Plans for memorial to Tillington man who founded Jack’s Walk

PLANS to place a memorial bench in the grounds of All Hallows Church at Tillington to remember Royal British Legion stalwart Jack Holloway are under way.

Mark Tarver, Petworth poppy appeal organiser, told the Observer: “With the agreement of the parochial church council, there is a feeling it would be appropriate to provide a tangible tribute to this rather special person who touched the lives of so many.”

Jack, an ex-soldier who was awarded the Burma star, started Jack’s Walk and raised more than £30,000 for the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal. He died at the age of 91 in April this year.

He was born in the Upper Lodge at Pitshill House where his father was chauffeur to Colonel Mitford and his mother worked in the house.

Petworth historian Peter Jerrome, speaking at a thanksgiving service, said: “Jack was Tillington through and through.”

He started the walk in 1998, raising £870 on the inaugural occasion, and took part every year until ill health stopped him – but he continued to attend. The walk will continue to be an annual event in his name.

Anyone who would like to contribute towards the bench should contact Tracy Haley on 01798 343278.