This year marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. It was all sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and ended with the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
The total number of military and civilian casualties in this war was over 37 million. There were over 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.The total number of deaths includes about 10 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians. At least 2 million died from diseases and 6 million went missing, presumed dead. Approximately two-thirds of military deaths in World War I were in battle, unlike the conflicts that took place in the 19th century when the majority of deaths were due to disease. Improvements in medicine as well as the increased lethality of military weaponry were both factors in this development. Nevertheless disease, including the Spanish flu, still caused about one third of total military deaths for all belligerents.
Of these deaths I have located eleven Scrace/Scrase casulties, each of whom I plan to dedicate a blog post to this year on or close to the anniversary of their untimely deaths with the information I have located about them.
Frederick George Scrase born in Brighton who died on 2 Mar 1916 in Royal Sussex Regiment
Walter Scrase who died on 24 Mar 1918 in Tank Corps
Cecil George Scrace born in Penshurst who died on 13 Apr 1918 in Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
William Thomas Scrase born in Bolney, Haywards Heath, Sussex who died on 24 May 1915 in Royal Garrison Artillery
Reginald George Scrase who died on 19 Jul 1916 in Gloucestershire Regiment
James Scrace born in Bexhill, Sussex who died on 13 Aug 1917 in Border Regiment
J Scrace who died on 24 Aug 1918 in Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Herbert Scrase born in Plumpton, Sussex who died on 18 Sep 1918 in Corps of Royal Engineers
Herbert Scrace born in Gillingham, Kent who died on 24 Sep 1918 in Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Horace Scrase Brighton 27 Sep 1915 Royal Sussex Regiment Western European Theatre
John Scrace Fulham 12 Nov 1916 Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) Western European Theatre
If you are related to any of the men named above and have any information on them that you would like included in their post, including photographs I would love to hear from you.
Until next time…………………………..