The following newspaper article details a memorial service held at Hurstpierpoint in July 1920, two years before the village War Memorial was created and unveiled. It mentions all three burial grounds, the Churchyard, the Old Cemetery and the New Cemetery. It also lists those who are buried there (additional comment at the end of the post)
Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 06 July 1920
A GRACIOUS ACT.
WAR HEROES' GRAVES AT HURST VISITED
DEPOSIT OF FLOWERS.
The Hurstpierpoint Comrades of The Great War participated in a gracious act of remembrance on Sunday morning, when they placed flowers on the graves and monuments in the local Churchyard and Cemeteries of those who fell in The Great War.
It was a beautiful thought, and the many who witness the carrying of it into effect will not readily forget the scene. The members, who have Mr. H.W. Owen as Hon. Secretary, met at 10.15 at their headquarters and headed by their band, which made a successful first appearance - Mr. A.M. Carr, who holds a bandmaster's certificate of The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, is bandmaster and instructor - went in procession to the Church and Old Cemetery, where the resting places and monuments of the gallant soldiers and sailors were duty remembered. Prayers were said by the Rev. C.H. Piggott (Rector), with whom were the Rev, M.H. Waller and the Rev. A.C. Curd. The Comrades then attended Divine service in the Church, which was crowded. The office, which was of special character, was taken by the Rector, and Mr. F. PIPER, father of a sailor who lost his life in the execution of an act of great gallantry, read the lesson. The Rev. T.J. James M.C., Vicar of St. Anne's, Brighton, ex-Chaplain to the Forces in France, preached the sermon, basin it on Hebrews xii., 1, 2. His theme was the ideals of "Comradeship" and its selflessness, and he appealed to his hearers to ever remember that they had to
FOLLOW THE GREAT LEADER,
their Lord, Jesus Christ. "The call to be servants of that King came to all. Don't run away from it. Be comrades in that service" The preacher, who declared it a privilege to respond to the invitation to be present that day, also urged his hearers to remember their comrades now resting in Paradise. The offertory was for the provision of a memorial tablet, and at the close of service Mr. R.G. Walder of Burgess Hill, sounded the Last Post and the Reveille. Mr H. Shepherd was at the organ, and the singing was led by a full choir. The church was crowded. A very beautiful floral tribute, in the form of a broken column, was placed on the table below the illuminated roll of the gallant dead. This had been subscribed for by the Comrades. The procession re-formed on the Church green, and went to the New Cemetery, where during the progress of a thunderstorm, which was accompanied by heavy rain, more flowers were deposited on memorials and graves. The band afterwards played the processionists back to headquarters.
Appended is the list of the gallant men to whom this beautiful tribute was paid :- In the Church - John Wood. In the Churchyard - the Rev. C.A. Marona, Roger A. Piper, John G. Peskett. In the Old Cemetery - Edward Campion, Arthur N.H. Weeks, Albert Anscombe, Cecil M. Balcombe, Thomas Balcombe, Arthur Balcome, John Balcome. In the New Cemetery - Norman Allen, Harry Clarke, Lieutenant Commander Ost R.N., Hubert W. Walker, Reginald A. Stenning, Albert Pierce, Alfred Mansbridge, Frank Mansbridge, William Brown, Albert Brown, George Payne, Samuel J. Clarke, Claude Hudson, Thomas Street, Thomas Maskell, John Maskell, Richard Bartley, George W. Gaston, Thomas Winter.
Considerable help was given in the Churchyard and Cemeteries by Dr. G. Black (Churchwarden) and Mr. W.B. Davey (Sexton).
The "appended names" in the newspaper article doesn't reflect the list on the CWGC site and the list that I printed off before I visited the village. I need to do some more research to see if there are a few more servicemen's graves that should now be recognised as such.
There are a few graves and headstones in the three burial grounds which I can't find reference to in the newspaper archives - but now that I have found this article I should be able to post a few more and cross reference / link them to this post - at least t is a good starting point.