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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 3.500 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 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

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. 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 !

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

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

(They COULD have been issued, but MOD Admin bungled, so they were`nt !)

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

A Dunkirk Story 

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

from Haywards Heath.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK - Thanks to "Chippy" in Oz

I have also just found the missing marksman (NK) - It is L/Cpl. D. "Buster" Coomber.


(Last message at the top !)

Comments: 577
  • #577

    Bob Bardwell (Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:43)

    Bat, please can you explain to me how I get through the mind boggling front page, I just want to see some photos, you can write me on my EMail rgolf@,

    Many thanks Bob

  • #576

    John Micallef (Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:15)

    Had the shingles jab to-day. It's free to over seventies.

  • #575

    RossP (Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:43)

    The chap behind Brian Whittle may be Cpl Wilmott ??

  • #574

    the bat (Sunday, 18 February 2018 17:30)

    There are already 35 new items posted for Febuary 2018, both Persons & Artefacts.
    Check them out on "What`s New" !
    Also a new "Photo of the Week" (a further thanks to Chippy Wood in Oz)
    best regards

  • #573

    TT (Saturday, 17 February 2018 20:39)

    Behind Brian Whittle is the Rock Patterson and far right possible Leo Boyd. The one to the right of Brian is a full screw his name?

  • #572

    TT (Saturday, 17 February 2018 20:33)

    Ross is correct abut Brian Whittle. But that is not Bob Chinn next to him. Les is correct its Bill Martin, Mick Ayling behind. I would have thought the date was possible 1962/3 as I was in the shooting team along with Brian Fox, but both not good enough for Bisley.

  • #571

    the bat (Saturday, 17 February 2018 16:47)

    Thanks a lot Ross !

  • #570

    RossP (Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:33)

    Hi Les,
    Ref. The photo of Chippy Wood above..the front right chap I believe to be Sgt. Bill Martin I remember him from Shornecliff and Malta. The guy next to Bob Chinn? wearing glasses is Brian Whittle from Recce Plt.
    I may be right, check it out.

  • #569

    the bat (Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:14)

    Photo of the Week, shown on "Current News" & featuring a newly aquired or rare pic from site visitors.
    best regards

  • #568

    Mario (Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:13)

    Les, Rear carriers are Sgt. Joe Briggs and Sgt. Mick Ayling right hand side rear of chair, according to Chippy.

  • #567

    the bat (Thursday, 08 February 2018 19:17)

    STOP PRESS ! - A new Canterbury Recruit-Photo - Mons Pl. from October 1965 - with Chippy Wood, Lt. Broadbent, Allaway, Allerton, Moore, Jordan & many more. Thanks to CSM Chippy Wood in Oz & Mario for the Link. - (Page 1, Recruit & Group Photos - 1960`s Howe Bks. Canterbury)
    A real Gem !
    Best regards

  • #566

    the bat (Thursday, 08 February 2018 18:40)

    Welcome, Tim !
    I am glad you could find something relevant.
    Thanks for your visits.
    best regards

  • #565

    the bat (Monday, 05 February 2018 21:49)

    A message transferred from Social Media :
    "Hello Every One,
    I am looking for a 2nd Queen's Regiment man called Ernie McClintock. He was a full screw, A friend of his Rodger Bourne is looking to contact him, Ernie went to the 3rd Bn in 1971, if any one can help please contact me on this or PM me please,"
    Les for John Girdler...

  • #564

    Tim Wellstead (Sunday, 04 February 2018 22:13)

    Hi Les
    This is my first time on your great site. There are a few badges and books that I have not seen before.
    I did find my great uncle Charlie Bourne though, thanks for including him.
    Keep up the good work and I will be back soon.

  • #563

    the bat (Thursday, 01 February 2018 20:20)

    New on "Current News" above - Secret evidence obtained of "The Betrayal".

  • #562

    the bat (Wednesday, 31 January 2018 06:31)

    Hi friends !
    There are 84 new entries posted for January 2018......
    For you !......Why not go & have a look ?
    It was a good "harvest" this month !
    There are fresh Artefacts and new persons on the Nominal Roll.
    Details are on "What`s New.
    Have a good browse.
    best regards

  • #561

    the bat (Wednesday, 31 January 2018 06:05)

    First....a big thanks, Apples,
    I am speechless
    Will do all other, per Telephone or Skype.
    best regards

  • #560

    the bat (Wednesday, 31 January 2018 05:57)

    Thanks a lot, Ray.......
    Really looking forward to a decent Cuppa !
    best regards

  • #559

    Ray hawkes (Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:30)

    Dear Les
    Just to let yon know that we have sent off a parcel of teabagm .we hope you enjoy them
    regards Ray and Sue.

    Dear Les
    just to let you know that we have sent off a parcel of teabags we hope you enjoy them

  • #558

    APPLES (Tuesday, 30 January 2018 09:29)

    Hi Les
    Photo and 5x10 on its way to you today on the snail mail we hope it finds you and yours well and fit take care stay upright
    Apples and Hazel

  • #557

    the bat (Sunday, 28 January 2018 00:44)

    Thanks, Freddy for your input.
    (I could on hand of it, re-edit Dick Tobin on the Nomial Roll.)
    Please give us your correct name..... Thanks.
    If you have a photo, I would like to add you to the Nominal Roll.
    best regards

  • #556

    Freddy (Saturday, 27 January 2018 21:34)

    Pic 7 - Front of stretcher = Tom Moran with Dave Jennings
    Pic 8 Looks like/Could be [not sure] Chalkie White on the Gun

  • #555

    freddy (Saturday, 27 January 2018 21:30)

    Sorry That's Gary Williamson - He was C Coy Ambulance Driver
    And Peter Tobin [I Think]

  • #554

    freddy (Saturday, 27 January 2018 21:04)

    pic 1 = paddy turner & Williamson [driver]
    pic 4 = tobin

  • #553

    Mike Sinden (Thursday, 25 January 2018 13:45)

    Good day Ross P. I am most sorry, but I shall have to close down our lovely spats together, as I am informed that folk across the world, might think we are serious in our wording.!!
    Just a thought though, 'Raiyat' is a Indian Peasant.!! I say no more.!! May you enjoy your future life.!!

  • #552

    the bat (Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:29)

    Last Post to Chris Darlington, 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment (National Service)
    Now on "Current News" above.
    Best regards

  • #551

    Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 24 January 2018 13:16)

    Ross P what a quite interesting mail whereby I learn that you were at times knee deep in muck. I am quite sure though that in fact that type of open air experiences did indeed ensure your character of today.!!
    With regards to you going into the other world, I can do that for you, without any one knowing.!! BUT, now that I know more about you, and the life that you led in your younger days, I think that I will abstain from that route and enjoy any other comments that you and I bring forth. I also was in the open air as of a 3 year old picking hops.
    My ex-army, ex-cattle farmer was looking after his herds for some 30 odd years. He and his good Lady now live in a very nice abode in the Surrey countryside. !!
    Until the next time Ross P.

  • #550

    RossP (Wednesday, 24 January 2018 11:54)

    Mike S. I’m not sure if it’s legal for you to suggest that I comment Suicide, or even consider the act, in fact there is a case being heard in the High Court where a woman talked talked a man, on line, into committing the drastic act. She cannot defend her crime. As you are a trained medic, should you really be asking someone to consider committing Euthanasia?? Who should I negotiate with?? That makes no sense!! Also, please explain the need to shout out the word must.

    As a ‘Raiyat’ (I think it may be an Arab word) I did indeed work on the land. Before I enlisted in HM Forces I lived on a farm in Sussex where from the age of 11/12 During weekends and some summer holidays I fed/mucked out Cows, Pigs, and even the chickens. I also took part in the seasonal activities such as Hay Making, mowing, turning, and bailing, the bails were stacked in a large hay barn. Harvesting the Barley, in the mid/late 1950s, we used a open Massy Ferguson Combine which was operated by one man. The Conbine cut, threashed, bailed the straw which we collected and stacked. Usually, I earned 2/6 a day (12 1/2p) I seem to remember that you have a friend who is a farmer? What route has he taken?

    In the Middle Ages, the peasants (land workers were called by the name then) bringing in the harvest would be completed by 100s of people working from dawn to dusk. The poor souls longevity was only about 40 years if they were lucky. However, after the plague devastated the population, they were able to demand a premium, in working conditions and pay.

  • #549

    Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 23 January 2018 16:29)

    Ross P. I do know now that you simply MUST consider Euthanasia.! You remind me of a Raiyat who took that same route, that you MUST now negotiate. He was successful as I am quite sure that you may well be also.!!

  • #548

    the bat (Tuesday, 23 January 2018 16:15)

    Thanks John,`s Melvyn Jones of C Coy.

  • #547

    John Micallef (Sunday, 21 January 2018 20:25)

    Photo number 3 looks like George Gilsenen.

  • #546

    Ross P (Saturday, 20 January 2018 17:57)

    There you go Mike, you can get yourself deep cleaned by Professional staff. Go for it, they are efficient and enthusiastic. What more do you want??

  • #545

    Mike Sinden (Friday, 19 January 2018 13:21)

    Sorry Les looking at my old notes, it was 7 mate not 6.!! lol

  • #544

    Mike Sinden (Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:19)

    In 1966 in Lemgo 'Western Germany' I was made the Medical Sgt for our Bn. I had to sign papers infront of our RMO and our CO to the fact that I would NEVER divulge the medical history of ANY soldier that was in our Bn. To this date I have never done that. UNLESS like Les has just said that I gave him a jab against Shingles.!! So, for all those lads out there, who, at times, ask me what a soldier was suffering from, I just cannot say anything about any soldier under my care.!!

  • #543

    Mike Sinden (Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:59)

    You are right Les in that I attended you to give you a jab (which I simply loved) for 'Shingles'. Rosie was right as it is a disease (Herpes Zoster) an eruption usually running along an intercostal nerve. It is EXTREMELY painful.!! I do mean PAINFUL.!!

  • #542

    the bat (Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:06)

    Mike Starlight treated me in Ballykinlar for a bad attack of Shingles (almost a closed girth !)
    It was said at the time, it was as a result of working undercover "amongst the enemy" & showing no apparent fear. (I was VERY afraid most of the time, but bottled it all up !).......My wife however, said it was from trying to run 6 girlfriends at the same time as working in the City.
    Seriously though....extremely painful, and an ailment definitely with it`s causes linked to the Nerves/Psyche. ...............Rosie Skipper told me yesterday, who used to slink around the Mobile Homes "when the boys were deployed" - No names, No regards..............Les.

  • #541

    Mario (Thursday, 18 January 2018 03:36)

    Ross my man, don't believe everything you read in the papers. I spent 18 years printing them and I know. It is called the Aussie flu, but it did not come from us, but only in name. Ask all ex-Sussex living here and they will all agree with me. We live in a very warm sunny country not quite like your English weather. Sorry mate!!!

  • #540 (Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:06)

    I agree, that it is important to have The Shingles inoculation. Also, you all should get the pneumonia jab, with all this flu around (especially the Aussie flu) can be dangerous for us ‘Old Uns’ Apparently, the flu can cause fluid to build up in the lungs causing pneumonia, which can be a problem for us oldies.
    Thanks Mario and your countrymen for sending us the Aussie flu!!

  • #539

    Mike Sinden (Monday, 15 January 2018 16:08)

    Well done Mario I am very pleased that you and your good Lady have had the injection. Lads out there in this VERY wide world, it really is worth a thought, and hopefully it will help you all.!!

  • #538

    Mario (Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:33)

    Yes Mike, well said. Both my wife and myself have had the injection some two years ago as we have seen the effects and pain it can cause. Take note lads.

  • #537

    Mike Sinden (Saturday, 13 January 2018 14:41)

    Just a thought lads. Shingles. My Brother in NZ has it and it is extremely painful, and lasts some time. Last Wednesday I had a injection for it, to ward it off, and on the NHS it is free. Otherwise it will cost a £100 per jab. Worth thinking about it.??

  • #536

    the bat (Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:35)

    Mortars would fit, Chris, because I think that is John "Polly" Perkins behind him.

  • #535

    Chris Message (Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:27)

    The lead soldier in the Maala Straight looks uncanny like Geoff Fairfax therefore it may have been his brother who was in C Coy Mortars and it could have been a patrol made up of support platoon.
    If anyone has any pictures of C Coy Mortars it may confirm.
    I will forward a copy of this picture to Geoff and ask if it could be his brother.
    Wait Out......

  • #534

    the bat (Wednesday, 10 January 2018 03:53)

    There are already 35 new entries for objects, etc, posted for January 2018.
    best regards

  • #533

    Dave Tilley (Tuesday, 09 January 2018 23:43)

    Chichester Branch .Sad to say Geoffry Allen Passed away on the 4th Jan ..He was 2nd Bat R/Sussex a ww2 veteran & prisoner of war age 97 Regards Dave

  • #532

    Mike Sinden (Sunday, 07 January 2018 15:53)

    I knew 'Curly' well. Stay with it old mate, and more power to your elbow. Our thoughts and prayers go with you always and to your family.!!

  • #531

    the bat (Sunday, 07 January 2018 11:18)

    Our thoughts & prayers go out from here, to Anthony "Curly" Coade & family.
    Curly was rushed to hospital yesterday.
    "He’s got a massive lung infection in the same lung as his cancer, on top of his COPD. He’s fighting like a war horse that he is, and the doctors are hopeful of a return home in five days if all the treatment plans work. Starts tonight with lung drain and high dosage meds."
    We wish Curly a speedy improvement.
    the bat

  • #530

    Mike Sinden (Saturday, 06 January 2018 15:37)

    Thank you 'Apples' for your kind words, and also for allowing Margaret and I to enjoy being part of your wonderful family life.!! We do hope to continue being with you for many years in the future.!!

  • #529

    apples (Saturday, 06 January 2018 11:32)

    Birthday wish's
    Wishing Mike Sinden a happy birthday today at the old age of 79 years, have a good one mate and may there be many more take care stay upright
    Derek Hazel and the Cox family xxx

  • #528

    the bat (Friday, 05 January 2018 10:20)

    Email to the webmaster, today :
    QUOTE "Sir, I have been searching for years too try and find out anything I could about my father - W. Blows Royal Sussex BEF etc. He was a POW in Poland Stalag XXA. I accidentally found this site and low and behold there is a photo of my father. It was such a pleasant surprise. It is because of this that I would email and thankyou. On the photo in the info it states "Further Details NK" my question is who or what is NK as I would love any details avaliable as Dad died at 68 years of age in 1985 with out saying much at all.
    Any info would be fantastic.
    Thankyou again.
    Michael Blows
    Western Australia".UNQUOTE
    best regards


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