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Rudgwick Remembers

Rudgwick Remembers Exhibition
Each November we hold an exhibition in Holy Trinity Church to remind us how previous generations from Rudgwick served their country and sacrificed their lives.

A display of photographs and maps shows who they were, where they lived and where they died.  Extracts from newspapers and parish magazines of the time help to tell their story.  Around the walls of the church are ‘headstones’ for all recorded on the Village War Memorials.  The places where they died read like the country’s battle honours: Ypres, Gallipoli, Jutland, Dunkirk and El Alamein.

The records of the people who died, though less well known, provide an insight into the human side of global conflict illustrating the courage and service shown by so many.

This is a story that could be told in every parish in the country from the inner city to the rural hamlet. Here is a chance to see how one typical Sussex parish “did its bit” in two World Wars.

Rudgwick Remembers Exhibition
In 1914 Rudgwick was only about a third of the size it is now.  The effect of the loss of thirty four of its young men in four years must have been profound.  The ‘headstones’ of the fifty-eight men who died in the First World War line the north wall of the church (facing you as you enter).  You can find out more about them in the Rudgwick Remember's leaflet for World War One.

The ‘headstones’ on the south wall of the Church (to your right as you come in) mark those who died in the Second World War.  Although there are fewer that the First World War, they are more evenly spread across the armed services and they include women and civilians.  You can find out more about those who died in the Second World War in the Rudgwick Remember's leaflet for World War Two.  The war was closer to home with an Army camp in the village, bombs falling on Rudgwick and one of the church windows being blown out by a flying bomb.

You can find out more about all the men and women of Rudgwick who lost their lives in, or as a result of, the two World Wars on the Rudgwick Remembers website.