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« on: February 20, 2017, 08:48:12 AM »

Pyecombe is a small, pretty, village in the Mid Sussex District of West Sussex - the last census, in 2011, showed a population of 237.  

The village war memorial is inside the Parish Church -  "The Church if The Transfiguration" - which is also called "The Shepherd's Church".  The war memorial takes the form of a brass plaque on a black marble background plate.

The original WWI brass memorial plate was overlaid after WWII so that all of the village's fallen were on the one memorial.  The original WWI inscription showed the servicemen's names and regiments.  The space required to include the WWII fallen allowed only their names. This newspaper article describes the unveiling of the original WWI memorial in March 1920 :

Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 23 March 1920


WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILLED : At the Parish Church on Sunday evening week a brass plate was unveiled and dedicated by the Rev. R.J. Lea, Vicar of Henfield and Rural Dean, the Rev. S.E. Terry, Rector of Pyecombe, also taking part in the memorable service, prior to which the memorial was covered with a Union Jack.  The tablet is of neat and effective design, is mounted on a slab of black marble, and is affixed to the south side of the nave. the inscription shows that it was "erected by the parishioners of Pyecombe to the glory of God and in honour and memory of William Tyler, 1st Royal Sussex; John James Birtle, 9th Royal Sussex; Arthur George Cook, 4th Royal Sussex (Territorials); Jack Funnell, 2nd Royal Sussex; Noble Malcolm Claud Knight, Lincolnshire regiment; who gave their lives for their Country in the great war 1914-1919".

Please forgive the lack of quality in my photograph.  I do find photographing brass plaques quite challenging - this is the best of a number of photographs that I took.

The "Roll of Honour-Sussex-Pyecombe" incorrectly describes the Pyecombe war memorial as "Pyecombe Parish Church War Memorial 1914-1918 consists of a memorial in the Parish Church in the form of a wooden board with 5 names, Surnames and Christian names".  The names of the fallen on the website are correct but the description of the memorial is not.

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