Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Newick's WW1 Fallen Remembered

I have been contacted by Simon Stevens who is researching the men of Newick, Sussex who fell during WW1. It was to Beechland House in Newick that Sussex 54 VAD moved in June 1916 after nursing wounded soldiers for fifteen months at Hickwells in Chailey. Geographically, Newick lies adjacent and to the east of North Chailey but falls outside Chailey parish boundaries.

Working from original source material that includes photos of many of Newick's fallen, and with the support of the Newick branch of the Royal British Legion and others, Simon intends to publish a printed record of men from the village who made the supreme sacrifice. An expanded version of his research may also be published on-line.

Although Reverend Jellicoe, rector of St Peter's in Chailey was scrupulous about who he did and did not include in the parish magazine's roll of serving men, I have four Newick men who appear on my roll of honour: Owen Hobden and his brother Frederick Hobden and Frederick Smith and his brother George Smith.

Details of Newick's fallen can be found HERE on the Roll of Honour website. Anybody who can add further information about any of Newick's men should contact Simon HERE.

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