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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.

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 3.300 faces, so take your time !

THERE IS A SEARCH BOX Directly below the Menu

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 any of your feedback.

(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

                     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 

"In Memoriam"

Ken Andrews -- Jeremy Fleming -- John Snow -- Derek Adkins -- John Buckeridge

Les Phelps -- David Dumbleton -- John "Flash" Graham - Fred Winborn & Nick White.

" 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.  


Comments: 348
  • #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.

  • #345

    Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 18 July 2017)

    Thank you for your kind words Les, & if 'Apples' upsets me, I will blame you.!!!! Chuckle.!
    Interesting though on the Triple Bypasses as a couple of lads have mailed me to state that they also have had them done, and are well. One had his done at The Thomas Hospital in London. I know this lad quite well, and he lives in Maidstone.


  • #344

    the bat (Monday, 17 July 2017 15:39)

    LEMGO REUNION - taking place in Lemgo on 15th/16th/17th September 2017.
    Arrival PM Friday 15th Sept.(meeting after 1900hrs) - Departure PM Sunday 17th Sept.(moving after late breakfast) Programme = Stornoway Barracks Tour, Coffe & Cake at the Town Hall Plaza, Evening Dinner at the "Ponderosa", Tour of the Town with JunkerHouse. Beds are catered for at Jock Ongleys house.
    Ryanair will fly you to Dortmund for under 50 euros. We will pick you up. Easy really !
    best regards

  • #343

    the bat (Monday, 17 July 2017 15:28)

    Welcome Home, Mike.............thanks for DT update.
    I know that some people miss a lot of info....but then.......there are those that cant find the board either..........ha ha chorle chortle (Apples, don`t say anything to upset him !)
    Lots of new stuff on "What`s New", Mike and various on "Current News" (above this Message Board)
    best regards

  • #342

    Mike Sinden (Monday, 17 July 2017 13:18)

    Dave Tonks has asked me to place this message on this board for information for those lads that knew him. Dave had to call a Ambulance in the early hours of a morning not to long ago, and ended up in the Urgent Operating List at the Royal Victoria Hospital in the Falls Road in Belfast, as it was found that he had a 100% blocked artery and another at 80% and had a triple bypass operation. He was there for 3 weeks. He is now recovering at home in N.I. He gives his best wishes to all that know him.
    I am quite sure, that all you who now live world wide, and know Dave will wish him all the very best and a speedy recovery.!! Many thanks.

  • #341

    Mike Sinden (Monday, 17 July 2017 12:23)

    Sorry Les I am such a Old Fogie (no comments please 'Apples') that I did not scroll down here far enough to reach your Message Board.!! BUT I AM NOW HERE AT LAST MATES.!!

  • #340

    the bat (Sunday, 16 July 2017 01:36)

    Hello - UPDATE
    For this first half of July, there are now 41 new items (Persons & Artefacts) posted.
    Many interesting photos & facts have surfaced. Please, take time to have a good look.
    Check the latest on "What`s New". There are also new entries on "Current News"
    I wish you, interesting browsing..........Best regards...............Les "the bat" Deacon.

  • #339

    the bat (Wednesday, 12 July 2017 23:43)

    Yes....still swinging, Derek !! (well....a little bit !)
    Thanks to all for my Birthday Wishes.
    ......and no, ....I don`t feel like 71....ha .ha
    Has Mike Sinden gone to sleep, Apples !? (He has never wrote on here -The other website is inactive)
    best regards

  • #338

    APPLES (Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:38)

    To the oldest swinger in Town,
    Happy birthday
    Have a good day Les, you deserve it mate, and may you have many more, keep up the good work
    take care
    Derek and Hazel

  • #337

    Joe A (Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:55)

    Hi Les sorry We missed your Birthday yesterday hope you had a wonderful day. All the very best to you. Love J&T.

  • #336

    Mario (Tuesday, 11 July 2017 00:26)

    "Happy birthday Les", and once again thank you so much for such a great regimental website.

  • #335

    Glynis Rosser (Friday, 07 July 2017 16:39)

    Dear sir
    My husband Graham and son in law Phil are now the custodians of Von Arnims Staff car which was kept at the Redoubt Musuem Eastbourne. They dismantled it and are now in the process of restoring the car back to its original state. I myself have taken photos of this step by step and have created an album of photographs I would like to add to it the history of the car and a few of the older pictures I found your web site and the information you have on the car is great I have tired to print it out but it becomes blurred and unreadable I wondered if there is anyway I can get the information from your site another way I am will to pay for any expenses incurred.
    Glynis Rosser

  • #334

    APPLES (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 15:50)

    sorry I did not add "Sinden" To Mike and Margaret " old Age is getting to me

  • #333

    robert piper (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 15:50)

    Dear Sir / Madam

    we have just found your website, and on looking it we have found the info you have about my father is not quite wright, .Robert H Piper L.D'Hor was born in 1925 ,and he joind the LDV in 1940 and in Nov 1940 the joind the 70th Bn The Royal Sussex, then in jan 1942 he was transfurd to The Royal Coy Signals attch to 15 ( scottish) inf then at the end of ww2 he was then transfured to 3rd div, and in 1945 was sent to Palestine and was attched to 8th Inderpendent befor returning to the UK in 1947

    If you need to talk to him please let my no

    Yours Sincerely

    Robert G Piper (son )

  • #332

    APPLES (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 09:55)

    On the Thursday the 6 Th of July it is Mike and Margaret's 54 wedding anniversary well done to the Both of you, Margaret you deserve a medal for looking after him for so long Have a good day and may you have Many more
    Love and friendship xxx
    Derek and Hazel

  • #331

    the bat (Sunday, 02 July 2017)

    The unveiling of the Boar`s Head Memorial in Brighton was surely our most important Regimental ceremony since Prien.......A few from the Brighton Branch & Bill Dixon were present...........and thats all ?
    Where were RHQ, Where were Hastings, Eastbourne & Chichester ?
    I posted the dates & timings, 14 days in advance, on all sites & pages, 5 outlets altogether. I even posted the Order of Service (on here) the excuse "I didn`t know" won`t wash......a bad turnout Royal Sussex, due to lack of communication & coordination.........I am doubly annoyed because I cant go myself from where were you all ? .............rant over.(for now)

  • #330

    the bat (Sunday, 02 July 2017 01:33)

    At the head of our Homepage is our "In Memoriam" to the many men (and Boys !) of the Royal Sussex Regiment who fell at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.
    best regards

  • #329

    the bat (Sunday, 02 July 2017 01:27)

    NEWS FLASH - The new Regimental Memorial to the “Southdowners”
    at the Battle of Boar`s Head - The Old Steine War Memorial, Brighton, Sx.
    (Unveiled, yesterday 30th June 2017)
    See above on "Current News" or on Page 10 - (Regimental Memorials & Plaques - Brighton)
    Best regards.......Les

  • #328

    the bat (Sunday, 02 July 2017 00:24)

    As we leave June behind us, July is here and The 100th commemoration of the Battle of the Somme is upon us............on here, there are 46 new items posted, for the month of June 2017.
    Please support this site by going and having a browse and see “What`s New” !.
    Thanks a regards...........Les

  • #327

    the bat (Saturday, 01 July 2017 23:31)

    Hi Lyn !
    Nice to hear from you.......I hope you are well
    Thanks for the heads-up
    Will do a plug on FB.
    best regards to you & yours,

  • #326

    the bat (Saturday, 01 July 2017 23:24)

    The "Times" Obituary for Col. John Buckeridge.
    now on "Current News" (above this message board)
    best regards

  • #325

    Lyn Funnell (Saturday, 01 July 2017 13:46)

    There's an interesting event on at Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex on Sunday 9th July, from 5.30pm.
    Tattoo at the Castle is a musical evening in aid of ABE, the Soldiers' Charity., featuring the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment.
    Bring rugs & a picnic.
    01323 834400
    Tickets adults £10, children £5.

  • #324

    Mario (Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:55)

    Les, I'm on this site every week and apart from Albert Fenech's incredible Maltese history writings, there are lots more interesting items from around the world. Very good reading overall.

  • #323

    Lyn Funnell (Wednesday, 28 June 2017)
    Do take a look at Albert Fenech's fascinating articles about Malta. He's written some really informative ones. He writes from Malta every Wednesday.
    I keep trying to get him to collect all the articles & get them published. Maybe you can back me up & give him some encouragement!
    Here's another one;
    There's room to Comment under the articles.

  • #322

    the bat (Sunday, 25 June 2017 07:56)

    A Regimental Time-Machine !
    See immediately above this board.
    Lots of interesting posts planned here.
    Watch this space.
    Best regards

  • #321

    the bat (Sunday, 25 June 2017 02:29)

    Now posted on "Current News - Getting back to People"
    23524644 Cpl. Carl R. Foster - Bandsman (Clarinet) & PTI (Boxing & Football Trainer) .......I`ve got back to him on the phone, after many years........he was my friend before the Army when we were kids. He served from 1959 to 1972. He was then my first Room-Cpl. in Malta. Carl, like me, stayed in Germany and Studied at University. After a successful career as Sport Teacher, Trainer, Coach and Sport Therapist, he is retired in Bad Sachsa in the Harz Mountains. He is married with children. Carl is still in contact with Doughie Baker, Bn. Boxer..........that`s all......Les

  • #320

    graham knight (Friday, 23 June 2017 17:32)

    I have a look on your pages regularly. thanks

  • #319

    the bat (Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:38)

    I hope now you will visit regularly, Dimple.
    Chris Rollason MBE, of Bodiam Crescent in Hampden Park, Eastbourne.

  • #318

    graham knight (Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:01)

    les do you no the phone number for the member who does the medals an royal sussex badges in east bourne. thanks.

  • #317

    the bat (Wednesday, 21 June 2017 08:00)

    Mario is eyes....well done, mate
    The Maltese Cross (no connection !) was the badge of the 107th Bengali, before they became the 2nd Bn.
    It has a crown above it, as part of the badge. This shows that it is a probably the silversmith that has wrongly placed the lower part of the plume of Roussillon; as the upper part would no longer fit.
    This cross was only used for a short period by the 2nd, before they had to adopt the Star of the Garter & Plume of the 1st Bn. This may not have been noticed in the history of the shield as both versions were "correct" at different times. The 2nd Bn. (as a colonial Bn.) obviously had a problem adapting in those days. An example of this can be seen in the Old Guard in Valleta, Malta, where, stationed as the 2nd Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, they painted the badge of the 107th on the wall.
    Thanks to Mario & John for your answers.
    best regards

  • #316

    Mario (Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:51)

    Man, this waiting for the grave mistake answer is killing me !!!!!

  • #315

    John Micallef (Sunday, 18 June 2017 15:16)

    The Royal Sussex badge does not have an eight pointed cross?

  • #314

    Mario (Sunday, 18 June 2017 08:47)

    Is it the last photo showing the end of the plume under the 8 pointed cross but not the rest of the plume on top?

  • #313

    the bat (Saturday, 17 June 2017 20:46)

    In the 2nd Bn. shooting trophy shown above, is a grave design mistake.
    Can anyone spot it ?
    Have a go !

  • #312

    the bat (Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:41)

    Hello to all,
    For the first half of June 2017, I have posted another 30 new entries/items on the website "The Orange Lily". for your enjoment and interest - Persons on the "Nominal Roll" has now reached 3600 soldiers faces.
    Look on Page "What`s New" for fresh entries....otherwise good surfing....Please, take some time.
    Best regards....Keep movin`the 35th !..........Les "the bat" Deacon

  • #311

    the bat (Thursday, 15 June 2017)

    The magnificent Shooting Trophy of the 2nd Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment.
    A detailed portrait thereof, can be seen above.
    A piece we have sadly lost to "Inheriting Regiments".
    You can savour it here .......(above)
    Best regards to all

  • #310

    Mario (Tuesday, 13 June 2017 01:11)

    Have sent you pictures of the recent commemoration of the National Boer War Memorial in Canberra. Official dedication was held on the 31st May 2017. This occurred after 115 years, but it is there now.

  • #309

    the bat (Monday, 12 June 2017 16:49)

    New entry on the this Website
    Order of Service for the Commemoration of the Battle of Boar`s Head
    & Memorial unveiling on the 30th June 2017 at the Old Steine, Brighton.
    (Now on "Current News", above the Message Board, last entry) important date, so don`t miss it !!........also, allready many new posts for the month of June.
    best regards to all

  • #308

    ray hawkes (Sunday, 04 June 2017 12:28)

    Thank you for your kind birthday wishes regards ray hawkes.

  • #307

    Ray beresford (Saturday, 03 June 2017 10:11)

    Thanks Les great to have a gab with you and your right take a few wks to get through all this but lots of lads l knew left c coy and went to pioneers in tidworh will keep in touch and hi to all the lads

  • #306

    Joe A (Friday, 02 June 2017 18:25)

    Belated Birthday Greetings to you Ray hope you had a wonderful day. All the best J&T. xx

  • #305

    ray hawkes (Thursday, 01 June 2017 11:56)

    Ii les
    I cannot find my birthday greeting anywhere i am 81 years old regards RAY

  • #304

    the bat (Thursday, 01 June 2017 05:23)

    As we move into the Summer with the month of June, a short SITREP.
    There are now 46 new posts of Persons & Artefacts for the month of May 2017.
    I hope visitors will honour my labour of love, with a short (or long!) visit to the updated pages.
    For details, see "What`s New".............Thanks & best regards to all
    Keep your Bum & your Head moving.
    Les "the bat" Deacon.

  • #303

    Stephen Pickthall (Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:09)

    Hi Les, I've been trying to contact you regarding the memorial plans for Nick White plus two others from Chichester, after Dave Tilley popped in to see me.

    Please could you email a picture of Nick White with a few details to asap as we go to press for the paper tomorrow.

    My direct line is 01243 534166.


  • #302

    Joe A (Monday, 29 May 2017 15:34)

    Hi Les that's a great tribute that you wrote to Flash, it brought back memories of when we were in Lenggries waiting for the snows to arrive, we used to train to keep our fitness up to scratch by road running & walking up to the top of the Braunick. The one thing that springs to my mind is one time Flash was asked by the officer to take us for fitness training, Flash decided that we should all run up a hill digging our ski sticks in as we ran, after running back down, he made us run up again backwards( I used to blame Doug Jones for that!!! Sorry Doug).

  • #301

    the bat (Thursday, 25 May 2017 23:30)

    It is with saddness, that we must announce the death of another “Orange Lily”.
    Pte. Frederick “Fred” Winborn - SP Coy, 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, passed from us on Monday 1st May 2017 - Fred did his basic training at Chichester in 1955 for his National Service. He then moved to Gibraltar. His intake dates were such, that he also served the 12 months active-service in Korea, before being demobbed.
    Since then, Fred has been an active, helpful & loyal member of the Hastings Branch of our Regimental Association.
    He was laid to rest on 19th May 2017 in Hastings with many from the Regiment present to say farewell............He was the last remaining Korean veteran to leave, from this branch...............
    We will remember....Rest in Eternal Peace.
    (Our "In Memoriam" to Fred, is now posted on Current News & Page 12)


  • #300

    the bat (Thursday, 25 May 2017 08:29)

    Hi, to all visitors !
    Update - I have done a belated " In Memoriam" to Flash Graham, as I had left him out.
    You can see it on Current News.
    I had a long chat with Ray Beresford yesterday, on Skype.
    Ray was in C Coy, and was one of the few Scouses we had.
    He is new to the Web, but would like to hear from you.
    He is also on....... (dare I say it here !) - Facebook.
    I also spoke to Mick Wyatt from the Mortar Platoon, SP Coy, who has also just re-surfaced.
    There are many other new posts for the month of May, for your interest & pleasure.
    All for now.......stay communicated
    Best regards

  • #299

    ray hawkes (Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:01)

    Dear Les
    Can you let me know you have got the photos from korean veterans i sent all the best ray.

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