RUDGWICK REMEMBERS
A SUSSEX VILLAGE'S TRIBUTE TO ITS FALLEN OF TWO WORLD WARS
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JUNE 1914


28th

Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.

AUGUST 1914


4th
22nd
23rd

Great Britain declares war on Germany.
British Expeditionary Force completes its arrival in France.
Battle of Mons (Belgium).

SEPTEMBER 1914


5th
12th
18th

Battle of the Marne (France).
Battle of the Aisne (France).
Pte Ernest Henry Kenward  
(2/Royal Sussex Regiment) Died of Wounds received at the Battle of the Aisne, France.

OCTOBER 1914


19th
31st

First Battle of Ypres (Belgium) commences.
Pte John McGreggor Smith, (1/Queens RWSR) Killed in Action near Gheluveld, Ypres.

NOVEMBER 1914


5th

22nd

Lt Edward Teshmaker Busk (RE) Killed in an aircraft fire whilst conducting an experimental flight from Farnborough.
First Battle of Ypres (Belgium) closes.

DECEMBER 1914




JANUARY 1915




FEBRUARY 1915




MARCH 1915


10th
13th

Battle of Neuve Chapelle (France) commences.
Battle of Neuve Chapelle (France) closes.

APRIL 1915


22nd

Second Battle of Ypres (Belgium) commences.
Germans use poisonous gas offensively for the first time.

MAY 1915


15th
25th

Battle of Festubert (France) commences.
Battle of Festubert (France) closes.

JUNE 1915


2nd

Captain William Gerald Forester Renton (1/King’s Dragoon Guards) Killed in Action at Hooge Chateau, near Ypres (France)

JULY 1915




AUGUST 1915


05th

Gallipoli Campaign commences (Turkey).

SEPTEMBER 1915


25th





28th

Battle of Loos commences (France).
British use poisonous gas offensively for the first time.
Second Lt William Ireland
 (2/Royal Sussex Regiment) Killed in Action in the Battle of Loos.

Pte Jack Albert Moore (1/Queen’s RWSR) Killed in Action near Givenchy, Battle of Loos.
Pte Edwin Waller (2/Royal Sussex Regiment) Died of wounds received in the Battle of Loos.

OCTOBER 1915


15th

Battle of Loos closes (France).

NOVEMBER 1915




DECEMBER 1915


28th

Allied forces evacuate the Gallipoli peninsula.

JANUARY 1916


6th

Flt Cmdr Hans Ackworth Busk (RNAS) Killed in Action over the Gallipoli peninsula.

FEBRUARY 1916


2nd

21st

Conscription begins in Great Britain. Applied to single men between 18 and 41 years of age.

Battle of Verdun  commences (France).

MARCH 1916


17th

Pte Maurice Edward Napper (7/Royal Sussex Regiment) Killed in Action at Hairpin Craters, near Cite St Elie, Loos (France)

APRIL 1916


24th

Pte George James Birchmore (9/Royal Sussex Regiment) Died of Wounds at Wulveringhem, near Ypres.

MAY 1916


3rd
31st

Conscription in Great Britain extended to married men.
Battle of Jutland (North Sea).
Stoker 1st Class Jacob Ireland (HMS ‘Queen Mary’) Killed in Action.
Signalman John Russell Townsend (HMS ‘Black Prince’) Killed in Action.

JUNE 1916


1st

26th

30th

Pte John Ezra Bryant Beacher (13/Royal Sussex Regiment) Killed in Action near Richebourg L’Avoue, France.
Gnr Clement Henry Cooper, (52 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery) Killed in Action near Maricourt, Somme, France.
Pte Leonard Heasman,  (13/Royal Sussex Regiment) Killed in Action near Richebourg L’Avoue, France.

JULY 1916


1st

Battle of the Somme (France) commences.

AUGUST 1916




SEPTEMBER 1916


15th

First use of tanks by the British.

OCTOBER 1916


7th

Pte Walter John Waller (9/Royal Fusiliers) Killed in Action near Gueudecourt, Somme.

NOVEMBER 1916


18th

Battle of the Somme closes (France).

DECEMBER 1916


7th

Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister.

JANUARY 1917


14th

Pte John Bulbeck (John Knight)(13/Royal Sussex Regiment) Killed in Action at Boesinghe, Ypres.

FEBRUARY 1917


28th

Lawrence Bulbeck (Lawrence Knight) Munitions Worker, accidentally killed at Puriton, Somerset.

MARCH 1917


21st

Rfm Mark Waller (9/Rifle Brigade) Killed in Action, near Tilloy, Arras.

APRIL 1917


6th
9th

12th

23rd

28th

United States of America enters the war.
Battle of Arras commences (France).
Pte Charles Ernest Rance
(10/Royal Fusiliers) Killed by shellfire in Arras.
Pte Charles Peryer
(11/Middlesex Regiment) Killed by shellfire near Monchy-le-Preux, during the Battle of Arras.
Pte George Henry Heasman (16/Middlesex Regiment) Died of Wounds near Etrun, during the Battle of Arras.
Cpl James Grinsted (1/Honourable Artillery Company) Killed in Action near Gavrelle, during the Battle of Arras.

MAY 1917




JUNE 1917


7th
25th

Battle of Messines Ridge commences (Belgium).
First American troops arrive in France.

JULY 1917


31st

Third Battle of Ypres commences (Belgium).

AUGUST 1917




SEPTEMBER 1917




OCTOBER 1917


17th

31st

Gnr Archibald Boniface Silas Joyce (No6 Gun, Howitzer Brigade, Royal Marines Artillery) Died of Wounds received in the Battle of Broodseinde (Ypres), Belgium.
Third Battle of Gaza, (Palestine).

NOVEMBER 1917


6th

9th

20th
28th

30th

Third Battle of Ypres closes with the capture of Passchendaele village (Belgium).
Battle of Sheria (Palestine).
Pte Peter Peryer
(16/Royal Sussex Regiment) Died of Wounds received in the Battle of Sheria, Palestine.
Battle of Cambrai commences (France).
Pte Edwin Francis Page (5/Essex Regiment) Killed in Action north of Jaffa, Palestine.
Pte Frederick Arthur Howick (1/Essex Regiment) Killed in Action near Marcoing, during the Battle of Cambrai, France.

DECEMBER 1917


9th
17th

27th

Allied forces capture Jerusalem.
Lt Robert Percival Young M.C.
(1/4th Royal Sussex Regiment) Killed near Bethlehem.
Pte Alfred Thomas Cheesmore (7/Royal Sussex Regiment) Died of Wounds received in the Battle of Cambrai, France.

JANUARY 1918




FEBRUARY 1918


25th

Food rationing begins in Great Britain.

MARCH 1918


21st
25th

27th

Germans commence Spring Offensive along a 50 mile front.
Pte Alfred Butcher (3/Coldstream Guards) Killed by ‘friendly’ artillery fire near Ervillers, south of Arras, France.
Pte Arthur Albert Grinstead (9/Essex Regiment) Killed in Action near Albert, Somme.

APRIL 1918


4th

German Spring Offensive halted at Villers-Bretonneux, near Amiens.

MAY 1918


29th

Pte Charles William Woodhatch (52/Bedfordshire Regiment) Died of Illness, Norfolk.

JUNE 1918




JULY 1918




AUGUST 1918


9th

Pte Alfred Etherington (29/Canadian Infantry) Killed in Action near Rosieres, Somme.

SEPTEMBER 1918


29th

Allied forces attack the Hindenburg Line.

OCTOBER 1918




NOVEMBER 1918


4th

11th
18th

Spr Arthur Stanley Cross (17 Div Sig Coy, Royal Engineers) Killed in Action in the Battle of the Sambre.
Armistice signed, general cease fire at 11 am.
Pte Luke Mariner (57 Coy Machine Gun Corps) Died of Wounds.

OCTOBER 1919


29th

Pte Thomas Waller (7/Royal Sussex Regiment) Died of Illness, Rudgwick.









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