 26. Son of William & Elizabeth
Sanders of 181, Oving Road, Portfield. Born in Stourport, Worcestershire
and enlisted in Chichester. Included on Portfield
Memorial in Rumboldswyke Parish Church and Chichester
City Memorial. Buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen,
France. Section P. Plot II. Row B. Grave 3B.
Corporal SD/2790, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st. Division.
Killed in action 6September 1918. Aged 24. Son of Henry & Mary
Sparshott of 30, Westhampnett. Born in Hermitage and enlisted
in Chichester. Formerly with the South Downs Battalions. Included
on Chichester City Memorial and
under 2nd Battalion in the Royal
Sussex Memorial Chapel in Chichester Cathedral. Buried in
Eterpigny British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Special memorial.
Eterpigny British Cemetery was begun by the 4th and 1st Divisions
and was used from the end of August 1918, to the middle of October.
One grave was brought in after the Armistice. The cemetery contains
66 burials and commemorations of the First World War. Ten of the
burials are unidentified but there is a special memorial to one
casualty believed to be buried among them.
Seaman 224279, HMS "Bulwark", Royal Navy. Severely injured
when the Battleship blew up at anchor off Sheerness 26. November
1914. He was rescued from the water but died of his injuries that
day. Son of Thomas William (Bricklayer) & Sarah Strotton of Strettington.
Born in Strettington. Thomas Strotton was 28. Born 12 November
1886 in Goodwood, Sussex. Buried in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery,
Kent. Naval. Row 14. Grave 723.
Corporal 6407667, 1/6th. Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed
in action in Italy near Cassino 12 May 1944. Aged 33. Son of Alfred
George & Lily Colliss of Westhampnett. Husband of Kathleen Colliss
of Bognor. Elder brother of Gordon Colliss. Buried in Cassino
War Cemetery, Italy. Plot XI. Row J. Grave 23.
COLLIS on CWGC] Boy 1st Class P/JX/162302, HMS "Hood",
Royal Navy. Lost with the Battlecruiser when she was sunk in action
with the "Bismarck" in the Denmark Straits off Iceland
24 May 1941. Aged 17. Son of Alfred George & Lily Colliss of Westhampnett.
Younger Brother of George Colliss. Included on Chichester
City War Memorial. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth
Royal Naval Memorial, Southsea. Panel 51, Column 3.
on memorial] Lieutenant-Commander, H.M. Submarine "Sterlet",
Royal Navy. Lost on patrol off Southern Norway 18 April 1940.
41 crew all lost. She sank the German gunnery training ship "
Brummer" on the 14th April, but was attacked by German anti
submarine trawlers on the 18th. It was also considered possible
that she ran into a minefield. Son of Mr & Mrs William Haward
of Chichester. Husband of Diana Auriol Haward of Seaford. Lt Commander
Haward was aged 30. Included on Chichester
City War Memorial. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth
Royal Naval Memorial, Souhsea. Panel 36, Column 3.
2724336, 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards. Killed in action in Holland
21 February 1945. Aged 19. Son of Albert & Alice Ifould of Westhampnett.
Included on Chichester City War Memorial.
Buried in Milsbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands. Plot I. Row E. Grave
Engineering Officer, SS "Hildegard", Merchant Navy. Died
and buried at home 11 April 1941.Aged 29. Son of David Kimbell,
(Provision Merchant) and his wife Edith Mary, formerly of Adelaide
Road, Chichester. Born in Chichester. Included on Chichester
City War Memorial. and Fishbourne
Parish Church Memorials. Buried in St. Peter Churchyard, Westhampett,
14512313, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. Died at home
post war 4 September 1945. Aged 38. Son of William Edward & Jessie
Anne Simpson. Husband of Kathleen May Simpson of Westhampnett. Buried
in St. Peter Churchyard, Westhampett, Chichester, Sussex.
IN THE CHURCHYARD
Not included on the War Memorial
Stoker 276821/PO, HMS "Victory" Portsmouth, Royal Navy.
Died of influenza 17 May 1919. Aged 45. Husband of Mrs Hanrmetta
Ide, 18, Maudlin, nr Chichester, Sussex. Born in Bognor. Long Service
Naval Pensioner. Was serving on HMS "Swiftsure" in Grand
Harbour, Malta in 1911. Born 25 November 1874 in Bognor, Sussex.
Buried in St. Peter Churchyard, Westhampett, Chichester, Sussex.
TO THREE MEMBERS OF THE HALSTED FAMILY
Commander, Seaplane repair Base Feneraki on the Black Sea, and HMS
Pegasus, Royal Naval Air Service. Drowned in a motor boat accident
2 October 1920. Aged 24. Son of Thomas Edward & Mary Lillian Halsted
of Greenhithe, Kent. He was resident at "Edenholme", Reigate,
Surrey. Born in Sydenham 25 January 1896. He took his flying certificate
as a Flight Sub-Lieutenant, RNAS, on a Caudron Biplane at Royal
Naval Flying School, Eastchurch 20 August 1915. Grandson of Mr &
Mrs John Halsted of Itchenor. Originally a Flight Lieutenant, Royal
Air Force. No known grave. Commemorated on Hollybrook Memorial,
Sergeant (Pilot) 1313054, 429 (Bomber) Squadron R.C.A.F, Royal Air
Force Volunteer Reserve. Flying Wellington X. HE 913 Serial AL.
Based at East Moor, Yorkshire. Target, Duisberg. Aircraft shot down
by a night fighter near Brabant, Holland, 13 May 1943. Crew of five
all killed. Son of Gerald Heasman & Muriel Kate Ada Halsted of Ipswich,
Suffolk. Arthur Halsted was aged 22. Buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery,
Netherlands. Plot 16. Row D. Grave 5.
Officer, 463 (Bomber) Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. Flying
Lancaster 1 PB688. Serial JO. Based at Waddington in Lincolnshire.
Target, Politz. Crashed in bad weather on returning to base 22 December
1944. Six crew killed. One survivor. Son of Hubert Elliott & Mary
Moselle Halsted of Gash, New South Wales, Australia. Roger Halsted
was aged 21. Buried in Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge. Grave
12 November, 2019