"THE ROUSSILLON HERALD"
A sort of Regimental Newspaper.
"All sorts of fings on ` ere, ` aint there ?"
Our New Title Graphic for Social Media on the Internet.
The Regiment`` s other "Continuous Presence" - 28th July 2020
I hope you like it !......."the bat"
Local Remembrance News from Worthing
many thanks to Worthing Herald Newspaper
Editor Elaine Hammond - Pics by Steve Robards
THE BATTLE OF BOAR` S HEAD
June 30th, 2020.
This could have been written yesterday ! ....... It is from 1905 !
The Ex - Royal Sussex soldier, Sean Hedley Tierney
who was jailed for life for trying to murder his retired neighbours, has died of the coronavirus in prison.
Our "In Memoriam" to the late Alan Thubron
an enlistment photo of him, from 1958.
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.
Three different War Memorials
in Eastbourne, Sussex,
remembering the fallen of the Royal Sussex Regiment.
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)
The PERSONAL WAR DIARY of Pte. REGINALD SHIPWAY
7th (Service) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment.
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 !
The PERSONAL WAR DIARY of Pte. REGINALD SHIPWAY
7th (Service) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment.
RARE FIGHTING IMAGES
7th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment at Aveluy Wood - April 1918.
CHARLES "Chas" STADDEN, was a very talented military artist, sculptor and Author.
He passed away in 2009.
One of Chas` s specialities, was the 35th of Foot.
New studies have been discovered, in one of his lost sketchbooks,
including his notes. - Our website can publish a first & an exclusive coverage.
COMPLETE CASUALTY STATISTICS
FOR THE ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT
PER BATTALION, DURING WORLD WAR 1
Our "In Memoriam" Tribute
to the late
JOHN D. BLANCHETTE - RIP
Bryan was stationed with us for four years in Lemgo as a young Cfm./L.Cpl.
(Does anyone remember him ?) - Thanks to Bryan for his Profile.
CHICHESTER CITY REMEMBER THE FALLEN
with a huge turnout at Litten Gardens.
(Belated report from 15th November 2019)
The new Royal Sussex Regimental Monumental Statue of Maurice Patten is to be seen
with the sculptor & Simon Ulrich (& Big Percy Bright leading the march.)
Simon Ulrich may be an eager & engaged enthusiast in his Remembrance work for our Regiment,
which is a big plus, so congrats to him on that. However, it is only fair, that my audience knows,
that he has never served in the Royal Sussex or in any other Regiment,
but still wears a complete mufti with full badging & colours.
The community & those to whom it may concern, need to know that many of us "real" Royal Sussex Regimental veterans, still DO NOT APPROVE of this practice !
Which Branch ? - Someone needs to get their act together !
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 remain forever indebted !
Three remarkable Royal Sussex Regimental uniform studies.
Not seen before - (paintings as prints)
for which I have now acquired permission to publish. - best regards - Les.
IF YOU CLICK ON A SINGULAR IMAGE, YOU CAN THEN ENLARGE to INFINITIVE !
Casri "Joe" Ramsaroop Revival !
Joe, a long-serving Royal Sussex soldier, ("A" coy & Mortar Pln.) - One of the "Older soldiers" - Originally from Guyana - resurfaced at Lewes Reunion 2019.
Smooth & Smartly dressed as always, Joe, it` s good to have you back, Brother !
LEMGO REVISITED September 2019
A small RV of ex 3rd Queens Regt./1st Royal Sussex Regt,
as they regrouped in Lemgo, September 2019.
with (L to R) Stuart Hoods - Les "the bat" Deacon - Jock Ongley & Lady - Colin Twiggs
Rosie "Skipper" - Jock & Mrs. Ongley again - and the Town centre.
Impressions of the Reunion of the Royal Sussex Regiment & it` s Association.
September 2019 in Lewes, Sussex.
The Story of
ROUSSILLON BARRACKS in CHICHESTER
"The Home of the Royal Sussex Regiment"
by Pat Saunders - Precis & edit by Les"the bat"Deacon.
I have found this very rare GIF, showing the final development of the Wombat on FV432 (unknown to me/us ?),
before the weapon became obsolete. - We see a mount like a moving lafayette & the cramped Gun Drills of No 1 & 2.
It appears (to an old Wombat gunner, like myself) like cramped & difficult drills.....and the gun appears to be neither stable or accurate. - (It seems that the No 2 is securing the lafayette with a locking bolt)
It is no wonder it was discontinued in the end !
A coincidence - It is the first gun of "A" Coy, which was my old callsign !
You can alter the speed of the clip, directly at the bottom of the film mask, if you need slow motion.
The WO`` s & Sgt` s Mess of the 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment,
at Palace Barracks, Holywood, Northern Ireland, 1961.
I have enlarged, so as to see the faces - How many can you recognise ?
I am honoured to have known them all - only a handful are still with us.
You can start with John "Chalky" White (behind Col. Newton)
to whom I have sent this photograph. - (I have the names list if you are still unsure !)
The Royal Sussex Regiment at the "Not Forgotten" Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
Thanks to Tony Baker (..the only Buff present !)...for the heads-up.
5th July - Coverage from the Mid Sussex Times added
Robert "Jonah" Jones - The Last Salute in the Woodland.
The Plaque ------ The "Present"---- "Dip" the Colours ------ Thoughts for those gone (Fred Hill).
THE STORY OF A 2nd Bn. SOLDIER IN WW1.
Pte. George William SHORT - 1896-1915
"A Tribute & a "Thankyou"
Major Brian Michael Hudson BEM (Royal Signals) .....(revised)
Commemoration Service in the Garden of Remembrance to the late Robert "Jonah" Jones,
and to the late David Simpson.
Wedding Ceremony of QRMW Trustee Dawn Barlow and Ex-Queensman Frank Owens.
Music by the "Cinque Ports Corps of Drums"
Thanks to the many donors of photos of many faces on this special occasion,
enabling me to create a small impression of this Regimental Day. - Many Thanks to Debbie & "The Hat",
and to Dave "Bones" Tilley for photo org.
Peter the Lamb (later a sheep !)
The story & pictures of a Royal Sussex Regimental Legend.
The Southdown Battalions & Claude Lowther.
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.
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 !
(See our Obituary Tribute, below)
For me, there is nothing sadder, than an old soldier, who has to " leave" us un-noticed.
Mark Willis, late of the Royal Sussex Regiment, has passed on, unnoticed by the Regiment.
His funeral was on Friday 8th February 2019 at the Downs Crematorium in Brighton.
Kenneth Andrew, late of the Royal
Sussex Regiment passed away, just 8 months after the passing of his wife.
He served in the Royal Sussex Regiment for many years & was both Drums Sergeant & Provo Sergeant - Aged 73, from Worthing.- Survived by a son only. Ken’s funeral took place on Monday 27th February 2017 at 1300hrs at Downs Crematorium, Bear Rd, Brighton BN2 3PL.- His passing left insufficient funds for his funeral and there was an appeal to raise additional funds to ensure that he had a dignified funeral........Les
Our Obitual Tribute to Dave Stedman.
WW2 Filmreel of the Royal Sussex Regiment`` s "Shiny 9th Bn."
in the Arakan, has re-appeared from deep in BBC` s Archives.
The Hastings Branch
The Royal Sussex Regimental Association lunch at the Cooden Beach Hotel.
Sat, May 04 2019
NEW PHOTOS & GRAPHICS
Produced by me & posted from this website to our visitors & followers on Facebook, during this last week,
(for more information, and for the info of our visitors without Facebook)
We are proud to say, that at least 2 of these posts went viral,
reaching 5.360 + persons. - (click to enlarge)
The Million Veterans March (for Soldier "F") 19th April 2019.
10.000 Veterans from mixed Regiments & Arms, march on London, Manchester & Plymouth.
Here also, there was a media blanket from the Government.
Maybe they believe we will "Go away" in time ?
NO !....WE WILL NOT !
Our tribute to a young journalist from Belfast,
murdered by IRA gunfire in Derry on Good Friday 2019
ONE AMONG MANY ! .....Estimated at about 22,000 Riders and Pillion.
An unknown "Orange Lily" veteran, from the 3rd Bn. Queens Regiment
riding in Ex. ROLLING THUNDER in London !
(complete media blackout, except for SKY TV)
Some of the Graphics , (for flags, shirts, banners, etc.) that I have completed
for "March for Veterans" 19th April and "Rolling Thunder" 12th April
The graphic art pic, that represents this website on Facebook for March 2019.
(Posted only, for the possible interest of those who are not connected to FB.)
The final tribute -"the bat"
Our IN MEMORIAM to :
Lt./Col. Derek Carter, 4/5th (Cinque Ports) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment (TA)
who passed from us on 18th Feuary 2019.
A Royal Sussex Regimental soldier & musician from World War 1,
who` s instrument becomes a legacy in the Royal Albert Hall,
exactly 100 years later.
DID YOU KNOW ? - I must` ve missed this one !
The Royal Sussex Regimental Memorial Garden
- in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle.
(In Memory of Roy Delves) - 2019
` TWAS A PIECE OF CAKE, REALLY !
The Royal Sussex Regimental Association. - Eastbourne & District Branch - 15th Febuary 2019
The Laying-Up of the old Standard & the Blessing/Dedication of the New one. - St. Mary`` s Parish Church, Old Town.
A big thanks to Eddie Cobb for the photo report.
Herewith the content of the REGIMENTAL NEWSLETTER for the WINTER of 2019.
Thanks to Bones for the heads-up !
Laying up of the old Eastbourne Association`` s Standard.
St. Mary` s Church, Eastbourne - 15th Febuary 2019
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 on 20th May 1940
We have a new page on your website !
Section 31 - Weapons, Etcetera.
Weapon Porno, `a La´ "the bat".......Here are two pics to wet your appetite.
Why not go and have a "drool " !
The 11th (Southdown) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment - WW1 is ended, but they are still fighting in Siberia, 1919
Impressions from "Armistice 100"
from the War Memorial Remembrance Parade & Service in Eastbourne, Sussex - November 2018.
Thanks to Barry Tippett for carrying our colour - To Phil Turner for laying our wreath - to John Butler for martialling the Parade & to all other "Orange Lillies" who took part. - Thanks to the Eastbourne Argus & Herald for borrowing the pics.
UPDATE - The German Generals car, siezed by the Royal Sussex Regiment in Tunisia in 1943,
now nearly fully restored to it` s original state on capture - (only Canvas Canopy to restore)
New Pics courtesy of Sussex Express.
The Anton/Ascher Story
"Issued" with the Royal Sussex Regiment as bogus unit (complete with cap-badge & contact Officer !) in an attempt, if captured, to foil the death sentence for Commandos. (All members of X Troop - 10 Comd. had bogus names & Regiments.) - A famous "German" British commando.
This proud German/Jewish veteran has now commited suicide.
STOP PRESS - Visit of the Royal Sussex Regimental Association in Priez, Sept 2018
& the memorial to the fallen. (for the 2nd Year)
(Thanks to Alfie drew for the Pics)
Research & Expos`e - copyright Leslie Deacon