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Christopher Guy Tristram

Photograph shows preface to privately printed book "Letters from Christopher

For the first History Group meeting of 2020, Roy Iremonger spoke about the short life of Christopher Guy Tristram (1925-1943), his parents’ strong spiritualist beliefs and the private publication of letters supposedly dictated via ‘automatic writing’ to his mother from beyond the grave.

At the outbreak of war the family were living at Cox’s Mill, Dallington. His father was Major Guy Tristram R.A. and his mother, Ruth Marie Tristram a botanical illustrator. Christopher and his younger brother were sent to stay with an uncle in America, but after the uncle died, Christopher, now old enough to enlist, decided to return. He was drowned when the ship he was travelling on was sunk by German U-boats.

Roy offered a sympathetic account of the attraction of spiritualist beliefs to the bereaved parents, and set these within the context of the period following the First World War, when surprising numbers of people, including scientists, writers such as Arthur Conan Doyle, and even Air Force Marshall Lord Dowding (a friend of the family who wrote the foreword to “Letters from Christopher”) shared these beliefs.

You can read Roy’s notes with more information in this online document:



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CLARK,SUTTON and NIGHTINGALE families in Dallington and Brightling 1830 onwards

[The account below was kindly supplied by Maureen Hague and posted on her behalf]

In 1839 my great great grandfather William Frederick Clark was Miller at Coxes Mill Dallington working in partnership with Albert Geering. In June 1858 it seems that it is the Geering family living at Coxes Mill. Albert Geering had married Williams sister in law Rebecca Sutton (daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Sutton).

Just down the road from Coxes Mill was Dabchicks occupied by Rebecca’s brother. William was married to Elizabeth , Rebecca’s sister. Rebecca died in 1864 and her death ,plus the death of Williams wife Elizabeth on Christmas day 1863 , and the death of Williams son George caused the death of Elizabeth Sutton the mother of the 2 girls and grandmother of George.

George Clark was born in 1839 and lost his life in tragic circumstances at Coxes Mill in March 1864. On the night of Thursday 17th March George was working at Coxes Mill with his younger brother Charles and his father William when his Millers frock became entangled in machinery. He received mortal fractures to the left leg and a fracture to the right. On the coroner’s report it states that he languished for 2 days having had a leg amputated. He is buried in the church in Brightling with his mother Elizabeth.  Rebecca was buried in St Giles Dallington.

On the 18th day of May 1864 Elizabeth Sutton, mother and grandmother took her own life by cutting her throat. This took place at Prinkle Farm Dallington where the Suttons lived.IN the coroners report it states she was not of sound mind.

Samuel Sutton died July14th 1880 and is buried in Dallington St Giles . The Suttons had quite a few children who stayed in the area.

Charles Frederick Clark ,my greatgrandfather married Jane Nightingale on 17th October 1867. Her father was John Nightingale , a farmer having lands around Haseldean and Giffords Farm. By 1871 the Clarks and Nightingales move to Heath Mill Pulborough where after 4 children Jane dies. Charles remarries and returns to work with his father for a while at Darwell Mill ,near Brightling,He has a further 10 children.five being born in Brightling.William Clark ,who marries his first love Naomi Jarman in 1866 dies in 1876 and is buried in Brightling. Before his marriage to Elizabeth Sutton William had a son William in 1837 by Naomi Jarman.

I myself was evacuated as a young child to Great Worg Farm Brightling which does not seem far from Coxes Mill. My grandmother, |Emma Julia, youngest daughter of Charles and Jane ,b 1872 in Pulborough died there in 1941.

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