Godden, William



William Godden

Rank: Private

Regiment: 11th Battalion (Southdowns), Royal Sussex Regiment

Parents: Mr & Mrs Godden

Brothers: Thomas Godden & Stanley Godden

Home Address: Ewhurst

Grandmother: Mrs W Smith

Grandmother’s Address: Highlyd’s Farm, Bodiam

Other Info: Formerly a Boy Scout in the 1st Ewhurst Troop. According to CWGC, William died on 1st October 1916. He is remembered at Caudry Old Communal Cemetery, grave reference C.13. This webpage linked below states: Born at Dyke’s Farm at Udiam in 1896 William lived at Prawles Cottages in Ewhurst where his father was foreman at Prawles Farm. Joined 1st Ewhurst (Wolf Patrol) Boy Scouts’ on June 21st 1913 aged 17 run by Lord Baden-Powell. Taken prisoner of war on September 3rd 1916 at the Battle of the Ancre on the Somme. Died in captivity 1st October 1916 and buried by the Germans in a mass grave at Caudry Old Communal Cemetery in France along with 139 others.

Read more at: http://www.bexhillobserver.net/news/the-fallen-of-the-great-war-1914-1918-1-6133294

Published: September 1915

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Martin, Luther

Luther Martin

Luther MartinLuther Martin

Rank: Sergeant

Regiment: 8th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

Parents: Mr William & Eliza Martin

Address: Ewhurst

Sister’s Address: Cleveland House, Dane Road, St Leonards

Other Info: According to CWGC, Luther died aged 30 on 20th November 1916. He is remembered at Stump Road Cemetery, Grandcourt, grave reference A24. This webpage provides the following further info: Born and bred in Ewhurst Luther was another pioneer killed in no-mans-land on the Somme battlefield. His company was tasked with digging a communications trench between Regina Trench and Desire Trench both of which were former German trenches. Killed along with 4 others by shellfire just as winter forced a halt to operations on the Somme Luther’s body lay out in no-mans-land for a number of months. He was finally recovered in the spring of 1917 and buried in Stump Road Cemetery within 100 yards of where he was found. At the time the burials were made in a former German trench and Luther shares a headstone with another fallen comrade.

Published: August 1915

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Bull, T H



T H Bull

Rank: Private

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Parents: Mr & Mrs J H Bull

Aunt: Mrs Swain

Brothers: J BullA Bull

Parents Address: Sempstead, Ewhurst

Aunt’s Address: 244 Priory Road, Halton, Hastings

Other Info: Died at Caterham of Fever. According to CWGC, he was 16 when he died and is remembered at Caterham and Warlington Burial Ground, grave reference D.29

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Published: June 1915