Jim Hastings Posted 4 November , 2013 Share Posted 4 November , 2013 Remembering today the thirteen men of 2nd Bn the Royal Sussex Regiment who gave their lives in the crossing of the Sambre Canal this day 95 years ago, just one week from the Armistice: SD/438 Pte George Langley, a former farm labourer from Rotherfield who had been one of the first to join Lowther’s Southdowns Pals (B Coy, 11th Royal Sussex) in September 1914 and had been wounded in the head and arm as part of the carrying parties at the Battle of Boar’s Head on 30th June 1916. On recovery he joined 2nd Bn on 13th October 1916, to be wounded in the head again, by shellfire, at Ypres on 14th November 1917. He recovered at Etaples and returned to 2nd Sussex in Jan 1918, only to fall foul of RSM Rainsford on Guard mount!! G/20076 L/Sjt. William Shufflebottom, a 32 year old former actor/singer from Bootle who had been in an entertainment act with his brother Fred in Manchester. William had been promoted from L/Cpl to Acting Corporal only on 21st September 1918, so his promotion up to L/Sjt by early November had been swift, and itself is indicative of the casualties suffered by 2nd Sussex during this September (24th particularly) and October 1918. L/11534 Pte. William Smith MM (awarded Oct 1918; LG 14th May 1919) from Glasgow who had enlisted as a Regular with 2nd Sussex in, it is estimated, late 1916, having previously served with the Secunderabad Cavalry Field Ambulance (2nd Indian Cavalry Div)as an ASC Driver, with whom he went to France on 4th November 1914. G/11965. Pte. George Victor Watling, from Kings Lynn and, formerly, in the millinery trade. He had enlisted in May 1916 and had just turned 21 prior to his death. SD/2815 Pte. Jesse Weaver, another original member of Lowther’s Lambs (13th Royal Sussex) posted subsequently to 2nd Sussex. Jesse was born in Plumpton but lived and enlisted in Eastbourne, where he worked as a carman. Died of Wounds received during this action, aged 36. G/11989 Pte. Ernest Weller, a former groom/servant at Stanhill, Charlwood from Dorking and aged 42 at time Killed in Action. Enlisted in May 1916. G/34598 Pte. Norman Wrist, a 31 year old confectioner from Clapham 2nd Lt Ernest Stanley Loader, aged 26, formerly 1489 Acting Corporal Loader of the Royal Horse Guards who had landed in France on 4th March 1917 and was gazetted to the Royal Sussex as a 2nd /Lt on 26th July 1918. A former clerk from Brixton Hill. G/23114 Ernest Humphreys, aged 20, from Hemel Hempstead, who enlisted in Watford G/34600 James Thomas Holmes, born in Stepney and enlisted at Mill Hill, possibly the James Thomas Holmes born in 1885 in Mile End Old Town and a former bed-maker in Hackney TF/202337 Pte Edwin Folds, only just aged 20, from Breachwood Green in Hertfordshire. Interestingly Edwin has a 4th (TF) Battalion army number. The 1/4th had come back from the Middle East in May 1918 and joined 34th Div in the June, so Edwin may have come from them after wounding or from 4th (Reserve) Bn in Tunbridge Wells in a draft. Why was he not renumbered on posting to 2nd Sussex? One for further research ... G/34523 Pte. Allan Ernest Bird, who Died of Wounds this day in 1918, just turned 20 in the October, originally from Walton in Somerset his father Robert moved the family to farm in the Ilford area of Essex. Allan enlisted in Whitehall L/8247 Cpl Arthur Henry Gausden, an Old Contemptible, a very interesting man who will be the subject of one of my next posts on this thread ... Alongside these 13, the Bn War Diary records that 7 officer and 86 Other Ranks were wounded in this crossing of the Sambre Canal All Remembered this day JH Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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