Harry Streeter

Harry Streeter joined the army in the years before the First World War and later gave his life for his country. Harry Streeter was born the son of Alfred Samuel and Harriet Streeter in Newick, East Sussex on 10 January, 1884. He was brought up in Newick, attending school there and becoming a baker. At […]

Claude Nunney VC

Claude Nunney fought in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War and displayed ‘the highest degree of valour’. Born in Hastings, at 42 Bexhill Road, on 19 July 1892 as Stephen Sargent Claude Nunney, he was generally referred to by his family as Claude. His father was William Percy Nunney, born in Burford, Oxfordshire, […]

Albert Hendley – A Village Baker

Albert Henley was a baker in the years before the First World War. Following its outbreak he volunteered to fight. Albert Thomas Hendley was born in the village of Frant, East Sussex at the beginning of 1892. He was the youngest of William Richard Hendley and Annie Susanna née Flawn’s eight children. The Hendley family […]

Private James Richard Moody

James Richard Moody joined the British Army in Newhaven at the outbreak of the First World War. He would lose his life in the conflict. Levi and Annie Moody, residents of 1 Lansdowne Place, Lewes, had two sons in the years before the First World War; James and Boaz. After war was declared in 1914 […]

Flight Sub-Lieutenant Richard Swallow

Flight Sub-Lieutenant Richard Swallow was tragically killed on the South Downs whilst on active service on 20 December 1917. Richard was born at 3, Fourth Street, Bensham, Gateshead, Durham on 1st March 1891, the son of John Hopper Swallow and Mary Agnes née Hunt. Richard was the fifth of their six children and the youngest […]

Eric Steere

Eric Edward Steere was a courageous young man determined to serve his country, enlisting when just 15 years old. He was born at 37 Gloucester Place, Worthing, Sussex on 22 February 1900. He was the sixth of eight children of James Blann Steere a carpenter and joiner, and Emily Alice nee Butcher. When he was […]

Sussex Yeomanry in the First World War

One of the oldest of the Sussex military units, the Sussex Yeomanry, served with distinction during the First World War. Yeomanry Regiments were composed of light cavalry soldiers and the Sussex Yeomanry was formed as a volunteer Cavalry Regiment in 1794 in response to the threat of invasion by Napoleon. The Regiment continued until 1848 […]

Conscription - The Military Service Act

Attitudes Towards Conscription

When war was announced in 1914, significant efforts were made by the British Government, businesses and community organisations to recruit volunteers to the army. Sources from the University of Sussex’s Mass Observations archive, held at The Keep, provide an insight into attitudes towards compulsory conscription, which was introduced mid-way through WW1 to enlist the vast […]

William Albert Foord

William Foord joined the British army at the outbreak of the First World War and departed for France. He never returned. William Albert Foord was born in the village of East Dean on the south east coast near the town of Eastbourne, East Sussex, on 25 September 1895. When he was one year old, the family […]

Aubers Ridge

When thousands of British soldiers, including men from the Royal Sussex Regiment, died at Aubers Ridge in 1915, it began a scandal that reshaped the Government and wartime production. The end of 1914 had failed to bring about the end of the First World War. The hoped for war of movement had failed to materialise. […]