Hurst soldier’s story displayed by national museum

Hurstpierpoint soldier
Hurstpierpoint soldier

The story of a WW1 soldier from Hurstpierpoint has been highlighted by a national museum this month.

The experiences of Indian Army officer, and Military Cross recipient, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Mosse are being featured on the National Army Museum’s (NAM) new commemorative website.

It is the first in a series of soldiers’ stories to feature in NAM’s new web portal commemorating the Great War called First World War in Focus..

Extracts from Mosse’s diary reveal the reaction of people in London on the day that Britain declared war on Germany, August 4 1914.

A spokesperson for NAM said: “It conveys the overwhelming sense of excitement and patriotism felt by those such as Mosse who were on the streets of the capital that night.

“Accompanied by previously unseen photographs of Mosse from the NAM’s Collection, the article is a fascinating insight into the feelings of a local, ‘everyday’ soldier, reacting to the global events happening around him.”

Each soldier featured in the new web portal will originate from a different county, giving a broad view of how the War progressed.

As well as revealing Mosse’s personal account of the war’s outbreak, the Soldiers’ Story piece explores his experiences up to 1918 and beyond.

The museum’s spokesperson said: “Already a soldier in the Indian Army when war broke out, Mosse’s war story reveals some of the lesser-known battles and campaigns of the First World War.

“For example, fighting in the Middle East Mosse took part in the capture of Basra, Battle of Shaiba and capture of Kut-al-Amara. Wounded twice, he went on to receive the Military Cross in 1916.

“Although he himself survived the war, Mosse experienced great loss when his parents were killed when a German U-boat sank RMS Leinster in 1918.”

First World War in Focus is part of the National Army Museum’s exciting Building for the Future project, which is supported by an £11.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund has also enabled the Museum to go on the road during its closure period, with a series of nationwide tours around the country to commemorate the First World War.