George Foard King

1914-15 Star awarded to George Foard King

George Foard King, born in Midhurst, Sussex, United Kingdom in July 1895, was baptised on 16 Sep 1895 in Tillington, Sussex.

George was educated at Duncton School, Sussex and served with 1/1st Sussex Yeomanry during the Great War. George landed at Cape Helles, Gallipoli  with 1/1st and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant with the Norfolk Regiment on 18 September 1918.

After the war George worked as a farmer at South Dean Farm, Tillington, Sussex and passed away on 15 Jan 1942.

1914-15 Star awarded to George Foard King

1/1st Sussex Yeomanry

The 1st Line regiment went to its war station at Canterbury (under Second Army of Central Force) until September 1915. It was dismounted and left Kent for Liverpool; on 24 September, it boarded RMS Olympic and sailed the next day. It arrived at Lemnos on 1 October. The regiment landed in Gallipoli on 8 October and was attached to the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. Within days of the landing the Regiment reported many men suffering from enteritis. While at Gallipoli they spent time in the trenches at Border Barricade and Fusilier Bluff. On 30 December it was evacuated to Mudros with 42nd … Read the rest

Frederick James Carter

1914-15 Star awarded to Frederick James Carter

Frederick James Carter was born in Paddington on 10th September 1883. Frederick trained as  a Dockyard Apprentice and joined the Royal Navy as a Shipwright on 23rd March 1903.

He was promoted to Shipwright 1st Class  on 1st December 1912 and commissioned to the Officer’s section as Acting Carpenter 14th July 1913 and  was confirmed as Carpenter on 14th December 1915. 

Frederick served on the protected cruiser, HMS Amethyst from  24th October 1914 to 30th December 1918 and  went to the Retired List at his own request  15th May 1922.

Frederick passed away  at Newton Abbot on 22nd May 1944. 

1914-15 Star awarded to Frederick James Carter

HMS Amethyst 


She was laid down in January 1903 at Armstrong, Elswick, was launched on 5 November 1903 and was completed in March 1905.

Until Amethyst was built, the largest warships fitted with steam turbines were destroyers. Their use in Amethyst reduced overall range at 10 knots by 1,500 nautical miles (2,780 km), but increased it by 1,000 nautical miles (1,900 km) at 20 knots, compared with her sister ships.

World War I

Battle of Heligoland Bight

Once World War I broke out in 1914, … Read the rest

Cuthbert Bromley

Cuthbert Bromley
Cuthbert Bromley

Major Cuthbert Bromley VC (19 September 1878 – 13 August 1915) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Bromley was a captain in the 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army at the time of being awarded the VC for his actions on 25 April 1915, during the landings at W Beach, Gallipoli, Turkey, and during which he was wounded three times.


On the 25th April, 1915, headquarters and three companies of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers in effecting a landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula to the West of Cape Helles, were met by very deadly fire from hidden machine guns, which caused a great number of casualties. The survivors, however, rushed up to and cut the wire entanglements, notwithstanding the terrific fire from the enemy, and after overcoming supreme difficulties, the cliffs were gained and the position maintained. Amongst the many very gallant officers and men engaged in this most hazardous undertaking, Captain Bromley, Serjeant Stubbs, and Corporal Grimshaw have been selected by their comrades as having performed the most signal acts … Read the rest

Frederick John Hickford

Frederick John Hickford, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment
Frederick John Hickford, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment

Frederick John Hickford, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment was the son of Mrs A.Kemp of Clare Rd, Tilbury, Essex. Frederick fought in Gallipoli with the 5th Battalion and landed on ‘A’ Beach, Suvla Bay on 9th August 1915. He was wounded at Gallipoli on 17th August 1915 and subsequently transferred to the 10th Battalion.

Frederick was killed in action on 13th May 1917 and buried in the Wancourt British Cemetery, Somme, France. Frederick is also commemorated on the ‘Tenpenny Benefice’ Roll of Honour, Frating, Essex.