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From the Sussex Express, 16th June 1916


Mr and Mrs Dewdney, of Trevor Gardens, received a cheerful letter from their only son, Sergt. William Dewdney, King's Royal Rifles, a few mornings ago, but by the second post his wife had another letter from the Captain of his Regiment recording his death. The Officer wrote: "I regret to inform you that your husband was killed last night whilst engaged with a special working party in front of our lines. He was wounded on the head, lingering for a time, but we could not save him, although we did everything possible for him. He was in no pain, as he was unconscious from the time he was struck. He was buried this evening in a cemetery set apart for British soldiers. We shall feel his loss very much in the Company, as he was one of the best NCOs I had. Assuring you of my deepest sympathy, Captain R A Williams". The Sergeant was well known in Lewes. He joined the Army about twelve months ago, and had only been at the Front about three months. He was 25 years of age and was married last December.

[ The 1901 census shows that William O Dewdney, was the son of William and Fanny H Dewdney. In 1901 they lived at 12 Station Street, Lewes. William senior was a railway signalman, born in Ewhurst in 1865. His wife Fanny had been born in Heathfield and, besides William the younger, born in Shoreham, they had two daughters, Louisa M, born in Pevensey in 1893, and Ethel M, born in Lewes in 1896. Ed]

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