Harding, Eric John

Eric John Harding

Eric John Harding

Eric John Harding

Rank: Company Sergeant Major

Regiment: 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

Parents: Mr & Mrs N A Harding

Address: 21 Linton Road, Hastings

Other Info: …He was killed on 19th July 1916 aged 22 years. He joined the staff of the (Westminster) Bank at St Leonards in 1911 and was held in high esteem by his colleagues. He will also be remembered as a member of the Hastings and St Leonards Amateur Football Club and the Hastings and St Leonards Tennis Club. He enlisted in August 1915, as a Private in the 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Bankers) and obtained rapid promotion.

According to CWGC, Eric is remembered at Berks Cemetery Extension, grave reference I.F.6.

Published: August 1916

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Wood, Bert

Bert Wood

Bert WoodBert Wood

Rank: Private

Regiment: 12th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

Sent by: Miss Allen

Miss Allen’s address: 7 Emmanuel Road, Hastings

Other Info: Killed in action on 3rd* June 1916. According to CWGC, Bert is remembered at Berks Cemetery Extension, grave reference II.C.57.

*The 3rd is the date on CWGC rather than the 4th stated in the paper article.

Published: June 1916

Lancaster, John H

Lancaster

John H Lancaster

Rank: Private

Regiment: 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

Parents: Mr William George & Mrs Lucy Lancaster

Parent’s Address: 19 Falcon Terrace, Battersea, London

Brother: William G Lancaster

Aunt: Mrs Sergeant, 9 South Street, St Leonards

Other Info: Born in Hastings. Killed in Action on 10th May 1916. According to CWGC, John is remembered at Berks Cemetery Extension, grave reference II.C.28. Additional name information from the Lives of the First World War website.

Published: June 1916

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Crowther, George Nelson

George Nelson Crowther

George Nelson CrowtherGeorge Nelson Crowther

George Nelson Crowther

Rank: Private

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force

Parents: Mr T W B & Mrs M M Crowther

Parent’s Address: 22 Earls Court Square, London

Other Info: The text reads: “… who was killed in action in France at Ploeg Steert on 1st February 1916 was the second son of T W B Crowther of Narangala, Ceylon. He was born in Ceylon in 1889 and came home for his education in ? to St Leonards where he was brought up under the shadow of Christ Church being in the church for several years. In 1908 he went out to Canada to farm and there took up a quarter section of Government land, built his own house and hoped to be married in 1914, but when the War broke out he felt it his duty to join the forces and came over with the 3rd Canadian Contingent in September 1915. He was sent to the Front early in 1916 and was killed after only a fortnight in the trenches.

He came from good old fighting stock, being descended on his father’s side from Mrs Matcham, the sister of Lord Horatio Nelson and on his mother’s side from General Lord Harris, the victor of Seringapatham, as well as being the great grandson of the Right Hon. Stephen Rumbold Lushington, M.P., and Governor of Madras and Mr James B. Wildman of Chilham Castle, Kent.

According to CWGC, George is remembered at Berks Cemetery Extension, grave reference II.C.35.

George’s enlistment papers can be viewed for free here.

Published: March 1916

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