The War Memorial without railings: October 2015
World War I – 1914 – 1918
Chrishall lost eight men in the First World War and another 45 villagers are listed on a board in the Church as serving their country in one way or another. Many of these names can be found on the 1911 Census.
Men listed on the War Memorial
Gunner Charles J. Healey 161st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery died on 20 July 1917 aged 30. Son of William and Elizabeth Healey. Remembered in Croonaert Chapel Cemetery.
2nd Lt Eustace Hooper Second Lieutenant 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry died on 7 January 1918, aged 25. Remembered in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy, Somme, France.
Pte Herbert Margham 15th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment died 20 September 1917 aged 26. Born Old Buckenham, Norfolk. He was under-shepherd with his father at Chrishall Grange in 1911. Remembered in Larch Wood Railway Cutting Cemetery.
Pte Leonard Arthur Rogers 22nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers died on 30 November 1917 aged 19. Son of Albert and Alice Rogers of High Street, Chrishall. Remembered on Cambrai Memorial, Lourveral.
Pte Robert Samuel Brand 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment died on 23 August 1918 aged 19. Son of William Robert and Beatrice Ann Brand of Building End, Chrishall. Remembered in Bucquoy Communal Cemetery Extension.
Pte George Cranwell 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment died on 23 October 1916 aged 21. Son of Oswald and Ann Cranwell of Crawley End, Chrishall. Remembered on Thiepval Memorial.
Pte Harry Easter died on 22nd March 1917 aged 19. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Easter of High Street Alley, Chrishall. Remembered in St James Cemetery, Dover, Kent, England.
Pte Thomas Enos Green 9th (Service) Battalion who died on 16 September 1916 aged 32. Son of Charles and Naomi Green of Crawley End, Chrishall. Remembered on Thiepval Memorial.
Those who served during WWI
H. Baynes, C. Brand, W. Brand, A. Betteridge, E. Brooks, C. Cane, R. Clarke, F. Cranwell, H. Cranwell, E. Day, H.E. Dixon, A.L. Drage, F. Draper, W. Draper, A. Drury, G. Easter, J. Easter, W. Easter, H. Flack, I. Fox, E. Green, Henry Green, Herbert Green, W. Green, R. Harvey, T. Harvey, J. Hemmings, B. W. Hovell, L.J. Kenzie, J.K. Knights, W. Loveday, J. McCrae, A. Miller, F. Miller, M.H. Pigg, C. Pitches, G. Pitches, L. Pitches, G. Pratt, H. Prior, R. Rogers, F. Wallman, C. Whitmore, Ada Knights, Annie McCrae.
Sergeants: A.W. Drury, J.F. Kent, W.L. Kent, W.F Guiver, W.J. Rush.
Constables: T.C. Harvey, H.G. Wallman, H. Drage.
(Ref: Imperial War Museum)
(Further to the information printed on the photograph above, the cottage to the left no longer stands and has been replaced by a new house as can just be seen in the first photograph on this page, top left. It is worth comparing this photograph with the one of Church Road from the other direction, where you can see the other side of the thatched cottage on the right.)
Chrishall War Memorial was unveiled on 15 February 1920 by Mr F.J. Wilkes and Reverend G. Milson (Primitive Methodist Minister). It was dedicated by Reverend W. May.
A very detailed article on Chrishall at War written by John Kay with additional research by Jean Hards-Nichols can be downloaded here. This article includes some rather lovely extracts from the Church Magazines (which include consternation about the Church spire and arrangements for children to have teeth extracted as well as reports on the hard work that went on towards the war effort and reports on those who were serving).
Y: 1918 C: 20th century
For other local war memorials see the Imperial War Museum’s War Memorials Register.
Chrishall at War
The story of Chrishall through World War I told using local sources such as the church newsletters. Details of those who served and returned and those who were lost to the village.
Download a copy here. (PDF document: 8MB)