Lewes History Group Meeting – Monday 11 May 2015, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Geoff Bridger: World War I: Lost Sons of Lewes

Geoff Bridger’s illustrated talk will take place just a few days after the centenary of the Battle of Aubers Ridge on the Western Front, in which the 2nd and 5th Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment played their part.

The 2nd Battalion, one of the Regiment’s two regular battalions, had already seen much action. However, this was the first major attack in which the 5th Battalion was involved. It was part of the territorial force, with its C company in part Lewes-based, and had arrived in France less than three months previously. Both units suffered heavy casualties in the attack, and most of the names of those who died appear on local war memorials.

Geoff will explain the context to the battle, its planning and execution, and the casualties sustained. He will focus on the roles played in the attack by the two Royal Sussex battalions. Finally he will talk about four selected casualties from Lewes, and we will learn about their civilian and family backgrounds.

The image below shows Le Touret Memorial, France upon which are commemorated 13394 British soldiers men who were killed fighting in the local area and who have no known grave. Some 443 men from the Royal Sussex Regiment are named on its panels.

Le Touret Memorial, France. Photo supplied by Geoff Bridger

All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.

There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)

See the Meetings page for a list of  forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.