Frederick Charles Hook (1891-1915) - LCpl G/30 7th Bn Royal Sussex RegimentFrederick Hookhad left the family home in Barns Green and was working as a gardener in East Grinstead when he signed up for the Royal Sussex Regiment in Horsham on the 11thAugust 1914. Within ten days he was posted to the 7thBattalion and just two months later on the 24thOctober he was promoted to (unpaid) Lance Corporal. At this rank and with the 7thhe shipped to France on the 31stMay the following year as part of the British Expeditionary Force. The 7thBattalion was the first Service Battalion of Lord Kitchener's New Army to be formed in the Royal Sussex Regiment, and indeed one of the very first in the whole of Kitchener's Army. It began recruiting at Chichester on 12thAugust 1914 and all the original recruits were given a 'G' prefix to their regimental number, which began at 1, through to around 1200. Although the dates don’t quite tally it is clear that Frederick and his brother Ernest signed up on day one – quite possibly motivated by this “call to arms”.From Chichester the Battalion moved to Sobroan Barracks at Colchester, where it became part of 26thBrigade, 12th(Eastern) Division. In October 1914 it moved again, to Shorncliffe, and in December to Folkestone, in billets. In March 1915 the Battalion moved to Ramillies Barracks, Aldershot, marching all the way from Folkestone.Marching was quite the thing for the 7thas on arrival in France they then marched most of the way from Boulogne to the area around Armentiéres where they were to remain for the next couple of months. Although the Division were involved in actions at Loos and at Hohenzollern through the months of September and October it appears that the 7thprovided more of a support role than an active one. Nevertheless they still came under regular attack from enemy snipers and shells.On the 8thNovember the War Diary reported nine men wounded by enemy artillery fire on trenches and quarry positions opposite the Hohenzollern Redoubt and one of these was without a doubt Frederick who died later in the day from wounds sustained.Frederick is buried in Sailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery and is remembered on the Itchingfield War Memorial. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal for his service.Frederick’s service record survives and can be found online on both Ancestry or Findmypastor on microfilm at the National Archives in Kew.