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The centenary of the start of World War I falls on 4th August 2014. As a tribute to the 54 men of Keymer and Clayton who gave their lives defending our country I decided to research their lives. This will become a permanent record for our own and future generations.

Those who died came from all walks of life and I have tried to research their backgrounds as far as possible.  In most cases I have been able to piece together details of the action or circumstances in which they died in order to give a snapshot of events at that time rather than give a detailed history of the war.   In each case I have given their service details, the date and place of their death and where they are buried or commemorated as recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

I have made extensive use of the internet during my research and I was also able to delve into family trees and trace some family members through family history websites.  I am grateful to those families who were willing to share information and photographs. The national censuses, taken every 10 years, are available to research between 1841 and 1911 and I was able to glean much information from them.  The local weekly newspaper The Mid Sussex Times was another rich source of material and I have quoted from it in many instances.

War memorials take many different shapes and forms and I discovered that many of our local men are also commemorated on war memorials elsewhere in other towns, villages, schools, gardens of remembrance, churches and chapels where they had a past connection.  I have included as many of these as possible.

I would like to acknowledge the help I have had from individuals, so many that it is not possible to name them all but I would particularly thank Doug Cook from the Australian Returned and Services League. He helped with research into John McDonald who emigrated to Toogoolawah, Queensland, Australia.  I would have been stuck without him.  True international cooperation.

I am an amateur historian and cannot claim any in-depth knowledge of World War I.  My research is intended to give an overall impression of the ‘life and times of the man’.  The amount of information available on war service varied greatly and was garnered from a huge variety of sources.

This research is my own and any errors are also entirely mine.  If you have further information or you feel that an error has been made please do contact me via this website.

Penny Worth, Keymer

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  1. It’s 4th August LIGHTS OUT ,don’t forget to go to the war memorials at either Clayton church ,Keymer Church or the front of the Royal British Legion (Woodsland Rd ) at 10-00 tonight to remember the fallen of The Great War .

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  2. Hi Penny,
    You have excelled yourself, all of the hard work is paying off. Keep it up and I will remain in contact just in case I get anything else to add. I have also wondered how many other names on our memorial have a history from over there.
    Doug

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  3. Arlette Piercy -this is an incredible piece of local history. Thank you so much for this it is a resource for the whole community. Have you sent the details to the local schools? They are doing a lot this year and I am sure they could make very good use of all your hard work.

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  4. This is brilliant. Many thanks for all the hard work and research that you have done. My grand father and his 3 brothers lived in Parklands Road, Hassocks with their mother and all fought in WW1. Amazingly they all survived but I’m told that their mother found it hard to face the mother’s of the lads that were killed. Looking at your information, they would have been at school and in the same regiments as several of the men killed. Reading your accounts of life, and events in various regiments has brought home to me what life was like for my grandfather and his brothers. They never talked about their experiences.
    Thank you

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    • Thanks for your kind comments. Did you know that the Imperial War Museum are collecting life stories of those who served? This relates to those who survived and not just to those who died. https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/dashboard
      It can be a bit complicated but you can record known facts as well as personal stories and family anecdotes etc. You can also upload photographs. You can also search for names of your relatives and record the fact that you are remembering them.
      What were the names of your grandfather and brothers? In my research I did come across details of other men who served, who appeared in the newspaper etc. and there may have been something relating to one of them.
      Penny

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  5. Excellent information! Would you have any objection to my pointing this resource out to readers of the Sussex Family Historian?

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    • I would be very happy for you to. It has been a struggle trying to let people know about my site. I am not very good at self-publicity! I would like it to be read as widely as possible so any help in that direction is greatly appreciated.
      Penny

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  6. Thank you Penny. My grandfather was Frederick James Taylor born 1893, his brothers were George Edward Taylor born 1886 , Ernest Charles Taylor born 1889 and Albert William Taylor born 1890. The brothers were all born in Keymer/Clayton/Hassocks and my grandfather was born in 57 Bonchurch Road(Parklands Road) where they were still living in the 1901 census and by 1911 they were living at 20 Parklands Road. (It may be the same house as I don’t know if the houses were renumbered when the name of the road was changed).

    On the subject of publicity, have you considered writing something for the “Hassocks and Keymer Talk About” or even just telling the editors about your site so that they can mention it. I don’t know if you live locally but this magazine is widely read, and I’m sure that a lot of locals would love to see what you have produced.

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  7. Hi Pauline,
    I have an extract from the Mid Sussex Times of 1st May 1917.
    “Military Medal Awarded:- Private Bert Taylor, of Hassocks, serving in France, writes to his mother, Mrs Taylor, of Parklands Road, that he has been awarded the Military Medal and that he had had the honour of receiving the ribbon from the Divisional General. Private Taylor has three brothers serving in the forces. Before joining up he was in the employ of Mr Bates, of Hassocks Farm, and was a well-known member of the Hassocks Football Club, better known as ‘The Robins’. He also took a keen interest in the organisation of the Carnival, and was for a considerable time a member of the Fire Brigade.”
    Did you know he won the MM?
    Interestingly, one of my men, Alfred Standing, also lived in Parklands Road, had been employed by Mr Bates of Hassocks Farm and was a messenger for the Fire Brigade. Without a doubt they would have known each other well!

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    • Thank you very much for that information. I did know that he had won the Military Medal but I don’t know what for. I knew about the football and the Fire Brigade but was not aware that he had worked for Mr Bates at Hassocks Farm, or that there had been anything about him in the Mid Sussex Times.

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  8. Hi Penny
    I think the work you have done on this is fantastic – as it brings the names in the memorial gardens at Adastra to life. I was also intrigued to see how the memorial garden used to look, compared to it’s slightly weather worn state now.
    I am a local stone carver and would be really interested in exploring the possibilities of refurbishing/improving the gardens. Any thoughts you have about who to approach would be appreciated.
    Will Spankie

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  9. What great work you have done , I found it very interesting, I grew up in hassocks as did my father , I will past on the site details he would know some of the family names .

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  10. G’day Penny ,
    I’m very much in the same vain as all the other comment !
    Great research , presentation & places to visit when I some day make it to your part of the world . Thank you.

    Cheers Paul ” Butch ” Pettet

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  11. Hello
    Thank you for putting together such a great website.

    Some years ago I was in the Friars Oak pub and saw the picture of soldiers marching past. I was keen to get a copy of this amazing photo for framing at home. I was offered the facility to borrow it for copying. I went to the pub a few weeks later and sadly they had given the photo away! I Googled this image tonight and found it on your website.

    Would you mind me contacting the person who sent this image to you? I have downloaded a copy from your site but it will be relatively low resolution and maybe quite grainy when it’s blow up. Ideally I would like to get a professional scan of a higher resolution version.

    Thank you very much

    Mark Shenton
    Oldlands Mill House
    Keymer
    BN6 8ND

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