The Slaugham Archives

Warninglid Home Guard 1940-45
The Slaugham Archive
Warninglid Home Guard 1940-45

The Warninglid Home Guard, under the command of Lt. Walter Munn, assemble for a photograph outside the Seaforth Hall. For a while at the start of WWII it was generally accepted that an enemy invasion force would land somewhere along the Channel coast, reinforced by mass paratroopers landing on areas like the Sussex Weald. It is hard to guess how that would have played out as, fortunately, it never came to pass.
The village had a good number of men to defend the Forest Ridge, but their equipment would have been quite basic with some WWI Lee-Enfield rifles and a few pitch forks and their like.
I am obliged to Geoff Munn for supplying the photograph and remembering these names from his schooldays.
Numbered L to R
Back row: 6 Benny Salisbury, 8 Derrick Bowles, 10 ? Mansbridge, 11 Dick Walker.
Middle row: 3 Ron Lewry, 5 Jim Newnham, 9 Fred Upton, 11 ? Goacher
Front row: 4 Pat O’Shea, 5 Capt. ? Walker, 6 Lt. Walter Munn, 7 Jim Thistleton, 8 Tom Newnham (brother of Jim), 9 Pat Avard
Please can anyone supply more names?
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Picture added on 26 June 2013 at 21:34
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At number 5 in the front row is my grandfather, Capt. S.R.Walker, known as Johnnie Walker. My father, Dick Walker, who joined the platoon as a 16 year old, is at the back, number 11.
They lived at Stonewick, now called Bellevue Country House care home, out on the road towards Horsham.
Pat Avard (Front, No.9) who worked at Stonewick, lived in a cottage on the north side of the road, 200 yds east of the Stonewick drive.
Among others, my father also remembers Lt. Walter Munn, who ran the villlage shop; and a member of the platoon called Page, who lived near Drewitts, outside the village past the Rifleman pub. He may have been one of the NCOs.
Added by Bruce Walker on 30 October 2013
Geoff Munn, who supplied the photo, is he the one who rode for England in France with Brian Leask and Kip Green at motocross?
Added by Darryl Decourcy on 25 May 2017
Yes, that is the same Geoff Munn.
He is my uncle, and Walter Munn (No. 6) was his father, my grandad.
Added by Carol Viner(nee Ray) on 26 May 2017
Front row, 2nd in is Eric Thistleton, brother-in-law of Ron Lewry (my father-in-law).
Added by Lorraine Lewry on 15 March 2018
My father, Roger Ray, requested the then Lord of the Manor of Slaugham, John Smith of Shottesbrooke Park, Maidenhead to supply details of Stonewick, also called Harvey’s Farm for a time, but I have no historic photograph of be uploaded with the report.
Stonewick is now known as Belle Vue Country House care home.
However, I am grateful to Bruce Walker who has added a comment above which mentions that his father and grandfather lived at Stonewick. The entrance drive to Stonewick (Belle Vue Country House) is about ¾ mile west of the Half Moon crossroads.
Bruce also mentions Pat Avard who, from the description given, must have lived at Stanfords on the north side of Warninglid Lane about 200 yards east of the Stonewick drive.
Select Open Document to read the very detailed report on the history of that part of Warninglid.
I would be pleased to hear from anyone who has a suitable photograph of Stonewick to upload to the website.

Added by Barry Ray on 01 May 2019
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