Chance to commemorate Seaford 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 as a plaque is due unveiled in his memory later this month.

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.

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

An extract from the London Gazette newspaper dated March 15, 1917, 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 April 28, 1915. He was wounded again during the battle of Gully Ravine on June 28 and was evacuated to Egypt to recover.

On August 13, 1915, while 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 VCs 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 present to mark the event as well as the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and representatives of the three local 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 World War One.

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

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