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8 September 1915 : Follower Dasarat died in Brighton of illness

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The son of Jata of Deolali, Nashik, Bombay, India, Dasarat arrived in the UK in October/November 1914. After seeing service in France in 1915, he died of illness in Brighton hospital on 8th September 1915. Dasarat was cremated at the Chattri, Patcham Down, Sussex. Dasarat remembered on the memorial Explore the Chattri in 360° >>    …


052: April 1998

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Brighton in the Great War

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Douglas d’Enno (Pen & Sword Military, 2016) Softback £14.99 272 pp, including various b/w photos placed within the text. Five appendices, bibliography of sources and further reading, plus index. One of the Your Towns and Cities in the Great War series published by Pen & Sword.   When I found myself drawn to Sussex following my first …


26 April 1915 : Captain Percy D’Aguilar Banks

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Only son of Col Samuel Henry O’Brien of Eaton Place, Brighton, mother Katherine Rosa D'Aguilar (née Burton) daughter of the late Senior Chaplain to the Armed Forces and grandson of Dr Henry Banks of Wicklow, Ireland.  Educated at St. Peter’s, Weston and Cheltenham College and Sandhurst.  At Cheltenham he won the schools rackets and fives priz…


5 June 1917 : Gunner Herbert Howard Gandy

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Son of John Ripley of Hove and Agnes Elizabeth (née Page) of Brighton. At the 1891 Census the 8 month old Herbert was and at home, 95 Ellen St, Hove, with his mother (a laundress) and five siblings: Ellen 17 (a laundress), Arthur 16, Ripley 12, Frederick 7 and Daisy 2. His father was not at home. Their mother died in 1900 and their father died in …


With a Machine Gun to Cambrai by George Coppard

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188pp., paperback. £3.95.  Macmillan/Papermac. [This 'review' first appeared in Stand To! No.17 Summer 1986] Originally published in 1969, this is a reprint of the revised edition of 1980. An excellent first- hand account of the life of a machine-gunner on the Western Front. George Coppard 25 January 1898 to 17 February 1985  George Coppard …