Home life carried on as war raged


World War One may have been raging overseas, but home in Mid Sussex life had to continue.

For some that meant sitting exams, for others it was going on manoeuvres with the Volunteer Corps and for some it was facing a day in court.

The Sussex & Surrey 
Courier was published 
every Saturday costing the princely sum of one penny and gives a fascinating insight into what life was like 100 years ago.

The outbreak of the Geat War was blamed for many things, but did you know it made a man called Arthur Humpston forget to renew his drivers’ licence?

The Courier reported Arthur pleaded guilty when he appeared before a magistrate at Haywards Heath saying he had been so busy with his work as a volunteer with the motor service, ferrying headquarter staff all over the country, the licence slipped his mind.

When he was arrested by PS Potter, he claimed he had been on his way to Lewes to renew the license. Arthur was fined 5 shillings for his trouble.

While Arthur had his day in court, the men of the Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill Volunteer Training Corps were on manoeuvres.

The Courier reported the idea of the operation was for one army to defend itself from another, which had landed at Brighton and was preparing to swarm across the county.

The Burgess Hill boys were among the attackers while the lads from Haywards Heath, Lindfield and Hassocks mounted a courageous defence.

The whole exercise was overseen by the wonderfully named Colonel Money, who was of the opinion the defence should have won as they had “the great advantage in being entrenched”.

No result was reported but the Colonel’s statement suggests the attackers took the day!

While the adults worked to defend their country, the children still faced the arduous task of attending school.

You can’t have a school without teachers and one woman was congratulated in the Courier after earning her teachers’ certificate.

She was called Miss Rowe - her first name was not used - and she trained at the Haywards Heath Pupil Teachers’ Centre, receiving her qualification in October 1915.

The Courier stated: “The result is very satisfactory, 
as she got distinction in English and passed with credit in the advanced course of teaching and in the ordinary course of hygiene and physical training, music, history, geography and elementary science.

“We heartily congratulate her on her excellent success.”

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