1916 American Presidential Election

Did you know that in November 1916, the United States of America held a presidential election that was viewed by many as a vote on potential American entry into the First World War? At the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, the United States of America maintained a long-standing reluctance to involve […]

Bonfire Night in the First World War

The celebration of ‘Bonfire Night’ remained popular in East Sussex during the 19th and early 20th centuries. However, the onset of war in 1914 brought about laws that threatened the continuation of this tradition. Events marking the anniversary of the failed gunpowder plot of 1605 have been a staple of many British communities for decades […]

The Battle of Petit Wood

Milton ‘petit’ Wood was the youngest brother of my great, great grandmother Alice Mary Eldridge (née Wood), making him my great, great grand uncle from my mother’s father’s mother’s side, and he served in the First World War. More than two-dozen young men were sent to fight for monarch and country from both my mother […]

East Sussex Suffragettes

Both before and during the First World War, the Suffragette movement campaigned for equal voting rights for women. This movement could be seen within East Sussex. Whilst the campaign for equal voting rights for women is often closely associated with the First World War, it did not begin there. The women’s suffrage movement first began […]

1916 Summer Olympics

Did you know that the sixth summer games of the modern Olympics was due to be held in Berlin in 1916? However, the ongoing fighting during the First World War eventually led to it being cancelled. On 8 June 1913, 10,000 pigeons were released into the sky above the newly built and dedicated Deutsches Stadion […]

Roll of Honour

WW1 Roll of Honour – Hastings, St Leonards & Surrounding Area

WW1 Roll of Honour (www.ww1rollofhonour.co.uk) is a photographic record of the men, and some women, from Hastings, St Leonards and the Rother area that served during World War One. The images and information about these individuals have been extracted from PDF copies of the Hastings and St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser. The initial aim of the […]

The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme

Strike a Light, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, and Fabrica has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme, in Brighton and Hove. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project […]

East Sussex First World War – 2nd Anniversary

On 4 August 2014, at the start of the First World War centenary events, the East Sussex First World War project website went live. As the project reaches its 2nd anniversary, we look back on the last year. The first year of the East Sussex First World War Project had been a huge success. Over […]

Commemorating Nelson Carter VC

On 30 June 1916, whilst rescuing wounded soldiers from No Man’s Land, Nelson Victor Carter was killed in action during the Battle of the Boar’s Head. For his bravery he was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross. On 2 July 2016, a memorial for Nelson was unveiled in Eastbourne. This is the story of how we […]

New Memorial at Brighton College: Remembering the 149

To provide a visible memorial to the 149 Old Brightonians who died during the First World War, Brighton College has commissioned a new bronze statue to stand by the north entrance of the school’s chapel. The memorial offers pupils and staff a place for quiet contemplation, and is a daily reminder of the boys and […]