Lowther's Lambs
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Herstmonceux lambs go from South Downs to WW1 slaughter

Thousands of local workers joined a South Downs battalion in World War One in response to appeals from the owner of Herstmonceux Castle.

They became known as Lowther's Lambs after Peter the sheep, who lived at the castle and became their mascot.

Hundreds died when they were sent "over the top" as decoys before the Battle of the Somme.

South East Today's Sara Smith discovers that only a handful survived the war and the loss of life touched every family in the area.

  • 03 Jun 2014
  • From the section Sussex
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