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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2007

Woodmancote is a small hamlet to the East of Henfield. The War Memorial is located within the parish church of St Peter and takes the form of an ornate, stone, wall plaque with red and black lettering. There are eight names for World War 1 and eight for World War 2. All the names have their units listed.

Photographs Copyright © Chris Comber 2007


1914 - 1918


Eric Horace
Captain, No 10 (Reconnaissance) Squadron (A. W. FK8ís), Royal Air Force. Killed in action 16th June 1918. Aged 29, Son of Mr W. O. Comber-Taylor and Mrs I E Comber-Taylor of "Furzelands" Albourne. Born in Brighton. Included on Twineham Parish Church Memorial. (See Twineham and Hurstpierpoint for more detail). Buried in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery

Further research by Adrian Vieler:

A temporary grave cross made from the propeller of an aircraft brought over from Esquelbecq military cemetery in France. It memorialises Capt. Eric Horace Comber-Taylor, K.I.A. on the 16th of June 1918, at the age of 29.

Comber-Taylor began the war as a Private in the Royal Fusiliers, but by 1918 was serving in the newly formed RAF with No.10 Squadron on spotting and bombing duties.

On Sunday the 16th of June, his recently delivered Armstrong Bristol F2B (C967), took off from Droglandt aerodrome a few miles north west of Poperinghe. Sadly, the engine immediately failed. Comber-Taylor was killed in the ensuing crash, while his observer, 2nd Lt. Cameron, survived with serious injuries. The son of Mr W. 0. Comber-Taylor and Mrs I. E. Comber-Taylor of "Furzelands" in Albourne, his father placed the cross at Twineham Church.


Harry Llanover

Lieutenant, "F" Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, Died of wounds near Ypres 25th October 1914. Aged 29. Grave lost. Son of Theophilus Harris & Mary Ellen Davies. Husband of Mrs Barbara Childeroy Davies of Woodmancte Place, near Henfield. Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.

Photograph Copyright © Justin Kirby 2012


Private TF/200098, 1/4th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, 53rd Division. Enlisted in 1908. Killed in action at the Third Battle of Gaza 5th November 1917. Aged 24. Son of John & Sarah Anne Holder of "Bilsborough" Woodmancote, Born in Brackstone & enlisted in Henfield. Buried in Beersheba War Cemetery


Oscar Elliott
Rifleman S/33030, 21st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Drowned when the Transport SS "Arcadian" was torpedoed in the Mediterannean 15th April 1917. Aged 35, Son of William Marshall, (Plumber) and Mary Anne Marshall of Woodmancote Born in Midhurst and enlisted in Dorking. Formerly with the Suffolks. Resident of Dorking, Surrey. Plumber by trade. Commemorated on Mikra Memorial Salonika, Greece.


Driver 42686, 77th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 19th December 1915. Aged 19, Son of George & Alice Pierce of Blackstone. Born in Blackstone and enlisted in Guildford, Surrey. . Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery


Spencer Joseph
Private 148094, 44th Battalion (New Brunswick Regiment), Canadian Infantry. 4th Canadian Division Killed in action at Amiens 11th August 1918. Aged 28, Son of Joseph Piper. Farm Baliff of Woodmancote and Mrs Caroline Piper. Born in Keymer and enlisted in Canada. Buried in Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-Sur-Somme


Sapper 185869, 477th Field Company (Special Brigade) Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 18th August 1917. Aged 40. Husband of Mrs Ellen Silverson of 23, Chapel Road, Fishersgate. Son of Harry & Eliza Silverson of Woodmancote. Born in Henfield and enlisted in Hove. Included on Fishersgate and Portslade War Memorial. Carpenter. . Buried in Duhallow ADS. Cemetery


Philip Henry
Private 27658, 9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers 12th Division, Killed in action on the Somme 7yj October 1916. Aged 25, Son of Thomas & Mary Walder of Albourne. Born in Hurstpierpoint and enlisted in Hove. Albourne resident, Included on Albourne Parish Church War Memorial. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial


Percival Clarence
Leading Aircraftman Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. One of nine ground crew killed in a bombing raid on Tangmere Airfield 16th August 1940. All buried in Tangmere Churchyard. Buried in Tangmere (St. Andrew) Churchyard


John Llanover
Major, 8th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action in the Libyan desert 21st June 1941. Aged 30, Son of Mr & Mrs H. Llanover Davies. Husband of Mrs Rosemary Davies. Commemorated on Alamein memorial, Egypt


William Richard
Corporal Corps of Military Police. Died on active service on operations 1st May 1943. Aged 33, Husband of Molly Rebecca Gillett of Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire. Formerly with the Grenadier Guards. Commemorated on Brookwood Memorial


Richard James
Ordinary Seaman, HMS"Drake" Plymouth Naval Barracks, Royal Navy. Died at home 18th March 1944. Aged 18. Son of Philip & Florence Hillman of Woodmancote. Buried in St. Peters Churchyard, Woodmancote.


Arthur Thomas
Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, Killed in action in Tunisia near Medjez El Bab 17th March 1943. Aged 22., Son of Arthur Gerard & Winifred Louie Miller of Blackstone, near Woodmancote. Commemorated on Medjez El Bab Memorial, Tunisia.


Walter Benedict
Sergeant (Air Gunner), 61 Bomber Squadron (Hampdens), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Killed in an accident when Hampden X2920 crashed on the Yorkshire Moors near Leeming 5. 10. 1940. Aged 26, Son of Albert George & Ellen Mary Rayment of Henfield, . Buried in Henfield Cemetery.


Robert Francis
Sergeant (Flight Engineer), 630 Bomber Squadron (Lancasters) operating from East Kirkby, Royal Air Force, Lost on operations over Berlin 2nd January 1944. Aged 21, Son of Thomas Alfred and Ethel Beatrice Smale of Henfield. Husband of Mrs Joyce Phyllis Smale. . Buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany


Moses Edward
Private, 14th Army Field Workshop, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Lost between 21st and 22nd May 1940 south of Calais during the retreat to Dunkirk.. Buried in Zutkerque Churchyard, Northern France.

Let those who come after see to it
that their names be not forgotten.

Last updated 30 October, 2019

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