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  • #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.

  • #797

    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 !
    best regards

  • #796

    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.
    best regards

  • #795

    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.
    best regards

  • #794

    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.
    Lyn F

  • #793

    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

  • #792

    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.
    Kind regards,

  • #791

    Paul (Sunday, 12 August 2018 11:25)

    Hi Les
    I came across this link which might be of interest
    Regards Paul


  • #790

    Paul (Sunday, 12 August 2018 11:15)

    Hi Les
    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.
    Regards paul

  • #789

    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:
    best regards

  • #788

    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.

  • #787

    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.

  • #786

    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.

  • #785

    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

  • #784

    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

  • #783

    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.

  • #782

    Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 08 August 2018 12:54)

    Eric Sir, I am so very pleased that you are still alive, and continuing my education.!!


  • #781

    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

  • #780

    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.

    Cheers Gerry

  • #779

    Eric Hensby (Sunday, 05 August 2018 17:48)

    Sorry Mike - I couldn't resist. Cost EFFECTIVE !

  • #778

    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.

  • #777

    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")
    best regards

  • #776

    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

  • #775

    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 !
    best regards
    in 40 degrees (29 at night)

  • #774

    Mike Sinden (Wednesday, 01 August 2018 13:04)

    Well done Colin, how old is he/she.??

  • #773

    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, !

  • #772

    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.!!