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From: "Jane Blackman" <>
Subject: [ONT] Brighton War Memorial Introduction
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 17:42:03 +0100
This is part one of Chris Coombers introduction and explains from what sources he gets his information.
The Brighton War Memorial 1914/21
The Brighton War Memorial commemorating the fallen of The First World War is situated in
The Old Steine Gardens. The names of those who died are included on two four sided pillars.
There are 2,390 names including 33 who have been added to the top and bottom margins of the
pillars. The Memorial simply records the surname and initial(s) .
Since 1921 the Parish Church of St.Peters has had in its possession two memorial books recording the names of most of the fallen. The larger of the two books is an updated version and a considerable improvement on its predecessor. Both were kept on display until 1992, when because of vandalism, they were withdrawn from public display. Both books are available to the public on application to the Church authorities.
Fortunately for research purposes, the men are listed under their rank and branch of service,
Section. 1. The Army. Officers. C.S.M's. Sergeants. Corporals. Lance Corporals and
Privates. Riflemen. Bombardiers. Gunners. Drivers. Sappers. and Pioneers
Section 2. The Royal Navy
Officers, Petty Officers. Seaman. Stokers. Wireless Operators,
Signallers. Boys. and a section for Naval ranks unknown.
Section 3. Airmen. Officers. Airmen. Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force.
Section 4. (160 strong) Unknown Ranks.
Men who's rank and branch of the service was unknown at
the time and never updated.
Many of the Town Churches have their own Memorials, which in some cases, for example, the Parish Church of St.Albans in Coombe Road, record the individual`s regiment, date of death and the location where he died.
660 Brighton men lost their lives serving with the County Regiment (The Royal Sussex) and these are easily identified in the Register for the fallen of the Regiment kept at the West Sussex Record Office in Chichester.