‘Forgotten’ dead of World War One

Sidney Woodroffe who died at Hooge, Belgium, defending his post against heavy fire from all sides.
Sidney Woodroffe who died at Hooge, Belgium, defending his post against heavy fire from all sides.

A very strange matter has come to light.

Jack Neil, chairman of the Royal British Legion, Lewes branch, has written to the town council with the following startling news:

‘As you are aware, next year marks th 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Your town ranger has identified 21 service personnel killed during the First World War, missing from the Town War Memorial.

‘Three of these were the Woodroffe brothers - 2nd Lt Sidney Woodroffe won the VC; his brother Leslie won the MC and Kenneth was killed in action in 1915.

Also missing from the Memorial, included in the 21, are three nurses.

‘We would like to see, if it is at all possible, a plaque added to the Memorial with these additional names on it to mark the centenary.’

Rouser rather wonders if some of the names are missing because the families were so traumatised at the time that they did not want to be constantly reminded of their loss by seeing their loved ones’ names in the town centre.