Southwater War Memorial
Alfred William HIDE
1870 Worthing and baptised 7th October 1875 West Tarring age 1½ . Son of labourer Harry Hide and his wife Ellen, from Salvington.
GS/502 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 2nd Battalion|
Alfred enlisted at Worthing 3.9.1914 having already served 16 years with the regiment before that.
His army records show he had several tattoos on his right arm. Queen Victoria, soldier, a rose and a lady with a football.
He served at Chichester and Dover before going to France 1.5.1915 where he was struck down with malaria almost
immediately. He had barely recovered when he went down with another bout of fever.
25th September 1915 having first been reported as missing. He died the same day as 10 officers, 31 NCOs and 143 privates. 183 in all.
All the men that made it to the German trenches were killed either by the Germans or the British gas attack.
This was the first time gas was deployed by the British.
Loos Memorial, FRANCE Panel 69 to 73
He married Kate Richardson, the stationmaster's widow at Southwater on 24.12.1904 and their daughter
Ivy Violet was born 13.9.1906|
The family lived at 2 Andrews Cottages, Andrews Road. Southwater
Loos Memorial, FRANCE