The memorial at Charlton established by the Sussex Yeomanry Association in memory of The Fallen in World War 1 and World War 2.

Uckfield World War 1 soldier remembered by Yeomanry association

It has been revealed that the World War 1 soldier, whose medals have been brought home to Uckfield, is one of those remembered at services held each year by the Sussex Yeomanry Association.

Vice-chairman of the association, David Collett, from Ridgewood, spotted an Uckfield News story about Pt Albert Corden’s medals being bought by townspeople and confirmed information published about the soldier.

yeomanry-plaques

The name Pt Albert Corden is included on one of these plaques which make up a Roll of Honour of The Fallen from Sussex Yeomanry.

Mr Collett – who served with the Yeomanry in the 60s and 70s before retiring in the 80s – also added to the story outlining where Pt Corden was likely to have served and tracing the name changes of the battalion he was in at the time of his death, the 16th (Sussex Yeomanry) Batallion Royal Sussex Regiment.

Pt Corden was 26 when he died in hospital in Brighton, possibly of war wounds, on December 16, 1918, a month after the armistice was signed bringing the war to an end.

Mr Collett said it was likely that Pt Corden enlisted in the 1st/1st Sussex Yeomanry at the beginning of World War 1 and may have seen service in Gallipoli and Egypt.

He said the 1st/1st Sussex yeomanry was retitled as the 16th (Sussex yeomanry) Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment who saw service in Palestine and Flanders.

Mr Collett said: “Following the ending of WW1 hostilities the British Army were re-organised and by 1939 the Sussex Yeomanry were re-formed as the 98th Field Regiment (Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry QMR) RA TA.

“In the period between the wars the Sussex Yeomanry Association was formed, in 1925, and is still flourishing today. They recently held their 90th anniversary dinner.”

He added: “The association also established a memorial at Charlton in West Sussex to the memory of The Fallen in WW1 and WW2. On Remembrance Sunday a short service is held there and a second service is held in May each year.

“The names of The Fallen are recorded in a Roll of Honour that includes Pt Corden. Although the Roll is not in a book the names are displayed on plaques planted in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

“A service is held there each year on the Thursday before Remembrance Sunday. A fellow Yeoman attends the service on behalf of the association.”

Mr Collett said the Sussex Yeomanry has ceased to exist as a fighting unit but the title is carried on with the 579 Field Squadron EOD RE TA

The Association supports a museum of the ‘Sussex and Surrey Yeomanry’ that is at Newhaven Fort and is open to the public between March and October.

Read more about Pt Corden and his World War 1 medals which are to be displayed in Uckfield here: Uckfield soldier’s World War 1 medals are bought for the town.

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