The two World Wars during the last century claimed millions of lives and left nearly
every family and village in England mourning its dead. Indeed, there are only about
50 villages, The 'Blessed' Villages, without any entries on their war memorials.
The War Graves Commission is the body responsible for the records of British and
Commonwealth casualties of the two World Wars. The Commission has been able to confirm
a unique fact about our Family name in its records. We are the only family name with
just one entry.
William David Kearvell, who was born in Funtington in 1894 and enlisted in Chichester
Sussex, died of his wounds on 1st August 1917 in Flanders. William was Gunner 114517
of the 161st Brigade Royal Field Artillery. He is buried in Plot 3 Row A Grave 18
of Coxyde Military Cemetery, 2 kms west of Koksijde Village on the road to La Panne
in the province of West Flanders Belgium.
His name is inscribed on the War Memorial in Funtington Parish Churchyard in West
William had married Winifred May Squires on 25 December 1915 at Aldingbourne Parish
Church. There is no record of any children.
Following William's death, his widow remarries in 1918 to Percy Ayling a Lance Corporal
in the Hampshire Regiment.