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Familys at War, photos and stories of Sussex Folk caught up in War.


Welcome to this page, remembering family members who were caught up in the Great War, Fathers, Uncles, Sons and Daughters, Mothers, Cousins , what ever there involvement in this tragic war, lets remember them here, and share  their stories.

In Memoriam

Private D. Sutherland, killed in action in the German Trench, May 16, 1916’ and Others who Died.

So you were David’s father,
And he was your only son,
And the new-cut peats are rotting
And the work is left undone,
Because of an old man weeping,
Just an old man in pain,
For David, his son David,
That will not come again.

Oh, the letters he wrote you,
And I can see them still,
Not a word of the fighting,
But just the sheep on the hill
And how he should get the crops in
Ere the year got stormier,
And the Bosches have got his body,
And I was his officer.

You were only David’s father,
But I had fifty sons
When we went up in the evening
Under the arch of the guns,
And we came back at twilight –
O God! I heard them call
To me for help and pity
That could not help at all.

Oh, never will I forget you,
My men that trusted me,
More my sons than your fathers’,
For they could only see,
The helpless little babies,
And the young men in their pride.
They could not see you dying,
And hold you while you died.

Happy and young and gallant,
They saw their first-born go,
But not the strong limbs broken
And the beautiful men brought low,
The piteous writhing bodies,
The screamed, “Don’t leave me, Sir,
For they were only your fathers
And I was your officer.

E. A. Mackintosh


Derek Alder My grand father Sergeant Harold Alder fought in the Great War and won the Military Medal and the French Medal Millitaire for bravery by laying communication wires in the face of heavy gunfire.
So proud of the grand father I never knew RIP


Lets not forget the Navy. The man on the right is my Grandfather Jack Mitchell and he is pictured in 1915 in the Dardanelles. He was a great inspiration to me. Trevor Povey.


11th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment (Southdowns Reg.) off to France, later to fight at Richebourg in the Battle for Boars head penned “The day Sussex died” due to the enormous casualties that day


Another great photo.10298087_10204590988639843_5612259483733997962_oTony Clevett Grandfather.

10448198_10203695712426853_7750039435493091396_nThis is my nans brother who was a driver in the Royal Field Artillery.He died in 1918 aged 21 , submitted by Steve Bray.


1461390_10204659316029133_8700962944828159561_nMy Grandfather, Gordon John Barnett, joined Durham light infantry 1914, injured in France sent home to Sussex where he met my Grandmother who nursed him to back to health before being sent back to fight.Thankfully he survived and after the war returned and married my Grandmother, moving back to Portslade where he lived until his death in 1967. Remembering my Grandfather and all those that fought during the First World War .

12498_10152551633294831_6408263218621794627_n89071 Gnr William Knibbs 1886 – 1970 Born in Coventry posted to Broadwater, married a local girl Emily Sanford Nee Knight and settled in Sompting after WW1
My Grandfather RIP Granddad love and miss you, thank you for what you did in WW1 and your Home duty in WW2

One Comment
  1. Lloyd Brunt permalink

    Can anyone tell me where the group photo of the 11th Battalion Sussex Regiment came from please? I’d like to get a higher resolution copy and permission to use it.

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