Haywards Heath resident to be honoured for bravery during First World War

Sergeant Arthur Knight. Picture: Haywards Heath Town Council
Sergeant Arthur Knight. Picture: Haywards Heath Town Council

A Haywards Heath resident is to be honoured this Sunday for his bravery during the First World War.

People are invited to the commemorative service, which is taking place at the war memorial on Muster Green in Haywards Heath at 2pm.

The date will mark 100 years since the awarding of a Victoria Cross to Sergeant Arthur Knight, a soldier born in Haywards Heath who showed conspicuous bravery, initiative, and devotion to duty during the Second Battle of Arras in 1918.

A spokesman for Haywards Heath Town Council said: “On Sunday, Haywards Heath Town Council in partnership with Mid Sussex District Council, will have the privilege to honour the bravery of a local resident during the First World War.

“We are holding a commemorative service and the unveiling of a commemorative stone which will take place at the Haywards Heath war memorial on Muster Green at 2pm.

“It will be hosted by Haywards Heath town mayor councillor James Knight and Mid Sussex District Council chairman councillor Bruce Forbes.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the service that is being supported by the Haywards Heath Royal British Legion and led by Reverend Ray Smith from St Wilfrids Church.

“The service will be attended by local community organisations, local dignitaries and we are delighted to announce former regimental sergeant major (RSM) CWO Kent Griffiths and Former CO, and presently the regimental secretary, LCol (retired) F. Lee Villiger from The Calgary Highlanders (10th Canadians), in which regiment he served, are coming over to join us.

“The stone is part of a nationwide initiative led by the Ministry for Housing, Community and Local Government to coincide with the nationwide First World War centenary commemoration.”

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