Lodsworth war memorial

Lodsworth war memorial

The Lodsworth war memorial is a brass plaque mounted on the south side of the chancel in St Peter’s Church. It lists 15 men by rank and regiment.

Order of Service for dedication of Lodsworth war memorial
Order of Service for dedication of Lodsworth war memorial

The Parish Council minutes of 15 January 1919 record:

The question of a Memorial [to fallen soldiers and sailors] was left in the hands of the Chairman  [James Bridger] to find out opinion of the inhabitants of the parish and, if considered advisable, to call a parish meeting.

The memorial was unveiled and dedicated at a service in St Peter’s church on 31 October 1920.

 

Newspaper cutting of dedication of Lodsworth War Memorial in 1920
Newspaper cutting of dedication of Lodsworth War Memorial in 1920

Strangely the Lodsworth Vestry minutes of 6 April 1921 record:

It was unanimously agreed to apply to the Chancellor of the Diocese for a faculty to erect a memorial tablet to the parishoners who had fallen in the war, on the south wall of the chancel of the church.

One Naval officer, who had been lost with his ship, was for some reason not included on the memorial. Neither were two soldiers who died in the war and who are buried in the churchyard.

The church also has a Roll of Honour recording the names of all the men of Lodsworth who served in the war. The Vestry Minutes of 17 April 1922 state:

It was decided that the Roll of Honour should be hung inside the church.

West Sussex Gazette 1915
West Sussex Gazette 1915

A newpaper cutting from 1915 lists the men from Lodsworth who had enlisted, and in two cases been killed, up to then.

Lodsworth’s first village hall, opened in 1926, was dedicated in memory of those who died in World War 1.

Lodsworth’s World War 1 casualties

Midhurst U3A WW1 War Memorial Project