The 2/5th Royal Sussex Regiment was formed at
in November 1914 and underwent a
series of mergers and absorbtions but never actually went overseas. Hastings
Benjamin Cook , born in Streatham, London, appears on the 1911 census as a 21 year-old assisting at the home of his parents, Samuel and Sarah Cook at Bedford House, North Common, Chailey. Samuel was a bootmaker and Sarah's employment is listed as "small general stores" so I take it that Benjamin and his 24-year-old sister, Beatrice, were assisting in the general store.
I have not identified a medal index card for Benjamin at the National Archives in
y guess is that he was a serving territorial in the 5th Sussex Regiment when war was declared but was not fit enough for overseas service and was posted to the 2/5th Battalion soon after it was formed. I may be completely wrong in this assumption. London and m
Chailey resident Reg Philpott remembers that Ben Cook married Richard Norman’s daughter and that his sister married Wallace Norman who owned Chailey Brickyard at South Common.