Memorials

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For key to numbering see plan above. ‘/’ indicates the end of a line of text in the inscription.

1.

Foundation stone in exterior wall at north-west corner of chancel

 

This church is erected /

To the Honour and Glory of /

Almighty God /

And is dedicated to St. Wilfrid /

This stone                         July 22nd /

was laid on                     A.D.1908 by /

The Right Revd Lord Bishop of Chichester /

Revd. REGINALD JAMES LEA, Vicar, /

ALFRED THORBY LONG, J.P., HENRY LAYTON STAFFURTH /

Churchwardens /

G.H. FELLOWES PRYNNE:             J. JARVIS & Sons: /

Architect.                                     Builders.

2.

Commemorative plaques on two wooden seats outside the church

 
  (a) In loving memory of / DOUGLAS WHTTARD / 1899-1973.

 

 
 

(b) This seat was given by / The Sunshine Club / in memory of / PAUL WINZER WHITE.

 

 

3.

 Date at top of exterior drainpipes:     1909.

 

 

4.

Wood tablet bearing blue lettering, on north wall of north aisle

By Order in Council, dated the 25th of May 1971, this Church of Saint Wilfrid /

was declared the Parish Church of Bognor in succession to that dedicated to

Saint John, / formerly in London Road. /

To perpetuate the memory of the many donors and friends of that Church this /

tablet is erected recording the memorial tablets and windows which were therein.

 

TABLETS

 

EDWARD MILLER, M.A., Perpetual Curate and first Vicar, died 1877. /

JOHN FRANCIS SCOBELL, Lieutenant 1st Leinster Regiment, /

died on active service 1901, /

FLORENCE BETTY DAVIES, died 1915 aged 12 years. /

JOHN HAVILAND, Churchwarden and Manager of Nyewood School, I

died 1916, and ALICE HAVILAND, his wife, died 1933. /

JOHN ALAN MILES STOREY, Server, chorister and deputy organist, /

died 1954, aged 16 years. /

FREDERICK JOHN SEYMOUR, chorister for 35 years, died 1954. /

DORA ANNIE CLARKSON, died 1956. /

HORACE ARNOLD DICK, Master Mariner, died 1964. /

 

WINDOWS

JOHN WREFORD, Curate, died 1884. /

CAROLINE FULLAGER, died 1891. /THOMAS ROBINSON, died 1891. /

ARTHUR SMITH, died 1897, and his children. /

Reverend ROBERT BISCOE TRITTON, M.A., Vicar 1878-1891, died 1898. /

CAROLINE, his wife, and ELIZABETH. their daughter, also died 1898. /

ALFRED THORBY LONG, Churchwarden. /

MERVYN KEATS SANDYS, Captain, died 1914. /

Reverend PRIESTLEY, Vicar, 1913-1915. /

The Rt. Rev. WALTER FARRAR, sometime Bishop Antigua and British Honduras, / Vicar of this Parish, 1915-1916. /

WALTER CYRIL WARD, died 1924 and his wife, EMILY MARY JANE, / died 1930. This window has been removed to the chapel of the / Norland Nursery Training College, Hungerford, Berks. /

GWENDOLINE CECILIA AYRES, died 1940 / This window has been removed to the Michael Ayres School.

(Below, in glass case, bound volume containing Roll of Honour).

 5.

Brass plaque on north wall of north transept:

In Memory of  JAMES ALLEN / FREEBORN HOWELL / Born 24 March 1887 /

Formerly pupil at the Royal / Naval Academy, Bognor ; who /

lost his life 5 November 1904 / when the ship “Brier Holme, on /

which he was apprenticed, went / down off Tasmania. This tablet /

is erected by his schoolfellows / July 1905. /

 

Eric Gill, Sculptor, Artist and Type-Face designer and his brother MacDonald, cartographer and also a pupil of  the Royal Naval Academy, designed the plaque.

We are hugely indebted to Caroline Walker, great-niece of MacDonald and Eric Gill (her grandfather was their brother Evan) who is undertaking research on Macdonald Gill; her research on Macdonald Gill's ledgers now gives us the information on when the plaque was created and and also reveals that the plaque below for Gabbet was also by Macdonald Gill.

 

Macdonald Gill ledger 15 entry 08 24/9/1905
Macdonald Gill ledger 20 entry 83  for 6/5/1910  (refurbishment/ painting?)
 

6.

Brass plaque on north wall, just inside the Lady Chapel (above No.7)

To the greater glory of God / and in dear memory of /

EDMOND POOLE GABBETT / has this tablet been erected / by ALICIA his wife /

Born 30 August 1884 he died 22 I September 1914 soon after his ship I

HM.S. “Cressy’ had been sunk in the / Great War against the Germans /

and whilst he, refusing safety, was / endeavouring to save the life of a friend /

May his soul rest in peace.

Macdonald Gill ledger 32 entry 319 10/5/1917

7.

Brass plaque on north wall of the Lady Chapel (below No 8)

In / Proud and Loving Memory / of / BERTRAM SEYMOUR RAYMOND, /

Major 97th Infantry, I.A., / Died on Active Service in Mesopotamia /

12th Aug. 1917 / Aged 29 Years / R.I.P. / “Who dies if England live.”

8. Window lights in the Lady Chapel

a)         My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit

  b)         hath rejoiced in God my Saviour
  c)         Hail Mary full of grace.

  d)         [no inscription]
  e)         St. Michael / in hoc signo vinces.

  f)          Saint Ethelburga.

  g)         Saint Hilda.

  h)         Saint Ann.

  i)          The Word was made flesh.

  j)          Saint Elizabeth.

  k)         Saint Etheldreda.

  l)          Frideswide.

9.

Inscription carved on back panels of wooden stall set into s. wall of Lady Chapel:

To the Memory of the Old Boys of Holyrood School /

who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914-1918. / Beati pro patria mortui. /

 

G.H. BAILEY                        C.W. HAYLEY                      W.E. SCHREIBER

CC. BRYAN                          V. HOOK                               E.W. SQUIRE

L.S. BOSTOCK                     J.L. MATHEWS                   St.J. STOCKER

CHAPUT                                EC. MORGAN                      J.I. WATSON

D. CUTBUSH                        CL OVINGTON                    F.G. WATSON

B.J. DUNLOP                        N. FELLOWES PRYNNE    EW. WESTMACOTT

E.P. GABBETT                      B.S. RAYMOND                  RI. WESTMACOTT

D. HAMMONDS                  V.G. SCHREIBER                J.B.W. WOLSTENHOLME

 

 

10.

Small plaque on wood mount, at s.w. corner of Lady Chapel, n. side of chancel arch

This pulpit was given by the late / ELEANOR FRANCES & MARGARET ALICE / REYNOLDS / They loved their church / A.D. 1939.

 

11.

Small plaque on wood mount, on north wall of chancel, just inside altar rail

The Paschal candlestick was given by / the parishioners and his family /

in loving memory of / RONALD DOUGLAS CANADINE (Priest) /

who ministered in this parish / 1951—1960.

 

12.

Two small plaques on wood mounts, on south wall of chancel, just inside altar rail

 
  (a) above (b)] CYRIL LOVELL / 1901—1973 / Reader and Artist.

 

  (b) [below (a)]  Sanctuary lamp / installed in loving memory of / PHILIP HERBERT BRADBURY / 1912-1963 / Server and Chorister in this Church for over forty years / Called to Rest August 27th 1963.

 

13.

Brass plaque beneath brass crucifix on marble tablet, below east end of organ loft

To the glory of God and / in memory of ELIZABETH /

who passed to her rest / May 10th 1900 / RIP..

 

 

14.

Inscription on metal scroll at foot of wood tablet bearing badge of (and inscribed) Nye wood Church of England School - in north transept.

FRANK REDFORD / Headmaster / 1911-1942.

 

15.

Small plaque on wood tablet, below south window in south transept

This ‘St.Francis” window in the Children's Corner / was given by / CAROLINE J. SEARLE / in 1960 / in memory of loved ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 (a)

1st Bognor Regis (St. John's) Senior Scouts.

Left hand corner of south transept

 

 

 

 

16 (b)

Flag and staff on west wall of north transept, inscription on flag:

British Legion / No.1 Group / Sussex County.

 

16(c)

Flag and staff on west wall of north transept , inscription on flag:

The Royal British Legion / Bognor Regis and District Branch

  

 

17.

Large wood tablet on south wall of south aisle

PARISH OF BOGNOR

PERPETUAL CURATES

1923 KENNETH CLARKE
1822 FREDK. GAUNTLETT 1936 LEWIS E. MEREDITH
1834 CHARLES LANE 1947 VERNON K. LIPPIETT
1838 EDWARD MILLER 1952 WILlIAM G.
SINCLAIR SNOW

VICARS

1976 HAROLD EMBLETON
1873 EDWARD MILLER 1986 JOHN H. NICHOLL
1878 ROBERT B. TRITTON 1998 ROGER P. CALDER PRIEST IN CHARGE SINCE 1995
1893 JOHN F. SCOBELL    
1897 WILLIAM B. BLADON    
1905 REGINALD J. LEA    
1913 JOHN J. PRIESTLEY    
1915 WALTER FARRAR (Bishop)    
1917 HENRY J. CLAYTON    

 

 

 

Small brass plaque at foot of above board

This board is given in affectionate / remembrance of an old parishioner /
H.M.L. who died in 1955.
[Burial register, St.John’s Church . 1 July 1955, Helen Margaret LEITH, of ‘Tresco,’ Sudley Road, aged 91 years

18.

Small Metal plaques on wooden cupboards

 
  (a) Donated in memory of /MAUD INSKIPP/ by her daughter MARY / Nov. 1982

 

  (b) Given in memory of /ETHEL MAY KINSEY/ 1893-1981

 

19

Shield of Charles Manners Sutton, Archbishop of Canterbury

see Dedication of St. John's in the Steyne 1822 and article on Charles Manners Sutton

 

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20

Statue of Christ Ascendant by Uli Nimptsch on West Wall of South Transept

Over life size bronze statue from an anonymous donor.

See article on the Statue and Uli Nimptsch and Dedication Service in 1964

 

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21.

Small plaque on wood mount, on door (which would have led to the tower) in the north porch.

THE GRASS VERGES OF THIS CHURCH / WERE LAID OUT AS A MEMORIAL TO / MICHAEL BRIAN / GORDON / WHO AT THE AGE OF 15 / DIED ABROAD ON JUNE 8TH 1960

 

22.

Inlaid stone on north wall in the north porch.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD / THIS PORCH IS A THANKOFFERING / FOR THE LIFE OF / HARRY CARLILE STURDY M.D. / OCTOBER 1953

 

23.

Small plaque on wood mount near external entrance door (no longer used) in the north porch.

THE CHURCH GATES WERE GIVEN / IN MEMORY OF / HARRIS ARCHIBALD GIBBS / WHO WAS DROWNED AT SEA IN THE / S.S "WARATAH".

 

24.

Reredos - behind altar on East Wall

Erected as a war memorial in St. John's Church, London Road  by public subscription 1919

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  Moved to St. Wilfrid's Church when St. John's Church London Road demolished in 1972

see Reredos article  

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THE REREDOS IS A MEMORIAL TO
THOSE WHO DIED 1914-1918
AND WAS FINISHED IN MEMORY OF
JOHN AND ALICE HAVILAND

  The Bognor Roll of Honour

Original Roll of Honour from St. John's Church

For many years the original Roll of Honour containing  the names of the war dead went missing and consequently a new book was created. Fortunately the original was re-discovered in 2008 and the pages have now been scanned and can be downloaded from the link above.

 

 

25.

Banner - St. Wilfrid

 

 

26.

Banner - Sacrament

 

     
 

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT ROYAL SUSSEX REGT. WHO
GAVE HIS LIFE IN PALESTINE 4TH. NOV. 1917 AGED 20

 
   
   
     
     

 

 Our grateful thanks to Mr. R. Iden for the work he carried out in 1992-3  compiling the Memorial Inscriptions in St. Wilfrid's Church. The church drawing and information above are based on his work and updated where necessary.

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