RETURNING from Mass on ' Sunday morning, Col. G. Hart, 0.B.E., M.C., R.E., of Keycroft Farm, Highleigh, near Chichester, collapsed and died at his home a few hours later. He was 79.
He was born in London and was a Civil Engineer by profession. He served with a tunnelling Company R.E. in France in World War I. For conspicuous gallantry he was several limes mentioned in despatches. He was awarded the MC. and later the O.B.F.
He developed Keycroft Farm. Highleigh, as a commercial fruit and flower holding. He took an active part in local affairs, being chairman of the local cricket club, and for many years a treasurer of The Nursing Association which used to provide for a District Nurse before the days of the National Health Service.
He served as a special constable from 1926 to 1940 and then led the local Home Guard.
Local Catholics will he grateful for the Mission chapel he established at the farm which is served by the Travelling Missioner. This was converted from a disused stable by voluntary labour drawn mostly from the pioneer members of the Land Settlement Association,