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Comments: 1792
  • #1792

    the bat (Sunday, 24 October 2021 04:12)

    Thanks for your message and for the pics, John !
    Please, spread the word - All photos & info coverage to me please.
    Not to the "Association" or Facebook (on facebook they are pretty well wasted, as many people don` t `use it at all !) ............No,... it` s not for my website ego ! - (it` s part of a possible fresh way forward)
    best wishes

  • #1791

    John Costan (Thursday, 21 October 2021 22:20)

    Hi All sorry for the delay in coming back to the site . I did forward a photo of me in the Army cadets13th Independent cadets Royal Sussex Regt at Shoreham By-Sea Sussex. to Les I am trying to locate some more photos. I am now preparing to assist in the Remembrance Parade in Brighton on the 11th with a service at the Boars Head at the War Memorial at the Stein. Then on Sunday 14th same location If any one need details please do not hesitate to contact me +44. 07786812300

  • #1790

    the bat (Tuesday, 19 October 2021 22:39)

    Hello Lynn !
    Good to hear from you again.
    Thanks - (Will do some more research)
    All the best to you

  • #1789

    Mike Sinden (Monday, 18 October 2021 13:13)

    Well Done Les, for all your info. Keep up your very good work towards us all.

  • #1788

    Lyn Funnell (Monday, 18 October 2021 12:18)

    Hi Les & everyone, some of you knew me in Malta but I haven't been in touch for a couple of years.
    I need some help. I've got my Dad's green Commando wartime beret & I now want to collect some more information about him & maybe sell it. My daughter's not interested in it so I'd like it to go to someone who would be interested in its history.
    I've tried to find his wartime record with no luck. His name was Leslie Richards (no middle name) & he volunteered for the Commandos as soon as it was formed. His dob was 8/3/22. He was at Monte Casino & I know the Royal Sussex were there. He left the army when the war ended.
    If you can help, my email address is
    I live in Uckfield, but we're moving to Deanland Park soon. It's beautiful!
    How are you, Les? Still keeping busy?
    All the best to you all,
    Lyn Funnell (nee Richards.)

  • #1787

    the bat (Sunday, 17 October 2021 14:26)

    Stop-Press ! - Just in ! - Section 37, Modern Combat Vehicles of the World
    "HUNTER" A new AFV from SINGAPORE.
    A real "State of the Arts" Armoured Personnel Carrier.
    & Modular Fighting Vehicle Concept. - A fully digitalised Fighting Platform - 2021.
    "Beam me up, Scotty"
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1786

    the bat (Saturday, 16 October 2021)

    More sad news (slightly belated !)
    Our obituary to the late, Captain Len Butt - Royal Sussex Regiment,
    is now posted on Section 4, the "Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
    (He was Bill Dixon` s OC in the Chichester Cadets !)
    He may also have been one of the last D-Day War soldiers (RE).

    regards to all

  • #1785

    A Drew ( Alice ) (Saturday, 16 October 2021 00:57)

    Hi Les great to talk to you today hope you got all of the pictures that I sent

  • #1784

    the bat (Friday, 15 October 2021 13:59)

    Hi All !
    Now posted on Section 4, The Roussillon Herald Newspaper : BILL DIXON` s FUNERAL - I will let the photos speak for themselves, on this so sad occasion. - Thanks to Alf & Co for the Photos - Well done & Thanks brothers ! - for the Turn-Out & to Alf for carrying the Pioneer Axe, in Bill` s honour.
    He would have appreciated that gesture, immensely.
    Keep movin` the 35th

  • #1783

    the bat (Tuesday, 12 October 2021 20:11)

    On Section 33, Regimental Films & Videos is our complete collection, for you to watch at your pleasure.
    There are now 21 Film Clips & Videos, concerning the Royal Sussex Regiment, collected from various sources in Sussex, UK & around the globe. - (Please be patient ! - Some entries on that page need loading time !) - I will continue to collect ! - If anyone has any footage, please send (I can convert from any format.)
    best regards
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1782

    the bat (Tuesday, 12 October 2021 09:40)

    Hello to all !
    I have added many new AFV vehicle reports (with videos) to our collection on Section 37. CURRENT COMBAT VEHICLES OF THE WORLD.
    Please do, go and have a shufti ! - (There is a lot going on ! ) - Here is the link :
    Yours ` Aye
    Best regards

  • #1781

    mtb (Monday, 11 October 2021 19:35)

    thanks les,in the eighties i saw the royal engineers with the Lmg and a 30 calibre browning on a wheeled carriage.The wheeled carriage looked similar to what the russians used in ww2 to transport there machine guns.We were taking part in a mod film with the Royal Engineers armoured engineers,we were dug in with our 432.

  • #1780

    the bat (Monday, 11 October 2021 16:42)

    Yes....Also not a British Weapon.
    The Bren was also from Belgium, but the GPMG has taken the lead !
    Designed in the early 50` s by Ernest Vervier, Belgium. - Based on the famous German MG42.
    Manufactured by Fabrique Nationale FN MAG (Mitrailleuse d’Appui General) - Belgium)
    Now used by over 80 countries & produced under licence by 12 - many are even unlicensed (like China)
    Now, probably the most successful, widely produced and utilised infantry weapon in the world.
    best regards

  • #1779

    mtb (Monday, 11 October 2021 11:07)

    I see the australian Bale Buggy is fitted with the old trusty gpmg.Im sure ive seen american seals use vehicles similar to the Bale Buggy.

  • #1778

    Bob B (Sunday, 10 October 2021 21:43)

    How old was Bill?

  • #1777

    the bat (Saturday, 09 October 2021 23:47)

    Now posted on new Section 37, Current Modern Combat vehicles of the World.
    (The only real Non-Regimental Theme on this Website, born out of pure interest)
    Extracted from the "Roussillon Herald" News, and placed in a fresh location onsite,
    so as to avoid clutter & to release space within the Newspaper.
    The Armour freaks should really give it another "Shufti".
    Best regards
    Les "the bat" Deacon - Webmaster.

  • #1776

    the bat (Saturday, 09 October 2021 00:40)

    Now posted on the Roussillon Herald News - "An Ode to the Stretcher Bearers" - by Padre Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy - A remarkable & poignant reminder of the Stretcher Bearing Drummers in War.
    Especially picked for you.
    Yours `` Aye

  • #1775

    the bat (Tuesday, 05 October 2021 23:14)

    11am sharp,
    Natter and chatter in car-park 10 : 30 am.
    Farewell to Bill in Chichester City Club
    North Pallant - Inner City parking ?
    Give him the send-off he deserves, brothers.
    Send report & pics, Please
    Yours, `Aye

  • #1774

    Donovan (Tuesday, 05 October 2021 16:13)

    Thanks for the updates on the site Les its always great to catch up and full of a few surprises. Great Job.

  • #1773

    the bat (Friday, 01 October 2021 09:53)

    Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" News - older pic of John Costan, as he was 14 yrs. old.
    Thanks to John for the pic !
    best regards

  • #1772

    the bat (Saturday, 25 September 2021 12:47)

    Bones !
    The "New Civilian Limited Company" have not destroyed us yet, Dave !
    We still have loaded canons & many loyal warriors - Watch this space !

  • #1771

    the bat (Saturday, 25 September 2021 11:53)

    Our Regimental tribute & "In Memoriam", to the late Bill Dixon, is now posted on Section 4, "THE ROUSSILLON HERALD" News.
    R.I.P. Bill - 25.09.2021

  • #1770

    Dave Tilley (Friday, 24 September 2021 15:19)

    Sadly Bill Dixon passed away peacefully at home .

  • #1769

    RossP (Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:11)

    You shouldn’t be surprised Bones, when a Regimental Association lets non veterans wear their Regimental regalia, strutting around pretending to be ex Regiment members, shows that the association agrees with this fraud. Real Regimental veterans will have nothing to do with this behaviour as they are too proud to put up with this fraudulent action.

  • #1768

    Dave Tilley (Bones) (Wednesday, 22 September 2021 16:14)

    It was very disappointing at the Lewes reunion for me ? No Friday advance party ,the Saturday was not well attended and the after party was the Royal Oak as the White Hart was crap ,not one customer, there was no Presidents address from the newly appointed Royal Sussex President ,not that we could hear any way , all in all a bad reunion and probably my last sorry to say this they the new Lmtd COY have Destroyed us
    Regards (Bones)

  • #1767

    the bat (Saturday, 18 September 2021 07:05)

    "WINGMAN" is here !
    The first complete unmanned (robot/remote) system for modern Armour.
    Built by, Nordic Robotic Wingman RCV (Remote Combat Vehicle),of Sweden.
    Now presented on Section 4, the Roussillon Herald" Newspaper - Top article.
    Be afraid, infantryman !
    best regards

  • #1766

    the bat (Monday, 13 September 2021 20:13)

    I have posted the first pics from the Reunion 2021 - Lewes - More to follow.
    Now posted on Secton 4, the "Roussillon Herald" Newspaper- Top Article.
    Watch that space, brothers !
    Best regards

  • #1765

    mtb (Saturday, 11 September 2021 21:34)

    that so called recruiting poster is how bad things have got here in uk.what are the generals doing,they seem to be woke yes men.The met police have extended cressada dicks contract as met police commisioner,she is useless.Dick ticks all the right boxes in our current pc country.Iwonder wether other countries are going like this.

  • #1764

    the bat (Saturday, 11 September 2021 05:45)

    Regimental Friends !
    I thought firstly, that this was a joke - Unfortunately, it is` not` - it is real !
    Now posted : New MOD poster campaign for recruiting 2022 - Sect 4, the "Roussillon Herald" Newspaper - Top entry. - (Do not snigger !)
    Yours ` Aye
    Les ´ the bat´´ ´Deacon.

  • #1763

    the bat (Friday, 10 September 2021 10:47)

    Hi all !
    Fresh Entry !
    I have posted the pics & text for "The Day that Sussex Died" Service in Worthing - 2021.
    To be found on Section 4, the "Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
    Thanks to the "Worthing Herald" for your pics.
    Although this is an Association event, I can see very very few known faces, but for that.......
    ....many, many strangers,.- I find that worrying.
    Or maybe it` s just me ?
    Best regards to all
    Yours `Aye,

  • #1762

    the bat (Friday, 10 September 2021 07:39)

    Thanks, Joe !
    Good to hear that Lofty is OK.

  • #1761

    the bat (Friday, 10 September 2021 07:37)

    Many Thanks, Joe,
    A bright & happy photo of birthday boy, John "Starlight" Costan for you.
    Now posted on Section 4, the "Roussillon Herald" News.
    We hope you had a good one, John !
    "Brighton Boys", was a nick-name given to them by the Movietone narrator.
    Most of them were in fact Sussex lads, originating from badly depleted Bns in the early War years after Dunkirk. - The men were found lounging around Depot Chichester & sent to Ross. - The Regiment & it` s Men was definitely Royal Sussex Regiment., despite it` s original "Armoured Fling".- Lt. Col. Templer used to send out raiding parties to steal unattended rifles & ammu8nition.- They had practically nothing at the start..
    There were no connections at all, to Ross on Wye, it was only used as a collection base and later for training. - (Possibly the only camp left, which was free ?) - The Bn. was to be formed without disrupting the run of recruits at Chichester, for the Regular Bns. .....Info from "The Shiny Ninth" by Murray Gillings.
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1760

    Nick Shepperd (Thursday, 09 September 2021 20:44)

    " Brighton Boys ", Ross ? The Shiny 9th were raised (of all places ) in Ross on Wye, Herefordshire !

  • #1759

    Joe A (Thursday, 09 September 2021 19:51)

    Had a telephone conversation with Tony(Lofty) Cottle yesterday he asked me to put on the sites that he will not be coming to this years reunion at Lewes owing to circumstances beyon his control.(nothing medical). Also his computer ist kaput nix gut. He sends his best wishes too everyone. All the best Joe.

  • #1758

    the bat (Thursday, 09 September 2021 07:53)

    Hi to all who visit,
    Thanks to Mario for your kind words of approval !
    So that you know.....................
    On Page 4, the "ROUSILLON HERALD", I have now posted most of the the up-to-date hardware (Weapons & Vehicles) of the day. - So as to leave room for other more Regimental subjects, ....and not kill the hardware one - I will leave this subject for now & return to it later.
    For your delight, and to close the subject, I have also posted 3 new films on the Roussillon Herald, about the new vehicles.
    I hope this meets with your approval.
    ........and keep sending in your photos, Please.
    Yours ` Aye
    Les ` the bat´´ Deacon

  • #1757

    Mario (Monday, 06 September 2021 01:22)

    Les, I only have a few words to say "Where the hell do you get all this great information from?" It is all very interesting and definitely need to be in records and not buried in some old room or attic.
    Thanks for your hard work.

  • #1756

    the bat (Sunday, 05 September 2021 21:19)

    Thanks for the plug, Ross, much appreciated.........I am glad you like them....spread the word.
    Yes, I will keep moving forward. ...(posting fresh entries at the moment ! )
    Best regards
    Yours ` Aye,

  • #1755

    RossP (Sunday, 05 September 2021 15:26)

    I must thank you Les for the films posted on Section 33. Regimental Films and Videos. Absolutely brilliant.
    Listening to John Buckeridge giving a first hand account of the action that the Royal Sussex Regiment went through at the battle for Casino, Italy, was very informative. Don’t forget our much remembered Capt. Len Smitherman soldiered there with John.
    Also, the ‘Shiny Ninth’ in Burma sending messages to their loved ones. These were the ‘Brighton Boys’ of the Battalion. This is worth watching, as they are real characters. Some of them never returned to good old Blighty.
    Section 27 is another very informative area to delve into.

    Thanks again Les, keep them coming.

    Best regards.


  • #1754

    the bat (Sunday, 05 September 2021 02:42)

    A new book ! - Now posted on Section 27, Regimental BIBLIOGRAPHY.
    by Capt. Alston-Roberts-West - 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment.
    Drafted by his two sons from his notes.
    A good read about the Regiment` s "Long Slog" in WW2.
    Best regards,
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1753

    the bat (Friday, 03 September 2021 09:02)

    A film about, "Messages to Loved ones" - from the Arakan Jungle, Burma - WW2, 1944. - 9th (Shiny Ninth) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment. - A remarkable document - Now on : Section 33, Regimental Films & Videos.
    We now have 21 Royal Sussex Regimental Films in this section for your pleasure.
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1752

    the bat (Friday, 03 September 2021 08:34)

    A video of "B" Coy, 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, dismantling & removing barricades in the Market, Ismāilia, Egypt 1952. - I just discovered this gem ! - Now on : Section 33, Regimental. Films & Videos, at the top - I hope you like it !
    best regards
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1751

    the bat (Thursday, 02 September 2021 16:57)

    Hi to all !
    General Von Arnim` s Personal Staff Car - (Belonging to the Royal Sussex Regiment, which we now seem to have "given away"!)
    My fresh report with new pics.- Now posted on Page 17, "Swing the Lights", top article.
    In addition to our original Article in Section 20.
    best regards
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1750

    the bat (Tuesday, 31 August 2021 22:20)

    Hi All !
    I have completed some new studies of some of our personal weapons.
    Now posted on : Page 32, "WEAPONS, Et Cetera"
    I hope these can recall some memories !
    best regards

  • #1749

    Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 31 August 2021 09:41)

    Hi folks, just checking in to say that i am still here, fit enough for my age I suppose, others have gone much younger than I, Have a great day all, now fall out for NAFFI/Smoke break, !

  • #1748

    Roger Essex (Monday, 30 August 2021 20:57)

    i have been trying to contact some of my old friends, at this time i want to contact John Willmott ( willy)
    he is a very old friend and have lost contact with him and his wife Peggy. I have been told that they live in Folkstone city centre. If any one knows more please could you contact me on FB or on this site, telephone number would be great,
    I have serverd in 3rd Queens regt Signal plt.

  • #1747

    the bat (Monday, 30 August 2021 16:08)

    Hi to all visitors,
    Our section dealing with Regimental Music is growing.
    Don`t forget to visit the page & listen to our Regimental Marches through the Ages.
    To be found at : Section 36 -
    (It` s not only for Bandsmen & Drummers !)
    best regards

  • #1746

    the bat (Thursday, 26 August 2021 23:32)

    Yes !` s really them ! !................The RAYMOND BROTHERS !
    Now posted on Page 4, the "Roussillon Herald" Newspaper. (last entry)
    Many thanks to them for the pic !
    best regards

  • #1745

    the bat (Sunday, 22 August 2021 02:30)

    No 14887205 Pte. Leslie Newman, Royal Sussex Regiment, passed from us on 24th July 2021.
    His Funeral-Service Booklet is now posted on Page 4, the Roussillon Herald Newspaper..
    See also our "In Memoriam" - Thanks to the remaining family.
    (Read also, his Regimental story in Sec.17, "Swing the Lights" - Story No. 4).
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1744

    the bat (Friday, 20 August 2021 23:43)

    Our "IN MEMORIAM" on the passing of a popular, quiet & intelligent Royal Sussex Soldier, Queensman & Brother in Arms. - Sgt. John Palmer - Now posted on Page 4, the Roussillon Herald" - RIP.

  • #1743

    the bat (Sunday, 15 August 2021 02:08)

    "Operation Pitting"
    is a British military operation currently ongoing at this moment.
    It is to evacuate British nationals and staff from Afghanistan following the 2021 Taliban offensive. The operation consists of around 600 British troops including paratroopers from 16 Air Assault Brigade."
    It` s like a second Hanoi, Vietnam.........I hope everyone gets home....Go, Paras Go...!
    God Speed.......Les