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Frederick Charles Hook (1891-1915) - LCpl G/30 7 th  Bn Royal Sussex Regiment Frederick   Hook    had   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   11 th    August   1914.   Within   ten   days   he   was   posted   to   the   7 th    Battalion   and   just   two   months later   on   the   24 th    October   he   was   promoted   to   (unpaid)   Lance   Corporal.      At   this   rank   and   with   the   7 th    he   shipped   to   France   on   the   31 st   May the following year as part of the British Expeditionary Force. The   7 th    Battalion   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   12 th    August   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   26 th    Brigade,   12 th    (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   7 th    as   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   7 th    provided   more   of   a   support   role   than   an   active   one.   Nevertheless   they   still   came   under   regular   attack   from   enemy   snipers and shells. On   the   8 th    November   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   Findmypast    or   on   microfilm   at   the   National   Archives   in Kew.  
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