Memorial plaque in honour of war hero

Cuthbert Bromley VC SUS-150731-093028001
Cuthbert Bromley VC SUS-150731-093028001

Seaford residents are being given the chance to commemorate the life of a First World War hero from the town when a plaque is unveiled in his memory.

Cuthbert Bromley, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery at Gallipoli, died aged 36 in August 1915 after the 
ship he was travelling in was sunk by a German torpedo.

Cuthbert, whilst not 
born in Seaford, spent some of his early childhood years
 in the town and indeed 
Bromley Road was named after him.

An extract from the London Gazette March 15, 
917 reads: “The Lancashire 
Fusiliers in effecting a landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula were met by very deadly gun fire.

“The survivors rushed 
up to and cut the wire entanglements; the cliffs were gained and the position maintained. Bromley was selected by his comrades as performing acts of bravery and devotion.”

Major Bromley was wounded during the west beach landing and sustained a bullet injury to the knee on the April 28, 1915.

He was wounded again during the battle of Gully
 Ravine on 28th June and 
was evacuated to Egypt to recover.

On the August 13, 1915 returning to the Gallipoli 
Peninsula aboard the 
troopship Royal Edward he was killed when the ship was torpedoed in the Mediterranean.

Major Bromley was one of the six members of the Regiment awarded the famous “six VC’s before breakfast)

A memorial paving stone and plaque commemorating his life will be unveiled at
Seaford War Memorial, in Sutton Road, on Sunday, August 16.

Members of his family will be also present to mark the event as well as the Lord Lieutenant and representatives of the three councils, other dignitaries and the Royal British Legion.

The event is being organised by East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council and Seaford Town Council, as part of a series of activities marking the centenary of the war.

People are invited to gather at the war memorial at 10.30am for an 11am start to the service.

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