Lest We Forget
Over the last decade there has been an increase in awareness of the importance of war memorials and honour rolls, both for their commemorative function and as a source of information for local historians and genealogists. These rolls may record only those who died or all enlistments from an area. They can be located in town halls, parks, churches, schools or clubs. Some recent additions to our collection, both in the Overseas and the Australasian Collection, may be of use in your research.
The Family Roots FHS (Eastbourne and District) in Sussex has transcribed the names from, and in many cases photographed, war memorials and honour boards in many Sussex villages and some border villages in Kent and Surrey. These have been published as a series of pamphlets and contain records from the following towns and villages:
- Alciston, Alfriston, Arlington, Ashburnham, Beddingham, Berwick, Bodle Street Green, Brightling, Chalvington, Chiddingly, Dallington, East Dean, East Hoathly, Firle, Folkington, Friston, Glynde, Hailsham, Heathfield, Hellingly, Herstmonceux, Horam, Jevington, Laughton, Litlington, Ninfield, Pevensey, Polegate, Ringmer, Ripe, Selmeston, Stone Cross, Upper Dicker, Waldron, Warbleton, Wartling, Westham, Willingdon, Wilmington. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.14
- Alciston cum Selmeston, Ansty, Balcombe, Battle, Camber, Crawley Down, Cuckfield, East Grinstead, Groombridge, Haywards Heath, High Hurstwood, Mark Cross, Newenden, (Kent), Plumpton, Rye Harbour, Rye St Anthony, Sandhurst (Kent), Scaynes Hill, Twineham, West Hoathly, Westmeston cum Streat, Worth. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.16
- Ashdown Forest, Bexhill, Brightling, Chalvington, Coleman's Hatch, Cross-in-Hand, Crowhurst, Jarvis Brook, St Leonards-on-Sea, Hollington, Sidley, Southease, Telscombe, Withyham. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.15
- Albourne, Ardingly, Ashurst (Kent), Bolney, Broadwater Down (Kent), Copthorne, Cowden (Kent), Edburton, Falmer & Stanmer, Felbridge (Surrey), Hammerwood, Highbrook, Holtye, Langton Green (Kent), Newtimber, Patcham, Poyning, Rusthall (Kent), Sayers Common, Slaugham, Staplefield, Turners Hill. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.17
- Brighton, Burgess Hill, Burstow (Surrey), Copthorne Common, Crawley, Crowborough, Groombridge, Hailsham, Hangleton, Ifield, Kingston Buci, Lewes, Old Shoreham, Ore, Portslade Village, Ringmer, St Leonards, Shoreham by Sea, Southwick & Fishergate; West Blatchington, Woodmancote. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.18
- Ashurstwood, Blackham, Burwash, Crowborough, Danehill, Eridge, Fairwap, Five Ashes, Forest Row, Frant, Hartfield, Horsted Keynes, Lindfield, Mayfield, Newhaven, Nutley, Rotherfield, Tidebrook. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.19
- Eastbourne. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.20
- Battle, Beckley, Bodiam, Brede, East Guldeford, Etchingham, Ewhurst, Fairlight, Flimwell, Guestling, Hurst Green, Icklesham, Iden, Lamberhurst, Little Common, Mountfield, Netherfield, Northiam, Peasmarsh, Pett, Playden, Robertsbridge, Rye, Rye Harbour, Salehurst, Sedlescombe, Staplecross, Stonegate, Ticehurst, Udimore, Wadhurst, Westfield, Whatlington, Winchelsea. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.21
- Barcombe, Bishopstone, Buxted, Catsfield, Chailey, Clayton, Denton, Ditchling, East Chiltington, Fletching, Framfield, Hadlow Down, Hooe, Horsted Parva (Little), Hurst, Iford, Isfield, Keymer, Kingstone, Maresfield, Newick, Offham and Hamsey, Ovingdean, Piddinghoe, Plumpton Green, Pyecombe, Rodmell, Rottingdean, Seaford, Tarring Neville, Uckfield, West Dean, Westmeston and Streat, Wivelsfield. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.22
- Lewes, Peacehaven, Piddinghoe. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.23
- Hastings. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.24
- Lewes. SAG reference N7.38/11/Pam.25
Most of these volumes have a surname and given name index so it is quick to look at them and scan them for either an individual name or family name. Typically they cover WWI and WWII but they may also cover earlier conflicts such as the Boer War. They are all located in the Overseas Collection at Rumsey Hall, 24 Kent Street.
Closer to home, the Marrickville Heritage Society has produced a volume detailing the war memorials and honour boards of the St Peters Municipality (Sydney), covering the suburbs of St Peters, Sydenham and Tempe. This consists of transcriptions of all rolls that could be located and of two card indexes, one for World War I and one for World War II, detailing enlistments from the area for inclusion on the boards.
This is a valuable resource because it acts as a quasi-census of families who lived in the area. This volume, too, is easy to use because it has an extensive name index. It is located in the Australasian Collection at Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street, SAG reference B7/11/389.
Primary Records collection
SAG's Primary Records collection is a tremendous resource - the accumulation of decades of research by thousands of members, and often an excellent means of avoiding "reinventing the wheel". We don't guarantee that everything in the collection is absolutely correct - it's just a collection of members' research and therefore needs to be regarded as often no more than "work in progress". Nonetheless, many researchers get great value from it.
Not all of the collection is yet electronically indexed, so the card index must also be consulted. However, the number of references included in the on-line index has recently been updated to over 375,000, spread over more than 16,000 files - check for your ancestors on our web site regularly, because we're now adding about 5000 new references per month.