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« on: March 12, 2017, 08:42:39 AM »

Little Horsted is a small village and civil Parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex, about two miles from Uckfield and about seven miles from where I live.  Little Horsted is also known as Horsted Parva and has a population of just over 200.

The war memorial is in the churchyard of The Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Horsted Parva, to the side of the footpath leading from the loch gate to the Church porch.  It is referred to as "The Shrine" and, as you can see from the photographs, that describes the monument very well.

The names of the six men from Little Horsted Parish who fell in WWI are presented on the plaque which forms the central part of The Shrine.

The inscription reads :

THIS SHRINE WAS ERECTED BY THE PARISH
OF LITTLE HORSTED IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THEIR HEROIC DEAD + WHO FELL IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919

ERNEST CURTIS.  Sgt. 17th Ryl FUSILIERS
COLLIS DRIVER.  DRIVER R.F.A.
FREDERICK FRENCH.  Pvte. Ryl WEST KENT.
WALTER SMITH.  Pvte. 12th Sussex.
ROBERT THORNTON.  LIEUt. Ryl FUSILIERS.
HERBERT WREN.  TROOPER 5th LANCERS.

OF YOUR CHARITY PRAY FOR THE SOULS OF
THOSE WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRFICE.
GRANT THEM O LORD ETERNAL REST AND
LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM.


The Roll of Honour for Little Horsted shows that all six men have known and identified graves which is not too common for WWI - most memorials name men who have no known grave.  Of the six men named on the memorial, five are buried in France or Belgium and one, Private Frederick French , is buried in churchyard of The Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Horsted Parva.

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