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- Tenor bell unique in Sussex as it bears the names of 5 young men from the parish who were bell ringers and killed. No other bell in Sussex commemorates just bell ringers.
- GILLETT & JOHNSON / CAST 1789 / (Names) / 6
- Inscription legible?
- Names on memorial
- Burgess, George
See details for all 5 names
- First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 5
Served and returned: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Firstname, surname
Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
- First World War (1914-1918)
- Listing information
- This memorial is not currently listed. Find out how to nominate this memorial for inclusion on the National Heritage List for England
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- St Mary's Bellringers
- WMO ID: 260226
- Condition: Good [last updated on 15-10-2018]
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- Trust fund/Scholarship
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Details: In 1921 the six bells of St Mary Westham were re-cast by Gillett and Johnston. It was decided that as 5 of the Westham bell ringers had been lost in the WW1 that the tenor bell would be a memorial to them and their names would be cast on it. It is unique in that it is the only bell in Sussex to have only the names of bell ringers upon it. The ring of 6 bells was originally cast in 1789 and it is confusing that this old casting date was put on the bells when re-cast in 1921.
- Church of England
- Sussex Agricultural Express 20/5/1921 (page 7) reported the dedication of the 6 recast bells at St Mary's Church
- www.eastsussexww1.org.uk/westham-memorial-bell/index.html (re the inclusion on the tenor bell of the names of 5 former bell-ringers who died in WW1, as a memorial to them. The webpage, based on the research of Rosalind Hodge, Willingdon Parish Church Archivist, explains that the "Albert Hazelden" named on the bell was aka "Albert Burgess", as which he was listed on other parish memorials, and that the "Robert Marchant" named on the bell was "Thomas Robert Marchant", who was listed on other parish memorials as "Thomas Marchant")
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