Cuckfield Remembered

Cuckfield Remembered

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The Cross of Sacrifice War Memorial stands in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield, West Sussex. Around the octagonal base are inscribed the names of the soldiers from the town who died while serving in the Great War of 1914 - 1918. Until now very little has been known about each man.

Using her knowledge of researching family and social history, the author has built up a history of each man, his family, where he lived and went to school, where he worked and what social life he enjoyed before enlisting into the Army. To this she has added the Army Regiment each man joined, where he enlisted, his rank and Service Number. Letters the men sent home from the war to their families describing the conditions they had to endure and the injuries suffered are included, as well as copies of the letters sent to loved ones upon the death of their son or father describing the bravery shown, promotions and awards given.

References to the position of each grave or memorial at home or abroad will help those who may wish to visit the site.

But this book is not just about the men who died, although their histories form the central part of it. It describes life in Cuckfield during the war, the valuable part the women played in the war effort, the hospital set up in the Queen’s Hall and the many Memorial Services held in the Churches.

There was great rejoicing when the men returned home, and the guest lists of all those who attended the welcome home dinners, the speeches and entertainment will enable everyone to check if they had any relatives or friends living in Cuckfield or the surrounding area at that time. Many of those welcomed home had been very badly wounded and they too have not been forgotten in this book.

This book will be of special interest to those who now live in Cuckfield and the surrounding areas, or whose ancestors once lived in Sussex. It will also be of interest to anyone desiring to know more about what life was like in a village in those very difficult war years. It is hoped that the sources of reference given will help and encourage those who may like to carry out similar research in a place of particular interest to them.

ISBN 978-0-9558911-0-6
Copyright Shirley Bond