Book pays tribute to Worthing’s heroic war dead

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A NEW book on Worthing citizens who died of wounds, accident or illness during two world wars has been published.

Historian Chris Green has researched and produced a tribute to those who served and were buried at Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery, off South Farm Road.

Mr Green, from Sea Lane, Ferring, painstakingly produced a detailed guide on the lives and deaths of more than 200 people – mainly men but also a few women. Their fate is set against informative overviews of various campaigns and strategies.

Many of those chronicled are remembered on distinctive white Commonwealth War Graves, while others, who died on foreign soil or at sea, had their details inscribed on family headstones.

The majority relate to the Great War, but some died in the Second World War.

One of the most poignant memorials at Broadwater relates to the three Slaughter brothers who died in quick succession during the 1914-18 conflict.

Unusually, the headstone is carved on both sides.

There is also reference to Miriam Barns and Barbara Frend, victims of Luftwaffe bombs exploding in Park Road (1942) and Grove Road (1943) respectively.

The 86-page book, which costs £5, is being launched at the cemetery on Saturday, April 21, at 10.30am.

It will be followed by two military tours, at 11am and noon.

Mr Green will be hosting a series of Monday evening talks and tours at the cemetery relating to the book.

They begin on June 11, at 7.30pm, and continue (same time) on June 18, June 25, July 2, July 9 and July 16.