Sunday, October 19, 2014

Private Thomas Page, Royal Sussex Regt

In March 1915 Chailey Parish Magazine notes that Thomas Page is serving his King and Country.  In October 1915 he appears as Page, Pte T, NR England but by January 1917 he is recorded as serving with the 2/5th Royal Sussex Regiment.  In January 1918 the parish magazine notes that he is with the 15th Royal Sussex and by March 1918 he has moved battalions again, this time to the 8th Royal Sussex Regiment; a pioneer battalion. Thomas appears to have remained with this battalion throughout the war, his name appearing monthly thereafter up to and including the final published roll in July 1919. 

NR could stand for Norfolk Regiment but probably represents “National Reserve” which in turn would indicate that Thomas Page had seen prior military service. 

From the information provided in Chailey’s parish magazine I have been unable to match Thomas Page with certainty to any named individuals in census returns or to provide a link between him and Chailey.  He may be related to George and John Page who also appear in Chailey’s roll call of local serving men.

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