Research into Barcombe in World War Two

I AM researching a book on Barcombe in World War Two, drawing extensively from reports in the Sussex Express from 1939-1945 (with kind permission of the editor).

I have gathered a fair amount of information about events in the village and the lives of the men whose names are on the parish war memorial. I would like to add memories and photographs reflecting life in the village during the war years.

Can anyone remember the rationing, Canadian soldiers, dances, Home Guard, Women’s Land Army, evacuees, the Dr Barnardo’s Home at Barcombe Place, or the building of the Bailey Bridge at Barcombe Mills?

Please contact Ian Hilder, The Nook, Gallybird Road, Barcombe, Lewes BN8 5TJ or email

Ian Hilder, Genealogist & Historical Researcher