St John’s Hospital

Holmesdale Gardens
St John's Hospital

A then and now image showing the men and staff outside of the Hospital of St John in Holmesdale Gardens, St Leonards.

St John’s was an auxiliary hospital run under the banner of the Red Cross, after the British Red Cross and Order of St John of Jerusalem merged at the outbreak of the war. The hospitals looked after the less seriously wounded service men and were staffed mainly by volunteers from the local community.

There were two auxiliary hospitals in Hastings, St John’s and Old Hastings House and three in St Leonards; Bannow, Filsham Park and West Dene.

The original image is from the Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser dated 1st March 1917.

The two photographs used to create the image, and the final combined image are below. You can view the top image full size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.

This image is part of a continuing series of Then and Now images I’ve created for East Sussex Council’s World War 1 commemoration website. The website is focused on the contribution that the men and women of East Sussex made towards the war effort.

St John's Hospital

Holmesdale Gardens

Holmesdale Gardens

Canadian Duty Garrison

Canadian Duty Garrison
Canadian Duty Garrison

This then and now image shows the Canadian Duty Garrison at Carlisle Parade, Hastings, under the command of Majors McLeod and Lyndon. These days the building is home to Astral Lodge.

I’ve been unable to find out much information about the Canadian battalions stationed in Hastings during this time. However there is a little more information about them in this article. More general information about the Canadians stationed in Bexhill and the South East can be read here.

The original image is from the Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser dated 22nd February 1917.

The two photographs used to create the image, and the final combined image are below. You can view the top image full size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.

This image is part of a continuing series of Then and Now images I’ve created for East Sussex Council’s World War 1 commemoration website. The website is focused on the contribution that the men and women of East Sussex made towards the war effort.

Canadian Duty Garrison

Astral Hotel

Canadian Duty Garrison

Recruiting Office

Harold Place
Hastings WW1 Recruiting Station

This is a then and now image of the Recruiting Office for the Royal Naval Division (RND) and 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment (RSR), situated on Harold Place in Hastings Town Centre.

The paper reported; “The window displayed a number of war souvenirs including Belgian and French cartridges, a German bullet, shrapnel and a mess tin that saved the life of Sergeant Major T Smith of the 2/5th Royal Sussex. Another relic is a piece of tattered kharki, a momento of the 9th May when the ‘Fearless Fifth’ gave such a good account of themselves. They now appeal to all able men to come forward and help them add to the glory already won by the regiment.

There are also models of torpedo boats and a waterplane and a number of large and small shells. In the present crisis the British Navy has proved its supremacy of the sea and the Royal Naval Division appeal to young men to step in and see that the supremacy is never broken.

Standing fifth from left is Able Seaman Holdren who has just completed forty years regular and voluntary service in the Navy. He is in charge of the Recruiting Office for the RND. Third from left is Sergeant Sullivan in charge of the Recruiting Office for the RSR”.

The original image is from the Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser dated 21st October 1915.

The two photographs used to create the image, and the final combined image are below. You can view the top image full size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.

This image is part of a continuing series of Then and Now images I’ve created for East Sussex Council’s World War 1 commemoration website. The website is focused on the contribution that the men and women of East Sussex made towards the war effort.

Hastings WW1 Recruiting Station

Harold Place

Harold Place

Military Funeral

East Street, Hastings
Military Funeral

This now and then image shows a military funeral procession of William Henry Edmunds as it passes the Fishmarket in Hastings Old Town.

The Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser dated 14th October 1915 quoted “Deep sympathy is extended to Mr & Mrs H Edmunds and family of Gladstone House, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings in the sad loss they have sustained by the death of their eldest son Lance Corporal William Henry Edmunds at the early age of 20. The funeral took place at the borough cemetery with full military honours, with the Rev H C B Foyster of St Clements officiating. A large number of friends and sympathisers assembled at Rock-a-Nore and along the route. The coffin was dressed with the Union Jack and the deceased hat, tunic and bayonet along with Captain Holman’s Wreath. Lance Corporals Stevens, Philpot, Dennett, Hilder Wheel and Towner, the deceased’s cousin, acted as bearers.”

A firing party was furnished from the 2/2nd Home Counties Field Company, Royal Engineers under Sergeant Major P F Edwards. The Band of the 2/5th Royal Sussex Regiment under Sergeant Drummer Pratt was in attendance and a contingent of about a hundred and seventy men from the 2/2nd and 3/2nd Home Counties Field Company, Royal Engineers under the command of Captain W J Ticehurst”.

A photograph of William and his brother can be seen on my other website here, and below is a photograph of his grave stone in Hastings Cemetery.

The two photographs used to create the image, and the final combined image are below. You can view the top image full size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.

This image is part of a continuing series of Then and Now images I’ve created for East Sussex Council’s World War 1 commemoration website. The website is focused on the contribution that the men and women of East Sussex made towards the war effort.

Military Funeral

W H Edmunds

East Street, Hastings

Pilgrimage

Hastings Old Town
Pilgrimage

Life went on at home as best it could during the Great War. The report accompanying the original photograph in this then and now image states “Huge crowds of people witnessed the annual Roman Catholic Pilgrimage from St Mary Star-of-the-Sea Church to the Chapel in the ruins of Hastings Castle. The image shows the head of the procession passing the site of the Fishmarket (not pictured – but can be seen here) in Hastings Old Town”. The church of St Mary Star-of-the-Sea in Hastings Old Town was built on the site of an old farm house that was adjacent to the Bourne stream in 1883.

The original photograph was taken from the Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser dated 26th August 1915.

The two photographs used to create the image, and the final combined image are below. You can view the top image full size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.

This image is part of a continuing series of Then and Now images I’ve created for East Sussex Council’s World War 1 commemoration website. The website is focused on the contribution that the men and women of East Sussex made towards the war effort.

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage

Hastings Old Town

Ghosts of Carlisle Parade

Carlisle Parade
Ghosts of Hastings

Carlisle Parade has remained relatively unchanged in the years since this military parade took place. The question here is what is the military parade for? The original photograph was in the Hastings Forum, which is part of the 1066 Online website. Contributors there suggest it took place to mark the end of the Boer War, in which the 1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers took part.

At that time the Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers had adopted blue slouch hats with a blue plume upon their return from South Africa, and would still have been dressed in red tunics as shown here.

Through my work with the Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser, I have found the answer. The photo is from a medal presentation ceremony by the Canadian Army, who were stationed in Hastings in February 1917. Further on in this post is copy of the article presented in the paper. It is likely to be the presentation of the Military Medal to Private W F Ede of the 52nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was awarded the medal for carrying a wounded comrade away from battle whilst under fire.

The merged image can be viewed in a larger size on my Flickr page by clicking on it, and the photo used to create the image are below.Carlisle Parade

Carlisle Parade

Military Medal Presentation

 

Workout near the Royal Victoria Hotel

Royal Victoria Hotel
Royal Victoria Hotel

The image shows a group of soldiers who are convalescing in Hastings being trained by instructors opposite the Royal Victoria Hotel, St Leonards. According to the article in the paper “Their smart action drew many favourable comments from onlookers”. Hastings and St Leonards had several auxiliary hospitals during WW1. These were; Old Hastings House in the Old Town, St John’s on Holmesdale Road, West Dene on Hollington Park, Bannow on Quarry Hill, St Leonards and Filsham Park in Dane Road. These housed soldiers who were recovering from their wounds, either for preparation of life carrying their injuries or for return to the Front.

The way that the seafront looked in 1916 changed considerably when Sidney Little started his refurbishment, but I found it interesting that the building that was previously there lines up precisely with the raised promenade.

The Original Image from the Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser dated 30th November, 1916.

The two photographs used to create the image, and the final combined image are below. You can view the top image full size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.

This image is part of a continuing series of Then and Now images I’ve created for East Sussex Council’s World War 1 commemoration website. The website is focused on the contribution that the men and women of East Sussex made towards the war effort.

Royal Victoria Hotel

Royal Victoria Hotel

Royal Victoria Hotel

High Street, Hastings Old Town

High Street, Hastings Old Town
High Street, Hastings Old Town

As per tradition the Mayor and Hastings Corporation attended Divine Service at St Clements Church in the Old Town on Sunday 12th November 1916, the first Sunday after Mayor Making. The image shows some Canadian soldiers who also attended leaving the service and marching down the High Street. There is no mention in the issue of the paper who the newly elected Mayor was. The original image was taken from the Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser dated 16th November, 1916.

The two photographs used to create the image, and the final combined image are below. You can view the top image full size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.

This image is part of a continuing series of Then and Now images I’ve created for East Sussex Council’s World War 1 commemoration website. The website is focussed on the contribution that the men and women of East Sussex made towards the war effort.

High Street, Hastings Old Town

High Street, Hastings Old Town

High Street, Hastings Old Town

Military March Out

Queens Road, Hastings
Military March Out

Troops march along Queens Road, Hastings during a grand military march out on 23rd December 1914. It is not clear which regiment is shown.

Original Image is from the Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser dated December, 1914.

The two photographs used to create the image, and the final combined image are below. You can view the top image full size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.

This image is part of a continuing series of Then and Now images I’ve created for East Sussex Council’s World War 1 commemoration website. The website is focused on the contribution that the men and women of East Sussex made towards the war effort.

Military March Out

Military March Out

Queens Road, Hastings

New Zealand Flag Winners

Christ Church
New Zealand Flag Winners

On 1st October 1914 at the Christ Church Girls School, St Leonards, the New Zealand Flag was unfurled by the Rector, the Reverend G W Douglas. It was originally presented by children of Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. The girls won the prize for achieving a school attendance of 93.5, the highest in town during the previous quarter. It was the first time a girls school had won the honour. The original image is from the Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser dated 8th October, 1914.

Hastings in New Zealand was founded in 1873 and was named after Warren Hastings, an English statesman, rather than by an ex resident with misty eyed memories of their old home town.

The two photographs used to create the image, and the final combined image are below. You can view the top image full size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.

This image is part of a continuing series of Then and Now images I’ve created for East Sussex Council’sWorld War 1 commemoration website. The website is focussed on the contribution that the men and women of East Sussex made towards the war effort.

New Zealand Flag Winners

New Zealand Flag Winners

Christ Church