Hastings and St Leonards Roll of Honour
This website contains a photo gallery of the men and 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.
My name is Kieron Pelling and I was approached to do some photographic work by East Sussex Council for their World War 1 Commemoration website. They shared with me the electronic copies of the Hastings and St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser so that I could find suitable photographs for the ‘Then and Now’ images I have been producing for them. These can be viewed on my other website Compelling Photography.
About this website
The Pictorial Advertiser was a bi weekly publication. I have been provided with copies starting from August 1914 to December 1917 so far. From the September 1914 editions, families of the men who volunteered to serve started sending photographs to the Advertiser. The paper published them, and soon this was a popular way for families to demonstrate how and where their sons, brothers and husbands were serving.
The information provided is brief – a simple name, rank, regiment and detail about who sent the photo in. Some descriptive words are used such as ‘At the Front’ or ‘On Active Service’. As the weeks pass and the war develops, new words are added to some of the descriptions; captured, wounded, missing, killed.
The photographs are often grainy and information scant and yet they are an important record of the people from the Hastings area that did their part in the war.
The copies of the paper are freely available from the East Sussex County Library Service. They have been scanned and you can search the archives, but the search function is limited.
This site enables visitors to search for people by name or any other search word related to their details. The search results will show an image of the individual, and by clicking through to the page, you’ll find further information about their service and, where known, relatives.
I hope that by doing this work you will be able to find out more about a relative and maybe even see what they looked like for the first time.