East Chiltington is a small rural parish in the Lewes district of East Sussex. The East Chiltington community website describes the parish population as........... "The Parish is home to about 180 families. Most of these live in houses and farms scattered along our quiet, single track lanes. There are two clusters of housing: Hollycroft in the centre of the parish, and Pouchlands, a housing development at the Eastern border of the parish with South Chailey".
The war memorial stands on the small green just outside of East Chiltington Church. The IWM website shows that the memorial stands on "land donated by Major Powell Edwards DSO", who also unveiled the memorial on the 14th November 1919.
The inscription on the front face reads "SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919"
The WWI names inscribed are :
A. De St. CROIX
The WWII names are inscribed under the dates "1939 - 1945" and are :
The following newspaper article was published as plans were being made for the memorial ............
Sussex Agricultural Express - Friday 01 August 1919
WAR MEMORIAL - At a meeting of the War Memorial Committee, held at the Parish Room last week, those present were :- Mr Bennett, Lieut-Colonel Hatch, Lieut-Colonel Edwards DSO, MR Cartwright, Mr Gillett, Mr Stevens, Mr Arthur Wells, Mr Alexander Wells (Hon Treasurer), the Hon. Mrs Bampfylde, the Rev Cockell, Mr Palmer, Mrs J Welfare, Mr C Hall, Mr Boyling and Miss Burder (Hon Secretary). Mr Bennett was elected Chairman.
It was decided to accept the estimate for a grey granite stone, and the sub-Committee's site on which the stone should be erected in the churchyard was approved. The following members were appointed a sub-Committee to obtain the names eligible to be inserted on brass tablet to be placed inside the church, and also to obtain an estimate for the cost :- The Rev Cockell, Mr C Hall, Mr Boyling and Miss Burder.
I did go into the Church but couldn't find the brass tablet, mentioned above. There was a wall mounted "Roll of Honour" with the names of the 59 men from "The Parish of East Chillington and Novington" serving in His Majesty's Forces. There were 8 names which had a small red + next to them and at the foot of the wall plaque states :
+ THEY DIED THE NOBLEST DEATH A MAN CAN DIE,
FIGHTING FOR GOD, AND RIGHT AND LIBERTY,
AND SUCH A DEATH IS IMMORTALITY.
In front af the Altar is a nice wooden reading lecturn. It has the inscription :
In Loving Memory of
Lieut. JOHN PHILIP UTTERSON-KELSO
2nd ARMOURED BATTALION
GUARDS ARMOURED DIVISION
Killed in Action 11th August 1944
From the CWGC site this would refer to :
UTTERSON-KELSO, JOHN PHILIP
Date of Death:11/08/1944 Age:22
Regiment/Service:Grenadier Guards 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: I. A. 4. Cemetery:ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:Son of Major General John Edward Utterson-Kelso, C.B., D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., and Florence Mary Utterson-Kelso, of Plumpton, Sussex.
Plumpton is a village a short distance from East Chiltington.