This year I will be remembering the six members of the BOXALL family in West Dean (near Chichester), Sussex who gave their lives during the First World War and are commemorated on the war memorial in St. Andrew’s Church, West Dean.
The memorial itself features the names of 26 men who lost their lives during the First World War and a further tablet remembers six men who died during the Second World War.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
|EDWARD BLUNDEN||ALBERT JUPP|
|ALFRED BOXALL||FREDERICK KNIGHT|
|ARTHUR BOXALL||EDWARD MARSH|
|FREDERICK BOXALL||ALBERT NEWMAN|
|LEONARD BOXALL||JAMES NUNN|
|SIDNEY BOXALL||CHARLES PEARCE|
|WALTER BOXALL||EDWARD POLLARD|
|ALBERT CHAFFER||HERBERT PRATT|
|WILLIAM CHAFFER||WILLIAM SOMMERVILLE|
|DAVID CHASE||HAROLD STICKLAND|
|ERNEST CROFT||JAMES WHITMARSH|
|RICHARD DAVIES||ALFRED WALKER|
|FREDERICK JOHNSON||FREDERICK WESTBROOK|
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
Unfortunately I have not been able to discover when this memorial was actually unveiled, nothing in the parish records seems to relate to it. My only chance of finding out more would seem to be a time-consuming trawl through local newspapers, which I will get around to one day unless anyone else happens to know.