John Lusby Dash
Regiment: 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
Parents: Mr Edward Lusby & Mrs Jane Livinia Dash
Wife: Snowdrop Dash
Nephew/Son: Edward Ernest Dash
Home Address: 39 Salisbury Road, St Leonards
Other Info: Killed in Action. According to CWGC, John died aged 29 on 14th November 1916. He is remembered at Martinpuich British Cemetery, grave reference E.16.
An article in the Hastings & St Leonards Observer dated 25th November 2016 reads: “It is with regret that we announce the death of Sergeant John Lusby Dash, or Lorne House, Western Road, St Leonards, and one of the eight sons, now serving their country, of Mr. and Mrs. Dash, of 3 Western Road.
He enlisted three days after the outbreak of war, and has been at the Front for nearly two years. Previous to the war Mr. Dash was employed by Skinners, or St Leonards, and was well known and much respected in the town.
The young man was only 29 years of age, and leaves a widow and two children. Mrs. Dash has received a letter from Sergeant Dash’s officer, in which it says: ‘It is with the utmost regret that I have to inform you of the death of Sergeant J. L. Dash, who was killed by the explosion of a shell. He was killed instantly, so you may have the comfort of knowing that he suffered no pain. I cannot say of grieved I am to have to write this news to you, as your husband was one of my most valued N.C.O.’s and a friend for whom I had the greatest affection. I can only trust that your grief will be softened by the knowledge that he had died a man’s death for his country and to save his relations from the horrors of war of which we out here have seen so much.’
Deep sympathy will be extended to the widow and family in their sad loss.”
Published: July 1915 & November 1916
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