Lieutenant Colonel, Sussex Regiment, attached Royal North Lancashire Regiment
Born: May 13th 1880
Died: April 18th 1917
Age at Death: 36
Killed in action, Shatt-el-Adhaim, Mesopotamia, April 18th 1917
A DONATION TO THE MEMORIAL STATUE HAS BEEN MADE IN HONOUR OF THIS SOLIDER BY AN ABRAHAM HOUSE LEAVER 2016.
Lieutenant-Colonel Foster Newton Thorne
Foster Newton Thorne was born on May 13 1880, the son of Joseph Thorne and Isabel Jane Pryer who lived in the relatively grand house of Southover Grange in Lewes. He entered Brighton College in 1893 and was a member of Hampden House. He later married, while on military service in India, Sylvia Amber Walker in 1914 and had one daughter, Vivian Sylvia, who was born in 1916.
Foster Thorne was a professional soldier who was granted his initial commission into the Royal Sussex Regiment but on the start of the First World War was rapidly elevated to the command of the 6th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, one of Kitchener’s new battalions. The Battalion formed part of the 38th infantry brigade posted to Mesopotamia.
Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15