In November 1914 local casualties began returning home. Pte. Gravely of
is reported at home with a poisoned foot after an encounter with barbed wire
entanglements and was expected to return to his regiment the following week.
LOCAL WAR ITEMS:
The parents of Corpl. Ralph Charman, of the 1st Lifeguards, who live at Spencer’s Road, Crawley, have received intimation that he is a prisoner o war in
Fortunately, he is quite well. Germany
Pte. Ben Eggleton, 2nd
whose home is a Crawley, was wounded at the Battle
of the Aisne, getting shot through the
forefinger of the right hand. The bone was shattered, and the digit has had to
be amputated, the operation being performed by Mr F. Wood in the Crawley
Cottage Hospital. He is, happily, going on alright.
Pte. Parker, of Ifield, was badly wounded in the arm last week, and is now in
Pte. Pullinger, previously wounded, is now, we are glad to say, well on the way to recovery.
Meanwhile the Civil Guard for Crawley and Ifield, formed from the Crawley Rifle Club, was being re-branded as part of the West Sussex Civil Guard and had set up their headquarters at the Picture Hall at
Appeals were made for suitable recruits aged 16-60, unless eligible for the
army. East Park
Ted Cook was promoted from Sergeant to Colour Sergeant on 28th November and his service record shows that he was now serving with the 2/4th Royal Sussex Regiment.
Elsewhere new is reported of –
DEATH AT THE FRONT.- This week the war has cast a deep shadow on Mrs Masson and her many friends in
by the death in action, of Lieut. Col. Kelly, to whom Mrs Masson was engaged,
and would, had not fate interposed, have been married on the very day upon
which the sad news of his death reached her.
Lieutenant Colonel George Henry Fitzmaurice Kelly was 44 and was commanding the 34th Sikh Pioneers when he was killed. He was buried in
. Beuvry Communal Cemetery