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12 September 1918 : Pte Albert Henry Smither

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Albert lived in Tottenham and Walthamstow, attending Blackhorse Road Boys’ School from 1904-1909. When he enlisted in August 1914, he was working as a wood machinist, working for Harris Lebus, England’s largest furniture manufacturer, He joined the 7th Battallion, The Essex Regiment and by November 1914 had been promoted Lance-Corporal. He served…


Aftermath: Ireland

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Amongst those commemorated on Lewes War Memorial is Lance-Corporal Sidney Wright 1/6th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, aged 22. One of three brothers lost during the Great War, he was serving in Ireland when he accidentally drowned just outside Wicklow whilst bathing at Travilahawk Strand, between the military camp near the harbour entrance an…


The Quest for Grandad’s photo: Pte James Cooper, 1st. Bn. Essex Regiment

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'The grassy slopes that crown the cliffs are carpeted with flowers.  The azure sky is cloudless and the air is fragrant with the scent of wild thyme. In front, a smiling valley studded with cypress and olive and patches of young corn, the ground rises gently to the village of Krithia standing amidst clumps of mulberry and oak.   On the left, a mile…


Major Mick Mannock KIA 10 July 1918 and the ongoing mystery of his grave

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On 10 July 1918, Major Edward Mannock, who had recently been appointed to command 85 Squadron of the newly created RAF, heard that his friend James McCudden had been killed in a flying accident. This news seriously depressed ‘Mick’ as he was known, but also motivated him into a killing spree. On top of his already impressive haul, he shot down six …


‘The Scum of the Earth’

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In 1813 the Duke of Wellington, angered by incidents of looting amongst his army, wrote sourly: ‘We have in the service the scum of the earth as common soldiers.’ The words were harsh, but not altogether inaccurate, for the British Army had a long tradition of recruiting primarily amongst the poorest and most desperate of society. Above: The Duk…


From the Dardanelles to Dunkirk by Peter Hodgkinson and Andrew Rice

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From the Dardanelles to Dunkirk Peter Hodgkinson and Andrew Rice Printed by Amazon, 2022.   299 pp. 19 photos, 8 maps. Bibliography. ISBN 9798405428369. This is an ambitious book which tells the story of six officers, all of the Rice family and spans 65 years (1887-1952) including two World Wars. It sets out to place each officer in the contex…


Fletching Church: Where Soldiers of the Great War Sleep

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St. Andrew and St. Mary the Virgin is the parish church of Fletching, a charming little village in East Sussex, which nestles in the Weald around 13 miles north of the South Downs and borders the southern edge of the Ashdown Forest. It is thought that Fletching was founded in the late 5th century AD as an Anglo-Saxon fort. It appears in the Domesda…


Essex and the Irish War of Independence

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On Wednesday 11th of May at the Village Hall at Hatfield Peverel, Jim Kevany will present a talk looking at the role of the Essex Regiment and Men of Essex during the period of the Irish War of Independence, 1920-22.  Meet at the hall 7:30 for an 8pm start. Bar facilities are available. Suggested entry donation is £3.50 As ever the meeting is ope…


28 June 1917 : Jackson Bacon, 11th Bn Essex Regiment

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Jackson's parents were Stephen Bacon (a coachman/groom) and Julia Kate (née Marsh) (a garment finisher). At the 1901 Census the family were living at 85 High St, Haverhill and comprised parents Hilda (10), Jackson (6), Maud (5) and Charles (10 months)  At the 1911 Census, the family living at the same address, Jackson (age 16) was working as a …