Lindfield Parish War Memorial 1939-1945

Ahern Patrick.               Sergeant. EX/1251


Royal Marines. No.45 Royal Marine Commando

Killed in action during the crossing of the river Roer near Sittard in Holland 25th.January 1945 aged 31

Son of John & Margaret Ahern of Hickmans Lane, Lindfield.. Husband of Margaret Ahern of Burley,Hampshire.

Bur. Sittard War Cemetery, Limburg, Holland.

Bannatyne Patrick Gerald Douglas             Private.6477553


2nd.Battalion The Essex Regiment.

Killed in action during the crossing of the Albert Canal

26th.October 1944. Aged 23. Son of Sir Robert Reid Bannatyne Kt.,C.B., and Lady Bannatyne of Lindfield.

Bur.Geel War Cemetery, Geel,Antwerp,Belgium.

Beales. Frank Douglas       Lieutenant(A)


Royal Navy. H.M.S.“Illustrious“

Fleet Air Arm. Lost when the Aircraft Carrier was badly damaged by air attack in the Mediterranean on the 10th.January 1941. Aged 23

Son of Frank Edward & Violet Patience Beales.

Husband of Bettie Beales of Headington, Oxfordshire.

Commemorated on The Lee on Solent Fleet Air Arm Memorial,Hampshire

Bedford. Frank Reginald         Pilot Officer 169914


Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died in the military wing of Harrogate General Hospital on the 7th.March 1944 aged 33. Son of Reginald Elizabeth Bedford. Husband of Constance Louise Katherine Wilhelmina Bedford, of Lindfield

Bur.Harrogate(Stonefall) Cemetery, Yorkshire.

Bigland. John Bigland Tulk-Hart Bigland              Flying Officer 67266



Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

69 Squadron. Flying from Northolt on night operations in a Wellington GR X111 over France. One of two aircraft which failed to return on 8th.August 1944

Son of Thomas & Madeline Blanche Tulk-Hart. Husband of Mrs Pauline Bigland of Blackbarrow, Lancashire. Aged 34

Bur.Breel Churchyard, Orne, France.

Boyes. Wlfred Hayden              Gunner. 903147


3rd.Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery,Royal Artillery.

Taken prisoner at Singapore and died in captivity in Thailand on 9th.July 1943

Son of Herbert & Josephine Boyes of Lewes Road, Lindfield. Aged 22

Bur.Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,Thailand.

Bray. Frederick Henry                Ordinary Seaman P/JX/328262


Royal Navy .H.M.S. “Fidelity“

Special Service Vessel. (Decoy ship) Lost when the ship was torpedoed and sunk by U.435 off the Azores on the night of the 31st.December /1st.January 1943

No next of kin details.

Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial,Southsea.

Brooks. Herbert Gordon               Sergeant 1023964


Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Wireless operator/Air Gunner. Died 27th.February 1943 aged 28

Son of Thomas & Helen Mary Brooks of Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Bur.Campbletown Cemetery, Kilkerran,Argyllshire, Scotland.

Burlong. Frederick William Private, 6092988


2/5th.Battalion The Royal West Surrey Regiment

Lost during the evacuation of Dunkirk on the 21st.May 1940 aged 21

Son of John & Edith Burlong of Lindfield.

Commemorated on The Dunkirk Memorial

Clarke. E. E. D.        Unidentified to date

Comber. William Edward         Flight Lieutenant. 81261.


Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

680 Squadron,Middle East Air Force.(Photo Reconnaissance) Died 10th.December 1943 aged 38

Son of William Tully and Emma Comber of Lindfield.

Bur. In The Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt

Dawes. Thomas Leslie                         Sergeant. 1397164


Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Navigator/Wireless Operator 46 Squadron.(Beaufighters)

Middle East Air Force. Killed in action over Rhodes, 7th.June 1944

Son of Thomas Charles & Ethel Elizabeth Dawes of Lindfield.

Bur.Rhodes War Cemetery, Greece.

Dorrell. Kenneth John          Lieutenant


Royal Navy, H.M.S. “Grampus. “

Lost when the submarine was sunk by the Italian torpedo boats `Circe` and CL.10 off Augusta, Sicily on the 24th.June 1940. Son of William John Dorrell O.B.E. and

Clara Gertrude Dorrell of Hove. Aged 24

Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial,Southsea. MR,3,

Farncombe. David Alan           Signalman. 2389387


Royal Corps of Signals

15th.Divisional Signals. Killed in action in Normandy

24th.July 1944 aged 21 Son of William George and Edith Nellie Farncombe of Lindfield.

Bur.Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, Normandy,France.

Gadd. John Leslie                       Private, 11421738


6th.Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment

Killed in action in Italy near Montecchio 1st.September 1944

.Montecchio War Cemetery, Italy

Harper. Leslie Kenneth              Sub Lieutenant.


Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Fleet Air Arm.

Killed in action in the Western Desert on the 15th.September 1941. Aged 23.

Son of Leslie Franklin Thomas Harper and Clarice Monica

Harper of Hove.

Bur.Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt.

Heasman. Reginald Percy Leading Aircraftman 934253


Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Died in Iraq on the 5th.June 1945 aged 40

Son of Charles & Rose Heasman. Husband of Edith Emily Heasman of Lindfield.

Bur.Mosul War Cemetery, Iraq.

Huddart. John Symons           Lieutenant.


Royal Navy. H.M.S.“Triumph`

Lost with the submarine in the Aegean Sea,cause unknown 20th.January 1942 aged 31

Son of George & Clare Huddart of Lindfield.

Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea.

Jourdain. Edward Percy Reid (M.C.)              Second Lieutenant 79264.


1/4th.Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment

Taken prisoner during the retreat to Dunkirk and died in captivity in Belgium, 15th.June 1940 aged 25. Son of Henry James & Helen Beryl Jourdain of Lindfield. B.A.(Hons.(Oxford) Trinity College.

Bur.Ghent City Cemetery, Oost Vlaanderen,Belgium.

King. Ronald Walter                  Aircraftman 1st.Class 925805


Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

49 Bomber Squadron. (Hampdens)

Died 10th.November 1940 aged 19. Buried at home.

Son of William John & Gertrude Alice King of Haywards Heath

Bur.Lindfield Rural(Walstead) Cemetery.

Manklow. Ronald Ernest           Private. 6094046


2/7th.Battalion The Royal West Surrey Regiment

Died at home 6th.February 1940

Son of Ernest & Mabel Manklow of Lindfield

Bur. Lindfield Rural (Walstead) Cemetery

Massy-Dawson Dennis Staunton        Lieutenant.


Royal Navy. H.M.S.“Seahorse“

Lost when the submarine was sunk by German minesweepers off The Heligoland Bight 7th.January 1940

Next of kin not recorded by CWGC.

Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial,Southsea.

Mills. Ernest                    Corporal.T/132669


Royal Army Service Corps.

Died on active service in Italy 25th.August 1944 aged 42

Son of Arthur & Jessie Mills. Husband of Florence Mills of Walstead Manor,Lindfield

Bur. Florence War Cemetery, Italy.

Newnham. Harold Percy           Steward.


Merchant Navy S.S.“ Ceramic“ (Southampton)

Lost with 655 others,including 92 women and children when the Liner was torpedoed by U515 off the Azores 7/8th.December 1942 U Boat Commander Walter Henke was later taken prisoner by the Americans, and was shot and killed trying to escape from a prison camp the United States. Son of Elizabeth & Jesse Newnham of Compton Road Lindfield. His three Brothers were lost in the First War. Age 39.

Commemorated on The Tower Hill

Pearce. Frederick Percy        Corporal .5344945


10th.Battalion The Royal Berkshire Regiment. 5th.Army

Killed in action in Italy during the crossing of the Garigliano on the 19th.January 1944 aged 23

Son of William Robert & Emily Jane Pearce of Lindfield

Bur.Minturno War Cemetery, Italy.

Penny. Peter                     Able Seaman C/JX.312052



Died at home in Chatham Barracks 14th.January 1945 aged 22

Son of Willian Charles & Mary Anne Penny of Lindfield.


Porter. Kenneth Leslie             Pilot Officer 158699


Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

9 Bomber Squadron (Lancasters)

Died on active service 28th.March 1944 aged 20. Buried at home. Son of Philip Alfred & Eva Porter of Worcester Park.

Bur.Sutton & Cheam (Cuddington) Cemetery, Surrey.

Prodger. Albert Victor                Driver 2346257


Royal Corps of Signals.Att.3rd.Indian Corps, Malaya

Taken prisoner by the Japanese in Malaya and died or was murdered by them in captivity on the 30th November 1943 aged 23

Son of Thomas & Evaline Hilda Prodger of Lewes. Lindfield connection, unknown

Bur.Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

Rowley. John William             Gunner. 1828999


55th.Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery.

Killed in action in the Tunisian Campaign 7th.January 1943 agd 34

Commemorated on The Medez-El-Bab Memorial, Tunisia.

Sturdy. Michael Vyse               Lieutenant


Royal Navy. H.M.S.“Kelly“

Lost when the destroyer was dive bombed and sunk

south of Crete 23rd.May 1941 aged 25 Son of Edward & Katherine Sturdy of Chichester.

Commemorated on The Chatham Naval Memorial ,Kent.

Tanner. Harold Henry John  Corporal 6398405


1/7th.Battalion The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Killed in action near Caen,in Normandy on the 30th.July 1944

Bur.Fontenay-Le-Pesnel War Cemetery,Tessel, Normandy

Tayler. Skipwith Edward           Lieutenant Colonel AI/849 C/O.


3/18th.Battalion Royal Garhwal Rifles

Indian Army. 5th.Indian Division. Killed in action during the attack on Italian fortifications around Keren in Eritrea 17th.March 1941 aged 42

Son of Henry & Helen Dorothea Graham Tayler of `Chieveley“ Lindfield.

Husband of Freda Fortescue Tayler of Brenchley, Kent. Brother killed in 1915.

Bur.Keren War Cemetery, Eritrea.

Winn. Gordon.                             Leading Seaman LT/JX.184486


Royal Naval Patrol Service

H.M. Drifter “ Boy Andrew“ Lost off the East Coast ,9th.November 1941

Son of Mrs Violet Mary Winn of Lindfield. Age 21

Commemorated on The Lowestoft Naval Memorial,Suffolk.


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