Southwater War Memorial
26th November 1892|
Pte 16399 4th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment (originally 3965 2nd Bn.)
He enlisted on 11th December 1915, just one day after his brother John signed for The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
By May 1916, after collapsing short of breath during drill, he was hospitalised in Purfleet suffering from what was diagnosed as pleurisy.
A second longer spell in hospital followed in August/September 1916 but he was returned to duty and transferred to the 13th Sussex
and sent overseas with the Regiment landing in France on the 15th October 1916. Conditions at the front obviously exacerbated
his condition and he was hospitalised again on the 27th December. This time TB was suspected and he was shipped home on a hospital ship
and sent to the Military Hospital at York. By 14th March TB was confirmed and Henry was discharged from the army as medically unfit on the 4th April 1917.
He was granted a pension in respect of his TB and, following a brief spell in a sanatorium at Ockley, returned home to Cross Lane where he died on the 3rd May 1919.
He was buried just three days later under the rites of his Congregational Faith but in the Anglican Church of The Holy Innocents in Southwater.
|Died||3rd May 1919 and is in an unmarked grave in Southwater Churchyard.|
In September 2016 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission erected in the churchyard a memorial to Henry in the area where his grave is believed to be.
The family worked the Brickyard at Cross Lane, Itchingfield. Henry was one of five sons|
This information with thanks to Barns Green website
HOLY INNOCENTS, SOUTHWATER
New Memorial erected September 2016