A LOCAL SOLDIER KILLED. - We regret to announce the death of Private W. G. Wright, of the
, who was
wounded sometime since during action. The sad news has just been officially
conveyed to his mother; and for her the utmost sympathy will be felt in the
loss of her only son. Private Wright was an old Blue Coat Boy, but his home was
of London Rifles Waverley, Crawley.
Wright was 25.
CRAWLEY MAN WOUNDED. –
Bomb. George Miller, 58th battery RFA, has been unfortunate enough
to sustain a very severe wound. On 7th December Bomb. Miller was in
a house which came under shell fire, with the result that a piece of shell
stripped the tips of his fingers, and, travelling upwards, ripped open his arm
and finally lodged in the muscle. The wounded man is hoping to shortly arrive
in . England
DEATH AT THE FRONT. – News has reached
last Saturday – a month after if happened of the death of Private. R. Hilder,
of 2nd Royal Sussex, who was killed in action. The deceased soldier
formerly lived at Crawley, and with the
relatives, who still reside in Malt
House Road, much sympathy will be felt in their
Then on 16th February 1915 Private Frederick Hedger also of 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex was killed in action near Cuinchy at the age of 25. It was reported in the local newspapers that – News has come to hand, though not officially, of the death in action of Mr Hedger, of Albany Road, Crawley, a reservist, who was called up at the commencement of the war. The deceased was a baker in the employ of Messrs. Newport, and he leaves a widow and two children. A soldier friend has communicated the sad news, he having attended Private Hedger’s funeral in
The soldier friend mentioned above may have attended Frederick Hedgers funeral but his grave must have been lost in the subsequent fighting as his name appears on a panel of the Letouret Memorial. By one of those very strange coincidences his name appears on the same panel, two names above that of Roland Hilder.
Two brave Crawley men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their home and their country, who must have known each other in
Crawley as well as serving in the same battalion their
graves lost for all time have the small crumb of comfort that their names are
together on the same panel of the Letouret Memorial.