Although Britain officially entered the war on 4 August 1914, the first encounter between British and German forces did not take place until the Battle of Mons in Belgium on 23rd August 1914. And on that first day of fighting one hundred years ago at least four people with local family connections were killed:
- Richard King (aged 35), Royal Scots Fusiliers - the brother of Mrs. A. Gallon, 10 Hales St, Deptford.
- J A Sharpe (aged 36), East Surrey Regiment - husband of Elizabeth Ward (Formerly Sharpe), of 1 Royal Naval Place, Amersham Vale, New Cross
- Albert Edward Burstow (20), Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), son of Mr. And Mrs. E. R. Burstow, of 3, Hanlon St., Grove St., Deptford.
|Deptford-born Burstow was a ‘Rivet Carrier’ by trade and enlisted |
into the Army on the 28th January 1913 at New Cross.
He was killed in the village of Tertr (source).