One of the World War 1 graves in the Snatts Road Cemetery, Uckfield.

New website chronicles WW1 role of East Sussex

A NEW website has been launched chronicling the role played by East Sussex during World War 1.

The site was launched by East Sussex County Council to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the conflict.WorldWar1_logo_web

It includes stories, photographs and wartime ephemera showing how the war touched the lives of people in the county, as well as details of events being held to mark the anniversary.

Members of the public, schools and history groups are encouraged to submit their own stories and memories and post details of events being held.

Uckfield is currently missing from a map identifying points of interest but we have written on UckfieldNews.com previously about there being a number of War Graves, dating from World War 1, in the Snatts Road cemetery.

One of the graves is pictured at the top of this page and inscriptions on two others can be seen here:

Grave inscription

Grave inscription 2

The town’s war memorial is within the grounds of Holy Cross Church, next to Church Street and within the church is a brass war memorial plaque with more than 90 names of the Fallen from World War 1 who were ‘connected with the parish’.

There is a separate memorial for more than 30 old boys of the former Uckfield Grammar School. This plaque was removed from the school when it closed in July 1930 and placed in the church.

Chris Comber has published online the Uckfield World War 1 and World War 2 Rolls of Honour.

Read too about World War 1 commemoration events in Uckfield.

Cllr Keith Glazier, leader of East Sussex County Council, said the boundary between the home front and war front was blurred in East Sussex more than anywhere else in Britain because of its location and activities during the war.

Cllr Glazier said: “The sound of the guns from France could regularly be heard from the Sussex coast and soldiers from around the world were stationed here, while East Sussex ports were used to ship out equipment and to accommodate wounded soldiers returning from the front.

“This website will act as a permanent legacy to ensure future generations will remember the vital role played by East Sussex and the tremendous sacrifices people here made for their country.”

Stories currently featured on the website include tales of:

  • The defences put in place to protect Sussex from invasion or Zeppelin attack
  • How Eastbourne provided a safe haven for Belgians fleeing the fighting in their country
  • The seaplane station at Newhaven which protected British transport ships from submarine attack
  • How the hills near Seaford sheltered a gas chamber to train troops to survive this new, deadly weapon
  • The women of Summerdown Camp who pioneered massage as a means of treating wounded soldiers
  • The German U-Boat which washed up on Hastings beach in April 1919
  • How images of the South Downs were incorporated into national wartime recruitment posters

The website, which includes details of World War One events across East Sussex, can be found at www.eastsussexww1.org.uk

See also:

World War 1 commemoration events in Uckfield

World War 2: Uckfield in the front line

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