CHANCE TO MARK THE LIFE OF SEAFORD WAR HERO
July 29 2015.
Seaford residents are being given the chance to commemorate the life of a First World War hero from the town. Cuthbert Bromley, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery at Gallipoli, died aged 36 in August 1915 after the ship he was travelling on was sunk by a German torpedo.
Cuthbert, whilst not born in Seaford, spent some of his early childhood years in the town and indeed Bromley Road was named after him.
An extract from the London Gazette 15th March 1917 reads: “The Lancashire Fusiliers in effecting a landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula were met by very deadly gun fire. The survivors rushed up to and cut the wire entanglements; the cliffs were gained and the position maintained. Bromley was selected by his comrades as performing acts of bravery and devotion”
Major Bromley was wounded during the west beach landing and sustained a bullet injury to the knee on the 28th April 1915. He was wounded again during the battle of Gully Ravine on 28th June and was evacuated to Egypt to recover. On the 13th August 1915 returning to the Gallipoli Peninsula aboard the troopship Royal Edward he was killed when the ship was torpedoed in the Mediterranean. Major Bromley was one of the six members of the Regiment awarded the famous “six VC’s before breakfast)
A memorial paving stone and plaque commemorating his life will be unveiled at Seaford War Memorial, in Sutton Road, on Sunday, August 16th, members of his family will be also present to mark the event as well as the Lord Lieutenant and representatives of the three councils, other dignitaries and the Royal British Legion.
The event is being organised by East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council and Seaford Town Council, as part of a series of activities marking the centenary of the war.
People are invited to gather at 10.30am for an 11.00am start.