Rye Roll of Honour

Rye Roll of Honour

Cinque Ports BannerThey shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.

Rye, and those who live in Rye, have a long history of involvement in conflict and war both at home and overseas, a brief history can be found via the following link –  Rye at War

This project started some time ago with information generally available on line, it has since been added to by many hours of research by a local historian Kevin Regan, our President, Colonel Anthony Kimber, and contributions from Jo Kirkham for which we are very grateful, we have already updated to v4 from information received since going live on 10.11.14!

Originally we had intended to publish the project in book form in honour of all those from Rye who fell during WW1, however it was felt that this should be extended to include those from Rye who fell in all conflicts and as a result of active service. As the records are constantly being updated from information from official records, families and members of the public alike it was decided that an on-line version would be best.

It is hoped that this project will become the focal point for those researching family history, Rye historians and of general interest.

We hope that you find this project useful!

Rye Roll of Honour Version V – Jan 2022

Please feel free to use information for your own research, we would be grateful however you could kindly acknowledge the Rye Branch as the source, printed copies of the document can be supplied on request from Rye British Legion for a donation of £10 towards Rye British Legion’s work in helping those young men and women of Rye who have served their country and now need our help.

New Status for Rye Cemetery

In 2018, to mark the centenary of the first world war, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) offered to sign all those unsigned cemeteries in England which contained service burials marked by CWGC headstones.

Rye Royal British Legion, working with Rother District officers, bid to have Rye Cemetery (with dates from 1885) appropriately marked.

It has taken until this year to complete the process. There is now a familiar CWGC green sign fitted to Rye Cemetery fence on Rye Hill.

This is very much ‘work in progress’ and is subject to further revision as additional information becomes available.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure these records are correct, please do contact us *insert link to Contact Us* if you have any further information, photos, corrections or amendments that could help set the records straight! We would welcome any contribution!

Neale East
Chairman & Secretary
Rye Royal British Legion

Updates :

V5 – information on Edward Williams by Tony Williams (Grandson)

V4 – information on Gunner Frederick Phillips (WW1)

V3 – information and links on Cpl A A Heasman (WW1) & LAC R E Giles (WW2)

V2 – information and links on Cpl Rigby (Gulf War)


Many thanks to the following for information & invaluable cintributions :

Col Anthony Kimber,  Cllr Jo Kirkham, Mr Kevin Regan, Mrs Christine Simpson


The information has been freely compiled using the resources of The Commonwealth Graves Commission Debt of Honour database, Soldiers Died in the Great War and other records available via Ancestry plus information provide gratis by Members of the Great War and WW2Talk Forums, or gathered from the public domain via internet search engines. Reference is also made to the various war memorials in and around the Rye area.
Using the power of the internet it has been possible in some instances to obtain additional details about an individual’s service and manner of death. This has been collated solely for the purpose of information and research for family and local historians and researchers. It must be borne in mind that there are likely to be some errors in identification, given that it was not always their actual Christened Name (s) that they were known by family or friends.
There is no deliberate intent in compiling these records to misinform, rather to try and sort the ‘wheat from the chaff’ and making (hopefully educated) deductions from the information available.