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Comments: 847
  • #847

    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.

  • #846

    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

  • #845

    the bat (Sunday, 14 October 2018 13:16)

    Thanks Chris.
    Edited & reposted

  • #844

    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.

  • #843

    Garyd (Friday, 12 October 2018 15:23)

    Thanks Les. Lovely chatting with you. We must do it again sometime

  • #842

    the bat (Friday, 12 October 2018 14:00)

    Thanks, Dilly...
    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.

  • #841

    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

  • #840

    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.

  • #839

    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.

  • #838

    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, ?

  • #837

    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

  • #836

    mtb (Saturday, 06 October 2018 13:29)

    afternoon guys,
    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

  • #835

    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.


  • #834

    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.
    best regards
    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

  • #833

    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
    Regards mate.

  • #832

    Mike Sinden (Friday, 05 October 2018 14:47)

    I do not have a 'Smart Phone' therefore I live in peace.!!

  • #831

    mtb (Thursday, 04 October 2018 20:35)

    hi les,
    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

  • #830

    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 !)
    best regards

  • #829

    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.

  • #828

    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 !
    best regards

  • #827

    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
    best regards
    Yours Aye

  • #826

    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.
    best regards

  • #825

    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. ! )
    best regards

  • #824

    the bat (Saturday, 22 September 2018 23:51)

    Short SITREP note on "Starlight" - (Now on Page 4, "Roussillon Herald"News)
    best regards

  • #823

    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.
    best regards

  • #822

    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.

  • #821

    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.

  • #820

    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)
    best regards

  • #819

    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.

  • #818

    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

  • #817

    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.
    best regards

  • #816

    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

  • #815

    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.

  • #814

    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.

  • #813

    the bat (Monday, 03 September 2018 20:15)

    The funeral & last journey of :
    22173289 Pte. Peter TWELL,
    1st Bn Royal Sussex Regiment.
    from Crayford.
    ....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.
    best regards

  • #812

    the bat (Monday, 03 September 2018 05:40)

    (Per Email)
    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 help?
    Best wishes
    Alan Holman

    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.
    best regards

    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.

  • #811

    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.

  • #810

    APPLES' (Sunday, 02 September 2018 21:30)

    Hi Les
    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 found,
    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

  • #809

    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 sight.

  • #808

    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 outlets.
    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.!!

  • #807

    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 !
    Yours Aye`
    Les the bat Deacon

  • #806

    Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 28 August 2018 16:52)

    Cheers mike. will do.

  • #805

    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.

  • #804

    Colin Twiggs (Tuesday, 28 August 2018 11:52)

    Lyn Williamson
    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.

  • #803

    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.

  • #802

    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, ?

  • #801

    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")

  • #800

    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'.!!

  • #799

    Chris Message (Tuesday, 14 August 2018 14:12)

    Thanks Les,
    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.

  • #798

    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.