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  • #767

    APPLES (Thursday, 19 July 2018 10:40)

    Hi Guys
    I have changed my E/mail address it is Now, due to someone messing with my g/mail account
    Apples and Hazel, take care stay upright

  • #766

    the bat (Saturday, 14 July 2018 02:29)

    Would "Paul" please indentify himself to us. (or risk deletion & block) Those are the rules...sorry.

  • #765

    mtb (Thursday, 12 July 2018 14:11)

    hi les,
    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

  • #764

    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)
    best regards

  • #763

    mtb (Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:44)

    Hi Les,
    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

  • #762

    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 !

  • #761

    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.

  • #760

    the bat (Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:51)

    Roger, Martyn.....good to have you on here.
    Thanks for your ID and input.
    best regards

  • #759

    mtb (Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:48)

    hi les martyn burgess 3 queens living in sunny polegate

  • #758

    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. - 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.
    best regards

  • #757

    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...
    best regards

  • #756

    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,-william/CasualtyCertificate.ashx?id=858179

  • #755

    mtb (Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:24)

    happy birthday Les

  • #754

    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

  • #753

    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.!!

  • #752

    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. !

  • #751

    Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 10 July 2018 12:36)

    Well done Colin, very good to see you back again.!!

  • #750

    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, !!!

  • #749

    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
    Thanks Mac.

  • #748

    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

  • #747

    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 friends
    congratulations, lots of love take care and stay upright
    Apples and Hazel xxx

  • #746

    Mike Sinden (Tuesday, 03 July 2018)

    Hi 'Apples' I have now found the new site. Well done Les for all your GREAT work.!!


  • #745

    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

  • #744

    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,-william/CasualtyCertificate.ashx?id=858179

  • #743

    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 !)

  • #742

    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,

  • #741

    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 ! )
    best regards

  • #740

    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.

  • #739

    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 morgue.
    Hello John Costan, good to have you visit us again !
    best regards to all

  • #738

    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.!!

  • #737

    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.!!

  • #736

    Garyd (Monday, 25 June 2018 13:12)

    We did route lining as well on that day. B Coy were on the road outside mother now long gone and my girl friend. Anita now my wife came up from Hastings for the day

  • #735

    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.)

  • #734

    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...

  • #733

    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.!!

  • #732

    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


  • #731

    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.
    best regards

  • #730

    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 it).

  • #729

    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.

  • #728

    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' 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 everyone...

  • #727

    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?

  • #726

    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. !!

  • #725

    APPLES (Wednesday, 20 June 2018 14:24)

    Hi Ross
    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

  • #724

    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??

  • #723

    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 ( 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)
    Best regards

  • #722

    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.

  • #721

    the bat (Tuesday, 19 June 2018 19:47)

    Hi Ross,
    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 cap-badges.
    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 !) I attempt to bridge the gap for the Orange Lillies.
    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.
    best regards

  • #720

    RossP (Tuesday, 19 June 2018 13:17)

    Hi Les,

    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??



  • #719

    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

  • #718

    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,