LUKE MARINER was born in Slinfold in 1894, the son of Thomas and Hannah Mariner and brother of Ernest (born West Grinstead 1890), Annie (born West Grinstead 1892), Hori (born Rudgwick 1896), and Albert Edward (born Rudgwick 1901). In 1901 the family were living at Lock Farm, Rudgwick, and in 1911 the family were living in Tismans Common, Rudgwick. In 1914 Luke married Annie Eliza Holman. The couple lived in Warhams Farm, Rudgwick, Sussex. (Warhams Farm was the residence of the Howick family in 1891 & 1901, whose son Pte Frederick Howick was killed in the Battle of Cambrai). Luke serves as Private 171068 in the 57th Company, Machine Gun Corps. This unit had formed in Grantham at the Machine Gun Corps Depot, and moved to France, disembarking at Le Havre on 9th February 1916 and joining 19th (Western) Infantry Division on 14th February 1916. During 1916 19th Division participated in the Battle of the Somme and in 1917 the division was in action at the Battle of Messines Ridge and the Third Battle of Ypres.
Until the early months of 1918 each division had four machine gun companies, one attached to each infantry brigade. 57th Company was attached to the 57th Brigade. These companies were amalgamated to create one Machine Gun Battalion, named after the division to which it belonged. Hence 57th Company became an element of 19th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps on 14th February 1918. It appears that Luke's personal service record was destroyed during the Second World War, however his Medal Record Card indicates that he was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Luke was wounded in action during the final days of the war, and evacuated to a Base Hospital in Boulogne or Wimereux on the French coast. Here, seven days after the Armistice, Luke succumbed to his wounds, and was laid to rest in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille. Several of Luke's brothers also served in the First World War. Ernest served as Private 152751 in the Machine Gun Corps, Hori served as Private GS/ 51347 in C Coy, 17th Bn Royal Fusiliers, and Thomas served as a seaman at HMS 'Attentive II', which was Dover Naval Base. (source, Absent Voters List 1918) Sources: Census Returns The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Soldier's Medal Record Card Free BDM The Long Long Trail (website)