Biographies

Biographies of notable village residents past and present will be added to these pages as they are acquired by the Trust.
If you can offer an existing biography or have written one or can offer additional information we will be pleased to add it to the pages.

Harry Noakes PC 214

PC Noakes was  born in Hadlow Down in 1890 a Sergeant number 204669 in the Hampshire Regiment 15th (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battalion. He died age 28 the husband of Alice Annie Noakes.
Harry Noakes was killed at Tynecotstraat on the 9th. August 1918 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
He enlisted at Winchester when he gave his residence as Crowborough, Hants (?)
Harry Noakes joined the Surrey Constabulary on 16th September 1912 aged 22, and was sworn in at Guildford before Col. Ricardo and Capt Briscoe on 20th September 1912. His appointment number was 1630 and his collar number 214. At the time of his appointment his gave his trade as Groom working for Mr Les Chattas at Highams.
There were considerable allied advances throughout the Western Front during the second week of August 1918. The Tyne Cot Memorial is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders, which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.

Mrs Margaret Ann Ford

Mrs Edward Ford (Margaret Ann Watson), 48, was the daughter of William and Catherine Margaret (née
McGregor) Watson of Bracadale, Isle of Skye.
She married Edward Ford, an Englishman, at Hadlow Down, Sussex, on 17th June, 1890.
They had five children Frances, Dollina, Edward, William and Maggie. Following the birth of the couple’s
fifth child, Robina Maggie, on 25th April 1904, Edward had deserted the family and Margaret was left to
eke out an existence as a poultry farmer. Her eldest daughter, Frances, was already in the United States
working as a domestic servant, and so impressed the family with tales of a better life that Margaret
decided to leave their home in Sussex for America. Travelling with them was Margaret’s
sister Eliza with her family and a friend of Frances’, Phoebe Alice Harknett. Margaret bought ticket no.
W./C. 6608 (£34 7s 6d) for her and her children, they boarded the Titanic at Southampton.
The entire party of ten were lost in the sinking. None of their bodies were identified amongst those
recovered after the sinking. Edward Ford later filed a claim for the loss of his family and was awarded
five shillings per week.

Dollina Margaret Ford

Miss Dollina Margaret Ford
Dollina Margaret Ford was born to Margaret and Edward Ford on the 13th June 1891 in Hadlow Down.   Her father registered her birth on the 29th of July.  She was the couples first child.
She was Baptised at the Parish Church of St Marks on the 23rd of August 1891, a year after her parents Edward and Margaret were married there.
Dollina boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger, together with her mother and siblings. All were lost in the disaster, their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.
Note
In the passenger list she is listed as “Daisy” Ford.

Brigadier-General Edmund William Costello, CMG, CVO, DSO (7 August 1873 – 7 June 1949)

Brigadier-General Edmund William Costello, CMG, CVO, DSO (7 August 1873 – 7 June 1949) was a British Indian Army officer and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Costello was born in
Sheikhbudia on the North-West Frontier of India, the son of a colonel in the Indian Medical Service. He was educated in England at Beaumont College, Stonyhurst College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. In 1892 he was commissioned into the West Yorkshire Regiment, but transferred to the Indian Army in 1894 and was posted to the 22nd Punjab Infantry.
He was 23 years old, and attached to Punjab Infantry during the Malakand Frontier War, when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. Continue reading “Brigadier-General Edmund William Costello, CMG, CVO, DSO (7 August 1873 – 7 June 1949)”

Diana Rowden

Diana Hope Rowden (31 January 1915 – 6 July 1944) served in the Womens Auxiliary Air Force and was an agent for the United Kingdom‘s clandestine Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II. Rowden was a member of SOE’s Acrobat circuit in occupied France where she operated as a courier until arrested by the Gestapo. She was subsequently executed at the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp. Continue reading “Diana Rowden”

Neil Kempson

Mr Neil Patrick Kempson
14th June 1960 – 2nd September 2020
Neil was born in Oxford and moved to Crowborough during childhood , settling in Hadlow Down in the late 1980’s. He was an integral part of village life , working for many years at St Marks Primary School, a long standing Barman at the New Inn ,and a regular contributor to village events through his catering skills and Hog Roasts. He was also a much loved part of the Mayfield community working as Teaching Assistant & Site Manager of Mayfield Primary School .