I read with great interest the Nostalgia section on Worthing’s First World War fallen from March 1915 in the April 7 edition – in particular the service numbers of those killed from the 11th Battalion, SD505 (for South Downs), SD531, SD535 & SD548.
They all enlisted at Worthing in September 1914 and must have been in the same group as my grandfather, Frank Worley DCM, SD555, all of whom were probably encouraged by Colonel Claude Lowther, who evoked the beauty and preservation of the South Downs to encourage their enlistment.
These South Downs Battalions 11th to 14th were known collectively as Lowther’s Lambs.
It was very poignant to think that soldiers, so closely linked to Frank by virtue of their home town and close service number, died soon after moving to the front while he survived and was decorated for his actions on the Menin Road in 1917.
Some of your readers may remember Frank Worley’s fish and chip shop at 42 North Street, which he started and ran until his death in 1954.
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