VE DAY COMMEMORATION AT NEWHAVEN FORT

Photo:Mayor of Newhaven Cllr Jo Lewry presents a copy of The Book of Remembrance to Mike Tubbs, Chairman of Newhaven Historical Society

Mayor of Newhaven Cllr Jo Lewry presents a copy of The Book of Remembrance to Mike Tubbs, Chairman of Newhaven Historical Society

© 2005 Geoffery Ellis

Photo:Mayor of Newhaven Cllr Jo Lewry reads the names of the 89 persons honoured by The Book of Remembrance.

Mayor of Newhaven Cllr Jo Lewry reads the names of the 89 persons honoured by The Book of Remembrance.

© 2005 Geoffrey Ellis

Photo:Preface page of The Book of Remembrance recording the names of Newhaven residents who perished during World War Two.

Preface page of The Book of Remembrance recording the names of Newhaven residents who perished during World War Two.

© 2005 Geoffrey Elis

Photo:Alphabetical list of the persons honoured in The Book of Remembrance

Alphabetical list of the persons honoured in The Book of Remembrance

© 2005 Geoffrey Ellis

Photo:Memorial page in The Book of Remembrance dedicated to Charles Philip Johns, typical of  other entries.

Memorial page in The Book of Remembrance dedicated to Charles Philip Johns, typical of other entries.

© 2005 Geoffrey Ellis

Photo:Julia Burnett & Zoë Campbell ("Wish me Luck" S.G. Productions Ltd)

Julia Burnett & Zoë Campbell ("Wish me Luck" S.G. Productions Ltd)

© 2005 Geoffrey Ellis

Photo:Zoë Campbell ("Wish me Luck" S.G. Productions Ltd)

Zoë Campbell ("Wish me Luck" S.G. Productions Ltd)

© 2005 Geoffrey Ellis

Photo:Julia Burnett & Zoë Campbell ("Wish me Luck" S.G. Productions Ltd)

Julia Burnett & Zoë Campbell ("Wish me Luck" S.G. Productions Ltd)

© 2005 Geoffrey Ellis

Photo:Zoë Campbell ("Wish me Luck" S.G. Productions Ltd)

Zoë Campbell ("Wish me Luck" S.G. Productions Ltd)

© 2005 Geoffrey Ellis

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A celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Victory of Europe Day, 8th May 1945.

By Geoffrey Ellis

A series of commemorative events took place at Newhaven Fort on Sunday 8th May 2005, the 60th anniversary of VE Day, the Victory of Europe Day, so called as it marked the formal end to the Second World War in Europe on 8 May 1945. The Allied and German army commanders agreed to an armistice on the Lüneburg Heath in Germany. After six long years the cannons in Europe were again silent and survivors could think once more about their future. (It would be another three months before the Japanese capitulation on 15 August 1945 when the war was finally declared with VJ Day – Victory over Japan).

 

This year 2005 saw the recording and honouring of the names of the Newhaven people who died as a result of the Second World War in a Book of Remembrance. This was the fulfilment of a wish that had been long held by local people. No memorial was erected in the town after the Second World War (unlike after the First World War) and many of our older residents were afraid that the names of their relatives, comrades and friends would be forgotten and lost. The Town Council undertook to research the names, with the help of the Newhaven Historical Society and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and a handsomely bound and decorated book was produced in time for the 60 th Anniversary of VE Day, which was celebrated by this commemoration on the 8th May 2005. The Mayor of Newhaven, Cllr Jo Lewry presented a copy of the book to the Newhaven Historical Society Chairman Mike Tubb for retention and display in the Newhaven Local & Maritime Museum.

 

The weather could hardly have been better to commemorate such an auspicious occasion; blue skies, some cloud, and a light breeze. The event was well attended by local dignitaries, veterans of all military and quasi-military services, their families and friends. After a programme of displays by some of the attending groups, refreshments of 40s-style recipes were served. This was followed by a short revue given by Julia Burnett & Zoë Campbell (“Wish me Luck” S.G. Productions Ltd) who provided contemporary entertainment reminiscent of E.N.S.A. - the Entertainments National Service Association, an organisation set up in 1939 by impresario Basil Dean and the British Government to provide entertainment for British armed forces personnel during World War 2. Despite many extremely talented entertainers working for ENSA the organisation was necessarily spread thin over the vast area it had to cover. Thus many entertainments were substandard and the popular translation of the acronym ENSA was "Every Night Something Awful". On this occasion though, it must be said that Julia Burnett & Zoë Campbell are to be congratulated for giving an outstanding performance.

 

 

               Roll of Honour

 

                In Memory of...

 

David Aldridge       Jack Lambert

Sydney Alexander   Frederick Langridge

Harry Avis             Maurice Langridge

Frank Bartlett        John Laughlin

May Bollen            Keith Lawrence

Leslie Breden         Leonard Lipscombe

Ronald Breeds        John Lower

Charles Brown        Lionel Lyons

Albert Butler          Sister Mary

                           of Angel Guardian

Clarence Capon       George Moon

Jack Challen           James Moon

William Classen       William Moore

Victor Cockle           Amos Mullins

Miles Crosthwaite    Charles Nash

William Croucher     Jack Payne

Albert Dartnell        Peter Penfold

Mary Dartnell          Ernest Priest

Reginald Dean        Joan Reed

Edward Denyer        Leonard Reed

Ronald Ditch           Henry Richardson

Victor Dunk            James Rookley

George Dunstall      George Rowe

Sydney Eager          Percy Saunders

Jack Evans              Albert Slater

Charles Fish            Alan Standen

Charles Grevett       Ernest Stevens

Maurice Hardy         Owen Stevens

Percy Hardy            Robert

                            Stonehouse

William Hawton       William Swain

Victor Hendon         Alice Tapp

William Hill             June Tapp

Clara Hills              Bert Tucknott

Alfred Hilton           Doris Tucknott

Harry Hoad             Florence Tucknott

Donald Humphrey    Hazel Tucknott

Peter Humphries     Herbert Tucknott

George Ince           James Vaughn

Henry Ince             Frederick Watling

James Ireland        Desmond Wells

Christopher Jetty    Alfred White

Charles Johns        George White

Frank Johnson        Leslie Wilkes

Robert Kerr            Douglas Willard

James Kingshott     William Willard

            Clifford Winder

This page was added by Geoffrey Ellis on 16/02/2010.
Comments about this page

Its just a shame that Jonas Godfrey NORSTER - who lived in Parkstone Villas, Newhaven on the 1911 census, was wrongly researched and given the name of John NORSTER from Gosport, so therefore assumed not to be from Newhaven and missed from the commemorative list of names. Can this be put right now after so long ?

By Don Farnham
On 03.05.2010

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