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« on: December 18, 2016, 13:42:28 PM »

Globe - Thursday 15 March 1917

NOT EVEN A BANTAM.
Dressed in a knickerbocker suit, and standing 2ft. 3in. high, an 18-year-old youth was to-day marched into Eastbourne as a military absentee. His escort, who had brought him from Crowborough, was a tall Canadian soldier, and the contrast between the pair caused much amusement. The lad was formally discharged at the Ordnance Yard.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2016, 09:11:32 AM »

........ bizarre indeed........ but here he is...... and he is wearing his "knickerbocker suit"... ! ! ! !

Kent & Sussex Courier - Friday 23 March 1917

A NOTABLE RECRUIT FROM CROWBOROUGH.

RESIDENT WHO IS 2ft 10ins HIGH RESPONDS TO CALLING-UP NOTICE.

Punctually on Thursday morning (the 15th inst) Mr. J.R. Lambert, of Barcombe House, Crowborough, presented himself at the Ordnance Yard, Eastbourne, in accordance with the notice calling him to the Colours on that day.  He was accompanied to Eastbourne by Corporal J.H. Ware (Canadian Military Police) who is a friend of the family.  "Jack" as Lambert is familiarly known locally, is only 2ft 10ins in height, and his appearance in the streets of Eastbourne by the side of the Corporal, who stands 6ft high, created considerable attention, and he was followed to the Ordnance Yard by a large crowd of interested inhabitants.

Upon arriving at the Ordnance Yard he duly presented himself before the Military Authorities and cordially reciprocated their general salutes. Lambert is 18 years and 9 months old, and weighs 2 stone 3 pounds and 10 ounces, and is a great favourite with the inhabitants of Crowborough as well as with the Canadian troops quartered at the adjacent camp, and especially the Military Police.  "Jack" was not subject to a medical examination by the Medical Board, and received his papers exempting him from military service with a genial smile and a polite "thank-you, Sir".  He thoroughly enjoyed his trip to Eastbourne and experience at the Recruiting Yard, and upon arriving home related to his father with evident pleasure all he had seen and done in the course of the day.  He is much attached to Corporal Ware and spends much of his time at the Canadian Military Police Guard Room, which is in close proximity to his home.

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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2016, 09:52:52 AM »

I'm guessing that your report is more accurate Craggs, seeing as the newspaper was local to the chap - which means that he wasn't an absentee at all, and hence this in in the wrong board. Any suggestions where to put it?
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2016, 11:21:36 AM »

This would now fit into a number of categories.........

Maybe move the topic to "Military -General Military"........ but at the same time keep the title as it is.  

It would equally fit into "History - General" or "Social History"........

....... or maybe put it under "Personalities" with his name and height as the topic title

I'm sure you will find the above suggestions helpful  !!!!!   NOT  !!!!   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2016, 14:09:01 PM »

Best fit looks to be Jack Russell Lambert birth registered Uckfield 9/1898, Mother's MN Russell. Death Registered Uckfield 6/1936

PS Just found this link www.familylambert.net/History/bios/jack.html
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2016, 15:08:07 PM »

........  and in view of what Pete has added - I am in favour of putting the topic under "Personalities" with his name and height as the topic title........

Nice finds Pete !
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2016, 15:14:16 PM »

Thanks to all for the extra info! Topic moved and renamed - now we need to find his grave in Crowborough..

Kent & Sussex Courier - Friday 25 December 1936

Crowborough's "midget man," Mr. Jack Lambert died on Friday, May 29. He was buried the following Wednesday with the full ceremonial of the R.A.O.B., of which he was a Primo.
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2016, 15:16:53 PM »

Thanks to all for the extra info! Topic moved and renamed - now we need to find his grave in Crowborough..

Buried Herne Rd Cemetery
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2016, 15:24:11 PM »

Leeds Mercury - Wednesday 11 July 1917

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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2016, 11:51:11 AM »

My wife and I had a look around Herne Road Cemetery yesterday but didn't manage to find his grave.  It was very wet , so I need to do it again wearing a pair of wellies and take a flask of something.  The 1936 burials are not in one place. There are, as in most cemeteries, graves without markers and overgrown, fallen or illegible gravestones.

I would think that he would have had a headstone - but my first try didn't produce anything
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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2016, 20:39:09 PM »

Jack Russell Lambert

Born 23.6.1898 Crowborough. Parents Charles W & Harriett.

In 1911, living with parents & 2 elder siblings. At Station Rd Crowborough. Father a retired farmer/Gardener. Elder brother also a Gardener.
Parents aged 52 & 43 when Jack born.

Believe In 1918, he moved to his brother’s house at Guildford lodge, Eridge Rd, Crowborough, following death of both parents(1917 & 1915)

Believe he died of Pneumonia. .

His father had 3 wives. Jack’s mother Harriett Lambert(2nd wife) died 1915—jack possibly laid to rest in her grave.
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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2017, 16:32:02 PM »

I spent a couple of hours at the Herne Road Cemetery today and read every headstone and grave that was legible but couldn't find Jack Russell Lambert's resting place.

I did find his mother and father's grave, they are buried together, but there is no indication on the headstone to say that Jack is buried with them - although he could be.    There are a quite a few 'Lambert' burials in this cemetery.  The inscription on his parents headstone reads :

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
HARRIETT
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
C.W. LAMBERT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT 2nd 1915
AGED 57 YEARS
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHARLES WILLIAM LAMBER
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOV 6th 1917
AGED 72 YEARS.

There is a poem at the bottom of the headstone which reads

We loved him well no tongue can tell
How much we loved him and how well
God loved him too and thought it best
To take him home to him to rest.

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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2017, 17:37:51 PM »

Jack Russell Lambert's death and funeral..........

Kent & Sussex Courier - Friday 05 June 1936

CROWBOROUGH DWARF.

DEATH OF MR. "JACKIE" LAMBERT.

After an illness lasting only a fortnight, Mr Jack Russell Lambert died at his home in Eridge-road, Crowborough on Friday. 

"Jackie" as he was affectionately known by his many friends was only 2 ft 10in in height and he was the smallest member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes.  He was the son of the late Mr and Mrs Charles Lambert of "Barcombe House", being born in 1899.  Hence he had attained the aged of 37.  His father who died many years ago at Crowborough was 6 feet tall and his brother Mr Harry Lambert, with whom "Jackie" had been living, was also a very tall man.

During the war "Jackie" was a great favourite amongst the soldiers in training at the Crowborough Camp.  Many of those were "Colonials" and not long ago he was mentioned in an article in a Canadian newspaper showing that he had not been forgotten by those stationed at the Sussex town.  He himself was actually "called up" but his obvious physical disability at once precluded him from any form of service.

Mr Lambert attended a local school and he is stated to have made an intelligent pupil.  He was never able to perform any work but he strenuously refused to go "on show".  He was, however, always keenly interested in the charitable activities of the R.A.O.B., and he was extremely well known amongst the Lodges in North-East Sussex.  It was a proud occasion of him when, a little over four years ago, he was raised to the degree of Primo of the local Lodge to which he had belonged for may years.

He was unmarried.

THE FUNERAL.

The funeral tok place at Crowborough on Wednesday with the full ceremonial of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes.  Before the cortege left the house, brothers of the order representing many of the Lodges in the District, formed in procession, watched by a large crowd.  They were in regalia and included the Grand Lodge Secretary (Bro. King C.P.) who was present in the absence of the Grand Premo, Tunbridge Wells District.  The two black horses that drew the hearse had been obtained through the liberality of the local Lodge at the express wish of the late Mr Lambert, and members of the local branch acing as bearers were Bros. R. Painter C.P. ; A. Colbran C.P. ; Hoath and Wickens.  The coffin was covered with flowers.  The route to Christ Church was lined with spectators and in the church a crowded congregation had assembled.

The Rev. Bro. F. W. Turner, the incumbent, conducted the service, which included the hymn "Abide with me".  Bro. W.H. Martyn K.O.M., also of the Crowborough Lodge, was the organist.  In a tribute to the late Primo, Bro. Turner said "Our dear brother, who has been called from a life of difficulty, was largely respected and deeply loved. I had not the privilege of knowing him for very long, but I was always struck by the cheerfulness of his spirit dn the courageous way he loved upon life".

"Your here this afternoon", the preacher continued, "are trying to express something of the deepness of your feeling, and I am sure all of his relatives must be gladened and cheered by in the thought that he was so well thought of. I have never heard anybody say an unkind word of our brother who is now at rest, and the least we can do for him is shown show respect for him and our deepest condolences with the bereaved.  Before the service Bro. Martyn rendered "O Rest in The Lord" and as the cortege left he played The Death March in "Saul".

There was again a large attendance of the public to witness the final scenes in the local cemetery.  Bro. Turner again officiated and the funeral service of the order was read by Bro. Martyn, whilst all of the brothers present formed a link.  "Lead Kindly Light" was the sung, after which the link was then broken and the brothers filed around the grave to throw in ivy leaves - a part of the ceremonial of the order.

(There then follows a very long list of mourners and floral tributes which I am going to skip)

Messrs R.W. Weeks of Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough were in charge of the funeral arrangements.
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