NOW INCLUDES WORLD WAR II
(Introduction and alphabetical list below WWI, plus search facility)
“Live Ye for England, We for England Died”
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