Muscat, Rudolph

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Rudolph Muscat

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: Army Service Corps / Lancashire Fusiliers

Father: Otto Muscat

Brother: Paul Emil Muscat

Address: Hastings

Other Info: Formerly of Hastings Pier Orchestra. Killed in action.

Rudolph was born 1888 the eldest son of Otto Muscat and Elsa Bitsch. He married Ethel Clifford in Farnham, Hampshire in 1912 and joined the army in August 1914. He served first in the Royal Army Service Corps and later transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers. In 1915 Ethel had given birth to a son, Clifford Rudolph, but sadly the child died within month. Rudolph was killed on 22nd October 1917.

Rudolph Muscat, Lance Corporal 46543. Lancashire Fusiliers 20th Battalion. Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various action on the Western Front including in 1916: The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, The fighting for Arrow Head Copse, Maltz Horn Farm and Falfemont Farm. In 1917: The pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the fighting in Houthulst Forest and the Second Battle of Passchendaele.

Rudolph was killed in action on 22nd October 1917, during the fighting in France and Flanders, Western Europe. His body was buried on the battlefield and marked with a small wooden cross. In 1920 his burial place was found and his body was transferred to the official War Grave site in the Cement House War Graves Cemetery at Langemark – Poelkapelle. Belgium.

Rudolph was posthumously awarded the British War Medal, the British Star and the Victory Medal [These medals have not survived in the family, but may have been given to his widow].

According to CWGC, Rudolph is buried in Cement House Cemetery, Langemark, grave reference XIII.D.45.

With thanks to Jo Coulson for this information

Published: January 1915 & January 1918

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Brignall, Ernest

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Ernest Brignall

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment: 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade

Parents: Mr Stephen Burgess Brignall & Mrs Harriet Brignall

Brother: Charles Brignall

Address: 24 St Mary’s Road, Hastings

Other Info: At the Front in October 1914, Killed in action in December 1914.

According to CWGC, Ernest was born in Brookland, Kent and died aged 29 on 19th December 1914. He is buried at the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, grave reference: IX.B.49.

Published: October 1914 & January 1915

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Bumstead, Egbert A

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Rank: Sapper / Second Corporal

Regiment: 55th Company, Royal Engineers

Parent(s): Mr & Mrs Bumstead

Address: Gate Lodge, Barley Lane, Hastings

Other Info: Second Corporal Egbert A Bumstead, R.E., who has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in France. He enlisted in 1913 and went to South Africa. From there he was recalled in 1914, and went straight to France, where he has served ever since continuously in the fighting area. He is a native of Hastings, educated at the Clive Vale School and served an apprenticeship with the Hastings Gas Company.

Published: January 1915 & August 1917

Other Info: At the Front

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Stevenson, Sidney G

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Rank: Driver

Regiment: 2nd Home Counties Field Company, Royal Engineers

Photo sent in by: Mrs Castle

Address: 5 Salisbury Road, St Leonards

Sister: Mrs Adams

Brother-in-Law: Charles Richard Adams

Nephew: Teddy Adams

Sister’s Address: 126 All Saints Street, Hastings

Published: January 1915, July 1915 & July 1916

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Oakley, George F

Oakley, GeorgeGeorge F Oakley

Rank: Company Quarter Master Sergeant / Company Sergeant Major

Regiment: 3rd / 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

Parent: Mr Henry & Mrs Amelia Oakley

Wife: Louisa Oakley

Parent’s Address: Waterworks Road, Hastings

Address: 4 Hawthorne Cottages, Eaton Ford, St Neots

Other Info: According to CWGC, George died aged 38 on 24th September 1918. He is remembered at Bellicourt British Cemetery, grave reference III.H.10

Published: January 1915

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