December 1914 was a Christmas like no other. The newspaper columns were full of
war news both at home and from the Front.
DEATH AT THE FRONT – It is with much regret that we announce the deaths at the Front of two
Crawley men in
the persons of Corpl. Edgar Gorringe who lived in Ifield Road, and Prvt. Edward Gregory
Sangster, whose parents, formerly of Crawley
now live at Povey Cross. Both belonged to the Royal Sussex Regiment, and were
killed in action, the former being thirty years of age and the latter nineteen.
The sympathy of many friends will be extended to the bereaved relatives, who
are widely known and greatly respected in this district. Corpl. Gorringe was
killed on October 31st and Prvt. Sangster fell on the 6th
of November but the news was not officially communicated to the parents until
this week. Fortunately both were single men.
PRVT. W. WRIGHT, of the County London Rifles, son of Mrs Wright, of
Crawley, has been wounded at the Front, though
happily not dangerously. – Prvt. Hibberd, who returned to Crawley
wounded a short time since, is mending splendidly; but Prvt. Allen, of Ifield,
is, we regret to hear, in a serious condition.
there was a - DANCE AND SOCIAL held at the Railway Hotel last week that
resulted in upwards of £5 being sent to the fund to form a Christmas present
for the King of Belgium. There was also a RECRUITING MEETING held at the George
Hotel Hall on Saturday December 12th, when an appeal was made for
recruits for the Southdown Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment, but there
was an extremely disappointing response, only two young fellows giving in their
names at the meeting, one of whom subsequently failed the medical examination.
The Chairman of the meeting Mr Lehmann expressed its sorrow with the relatives
of Corpl. Franks, Corpl. Gorringe, and Prvt. Sangster, who had laid down their
lives in that sacred and noblest of all causes – the defence of their country;
and he assured the relatives that they had the profound sympathy of the whole
The German song of hate, from which the Chairman quoted, showed how this war had been carefully planned and eagerly awaited by our enemies.
objective had been this country, and if she could she would inflict upon England the fate which had befallen .
He therefore appealed again to the young men to join the Colours in defence of
our country, impressing upon them the words of Nelson’s glorious message. Belgium