Allan Marcus Williams on Sedlescombe War Memorial. No further information on Roll of Honour. Sgt of the Queen's Royal Regiment. Son of Mr Frederick and Mrs Louisa Martha Williams of Sedlescombe. Died aged 22. Sgt Williams was serving with a specialist SOE/Combined Operations unit called Small Scale Raiding Force, under the command of Major Gus March-Phillipps DSO, MBE. They took part in a raid on the French coast at St Laurent sur Mer [code name Operation Aquatint] on the night of 12/13 September 1942. He was killed together with Major March-Phillipps and Private Leonard (real name Lehniger) in the early hours of 13 September and is buried in the chuchyard at St Laurent sur Mer. There is an annual service there held on the Sunday nearest to 13 September to commemorate the three who died on Operation Aquatint.
Bob Harris who lives in Sedlescombe records that, in the mid-1990s, he and his wife started visiting friends who had purchased a farmhouse not far from the small French village of St Laurent. The friend suggested that Bob should visit the churchyard to pay his respects to the three British Commandos who are buried there. Bob and his wife visited the churchyard and also did so in subsequent years to lay flowers or RBL poppies on their graves. About ten years later, Bob discovered the names of the Commandos and was amazed to find that one was Allan Marcus Williams of Sedlescombe.
Henry Robert Augustus Adeane's name is on four war memorials ie Sedlescombe, Langham Rutland, Babraham, Cambridgeshire and on the Menin Gate at Ypres. The reasons seems to be as follows: Henry spent his childhood and youth at Jacobs, Sedlescombe with his parents Admiral Adeane and Lady Edith Adeane. Henry hunted with the Cottesmore hounds from 1910 to 1913 and lived at Langham House, Rutland. Henry had family connections to Babraham, Cambridgeshire where the Adeanes rebuilt Babraham Hall in 1833. The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial in Ypres, Belgium dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown.