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22 May 1917 Private Herbert Killian

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Herbert Killian was born in Burnley in the second quarter of 1898. Age 13, in 1911, Herbert was employed in a nut and bolts works. He lived with his father Michael, a coal miner (hewer), and his mother Margaret, who worked in the cotton mill. The family of 10 were living in a four room house in Burnley in 1911, moving to 16 Morley Street by 1917.…


041: Summer 1994

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Eastbourne's Great War 1914-1918

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Book Review by Geoff Bridger. Following the success of his previous book, Lewes at War 1939-1945, Bob Elliston - a well-respected local author and historian - has produced a history of Eastbourne's part in the Great War. It is not a memorial book commemorating the town's war dead for, with over one thousand fatalities, that would have been a mammo…


Lewes and the Great War 1914-1918 January Casualties

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By the end of autumn 1914 the German advance on Paris had been halted and both sides had dug in for the winter, creating a system of opposing trenches separated by waste ground known as 'no man’s land', stretching from the Channel coast to the Swiss border. This was what became known as the Western Front. Until the German breakthrough during their …


Lewes and the Great War February Casualites

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February’s Lewes casualties provide a glimpse of the contrasting life experiences and backgrounds of residents of different Lewes streets, amongst whom three men’s very different stories stand out. Private Daniel Todman of the 9th Royal Sussex Regiment, who died of wounds at a field dressing station near Ypres on 18th February 1916, lived with his…


Aubers Ridge 9 May 1915

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  At the end of April 1915 the Sussex Express carried a cheering report from one of its former reporters, Private W G Horton of the 5th Royal Sussex. Seated on a straw bale in “glorious sunshine” at a rest billet 10 miles from the Front, he expressed the optimism of Lewes’s territorials on a beautiful spring day, that the war would soon be over an…


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…


Iris Hotblack and Alan ‘Balmy’ Morton : love letters from the Front

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At the outbreak of war in 1914, 20 year old Miss Iris Hotblack was at home with her family. They lived in a large, detached seven room house called The Boltons, on King Henry’s Road, Lewes, East Sussex. Used to living away from home, she had been sent to school in Cheltenham, she wrote regularly to her brothers, and various other male and female…


Lewes Casualties : September 1918 and the impact of 'Spanish Flu'

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  September 1918 brought a further 14 Lewes casualties, 10 on the Western Front where the arrival of the Americans had helped change the balance of forces firmly towards the Allied side and four others, one from Baku on the Caspian Sea, one from a submarine attack off Brittany, one the result of tuberculosis and one from influenza. Private Albert…


23 June 1917 : Pte Sidney Crossley

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Parents Herbert (a dock foreman working for a canal company) and Ellen (a cotton weaver). One of only two children at the Census in 1901 and living at 29 Greenshaw Street, Burnley. Ten years later parents and two children are now living at 134 Everly Street, Nelson. Both Sidney (age 20) and his sister Annie (15) were weavers in a local mill.  Sid…


Not such a pretty postcard from the seaside camp at Seaford during the First World War

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Set up in a hurry in the opening months of the First World War Seaford Camp in Sussex on England's south coast wasn’t ready for its first 10,000 trainees in September 1914 so the men, new recruits into Kitchener's Army from southern Wales and east Lancashire found themselves billeted on the town of Lewes, Sussex They were divided three ways betwe…


Captain Thorold A. Stewart-Jones at Aubers Ridge 9 May 1915

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Son of Edward and Emily Pauline Stewart-Jones. (Born 10 July 1873 in Liverpool) A barrister of the Inner Temple, Thorold moved to Lewes in 1908 when his mother had bought Southover Grange. At the 1911 Census, the widowed matriarch Mrs Emily-Pauline Stewart-Jones lived at Southover Grange with son’s family, her daughter-in-law Mrs Eva-Joan Stew…