To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, we remember the 28 ‘Heritage Boys’ who served in the Great War by ‘planting’ 28 poppies beside their memorial. These poppies will remain in place until 28 November for all to remember as they pass by.
Sadly we only have details of two of these boys but some of the Chailey Heritage Old Scholars are continuing their research to find the names of the other 26 who served.
Walter Ernest Whitehorn was born in 1897, the son of Henry Walter Whitehorn. He was in the London Regiment Battalion: 19th (County of London) Battalion (St.Pancras); His regimental No. was 3420. He enlisted in Camden Town in January 1915 and was killed in action on 25 September 1915 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial at Loos-en-Gohelle, France. Walter was 18 years and 11 months on recruitment. His father received Walter's 1915 Star and Victory Medal.
Alfred James Blythe was born on 21 April 1891, the son of Herbert Henry Blythe. He had an old tubercular disease of the foot and a hernia. Alfred entered Chailey Heritage in 1905, was given LCC Cripple Scholarship on 2nd September 1906, paid up to 1909. Alfred left on 24 May 1909 and went to work at Angus rolled top desks makers in Finsbury Park, London. He was paid 15 shillings per week, 21 shillings in 1913. In 1914, he joined Kitchener's Army, the 11th Battalion of the Essex Regiment, Regimental No.13789. He was reported missing, killed at Loos on 26 September, 1915 and is buried in Loos-en-Gohelle in France - Panel 85-87.
For more information about the Battle of Loos: https://www.nam.ac.uk/explore/battle-loos
“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.” Czeslaw Milosz, The Issa Valley