Fairwarp remembers its WW1 fallen with an exhibition

Fairwarp WW1 War Memorial

Fairwarp in Ashdown Forest is gearing up to remember its fallen from the Great War with an Exhibition in the village hall from Monday 5 November to Saturday 10 November.

A great amount of research has been undertaken into the lives of the 25 men from Fairwarp who lost their lives in World War One and the exhibition will take the visitor on their journey from 1913 through to 1919.

The research has also thrown up some interesting facts about life in Fairwarp and Ashdown Forest at that time which is also included in the exhibition together with photographs and memorabilia from that time.

The exhibition is free to enter and is open at the following times:

Monday 5 Nov – 6.30pm-8.30pm; Tuesday 6 Nov – 2.00pm-8.30pm; Wednesday 7 Nov – 1.00pm-3.30pm; Wednesday 7 Nov – 6.00pm-8.30pm; Thursday 8 Nov – 2.00pm-8.30pm; Friday 9 Nov – 11.00am-8.30pm; Saturday 10 Nov – 11.00am-1.30pm

Light refreshments will be available for visitors.

Sgt Harry Allen died at the Battle of the Somme 5th July 1916. The newspaper article at the time of his death tells us that a month before his death he had written home to his wife to tell her that he was one of four Sergeants who had been chosen to come home as Instructors. He left a wife and child, the child being named for him and whom he had only seen a couple of times as he had been born after the start of the war.

Pte Percy Constable died at the Battle of the Lys on 16th April 1918 Percy and Harry Constable were just one set of brothers from Fairwarp who went to war. Percy was killed and Harry was admitted to Hellingly asylum at the end of the war suffering, we assume, from shell shock.