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    A pictorial NOMINAL ROLL 

  of some of the men & boys

                     of the                  

               The Royal Sussex Regiment,                 the 35th Regiment of Foot,

                        from 1701 to 1966,                                                                                                           and  their successors,

                                                                                 The 3rd Bn. The Queens Regiment,

                                                                                from 1966 to 1992.

                                                                                     "The Orange Lillies"    

An unknown Royal Sussex soldier.


A child - so wasted and so white,
He told a lie to get his way,
To march, a man with men, and fight
While other boys are still at play.
A gallant lie your heart will say.

from "Pluck" by Eva Dobell.



“ Eventually, All things decline

Everything falters, dies and ends

Towers cave in, walls collapse

Roses wither, horses stumble

Cloth grows old, men expire

Iron rusts and timber rots away

Nothing made by hand will survive.

At last, I understand the truth

That all must die, both clerk and lay

And the fame of men now dead

Will quickly be forgotten

Unless the clerk takes up his pen

And brings their deeds to life again…”


  (Wace, ‘Roman de Rou’, c.1170)



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The photos are sorted from left to right alphabetically.

Browse the thumbnails for a face or click on one, to enlarge or open the slide-show. A click on the slide-show brings you back to sitemap.

A click outsde the slide-show photo, returns you to the collection.

A mouse-hover over a thumbnail, will give you a name for orientation.

There are eight (8) parts. They are : ABC - DEF - GHI - JKL - MNO - PQR - STUV - WXYZ

This collection does not profess to be complete and probably never will be !

There are now over 3.500 faces, so take your time !

THERE IS A SEARCH BOX at the top of this page.

If you are not shown here, and should be, dont hesitate to let me know; per Email, Skype or FB.

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(compiled by Les "the bat" Deacon - Royal Sussex Regt. 1961-73) - Copyrights Leslie Deacon


" The Young and Old

The Dead and Living

The Loud and Quiet

The Brave and Frightened

The Father and Son

The Short Service and Long

The Honest and Deceitful

The Loyal and Discredited

The Disgraced and Awarded

The Remembered and Forgotten

The Smart and Scruffy

The Genius and Fool

The Sensible and Reckless

      The Gentle and Brutal

The Humble and Conceited 

Men of a Regiment

My brothers in Arms

 Many of you are here

Here is my Tribute,

I salute you all !


(the bat-Revised June 2017) 

Author & Webmaster

I am Les "the bat" Deacon, Aged 71,  born in Hampden Park, Eastbourne in Sussex, and I live in Germany. I served in the Army from 1961 to 1973. My Army career began with the Army Apprentice School - Arborfield (R.E.M.E.), followed by the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion Oswestry, before joining the Royal Sussex Regiment for 9 years.

Within the Royal Sussex Regiment, I served in A Company, Anti/Tank Platoon, Provost Section & 14 Int.

I attained the rank of Sergeant, but decided to leave in 1973, just as the Army started to become "Not what I thought it used to be". I have missed my Regiment sorely since, but I have never regretted that decision.

I have been married in Germany since 1968,

  I have been a civilian expat in Germany, since my demob in `73.

After studying in Munich, I have enjoyed a successful self-employed career, teaching Communication, Personality-Development, Adult-Counselling + Architecture & Design in 20 countries. I speak & write fluently in English, German & Italian. Now retired to beautiful Southern Bavaria, near the Austrian Border, with my young wife and small kids. I also have two grown-up kids from previous marriages.

For over a decade I have been Admin assistent on the old Regimental website in Belize.

I specialise in digital-graphics, web-build, Regimental history and it`s research.  My data-bases & large Regimental Archive are unique on the web. Only a fraction are displayed online. They are tended & continuously updated. I post new items daily.  

Most of the resources are on "The Orange Lily" website, due to a higher visitor frequency.

......I wish you all, a "Good Browse", happy hunting and please come again soon.           

"Nothing Succeeds, like Sussex" - Keep Movin`the 35th !

Les "the bat" Deacon                                                                             Bavaria - June 2017                   

                     Ex 23868882 Sgt. Leslie A. Deacon - 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment 1961-1973


This website is archived & thereby preserved, within the British Library Archive in the : 

UK Web Archive

Also within the US National Archive at the :


(a sort of Regimental Newspaper !)

" Getting back to people " (Recommunication)

(1) Graham Skipper & Rosie Skipper.       (2) Carl Foster.        (3) Martin Dunne & wife Mary, in Cork, Eire. (4) Jock Ongley (ACC)      


After refitting the engine, it fired first time, after 30 years in the damp Redoubt

and 74 years after capture !

DID YOU KNOW ? - "Secret" 58 Pattern Webbing items.

(They COULD have been issued, although manufactured & stored, MOD Admin still bungled it, so they were`nt !)

.....for the memories....

A Dunkirk Story 

Sgt. Dennis Jenner MBE, 4th (TF) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment 

from Haywards Heath.

Su Paine  & the legacy of her father, the late Cpl. Nick “Pancho“ White

An Extrordinairy Experiment - Mapping addresses of all those fallen, that are shown on the Lewes Memorial, showing the devastating impact on a small community.

Click here for the working model

Mayor of Richebourg is granted the Freedom of Worthing.

Freedom of Worthing honour for Richebourg Le Avoue.

An amusing Royal Sussex Regimental Poem by Gerard Durani Martineau.............

WW1 Capt. of the Regiment & Historian..............hidden away in another poetry book - ca1930.

Tales of Tarhuna (first-time round 1942 !)

Our ` In Memoriam to Derek "Granny" Goodacre.

A big Thanks to John & Sue Beaver, (A cousin, who is handling effects & estate)

for the valuable info assistance & anecdotes, at this sad time.

A post from this website, about the  "Witchhunt" goes viral !


Last entry posted here at the top !

Comments: 676
  • #676

    RossP (Monday, 21 May 2018 22:45)

    I don’t think that they would restore The Royal Sussex Regiment to it’s former glory Colin, due to the Government wanting to run down the Army, as we know it, so they can put a large Division size force into the European Army. This way, Europe will have a very large force it can put into the field.
    Sounds awful, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised losing our Army to Brussels sycophants.

  • #675

    Colin Twiggs (Monday, 21 May 2018 10:28)

    Great news that we now have a "Duke and Duchess of Sussex" Prehaps they will re-establish the Regt To it's former glory, I wish them both well for the future, !

  • #674

    APPLES (Sunday, 20 May 2018 22:00)

    Thank you Les
    For the Memorial for Granny, A good friend and a lovely man and a good Tailor, RIP Granny

    Apples and Hazel and My children that he Taught to Swim In Gibralta

  • #673

    the bat (Sunday, 20 May 2018 12:30)

    Posted for you, now, above this board.....(slightly belated)...........our In` Memoriam to the late Derek Goodacre..............Better late, than not at all !
    It was delayed whilst securing information from relatives. Thanks to John & Sue Beaver for your assistance at this sad time............Thanks also to Starlight for the link to relatives & Apples for the Heads-Up.............Keep movin the 35th !
    Best regards.

  • #672

    ray hawkes (Sunday, 20 May 2018 11:25)

    Dear les
    i have had tt change my skype details again it is now
    as before.
    please let any mates know regaros RAY hawkes

  • #671

    Mario (Sunday, 20 May 2018 01:19)

    I wholly agree with Ross and Smudger. If only I could make it again to such a great reunion especially if the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be present.

  • #670

    Smudger (Saturday, 19 May 2018)

    All we want now is the 1st Bn The Royal Sussex Regiment to be re instated in honour of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex.

  • #669

    the bat (Saturday, 19 May 2018 18:55)

    Sorry...."Private Policy Act" is effective from 25th May 2018, and not 1st May as I previously stated.

  • #668

    RossP (Saturday, 19 May 2018 10:17)

    Have just heard that Harry & Meghan are to be the Duke & Duchess of Sussex. Maybe, Col. Rod can invite Harry to the Royal Sussex Regimental Reunion in September?
    Take care all.

  • #667

    the bat (Thursday, 17 May 2018 18:39)

    Please see new " Privacy Policy" for posting in the Internet.
    This is as a result of the new EU law on the subject, which was started 1st May 2018.
    There is no great difference from before, except that they can no longer collect info without informing you or without your written consent.

  • #666

    Colin Twiggs (Thursday, 17 May 2018 10:55)

    Hi Les, thanks for the phone call, the problem is no longer a problem, All's well now.

  • #665 (Thursday, 17 May 2018 09:33)

    TO DAVE TILLY THE ADDRESS TO CONTACT for details of granny Goodacreare are as follows this comes from Mike Sinden who is Banned from the other site,
    Address; Mr John & Sue Beaver. 32 Philip Nurse Road. Dersingham. Kings Lynn. Norfolk. PE31 6WH. Tele. (01485) 540881. E-mail;

  • #664

    the bat (Thursday, 17 May 2018 07:25)

    Thanks for the heads up, John........much appreciated.
    best regards

  • #663

    John Costan Medic (Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:42)

    Hi Les.(The Bat) I would like to inform members of the following information I received from the Mayors office here in Brighton
    The City of Brighton & Hove would like to notify you of the following events:
    Flag Raising Ceremony to mark the start of Armed Forces Week
    Sunday 24th June 2018

    Old Steine War Memorial, Brighton
    In the presence of:
    The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Chris Gebbie
    The Deputy Mayor of Brighton & Hove Cllr Alex Phillips
    After the ceremony the Flag Raising party will join the Interfaith & Drumhead Service on the East Lawn (details below)


    Interfaith & Drumhead Service to mark the end of the WW1 centenary
    Sunday 24th June 2018
    Please arrive by 2.30pm for a 3pm start
    The East Lawn, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton
    In the presence of:
    The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field
    The Bishop of Lewes The Right Reverend Richard Jackson
    The Mayor of Brighton & Hove Cllr. Dee Simson
    Interfaith Representatives

  • #662

    Apples (Monday, 14 May 2018 14:25)

    Hi Les
    I have sent you an e/mail from Mike Sinden That has all the details that you need for Granny Goodacre His cousin,s name and address and Telephone number I hope that is What you need to do a memorial for him, A good Sussex man that deserves one RIP Granny

  • #661

    the bat (Sunday, 13 May 2018 02:13)

    Hello again,
    Found deep down, in a poetry book from the 1920` s.
    New .......above this board......... "Pte. King" by Martineau.
    I had to chuckle.......there was & is, one in every intake !

  • #660

    Mike Sinden (Saturday, 12 May 2018 16:28)

    I am so very pleased Les that you are now much better after your Hospital visit. It was a bugger, but now you are hopefully leading back to full health again.?


  • #659

    LESLIE NEWMAN (Friday, 11 May 2018 14:06)

    Hi Les. How are things with you ? All well I hope.I still keep in touch with the
    Orange Lily's and still get a lot of pleasure in keeping up to date as to what
    is going on,and thank you for the work you put in to keeping every thing up
    to date. I am now into my 92nd year,and begin to feel it,but I do realise I am
    a lucky man. Look after yourself Les.

  • #658

    the bat (Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:16)

    Stop Press !........NOW on Current News
    The Mayor of Richebourg to be given the Freedom of Worthing.
    In memory & honour of the fallen at the Battle of Boar`s Head, Richebourg - "The Day Sussex Died"
    The ceremony will take place on Saturday 12th May.

  • #657

    Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 08 May 2018 15:40)

    Les, well done old friend, in everything you are putting now on the site, with all the details.!! My God I personally would be absolutely knackered.!!

  • #656

    the bat (Tuesday, 08 May 2018 08:15)

    Hi to all,
    New on "Current News" above - An Extrordinairy Experiment - addresses of all those fallen, that are shown on the Lewes Memorial have been mapped, 238 names - showing the devestating impact on a small community. Click on the link shown for the working model, exclusive to our website.
    That`s fancy - I hope you like that !

  • #655

    TT (Sunday, 06 May 2018 18:41)

    I emailed you recently did you receive?

  • #654

    the bat (Wednesday, 02 May 2018 05:37)

    An Email from a busy Queens Branch Horsham -......
    "Dear Les !
    Super website. The information is outstanding. I have found a few I know, including a friend of my Fathers! Brian Morely. He always cringes at my Queens Regiment tie at functions when he has his Royal Sussex one!
    I have been researching a relative of mine from 8 RSR pioneers who bought in 1/7/16 on the Somme. During this work I have met another chap who also lost a relative that day. Although in different companies, looking at the war Diary there is a possibility they were involved in the same action at the ‘Loop’ in Pommiers trench on that day. In fact 9 men lost their lives in that action. You have both these gentlemen on your site Walter Henry Wenham, my relative, and Charles Gasson, my friends’. Is there any way you could allow me to have a copy of the records of these two soldiers from your website please?
    I must mention, at a Milly Fair the other week I was very pleased to pick up a 1 Royal Sussex foot locker. Blow me down it is the very one in your Option 5 Artefacts, “overseas foot locker 1900 found in 2016”. You will be pleased to know it is in the hands of an old Sussex (Queens)Soldier.
    Also in my collection I have a Sgts Drill cane to Sgt J Levitt. He was 1st Battalion in the 1920’s. Possibly a Cpl in the Great War?
    Anyway keep up the good work.
    Best regards to you and yours
    Andrew Biff Byford
    The Queens Regimental Association Horsham Branch."

    Thanks....Andrew.......glad to be of service.....L

  • #653

    the bat (Wednesday, 02 May 2018 01:55)

    SITREP - The 50 new entries for March & April 2018 are now complete.
    I have already started on May 2018.
    Sorry for the delay.
    We are now back up to date (after my hostpital drama)
    I sincerely hope you find something of your without further ado !
    Have a good browse....
    best regards

  • #652

    Bill Dixon (Friday, 27 April 2018 11:02)

    As most of you know, Rick passed on a couple of weeks ago.
    Here is the details of the funeral.
    Funeral for Rick will be Thursday 3rd May at 4pm Eastbourne Crematorium. Hide Hollow
    Eastbourne BN23 8AE. Family flowers only donations on the day to charity.
    The wake will be held at The Fishermans Club, Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7AA. There is free parking from 6 in the pay and display car park. There will be light food reasonably priced bar. No time limit. Venue holds 120.

  • #651

    the bat (Thursday, 26 April 2018)

    I will be thinning out our online newspaper, "Current News" section soon, to make room for new topics & to shorten the scrolling distance.
    Please make sure you have read all & saved any pics you may need, etc,
    Most of the present content, I will re-post permanent on "Swing the Lights".

  • #650

    Mike Sinden (Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:19)

    Thank you 'Apples' have just sent Les details. I think also all our mates in the Bn, knew Derek, and it would be quite nice to see their comments on our Message Board.

  • #649 (Thursday, 26 April 2018 16:35)

    well done Mate can you give the details to Les for a menorial

  • #648

    Mike Sinden (Thursday, 26 April 2018 13:52)

    Derek Goodacre. His Cousin John has just sent me a nice card with all the info how Derek passed away. I have informed John about this Message Board, and so in the near future, am hoping that he will share some info about Derek.


  • #647

    the bat (Thursday, 26 April 2018 04:29)

    We have a further update on Von Arnim` s Staff Car as at 25th April 2018 : Thanks to Barry for keeping us informed as follows....... "Dear all, The staff car is now 95% restored and is scheduled to make its first appearance later this year at the Military Odyssey. This takes place over the August Bank Holiday at the Kent County Showground at Detling, Kent on the A249 from 25-27 August. Further dates and venues will be advised as they become known. Best wishes...........Barry Tippett." New Pics now on Current News above... Regards Les

  • #646

    Chris Message (Wednesday, 25 April 2018 11:21)

    I remember Carl when we had a grenade thrown at us on mobile patrol in Sheikh Othman, he jumped out of our land rover and charged toward a shed issuing a challenge ( Halt Waqqaf) to the movement within only to be answered by the mooing from a certainly relieved the tension of the grenade and the wizz of the base plug sailing over our heads.
    I do not remember who else was in the land rovers as we were normally in patrols of 2 but would be interested to know if anyone else remembers the incident.

  • #645

    the bat (Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:04)

    For Joe A. & All - Thats great news Joe, finding Terry........we have been searching for some time...... I need contact with him for photos & Info ...Telephone, address ?
    For Roger E......Hi Roger, good to see you on here, ...I am in contact with Carl (he is my cousin) - see note on "Current News & Topics". He is sadly, heavily dementious & probably not able to answer your questions.
    For John C......Thanks for info, John....have sent to 1st & 2nd Bns..........appreciated, mate.
    best regards to all,
    yours aye !

  • #644

    ROGER ENTICKNAP (Tuesday, 24 April 2018 16:04)


  • #643

    Joe A (Monday, 23 April 2018 20:54)

    Popped down to Lydd today to visit Tessa’s family & old friends & the first person I bumped into was Terry Kerr I only mentioned him to Les last week on Skype. Terry has no computer but he said to say hello to everyone who knew him. Unbelievable, Terry is in his late 80s.

  • #642

    John Costan (Monday, 23 April 2018 20:38)

    Hi All, Please scroll down for full message received this from the Queen's Regimental Association
    Patron: Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

    Dear John

    The funeral of Drum Major WO2 Rick Baker, ex 3rd Battalion, will take place on Thursday 3 May at 4PM at Eastbourne Crematorium, Hide Hollow, Eastbourne BN23 8AE. Family flowers only with donations to charity being collected at the funeral.

    Yours sincerely,

    Alasdair Goulden
    Queen's Regimental Association


  • #641

    Eric Hensby (Monday, 23 April 2018 20:30)

    Wrong again, Mike. I only have four grandchildren and one great grand child. And I think my age now precludes any more !!!

  • #640

    Mike Sinden (Monday, 23 April 2018 14:49)

    Well Done John on your first Grand son. BUT, you will have to catch me up, as I have 6 Grand Children, and one Great Grand Daughter.
    PS. Although I am quite sure that Sir Eric will state more quite wonderful children that he enjoys.!!

  • #639

    Colin Twiggs (Sunday, 22 April 2018 14:00)

    "Rodin's" sculpture looks great, fantastic even, But it left me wondering if Miss Kate Fowler-Tutt had ever encountered a "Squaddie" EVER, ? proberly not, !

  • #638

    the bat (Saturday, 21 April 2018 01:49)

    I have dug up a really interesting yarn, about a certain sculpture & The Regiment !
    Now posted above this board in "Current News".
    Have a read, (quite amusing !)
    best regards,

  • #637

    John Costan (Friday, 20 April 2018 21:56)

    Hi Les, Get well soon. Hope the rest of your family well. Some good news, My son Allan and his wife have had a baby boy Freddie two weeks old Tuesday 9lbs 9oz. so my first grand son.

  • #636

    Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 18 April 2018 14:23)

    I agree with Colin Les, take your time to full fitness. Your great site will still be here waiting for your input.!! I am in your memory as your Medic, so I know full well, that you have the mental strength, and the actual body strength to carry on regardless.!!


  • #635

    Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:08)

    Les, you take your time mate, you done so much for this page keeping us all informed about what's going on, we can wait for you to get better m8, !

  • #634

    Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:05)

    Come on Smudger, who were the curlprits, and did they step forward, ?

  • #633

    the bat (Wednesday, 18 April 2018 03:24)

    Hi to all visitors,
    ....and to Smudger, John, Mike, Derek, Monty, Colin, Ross & Les.
    Thanks for your input.......very much appreciated at this time.
    Thankyou also, for your memories, stories & anecdotes.
    I am a little"behind" onsite & now have a small backlog for March/April due to my week + in hospital. I hope to be back on track by April 30th. - Lots of "New Stuff" to do for you.
    Thanks for your support.
    Yours Aye !

  • #632

    Smudger (Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:59)

    I attended the funeral of 'Curly' Tony Coade e A Coy Royal Sussex along with 'Rock' Patterson, Lofty Cottle, Ron & Aggie Lambert and myself at Barham Crematorium on 18th April 2018. RIP Curly/ Condolences to his wife Anne & family & friends

  • #631

    Smudger (Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:45)

    Sorry to hear the passing of .Granny; Derek Goodacre. We shated a NCOs room in Shorncliffe, and one night a fight broke outside our room. I went out to ask them to behave. They stopped immediately fighting, and turned on me knocking me out then carried on fighting. They realised my predicament stopped, and Derek called the ambulance & took me Shorncliffe hospital. Next day Joe Bass came along to see me with both my eyes black & blue. He asked me who were the culprits & I replied it happen so quick I did not see who they were (which I lied). Joe called the coy on parade & stated that no one will be going on leave until the culprits own up. Granny was an usher along with Sid Flower at my wedding to my late wife Kathy in September 63.When Derek went to QMs G1098 and I CQMS HQ Coy the QM could not understand why HQ never had a bill for lost kit or damages....RIP Derek

  • #630

    LESLIE NEWMAN (Tuesday, 17 April 2018 19:52)

    Hi Les Deacon.
    How are things with you,I quite often scroll down the Orange Lillies,and find there is always something new to look at and enjoy,I cannot believe how the time flies by,but I feel lucky to have reached my nineties, 92 this year actually, my good lady is 81 this year,not to well but keeps going.
    I do hope all is well with you and family. Kind regards to you all. x

  • #629

    Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:24)

    Well done indeed John, for placing a message on our fabulous Message Board. Welcome Aboard mate, and kindly remember that our messages here are seen world wide.!! Sorry for your health issues, but I am afraid that most of us now do have a few problems.!! BUT, we are still here, and that is the main issue.!!


  • #628

    John Costan (Monday, 16 April 2018 21:08)

    Hi Les and friends, Sorry to hear of the passing of Rick & Derek both were very good friends that we served with, I got the news from the Queens Regt Association. I have had a problem with my eye. I had a detached retina back in November. and I had the Silicon Oil removed and cataract done last Monday so I have double vision and an air bubble in the eye. hope to be better soon. sorry for going on with my problems hope every one is OK John

  • #627

    RossP (Monday, 16 April 2018 19:12)

    Well put ‘Apples’ you are right, Granny was a brilliant chap and Tailor. In ‘A’Coy we went to him to sew on badges and carry out our general tailoring work.
    I invited him and Bob Chinn down to Brighton for the weekend after a reunion, at Sunday lunch we had a roast chicken, he asked my wife for the neck, which he was given. He went on to eat the whole thing, bones as well!! We had a great weekend.
    He will be missed by all of us who knew him. R.I.P our old friend.


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