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Seaford's War Memorials

Smaller Monuments

Along with Seaford's War Memorial, the Great War Memorial in St Leonard's church, the Cross of Sacrifice and CWGC headstones in the Cemetery, and the King's Mead Memorial,
there are less well-known memorials dedicated to the memory of those who died in war as soldiers and civilians.
St Leonard's (Sussex RE) St Peter's Church Women's Institute Bowden House School Baptist Church Chesterton School St Peter's School
The Foresters 36th (Ulster) Division British West Indies Regt Canadian Memorial, Cuckmere

Seaford World War II Civilian Casualties
Below, in date order, is the Seaford Urban District Council list of 20 civilian casualties.
Eighteen died as a result of two German air raids, on 25 October (13 killed) and 5 November 1942 (5 killed).
SurnameForenameKilledAgePlace of deathAddressOther details
BraddickRobert Sangster Northfield23/09/194072Moorfield, Headland AvenueMoorfield, Headland AvenueH of Ellen Braddick
BoswellAlfred William01/04/19415441 Church Road37 Alfriston Road. 
 
AndrewJessie Gamon25/10/19426739 Sutton Road39 Sutton RoadW of Frank RG Andrew
BorissowGeorge Bernard25/10/19426839 Sutton Road39 Sutton Road 
BorissowKathleen Mary25/10/19423439 Sutton Road39 Sutton RoadD of George Bernard Borissow.
BuckFanny25/10/19427739 Vicarage WalkStoneleigh, Cornford RoadD of the late Mr & Mrs Hart Buck of Alton House, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leics
BuckMary25/10/19427139 Vicarage WalkStoneleigh, Cornford RoadD of the late Mr & Mrs Hart Buck of Alton House, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leics
FarnesGeorge25/10/19426841 Sutton Road41 Sutton RoadH of Catherine Farnes
GaleFanny Elizabeth25/10/19425320 Broad Street20 Broad StreetD of James & Fanny Susanna Gale
GaleJames25/10/19428520 Broad Street20 Broad StreetH of Fanny Susanna Gale. S of the late Daniel & Elizabeth Gale of Oving
HolcombeKate25/10/19426837 Sutton Road37 Sutton RoadD of the late James Hyde Holcombe of Dartmouth Park, Highgate, London
MeesonCatherine Alice Rose25/10/19427841 Vicarage Walk41 Vicarage Walk W of Paymaster Commander Charles Mortimore Meeson RN. D of Benjamin Goodwin
& Alice Rose Davis of 5 St Albans Road, Kentish Town, London
SmithClara Elizabeth25/10/19425639 Vicarage WalkDorcas Cottage, Saxon Lane 
TomleyWilliam Pryce25/10/194254Fairholme, Sutton Park Road44 Salisbury RoadH of Ada Emily Tomley of 44 Salisbury Road. S of WH Pryce & Emma Mary Tomley.
Air Raid Warden
WillisMary Elizabeth25/10/19426739 Sutton Road101 High Street, Hampton, MiddlesexW of Judge William Willis KC. D of the late Thomas Moody
 
CookAnnie Louisa05/11/19427914 Pelham RoadCentral Building, Sutton Park RoadW of Albert Edwin Cook.
FortGilda Daphne05/11/19422614 Pelham RoadBlatchington Hill FlatsD of the late Capt Ralph Fort & Mrs CG Hall (formerly Fort). MRAD LISTD
MartinHarriett05/11/194268Pelham Road4 Pelham Rise, Pelham Road 
PerkinsFlorence Margaret05/11/19422914 Pelham PlaceBurton House, Lenham Avenue, SaltdeanWife of Vivian Richard Perkins. D of Herbert & Harriet Chapman of Saltdean
ToddFlora Ellen05/11/19428111 Pelham Place11 Pelham PlaceW of Harry Edward Todd. D of the late Mr & Mrs French of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Vicarage Walk was that part of Sutton Road between the junction with Sutton Park Road (adjacent to The Vicarage) and Place Lane (by St Leonard's Church).
D = Daughter,   S = Son,   H = Husband,   W = Widow
The majority are commemorated on the WI and Baptist Church memorials, Seaford War Memorial, and/or gravestones in Seaford Cemetery, most in Section E.

British West Indies Regiment
Bowden House WWI Memorial
BWIR WWI Memorial
Nubian Jak Community Trust
in partnership with Lewes District Council

In remembrance of the soldiers who served in WWI as part of
the British West Indies Regiment. The 1st of 11 Battalions was
formed at Seaford, Sussex, in 1915 and went on to serve in
Egypt and Palestine. 19 of these brave men are laid to rest here.
In Memory
British Guyana -- A Company
Trinidad & Tobago -- B Company
Trinidad & St Vincent -- C Company
Grenada & Barbados -- D Company
Over 20,000 volunteers served in the British West Indies Regiment.
Two-thirds came from Jamaica, while others came from Trinidad
& Tobago, Barbados, Bermuda, the Bahamas, British Honduras
(now Belize), Grenada, British Guiana (now Guyana), the
Leeward Islands, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent.

Supported by Seaford Town Council & East Sussex County Council
Memorial Plaque erected in the porch of the Cemetery Chapel, 10 November 2015; a memorial tree was also planted.

36TH (Ulster) Division Memorial
 
In tribute to
The 36th (Ulster) Division
encamped at Seaford
July & August 1915
and in appreciation
for the kindness shown to the Division
by the people of Seaford
 
Lord Kitchener inspected the Division at Seaford 27 July 1915
Cuckmere Haven was also used as a training ground by the Division
This plaque was placed here by the 36th (Ulster) Division Memorial
LOL 977 on 3rd October 2025. Formed in Seaford as a Military Lodge 862
 
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15 : 13.


 
The memorial includes the Division's badge and Red Hand of Ulster. It is mounted
on the sea wall at Bönningstedt Promenade, overlooking Seaford Bay.
Two Ulstermen are buried in Seaford Cemetery.

The Plaque and its Unveiling.
St Leonard's Church
Alongside the WWI memorial in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit
is a commemorative plaque for the men of the
210 (Sussex) Field Company of the Royal Engineers
who gave their lives in the 1939-1945 conflict.
These included
John Charles Lower,   Dennis Thomas Harriott,   Leslie Ransom Parks,
William Donald Weller
  and   John James Whitters
from Seaford.

St Peter's, Blatchington - World War I
War Memorial, Blatchington Church THOMAS RICHARD BARBER
WILLIAM HENRY BROAD
HERBERT BURTON
DONALD THRALKELD COUSINS
LIONEL DENNIS
GEORGE LEVITT
CHARLES VICTOR MACEY
JOHN RALPH THEODORE MARSHAM
ERNEST FRANK MUGGERIDGE
ROBERT SWAIN SALMON
JOHN CLAVELL SALTER
MONTAGUE STEVENS
MEDWIN SEYMOUR VARDEN
 
[ The church organ is officially the St Peter's War Memorial.
These names are on a framed list of Parishioners who died in WWI ]

Seaford Women's Institute WWII Memorial
Seaford WI War Memorial
In Memory Of
J ANDREWS       B BORRISOW
F HART BUCK   C SMITH   M HART BUCK
Killed by enemy action at Seaford on
Oct 25th 1942.
[ Housed at the WI Hall, Brooklyn Road.
Jessie Andrews, (George) Bernard Borrisow (& daughter Kathleen Mary), Fanny & Mary Hart-Buck and Clara Elizabeth Smith were killed in an air raid in which Vicarage Walk & Sutton Road were bombed. Mrs Andrews, the Borissows and others were buried together in Seaford Cemetery (Section E), the Hart-Buck sisters in Section B. ]
Seaford Baptist Church WWII Memorial
 

Vale Road Sunday School
was erected
in memory of
JA ELDRIDGE.   WP TOMLEY, Deacon
J GALE, Deacon.   SP TOMLEY.
ELIZABETH GALE.   MJ TOMLEY.

1939 - 1945

[ Wooden plaque with gold lettering
On display in the Baptist Church ]

Bowden House School WWI Memorial
Bowden House WWI Memorial
Bowden House WWI Memorial
To the Glory of God and in
affectionate remembrance of the
old boys of Bowden House since 1903
who fell in the Great War.
Lt F W McDONALD MILLERGrenadier Guards, Oct 1914Cpt CHARLES E BLANDHamps Regt, Sept 1916
Pte RICHARD COLLINSLdn Scottish, Oct 19142ndLt F StV. MORRISSherwd For attd RAF, Apl 1917
Cpt BOYCE A COMBERoyal Fus, Nov 19142ndLt WILLIAM F COOPERRoyal Fus, July 1917
Lt CYRIL K CHAMERYorks & Lancs Rgt, May 1915Prob FtOfficer WARWICK H TURNERRAF
Lt JOHN H FOSDICKRifle Bde, July 1915Lt S HAMILTON BEGBIERFC, Apl 1918
Lt A LESLIE H JACOBLdn Irish Rfls, Sept 1915Lt E ROY PALLETTRoyal Fus, Apl 1918
Lt GRANT M MICHAELISRyl Enginrs, Sept 1915Mjr R CUTHBERT ROWDENRAF, Apl 1918
2ndLt AUBREY N HUTCHINSONLondon Rgt, July 19162ndLt THOMAS F H WAKEN Staffs Rgt, Apl 1918
Pte HERBERT W BURROWSKRRC, Sept 1916Lt G BENEDICT BELLRAF, June 1918
2ndLt A LYNN COOPERLondon Rgt, Sept 1916Lt CYRIL JACKSONRAF, Aug 1918
[ KRRC: King's Royal Rifle Corps.   On display at Bowden House, Firle Road, Seaford ]
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Chesterton School WWI Memorial
Chesterton School WWI Memorial CHESTERTON
Roll of Honour
Pro Patria
P GRAHAM
T SYNGE OBE
R H CARTER
J HIGGINS
A FITZWILLIAMS HYDE
M HIGGINS
D SMYTH DFC
W DOLPHIN SMITH
L LANG
R R URE
D SIMPSON
R DUNCAN
D CONSTANT
L MEAD
P STEEVENS
J A HOUGHTON
G F R JACKSON
P WYKES
H T deB BROWN-GREAVES
J GILFILLAN
J MACKILLIGAN
C WALKER
C WALES
E BRAND
[ Housed in Seaford Museum ]

St Peter's School WWII Memorial
St Peter's School WWII Memorial1939 - 1945
P C G ACWORTHJ C KENT
D BACKHOUSEU E LARSEN
H A BARKLEYJ M LOOKER
P H C BASTABLEJ M LUCAS
D R L BEVAND MARSHALL
M S T BROADWOODW M MASON
R A S C CALTHORPET J MORTON
N C COOKT D PICKARD-
    CAMBRIDGE
R B C COOK
P N DAVIES-COLLEYR M POLLOCK
R S W DARVELLH R ROSS
L O FILLITERR G L SAUNDERS
A E HACKINGH B SAYER
S H HARDYR O SCLATER
G P HUDDARTG L STEER
A P G INCER G WALLACE
G H JOLLYER de W K WINLAW
On lower frame edge:
H JONES VC, OBE - FALKLANDS 1982
 
[ Housed in Seaford Museum ]

Seaford Foresters War Memorial
Foresters WWI Memorial No 7169
COURT CINQUE PORTS
A.O.F.
Seaford.
In Memory of the Brethren
of this Court
Who Gave Their Lives In The
Great War, 1914-1918.
Bro. C J BURGESS   N Fls
Bro. A LARKINS   RNVR
Bro. F ELWIN   RAMC
Bro. W L MATTHEWS   RFA
Bro. A F GREEN   RBge
Bro. E GATES   RWKRegt
Bro. T WINTER   Sfk Regt
Bro. G A BANKS   Bed Regt
Bro. A MUSSELLE   Leistr Regt
Bro. G SIMMONS   RWSy Regt
Bro. G N BRIGGS   DLI
Bro. H JUPP   RNVR
Bro. D EARL   Sx FRE   &   H J HARDEN   RFA
Bro. O C DENNIS   RFA   &   A N EARL   RHS
And
1939 - 1945.
Bro. G SIMPSON   RAF
Bro. H C DOBSON   Royal Sussex Regt
Bro. J A MORGAN   STC
[ Housed in Seaford Museum ]

Canadian WWII Memorial, Cuckmere Haven
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The Memorial at Cuckmere to Unknown Canadians
In 2006 a cairn with plaque was erected in the open field to the left of the path approaching Cuckmere Haven. The origin is explained by the text, below.

British & Canadian researchers have subsequently found no evidence to substantiate Edwards' tragic tale.
Several Canadian companies were stationed at Cuckmere (one of several possible South Coast invasion sites) for various periods in WWII. There was an air attack in July 1942, but all survived. The memorial's inclusion here acknowledges its existence only, therefore.

The view (left) shows the Cuckmere valley towards Alfriston.
This plaque commemorates the soldiers who died in this area and specifically in this field during World War II. Their numbers are unknown but their memory lives on.

The following is a personal testimony from Corporal LESLIE EDWARDS 1920-2004, a local man who served in the area and laid poppies on this spot every Remembrance Day until his death.

"I will never forget the day in 1940 when a Canadian company came to Cuckmere and pitched their tents in this field. I was stationed here and knew that bombers regularly used this valley for navigation purposes. I tried to tell the commanding officer but he was not interested in what I had to say. Two mornings later the Messerschmitts arrived. Just as the sun was rising they came skimming over the water and up the valley. Around Alfriston they banked hard and came back. Bearing down on the tents they opened fire. Steam, soil and grass rose in front of them as bullets and bombs entered the ground. All the young men in the marquees and bell tents were killed. The commanding officer, who was shaving at the time in the middle coastguard cottage, died instantly when a shell went through the wall that held his mirror"
Remember me when I am gone away.
Gone far away into the silent land.
Christina Rossetti
Seaford Artisans Golf Club
Seaford Museum houses a board which looks very like a war memorial board, with S A G C at the top.
It was in fact a friends' memorial board, the "SAGC" being members of the Seaford GC, whose records include the members and functions of this society.

Photos of memorials housed in Seaford Museum © copyright Kevin Gordon & Seaford Museum & Heritage Society

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