World War 1

Introduction

World War I, often abbreviated as WWI or WW1, known as the First World War or the Great War, was an international conflict that began on 28 July 1914 and ended on 11 November 1918. It involved much of Europe, as well as Russia, the United States and Turkey, and was also fought in the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia. One of the deadliest conflicts in history, an estimated 9 million were killed in combat, while over 5 million civilians died from occupation, bombardment, hunger or disease. 

War Memorial

In Rowlands Castle, the war is commemorated by the War Memorial, situated in St John’s Churchyard opposite the Shell Garage, at the junction of Durrants Road/Manor Lodge Road and Redhill Road. The Memorial displays the names from both World Wars of those local military personnel who fell during active service. The Memorial is described  and displayed in full by the War Graves Commission in their Roll of Honours Website.

Stories of the Fallen

There are 30 names on our Memorial from the Great War.  24 are from the Army, 5 from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and one only from the Royal Air Force, newly formed in 1918. There are only 2 officers. There are many fascinating stories to be told about these men.

Some of those fallen in the First World War have been researched by the late Tony Cowin – former Chairman of the Historical Society – and published in issues of previous Rowlands Castle Association Magazines. They are published here too, with kind permission of his son – Tim Cowin. Click on the names with links below to read about these brave men. The remainder have a brief description on the Roll of Honour Website.

NAMESERVICE
ALLEN J HPrivate, London Regiment
BONCEY F FPetty Officer Stoker 282969, HMS Victory
BONCEY J JPrivate PO/11603, HMS Invincible, Royal Marine Light Infantry
BONCEY L JCorporal, Royal Sussex Regiment
BOLBECK G (may be BULBICK)Private 280786, 1/4th Battalion (Territorial), Hampshire Regiment
CLARK T JArtificer Engineer
CONDUCT WPrivate, Hampshire Regiment
ETHERINGTON G TPrivate 283933, 4th (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers)
GEOGHEGAN H LFleet Surgeon, HMS Black Prince
HUTCHINGS E CPrivate/ L/10412, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
HUTCHINGS GPrivate, Hampshire Regiment
JACOBS HPrivate 280761, 1/6th Battalion (Territorial), Hampshire Regiment
JOHNSON G APrivate G/16143, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
LEVETT JPrivate 6706, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
MAYNARD TPrivate, Royal Army service Corps
MULLINS APrivate L/7668, G Company, 2nd Battalion,Royal Sussex Regiment
OLIVER T FPrivate 2207, 1/4th Battalion (Territorial), Hampshire Regiment
PIGGOTT TPrivate 18097, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
ROBINSON LPrivate, Gloucestershire Regiment (probably)
RUSSELL F SLeading Seaman
SELBY A J FPrivate 235818, 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
SELBY J CPrivate 27588, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
SHEPPARD S AChief Stoker 289749, HM Submarine E18
STOCK A WAirman 3rd Class 77568, Royal Flying Corps
WEEKS F TPrivate 267122, 2/6th Battalion (Territorial), Gloucestershire Regiment
WELLS E CRifleman, Rifle Brigade
WELLS G APrivate 29124, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert’s (Somerset Light Infantry)
WEST SPrivate 203096, 1/4th Battalion (Territorial), Hampshire Regiment
WHITE L WLieutenant, 1st (King’s) Dragoon Guards
YALDEN JLance Corporal 20299, 15th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
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