On the 20th March 1915 the elderly Rector of Itchingfield, Rev John Moses, died after a long illness. By the time of his death, the Diocese had already taken control of the Parish, probably to prevent Moses being declared bankrupt, and Alfred De Rougemont was appointed as the new Rector.Rev de Rougemont could not have been more different to his predecessor – Gwen Upcott (daughter of the Headmaster of Christ’s Hospital School) described the new Rector ;.. . He was, by persuasion, a Catholic, by birth, a gentleman and he had private means. Everything was changed. The creepers and ivy came off the Rectory, the ‘Beauty of Holiness’ was removed from the Church wall, my boy scouts were trained as servers. . . Gwen UpcottPerhaps aware that a new and potentially very different era was starting at Itchingfield, the Bishop of Chichester was at pains to ensure that the parishioners would welcome the new man. During his sermon at the service to install Rev de Rougemont he said:“ he came to serve them and that was the one and only object of his dwelling in their midst. He came to help them in every possible way that he could : not to think of himself, his own interests, his own pleasures or concerns, but just to be Christ’s servant. . .Could the new Rector conceive of any greater privilege or any heavier responsibility than was his, the privilege of being allowed to stand as his Master’s representative among the people there, to be allowed to bear their cares, troubles and sorrows and to counsel, uphold and strengthen them? . . . it was the duty of the parishioners to trust the Rector, to give him their confidence and to believe whatever he did there he would do for the glory of God and for the good of their souls. . . .with the coming of their new Rector, there would be changes made . . . There must be changes when new men came and new methods were employed. . . . I know this ministry which is beginning today will be greatly blessed to you and that you will thank God in the time to come that your new Rector came among you.” WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES June 1915Change had most certainly come to Itchingfield, the new Rector was, in a way, symbolic of the new order in the world. Over the next three years the local residents would see almost every aspect of the old world of Victorian England swept away by the consequences of war.