St Laurence Church in Falmer to hold Great War Exhibition

St Laurence Church in Falmer Village
St Laurence Church in Falmer Village

The lives and times of the men listed on Falmer’s Great War memorial will be the subject of an exhibition at St Laurence Church.

It’s part of the Heritage Open Days initiative from September 11-14 and will shed light on the war’s effects on a small rural community. Organisers are eager to make contact with relatives and descendants of those listed to assemble photographs, letters and other information.

Readers who can help should contact Sue Barnes on 07767 293 906.

The following names on the 1914-18 war memorial are the men of the parish who died for their country: Private A. A. Beck, Private A. J. Budd, Lieutenant H. F. Buxton, Private S. Chalcraft, Sergeant J. Diplock, Sergeant W. Goble, Sergeant J. Hobden, Lieutenant the Hon. H. L. Pelham, Private H. Pelling, Private G. Reed, Private H. Saunders, Private H. Stenning, Private G. Sivyer, Private H. Unsted.

Mrs Barnes can also supply the names of the 78 other Falmer men who served their country.

They in themselves ask intriguing questions that organisers of the exhibtion hope might be answered. Were Privates J. E. Beck and Pte P. F Beck who came safe home brothers or cousins of Private A. A. Beck who did not? Similarly the names of the fallen correspond with other survivors – Pte P. Chalcraft ... Capt A. H. Diplock ... Gunners A. Hobden and G. Hobden ... Pioneer A. Unsted.

Mrs Barnes said: “We thought it would be appropriate to look at the lives that people would be living before and during the war. We are researching as much as is possible but it would be marvellous to make contact with the relatives of some of these men.”