In September 1914 the Eastbourne Gazette published the following appeal for new soldiers.
The 4th Sussex Battery (2nd Home Counties) was allocated to the 44th Division and would in November 1914 head for India.
The 5th Sussex (Reserve) Battery was formed on the South Coast and would spend its time in England until October 1917 when it would join the Indian Division in Mesopotamia
5th Sussex (Reserve) Battery R.F.A.
Eastbourne recruits needed
Colonel Astley Roberts commanding 2nd H.C. Brigade RFA is strongly desirous that the new battery now being formed should complete its establishment at an early date. Recruiting is proceeding briskly in St. Leonards, Bexhill and Hastings, but it is hoped that Eastbourne and district will be well represented in the new unit.
All men between the ages of 17 and 40 who are thinking of joining are urged to do so at once. Recuits can be enrolled any Monday and Wednesday or Friday evenings at 8 at the drill hall, the Goffs,
Artificers, such as shoeing smiths, saddlers and wheelers, are especially required. Pay and allowances, at Army rates, will be issued to all ranks.
If desired, an interchange with other batteries of the brigade will be arranged subsequently, so that members may be with their friends.