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

Comments: 1392
  • #1392

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

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

  • #1391

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

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

  • #1390

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

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

  • #1389

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

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

  • #1388

    Donovan (Friday, 15 May 2020 16:30)

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

  • #1387

    RossP (Thursday, 14 May 2020 14:03)

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

  • #1386

    Mario (Wednesday, 13 May 2020 01:15)

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

  • #1385

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

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

  • #1384

    mtb (Monday, 11 May 2020 11:32)

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

  • #1383

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

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

  • #1382

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

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

  • #1381

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

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

  • #1380

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

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

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

  • #1379

    Charlie (Friday, 08 May 2020 16:35)

    The bat is a little quiet .. everything ok ?

  • #1378

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

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

  • #1377

    APPLES (Tuesday, 21 April 2020 20:27)

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

  • #1376

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

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

  • #1375

    mtb (Monday, 20 April 2020 10:07)

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

  • #1374

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

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

  • #1373

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

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

  • #1372

    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".
    Best regards,

  • #1371

    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.
    Best regards
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1370

    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 !)

  • #1369

    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
    Les Deacon

  • #1368

    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, !!

  • #1367

    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

  • #1366

    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.

  • #1365

    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

  • #1364

    the bat (Sunday, 05 April 2020 23:16)

    Kevin Brown,
    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 !)

  • #1363

    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 - - 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

  • #1362

    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 ...

  • #1361

    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.

  • #1360

    Charlie Brown (Sunday, 05 April 2020 14:05)

    Sent you a couple of photos by email .. just to confirm that’s your preferred method..

  • #1359

    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.

  • #1358

    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.
    best regards

  • #1357

    the bat (Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:14)

    To John (Costan) for your Sitrep.
    Thanks for your input, brother.
    Much appreciated
    best regards
    Stay safe

  • #1356

    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.

  • #1355

    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 !
    Best regards.
    Yours ` Aye

  • #1354

    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.

  • #1353

    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

  • #1352

    the bat (Saturday, 28 March 2020 02:07)

    Roger, Gary..........understood...Thanks.....L

  • #1351

    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

  • #1350

    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 ?

  • #1349

    Garyd (Friday, 27 March 2020 14:03)

    Have you seen what Barry has said on the other site about John

  • #1348

    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 !
    Best regards
    Yours `` `Aye

  • #1347

    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.

  • #1346

    Garyd (Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:10)

    Barry Tippet has just posted on the other site and on fb
    John butler died yesterday

  • #1345

    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 encouraging news.
    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 !
    best regards

  • #1344

    Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:11)

    Keep at it Les mate, you are doing really good. !!

  • #1343

    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