A reversed chronological view of recently posted messages (latest at the top
Mike Sinden (Friday, 14 August 2020 11:19)
Margaret and I send our very good wishes to all of you out there, and do hope that everyone is okay.!!
the bat (Sunday, 09 August 2020 15:02)
Hi all !
I am already posting for August now.
The first entries are up.
For details, see page "What's New"
Have a good surf.
the bat (Sunday, 02 August 2020 03:59)
As we leave July behind us, I have added 72 new items to the website, for your browsing pleasure.
(Please see Section 3, "What` s New" for exact details) - I have lots of fresh stuff for August.
Our positive website stats are now also shown on our newspaper, the "Roussillon Herald" , at the top.
But if you yourself, have items photos, stories or anecdotes concerning the Regiment, get them in also and I will gladly post them. (Don`` t worry about condition of the item or spelling, etc, I will
sort all that)
So let` s hear from you !
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon - Webmaster.
the bat (Sunday, 02 August 2020 02:44)
Thanks a lot, Apples.
APPLES (Wednesday, 29 July 2020 07:38)
Just had a butchers Les, great work old friend thank you for the hard work that you put in take care stay upright
apples and hazel
the bat (Tuesday, 28 July 2020 14:52)
Hi to all visitors,
Our New Title Graphic for Social Media on the Internet. - The Regiment`` s other "Continuous Presence" - 28th July 2020 - https://www.facebook.com/The-Orange-Lily-942597765806038/?ref=bookmarks
NOW POSTED on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
So that you can "` ave a butcher` s" without going to FB.
I hope you like it !
the bat (Sunday, 19 July 2020 10:03)
Here`s a good one folks !
Now posted - Section 6 - Recruit & Group Photos - - Quebec Platoon, in Basic Training at Canterbury in May 1965, with Sgt. Chippy Wood, Cpl Sinden, Pte. Bumstead. - with extra name sheet.
real relic !
Mike Sinden (Monday, 13 July 2020 12:37)
Hi Les. Sorry late in wishing you a very good and healthy birthday, but have been away.
the bat (Sunday, 12 July 2020 11:01)
Many thanks for your input......much appreciated.
Lock-down is still in place here. (Masks & distancing)....but Germany seems to be improving, slowly.
Whereby, many countries don` t seem to be improving at all !
GERMANY stats Infected = 199.802 - Recovered = 184.347 - Deaths = 9.133
as a comparison :-
UNITED STATES stats Infected 3, 355.781 - Recovered = 1, 490.542 - Deaths = 138, 000.
UNITED KINGDOM stats Infected 289, 000 - Recovered = not stated - Deaths = 44, 800.
Of course these 3 states are of different sizes & therefore not really comparable.
It would appear today, 12th July 2020, that a second wave of the Pandemic, is on the way. ....So, please take care & keep to the rules..
My 74th birthday passed without incident, cards or presents ! - Thank-you for your many online wishes.
I still have a slight backlog with the postings, and I have a lot of new stuff for you.
I am posting daily and should be back to normal at the end of July. Fresh posts in most sections.
I keep a Regimental presence on FACEBOOK (for those that prefer such sh .....)
There is an unusual amount of rainfall, here. It also seems to be sour, as it sadly kills most of the blooms on the flowers. The greenhouse "veggies" are doing OK. It is also very warm. Lots of work
in our big garden now.
The two boys 18 & 16 are still at home, both working in apprenticeships - ...both doing fine.
You can phone me on 0044-8631-177140. You have no costs, as I ring you back on flat-rate.
my best possible regards to you all.
Come back soon !
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon
Mario (Sunday, 12 July 2020 03:45)
Happy belated birthday old chum. Hope you have many more and stay upright mate. Great job you do on the website. Mario.
mtb (Saturday, 11 July 2020 18:03)
happy birthday les thanks for all the work you do keeping the battalion alive.
APPLES (Saturday, 11 July 2020)
Birthday wish's to you old friend may you have many more, take care and stay upright
Derek and Hazel
Colin Twiggs. (Saturday, 11 July 2020 09:12)
Just want to wish the Bat a very happy birthday, posted here as he hates Facebook and I know he will check here first. Have a great day Les.!
Mario (Friday, 10 July 2020 03:11)
Hi chaps, thought you are in summer in the UK (summer???). Here on the Gold Coast we are in winter with temperatures reaching 24*C during the day and 14*C at night and I still feel cold. Haven't had
any knees replaced either. Stay safe all. M.
Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 08 July 2020 19:41)
Hi John, Your somewhat better off than me, I need a winter coat now, but we do only have 15c at the moment, stay safe old friend.
APPLES (Tuesday, 07 July 2020 16:12)
I had both my knees replaced 21 years ago and they have been cold ever since and they are still working OK
Garyd (Tuesday, 07 July 2020)
It’s my knees
Having now had both knees replaced so they’re now metal and plastic I feel the cold in my legs like never happened before
Plus age !!!!!
John Micallef (Tuesday, 07 July 2020 11:34)
Hi Colin. It must be the blood thinning tablets. I also take them having suffered a stroke and I now feel the cold a lot more. I see my neighbours wearing summer clothes and there's me with a
Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 07 July 2020 09:47)
Morning all, Not so warm here as the last few summers, Or I must be getting old with the blood thinning tablets I must now take, Stay safe all you "Lillys".
ray (Sunday, 05 July 2020 12:21)
The parcel arrived safely yesterday many thanks ps .our postcode is BH205BH RAY HAWKES
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 04 July 2020 14:44)
Margaret and I are okay and getting on with life. Hope all out there are the same.??
ray (Thursday, 02 July 2020 13:06)
_-i would like to take this opportunity to thank les for all his hard work in setting up this new website.
If anything is incorrect please put it down to me as Les was not in Korea and cannot verify any details.
Since my stroke my memory is not so good but hopefully all is okay.Best wishes to you all.Ray Hawkes.
the bat (Thursday, 02 July 2020 07:26)
The remembrance service in Worthing to the Battle of Boar` s Head.
Full report with photos, now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald".
A big thanks to Andrew Byford of the Horsham Branch for the heads-up.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Monday, 29 June 2020 06:26)
SITREP - Yes.... contrary to popular belief, I am still here..........Due to my completion of the Korea project, (See Section 15, "The Regiment in Photos", Timeline No 7, Korea) ..I am a little
behind again with posting. - As June 2020 comes to a close, we have a light back log on the normal postings for June. - I will catch up in July ( I still have a lot of "Normal" items to post for
Stay true to us, stay tuned, keep checking back and keep your bum moving.
Your Royal Sussex Regimental Internet Website guy, bloke, thingy.
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon 6.00hrs 29th June 2020
the bat (Sunday, 28 June 2020 16:43)
Now completed on the Korea Page - Our 3rd & 4th (probably the last !) private photo collections, of the 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment` s deployment in Korea. - Taken by the late Terry Charman
& (possibly) John Whitehead. The collection was loaned to us by Ray "Hawkeye" Hawkes - twas edited & texted by myself. - I have now added a total of 313 "Korea 1956/57" photos to Section 15,
"The Regiment in Photos", Timeline No 7, Korea.
So do go & have a look, at the Battalion` s history in the "Morning Calm "........Please.
the bat (Tuesday, 23 June 2020 00:14)
I have received the massive archive of Ray Hawkes in the post (.....a thousand thanks, Ray !) and I am in the process of transferring it to the website. - It will take some weeks to complete, as it
contains multiple collections.
So please be patient. - The photo collections of Ptes Foord & Ted Young in Korea, are already up. (over 80 photos) - I will post everyday, so please, "keep looking ", brothers.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Thursday, 18 June 2020 16:01)
STOP PRESS !
Very rare additional photo-collections!
The personal photo collections of Ted Young (35 pics) & Dave Foorde (57 pics)
Now posted on the Korea Page in the Photo-Gallery, at :
Section 15, The Regiment in Photographs - Timeline 7, Korea 1956/7.
We thank Ray Hawkes for sending us the pics, we are honoured
........and also Ted & Dave for getting them taken, all those years ago.
Yours `Aye - at your service.
Les "the bat" Deacon.
the bat (Thursday, 18 June 2020 01:51)
The aforesaid project with the Horsham Branch is now cancelled. (It has now been realized & agreed, that most of the info planned, is already on this site, so that a repeat is as unnecessary, as
it is futile)
Thanks to Horsham Branch & Rosie for your trust & support.
ray (Tuesday, 09 June 2020 13:03)
les parcel being posted today regards ray
the bat (Saturday, 06 June 2020 17:32)
Our visitor statistic for yesterday - 5th June 2020, is now posted as graphic on the Roussillon Herald Newspaper on Page 4. - So that all can see, that we are still well visited !
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Thursday, 04 June 2020 04:37)
A NEW PROJECT.
We are now working with the Association Branch of Lewes (Royal Sussex Regimental Association)
and the Association Branch of Horsham (6/7 Queen's Regimental Association)
to increase the inflow of information through coordination, source sharing & communication,
so as to intensify & increase the efficiency of this Website.
& it`` s content for future generations. - Thanks to Rosie Potts for the heads-up.
An info-poster can be seen on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Monday, 01 June 2020 12:57)
There are now 34 fresh items, which have been added to the month of May 2020.
Check with Section 3, "What's New" for details.
the bat (Monday, 01 June 2020 03:29)
Hi folks !
As we move into June 2020, here a short sitrep.
On this website there are many new items, now posted for May 2020, for your pleasure.
The board is well visited with 20 to 30 hits per day. (Not everyone writes something !)
We have about 50 items still to post, artefacts & nominal roll entries.
I had a good long natter to Apples, he is "Confined to Camp" for a while yet.
Lewes Branch offer possibility of working together on a project. (Thanks Rosie Potts for the buzz)
No word from the Regimental Officers.
All the best to all
...and keep your heads down !
the bat (Tuesday, 19 May 2020 00:36)
Hi Folks !
Our website is nearly back to normal timings now, with 23 objects posted for the month of May & plenty more to come.
Thanks for your visit, Donovan & the others.....much appreciated.
We are well visited both here & on the Facebook link with 60 to 100 visits each, per day.
Keep Movin` the 35th !
Yours ` `Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon
Donovan (Friday, 15 May 2020 16:30)
Les thanks again for the sterling work that you do in producing the Web. Another month goes by and all is well and its a great catch up. Thanks.
John Butler was my first CSM and only met up again at Rick Bakers departure. It was fun reminding him of the time he chewed my ears great days. RIP John
RossP (Thursday, 14 May 2020 14:03)
Sorry to hear that Maurice has passed, l remember him well.
Early 1964 we were in ‘B’Coy in Malta, Maurice was in 6 Plt and I was in 5 Plt. I believe he joined with a chap called Camilerie.
Thanks for keeping us up to date Mario. Give my best regards to Lillian.
Take good care and stay safe.
Mario (Wednesday, 13 May 2020 01:15)
With great sadness and very belated news, I herald the passing of another Sussex soldier Maurice Zammit who passed away last August 2019 in Malta. He joined 6Pl "B" Coy in Malta and served in Italy,
Lydd, Aden and was medically discharged in Canterbury in 1970.
Another sad loss of a great mate.
Rip Maurice, duty done.
the bat (Monday, 11 May 2020 13:48)
Message No. 1381 should of course read Tony Booker & not Graham. (his cousin was Trevor Booker, also like him, from "A" Coy.)....Sorry.
mtb (Monday, 11 May 2020 11:32)
well done for all the work you do les ,well done for outing boston I think he has been out for years lol.
the bat (Monday, 11 May 2020 00:17)
There are 53 fresh items posted on the website for April 2020. (See "What's New")
I have probably double that amount to post for the rest of May.
So....lots of new content to browse & discover.
Stay safe, you lot - Keep your heads down !
the bat (Sunday, 10 May 2020 22:49)
Charlie Brown of course......Sorry, mate......I guess I wasn't awake !
the bat (Sunday, 10 May 2020 22:45)
Within the turmoil of the pandemic (It really is !!..) I have managed to do the monthly change onsite....even if it's a bit late.
There are many new items & entries to the Nominal Roll for April and into May.
Tonight, 10th May, I had a nice long phone chat with Graham Booker (cousin of Trevor B.) and was able to guide him onto this website. (Which he had never heard of)
To those that come regularly, thanks once again for your support.
John Boston has been posing in the US as a Lt. Col. (Photo on the Queens Assoc. website) - I managed to intervene, and get him outed by Goulden.
the bat (Saturday, 09 May 2020 05:36)
All OK, Charlie (Which Charlie ??) ....Yes !..You are right, I have been dealing with sudden deaths in my immediate vicinity, all very, very, sad. .......People seem to turn to me.....but I am not
strong and also "built very close to the water".
As for the regiment :
We have unfortunately lost more members of the Regiment in the last weeks :
19 Feb WO2 John Blanchette 2nd, 3rd and R Sussex.
2 Mar Cpl Jack Payne 3rd and R Sussex
25 Mar WO2 John Butler 3rd and R Sussex
30 Mar Cpl Colin 'Fred' Munnery 3rd Bn.
16 Apr Sgt Alan Thubron ACC 3rd and R Sussex
8 Apr Pte Keith Pointon 3rd Bn.
1 Apr LCpl Lee Moss 3rd Bn.
25 Apr LCpl Sean Tierney 3rd and R.Sussex
5 May Sgt Brian May 3rd and R Sussex
(This is an overview, some have been already previously reported singularly.)
May they Rest in Eternal Peace
Charlie (Friday, 08 May 2020 16:35)
The bat is a little quiet .. everything ok ?
the bat (Saturday, 25 April 2020 05:08)
STOP PRESS !
Sean Tierney (...who shot & killed Pte. Bachelor in Aden) has died in prison of the Coronavirus, whilst serving his life-sentence for attempted murder..........End of Story - Case Closed !
(See our full report on "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper in Section 4.)
APPLES (Tuesday, 21 April 2020 20:27)
Thank you for the phone call and the long chat the Photos will be sent soon as possible, keep yourself and your family safe old friend, stay upright, keep up the good work that you do,
Derek and Hazel
Mike Sinden (Monday, 20 April 2020 14:04)
Well done Colin Twiggs for being a Great Grand Dad. I now have 3 children, 5 Grand Children and 2 Great Grand Children. GOD I feel old.!!
Margaret and I are surviving and are quite safe and secure where we are situated.
Please keep the Brilliant British life advancing into the new world far away from this stupid Virus and all it contains. Stay safe, stay secure and above all, REMEMBER you were the Best British
Soldiers that can overcome ANY problems that arrive to us from across the wide world.
mtb (Monday, 20 April 2020 10:07)
thanks les for all the hard work you do ,its good to look back at the good times.
the bat (Monday, 20 April 2020 02:12)
Our website is still running at the moment, with between 60 & 70 visitors per day.
(The statistic freaks can visit our "Stats & Counter" Page if needed)
Well done, guys !
the bat (Sunday, 19 April 2020 00:16)
A recruit photo (1958) of the late Alan Thubron, has now been added to his "In Memoriam" on Section 4,
"The Roussillon Herald" newspaper.
the bat (Friday, 17 April 2020 13:09)
It is with great sadness, that we must herald the passing of another old soldier, who served our Regiment for (it would seem) almost a lifetime. Alan Thubron of the ACC and then Chelsea Pensioner,
passed away yesterday.
Our final tribute can be read on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" or on Section 18, "In Memoriam".
the bat (Wednesday, 15 April 2020 05:21)
Hi all !
Heads Up ! - For a good story 1
The incredible story of the Men of the LYDDALL Family.
George - Herbert - James. - Three Royal Sussex Regimental fighting soldiers from 3 different generations in three different Wars. - Read it to believe it !
Now posted on the Nominal Roll and on the "Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
Thanks to David Morrow for sending the family info.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Monday, 13 April 2020 04:35)
100% lockdown in Paris, So John Hitch decides to take a walk in the Woods.
(No....we are not surprised, when he says he didn't meet anyone on the way !)
Have just telephoned. (He is OK, otherwise !)
the bat (Sunday, 12 April 2020 20:21)
Hi All !
Twas very nice to speak to Bill Venner on the blower, after not hearing from him for a long time.
Thanks for the long chinwag, Bill, (He is well & bright)
Thanks, also to Colin "Twiggy" Twiggs for your kind words.
best regards to all & stay at home,
Yours ` Aye
Colin Twiggs (Friday, 10 April 2020 11:34)
Hi all,I do not post very often but I do try to read daily what Les posts on here. We are at home enjoying the sun and doing a bit of work in the garden, As of January I have become a great grandad,
(brilliant) We hope you all have a great Easter, Stay warm, stay safe, but more important stay at home, !!
the bat (Friday, 10 April 2020 01:33)
Pte William Fitzgerald L of H, - a soldier of the Royal Sussex Regiment during WW2, passed away as a Chelsea Pensioner on 8th April 2020, aged 95.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Friday, 10 April 2020 01:23)
Pte. Keith Pointon, late of the 3rd Battalion, passed away on 8th April in Birmingham as a result of the Coronavirus COVID-19. - May he rest in eternal Peace.
the bat (Monday, 06 April 2020 12:03)
LCpl Colin 'Fred' Munnery, late of 3rd Bn. Queens Regiment, passed away on 30th March as a result of COVID-19.
May he rest in eternal Peace. - Thanks to Mario for the heads-up.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Sunday, 05 April 2020 23:16)
Many thanks for the pics !
Please send some Names captions, locations etc for your collection, so that I can post in the right place (twas a bit after my time !)
the bat (Sunday, 05 April 2020 23:09)
Sad days !.........The Regimental Association of The Queen’s Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment closed its doors and ceased to exist as of 31st December 2019.
The Queen's Own Buffs Association office was closed and cleared. The Association was officially closed down by Major Peter R. White MM, Secretary.
Their website - www.thequeensownbuffs.com - will continue for a short time to finish any unclosed business, enquiries or urgent benevolence.
A "Brothers in Arms" Regiment, with whom The Royal Sussex Regiment fought alongside in Libya, Tunisia & Italy.` Twas also my Father` s Regiment (5th Bn.)
A very sad & significant occasion, I apologise for missing it by a few months !
Steady the Buffs !
Yours ` Aye
Best Regards - Take Care
Charlie Brown (Sunday, 05 April 2020 19:32)
After uploading a number of photos then flicking through some of op banner memories... I had the a hankering for 24 hour rations ... those small cans ? ... so to scratch that itch I opened a tin of
Princes Chicken in white sauce ... I spoonful Cold and it hit the mark ...
Mike Sinden (Sunday, 05 April 2020 17:55)
Margaret and I are okay and are well secured. Also thank goodness all our family are well, and keeping safe.
To all of you out there in this mad world of ours, stay safe, and I am quite sure that all my army mates and their families, will get through this period of unrest, and get their quite normal lives
back on track again.
Thank you again Les for all your very good work that you do for our Message Board and the information that you give us daily.
Charlie Brown (Sunday, 05 April 2020 14:05)
Sent you a couple of photos by email .. just to confirm that’s your preferred method..
the bat (Sunday, 05 April 2020 01:16)
Lee Moss from Eastbourne, late of 3rd Bn. Queens Regiment, passed away today as a result of COVID-19.
May he rest in eternal Peace. - Thanks to Bones for the heads-up.
the bat (Friday, 03 April 2020 20:48)
An amusing "In Memoriam" tale of the late John Butler in Korea, written by Mike George. (Mike is a Royal Sussex Regimental veteran , who was present with John in 1957 and later commissioned.) - Now
posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald", Regimental Newspaper. - Top Article. - Thanks to Mike for the publishing permission.
the bat (Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:14)
To John (Costan) for your Sitrep.
Thanks for your input, brother.
the bat (Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:10)
Hello to all visitors !
As we move into April, I can say that March was a very busy month for this website.
There are 56 fresh items (Persons/Artefacts/Articles) now posted for March.
See Page "What's New" for a detailed list. There is new content in almost all sections.
I had a partial site breakdown and a large data loss, (not my fault) which took 10 days to repair.
All is now fixed, and I look forward to bringing you exciting new content in April.
I have already a waiting list with many good topics. - If you also have something at home, that would make an interesting spread, please send it to me. I am sure our community would be thankful and
it would be preserved for ever.
Keep visiting us, your Regimental website. Remember, it is only your clicks that keep us alive, irrespective of my workload.
Stay safe & follow all the precautions against the virus.
No-one is spared, immune, special, privileged or blessed.....
Thinking of you all, at this difficult time.
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon.
the bat (Monday, 30 March 2020 12:55)
NOW POSTED ! - The second part (Part 2) of the gripping story from Pte. Shipway, describing his experiences whilst fighting in the trenches in 1918 with the remnants of the 2nd Bn.- Section 4, "The
Roussillon Herald" , Regimental Newspaper.- Underneath Shipway, Part 1, (posted on 9th March)
This forbidden private diary, makes good reading, with the Bn. Diary shown parallel as a guide.
For those who haven't read episode one yet, this really is a good read !
Yours ` Aye
mtb (Saturday, 28 March 2020 22:58)
hi les the collage of you is great.just out of interest is the jacket you are wearing a Denison smock.
John Costan Medic (Saturday, 28 March 2020 16:44)
Hi Les and family
Just to let you know that Ina and I are self isolating. I have been sent home from work for 12 weeks unless it is lifted, at lest I am on full pay. Thanks to my daughter Paula as she is doing all our
shopping for us and my garden is getting a make over by me. Sorry to hear about John Butler may he rest in peace and or thoughts are with Val at this time To all our visitor to the site please remain
safe. Take care John & Ina
the bat (Saturday, 28 March 2020 02:07)
Garyd (Friday, 27 March 2020 19:08)
I was pointing out what the family would like when this virus is over
Obviously his funeral will go ahead without anyone being able to get there
the bat (Friday, 27 March 2020 18:21)
Yes I have......Our "In Memoriam" to John, is long posted, Dilly. On here & on FB......I am not sure what you mean ?
Please elucidate your question, as it is unclear........or are you of the opinion that something is incomplete or incorrect ?
Garyd (Friday, 27 March 2020 14:03)
Have you seen what Barry has said on the other site about John
the bat (Friday, 27 March 2020 07:26)
Our "In Memoriam", on the sad passing of John Butler, Eastbournian & Association Parade Marshall,... is now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper, upper article.
(John taught me 303 Bren drills, when I was 15 !)
Please, do go and have look at our final tribute
Thanks to Gary for the heads-up.- Very sad !
Yours `` `Aye
the bat (Thursday, 26 March 2020 12:24)
Thanks....Dilly....for the heads up.......I will do the "In Memoriam".
I think we knew him the longest from "D" Coy, IJLB.
A very sad time ! - Our "Parade Marshall" has gone.
We were also, both Eastbournians.
We have difficult and sad times, but now, even more so.
Garyd (Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:10)
Barry Tippet has just posted on the other site and on fb
John butler died yesterday
the bat (Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:11)
Message from Pamela Giles (reprinted here with permission)
-- "Hello to everyone, Pam Giles here.. I just wanted to let you all know that John has been in hospital. This time round he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He started his chemo tablets on
Sunday and in two weeks time he will having his first hormone injection followed by one every three months. We have been told today that it hasn't spread to his lymph nodes nor his bones which is
Please each and everyone of you keep well, take care of yourselves and each other in these worrying times. As JG would say stay safe.
My best wishes to you all. Pam Giles"--
We wish John Giles all the best and hope that our Royal Sussex "old soldier" can pull out of this one.
Take good care of one another !
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:11)
Keep at it Les mate, you are doing really good. !!
the bat (Friday, 20 March 2020 04:15)
Hi Guys !
I have now managed to replace the 290 missing photos fro NOMINAL ROLL Letter "S".
These were lost last week during editing.
I have replaced them, after finding them by chance on our external Hard-Drive backup.
So now, ....all is OK.......(I was getting very worried !) and I am posting the new entries again as normal.
There is now a large amount to see, within the new postings for March so far (20th)
Have fun surfing......if in doubt, check on the list, Page 4, "What` s New".
Keep your heads down (COVID - 19)
Yours ` Aye
Mike Sinden (Monday, 16 March 2020 19:04)
I expect that many of you out there are concerned, or, affected by this Coronavirus.
BUT just treat it as a flu bug. Do not kiss/hug/hold/shake hands and stay about 6 feet away from anyone.
Do NOT mingle with crowds anywhere. Shops/supermarkets/pubs etc. Kindly do NOT even get to close to your family members, in holding back from kissing/hugging and enjoying a embrace from your Grand
Children/Great Grand Children. I KNOW that will hurt you all, as it does me, but their health comes first.
Think first,and then act.!! My thoughts are with you all during this quite awful circumstance.!!
mtb (Friday, 13 March 2020)
A good read about the 7th royal sussex and pte shipways diary.what made me laugh was where shipway said an officer got the patrol lost ,whats new.The other thing was where shipway said he did not
like the French wine,if shipway would of drunk more wine he would not of remembered how bad it tasted.
Bill Dixon (Friday, 13 March 2020 12:23)
Yesterday we said goodbye to my mate Ray (Jack) Payne.
He had a wonderful send off, with over 70 family and friends there.
Ten Royal Sussex friends, half a dozen R.A.O.B and his wonderful family, some coming from Canada.
Ray and I, joined the T.A together in 1962, we had been friends ever since, I will miss him and his great sense of humour.
R. I. P Ray, your duly is done �
Gary d (Wednesday, 11 March 2020 14:57)
Johnny butler is not well he’s been in hospital fir a while
I wish him well
the bat (Monday, 09 March 2020 21:39)
STOP PRESS - (Important one, now !)
Now posted on Section 4, The Roussillon Herald Newspaper....at the top.
THE NORTHERN IRELAND INQUIRY
The Ballymurphy Inquest Closes.
Sitrep from the Regimental Secretary, RHQ, The Queen's Regiment.
(An extract from his letter from Sun 8th March 2020)
Many thanks to Mario for the Heads - Up.
Keep movin` forward, Fellas !
the bat (Monday, 09 March 2020 19:53)
Thanks John !
Yes........I remember him very well.
John Costan (Monday, 09 March 2020 18:18)
Hi Les, was I court the other day an bumped into Chris Neil (Orderly Room) who was sitting with the CPS having an over view. he is now civilian in the Police Force after leaving the police and
working from Eastbourne. We had a good catch up.
the bat (Monday, 09 March 2020 12:19)
The PERSONAL WAR DIARY of Pte. REGINALD SHIPWAY of the 7th (Service) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment.
Now posted on: - Section 4, The Roussillon Herald Newspaper.
Keeping a diary on active service was, (and is) strictly forbidden, read this very rare, first hand account.
The official Battalion War Diary is shown running parallel on the right-hand side,
clearly showing how little was mentioned officially, due to a belated transcript.
Because Reginald reports everyday, this diary is quite large.- I will publish the second half later. A very gripping story & really worth a read !
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Saturday, 07 March 2020 03:34)
There are already 15 fresh entries for March 2020.
You can check on Section "What's New ?" in the Menu.
Have a good scroll & a nosey around.
best wishes to all
Your ` Aye
the bat (Saturday, 07 March 2020 02:07)
Hi to all !
STOP PRESS !
A further sketchbook of uniform studies of the 35th of Foot, from Chas Stadden has reappeared.
See now on Section 4, The Roussillon Gazette newspaper.
Very stirring (and very valuable !) stuff & we have another "first".
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Thursday, 05 March 2020 15:16)
STOP PRESS - A Royal Sussex Regimental Story, from the Chancellor of the Exchequer - George Osborne.
Now posted on Section 4, The Roussillon Gazette Newspaper, for your reading pleasure & interest.
Yours `` Aye !
the bat (Sunday, 01 March 2020 04:18)
Just seen this, published at "The Burma Star Association" (Used to be "The Pinwe Club")
(The veterans for Pinwe, Arakan, Burma, Malaya, & India in WW2)
Our 9th "Shiny Ninth" Bn. and the Royal Sussex men, who were in "Wingate's Chindits" are involved.
--- "On 3 April 2019, after very careful consideration, the Trustees therefore agreed that the Association should close on 15 August 2020, the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day. - This decision is final"
I find this very, very sad........an estimate says there are still 1700 veterans left.
So, how will they feel ?........for some,...their Regimental association is all they have left.
Everyone is aware, that when the association goes, it is the end,....... the Regiment disappears into the history books. (.....and as we from the Royal Sussex have learned,....even museums can
disappear also)-----leaving nothing.
the bat (Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:55)
Hello to all !
Now Posted on Section 1, The HOMEPAGE.
A New REGIMENTAL TIMELINE, prepared as a Quick Reference tool, important for your faster website fact-finding orientation.
A complete Post-war Regimental Timeline, covering both the 1st Bn.Royal Sussex Regt. and the 3rd Bn. Queen's Regiment from 1944 to 1966.
I hope our visitors can use this & find it useful.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Sunday, 23 February 2020 23:25)
"A good read", & well worth it !
Now Posted on Section 17, "Swing the Lights" (at the top) for your pleasure !
The gripping, but sad story of the almost complete destruction of the brave, 7th (Territorial) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, during their gallant rearguard action near Amiens, France 1940.- by Daniel
I hope you enjoy it !
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:41)
Hi Jock !
Thanks for your info !
Good to have you on board.
See you in Sept.
Yours ` Aye
jock ongley (Sunday, 23 February 2020 16:23)
I remember Bryan Probert quite well he played alongside John Guppy LAD and myself in the Reg. football team when we got off duty. Like me he stayed behind with the 1st LI. Looking forward to seeing
everyone on the Lemgo trip in Sept.
the bat (Friday, 21 February 2020 07:41)
Hello to all !
A secondary batch of items have now been posted within this month of February., to make up for our backlog. We should then, be back under full steam by 1st March.
There is quite a lot going on, so please, watch the content on "What` s New", so as to ensure that you don't miss anything important.
Thanks for your understanding.
Yours ` Aye
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 20 February 2020 14:20)
Cannot believe that our mate Johnny Blanchette has passed away. He, on quite a few occasions, made me laugh, when I was going through bad times with dealing with NI lads who had been severely
injured, or, had died. He had the knack of suddenly coming up with a quip that allowed me to remember that life had to go on regardless.
Sleep easy old friend, you really were a 'One off'.
mtb (Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:01)
I looked at the picture of simon ulrich and thought he was to young to have been in the Royal Sussex regiment.I then read the post script by les which explained the situation very well.maybe simon
should of been wearing a ww1 uniform like the re enactors were wearing with his great uncles medals on .There are to many people who wear uniforms ,medals they are not entitled to .
the bat (Thursday, 20 February 2020 06:17)
Freshly posted now, also in Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper...........
Our tribute & "In Memoriam" to the late Johnny Blanchette who died yesterday.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Thursday, 20 February 2020 06:13)
Freshly Posted now on Section 4, The Roussillon Herald, is a small tribute to Bryan Probert REME.
Bryan is an ardent visitor & contributor to our website.
Stay tuned, fellas.....a lot goin on !
the bat (Thursday, 20 February 2020 04:27)
Freshly posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" newspaper at the top.
An article describing the dress & equipment of the Royal Sussex Regiment contingent of the Camel Corps (Battle of Abu Klea 1885) - An interesting account, sent to us by Bryan Probert (ex 3rd Bn.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Thursday, 20 February 2020 03:25)
Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper at the top.
A photo report on Chichester Remembrance 2019 (Nov) & the Maurice Patten Memorial.
the bat (Wednesday, 19 February 2020 07:10)
Had a good chat today, with Bryan Probst REME, nicknamed : "PJ PROBY", who was with us in Lemgo & then, 1st Light Infantry after us. - Bryan went on to serve from AAS Boy` s Service 1963 to his
demob in 1991, a total of 28 Years ! - It seems there are not many places, where he wasn't stationed !
He still sees his Lemgo days as the best though ! - Full story following - (Bryan is sending us some stuff)
the bat (Tuesday, 18 February 2020 10:24)
Your welcome Charlie !
You joined just as I was leaving, but I am glad I can find something to interest all eras.
Come back soon.......pass the word. (I also served as a boy at Oswestry 1962-64)
All the best to you.
Yours ` Aye
Charlie Brown (Monday, 17 February 2020 15:03)
What a great find #theorangelily.jimdo.com
I have spent a few happy hours reviewing the site and remembering my years in the Regiment both man and boy from 1972-1987.
C Company 8platoon ... lots of names surfaced... Fritz Albright ( dodgy DJ in catterick ) Mac McCreadie Dave Grubb Lofty Foster Frank Owens Frank Brown Tom Delaney .... so many! More
Good job ... #the bat .... thank you...
the bat (Monday, 17 February 2020 07:17)
Now posted on Section 4, The Roussillon Herald Newspaper - Our Facebook graphic (prompt for February)
So that everyone knows what` s going on.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Sunday, 16 February 2020 04:16)
Correct mtb....two camps at Lydd (in those days), although next door to each other.
One weekend training camp for cadets & TA - Nissen Huts.
One temporary camp for regular Units in transit - Brick & wooden "Spiders".(Where we were)
Before our time there were four in that location - the place is steeped in history.
Today there are again three, counting the shiny new one. ( Four with the FIBUA Village !)
mtb (Saturday, 15 February 2020 13:08)
when I saw the picture it looked somewhere quite warm,but then I realised it was black and white picture.
we done our ni training in the eighties in lydd,i can remember how shoddy the accommodation was.I have a feeling there might of been 2 camps in lydd.
the bat (Saturday, 15 February 2020 00:14)
Well done, mtb (quite a wide grouping, but you hit the target though !)
The photo of the late Gus Parker, is taken in March 1966, in Lee Metford Transit Camp in Lydd, Kent.
We had come from Malta (NELF) and were training, recruiting & refurbishing, pending our move to 20th Armoured Brigade, (BAOR)..... So we were still 1 Royal Sussex, although wearing a Brigade
Cap-badge. We were soon to re-badge and become 3rd Bn. Queens Regiment in Lemgo in December of the same year......Thanks to all, who had a bash, anyway !
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Friday, 14 February 2020 02:55)
Hi All !
Twenty fresh items & artefacts are now posted for February 2020 (see What's New)
The Nominal Roll is repaired.
This website is back on schedule.
Thanks for your support in a difficult phase.
Best regards to all.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Wednesday, 12 February 2020 03:05)
I have now finished replacing the nearly 5000 names on the Nominal Roll, (by hand !) which I lost when changing Computers.
The Nominal Roll names are now finished, up to date, completed & corrected.
Normal monthly postings on the other sections will now resume forthwith. (I still have a slight backlog of twenty items, but getting there, now !)
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Wednesday, 12 February 2020 00:46)
Roger that Bryan Probert !
Thanks a lot, mate....that` s
84453 Mühldorf am Inn,
Please also enclose your service details for the Nominal Roll.
Thanks for your help.
Yours ` Aye
Garyd (Tuesday, 11 February 2020 18:47)
RossP (Tuesday, 11 February 2020 18:22)
Gus maybe at Crowborough camp when we were on the Kape tour of Sussex in 1963
Bryan Probert( ex REME) (Tuesday, 11 February 2020)
Hi Les Thought you may be interested in magazine I subscribe to. One section is about 1st Bn Royal Sussex at the battle of Abu Klea in1885,if you are interested I can send it to you,all I need is an
Address to send it to you. I’m an avid reader of your site,so keep up the good work. PS I will up date my profile soon.
mtb (Tuesday, 11 February 2020 10:15)
somewhere in kent,lydd,shornecliffe.
APPLES (Tuesday, 11 February 2020 09:35)
Gus Parker may be Dekilia CYPRUS
the bat (Tuesday, 11 February 2020 08:28)
A Photo Quiz question for you !
Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
Do you know the answer ?
Be careful, it` s tricky !
the bat (Tuesday, 11 February 2020 07:36)
Hi all !
A magnificent UNIFORM STUDY OF THE EARLY 35th REGIMENT OF FOOT in 3 parts,from a private source, lent to us by the artist. - Many Thanks - We are forever indebted !
Now posted for your interest on "Sec.4, The Roussillon Herald" News.
the bat (Monday, 03 February 2020 20:58)
New items posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
For details read "What`s New".
the bat (Friday, 31 January 2020 21:46)
Not me, Mario......I am a remainer.
......but I have deliberately left that argument off here.
End of topic.
Mario (Friday, 31 January 2020 09:15)
Your BREXIT is finally here. Make the most of it !!!
the bat (Saturday, 25 January 2020 19:35)
Please read .......and act (punctually) if possible !)
Now on "The Roussillon Gazette" Newspaper - The HORSHAM DRILL-HALL DRAMA.
The whole scandal in detail.......It` s time to fight back (again), Orange Lillies.....
It is our Cap-Badge, up there on the wall !
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Saturday, 25 January 2020 18:38)
Hello to All & Sundry (very old english pronoun phrase, meaning "Everybody" !)
Another large post is now up, for the Nominal Roll in January (Part of the holiday backlog) Now posted on the Section 5, The Nominal Roll - ARCHER, AUBIN, BARRELL, CARNE edit, CHRISTMAS 1, FISH 2,
FISHER 6, FOSTER 7 (B), FRANCIS 4, FUNNELL edit, GILLESPIE (A), GILLESPIE (B), HOLMES 1 edit, JACKSON, JENNINGS obit, JOTCHAM, KEKEWICH, KENT 2, MALE, NEWMAN, POLLARD-URQUHART (A), POLLARD-URQUHART
(B), RIDDING, SHIRLEY (A), SHIRLEY (B), SHIRLEY (C), SKIPWORTH (A), SKIPWORTH (B), WENBAN, WINGFIELD, WROUGHTON. 30 New faces altogether ! (including 4 edits) 25 Jan 020.
Fresh Artefacts & Badges to follow next post.
I hope you all are well......Have a good "Surf" about ! - (If there are any glitches, let me know, Please !)
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon - Webmaster.
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 23 January 2020 14:31)
It was John Girdler's 70th birthday yesterday, and there was a time in the past, when I did not think he would make the next hour, let alone all the years ahead.
Well done mate.
APPLES (Wednesday, 22 January 2020 12:05)
Well done with all the new postings another card on its way today thanks for the phone call,
I totaly agree with Dan, Mo Jennings was a great RSM one of the strait and fair again much respect for him,
Dan Archer (Tuesday, 21 January 2020 20:22)
Mo Jennings was a great RSM. Straight as a dye and extremely fair. I had the utmost respect for him.
Colin Twiggs (Monday, 20 January 2020)
Ref our chat today Les, Here,s the info that needs correcting, Simon J A Parker. regards Twiggy. ( 45/205) PS Simon passed away in 2017. !
the bat (Saturday, 18 January 2020 23:44)
For your diary :
Major (Retd) John Reginald Barrell OBE TD LLB has passed away.
(See our "In Memoriam" on Page 4 "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper)
His funeral will be at the Leicester Crematoria, Foston Road, Countesthorpe, Leicestershire, LE8 5QP.
Following the service, a reception will be held at Stage Suites, Holiday Inn, 299 Leicester Road, Wigston, Leicester, LE18 1JW.
the bat (Saturday, 18 January 2020 07:10)
Hello to all visitors !
I hope everyone moved into 2020 in good spirit,
I have added 40 fresh & new items for Dec/January for your interest & enjoyment.
The content of the new posts are listed in detail on Page 3, "What` s New".
The website is therewith up to date again, except for the Nominal Roll , which I should complete within the next few days of this week. I must put all the names back, after losing them all in the
That will take a few days.....I have completed A, B, and C...........I will keep you posted.
The new Computer is up & running well. We have still have an average 20 to 30 visitors per day.
Our website presence on social media remains vibrant & active, (Facebook & Twitter) with many visits per day.
The website rent is due. A very kind person has donated a large sum of money towards it already.
I thank you from my heart and am glad that my stuff is still serving some people and that the Regiment is still stirring some hearts...
Please make sure that everyone possible crowds onto Dave Tilley` s coaches to Lemgo in September.
It maybe one of our last flings with the Regiment.......I will also be present, to bore you with camp tours !
There are powers to be, saying that it is maybe time to hang up our berets. .....Gentlemen !...somebody can do that for me, when I am gone, but not now (quote ís by the late Capt. Bob Ackworth, 1 R.
The remainder of us are still here !..........so keep yer arses movin` the 35th !....We need you !
The only real assistance that I need, is that you all keep coming back & using this website, regularly.
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon.
Email = L-S.Deacon@t-online.de
Website = https://theorangelily.jimdo.com/
Facebook (Personal) = https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010058880942&ref=bookmarks
Facebook (Regiment) = https://www.facebook.com/The-Orange-Lily-942597765806038/
Mike Sinden (Friday, 17 January 2020 14:18)
Dilly another memory. In NI I had to give a jab to a Senior Rank (who had the only job in the Bn) and he hated injections. I had to sit him down in a chair with 2 of my staff by him. He was going to
have a yellow fever jab (every 5 years) . The day before I went to see a farmer who had very large syringes and a long tube to put into his cows to ward off infections. He lent me one. On the day the
Senior rank was sitting in the chair, I had the VERY large syringe behind my back filled with milk. I said to him "I have to give you this yellow fever jab, and it might hurt a bit." I produced the
VERY large syringe. He screamed, and fell out of the chair. He had fainted. I did then give him a yellow Fever jab, and we got him into a room and laid him on a bed to recover. GOD I just LOVED my
Major John Barrel I knew well. A lovely man. One day I had to give him a TABT jab (every 3 years) and he stood infront of me, and stated quite firmly "If you hurt me Sinden I will hurt you, take your
choice." I did not hurt him.!!
the bat (Friday, 17 January 2020 14:17)
Dan Archer is back in Town !
Now posted on the Roussillon Herald Newspaper (last entry)
(Thanks a lot, Dan)
the bat (Wednesday, 15 January 2020 00:05)
Our Obitural tribute to the late Major John Barrell on his passing. is now posted on the "Orange Lily" Newspaper. - John was RSM of the Regiment 1974 to 1976 - RIP.
the bat (Tuesday, 14 January 2020 23:49)
All OK Mario......am working on large backlog from December.
May be finished tomorrow
Mario (Tuesday, 14 January 2020 22:54)
Has there been any more messages since the 8th Jan that Im missing out on?
Bob B (Wednesday, 08 January 2020 22:44)
Rather than typing Chris's funeral details all over again, could you repost it to the Royal Sussex site please so that as many can be informed as possible.
Bob B (Wednesday, 08 January 2020 22:39)
Message from Kirsty Eatough (Chris Message's daughter,
Chris's funeral will be at 10.15 on 20th January 2020 at Randall's Park Crematorium, Leatherhead KT22 0AG
Dress code is black and white or as Chris has said white and black.
No flowers please but if you would like to donate to a tree in his memory at Oaks Park please message Kirsty
The celebration of Chris's life will be at THE WOODMAN
APPLES (Wednesday, 08 January 2020 19:55)
Card on its way hope it helps, more to follow, take care mate and keep up the good work
Derek and Hazel
the bat (Wednesday, 08 January 2020 18:03)
On the Nominal Roll, I have re-edited the Mo Jennings entry.
The new entry has fresh info & Pics. (......and the correct Christian name !)
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 08 January 2020 14:27)
Dilly I remember 'The Belfast Rats' very well indeed. Trust Charley Burton and Harry Barstow to have the same training in the sun. Mind you Dilly what a pair they were. Did not care a jip about
BUT facing my needles, they behaved themselves in my presence.!!!!
Garyd ( Dilly) (Tuesday, 07 January 2020 18:20)
I have it framed on my wall. Do you remember it ?
On a different theme. Canterbury December 1964.
You along with Pete Crick took us ex juniors on continuation training before going to Malta.
When we got there Charley Burton and Harry Barstow did the same training but in the sun.
Remember it like it was yesterday
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 07 January 2020 17:01)
Just a thought that as I am now 81 years of age, just thinking of all the lads that we used to know, who were much younger when they passed away. One lad was just 55 years of age. I am quite sure
that we all are so aware of these men who have gone, and admire, and in some cases (as I am) thankful that they were with me, and protecting me as I administered aid to them when they needed me in
the quite awful surroundings that we were under.
Mike Sinden (Monday, 06 January 2020 14:07)
Just to let know that I am 81 years old today, and not 86 as Derek (Apples) has stated.
All those over 81 kindly remember that we are ALL young at heart.!!
APPLES (Sunday, 05 January 2020 15:06)
Just a reminder that it is Mick Sindens 86 Th Birthday tomorrow,
Derek and Hazel
Colin Twiggs (Friday, 03 January 2020 17:32)
Cheers Mike, that made me snigger, Happy new year, !
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 02 January 2020 15:09)
Yes Colin it is me, I think that your reflection in such a short sentence was entirely my doing, as when I went to place a needle into your right arm, you very quickly knocked it aside, and it went
Shall we say no more.!!!! LOL.
Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 01 January 2020 10:49)
2020 is here and let me take a moment to reflect things,...…………………………………....that's enough for now, Happy new year everybody, Now to browse the site, take care everyone. !
mtb (Wednesday, 01 January 2020 10:34)
happy new year one and all.
APPLES (Wednesday, 01 January 2020 10:09)
Thank you Les and we wish you and your Family and all of the lads who know us a truly happy and healthy new year
Derek and Hazel
the bat (Wednesday, 01 January 2020)
Its 2400hrs on 31st/1st Jan !
So first a big "Happy New Year" to all visitors.
May 2020 bring that which we, you & I..... have wished for.
I follow, cherish & respect every one of you & your presence on this website,
So stay tuned in the New Year for more surprises. I will continue to serve.
Thank-you for your trust & support in 2019.
I raise my glass to you all & to the Regiment.
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon
Mike Sinden (Friday, 27 December 2019 14:49)
Hi to you all out there, and am most sorry not been on this really great message board, as have been away. Hope you all had a great Christmas, and also have a really good successful and healthy
Am also very sorry to learn of Chris passing away, on Christmas day of all days, but I know that all our thoughts, and also our remembering of a quite decent man.
the bat (Friday, 27 December 2019 03:55)
Very sad.........Thanks to BB for the heads up !
Chris`` s "In Memoriam" from us, is now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" newspaper.
Bob B (Thursday, 26 December 2019 11:46)
It is with sadness I have to inform everyone of the sad passing of Chris Message on Christmas day. Funeral details will be published later.
Chris served with us in Aden as an "ever ready"
RossP (Tuesday, 24 December 2019 14:54)
The website Xmas Card is brilliant, well done Les.
I would like to wish all you heroes out there wherever you may be, a very happy Christmas and a peaceful, healthy, prosperous New Year. Keep on posting on this site, as we all like hearing from
Take good care.
David Tonks (Tuesday, 24 December 2019 12:49)
Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year
APPLES (Tuesday, 24 December 2019 08:15)
Thank you for that Les is made me cry well done mate a merry Christmas to you and all who come to the site and watch it,
Apples and Hazel
the bat (Tuesday, 24 December 2019 02:52)
Thanks for the Xmas wishes and for your input. - Very much appreciated !
Our website Xmas Card to you all, is now posted in the form of a film-clip. (...only 4 mins !)
You can find it in Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper - First item at the top.
I hope you like it ! - A very happy Christmas from me, to all visitors of the Orange Lily website, and to all 3rd Queensmen & Royal Sussex Regt. soldiers, where-ever you may be.
Yours `Aye - (also in 2020 !)
Les "the bat" Deacon
Mario (Tuesday, 24 December 2019 01:06)
Wishing Les and his whole family, and all visitors to this website a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2020 with few aches and pains from a very hot Australia (47*c in some areas) and 5
states with raging fires. God help us all.
Stay upright and keep on moving the 35th.
RossP (Monday, 23 December 2019 18:03)
Hello again Les,
It was Tony Botting, I’m not sure why we called him Bernie. The last time I saw him was at a party for Vic Murche in Eastbourne a few years ago. He had problems getting around then. Hopefully, he has
shaken off his malady, and he is OK.
Well done Les for checking.
the bat (Monday, 23 December 2019 14:33)
Your working links are now set from the menu to the alphabet pages of the NOMINAL ROLL.
I trust you will now find your person search, easier & faster.
the bat (Monday, 23 December 2019 11:22)
Hi Ross !
Thanks for your Sitrep. - I am in good contact with Mario, in word & voice. (Skype)
Pete Botting, loosely, over FB.
When you mention a Bernie, Ross....do you mean Peter or Tony ?
Last time I spoke to them, I believe Peter had leg problems, but Tony was OK ?
mtb (Monday, 23 December 2019 10:17)
happy Christmas to all the lads.Well done les for all your hard work,put your feet up at Christmas and have a beer.
the bat (Monday, 23 December 2019 05:37)
Last week we recieved 850 visits from our 1.350 followers on our "Orange Lily" FaceBook Page.
Last week we recieved between 20 & 40 visits per day, on the "Orange Lily" original Website Pages.
Yours Les !
the bat (Monday, 23 December 2019 05:09)
Hello All !
I have transformed "The Nominal Roll" alphabet pages.
It is has now, only a single alphabet letter per page. (used to be 3 or 4 !)
This will speed up the process of seaching for soldiers, considerably.
The pages were heavily overloaded with bites & were too slow.
The change took me 72 hours flat out. - Names & links have still to be added, so its not quite finished. Will do the rest jobs after Xmas.
A large improvement, though. - These pages contain almost 4000 faces !
Please, have a look & give some user feedback !
RossP (Friday, 20 December 2019 17:58)
Hello Les et al,
Just received a long message from Mario Buttigieg from Australia, he told me that the fires out in the bush are really bad and causing many difficulties for the residents, loss of homes and
Another piece of info he gave me (maybe you Les could find out more) is that Bernie Botting is having a really bad time, health wise. Unfortunately, I’m not in touch with him, I met up with him a few
times at the Reunion, he had difficulty getting around then.
Hopefully he is OK.
the bat (Wednesday, 18 December 2019 23:17)
I have just had a long telephone chinwag with ROY FORBES (SP Coy. MT driver- A & B vehicles - 1970`s)
He is struggling a bit with his rig at the mo.......but will try & join us on here.
the bat (Wednesday, 18 December 2019 06:52)
FOR YOUR INFO - The graphic representation on Social Media of this website for December, is now posted. (Facebook,Wattsapp, Twitter, etc) - I keep a constant & current presence, not only here,
but throughout the web. - Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper, (so that you don`t miss it !).
APPLES (Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:50)
WISHING YOU ONE AND ALL A HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR
BE HEALTHY AND STAY UPRIGHT
yours APPLES AND HAZEL
the bat (Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:01)
Many Thanks, Ray "Hawkeye" Hawkes, for your Xmas greetings !
Anthony "Tony" Taylor (Signals Platoon) has contacted us & is enjoying the website & board.
A hearty welcome to him !
ray (Tuesday, 17 December 2019 09:54)
just t o wish all a merry christmas and a happy new year from hawkeye and sue.
the bat (Monday, 16 December 2019 03:52)
Death of a Diehard.
I am very sorry to carry sad tidings, once again. - On the 14th December, Cpl Ken Wittig, ex 4th Bn. Queen`s Regiment & 1st Bn. Middlesex Regiment, passed away. - Details of his funeral will be
posted in due course.
the bat (Sunday, 15 December 2019 17:54)
STOP PRESS! Just posted ! - Very Rare !
The presentation Booklet/Broshure commemomrating the Regiment`s service, whilst on Public Duties in London - 23rd Septemb!er to 26th October, 1963. - 20 Pages.
....now onsite at "Section 33, Public Duties", on the Menu.
Some know it very well & some have never seen it !
Either way, it remains a very interesting piece of our Regimental legacy.
Those soldiers who were present, (like myself) are now somewhat reduced in number.
the bat (Friday, 13 December 2019 05:02)
Our loyal friend & Brother in Arms, Brian Seaton, has recently passed away.
The funeral will take place on Friday 10th January 2020 at 1120am at the South Essex Cemetery & Crematorium, Ockendon Road, Corbets Tey, UPMINSTER, Essex RM14 2UY. If you are intending to go
please could you let Denise (Brian`s daughter) know at : firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope as many as possible will attend.
the bat (Wednesday, 11 December 2019 13:38)
Now closing down for at least 48 hrs, to transfer data to a new computer & set-up (My Xmas present !)
The website remains open - Catch you all again,afterwards.....Watch this space !
best regards to all
Les "the bat" Deacon
the bat (Tuesday, 10 December 2019 22:48)
It is with much sorrow that we mourn the loss of another “Orange Lily“ soldier.
23924500 Cpl. Ivor Tidy passed from us, un-noticed, in May this year, 2019.
Our "In Memoriam" to his memory is now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
Pete butler (Monday, 09 December 2019 16:41)
I think you have one other name wrong that is mc Eroy I don't think we had one in theMT it should be Mc illwane
Pete butler (Monday, 09 December 2019 15:47)
Hi Les following our conversation on Sunday I'm sure the name you are looking for is Dave tucker hope this will help you now all I have to do is see if I can send it
the bat (Saturday, 07 December 2019 22:46)
much obliged !
Alan Child (Saturday, 07 December 2019 12:56)
Brian's daughter, Denise, has asked me to put Brian's funeral arrangements on to the message board. The funeral will take place on Friday 10th January 2020 at 1120am at the South Essex Cemetery &
Crematorium, Ockendon Road, Corbets Tey, UPMINSTER, Essex RM14 2UY. If you are intending to go please could you let Denise know at email@example.com
the bat (Wednesday, 04 December 2019 17:37)
Please post as you wish !
My many posts are only my normal chores as webmaster, so don`t be put off by that.
Just go for it, mate !
the bat (Wednesday, 04 December 2019 06:20)
Our "In Memoriam" to Brian Seaton has now reached over 1400 persons.
the bat (Tuesday, 03 December 2019 00:02)
It is with great saddness that we announce the death of another well known veteran & personality of the Royal Sussex Regiment./ 3rd Bn.Queens Regiment.
23924718 Cpl. Brian A. Seaton (MT), lost the fight and died yesterday, Sun.1st December 2019,
as a result of an aggresive illness.- Brian was from London, but joined the Royal Sussex Regiment in the early 60`s.- He attained his rank in the MT Office, starting as Clerk under Capt.
Brian was quiet spoken, intelligent, strictly fair and accurate. He was also an ardent family man. He was well liked & respected within the Messes & the Regiment, becoming an expert Transport
For his family, this is a sad loss, but also for those of us who are left, having served with him through many years of MT trials & tribulations, on many different vehicles on many far flung
postings. - RIP
We wll attempt to post Funeral details, etc,
APPLES (Monday, 02 December 2019 14:41)
Another sad day Brian Seaton passed away last night he was a great MT clerk and a good friend to all that knew him is is a sad loss to us all and our sinsere condolances go out to Janet and his
family RIP old friend, Derek and Hazel
the bat (Monday, 02 December 2019 07:47)
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of another true, servant soldier of the Regiment.
Major Steve Bream QGM, has died suddenly, from a massive heart attack on Friday 29th November.
Steve was promoted from the ranks, he was originally 24068450 Sgt. Stephen Robert BREAM & served with the 1st, 2nd and 5th Battalions.
His gallantry medal was awarded in recognition of his services in Northern Ireland, during the period 1st May 1975 - 31st July 1975.
Later, as a retired Major, he was also our Association Secretary for many years.
Details of his funeral will be posted in due course.
the bat (Monday, 02 December 2019 05:40)
On our Nominal Roll of the Regiment, at Section 5, "The Nominal Roll", there are 4.529 known (...and photographed) faces. This is one of the biggest Regimental Rollcalls on the WorldWeb today.
the bat (Sunday, 01 December 2019 13:37)
Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper. - Our "LAST POST" Tribute to the late, WO II Raymond "Jinks" Jenkinson BEM - New pics by courtesy of his niece (also pictured) Mrs.
Michelle Harvey Axton.
the bat (Friday, 29 November 2019 03:13)
Thanks ! John C Medic,
Thanks for your input & especially for remembering Chad.
John C (Friday, 29 November 2019 00:42)
Sorry mentally The Garden of Remembrance
John C Medic (Friday, 29 November 2019 00:39)
Hi Les And all
Les you have done a marvellous job of the new website well done. One thing I did not mention re Remembrance Day is I put a cross for Sgt Chad Chapman who was kill in Wembley London on The 16 May 1990
by the IRA. AT GVD Garden of remembrance at the BRIGHTON war manorial. This I do each year. We will remember them. John C
the bat (Thursday, 28 November 2019 15:01)
To all our visitors :
Our older website was : 3queens/1royalsussex.jimdo.com.
I have now deleted this & all it`s content, after transferring all content to : https://theorangelily.jimdo.com - The "Orange Lily" was always the most successful site of the two, and its smaller
brother was currently dormant, unattended & unvisited.
Our "Orange Lily" Regimental website is currently running (November Stats) with an average of
28 visitors per day. - (78 record high on June 13th)
87 Page views per day - (208 record high on March 17th)
We reach visitors in 109 different Countries. - We maintain a lively presence on : FaceBook & Instragram.
It is all futile, without you lot !
Keep movin` the 35th !
ray (Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:15)
you have made a really good job of the new site well done mate .
the bat (Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:36)
The latest Newsletter from the Royal Sussex Regimental Association for Nov. 2019, is now posted on :
Section 4, " The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper, for your pleasure.
the bat (Wednesday, 27 November 2019 01:00)
There are now 220 fresh new entries for November 2019. See details on "What`s New".
This was the massive backlog from Sept/Oct.
It consists mainly of Artefacts & Nominal Roll entries - All posted and up to date now, for your browsing pleasure. Some alphabetical tweaks still needed on the Nominal Roll (Working on it
Phew !......I am glad I got that lot behind me !
the bat (Tuesday, 26 November 2019 19:02)
Thanks Dimple, great to have you on here....Thanks....Yes....keep movin` the 35th !
Graham knight (Tuesday, 26 November 2019 15:59)
23921852 still around try to walk every day to keep fit regards to u all
RossP (Tuesday, 26 November 2019 11:13)
On the other site there is a ‘Service Details’ list, it might be useful to you. It gives names and Regiments that the mentioned served with, so you could pick out the R/Sussex members. You would have
to check it through, as some of the names are no longer with us.
Originally, you most probably posted it, anyway, it may be a help.
APPLES (Tuesday, 26 November 2019 11:12)
Hi Les now on Skype The Grandson came in last night and done for me
Take care stay upright
Derek and Hazel
the bat (Monday, 25 November 2019 01:27)
Many Thanks to Mario in Australia for a long chat on Skype.
the bat (Monday, 25 November 2019 01:23)
You guys are amazing......Thanks......................
23868882 Sgt. Leslie Albert Deacon - 1961 to 73 - Nicknamed "the bat" after the Bn. Anti/Tank Weapon. REME Apprentice, Infantry Junior Leader, Royal Sussex soldier & Queensman.........Born in
Hampden Park, Eastbourne.......Retired as Teacher/Trainer for " Personality Development for Adults" - Aged 73.
Live in Bavaria, Germany. - I`ve had a good run (4 young wives) - Still healthy & slightly wild, except for the one heart attack. No retirement for me yet, as I still have young boys at home. ! -
I salute you all.
Mario (Sunday, 24 November 2019 23:49)
23989671 Mario Buttigieg, now and for a long time have lived in Australia. Still in contact with Ross Pritchard, Vic Murche, Richard Chalker, John Micallef, Roger Dowding, Chippy Wood, and good old
Sheppard. Just missed a call from Les. Loved my reunion in 2017 and will keep the Battalion on the move. All's well so far.
John Micallef (Sunday, 24 November 2019 20:10)
24033824 John Micallef, 72, retired a long time ago from aerospace engineering, living in North Molton, North Devon. I also look older than when I was in the Battalion!
Bob B (Sunday, 24 November 2019 20:00)
I'm still here although I'm only a nig, 24020439 Bob Bumstead (73 and still working full time as a bus driver.)
At Col. Arnold's funeral I met up with David (Minnie) Mumford. He looks older than he did in the battalion.
Garyd (Sunday, 24 November 2019 16:42)
Well done apples let’s see if this can grow here’s me
23921808 Gary (Dilly) Davies live in Ramsgate 72 both knees replaced but still active
Come on you Royal Sussex men give les an organ
APPLES (Sunday, 24 November 2019 15:44)
Perhaps it time to have a roll call of all of the Royal Sussex Men that are still with us I will start this off now.
well done Les the Sussex men are moving again take care my friend
23937235 Derek Cox (APPLES) 77 living in Cranliegh surrey Still able to get about with my wife Hazel,
RossP (Sunday, 24 November 2019 15:26)
Great news John, with your determination you will eventually win.
Devon is a beautiful county, you are lucky living there.
In 2017 Mario came over to attend the Regimental reunion, it was great to see him after 50 years. He was our platoon clerk in the Signals. I also keep in contact with him.
RossP (Sunday, 24 November 2019 15:12)
Hello again Gary,
Although I live in Wiltshire I always attend The Royal Sussex Regimental Reunion every year to celebrate the existence of The Royal Sussex Regiment. Doug Jones flies over every year from Canada,
stays with me, so we go to the reunion together, he also does this every year. We meet up with comrades from all over Britain. The only thing that marred the event is the non Regimental people who
insist on turning up.
The top table is made up of our Regimental Officers, Major McCulley, Col. Russel, Col. Panton, Major Brady and many others. These Officers are people who I served with when we were a Regiment. If you
don’t know who they are, ask them, I’m sure they would identify themselves to you. We all enjoy meeting up with everyone who served with, irrespective of rank, chatting and ‘Swinging the lamp’
There are many Regimental personnel who do not appear on any site, that is their choice.
You are right about Les, he does an excellent job keeping us all in contact with news of our comrades, all of us should feed him information of what’s happened to other ex. Regimental people who are
not doing so well. We owe it to them.
John Micallef (Sunday, 24 November 2019 15:10)
Thank you Ross for your kind comments about us Maltese. I am also in contact with Mario and communicate with him quite regularly. Unfortunately I don't know what happened to Frank Cini.
I am on the mend and can walk unaided. Even the physio people are surprised how quick I am recovering. Still a way to go before I can get up to what I used to do before but I'm determined to get
there. I live in North Devon and have done since I left the Army in 1974.
RossP (Sunday, 24 November 2019 14:34)
John I’m Sorry to hear that you have been unwell, hopefully, you will get stronger everyday and get back to normal soon.
I remember when you Maltese guys joined us in Malta. I already was serving with Frank Cini, he told me all about Malta and what we could expect when we arrived. He came from Mosta. I always wondered
what happened to him. He was older than me, so he could be in his eighties now. We couldn’t wait to get to Malta it was our best posting. We/ The Royal Sussex were very lucky recruiting all you
chaps. I’m still in contact with Mario.
Hope all goes well for you and you stay healthy.
John Micallef (Sunday, 24 November 2019 14:04)
Well Garyd. I would have thought that would be quiet a task to post all Royal Sussex men still alive. Despite having a stroke six weeks ago, I am still alive and functioning. I did join the 1st
Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1964 in Malta. I visit both sites every day and am still in contact with a few ex Royal Sussex mates by phone or email.
Garyd (Sunday, 24 November 2019 12:21)
I agree WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE
what les does on this site together with the other site with Tony and Colin dies more to keep us alive than deciding who will be our next president
Your right about wannabes but it goes deeper than that. Who are these people that trot out once a year fir a meal. Sit on the top table and then trot back to their own little club.
WHERE ARE THEY ON THESE SITES
Dave T and Bob B do a brilliant job in their associations
Les dies a fantastic job with the archives
It’s time we the rank and file made our own decisions. Apart from a wedding I won’t go to a top table event. WHO ARE THEY
As fir the last man standing. Les this is your site is it too much to ask / is it appropriate to have a list of who left standing
Garyd (Sunday, 24 November 2019 12:13)
Well done Les
Thank you again fir what you do
mtb (Sunday, 24 November 2019 10:47)
les I agree about the forebear regiments how the army is now I don't think they get taught regimental history.its guys like you ,bob bumstead,dave tilley etc who keep the royal sussex regiment and
3rd battalion the queens regiment memory going.The hierarchy of the queens regiment always seemed to favour 1 queens.I remember I had to stay in Chelsea barracks and the colonel of the regiment
brigadier millman was at Chelsea flower show .My job was to escort officers and ex officers through the back door into the Chelsea flower show,i remember conversing with the ruperts and they were all
the bat (Sunday, 24 November 2019 08:50)
Queen`s Regiment Association notes to their newsletter - Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" (at the Top) - Many Thanks to Mario.
the bat (Sunday, 24 November 2019 08:43)
Here an exert from Goulden`s blah blah to the Queen`s Regiment, from yesterday. (Sat 23rd November) :-
"Laying Up of 1 PWRR Colours. - Winchester Cathedral authorities have now agreed that 1 PWRR’s Colours can be laid up next to the last Colours of the Royal Hampshire Regiment. It is planned to do
this in 2021 on either 1 August or 28 November (the latter being the 75th anniversary of the granting of the title ‘Royal’ to the Hampshire Regiment in 1946)."
It is, as I said....the PWRR don`t give a monkey`s fuck for their four Home Counties forbears. (...although they were much senior to the Hampshires !) ......It`s like 1992 all over again.
"I am not a happy camper" - (Butlins 1962)
the bat (Sunday, 24 November 2019 06:57)
The beautiful victorian (Grade 2 listed) period building which housed the Claremont Hotel, (originally "The Burlington",named after 2nd Earl of Burlington, William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire.)
was opposite the pier & carpet gardens in Eastbourne, and covered 13 house fronts. It has been completely gutted & destroyed by fire on Saturday. The Fire-Brigade were unable to save
anything. The massive building (much larger than 2 football pitches) is lost completely & now only a shell. For over a century it was the location opposite which, the Royal Sussex Regiment formed
up & dismissed during their "Freedom" Parades. The Royal Sussex Memorial to the Fallen of the Boer War was only feet from the blaze, but is unscathed.
RossP (Saturday, 23 November 2019 19:58)
You are both right Gary and Martin, I do understand that you both would like to see our Regiment survive into the future. I’m not too sure that it will. When the last Royal Sussex soldier gives up
the ghost, living history will go with him. People then will read into and spin the Regimental history as they see fit. They can put the Regimental ties on thousands of civvies, they will never have
served in the Royal Sussex Regiment, they will only be pretenders.
If your sons or grandsons wear you tie and medals to commemorate your service at a function, that should be applauded and encouraged. As Martins friend did remembering his Father.
What I’m against is the Associations giving Regimental ties to anyone who elects to pay the subs just to keep them going. That, I believe is wrong and goes against all the soldiers who served in the
Regiment and died in the Regiment. If someone wants to wear a Regimental tie, join up and do the time.
Garyd (Saturday, 23 November 2019 12:13)
Martin your right
Ross you are without doubt one of the most loyal subjects there’s been
IF we want to keep our regiment alive we have to share our ideals with this ex that will outlive us
Last man standing means exactly that.
You don’t really want that.
This site and the other one keeps the regimen alive. We must embrace those that follow us.
Last Royal Sussex man standing MUST NOT be the end of our regiment
mtb (Saturday, 23 November 2019 11:06)
ross you are right to say that wearing a royal sussex tie doesent make you a royal sussex regiment soldier.My point is if it means people talking about the royal sussex regiment in a good way whats
wrong with that.I would not wear another regiments tie ,but my friend brian wore his fathers royal Dublin fusiliers tie in honour of his late father who survived ,and the lads that never made it
the bat (Saturday, 23 November 2019 08:30)
CSM Mark Kingston, has been killed, after crashing into a tree, whilst mountain-biking. - (Ex 3rd Bn. QUEEN`s REGIMENT)
Mark, who later, also survived two tours of duty in Iraq with another Regiment, died, after crashing into a tree, whilst mountain-biking. He suffered a cardiac arrest & died at the scene.
This sad report was from the "Mirror" - Full report & pics, now on Section 4, "The Rousillon Herald".
May he rest in Eternal Peace.............
the bat (Saturday, 23 November 2019 04:54)
Continuation Training for new recruits 1964 - Trg. Wing "D" Company.
I remember firing the last of the "Mess Webley" ammo in Malta in 1964, in Għajn Tuffieħa.
(.45 & .38 in cartridge) and the last of the ammo for Launcher, Rocket, RCL, 3.5 inch M20 “Bazooka”.
& live Grenades, Anti-Tank 94mm "Energa". The Instructors were Cpl`s Colin Rhodes & Harry Barstow, the Range Officers were Capt. Wren & Lt. Cunningham. (see our Section 31, named
Actually, historical moments, which we probably didn`t appreciate at the time !
.........and watch this space for more Memories !
Les "the bat" Deacon
RossP (Friday, 22 November 2019 23:54)
Very nice story mtb, wearing a Regimental tie that you are not entitled to, is still wrong. Try wearing an Parachute Regiment tie in Aldershot, you will very soon be sussed, you will be lucky to
escape with your life.
Wearing the tie 50 years from now, will not make you a Royal Sussex soldier. You still will be an imposter. It’s not that hard to understand.
mtb (Friday, 22 November 2019 19:19)
one of my old ex neighbours was ex RN.I saw him wearing a tie at remembarance and said what tie is that brian it does not look like royal navy .Brian replied it is the royal Dublin fusiliers.Brian
father was an old contemptable ,ww1 veteran.Brian wore his dads tie with more pride than his royal navy tie.The dubs or royal Dublin fusiliers were one of the regiments that were disbanded when
Ireland broke up in about 1922 I think.Brians father was born in Waterford Ireland he was medically discharged at the end of ww1.Brians father after ww1 came to London and lived in kennington
elephant and castle area.Brian said years ago in the south London pub they frequented there was a table that the old contempables sat at and no one else dare sit at .The moral of the story is when
all the royal sussex lads have departed hopefully relations of the royal sussex regiment will wear the royal sussex tie with pride.
RossP (Friday, 22 November 2019 17:30)
Yes Gary you are right, we don’t get around as much as we used to. However, we still can contact Associations, perhaps get lifts etc. By using the internet.
I also am entitled to wear two ties, like you, the Queens Regiment was forced upon me, I had to do as I was told. Due to that fact I never really become a Queens man. The old Regiment I knew changed
dramatically with many strangers sent to take over from our Regimental Officers/Senior NCOs. The Royal Sussex soldiers were cast aside and lost within the maelstrom.
I agree with you Re ties, I would never wear a Queens tie, Instead I wear The Royal Sussex Regimental tie with pride. If your grandchildren want to wear your ties, that’s OK but it doesn’t make them
a a Royal Sussex soldier.
The Royal Sussex Regiment will die when the last one of us pops our clogs. All that will be left is the pretenders and wannabes.
Garyd (Friday, 22 November 2019 15:24)
Some of us can’t travel as far as we would like.
Some of us don’t live in Sussex so cant join regimental / county associations
You are right we’re all fading away slowly and we should all keep in touch. But for some this is how we keep in touch.
As for regimental ties. Although I am a royal sussex soldier I am also a 3rd Bn. Queens regiment soldier (not my fault ) I do have therefore 2 regimental ties.
I have 4 grandchildren and if one of them one day said to me he /she wanted to wear one of my ties nothing would give me more pleasure and make me cry.
To keep the regiment alive surely we must allow this
RossP (Friday, 22 November 2019)
I agree with you Les, we, of our era, are all now in our mid seventies/eighties and are suffering with our health. Sometimes,
I go through the photos on this site and wonder what happened to all the familiar faces I see before me. Unfortunately, I can’t remember all the names but I still know the faces.
Many of our friends have shuffled off this mortal coil, they are not forgotten until the last Royal Sussex soldier drops.
I notice that many people wear our Regimental tie without having served in the Royal Sussex Regiment, I believe that to be ‘False honour’ it’s just not morally right. The Association should have
their own tie which the non serving members can wear.
Les is right, we must keep in contact with our regimental friends, one way of doing that is to go to the reunion or join your local Regimental Association, they can be a great help when needed. SSAFA
will also help veterans. (Contact Harry Marjoram)
As Les often says “Up and at them the 35th”
the bat (Friday, 22 November 2019 06:34)
Thanks to Ross & Nick for checking back, fellas, and for your input !
I have checked on Dave Rainey, (he has slight communication difficulties, due to the big "A")
I checked on Brian Seaton also. To my surprise he broke off after a few minutes. He is very sick, very very weak & bed ridden (Suffering from Lung Cancer & other ailments) .....Why did we not
We have not heard from Starlight for almost a year ? ........Lionel Gander is also very sick with the big "A".
Now that the Association is floundering a little, our Radar must be so much better, & look after the next guy, our brothers & sisters even closer.........even though we may nowadays, exercise
a little less "Communicative Tolerance" in our advanced years, than we used to.
(Ken Andrews, Drum-Major & Provo Sgt., suffered, died & was buried in Feb. 2017, completely alone. He was buried in a pauper`s (unmarked) grave.......he deserved more than that...........a
sad story, fellas )
A few will always drop under the Radar, but for we who remain,.... please stay aware.....Thanks !
Thanks for reading.
nicholas j shepperd (Thursday, 21 November 2019 21:46)
Good to hear that you are shooting so well, there are longer ranges available at Minsterley in Shropshire, but that will be for finer weather next year. I've been shooting a semi auto .22 but will go
for a bolt action. Plus a Colt 1860 Army in .44, a .45 flintlock rifle, and possibly a Brown Bess carbine in .75 . That'll keep me out of mischief !
RossP (Thursday, 21 November 2019 18:36)
Glad to hear that you are still doing well Nick, also to hear that you have taken up shooting. I’m still into it in a big way. Although I still shoot .22RF, .357/38sp lever action, I shoot long range
from 300mtrs to 1000. I won a gold medal for this years aggregate. I do all the long range at Bisley. You should try .22 bench rest it’s more accurate.
Anyway, glad that you are still with us and have taken up a decent sport.
nicholas j shepperd (Thursday, 21 November 2019 17:31)
Hi, Ross, still alive, just not kicking as hard as I used to . Still in Mid Wales, and have been enjoying shooting this last year, having just got approval for my firearms ticket and explosives
license. My club is restricted to a 25 metre indoor range, but that is adequate for a .22, let alone pistols (black powder mostly) Hope the you and Megan are OK
RossP (Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:55)
Hello again Les,
We haven’t heard from Nick Sheppard for some time now, does anyone know if he is OK? Is anyone in contact with him?
He was on the message board frequently.
Hopefully he’s alright.
APPLES (Thursday, 21 November 2019 08:46)
Thanks for the phone call all ways enjoy our chats, keep up the good work mate take care stay upright
Derek and Hazel
the bat (Wednesday, 13 November 2019 05:12)
Well done, John.........keep movin` medic......Many thanks for your report !
Thats what its all about.
John C medic (Wednesday, 13 November 2019 00:42)
Just to confirm we had a very good turn out at the parade in Brighton. Lucky for us the weather held off. Meet up with Pete Frances from the band and had a good catch of old time when I was in the
band. All in All a very good parade
mtb (Saturday, 09 November 2019 23:45)
rip sluggy looking at the army rumour site you were one of the best.
the bat (Saturday, 09 November 2019 23:15)
It with great saddness that I must herald yet another of our soldier` s passing.
L/Cpl. Angela Louise "Sluggy" Barber has died recently, in Darlington.
Angie was a well known WRAC member of Richmond Platoon, 3rd Bn. Queen` s Regiment (Royal Sussex)
Details of her funeral are on our "IN MEMORIAM" to her, Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
mtb (Saturday, 09 November 2019 11:39)
Thanks les once again information second to none.I did not realize germany unfortunately lost so many people.
the bat (Saturday, 09 November 2019 03:17)
Thanks for that, John Costan !
I hope Brighton has a good parade.
For all the others who may still be looking for a parade :-
Details of all Parades & Services for Remembrance in Sussex, can be found on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper (at the top)
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Saturday, 09 November 2019 03:09)
It is sometimes forgotten.
The Germans lost 2,037,000 men, over double the amount of casualties than we did in the UK (833,000)
The German Remembrance Day is on Sunday 17th November. - It is very much like ours, except that it is not a public event. Remembrance is only done by official bodies of Politics, Religion, Community,
They mourn very deeply, as we do to, but as the conquered party, a little quieter than us.
Germans also have named memorials in every town & village, similar to ours. They place wreaths & crosses the same a we do. - I hope this explains it a bit.
John Costan Medic (Friday, 08 November 2019 22:55)
Hi All, This Remembrance day, I will be at Royal Sussex memorial (South Africa Memorial) the one with the bugler on top, at Regency Square Brighton opposite the i360, with the Brighton Branch of the
association. Service will start at 09:00 on Sunday. We then move to the main service at the Old Steine for 11:00 If any members from other branches who whish to attend will be most welcome
Best wishes to all John C
mtb (Friday, 08 November 2019 22:32)
hi les just out of interest do the germans have a rememberance sunday like we do in uk.
Tony wright (Thursday, 07 November 2019 21:37)
I have come about a 1914 ww1 medal presented to
2436 pte batten
I believe through some investigation his first name was Herbert ? Is or are there any records I could obtain that would shed some light on the man this was presented to.
the bat (Thursday, 07 November 2019 17:15)
WEBSITE STATISTICS as of today.
Yesterday: 22 - 27 visitors the previous day.
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We are still doing well !.....Well done to all & Thanks !
Yours `` Aye
the bat (Monday, 04 November 2019 22:28)
STOP PRESS - IMPORTANT !
Now posted on Section 4, The Roussillon Herald Newspaper, at the top,
Details & Shedules of all Services & Parades in Sussex for Remembrance 2019.
Pick your Parade (....and make sure your not absent !)
A serene & meaningful Remembrance to you all.
Tell us about it later !........Keep movin` the 35th !
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Friday, 01 November 2019 02:34)
Just posted on Section , Swing the Lights.
A Graph Record from WW1, showing ALL numbers of all fallen (Killed/DOW), from all battles, of all Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiments by date.
A set of both interesting, rare and humbling documents !
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:07)
STOPP PRESS - IMPORTANT
Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper,
ORDER OF SERVICE & PARADE/SERVICE INSTRUCTIONS for
The Dedication of the Statue of G/483 L/Cpl. Maurice Patten, (1892-1916) 7th Bn. Royal Sussex Regt.
(Sculptor - Vincent Gray) in Litten Gardens , Chichester Cathedral, on Remembrance Sunday 10th November 2019. Those wishing to attend the Service should read these instructions carefully.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Wednesday, 30 October 2019 08:52)
STOP PRESS !
Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper - The results of the first meeting of the Royal Sussex Regimental Association Working Group (for the future of the Regiment)
Thanks to Barry Tippett for the nudge - It is later than we think.
Yours ` `Aye
Tony T (Tuesday, 29 October 2019 19:28)
I read you post on the other site Les which was well put. But, I can see the Royal Sussex Association, slipping away as I am pretty sure that is what the powers to be want to see happen. With the
death of Col Arnold who was the main person preventing it happening, and now he is gone, the two other associations have their sights set on us. How we stop that from happening needs to be discussed.
There is more to the association then just branches, the need to protect our museum along with all of its history and the name of the regiment itself. I can see our board of trustees being encouraged
along with senior military personnel from our own side being encouraged to give way and become part of the PWRR as a side degree i.e. 'The Royal Sussex Association,' they are just waiting for the
last man standing to swoop in and there goes all of our history, along with the museum and all of its contents. The Goodwood Royal Sussex Stakes, our annual 13 September dinner at Lewes each year.
The end of our association is much nearer then I thought. There has been no information from anyone, i.e. the board of trustees as one would have expected.
The question is, Will someone in authority please be so kind as to give an update on our future, short term will suffice as we have the right to know. I have placed this on your site Les for all to
see. I will be writing to Edwin Drew the association secretary with copies of all of the posts on this and the other site for his information hoping he will come back with some information for us
the bat (Tuesday, 29 October 2019 02:11)
I have had to re-arrange our Message Board due to trolling.
There is no loss of content. - Last entries are always kept correct.
Don` t worry & Keep movin` the 35th !
the bat (Tuesday, 29 October 2019 01:53)
The Origin of our Nickname in brief.
The Regiment’s nickname of ‘Orange Lilies’ derives from two sources: the ‘Orange’ emphasised the
initial Protestant character of the Regiment, and the colour of its facings and Colours.
It was raised by King William and permission to wear his colour as facing was awarded by him personally.
It was also the only regiment in the British Army which originated exclusively from Belfast; indeed, because of this, it was also generally known as the ‘Belfast Regiment’. The men were originally
all from Belfast and later, also Protestant Scots.
The ‘Lilies’ part of the nickname, was added by an inspecting general, possibly Campbell, soon after the Battle of Quebec.
He was standing in for Gen. Wölfe, who had just fallen in that battle. He saw the Orange linings of their redcoats turned outwards like petals, and exclaimed "They look like Orange Lilies" (referring
to Hemerocallis fulva or the Common European Ditch Lily, which in those days was much more widespread as today !)...............I have this beautiful plant in my garden. It is sometimes called the
Day Lily, as the blooms live for one day only and die on the same day in the evening at sunset.
The nickname has stuck, it has been used for centuries and is still in use today.
It is often claimed that the Regimental nickname originates from the French Fluer de Lys of the French Royal Regiment` s Colours, defeated at Quebec. This is unlikely as they were gold coloured on
the French flags, the shape doesnt fit very well either & the Osterich plumes seemed much more important at the time.......
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Tuesday, 29 October 2019 01:43)
A gripping story now posted on "Swing the Lights" - A Personal Story of the hard fighting against the Japanese in the Arakan, Burma in 1944 - Told by Pte. Albert John Harris, 9th (Shiny Ninth) Bn.
Royal Sussex Regiment - Section 16, Swing the Lights (at the top)
An article exclusive to this website.
Have a good read !
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Tuesday, 29 October 2019 01:32)
John Hotson your camouflage has slipped, remove yourself from my Website with immediate effect (last & only warning)
the bat (Friday, 25 October 2019 23:03)
Thanks Les, ....keep movin` , mate !
Leslie Newman (Friday, 25 October 2019 17:57)
Hi ! Les.
Many thanks for your mention re: my 93rd Birthday, Yes ! I keep hanging on,I believe
keeping up to date on this wonderful web-site helps a lot.
I enjoyed your posting of Video's, which feel sure entailed a lot of work,
I hope you and family are all well. Kind regards. Les
John Micallef (Monday, 21 October 2019 18:08)
Great work Les, very much appreciate your hard work. I also noticed Dickie Waite a a sergeant in the video of the Queen Mother presenting the Colours. It will take a while to go through them all.
Colin Twiggs (Monday, 21 October 2019 11:56)
Just sat and watched some of the videos and had to look twice as I spotted face that I know, yes it was good old "Dickie Waite", brought back some very fond memories, Very well put together Les, But
don't expect anything else from you, Brilliant work again my compliments. !
the bat (Monday, 21 October 2019 03:19)
Brothers & Friends !
On Section 32, Films & Videos - ....there are now 14 Royal Sussex Regimental Film-Clips posted.
There are still many more to Post.
Please give the Section a few extra seconds to reload the heavier graphic.
Thanks - Have fun!
Mario (Monday, 21 October 2019 01:55)
Les, you have created a wonderful historic memory of the Royal Sussex Regiment. Through your hard work, the regiment will be cherished and remembered forever in history. Though it was unceremoniously
disbanded, now is the time for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to attend a reunion and meet the ex-soldiers before all members of the regiment are just a memory.
Keep moving the 35th!
the bat (Sunday, 20 October 2019 19:27)
STOP PRESS !
By populär request !
Our very own Royal Sussex Regimental Film Library.
Section 32 - Regimental Films & Videos. - An historical & modern, Regimental journey through moving pictures. - (Gawd ! It took me months to complete)
I hope you enjoy our latest little "gem".
the bat (Sunday, 20 October 2019 19:15)
Thanks for the heads-up, John !
I hope you mend well & fast - Take it easier, Brother.
Yours ` Aye
John Micallef (Sunday, 20 October 2019 18:42)
Thank you Les for this website. It is keeping me entertained in hospital while recovering from a stroke last Sunday. I am slowly making progress.
the bat (Sunday, 20 October 2019 13:11)
Hi folks !
Now freshly posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper (At the top!)....
Details & pics of the British Army` s new APC........ British planned & German built.
"BOXER" (MRAV Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle)
22 Roles on the same chassis & interchangeable with the Dutch and German Armies !
(Nothing to do with Brexit !!!)
Yours ` Aye
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 17 October 2019 15:44)
Just got back from being away, to learn of that lovely man Ray Jenkinson having past away. A quite brilliant man who always made me laugh, especially when I was giving him a injection.!!
Cannot make Eastbourne on the 28th October, but do hope many lads will go to the Crematorium and give him a very good send off. He deserves that. RIP mate, and thank you for all our memories.!!
the bat (Thursday, 17 October 2019 13:16)
I had great chat with our ex-Adjutant & Trucial Oman Scout, Major Douglas McCully. He will support a full recognition of this Website, once the new "Powers to be" have been
There will be no collapse due to negligence or lack of new innitiative, (as in th case of the Middlesex Regiment)...."The last man out, closes the door, but we wunt be druv"
NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUSSEX !
There is plenty of gumption left in us yet !
Keep movin` the 35th !
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon
the bat (Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:23)
Our special "In Memoriam" to the late:
23924811 WO2 Raymond “Jinks“ Jenkinson BEM +2 x MiD.
Now Posted for you, on the Section 4, The Roussillon Herald Newspaper.
A very sad day for the Regiment. - Rest now, Ray.....in Eternal Peace.
Yours ` Aye
Colin (Wednesday, 16 October 2019 17:19)
I am sorry to report the sad death of Ray Jeninson.His funeral is at Eastbourne Crematorium Family Chapel, BN23 8AE at 10.30 on 28 October. A sad loss but a happy release for him
the bat (Wednesday, 09 October 2019 20:34)
Hi again !
Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
A short "Welcome Back" to the fold to old soldier, Joe Ramsaroop.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Wednesday, 09 October 2019 15:51)
Hi all !
Now on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper,
Some pics from Lemgo Revisited 2019.
More to follow !
Amber Cassidy (Tuesday, 08 October 2019 08:13)
Thank you so much! Mick will be over the moon if we can find him!
the bat (Tuesday, 08 October 2019 02:37)
TWO VALUABLE ADDITIONS, have now been added to our Library/Bibliography in Section 26.
(1) A History of the Royal Sussex Regiment by Gerard Durani Martineau 1955.
(2) The King` s Regulations for the Army - Official Copy 1940.
A massive "Thankyou" to Apples Cox for sending us these, so valuable history & reference books. (Both from the estate of a Capt. R. W. How)
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Sunday, 06 October 2019 06:31)
Most people are aware of this, but I will report it anyway.
Dave Tilley is organizing a Lemgo Bus Trip for Sept. 2020.
Get on to him.......at this point in time, he still has seats left.
I will do a bit of "Event - Manager" (working on the Progamme of Events), so that you have a good time.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Sunday, 06 October 2019 06:18)
Hi Ross !
Steve was on the move, on a mobile home holiday.
Vic, somehow missed the RV.
Dave Sims & Skipper are not interested in a reunion.
So we were thin on the ground with 7 persons only in the Ponderosa.
We met 3 times altogether, with the Venezia Eiscafe (initial RV) Ponderosa (evening meal) and Biesteberg (Stuart Hoods for Coffee)
Lemgo has changed dramatically & has an entirely different infra-structure. I deliberately don` t carry a smart phone, so I hope the others have some pics. ......I may not make the 700 km trip
again, except for the "TILLEY" Trip next year......Best regards to you & your lady......Les.
RossP (Saturday, 05 October 2019 20:25)
Glad to hear that you had a good time on your Lemgo trip Les. Did Vic Murche, Steve Bean turn up?
Have you got any photos to show us? Has Lemgo changed very much? I haven’t been there for years, it was a great posting.
This site is brilliant, keep up the good work, well done.
the bat (Thursday, 03 October 2019 04:36)
Hi all !
Back in the saddle now, after some re-cooperation from the Lemgo trip.
Thanks to Stuart Hoods for "Putting Up" with me.
Thanks to Rosie Skipper for joining us from Brasil.
Thanks to Twiggy for making it "Out of the East".
and all others who came.....Twas all good !
At your service.
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon
Webmaster - Reporting for you for over a decade.
the bat (Tuesday, 01 October 2019 19:43)
Working with Amber on another means, I have been instructed that Brian Hall was/is a Korean veteran. So nothing to do with Bob (who we are still searching for constantly!)
Tony T (Tuesday, 01 October 2019 13:56)
Ref Amber Cassidy 1143. I know of a Bob Hall and would very much like to know where he is?
the bat (Tuesday, 01 October 2019 08:47)
Thanks for that, Amber,
I am researching with our Korea guys now.
I will get back to you per Email, if & when we get a result.
I am sure we can locate him or his relatives.
the bat (Tuesday, 01 October 2019 08:42)
Thanks Apples.....much appreciated mate, will get back to you.
APPLES (Monday, 30 September 2019 12:39)
At last I have posted the two Books to you, The History of The Royal Sussex Regt and The Army Standing orders from 1940, and some old German bank notes from the 40,s sorry it has taken so long but
they are now on the way, We hope you had a good reunion in Lemgo look forward to seeing the photos and the sit/rep on your return
Take care regards to your family, stay upright
Derek and Hazel
Amber Cassidy (Friday, 27 September 2019 04:08)
I am helping Mick Ward trying to track down Brian Hall, Is there any chance anyone here might be able to help us?
the bat (Thursday, 26 September 2019 20:21)
Now taking a short break to travel north to Lemgo (takes all day) for the Mini-Reunion with the lads.
Will be back with more news for you on Monday 30th, so watch this space !........Yours ` Aye
mtb (Wednesday, 25 September 2019 17:49)
unfortunately the old school tie still exists in many clubs associations.The difference between some officers and some soldiers 2 a levels and 5 o levels.I look at people not for who they are but
what they do to help others these are the people I respect.Les with his hard work keeping our regiment alive,guys like dave tilley and others who dedicate loads of time to help others.
Garyd (Wednesday, 25 September 2019 13:10)
President why do we need one
Top table why do we need one
I have a problem with jobs fir the officers
. How many of them contribute to this site
Why a top table of officers who we see once a year. I won’t go to anywhere that has a top table
The bulk of this site and the other site is other ranks.
Why do we pander to them. We are the backbone of the regiment
People like you the bat are the ones that do more fir the survival of this regiment so why are officers put into key roles
Just because they have a rank
There us very few of them worth a mention
mtb (Wednesday, 25 September 2019 09:25)
you deserve the recognition les from the new president for keeping the regiments alive,royal sussex 3 queens well done.
the bat (Tuesday, 24 September 2019 22:41)
Thanks, Mike !.......My input is nothing without that of my visitors.
Maybe we can achieve full recognition from a new President ?
Here` s hoping !
Yours ` Aye
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 24 September 2019)
Well done Les you surely are a VERY interesting and incredible man filled with knowledge and able to place it into print.!!
the bat (Thursday, 19 September 2019 03:23)
(Answering a question I was asked yesterday !)
IF YOU NEED TO KEEP UP TO DATE !
Read : "The Message Board" - Regimental message-traffic of visitors.
"What` s New" - Dated summary of the webmaster` s postings.
"The Roussillon Herald" - Newspaper with current info entries.
In that order.....then you will not miss anything or be left behind.
Usually, the info pages & sections within the menu, are then visited after this initial orientation.
yours ` Aye
the bat (Wednesday, 18 September 2019 08:26)
Hi Dave Q !
Have answered per Email.
DQ (Wednesday, 18 September 2019 01:05)
Sry Les only just resurfaced!! excellent news as my info was same about his rank in 1988 but was all I had. He was a in my section in Gib 7 platoon C Coy with another guy who went on to wo1. So where
to go to track down now?? Regards DaveQ
the bat (Sunday, 15 September 2019 17:54)
Photos from the Regimental Reunion in Lewes 2019 - Now on the "Roussillon Herald"Newspaper - (Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" newspaper)
Thanks to "Bones" for the send & to Bill Dixon for taking the shots.
the bat (Friday, 13 September 2019 20:15)
The "Orange Lily" website with Les "the bat", would like to wish all visitors a good & memorable Quebec Day - today 13th September 2019.
Exactly 260 years after the battle - Keep movin` the 35th !
Have a good time at Lewes, & vote a new President. - I shall celebrate in Lemgo with the gang.
Yours ` Aye
mtb (Friday, 13 September 2019 09:13)
there was a csm mcreadie in about 1988 b coy aldergrove.I think he went on to be rsm depot and I think he got commissioned.Dont know his first name I think he was from seaford,he was a fair csm.He
was quite short and in the company known as glove puppet.
the bat (Friday, 13 September 2019 04:39)
Hello David Quilter,
Good to see you on here !
Have you got a Christian name for McCreadie, mate ?
DQ (Thursday, 12 September 2019 21:45)
Has anyone contact or news of McCreadie ex 3ird Bn
the bat (Wednesday, 11 September 2019 22:34)
Hi to all visitors,
For those members of the Regiment, who missed it !!
The Regiment at the Priez Memorial - Dedication & Unveiling Service. 10th September 2014 - The ITV Film.- Video now posted. (Our 3rd one !)
(Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald".)
Enjoy the memories,
Yours ` Aye,
the bat (Saturday, 07 September 2019 04:18)
Hello to all,
There will be a Service of Commemorationfor Col Rod Arnold.
(The official burial/cremation ceremony is Private)
It is at 2.00PM on 20 September 2019 at The Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Nr. Lymington, Hants. SO41 5PG. - All those wishing to pay their respects are invited.
Should you wish to attend you are requested to inform Douglas McCully on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The family have requested no flowers. Thanks to Mario for the heads-up.
Tony T (Monday, 02 September 2019 18:17)
I read the post ARMY RECRUITING 2019 thanks for posting it web master. The first priority of any government is the defence of the homeland and reading this and found it most disturbing. It is the
task of us all to lobby our member of parliament and remind them of this, asking what they are doing about it. As we all know a Labour government would decommission our nuclear deterrent which has
kept Europe safe since the end of the last war. If you don't know who your MP is just Google it and his address will be their.
TT for Maj Douglas McCully (Monday, 02 September 2019 17:37)
We understand there will be an announcement in The Times & Telegraph shortly which will include the following information:
On Friday 20th September in the morning there will be family attended funeral for Rod.
At 14.00hrs there will be a Service of Commemoration at The Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Nr. Lymington, Hants. SO41 5PG
It is possible that the Royal Sussex Regimental Association will be arranging some form of remembrance early next year.
It would be helpful if you could let me know by email if you are planning to attend the service at Boldre on 20th September
Butts Farm, Lower Hardres,
Canterbury, CT4 5NS,
Kent, United Kingdom.
Home Telephone: +44(0)1227700514
Added on Date: Mon, Sep 02 2019 at 10:35 AM CDT
RossP (Monday, 02 September 2019 13:21)
Colonel Russel was, as a Lieutenant, my Platoon Commander in Ireland. He led 2 Platoon. He was a brilliant Officer, I’m not surprised at all, that he eventually made it to the rank of Colonel.
Hopefully, he will pitch up at the Regimental Reunion so we can ‘Swing the lamp’
APPLES (Monday, 02 September 2019 10:30)
Col Russel was a Great officer and a gentleman Praise in deed Les Good to see you on the Site Sir
the bat (Monday, 02 September 2019 05:01)
STOP PRESS ARMY RECRUITING SITREP.
COL RICHARD KEMP (ret) reports on the present situation of Army Recruiting 2020.
(Don` t read this, if you get angry or frustrated easily !) - as he states:"WE WILL PAY FOR THIS IN THE END"
Now posted on : Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
A must read, if there ever was one !
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Monday, 02 September 2019 04:04)
Congrats to our Website from a Regimental Officer ! - (An absolute First !)
Thanks, Colonel Russell....Much appreciated....
....and I am honoured,
Yours ` Aye
May I congratulate you on this work? It’s important we keep alive the old Regt’s heritage and your website does an excellent job.
Keep it going!
the bat (Sunday, 01 September 2019 17:49)
` Twas good to hear from Medic, John Costan
Thanks, John....Keep Movin`
Yours ` Aye
John C Medic (Sunday, 01 September 2019 16:30)
Good to hear the Bat still about and good website great items to read. Look forward to seeing members on the 14 September at the dinner. Well done
mtb (Sunday, 01 September 2019 11:14)
when I look at picture 385 the anonymous ones I wonder how many of the family survived the horrors of ww1.I would imagine the picture is just before or at the start of ww1.Its a pity the young
policemans badge could not be seen,as I think this would narrow down the area of sussex this family came from.I think there wereborough and town police forces until about the sixties.I was told that
police forces became county forces partly due to the bodkin adams case in Eastbourne,where allegedeley police turned a blind eye to bodkin adams and the met police had to be called in.
the bat (Sunday, 01 September 2019 05:28)
As we move into September 2019, there are now over 40 fresh items posted for August 2019.
Orientate yourself on the Page Menu .......or on Page "What` s New" (for more detail)
I hope you find something fitting to your own current interests (If not, give me a tip !)
September 2019 brings;... My Lemgo Reunion, the Lewes Reunion, possibly the future of the Association, and many, many fresh & interesting posts for you !....(I still have many unpublished items
in the archive)
We have between 20 & 50 visits per day, using up to 50 page clicks. - Untill now we been viewed 83,672 times by 40,456 visitors!
At Your Service......Keep movin` the 35th !
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon
the bat (Sunday, 01 September 2019 04:46)
As promised :
The Name-Tag Block is now posted for the Palace Bks Photos (with the pics on "The Roussillon Herald)
Tony T (Friday, 30 August 2019 19:38)
Lovely photo of the WO's & Sgt's mess in 1961 the year I joined could name quite a few but forgot the names of many so please post the names. I also being a DC my first gun was the MOBAT, then
COMBAT followed by the WOMBAT excellent film of it mounted on top of a 432, one could ask why as by doing so it becomes a tank I could just see George G doing his No 2 bit.
the bat (Wednesday, 28 August 2019 20:27)
Lots of new interactive stuff on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper !
Make sure you go & have a look ! - ...and don` t forget your feedback....Thanks.
the bat (Wednesday, 28 August 2019 02:41)
Hi All !
I have found this a very rare film-clip, showing the final development of the Wombat on FV432.
(too late for us, I think ?) before the weapon became obsolete. - We see a mount like a moving lafayette & the cramped Gun Drills of Nos 1 & 2. - It appears (to an old Wombat gunner, like
myself) like cramped & difficult drills.....and it all appears neither stable or accurate. - It is no wonder it was discontinued !
A coincidence also - It is the first gun of "A" Coy, which was my old callsign !
Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" for your pleasure.
It is only an old GIF, so it is grainy & wobbly !
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:59)
Hello again !
There are many fresh postings for August now up, for your delight.
Take a special look at our blown-up recog photo of the WO` s & Sgt` s in NI. - Now on Section 4.
How is your recognition eye ? - There is a certain, Martin, White, Briggs, Pace, Dunkeld, Newton, Higgins, Bass, Lewis, Tierney, Waite, Cullen, Whistler, Cronin, Hart, Burdett, Dunstan, Ayling in the
pic and many more.
I have the names tag & will post it, once you have had a go !
Best regards to all.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Sunday, 25 August 2019 03:24)
Our first film is now posted .......you can find it on : Section 4, The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper. (more of a test really, as I have many films archived.)
The famous short film of the 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, performing it`` s pageant of the Battle of Quebec. - 200 years since the Regiment was on the Plains of Abraham.
Performed on "The Green" at Roussillon Barracks, Chichester 1959.
I was present on that day, and in uniform, which ages me a bit, I guess.....ha ha
Enjoy, friends - (I hope it all works !, please give some feedback)
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Saturday, 24 August 2019 05:51)
A very interesting statistic listing, discovered & posted for your interest - A List of all the Royal Sussex Regimental Officers who led a Bn. in action, as CO, during the battles of the Great
War 1914-18 - - Now posted on "The Roussillon Herald" News ! - See which different fates awaited them all, in those dark days !
the bat (Saturday, 24 August 2019 05:40)
Many Thanks, Bob
Yours ` Aye
Bob B (Friday, 23 August 2019 23:01)
one of the last times I met up with the Colonel he said that he was ,indeed, commissioned into the Royal Scots Grey, which was a cavalry regiment.
the bat (Friday, 23 August 2019 00:16)
(Section 31 - Weapons, Etcetera) Is a Section about Infantry Weapons, Ordnance & Equipment. - I have now spent some time, revamping & renewing for your pleasure with many striking new
I have also added the Riot Guns - There are many memories, good & bad, packed in there !
Now it` s REALLY worth a visit & a browse ! - Please, Enjoy it !
All feedback welcome,
Yours ` Aye
mtb (Tuesday, 20 August 2019 15:31)
I think colonel Arnold was originally a calvary man.Im sure he was either 3rd caribiners ,or royal scots greys which later became royal scots dragoon guards in 1971.
Chris Message (Tuesday, 20 August 2019 14:34)
Thanks for the informative obituary on Col Rod.
As you are aware I joined 1 Royal Sussex from the Queens Surrey Ever Readies with Col Rod, Bob Jacobs, Roger Enticknap, Richard Fairfax and others who have slipped my memory.
Do you know which regiment the Col was commissioned into, I seem to remember something about Guards but I may be totally misinformed.
I know he was Queens Surreys and believe he may have been based at Kingston Drill Hall.
At the time of my joining the regiment the Queens Surreys had previously been amalgamated (1959) from two Regiments, The Queens Royal (West Surrey) Regt and the East Surrey Regt, the later being
based at Kingston and the surrounding area.
I became an Ever Ready in the Queens Surreys, the Ever Readies were set up in 1962 around the time I Joined the Queens Surreys.
I am sure you are aware of the above so my question relates to the regiment Col Rod was commissioned into and the date he joined the Queens Surreys.
I trust that you have the information in your vast archive.
Ex 11 Platoon
mtb (Monday, 19 August 2019 10:35)
very interesting article on colonel Arnold.Your knowledge is second to none les keep up the good work.
the bat (Sunday, 18 August 2019 03:35)
Our public "In Memoriam" entry, on the sad passing, this morning 17th August 2019, of Col. Roderick M. Arnold. - Royal Sussex Regiment & 3rd Bn. Queen` s Regiment,
can now be found on our Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper, top article.
the bat (Saturday, 17 August 2019 13:47)
for your words & please accept our condolences from the Regiment, on your sad loss.
Thanks also, .......for your faith in the Regiment that meant so much to your Father.
We are waning, but are still here ! - It means a lot to us, not to miss a brother` s farewell.
Maybe you could send a photo & details for the Gallery, when the rush is over.
This would cement a memory of him, in the history of the Regiment for all time. (See the Nominal Roll)
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat"Deacon
mtb (Saturday, 17 August 2019 08:58)
nice words chris,Honourable man of sussex duty done Rip
chris Nice (Friday, 16 August 2019 23:10)
Its with huge sadness that i have to announce the passing of my dear Father - Raymond Frederick Nice 15/02/1934 - 27th /06/ 2019.
Dad served with the Royal Sussex in the 1950`s as Lance corporal and always spoke of his time as " the best years of his life".
I know he acted as driver and batman for General Lashmere Whistler and used to park a tank outside his mums so he could sneak a sandwich between depots.
The greatest man i have ever had the privilege of spending time with, integrity, courage and a real sense of duty marked my Dad out as an `Honourable man of Sussex. He now lies overlooking the South
Downs in the heart of East Sussex at Gun Hill. - an enormous loss but so much to be thankful for.
the bat (Thursday, 15 August 2019 23:56)
Many new postings for you !
Check on Page "What` s New"
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Thursday, 15 August 2019 08:43)
I have updated our Bibliography pages, with a new book called "The Orange Lilies", it is a Royal Sussex Regimental story, it is fictional, but not as one might imagine ! - (Section 26 - BIBLIOGRAPHY)
- At the top.
After conferring with the author, he has sent us a copy for our Library - ISBN 9781505314595.
As you know our website has a reference library, which has quite grown !
Mike Sinden (Friday, 09 August 2019 14:00)
Shall not be here tomorrow, so may I wish now many congratulations to Derek & Hazel Cox on their 56th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday 10th August.
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 07 August 2019 13:21)
Big Bob has sent me mail to say that he is okay now and out of Hospital, and will be returning to work next Monday.
the bat (Tuesday, 06 August 2019 18:43)
Roger ...Thanks Brian Raymond for the update.
I was in Basic Training & 2 Pln. "A" Coy with Vic. - Will was our Arms Storeman. - I served with both in Malta, Libya, Aden & Germany. - Please pass on my best regards. (many pics of them
Yours ` Aye
Brian (Tuesday, 06 August 2019 13:21)
Vic, Will and I are all doing fine. We're all retired and doing all the things retired people do. (pottering about etc). Other than that not a lot to report.
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 06 August 2019 12:57)
Many thanks indeed Les, your knowledge is boundless.
the bat (Tuesday, 06 August 2019 12:50)
Ref : Sythetic Armour
Here a detailed explanation of the military KEVLAR plastics from chemical content & structure,
including the follow-up products.
(for a deeper interest, if needed)
the bat (Tuesday, 06 August 2019 12:35)
The brand name was KEVLAR (c) a synthetic material with an elongated cell structure. Later also used for helmets, body armour, Vehicle armour, riot gear, etc,..... This was the poineer material,
copyrighted from Du-Pont....(In those days we were unaware of the name, maker or brand !)....Nowadays, there are at least 50 alternatives, also copyrighted.....In those early days, there was only
one........In the end, whole vehicles were encased in the stuff, and so it was not possible to keep it under one brand name as the price was too high.
As you rightly say....it will protect against almost everything, except bullets. (their high kynetic energy penetrates Kevlar, although slowed a little)
Yours ` Aye
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 06 August 2019 11:51)
Memory search lads.... I have had a mail from a friend of ours asking what the armoured cladding on our Land Rovers was called. It was not bullet proof, but managed to stop bricks etc.
Thanks for your help.!!
the bat (Sunday, 04 August 2019 00:27)
To Capt. Leonard "Len" G. Butt
D-Day Veteran - Fighting Sapper & Orange Lily.
Today on his 94th Birthday - Congratulations, Sir !
Report now posted in Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
Thanks to Bill Dixon for pics & Report.
the bat (Friday, 02 August 2019 07:06)
Hello Brian Raymond !
Good to hear from you !
How are Victor And Will ?......give us some info, please.
All the best to you & yours.
Yours ` Aye
Brian Raymond (Thursday, 01 August 2019 23:16)
Always a pleasure to visit this site.
Well done Les.
the bat (Thursday, 01 August 2019 01:02)
As we move into August, a note for you on July.
I have posted 14 interesting new items on "The Orange Lily" website for July 2016, for your pleasure.
(Please see Section 3, "What`s New" for details.)
This is not as many posts, as in a usual months posting, but I was "sidetracked" quite often in July.
I still have a large backlog, so I will post ca30 or 40 in the August batch to balance that.
We are still holding a steady rate of around 30 visitors per day.
Don`` t forget to comment.
All for now.....Yours `` Aye
the bat (Tuesday, 30 July 2019 18:27)
Our ` In MEMORIAM` to Lt.Col. John J. White, late of SP Company, 3 Queens - Now posted on Section 4,
"The Roussillon Herald" News. - May he rest in Eternal Peace.
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:55)
To BIG BOB if you read this old friend, hope your Hospital visit is successful.!!
the bat (Saturday, 27 July 2019 00:31)
Paul Munday asked about his Grandfather`` s War Service in WW2. - As my research results have neither been claimed nor acknowledged I have posted them on (Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald"
Newspaper) for your interest.
Mike Sinden (Friday, 26 July 2019 12:31)
Do hope that you all are making sure that you are not suffering with this heat.??
Please ensure that you do NOT leave your dogs in your cars for any length of time.!!
Please ensure that your young children are sun creamed and covered with a hat, and suitable clothing.
the bat (Tuesday, 23 July 2019 20:54)
No word from Paul Munday ?
Your Research results are waiting
the bat (Tuesday, 23 July 2019 20:52)
Hello D. Gillett,
Your book is quite rare today, although there are occasionally copies, still to be had on Amazon or Ebay.
It has an open market value of about GBP 40.00. This is of course a guide & by no means a fix price.
yours ` Aye
DGillett (Saturday, 20 July 2019 17:52)
I have an original book - A short Record of the Royal Sussex Regiment, from 1701 to 1905, printed by Waterlow & Sons Limited, Printers. Can anyone tell me if it is valuable? Many Thanks D
Doug Jones (Monday, 15 July 2019 18:07)
Just had a look at IWM - Well done Les.
the bat (Monday, 15 July 2019 11:11)
Finished research Paul Mundy !
Send me an Email contact address to :
Dont forget that Photo (Your mother will have one)
the bat (Sunday, 14 July 2019 21:23)
Thanks Paul !
Working on it.
Sen me a photo.
Paul Mundy (Sunday, 14 July 2019 07:24)
I am trying to find any information related to my grandfather
Thomas Victor Prodger Royal Sussex Regiment, killed 21st September 1942 in a North Africa.
It would appear he was with his officer Second Lieutenant
HARRINGTON, WALTER FREDERICK and three others, all killed on the same day.
If anyone could help me find further information I would be most grateful as I am researching on behalf of my mother, who was six months old when Tom was killed.
Mario (Sunday, 14 July 2019 01:24)
Wow, what can one say to this achievement? You have been directly honored and you have re-established the greatness the Royal Sussex Regiment has always enjoyed.
mtb (Saturday, 13 July 2019 22:39)
well done les your sight is second to none.
APPLES (Saturday, 13 July 2019 21:44)
Well done mate a great acheivment your hard work has paid off,
Derek and Hazel
the bat (Saturday, 13 July 2019 20:41)
STOP PRESS !!
This content of this website, has been accepted by the board of the Imperial War Museum.
It is permanently posted into their feature "Lives of the First World War".
I am pleased to say, that we have made it, to one of the most prestigious web positions possible in the country. (which deals with this form of study) They are even using our content as a "Working
which mirrors their regard for our work.
I must admit, as a "little"webmaster, I am am proud also, that the Royal Sussex Regiment alone, has reached this position & no other Regiment.
The following link will take you to our Imperial War Museum entry :
Give it a Go !
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:59)
Thankyou very much to all who sent me my Birthday Wishes for today, on various Social Media outlets.
(Too many to answer !)......... Most of the time, I feel like 22......though sometimes like 102......in reality I am only 73..........Thanks again, brothers & sisters of the Regiment, I
appreciate that very much !
the bat (Thursday, 11 July 2019 03:14)
New for You !
AN EXTREMELY RARE & VALUABLE INSIGHT !
THE COMPLETE DRILL FOR COLOUR PARTIES & STANDARD BEARERS.
(for Colours, Standards & Guidons) - Something, not only for Bruno ?
Remember....We have no flags, except the commemoration ribbons that may tied around the Pole,
the Colour or Standard has then been "Flagged".
Interesting reading - (Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper - Top Article)
Yours ` `´Aye
the bat (Tuesday, 09 July 2019 05:09)
Hi to all visitors !
The CURRENT NEWSLETTER from the Royal Sussex Regimental Association for SUMMER 2019, is now posted.
You can find it on Section 4, the "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper, at the top.
Thanks to Mario for the heads-up.
Yours ``` Aye
colin twiggs (Monday, 08 July 2019 10:40)
Well done Mike and Margaret and of course congratulations, 56 years, I have only managed a few years myself and deffo wont make 50 years but I,m on my 3rd wife, so I beat you on quantity, sadly not
on quality, but I,m still happy. enjoy, regards Colin. lol
Garyd (Saturday, 06 July 2019 17:27)
Well done mike and Margaret
Can’t match you we’re a mere 53 this year
There must have been something in the air in the 60`s
Garyd (dilly) and Anita
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 06 July 2019 16:43)
Thank you 'Apples' for your kind comments. Margaret and I have now celebrated today our 56th Wedding Anniversary. Except for Eric Sir, can anyone else out there beat that .?????
APPLES (Saturday, 06 July 2019 10:49)
Today is Mike and Margaret Sindens 56 Th wedding anniversary, well done, may you have many more.
Derek and Hazel
the bat (Thursday, 04 July 2019 08:10)
Millions of websites (including Whatsapp, Facebook, T-online, and ours) went down across the internet yesterday after massive Cloudflare outage.- (Cloudflare looks after the various "Cloud" storage
The failure was repaired after a few hours, but shows how vulnerable we are, if our net is that vulnerable.
the bat (Monday, 01 July 2019 07:56)
Brenda D` Agostino passed away suddenly, yesterday in Australia.
She was the wife of Mario "Dags" D`` Agostino, late of the Recce Pln. who died in 2002.
I have posted an "Im Memoriam" on our Roussillon Herald, as I knew them both very well.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Monday, 01 July 2019 04:03)
Hello to all !
The hot month of June has ended, so it is time for our monthly SITREP.
Our hits are momentarily steady between 20 & 50 per day.
25 new items have been posted in June (a few of the posts are quite large, as in the Nominal Roll & the Aniversary of the Woodland). Many thanks to my well placed back-up spies for your
I am a bit behind, but have a large backlog of stuff for July, (Real goodies !) which I see as positive.
Thanks for your input, it is much appreciated. (I answer many privately, to save the board)
So as not to miss a posting, regular visitors should consult both the Message Board & "What`s New", as there content is not identical. There are now fresh entries on the " Roussillon
Thanks again for your continued interest ! - Please message me if anything is needed or unclear.
Les "the bat" Deacon - Webmaster L-S.Deacon@t-online.de
mtb (Sunday, 30 June 2019)
les you are completely correct.I can only find one article on rolling thunder,the article is the rolling thunder website and that's it.democracy in uk does not exist,we instruct the government on the
referendum and they ignore it.The only place in uk democracy exists is in the oxford English dictionary as a word.
the bat (Saturday, 29 June 2019 20:38)
Complete media blanket by the British government on the ROLLING THUNDER Protest Ride, today.
This is slowly bordering on dictatorship tactics. We are supposed to be a Democracy ?
Garyd (Friday, 28 June 2019 11:39)
Check out your local Toby carvery. This Saturday tomorrow is armed forces day. They’re doing a free meal for servicemen with an I,D card. Download the app. It applies to ex servicemen as well
Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 26 June 2019 17:59)
Att of the bat, !
March 19, 2010
I'm looking for mates of my dad's - he was in 3rd Btn, queens regiment - His name was Mick Banaszak or "bangers" as some people called him. If the name rings a bell, message me - he'd love to know I
found some of his old army mates!
mtb (Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:27)
hi is the 1st royal sussex 3 queens website down,or I wonder if my computer is playing up.
the bat (Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:48)
I am very sorry to inform you of the death on 6th June 2019 of Mark Williams, ex 3rd Battalion. His funeral will take place at THE RUACH CITY CHURCH, GREENLEAF ROAD, E17 6QQ on FRIDAY 5 JULY 2019 @
11:00 am. A wake will follow at the WATERWORKS CENTRE, LAMMAS ROAD, LEYTON, LONDON E10 7QB. All those who wish to pay their respects will be very welcome.
Thanks to Mario - Reporting for the Queen`` s Regiment.
the bat (Monday, 24 June 2019 23:44)
Our FB entry of a graphic, condemning "The Witchhunt" has now reached 1,711, 483 persons. So we are approaching our second million !
"That`s the way yer do it - Money for nothin' and your chicks for free…" (Dire Straits).........ha ha ha !
Mike Sinden (Monday, 24 June 2019 13:36)
The book from Spain has just arrived. Brilliant.!!
mtb (Sunday, 23 June 2019 16:09)
well said mike
Mike Sinden (Sunday, 23 June 2019 14:57)
Well done to all of you looking into our 'Orange Lily' Website and the Facebook pilot page.
Les Deacon works so hard every single day, so that we may enjoy everything that we read.
I, like others who are looking in now, salute you Les and thank you so very much for all your efforts.
the bat (Sunday, 23 June 2019 03:56)
Positive statistics !
During the month of June 2019, so far, the "Orange Lily" website has received 14,615 visitors on it` s FaceBook pilot page & 79,864 total visitors on the website, at an average rate of between 20
and 50 persons per day.
We are still popular !.....keep movin`
Yours `Aye !
the bat (Thursday, 20 June 2019 11:35)
Fresh images aqquired........
Robert "Jonah" Jones - The Last Salute - Now posted on : (Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.)
Reminder on "What`s New"
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 18 June 2019 14:38)
Sorry Les I was not aware of the copyright rulings.!!
the bat (Tuesday, 18 June 2019 02:21)
DAVID BROWN`` s book, "The Wolves of the Radfan" is now reviewed on our Section 26, Bibliography)
To Mike; I have had to delete your Message, I` m sorry. - It is against copyright rulings to publicly reveal the "Real" name of a writer, together with his/her Pseudonym.
You may not have been aware, as it only applies to authors - Don` t worry.....keep moving !
the bat (Monday, 17 June 2019 22:24)
Thanks Mike & Colin for your input.
We have recieved rare pics of the 4th Bn. Colours in a Horsham Church, from Andrew Byford.
(See Section 3, "What` s New" for details.)
Colin Twiggs (Monday, 17 June 2019 09:36)
I,ll second what Mike Sinden posted and a yes to boot, Hope to see you in Lemgo Mr Bat.
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 13 June 2019 14:37)
Please keep your sites going Les, you are a real credit to us all.
the bat (Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:04)
Reference our tribute to Maj. Brian Hudson BEM :
Brian was of course a Signaller & not a Sapper.
I have corrected our tribute accordingly and added an extra text.
I apologise for my blunder ! (Must be gettin` on a bit !)
Now reposted on Page 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
yours ` Aye
the bat (Tuesday, 11 June 2019 14:52)
Many Thanks, Derek !
APPLES (Tuesday, 11 June 2019 09:38)
OK receiving all that you are putting on site and on F/B thanks mate for the work that you put in I look in daily but left hand typing is difficult,
Take care stay upright
Derek and Hazel
the bat (Tuesday, 11 June 2019 09:27)
The Webmaster requires a control feedback from a visitor, that all on the website is working correctly, Please. (....the reason being, your website entry is different to mine....I cannot see your
A Yes or No would suffice.
Thanks in advance.
the bat (Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:11)
Our BEM story for our outgoing Regimental Secretary, Major Brian Michael Hudson (RE) now posted on : "The Rousillon Herald" Newspaper.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:08)
Our BEM story for Sgt. Bruce Snoad 4th/5th (Cinque Ports) Bn. Royal Sussex & 5th Bn. Queens Regiment, now posted on : "The Rousillon Herald" Newspaper.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Thursday, 06 June 2019 00:49)
There`s a lot going on at the Mo.....and our newspaper is filling up...........I have posted a large amount, (See "What`s New") - I need some feedback that it is all understandable, reachable,
Not praise !!..... but just a usage confirmation for the technic.
the bat (Monday, 03 June 2019 19:16)
ATTENTION - Important post for all !
The largest post of 90 super photos from the 5th Aniversary of the QRMW woodland, including Commemoration Service & Memorial dedication etc, to the late Robert "Jonah" Jones. - Queensman &
Webmaster. ........Now posted on :
Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper - Top article. - Thanks for the assistence from Debbie "Froggie" Hornblow, P.G."The Hat"Cooling, Dave "Bones" Tilley and Bob "Steady the Buffs" Kitson who
helped to make this magnificant spread. - It shows a successful meet of 250 veterans. - No Regimental Officers, except for Bob Kitson were present. - Little reaction from either set of Regimental
Officers or their Associations....We will continue, regardless.......at least we still have our own Regimental pride to hold on to.
Best regards to all
Yours ` `Aye
the bat (Saturday, 01 June 2019 19:52)
O, yea....O, yea.....O, yea !
The Newsletter for Spring 2019, from the Royal Sussex Regimental Association. (A first from secretary Edwin Drew !) - Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
the bat (Tuesday, 28 May 2019 11:24)
Greetings again !
In addition to our running news coverage in Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald".......there have been 25 new entries on the Orange Lily pages, for May 2019.
Please be sure, that you keep up to date, within these two areas.
So.......don`t forget to have a "butcher` s" !......(details of current postings in Section 3, "What` s New")
Yours ` Aye
Garyd (Sunday, 26 May 2019 14:45)
We’re all getting older and we all change. When photos are out up I love seeing is it possible to put names as well.
Cheers take care keep up the good work
the bat (Sunday, 26 May 2019 01:58)
The Royal Sussex Regiment at the "Not Forgotten" Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. - seen in the photo, later, at the Union Jack Club.- Thanks to Tony (..the only Buff present !)...for the photo
heads-up. - Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" News, for your pleasure.
(Somehow, this appears a little "hush-hush", but probably not meant or planned that way)
At the service of your interest,
the bat (Sunday, 19 May 2019 23:12)
Hello again !
Impressions of the Annual Albuhera Dinner 18th May 2019 at the "Beachcroft Hotel". Thanks to Dave Tilley for the Org. & Rachel Johnson for the photos. Now posted : (Page 4, the "Roussillon
Herald" - Top Article)
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Sunday, 19 May 2019 20:42)
Hello again !
Now posted on Page 4, the "Roussillon Herald" News :
Impressions of Dave J. Steadman`` s Last Parade in France. - Wed. 15th May 2019.
It is really good to see so many brothers on a distant foreign funeral - Well Done, to all who attended !
A big thanks to Eddie Cobb, for capturing the event in photos.
Yours `` Aye,
Mario (Sunday, 19 May 2019 02:38)
BUGGER, as we say in Oz, we were all waiting for a great Sitrep from a well informed person. Keep Moving Forward The 35th, till next year.
Stay well and take care Les.
Joe A (Saturday, 18 May 2019 11:10)
Hi Les oh! what a shame I or should I say we we’re looking fwd.to your Sitrep. as you say next year. Take care mate Joe.
the bat (Saturday, 18 May 2019 04:47)
The Monte Casino trip for which I was sheduled, has been cancelled. (Sad for al involved)
Sicknesses amongst the drivers, foul weather, hotel cancellations, etc, have messed up the org.
Well....maybe next year......
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Wednesday, 15 May 2019 15:33)
Hi all !
Thanks Mike for your BB Sitrep.
There are now many posts for the month of May already posted on various pages.
Please check on "What`s New" for details & locations.
I hope you find pleasure in exploring the fresh "stuff" that I have dug up.
Yours ` Aye
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:06)
Bob sent me a mail, and said that he was in Pembury Hospital and went into the Acute Medical Unit. He is still there but will be discharged quite shortly. Well done indeed to dear Tricia who from the
first moment, phoned the Dr, and within 10 mins the Dr called the Ambulance and with in an hour Bob was in Hospital.
Well Done indeed Tricia you are indeed a Star.!!
Apples (Saturday, 11 May 2019 09:11)
Hi Bob Bumstead
We wish you a speedy recovery mate, Take care and do as you are told for a Change
Apples and Hazel
Mario (Friday, 10 May 2019 23:55)
Safe trip Les and tell us all about it after words.
Les Newman (Friday, 10 May 2019 11:24)
Hi Les. Do hope you are enjoying your trip,and look forward to your reports on your experiences, keep safe Les. All the best. Les.
Apples (Thursday, 09 May 2019 14:57)
Have a good trip old friend take care and enjoy the break
Apples and Hazel
the bat (Thursday, 09 May 2019 09:32)
On Monday 13th May 2019, I will be leaving for Italy, to represent the Regiment at the 75th aniversary of the Battle of Monte Casino. I will be visiting with Wilhelm Weyer of the 4th German Para
Regiment,1st Div. who stood opposite our Regiment as their direct opponent. ........So this coming week I will not post daily, but much more on my return.
Best regards Les
"The main battle of the Royal Sussex Regiment was the assault on Point 593. On 15th February, elements from the 4th British Indian Division had advanced up Snakeshead Ridge and were preparing to
launch an assault on the key defensive position of Point 593. 1st Bn.Royal Sussex Regiment, supported by the Rajputana Rifles and a Battalion from 9th Gurkha Rifles, had reached a low rise just 90m
from Point 593. Opposing them, and heavily dug in around Point 593, were the elite German 1st Fallschirmjager Div. (Elements of 3rd & 4th Bns.)... The first attack was on the 15th with 1 company
only, which failed (with twenty casualties) as they ran out of grenades. As night fell on the 16th, the Royal Sussex Regiment attempted, again, to cross the 90m of scrub and capture point 593, this
time in Div strength. Nearly 50% of the men, that attempted the assault that night failed to return. The second attack was not terminated early enough, causing heavy casualties. ..The attack failed
at the accumulative cost of 12 officers and 162 lives. The Royal Sussex Battalion attacked for a third time on the 17th Feb. in a Div. operation, which also failed....They were now rendered unfit for
combat & withdrawn from the line."............. 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, 7th (Inf)Brigade, 4th (Inf) Division, 8th Army.
Marion Hewitt (Wednesday, 08 May 2019 11:38)
Thanks Les - Sylvia has already been really helpful with social media sharing, and we've found 3 families through that. And another through the BBC News website where the name was altogether unknown.
Plenty more to discover though, so fingers crossed...!
the bat (Wednesday, 08 May 2019 02:06)
Roger, Marion.....thanks for the info and your invite.
I am probably not your man, as my means are a touch crude & neither up to date, nor complete,.....but I am sure that Silvia Fox, the author of "NOT FORGETTING THE 9TH "....could be of ample
assistance for identification......L
Marion Hewitt (Tuesday, 07 May 2019 18:25)
Les - I noticed that you have posted a BBC news item about the Calling Blighty filmed messages home from the Far East, and our efforts to trace the families and invite them to a screening in Brighton
on 16th June 2019. This link to the website gives some background to the project, has a picture and a clip for each message, and can be searched for names.
https://www.nwfa.mmu.ac.uk/blighty/index.php Some names are unknown at present but we are hoping that people will identify their relatives and we can remedy that. The films have been preserved at the
Imperial War Museum, and the North West Film Archive (where I am Director) is working with IWM and Screen Archive South East to spread the word and find the families. Any help you and your networks
might give would be much appreciated! Many thanks.
Monty (Tuesday, 07 May 2019 16:06)
Well done Les great tribute for a good man.
Joe A (Tuesday, 07 May 2019 15:16)
A very fitting tribute Les. you put in for Dave SteadmanHe was a good bloke. R.I.P. Dave.
the bat (Sunday, 05 May 2019 13:06)
An Obitual Tribute to Dave Stedman` s passing, now posted on Page 4, "The Roussillon Herald" News.
the bat (Sunday, 05 May 2019 11:30)
I am very saddened to hear of the death of Dave Steadman, he has been a staunch & loyal member of Monty` s House Reunion for many years...... I remember our times in "A" Coy Club in Lemgo in
1966/67 and later, when he was a SP Coy Driver. We moved together to "SP" Coy in 1967/68.
We had many good (.....and wild) times together.
I will write an Obituary for the website, (.....as I do for all those who`` s deaths are brought to our notice)
Rest in Eternal Peace, Dave....
Peter Morgan (Sunday, 05 May 2019 09:43)
Dave Steadman passed away last Thursday very sad news his funeral will take place in home village in SW France in a couple of weeks.RIP Dave a good friend.
the bat (Sunday, 05 May 2019 05:01)
STOP PRESS !
BBC releases War-Time Royal Sussex Regiment Film Reel - Never seen before footage of the Shiny 9th.
Here is the link - (Copy & Paste)
Many faces have already been recognised, including Officers.- An historical Document !
We relive "The Shiny 9th"
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Sunday, 05 May 2019 00:01)
Pics galerie of the Hastings Branch Lunch at Cooden Beach.
Now posted on Page 4, "The Roussillon Herald".
A big thanks to Malcolm Sharp who took the shots !
Best regards to All,
the bat (Saturday, 04 May 2019 07:01)
For Queens Regtl. Assoc :
"I am very sorry to have to inform you of the sad death of WO1 Colin Goatham, ex 3 QUEENS and 2 PWRR on 1 May. His funeral will take place at 1500hrs on Friday 24 May at Bobbing Garden of England
Crematorium, Sheppey Way, Sittingbourne ME9 8GZ and will be followed by a wake at 3 PWRR, Leros Barracks, Sturry Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1HR. All who knew Colin are very welcome to attend and pay
mtb (Friday, 03 May 2019 09:16)
Britains small wars is an excellent website with plenty of stories im glad its still going.well done to all who spend hours keeping our history going,including you les who have spent thousounds of
hours making this website what it is.
the bat (Thursday, 02 May 2019 20:19)
A real treat reappears !
I am glad to announce that the great website "Britains Small Wars ", which had closed in the late 90`` s,
has been revived by Ray Vearnals (after the founder, Martin Spirit, has recently died.)
So my tribute story, "The 'Orange-Lillies' in the Radfan - 1965", lives on again !
Cpl. Milham` s story of the ambush, has also reappeared. (TA)
Well done Ray, bloody good show ! ....and thanks for the endless working hours whilst rebuilding anew !
(I know the feeling !)
RossP (Wednesday, 01 May 2019 11:15)
Glad to hear that you are OK Apples, too many of us ‘suffer in silence’ keeping in touch is important.
Take good care and Hazel as well.
Apples (Wednesday, 01 May 2019 10:43)
Thank you for your concern Ross and your Comments about my driving, I still drive but not so much these days Had a good Chat with Les Yesterday on the Phone he is doing OK and works hard to keep the
site running Take care stay upright
Apples and Hazel
the bat (Tuesday, 30 April 2019 17:47)
I have had a good natter to Apples Cox on the Bone.
He is doing quite well & was just taking a natural break from the Internet, we all need that occasionally.
RossP (Tuesday, 30 April 2019 14:42)
the bat (Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:57)
I have recieved word that Apples is OK. He has a problem with his comms at the Mo.
RossP (Monday, 29 April 2019 18:02)
Well done Les, your coverage of Rolling Thunder, Lyra McKee and Soldier F is brilliant. The Rousillion Herald is one of my favourite reads with the excellent graphics included.
Eric asked five days ago for news of ‘Apples’ Cox. Still no answer, does anyone out there, know anything? Apples was one of our best MT drivers. Hope he’s OK.
the bat (Monday, 29 April 2019 16:26)
There are new Pics & Graphic entries posted on the"Roussillon Herald" - For details, see "What`` s New"
Eric Hensby (Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:55)
Still no news of Apples ???
RossP (Tuesday, 23 April 2019 17:01)
A very happy St. George’s Day to all the Englishmen who served in The Royal Sussex Regiment.
Salisbury takes this special day very seriously. Local Regiments serving in the area march by the City Centre War Memorial. The people still have a high regard for the forces, which is a joy to
Mike Sinden (Monday, 22 April 2019)
Well done Les on your tribute to LIRA McKEE. I am afraid that the troubles with the IRA will always be so in the future. We now have our old soldiers being investigated and charged with what happened
in the past, and yet the IRA were given a clear pardon. Bloody daft.!!
the bat (Saturday, 20 April 2019 03:17)
In memory of LIRA McKEE
Our tribute to a talented young journalist from Belfast,
murdered by IRA gunfire in Derry on Good Friday 2019.
IT IS NOT OVER, BROTHERS.
Remembered on Page 4, "The Roussillon Herald"
the bat (Sunday, 14 April 2019 12:28)
Thanks a lot, Mike.
Check out Apples, to see if he is OK.
(last input was 15th March)
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 13 April 2019 13:06)
Keep up the good work Les, you are brilliant in the messages that you put out for all of us.
Well done indeed.
mtb (Saturday, 13 April 2019 10:56)
well done that man for riding without a helmet and wearing his beret and badge.I would of liked to see the police trying to pull him and tell him to put his helmet on with thousounds of other bikers
in the procession.
the bat (Saturday, 13 April 2019 04:12)
On the HOMEPAGE I have entered the new logo of UKWA, the "United Kingdom Web Archive", where the contents of this site are archived.
(Used to be called the British Library Web Archive)
Keep movin the 35th !
the bat (Friday, 12 April 2019 23:45)
For your interest !...........Impressions of Ex. Rolling Thunder for Soldier "F" with pics, now posted in Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" News-Paper.
The BBC remained silent and didnt report the incident at all, as 22,000 Biker Veterans and their pillion riders blocked Parliament Square.....Please spread this info, if possible
the bat (Friday, 12 April 2019 11:41)
What is today ? - The day the UK should have left Europe ?................Yes, but also......Army veterans perform today, the big ride-in to Parliament Square called "Rolling Thunder for Soldier F"
to protesting against the NI "The Witch-Hunt".
I have done the Graphics for the flags (You can see them on the "Roussillon Herald", Page 4)
Up to 20,000 persons are expected. (They deliberately advertised only 4000 riders!)
Batten down the hatches, Westminster !! - It`s gonna be a loud day !
the bat (Sunday, 07 April 2019 12:39)
It` s a bit quiet , Lads!
I am working for the mo, on following projects.
Libyan unrest"Haftar` s attack on Tripoli"
Graphics for "Rolling Thunder for Soldier F" on 12th April.
Graphics for The Good Friday March on Westminster on 19th April.
You can see an example of their graphics on "What` s New", if not seen already.
(12,000 veterans are expected !)
A big thanks to Mario, for keeping me informed by way of the Queen`s Newsletter. (Neither the Queen`s Regiment, nor the Royal Sussex Regiment inform this website of anthing at all - but brothers who
follow this site send me things & I surf, steal, use my spies & read the newspapers, so little info is lost ! !)
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Saturday, 06 April 2019 04:50)
Our pilot & promotion Page for this Website on Facebook, (leads visitors to this location ) has just reached 700 followers.
the bat (Thursday, 04 April 2019 01:59)
Hello, people !
I am now working on a film with Robert Kitson. - The Life Story of Robert "Jonah" Jones........A quick change of media in between !! - So, watch this space !
the bat (Tuesday, 02 April 2019 03:51)
My external hard drives for the archives have broken down. (They were quite ancient, from 2005 whilst working with Jonah !)
We can stay in touch on here OK, but I can`t get at my pics or graphics, to update for a while.
So I will have to take a compulsary break.
It will be repaired or replaced soonest...... only a couple of days to transfer data.
Will keep you informed.
the bat (Friday, 29 March 2019 12:27)
The post below refers to our now dormant Queens Website : https://3queensregiment.jimdo.com
(It even says that !) - and has nothing to do with Belize...............Well,.... I thought that was clear enough......
but.......(some were not even aware, that we have two sites !)
the bat (Monday, 25 March 2019 03:12)
Hi again, to all visitors !
Some may have missed this, the first time round, as the old site is still being utilised for messaging !
WEBMASTER`S NOTE - PLEASE READ. - About posting on : https://3queensregiment.jimdo.com
Please transfer your browsing & messaging habits, here to the "Orange Lily". The posted Items or photos left on the old website, have all been transferred here to the Orange Lily. .....The old
site is not dead, but it is not regularly visited or updated, as is the Orange Lily. ..........in order for you to stay current & up-to-date, the "The Orange Lily" is recommended instead of the
old site.....I have gathered all the strength of our resources here & our communication is also consolidated in one place............... for me, all 3rd Queensmen were Orange Lilies as
well......I make no differences there, although others may tend to........Thanks. https://theorangelily.jimdo.com/
the bat (Friday, 22 March 2019 02:53)
There are 58 new entries posted for March 2019 for your pleasure & interest.
If in doubt, always look on the "What` s New" List. It shows what has been added in posting order.
I am closing early this month, because of the amount of work yet to be done for March.
The closer you keep contact, be it on this page or Social Media, Email, Skype, Messenger, etc, the better is our info flow and the better we are all informed.
It` s a pleasure to serve......Thanks for your support
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Thursday, 21 March 2019 23:14)
I have posted our 2 support banners for "Soldier F" & the March on Parliament on 19th April 2019.
Please circulate the info if possible. - (Originally on FB) We must stop the Witch-Hunt ourselves now.
Now on: (Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" News)
Thankyou for your support.
best wishes to all.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:43)
Hi all !
Within the month of March we have an average of 38 different visitors per day, doing 92 page views.
Facit = We are being visited more than usual, at this time. The visitors per day have almost doubled.
Thanks for your visits.
mtb (Wednesday, 20 March 2019 09:44)
well done les ,thanks for all your hard work.
the bat (Wednesday, 20 March 2019 01:05)
Hi everybody !......some stats from the last few days.
"The Orange Lily" website & its FB "Mirror" Page have yesterday & today, gone viral for the 2nd time.
We have, from 12th to 18th March : 180,660 persons reached in interaction.
6, 240 "Likes"
3 persons don`` t like us ! (I can imagine who...ha ha)
Roughly half have also visited this website after leaving FB.
The trigger for this surge is twofold - The factors are, our contribution to the general "In Memoriam" to Jonah & secondly our posts condemning the Northern Ireland Witchhunt.
I am working on many new posts for this month.....and will keep you informed.
Yours ` Aye
chris Nice (Tuesday, 19 March 2019 18:37)
Abslotuely no worries Les,
more important things than my machiolations.
My thoughts go out to those whom are ever affected by the loss of a friend / comrade.
the bat (Saturday, 16 March 2019 16:08)
SERVICE FOR JONAH
A Commemoration service and tree planting at the woodland in memory of Robert "Jonah" Jones (Ex 3 Queen's/Royal Sussex Regiment) will take place on the 1st June 2019. The 5th Anniversary of the
Garden will also be taking place at the same venue. The custodians of the garden see this as a great honour that they have been asked and so attend if you can, to see Jonah off, with a good
This will probably be his only commemmoration on British soil, so let`` s make it a good one.
Address: The QRMW
Pasture Wood Road
Holmbury St Mary
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 16 March 2019 14:42)
I agree with Bill Dixon in his message re; Jonah. A quite lovely man and RIP mate, it was a great honour to know you, and all the folk you made happy with your kind words, plus your quite incredible
Bill Dixon (Friday, 15 March 2019 14:31)
It is with great sadness that we here of the death of Jonah.
He was a good man that I consider a friend.
In our Battalion, he was a laugh a minute, always joking about, a very good soldier, who would have gone far.
But he decided to settle down in Belize with his darling Netty, he had a family and a business there.
But they really great thing about Bob was that he kept us all in touch, with his website, for over many years, he and his sidekick Les, build up the most massive family history of our Regiment, the
best ever seen.
My thoughts and condolences go out to Natty and his family at this sad time.
RIP Bob, you will never be forgotten �
Les Newman (Friday, 15 March 2019 13:06)
I only knew Bob through me serving in the Royal Sussex and being a member of this web-site,a few years ago I remember him living in Belize saying they could not buy English mustard,so,like me he said
meat without a bit of mustard was not the same,so I sent him a tube of Colmans mustard,and I know he was really pleased about this,and appreciated it very much, as said I did'nt know him personally
but he seemed to be liked by many people,and they could not be all wrong,so I feel quite pleased that I done this likeable man a favour. RIP Bob.
the bat (Friday, 15 March 2019 09:03)
This website sends out a last tribute to "Jonah"Jones.
Now posted on Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" News.
Apples (Friday, 15 March 2019 08:03)
I only new Bob because of the web site that he and Les produced together and we can only hope that he has now gone to a better place after his long illness, you will not be forgotten old friend you
have done us all proud, our condolences go out to your family, rest in peace never forgotten, R.I.P,
Apples and Hazel
the bat (Friday, 15 March 2019 00:24)
It is with extreme sadness that I should report the following.
Robert "Jonah" Jones of Belize, webmaster of the 3rd Queens website, passed away this evening at 2100 gmt in Belize as a result of his critical illness....his relatives have contacted me........I am
devasted tonight.....I have no words.............Rest now Jonah, in Eternal Peace.
the bat (Wednesday, 13 March 2019 08:14)
It is with great saddness that we say farewell to another of our number. - Lt./Col. Derek Carter, formerly of the 4th/5th (Cinque Ports) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment (TA). Our "In Memoriam" to his
memory is now posted on the website, in Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
His Funeral is tomorrow (14th March)
May He Rest In Eternal Peace .........L
the bat (Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:46)
Hi to all......
2 points for today.. (one of them is to assist your surfing experience)
There are now 40 new entries posted during the month of March 2019, for your interest & pleasure.
For an easier orientation on the "What` s New" page, there are now two colours of type.
WHAT IT IS remains in black type....WHERE IT IS is now in blue type.
I hope, that this is of assistance to those who sometimes "Flounder".
My very sincere regards to you all
Yours ` Aye
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 06 March 2019 14:04)
Les with your workload, do you EVER take a well deserved holiday mate.??
the bat (Monday, 04 March 2019 02:15)
Greetings to all visitors !
I have already posted 30 new entries onto our website for the month of March 2019.
There are also a number of interesting new articles posted in the "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
I have been quite busy with the March stuff, so do go & have a shufti.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Friday, 01 March 2019 18:25)
I am under full steam pressure of work onsite at the mo, Chris.
I will have to get back to you at a later date.
the bat (Friday, 01 March 2019 18:21)
There are already 10 interesting items posted for March.
Find the new stuff in Section 4,"What` s New".
Have a good scroll.
Yours ` Aye
the bat (Friday, 01 March 2019 09:23)
Hello Guys !
There is a full Photo report on the laying-up of the Standard in St. Mary` s by Barry Tippett - (Eastbourne & District Branch) Thanks to Eddie Cobb for the report with 14 pics.
(Section 4 - "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper)
chris N (Thursday, 28 February 2019 14:27)
Hi all ... i have a question..well 2 actually.
My great Grandad who was mortally wounded at paschendale is listed as working as a `stretcher bearer` whilst the 11th battalion supported the 13th battalion. He is described as being inj `early
1. However when i look at the war diaries it doesnt make sense..... i would have assumed that for a battalion to be supporting another the engagement must have been relatively significant, yet there
are no listed engagements of that sort in either diary.....why would that be ?
2. He died on the 6th Nov after being evac to blighty.... how long would it have taken to evac a seriously inj soldier from paschendale to Dudley in the Midlands ?
If he was inj early Nov there is a maximum of only 5 days before he died in Blighty.
Any thoughts on these anomalies !!!! ( i am trying to establish where he was when he was mortally wounded and what the engagement was ).
Any brilliant hypothesis appreciatted.
the bat (Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:25)
There is quite a lot happening onsite at the moment.
Please check back to Section 3 "What`` s New", for your orientation.
(.....as only the most important topics are mentioned on this board)
So as, not to miss anything.
Thanks for looking ! - Makes it all worth while.
the bat (Monday, 25 February 2019 22:48)
Hi again !
The Royal Sussex Regimental Association Newsletter is now posted for your reading pleasure.
(Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald" newspaper, last entry)
Thanks to Bones for the Info-flow.
Yours ` Aye
chris nice (Monday, 25 February 2019 01:56)
just sent you a blank...thank you in advance for whatever you have discovered. Les
the bat (Sunday, 24 February 2019 16:40)
Hallo Ray Nice,
Send blank Email for results - L-S.Deacon@t-online.de
chris nice (Saturday, 23 February 2019 17:24)
the bat (Friday, 22 February 2019 09:39)
James Amos Smith is onsite, with photo (Smith 28)
the bat (Friday, 22 February 2019 09:26)
The "Chimney Battle" became quite well known. - It was in fact the Battle of Cuinchy.
One of the most familiar names on this part of the battlefield to many will be the Brickstacks, infamous of repute....Robert Graves, amoung others wrote. "These were several large stacks of bricks
which had been manufactured by a brickworks located just to the south east of Cuinchy village." - This site is now inaccessible, as it is on private land. It is located near an abandoned building
which was an electricty generating station, found on the N41 a little east of the turn off to Cuinchy itself. The bricktacks were to the left of the road, just before the building as you travel east.
The scene of bitter fighting and week long stand-offs. This again, was part of the Battle for the Loos Salient - September 25th 1915.
There were 60,000 British casualties in 24 hrs., many from both British & German Chlorine Gas.
As a starter, I have found the following:
G/16720 L/Sgt. Robert Victor Nice. Royal Sussex Regiment - Survivor.
#3826 Pte. Albert T. Nice Royal Sussex Regiment - (later RE #358306) - Survivor.
#202429 Pte. Charles E. Nice Royal Sussex Regiment - (later Labour Corps #655061)
#336 Pte. Thomas W. S. Nice Royal Sussex Regiment - (later Labour Corps #230342)
G/8074 Pte. Herbert M. A. Nice Royal Sussex Regiment - (later MGC #15589) - Survivor.
I have photo of Albert.
Yours ` Aye
chris nice (Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:52)
Thanks Les, all assistance is appreciated. However just to clarify ..i was throwing my great grandfather in there but he was....yes you guessed it a `Smith`. James Amos and he is on the memorial at
Chichester Cathedral. He was contrary to some records wounded at Paschendale i think acting as part of a stretcher team in the 2nd wave as the 11th Battalion supported i think it was the 13th
Battalion ,evacuated to a military hospital in Dudley and died there from his wounds...i have a photo of him which i will hunt out.
I have never been able to establish the exact battles that my Great Grandfather or Great Uncle Thomas Nice were injured during... i dont even know if that info would still be available, it has been
mentioned that a battle of the `chimneys`may be where my great uncle was wounded (bullet wounds to hand and elbow i think) . I think there was also another Uncle on the `Nice` side in the RSR during
WWI but i need to give my Dad a good grilling. If my Dad has any mates left from his national service days who are on here that would be amazing...... i know he was a good boxer, still has his
gloves.... told me recently how he used to transfer armoured vehicles from one depot to the other..stopping off at his mums and parking the bren gun carrier outside her house whilst he got a
p.s if anyone ever hears of my Great Uncles medals appearing for sale i would really like to bring them `home` seems the right thing to do.
the bat (Tuesday, 19 February 2019 07:28)
Roger that, Chris.....working on the Nice Family now
Chris Nice (Monday, 18 February 2019 01:20)
I am just starting to do some research on the Royal Sussex Regiment and found your site...ace. !! My great grandfather served in the RSR during WWI but died from head wounds at 2nd battle of
Passchendale and my great uncle was also wounded in WWI whilst in the RSR as ..both were 11th Battalion (1st Southdowns).
My Dad did his national service in the 50`s but doesnt tell me much about it... other than that he was for a while driver for General Lashemere Whistler (Bolo) who he speaks of with a lot of
affection. My Dad is Ray Nice from Eastbourne..i dont suppose there is anyone who served with him ??
I have also just purchased a group of medals of Robert Victor Nice from Sussex who served in the 11th Battalion during WWI and then went on to serve in WW2 as a police Inspector in Eastbourne...any
info would be appreciatted.
the bat (Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:54)
STOP PRESS ! - Photo of Barry Tippett "Laying up" the Eastbourne Association Standard. (Page 4, "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper. - Top Article)
A big Thanks to Barry for a real current report.
the bat (Sunday, 17 February 2019 10:43)
Hi, all....Now posted !
Incredible German Photos of the Regiment (Never seen before!) of the ill-fated, but extremely brave, 7th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, during their capture near Amiens by Rommel` s ` 7th Armoured Div. -
"The Ghost Division". - 20th May 1940. - Only 70 men got off at Dunkirk from the original 581 men.
(Section 4, "The Roussillon Herald", News)
Garyd (Friday, 15 February 2019 16:41)
For those not on the other site. I’ve just posted a message relating to visiting Europe post brexit.
If your going to Europe after brexit and in case there is a no deal. Your passport MUST have 6 months on it. The date being used is the issue date. Mine was issued 09 and runs out feb 20 BUT it needs
Worth going into the government passport site and checking
the bat (Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:31)
Hi All !
There are already 20 fresh posts for Febuary 2019.
Why not go and have a gander at what I have "dug up".
(Including the new Section 31 , "Weapons, Etcetera")
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 09 February 2019 13:02)
Could anyone please who attended Mick Wilson's funeral on Wednesday the 6th, kindly give us any details how his final day went. Many Thanks.
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 02 February 2019 17:10)
Les I really mate do not know, or understand, the huge amount of info that you place on this site. Christ almighty I would be brain dead, with even trying to put out just a tiny amount of info that
No comments please from those who wish me to be brain dead. lol.
the bat (Friday, 01 February 2019 03:45)
There are 30 fresh & interesting Regimental items entered during January 2019, for your browsing pleasure !
Due to work pressure (I have a fairly large queue & there is still loads of scope still out there !),
I am one day late with our monthly mirror.........Watch this space !
Best regards to all visitors.
Stay in contact
Yours ` Aye
Les "the bat" Deacon - webmaster
the bat (Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:33)
Much obliged Mike.........I have informed the "Other" Website.
Yours ` Aye
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 31 January 2019 10:10)
Please go if possible to Mick Wilson's funeral on the 6th February at the Margate Crematorium. It will be held at 1345 hrs. Sorry it has taken so long to get all the details.!!
Colin Twiggs (Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:11)
Les, just as a matter of interest, how old was "Mo Jennings" any idea please, ?
Garyd (Thursday, 31 January 2019 07:43)
Sorry have no info on mick Wilson. The last I saw of him I told him that Rodger Bourne ex Mx ex Oswestry would like to contact him and invite him to his home in Florida. Mick wasn’t interested. After
that I do believe Phil Mead came to Margate and found mick. He was then working in an amusement arcade on Margate sea front. Not sure if Phil has a contact address
the bat (Thursday, 31 January 2019 03:02)
It is with great saddness that I must report the passing of Raymond A. "Mo" Jennings, RSM of the 3rd Bn. 1968/69/70.
Our "In Memoriam" to his memory is now posted on the Roussillon Herald(News)
(The funeral details are included)
the bat (Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:34)
Have done a Margate/Kent area sweep searches for Mick` s Death Notice/Obituary/Funeral..... to no avail.
I think Anonymity is going to win again, this time......sorry.
Unless somebody on the ground can help (Dilly ?)
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:19)
Have just been informed that Mick Wilson and his family live in Margate in Kent. So sorry lads that I cannot help you any further with Mick's Funeral arrangements.!!
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 30 January 2019 14:22)
Have just been informed that Mick Wilson's Funeral will be on the 6th February but I cannot give you any info, other than that date. Sorry lads.
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:45)
I am sorry but I do not know the date etc of Mick's funeral.
Garyd (Tuesday, 29 January 2019 12:20)
Message fir starlight
You posted about Mick Wilson passing. Do you know the details of his funeral
mtb (Saturday, 26 January 2019 22:07)
well done les and brian for bb's stolen medal,les you are second to none on info and regimental history.
the bat (Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:48)
BB` s stolen GSM Medal returned to him without cost, after over 40 years, thanks to our heads-up.
Although "unloved" by some, I can be quite efficient at times....ha ha !
Good show, Bob !.....and Thanks to Brian Majoram for the rest of the ground work.
the bat (Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:09)
ATTENTION ! URGENT !
On Ebay now GSM medal with clasp South Arabia & N.Ireland awarded to 24020439 Pte R.C Bumstead R Sussex. - Here is the link :
5 days-21 hrs left (GMT)
Can someone ( maybe Bob ?)
now tell me WTF is going on ?
(Thanks to Mr. Cutting for the heads up)
the bat (Sunday, 20 January 2019 02:46)
Our website tribute & "In Memoriam" to Mick Wilson (Sigs Pln.) is now posted on
Page 4, "The Roussillon Herald" - Thanks again to Starlight.
Best Regards to all,
Yours ` Aye
RossP (Saturday, 19 January 2019 19:33)
Another one of us down. I first met Mick when we were selected for the familiarisation party to Germany. We were taught to drive the 432s by the Northumberland Fusiliers. I’m not sure how, but he was
given the nickname ‘Winkie’ We all had a great time together, later he joined the Signal Platoon. We got on really well together, both of us hailed from Brighton so we, naturally, had a lot in
common. RIP my friend, have a good time in Valhalla.
the bat (Saturday, 19 January 2019 17:05)
Thanks Mike....(I was at Oswestry with Mick, will do his "In Memoriam")
In addition, our special tribute to a non Royal Sussex soldier. - Battery Seargeant Major, Windsor Davies died on Thursday - Page 4, "Roussillon Herald".
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 19 January 2019 13:01)
For those that knew him, have just been informed that Mick Wilson has passed away with cancer.
RIP mate and thanks for the memories.!!
the bat (Tuesday, 15 January 2019 18:33)
Had a great chat with Dan Archer on the phone.
Lives in Yorkshire - in the process of returning to the fold.
He will appear here soon.
Thanks Dan !
the bat (Saturday, 12 January 2019 21:40)
Now posted on the Roussillon Herald newspaper ! - (Page 4, "The Roussillon Herald".)
Ex Rsm JOHN EDWARDS, his wife CAROL and BILL DIXON. - SHOWING THE FLAG !
"Somewhere in the Carribean Sea on the P & O - MV Brittania - Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, 2018."
Well done , guys !!
the bat (Friday, 11 January 2019 17:38)
I have been looking for Dan Archer for some years. He has been elusive with a low profile.
He was my Corporal, Platoon Sergeant, and Colour Sgt. (Yes.....all in one...but of course in different eras !)
I see that Bill Dixon is now in contact....(Dan has appeared on FB !)....well done.
the bat (Tuesday, 08 January 2019 17:05)
Yes......between 3 & 6 feet of snow, this year with heavy drifting.
Bavaria can handle that, no problems.
School is out & urban country trains are stopped, otherwise all running normal.
Roads were clear the following day, with the ploughs running on shifts.
The Germans are very good at this, (the UK would probably stop completely for a week.)
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 08 January 2019 14:40)
Thank you 'Apples' for your kind words, about my reaching 80 years of age. My God there were some times when we were in the Bn, that I thought I would not reach the age of 50 let alone 80, as many
lads out there must have thought the same with their ages as well. Tough times for many of us but some of us have made it through, although many lads did not make this same journey,. BUT, we do
Colin Twiggs (Monday, 07 January 2019 19:18)
Firstly, Happy birthday to Mike Sinden, hope you had a great day, ? Ans now to "The Bat" sat here thinking about you with all that snow down there, (Some 6 ft so I hear) I hope your ok, ?
Apples (Saturday, 05 January 2019 16:02)
Tomorrow Starlight Mike Sinden, Will have reached the great old age of 80 and he is looking well now after being tea total for the last 5 years, may you have a good day MIKE, with your family and
your friends and have many more years to enjoy, with our love and best wish's
Derek Hazel and the Family and the farming community of Surrey and Sussex,
eddie cobb (Thursday, 03 January 2019 11:44)
Their was a very good article in the DHOW July 2018 by Dan Archer about his time in ADEN and a great photo of the magnificent seven every one looks so young I can not put a name to many of them. all
the best for the new year eddie.
Gerry Mac McMahon (Wednesday, 02 January 2019 11:52)
I would just like to wish anyone who knows me from the 3rd Btn The Queens Regt a very Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Best Wishes to you All
Gerry & Doreen McMahon
Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:14)
Well it,s here, 2019, and I wish you all a very happy, healthy one, stay safe and keep moving. Many, many thanks to "The Bat" for all his work that he put,s into this fantastic site, Well done Les. !
Les Newman (Tuesday, 01 January 2019 21:04)
Have moved to new premises and been off-line,so no Broadband,so I do hope all had a great Christmas,and would like to wish you all a Healthy and Happy New Year.
the bat (Tuesday, 01 January 2019 13:51)
I have been searching for Dan, for years. I hope he can get back to us sometime.
Dan Archer (Tuesday, 01 January 2019 02:10)
Mike Sinden (Monday, 31 December 2018 15:16)
Thank you 'Apples' and I agree with every word that you have written. BUT, also I would like to say a HEALTHY New Year as well.!!
Apples (Monday, 31 December 2018)
Wishing you all a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS new year and a big thanks to Les for the work and time he puts into this site take care, stay upright,
Apples and Hazel
the bat (Saturday, 29 December 2018 23:26)
Hello all !
I have now categorized our ARTIFACTS Section. This will make it easier for visitors to locate the objects.
All objects are now freshly sorted into 13 categories for your orientation, pleasure & interest.
The categories are listed at the head of the Section. (Twas much more work than I had anticipated !!)
I think Menu sorting in all Sections is now clear enough to be regarded as complete.
Please let me know if this is not the case.
mtb (Thursday, 27 December 2018 22:26)
That's interesting about the royal sussex regiment fighting the Russians in 1919 .my granddad was in the royal marine artillery ,they were known as blue marines.The 6th battalion rmli mutinied and
refused to soldier,when asked to attack a Russian village.This was the same time as the royal sussex regiment were in north Russia.The 6th battalion rmli were made up of royal marine artillery and
royal marine light infantry,luckily my grandad didn't mutiny and carried on in royal marines until 1948.If I remember correctly he said the mutineers were sentenced to death but Churchill intervened
and got sentences reduced.I think he said he met some men from sussex who he had gone to school with in Hartfield sussex,this now makes sense to me as the royal sussex regiment were there.
the bat (Thursday, 27 December 2018 19:42)
Hello again, !
I hope everyone had a peaceful Christmas holiday & celebration.
Two points of info for your orientation.
The Artefact Section will be a little unruly for a while, as I attempt to get all the objects into their seperate catagories.
At the head of the "Roussillon Herald" newspaper is a new poster, reminding us, that the Royal Sussex Regiment were still fighting in 1919.
All for now ....have a Happy New Year 2019.
Apples (Wednesday, 26 December 2018 20:09)
Thank you Mike and Margaret
You are special to us and our family and friends, you have been a tower of strenth to us again over the last few weeks helping us get through another session of op's and to travel so far look after
us, and keeping the spirits up, Love to you both, thank you so much,
Derek and Hazel,
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 26 December 2018 12:06)
Apart from wishing all of you a very happy and a Healthy new year. BUT, also might I add by telling you all that it is Derek 'Apples' Cox 76th Birthday today !!!!. Well done old friend, and may you
have many more in your future years.!! On January 6th I shall be 80 so you still have some work to catch me up mate.!! LOL.
eddie cobb (Tuesday, 25 December 2018 12:35)
Happy Christmas to every one, and all the best for the NEW YEAR.
Joe A (Monday, 24 December 2018 14:27)
A Merry Christmas to you and your Family Les and a Happy New Year. Once again thanks for your hard work on this site.
Colin Twiggs (Monday, 24 December 2018 11:00)
Well Christmas is almost over, so I,ll be the first to wish everyone a "Happy new Year". Enjoy tomorrow,s lunch and the sleep that I,m sure will follow, and remember "Drink but don't drive" stay safe
everyone, Best wishes, "Twiggy"
the bat (Sunday, 23 December 2018 09:01)
Website Statistics 2018......(for the boffins !)
The website has been viewed up to Dec 2018, 69,906 times by 34,283 visitors.
In 2018, there was a traffic of between 78 & 32 visitors per day, making a daily average of 56 visitors.
11% of al visitors, visited from a Facebook prompt.
As a result of the Centenary, we are now followed by many Historians, Researchers & Battlefield Guides.
This website is running extremely well (even without a particularly "overactive" Message Board),
A big thankyou from me, for your support in 2018 for making that possible.
I look forward to serving you as well as possible, in 2019.
Les "the bat" Deacon
mtb (Friday, 21 December 2018 22:30)
happy Christmas to everyone and especially les for all the hard work he has done over the years.
Barry Tippett (Friday, 21 December 2018 12:21)
April and l would to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a healthy new year.
the bat (Thursday, 20 December 2018 20:58)
Had to look that one up !.........An aneurysm is a localized, abnormal, weak spot on a blood vessel wall that causes an outward bulging, likened to a bubble or balloon. Aneurysms are a result of a
weakened blood vessel wall, and may be a result of a hereditary condition or an acquired disease. Aneurysms can also be a nidus (starting point) for clot formation (thrombosis) and embolization. The
word is from Greek: ἀνεύρυσμα, aneurysma, "dilation", from ἀνευρύνειν, aneurynein, "to dilate". As an aneurysm increases in size, the risk of rupture increases, leading to uncontrolled bleeding.
Although they may occur in any blood vessel, particularly lethal examples include aneurysms of the Circle of Willis in the brain, aortic aneurysms affecting the thoracic aorta, and abdominal aortic
aneurysms. Aneurysms can arise in the heart itself following a heart attack, including both ventricular and atrial septal aneurysms.
the bat (Thursday, 20 December 2018 20:51)
Chalky Update.........John (Chalky) White has come through a major op and is just waiting to go onto a ward at The Brighton University Hospital, Brighton, Sussex.... He was suffering with an
Anurisium ..His wife Anne has just phoned his latest update.
Thanks to Bones for the Heads-Up.
We are glad that John got through the Op and hope that he is fit again soon.
Apples (Tuesday, 18 December 2018 21:07)
Just a short message to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year, having problems with a useless right hand, so take care and be safe stay upright onward the 35th
Apples and Hazel.
the bat (Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:41)
Hi folks !
I have added 20 brand new postings for December 2018,
for your pleasure and/or interest.
Please check on Page "What`s New" for details.
Thanks & have fun whilst browsing.- Take your time.
Gerry Mac McMahon (Thursday, 13 December 2018 15:40)
We would just like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2019.
Gerry & Doreen
Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 04 December 2018 15:15)
May I wish all those lads out there, especially those that I have known for many years, a very happy Christmas, and also in this coming year, a really successful, and Healthy 2019. !!
the bat (Tuesday, 04 December 2018 10:42)
Hello again to all....for an update.
I have started posting for December...........Your very own Regimental Christmas Card for 2018, is now posted at the head of the Homepage - I hope you like it. It is themed this year, with Ceasefire
Yours `` `Aye
the bat (Friday, 30 November 2018 09:58)
There are 38 new Items for your pleasure & interest, posted for November 2018, on this website.
I have added our November Facebook promt (Digital Graphic/Doodle) at the top of the Roussillon Gazette, so as to inform also the non-users, a bit of "What goes on " !.................
Mike Sinden (Monday, 26 November 2018 16:26)
Derek 'Apples' Cox is now back home, but cannot use his affected right hand. It is his thumb that is the problem. I did tell the prat many months ago NOT to use his thumb to stick it where it should
not be challenged. BUT, he did not obey his 'Starlight' experience.!! lol.
the bat (Thursday, 15 November 2018 21:02)
Hi All !
Derek "Apples" Cox is in hospital with a hand infection.
He has been in for 5 days & another ca 3 are expected.
We wish him a speedy recovery. - Thanks to Starlight for the heads-up.
the bat (Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:30)
Impressions from "Armistice 100"- from the War Memorial Remembrance Parade & Service in Eastbourne, Sussex - November 2018 - now posted on Page 4, "The Roussillon Herald" News, the top
I could not cover all the many Sussex commemorations for Armistice 100 and so have used Eastbourne as a representation.........I hope you like it !
Best Armistice Wishes to all.
Mike Sinden (Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:12)
Colin, DAM you have found me out, BUT, you are not far wrong. lol.
Colin Twiggs (Thursday, 15 November 2018)
Mike Sinden, are you sure that you were not mowing the lawn at "Downton Abby", ? lol
the bat (Thursday, 15 November 2018 02:14)
Gotcha, Thanks Paul.....(I know many, many, Pauls ! )
Paul (Wednesday, 14 November 2018 17:06)
Re #885 and 881
I did previously post a message 790 a few months ago.
Name is paul stevens living in Sussex. I did find from my family tree I found that great uncle john newman (born 1897) G/8615
served with royal Sussex injured in 3 July 1916 (homeward bound 8/7/1916) and again injured 4 nov 1918 gsw thigh r.he was homeward bound 8/11/1918.
From his service history enlisted 8/12/1915
Posted to royal Sussex
3rd ? 18/9/1916
Another entry but cannot read it .
George Frederick Stevens
born 1910 Brighton who I understand was rsm in Royal Sussex. Sorry don’t know anymore details than this at the moment.
the bat (Tuesday, 13 November 2018 22:03)
Hi to All,
There are already 25 brand new entries of items & persons, for November 2018.
Many more to come !.......Please go and have a look....
For the details, see Page 4 ,"What´ s New"
If any visitor would like a particular theme/subject of their own choice, .......please, just ask.
(I am a hive of information & bribeable ! ....ha ha)
best regards to all,
mtb (Tuesday, 13 November 2018 21:15)
les I think paul is post 790
the bat (Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:45)
Could the "Paul" from Message 881, please briefly ID himself to the board.
Thanks in advance
the bat (Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:32)
Now to be seen on Page 4, "The Rouussillon Herald", Tony Botting` s magnificant
Regimental Birthday Cake !
the bat (Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:29)
Dave Grayling` s OP Successful. (Triple BP)
He is recovering.
mtb (Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:35)
just watching bbc news and there was an article called sneeker authenticators.These people verify whether these sneekers trainer shoes are authentic or fake by sniffing them.I started laughing and
the wife said why are you laughing.I told her one of my dads mates was scots guards in the fifties and sixties and to earn extra money they would rent there old smelly socks and boots out to some
weird blokes in London ,when they were on public duties.Its a funny old world out there.
Paul (Monday, 12 November 2018 15:14)
Came across this thought it might be of interest
Colin Twiggs (Saturday, 10 November 2018 17:08)
I have just received a message from "Dave Grayling saying he has had a heart attack, on Monday he will be having a triple by-pass, no further info at the moment but I will post when I hear more, Have
a good weekend all.
mtb (Wednesday, 07 November 2018 18:00)
afternoon mike I was born in Crowborough hospital while dad was stationed in uckfield 1964 to 1971.My brother was born in the frontroom of the police house at uckfield.maresfield camp was still open
I think ,im sure there was a calvary regiment there.I can remember my dad said some foot guard regiment were in the married quarters I think coldstreams,they caused a bit of aggro.I might be wrong
but I think they were an overflow from Caterham barracks.
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 07 November 2018 15:41)
Hi mtb I do agree with you that today the 'Snowflake' youngsters have no idea of the most lovely traditions that we enjoyed in the years gone by. My wife and I lived in Uckfield in a married Quarter
and we felt that it was, and is, a quite lovely town. Even now we go there 2 or 3 times a year, and enjoy the quiet area. We even go to the really lovely married quarter that was right beside the
forest and I do wish I was still there. Youngsters of today have just no knowledge, or, experience, of the incredible moments of time gone by, that you and I so enjoyed.!!
mtb (Monday, 05 November 2018 20:27)
I see on the local news they had a story about the lewis bonfire society.Also on the radio there were some people complaining about the lewis bonfire celebration,saying it was an old tradition and
its had its day.I think certain traditions should be kept going this is one of them,its part of our history.When I was small we lived in police house in uckfield dad was policeman they had a
procession there it was great,i don't think they do procession now .
Mike Sinden (Monday, 05 November 2018 15:15)
You are so right Les in that 'Reg' Ryder was a Character of the first born. I knew him well and he never made me laugh so much, when I was with him, when we were in quite awful situations in
RIP mate as you now do deserve that unbeknown journey into a more splendid world that you will know when you get there.!! AND I bet you will still be smiling on arrival.!!
the bat (Monday, 05 November 2018 15:02)
Working on it, Edward.
Edward Robinson (Monday, 05 November 2018 12:32)
Does anyone do research in to soldiers in the first world war. I have found out some information but would like some more history of what my grandad did in the war. The details I have are:
Name: Private Lewis Robinson born 1899 in East London, England.
Joined: Local territory force in London around April 1918, and transferred on or, around the same date to the 2/1st Sussex Yeomanry. Number D/28644. Sometime later he was transferred 2nd, and then
the 1/4th battalions of The Royal Sussex Regiment - G/23852. He was awarded the British war medal, and Victory medal. These were authorised on 26th June 1920 at, Staines Road, Hounslow.
Any information you can add to the above would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, and regards,
the bat (Saturday, 03 November 2018 23:05)
Important information for all !
Attention - Menu Change !
We have a large & complex website with many seperate subjects & their corrosponding sub- areas.
To simplify, I have changed the names of each seperate subject from PAGE so & so, to SECTION so & so.
This is to avoid a mix-up during referencing, when a Subject Section consists of multiple Pages.
For exammple : Section 14, Page 13 are the Regimental Photos from Aden 1965.
The complete section is headed " The Regiment in Photographs" and has as content, Pages 1 to 30.
Please come back to me....if anything remains unclear.
Yours Aye `
the bat (Saturday, 03 November 2018 22:24)
Reginald "Reg" Ryder has sadly passed away. ("C" Coy & Assault Pioneers, 3rd Bn. Queens Regiment)
He lived in Mossside near Preston, Lancs.
I have done an "In Memoriam" with Funeral details on the "Roussillon Herald"
It is sparce, as not many knew him well or his life after the Regiment.
I remember patrolling with him in Belfast - What a Character ! ?
May he Rest in Eternal Peace,
the bat (Friday, 02 November 2018 14:58)
Hi all !
My friends in Istanbul translated..........It`s a textile firm , selling uniform articles.
- "I sell the military jacket and top. All clothes all the photos in extremely good flow. Here I'm starting to feel a variety of points of view. To try to find the best clothes for you or your
relatives should go to MODASTO. They offer the best bid for these products. Similarly, they also offer a variety of outfits. Starting here, you can get an extremely perfect deal. " -
Not nasty or dangerous........They will go away.
mtb (Friday, 02 November 2018 12:02)
Turkish just a guess
RossP (Friday, 02 November 2018 10:49)
Hi Apples, I think it must be the Scottish language written down??? Or is it Welsh?? Someone must know.
apples (Friday, 02 November 2018 06:59)
what is that all about on 867
https://modasto.com/erkek-ayakkabi-bot/ct83 (Thursday, 01 November 2018 20:14)
Askeri ceketini ve en iyisini besliyorum. Tüm giysiler fotoğraflarının tamamında son derece iyi akıcı. Burada çeşitli bakışlara başladığımı hissediyorum. Siz veya akrabalarınız için en iyi
kıyafetleri bulmaya çalışmak için Modasto'ya gitmelisiniz. Bu ürünler için en iyi teklifi sunuyorlar. Benzer şekilde, çeşitli kıyafetler de sunuyorlar. Buradan başlayarak son derece kusursuz olanı
the bat (Thursday, 01 November 2018 12:46)
Hi to all !
.......as the Golden month of October closes & we move into the Guy Fawkes month..........
There are now 30 new persons & artefacts posted on the "Orange Lily" website for October 2018.
They are for you,...so please,... do go and have a scout around. (For details, see page "What`s New")
Best regards........Yours Aye`
RossP (Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:50)
Reference the question on the ‘Ballymurphy’ problem, I certainly think that you all should read, on the other Royal Sussex site, Brian Marjorams letter about this problem. He has more experience with
these matters, I for one, shall follow his advise.
the bat (Friday, 26 October 2018 02:53)
Hi JC !
Thanks for your input & advice.
All OK here so far.
John C Medic (Wednesday, 24 October 2018 23:51)
Hi Les Hope you and the family are well as we are back in Sussex.. I do hope the last update was useful. Regards JC
John C Medic (Wednesday, 24 October 2018 22:12)
I have received one of the letter in question re Ballymurphy 1971. I have contacted RHQ and they put me in touch with Col John Powell who is dealing with these He has instructed that I forward all
letter received to him at RHQ PWRR Tower Of London. Send questionnaire back to the solicitors unanswered with a covering letter saying (All papers sent to My Regimental HQ). If any one has any
questions or not sure please call Col Powell or Gary Woodruff, 0203 166 6906. Please do not send any detail to the solicitors John C Medic
Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 24 October 2018 14:14)
As always Les Sir, my admiration, and respect go towards your good self and your lovely Lady.!!
mtb (Monday, 22 October 2018 13:05)
just read les newmans regimental story a very interesting read
the bat (Sunday, 21 October 2018 22:08)
You can read LES NEWMAN` s Regimental Story in Section 16, "Swing the Lights", Story No 4.
the bat (Sunday, 21 October 2018 22:00)
Thanks.....Les !.....proud to have you visit us
Good to hear from you again.
I think you may be our eldest now.
Great that you are stiill active & writing.
Keep Movin `the 35th !
mtb (Sunday, 21 October 2018 21:54)
well done leslie for looking after your lovely wife,keep safe .
LESLIE NEWMAN (Sunday, 21 October 2018 21:18)
Hi ! Les & Everybody,
Here I am,still about,and I hope all is well with you all,I still from time to time look through the web-site,and it keeps getting better, Thanks to the hard work of Les.
My self am kept busy attending and looking after my lovely wife of 62 years, as she is suffering from bone cancer,not curable but treatable,but she keeps a stiff upper lip,I am now 92 years old,but
lucky health wise so am able to look after her. I do hope that you Les and all the lads are well. my mind goes back very often to my time in the Royal Sussex, and would love to go back and re-live
them times,so long ago, but golly does'nt the years fly by. Regards Les.
the bat (Friday, 19 October 2018 23:57)
Many new items & persons, already posted for October,
for your leisure & interest
Les "the bat" Deacon
Mike Sinden (Friday, 19 October 2018 14:33)
'Without Limits:Australia was on BBC1 on the 17th October and the final part on BBC 1 on 24th October. Extremely good viewing.!!
Mario B. (Friday, 19 October 2018 07:00)
It is easier found by just typing "Without Limits Australia" on Google.
Mario. B. (Friday, 19 October 2018 06:14)
I have just watched the first of two episodes on ABC "WITHOUT LIMITS AUSTRALIA". It tells the story of five squaddies, 3 Brits and 2 Aussie, all with broken bodies after serving overseas for their
country. They are tracking the remote expanse of Western Australia's remote region of the Kimberly. It is a harsh environment but picturesque views especially near the Billabongs (water holes). These
four males and a female who are trying to regain their lively hood, and each tell his or her story. Great viewing with a certain sadness.
The now Duke of Sussex starts off with telling these five persons straight and plane what they are letting themselves in for and with all the bush dangers on this exercise. Great viewing.
Go to Google and type out bbc.co.uk/bbcone
mtb (Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:09)
good info,good advice wilco.
the bat (Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:42)
Hi people !
Our first Non-Regimental entry on "The Roussillon Herald" News.
I would` nt do that normally, but this must come out & is important.
The murder of the journalist DAPHNE CARUANA GALIZIA on Malta
(probably by her own corrupt & criminal government)
Killed in a deliberate assasination by a powerful car bomb, ignited by handy from a location at sea.
"She was too near to the truth "..........her kids need closure..........PM Muscat refuses to comment.
the bat (Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:04)
Thanks Dilly !.....
People...Please DO NOT DO ANYTHING, initially.......ask for advice or a 2nd opinion first.
I am well informed and can assist in choosing your way forward, if you have no local method.
The Belfast lawyers have nominal rolls & radio logs, but no evidence. They are trawling their way through, that little which they have, hoping someone will slip up..................They will be
sifting through any veterans logs & boards like ours.....so no further discussion on here.....use a secure means.
Remember......it is not a problem, if you dont `know or are unsure.....ask....ask...ask
Garyd (Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:59)
For those not on the other site this is a message I’ve just posted. Be careful how you use this site. These ballymurphy letters are NOT coming from the MOD. They’re coming from a solicitor in
Belfast. The MOD are aware and will asssust if you contact them. As will les.
Someone we’ve served with is giving our names to this solicitor. It’s one of us telling on us. Watch your back
Mario (Tuesday, 16 October 2018 01:34)
What's this I'm reading, that the MOD through the British government is still hounding its returned soldiers whom they sent to N. Ireland to do their dirty work, when I believe that IRA murderers
were set free so talks could go on etc etc.
Garyd (Monday, 15 October 2018 13:25)
If you were in Ballykiler in 71. Watch your back. There a letter out there asking questions about the shootings and asking people to name as many as they can remember that were serving with us. I’ve
spoken to mod and les and put something on the other site. It refers to ballymurphy abd interment
the bat (Sunday, 14 October 2018 13:16)
Edited & reposted
Chris Message (Saturday, 13 October 2018 19:50)
Aden picture 449 in the front of the patrol I can now confirm is Richard Fairfax, Queens Royal Surrey Regiment TAVR, attached to C Coy Support Platoon (Mortars) and I believe this fits with the other
members of the patrol who have been identified as being from support platoon.
Richard is the brother of Geoff Fairfax MBE who was Drum Major 5 Queens, 1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers Corps of Drums and recently was at the QRMW anniversary with his contingent of drummers he
was also seen leading one of the NI veterans marches to Whitehall.
Garyd (Friday, 12 October 2018 15:23)
Thanks Les. Lovely chatting with you. We must do it again sometime
the bat (Friday, 12 October 2018 14:00)
I have been advising on this for some time.
There is a patent response that works.
Ring me on 0049 - 8631 - 990170......I will ring you straight back.
Garyd (Friday, 12 October 2018 10:53)
I’ve posted a comment on the other site about a recent tv programme. Interested to see if any others are in my position
mtb (Thursday, 11 October 2018 13:53)
the Kaisers own,
I was doing a bit of research into a relation who died in ww1, I came across a really good website called Great war London,If you put great war London the Kaisers own in it comes up about a couple of
battalions of the Middlesex regiment who had people of german origin in.Also there are some old photographs of ww1 under great war photos.Most of these photographs I have never seen before.There are
some good photos of lowthers lambs and other royal sussex battalions,be warned there are lots of photos.
mtb (Thursday, 11 October 2018 12:36)
I cut a few logs for my fire .I always take my phone with me and have twice broken the so called unbreakable case .These mobile phones are a pain ,I would prefer not to have one but my elderly mum
keeps in touch with me by them.My one is my wifes old contract mobile ,in the future if unfortunately I have to have one it will be the old type with numbers on the front of it .Years ago all you had
to take with you was car keys now its the mobile but never mind that's so called progression.
Colin Twiggs (Wednesday, 10 October 2018 09:39)
Ref "Smart phones",
When I retired my was slung in the bin, I had to have one for work just for communications, Ringing at all hours, day and night, now life is good A call now and then with "The Bat" i.e. voice to
voice like most agree is the best way to stay alert and sane. ! Am I sane, ?
the bat (Sunday, 07 October 2018 09:01)
Martyn....I am alien......... from a far-off galaxy.
Your brother is exactly 35 mins drive from me now.
Thanks for input.....stay bright, bro
mtb (Saturday, 06 October 2018 13:29)
talking about phones I nearly knocked a guy over the other day he just crossed a junction talking on his phone and didn't look. mike that's a nice looking house in sussex.les my brothers on a stag do
in munich I don't know if its October fest I wish I was with him.Years ago on telly when mobile phones come out there was a pub where if your mobile phone went off the guvnor of the pub put the
mobile phone in a pint of beer which I found quite amusing the punters had been warned. sometimes im in the front garden and say good morning to people they look at you like an alien
Mike Sinden (Saturday, 06 October 2018 10:24)
Thank you very much Les for your last extremely well written input. I do agree with every word stated. Always it seems here that youngsters have those white plugs in their ears, and their eyes are
glued to an instrument in their hands.!! Plain daft.
Mario mate Yes I do have a Blue circling Light when I mow, and if someone gets in my way, I sound off a loud siren.!! Reminds me of my old days with my Ambulances.!! lol.
the bat (Saturday, 06 October 2018 09:38)
Thanks for your input Mike & Mario..............No.......I have never possesed a Smart Phone/Tablet,etc,
I don` t want one either.
We are moving towards the "1984" syndrome from George Orwell.(Read the book, if you haven` t !!)
People are already slaves of their stupid little boxes. Their "Fones"
Normal communication skills such as languages, conversation, grammar, writing, punctuation, speech control, descriptive skills, some general knowledge, etc, are dying at a fast rate.
It is estimated that up to 38% of the content in Social Media outlets, (Facebook & Co) is now fake or untrue.
The problem is, the smaller my horizont becomes, the more of this rubbish I am willed to believe,
so that in the end, I really start believing the fantasy crap as well. This is "opinion manipulation", governments do it, political & religious organisation do it & retail sales do it.
Stay awake, stay critical...........don` t offer them that chance to manipulate you........I wish you all well.
Les "the bat" Deacon
PS. for Martyn.....in Germany, I` m sure there are just as many phones....however, they are forbidden in school & are often turned off when in company. The everyday habits therewith are slightly
different here. ...L
Mario (Saturday, 06 October 2018 01:07)
Hi Mike, same here and don't believe in smart phones but face to face conversation. Seeing your latest photos mowing that lovely property of yours, do you have the Red and Blue emergency light fitted
and working whilst on the job? LOL
Mike Sinden (Friday, 05 October 2018 14:47)
I do not have a 'Smart Phone' therefore I live in peace.!!
mtb (Thursday, 04 October 2018 20:35)
sorry to go on about politics,i see where your coming from.Most of the time the phone seems to bring bad news not good.Its a funny old world out there I don't know whats its like in Germany but here
in uk young children have these smart phones.Any way all the best martyn
the bat (Thursday, 04 October 2018 15:06)
Thanks for your input, Martyn.
The post has nothing to do with Corbyn or Politics.
It could just as well be Elton John or Boris Johnson....It`s about our awareness for digital faking in general.........manipulation by others, without us being completely aware of it. The danger lies
in the George Orwell syndrom ......in other words; we begin to subconsciously actually believe this rubbish, once we become a slave of our smart phone. (I do not posess one !)
mtb (Thursday, 04 October 2018 08:33)
nice one les,its amazing what can be done .when corbyn was confronted by a member of the public about his friends the ira he would not condemn them.corbyn said he condemmed all violence in northern
Ireland .corbyn and macdonald both have attended republican events.macdonald on his wall has a plaque presented by Gerry Kelly the old bailey bomber.whatever peoples political persuasion its worrying
that these jokers have a chance maybe of being the next government.They are allways complaining about the establishement,they are the establishement.If they like there kind of politics go and live in
Russia,and other dictatorships.Rant over.
the bat (Thursday, 04 October 2018 04:22)
Important info on fake images on the internet.
Prepared for you by "the bat".
This has caused a storm on social media.......snicker...
Now on Page 4, "The Roussillon Herald". (last entry)
Why not go and ``` ave a Butcher` s Hook !
the bat (Sunday, 30 September 2018 04:25)
Hi all !
There are 30 new items, now posted for September.(in the form of Artefacts or Persons)
Please check on "What`` s New" for location & details.
Have a good browse !........I hope you find something of interest to widen your Regimental knowledge.
This is in addition to the, already mentioned, Priez & Lewes coverage.
Thanks for looking
the bat (Saturday, 29 September 2018 07:02)
I have added 10 photos to the article ` Priez Visit Sept 2018`......Thanks to Alfie drew for the pics ! (now posted on "The Roussillon Herald" Newspaper.
the bat (Tuesday, 25 September 2018 01:40)
There are 10 photos of the Lewes Reunion 2018 - now posted on the "Roussillon Herald" News. (last entry) A big thanks to Ross Pritchard for sending & Jean Jones for taking them. (....and to the
Sigs.Pln. ! )
the bat (Saturday, 22 September 2018 23:51)
Short SITREP note on "Starlight" - (Now on Page 4, "Roussillon Herald"News)
the bat (Saturday, 22 September 2018 23:50)
Thanks for that, Ross.
Much appreciated - I would have covered it earlier & punctually, but had recieved no SITREP or Photos.
RossP (Saturday, 22 September 2018 17:50)
As some of you might know, on Saturday, September 8th, the Royal Sussex Regimental Reunion was held at Lewes in Sussex.
Unfortunately, Colonel Rod Arnold was absent due to a sudden illness. However, Major McCulley stood in and made a very good job of being President.
Colonel Arnold is now back at home after his hospital stay. He is recuperating, taking it easy.
It was noted that at least 30 of the attendees were Signals/Recce, it was also nice to meet up with John Smith 02 and Ian Barnacle after so many years.
Again, this year, we all enjoyed a tasty dinner with our usual singsong afterwards.
Next year,the reunion is on September 14th.
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, email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
email@example.com (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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!!!
email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.