Also registered on the census return were two servants: Kate Divall (aged 24, from Ringmer, working as a domestic servant) and Ella M Godding (aged 15, from
Brighton, working as a domestic nurse).
Alan was born in 1897, his birth registered at
in the June quarter of that year.
Chailey Parish Magazine first notes him in June 1915 as a cadet serving
in . In May 1916 it notes that he is serving with
the 36th Sikhs and the following month notes that his rank is that of second
lieutenant. By December 1917 he had been
promoted and Chailey Parish Magazine duly recorded that month that his rank was
now lieutenant. India
The following month however, on
January 1918, he was killed in a bomb explosion accident in Mesopotamia (modern day ). He is buried in Iraq , grave reference XIV.C.3. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Debt
of Honour Register notes that he was the “son of Charles Herbert and Ada
Elizabeth West, of Patterdale, Amara War Cemetery . Born at
Ralph M West also served his King and Country during the First World War and survived.