Moving Exhibition Brings Soldiers’ Sacrifice To Life

IMG_1506Dried flowers picked by a West Sussex soldier at the Western Front form part of a poignant display at West Sussex Record Office.

The new display featuring items including letters and photographs marks one hundred years since the end of World War One.

The flowers were collected by Private C. Colbourne and are part of the Record Office’s collection.

Visitors to the Record Office will also be able to view hundreds of crocheted poppies, made by volunteers and members of staff, which are on display in the reception area. There is also a display based on a beautifully decorated “sweetheart” pin cushion on loan from the Royal Sussex Regimental Museum.

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council’s Military Champion and Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “Visiting the Record Office and seeing these objects first hand is an incredibly humbling and moving experience.

“So many people from West Sussex gave their lives in the war and it is important we remember their stories and honour their memories.”

Books about the war are available in all libraries in West Sussex this month. These will include memoirs, narrative histories, poetry and novels set during World War One.

The following talks are also being held in the lead up to Armistice Day:

  • Family history talk – Researching First World War ancestors – Thursday 8 November from 10am to 12 noon at Worthing Library. Tickets are £5 and are available from the library.
  • November 1918: Burgess Hill’s last casualties – Thursday 8 November from 7pm to 8:30pm at Burgess Hill Library. Tickets are £5 and are available from the library.

A silhouette of a soldier will be displayed on the lawn outside Edes House over the Remembrance weekend.

For more information about the West Sussex Record Office, visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/ro

For more information about the libraries, visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries