The Royal Sussex Regiment thanked Laura Lee, a member of Southern staff at Arundel station, for her research on the Great War.
Laura started carrying out her own research into the local railway men and women who served in the First World War. Laura mentioned this to Rowena Tyler, Community Development Officer covering the Arun Valley Line. This small act of respect sparked a joint project to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018 across many stations in the Southern network.
In her own time, Laura continued with the painstaking research into all railway staff on the Arun Valley Line, detailing their post on the railway, their ages, and what happened to them. For those who were buried overseas, she included a photograph of their war grave. Her work was collated in a bound folder, to be kept at Arundel station. On 10 June 2019, members of the Royal Sussex Regiment thanked Laura for her sterling work, presenting her with framed regimental mementos and a Royal Sussex pin to wear with pride. In response, Laura Lee and Rowena Tyler presented a copy of the records to West Sussex County Council’s records office.