Horace Walter Lucas (1892-1918) - Pte 32359 7th Bn Royal Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh’s)Horace Walter Lucaswas born on the 19thJune 1892, the son of Vashti Lucas (nee Brackpool) and Jesse Lucas in Hartley Witney in Hampshire and, through the remarriage of his widowed mother, became part of the Miles family of Valewood, and stepbrother to Jesse Miles.By 1915 Horace was a motor driver living at Mounters Cottage in Itchingfield and this was the address that he gave when he married Ethel Rose Smith in St Nicholas Church in the August of that year.Horace and Ethel moved to Brighton after their marriage and it was there that he signed up. Although a note on his entry in “Soldiers Died in the Great War” states formerly “3328 Middlesex Regiment” this was likely a temporary training placement as it appears from the medal roll that he served with the 7thBattalion The Royal Wiltshire Regiment as Pte 32359 throughout his service. This being the case he would have seen action in the Salonica (now Thessalonica) campaign as well as in France.According to the Regimental Museum’s official website the 7thwere in Salonica from late 1915 until June 1918, fighting trench warfare against the Bulgar armies. Although the fighting was occasionally fierce and there were casualties, a bigger enemy was disease, particularly malaria, and many men were lost to this.Horace survived however and was with the Battalion when they joined the 50thDivision near Dieppe in July 1918. On the 3rd October they took up a position near Epehy, near the Somme and attacked the following day taking 152 prisoners. A further attack on the 6thwas not successful as the Battalion were held up by barbed wire and sustained casualties of 5 Officers and 217 Other Ranks. A period in reserve followed but by the 17thOctober they were back in action supporting The Royal Fusiliers and The King’s Royal Rifle Corps near Quennelet Grange south east of Le Cateau. It was in this action that Horace was killed. The War Diary gives no details but the entry for the 18thstates “0530. Battalion attacked and captured enemy line Q18.a and Q18.d. Casualties during the period 11.10.18 to 18.10.18:- 6 Officers, 99 OR. Captures: - PRISONERS 123 MACHINE GUNS Numerous but not counted.”Horace was one of the “99 Other Ranks” casualties and is buried at Pommereuil British Cemetery near Le Cateau. He is remembered on the Itchingfield War Memorial and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals for his service.