In the very week in which Britain went to war 100 years ago, I decided to look up the military records relating to the residents of a single road in the heart of Sussex in the period 1914 - 1918.
I randomly chose Framfield Road near Buxted and discovered that no less than 14 men who had family ties to this largely unpopulated byway had sadly lost their lives. They were:
Petty Officer Frederick Allen (aged 48) - died when HM Armed Yacht Aries struck a mine in 1915. He was a veteran of the Boxer Rebellion in China.
Private William Charles Chatfield (Royal Sussex Regiment) and Gunner Collis Driver (Royal Field Artillery).
Sergeant Arthur Earl (Rifle Brigade) died in 1914, aged 22. His brother, Gunner Harold Earl (Royal Field Artillery) was killed in 1918, aged 21. Their parents, Charles and Emily, lived at No 3.
Private Thomas Lloyd (East Kent Regiment) lived at No 51. Robert Percy Nye (London Regiment) lived with wife Louisa at No 147.
Private Edwin Parks (Royal Sussex Regiment) died aged 18. Private Alfred Page (Hampshire Regiment) lived at No 173 with wife Alice.
Rifleman Frederick Ralph (London Regiment). Private William Richards (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry). His parents lived at No 120 and he lived at No 139 with wife, Elizabeth. Private Victor Francis Richardson (Border Regiment) died in Malta in 1915 from wounds received at Gallipoli.
Private Thomas Townsend (Royal Fusiliers) lived with wife Louisa in Framfield itself.
Private Sydney Hoad Wheatley (Manchester Regiment) was killed near Ypres. He lived with wife Lilian Daisy at No 113 Framfield Road.