A reversed chronological view of recently posted messages (latest at the top
Martin (para) (Tuesday, 18 September 2018 14:37)
I would like to praise the hard work the bat does for all of us, even down to editing photos with a blemish on it, so a big thanks to Les and keep up the excellent work.
the bat (Sunday, 16 September 2018 00:26)
Visit of the Royal Sussex Regimental Association in Priez, Sept 2018
& our memorial to the fallen. (for the 2nd Year)
(Thanks to Alfie drew for the Pics)
Now posted on the "Roussillon Herald" News. (last entry)
mtb (Saturday, 15 September 2018 23:52)
it is nice to see that lewis have awarded a plaifque to the lost of the royal sussex regiment in ww1.Here in Polegate the powers that be tried to sell the memorial grounds off for housing, luckily it
was stopped.To my knowledge I had no royal sussex relations killed in ww1.I had 2 relations killed on the other side of the family.sidney Robert mayhew 4th battalion the Middlesex regiment.he was
killed 31 july 1917 just outside ypres,on the first day of the third battle of ypres paschandael.The other relation was George mayhew 18th battalion the London regiment the London irish regiment .The
London irish were the battalion that kicked the football over the trenches at Loos .I don't know why he was in London irish because their wasent any irish in the family.I think it was because they
were recruited from Chelsea and that's where the family were from.I will try and get over to flanders this year as it is the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war.If anyone has a
relation over there and cant get over I will always lay a poppy at there grave.It would be interesting to know if anyone else on the website has relations in the ww1 graveyards in Belgium.
the bat (Saturday, 15 September 2018 23:36)
Hello to all......(sad & angry)
Due to a power surge & cut, we have lost "What` s New" Page 4, complete.
I have repaired with an Archive copy as far as possible, but we are missing August.
(Our two archiving sources are always a little behind, this is normal)
I would ask for your understanding here, till I can relocate the so valuable content.
working for you, always Yours,
the bat (Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:57)
STOP PRESS ! - Report from Wednesday 12th Sept. 2018 - New Regimental plaque unvieled in the Town Hall by the Mayor. ........Report with pics, now posted - Page 4, "Roussillon Herald" News.
the bat (Friday, 07 September 2018 05:40)
Attention, Please !
Pages 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 are now all seperate to avoid "cluttering"
1 = Homepage
2 = Message Board
3 = What `s New
4 = Roussillon Herald
Best regards to all
the bat (Friday, 07 September 2018 00:52)
I almost forgot !.......I will attempt to keep up !!...chortle, chortle
There are 30 new items entered for August 2018, for your pleasure & interest.
I hope you find something of your own fancy, whilst surfing.
(I have already begun to post for September) Lots going on !
best regards to all
for a "Golden September"
Thankyou for coming.
Lisa Moore (Tuesday, 04 September 2018 19:19)
I would like to share there is an Open Day Event which will include an exhibition of First World War material, at The Keep / Archive Record Office, Brighton on Saturday 15th September 2018
Further details are available on The Keep website www.thekeep.info.
the bat (Monday, 03 September 2018 20:15)
The funeral & last journey of :
22173289 Pte. Peter TWELL,
1st Bn Royal Sussex Regiment.
....will take place in the Crematoriam of Eltham
on Monday 17th September 2018 at 12:30 hrs.
Eltham is in Greenwich, Kent, SE of London.
We ask for members of the Regiment to please attend, if possible.
the bat (Monday, 03 September 2018 05:40)
I am trying to track down a photograph of my grand father who was killed riding a motorcycle whilst serving in the Royal Sussex Regiment. He was WO1 Arthur Walter Collins 10th Battalion. Can you
Hello Alan !
I am sorry....
I can find locate no images at all.
but here is some info that I`ve found.
It might open some leads. - I hope it helps you further.
WO I (RSM) Arthur Walter Collins
10th (Trg.) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment.
Died in a motorcycle accident on 19th May 1943.
Aged 39.- Buried in Western Road Cemetery
Haywards Heath, Mid Sussex District, West Sussex, England
Plot B.G. Grave 45.
Son of Arthur Walter and Jane Collins of H. Heath.
Husband of Olive Marjorie Collins, of Haywards Heath.
Headstone engraving : “One of the Few“.
Note: The accident is reported in the Northumberland Press. At this time, Spring 1943, the Royal Sussex members who had freshly transferred to the Commandos (and their training NCO`s) were engaged in
hard traing in Northumberland. I think there may be a connection here.
Mario (Monday, 03 September 2018 00:37)
First thing in the morning the Message Board gets opened to read the latest from Les and comments from the boys. Please keep it up Les and more bods should be encouraged to read this site as it
concerns all who served. Also there is the B-C-Ing-U.com site by Lyn Funnell where Albert Fenech writes about the old Malta of long ago and more recent news. Great reading in both websites.
APPLES' (Sunday, 02 September 2018 21:30)
You know my feelings about the work and dedication you put into it without you mate there would no sites so keep it going mate, the parcel should leave here this week and as more things are being
The bat works hard for the lads it is a pity more of them do not use the site , lets have some more input from others who read it, onward the 35 th
mtb (Sunday, 02 September 2018 16:36)
I second that mike.Im not that good on computers,I think id been better off in Victorian times lol.The information on here is second to none.Thanks les for all the hard work you put into the
Mike Sinden (Sunday, 02 September 2018 15:51)
Lads out there in this wide wide world of ours, I just cannot believe (as I have stated before) the huge amount of info that Les places on his Message Boards and other inputs on different
It would be quite nice, to read your comments to praise this man who spends so much of his time, and, also remember his family life time, to bring all of us up to date information.
You are just a 'ONE OFF' Les, well done old friend.!!
the bat (Friday, 31 August 2018 02:54)
Hi to all !
As the "golden" month of September comes round again, I have posted 30 new items on the website for August 2018. Included, are two rare documents. A complete account of the Regiments actions in the
Boer War and "Hart` s Army List 1892 ", a famous list of all Regimental Officers of the Royal Sussex Regiment as in 1892, their promotion, careers, roles & decorations. The nominal roll has also
grown by another 14 persons. We are well visited, with between 30 & 60 hits per day for August.
As you have seen, there is quite a lot of background work going on, also.
There are for September, 60 new items/persons waiting for posting.
Please go and have a surf of the new entries, and further; let me know if there is anything you would especially like to see covered. (if it is missing) in the future...........Keep movin` the 35th
Les the bat Deacon
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 28 August 2018 16:52)
Cheers mike. will do.
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 28 August 2018 14:21)
Colin, please get into contact with 'Blue Cooper'. He has 4 x Standard Bearers that he knows, and always runs the Military Funeral's for soldiers that have passed away in Kent.!! He may be able to
help you out. You can get his phone number from Les. I could put it out here, but, not for the general world wide public to view it.!! God Luck.
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 28 August 2018 11:52)
1 hr ·
Hi everyone, this post is directly related to my vetern friends, an ex royal Sussex guy(Peter Twell ) service number:22173289, has passed away and his son Paul wants a military input at his funeral,
no date yet as he only passed on friday,he's from crayford, if nobody is able to go to the funeral then does anyone have a royal Sussex flag that can be loaned for the day please, i will post details
as i get them, thank you for your time.....let's try and give this old soldier the final respect he deserves. Lyn.
Mike Sinden (Monday, 20 August 2018 14:42)
Colin not Lemgo mate, but travelled along the corridors of Germany/Holland and Belgium. Once not far from Aachen. I have sent the info brochure to my Brother in New Zealand, so unfortunately cannot
give you details of our journey. But we were told that Belgium was much cheaper to live in than Holland. The Coach trip was about a 1000 miles, and at the end I was knackered. lol.
Colin Twiggs (Sunday, 19 August 2018 16:33)
Mike, glad you and Margaret enjoyed your Holiday, tell me where did you go to in Germany, back to Lemgo, ?
the bat (Sunday, 19 August 2018 16:08)
It is with great sadness, that we bid farewell to the veteran former Conservative MP Sir Peter Tapsell. He died yesterday, aged 88. He was not only a Tory MP for 25 years, but also a Regimental
Officer of the 1st Bn.Royal Sussex Regiment. He served in Egypt & Palestine during the troubles...........May he now rest, in eternal Peace.....................
(photos on "What` s New")
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 18 August 2018 14:49)
Colin, you are right about Toby's left arm, and Barbara somehow squirted washing up liquid into her eyes. Very lucky mate it was only like soap and not acid in it.
Hope very much you can see your son again, and be together again.!!
Have just done a coach trip around France/Holland/Belgium and Germany, and it brought back memories of time gone by. Margaret and I really liked Germany, and everything was so clean. SO, 'Glutton of
Punishment' just enjoy your future life, with your German Lady, and just 'ENJOY'.!!
Chris Message (Tuesday, 14 August 2018 14:12)
I am very surprised he only got 22 days, I got 28 for a lesser offence and I did not, to the best of memory, serve it with Tierney.
Whatever the outcome the real tragedy is the loss of David Batchelor and no amount of words can make up for the loss his family suffered.
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:19)
Mike, Toby's the left arm injury was the result of him reaching up to the table reaching for some thing and by mistake touched a saucer and cup with red hot coffee, I was there and grabbed him, tore
off his pullover and ran into the bathroom where I doused his arm under cold water, His arm did turn red and I said to Barbara that she should take him to the Med Centre, Glad you can remember such
detail, (I had almost forgot) And Barbara and I are divorced since 1972. she has now re-married and I have lost contact with my son, Been trying to contact him since 1985, now have a picture and
prehaps more chance of contact later this year, ! P.S. I have also re-married Another German lady and still in Germany, You could say I'm a glutton for punishment, lol.
the bat (Tuesday, 14 August 2018 03:26)
Hello Lyn Funnell !
Good to hear from you Lyn, I hope you are well. Have a great trip in September. (Jealous)
What you saw in your flashback is, on the one side possible, on the other, highly unlikely.
The reason being, the Duke`s were our arch enemies at that time & the animosity was constantly evident, especially in the Valletta & Sliema haunts. The very last thing we would have done, is
in any way drink or socialize with each other.
The Town-Patrol used to only visit The Gut, etc, when they were armed with pick-helves.
This violent relationship all originated from a very early stage, as the Duke `s used to beat up groups from our Advance Party, even before the Bn. arrived. Probably attempting to secure their revier
& their upper hand. A memory snippett !
..........but fear not, sweetest maiden, I still adore you regardless of such trivialities !
the bat (Tuesday, 14 August 2018 02:40)
Hello again Chris !
I am in possession of the transcript of the Commons debate.
Nothing much came out of it, except that the parents were allowed to claim the body of David for private family burial, (which was extremely unusual at the time, as all British soldiers killed in
action were buried locally by tradition. He was the only one repatriated from Aden, all others lie in Silent Valley.
Tierney only recieved 22 days local SUS from the CO for an ND. A light sentence which was carried out locally in the guardroom at Radfan Camp.
It remains unclear, why he was not charged with the death (Manslaughter or Murder) and then remanded for Court Martial. There are two possible reasons : Firstly, the whole issue was made low profile
& deliberately dealt with locally, so as to avoid a Bn."bad scene" at Brigade level. - or Secondly, (..and most likely) The CO blundered badly & sentenced Tierney prematurely, forgetting that
he could not be sentenced twice for the same issue. He may have seen any Court Martial charges as not his responsibility at the time.This however, closed the case per Military Law, meaning Tierney
was not punished at all for the death of David Batchelor........but, "What goes around, comes around", he recieved his life imprisonment in the end.
the bat (Tuesday, 14 August 2018 01:52)
Hello Paul Stevens !
Thanks for your input.
I will certainly look into the 3 soldiers you mention.
Send me any info you have, irrespective of how trivial it appears. (Father`s first names)
We shall see what comes up.
Lyn Funnell (Monday, 13 August 2018 14:23)
Hi Les & co, we're off to Malta again in September & while thinking, I suddenly had a flashback!
Were you in the Sliema Caff in 1964 when Pete Clayton of the Farmers' Boys lot was drinking Cisk to get in the Guinness Book of Records?
I can see 4 of you bending over him, counting!
I'm sure one of them was you, Les. You were the tallest, I think.
Am I right?
My Online Magazine B-C-ing-U! www.b-c-ing-u.com is approaching its 5th year & Albert writes about Malta every Wednesday. He's excellent, but he's been a journalist all his life, originally with
the Times of Malta.
APPLES (Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:15)
hi Les can you give me a ring on the land line i have a couple more bits you might want
take care stay upright
Apples and Hazel
Chris Message (Sunday, 12 August 2018 14:51)
Thanks for the links, I did not realise Tierney was as young as reported, he must have been 18, the same age as David Batchelor.
I believe he was from one of the Guards regiments before joining or seconded to The Royal Sussex Regiment.
David had just turned 18 and was one of the youngest soldiers in the Battalion. It was of no comfort to his family that questions were raised in the House of Commons about his premature death and
apart from his later prison sentence for attempted murder I am unaware of the punishment Sean Tierney received for his ND and the shooting of David Batchelor, perhaps someone can confirm.
Paul (Sunday, 12 August 2018 11:25)
I came across this link which might be of interest
Paul (Sunday, 12 August 2018 11:15)
Name is paul stevens living in Sussex. I did find from my family tree I found that great uncle john newman served with royal Sussex injured in 3 July 1916 and again 3 nov 1918.
Another great uncle was George Frederick Stevens who I understand was rsm in Royal Sussex.
My dad also served with Royal Sussex in the mid 1950s.
the bat (Sunday, 12 August 2018 00:10)
Thanks, Chris.....Yes !....Sean Tierney sits to this day in "The Scrubs" doing a life sentence.
Here is the story & pics:
the bat (Saturday, 11 August 2018 22:57)
Yes, Gary.....Me & JB were the only persons to get out, under a hail of fire. (Main door to garden was taken under fire by a Bren up on "Big Ben" hill) . Very, very foolhardy, but typical for
highly trained soldiers at a young age, straining at the leash. (Like yourself, both IJLB Oswestry) We crawled to the gutter on the opossite side of the road (in front of the Police Station) and
attempted to return the fire. But we had no cover & no target. The only person who could have given saviour fire was TWEEDY who was stagging-on in the roof sangar, but after two near misses with
the blindicide rockets, he was no longer functioning !
We learned later that the getaway car with the R.Launcher group, was still in situ when the first mobile patrol arrived, so it could have been very nasty. JOE AZZOPARDI tried a quick snapshot as they
sped past & dissapeared into the bustle of Steamer Point.
Old Army saying : coming under direct enemyfire, is like parachuting, you are only scared the second time around.
Chris Message (Saturday, 11 August 2018 13:10)
Having re-read my previous post I realise it does not state exactly what I meant to say and have edit the ND paragraph as follows:
On the issue of ND I was in the adjacent tent when David Batchelor was killed by Tierney and present when he ordered Roy Rumens to hand over his SMG in exchange for his SLR in the sangar at the main
gate, I was also a member of the escort taking Tierney back to Khormaksar.
I understand that Tierney was subsequently arrested and imprisoned for another murder.
Chris Message (Saturday, 11 August 2018 12:04)
BFBS Aden brings back some memories of replacing sandbags on the rooftop sangar under the supervision of Jack Hares.
It would be interesting to know of any other Aden Vets under sentence that were also on the work party or enjoyed the hospitality of the said Mr Hares in Radfan Camp.
On the issue of ND I was in the adjacent tent when David Batchelor was killed and present when he ordered Roy Rumens by Tierney to hand over his SMG in exchange for his SLR in the sangar at the main
gate, I was also a member of the escort taking Tierney back to Khormaksar.
I understand that Tierney was subsequently arrested and imprisoned for another murder.
Garyd (Friday, 10 August 2018 10:05)
BFBS Aden . Les your comment on the other site about Ray Pace and his ND. If my memory serves me right that happened at BFBS. That’s also if I remember properly where you had an Arsee reporter give
you a hard time because you wanted ID before letting him in. David Beveridge as I remember then gave him a hard time
Mike Sinden (Friday, 10 August 2018 08:49)
Many Congratulations to Derek & Hazel Cox on their 55th Wedding Anniversary today. Well done you two and do hope that you will enjoy many more Happy years together.
Best Wishes and much love from Mike & Margaret, and our adopted Cox family.!! xx
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 08 August 2018 13:03)
You are right Colin, I just cannot see Barbara wearing a muzzle.!! By the way, in Ballykinlar I treated your son who had a left arm injury, then your good Lady wife who had an eye injury, so that
only left you. BUT, you never stepped up to the mark.!! Pity, as I would have recorded a full house in my Medical Reports.!! lol.
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 08 August 2018 12:54)
Eric Sir, I am so very pleased that you are still alive, and continuing my education.!!
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 07 August 2018 09:42)
Mike, Great idea but it wouldn't please the wife to come in and find dog slaver all over the floor, I would find myself in the dog house and the dog would get MY BED, !!! so now she has to wear a
muzzel when she goes out, P.S. Trying to train the wife is harder, lol
Gerry Mac McMahon (Monday, 06 August 2018 14:57)
Hi All I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Quebec Dinner on 1st Sept in Canterbury.
Eric Hensby (Sunday, 05 August 2018 17:48)
Sorry Mike - I couldn't resist. Cost EFFECTIVE !
Mike Sinden (Sunday, 05 August 2018 17:19)
Colin, why not just leave an apple on the floor, and apple pips are easily digested. It will be surely cost affected than 600 euros.!! Good luck mate for your future animal well fare.!! LOL.
the bat (Sunday, 05 August 2018 12:20)
Sorry for the delay, friends of The Orange Lily !
The new entries for July 2018 are now finished.
There are 34 articles & persons.
Some rather interesting ones for your pleasure & interest.
Have a good time whilst browsing (details on "What`s New")
Colin Twiggs (Sunday, 05 August 2018 10:41)
Mike, she'll be 8years old in a few days, but last year we nearly lost her due to her eating any thing she finds on the floor, lol she ate a peach stone and it became lodged in her tummy, Cost us
about 600 euros to put right, expensive Peach eh, ? lol
the bat (Saturday, 04 August 2018 23:05)
I am slightly out of shedule with your monthly review (due to extra chores for the ongoing heatwave).........but it`s following for you now !
in 40 degrees (29 at night)
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 01 August 2018 13:04)
Well done Colin, how old is he/she.??
Colin Twiggs (Monday, 30 July 2018 19:30)
Mike Sinden, ref dogs, as from the start of hot weather our dog goes out at 06.30 for an hour every day, In the early evening long enough for her to do her stuff, also she has her own pool which is
in the shade, and late evening I take her in the garden when it's cool, I treat my dog as I wish to be treated if I were a dog, Only does she go in the car when the Aircondition is on and then I stay
with her, I think Everyone should do this, Pets = family, !
Mike Sinden (Friday, 27 July 2018 15:24)
We think it is hot here. I have had an e-mail from David Baggerly who lives in Spain, and on his terrace this morning it read 45 degrees C.
I think I will stay here.!!
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 26 July 2018 15:28)
For all of you that have dogs, kindly remember that in all this terrible heat, they need to be kept cool, especially those with thick coats. I only say this as a stupid woman, kept her 2 lovely dogs,
in a car while she shopped in a supermarket. No windows open, she was in the shop for over a hour, and her 2 x dogs were dead when she got back to the car. Heat and no air killed them.!!
Chris Message (Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:14)
Just read Les Newman's story of his 3 years in the army, what a fascinating read.
Today's generation do not know understand hardship or discipline and if they shared Lens experiences they would be far more use to society, I remember the bull and straw filled palliasses and it
never did me or anyone I know that served any harm.
The snowflakes would have a dicky fit if they were told to sleep on a straw filled mattress after a 30 mile route march in full kit.
Thanks Les for sharing the story.
Stewart (Wednesday, 25 July 2018 10:48)
Hi can anyone help looking to find insignia of sussex regt in Korea to mounted with a couple of medals and cap badge my father in law served national service during that time.
I just had mine all done and he likes it so wants the same please help
Mike Sinden (Monday, 23 July 2018 15:07)
Glad that you are back on line again mate. I understand from others out there, that you are not alone to be hacked into, and suffer from idiots that enter one's air space.!!
To ALL of you out there, be VERY careful, and have safeguards in place.!!
APPLES (Thursday, 19 July 2018 10:40)
I have changed my E/mail address it is Now, firstname.lastname@example.org due to someone messing with my g/mail account
Apples and Hazel, take care stay upright
the bat (Saturday, 14 July 2018 02:29)
Would "Paul" please indentify himself to us. (or risk deletion & block) Those are the rules...sorry.
mtb (Thursday, 12 July 2018 14:11)
mum lived in Percival road Hampden Park until about1948.She then moved to some new houses in Northbourne road.My grandad was a brickie so got a choice of one of the houses.mum went to bedewell school
her younger brother duggie eade went to bishop bell school.My step daughter lives in the cottages in Myrtle road all the best
the bat (Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:10)
Hi Martin !
There was a wartime marine named Fred Deacon from 43 Commando 5 Troop.
Also from your area, but no relation.....I think
I come fom Hampden Park, my Dad was from Friston/East Dean originally.
My Dad had one brother in Willingdon, still have to check that out.
Thanks Martyn (Send us some pics to post)
mtb (Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:44)
my dad had a mate he knew from naval club his name was fred deacon I think he was ex rm commondo was he a realation
the bat (Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:42)
As we approach mid-month July,...there are already 30 new persons & photos, entered onsite since the 1st July, with more to come.
So, check with page "WHAT` s NEW" to avoid missing anything.
Best regards to all,
Keep movin` the 35th !
Mario (Thursday, 12 July 2018 03:06)
Sorry Les, missed your birthday as I was out all day. Hope you had a good one, and many more yet to come.
the bat (Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:51)
Roger, Martyn.....good to have you on here.
Thanks for your ID and input.
mtb (Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:48)
hi les martyn burgess 3 queens living in sunny polegate
the bat (Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:00)
Ref. William Howard.
Thanks for your try, Paul. However, the Regiment, second initial & Regtl. Number do not fit.
So surety is not given.
After a quick further research, I have found him anyway (under the Officers !).......Lt. (A/Capt) Walter Frederick HOWARD - A survivor. -
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1981950.........his profile shows him being promoted from a Sgt. in the 16th Yeomanry - promotion was sometimes extremely fast in those dark days
!........I will re-edit the photo accordingly.
the bat (Wednesday, 11 July 2018 21:15)
Who are the anonymous posters "mtb" and "Paul", please...... Further communication will need personal identification or risks deletion.
Thanks, in advance, fellas...
Paul (Wednesday, 11 July 2018 18:42)
In your Anonymous ones photos
Photo 112 at the bottom or 110/330 there is a name “WF Howard” , I was wondering if this same person shown in the Commonwealth War Graves record
mtb (Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:24)
happy birthday Les
APPLES (Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:05)
Happy Birthday old friend
Have a great day Les, you deserve it mate, and may you have many more, take care and stay upright.
Apples and Hazel
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:00)
Thank you Colin and may Margaret and I wish Les a very happy birthday for today, and do hope that he has many more in his future years.!!
Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:38)
Cheers Mike, and now I,m back I would like to wish "The Bat" a very happy birthday, have a great day Les. !
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 10 July 2018 12:36)
Well done Colin, very good to see you back again.!!
Colin Twiggs (Monday, 09 July 2018 17:09)
Hi Les, I,m back, I could'nt log on for some stupid reason, but the problem is now resolved, Feeling a bit like "Gary Glitter" It's good to be back, !!!
Gerry Mac McMahon (Sunday, 08 July 2018 13:20)
Could anyone please send me the Email Address for Dave Simms
in Lemgo please my email is email@example.com
Mike Sinden (Friday, 06 July 2018 13:32)
Derek & Hazel
Many thanks indeed for your most kind wishes, and it is a joy for Margaret and I to be part of the lovely Cox Family.!!
Mike & Margaret xxxx
APPLES' (Thursday, 05 July 2018 17:24)
Mike and Margaret Sinden
Tomorrow, Friday the 6 Th of July, It is Mike and Margaret Sinden's 55 Th wedding anniversary, Well done old friends and best wish's from all the family and from your Sussex and Surrey farming
congratulations, lots of love take care and stay upright
Apples and Hazel xxx
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 03 July 2018)
Hi 'Apples' I have now found the new site. Well done Les for all your GREAT work.!!
Paul (Tuesday, 03 July 2018 14:07)
I saw this video footage I thought it might be of interest relating to 5th Battalion at Tower of London
Paul (Tuesday, 03 July 2018 14:01)
In your Anonymous ones photos
Photo 112 at the bottom or 110/330 there is a name “WF Howard” , I was wondering if this same person shown in the Commonwealth War Graves record
the bat (Sunday, 01 July 2018 18:23)
Hi all !
Looking for Information on William "Bill" DOTT.......Northumberland Fusiliers or Corps (REME or Royal Signals) Stationed in Lemgo around 1964/65 .....
(50 year old lady, looking for her Dad !)
APPLES (Thursday, 28 June 2018 22:15)
Well done Les if I can find it any one should be able to even Mike,
take care stay upright,
the bat (Thursday, 28 June 2018 21:46)
ATTENTION, Please !
Menu changes as of yesterday.
I have migrated the Message Board to it` s own Page - see "MESSAGE BOARD".
I have dissolved "CURRENT NEWS" and migrated the content topics to "SWING the LIGHTS"
The "HOMEPAGE" content, is now compact for a short scroll.
The long scroll to the MESSAGE BOARD is now eliminated.
(Took some working out, how to do it,,,,,but perseverance got me there ! )
JC MEDIC (Monday, 25 June 2018 20:37)
Glad to be back. Got family over from Australia (Perth) then on Thursday we all (Ina myself Paula and her two Ellie and Scarlett) going to Toulouse for a long weekend for the family wedding of inas
youngest sisters boy should be a good weekend.
the bat (Monday, 25 June 2018 17:15)
Yes, ......Gary....I remember that well.....The Battalion lined the route of her Limo as it left the Barracks. I was somewhere near the Guardroom.
Hi Mike.....thanks for your stories.....a further account of the Libyan Plane Crash, can be found in "Swing the Lights" No 6 (Ray Hawkes Story)....Ray was there on that day, driving the bodies to the
Hello John Costan, good to have you visit us again !
best regards to all
Mike Sinden (Monday, 25 June 2018 15:14)
Memories 2. I just wonder if there are ANY lads out there who were in the R/Sussex Regt between 1958 and 1960. If so, then do you remember the quite lovely info page ; The Benghazi Bugle.!! Vol 1 No
12 was on Sunday 10th August 1958. It carried a World News item. There was a air disaster near Benghazi when a plane of Central African Airways travelling from Southern Rhodesia to London carrying 54
passengers and a crew of 7 crashed on a escarpment. 36 people died. We were stationed in Benghazi and had to attend that plane crash. With my 1 Pln 'A' Coy, we had to attend that air crash and pick
up all the dead bodies, and load them (white sheeted) into our 3 tonners. There were 2 x Air Hostesses who had survived, and were just looking at the carnage. I took one aside, and sat her down, and
gave her a drink of water. The awful moment for me was to climb under the right hand wing of the plane, and to recover 3 young children.!! I think in my later years that that quite awful period in my
life, led me to become a Med Sgt for my Bn for 8 years.!!
Mike Sinden (Monday, 25 June 2018 14:35)
Memories. On 3/September/ 1959 I got my L/Cpl rank and was in Palace Bks looking after the War Dogs. Would you believe my pay then was £2. and 12 shillings and 6 pence per week.!! PLUS and one for
you Les, I got my full driving licence to drive in Germany in Groups 1 and 3 only, on the 4th May 1981, and that allowed me to drive for 5 years from that date.!!I still have my old licence No/
0216958 as being a member of the British Forces . BFPO 40. Those were the days.!!
Garyd (Monday, 25 June 2018 13:12)
We did route lining as well on that day. B Coy were on the road outside cookhouse.my mother now long gone and my girl friend. Anita now my wife came up from Hastings for the day
the bat (Monday, 25 June 2018 02:54)
Hiya JC !
Trooping the Colour to the visit of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (Colonel in Chief)
June 8th 1966
(We only borrowed the parade ground, as their was nothing in Lydd.)
JC MEDIC (Sunday, 24 June 2018 20:58)
Hi The Bat and Mike
What was the parade we had in Howe barracks Canterbury 1966. I thought this was the rebadging to Queens as I was on parade in the band then...
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 21 June 2018)
GREAT my memory has returned. !! I was National Service from 1958 to 1960 and was in Palace Bks at that time, as I was in charge of 12 x War Dogs. Good thing was no Officer was allowed to return my
salute, as the dogs thought the Officer was attacking us. !!
My last posting re; Cap Badge still therefore remains true. Thank you for pushing my memories Les.!!
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 21 June 2018 11:18)
Thank you Les, you are right. I know I must be getting old in my memories.!! NO COMMENT please 'Apples'.!! lol
the bat (Thursday, 21 June 2018 02:29)
Just a small point for Mike.
The rebadging ceremonial in Lemgo in Jan.1966 was from Home Counties badge to Queens Regiment badge.
The ceremony from Royal Sussex Badge to Home Counties (corn-flakes freebie) was 7 years earlier on 26th Nov. 1959 in Palace Barracks, Belfast, NI.
Mario (Thursday, 21 June 2018 01:12)
With the Message Board getting so large, would you consider keeping the present one as the Main Message Board, new messages will be shown for a fortnight and then after this period they will be
transferred into another page in smaller text to save space. Anyone can then refer back to previous ones by a click of a button. Just a thought. (more work for you I suppose but you are excellent at
RossP (Wednesday, 20 June 2018 23:19)
Glad to hear from you again John,
I am trying to be positive and keep the Royal Sussex Regiment alive in everyone’s mind. Hopefully, by doing so, it will not die out.
I have looked at the Middlesex Regiment site, people are still using it, the more it’s used, and the more interesting items are posted, the more people will use it.
We can still keep moving on, it does not mean that we have to forget the Regiment I joined so long ago. I must admit that I never felt like a Queensman and some of the people who were posted to us
acted really strange, Officers as well.
Never give in John, keep your Regiment in everyone’s mind, never give up.
Nice talking to you again.
John.....Upstart......Girdler....... (Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:39)
Hello Les and every one,
I have read you piece below in answer to Ross, although I agree with what you have said I must say that the oppersite (bad spelling Ross) has happened to my old regiment The Middlesex Regiment/4th Bn
The Queen's Regiment, it is laying dead on 1royalsussex3queen's.com i.e Jonah's web site, nothing came in and no one (well not many) were interested in keeping it alive, I hope this does not happen
to this web site, I see were you are coming from Ross, but I also see the bigger picture, we have to keep moving are we will stop and this web site deserves better than to stop now, so please stay
posertive and lets keep going (or moving) along together, or we will end up like my Middlesex Regiment site dead and buried, Thank you all, John Upstart...………….. P.S keep up the very good work
John Micallef (Wednesday, 20 June 2018 16:56)
I joined up in Malta in October 1964 and the Home Counties badge was already in use then. We went to Lemgo from 1966 to 1970. Was the battalion in Lemgo before 1966?
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 20 June 2018 14:59)
What hurt me the most was to stand on the parade ground in Lemgo, with all the Bn standing there and then be ordered to remove our beautiful sacred Royal Sussex cap badges, and replace it with that
most quite awful Cornflake useless Home -Counties Badge. I was in the rear rank of 1Pln 'A' Coy and simply refused to take my beloved badge out of my beret. BUT, the RSM saw me, then came across and
stood in front of me, and stated clearly, "Change it Sinden, or, Guard Room" I just had to obey.!! BUT, I still have my quite wonderful Royal Sussex Cap Badge. !!
APPLES (Wednesday, 20 June 2018 14:24)
If you go to page 13 in Memoriam George Hester is there, a good one done by Les hope that helps you take care stay upright
RossP (Wednesday, 20 June 2018 14:15)
Thanks for that detailed answer Les, just one observation, David (George) Hester still is not on the 'Fallen comrades'
Is there a reason for this??
the bat (Wednesday, 20 June 2018 01:10)
Hi people !
Please assist me on "Current News". Let me know if there is anything (maybe not so important ?) which I could delete to save scrolling space. I am open to your ideas (....as I haven` t got a bloody
clue myself !)
Seriously though, I will soon be going on a new page with Current News, as the scroll to the Board is getting too long. Let me know your opinion, though.
You are the users (I only fiddle around with the digits)
Mario (Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:45)
Thanks Les for your magnificent Bat-Graphics. I'm not on Facebook, now I can see all your great graphic work in this website. I come under the Orange Lily soldier, in the Royal Sussex Regiment who
wore the Home-Counties cap badge.
the bat (Tuesday, 19 June 2018 19:47)
Thanks for your Question. Semantical clarity, is possibly missing a little here !
The pic you mention is a Facebook promt for this website, but only to show non FB users (who may be regular visitors here) what they may look like. The prompts tend to move between both
I have now added a few more examples (in the same location), so as to illustrate this.
The reasons are as follows :
The audience/audiences on Facebook are quite different from those on a home website.
Different also, is their attitude, motivation & orientation.
There are not many "pure" Orange Lillies left - ....and even less of them still, on FB.
I therefore tend to address with my promts the "split audience", which is out there now.
Many have split loyalties, having served in both Battalions. There are 4 main catagories, as follows :
The Orange Lily soldier, who wore the Royal Sussex Regiment cap-badge.
The Orange Lily soldier, in the Royal Sussex Regiment who wore the Home-Counties cap-badge.
The Orange Lily soldier, in the 3rd Queens Regiment, with "Royal Sussex" as sub-title. (omitted July 1968)
The soldier, still very much an Orange Lily, in the 3rd Queen`s Regiment till disbandment on 9th Sept. 1992. ........(I personally fall into all four, which I suppose is rare !)
I think these prompts may sometimes appear a bit odd, to users who visit this website of their own free will, out of interest or loyalty. A prompt is the kick up the bum, really I suppose ! .....not
aimed at loyal visitors !
The Queens Regimental Association, does not differenciate between Battalions. (although Alasdair Goulden tends to be slightly 1st Bn. top heavy !)....so I attempt to bridge the gap for the Orange
Sadly, the 4th Bn./1st Middlesex/57th have now had to close down officially, because the same gap was not covered.
I loathe FB & Social Media, etc, and use it only as as a presence & contact medium for this website.
A bit long, Ross, but I hope this answers your question or gives some clarification.
RossP (Tuesday, 19 June 2018 13:17)
You should make out the above 'Rallying Call' a Royal Sussex badge and "Keep moving forward, The first Battalion" I think it makes sense on 'The orange Lilly' site, maybe I'm wrong??
APPLES (Monday, 18 June 2018)
Nice one Mike
Glad you had a Good Time on Fathers day
We had the same, we all dined together as usual 14 of us as we do every Sunday but with the fathers day goodies thrown in
Derek and Hazel
APPLES (Monday, 18 June 2018 21:03)
Well done Les
The site gets better all the time and your hard work is appreciated by us all great stuff mate and Thank you So come on lad's more good postings on the orange lily site,
the bat (Monday, 18 June 2018 13:05)
The Orange Lily post concerning "The Betrayal" has now reached & been seen by 407,421 persons.
So we are moving towards, half a milliom hits on one post.........It has 6.500 Shares.
This website now has a 30 day average of 60 visits per day.
It is visited from 90 different Countries.
Mike Sinden (Monday, 18 June 2018 13:01)
Fathers Day. Hope all of you out there, celebrated yesterday that special day. I had 14 turn up which were Children/Grand Children and a Great Grand Daughter. My God, was I that old.?? Nay, they
always keep me young.!!
Garyd (Friday, 15 June 2018 16:02)
I can’t believe those prints are not copies or cameras shots. Unbelievable and fantastic. Thank you
Mick Stevens (Thursday, 14 June 2018 16:44)
A little know info about me before j joined the Royal Sussex in 1966 iwas a gunner on 25 pounders in the Sussex yeomanry t/a, so i kept my t/a in the regular army . and after joining in bfpo 41 iwent
straight into recce .where the late terry dean was section comd in C/S 54.
the bat (Thursday, 14 June 2018 02:37)
Our Facebook prompt for mid-June can be seen above this Board ! (my graphic work)
the bat (Thursday, 14 June 2018 02:32)
STOP PRESS.....A real treat, especially for you !
SWING THE LIGHTS - SPECIAL EDITION
The work of - FORTUNINO MATANIA - A War Artist.
Have a look at these incredible illustrations !
No...they are not photographs, neither are they taken from photos.
They are drawn freehand in situ, without help lines or pre-sketching.
They have all appeared public in "The Graphic" & "The Sphere" news periodicals.
For me,...he was the genius of realism.....are they perhaps, Royal Sussex soldiers ?
This collection is to mark the end of our Great War commemoration years coverage.
I have all the original captions if needed. - There are 60 frames, a fraction of his work.
Go for it....You will neither regret it or nor forget it..........(Page 12, Swing the Lights - Special Edition)
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:37)
Eric Sir, have not heard from you for a while. Are you still enjoying your lovely, restful way of life.??
Your Protege .
Mario (Tuesday, 12 June 2018 09:23)
Have just received response for the petition for British soldiers who served in N.I. If you wish I can post it on this website.
Regards to all.
Tony T for Peter Butler (Wednesday, 06 June 2018 18:32)
Les would you have any info on Edward no 23202078 his son is working for me and would like to put a listing in the fallen friends once he has the info
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 05 June 2018 13:52)
Les, I always have a chuckle when 'Apples' states that he was around in 1914, as he was, and I always had to give him a cuff round the ear, for him to behave when he was with me.!! Oh those were the
APPLES (Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:51)
I was Even good looking in 1914 and still younger than Mike, Take care and stay upright
the bat (Monday, 04 June 2018 01:36)
Look above on "Current News" above.
Is that not Apples in 1914 ?
A re-incarnation ?
The photo is from : Page 7, The Anonymous Ones, anon 45.
APPLES (Sunday, 03 June 2018 09:20)
Mike and Margaret,
Thank you old friend, and when 150 of our farming and non farming friends left the church we did so to Sussex by the Sea played on a 1947 gramaphone hand powered, it was a very good way to finish the
service for a good old fashioned Sussex Man, Rest in peace John our dear friend,
Derek Hazel and the Cox family
Mike Sinden (Sunday, 03 June 2018 08:06)
'Apples' and I attended a Memorial Service for a dear friend, in Steyning yesterday. We had on our blazers and Royal Sussex Badges with R/Sussex ties, and I have to admit that I have never seen
'Apples' look so smart. Thank you old friend for being there on a really great day.!!
ray hawkes (Saturday, 02 June 2018 12:46)
Dear friends thank you very much for your kind birthday wishes soldier on.
APPLES (Thursday, 31 May 2018 07:26)
Happy birthday Ray even though we have never meet
Apples and Hazel
Chris Message (Wednesday, 30 May 2018 23:08)
Mike, Thanks for response I was regimental signaller and was told by my CSM that I could only serve in rear echelon thus my question on PES =LE.....
ray hawkes (Wednesday, 30 May 2018 14:05)
Hi les i cannot find my birthday greeting anywhere i am 82 years old regards RAY
RossP (Wednesday, 30 May 2018 12:34)
We all MUST sign this petition, one of my best friends from our Regiment is involved. Luckily, he is on top of the problem. Many are not, needing all the help they can get.
Again, this despicable behaviour on the part of the Government is absolutely disgusting, typical actions of the ‘Barrack Rats’ of the political Class. If they have any gumption, they would close this
Witch hunt down soonest. They have destroyed the covenant between the politicians, Government and the Military.
Mario (Wednesday, 30 May 2018 09:18)
Email received from Alasdair Goulden.
THE QUEEN’S REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Patron: Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
My apologies you have already already seen this multiple times and may see it it many more, but it's highly important to spread the word.
If you haven't already done so could I ask you to click on this link to sign the petition:
"British Soldiers who served in N. Ireland must have immunity from prosecution."
Queen's Regimental Association
Mario (Wednesday, 30 May 2018 09:11)
Received from Alasdair Goulden a petition request to sign for soldiers who served in N.I. to be immune from prosecution. I have signed giving my last address in the UK. Any one else received the same
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 30 May 2018 08:24)
FE means that you are fit to fight anywhere in the world. HO means that you can only serve in the UK. LE means Lines of Communication whereby you are able now to serve in the appointment you earned.
For me Medical Staff Sergeant, for 'Apples' MT Sgt etc. What was your appointment.??
the bat (Wednesday, 30 May 2018 04:03)
Our "Witch-hunt" Post on FB, now standing at:
367,707 hits - People reached with the article
13,934 "likes" - Persons who liked the article.
5,753 shares - Persons who shared the article by sending it to 3rd/4th persons.
8, 971 visits - New persons visiting this website.
Soon we will be famous (....or infamous ! !)......ha ha !
the bat (Wednesday, 30 May 2018 03:46)
A mystery Blazer-Badge shown above.
Has anyone any ideas to its identity ?
Chris Message (Monday, 28 May 2018 14:17)
Clearing my shed out and found my Army records.
I had a medical board in 1976 and this states PES = LE
Can anyone confirm the meaning as my memory is a little slow...
Garyd (Monday, 28 May 2018 14:13)
Thank you for all that info. I had got the impression that this was available to the higher echelons only !,,,,
I know that Eastbourne, Chichester and Hastings send their meeting minutes to this magazine so there is interest for all of us.
You do a good job on this site and I wouldn’t want to put you to any inconvenience but it would be nice to see the Russo available to all rank and file.
Best wishes to you and yours
the bat (Sunday, 27 May 2018 19:02)
Our "Witch-hunt" post has now risen to 362,461 hits & 2,678 Shares (see above)
the bat (Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:58)
was very busy....Thanks Ross for your response....that sums it up really.
The distribution method is a bit murky, I have no idea how it works.
Something to do with the Officer`s List & returns from the Branches.
I don` t get one either. - I think many non-members would buy one,
and many more could be sold, with a slightly different distribution method.
I have contacted the Colonel, he states that it can be "ordered through the Secretary".
Our secretary, Brian Hudson states, that anyone who contacts him, can be sent a copy.
Maj. Brian M. Hudson - Regimental Secretary : 0044-1903-776496
The Tannery, Westgate, Chichester PO19 3RJ
Maj. Hudson suggests, if this still for some reason fails, we should submit our own distribution List,
which would be dealt with accordingly.
This website holds an Archive of a few Historical Copies from 1940, 1964/65/67, 1975/76/78/79, 1981/82/83/84/85/86/87/88/89, 1990, 2005/06/07/08/010/012/013.
I will get them online if you think it necessary. Please give me your view
Hope this helps towards solving the issue.
RossP (Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:48)
Thanks Mike, but if that were to happen, the political correct would throw themselves off Beachy Head, politicians would book into Broadmore and the ‘Snowflakes’ would hide away in their Halls of
Residence never to be seen again. The EU would be history, our Fishermen would be landings record catches and everyone would speak English.
Instead of being Britain, we would be GREAT BRITAIN.
Then I would wake up after a brilliant dream.
Mike Sinden (Sunday, 27 May 2018 16:07)
With your knowledge and understanding of this beautiful small Island of ours, and the most useless members of Government that we suffer with, have you ever thought of applying for recognition and
backing to become our next PM.??
I would certainly vote for you.!!
Garyd (Sunday, 27 May 2018 13:48)
Thank you. I agree it would be nice if we could get a copy on line or through snail mail
RossP (Sunday, 27 May 2018 12:32)
Hello again Dilly,
let’s see if I can answer your question Re. What’s the Russo? Russo is an abbreviation of The Roussillion Gazette, which is the official journal of the Royal Sussex Regimental Association. I think
they are published Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter so it’s seasonal!
When we had our Regiment, the Russo gave us news of what had happened in the Battalion. I have a copy from the summer of 1962. It is very informative, giving news from each Company, photos of
Characters serving at that time. It started with the Colonel of the Regiment’s letter, which was General L. G. Whistler.
It’s a great pity that we cannot pay an annual subscription and have it delivered by post. I always purchase a copy when I attend the Reunion. If anyone knows of how we can buy the Russo, please let
Garyd (Friday, 25 May 2018 12:11)
What’s the Russo.
I’ve asked on the other site and I get nothing back. I do realise it’s a Royal Sussex journal/ magazine/ news sheet. BUT why is it not available ?
On this site are copious copies of the queens journal. I’m told it has to be paid for. But what is it and how many get to see it and why isn’t on line ?
the bat (Friday, 25 May 2018 03:16)
Our witchhunt post on FB (see above)....is now running at 350,000 hits & 5,500 shares, & still rising !
RossP (Wednesday, 23 May 2018 17:33)
I totally agree with you Mike, the House of Lords are filled with useless articles, again, in the job for expenses. They think nothing of the population, only for what they can con from the taxes to
line their own nests.
We should just leave the Eu without any deals, they are only trying to rip the a@@e out of Britain, you are right, LEAVE NOW.
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:34)
I agree with everything you have stated.!!
Might I add get rid of the House Of Lords, and the Politicians in our Government and put in their place men and women who know all about business and the way to trade in this wide world. I voted
LEAVE. So, lets get there soonest.!!
RossP (Tuesday, 22 May 2018 16:07)
I sincerely hope you are right Dilly, with all the shisters trying to overturn the people of Great Britain decision on leaving that unelected mob of crooks. Blair, Millibrand & his dopey brother
and the rest, are only rooting for the Eu as they have gold plated pensions in Brussels.
I also hope that you are right about the end of European thinking.
I don’t really trust Politicians to make the right choices for the people. They are mired in self interest, expenses etc.
Garyd (dilly) (Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:10)
Ross. Re your post about a European army. It will never happen. We have voted to come out of Europe. End of European thinking.
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 22 May 2018 14:17)
Les, what a really great Memorial Tribute to 'Granny' Goodacre.! Well done indeed. Thank you also mate for your thanks to me and 'Apples' for our input.!! You really showed all the lads around the
world, what a really great individual 'Granny' was. He was a 'One Off'.!! Well done again mate.
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:53)
Fantastic post Les, again another job well done, did'nt expect anything else from you, !
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:38)
Just wishfull thinking Ross, lol
RossP (Monday, 21 May 2018 22:45)
I don’t think that they would restore The Royal Sussex Regiment to it’s former glory Colin, due to the Government wanting to run down the Army, as we know it, so they can put a large Division size
force into the European Army. This way, Europe will have a very large force it can put into the field.
Sounds awful, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised losing our Army to Brussels sycophants.
Colin Twiggs (Monday, 21 May 2018 10:28)
Great news that we now have a "Duke and Duchess of Sussex" Prehaps they will re-establish the Regt To it's former glory, I wish them both well for the future, !
APPLES (Sunday, 20 May 2018 22:00)
Thank you Les
For the Memorial for Granny, A good friend and a lovely man and a good Tailor, RIP Granny
Apples and Hazel and My children that he Taught to Swim In Gibralta
the bat (Sunday, 20 May 2018 12:30)
Posted for you, now, above this board.....(slightly belated)...........our In` Memoriam to the late Derek Goodacre..............Better late, than not at all !
It was delayed whilst securing information from relatives. Thanks to John & Sue Beaver for your assistance at this sad time............Thanks also to Starlight for the link to relatives &
Apples for the Heads-Up.............Keep movin the 35th !
ray hawkes (Sunday, 20 May 2018 11:25)
i have had tt change my skype details again it is now
please let any mates know regaros RAY hawkes
Mario (Sunday, 20 May 2018 01:19)
I wholly agree with Ross and Smudger. If only I could make it again to such a great reunion especially if the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be present.
Smudger (Saturday, 19 May 2018)
All we want now is the 1st Bn The Royal Sussex Regiment to be re instated in honour of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex.
the bat (Saturday, 19 May 2018 18:55)
Sorry...."Private Policy Act" is effective from 25th May 2018, and not 1st May as I previously stated.
RossP (Saturday, 19 May 2018 10:17)
Have just heard that Harry & Meghan are to be the Duke & Duchess of Sussex. Maybe, Col. Rod can invite Harry to the Royal Sussex Regimental Reunion in September?
Take care all.
the bat (Thursday, 17 May 2018 18:39)
This is as a result of the new EU law on the subject, which was started 1st May 2018.
There is no great difference from before, except that they can no longer collect info without informing you or without your written consent.
Colin Twiggs (Thursday, 17 May 2018 10:55)
Hi Les, thanks for the phone call, the problem is no longer a problem, All's well now.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Thursday, 17 May 2018 09:33)
TO DAVE TILLY THE ADDRESS TO CONTACT for details of granny Goodacreare are as follows this comes from Mike Sinden who is Banned from the other site,
Address; Mr John & Sue Beaver. 32 Philip Nurse Road. Dersingham. Kings Lynn. Norfolk. PE31 6WH. Tele. (01485) 540881. E-mail; email@example.com
the bat (Thursday, 17 May 2018 07:25)
Thanks for the heads up, John........much appreciated.
John Costan Medic (Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:42)
Hi Les.(The Bat) I would like to inform members of the following information I received from the Mayors office here in Brighton
The City of Brighton & Hove would like to notify you of the following events:
Flag Raising Ceremony to mark the start of Armed Forces Week
Sunday 24th June 2018
Old Steine War Memorial, Brighton
In the presence of:
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Chris Gebbie
The Deputy Mayor of Brighton & Hove Cllr Alex Phillips
After the ceremony the Flag Raising party will join the Interfaith & Drumhead Service on the East Lawn (details below)
Interfaith & Drumhead Service to mark the end of the WW1 centenary
Sunday 24th June 2018
Please arrive by 2.30pm for a 3pm start
The East Lawn, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton
In the presence of:
The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field
The Bishop of Lewes The Right Reverend Richard Jackson
The Mayor of Brighton & Hove Cllr. Dee Simson
Apples (Monday, 14 May 2018 14:25)
I have sent you an e/mail from Mike Sinden That has all the details that you need for Granny Goodacre His cousin,s name and address and Telephone number I hope that is What you need to do a memorial
for him, A good Sussex man that deserves one RIP Granny
the bat (Sunday, 13 May 2018 02:13)
Found deep down, in a poetry book from the 1920` s.
New .......above this board......... "Pte. King" by Martineau.
I had to chuckle.......there was & is, one in every intake !
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 12 May 2018 16:28)
I am so very pleased Les that you are now much better after your Hospital visit. It was a bugger, but now you are hopefully leading back to full health again.?
LESLIE NEWMAN (Friday, 11 May 2018 14:06)
Hi Les. How are things with you ? All well I hope.I still keep in touch with the
Orange Lily's and still get a lot of pleasure in keeping up to date as to what
is going on,and thank you for the work you put in to keeping every thing up
to date. I am now into my 92nd year,and begin to feel it,but I do realise I am
a lucky man. Look after yourself Les.
the bat (Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:16)
Stop Press !........NOW on Current News
The Mayor of Richebourg to be given the Freedom of Worthing.
In memory & honour of the fallen at the Battle of Boar`s Head, Richebourg - "The Day Sussex Died"
The ceremony will take place on Saturday 12th May.
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 08 May 2018 15:40)
Les, well done old friend, in everything you are putting now on the site, with all the details.!! My God I personally would be absolutely knackered.!!
the bat (Tuesday, 08 May 2018 08:15)
Hi to all,
New on "Current News" above - An Extrordinairy Experiment - addresses of all those fallen, that are shown on the Lewes Memorial have been mapped, 238 names - showing the devestating impact on a small
community. Click on the link shown for the working model, exclusive to our website.
That`s fancy - I hope you like that !
TT (Sunday, 06 May 2018 18:41)
I emailed you recently did you receive?
the bat (Wednesday, 02 May 2018 05:37)
An Email from a busy Queens Branch Horsham -......
"Dear Les !
Super website. The information is outstanding. I have found a few I know, including a friend of my Fathers! Brian Morely. He always cringes at my Queens Regiment tie at functions when he has his
Royal Sussex one!
I have been researching a relative of mine from 8 RSR pioneers who bought in 1/7/16 on the Somme. During this work I have met another chap who also lost a relative that day. Although in different
companies, looking at the war Diary there is a possibility they were involved in the same action at the ‘Loop’ in Pommiers trench on that day. In fact 9 men lost their lives in that action. You have
both these gentlemen on your site Walter Henry Wenham, my relative, and Charles Gasson, my friends’. Is there any way you could allow me to have a copy of the records of these two soldiers from your
I must mention, at a Milly Fair the other week I was very pleased to pick up a 1 Royal Sussex foot locker. Blow me down it is the very one in your Option 5 Artefacts, “overseas foot locker 1900 found
in 2016”. You will be pleased to know it is in the hands of an old Sussex (Queens)Soldier.
Also in my collection I have a Sgts Drill cane to Sgt J Levitt. He was 1st Battalion in the 1920’s. Possibly a Cpl in the Great War?
Anyway keep up the good work.
Best regards to you and yours
Andrew Biff Byford
The Queens Regimental Association Horsham Branch."
Thanks....Andrew.......glad to be of service.....L
the bat (Wednesday, 02 May 2018 01:55)
SITREP - The 50 new entries for March & April 2018 are now complete.
I have already started on May 2018.
Sorry for the delay.
We are now back up to date (after my hostpital drama)
I sincerely hope you find something of your interest........so without further ado !
Have a good browse....
Bill Dixon (Friday, 27 April 2018 11:02)
As most of you know, Rick passed on a couple of weeks ago.
Here is the details of the funeral.
Funeral for Rick will be Thursday 3rd May at 4pm Eastbourne Crematorium. Hide Hollow
Eastbourne BN23 8AE. Family flowers only donations on the day to charity.
The wake will be held at The Fishermans Club, Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7AA. There is free parking from 6 in the pay and display car park. There will be light food reasonably priced bar. No time
limit. Venue holds 120.
the bat (Thursday, 26 April 2018)
I will be thinning out our online newspaper, "Current News" section soon, to make room for new topics & to shorten the scrolling distance.
Please make sure you have read all & saved any pics you may need, etc,
Most of the present content, I will re-post permanent on "Swing the Lights".
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:19)
Thank you 'Apples' have just sent Les details. I think also all our mates in the Bn, knew Derek, and it would be quite nice to see their comments on our Message Board.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Thursday, 26 April 2018 16:35)
well done Mate can you give the details to Les for a menorial
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 26 April 2018 13:52)
Derek Goodacre. His Cousin John has just sent me a nice card with all the info how Derek passed away. I have informed John about this Message Board, and so in the near future, am hoping that he will
share some info about Derek.
the bat (Thursday, 26 April 2018 04:29)
We have a further update on Von Arnim` s Staff Car as at 25th April 2018 : Thanks to Barry for keeping us informed as follows....... "Dear all, The staff car is now 95% restored and is scheduled to
make its first appearance later this year at the Military Odyssey. This takes place over the August Bank Holiday at the Kent County Showground at Detling, Kent on the A249 from 25-27 August. Further
dates and venues will be advised as they become known. Best wishes...........Barry Tippett." New Pics now on Current News above... Regards Les
Chris Message (Wednesday, 25 April 2018 11:21)
I remember Carl when we had a grenade thrown at us on mobile patrol in Sheikh Othman, he jumped out of our land rover and charged toward a shed issuing a challenge ( Halt Waqqaf) to the movement
within only to be answered by the mooing from a cow....it certainly relieved the tension of the grenade and the wizz of the base plug sailing over our heads.
I do not remember who else was in the land rovers as we were normally in patrols of 2 but would be interested to know if anyone else remembers the incident.
the bat (Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:04)
For Joe A. & All - Thats great news Joe, finding Terry........we have been searching for some time...... I need contact with him for photos & Info ...Telephone, address ?
For Roger E......Hi Roger, good to see you on here, ...I am in contact with Carl (he is my cousin) - see note on "Current News & Topics". He is sadly, heavily dementious & probably not able
to answer your questions.
For John C......Thanks for info, John....have sent to 1st & 2nd Bns..........appreciated, mate.
best regards to all,
yours aye !
ROGER ENTICKNAP (Tuesday, 24 April 2018 16:04)
HELLO ,,, IS IT POSSIBLE YOU COULD ASK DOUGY BAKER WHEN NEXT IN CONTACT WITH
CARL FOSTER ,,, IF HE REMEMBERS ROGER SETTING FIRE TO HIS UNIFORM WHEN GARDING BFBS ADEN .... AND THE <NICE GREETING < HE GAVE ME AS A GREEN TAVR ON MY FIRST PARADE ?????? TA !!!
Joe A (Monday, 23 April 2018 20:54)
Popped down to Lydd today to visit Tessa’s family & old friends & the first person I bumped into was Terry Kerr I only mentioned him to Les last week on Skype. Terry has no computer but he
said to say hello to everyone who knew him. Unbelievable, Terry is in his late 80s.
John Costan (Monday, 23 April 2018 20:38)
Hi All, Please scroll down for full message received this from the Queen's Regimental Association
THE QUEEN’S REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Patron: Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
The funeral of Drum Major WO2 Rick Baker, ex 3rd Battalion, will take place on Thursday 3 May at 4PM at Eastbourne Crematorium, Hide Hollow, Eastbourne BN23 8AE. Family flowers only with donations to
charity being collected at the funeral.
Queen's Regimental Association
Eric Hensby (Monday, 23 April 2018 20:30)
Wrong again, Mike. I only have four grandchildren and one great grand child. And I think my age now precludes any more !!!
Mike Sinden (Monday, 23 April 2018 14:49)
Well Done John on your first Grand son. BUT, you will have to catch me up, as I have 6 Grand Children, and one Great Grand Daughter.
PS. Although I am quite sure that Sir Eric will state more quite wonderful children that he enjoys.!!
Colin Twiggs (Sunday, 22 April 2018 14:00)
"Rodin's" sculpture looks great, fantastic even, But it left me wondering if Miss Kate Fowler-Tutt had ever encountered a "Squaddie" EVER, ? proberly not, !
the bat (Saturday, 21 April 2018 01:49)
I have dug up a really interesting yarn, about a certain sculpture & The Regiment !
Now posted above this board in "Current News".
Have a read, (quite amusing !)
John Costan (Friday, 20 April 2018 21:56)
Hi Les, Get well soon. Hope the rest of your family well. Some good news, My son Allan and his wife have had a baby boy Freddie two weeks old Tuesday 9lbs 9oz. so my first grand son.
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 18 April 2018 14:23)
I agree with Colin Les, take your time to full fitness. Your great site will still be here waiting for your input.!! I am in your memory as your Medic, so I know full well, that you have the mental
strength, and the actual body strength to carry on regardless.!!
Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:08)
Les, you take your time mate, you done so much for this page keeping us all informed about what's going on, we can wait for you to get better m8, !
Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:05)
Come on Smudger, who were the curlprits, and did they step forward, ?
the bat (Wednesday, 18 April 2018 03:24)
Hi to all visitors,
....and to Smudger, John, Mike, Derek, Monty, Colin, Ross & Les.
Thanks for your input.......very much appreciated at this time.
Thankyou also, for your memories, stories & anecdotes.
I am a little"behind" onsite & now have a small backlog for March/April due to my week + in hospital. I hope to be back on track by April 30th. - Lots of "New Stuff" to do for you.
Thanks for your support.
Yours Aye !
Smudger (Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:59)
I attended the funeral of 'Curly' Tony Coade e A Coy Royal Sussex along with 'Rock' Patterson, Lofty Cottle, Ron & Aggie Lambert and myself at Barham Crematorium on 18th April 2018. RIP Curly/
Condolences to his wife Anne & family & friends
Smudger (Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:45)
Sorry to hear the passing of .Granny; Derek Goodacre. We shated a NCOs room in Shorncliffe, and one night a fight broke outside our room. I went out to ask them to behave. They stopped immediately
fighting, and turned on me knocking me out then carried on fighting. They realised my predicament stopped, and Derek called the ambulance & took me Shorncliffe hospital. Next day Joe Bass came
along to see me with both my eyes black & blue. He asked me who were the culprits & I replied it happen so quick I did not see who they were (which I lied). Joe called the coy on parade &
stated that no one will be going on leave until the culprits own up. Granny was an usher along with Sid Flower at my wedding to my late wife Kathy in September 63.When Derek went to QMs G1098 and I
CQMS HQ Coy the QM could not understand why HQ never had a bill for lost kit or damages....RIP Derek
LESLIE NEWMAN (Tuesday, 17 April 2018 19:52)
Hi Les Deacon.
How are things with you,I quite often scroll down the Orange Lillies,and find there is always something new to look at and enjoy,I cannot believe how the time flies by,but I feel lucky to have
reached my nineties, 92 this year actually, my good lady is 81 this year,not to well but keeps going.
I do hope all is well with you and family. Kind regards to you all. x
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:24)
Well done indeed John, for placing a message on our fabulous Message Board. Welcome Aboard mate, and kindly remember that our messages here are seen world wide.!! Sorry for your health issues, but I
am afraid that most of us now do have a few problems.!! BUT, we are still here, and that is the main issue.!!
John Costan (Monday, 16 April 2018 21:08)
Hi Les and friends, Sorry to hear of the passing of Rick & Derek both were very good friends that we served with, I got the news from the Queens Regt Association. I have had a problem with my
eye. I had a detached retina back in November. and I had the Silicon Oil removed and cataract done last Monday so I have double vision and an air bubble in the eye. hope to be better soon. sorry for
going on with my problems hope every one is OK John
RossP (Monday, 16 April 2018 19:12)
Well put ‘Apples’ you are right, Granny was a brilliant chap and Tailor. In ‘A’Coy we went to him to sew on badges and carry out our general tailoring work.
I invited him and Bob Chinn down to Brighton for the weekend after a reunion, at Sunday lunch we had a roast chicken, he asked my wife for the neck, which he was given. He went on to eat the whole
thing, bones as well!! We had a great weekend.
He will be missed by all of us who knew him. R.I.P our old friend.
APPLES (Monday, 16 April 2018 09:01)
It is sad that the Passing of "Granny Goodacre was missed For he was a lovely man well loved and respected by those that served with him and a Good tailor who helped a lot of us with a stitch or two,
he was another charactor of the Royal Sussex Regiment one of the best of the old school that will be well remembered, Our children remember him well as he Taught them all to Swim when he was running
the Lido in Gibralta Rest in Peace our Friend and condolances to your family
Apples Hazel and The Family RIP old friend,
Chris Message (Saturday, 14 April 2018 21:34)
Aden Guide Full guide of previously posted extract for Aden Vets info
pages 1 -50 http://www.bpadenkids.com/welcometoadenbook/wtapages%201-50.pdf
51 - 100 http://www.bpadenkids.com/welcometoadenbook/wtapages51-100.pdf
110 - 152 http://www.bpadenkids.com/welcometoadenbook/wtapages101-151.pdf
152 - 200 http://www.bpadenkids.com/welcometoadenbook/wtapages152-200.pdf
201 -236 http://www.bpadenkids.com/welcometoadenbook/wtapages201-234.pdf
the bat (Saturday, 14 April 2018 20:49)
Chasing up Sitrep on Granny`s passing now.
..........and another slips under the radar.
I keep telling myself, that we```` ll get it right one day.
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 14 April 2018 17:29)
Just been informed that Derek Goodacre has passed away in March. Many memories of him and I during our time together in the Bn. RIP mate.
the bat (Saturday, 14 April 2018 04:16)
Our slightly belated "In Memoriam" to Major Denis Hoad TD (Lewes Branch) is now featured on Current News......Better late, as not at all.......together, we can insure that no-one is forgotten.
Chris Message (Saturday, 14 April 2018 00:22)
Some interesting reading and a trip down memory lane for our Aden Vets
Monty morgan (Friday, 13 April 2018 13:06)
Sad news ,another one of our comrades died earlier this week. Mick Beard, seventies and eighties soldier, of prostate cancer. Details of funeral as yet unknown.
the bat (Thursday, 12 April 2018 22:14)
Our "In Memoriam" to our late brother, Rick Baker, is now posted above, on the board on What` s New.
Details of Rick`` s funeral, etc, will be posted as soon as we know.
Our "In Memoriam" to Roy Delves, also now posted on this Page
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:59)
Just been informed that our old Drum Major Rick Baker has passed away. I knew him very well. RIP mate.
the bat (Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:44)
Reference top of each page......top left corner..........3 Bars symbol...........left click opens drop down .......with full menu.
Colonel R.M. Arnold (Tuesday, 10 April 2018 19:23)
Les, what's happened to all the photographs and the 'A to Z'?
the bat (Saturday, 07 April 2018 04:33)
Our "In Memoriam" to Sgt. Fred Milward from Hastings - Royal Sussex Regiment & 9 Para.
is posted - (Now on Current News, above this board and on Page 13, under In Memoriam)
the bat (Thursday, 05 April 2018 13:54)
Sorry, mate....never heard of him......& could find no trace
Colin Twiggs (Thursday, 05 April 2018 09:13)
Have you herd of a Phillip Lamplin, Ex 3rd Btn Les, I recieved a message from "Paul Tilly" to say he had passed away and the funeral will be on 9th April at 10.20am Corbetts Crematorium, Ockenden Rd,
Upminster, RM142uy, I have not herd the name before prehaps you have, ?
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 03 April 2018 17:15)
Good work Les on the "Su Paine subject, bloody well done.!
the bat (Monday, 02 April 2018 05:07)
The current article on Su Paine & her late father, Nick "Pancho" White.
Now re-posted on "Current News" above this message-board.
Courtesy of the SSAFA Website & Su Paine.
the bat (Sunday, 01 April 2018 22:53)
Nick "Pancho" White's daughter, Su Paine, has Emailed us. Herewith a copy for you as I recieved it.
Thanks to the info you gave me re. Nick, and SSAFA getting access to his army records etc, I've been able to meet up with various members of my birth family. What a tremendous gift you gave me... So
This year, I am walking 2500 miles to raise money for SSAFA, and was wondering how you would feel about posting a link to my JustGiving page on the Orange Lily site? I would just like his fellow
soldiers to know what I am trying to do to honour his life, the work he was trying to do, and for them to know a bit about my story if they're interested?
Let me know what you think, and I can send you the link. The SSAFA write up is at www.ssafa.org.uk/su-paine/. ; (I think, but I'm no techno wizard!)
Meantime, I hope you and your family are well, and enjoying the Easter break.
Su Paine "
certified true copy, Leslie Deacon.
Colin Twiggs (Sunday, 01 April 2018 18:00)
Thanks Les I found it, and wishing you and the family a very happy Easter, !
Allen Earl (Sunday, 01 April 2018 10:02)
Thanks Les for keeping up this wonderful site. Can anyone out there tell me if the St Georges day service is on at Chichester this year. If if so, what time and will it be on the Monday. here's
hoping to see many of you there.
the bat (Saturday, 31 March 2018 23:17)
IMPORTANT....My MAIN MENU has dissappeared !.....now represented by the "3 BARS" symbol at the top left of the page, above your Search Box.
(not my idea,...something about adaption to Smart phone & Android !)
Top left of the page is a symbol with 3 horizontal bars. (just above the search box)
This now opens with a left click, the Site Menu in a drop-down
All site content is then listed.
colin twiggs (Saturday, 31 March 2018 19:33)
Hi Les, how can I now click onto the nominal roll, please
RossP (Saturday, 31 March 2018 15:35)
Happy Easter Les, hope you are now in the best of health.
Also, thanks for all the work you do on our most informative site, you have made it second to none with the constant stream of 'goodies' you post up. Keep up the good work.
Best regards to you and yours.
Ross & Megan
the bat (Saturday, 31 March 2018 12:17)
We can now confirm the details for Curly`` s funeral.
Monday 16th April 2018, at 4pm in Barham Crem. The wake will be at the Dover Sea Angling Club.
Joe A (Friday, 30 March 2018 12:55)
Hi Les thanks for your Easter message the same to you & your family. Hope your Op.went well. Thanks for your update. Love Joe&Tess. xx
the bat (Thursday, 29 March 2018 21:52)
A happy & peaceful Easter, to all !
Apples` s Mini-Reunion photo is now posted on "What``` s New".....Thanks, Derek.
Mike & Mario.....Thanks for your kind words.
I have been in hospital for an Op, which has set my shedule back for your postings.
I hope I can sort by early April. ....There are 45 items in the queue.
Watch this space !!......IMPORTANT....The MAIN MENU has dissappeared !.....now represented by the "3 BARS" symbol at the top left of the page, above your Search Box.
(not my idea,...something about adaption to Smart phone !)
Mario (Tuesday, 27 March 2018 05:41)
I second Mike's message about Les and hope that he will keep on drafting so much Regimental History for us to absorb. Thank you Les wholeheartedly.
Onward the 35th Of Foot.
Mike Sinden (Monday, 26 March 2018 14:27)
I think that everyone out there who looks onto this Message Board, should really thank very much Les in all his VERY hard work, and VERY long hours that he puts into placing items of great interest,
but, also information that we did not know about our Regimental History, onto this Board.!!
May now, we acknowledge all his endeavour to achieve perfection.!!
Over to you lads.!!
Mike Sinden (Monday, 26 March 2018 13:45)
Very sorry to learn that 'Curly' has passed away. Great lad.!! May our fine friend in our 'Brother in Arms' RIP. !!
Mario & Lillian may we all here in the UK, wish you both a very peaceful and pleasant Easter Holiday.!!
Mario (Sunday, 25 March 2018 04:12)
Wishing everybody on the site a Very Safe and Holy Easter from downunder.
Mario & Lillian.
the bat (Friday, 23 March 2018 17:15)
Curly Coade passed away yesterday, aged 80.
Our "In Memoriam" to him is now posted on Current News & on Page 13.
Our sincere condolences to all family & friends.
RIP, old soldier & Brother in Arms.
the bat (Wednesday, 21 March 2018 21:47)
Need a name really.....otherwise quite difficult to track.
If the said gentleman was a Queensmen, ...It was possibly Alasdair Goulden email@example.com.
Graham Moore (Wednesday, 21 March 2018 17:43)
I was formerly capbadged Queens Regt ACF in Crawley, so connected spiritually with the Royal Sussex.
I am keen to speak to the Maj (Retd) who gave a presentation to the ACF at Crowborough on Saturday. I have some info for him. Could I have his email details please?
the bat (Monday, 19 March 2018 16:32)
I remember Ernie very well, from Malta, & from when he ran the Cpl`s Mess with Jock McKenzie & others, in Lemgo.
Mike Sinden (Friday, 16 March 2018 12:13)
'G' just ignore it as most of us do.!!
Billy Reid (Thursday, 15 March 2018 23:21)
Yes Ross I knew Ernie well myself Ernie Bobby Close Jackie Darragh all grew up together in Belfast we joined the Royal Sussex together in 1962 went to Canterbury Wyness Bks l think. Ernie was HQ coy
stores. He left the regt in 1971 not seen him since
RossP (Wednesday, 14 March 2018 19:52)
You are right Jock, we did have Ernie McClintock in HQ Company. He worked in the QMs department.
He came from Belfast, and was in the Royal Sussex for many a year. The last time I saw him was in Tidworth still working in the QMs. Anyone who served in HQ Company would know of Ernie. Billy Read
knew him very well.
The post from Feb 5th I thought was about another Ernie McClintock because our Ernie was with our Regiment for years.
jock ongley (Wednesday, 14 March 2018 13:33)
The post from Feb.5th. has Ernie McClintock down as 2nd Queens until 1971!! He was in Lemgo 3rd Queens when I arrived in Jan.67 .He was a storeman and was also in charge of the Cpls. Mess. He run
around with Hughie Gill and Jock McKenzie I think he was even on the RP staff for a while.Bob Bardwell should know him.
Mike Sinden (Monday, 12 March 2018 11:43)
Thank you for your info on the Driving Licence question. Eric Sir, there was a programme on TV about 100 year old drivers driving their cars. I thought I saw you in one of them. BUT, I see now you
will have another 10 years to go.!! Well done indeed.!! Drive on Sir, and enjoy your freedom that a car gives you.!!
Barry Tippett (Thursday, 08 March 2018 09:27)
can you tell me where i can chandgw the contact details for the branches, as Peteer Wilshurst is still down as our secretary at the Eastbourne Branch, It would be nice if it could be chandged to
Barry Lane, and Phil Turner as Chairman.
thanks Barry Tippett
John Micallef (Tuesday, 06 March 2018 12:56)
I renewed my driving licence online at 70 (last year) and they updated my photo from my passport.
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 06 March 2018 12:05)
Mike Sinden, I faced this problem when approaching 65, Not wanting to come back to the UK and re-register to renew mine, I changed mine over direct to a German one with no problems with same day
issue, (The new one has given me more groups even LOL) It is now valid untill 2028. And no Drs visits for me, PS If I last that long, lol
the bat (Tuesday, 06 March 2018 05:01)
It is, with great sorrow, that we have to bid Farewell to another Orange Lily.
Trevor Baylis CBE, passed away yesterday.
Our "In Memoriam " tribute is above this message-board.
Eric Hensby (Monday, 05 March 2018 21:40)
Mike, In UK the licence, when you are 70 or over, is issued free and then renewable every three years. You will receive an application form automatically just prior to renewal time. On the
application you have to self certify your freedom from medical conditions. As I have declared my Glaucoma I have had to have a special eye test each three years - luckily having passed every time.
Now I am 90 I probably won't need another renewal !
Mike Sinden (Monday, 05 March 2018 15:54)
Just a thought. When your Driving Licence runs out, how do you re-new it, and do you have to have a Medical examination to continue.?? Even those of you abroad, how do you re-new your
the bat (Saturday, 03 March 2018 03:35)
Hello again !
As we move into an icy and snowy March, there are now 53 new items entered for Febuary 2018.
Extremely rare, are the badges of the original Volunteers (above this board as Photo of the Week)
I hope you find something to your personal interest. If in doubt, just go to page "What`s New".
I am open for your suggestions & wishes, if you would like something specific on the Website.
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 28 February 2018 14:37)
Well done (Chris) Sid on reaching your VERY young 75th Age. You are still VERY young as you live in a most wonderful warm climate in Alicante. Unlike us here in deep snow.!! Hope Maggie really spoilt
Thank you BOTH again for the quite brilliant Christmas, and Birthday Hand Made cards that you sent me.!!
Bless you Both.!!
APPLES (Tuesday, 27 February 2018 09:39)
today Sid Flowers has reached the Age of 75 well done mate have a good day and may you have many more enjoying your life in Sunny Spain, take care stay upright, happy birthday from us all here in the
snow and ice
love Derek and Hazel xxx
the bat (Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:54)
If you think the front-page is mind boggling, Bob..........just wait till you get to the content pages !
Seriously now.........Use the main menu at the top of each page (The contents are "what it says on the tin")
Invest some time to read as well as look.....
Mike Sinden (Friday, 23 February 2018 14:01)
John Micallef well done on getting the Shingles Jab. It will indeed help many folk to receive it.!!
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@ hotmail.co.uk,
Many thanks Bob
John Micallef (Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:15)
Had the shingles jab to-day. It's free to over seventies.
RossP (Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:43)
The chap behind Brian Whittle may be Cpl Wilmott ??
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)
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?
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.
the bat (Saturday, 17 February 2018 16:47)
Thanks a lot Ross !
RossP (Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:33)
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
I may be right, check it out.
the bat (Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:14)
NEW FEATURE !
Photo of the Week, shown on "Current News" & featuring a newly aquired or rare pic from site visitors.
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.
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 !
the bat (Thursday, 08 February 2018 18:40)
Welcome, Tim !
I am glad you could find something relevant.
Thanks for your visits.
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...
Tim Wellstead (Sunday, 04 February 2018 22:13)
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.
the bat (Thursday, 01 February 2018 20:20)
New on "Current News" above - Secret evidence obtained of "The Betrayal".
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.
the bat (Wednesday, 31 January 2018 06:05)
First....a big thanks, Apples,
I am speechless
Will do all other, per Telephone or Skype.
the bat (Wednesday, 31 January 2018 05:57)
Thanks a lot, Ray.......
Really looking forward to a decent Cuppa !
Ray hawkes (Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:30)
Just to let yon know that we have sent off a parcel of teabagm .we hope you enjoy them
regards Ray and Sue.
just to let you know that we have sent off a parcel of teabags we hope you enjoy them
APPLES (Tuesday, 30 January 2018 09:29)
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
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.
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
freddy (Saturday, 27 January 2018 21:30)
Sorry That's Gary Williamson - He was C Coy Ambulance Driver
And Peter Tobin [I Think]
freddy (Saturday, 27 January 2018 21:04)
pic 1 = paddy turner & Williamson [driver]
pic 4 = tobin
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.!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.!!
the bat (Tuesday, 23 January 2018 16:15)
Thanks John,......it`s Melvyn Jones of C Coy.
John Micallef (Sunday, 21 January 2018 20:25)
Photo number 3 looks like George Gilsenen.
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??
Mike Sinden (Friday, 19 January 2018 13:21)
Sorry Les looking at my old notes, it was 7 mate not 6.!! lol
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.!!
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.!!
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 Pack-Drills.......best regards..............Les.
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!!!
firstname.lastname@example.org (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!!
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.!!
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.
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.??
the bat (Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:35)
Mortars would fit, Chris, because I think that is John "Polly" Perkins behind him.
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
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.
the bat (Wednesday, 10 January 2018 03:53)
There are already 35 new entries for objects, etc, posted for January 2018.
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
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.!!
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.
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
apples (Saturday, 06 January 2018 11:32)
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
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.
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 03 January 2018 15:13)
I can well understand Chris that your father did not talk about his experiences in the Dunkirk escape for many thousands of soldiers that managed to leave that beach area, and arrive back at the UK.
The awful sights and sounds of soldiers; some even might be his serving friends, being killed by the enemy planes that arrived each day.
One tries so very hard Chris to place and store in the very back of one's brain, ANY really bad experience that one might have been exposed to.!! It stays there hidden from a daily exposure. BUT,
there does come a rare moment when one is suddenly confronted with very bad memory's that suddenly are forced into one's private thoughts. It has happened with me with the body bags I filled in NI.
One really Chris has to FORCE those thoughts back into where they belong, into the back regions of one's brain, hopefully to remain there.
Your Father mate was a quite brave man, and deserves every respect, and solitude with his private thoughts.!
Chris Message (Wednesday, 03 January 2018 13:04)
Dunkirk Story was an interesting read especially how it was never talked about by those involved.
My father, an Eastbourne man was in the Coldstream Guards and was at Dunkirk but never ever spoke about his experiences either.
It must be difficult for historians to get a full picture of events if only a few are willing to talk about them.
Much respect to all that were involved and thanks for the truthful enlightenment,
the bat (Wednesday, 03 January 2018 01:56)
Fresh photo series sent in by Pete Abbott - On "Current News" above this board.
(I will integrate them in the pages later)
Thanks for sharing Pete !
the bat (Tuesday, 02 January 2018 11:39)
I have posted two new newspaper articles on "Current News", for your interest.
Particularly "A Dunkirk Story" is a good read.
Mike Sinden (Monday, 01 January 2018 18:04)
Mario please give 'Chippy' my kind regards. He lived next to me in Howe barracks Canterbury about 1963. Sorry 'Apples' that I could not send you Birthday greetings as my Internet was on the plonk.!!
However, Youngster I do know that you had a terrific day with the wonderful Cox Clan.!!
Colin Twiggs (Monday, 01 January 2018 11:38)
Wishing all readers of this fantastic page "A happy new year" On this warm 1st of January 2018, Keep moving, !
the bat (Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:38)
Good Evening !
It is 19:00hrs 31st January 2017.
As the year 2017, moves irreversibly, towards it`s end, I would like to thank all my brothers, friends & visitors for your support, messages and visits during the year.
We have an average of 30 to 40 visits a day, which is amazing for a website themed like ours.
I thank you all. Let us move forward, with similar gusto into a positive & successful 2018.
I have many new & interesting projects to represent the Regiment here in 2018, so watch this space !
I wish everyone out there, a Happy New Year, and may all your wishes & dreams be realised in 2018.
peace & love
Les "the bat" Deacon
the bat (Sunday, 31 December 2017 14:39)
Well done, Mario......another mini-reunion.......Ask Chippy to send us some pics !
Mario (Sunday, 31 December 2017 06:46)
Met Chippy Wood again for a coffee on the Gold Coast.
He is fine and both of us send our good wishes of Health and Happiness to everyone for the New Year 2018.
Chris Message (Saturday, 30 December 2017 12:11)
I trust you all have had a great Christmas and Wish all Veterans and their families a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2018
Apples (Thursday, 28 December 2017 10:45)
Thank you Gentlemen,
To all that sent me Birthday wishes on Face book and by other means, my new e/mail is email@example.com for those that want it,
May Hazel and I wish you one and all a happy and healthy new year for 2018 take care stay upright
apples and Hazel
PS, Mike, Forget the War Dogs, I have not seen any requests ???
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 27 December 2017 15:49)
May all you lads and your families have a really Healthy and Successful 2018. Due to quite a few requests I will bring my 'War Dog' story to an end shortly.!! For any 'War Dog Handler' looking in, I
do salute you as I know what a 'Hell on Earth' problem you experienced when sighting your massive dog for the very first time.!!
Eddie Cobb. (Monday, 25 December 2017 15:39)
To Les and family and everyone a HAPPY CHRISTMAS to you all.
Mike Sinden (Sunday, 24 December 2017 13:11)
Slim Sivers a real Gentle Giant of a man. I knew him well. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. A quite lovely man.!! R.I.P. now Slim you deserve it.!!
the bat (Sunday, 24 December 2017 12:32)
As the festive season is at our doors, there are now 30 new posted entries for December 2017.
I hope you will find something there, to your pleasure & interest.
A big Thankyou to all... for your visits, messaging & ongoing support during the past year.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas & also that 2018 brings you, that which you wish for.
I will be back, to continue posting for you in January 2018, after a short break with the kids.
Keep Movin` the 35th !...........Best regards........Les "the bat" Deacon
John Micallef (Saturday, 23 December 2017 17:21)
Really sorry to hear about Slim passing away. I shared a barrack room with Slim and others at Ballykinlar and even a tent in Libya. He spent all his free time with the scouts and really deserved his
BEM. He used to come to the Orderly Room in the evenings when he knew I was duty clerk and I used to help him with typing and paperwork for the scouts. Couldn't meet a nicer person. RIP Slim.
the bat (Saturday, 23 December 2017 16:27)
I are deeply sorry to report the passing of another real “Orange Lily“.
2352409 L/Cpl. D. “Slim“ Sivers died early yesterday (22rd December 2017)
Slim was a long serving member of the Royal Sussex Regiment & 3rd Bn. Queen`s Regiment.
He joined boy`s service as a drummer in the late 50`s and later played Bass & Tenor Drum for the Regimental Band for many years. Slim was known for his steady and pace-correct beat, even under
difficult situations. He was best known though, for his dedicated service to the Battalion Scout Group.
He ran the group as Leader throughout many postings, at home & abroad for many years.
He ran the Scout-Group at Shorncliffe, Malta, Germany, Tidworth & Gibraltar.
Slim was a devout person & taught the kids at Sunday School.
The last phase of his career was spent as Bn. Post Corporal, an important appointment, especialy overseas at the BFPO`s, a task which Slim mastered to perfection. As Post Corporal, he was attached to
the Bn. HQ Group & was known by all. A real larger than life person. Slim left the Regiment for civvy street in the mid-seventies. ..........He will be kept in fond memory........Rest in Eternal
LESLIE NEWMAN (Saturday, 23 December 2017 15:21)
H ! Les, Just to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year, I hope all is well with you Les. XXXX
APPLES (Saturday, 23 December 2017 08:47)
A very sad day for the men and the families that knew and love slim as the Sunday school teacher and the scout master the postie he was a wonderful person to know and serve with, I taught him to
drive in Northern Ireland, RIP My friend and our condolance's to your family
Apples Hazel and My Family
Dave Tilley (Friday, 22 December 2017 23:25)
Slim Sivers Passed away today ....
Colin Twiggs (Friday, 22 December 2017 12:17)
Here I am sat here in the peace and quiet thinking about all you old sweats all over the world, Guy that I served with,Drank with, and partyied with, Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and happy
new year. ! Regards CT.
Barry Tippett (Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:43)
Hope you and your family have a great Christmas and a great new year.
Mario (Monday, 18 December 2017 01:17)
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year 2018 from downunder.
Joe A (Sunday, 17 December 2017 20:35)
Merry Christmas Les to you & your Family & a Happy New Year. Love Joe & Tessa. X
r ay hawkes (Sunday, 17 December 2017 11:16)
Thank you to all of our friends and colleagues for the cards and for keeping in touch with us.
we wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year.
ray and sue
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 16 December 2017 12:59)
I am very pleased to announce that Ross is now back with us, and fully recovered from his problems.
I am afraid lads that 'Army Banter' is not recognised by many world wide, so I decided to call a halt to our spats together.
I just wish him well in his new world of complete sanity.!! Bless.!!
John.....Upstart......Girdler....... (Friday, 15 December 2017 00:01)
Just popped in to have a look around mate, it's always good to see a great web site,
well done mate.........
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:39)
There were 18 of us on the War Dog Course. There were quite a few lines of well built kennels. About 12 kennels to a line. I had to find my dog his number was 7.B.38. I found him in the line 8 right
at the end. My Class Instructor came with me (I wondered why). I stood in front of his kennel. Quite long with a sheltered end for him to sleep in. Then a good walk/run by ending with a tall
exit/entrance door. Bottom half heavy wood, top half strong wire mesh. High brick walls each side of the kennel, with a strong wire mesh above to stop him jumping over the walls.
My dog sprang at the door wire mesh standing on his hind legs and looking me directly into my face. He was massive chested, and a pure black alsatian dog named 'Shanty'. He was foaming at the mouth,
barking very loudly and had huge white teeth. His eyes were deep brown and huge. He wanted my throat.!!
The Instructor standing a good 12 feet behind me, with a smirk on his face, stated, "Go in and get your dog". My quite lovely, quiet, and beautiful world came to an abrupt end, as I faced this quite
awful 'Hound of the Baskervilles'.
The end is nigh lads in my last Chapter soon.!!
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:17)
Ross I can now see that you did indeed go to the wrong Doctor.!! He has not experienced the years that I have known you, and have become concerned at your health. But I do hope for your future well
George macdonald (Wednesday, 13 December 2017 17:22)
To whom it may concern.
I am trying to research a veteran of the Sussex regiment from WW1.
A l/cpl L/9237 Daniel Ephriam Driver 1st Royal Sussex regiment.
DoB 1889 uckfield Essex.
I have gathered information concerning him and while I was checking his 1914-15
Medal award it states he was in theatre of war code 6c which is for German Samoa
But my understanding is that the 1st was in India for the duration.is This an error and should it be Persia.
Would you have any information concerning this or any aspect of his military career
War diaries,journals,service records,newspapers,photos
Any information would be much appreciated
His full medal entitlement was as follows
Igs Medal Clasp Afghanistan NFW 1919
British War Medal
RossP (Wednesday, 13 December 2017 16:16)
Well Mike, I eventually took your advice. As I was at the Doctors (Re. my new knee I had fitted in late September) I asked him if I could be referred to a Psychiatrist, he was taken back by this
request, asking me "Why I wanted this referral" I explained that an Ex. Sgt. Army Medic Told me and all the world that, I should see one. With this, he launched into me, saying "I have known you now
for over forty years, you are more sane than I am" he went on to explain, "This Army Medic must be a 'quasi quack' he is not qualified to venture such an opinion." I went on to tell him, that I had
said, "When I was in the Army, the army Medics, especially the 'Codeine Kings' frightened me" that appeared to set him on this defamation of my character for all the world to read on line. My Doctor
was absolutely flabbergasted, he retorted quite angrily, "Sue the moron" I calmed him down by explaining the fact the this chap is now in his dotage, his mind must wander at time of stress or, indeed
he could be suffering from Alzheimer's, so we should feel real sorry for him. With that, I left his surgery.
Mario (Tuesday, 12 December 2017 23:29)
Thanks Mike, I am now on tender hooks waiting for the new War Dog episode. As for Ross, I'm not game to comment as he looked OK to me in September. Now would that make me like him?
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:25)
Mario please do not be led off the right road with Ross explaining about my time as a War Dog Handler.!! I stated on this magnificent site on the Friday 1st December @ 1102 hrs that he really should
go and see a Psychiatrist soonest.!! As you can see in his latest message about me he really is wandering in his poor mind. However, he is absolutely right in the Melton Mowbray pies of which I
brought back with me after the course, quite a few. Absolutely wonderful. BUT, what happened to my 'Hound of the Baskerville' I do not know.!! BUT, my next message with how I saw and controlled that
War Dog would enlighten many of you. It may arrive soon here on this great Message Board as long as Ross is contained in a secure Ward.!! Bless.!!
the bat (Monday, 11 December 2017 19:33)
New article on "CURRENT NEWS" above - "....it`s only a flagpole, they said " with Blue Cooper BEM
Mario (Sunday, 10 December 2017 23:57)
Message received and understood.
Same regards goes to you and Megan.
RossP (Sunday, 10 December 2017 13:59)
Hello Mario, I see you got back to 'Aus' OK after your visit to Europe. It was great meeting up with you after 47 years and meeting Lillian.
I would just like to explain to you about Mikes dog ending up in a pork pie. He took part in his 'War Dog' course in a English town of Melton Mowbray, which is considered to be the home of the
English Pork Pie.
Pies have been made there for hundreds of years. They the are the only pies allowed to be called 'Melton Mobray Pork Pies' by law. others are just common Pork Pies , apparently, they are inferior, as
'Melton Mobray Pies' are the best.
Hence, Mikes dog ending up in the Pork Pie as he was stationed there, get it now???
I think Mike was stationed there in the 1880s I'm not sure of the correct year or date!!!!
Take good care Mario and best regards to Lillian.
the bat (Sunday, 10 December 2017 06:06)
New article on "CURRENT NEWS" above. - "They could have been issued, but weren`t" - 58 Webbing.
I hope you find an interest there.
Mario (Sunday, 10 December 2017 00:11)
I know you're great mates but was just wondering how the dog managed to become a pork pie (Ross's comment) or maybe a bratwurst in Germany after being handled by Mike. LOL.
All the best for Christmas and New Year 2018 to all viewers.
Mike Sinden (Friday, 08 December 2017 11:45)
Thank you 'Apples' and it is a great comfort to be a member of your incredible family. Also do hope that you will enjoy many years in your new house.
I also wish Mario and his family a really great Christmas, and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
APPLES (Friday, 08 December 2017 10:55)
I am only joking with him mate he is a great guy really, Mike and Margaret are a lovely couple, part of our family now and are well liked and respected by our friends and the Farming community around
us, and he has been tea total for 5 years now and they are looking good,
We all so wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year, Take care.
Apples and Hazel
Mario (Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:57)
I would not wish to enter this Hot Dog debate but may I wish all A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.
Thank you Les for all the hard work you put in this great website.
APPLES (Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:25)
For a man who is frightened spiders and fly's and does not like dogs and is worried about trees leaning over the road I do wonder if your War dogs were not teddy bears,"Chuckle"
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:53)
Lads have mailed me re; my War Dog. How did I control it. It was a pure black Alsatian. When it stood up on its hind legs it looked me straight in the eyes.!! I had to give it 7 words of command
only. They were, Heel,Sit,Down,Stay,Come,Attack and Leave. The same words that Margaret gives me. LOL.
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:01)
Thank you Les for Page 26 and the great photo's on there.
May Margaret and I do wish all our lads out there in this wide world, and their families, a very Happy Christmas, and a very healthy and prosperous New Year.!!
Chris Message (Monday, 04 December 2017 15:00)
I would like to thank Les for all his work on the upkeep of this site which has invaluable information about The Royal Sussex Regiment, not only is the information unique it is very interesting and
presented in a format that should suit the interests of all with an affinity to the regiment.
The recent update on Carl Foster reminded me of the day in Aden when he charged into a building after we had a grenade lobbed at us and challenged the occupant only to be greeted with a loud
With Christmas around the corner I would like to wish all a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
APPLES (Sunday, 03 December 2017 17:41)
Thanks for page 26 much enjoyed seeing the old boys as they now, and my new phone number is 01483 382064 we have moved now to a smaller place in the same village we wish you and your family a very
happy Christmas and a good new year take care
Apples and Hazel
the bat (Sunday, 03 December 2017 05:34)
Not only 50 new entries for November.....but also a NEW PAGE for December.
Page 26 - "Changing Faces" - a study over two decades of our "Civilian" faces, as we grow older.
Some have sadly left us early......many are still going strong. I hope you like it......it is alphabetical.
the bat (Sunday, 03 December 2017 05:26)
Directly above this message !
My personal Christmas Card to you all.
Have a peaceful & happy Christmas
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 02 December 2017 15:01)
Colin not only was I a trained War Dog Handler, I also, had very sharp teeth which helped me in my time as a Medic.!! Some lads will agree with me.!!
Colin Twiggs (Saturday, 02 December 2017 10:47)
Mike, I never thought of you as a "War Dog", ! lol
Mike Sinden (Friday, 01 December 2017 11:02)
Ross you should have come and seen me privately, and I would have introduced you to a top Psychiatrist who maintained a Physiognomy Ward in the local Hospital. I would (just for you) have hung a
wooden cross above your bed. All your worries would have been over very quickly.!! But alas as time has gone by, the lads can now see that your suffering continues.!! I am so sorry.!!
the bat (Friday, 01 December 2017 07:36)
Hello to all !
As November wanes & we move into the Christmas month, a reminder that there are 50 new entries of Persons, Artefacts & Articles on the "Orange Lily" website, alone for the month of November
Exactly what,... can be checked out on Page "What`s New".......have a good browse !.....Regards....Les
RossP (Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:53)
I’m not too sure about the “brain storming liquid” if I remember rightly Mike, beer used to have the same effect!!
I always tried to to keep well away from the Medical Centre, due to all the ‘Codeine Kings’ that lurked therein, waiting to pump Soldiers with foul liquids and performing other types of witchcraft on
the poor souls. Every time I walked past, or even near the Medical Centre, I made the sign of the Christian Cross, muttering a prayer, promising the Lord that, from now on, I would lead a decent life
if he saved me from the ghouls that congregated within. I still shudder, when I think of those awful days when the powers that be, ordered me to “Report to The Medical Room now and get a move on” it
was enough to give me, and others, Post Trumatic stress. I still suffer today.
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:19)
My God Ross how did you know that.???? BUT, I am quite sure that you do NOT know that throughout our time together, I did inject you, at times, with NOT a TABT jab, BUT with another brain storming
liquid. As the lads can now see, it certainly worked.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RossP (Tuesday, 28 November 2017 13:31)
So Mike, you did a War Dog course? I bet yours ended up in a Pork Pie??????????
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 28 November 2017 12:12)
No offence taken Colin, Allen and I started the same time in N/S from 1958 to 1960. He was a young upstart though at 23552444 as my number was 23552428.!! We had a very excellent 2 years with the
travelling around, and I did a War Dog Course in Melton Mowbray then went onto NI and took charge of 12 evil War Dogs. Ended up in Londonderry . Good memories though, plus a couple of sad one's
during my N/S days.!!
Allen Earl (Monday, 27 November 2017 20:15)
Does any one out there remember Henry Rush formally of the Royal Sussex who sadly died recently. I did not know him personally but his widow would like to contact anyone who new him. She recently
approached one of our poppy sellers who passed details to me as he knew I was the lone Royal Sussex representative in the Buffs association. He apparently came from Balcombe and she now lives on the
Isle of Sheppey. Any info would be most welcome.
Colin Twiggs. (Saturday, 25 November 2017 19:20)
Welcome home Allen, enjoy your viewing of this fantastic page, And with a bit of luck Mike Sinden will remember you, lol. (No offence intended Mike)
the bat (Saturday, 25 November 2017 17:27)
Welcome Alan !....good to have you on board....thanks for finding us & for your introduction.
I will put up your profile on the Nominal Roll, then you are forever recorded as a R.Sx soldier.
(Please send us some photos if you have any).........to: L-S.Deacon@t-online.de
Ray "Hawkeye" Hawkes and others, also served within your years. I will get you in contact soonest.
Have a good look & enjoy the site pages....(you might even find your recruit Photo !)
The main thing is...you are back with the blokes "in the fold"
Les "the bat" Deacon
Allen Earl (Saturday, 25 November 2017 14:22)
Thanks to Colin Twiggs for putting me in touch with the site. The photo above is indeed me. I served in the Royal Sussex from March 1958 to April 1960 taking me from Chichester to Gibralter,
Malta,Libya,Gibralter again, Hobbs Barracks, Holliwood barracks Northern Ireland. My service number is 23552444 never to be forgotten. I now belong to the Sittingbourne Buffs Association, thus my
photo on their Rememrance day parade. Colin told me this information is required for registration on the site and should be for the attention of "The Bat"?
the bat (Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:22)
Thanks for trying anyway, Ross.......it will turn up again.
RossP (Wednesday, 22 November 2017 19:49)
I tried to buy Corkys medal on e bay. Unfortunately, I was pipped at the post. I got a bid in within 9 seconds before the end but someone else was in at the very last moment.
I planned to give it to the Royal Sussex Regimental Museum. Renwick was a real character in the battalion and should not be forgotten. Hopefully, it’s gone to someone who knew him.
RossP (Sunday, 19 November 2017 12:05)
It’s very sad to hear that ‘Corkys’ medal was on e bay. Who put it up for sale? Bob Chin and myself spent a weekend with Renwick in Henfield just before his accident. As far as I know, apart from his
girlfriend, he didn’t have any family. You can imagine, the weekend was very beery, we spent a long time in his local. I did notice, that he was very well thought of by all the locals, he had many
the bat (Friday, 17 November 2017 18:26)
Corky`s Medal - see above on current news.
the bat (Friday, 17 November 2017 17:30)
The GSM of the late Renwick "Corky" Corke, now on offer on Ebay....very sad.
Colin Twiggs (Friday, 17 November 2017 11:02)
Found him Les, his correct name is, "Allen Earl" and he,s on facebook, Born on 3rd March 1937, awaiting contact. !
the bat (Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:48)
Can anyone, please tell me anything at all, about the Gentleman above from the Sittingbourne area ?
Dave Tilley (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 17:24)
Chichester Branch Queens a free coach has been put on to the Woodland Garden Sunday June 10th 2018 why not make the 10th as an out side reunion .../ ?
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:22)
Chris your message on the 13th was very well done. It was indeed a very good read, and hopefully will make folk think of those lads and lasses that gave their lives, that we may enjoy our lives
Dave Tilley (Bones) (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 08:37)
The Chichester Branch Royal Sussex have booked a coach to go to priez in France on the 9th sept 2018 ..the Sunday after the reunion in Lewes The Mayor would not change the date ...its a two day trip
and is open to all ..Regards Dave
APPLES (Monday, 13 November 2017 22:24)
We were unable to attend our Service this year due to medical problems, but My 16 year old Grandson was Standard bearer for his ATC unit and was so smart in his best uniform and bulled shoes, A very
proud Grandad, and all my family was there to remember and support him, everdently there was a good young turnout there to, They do Remember mate, Take care Stay upright,
Apples and Hazel
Chris Message (Monday, 13 November 2017 21:02)
I attended my regimental church in Guildford for the service and afterwards at the war memorial.
I was accompanied by my 8 year old grandson who made me very proud.
He took a copy of the order of service to school today and I was surprised that he was told that he was the only pupil in his year (about 90 pupils) that attended a remembrance service at any time
over the weekend.
His school has a mix of mainly white English with the vast minority from ethnic backgrounds and I am somewhat disgusted with the parents who owe their freedoms to the sacrifices our forebears made
for their futures for not having the common decency to show respect.
It was however refreshing to see the school children at the Queens Memorial Woodland with The Hat Well done.
Mike Sinden (Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:39)
Thank goodness the weather was quite fine for the London Parade BUT quite cold. Over 9000 attended and marched. Every year a quite wonderful sight, and quite wonderful marchers. One lad went to war
and was only 14 years of age, when he died. I wonder how many youngsters of today, would take up the sword, on behalf of our Country and defend us.?? To live in peace is a quite wonderful feeling,
thanks to those very brave men and women who laid down their lives to make it so for us.!! We SHALL remember them.!!
APPLES (Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:05)
We will remember them
Apples and Hazel
Eric Hensby (Tuesday, 07 November 2017 15:18)
My apologies - I made a mistake. But I do know that Holland and Netherlands are one and the same place.
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 07 November 2017 14:59)
Eric Sir, have you not known over the many years that we have known each other, that I prefer Mike and NOT Mick.?? BUT due to your VERY elderly age I do forgive you Sir.!!
APPLES (Tuesday, 07 November 2017 12:18)
The Last post
I have now watched the whole sorry saga that to me was a Total Farce The Whole set up was Wrong and was a total disrespect for the men and women that served out there in that period, and the location
and the vehicles and behavior was completely wrong and as for the Red Caps they should be outraged to be portrayed as they were, The BBC should be ashamed to have shown something so Fictitious and
totally wrong, An insult to those of us that served out there,
Barry Tippett (Monday, 06 November 2017 16:05)
THE ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
EASTBOURNE & DISTRICT
Minutes of the Eastbourne Branch of The Royal Sussex Regimental Association
held at Carter Barracks, Seaside, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7NL.
on Wednesday 1 November 2017
Number Present: 23
The meeting opened at 2000hrs, The exhortation and Kohima epitaph was recited by the Chairman.
Apologies: R. Newman, Peter Gibbins, R. Vidler, T. Talman, J. Collins,
J. Holman, R. Delves, D. Hayward, P. Mead, C. Freeman, C. Rhodes, A. Firth.
Minutes of the last meeting: Were read and approved by the members, Proposed by R. Bingle and seconded by P. Anderson as a true record.
Matters Arising: The Chairman reported that a good night was had by those attending the RSA Quiz Night, but it would have been nice to have seen more people attending from the Branch.
New Members: Nil.
Treasurers Report: The Treasurer stated that there is a balance of £2,823.48, but that there are still cheques outstanding to be debited. If these are deducted and the raffle money added from
Sunday’s lunch, then we have approx. £1,500 in the account.
Benevolence: The Benevolence Officer reported that Pal Delves is unwell and suffering with his legs and unlikely to be attending future meetings. It was however nice to see him and Rose at the
Pal Holman has been suffering from a chest infection and sent his apologies.
He also stated that he needed Christmas cards for the widows.
Correspondence: Pal Rollason presented a flyer from an organization called the Eastbourne Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club. They meet every first Sunday of the month at the Toby Carvery on
Willingdon Drove at 0930 onwards for anyone interested.
The Secretary reported that Lynns Travel have a day trip to Dunkirk on Sat 3rd March. The cost is £32.50 per head. Names of those interested at the next meeting.
Any other Business: The Chairman informed all those on the Poppy rota that tea and filter coffee are free for all those manning the stand. However, if you want anything other than this such as Latte
etc, you will have to pay for it. He also reminded all, that in current political climate (sexual harassment etc) that members must ask permission before putting on poppies for members of the public.
The Secretary asked that all use the collection tins in numbered sequence. As a reminder the rota is attached if you’re unsure of dates.
All were reminded that the Remembrance Concert is at Our Lady of Ransom church in Grove Road on Sunday 5th November at 1430hrs. Bucket collectors were requested to be there at 1415.
The Pinwe commemoration will take place in the Pavilion Gardens on Fri 10th November at 1045hrs. The Standard will be required.
Concurrent with this is the unveiling of the statue to Joe Aukett at Langney Primary school. The Secretary took names of those wishing to attend this and will forward details.
Those attending the parade at Hampden Park on Sat 11 Nov are to form up at 1030hrs by the memorial.
Those attending the Remembrance Sunday parade in Eastbourne are to form up outside of the Arndale Centre at 1020 on Sunday 12th November.
Finally, money and menu selections for the Annual Dinner in January are required at the next meeting.
Other dates for the diary:
5 Nov Remembrance Concert
10 Nov PINWE/Unveiling statue
11 Nov Remembrance Hampden Park
12 Nov Remembrance Sunday
13 Jan18 Annual Branch dinner at the Cumberland Hotel
Money taken at the meeting amounted to £38.70.
There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 2020hrs. The next meeting will be held on Wed 6 Dec 2017 at 2000hrs.
Eric Hensby (Monday, 06 November 2017 15:24)
Mick, Are you not aware that Holland and Netherlands are alternative names ?
Colin Twiggs (Monday, 06 November 2017 10:00)
I just came across a new name for the nominal roll Les, Its "Cyril Route" still with us, i,ll send a picture via PM, regards Twiggy, !
Mike Sinden (Friday, 03 November 2017 13:34)
Unusual employment. In 1990 for 2 years I was a Chauffeur,Dresser and Minder for a quite famous Rock & Roll Star. One of his records was played on Radio 2 last week. I drove his Bentley Mulsanne
turbo R, or, his Rolls. We went to France/Germany/ Holland and the Netherlands to play in his concerts. On the 28/5/91 we stayed in the Hotel Rheinischer Hof and used it as our base when we travelled
off to other Countries. 25/5/91 in Berlin, and 1/5/91 on stage in Osnabruck where he gave 20% of his fee to a Cancer Charity. 1/5/91 in Munchen for the opening of a new Railway. At one concert 30
thousand people were there, whereby I gave out signed copies of his face. Les may know who I am talking about.? Does anyone else out there have such great memories, or another life than normal.
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 01 November 2017 13:56)
Well Done Les for all your interesting input into your site.!! You must work many hours mate to accomplish it all.!! I would think that everyone who just looks (world wide) does appreciate all that
you are doing.!!
the bat (Wednesday, 01 November 2017 07:13)
The Future is already here !
I have added to "Current News" the very latest development of Inf. Weapon Technology that exists today.
It is tested & approved by H & K.....The XM 29.....I got a tip-off.......Please enjoy this early Expose`
the bat (Wednesday, 01 November 2017 03:00)
As this month closes, there are now 51 new entries, posted for October 2017.
There are fresh News Infos, Persons & Artefacts for you to browse.
The large new Page 25 has been added, with a nostalgic look at our, (now vintage !) equipment.
I hope you enjoy these additions & that they can maintain your further interest in the Regiment & it`s website........Thanks for looking..............Keep movin`the 35th !.............Best
regards to all..........Les
the bat (Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:03)
NEW PAGE for you - Page 25 "AF1033 Stuff" , some memories of Kit & Weapons, that we had to
"Draw out".....This Page to be later, further developed to include G1098.
100 new pics so far.
I hope this can jog your memories pleasantly !
Freddy K. (Monday, 30 October 2017 15:55)
Thank you for sending me that profile sheet on J.W. Burdett.
If by chance you have some clearer photos or memories you wish to share, I would be very interested in receiving them. Due to robot spam, please piece together my email address:
f r e d h e l e n (at) t i s c a l i (dot) co (dot) uk
the bat (Monday, 30 October 2017 03:16)
New doodle for you ! - Posted opposite the poem "The Clerk" - A patrolling Lt.,.. an Officer of the 1/4th Bn., uses rifle & bayonet during a trench-raid - Gallipoli 1915.
In reality, this practice was unloved by all, as the nearly four foot long weapon was extremely unwieldly in confined spaces - Pistol, truncheon, Cudgel, Bludgeon, knuckle-duster & blades of all
types were preferred by experienced raiders, if their OC Patrol/Raid gave his OK.
(The US Doughboys were even issued with a trench raiding knife with a built in knuckle-duster !)
best regards to all
Mario (Sunday, 29 October 2017 23:34)
Thanks Les for such a wonderful and informative website. Count me in as a daily reader no matter what country I'm in, as long as there is Wi-Fi. Will call on SKYPE when you're on line.
the bat (Sunday, 29 October 2017 03:39)
Hi Mario !
I hope you`ve settled back in at home, after your tour.
The counter tells us there are 20 to 30 visits per day in Sept.& Oct., from all over the globe.
That is is an exceptionally good result, which makes my part worthwhile (I post anew everyday).
It appears, that we are an information website, so there is more reading & less "talking".
I am always here, as are many others.....so yes,.....the silence, might just be Golden !
best regards to you & yours in Oz.
Keep movin`the 35th !
Mario (Sunday, 29 October 2017 01:46)
Is silence Golden ???
Where is everyone??
the bat (Sunday, 22 October 2017 17:40)
Above, on Current News is an old text called "Lowther`s Own". It was the marching song of Lowther`s Lambs, better known as the 11th/12th/ 13th & 14th Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment. Can
anyone please, try and find out what music/tune it was sung to ? (The text does not fit to "Sussex by the Sea", "The Royal Sussex" or "The Lass of Richmond Hill")........tough one..........someone
Thanks for your interest
the bat (Saturday, 21 October 2017 08:21)
"The Total Cost" - a statistic that I found whilst surfing.....now on "Current News" (see above)
CASUALTIES (Deaths) for all units of The Royal Sussex Regiment during The Great War 1914-18.
Here we can see the true carnage........
Eric Hensby (Friday, 20 October 2017 12:14)
Maj Gerry Webb DID NOT serve with 6/7 Queens. He was QM of 6 Queens but on amalgamation Maj Ron Lucas was QM of 6/7.
I served with both Bns. See also Soldiers of the Queen by Lt Col J P Riley.
APPLES (Friday, 20 October 2017 08:51)
Major Jerry Webb Ex RSM of The regiment
Another of the old school SNCOs Gone to a better place, a great Man with many achievments in his Military career Liked by all who served with him, May he now rest in Peace and our thoughts go out to
his Family RIP
Apples and Hazel,
the bat (Friday, 20 October 2017 08:00)
IN PERPETUAL MEMORY
It is with great sadness, that I must announce the death of another major personality of the Regiment.
Major (QM) Fitzgerald “Gerry” Webb MBE, passed from us on 14th October 2017.
Knight Commander of the Gold Medal of Honour of the House of Orange.
Ex Royal Sussex Regiment & 6/7th Queens Regiment. Best remembered as RSM of 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regt.
Major Webb joined the Royal Sussex Regiment in the later years of WW2.
He served in Italy during the War with the Carrier Platoon & later in Palestine & Greece.
In 1946 he was promoted to Sgt. He became RSM of the 1st Bn. in 1962 & was relieved by RSM Pace in 1965 in Malta (to become RSM Tripoli Garrison MILF.) He recieved his LSGC in 1966, and his Mil.
BEM in 1980.
A loyal, long-serving Royal Sussex old soldier, well liked & respected by the Rank & File, for his fairness. - R I P
His funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, East Brent, Somerset, TA9 4JA on 1 November at 12.00.
Chris Message (Friday, 20 October 2017 00:47)
Further to my messages no 407 and 410 below, Len Thoms called and expressed his gratitude for the links to this site I sent him and the messages I posted.
Len is still keen to contact any veterans that served in Aquba or Greece in 1949 and if there is anyone that attends the various branches that knows of any veterans that may remember Len please
contact me and I will pass on the contact details.
Chris Message (Friday, 20 October 2017 00:38)
Further to my question to Apples below, are there any C Coy MT drivers that served in Aden that can remember Derek Cross who drove our 3 toners.
Unfortunately I know two drivers have passed to the FRV but there may be others that remember Derek.
APPLES (Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:48)
Dua For husband and Wife It would be Nice If we knew who you are so that we can comunicate with you,
thank you for your message take care
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 18 October 2017 13:53)
The BBC and other TV Companies have to make a profit on the programmes that they make, and send out to the public. Therefore, with 'The Last Post' they will not state it as the truth, but, embellish
it to make it suitable for the general public of today. You who served out there know full well what the truth is ( as 'Apples' has so clearly stated) so just sit back and watch the programme and
laugh inwardly.!! I do respect you all that were there, unfortunately there are programme makers that only think of money.!!
APPLES (Tuesday, 17 October 2017 20:54)
I don't Remember any one of that name, I remember a Dicky Croft though, I was A coy MT 3 toner,
28 EK 48 fastest truck in the unit souped up by our REME guy, but out on the Land Rovers most of the time, Pad Patrols one week and Town Patrols the Next,
Chris Message (Tuesday, 17 October 2017 17:05)
Do you remember a driver called Cross his first name may have been Derek and he may have been TAER.
If I remember correctly he drove 3 toners in C coy.
APPLES (Monday, 16 October 2017 20:33)
Well Said Chris
I have now watched the 2nd and 3 rd episode and all you have stated is correct even the Land Rovers are the incorrect models and there was always two vehs out together well armed and covering each
other, and as a driver out there In can not remember any RMP,s the Lido was completly Wrong
The BBC Should have Looked at the photos on this site or spoke to some one like Les who could have told them the true History of it all, and they might have at least got a few things right A complete
Fiction as far as I can see Take care
Chris Message (Monday, 16 October 2017 17:35)
I watched episode 3 of The Last Post and it really is unbelievable, the first two episodes were lacking in military facts and there were so many inaccuracies that is was almost laughable
unfortunately it was supposed to be an excerpt from a passage in history.
The military adviser should return his fee because of the long list of errors and here is a minute sample: Patrols with single vehicles without escorts or communication, SLR's without safety straps
attaching the weapon to the wrist, RMP joining a SAS operation and apparently the next episode has a RMP Sgt heading up a search of Crater....Good Luck With That....
Why did the producers not contact the regiments that served in Aden at the time, there are plenty of veterans that could give an honest and factual account but perhaps the left wing BBC wanted a
politically correct version, whatever the reasons it was very disappointing and I am now only watching in the hope that it will improve.
Mike Sinden (Sunday, 15 October 2017 18:12)
Well stated indeed Mario I much prefer the good old days with good manners, and respect for the Elderly.!!
To me a Male is a male at birth, and a Girl a female. These days it is so confusing.!! BUT, we may; in the end, stop all this silliness, and state the obvious.!!
Mario (Saturday, 14 October 2017 02:02)
So,so glad to see that I'm not the only loud mouth as I'm sometimes called being I don't believe in this Politically Correct World we now unfortunately live in. Bring the good old days where Good is
good and Bad is bad. Long live the old days.
Mike Sinden (Friday, 13 October 2017 15:04)
Ross, thank you for your reply to a VERY elderly man who does not understand at all, this quite silly 'Political' world we live in. I always speak my mind, regardless of being 'out of the present
world' and enjoying the past world of honesty and gentleness.!! I was banned from the other site, by its present owner. He lied about me in the past, and promised to apologise (I have a witness to
his lies). BUT, he did not do so. NOW he has lied again, as his so called events, did not happen. BUT, he is just not man enough, or, have the courage to apologise before the general public. I am
afraid that to much 'Red' and to many pills have affected his brain power.!! Therefore, I shall not go back on the Secondary Site again, and will stay with this brilliant First Class Message Board
which deserves much praise for Les.!!
I do agree with you Ross (my God) that sometime in the future this most stupid silly world we now endure, will stop and then it will regain it's past gentle and normal past times.!! I just cannot
RossP (Friday, 13 October 2017 13:58)
Hello Mike, what have you been up to? I have noticed that you have been banned from the other site! What for? I suppose you have been very naughty again, stating contentious issues, which gets to the
more sensitive souls, I would like to think that at your age you should have known that by now!!
What you have to remember, is, that in this world of ‘Political Correctness’ you are no longer allowed to tell the truth, you have to exist in a world of make believe, we no longer have boys and
girls, we have gender neutral youngsters. The world is too confusing for us whom happen to live in ‘The real world’ All this clap trap will, one day, turn on them and the whole rotten edifice will
collapse on them.
Here endeth the lesson..........
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 10 October 2017 15:12)
Ross, good to know that you are alive and kicking.!!
For myself I have 3 Children, 5 Grand Children, One Great Grand Daughter and one Grand Son due to be born on my Birthday 6th January 2018.
I am quite sure some of you out there can beat those scores.??
RossP (Sunday, 08 October 2017 14:07)
Thanks for that Twiggy, yes, he has grown into a fine man. He runs his own business in Lemgo in the Finance side of life.
I have two great grandchildren, a boy of twenty and a girl of fithteen, both very dear to me.
Thanks for taking the time to send me the message.
Take good care.
the bat (Saturday, 07 October 2017 12:16)
Some new entries for October.
the bat (Saturday, 07 October 2017 09:44)
The 2nd MINIREUNION with Mario Buttigieg on Malta, took place as he met Maurice Zammit after many, many years. Thanks to Mario for pics/update. - The 6 Platoon pics of Maurice are from our Nominal
Posted on "Current News", above this Message-Board.
Colin Twiggs (Friday, 06 October 2017 17:33)
Msg for Ross Pritchard,
I was in Lemgo a few weeks ago and I was introduced to your son, And a fine lad you have there Ross, Just like his old man, Jock Ongley introduced me to him if you were wondering, !
graham knight (Friday, 06 October 2017 16:42)
thanks apples. just making sure as we always went out in twos, that's y it didn't seem right only one landrover out on it's owen.
APPLES (Tuesday, 03 October 2017 21:04)
We went out in two Land rovers well armed covering each other and the Land rovers used to patrol the RAF married quarters were mine plated, I cant remember seeing RMP's out there
take care, Apples
graham knight (Tuesday, 03 October 2017 20:18)
didn't we go out in 2 wagn patrols ,I might be wrong,
John Micallef (Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:13)
I thought it was a lot of rubbish as well. If I remember correctly, there was always at least two people in a land rover when out of camp, driver and armed escort. I also noticed a soldier saluting
officers and they completely ignored him. I told my wife it was never like that. Maybe the RMPs were different, but I expect they got it all wrong.
APPLES (Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:25)
" The Last Post"
Did any of you watch the Program on the TV Sunday "The last post" It is about the Military in ADEN in 1965 when we were there, The whole thing was Completely Wrong The Place, the Vehicles, and the
way they think the army was out there, total crap, the only thing that might be right was Officers shagging each others wives, the rest was a farce, it is on every Sunday for a while, I will watch
the next one and if it is not Right I will Write to the BBC and Complain as should every Soldier that was out there, Who ever wrote the script never even researched it at all, If you see it, what are
your thoughts on it. ??
Apples and Hazel
Chris Message (Monday, 02 October 2017 10:55)
Further to my message below, the Len I met was Len Thoms and he is very interested in attending Royal Sussex reunions and events.
He lives on the Isle of Wight but has family in the home counties where he can stay,
If anyone knows of veterans from 1949 who were in Aqaba or Greece who may have served with Len I have his email and can put them in contact.
the bat (Sunday, 01 October 2017 06:48)
A busy month ! ...
As we move into October, I have posted 77 new topics, persons & artefacts for September 2017,
for your pleasure. There 150 photos in all.
Start on Page "What`s New" for an overview of new entries.
Thanks to Barry Tippett, Eddie Cobb & Marrio Buttigieg for sending in pics.
Have a good browse, have fun & enjoy it.- Keep movin` the 35th !
the bat (Sunday, 01 October 2017 04:20)
STOP PRESS !
8 new photos showing the progress of "Work so far" on the renovation of Von Arnim`s Staff Car at The INVICTA workshop. Keeping you informed - Posted on "Current News" above this Message-board.
Thanks to Barry for the update.
Chris Message (Saturday, 30 September 2017 20:10)
I met Len at a East Surrey reunion earlier today and he confirmed that he served with The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1949 in Greece and Aquaba.
Unfortunately he has not been able to find any other veterans that served with him and could I therefore ask the users of this board and branches if any of their members served at the same time and
better still if they remember him.
I have his email address and as he is keen to attend the September reunion next year I have sent him a link to the message board and this site.
Len received the details of the East Surrey reunion (he served with them before re-badgeing to RS) from the RBL and I wonder how may other veterans are left in the hinterland by not receiving the
information on reunions etc.
Perhaps a link to or from RBL would be useful (If Possible).
APPLES (Friday, 29 September 2017 21:29)
Nice one Mario and Richard
I wish I were there with you look after yourselves
the bat (Friday, 29 September 2017 17:41)
A MALTESE MINI-REUNION after many decades - Sept 2017 !
Mario Buttigieg from Malta (now Australia), meets Richard Chalker .......Well done lads !
Photos on "Current News", above this Message Board".
Thanks to Mario for sharings his pics with us.
graham knight (Friday, 29 September 2017)
hi les do you kow were abouts jack horner seen photos on webb pages as I look ,he was in aden with me. thanks
the bat (Friday, 29 September 2017 10:16)
For the aforesaid Photos,...A big Thanks to Barry Tippett & Eddie Cobb.
the bat (Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:11)
STOP PRESS !
Now 50 Photos posted of the Colours Parade. ("Current News" - above this Message Board)
Some nice shots of our lads....... PWRR Bn. turn out for an important Ceremonial in combat-kit (except for Colour Party & Colour Guard)......No 2`s too expensive ?.........I can`t grasp that,
(maybe it`s me.......)
Have a look.....enjoy.
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 27 September 2017 14:41)
Ray Hawkes kindly send me an e-mail please.
the bat (Tuesday, 26 September 2017 21:29)
STOP PRESS !
Now on "Current News", above this Message-Blog.
Impressions on the parade for the Presentation of new Colours to the Successor Regiment.
Thanks to Barry Tippett & Eddie Cobb, for the pics.
ray hawkes (Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:27)
Dear friende thank you for your kind messages .
Mike Sinden (Monday, 25 September 2017 14:37)
Well done indeed to Paul & Debbie Hornblow for all their very hard work. I knew David Beveridge and he was much liked.
the bat (Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:46)
BRITISH GSM 24037462 PTE D C BAKER R SUSSEX ARABIA BAR
Just seen on Ebay for $140 aus.
I see from our nominal roll, that this is one of ours.
Any body know which Baker this is ?
the bat (Saturday, 23 September 2017 12:00)
On a different note !............
Massive Congratulations to the "Queens Regiment Memorial Woodland", run by Paul & Debbie Hornblow.
They have achieved official Charity status (No 01174651.) after a long struggle with the Queens Regimental Association Officer`s. This garden of remembrance is near Dorking in Surrey.
Their are memorials to Pancho White, David Beveridge, and many other Royal Sussex people.
I support them, in that I do all their graphic design.
It is well worth a visit, if you are round that way.
Mike Sinden (Friday, 22 September 2017 16:08)
Les you are doing a really great job mate, keep it up.!!
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
the bat (Friday, 15 September 2017 06:37)
See Page 22........In our Library
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and order a signed copy,
or purchase it through Amazon. Many Thanks.
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
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
Barry Tippett (Monday, 11 September 2017 12:27)
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 www.royalsussex-southdowns.co.uk 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.
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.!!
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.
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.
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
graham knight (Tuesday, 05 September 2017 19:51)
well done les ,keeping us up to date with going ons
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.
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
John.....Upstart......Girdler....... (Saturday, 02 September 2017 00:50)
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.
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..........
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.
the bat (Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:36)
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
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 : http://www.imps.org.uk/
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 29 August 2017 09:46)
Les, Who are the two chaps in the photo of "Armin,s" car, ?
APPLES (Wednesday, 23 August 2017 22:09)
Well done Les, It is good to see it coming along, Thanks Barry for the info,
the bat (Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:33)
STOP PRESS !
UPDATE ON VON ARNIM`S STAFF CAR
Now on "Current News" above this Message Board.
A big thanks to Barry Tippett for keeping us updated.
Best Regards to all
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.
the bat (Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:54)
Yes it did !.....In the entrance Hall.....well seen, my friend.
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, ?
the bat (Sunday, 13 August 2017 13:25)
Well done, Starlight.....I`m glad you had some good time together...thanks for SITREP
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
God Bless you both.
the bat (Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:59)
Enlargement is now working on "Current News"..............sorry, folks.........thanks Apples for Heads-Up
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
APPLES (Friday, 11 August 2017 08:22)
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
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.
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.
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
the bat (Wednesday, 09 August 2017 11:48)
Thanks, Derek.....good drills,
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
And at the Hare and Hounds Pub , Sunbury, details for that in the service book.
Derek and Hazel
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.
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
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
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
I hope you discover something to your interest. (details are on "What`s New")
I wish you all, an interesting browse.
Kieran sullivan (Tuesday, 25 July 2017 23:48)
I meant boxing not boozing sorry
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.
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
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.
ray hawkes (Tuesday, 25 July 2017 14:32)
I hope all is well with you.
Am i getting through to your skype as i have not heard from you.
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 !!
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.
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.
graham knight (Saturday, 22 July 2017 19:55)
re dave tonksjust to say get well soon old mate.
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.
ALBERT FENECH (Wednesday, 19 July 2017 05:30)
This week's Malta Diary on Lyn Funnel's b-c-ing-u.com, Malta's 'water taxi' - the dghajsa. http://b-c-ing-u.com/2017/07/19/31590/
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.
the bat (Monday, 17 July 2017 15:39)
STOP PRESS !
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 !
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)
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.
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.!!
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.
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)
APPLES (Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:38)
To the oldest swinger in Town,
Have a good day Les, you deserve it mate, and may you have many more, keep up the good work
Derek and Hazel
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.
Mario (Tuesday, 11 July 2017 00:26)
"Happy birthday Les", and once again thank you so much for such a great regimental website.
Glynis Rosser (Friday, 07 July 2017 16:39)
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.
APPLES (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 15:50)
sorry I did not add "Sinden" To Mike and Margaret " old Age is getting to me
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
Robert G Piper (son )
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
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 ?
SO WHERE WERE THE REST ?....
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).............so 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 here...........so where were you all ?
.............rant over.(for now)
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.
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)
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 lot..........best regards...........Les
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,
the bat (Saturday, 01 July 2017 23:24)
The "Times" Obituary for Col. John Buckeridge.
now on "Current News" (above this message board)
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.
Tickets adults £10, children £5.
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.
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.
the bat (Sunday, 25 June 2017 07:56)
STOP PRESS !
A Regimental Time-Machine !
See immediately above this board.
Lots of interesting posts planned here.
Watch this space.
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
graham knight (Friday, 23 June 2017 17:32)
I have a look on your pages regularly. thanks
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.
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.
the bat (Wednesday, 21 June 2017 08:00)
Mario is correct........sharp 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
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.
Mario (Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:51)
Man, this waiting for the grave mistake answer is killing me !!!!!
John Micallef (Sunday, 18 June 2017 15:16)
The Royal Sussex badge does not have an eight pointed cross?
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?
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 !
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
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
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
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
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)
..........an important date, so don`t miss it !!........also, allready many new posts for the month of June.
best regards to all
ray hawkes (Sunday, 04 June 2017 12:28)
Thank you for your kind birthday wishes regards ray hawkes.
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
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
ray hawkes (Thursday, 01 June 2017 11:56)
I cannot find my birthday greeting anywhere i am 81 years old regards RAY
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.
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 email@example.com asap as we go to press for the paper tomorrow.
My direct line is 01243 534166.
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).
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
We will remember....Rest in Eternal Peace.
(Our "In Memoriam" to Fred, is now posted on Current News & Page 12)
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
ray hawkes (Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:01)
Can you let me know you have got the photos from korean veterans i sent all the best ray.
the bat (Wednesday, 17 May 2017 04:09)
Hello to all visitors !
I have posted 30 new items & persons for the month of MAY 2017 up to now. More following.
Look on Page "What`s New" for details. I wish you all good fun, whilst browsing.
Keep your head down,....your powder dry........and your head working.
"Keep movin` forward the Royal Sussex !"
Thanks for your visit,......best regards..........Les
the bat (Saturday, 06 May 2017 05:01)
It is with great saddness, that we announce the death of another Brother in Arms.
24114192 Pte. Leslie J. “Lofty” Phelps passed from us on April 28th 2017 after a short illness.
Les was a late 60`s, early 70`s soldier & served in the
3rd Bn. Queens Regiment in BAOR, Cyprus & Gibraltar.
He was in 11 Pln. “C” Company & later the Signals Pln.
A well liked & intelligent soldier, very fit & able.
Rest in Eternal Peace.
"In Memoriam" now posted on Current News & on Page 12.
the bat (Thursday, 04 May 2017 16:44)
Hello again ! (have been spring-cleaning in the archive)
STOP PRESS - 30 New pages on the "Orange Lily" website.
There is now a complete Regimental Photo Timeline from 1860 to 1992.
Start on Page 9 - The Regiment in Photographs......have fun.
the bat (Monday, 01 May 2017 23:14)
Yes......I remember him from "A" !
Twiggy (Monday, 01 May 2017 17:52)
The mick wyatt also left A coy and went to Sp coy Mortars, so you might remember him.
Twiggy (Monday, 01 May 2017 17:37)
Contact, wait out, !....................Mick wyatt, 3 Pltn "A" coy" From 67-70 in Lemgo. His pltn Sgt was Tommy Creighton (R.I.P.) Photo to follow, !
the bat (Sunday, 30 April 2017 06:57)
Thanks Twiggy......working on it.
The spring month of May is at our door.
I have posted 33 new items for the month of April 2017, for your interest & pleasure.
Please, do go and have a browse. Page "What`s New" can be your guide.
Regimental brothers may pass away & leave us, but you know the story of "The last one turns out the lights" ?........ Well....I have loads of material to post yet.
Wishing you all a good Bank Holiday break.
Twiggy (Sunday, 23 April 2017 13:14)
Les I just come across a name and number you might be interested in, as follows,
23183887 Sgt Lancaster R 1 Royal sussex, HMT, Asturias, Southampton................ can you trace him, I,m trying to get a photo for you, !
Apples (Sunday, 23 April 2017 11:00)
I have read the story "Life & Death on Snakeshead Ridge" A most compelling story a very brave Man
the bat (Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:02)
A second plug for this story, as many have already read it, and found it a legendary tale......
....so don`t miss it !
"The late John Buckeridge`s own gripping account, "Life & Death on Snakeshead Ridge"
A story from the Battle of Casino 16th/17th Feb. 1944.
on page 11 "Swing the Lights."
Mario (Sunday, 23 April 2017 01:07)
Major Hudson seems to be a great guy. I enquired with him as how I shall pay for my 2017 reunion dinner and his answer was "You are booked, pay on the night" thus saving me heaps through bank cheques
Best regards to all.
the bat (Saturday, 22 April 2017 21:28)
Have made contact with Jack Waters in British, Columbia, Canada.
He served in the Regiment from 1949 to 1955.
He has sent photos & Docs. (watch for "What`s New")
Thanks, Jack !
RossP (Saturday, 22 April 2017 14:07)
Not only is Major Hudson a pleasant guy, he also is a really decent chap.
Last year, I was a little late buying the Royal Sussex Assn dinner tickets, he wrote to me, reminding me of the date the dinner was being held, and asking if I wanted tickets. That's the mark of a
good officer doing a brilliant job for our Regiment, I now know that he is a Royal Signals soldier. However, I will always look at him as a Royal Sussex man.
In my last message delete 'Batallion' insert 'Battalion' (a senior citizen moment)
APPLES (Saturday, 22 April 2017 08:07)
Thank you Les, I stand corrected
Square and Stationary Earth Map (Saturday, 22 April 2017 07:09)
Interesting post. I have been wondering about this issue, so thanks for posting.
the bat (Saturday, 22 April 2017 03:07)
Thanks for your input posts !.........A slight correction there, Derek (only because we are public)
The Royal Sigs`man (Maj. Hudson) does the Royal Sussex Regimental Association.
The Queen`s Regimental Association secretary, Major Alasdair Goulden, was a Queensman.
The only difference being, Brian Hudson is a pleasant guy.
APPLES (Friday, 21 April 2017 07:45)
I quiet agree with you Ross Blue cooper does a great job for the regiment and those that need help he has run the Vipers for a long time now with no help from the QRA and the secretary is never any
help to him A Royal Signal's Man I believe, Let us hope that Blue continues as he has been doing, and takes no notice of the Rupert's, Stick with it Blue,
Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:54)
I would,nt follow that RUPERT to the Naffi. !
RossP (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:59)
I totally agree with you Les. The QRA is probably run by 'Barrack Rats' or clueless Ruperts, that is usually the problem in military circles. Blue, go ahead and hold your own remembrance parade,
soldiers from the the 3rd Batallion (Royal Sussex) support you.
Regards to all
the bat (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:22)
Now on "Current News" (above this Message-Board), Press Article on "Blue" Cooper & the QRA.
Please, read carefully. If the Queen`s Regimental Secretary continues in this mode, he will soon have no Queensmen left to "take-over".
the bat (Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:52)
Hi brothers !
Now that most of us are full with Easter Eggs & the Lamb joint, we can move on.
There are now 21 new entries of artefacts & persons posted for April 2017.
I am sure you will enjoy your browse of the fresh items.
Keep movin` the 35th !
Twiggy (Sunday, 16 April 2017 11:49)
Firstly my Easter greetings to all who can read this,...... Secondly,Thanks Les, for the posting of Col J Buckeridge,s Snakeshead ridge, and a very interesting read indeed, We as young people that
never saw any action during WW11 should read it. I can now partly understand why my Father never spoke about his years in the Royal Artillery, (Anti tanks), !
APPLES (Friday, 14 April 2017 08:33)
Happy Easter to you all, Thank you Les for your fine work keep it up Mate
Apples and Hazel
Mario (Friday, 14 April 2017 01:29)
Thanks Les for the Easter greetings and same to you, your family and to the rest of the Orange Lily's
the bat (Friday, 14 April 2017 00:06)
Thanks, Joe !........Your Easter Greetings Card is now posted (just beneath the menu block)
I wish a happy, healthy & peaceful Easter to all.
Joe A (Thursday, 13 April 2017 22:20)
Thanks for the Easter greeting Les same to you & your family. Love J&T.
the bat (Monday, 10 April 2017 01:38)
It is with great sorrow, that we announce the passing of yet another respected Royal Sussex soldier & Brother in Arms. Col. John Buckeridge passed away on Friday 7th April 2017. He served in the
Regiment for 36 years & was a WW2 veteran. He remained throughout his life, ardent & loyal to the Regiment.
Our "In Memoriam" to Col. John Buckeridge is now posted on Current News & on page 12-In Memoriam.
I have also posted John`s own gripping account, "Life & Death on Snakeshead Ridge" on page 11 Swing the Lights.
the bat (Sunday, 09 April 2017 09:41)
Hi guys !
Thanks to Bill Kempton in Canada for 3 great, new Regimental cartoons.
The first one looks suspiciously like the late, Bruiser Richardson !
The second is sly dig at Major Johnson`s love of bull & polish !
The third one shows the average mindset for 432 drivers, once out of Camp !
Now posted on Page 8 - (The Regiment in Art - Regimental Cartoons)
Have fun looking at those...they are very funny !
Thanks again, Bill
the bat (Saturday, 08 April 2017 00:01)
Thanks Stuart, old friend ....for the chat.
I spoke to Jock Ongley as well.
We will do something in Lemgo around 1st Sept.
Rosie would like to join us.
John "Thomo" Thompson is at the moment in Lemgo for a four day break in his camper.
Full biography of the late David Beveridge, now on page "In Memoriam"
All for now....keep moving forward
stu hoods (Friday, 07 April 2017 20:41)
just got all the new news and had a talke with the boss (the bat)
the bat (Wednesday, 05 April 2017 16:10)
Hello to all,
Recieved from Ted Young (Thanks Youngie !)
" Heard today sadly, another Royal Sussex Soldier has left the Parade Ground, Douglas Burton 80+ Years, Served Minden, BAOR 29, c1953/54, RIP Dougie."
I have sadly, no further info, so another has slipped through the net......RIP
ray hawkes (Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:46)
I hope all is well with you.
I have had to change my skype details theyare.
user name is
KENWOOD2 upper case
the bat (Friday, 31 March 2017 21:33)
The Ides of March are long gone. During March, 40 new entries of artefacts & persons have been added to this website. As we now enter April, please go and have a browse at the new kit.
A visit to the "What`s New" page, is well worth it, so as to find out "..what`s on the slab".
Thanks for your support........best regards.....Les "the bat" Deacon.
APPLES (Wednesday, 29 March 2017 14:30)
WELL DONE BARRY FOR KEEPING US INFORMED, AND ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND TIME THAT YOU HAVE AND ARE PUTTING INTO THIS PROJECT, THANK YOU
the bat (Tuesday, 28 March 2017 19:36)
" REGIMENTAL MUSEUM UPDATE - (with a big thanks to Barry for keeping us informed)
Since the Redoubt Fortress closed for the year in mid-November 2016, the pace of boxing up has increased fourfold. All the casemates are now clear and the last items are being accounted for on the
modes database. During the last week all the firearms in the armoury have been stripped, cleaned and had preservation applied before bagging and tagging. This just leaves the remaining firearms in
casemate 12 to be bagged, the swords preserved and packed and the books in the library to be boxed up and we will be ready to move.
We have been very fortunate in being offered storage space by the Sussex ACF at their headquarters in Brighton whilst we secure a permanent home. An Expanda store secure unit has been purchased and
erected within the facility and the racking has all been erected by a very dedicated team. The final work on laying out the racking and moving in the last of the medal and display cabinets will take
place place on Wed 29th March.
It has now been confirmed by the CE of Sussex ACF that we now have permission to store our firearms in their armoury. The transfer of these will hopefully take place sometime in April 2017, once all
admin has been completed and liaison with Sussex Police.
The McNab collection is going on loan shortly (6 April 2017) to Stirling Castle which is the home of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum. Although the medal cabinets are going
into storage with us, the medals in frames and the silver mounted infantryman are going on long term loan to the PWRR museum in Dover to augment their collection. Petworth council have also asked if
we could return the memorial board to the fallen of the 4th Battalion for display in a local church and we have agreed to loan it to them on a long term basis (this is to be collected on Wed 5 April
17). Some of the Trustees also visited the workshop of the Invicta Military Vehicle Preservation Society on Saturday the 25th March to see progress on the restoration of Von Arnim’s staff car and an
update on this visit will be in the next Rousso.
A complete list of all items out on loan are in the new Outward Loan file.
So in summary, with the silver drums having been safely returned to Dover, the Association can be assured that the collection is safe and accounted for and will be going into temporary storage in the
near future until we secure a new home. .........Barry Tippett "
Les for BT
ray hawkes (Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:54)
Please could you let me know if got my emalt
message about skype if you call me on skype i will talk to you
the bat (Monday, 20 March 2017 22:19)
Its Graham SKIPPER, of course, & not John !
the bat (Monday, 20 March 2017 04:54)
I spoke at length with Rosie on Skype, who was married to John Skipper.
Rosie (Roswitha) from Lemgo, now lives in Brasil & has raised 4 children.
She sends her fond regards to all who knew her in Lemgo, especially the "Ponderosa Gang" !
We will attempt to sync our Lemgo reunion this year, with her visit there.
The last time we saw her, was in the mobile homes in Ballykinlar.
barry tippett (Saturday, 18 March 2017 23:46)
l would like some volunteers (able bodied) to help me lift some medal cabinets out of the redout in Eastbourne. John Butler and Mike Constantine will be there, but we still need about another
I will be there at 9 am on the 29th March. Thanks Les for posting this for me.
the bat (Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:03)
There are now 20 new items posted here for this half of the month of March 2017.
I sincerely hope you will have a browse soon.
Please check on Page "What`s new" for details.
ray hawkes (Friday, 10 March 2017 12:39)
i hape all is well with you i have had tochange my skype details they are
user name is
KENWOOD2 upper case.
the bat (Sunday, 05 March 2017 07:11)
Yes, Chris......same person. He was an OC Coy in 4/5th (Cinque Ports) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment for many years, before moving to the Queen`s. In Aden on that visit, he was probably already CO of the
3rd Bn.......Roderick Arnold transferred soon after.......I had a good chat with him at Lewes before he passed.
Chris Message (Saturday, 04 March 2017 21:58)
I have just noticed Maj Harrington on the nominal Roll, if my memory is correct he was the Training Major for the 3rd Bn Queens Surreys. If it is the same person I am thinking about, he visited us in
Aden and spoke to me while I was part of a cordon around the bone factory (remember the awful smell).
the bat (Saturday, 04 March 2017 07:18)
The Royal Sussex Regimental Association Newsletter for Spring 2017.
Now posted on "Current News" (above this board)
Thanks to Barry Tippett for keeping us informed.
the bat (Friday, 03 March 2017 10:05)
In Perpetual Memory
Major (QM) Derek William Adkins has now, also passed from us.
He died early on 2nd March 2017, after a long illness.
Derek had joined the army in early 1945 and served with Queen`s Surrey`s until the early 1960s. He was then attached to the Middlesex Regiment TA as PSI until 1967.
He then joined the 3rd Bn Queen`s Regiment (Royal Sussex) in Lemgo.
He served with us in Lemgo, Ballykinlar, Tidworth, Cyprus & Gibraltar as our QM.
Finally moving to the SAS in 1976. He was a fine capable Officer, gentleman & soldier`s friend, respected & liked by all ranks.......We will not forget.............Rest in Eternal Peace
Now posted on Page 12 "In Memoriam "
Apples (Saturday, 25 February 2017 12:16)
Thank you, Les for your excellent tributes to our fallen comrades, great work mate
Stay strong and upright my friend
Apples and Hazel
the bat (Friday, 24 February 2017 14:12)
Once more,....sad tidings,
Our Brother in Arms, John Snow, passed away in Malta, yesterday.
Our "In Memoriam" to John is on the Current News (above) & on Page 12, IN MEMORIAM.
I am deeply saddened at three "Lillies" in a row.
Keep your powder dry,......and keep your head & your body moving.
the bat (Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:06)
There are now 52 new items posted for the month of Febuary 2017.
I hope you find something of your personal interest.
Go for it ! - ....and have fun browsing.
have a good day
Les PS : I could use some feedback, brothers !
Apples (Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:11)
Another of the old school has left us Ken was a good and well liked soldier and NCO, RIP my friend
the bat (Wednesday, 22 February 2017 21:28)
Ken Andrews has passed away. Our "in Memoriam to his memory is now posted (on Current News & on Page 12 In Memoriam)
His Funeral is on 27th Feb 1300 at Downs Crematorium, Brighton.
We hope he has a good send-off, as he only has his son living.
Tony T (Friday, 17 February 2017 14:01)
I have just spent an hour looking through photos I have never seen in the private collection. First class. I will look again later.
the bat (Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:17)
I have now posted 32 new items for Febuary 2017, for your interest & enjoyment.
Click "What`s New" for details of their respective pages.
Page 22 is also new, with a complete Regimental History.("Potted" & shortened version for easy reading!)
"The Orange Lily" visitors are stable, at an average of 40 hits per day. A big Thanks to all.
Les "the bat" Deacon
the bat (Friday, 03 February 2017)
Thanks...Peter Sigal...will respond per Email
John Edwards (Friday, 03 February 2017 17:02)
Hi Les can you please send me a picture of an Orange Drum? Its for inclusion in a set of Trade Cards depicting the Queens Regiment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Sigal (Thursday, 02 February 2017 05:56)
I am visiting this site from Australia. I was attached to the 1st Bn Royal Sussex Regiment in Korea from Jan to Apr 1957. My home unit was CCK Sig Sqn at Inchon. I was responsible for maintaining the
Signal Centre at Camp Kohima.
I am interested to learn if the tour of duty performed by Royal Sussex at the time was classified by the UK Defence Ministry as ' Active Service' or otherwise. Post no 215 for Robert Morley appears
to suggest so.
This info would help those Australians who served in Korea post armistice until July 1957 in meeting the definition of 'qualifying service' for repatriation benefits that currently has a 'cut off'
date of April 19 - 1956.
I hope this message gets through OK and thank you sincerely for any info that you can provide.
Peter Sigal (ex Royal Australian Signals)
Colin Twiggs (Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:27)
It,s been sorted Les, thanks very much. !
the bat (Tuesday, 24 January 2017 07:24)
L/Cpl. Murphy 1st Bn. 1967 - Boxer
JG Murphy CSM "B" Coy 3rd Bn. in 1992
There were only ever 14 issued.
So this thing is almost priceless.
colin twiggs,.... (Monday, 23 January 2017 19:59)
Ref my last message ,............Problem solved, but cheers anyway.
colin twiggs (Monday, 23 January 2017 19:46)
Les do you know, or does anyone know of a "WO11 J G Murphy" Queens regt as his Medal of Merit is on sale on Ebay, can anyone help, cheers Twiggy.
the bat (Sunday, 22 January 2017 15:45)
New pics up now !!
......from the Donovan Davidson collection.
Recruit Platoons during Basic at the Depot 1970`s/80`s, on Page :
Recruit & Group Photographs - 1970`s & 1980`s.
.....also, Richmond Platoon in Aldergrove 1988/89, on the same page.
Have fun, brothers !.....keep movin
the bat (Thursday, 19 January 2017 02:30)
There are now 74 new entries on this website for January 2017.
Some interesting pics & artefacts have turned up.
Details & orienteering for you on "What`s New".
I hope you enjoy your browse.
ray hawkes (Thursday, 12 January 2017 12:05)
queens ray hawkes
ray hawkes (Thursday, 12 January 2017 11:45)
To all the sussex and qussex regiment members happy new year from ray and sue hawkes
Donovan Davidson (Wednesday, 11 January 2017 13:19)
Been looking through the Orange Lily Les - all good
the bat (Tuesday, 10 January 2017)
There are 40 new items/entries posted on the "Orange Lily" website for Jan 2017,
They are for your interest & enjoyment. Have fun browsing (details on Page: "What`s New")
Lots more to come !............'
best regards, good health & happiness for 2017...........
Les "the bat" Deacon
the bat (Tuesday, 10 January 2017 23:29)
STOP PRESS !
The sad future of the Museums - Telegraph article from 8th Jan 2017
Now posted on "Current News & Topics" (above the Message board)
I am both sad & angry, that my arms are not longer.
the bat (Monday, 02 January 2017 21:37)
STOP PRESS ! ...Our very own Bibliography is now finished on Page 21.(labourious !)
All books about the Regiment for your reference.
I hope you find this useful.
There are also new entries posted for 2017.
Martin Para Davies (Monday, 02 January 2017)
Les The Bat Deacon, I would like to thank you for your skyp call on new years eve 1 hour and 45 mins, lol it made me feel a lot better in myself, as I was a little bit under the weather, my spirits
were lifted to a new height , the best therapy for me, so thanks again my old friend,
Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 28 December 2016 10:09)
I visit this site quite often and would like to say to every site member a "Happy New Year", Stay safe everyone, ! Best wishes (Twiggy)
Apples (Wednesday, 28 December 2016 08:09)
Thank you for the Birthday Wishes on this site and On Facebook Have a Happy and healthy new year to you all and keep up the good work Les
the bat (Wednesday, 28 December 2016 03:43)
There are already 45 new entries posted on this website for the month of December 2016.
Please go and "..`ave a butcher`s ! "
the bat (Tuesday, 27 December 2016 18:46)
Thanks for the heads up, Andy.
Will do the necessary per Email.
Ref Albert Francis Fisher (Tuesday, 27 December 2016 17:46)
Gentleman, I am sorry to inform you of the passing of Albert Francis Fisher, he served with the Royal Sussex in the second world war in France and Germany. He will have a service at Enfield
Crematorium, 9th Jan, any information about him would be of interest to his friends, also what was the Royal Sussex Regimental March??
Regards Andy Forward (REME Cpl) Victamana@Gmail.com
the bat (Monday, 26 December 2016 11:34)
Happy Birthday , today, Derek & all the best of heath & happiness in the future...........L
eddie cobb (Sunday, 25 December 2016 17:03)
To Les, Great pc Xmas Card. Happy Christmas to you and your family, and all your followers, and have a very Happy New Year.
graham (Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:46)
just wishing you all a merry Christmas an happy new year.
the bat (Sunday, 18 December 2016 10:40)
Thanks to all for Christmas greetings.
Now NEW for you, on "Curret News & Topics" (above the Greetings Card) : The Plume Trouble
......quite amusing !..........and many fresh posts for December on "What`s New".
Joe A (Saturday, 17 December 2016 00:42)
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year to you and your family. Thank you again for all your hard work which makes your site ever interesting and informative. All the best,
Love Joe and Tessa x
the bat (Tuesday, 13 December 2016 09:27)
Hi guys !
Little snippet of new info for our "Current News & topics".
FACT : Our special Forces threw out the British service rifle SA80 almost straight away as "unuseable".
Now the first non-special unit has also got rid of it.
Perhaps the fate of this really bad weapon is now hopefully sealed. More than 100 parts have been replaced or upgraded, costing 92 Million GBP, more than double the original buying price from BA
Systems (SA80-A2...and it is still reported as unreliable)........There is also a problem with faulty loads in the ammunition. It must be an infantryman`s nightmare, when his main piece of kit is
rubbish. In the middle of combat, mags have fallen off, or it has just jammed & is immoveably siezed, it has even been known to "break" during firing, with a sheared main retaining pin. We have a
proud history of extremely reliable rifles, so what went wrong ?
OPINION : I believe we should pick a German weapon, the new G36 for example from H & K.
....But have a read of the article.
Smudger (Monday, 12 December 2016 20:19)
Wishing all members old & new & their families & friends A very happy new year & peaceful & properous new year. Smudger & family
Tony T (Saturday, 10 December 2016 18:45)
Les its important I need to chat to Rod Patterson. Would you please be so kind as to let me have his contact details.
buy aspire us (Wednesday, 07 December 2016 13:45)
Wonderful, what a website it is! This blog gives useful information to us, keep it up.
the bat (Sunday, 04 December 2016 23:41)
Hello to all visitors !
Your Xmas Greetings Card is now on Current News (above this Board)
My sincere, seasonal greetings to you all.
Les "the bat" Deacon
the bat for Brian Morley (Friday, 02 December 2016 23:08)
INFO FOR KOREAN VETS
Information for all those who served in Korea on active service in 1956/57.
To be a Korean Veteran this has now been extended post cease fire up to 1957. This now enables the above to revisit South Korea for one week mainly in November and April each year. These events are
sponsored by the Ministry of Patriots and Veteran affairs, and with the possibility of being presented with the “Ambassador for Peace” medal by the said Ministry. An experience not to be missed. It
would be an advantage to join the British Korean War Veteran Association (BKWVA) at a cost of £8.00 per year. For all the up to date information, events and membership details etc. click on to the
following link for the BKWVA website.
May I take this opportunity to wish all Regimental friends and their families, a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Kindest regards and best wishes,
the bat (Thursday, 01 December 2016 11:42)
There are 90 new items posted for you during the past month of November.
I hope you find something interesting for you in there.
(Board is a bit quiet....don`t all shout at once !)
Keep moving forward.....
the bat (Saturday, 26 November 2016 22:01)
The story of "PETER the LAMB" now on "Current News" (above this board)
the bat (Friday, 25 November 2016 16:20)
STOP PRESS !
Found at last , after years of searching !
The March of the Southdown Battalions called "LOWTHER`s OWN" by Frank Dear
Maybe a band should play it ?
See "Current News"
the bat (Friday, 25 November 2016 03:02)
Thanks Liz !......also good to see you on here.
New pic of Mario now posted on "Current News" (above this Board)
elizabeth lucas (Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:14)
sorry to hear aboyt john r.i.p i knew maureen when we where in the regiment i was luke wife who worked in Qm
the bat (Tuesday, 22 November 2016 21:24)
It is with great saddness that we now mourn another member of the Regimental Family and a close friend of Rod Patterson & myself.
John Norton passed away in Hospital two days ago, after a short illness.
23854050 Sgt John Norton - 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment/3rd Bn. Queens Regiment - 1965 to 83
RIP, John......at rest now......
("In Memoriam" is on Current news above)
the bat (Saturday, 19 November 2016 17:08)
The WICKS Family, now also in Regimental Review.
Under "Current News" above this Message Board.
the bat (Saturday, 19 November 2016 16:29)
There are 70 new items posted as entries for the Month of November, so far.
See Page : "What`s New", for details.
I wish you an enjoyable "Browse", looking at the new stuff. (Please... have a look !)
Let me know if you would like something specific or have an idea.
Colin Twiggs (Monday, 14 November 2016 10:56)
Some of you fine gents were at the rememberance parade in London over the weelend, ...........My question is , Did anyone bump into "Jim (Jock) Ongley" He was ACC and served witth the Battalion in
the bat (Saturday, 12 November 2016 05:01)
Hi to all !
Page : "WHAT`s NEW " now posted in reverse order.
(with the latest at the top for easier reading !)
Bizarre News (Wednesday, 09 November 2016 06:45)
This blog is truly extraordinary in all aspects.
the bat (Monday, 07 November 2016 12:09)
Some may have missed this interesting Post.
- " Various Regimental lost gems of interest from " The bottom of the Archive"
A sort of Pot Pouri Treasure Hunt for all - by the webmaster" -
On page 11 - "Swing the Lights" No 16
best regards to all
the bat (Monday, 07 November 2016 11:53)
There are already 30 new entries posted on here for November 2016 !.......... Why not have glance at "What`s New" ?
I hope all have a pleasurable browse............
RossP (Saturday, 05 November 2016 14:48)
I have just read Leslie Newmans brilliantly honest account of his service with the wartime Royal Sussex Regiment. The many trials and tribulations that he had to bear, means that this account should
be put into the Royal Sussex Regimental history, so those whom have yet to come, can understand what soldiers like Leslie had to tolerate in wartime. If it was not for these blokes we could well be
speaking German now.
I will wear my Poppy with a little more pride in remembrance of the fallen in all wars.
Another account to read is one from David Munnings he also is in nineties.
I salute you both, as I do all the men that fought for 'good old' Britain in all wars.
the bat (Monday, 31 October 2016 22:22)
Thanks, Les...for your input, old friend. !
Congrats on all counts.
I am glad you are still happy.
All the best for the future.
Keep Movin`the 35th !
best regards to you & Maureen.
(To all : You can read Les`s exclusive Royal Sussex story on Page : "Swing the Lights" No 3)
John Micallef (Monday, 31 October 2016 22:15)
Well done Les, hope you have many more years together with your wife and lovely family.
Leslie Newman. (Monday, 31 October 2016 19:58)
Hi everybody, I am having a exciting year,firstly,Maureen and I have celebrated our
Diamond wedding,60 years of total bliss. and I reached the age of
90 years old,on the 25th October,still cannot believe it,our three lovely
kids organized a lovely party which was held on Saturday the 29th Oct
Lots of family and relations,plenty of friends,and a wonderful time was
had by all. Hope all you lads are well. Les.
the bat (Monday, 31 October 2016 03:55)
As October closes.............
There are 63 new items now posted for October 2016 on this website, for your Interest & pleasure.
Please consult the "What`s New" Page for info.
the bat (Sunday, 30 October 2016 13:42)
There are to interesting new Items on "Current News" (see above).
Thanks David, for covering info, will show pic soonest.
David Munnings (Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:08)
The group photograph was taken at Army Cadet Camp when I was 15/16 and possible location was Stammer Park Brighton or Pulborough Sussex. I later enlisted as a 7/5 Regular and whilst in Palestine I
contracted Enteric fever and spent a long period BMH Gaza. My father was flown out to see me under the D.I.L.F.O.R. and remained in the Sergeants Mess for two weeks, he came home on the trooper
I was transferred to Sarafand Hospital and then moved to Egypt. I came back to the UK in Feb 48 on the hospital ship El Nil and eventually served the rest of my Service in the London District H.Q
Horse Guards Parade. Whitehall. and lived in Great Scotland Yard which is just off Whitehall. I am 90 in the New Year.
Alice (Wednesday, 26 October 2016 13:03)
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the bat (Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:18)
Eastbourne Herald entry - See above under Current News & Topics.
the bat (Monday, 24 October 2016 14:25)
As October comes to a close........
There are 55 brand new entries for October 2016, posted to date.
4 new Pages have also been added in October with new topics.
Please check on Page : " What`s New ", for details.
That`s quite a lot to look at, so have fun; and enjoy browsing some interesting new stuff.
Don`t falter....the 35th !
Best Regards to all.
Yours, Aye !
the bat (Monday, 24 October 2016 13:57)
Hi Ross !
I hope you & Megan are well.
You are not a bore, at all.
Page 19 & 20
I wish an enjoyable Browse.
RossP (Sunday, 23 October 2016 16:24)
Hello Les, sorry to be bit of a bore, but can you let me know how to find ' Personal Collections' on the site?
Thanks in anticipation.
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 18 October 2016 10:46)
Fletchers Journal makes for an interesting read, where on earth did you find that Les, ?
the bat (Sunday, 16 October 2016 20:49)
STOP PRESS !
A New Page
" FLETCHER`S JOURNAL"
A 260 year old, very rare War Diary. (The original manuscript is held abroad, and is not even in the Regimental Museum or Archive.)
Tells the detailed story of the Battles for Quebec & the rest of the "French & Indian Wars from 1765",
penned personally, by the Officers, present or commanding at the time.
We are honoured gentlemen ! - Please take time out to read a little - it is fascinating !
A real Coup !........(for you)
Apples (Friday, 14 October 2016 15:47)
Just read the last about your toys, Les Very good Take Care mate, keep up the good work,
the bat (Friday, 14 October 2016 12:44)
STOP PRESS ! -- On this Website
Another NEW PAGE is now complete.
The new, revised & re-edited version of " THE INFANTRY ANTI-TANK STORY"
Please go & have a browse - let me know, what you think - there is always room for improvement.
Also, untill today, 30 new items have already been posted for October 2016, ........for your pleasure & interest. Remember, .......as long as you can keep coming to have a look,.... I can keep
Thanks for your ongoing support....
Les "the bat" Deacon
TT (Saturday, 08 October 2016 02:22)
No matter where you are whoever you are. We know who you are and that's important. Apples and Mike, God bless you both.
the bat (Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:40)
I think some may have missed the Sitrep & photos from the Lemgo visit.
I have now moved them onto our "Current News" block, above the Message Board.
Please feel free to ask questions, comment, discuss or interact as you wish.
the bat (Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:29)
Reviewing & re-editing now......Thanks
the bat (Friday, 30 September 2016 21:59)
There are over 50 new items posted for September.
Orientation thereof, can be found on page "What`s New".
".....`ave a good butcher`s" ! (as in Butcher`s Hook = Look)
Colin Twiggs (Friday, 30 September 2016 20:03)
Hi Les, I was just having a snoop, and I spotted somthing I think you may have missed from the memoriam page, 1st is the sad loss of Sgt Tom Crieghton and the 2nd is the loss of Pte Colin Wooten, as
you know I served with both and both were in the same platoon in Lemgo,..... Regards Twiggy, and keep up the good work.!
the bat (Tuesday, 27 September 2016)
Thanks, James for naming the photo for us& the info. That`s great.
I will re-edit accordingly, and we can put your Grandfather on the nominal roll.
A proud & brave member of 7th (Territorial) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, who survived the Battle of Amiens on 20th May 1940.
He was on the "Road Party" from Rouen and not on the train. This probably assisted his survival.
His account can be read online, here : http://www.7throyalsussex.org.uk/info.php?s=Balcombe_W.T.
james balcombe (Tuesday, 27 September 2016 08:23)
Looking through your site and i discover that you have a photo of my grandfather. He is the very young looking private with the Bren gun (1940).
His name:- William Thomas Balcombe, also known as "Badger"or "Bill".
In some diaries i often see that at Amiens(1940) three soldiers made it back to base. He was one of these men! So the photo you have would have been prior to this.
the bat (Sunday, 25 September 2016 21:34)
Well done Ross !
.........there are certain things you don`t forget. I remember on the minutes scale, AM was painted RED and PM was BLUE.
Bill Venner & I, drove around Picadilly Circus, for hours, in circles, untill we had learnt to reset the minutes.
I have added the MOD issued Compasses.
The HOWARD Mk 1 from 1942 seems to be the one we had.
The handy little (and extremely efficient !) BAGNOL from Major Ralph Bagnol LRDG/SAS was not followed up by the MOD, but copied exactly by the Germans.
The British COLE was issued in the Western Desert, but was regarded as too complicated.
A model was then issued with exchangeable Latitude cards, but was abandoned almost immediately.
Later the HOWARD Mk 1, a South African effort was issued. I believe this is the model we used, because I remember distinctly, the "Eye" spirit-level.
I hope you find this is interesting, although in our modern days of SATNAV it is all history......
......but we can say & write - "We`ve been there & done that"
thanks for your memories & input.
Mario (Sunday, 25 September 2016 00:44)
Well done Ross !!! To remember all that after such a long time is amazing. Great to see you have such a great memory, and still up with the good old days. Keep it up and stay safe.
RossP (Saturday, 24 September 2016 14:11)
Ref. The sun compass, ours were made of brass, not so fancy as those pictured. One was mounted on my Land Rover on the Bulkhead just to the right of my seat. I drove Major McNish nearly every day on
long desert trips some lasting for many days. He taught me how to calibrate the compass, this is what I remember. 1.Take a compass bearing from your map to where you want to go.
2. Stand away from your vehicle and look along your bearing and pick a spot on the horizon.
3. Put the bearing on your sun compass making sure you lock it off so it cannot move.
4. Make sure the Gnomen is firmly afixed in the centre of the dial.
5. Turn your disc until the shadow of the Gnomen is on your bearing on outside of the disc.
6. Drive keeping the shadow on your bearing. when you have arrived at the spot you picked
out, stop and pick another point to drive to.
7. DO NOT FORGET to change your bearing after 15 minutes to counteract the movement of
the Earth around the Sun.
I don't know if I have my spelling of Gnomen is right.
Major McNish also taught me how to navigate in the dark using the stars. One trip we traveled from Pinders Tits to St Barbara's camp navigating by the stars. when he said "Stop we should be there" I
got out and looked around and saw, eventually, a small light in the distance. It was St Barbara's we were about 300yards out. I thought that was absolutely first class.
As with reading Sun Compasses and reading of the stars, the navigator and driver work very closely together. it wouldn't work otherwise. On foot it's different.
Hopefully this makes sense, after all, it has been a very long time.
I must stress, Major McNish was a 'Star' navigator.
the bat (Saturday, 24 September 2016 02:10)
New "WHAT`S THIS ?" question under Current News.
Rack your brains/memory !
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 20 September 2016 12:04)
I hit this site again, and had a good gander, (As you do) and some day I will read EVERY bit you have done, (That will take ages) and If I dont finish it then I,ll continue at the FRV, !!! LOL,
Fantastic work Les,..................But did not expect anything else, Stay safe everyone, !
Lyn Funnell (Sunday, 18 September 2016 13:55)
Hello, I was at Tal Handaq school in the 1960s & thanks to the Royal Sussex site I have made a lot of discoveries of old friends. Now I want to ask for your help; I run the online magazine
B-C-ing-U! www.b-c-ing-u.com & I wrote the article below after a lot of research.
It's read every day by at least one person & Albert Fenech, who writes for me about Malta every week has also done a lot of research. But we've had no luck at all, until a few weeks ago when a
lady who also went to school in Malta said her neighbours had a daughter who disappeared but they were banned from talking about it.
I now want to find the truth about this case as I think the teacher & children should have a plaque on the site where they disappeared. So if any of you know anything at all, no matter how small,
please get in touch with me at email@example.com
You might also find my Saturday article interesting. I wrote about girls in Malta in the 1960s who got pregnant & were forced to give up their child. How barbaric, yet it was accepted then.
the bat (Wednesday, 14 September 2016 22:54)
See report above under "Current News", .........Tom Rudwick & Co..... back in the fold !
the bat (Friday, 09 September 2016 01:47)
Just above the Message Board, you can now view the latest Newsletter from the Regiment.
Thanks to Barry Tippett for thinking of us & sending.
the bat (Friday, 09 September 2016 00:26)
Message to all from Bryan Probert LAD Reme (I will re-edit his pic !)
quote : " Hi Les
Found your web sight The Orange Lily the other day.I served with 3 Queens/Royal Sussex LAD REME from early Dec 66 til the Regt went to NI in 1970. I noticed on the regt faces that I'm shown as Rod
Probert and with the Royal Signals Regt alas my name is Bryan Probert and I was with the REME ,I had many a good time with the Regt over the years especially with the Bn football team,something I
will never forget.I did my 22 leaving as a SSGT in 1988 also having served a short time with 2 Queens in Gibraltar in 1979.I have visited the 3 Queens/Royal Sussex web sight which brought back a lot
more memories there's a picture of me on G58 with B coy LAD.
Keep up the good work and say hello to all that remember me
Bryan " : unquote
eddie cobb (Thursday, 08 September 2016 20:40)
hi, Every one, back for Lewes, when I checked my emails I had some from barry and dereck but lost them before opening them as I was chasing ZORPIA out as it had messed up my email box. So please
resend with out zorpia cheers.
Mario (Friday, 02 September 2016 08:22)
Cant wait for next year to arrive, so I can meet up with most of the comrades I had in the Regiment. It's been a long time coming but hopefully it will happen in 2017. Looking forward to seeing you
all so please stay healthy.
OK with the spelling but you made it even longer !!
David Tonks (Thursday, 01 September 2016 23:23)
Have a good time at Lewes all those attending. Sorry I will not be there, have a medical appt I have been waiting for. All the best Dave - PS keep up the good work Les
the bat (Thursday, 01 September 2016 04:21)
The new items posted on this website, "The Orange Lily" website for the month of August are now complete ........There are 70 new items, for your pleasure.......Please, GO & HAVE A LOOK.....
(especially the Regimental House-Brick, which I thought at first, was a joke !)
All postings can be checked initially, on page "What`s New".
Have fun !......best regards........Les
the bat (Wednesday, 24 August 2016 22:52)
I hope you all have a good one.
I can`t make it this year, but I will definitely come when Mario re-appears.
I have young kids (not grandchildren, they are my own) and so still have to play the "young" father.
If anyone hasn`t tried this at 70, I can say it takes most of your time & most of the money.
Maybe someone would like to write our SITREP this year & send some pics.
NEWSFLASH - since yesterday, this website is leading on the WWW in hit tabs for "Royal Sussex Regiment". Thanks to all visitors, for your so valuable support.
RossP (Wednesday, 24 August 2016 18:40)
For those going to the Royal Sussex Reunion dinner on Saturday 10th Sept. Ian Sutherland, one of the Royal Signals contingent with us through out our stay in Germany 1966 - 1970 is turning up at the
Doug Jones from Vancouver Canada also is flying over as is Vic Murche and Steve Bean. 'Mac' Mahon is also turning up from Cyprus.
Next year, Mario Buttergieg (sorry for the spelling Mario) will be making the long trip from Australia to be with us. All we have to do is last that long!!
Looking forward to seeing you all.
the bat (Sunday, 21 August 2016 06:43)
Now 50 new postings for August.
Please check, on page "What`s New" !
I hope you find something interesting.
Also, tell me what you would like to see, in addition to my interpretation.
(at least one third of my research is still archived & unpublished)
Les "the bat" Deacon
the bat (Friday, 19 August 2016 21:25)
No problem, Ross...I`m glad you could understand my bleating, at all.
The third site is only the representation-page of the "Orange Lily" on Facebook. A sort of pilot page where people can keep up with new postings, as they are heralded in advance on there. Here is a
(I bloody hate facebook.......but I have to have a presence for website promotion, to get the hits)
Tip : Get Megan to save the 3 links to your desktop. You will never have to wonder or search again.
RossP (Friday, 19 August 2016 20:35)
Thanks Les for your full explanation on the 3 queens part of your site. In future, I will stay on the Royal Sussex side. What is the address of the third site? I am not a computer person so I have
difficulty understanding the jargon used by 'Computer Nerds' I have to keep checking with Megan to find out what some things mean. So please bear with me.
RossP (Wednesday, 17 August 2016 22:20)
Hi Vic, will be glad to see you again, Doug is coming over to attend, so it will be fun to meet up with all the old Sig Plt. I will let you buy me a few beers!!!
See you real soon.
the bat (Wednesday, 17 August 2016 12:30)
Hi to all !
There are now 34 NEW entries of persons & artefacts for the month of August 2016, on the Orange Lily website.
I hope you will chance a Gander, a Shufti or even a look !
Details can be found on page "What`s New" .
Keep Movin` the 35th !............best regards..........Les
vic murche (Wednesday, 17 August 2016 11:40)
Hi Ross I am not going to the reunion but will be in the White Heart later in the evening same as 2 years ago should arrive there between 8 and 9 hope to see you all then
RossP (Tuesday, 16 August 2016 23:47)
Just seen your letter. I have been in contact with Ian and we are going to meet up at the reunion.
It will be great to see you again after such a long time, So I will see you in 2017, God willing.
Take good care.
Joe A (Monday, 15 August 2016 03:04)
Hi Les thanks for your sit-rep on the Lemgo reunion. It was a pleasure to read & look at the photos my memories came flooding back. I wish I could have been there. Take care mate.
the bat (Wednesday, 10 August 2016 13:49)
NEW Large POST !
I have added 10 more of the Regiment`s WAR DIARIES to our new page " The War Diaries".
They are in PDF form, as simple as possible, for your download, as there are many thousands of pages.
(....with the info included, it is fairly easy to find out, who was wounded or fell in which action and where /when/how/circumstances, etc,) I hope this addition assists in furthering our Regimental
story for you, especially during the centenary of the Great War. I wish you successful browsing, keep moving forward !
best regards to all...........Les "the bat" Deacon
the bat (Sunday, 07 August 2016 09:11)
STOP PRESS !
Lemgo reunion - Sitrep & photos,...now posted on the Orange Lily website. You can find it on page "Swing the Lights"
(StheL 17) Please have a look at "going back" after 50 years !
Mario (Sunday, 07 August 2016 08:03)
Don't know if you are on the other old website, but Ian Sutherland from the Royal Signals attached to the Sigs Pl in Aden is trying to get in contact with you. I remember him very well.
Take care and hope to see you next year at the reunion ie 2017.
Twiggy (Tuesday, 02 August 2016 11:38)
Great weekend in Lemgo,Good company, good food, enough to drink, and a few sleepless dazs, cant wait till next one,
vic murche (Tuesday, 26 July 2016 16:03)
Sorry fellows I cant attend the mini reunion on sat hope you all enjoy it will try next year I will be in the pub though in Lewis in Sept not attending the reunion but hope to see some of you after
like we did 2years ago
graham (Friday, 22 July 2016 19:58)
les, just to say thanks for putting roys details up . thanks again , graham.
the bat (Thursday, 21 July 2016 20:14)
STOP PRESS !
There is now a new page on this website called :
"THE WAR DIARIES" I have started to post the first entries of eventually over 50 Diaries. I have all Diaries of the Royal Sussex Regiment from both WW1 & WW2. This the only website, where you can
read them like a book. A very laborious, but exciting project….for your pleasure........Enjoy exploring.
Go & have a browse……and then……..Watch that space for further entries.
Desmond KNIGHT (Saturday, 16 July 2016 16:38)
Les I wonder if you could tell me wether you have received the photo of Roy I sent you if its a negative I will try to send it again. Cheers Des
the bat (Friday, 15 July 2016 11:58)
Hi to all Royal Sussex/3rd Queens Veterans !
There has been calls for a second mini-reunion in Lemgo after the success last year.
This years meeting is set for the 29th/30th/31th July 2016 in Lemgo.
Friday is a trip to the Veterans Club in the Barracks, Detmold.
Saturday is a visit to the (very changed !) Stornoway Barracks in Lemgo, and evening dinner venue in Lemgo (Location details following). Sunday is free or traveling day. We hope to have as guests,
Les "the bat" Deacon, Stuart Hoods, Vic Murche, Jock Ongley, Steve Bean, Dave Sims, Graham Skipper & as many others as can make it. Please contact me for Org.
graham (Wednesday, 13 July 2016 19:36)
les des as sent u a photo can u comfirm u got it thanks
the bat (Monday, 11 July 2016 04:21)
Thanks, Dimple...thats good
graham (Sunday, 10 July 2016)
les des is going to sort out a photo of roy ok, he was hq company .
the bat (Sunday, 10 July 2016 07:06)
First batch of 25 new entries for July, are now posted.
Some interesting persons in the Nominal Roll and some Artefacts.
I hope you enjoy browsing the "New stuff". There are current posts daily.
Please check "What`s New" for more info.
the bat (Friday, 08 July 2016 02:50)
Your coming, is better late than never, Graham !
I am so sorry for your loss........we were not informed of your brother*s passing........(or may not have seen the connection)....Please send me some pics & brief details & I will place him
on "In Memoriam".
g knight (Thursday, 07 July 2016 20:15)
just found this site ,my younger brother roy 3 queens 12 years died 3rd march from big c after a 3 year fight.
the bat (Tuesday, 21 June 2016 08:37)
There are 34 new entries now posted for June 2016 on this Website.... for your pleasure........Check on the "What`s New" page and have a look......I hope you discover something of
interest..........Please always check on the page of "The Anonymous Ones" in case a relative turns up.......Thanks for your support
best regards & take care
Les "the bat" Deacon
the bat (Monday, 13 June 2016 01:05)
CORRECTION : Blue COOPER has been awarded the BEM,------and not the OBE although it doesn`t mention the BEM at all, within the honours list. .....I also read the Honours list very carefully........It
merely mentions "Medalists of the Order of the British Empire, which threw not only myself, but most others also.........I am sorry, for my blunder,.... I was not aware that the so-called "Working
Class" version was back in use again.
(Discontinued in `93 & re-instated in 2012)
I will improve next time....!!!
Bill Dixon (Saturday, 11 June 2016 21:54)
Well done Blue Cooper, well deserved
the bat (Saturday, 11 June 2016 21:31)
STOP PRESS - James Joseph "Blue" Cooper awarded the OBE - for services to Saafa as a caseworker and voluntary service to the veteran community - Source = Awards List.
the bat (Saturday, 11 June 2016 19:02)
There are now 20 brand new entries posted since 1st June 2016.
I am sure you will find something of interest and pleasure.
Feedback gladly welcome.
Go first to "What`s New", and then please take a butcher`s !
All the best & stay safe
the bat (Wednesday, 01 June 2016 11:54)
All Orange Lillies, 3rd Queensmen & famillies !........Don`t forget to visit the QUEENS REGIMENT MEMORIAL WOODLAND ....at 14:00 hrs ON SUNDAY 5th JUNE ...........YOU CAN PAY YOUR RESPECTS TO
THOSE LADS WE LOST IN NORTHERN IRELAND .................THE CORP OF DRUMS ARE ON PARADE. Colonel BEATTIE will open the new Memorial......................... BRING A PICNIC &
FAMILY............FOOD ON SITE. RH56LG MEET PALS YOU HAVE NOT SEEN FOR YEARS.
est regards...........for Bones Tilley 1/6/016 12:00 hrs
the bat (Tuesday, 31 May 2016 22:46)
STOP PRESS - New Page ! - BARRACKS & POSTINGS
A review of some of the places around the world, which the Regiment called home for a while.
I am still working on some locations.
Have fun whilst "Re-visiting".
the bat (Friday, 27 May 2016 03:46)
Back online & working again, now.....sorry, for the delay.....I have now a new (& very strange !) PC....the other one has gone to the big electro-dump in the sky, after nearly 5 years..
workout tank tops for men (Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:54)
It is amazing and wonderful to visit your site. I've learn many things from your site.
vic murche (Tuesday, 17 May 2016 09:09)
Thanks Les shame about the mini reunion maybe next year
the bat (Monday, 16 May 2016 21:36)
The new memorial to the Queens Regiment in the Nationnal Memorial Arboretum, Staffs.
Now posted on Page: Memorials & Plaques.
the bat (Monday, 16 May 2016 21:31)
Yes...Vic...tis I, M`Lud.
Thanks for your order.
Early phase yet as only samples done.. have noted your wish ...more details later.
Have to get my orders first.....then order....then production.....then post & PayPal.
These are not from retail....they are done "Speshul, gov`nar ! "
vic murche (Friday, 13 May 2016 11:43)
Les I have seen the caps on facebook who is getting them made is it You if so can you put me down for one and can I pay in euros
the bat (Wednesday, 11 May 2016 22:01)
Our "In Memoriam" to brother-in-arms, Victor Charles STUNT, is now posted on page: In Memoriam.
the bat (Thursday, 05 May 2016 00:02)
Thanks, Monty......Yes,,,I think it`s mainly a manpower problem. To get it in there, they dismantled it, took the pieces down singularly into the casemate, and re-assembled it. So we have base frame,
engine, axles doors, differential, wheels & so on. It will be the reverse of that, I guess.
I´m a bit worried, as one just sold in Eastern Europe (in a terrible state, no paint left, rusty & a non-runner) for 275,000 dollars !
Ours is priceless.
I`ve even mentioned M.Sinden in the story, so he will go into history (`...the bad boys are always mentioned and the good guys forgotten...ever noticed....ha ha !)
Monty (Wednesday, 04 May 2016 20:11)
Excellent article Les well researched as always, l wonder now how the vehicle is going to be removed from the redoubt as it is due for closure this year. I believe when it was originally housed there
the roof had to come of to get in.There lies a logistics problem when it comes to removal time.
the bat (Wednesday, 04 May 2016 18:51)
STOP PRESS - New & revised version of
"Von Arnim & his Staff Car"
The Tunisian victory, now posted.
The article has over 60 Photos.
In 9 Days it will be 73 years since We captured the Staff-Car.
(.....and of course M.Sinden slept in it, since !)
Please go and have a look at that section of this website.
This is a fascinating story.
best regards to all
Keep movin` the 35th !
the bat (Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:22)
........................and as we lose another of our number.
Mick Macer has left us, for the final parade.
"In Memoriam" now posted on the Page: In Memoriam.
the bat (Monday, 02 May 2016 09:20)
45 new items, persons & artefacts, have been added during the month of April.
You can monitor them on "What`s New". A search machine for the website has been added, beneath the menu.
I post something new, almost every day. Please check back & have a look.
the bat (Thursday, 28 April 2016 01:47)
Having chatted to Colin Twiggs last night on Skype, a date has been set for the second "Mini-Reunion" in Lemgo, (Our old posting) As the one last year was a success, we were wondering if any ex
"Royal Sussex Regt/3 Queens Regt" are interested in joining us. It will be taking place on the weekend of 8th to the 10th of July at Lemgo (Alverdissen). There is a dinner on the Saturday, a walk
round the barracks, Lemgo town visit, etc, Please contact me for more details, we would like to see Stuart Hoods, Vic Murche, and Jock Ongley there and many more. There is accommodation arranged at B
& B (John Hitch`s Sister). Joe Ramsaroop & Dave Quilter (UK) have confirmed. There are also ten of us left, who live in in Lemgo & surrounds.
Stay safe out there,
the bat (Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:37)
STOP PRESS !
The marathon of the QUEEN`S JOURNALS is over !
All 72 Journals issued, are now posted on this site.
Thats 26 years of compressed Regimental History.
There is lots of Info & Photos, that you have possibly not yet seen.
.......or... " What did they do, after I left the Bn. ?"
Please have a browse, it`s really interesting.
Thanks again to John Girdler for good usable scans.
the bat (Monday, 25 April 2016 05:55)
Something new to look at, friends & brothers !
8 New Issues of "The Queen`s Journal" now posted as follows
2 Issues for 1973
2 Issues for 1974
2 Issues for 1975
2 Issues for 1976
Have fun & enjoy browsing back to the "70`s" !
Will post the 80`s, etc in the week.
the bat (Sunday, 24 April 2016 14:00)
" Funeral Colin Beech - Sitrep.....we had 19 ex service men on parade + 2 standards....the Col showed up. In all we gave him a good send off. Both his sons was present one from New Zealand one from
Sweden....Steve Hinton came along as well...and Dave Rutter dressed in scarlets gave a good address. and so did Stuart Ingray. A good wake at the woolpack with friends & family.
Thanks to Dave Tilley for Sitrep
the bat (Sunday, 24 April 2016 12:28)
I have posted 20 new items yesterday.(locations to be found on "What`s New")
I hope there is something of interest for all. Please go & have a look, anyway.
Will do some more Queens Journals tonight.
Thinking of reposting "The Infantry Anti-Tank Story" & "The Story of Arnim`s Staff Car".
Please let me know your thoughts on that.
the bat (Saturday, 23 April 2016 16:19)
For your info.......Interesting offer from Lynn Funnell from Lewes, guys !
how's the new website going?
A question; we're letting out our house & going travelling. I've been stripping it down to the basics & am now ready for the car boot season to sell all the surplus stuff.
Do the guys still need accommodation for the Reunion?
We've got a Summer House with loo & wash basin which could sleep 2, or 3 inebriated ex-squaddies if necessary.
Apart from that, we've been looking into renting out the house for Corporate contracts, etc.
B-C-ing-U! is still slowly growing.
All the best,
the bat (Saturday, 16 April 2016 15:24)
25 New QUEENS-JOURNALS just posted today !
54 are now up for your browsing & reading pleasure,
so only 18 to go to make the full set of 72.
I wish you a lot of fun, reading the 26 years of the Queens Regiment in detail.
Thanks to John Girdler for hours of scanning.
the bat (Friday, 15 April 2016 14:17)
The final Queens Journal (Dec 1992) posted today......a very sad one.
"Sir, may I have your leave to march the 3rd Battalion, The Queens Regiment off parade for the last time, sir, Please."
(Queens Journals - bottom entry)
the bat (Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:00)
In Memoriam for Bernhard Tedhams now posted on Page. "In Memoriam - under T.
the bat (Sunday, 03 April 2016 09:45)
...Tis with a great saddness that I must report yet another of our number passing away.
Colonel Robin R. McNish, succumbed to kidney failure, yesterday, the 2nd April 2016.
He was a lifelong Soldier, Royal Sussex Officer & Author.
1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment & 3rd Bn. Queens Regiment.
& long serving Trustee Member of the Regimental Association.
Robin McNish was commissioned into the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1948. He served in the 1952 Suez Canal Emergency, the Near-East, Libya, Malta, in Aden (commanding a Rifle Coy), and BAOR. He served as
staff officer at 3 Div HQ from 1961-63, when it formed the UK Strategic Reserve, & in 1977 was attached to the Division again, in order to write the 1st edition of it`s history. He was promoted
to Colonel in 1978 and retired in 1981. His successful book “Iron Division” was first published in 1978.
It is a sad day indeed, that I must bid farewell to my first Coy. Commander from 1964. We will miss your staunch loyalty & dry humour. We will not forget....
Rest in Peace, Sir…...
(Our "In Memoriam" tribute is now posted on the Page of that name on the Orange Lily website)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Saturday, 02 April 2016 13:37)
I just wanted to congratulate you on your new website.
well done mate regards.
HAWKEYE ( RAY)
the bat (Thursday, 31 March 2016 01:26)
Our "In Memoriam" tribute to Colin Beech, is now posted on Page - In Memoriam.
the bat (Wednesday, 30 March 2016 08:13)
It is with a very heavy heart, that I announce the death of another Brother in Arms.
COLIN BEECH died at 22:30 last night in his Selsey hospital, after a short illness.
24026931 L/Cpl. Colin R. Beech was originally a Junior Soldier, and served in the Bn. Mortar Pln. for most of his career. A very capable rifleman & excellent shot, but specialised to the 81mm
Mortar, early in his service. Colin was a middle 60`s & early 70`s soldier.
He was a keen sportsman, specialising in the adventure sports. He skied cross-country for the Bn. and was a talented mountain climber. His very capable skills, intelligence & quiet nature, made
him a respected and well-liked member of the Regiment. He lived as an ex-pat, after leaving the Army, in the deep rocky gorges of the Spanish Coast for some time. A climber`s destination.
He leaves behind, his wife Susan, to whom we express our deepest condolence & sympathy for her loss........L
the bat (Sunday, 20 March 2016 07:51)
It is with deep sadness that I must announce the passing of Henry Green BEM.
He died on the 17th March 2016.
I have posted his "In Memoriam" on the page of that name.
I will keep you informed
the bat (Sunday, 20 March 2016 07:46)
40 new items have been posted for March and 4 more journals.
Please check on "What`s New".
the bat (Wednesday, 02 March 2016 23:08)
Stop-Press ! - NEW PAGE
"3rd Queens Journals" - The 3rd Bn. (Royal Sussex) supplement from the Queens Journal.
Including 4 newly posted editions added today 2nd March 2016.
Myself & John Girdler will prepare about 4 journals a week, slowly (and eventually) reaching the target of the complete collection of about 60 journals. Please do follow us, on this memory
the bat (Wednesday, 02 March 2016 01:18)
Regimental Cartoons from Roy Faulkner (Libya 1968) now posted on Page: "The Regiment in Art"
the bat (Tuesday, 01 March 2016 12:41)
Thanks for sitrep Smiler...........Well done, Dennis & Co !
The remainder of the Regiment is obviously sleeping.
Dennis e brazier (Tuesday, 01 March 2016 12:16)
Went to David Tuckers funeral yesterday he had a great send off.myself , Ray Nye and (Slim)Derick Sivers attended for Regt ,we sang Sussex by the sea at the end of the service . R I P Dave .
den brazier (Thursday, 25 February 2016 08:24)
Great photos of and for a great man R I P Jimmy Lenox.
Dennis brazier (Tuesday, 23 February 2016 16:45)
Hi les nice photos of redoute the photo 2nd from right 3rd row from bottom set of badges etc were given to the reroute by my dad, its written on top of the plaque .
the bat (Monday, 22 February 2016 19:36)
I have added the page : "The REGIMENTAL MUSEUM", with a virtual tour of 130 photographs for your interest & pleasure. A big thanks again to Peter Page & Eddie Cobb.
I hope you enjoy visiting.
Ian Donald (Sunday, 21 February 2016 19:14)
24104474cpl Donald did you look into enlistment of my self as I think I was the last person to join as a royal Sussex member thanks Ian
oldmomma (Sunday, 21 February 2016 13:17)
Great work my friend. Remember them with honor.
dennisbrazier (Friday, 12 February 2016 19:58)
David Tuckers funeral is at 1 oclock on Monday the 29 Feb at the Cambridge Crem M11/A14 anyone hoping to attend I can help find a place for you to stay if needed. my phone number is 01223207923 .
the bat (Tuesday, 09 February 2016 14:46)
The "Swing the Lights" Page is back online !
Re-edited & with new stories for your pleasure.
the bat (Tuesday, 02 February 2016 23:35)
The newest photos can now be viewed in pre-view on "What`s New".
Thanks to John "The original Smudger" Smith.
the bat (Tuesday, 02 February 2016 02:27)
I solved the accessability of the other website with the US server during the night.
Because the URL (web address) has changed, Google won`t find it yet.
So just put the address in the box at the extreme top of your browser and not in the google box, & it will take you there. We have to do this, or save the link, untill Google Search recognises
It takes about a week.
I am relieved.
There was nothing wrong after all ...(and I shouted & swore at the Amis`for 48 hrs!).
the bat (Monday, 01 February 2016 12:33)
Hi Fellas !
I have posted 76 new persons & artefacts to the Orange Lily in January........for your pleasure.
Lots of new stuff to browse (from "What`s New")
I hope you enjoy looking & maybe find something of interest.
apples (Monday, 01 February 2016 11:38)
I have looked high and Low still can not find the new Message board all I can get is this site @ HELP@
the bat (Sunday, 31 January 2016 00:18)
On the other Regimental Website, which was : "1royalsussex3queens.com" - The server has had to change the URL address for hightened security .......It is now : http://3queensregiment.jimdo.com/
So please re-edit your links or favourites accordingly and spread the word so everybody stays on board.
the bat (Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:23)
STOP PRESS !
Just posted on the other site: http://www.1royalsussex3queens.com/
25 Queens Journals from 1967 to 1985, courtesy of the John Girdler Archive (John is the only person holding the complete collection) Thanks to John for hours of scanning.
Still over 50 issues to come, so watch this space !
Lots of memories in there, so please have a look & more important..........have fun,
the bat (Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:03)
14 more WW1 Cartoons posted from Brainsfather & Earnshaw - (Regiment in Art - WW1 Humour)
very funny, under those circumstances.
have fun.....best regards
Colin Twiggs, (Monday, 18 January 2016 11:04)
Hi Les I,ve just spotted that you have 2 pictures of my Platoon fotos on here, Numbers 30 and 32, Hope your well.
Apples (Wednesday, 13 January 2016)
Well done Les I look for new faces most days, as we get older the memory fades and looking through the photos gives it a jog and brings back the times we had all those years ago, "good and bad"
Take care stay Upright
the bat (Friday, 08 January 2016 18:00)
In this New Year I would have run out of bite capacity to carry on posting.
My own funds were a bit "wobbly".
Two persons (who should remain anonymous) have donated funds.
I would like to convey my heartfelt thanks to you both, for securing us, so that we can keep moving forward in 2016 and for believing in my life work.
best regards to you all.
Les "the bat" Deacon
Kieron Pelling (Sunday, 27 December 2015 20:55)
Hi Les, thanks for taking the time to comment on my website. The effort you have put into yours is something to aspire to! At some point I'll be writing an article about the Royal Sussex Regiment and
I'll be sure to reference this site. Kind Regards, Kieron
the bat (Sunday, 27 December 2015 13:27)
I have now added 70 new entries (Persons & Artefacts) to the website, during the month of December for your enjoyment.
I hope you you will have look. There is no log-on & it`s free.
Merry Christmas to all visitors & friends.....best regards......Les
the bat (Thursday, 17 December 2015 17:39)
Your Christmas Greetings ....now on the top of the Homepage
all the best
the bat (Friday, 11 December 2015 05:02)
News from the "Orange Lily" Website !
Over 30 new entries of artefacts & persons, have been added today for the month of DECEMBER 2015. I hope you will have a sly shufti !
Sitrep for the "Orange Lily" :.... We are running at an average of between 20 & 40 hits per day, from 61 countries, 18.800 hits in all to date. Well done guys !
Keep Movin` the 35th !
Matt (Thursday, 03 December 2015 01:07)
vic murche (Monday, 23 November 2015 22:55)
Well done Les its nice to read the comments all agree that it is a very good site Thank you for all your hard work ps I enjoyed our mini reunion and hope we can meet again soon
Douglas baker (Friday, 06 November 2015 01:58)
Great site les it certainly brings back some good memories well done take care
Bob Looker (Saturday, 24 October 2015 13:14)
Just noticed Les, Your time stamp is set to Central European time not GMT. What the hell will happen tomorrow when our clocks go back !!!!
Bob Looker (Saturday, 24 October 2015 13:11)
It's funny how you hold on to things. I find I have a small box that contains my R Sussex shoulder badges, the Home Counties cap badge and buttons + the R Sussex collar studs. yet I have nothing like
that from the RAPC, where I spent far longer service (1968 - 1986) but there again a county Regiment is a family. Great site Les
Twiggy (Monday, 19 October 2015 13:36)
I,m back again, just cant stop, YOU have addicted me to it Les, !!! And incase John Simpson (Hitch) reads this I say to you hello, it was great that you, Stu, Jock, Vic, les and myself had a get
together, Les pick a date for next year and if I,m still here then I,ll be there, !
lyn Williamson (Saturday, 03 October 2015 11:37)
I love your site,you work so hard and it's really appreciated,I have for some reason lost you on my fb,I hope you and yours are well,Lyn,
James Hodgkinson (Friday, 02 October 2015 14:46)
Lot of old faces ,brought back some old memories
Kathryn Dancy (Wednesday, 16 September 2015 13:19)
Thanks for correcting the spelling......there's still one mistake - Alfred "Jack" and his brothers are described as sons of William Dancy of Copthorne. They are in fact sons of Thomas Dancy of
Horsham - in the photo reproduced in "Heroes of Horsham" by Gary Cooper, all the children are shown with their parents, Thomas and Caroline. I have seen mention of William Dancy as father of
Frederick Richard Dancy, commemorated on the Copthorne War Memorial, but he is not "my" Frederick - I assume they are related to our lot, but not as closely.
the bat (Monday, 31 August 2015 05:30)
Frederick, Hubert & Alfred - Re-edited to "DANCY", Kathryn.
Charles served & fell in the Queens Regiment.
Kathryn Dancy (Sunday, 23 August 2015 20:45)
Just been given a link to the site on Facebook......a couple of misspelled relatives of mine from WW1.....Hubert Dancy is correct (my grandfather), but Frederick Darcy and Alfred "Jack" Darcy should
both be "Dancy". Charles Payne Dancy seems to be missing - odd, because at least one of the photos shown is a cropped version of the 4 Dancy brothers who served, including Charles.
stu/hoods (Sunday, 09 August 2015 10:41)
hade a good night out with the boys rom 1st royal sussex it was grate hope thay all got home all right,thank les (bat) for a agood night out stuart
Jan bisping (Tuesday, 28 July 2015 18:31)
Great site, bringing back many great memories
John Simpson(Hitch) (Friday, 26 June 2015 18:54)
Even though I knew this was comming! I am still really amazed at all of the detail you have managed to pack into this regimental site,when I think of how many people such an endeavor touches, past
present and there respective families,I believe you have done a great service to us all.Really Les'the bat`Deacon congratulations are in order! I know how hard you worked to get this thing off the
ground and particularly the amount of research to get so many details in order.Literally day and night?,this little detail by the way I gleaned from your wife Sonya what patience she must have!!well
done Les, soon we will celebrate your success.Your friend John.
Yvonne Fenter (Friday, 19 June 2015 01:32)
This site really has amazed me ... the amount of work that has gone into it is immense. Your are to be congratulated Les for what you've done here!
Jonah (Sunday, 14 June 2015 20:21)
Well done Les site is looking good, some nice old photos there.
dennis brazier (Tuesday, 02 June 2015 15:06)
Nice one les, went to redoubt on Sat afternoon first thing that I saw was a plack of R/Sussex badges made up by my dad E H Brazier made my day good luck with the site sorry we shortcut off the other
week ended up with another hub seems ok now Keep up the good work M8 .
Mike Jackson (Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:02)
I have absolutely no connection with the Royal Sussex Regiment but was conceived in Brighton and have lived on the Ashdown Forest. I did spend the years from 1959 to 2002 in the British Army. Yours
is a superb website and a worthy tribute to a fine Regiment. Congratulations on all your hard work.
maricarda.com (Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:41)
Lots of Good information in your post, I favorited your blog post so I can visit again in the future, Thanks.
BatGunJunior (Saturday, 28 February 2015 22:07)
Best webside ever
ernie white drums (Thursday, 19 February 2015 20:19)
if im not correct I was duty drummer that day and had to face the boycott at the cookhouse door
den brazier (Saturday, 07 February 2015 09:10)
Thanks Les you have been a good mate since Oswestry.
Chris Whittaker (Friday, 30 January 2015 11:11)
Now, I must add to what others are saying, Les you are to be commended or a brilliant site.
Looking through the photos C35 Carolin, looks very much like Ron Davis to me could be wrong, and the main picture of myself is definetly me however the good looking guy with blonde hair to my left as
you look at it is Paul Chambers.
Weird fact about Paul, he used to put salt on his fruit, a throw back to being brought up in Kenya, was the only way his parents could increase his salt intake.
Does anyone remember the cookhouse mutiny in Lemgo, my abiding memory is the RSM calling a bunch of us drummers into his office laying into us for ten minutes before coming up with this gem, "I know
you buggers are behind it I just can't prove it" then gave us all five extras each. Extras seem to have been the main way if punishing us.
Was it RSM Wildgoose who declared? "no one is allowed to walk on the square except me and god and that's only because I can't see him."
Chris Whittaker (Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:07)
Hi again Les,
a couple of quick things,
Love this site, as you probably know I left the Regiment in 1970 and joined the RAPC rising to WO2. I can remember more names of the Regiment than I can RAPC.
One more anecdote before I retire, sometime before Aden, the Drums were sent on an LST bound for Libya, the purpose of the trip was to be waiters on senior officers visiting the battle sites from WW2
around Tobruk where we were docked, there was little to do during the day so Tiny Harvey and I went for a walk on the beach, as we were sitting on the beach a motor cade appeared, the outriders made
it clear we were to avert our eyes as we should not look on King Idris . All of us were called together one morning and a Regimental officer, there to make sure things went smoothly, at exactly the
same time the Battalion were being told about Aden so were we.
Chris Whittaker (Tuesday, 27 January 2015 20:21)
Remember Ballyk, 1966. Travelled by boat from Heysham, I got married to my then wife on Saturday 23 March 1966 Drummie Cullen let me have honeymoon of the Monday which I thought was dashed decent,
then gave me four extras for wearing blues without permission,joined the Battalion on the Tuesday , having escorted a prisoner,travelled by train from Kent to Liverpool, oh what fun. Remember a few
things, one we exercised our right to bear arms and march through Belfast bayonets fixed drums beating, two, all attended a civic luncheon in Belfast, remember that because we had some Guinness that
came out of small barrels and was like treacle, could only drink a couple of about quarter pint glasses, my ex still had one of those little Guinness glasses a number of years later, three, some of
the Drums got into trouble for doing Technicolor yawns and stopping the truck every couple of miles to have a pee, not me of course, I was a good lad I was honest. I think I'm right but am prepared
to be told otherwise.
Active followers (Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:41)
Nice Blogpost. thank you
Toby Burns (Thursday, 15 January 2015 15:04)
Les, thanks for getting back to me ages ago regarding my father in law, Joe Ramsaroop. Sorry I never got back, I went into a house move from shell shortly after! Do the annual Regimental dinners
still occur at Lewes? He mentioned it recently but I can only find a reference to one in 2012 online.
Great site by the way.has provided some handy material for an upcoming 75th!!
Tony Brown (Friday, 09 January 2015 23:08)
Great site Les , It shows that you have put a lot of time and effort into it
Twiggy (Sunday, 21 December 2014 11:53)
I find myself back here again and keep finding new Info, just seen that It,s been agreed to keep the site going, Great, ! now I can relax and wont have to look elsewhere, P.S. Well done again for
your efforts and reports,
bibit benih tanaman (Friday, 05 December 2014 10:16)
Twiggy. (Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:45)
Fantastic page, Use it more than I thought possible, Geart work Les. !
Les "the bat" (Sunday, 12 October 2014 06:29)
Nathan`s questions answered per Email.
Nathan Dylan Goodwin (Wednesday, 08 October 2014 13:39)
I'm writing a book which involves the Royal Sussex Regiment in WW1. Do you happen to know if they were called 'The Orange Lilies' in 1914? Would it have been more amongst themselves, or how others
referred to them?
Nathan - email@example.com
Alistair H G Allcroft (Friday, 03 October 2014 15:23)
A very well organised and thoroughly detailed site which gives immense detail fo the R.S.R.
Our Dad would be very pleased to see this. He's there somewhere watching!
tony lovell (Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:28)
this is a great site it brings back some great memories of my time in 3 queens
Les "the bat" Deacon (Friday, 08 August 2014 14:31)
Roger that, John...thanks for your mail.
We deployed to Ballykinlar from Lydd in March 1966 before moving to Germany, staying at the hutted camp. We were to cover the 50th aniversary of the Easter Uprising 1916. It was winter and very cold.
We were on Brigade Reserve for various marches, but A Coy were eventually deployed in Derry. I had a road block on the Derry bridge across the river. It was relatively quiet, so that we were able to
do a lot of Range Training. (The ranges were only feet away) I remember a Guard with live ammo, on the Ammunition Depot west of the the Ranges. I nearly shot the Orderly Officer and his BOS as they
refused the pass-word.
We were there for a full month. We were in fact, the 1st Bn. into Northern Ireland on "Troubles" duties and not the 2nd as they claim. The mix-up comes because it was classed as a home posting at the
Charlie P. wanted to do RSM`s Parades in the hutted camp, the Adjt. told him to do one.
John (Mr Angry) Edwards (Friday, 08 August 2014 09:31)
Hi Les as stated before ecellent site.
I noticed on the POst War Uniforms page picture 3-10 it states that the 1st Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment was deployed to NI in 1966. I thought the 3rd Battalion (Royal Sussex) The Queens
Regiment was initially posted from Lemgo to NI (Ballykinlar) in 1970? I stand to be corrected though.
Also does anyone know the rationale as to why the 3rd Battalions Colours were laid up in St Pauls Cathedral, I attended that ceremony myself but to this day cannot fathom the decision.
Eddie Holmes (Sunday, 27 July 2014 11:03)
Great Site Les , Well done mate
Mick S.O.M. Tees (Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:23)
A great piece of work Les, well done,,!!
Mario Buttigieg (Tuesday, 17 June 2014 06:32)
Living in the arse end of the world i.e down under for 40 years is hard to get news of old comrades. Now thanks to Les all this is happening and look forward to contacting mates I served with. Thanks
Les once again for all the help you have offered.
David Tonks (Sunday, 27 April 2014 22:22)
Well done to Les and Jonah for an excellent and informative site.
Joe Armeni (Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:25)
A truly fantastic piece of work Les great stuff! It is very apparent how much time & effort you have put into this.
All the very best Joe
anonymous vpn (Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:31)
Job well done guys, quality information.
Apples (Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:28)
Well done Les Keep up the good work, As the memory fades it helps to put names to faces Take care mate
Chris Message (Monday, 27 January 2014 20:30)
Well done Les, it is good to put faces to names and although I was only a TAER soldier I will never forget my time served with The Roy Sussex Regiment, the County regiment of the Message Family,
Sussex Branch. Unfortunately my Father was a regular soldier with The Coldstream Guards ( do you remember when they took over from the Angle Irons in Aden and they would not use the vehicles with a
lower number than themselves, second to none and all that. Not sure they appreciated all the boots that were thrown at them when they ran round the camp early in the morning when we had just returned
from our duties..) Good memories and your site is a very welcome reminder of good times with exceptional people.
Bill Dixon (Saturday, 18 January 2014 10:46)
Well done Les, brilliant work
Tipps zum Geld verdienen (Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:19)
He very nice HP!
Paul Oliver (Tuesday, 07 January 2014 23:22)
Very well done Les, very good mate
Peter Thwaites (Tuesday, 07 January 2014 22:16)
Great site and first class work. Well done.
Danny (Tuesday, 07 January 2014 21:14)
Great site top work gentleman
Tony Baker, Queen'sOwn Buffs (Tuesday, 07 January 2014 18:29)
Great work Les Deacon, this site is no doubt the best collection of military information regarding Regimental membership, with the exception of official records which are not open to all.
Well done..... Steady the Buffs.
MIck Mills (Tuesday, 31 December 2013 17:18)
What a great site, really good to see all the faces of those that I served with. Well done Les>
BRIAN SEATON (Friday, 06 December 2013 19:42)
What can I say, another terrific job by LES, its good to be able to look back and remember
we are all getting old and soppy.
Curly Coade (Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:01)
Brilliant site. Just found my entry, my christian name is Tony, not a lot of people know that.
John Costan (Thursday, 03 October 2013 21:18)
Well done Les very informative as always great job JC (Dactari)
Davina Cranham (Nee Roser) (Sunday, 01 September 2013 17:30)
Many thanks Les. My dad David Roser would have loved looking at these sites I'm sure!!
Toby Burns (Saturday, 31 August 2013 13:41)
Great site. Anyone remember my Father-in-Law Joe Ramsaroop? I am doing some digging online for him.
Would be happy to pass on any regards/contact details. firstname.lastname@example.org
web statics (Thursday, 29 August 2013 13:49)
The written piece is truly fruitful for me personally; continue posting these types of articles.
barry humphrey (Sunday, 14 July 2013 15:56)
well done les, you are doing a brilliant job, keep up the good work, without you this site would never exist.
John (Mr Angry) Edwards (Saturday, 15 June 2013 09:43)
Les as always a fine piece of work and of a very high standard as always.
Yvonne Laker (Sunday, 19 May 2013 22:57)
What a pleasant surprise to see your website. The one you posted for my husband Brian Laker was greatly appreciated. Lots of hard work but you have done an amazing job.
Tony Talman (Tuesday, 23 April 2013 23:58)
A first class piece of work.
Juicer Review (Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:42)
This informative article was precisely what I had been trying to find!
Les Newman (Wednesday, 17 April 2013 17:06)
Well Done Les, A wonderful site,very interesting,I never thought it possible,but these sites just get better and better.
DJ (Friday, 01 March 2013 02:12)
I have many of your sweethearts on show but not all, however I have a number not displayed that are currently in my collection. Do you want images? Unfortunately no precious ones!
Neville (Thursday, 14 February 2013 13:03)
Found it! Thanks for all your hard work on here and for and letting me know about this site- nice to talk to you the other day
Kemsley (Saturday, 09 February 2013 11:43)
Thank you so much for the all work you have done regarding my Late Grandfather John Ronald Kemsley.
Keep up the good work.
Bill Kempton (Tuesday, 05 February 2013 06:18)
I continue to be amazed Les. The term 'virtual museum' comes to mind. That's what you have here. Keep it up mate.
roger (connie) constable (Saturday, 02 February 2013 07:53)
looked at the home page last night most impressive imust say keep the good work going
Mick Kippin (Friday, 01 February 2013 23:37)
Looked at your new website after our phone conversation. Impressed. You have a photo of me that I don't recognise. Where did that come from? Keep up the good work.
Apples (Friday, 01 February 2013 09:23)
"Well done" Les, this is a top class site your work is appreciated by us all, I check it out most days to see what comes next,
Twiggy (Monday, 28 January 2013 14:03)
It,s just the beggining of a new era, and as the norm Les it,s a great job your doing, keep it up mate, hope to see many more names that i can recall on here.
Nigel Bean (Saturday, 26 January 2013)
Thank you for showing my photo's of my late father Ernest Bean and his elder brother George Bean. Great site keep it up please. You need to show my fathers Royal Sussex Regimental ring Les, I can
supply better photo if needed.
norman vaines (Tuesday, 22 January 2013 17:16)
well well what can i say all those names and faces make u go cold so many yet so many missing , sitting here sad to think how old we all are now yet how young we was then. keep it up Les makes u want
to see more of the guys then just once a year, norm
graham knight. (Saturday, 19 January 2013 20:41)
well done les a very good page keep up the good work.
Chris Geraghty (Friday, 18 January 2013 16:44)
Well done les a very good site
PETER [HOPPY ] HOPKINS (Sunday, 13 January 2013 21:02)
WELL DONE LES, IT JUST GREAT LOOKING THAT THE PHOTOS OF OLD MATES
Barry Rofe (Saturday, 12 January 2013 16:37)
Hi Les don't know if you remeber me ended up as cpl rofe Bcoy got demobed Dover 79,now live in Maidstone. great site good to see some old faces
Len Forward (Thursday, 10 January 2013 08:34)
Well done Les you put a lot of work in this good work mate.
Jonah Jones (Tuesday, 08 January 2013 17:53)
Well done Les good work
theorangelily (Tuesday, 08 January 2013 09:58)
Hello to all !
Welcome to our "Orange Lily" Pages.
Please give us some feedback if anyone is missing or any Info is incorrect.
If not, give us some feedback anyway !
We hope you have fun, and enjoy browsing.
Les "the bat" Deacon