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THE MEN OF A REGIMENT
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"
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 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
If you are not shown here, and should be, dont hesitate to let me know; per Email, Skype or FB.
Please,..don`t forget to visit our 3rd Bn. QUEENS REGIMENT website also, at :
I am very glad to receive your feedback.
(compiled by Les "the bat" Deacon - Royal Sussex Regt. 1961-73)
L-S.Deacon@t-online.de - 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 :
Also within the US National Archive at the :
CURRENT NEWS & TOPICS
(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)
UPDATE ON GENERAL VON ARNIM`s STAFF CAR - 23rd Aug 2017
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.
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 !
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