HAILSHAM: David researching War Memorial heroes

DO you have family connections with those named on Hailsham’s High Street War Memorial? Resident David Dyer is currently researching the lives of those named for an illustrated book to commemorate the 90th enniversary this year of the erection of the war memorial.

Although much information has already been found it is hoped further details will be forthcoming. “The War Memorial is an essential feature of the town’s identity” said Mr Dyer.

“Yet, a great many must see it each day without any knowledge of who these people were or what they did, before they bravely died for ‘King and Country’, often at a very young age.

“I have uncovered a wide range of interesting stories and attempted to place them in the context of our town.

“Many pictures, particularly for the First World War, have been lost and many are unknown.

“These images would bring the pages to life and it is these I am seeking.”

Hailsham town clerk Liz Jones said, “Without knowing more about our war heroes and the cause for which they laid down their lives, each inscription may simply, but not intentionally, remain a name carved in stone.

“While the Town Council will happily assist Mr Dyer with his project, help from local residents would be much appreciated.

“Uncovering the stories behind the names, how old they were when their lives ended, what they did before the entering the frontline, and what their connection to the local community was at the time, can be truly fascinating.

“It will help to bring the war memorial to life and encourage the community to look after and respect it more.”

If you can provide information, especially if you have photographs, all David Dyer on 845107 or email dave.dyer@lineone.net.