On Sat 22 Nov Brighton Toy and Model Museum are presenting ‘They Say It’ll Be Over By Christmas’ – a commemoration of Brighton and Hove during the First World War via music, image, and the spoken word. The evening’s schedule of events remembering those from Sussex will start at 7.30 pm in the Museum.
On 22nd August, 1914 at Mons a German officer was unhorsed by Pte Ernest Edward Thomas, a 4th Dragoon Guard who lived on Southdown Avenue, it was the first British Shot of the war, from a Tommy from Brighton. After several more adventures, with promotions along the way, Sgt Thomas survived the war and died 25 years later, still living in Brighton. Little fascinating stories like this give insight into Brighton during the war. Letters shared between those at the front and their wives and sweethearts back home in Brighton and the songs sung by the girls of the local munitions factory allow a view of the attitudes of all those involved in the war effort, both at home as well as facing the enemy.
Recognition will also be paid towards those from across the Empire who, once wounded, found themselves in the converted hospital of The Royal Pavilion. Letters from officers recruited in India tells of the reception received from the people of Sussex.
Half of the ticket proceeds will go to the veterans’ charity Combat Stress, a UK Charity that supports ex-service personnel and their families who are suffering from depression, stress and other trauma related mental health issues.

Brighton Toy and Model Museum
52-55 Trafalagar Street