As far as we can see, this was the first Horsham district man to die in the First World War.
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“From a letter received this week at the West Sussex Constabulary headquarters at Horsham by P.C. Merydue, it appears that P.C. James Cudby, of Merrywood, Thakeham, who joined the Force on May 14th has met a heroic death at the front.
“Cudby, a single man, was called up at the outbreak of the war to join the Welsh Regiment and was reported as ‘missing’ since September 14.
“His relatives have since heard from an officer (invalided home minus an arm) that he found Cudby’s body outside the village of Perneuil on 18th Septmber and there interred it...
“The officer added that Cudby must have fought bravely to the last, for dead Germans were lying all around him.”