Battle of Waterloo to be remembered at veteran’s tomb in Hove churchyard

Posted On 10 Jun 2015 at 1:08 pm

The victory at Waterloo is to be commemorated in a Hove churchyard around the tomb of a soldier who fought in the battle.

A spokesman for St Andrew’s Church, in Church Road, Hove, said: “On Thursday 18 June there will be a short act of Remembrance for the Royal Regiment of Artillery on the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo at St Andrew Old Church Hove.

“This will start at 9.30am and will last no longer than 30 minutes.

“It will take place in our churchyard around the tomb of James Webber Smith, Lieutenant-General who fought in the Waterloo campaign.

“The Deputy Lieutenant James May and Mayor Lynda Hyde are attending and the local branch of the Royal British Legion will be represented.

“We will have military personnel from Thorney Island attending along with cadets from Seaford “College.

“Year 6 from St Andrew’s CE Primary school will also attend, plus members of the congregation, and other interested parties are most welcome.

“The service for the act of remembrance which will be officiated by Dan Henderson, Associate Vicar at St Andrew’s.”

The church is close to the corner of George Street, next to the Tesco superstore and almost opposite Hove Library.

  1. Howard Fitz-Gerald Reply

    Did you know that…
    That the.
    Lt Gen. James Webber Smith buried in this cemetary used to lived in 1853 lived at 11 Brunswick Square, Brighton and Hove at the age of 73.
    And not only that…
    The late actor David Niven ( 1910-1983) was his great grand father.
    And that…
    David’s own father Edward Niven( 1878-1915) was killed in action in ww1 during the Gallipoli campaign and killed on 21 August 1915 and buried at Greenhill cemetary, Turkey.

  2. Dan Henderson Reply

    Thanks, Howard, I didn’t know the David Niven link. I’m taking the memorial service and though this probably won’t make it into the sermon it’s definitely interesting!

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