A new website has been launched chronicling the role East Sussex played during World War I.
The site, launched by East Sussex County Council, was launched to coincide with Monday’s 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the conflict.
It includes moving stories, evocative photographs and wartime ephemera showing how the war touched the lives of local people as well as details of events being held to mark the anniversary.
Members of the public, schools and history groups are encouraged to submit their stories and memories and post details of events being held.
Council leader Cllr Keith Glazier said, “Because of its location and activities during the war, the boundary between the home and war fronts was blurred here more than anywhere else in Britain. The sound of guns from France could regularly be heard from the Sussex coast and soldiers from around the world were stationed here while East Sussex ports were used to ship equipment and accommodate wounded soldiers returning from the front.
“This site will act as a permanent legacy to ensure future generations remember the role played by East Sussex and the tremendous sacrifices people here made for their country.”
Stories featured on the website include tales of the defences put in place to protect Sussex from invasion; how Eastbourne was a safe haven for Belgians fleeing the fighting; the seaplane station at Newhaven; how the hills near Seaford sheltered a gas chamber to train troops to survive this deadly weapon; a German U-boat washed up on Hastings beach and the women of Summerdown Camp who pioneered massage as a means of treating wounded soldiers.
Find the site at: www.eastsussexww1.org.uk