As can be imagined, it was sometimes hard to provide concrete evidence that a member of the armed forces had died, resulting in reports such as below.
“Intimation was received on Friday from the War Office that Private H. Isaacs, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, had been kiled in action on the 10th September.
“Private Isaacs was a member of a well-known Horsham family. He was a single man, living with his sister at 13 Swindon Road. His age was 30.
“Having lost his mother when quite young he joined the Royal Sussex Regiment and served about six years in India.”