A reversed chronological view of recently posted messages (latest at the top !)

Comments: 1422
  • #1422

    Mike Sinden (Friday, 14 August 2020 11:19)

    Margaret and I send our very good wishes to all of you out there, and do hope that everyone is okay.!!


  • #1421

    the bat (Sunday, 09 August 2020 15:02)

    Hi all !
    I am already posting for August now.
    The first entries are up.
    For details, see page "What's New"
    Have a good surf.

  • #1420

    the bat (Sunday, 02 August 2020 03:59)

    As we leave July behind us, I have added 72 new items to the website, for your browsing pleasure.
    (Please see Section 3, "What` s New" for exact details) - I have lots of fresh stuff for August.
    Our positive website stats are now also shown on our newspaper, the "Roussillon Herald" , at the top.
    But if you yourself, have items photos, stories or anecdotes concerning the Regiment, get them in also and I will gladly post them. (Don`` t worry about condition of the item or spelling, etc, I will sort all that)
    So let` s hear from you !
    best regards
    Yours ` Aye
    Les "the bat" Deacon - Webmaster.

  • #1419

    the bat (Sunday, 02 August 2020 02:44)

    Thanks a lot, Apples.

  • #1418

    APPLES (Wednesday, 29 July 2020 07:38)

    Just had a butchers Les, great work old friend thank you for the hard work that you put in take care stay upright
    apples and hazel

  • #1417

    the bat (Tuesday, 28 July 2020 14:52)

    Hi to all visitors,
    Our New Title Graphic for Social Media on the Internet. - The Regiment`` s other "Continuous Presence" - 28th July 2020 -
    NOW POSTED on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
    So that you can "` ave a butcher` s" without going to FB.
    I hope you like it !

  • #1416

    the bat (Sunday, 19 July 2020 10:03)

    Here`s a good one folks !
    Now posted - Section 6 - Recruit & Group Photos - - Quebec Platoon, in Basic Training at Canterbury in May 1965, with Sgt. Chippy Wood, Cpl Sinden, Pte. Bumstead. - with extra name sheet.
    real relic !
    best regards

  • #1415

    Mike Sinden (Monday, 13 July 2020 12:37)

    Hi Les. Sorry late in wishing you a very good and healthy birthday, but have been away.

  • #1414

    the bat (Sunday, 12 July 2020 11:01)

    Many thanks for your input......much appreciated.
    Lock-down is still in place here. (Masks & distancing)....but Germany seems to be improving, slowly.
    Whereby, many countries don` t seem to be improving at all !
    GERMANY stats Infected = 199.802 - Recovered = 184.347 - Deaths = 9.133
    as a comparison :-
    UNITED STATES stats Infected 3, 355.781 - Recovered = 1, 490.542 - Deaths = 138, 000.
    UNITED KINGDOM stats Infected 289, 000 - Recovered = not stated - Deaths = 44, 800.
    Of course these 3 states are of different sizes & therefore not really comparable.
    It would appear today, 12th July 2020, that a second wave of the Pandemic, is on the way. ....So, please take care & keep to the rules..
    My 74th birthday passed without incident, cards or presents ! - Thank-you for your many online wishes.
    I still have a slight backlog with the postings, and I have a lot of new stuff for you.
    I am posting daily and should be back to normal at the end of July. Fresh posts in most sections.
    I keep a Regimental presence on FACEBOOK (for those that prefer such sh .....)
    There is an unusual amount of rainfall, here. It also seems to be sour, as it sadly kills most of the blooms on the flowers. The greenhouse "veggies" are doing OK. It is also very warm. Lots of work in our big garden now.
    The two boys 18 & 16 are still at home, both working in apprenticeships - ...both doing fine.
    You can phone me on 0044-8631-177140. You have no costs, as I ring you back on flat-rate.
    my best possible regards to you all.
    Come back soon !
    Yours ` Aye
    Les "the bat" Deacon

  • #1413

    Mario (Sunday, 12 July 2020 03:45)

    Happy belated birthday old chum. Hope you have many more and stay upright mate. Great job you do on the website. Mario.

  • #1412

    mtb (Saturday, 11 July 2020 18:03)

    happy birthday les thanks for all the work you do keeping the battalion alive.

  • #1411

    APPLES (Saturday, 11 July 2020)

    Hi Les
    Birthday wish's to you old friend may you have many more, take care and stay upright
    Derek and Hazel

  • #1410

    Colin Twiggs. (Saturday, 11 July 2020 09:12)

    Just want to wish the Bat a very happy birthday, posted here as he hates Facebook and I know he will check here first. Have a great day Les.!

  • #1409

    Mario (Friday, 10 July 2020 03:11)

    Hi chaps, thought you are in summer in the UK (summer???). Here on the Gold Coast we are in winter with temperatures reaching 24*C during the day and 14*C at night and I still feel cold. Haven't had any knees replaced either. Stay safe all. M.

  • #1408

    Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 08 July 2020 19:41)

    Hi John, Your somewhat better off than me, I need a winter coat now, but we do only have 15c at the moment, stay safe old friend.

  • #1407

    APPLES (Tuesday, 07 July 2020 16:12)

    I had both my knees replaced 21 years ago and they have been cold ever since and they are still working OK

  • #1406

    Garyd (Tuesday, 07 July 2020)

    It’s my knees
    Having now had both knees replaced so they’re now metal and plastic I feel the cold in my legs like never happened before
    Plus age !!!!!

  • #1405

    John Micallef (Tuesday, 07 July 2020 11:34)

    Hi Colin. It must be the blood thinning tablets. I also take them having suffered a stroke and I now feel the cold a lot more. I see my neighbours wearing summer clothes and there's me with a pullover on!

  • #1404

    Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 07 July 2020 09:47)

    Morning all, Not so warm here as the last few summers, Or I must be getting old with the blood thinning tablets I must now take, Stay safe all you "Lillys".

  • #1403

    ray (Sunday, 05 July 2020 12:21)

    Hi les
    The parcel arrived safely yesterday many thanks ps .our postcode is BH205BH RAY HAWKES

  • #1402

    Mike Sinden (Saturday, 04 July 2020 14:44)

    Margaret and I are okay and getting on with life. Hope all out there are the same.??

  • #1401

    ray (Thursday, 02 July 2020 13:06)

    _-i would like to take this opportunity to thank les for all his hard work in setting up this new website.
    If anything is incorrect please put it down to me as Les was not in Korea and cannot verify any details.
    Since my stroke my memory is not so good but hopefully all is okay.Best wishes to you all.Ray Hawkes.

  • #1400

    the bat (Thursday, 02 July 2020 07:26)

    The remembrance service in Worthing to the Battle of Boar` s Head.
    Full report with photos, now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald".
    A big thanks to Andrew Byford of the Horsham Branch for the heads-up.
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1399

    the bat (Monday, 29 June 2020 06:26)

    SITREP - Yes.... contrary to popular belief, I am still here..........Due to my completion of the Korea project, (See Section 15, "The Regiment in Photos", Timeline No 7, Korea) ..I am a little behind again with posting. - As June 2020 comes to a close, we have a light back log on the normal postings for June. - I will catch up in July ( I still have a lot of "Normal" items to post for you).
    Stay true to us, stay tuned, keep checking back and keep your bum moving.
    Your Royal Sussex Regimental Internet Website guy, bloke, thingy.
    Yours ` Aye
    Les "the bat" Deacon 6.00hrs 29th June 2020

  • #1398

    the bat (Sunday, 28 June 2020 16:43)

    Now completed on the Korea Page - Our 3rd & 4th (probably the last !) private photo collections, of the 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment` s deployment in Korea. - Taken by the late Terry Charman & (possibly) John Whitehead. The collection was loaned to us by Ray "Hawkeye" Hawkes - twas edited & texted by myself. - I have now added a total of 313 "Korea 1956/57" photos to Section 15, "The Regiment in Photos", Timeline No 7, Korea.
    So do go & have a look, at the Battalion` s history in the "Morning Calm "........Please.
    best regards

  • #1397

    the bat (Tuesday, 23 June 2020 00:14)

    I have received the massive archive of Ray Hawkes in the post (.....a thousand thanks, Ray !) and I am in the process of transferring it to the website. - It will take some weeks to complete, as it contains multiple collections.
    So please be patient. - The photo collections of Ptes Foord & Ted Young in Korea, are already up. (over 80 photos) - I will post everyday, so please, "keep looking ", brothers.
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1396

    the bat (Thursday, 18 June 2020 16:01)

    Very rare additional photo-collections!
    The personal photo collections of Ted Young (35 pics) & Dave Foorde (57 pics)
    Now posted on the Korea Page in the Photo-Gallery, at :
    Section 15, The Regiment in Photographs - Timeline 7, Korea 1956/7.
    We thank Ray Hawkes for sending us the pics, we are honoured
    ........and also Ted & Dave for getting them taken, all those years ago.
    Yours `Aye - at your service.
    Les "the bat" Deacon.

  • #1395

    the bat (Thursday, 18 June 2020 01:51)

    The aforesaid project with the Horsham Branch is now cancelled. (It has now been realized & agreed, that most of the info planned, is already on this site, so that a repeat is as unnecessary, as it is futile)
    Thanks to Horsham Branch & Rosie for your trust & support.
    best regards

  • #1394

    ray (Tuesday, 09 June 2020 13:03)

    les parcel being posted today regards ray

  • #1393

    the bat (Saturday, 06 June 2020 17:32)

    Our visitor statistic for yesterday - 5th June 2020, is now posted as graphic on the Roussillon Herald Newspaper on Page 4. - So that all can see, that we are still well visited !
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1392

    the bat (Thursday, 04 June 2020 04:37)

    We are now working with the Association Branch of Lewes (Royal Sussex Regimental Association)
    and the Association Branch of Horsham (6/7 Queen's Regimental Association)
    to increase the inflow of information through coordination, source sharing & communication,
    so as to intensify & increase the efficiency of this Website.
    & it`` s content for future generations. - Thanks to Rosie Potts for the heads-up.
    An info-poster can be seen on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1391

    the bat (Monday, 01 June 2020 12:57)

    Hi again,
    There are now 34 fresh items, which have been added to the month of May 2020.
    Check with Section 3, "What's New" for details.
    best regards

  • #1390

    the bat (Monday, 01 June 2020 03:29)

    Hi folks !
    As we move into June 2020, here a short sitrep.
    On this website there are many new items, now posted for May 2020, for your pleasure.
    The board is well visited with 20 to 30 hits per day. (Not everyone writes something !)
    We have about 50 items still to post, artefacts & nominal roll entries.
    I had a good long natter to Apples, he is "Confined to Camp" for a while yet.
    Lewes Branch offer possibility of working together on a project. (Thanks Rosie Potts for the buzz)
    No word from the Regimental Officers.
    All the best to all
    ...and keep your heads down !

  • #1389

    the bat (Tuesday, 19 May 2020 00:36)

    Hi Folks !
    Our website is nearly back to normal timings now, with 23 objects posted for the month of May & plenty more to come.
    Thanks for your visit, Donovan & the others.....much appreciated.
    We are well visited both here & on the Facebook link with 60 to 100 visits each, per day.
    Keep Movin` the 35th !
    Yours ` `Aye
    Les "the bat" Deacon

  • #1388

    Donovan (Friday, 15 May 2020 16:30)

    Les thanks again for the sterling work that you do in producing the Web. Another month goes by and all is well and its a great catch up. Thanks.
    John Butler was my first CSM and only met up again at Rick Bakers departure. It was fun reminding him of the time he chewed my ears great days. RIP John

  • #1387

    RossP (Thursday, 14 May 2020 14:03)

    Sorry to hear that Maurice has passed, l remember him well.
    Early 1964 we were in ‘B’Coy in Malta, Maurice was in 6 Plt and I was in 5 Plt. I believe he joined with a chap called Camilerie.
    Thanks for keeping us up to date Mario. Give my best regards to Lillian.
    Take good care and stay safe.

  • #1386

    Mario (Wednesday, 13 May 2020 01:15)

    With great sadness and very belated news, I herald the passing of another Sussex soldier Maurice Zammit who passed away last August 2019 in Malta. He joined 6Pl "B" Coy in Malta and served in Italy, Lydd, Aden and was medically discharged in Canterbury in 1970.
    Another sad loss of a great mate.
    Rip Maurice, duty done.

  • #1385

    the bat (Monday, 11 May 2020 13:48)

    Message No. 1381 should of course read Tony Booker & not Graham. (his cousin was Trevor Booker, also like him, from "A" Coy.)....Sorry.

  • #1384

    mtb (Monday, 11 May 2020 11:32)

    well done for all the work you do les ,well done for outing boston I think he has been out for years lol.

  • #1383

    the bat (Monday, 11 May 2020 00:17)

    There are 53 fresh items posted on the website for April 2020. (See "What's New")
    I have probably double that amount to post for the rest of May.
    So....lots of new content to browse & discover.
    Stay safe, you lot - Keep your heads down !
    best regards

  • #1382

    the bat (Sunday, 10 May 2020 22:49)

    Charlie Brown of course......Sorry, mate......I guess I wasn't awake !

  • #1381

    the bat (Sunday, 10 May 2020 22:45)

    Within the turmoil of the pandemic (It really is !!..) I have managed to do the monthly change onsite....even if it's a bit late.
    There are many new items & entries to the Nominal Roll for April and into May.
    Tonight, 10th May, I had a nice long phone chat with Graham Booker (cousin of Trevor B.) and was able to guide him onto this website. (Which he had never heard of)
    To those that come regularly, thanks once again for your support.
    John Boston has been posing in the US as a Lt. Col. (Photo on the Queens Assoc. website) - I managed to intervene, and get him outed by Goulden.

  • #1380

    the bat (Saturday, 09 May 2020 05:36)

    All OK, Charlie (Which Charlie ??) ....Yes !..You are right, I have been dealing with sudden deaths in my immediate vicinity, all very, very, sad. .......People seem to turn to me.....but I am not strong and also "built very close to the water".
    As for the regiment :
    We have unfortunately lost more members of the Regiment in the last weeks :
    19 Feb WO2 John Blanchette 2nd, 3rd and R Sussex.
    2 Mar Cpl Jack Payne 3rd and R Sussex
    25 Mar WO2 John Butler 3rd and R Sussex
    30 Mar Cpl Colin 'Fred' Munnery 3rd Bn.
    16 Apr Sgt Alan Thubron ACC 3rd and R Sussex
    8 Apr Pte Keith Pointon 3rd Bn.
    1 Apr LCpl Lee Moss 3rd Bn.
    25 Apr LCpl Sean Tierney 3rd and R.Sussex
    5 May Sgt Brian May 3rd and R Sussex

    (This is an overview, some have been already previously reported singularly.)
    May they Rest in Eternal Peace

  • #1379

    Charlie (Friday, 08 May 2020 16:35)

    The bat is a little quiet .. everything ok ?

  • #1378

    the bat (Saturday, 25 April 2020 05:08)

    Sean Tierney (...who shot & killed Pte. Bachelor in Aden) has died in prison of the Coronavirus, whilst serving his life-sentence for attempted murder..........End of Story - Case Closed !
    (See our full report on "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper in Section 4.)
    best regards

  • #1377

    APPLES (Tuesday, 21 April 2020 20:27)

    Hi Les
    Thank you for the phone call and the long chat the Photos will be sent soon as possible, keep yourself and your family safe old friend, stay upright, keep up the good work that you do,
    Derek and Hazel

  • #1376

    Mike Sinden (Monday, 20 April 2020 14:04)

    Well done Colin Twiggs for being a Great Grand Dad. I now have 3 children, 5 Grand Children and 2 Great Grand Children. GOD I feel old.!!
    Margaret and I are surviving and are quite safe and secure where we are situated.
    Please keep the Brilliant British life advancing into the new world far away from this stupid Virus and all it contains. Stay safe, stay secure and above all, REMEMBER you were the Best British Soldiers that can overcome ANY problems that arrive to us from across the wide world.

  • #1375

    mtb (Monday, 20 April 2020 10:07)

    thanks les for all the hard work you do ,its good to look back at the good times.

  • #1374

    the bat (Monday, 20 April 2020 02:12)

    Our website is still running at the moment, with between 60 & 70 visitors per day.
    (The statistic freaks can visit our "Stats & Counter" Page if needed)
    Well done, guys !
    best regards

  • #1373

    the bat (Sunday, 19 April 2020 00:16)

    A recruit photo (1958) of the late Alan Thubron, has now been added to his "In Memoriam" on Section 4,
    "The Roussillon Herald" newspaper.