The Last Cowboy in Sussex ~ William (Bill) Lindfield


   







A Tribu
te to Bill Lindfield    ~ Copied from Sompting Estate Website with permission of the Trustees:

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         William Lindfield  23.3.1927 - 28.11.2011 


    Born and bred in Sompting, Bill’s left school at the age of 14 to work with his father Bill senior and grandfather Jack Stoner on St John's Farm in the Cokeham part of Sompting. His youthful memories are of time on the farm in Sompting with his cattle and as a carter driving his much loved horse, “Old Blossom”.




    Bill worked for the War Agricultural Committee at Lee Farm on the Duke of Norfolk's estate between 1947-1950. Lee Farm was a substantial arable farm in a valley straddling the parishes of Clapham, Patching, Angmering and Storrington. It was farmed with Cobden Farm, Sulllington, and together extended over 2000 acres. It had been used as a training ground for the Canadian Army during the Second World War and immediately afterwards returned to agricultural use under the War Agricultural Committee before returning to private ownership in 1950.


    He then served as a career soldier in HM Forces making Sergeant-Major, and married Hilda Jackaman in 1949, with whom he lived to the end of their lives in Halewick Lane, Sompting. 

       





A Memoir of Sompting Past: 'The Last Cowboy'


     Bill regularly talked about the “old days” in the Village, writing his memories in a book "The Last Cowboy" - which takes its title from an incident where he had to lasso an out-of-control bull. 


 

        Lindfield's Poetry in Old Sussex Voice


        Bill Lindfield also captured an era, and a way of looking at life, in his Poetry on a number of occasions, the last, memorable time being in the Sompting Downs Barn on 2 August 2011.


        Click here to read Bill's Poetry


        Click here for his Additional Work


        NB The above links are to the first edition.  A second edition is planned for which we hope to find some or all of the missing numbered poems, in tape recordings made by Bill, together with appropriate illustrations.  Most importantly these recordings of Bill reading his own poetry will allow you to hear them as they should best be heard, in his own voice, on links from this website.

                      With thanks to Ray Hamblett and Brian Drury for digitising the tapes.

                    


          As mentioned,after the war Bill worked on the WARAG farming scheme which brought him to a farm, where with his mates they came 

          upon the escape tunnel from what he later learned to be a Special Home Guard Auxiliary (Churchill's Secret Resistance) hideout in the 

          woods near Warningcamp.



          You can read his report of the event in the following leaf from his manuscript:






          The extract below is from the website of CART (Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team) and it tells how the base, which had

          by now collapsed, was rediscovered and Bill taken back to renew his memories.








          Below is a picture of Bill making his unsteady but determined way through the trees to the dugout, where he became

          visibly moved.









         This is a photo of the Candle Holder

         referred to by Bill in his diary page above

         and recovered during the excavation.








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