About Chailey 1914-1918

This blog commemorates the men and women of Chailey in East Sussex and their efforts during the First World War 1914-1918. Also mentioned here, WW1 soldiers who were nursed in the VAD hopsitals in Chailey and Newick: Hickwells on Cinder Hill and Beechlands, or Beechland House, in nearby Newick.

I closed the original Chailey 1914-1918 website some while ago and so, I'm afraid, there will be many broken links throughout this blog which, in time, I'll rectify. I do though, intend to start re-building that site here and so missing biographies will be restored and new information added as and when this comes to light.

The main source of information on this blog had been Chailey's parish magazine which began publishing lists of serving parishioners in October 1914 and continued throughout the war. This roll call has been augmented with information from medal index cards, service records, pension records, GRO birth, marriage and death records, census returns and anecdotal information from members of the public, for which I am extremely grateful.

I have no personal connection with Chailey and the research started when I was given an autograph album kept by a VAD nurse - Edith Oliver - when she nursed sick and wounded soldiers at Hickwells and Beechland House. Having tried to unravel these soldiers' stories, I then turned my attention to the men and women of Chailey who also served their King and country.

There will undoubtedly be errors on this blog and I welcome corrections and additional information about the people named here.

You are welcome to copy and use the information contained on this blog for non-commercial purposes but if you publish on-line please provide a link back to the home page: http://chailey1418.blogspot.co.uk/.

Paul Nixon
June 2014


Anonymous said...

Hello Paul,

I am researching men in the Surbiton area who served and this includes Chessington. Thanks for all the useful data on the Emery brothers, who apparently lived in Chessington, or at least are mentioned as locals in an (undated, but late 1915) parish magazine, but there is also brother Francis William Henry Emery, who was in the Army Veterinary Corps as a Corporal, serving in Egypt, it reports.

Best wishes Stephen VAN DULKEN svandulken at hotmail.com

Paul Nixon said...

Thank you for the information, Stephen; I will have to add this man as well.