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Video of the Rededication of the St Pauls First World War Memorial

The War Memorial to men of the Worthing Parish who lost their lives in the First World War, on the corner outside the St Pauls Church on Chapel Road, has been renovated with funds from local residents and a County Council Grant. A further Grant from the Town Centre Initiative has enabled a decorative and protective chain fence to be put round the Memorial.   Worthing Homes have agreed to underwrite the expenses of the re-dedication service.

The project has been led by David Chapman, Councillor for the Central Ward along with Janet Goldsbrough-Jones and Alan Jones of the Worthing Combined Ex-Services Association. Ian Hart of the Hart Funeral Service has agreed to undertake the ongoing maintenance of the Memorial.

The service marked the completion of this work and also to remember and honour the 90 local men who gave their lives for their country on the Great War of 1914 – 1918.

We were pleased to welcome Freddy Dablemont, the Vice president of the Richebourg Town Council, and his consort Martine who will join us for the service.   Many of those whose names are engraved on the Memorial were lost at the battle of Richebourg where over 1000 Sussex men were either killed or injured.

Ann Barlow the Mayor of Worthing took part in the Service which will be led by David Farrant, the Padre of the Combined Ex-Services Association. The Mayor took the opportunity of paying respect to the loss of yet another soldier in Afghanistan – this time a Worthing Man, Guardsman Michael Roland, aged only 22 who leaves a wife and two children.

Mayor Ann Barlow laid a special wreath on the St Paul’s Memorial, and also on the Main War Memorial outside the Town Hall’


The Great War may well be nearly 100 years ago, but to illustrate how close to home it is, one of the group of the Edwardians, Peter Lock, has the names of two of his relatives engraved on the Memorial, Alfred William Wells and Thomas Henry Lock.   Both were his uncles from different sides of his family.

Alfred Wells lived at 57 Newland Road and was killed on Friday 13th August 1915 aged 23 and is buried at Lillers Communal Cemetery, Pas do Calais.  Thomas Lock lived at 59 Ashdown Road (now demolished) and was fatally wounded on Saturday 15th September 1917 aged 31.  He has no known grave.

David Chapman, WBC Councillor for Central Ward who has led the project said

‘We are happy to have successfully completed this task and must thank all our funders and those residents of Worthing who have given their support and contributed to the funding appeal.’

He continued ‘I know that we in this country have a lot of thanks to give to those men who gave their lives for this country, and for those who have given their lives in subsequent conflicts – and indeed continue to do so to this day in Afghanistan.   Our freedoms and quality of life are only enjoyed through their sacrifices.’