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Farewell to Hastings
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This image shows a number of soldiers from the Welsh Borderers and the family of Mrs Clark who were resident at 23 Bexhill Road in March 1915. I liked this...

Bexhill Road
Bridge Building in Alexandra Park
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This image shows a number of soldiers from the Welsh Borderers and the family of Mrs Clark who were resident at 23 Bexhill Road in March 1915. I liked this...

Royal Sussex Brigade
Welsh Borderers at 23 Bexhill Road
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A special service was held at Trinity Church, Hastings on in February 1915. The colours of the 5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion of the Royal Sussex Brigade...

South Wales Borderers
The 5th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Brigade
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This image shows some soldiers of the South Wales Borderers billeted at the Highlands Hotel in Boscabel Road, St Leonards in February 1915. These soldiers...

Returning Barracks
South Wales Borderers at the Highlands Hotel
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This image shows the recruits of the 5th Battery of the Royal Field Artillery Reserves returning to barracks after a football match played on Horntye Fields...

Royal Field Artillery
Returning to Barracks
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This image shows the Right Section of the 2nd Home Counties Brigade, Royal Field Artillery leaving Hastings for service in the war. The original...

St Johns Ambulance
Royal Field Artillery on the march
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This Then and Now image shows the officers and men of the St Johns Ambulance Brigade standing outside of their former Hastings headquarters. The...

Farewell to Hastings

December 19, 2014

This last image in the current series shows the Cardiff Pals gathering near Wellington Square as they say farewell to Hastings in March 1915. The Cardiff Pals were the 11th Battalion of the Welsh Regiment and served in the Salonika campaign.

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Bridge Building in Alexandra Park

December 13, 2014

The battalions billeted in Hastings during World War 1 didn’t just enjoy the sea air and attractions of the town. They were expected to train as well. This shows the ‘B’ Company of the 11th Battalion Welsh Regiment resting upon their trestle bridge built over the boating lake in Alexandra Park. I would think that a shallow, […]

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Welsh Borderers at 23 Bexhill Road

December 5, 2014

This image shows a number of soldiers from the Welsh Borderers and the family of Mrs Clark who were resident at 23 Bexhill Road in March 1915. I liked this image because of the business that runs from the building now. These days we can choose to eat food from all corners of the world. […]

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The 5th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Brigade

November 28, 2014

A special service was held at Trinity Church, Hastings on in February 1915. The colours of the 5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion of the Royal Sussex Brigade were temporarily laid up at the church. This ceremony occurred a few days before the battalion was shipped to France. The image above shows the parade through town after the ceremony was complete. […]

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South Wales Borderers at the Highlands Hotel

November 21, 2014

This image shows some soldiers of the South Wales Borderers billeted at the Highlands Hotel in Boscabel Road, St Leonards in February 1915. These soldiers were of the 7th Service Battalion of the South Wales Borderers. Although they initially shipped to France, they were moved through it and stationed at Salonika, Greece. Not the easy posting that […]

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Returning to Barracks

November 14, 2014

This image shows the recruits of the 5th Battery of the Royal Field Artillery Reserves returning to barracks after a football match played on Horntye Fields. The match, Hastings versus Eastbourne & District,  finished 5-1 to the Eastbourne team. They are marching down St Pauls Road. The original photo appeared in the Hastings & St Leonards […]

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Royal Field Artillery on the march

November 7, 2014

This image shows the Right Section of the 2nd Home Counties Brigade, Royal Field Artillery leaving Hastings for service in the war. The original photograph appeared in the Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser on 17th August 1914. The 2nd Home Counties Brigade was a Territorial Force. They left Hastings for Canterbury, before being moved overseas. […]

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St Johns Ambulance Brigade go to War

October 31, 2014

This Then and Now image shows the officers and men of the St Johns Ambulance Brigade standing outside of their former Hastings headquarters. The original photograph was taken in August 1914 shortly before the entire brigade of twenty men left Hastings for Devonport. From there they would have formed part of the Royal Army Medical […]

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Rainbow at the De La Warr Pavilion

October 24, 2014

This showery weather we’ve been having has produced some great skies recently. This rainbow over the De La Warr Pavilion is one of them. Admittedly it’s not as bright as I would have liked, but the it was still raining when I took this. The shots I took of the same scene a few seconds […]

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Ghosts of the St Leonards Arch

October 18, 2014

The St Leonards Arch marked the boundary between Burton’s St Leonards and Hastings. The arch, which was built in 1837, was designed to cater for the traffic of its day. As both Hastings and St Leonards expanded, and the numbers of tourists increased the arch was perceived as an obstruction. One night in 1895 it […]

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