Memorials

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.

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.

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, / 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

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 24/9/1905Macdonald 

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 / 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. Wooden Stall set into s. wall of Lady Chapel

Inscription:
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. BRYAN
L.S. BOSTOCK
CHAPUT
D. CUTBUSH
B.J. DUNLOP
E.P. GABBETT
D. HAMMONDS
C.W. HAYLEY
V. HOOK
J.L. MATHEWS
EC. MORGAN
CL OVINGTON
N FELLOWES PRYNNE
B.S. RAYMOND
V.G. SCHREIBER
W.E. SCHREIBER
E.W. SQUIRE
St.J. STOCKER
J.I. WATSON
F.G. WATSON
EW. WESTMACOTT
RI. WESTMACOTT
J.B.W. WOLSTENHOLME

10. Pulpit

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. Paschal Candlestick

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. Nyewood School

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. St Francis Window

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.

16a. 1st Bognor Regis (St. John’s) Senior Scouts.


Left hand corner of south transept

16b British Legion No 1 Group Sussex County

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

16c The Royal British Legion / Bognor Regis and District Branch

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

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 yea

19. Shield of Charles Manners Sutton, Archbishop of Canterbury

Above West Door

20. Statue of Christ Ascendant

by Uli Nimptsch on West Wall of South Transept
Over life size bronze statue from Miss Helen Dey, once Matron of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital

21. Memorial to Michael Gordon

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. Memorial to Harry Sturdy

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 Memorial to Harry Archibald Gibbs

Small plaque on wood mount west 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”.

See SS Waratah

24. Reredos

behind altar on East Wall

25. Banner of St. Wilfrid

North Wall in North Transept

26. Banner of the Sacrament

North Wall in North Transept

 

27. Banner St. John’s Church
28. Memorial Cross

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