Category Archives: History

Tales from battlefield as WW1 website reaches three years

Battle of Passchendaele – Australian gunners in Château Wood near Hooge, in October 1917THE tale of one of World War One’s bloodiest battles is the 150th story to be published as a website tracing East Sussex’s role in the conflict marks its third anniversary.

Three years ago on Friday (Aug 4), East Sussex County Council’s First World War website was launched to showcase the lesser known stories of the people and places of the county during the war. Continue reading

Remembering the first Hastings Pier fire – 100 years on

Composite pictures by Kieron Pelling merge scenes of the 1917 Hastings Pier fire with modern viewsTHE story of a fire which ravaged Hastings Pier 100 years ago has been retold on the latest addition to a website commemorating life in East Sussex in World War One.

Almost a century before the 2010 fire which devastated the Victorian structure, the pier suffered severe damage in a lesser-known blaze believed to have been sparked by a discarded cigarette. Continue reading