Family History


These snippets of life in a Sussex village gives a good idea of the impact of World War I. If you have any comments, additions or corrections I would love to hear from you -

Slindon during World War I was recorded by Jimmy Dean in his contributions to the weekly newspaper the  West Sussex Gazette, published on a Thursday. Jimmy Dean was a native of Slindon and largely self taught. The West Sussex Records Office has a collection of his diaries and recollections of Slindon.  His contributions to the newspaper did not appear every week and varied in length and content. During the First World War period August 1914 to the end of 1919 they covered topics related to the war, many of which are here, but frequently included nature observation, events from Slindon history and details of Slindon residents. Only a few of these contributions have been included here.  During the war Jimmy was still working at Slindon House as a handy man seeing to the drains, windows etc.  A few of the items below come from other parts of the newspaper or from The Sussex Daily News


20/8/1914 ‘ Threshing machine horror at Slindon on Mr Alwyn’s Farm, Court Hill. A fifteen year old John Page Barrett of Old Bosham was working with his father [William Barrett] feeding the threshing  machine when he got caught in the drum’

3/9/1914  ‘A keeper moved a sack of pheasant corn last week when out jumped a large mouse in the sack. A hen, one of the right sort, jumped on the mouse killing it instantly’

18 names of army and navy recruits read out on Sunday in the parish church. A meeting held on Thursday at the national School to point out the need for recruits. General Moody was one of the speakers

24/9/1914 Slindon has a vegetable marrow measuring 3ft 4ins in length, 2ft 5inches round. It is a beauty, rather a large one for 1914

Jimmy Dean makes an appeal for people to grow potatoes  as ‘turnips, onions and potatoes well mashed are some of the best vegetables for a cold winters day’

1/10/1914 West Sussex Gazette listed the recruits from Slindon

T Izzard, A Hornsby, J Dean, W Twine, B Roberts, C Roberts, G Holder, T Robinson, R E Hook, H Carver, C Blunden, G Miles, R Whittington. 

G Woods and W Smith volunteered but were refused on medical grounds

Regulars from Slindon: J Hornsby, W Dills, H Green, C Heater, C Francis, W C Carpenter, J Atkins, G Evans, J Jutson

Reserves: W Hornsby, J Poat, E Poat, W Poat



7/1/1915  Graffham come and see the lovely roses in Slindon.

[There was  long running banter between Slindon and some other villages, especially Gaffham. I have only included a few]

1915 has arrived. Slindon can safely say it was the wettest and roughest New Year’s day ever known in Slindon. Sunday was wet again. Rain fell tremendously on Sunday morning. The early Slindon thrush whistled and sung on the trees like April.


National school had annual treat

Friday evening meeting held in National school to forward the recruitment movement for the army. Mr G H Temple addressed  [audience]  “will soon not forget his remarkable  and thrilling words” explaining why every eligible young man should at once join the forces

21/1/1915 Slindon has done very well for the New Army. Many of the young men fit for service have volunteered. A list of their names appeared in the programme of a late concert. Mr C Palmer the well known horse dealer has joined the service. |It is understood he is in France helping with the horses. Nurse Bateman has after a long delay just now received notice from war office that she has been accepted . Trained in general nursing at Kingston infirmary and maternity at Queen Charlottes

[Charles Palmer born 1875 Slindon. In 1911 living in Slindon with his wife and four daughters]

4/2/15 Slindon boy Walter Colin Carpenter serving HMS Kent writes home of Falklands battle ‘I am quite proud as it is the first scrap I’ve been in. There was a mighty cheer when we heard German cruisers were in sight…I can tell you we had a warm five minutes . We picked up seven prisoners out of the water

[Walter Colin Carpenter was born 1898 in Littlehampton. In 1911 his widowed mother Nelly was living Rose Cottage Slindon with five children including Walter, recorded as Colin W.The Battle of the Falklands took place on 8 December 1914]

Walter Huband on HMS Viknor which went down on Irish coast leaving daughter aged 9, son aged 6, his wife died 2 years ago. Reservist petty officer with medals in China and South Africa. Last week flags at half mast at Newburgh Arms and National School

[Walter Huband was born Birmingham born 1/12/1866 and joined the Navy   1/12/1884. He had gunnery engagements. In 1905 he married Ellen (Nelly) Green, a Slindon native, Their children Gwenoline and Charles Henry were born on Slindon and in 1911 the family was living in The Hermitage Slindon. Walter was a general labourer on the estate. HMS Viknor was a requisitioned liner on patrol when lost during very stormy weather in an area recently mined by the Germans. All hands were lost, a few bodieswere washed ashore]

25/2/1915 Chichester Observer – new laid eggs for wounded soldiers in Chichester, Walberton 20, Slindon 14

10/3/1915 Chichester Observer 32 eggs Walberton,  29 slindon

Primroses and spring flowers are in full bloom in Slindon.

‘on Sunday morning as we lay in bed we heard a thrush on a tree whistling and singing splendid by its beautiful notes sounded on a sweetly ‘get up” “get up” “get up”. Public meeting held last week in club room and arranged a VTC. Isaacson read out rules and regulations. Decided to form a corp in Slindon, 11 signed up

[Jimmy Dean had reported Slindon had a rifle range with 34 members. Although the Central Association  of Volunteer Training Corps been officially recognize by November 1914, the new Volunteer Training Battalions were not. Units had to be financially self-supporting and members had to provide their own uniforms, which could not be khaki; the Association recommended Lovat green. All members were required to wear a red brassard or arm band, bearing the letters "GR" for Georgius Rex No weapons or equipment were provided, although local  Territorial Army Associations were asked to supply a few "DP" rifles, which were dummy weapons intended for "Drill Purposes".Membership of the Corps was only open to those who had "genuine reasons" for not enlisting in the regular armed forces. The purpose was of course home defence in case of invasion]

18/3/1915 Slindon would like to know Graffham how your gooseberry bushes are looking for fruit buds for tarts at Whitsun

25/3/1915 “last week was famous for the gardeners getting in onions, carrots, parsnips, beans, peas and early potatoes with the March dust”

1/4/1915 ‘Slindon was alarmed Saturday evening by fire on Bignor hill. Furze and bushes well alight. Many others came up thinking Dale Park was on fire

[Dale Park with Slindon House were the ‘big houses’ of Slindon and neighbouring Madehurst. They and their estates employed many of the villagers]


30/4/1915  Nellie Herrington at the National School  presented with a  watch for 5 years perfect attendance.  Choral society.  St George day entertainment by the school.  Photos of French and British commanders were on the wall together with other photos and flags, proceeds Dr Barnados

[Ellen Catherine Herrington was born in Slindon in 19o4. Her father Edward Herrington, a native of Slindon was in 1911 a domestic coachman, and the family then lived at The Stables, Mill House Lane, Slindon]

6/5/1915  May day has come again. Young Slindon was busy with its garlands from house to house. 18 volunteers first drill in Slindon park

13/5/1915   Fine apple trees to be seen in Slindon, wonderful sight with blossom

Ascension day – Empire Day both schools

20/5/1915 Mr & Mrs James Carver’s 2nd son James wounded France 2nd RSR. Choir boys had trip to Clymping

[James Carver born 1848 native of Slindon. In 1911 he was a retired agricultural labourer living Yew Tree Cottage, Slindon. Their second son was Arthur James Carver born 1883 Slindon. Unable yet to find on 1911 census, 1901 census a cowman on farm living with parents. Probable medal card shows him arriving in France 1 May 1915]

27/5/1915 – Slindon girl’s suicide – in Epsom. Elizabeth Holden niece Thomas Burch Pond View Slindon Common. Domestic servant she took carbolic acid. Verdict – temporarily insane

[Elizabeth Holden was born in Borough London 1893. Her Slindon born  father George who had been a Coldstream Guardsman was the brother of Elizabeth Holden who married Thomas Burch. In 1901 Elizabeth was living with her father, brother and sister with the Burches, next to The Rectory, Slindon. Thomas Burch was working on the roads. In 1911 Elizabeth was servant at Lynewood, Richmond Avenue, Bognor.]

10/6/1915  for the last 100 years a beautiful lime tree at top of village. This week iron fence removed and a seat put in its place by Mrs O’Callaghan in honour of her husband late I O’Callaghan

[In 1901 Ignatius O’Callaghan, retired from the Indian Government Service, and his wife Emma were livingin Slindon. In 1911 they were living with Emma’s sister at Mytchett Heath, Frimley Green, Hants. Ignatius died here in 1912]

22/7/1915 Some interesting occurrences have happened lately. On an evening when some wounded soldiers were having tea on the lawns of Slindon Cottage an unusual sight was seen out of the Channel. The rare conditions of the atmosphere showed up the coast of France as a mirage. Madame Belloc who was present described it as a mirage. She has a cyclopaedia which describes such a scene in 1805 viewed from the Sussex coast and probably not seen since. With the aid of Mr Wootton Isaacson’s powerful telescope objects on the French coast could be distinguished.  Madame Belloc was also fortunate in having a good view of a large meteor seen in broad daylight. It travelled from west to east and seemed to drop balls of fire as it went, even scaring some who saw it. (This was also seen at Arundel, but it seems to have been taken as a rocket, as the report of a gun coincided with its appearance), About the same date a beautiful circle with rainbow clouds was seen round the sun

[Madame Belloc was mother of Hilaire Belloc, the writer]

5/8/1915 Teachers and pupils Slindon school gave concert to 40 wounded soldiers from Chichester. Parents gave the tea which was laid out in the pretty flower garden of  the school, with flags stretching across the road. Tea over the concert was conducted by Miss Berrill. Mr George Pearce who has lived in Slindon for 78 years was present with his medals – had been through Indian mutiny, one medal for that the other for good conduct and long service. Miss S Berrill accompanied on piano. Mayor of Chichester gave thank you speech at end. ‘Three good hearty British cheers closed a day which will not be forgotten by the soldiers’

[Mary Berrill born 1861 and Sarah Berrill born 1864 were from Yardley Gobion, Northants. They lived in the School House Slindon. In 1911 Mary was a certified elementary school teacher and Sarah a supplementary school teacher]


16/9/15  Appeal for sandbags. Death of Father Duggan at Arundel cottage hospital

[Father James Duggan, aged 61 when he died]

14/10/15 Harvest festival for Royal West Sussex hospital, Chichester

Here as other places on “our day” ladies wearing red white and blue, very busy from house to house selling flags.


9/12/1915 death of Mary Ann Green 28th November,  wife Charles Green.  Youngest son didn’t arrive home from forces until day after funeral

[Mary Ann was born Mary Ann Starling in Ware Hertfordshire and married Charles Green, a Slindon native, in 1876. She was 62 when she died. In 1911 he was an estate woodman and they lived 60 Slindon Common. The son referred to was Henry born 1886 who when war broke out was a gunner with the Royal marines Artillery]



6/1/1916 1915 ended with a strong south wind & mild weather . 1916 came in with one of the roughest days for a good few years. On New Years eve an intercession service in church

27/1/1916 Slindon now in darkness owing to the new lighting order. Keep down your dark blinds or you will get run in. The church bells have ceased. Instead on Sun evening Miss Jane Laird played on the organ before service

27/2/1916 A pretty khaki wedding was witnessed at Slindon church on Sunday February 27th between Lance-Corporal A Cooper of the 7thBttn Royal Sussex Regt fourth son of Mr W E Cooper of Chichester and Miss Louisa Dean  youngest daughter of Mr & Mrs Jams Dean of Slindon. The bride groom is grandson of the late Henry Cooper late of Bittlside and the bride is the youngest grand-daughter of the late James Dean of Bittleside, Slindon , two very old and respected families. The marriage was solemnized by the Reverend Izard. Her father gave the bride away and the bride’s brother Arthur Dean was best man. The bridesmaids were Misses Theresa and Venice Dean and Miss ing. The church bells rang out a hapy peal. A reception was held at Park Lane the home of the bride and the happy pair afterwards left for Chichester en route for Newhaven the bridegroom expecting to cross over to France

2/3/1916 Heavy snow the previous Friday, Saturday and Sunday putting older residents in mind of the famous snowfall of 21 January 1881. ‘when Slindon lay under snow last week an example was set which might profitably have been followed in certain other Sussex towns and villages’

9/3/1916 –Slindon was covered in snow and hard frost

16/3/1916 Slindon again under snow. Heavy fall Ash Wednesday – cleared by estate snow plough.

20/4/1916 Have you heard the cuckoo? Last Friday was the day the old lady let it out the bag

27/4/1916 Easter Day large congregation at Parish Church – beautifully decorated with flowers and plants, daffodils and primroses prominent

4/5/1916 Head gardener at Slindon killed a queen wasp on Easter day out in the sun

1/6/1916 Heavy frost  Friday and Saturday morning. Children gave Empire day demonstration in school amongst Indian mutiny veteran  Private George Pierce a Slindon man living in Yapton. Last Tuesday Mr & Mrs John Trott celebrated golden wedding,  took up residence in their present home on their wedding day. He had been employed at Victory Iron Works Yapton for 54 years

[George Pearce died in 1920 aged 83]

[John and Ann Trott lived in Yapton. He was a traction engine driver]

8/6/1916 Slindon ladies have been trying their hands with the sythe mowing the grass 18in high. They made a very good job of it. Go on ladies and show the men!

22/6/1916 a new potato in Slindon called general service. Confirmation Thurs evening – church packed – from the other villages too.

6/7/1916 July opened with a very white frost. Never within memory have potatoes looked as well as now. A golden gage tree of the front wall of the Newburgh arms is packed with the plums hanging in clusters. Come and have a look at the tree Graffham [no reply by Graffham]

Wed evening 20 wounded soldiers entertained by Violet Lady Beaumont at Slindon House  and Mr H W Isaacson

[Violet Lady Beaumont born 1863 was the widow of Lord Beaumont who was accidently killed on 16 September 1895 shortly after they had moved into the family’s ancestral home at Carlton Towers near Selby, Yorkshire. He was climbing over a five barrel gate on the estate with his head bowed over the muzzle when the gun must have accidently fired]

[H Wootton Isaacson – I need to research hom]

20/7/1916 For Belgian relief £2 7s 6d collected  by children

1916 news that Herbert Dean was missing after an engagement. Jack, twice wounded returned to front. The first man from slindon to volunteer. On Saturday at St Marys a pretty wedding between Mary Dean and William George Robinson second son of late Mr Thomas Robinson and Mrs Robinson of the Royal Oak, Walberton. The bride given away by her father was charmingly attired in a dress of white silk and wore a veil with orange blossom lent by her sister-in-law. Theresa and Venice Dean bridesmaids and Mr C Westbrook friend of the  groom was best man. Rev A Izard officiated. Honeymoon in Brighton ‘owing to anxious news received from France the wedding was kept very quiet’

[Herbert Dean born 1891, one of Jimmy Dean’s sons. In 1911 he was living with his parents, an under gardener on estate]

[Mary Dean born 1891, one of Jimmy Dean’s daughters. In 1911 she was a cook in the house of Sidney Fletcher, Yapton. Theresa Dean born 1887 and Venice Dean born 1892 were also his daughters.Venice in 1911 was a cook at a private school in Bexhill

3/8/1916  How are the apples on your trees Chichester. Hops already 20ft high up the pole and making headway 40ft to the top present a remarkable sight. On Sunday known Jack Dean wounded and in hospital France. Also wounded Harold Carver.

[Jack,John Gilbert, Dean born 1889 was one of Jimmy Dean’s sons. Prior to the war he had been an estate garden labourer]

[Harold Allen Carver born 1892 Slindon was the youngest son of James and Mary Carver. In 1911 he was a domestic gardener living with his parents in Slindon]

10/8/1916  Mr Charles Stephen Leslie’s  father Colonel C RA Leslie died last month at his Scottish castle Balquhain River Don. Bulk of estate to great grandson Patrick Leslie on obtaining age of 25

Harold Carver home from France for 10 days

17/8/1916 vocal and instrumental concerts in vicarage garden – string instruments Misses Izard and vocals Rev Izard. Thoroughly enjoyed by villagers and visitors. Id Hills caught 2ft 9ins adder on Graffham common

[The Reverend Arthur Izard Rector of Slindon was born in 1852. His daughters were Lily J Izard born 1884, Margaret Izard born 1886, Constance Izard born 1887 and Mary Izard born 1890]

24/8/1916 from Graffham “The potatoes are yielding well…up to date I’ve been dug a gallon to the root. How are your potatoes Slindon?

The Misses Izard gave another of their delightful concerts on the Rectory garden last Tuesday pm (22nd) two of them will shortly be giving much needed music in military hospitals in France  and taking with them a portable piano costing £25 – contributions welcomed – will stay property of YMCA over there. News of death of Captain Jersey de Knoop son-n-law of late CJ Fletcher of Dale Park, husband of 2nd daughter  Evelyn Elizabeth, was with imperial camel corps in Egypt, previously wounded in France with Cheshire Yeomanry, serving as interpreter at HQ, well known in Liverpool business circles , unionist candidate in Northwich in 1910 and last year made a well reported speech on the shortage of ammunition

[Evelyn Elizabeth Fletcher born 1879 married John Julius Jersey de Knoop in 1898. He died 7 August 1916 aged 40. Commonwealth War Graves  Commission record ‘son of the late Baron W de Knoop and of Baroness de Knoop of 31 Rutland Gate, London husband of Evelyn de Knoop of Tingewick House, Buckinghamshire

Charles John Fletcher born 1843 Liverpool, Evelyn’s father, died in 1914.Recorded at Dale Park as having private means]

30/8/1916 A wonderfully pretty white swallow has been seen in the village, Graffham  should it stray and reach Graffham do not kill th bird

As regards Graffham’s inquiries on our potatoes we have a very good crop. Some sorts were not heavy owing to very dry weather, other kinds such as King Edwards, King George, Dreadnoughts, General Service and Up-to-Dates came our very well.  General Service is quite the new favourite of slindon – potatoes cook to perfection – white, mealy, floury – this year

14/9/1916 Slindon  raised £16 for Graylingwell  viz concert £ 7, a gift £5 and sale of flags £4

A vegetable marrow plant at Mr Grevett’s yard has grown tremendously over a 10ft 8ins flint wall, two large marrows hanging down for public to see

7/9/1916 Large potatoes – 10oz King Edwards .  Two concerts in National school for Graylingwell on Saturday by a Pierrot Troupe, Miss Violet Bramson and Miss Marjory Bramson contributed songs and recitation

[Violet Bramson was born in 1895 and Marjory Bramson in 1898. Their father William Bramson had been born in Sout Africa and in 1911 was a stock jobber. The family lived in the White House Slindon]

14/9/1916 Slindon raised £16 Graylingweell - £7 concert, £5 gifts £4 flags. A vegetable marrow plant of Mr Grewell  yard grown over 10 ft 6 ins wall two huge hanging down for public to see up & down the village

19/10/1916 Harvest festival £5 7s 3d. 17” round broad bean grown National School garden. Now Yapton go on!

Jack Dean wounded third time – in hospital in France

Stephen Whittington wounded

[Stephen Whittington born 1876 as in 1911 a gamekeeper living Northwood Cottages Slindon, with his children Gladys Martha born 1900, Phyllis Carolineborn 1902, Stephen born 1904, Frank Charles born 1906, Doris Susan born 1908 and Richard Daniel born 1910

5/10/1916 – Thursday last the Deans heard Herbert had been killed in a ‘gallant attack’ on September 3rd. ‘always very bright and full of life and a promising young footballer and cricketer, he belonged to the parish church choir as a tenor one out of five brother choristers, two tenors and three basses. Joined up in November  1914 and last home 26 June. Writing for the Commanding Officer  the adjutant said ‘your son fought well, and was buried in the soldier’s cemetery nearby’

Sunday harvest festival – flowers, plants, fruit, corn, vegtables. £4 7s 3d raised for West Sussex Hospital. In the evening Tozer’s Magnificat and nunc dimitis were sung and the anthem was Great is the Lord and Marvellous by Frank Adlam

 5/10/1916 WSG from Yapton reporter -  ‘we were interested in your swallow and marrow stories Slindon but what about your onions? We have near the Black Dog giant Rocca onions measuring 14ins in circumference half cwt growing on a few feet of land. They were transplanted in April and have just been kept free from weeds, The natural richness if our soil has done it. Can you beat it?’

5/10/1916 Thanksgiving service

12/10/1916 challenge from Tarring about carrots (same yr as above, also 5/10 Thanksgiving


26/10/1916 Flag hoisted on Trafalgar day  4 large wreaths made by children, Nelson, Jutland, Jack Cornwell VC and men of the Royal Navy, hung in school wall.

[John “Jack” Travers Cornwall also known as Boy Cornwall was under sixteen and a half years old when he was on HMS Chester during the Battle of Jutland. He was the member of a gun crew all of whom were killed. Although badly wounded himself he kept to his station awaiting orders. He died shortly after in hospital. He was posthumously awarded the VC and on 29 July his body after exhumation from its common grave was reburied with full military honours]

Jack Dean  has a broken jaw, has undergone an operation and is now in a military hospital  Dublin


2/11/1916 Sailors flag day (Trafalgar day) £22 -15-5 Barnham; £3-12-4 Binsted;  £2 –0s-12d Slindon;

£6-12- 15(?) Walberton;  Yapton £1 12s


9/11/1916 Five members of church have joined Royal Sussex Regiment;  1 killed in action, three wounded

Jack Dean progressing well – jaw badly smashed in night attack. Hit by a portion of bomb and lay for long time before being picked up


16/11/1916 Primroses were gathered in the wood on Sunday pm

14/12/1916 Death of Frank Davidson estate carpenter oldest son of Mr & Mrs Davidson of heart failure.  He fell from chair whilst at dinner and expired. Funeral St Richards Saturday afternoon

[Frank Davidson was born in 1878 in Aberdeen. In 1911 he was a carpenter living in Slindon with his wife Eliza, and children David and Charles. His parents Donald and Emily were living in Church Cottage in 1911 with four younger children. Donald was an estate carpenter.]


4/1/1917 annual gift of shirts etc

[This was the annual gift to the pupils at the National School]

18/1/1917 Walter Collins one of our old boys at home on leave, after two  years  three months in Navy He was in the Falklands Island battle

25/1/1917 Pte G Simmonds  Middlesex regiment killed in action,  only lately gone. Son Mrs S Keymer formerly from Ditching, Christian social congregational church

15/2/1917 Three of the Rector’s cows seen sliding on the pond

1/3/1917 March came with bright sunshine. Sister Bateman nursing in Military Hospital Frensham


WSG Slindon baby’s fatal injuries: unexplained violence. A six hour inquest

Newly born female found in a lavatory in a garden next to Newburgh arms, severe injuries about face and head and died four hours later. Mother Clara Fanny Jutson widow of seaman gunner John Jutson killed at Jutland living with her parents at the house mentioned. Two doctors said the victim had severe injuries but couldn’t say if deliberate or unconsciously by being trampled on. Mary Agnes Wilmer midwife who was called upon to look after mother said she knew nothing about the birth before sad the mother seemed dazed, like a person far away. Mrs Maria Ransom who took the mother inside finding her stooping in the lavatory said she seemed very dazed.  ‘A young fair haired woman’ said she couldn’t remember anything, had only told the father, miscalculated dates and was meaning to tell mother nearer the time. Child was not her husbands. Verdict that death was caused by violence but not enough evidence to show how it had occurred.

[Maria Ransom born 1859 was the wife of Alfred Ransom, labourer.

Agnes Wilmer born 1869 was in 1911 a midwife living with her husband Thomas Wilmer, a domestic coachman, and their children with Agnes’s parents James and Mary Bateman in The Vineries, Slindon]


12/4/1917 Heavy snow. Church beautifully decorated

19/4/1917 Pte Jack Dean of the 7th Battalion RSR is home on sick furlough from King George V Hospital Dublin. He was wounded on the Somme last September 25th . He was previously wounded in March and July after being at the front since May 1915. His many friends will be glad to know he has made a good recovery

26/4/1917 America day. At National School Stars and Stripes flown – songs like John Browns Body sung

Many Slindon people will regret to hear that Lance Corporal George Harmsworth of the 14th battalion RSR  was killed in action on 26 March 1917 and went through the Suyve Bay landing. He enlisted from Slindon on Nov 5(?) with the late Herbert Dean who was killed in action on September 3 1915. Much sympathy will be felt for his parents and Miss Venice Dean to whom he was engaged at their deep loss

[George Harmsworth was born 1892 Devizes. In 1911 he was a grocer’s assistant in Slindon, boarding in Manchester House with Wilfrid Grevett, drocer, baker and butcher]

In a letter expressing sympathy with Mr & Mrs Harmswoth in the loss of their son Lance Corporal G Harmswoth Royal Sussex Regiment Egyptian EF who was killed in action on Mar 26th Captain H Loukes writes “I fear you may find it somewhat cold comfort to be told how well your son’s battalion did in the advance and the subsequent shelling of the ridge we occupied  but it may help you to realise that it was your son and men like him that enabled their battalion to gain the admiration of the men in authority. Your son was in command of the company signallers and I always found him keen and most trustworthy in his duties. He had only recently returned from a course of instruction near Cairo.  I am very sorry indeed to lose him and in fact he will be missed by all’. The parents have also received letter from Pte E Pavy signal section who writes “I was his closes chum, and feel the loss of my dear chum immensely. I happened to be close to him when he was killed and I am sure it will comfort you to know that his death was instantaneous and that he fought like a British soldier. He was buried in the Holy Land. I was not there when he was buried as I was wounded by shrapnel and am now on my way to hospital. Please accept my sincerest sympathy in your sad bereavement

26/4/1917 George Ruff dropped dead in Madehurst wood

[George Ruff born 1857 Bignor was a woodman on the Dale Park estate. In 1911, a widower,  he was living in Shelbridge, Walberton]

7/6/1917 W Hazelgrove  home on leave after one year ten months in France

[Possibly the William Hazelgrove born 1883, in 1911 living Nyetimber with widowed mother Elizabeth]

Flag flown on 3rd for the King’s birthday and at National School for anniversary of Jutland and a flower on the wall for Cornwell

21/6/1917 Violet Kimber success fully passed exam in Pitman shorthand 16 years old

[Violet Bessie Kimber born 1901 was the daughter of Henry Kimber, estate bricklayer. The family moved to Slindon beween 1909 and 1911]

28/6/1917 Slindon according to Mrs SJB Fletcher military representative  Chichester Tribunal is setting a capital example of private co-operative baking – four women who bake own bread – taking turns in their homes

19/7/1917 a bantam belonging to the White House is sitting hard on a nest of eggs under the balcony close to the front door. The rest is covered with famous creepers, the wonderful bird taking no notice of anyone  

2/8/1917 News reached Slindon last week that Frank Lloyd,  Royal West Kents only son of Mr & Mrs Lloyd was badly wounded in France on July 26 he has sustained a broken thigh and injury to an arm

[Frank Lloyd born 1898 Slindon. His family were not native to Slindon. In 1911 they were living in Palmers Cottage s  Slindon and his father Frank was a domestic coachman]

The sad news reached Mrs Whittington on Friday morning that her husband Stephen Whittington was killed in action in France on 22 July. He was in the 6th Essex regiment for close to three years, aged 40. He leaves a widow and 8 young children

25/8/1917 Joe Refoy and family left Slindon to live in Bognor

[Joseph Anthony Refoy was born 1877 Slindon. In 1906 in Lexden district Essex he married Millicent Goddard. They had Evelyn born 1907, Millicent born 1908, Leonard born 1910, Catherine born 1912, Joseph W born 1916. 1911 living Westergate, a labourer]

3/9/1917 Jen? Came back from Northampton

7/9/1917 George Carrie Refoy came home. Working Bitterside and Gaston

[Probably the George Refoy born 1870 Slindon. 1911 census married to Annie with sons Edward 13 and Philip 5 and living St James Road, East Grinstead, occupation blacksmith]

6/9/1917 Golden wedding of Mr & Mrs John Hornsby married St Richards.  Mr & Mrs Bateman who celebrated their golden wedding recently accompanied them to St Richards on Monday afternoon

[John Hornsby married Sarah Blount in 1867. In 1911 he was a former garden labourer and they lived in Rose Cottage. James Bateman married Mary Fletcher in 1866. In 1911 he was a market gardener, living at the Vineries, Slindon]

27/12/17 All workers on Slindon estate given 10s from Lady Beaumont.

Wedding St Richards James Timlick RN from Westergate to Agnes M Marmont

[Married Agnes M Marmont. Agnes’s family lived in Littlehampton]


3/1/1918  Slindon wine;  mangel worzel 1865, gooseberry 1871, hedgeprick 1865, rhubarb 1882; ginger 1887; ‘ all made in one house, the  hands that made it in Slindon parish church yard’

17/1/1918 Sister Bateman at home on leave “the story of the Slindon home-made wine in recent West Sussex Gazette has been quoted in other publications in country

14/2/1917 St Richard’s school  Christmas party at the school


14/3/1918 Wake up grow the barley, now is the time to feed the pigs. Home cured pork and bacon should be fatted with good barley meal

Beautiful music was given by Miss Mary Izard and Miss Jane Izard on Sunday after evening service at the Parish Church.

There wa a pretty war wedding here on Monday, when Pte John Gilbert Dean. Fourth son of Mr and Mrs James Dean of Slindon was married to Miss Dora Gertrude King daughter of Mr and Mrs Kinbg of Southsea.  The bridegroom who has seen much fighting in France and has been wounded three times, being now home on leave is is well known here and before the war was employed by Lady Beaumont  and Mr F W Isaakson. The ceremony was conducted by the Rector and appropriate music was rendered by Miss Izard. Leaving the church the bride and bridegroom walked through an archway formed by the local school children and the old church bells rang out a merry peel.  The bridesmaid was a sister of the bridegroom, Miss Theresa Dean while Sgt A Cooper officiated as best man

21/3/1918 In a letter home Sister M H Bateman from a stationary hospital in France writes “ I was making a patient’s bed when there fell from the clothes the photo of a fine young  Seaforth’s Highlander, The patient said it was the photo of his fourth boy killed in the war. A wounded German soldier who was brought in and put under my care. I could do nothing with him, he was in such a terrible state of mind fully believing that he was to be killed. An interpreter had to be found to calm him”

28/3/1918  Lieutenant  A Cooper RSR got MM

[He was I believe Lance Corporal when this was awarded. The military medal was awarded for his role in the Battle of Cambrai 30/11/1917]

April 1918

Tremendous crop of gooseberries

Miss Agnes Berryman, daughter of Mrs Charles Berryman, who died at the early of 21 years was buried on Monday in the Parish churchyard.

On Saturday the funeral took place of Miss Florence Mary Carpenter , aged 22, daughter of the late Mr William Carpenter and Mrs Carpenter who passed away on the 30th ult.

Mr Charles Jackson, late bookmaker, who has spent all his life here, celebrated his 92nd birthday on Monday , when the Union Jack was seen flying at his cottage. He has finished his garden planting, chiefly of potatoes.

[Florence Mary Carpenter was in 1911 living with her widowed mother Nelly and siblings in Rose Cottage, Slindon]

[Agnes Berryman in 1911 was living Bungalow Cottage Slindon with her widowed father Charles, a domestic gardener, and siblings. The family moved to Slindon from Aldingbourne after 1903]

[Charles Jackson was baptised 7 May 1826 Slindon son of William and Martha Jackson. 1911 census living Slindon Common, a former insurance agent]

18/6/1918 Charles Carver joined up

[Charles William Carver born 1873 native of Slindon, a domestic gardener in 1911 living in Slindon with his wife Elizabeth and son Harold. They were living with his parents James and Mary.]

20/6/1918 Charles Bowley joined up

[Charles Bowley born 1874, a Slindon native. Married to Mary, and in 1911 they had seven children; He was then a groom, domestic servant]

21/6/1918 Ted Herrington joined up

[Father of Nellie Herrington]

4/7/1918 In three hours after school a man and eight boys of National School cleared four acres of land of docks.  Poppies seen in fields instead of corn.

Royal Oak foresters club invested £800 in war loans and still £800 in bank. Members all working men

11/7/1918 Inquest on Blanche Herrington held in Slindon . A verdict of suicide whilst of unsound mind was returned at an inquest held this week in Slindon on Mrs Blanche Herrington aged 40 wife of a soldier serving in France who drowned herself in a large rainwater tank. The tank was opposite the back door of her house. The evidence showed that Mrs Herrington had suffered from delusions and that was under a mistaken impression as to her condition and as to the notice people were taking of it. Her ideas on this subject were negatived both by medical and other evidence. It was with difficulty that the poor woman’s body was recovered from the tank which is a large receptacle with an opening about 18” square.

[George William Herrington married Blanche Blunden in 1900. Their daughter Florence was born 1901. George was a bricklayer].

1/8/1918 – Mr & Mrs J G Miles wish to thank all kind friends for the deep sympathy and offering of flowers in the great loss of their only devoted son;  also his Superintendent and fellow policemen of his division Metropolitan Police and his squad at Caterham (30th company Grenadier Guards). He was interred in the private burial ground of HM Guards at Brompton cemetery July 15th 1918 (military funeral). A beautiful service was preached by the rector (Rev A Izard) to his memory at the parish church Slindon on Sun evening July 21 1918

[Jack Hotston Miles born 1893 died 14/7/1918. His parents were John C Miles a shipping wedge maker and Ada Miles. In 1911 they were living 55 Slindon Common and Jack was a shipping wedge maker as well]

Lieutenant V Fletcher before going to France as an observer to the RAF having already served in a trench mortar battery in France and Italy being the possessor of the Mons decoration has lately paid a visit to his aunt, Mrs Bateman and other friends and relatives in the village. He has two brothers in the army; one, who holds a commission being in France and the other  Sergeant Major Douglas Fletcher having been in East Africa almost from the beginning of the war. 56 years ago their father Charles Fletcher, a Slindon lad from St Richard’s school joined the army, enlisting in the RHA. After six years he was drafted out to India, where he served for 31 years and rose to the rank of Captain. Retiring he lived at Southsea, where he died five years ago

[Charles Fletcher was born 1847 in Slindon. His children were born in India. The aunt Mrs Bateman is Mary Bateman who celebrated her golden wedding in 1916]

8/8/1918 Slindon church crowded for Rembrance Day service. Names of those fallen read out.


5/9/1918 cOme  Graffham look at our potatoes

26/9/1918 Harvest festival

31/10/1918 the Union Jack, the red emblem, the French tricolor was hoisted in the National School on Nelson day. Time was devoted to a source on the navy and the part it plays

21/11/1918 When the news of the signed armistice was received the bells of the parish church  were rung and a thanksgiving  service was held in the evening  when a large congregation joined in the singing of the Te Deum and the hymn ‘All people that on earth do dwell’ and ‘now thank we all our God’. There were also services of thanksgiving on Sunday.

Sad news came on Saturday that Charles Frost who before the war was coachman to Lady Violet Beaumont and Mr F W Isaacson of Slindon House has died of wounds in France

[Charles W Frost born Stonhoe near Kings Lynn in 1879. In 1911 living at the Stables, Slindon House. He died on 11/11/1918, Wiltshire Regiment  ‘son of Robert and Sarah Frost of Stanhoe Norfolk. Husband of Edith Frost of Warsash Southampton. He had married Edith M M Silvester in 1911]

5/12/1918 Deep regret has been caused by the deaths, in each case from pneumonia od CSM J Parrott and Sergeant A Cooper. The former was taken ill on the 18th ult and passed away at Grimsby Hospital on the 24th ult. Aged 42 and the son-in-law of Mr & Mrs Davidson he served 21 years in the 1st Scots Guards, went through the South African war and held two medals with nine bars, The remains were interred in St Richard’s churchyard on Friday. He leaves a widow and four children. Sergt Cooper whose age was 25, passed away at the Castle Mount Hospital Dover on Nov 21 after a few days illness. He had seen much service in France. The funeral took place at Portfield churchyard on Wednesday

[John Parrott was born 1877 Salford. He married 1907 Amelia Frances Davidson born Slindon the daughter of Donald and Emily Davidson. In 1911 they were living 7 Lyndhurst Street, Pendleton, Lancs. John was a police officer.Their son Richard D Parrott was born in Slindon early 1918]


1919 absent voters

Allen Douglas Somerville, Sea View, 300967 RE 3rd Tes? Bttn

Arthur Arnell Court Hill cottages  49262 HMS Harpy

Albert Ernest Dean 47 Park Lane 134897 Pte RSR

Edward Henry Herrington m/402656 Pte MT ASC

John Herrington  Pte Norfolk Regt No 3 Lab cy

William John Heater 57 Common 24932 Pte West Kents B cy

Sidney George Roberts  58 common 29616 Pte Grenedier Guards 2nd Bttn

10/4/1919 Haig going. Lt-Colonel  A F Fletcher Dale Park was his military secretary

[Alan F Fletcher born 1877 was the son of Charles J Fletcher of Dale Park]

1/5/1919 14 Slindon men killed during the war, two lost their lives on HMS Bulwark and others of the army were killed in France and Palestine. With the exception of three men not yet demobbed

26/6/19 the news of the peace signing came through to slindon early on Saturday pm . Very soon flags were flying in the village. The Misses Burrill decorated the school grounds with flags and assembled as many children as they could get on the lawn to sing the national anthem and passers by invited to join in.  one peace ? “Peace not half”


24/7/1919 On peace day returned sailors and soldiers entertained to dinner at the National School; children paraded,  sports races and dancing in Newlands field. Due to rain fireworks postponed to August bank holiday. One of the guests had served through the Indian Mutiny

31/7/1919 Sister M H Bateman has been for some time nursing in 57 General Hospital Marseilles. In recent letter 12 German nurses sent there, captured in German East Africa. All speak English and prisoners 11 months. Very nearly captured by a tribe, our allies, who would have killed them but one of our planes spotted danger and informed the British who took them

[Sister Mary Helen Bateman born 1872. 1911 census a ward sister at Kingston –upon-Thames Hospital]

25/9/1919 Slindon cricket club v Slindon estate, village captained by Charlie Dean who got 17 runs.  Jack Dean 23 for the estate

[Charles Dean born 1878 was Jimmy Dean’s eldest son. In 1911 he was a gardener living in Dyers Lane Slindon. Jack Dean died in 1927]

9/10/1919 Slindon’s oldest woman who lived in the village all her life, Frances wife of late John Dean died Oct 1 aged 93, buried on Saturday, leaving three sons

[Frances Peachey born 1826 married John Dean in 1847. He was a shepherd. 1911 census living with her unmarried younger sister Ann Peachey. Her sons were John, Charles and George Dean]

11/12/19 Advert under Slindon in the WSG– demobbed soldiers – you help by letting them make your suit or costume at Lansley’s. 6  guineas up. The Cross Chichester


The following I have undated

Kindly arranged by Violet Lady Beaumont who played several of the pianoforte accompaniments a very successful concert in aid of the Red Cross fund was given at the National School on Saturday evening. Songs by Miss Hawkins and violin solos by Miss Mary Izard were enthusiastically appreciated and Mr H Blackmans popular concert party. The Freandeces (?) who earlier in the evening had entertained the wounded sailors at Graylingwell hospital thoroughly amused the audience. Miss H Horner artistic vocalisation was hightly appreciated and the ? including Podden by Mr R Blackman and a courting duet under the umbrella by Master Cecil Blackman and his sister evoked great merriment