•  1909: Introduction of Old Age Pension•  1912: Sinking of the Titanic•  1914: Start of 1st World War•  1916: Battle of the Somme•  1918: End of 1st World War•  1919: 1st trans-atlantic flight•  1920: League of Nations founded•  1922: Irish Free State founded•  1924: Lenin dies•  1926: General Strike•  1928: Women get the vote•  1934: Hitler assumes power in Germany•  1936: Regular BBC TV broadcasts begin•  1939: Start of 2nd World War•  1940: Dunkirk evacuation•  1941: Japanese attack Pearl Harbour•  1944: "D-Day" landings in France•  1945: End of 2nd World War•  1946: USA tests atom bomb at Bikini Island•  1947: Sound Barrier broken•  1948: NHS founded•  1950: Korean War starts•  1951: Suez "Crisis"•  1953: Queen Elizabeth II crowned•  1954: Bannister runs 1st 4 minute mile•  1955: Glynde Place opened to the public•  1955: ITV starts broadcasting•  1957: 1st dog in space
From the Sussex Express, 11th March 1932



Mr Reuben Harmer, aged 87, died last week at the Poor Law Institution, Newhaven, after a short illness. Mr Harmer was a native of Ashburnham, and in his younger days he travelled about the country with a circus company, and later with fete and fair amusements. About 20 years ago the deceased and his second wife resided at Preston Court Farm, Beddingham, for a number of years, and afterwards they went to live at Toy Farm, on the Firle Downs. His wife died about ten years ago. Since that time Mr Harmer had stayed in the village during the summer months.

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