World War 1 soldiers and a tank at Palehouse Common on Sunday. Picture: Gareth Stephens

World War 1 soldiers spotted at Palehouse Common

Update on Friday, January 15: More information has been revealed about World War 1 filming taking place in the Palehouse Common area near Uckfield at the weekend.

James Ascroft of Crockstead Farm Hotel said about an acre of their fields closest to Palehouse Common were excavated over the period of a week to creat a No Man’s Land and trenches.

About 15 actors, in traditional World War 1 uniform, and a replica MK1 tank were on the land recreating a battle scene for a short film based around the theme of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Mr Ascroft said the crew were filming centrally on the land through Saturday and into the evening and on Sunday they occupied a field on the Pump Lane crossroad at Palehouse Common.

He added: “On Sunday there were two 10-20 second controlled pyrotechnic displays alongside the actors and tank to recreate a realistic push over the top.

“I’m told that, despite adverse weather conditions, all the footage that was required was gathered and the water-logged land even added to the authenticity of their set.”

We hope to add to this story when we know how the film will be used.

Our original story on Wednesday, January 13: World War 1 soldiers were spotted with a tank at Palehouse Common, near Uckfield, on Sunday.

Cyclist Gareth Stephens stopped to take pictures near the Pump Lane crossroads. He said explosions were going off and there was lots of smoke.

Gareth, whose pictures can be seen here, said he was told a short film was being made but he didn’t know more than that.

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Coincidentally we have heard from another cyclist, Rob Pelham, who also saw the activity.

Rob said: “I noticed what appeared to be an old Mk 1 tank in a field over by Palehouse Common. There were diggers and tents in the field too. It looked like a bit of an archaeological dig site.”


World War 1 scene at Palehouse Common on Sunday. Picture: Gareth Stephens.

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