LEST WE FORGET
The newly formed Harting Heritage Group decided their inaugural presentation would commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe.
To this end our research concentrated on the men listed on the Harting Parish War Memorial, accompanied by a small exhibition of artifacts from Roman Harting. This material would have been displayed at the Harting Festivities, cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Roman material will be exhibited at a future date but here are the stories of the 15 men named upon the War Memorial along with Stuart Godfrey who is remembered by a plaque on the back of a pew in the Parish Church. Of the 16 listed men four died as a result of an accident and one died of natural causes.
Barry Smith included a section on the World War 2 men who died in his publication “ Lest We Forget “ as part of the West Sussex and the Great War Project. The Heritage Group’s research has been discussed with Barry, who considers it complementary to his study.
Whilst the Memorial is in the grounds of Harting Parish Church the group believe it is important that the victims place is identified within the relevant settlement that make up the parish. Therefore, wherever possible, research has been undertaken to establish the individual’s place as one of a village family. Our research has found that some of the men have only a tenuous link with Harting, and for them no family background has been given.
Most of the research has been carried out using numerous web sites. However we have had exceptional personal help from descendants of four of the men:-
Horace Sydney Hodges - his grandson
Arthur John Hutchins - his son and grand daughter
Gilbert Ronald George Prior – his nephew
Frederick William Tancock – his daughter and grand daughter
Whilst we have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information, we would welcome any information which provides alternative evidence. This would include any information, including photographs, we are not aware of but will help to build a more complete picture of the casualty for the interest of current and future generations.
Please click on each individual names below for information: