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1900: Quiet homecoming for Haywards Heath heroes

Updated: Dec 9, 2023

Southern Weekly News - Saturday 01 December 1900


During the past few days two Haywards Heath men have returned home from South Africa. There were no organised receptions, the news of their home-coming not being generally known.

The first was Private Betts, 1st Royal Sussex Regiment, invalided through an accident and enteric fever. He has witnessed several engagements with the Boers.

Lithograph: An Incident at Elandslaagte, a Veterinary Corporal of the 5th Lancers spearing Two Boers with One Thrust. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 2 December 1899.

The other returning soldier was Corporal Trill, of the 5th Lancers, who was met on Monday evening by relatives and friends, who carried him home shoulder high with great enthusiasm. Corporal Trill has been away from Haywards Heath twelve years, seeing service in India and South Africa. He has been invalided home through having broken an arm. Corporal Trill was in the thick of the fighting in Natal, Elandslaagte, Reitfontein, and Lombards Kop, and went through the memorable siege of Ladysmith without a day's sickness. He lost a brother, Private W. Trill, of the 5th Lancers, killed in battle in October, but was not aware of the sad fact until he reached England.



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