YOUR SEARCHBOX IS HERE :
I extend a warm welcome to you all - from all around the world. Where ever & who ever, you may be. - I hope you enjoy looking through the site, with its hundreds of cataloged photographs covering over 50 years of Regimental life. There are many different pages to view, from the Battalion life, year for year, in timeline -
(A sand-bucket, sometimes a handkerchief & a little of your time are needed
So.....go on, go in, visit them all, and enjoy exploring them.
Look & read, laugh, cry and remember. the bat
THE MEN OF A REGIMENT
Including a pictorial NOMINAL ROLL
of some of the men & boys
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"
THE LONG AND THE THE SHORT OF IT !
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)
A REGIMENTAL TIMELINE
from 1944 to DISBANDMENT
(FOR YOUR QUICK REFERENCE)
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 4.500 faces, so take your time !
THERE IS A SEARCH BOX at the top of this
If your profile is not shown here, and should be, dont hesitate to let me know; per Email, Skype or FB.
I am happy to receive any feedback or questions from you, that you may have.
L-S.Deacon@t-online.de .............best regards - 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
Many have already gone
Here is my Tribute,
to my Regiment,
and to you
I salute you all !
(the bat-Revised June 2017)
Author & Webmaster
I am Les "the bat" Deacon, Aged 74, born in Hampden Park, Eastbourne in Sussex, and I live in Mühldorf, Bavaria, Germany. I served in the Army from 1961 to 1973. My Army career began with the Army Apprentice School - Arborfield R.E.M.E. (Veh. Mech), followed by the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion - Oswestry (Infantry),
before joining my county regiment the Royal Sussex Regiment for 9 years.
Within the Royal Sussex Regiment, I served in "A" Company, "SP" Company - Anti/Tank Platoon, as Provost Sergeant & as a member of 14 Int.
I attained the rank of Sergeant, but decided to leave in 1973, just as the Army started to become "Not that which I thought it used to be". I have missed my Regiment sorely since, but I have never regretted that decision.
I married a German national in Lemgo, Germany in 1968,
I have been a civilian expat in Germany, since my demob from Cyprus in `73.
After studying in Munich, I have enjoyed a successful self-employed career for 20 years, teaching Communication, Personality-Development, Adult-Counselling + Architecture & Design in 20 countries. I speak & write fluently in English, German & Italian. I now enjoy my retirement in beautiful Southern Bavaria, near the Austrian Border, with my young wife and two teenage kids. - I also have two grown-up kids from previous marriages.
For over a decade I have been Admin assistant on the old Regimental website with Bob "Jonah" Jones in Belize.
Bob, the founder, sadly died of Lung Cancer in Belize in 2019.
Bob`s old website was reduced to "Blog & Waffle" since the 2010`s, so I decided to go it alone, and get back to "The Regiment".
I have since, specialised 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 of these resources are displayed online. They are tended & continuously updated by myself & new items are posted daily on this website.
Most of the resources that exist, are here, on "The Orange Lily" website.
Although the "Nominal Roll" is of leading importance on this website, there are many other subjects to see also,
especially in the current-news areas & anecdotes......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 - revised May 2020
Ex 23868882 Sgt. Leslie A. Deacon - 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment 1961-1973
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