Ron and Reg Battin, who are among those commemorated with a road named after them in the new Kingley Gate development (story last week, page 1), are also listed, along with 12 others who died in the Great War, on the memorial tablet outside St Catherine’s Catholic Church in Beach Road, and are currently being remembered by church-goers there.
Their father was the Head Pilot on the Littlehampton Ferry, and the family lived at 67 South Terrace, which their mother ran as a lodging house.
After working as an errand boy for Constable’s Anchor Brewery (where Anchor Springs car-park now stands), Ron enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment on the outbreak of war.
He died on the Somme two years later – on September 26, 1916 – aged only 19.
His elder brother Reg followed Ron into the army in the summer of 1916, enlisting in the Royal Sussex Regiment just three months before his brother was killed.
Shipped out to Egypt with the 14th Battalion, Reg was killed in action at the First Battle of Gaza, on 26 March, 1917. He was only 22 and is also commemorated on the memorial in the Jerusalem war cemetery.
Another new road at Kingsley Gate, Tatlow Chase, would appear to commemorate Lance-Corporal John Tatlow, another name on St Catherine’s memorial tablet.
Though born in Staffordshire, John moved to Littlehampton as a young man to become a boat builder. He lived at 35 New Road and was a member of Littlehampton Football Club. Enlisting in 1915 in the Royal Sussex Regiment, he died of his wounds on the Somme on September 20, 1916. He was 24 years old.
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