A Son of Sussex……
Among the first casualties sustained by the 1st battalion Leicestershire Regiment in the Boer War was Lieutenant W.J.Hannah, killed by a Boer shell at the Battle of Talana on 21 October 1899. The Hannah brothers were the sons of the Reverend J.J. Hannah, Vicar of Brighton at St Peter’s Church.
At the time of Lt Hannah’s death a new chancel was being constructed at St Peter’s. In his memory ‘his sorrowing friends’ paid for a chancel pillar on which is carved a fine stone memorial with an excellent colour depiction of the Leicestershire Regiment’s tiger.
The surviving sibling, I.C. Hannah later wrote a guide book entitled, The Sussex Coast (T.Fisher Unwin, 1912). It is a literary memorial, being dedicated :-
A Sussex Worthy
who rests in a distant land;
who fell fighting that Sussex and South Africa
might share a flag;
this work is dedicated
with affection and with reverence