Shoreham’s WW1 Fatalities

The names on this Roll of Honour have been collected from the memorials in Shoreham’s churches, cemeteries, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Soldiers Died in The Great War and includes many whose names are not shown on the town’s War Memorial. This record has been compiled independently of the Roll of Honour web site and includes more comprehensive information gleaned from Civil Registrations, Census Returns, Shipping Passenger Lists and some Service Records.

Opinions are those of the compiler and any mistakes are his alone.

These were ordinary men called upon to do extraordinary things and passed the test with courage, dignity and honour.


Brian Roote,  October 2010
Troops in the High Street leaving for the Front (photo from the Winton Collection)
Military Graves in St.Nicolas Cemetery


There are just two other Shoreham related fatalities that do not appear in any of the aforementioned records but are nevertheless felt to justify inclusion here:-

Lt. W.F.N. Sharpe, RFC

W.F.N. Sharpe of Prescott, Ontario, one of Canada’s first military flyers, was involved in that country’s initial attempts at creating a national air force. During preparations for war in September of 1914 the Canadian Aviation Corps was formed. A Burgess-Dunne biplane was purchased from the U.S.A., crated and shipped to England accompanied by Sharpe but after trials at Salisbury Plain the aircraft was considered unsuitable for military service. Sharpe subsequently joined the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to Shoreham for training. Whilst on his first solo flight in a Maurice Farman biplane he crashed and was killed thus becoming Canada’s first aviation casualty. He was buried at Bear Road cemetery in Brighton.
Lt. Sharp’s Funeral Procession at Mill Lane, Shoreham (photo from the Winton Collection)


Lt. Eric Clowes Pashley, RFC

Born at Yarmouth on 25th July 1892 Eric Pashley and his brother, Cecil, were two of Shoreham’s earliest pioneer flyers and were responsible for much of the initial development of flying and flying clubs at the airfield. With the outbreak of WW1 Eric test flew with the Vickers Aero Company afterwards enlisting with the RFC in 1916. He was posted to 24 Squadron in France which was then equipped with D.H.2 ‘pusher’ fighters. Whilst there he scored 8 victories thereby becoming an official ‘ace’ but was killed in a flying accident on 17th March 1917. He is buried at Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, Somme, France.
Eric Pashley (photo from the Winton Collection


Douglas Chester Sgt Royal Fusiliers KIA 24 April 1917.

Residing at 42 Hathaway Road Croydon (lodger) he was a bank clerk in the Croydon Branch of Nat Provincial. Educated at SHOREHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL and included with the family on the 1901 and 1911 census returns at Station Road Steyning and Atholl Villa, Steyning. His father was a solicitors clerk.

6 Replies to “Shoreham’s WW1 Fatalities”

  1. The information you have on James Henson is correct…he was indeed James Frederick Joseph Henson. He was married to Violet Jarritt, sister to Hugh Cavendish Jarritt my g. uncl’e.
    Henson was with the 7th Royal Sussex Regiment, number G/745 and died at Gonnelieu, Cambrai.
    Hugh Cavendish enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regiment but was transferred to the 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).”

    1. Thanks Sax, it’s always helpful to know that researched information is correct.I’ll let the author know.

  2. Charles Sydney Dorey was born in New Shoreham not Small Dole on 29 August 1900 and was christened in St Mary de Haura on 11 Nov 1900. He was on a troop ship when he contracted the Spanish flu. He died 13 October 1918 aged 18 at WW1 VAD hospital, Abington Avenue, Northampton. He was my grandfathers brother.

    1. Thanks for that Maria – the author has been advised. It’s sad looking through these records of lives lost – even more so for those so young.

  3. The details for Frederick Slater doesn’t quite match the details we have for our family tree and the 1901 and 1911 Census. Frederick was my Nan’s Cousin.
    According to the details here it’s says his father was a ‘Frederick’ and Mother ‘Dulciebella’ Although Dulciebella is correct we have him down as his father being ‘Henry’ who died in 1911,

    Here it says he was enlisted in Worthing. Our records show he was enlisted in Winchester.

    Also it says he had a father in law also called ‘Frederick’. We believe ‘Frederick Slater never married because he went to war at the age of 16/17.

    All other details are correct including Dulciebella (Frederick’s) mother.

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