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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)



 The MENU is at the top of this page below the title heading.

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.

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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 !

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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. Having 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 daily, over two websites by myself.  

Most of the resources are on "The Orange Lily" website.

Les "the bat" Deacon     

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

                     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 :


  Peter the Lamb of Lowther`s Own 1914-1928 

" 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)      

 Alasdair Goulden (QRA) snubs Blue Cooper. (Press Report) -- The drama of the Arboretum Badge

2nd. Bn. Shooting Trophy - explained

"Times" Obituary to Col. John Buckeridge 

A new memorial in Brighton to the Battle of Boar`s Head - "The Day Sussex Died"

(unveiled, yesterday 30th June 2017) 

A Tribute from the Royal Sussex Regiment,

to the late

Charles "Chas" Stadden, a brilliant Military Artist & Sculptor.

Chas knew our Regiment well, after using his platoon of Mules to resupply us (under mortar & artillery fire !) on Snakeshead Ridge, Casino 1944.

He brought up ammunition, grenades, barbed wire, food & water.

On his return trip down the mountain, he took the dead & wounded.  


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

and 74 years after capture !

Impressions of the Royal Sussex Regimental Reunion at Lewes - Sept. 2017


Comments: 395
  • #395

    Mike Sinden (Friday, 22 September 2017 16:08)

    Les you are doing a really great job mate, keep it up.!!

  • #394

    the bat (Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:31)

    As the days shorten into golden September, the melancholia of autumn is upon us.
    There are, up till now, 44 new items, persons & artefacts posted for September 2017.
    A quick look at the "What`s New" Page, will give you an overview of the new "Stuff".
    I hope I have picked things suited to your interest..............Have a good browse !
    Best regards to all visitors & Regimental brothers,
    Les "the bat" Deacon

  • #393

    the bat (Friday, 15 September 2017 06:37)

    See Page 22........In our Library

  • #392

    Mike Sinden (Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:12)

    'PULL UP A SANDBAG AND SWING A LIGHT'. This is a book written & Illustrated by John Russel. It covers his 12 years in the Bn. Many names are in there. 'Chalky' White, Bill Kempton, Bob Tuffnell, John Docherty,Ken Arey, John Curry and many more. At the back are photo's. It is quite brilliant. You can either send John via his e-mail address ( and order a signed copy, or purchase it through Amazon. Many Thanks.

  • #391

    the bat (Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:42)

    New Post !
    10 pics of "D" Range (that was the one on the far right !) Pembroke Ranges, St. Andrew`s Bks, Malta.
    Now in a disused state, the old Victorian target gantries have been removed for scrap.
    A big thanks from all, to Mario Buttegieg, for his visit & pics of this location, which we know so well.
    You can find it on Page 16, Barracks & Postings under St. Andrew`s Malta.
    have a good browse
    best regards

  • #390

    the bat (Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:13)

    STOP PRESS : Impressions of the Royal Sussex Regimental Reunion in Lewes - Sept. 2017
    Now on "Current News" (above this board) - A big Thanks to Mario for the pics.
    Posted Tues 12th Sept. 21:00
    best regards

  • #389

    Barry Tippett (Monday, 11 September 2017 12:27)

    Hi All
    I would like to bring to your attention a website that has been going for some years, done by our treasurer David Lester.
    It is called It is a very interesting site with several links to various sites. David would like to know anybody that can supply him with names of men from the royal Sussex who have been killed WW2 - onwards.
    On behalf of all the member from Eastbourne Branch that attended the Reunion dinner in Lewes l would like to thank Col Arnold and Maj Brian Hudson for a truly memorable evening.

  • #388

    Mike Sinden (Saturday, 09 September 2017 10:57)

    With Blue Lights on and sirens going mad, I quickly got to my places to shop. BUT, I did remember to pick up a patient on the way.!! Oh, those were the days.!!

  • #387

    Apples (Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:14)

    That sounds about right for you Mike, All ways sleeping in the Ambulance From what the drivers told me or Shopping with it.

  • #386

    Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:42)

    RE; General Von Arnim's Staff Car. I think some of you must know now, that in March 1958 I was National Service and at the Depot Chichester. The Staff car was just behind the Guard Room. One night on my 2 hour stag, I had a one hour kip in the back of this most delightful car. The seats were real leather and the smell of them and the softness was quite unreal. If RSM Dunkeld had found me there I would have been placed against a shabby wall and flogged.!! Oh, those were the day's.

  • #385

    Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:30)

    Sorry in my last mail, I forgot to say that 'Blue's 'Viper' Dinner night was the 25th Anniversary of that occasion. 25 years of planning and producing such an incredible occasion. Well done that man indeed.!!

  • #384

    graham knight (Tuesday, 05 September 2017 19:51)

    well done les ,keeping us up to date with going ons

  • #383

    Mike Sinden (Monday, 04 September 2017 14:18)

    I, and Margaret were the Guests of Honour at the 'Vipers' dinner night in the Rutherford College (usually the Darwin College) but it was being renovated in Canterbury on Saturday evening. About 120 lads and lases attended, and it was so very good to see so many that I knew. Food was excellent as was the raffle. A Band and Drums (outstanding in their splendid uniforms and helmets) and a large disco to end the evening. 'Blue' Cooper who runs it (always in scarlet jacket and medals) was brilliant and deserves much praise. Well done to everyone who were there.

  • #382

    ray hawkes (Saturday, 02 September 2017 15:22)

    Hi everyone .
    You can now contact me on ray hawkes instead of ray6261 .
    I will try to make a conversation with you.
    regards ray hawkes

  • #381

    John.....Upstart......Girdler....... (Saturday, 02 September 2017 00:50)

    Hi Les,
    I don't see many of the guys on Skype now,
    not as much as we used to, like Ray Hawks, Bob Bumstead, and the rest,
    It's a pitty as it is still free as always... So come on guys give us a call some time.

  • #380

    John.....Upstart......Girdler....... (Saturday, 02 September 2017 00:42)

    Just popped in Les to have a look around,
    This site is great as always,
    Lots to see and read,
    Thanks a lot.
    John & Ann...............Upstart..........

  • #379

    the bat (Thursday, 31 August 2017 06:00)

    Hello friends & brothers.
    There are now 48 new items; Persons & Artefacts, posted for August on this website.
    There is many an interesting Regimental fact or story to browse.
    Please, have a "gander"....Page "What`s New" is your guide...I am sure you will discover something suiting your interests...............Best regards to all..............Les.

  • #378

    the bat (Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:36)

  • #377

    Tony T (Tuesday, 29 August 2017 21:03)

    Les. Can you give us some detail on which of the Queens Battalions celebrated SOBRAON day? I have come across a model of a Sgt carrying a Queens Regimental Colour with the words inscribed Sobroan Sgt 1983.


  • #376

    the bat (Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:23)

    Hi Twiggy !
    They are unnamed mechanics from the "Invicta Military-Vehicle Preservation Society".
    They have proved already, to be very able & knowing gentlemen, but in this press article,
    they are sadly unnamed..............Here is their website :
    best regards

  • #375

    Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 29 August 2017 09:46)

    Les, Who are the two chaps in the photo of "Armin,s" car, ?

  • #374

    APPLES (Wednesday, 23 August 2017 22:09)

    Well done Les, It is good to see it coming along, Thanks Barry for the info,
    Take care

  • #373

    the bat (Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:33)

    Now on "Current News" above this Message Board.
    A big thanks to Barry Tippett for keeping us updated.
    Best Regards to all

  • #372

    the bat (Thursday, 17 August 2017 16:50)

    Hello, friends & Brothers in Arms
    For the first half of August, I have posted 30 new entries of Persons & Artefacts on this website, for your pleasure.......take a glance at "What`s New" for your orientation. New & unseen stuff is still appearing !
    Please visit us regularly, as it is your hits that keep us stable & running as a Regimental Website.
    Many thanks & best regards..........Keep movin` the 35th !..........Les "the bat" Deacon.

  • #371

    the bat (Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:54)

    Yes it did !.....In the entrance Hall.....well seen, my friend.

  • #370

    Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 16 August 2017 10:21)

    Les, did the 2nd Bn shooting trophy once hang in the WO & Sgt,s Mess in Lemgo, ?

  • #369

    the bat (Sunday, 13 August 2017 13:25)

    Well done, Starlight.....I`m glad you had some good time together...thanks for SITREP

  • #368

    Mike Sinden (Sunday, 13 August 2017 11:51)

    We are now back home, and it was a delight to enjoy 'Apple' and Hazel with their comradeship at the local Pub. Excellent meal and excellent company. My only problem was that 'Apples' and Hazel look so young.!!
    God Bless you both.

  • #367

    the bat (Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:59)

    Enlargement is now working on "Current News"..............sorry, folks.........thanks Apples for Heads-Up

  • #366

    Apples (Friday, 11 August 2017 08:32)

    Thank you Mario and Lillian, for the good wishes, and the same goes to you both on 50 years of wedded bliss, We had a good Day, Mike and Margaret Sinden Came over last night and took us out for a lovely meal in a local Pub a most enjoyable night, thank you M&M do take care on your journey home see you again soon,
    Derek and Hazel

  • #365

    APPLES (Friday, 11 August 2017 08:22)

    Hi Les
    Skipper Foster and Jock Ongley they are not enlarging on "recommunication"page and us old and increpid can not read the script, can you do anything about it for us, thank's mate, take care

  • #364

    the bat (Friday, 11 August 2017 00:22)

    Out of interest !..........
    Statistics update for our Regimental Website - today 11th August 2017.
    This website has been viewed 42,638 times by 20,438 visitors!
    It has an average of 36 visitors per day, surfing an average of 84 pages.
    It has been viewed/visited by persons from 90 Countries.
    Thanks to all our visitors.
    Keep movin`the 35th.........we ain`t gone yet.

  • #363

    Mario (Friday, 11 August 2017 00:01)

    Happy 54th anniversary Derek and Hazel. Its our 50th anniversary this year. Take care and God bless.
    Mario & Lillian.

  • #362

    Mike Sinden (Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:27)

    I visited Derek and Hazel At their abode this morning to celebrate their 54 Th wedding anniversary. They are both well and happy . Bless them Both.
    Mike and Margaret

  • #361

    the bat (Wednesday, 09 August 2017 11:48)

    Thanks, Derek.....good drills,

  • #360

    APPLES (Wednesday, 09 August 2017 08:02)

    I spoke to Maureen and All are welcome to Attend the funeral Of Terry and to go on to the pub After the service, THE DETAILS are:-Southwest Middlesex Crematorium 355 Hounslow road Feltham TW13 5JH
    And at the Hare and Hounds Pub , Sunbury, details for that in the service book.
    Derek and Hazel

  • #359

    the bat (Saturday, 05 August 2017 13:39)

    Thanks for the very sad news, Derek.
    What a jovial character he was, Terry will be missed, he was "one of us" (which not all Mess members were !)
    Our "In Memoriam" is now posted on Page 12 for you all.
    best regards

  • #358

    APPLES (Saturday, 05 August 2017 11:48)

    It is with deep regret that we have lost another of the old school of Royal Sussex men, Terry Bilco Silver Passed away Yesterday the 4 Th of August 2017 after a long Battle with cancer I worked with Bilco
    on the MT for a number of years he was a great guy a good senior NCO that looked after his men and was like by all who knew him a very sad loss, Our Thoughts and wish's go out to his Wife and Family May you now Rest in peace old friend RIP, never forgotten,
    Apples and Hazel, Mike and Margaret Sinden

  • #357

    the bat (Wednesday, 02 August 2017 05:35)

    I have been busy in July. There are over 70 new entries of Artefacts & Persons now posted onsite for July 2017.......Please go & have look, as the number of visits are important for the website`s survival.
    I hope you discover something to your interest. (details are on "What`s New")
    I wish you all, an interesting browse.
    Best Regards

  • #356

    Kieran sullivan (Tuesday, 25 July 2017 23:48)

    I meant boxing not boozing sorry

  • #355

    Kieran sullivan (Tuesday, 25 July 2017 23:39)

    All I know about him he participated in a lot of sports, such as boozing and football but I will see his wife soon for more details.
    Kind Regards,

  • #354

    the bat (Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:25)

    Hello Kieran !
    We have two Sullivans from around that time (I served with one, a private soldier, on Malta in `64/`65) the other was a Cpl. at Depot Chichester around 1955. Please try and get me some more details.
    best regards

  • #353

    Kieran sullivan (Tuesday, 25 July 2017 18:30)

    My grandfather, John William Patrick Sullivan ( English Jim ) was in The Royal Sussex Regiment in the 50s and maybe 60s.
    I was wondering if anyone had any info on him.
    Kind Regards,
    Kieran Sullivan

  • #352

    ray hawkes (Tuesday, 25 July 2017 14:32)

    Dear Les
    I hope all is well with you.
    Am i getting through to your skype as i have not heard from you.

  • #351

    the bat (Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:01)

    Lots of fresh stuff on "What`s New" for the 2nd Half of July - Go and have a butcher`s !!
    best regards

  • #350

    RossP (Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:59)

    Thanks Joe, We are looking forward to seeing you and Mario......Doug is coming over, so it should be a good shindig.
    See you soon.

  • #349

    Joe A (Sunday, 23 July 2017 11:34)

    Hi Ross, I believe the tickets are on sale now. Monty is getting mine. Look forward to seeing you as well and as you say everyone as well.

  • #348

    graham knight (Saturday, 22 July 2017 19:55)

    re dave tonksjust to say get well soon old mate.

  • #347

    RossP (Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:57)

    Does anyone know when the tickets for the Royal Sussex Regimental Reunion are on sale??
    Looking forward to seeing you all at the 'Bash' take care all.

  • #346

    ALBERT FENECH (Wednesday, 19 July 2017 05:30)

    This week's Malta Diary on Lyn Funnel's, Malta's 'water taxi' - the dghajsa.

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