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A story for Remembrance Day

We’re always delighted to hear about people’s newspaper discoveries, especially when they solve a mystery. Well this week the Uckfield News reported a great story we’d like to share.

In a great show of community pride, the people of Uckfield banded together to secure the medals of Private Albert Corden when they appeared for sale online. Since the medals came home they’ve been researching more about Pte Corden but until very recently didn’t have a picture of him.

They recently found this article in the Sussex Express, Sussex Standard and Kent Mail for August 4 when Pte Corden was wounded during the Battle of the Somme.

Sussex Agricultural Express, August 4 1916
Sussex Agricultural Express, August 4 1916 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

We’ve had a look ourselves and we’ve found this account of Pte Corden’s funeral with full military honours back home in Uckfield. Tragically Pte Corden returned home safely from Flanders when the war ended but caught diphtheria and died just 3 weeks later.

Pte Corden's funeral as reported in the Sussex Agricultural Express, December 12 1918 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Pte Corden’s funeral as reported in the Sussex Agricultural Express, December 12 1918 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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