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Royal Sussex Regiment
during the Great War 1914-1918.
- Adams Frederick Guildford. Pte. 2nd Btn. D Coy . (d.13th Oct 1915)
- Ager Allen. L/Cpl. 11th Btn (d.3rd Apr 1918)
- Allcroft Henry John. Pte. 16th Battalion
- Ballard Charles Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn.
- Barnes John Edward. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.4th Jul 1917)
- Bennett Charles Pinder. Pte. 6th. Batallion
- Bennett James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.20th Aug 1916)
- Bible Geoffrey Roskell. 2nd Lt. 101st Company (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Borrow Arthur. L/Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.24th Oct 1915)
- Broad James. Private 11th Bn (d.17th Nov 1918)
- Broadhead Frank. 5th Btn. (d.18th Aug 1918)
- Budgen Harry Stanley. Pte. 7th Btn.
- Bullock Reuben Zinzendorf.
- Burchell Percy Dudley. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.23rd Mar 1918)
- Burrell William H.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.22nd May 1916)
- Carter Nelson Victor. CSM 12th Btn. (d.30th June 1916)
- Casse Frederick. 12th Battalion
- Chatterley Horace Victor. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1917)
- Child Frederick John. Sgt. 2nd Btn
- Clevett Herbert George. Act/Cpl. 2nd.Battalion (d.6th November 1914)
- Cobourn Philip Martin. Pte. 2nd Btn.
- Cook Arthur George. Pte. 1/4th Battalion, A Company. (d.23rd Sept 1915)
- Cozens Arthur George. Cpl. 1/4th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
- Cummins Hedley John. Pte. 16th (Sussex Yeomanry) Btn (d.10th Oct 1918)
- Denman David Robert. Pte. 4th Battalion
- Elmes Bartlett Cecil. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.12th Nov 1914)
- Elmes William Francis. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.9th May 1915)
- Elworthy Charles Ernest. Private 2nd Btn (d.14th Oct 1915)
- Elworthy Charles Ernest. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.14th October 1915)
- Evenden Ernest. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Sep 1916)
- Field George Tilt. L/Cpl. 13th (3rd South Downs) Btn. (d.21st May 1918)
- Gosden Thomas Henry Hermon. L/Cpl. 16th Battalion (Sussex Yeomanry)
- Harding Alfred Allen Dewdney. Pte. 9th Battalion, D Company (d.10th May 1916)
- Harding Samuel John. Pte. 7th Battalion
- Henniker Ernest Edward. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.21st Feb 1918)
- Hogan James Henry. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.11th Sep 1915)
- Howard Harold A.. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1917)
- Howard Harold. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1917)
- Howard Henry Augustus. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.13th Oct 1914)
- Jefferey Henry Thomas. Pte. 1/4 (Hallamshire) Btn. (d.13th Oct 1918)
- Jones Frederick Thomas. Pte. 2nd Battalion
- Jupp George William. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)
- Levett Joseph Richard. Cpl 1/5th
- Lewis Leonard William. Cpl. 2nd Btn.
- Lewis Leonard William. A/Sjt. 2nd Battalion
- Lewis Leonard William. A/Sgt. 2nd Btn.
- Lotan Henry. Pte.
- Lucas John. Pte 8th Battalion
- Manville Henry. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.20th Nov 1914)
- Martin Frederick. Pte.
- McClymont James. RSM 9th Battalion
- McNair Eric Archibald. Capt. 9th Btn. att. G.H.Q. General Staff (d.12th Aug 1918)
- Mepham Henry. Rfmn. 15th Btn. (d.22nd Nov 1917)
- Mills Thomas Alfred. Sgt. 11th Btn.
- Mordle Thomas. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.6th Aug 1917)
- Norman Sidney George. Sgt 2nd Btn
- Norton Joseph. Pte. 16th Battalion (d.6th November 1917)
- O'Rourke George Thomas Tracy. Pte. 53rd Btn.
- Pannell William. Pte. (d.30th Jun 1916)
- Patching Arthur Sean. Pte. 8th Btn.
- Payne John James. T/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.May 1915)
- Pelham Herbert Lyttelton. Lt. (d.14th Sep 1914)
- Pollard-Urquhart W. F. Lt. 1st Btn. (d.8th April 1915)
- Pratt Ernest David. Pte. 12th Battalion
- Reed Percy W..
- Reed Reginald J..
- Reed William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Jul 1917)
- Reed William George. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.4th August 1916)
- Richards Frank. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.30th June 1916)
- Roberts Stanley Victor. Pte. 16th Battalion (d.6th November 1917)
- Rye Bertie. Cpl. 1/4th Btn.
- Sambucci Albert. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.3rd Jun 1916)
- Sands John Edward. Private 7th Btn. (d.26th Nov 1917)
- Sands William. Cpl. 5th Btn.
- Smith James Amos. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.6th Nov 1917)
- Stubbs Charles. Pte. 1/4th Btn. A Company. (d.14th Aug 1915)
- Telford Alexander. 15th Btn
- Telford Alexander. Pte. 15th Btn.
- Wells Harry. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
- wilks William Redvers George. L/Cpl. 51st Battalion
- Young John Theobald. L/Sgt. 2nd Battalion (d.24 Sept 1918)
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CSM Nelson Victor Carter VC 12th Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.30th June 1916)Nelson Carter willed in action 30th June 1916, aged 29 and is buried in the Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard in France.
An extract from the London Gazette, No. 29740, dated 8th Sept., 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack he was in command of the fourth wave of the assault. Under intense shell and machine gun fire he penetrated, with a few men, into the enemy's second line and inflicted heavy casualties with bombs. When forced to retire to the enemy's first line, he captured a machine gun and shot the gunner with his revolver. Finally, after carrying several wounded men into safety, he was himself mortally wounded and died in a few minutes. His conduct throughout the day was magnificent."s flynn
Pte. Charles Ernest Elworthy 2nd Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.14th October 1915)Charles Elworthy died 14th October 1915, aged 23 and is buried in the Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery in France. He was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Elworthy. Native of Claygate, Surrey
Charles Ernest Elworthy was born (October 9th 1891) in Claygate, a small rural village in Surrey. He was the son of a farm labourer Joseph Elworthy and Elizabeth (nee Mutimer). One of six children, both his parents had died by the time he was 15 and he stayed in the village for a while working at the farm of one of his father's relatives: "Slough Farm" his job was delivering the milk. Two fields north of where he was staying lived a family called Scott, the family were just some of his many, many cousins in the village. He started "walking out" with one of them, Beatrice Alice Scott and eventually she was expecting a baby, sadly her mother would not let them marry because they were second cousins (although the law stated then (1909) that they could legally have done so).
Her exceedingly strict mother forced her daughter to leave the village and have the baby elsewhere... she also warned all of her other children to have no contact with her! Beatrice went up to London and bore a son Alfred Cecil Scott on Oct 4th 1909. Charles Ernest stayed in the Kingston area working but some time after 1911 he decided to move to Canada and ended up working in agriculture in Ontario, he attended Trinity Anglican Church near Aylmer and from there he came back to England to join up for the war. He joined up in Hammersmith - The Royal Sussex Regiment 2nd Bn. and trained in Woking, Surrey.
His service number was G/5349 and he was sent out to France on the 29th Sept 1915 and sent up to the front with a group of 392 men to join the battalion on October 4th. They were sent to Noeux-les-Mines. Two days later the battalion left Noeux-les-Mines and moved to Mazingarbe (near Loos) where they moved forward into the old German front line trenches. on October 7th. Between then and the 12th they dug towards the enemy, forming new trench systems as near as they could to the German front. They were under sniper fire from the Germans which caused casualties and deaths each day.
On the 13th October, 1915 they came under the orders of the G.O.C. 1st Bde. At 1pm the gas and smoke discharge took place and the attack over the top was scheduled for one hour later. The Battalion was ordered to send one company forward as a strong patrol to help the 1st Bde. capture the German front line trenches (Along the line of the road H13-A42 leading into Hulluch) and then a second company would be sent one half hour later to establish themselves in the German trenches immediately west of Hulluch. The remainder of the battalion, minus one company was to closely support this enterprise. A company was sent as strong patrol and C company sent as support, while B company was to support C. The 1st Brigade commenced their assault at 2pm and at 2.19 A company of the Royal Sussex advanced over the open ground. By 2.30 Lieutenant-Colonel E. F. Villiers D.S.O heard that the Camerons' attack had failed so C company was sent forward to try and take the German trenches. The telegraph lines had been cut by shell fire and so orderlies were sent running with messages for B company to advance and support C company.
In the end the 1st Bde. did not make any inroads on the German trenches and the remains of the B and C companies were brought back to the support line to await their next orders. At 5.30 the following morning they were sent out again to support the Northamptonshire regiment in another attack, but by the time they had started it was already become light and the action was called off. In the right hand column of the war Diary there is the notation for October 13th: Killed 9, OR Wounded 71, OR Missing 36, The Captains and Lieutenants are all named, as either missing or casualties but somewhere among the 116 "Other Ranks" lost that day was Charles Ernest Elworthy. He had turned 23 four days before he died.
Back in Walthamstow, Beatrice Alice Scott heard from a friend in Claygate that he was missing in action and for a month she searched for him in the military convalescent centres around London until the tragic news of his death came through. Although Beatty had nothing but one faded picture of him as a young man she still had a round faced little boy who one day would start a family of his own.... and one day one of the grandchildren would ask "What did Great Granddaddy do in the War?s flynn
Percy W. Reed Sussex RegimentPercy Reed was born in Wick Sussex in 1892, died 1928 of influenza, aged 36.Tony Reed
Sgt. Harry Wells VC. 2nd Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.25th Sep 1915)Harry Wells was killed in action on 25th September 1915 and is buried in the Dud Corner cemetery in France.
An extract from the London Gazette, No. 29371, dated 16th Nov., 1915, records the following:- "When his Platoon Officer had been killed he took command and led his men forward to within fifteen yards of the German wire. Nearly half the Platoon were killed or wounded, and the remainder were much shaken, but with the utmost coolness and bravery, Serjeant Wells rallied them and led them forward. Finally, when very few were left, he stood up and urged them forward once more, but while doing this he was killed. He gave a magnificent example of courage and determination."s flynn
Reginald J. Reed Sussex RegimentReg Reed was born in 1897 in Littlehampton, and died in 1977 aged 80.Tony Reed
Cpl Joseph Richard Levett 1/5th Royal Sussex Regimentthis was my great uncle. He died of wounds after the war. He played football for Hailsham Town and was wounded twice in action. He wrote a letter from the front thanking the town for sending cigarettes to the "Hailsham boys". I did have a newspaper article on A Company (Hailsham) 1/5th Battalion taken at Dover Castle before they went out to France. Joe is in this photo.... I would love to see a copy of the originalGreg Chuter
Sgt. Frederick John Child DCM. 2nd Btn Royal Sussex RegimentOur Grandfather, Jack Child would never tell us the truth on how he won his Distinguished Conduct Medal. The story he told us made us all very proud to call him Pappy (our name for Granddad), it wasn't until sometime after his death that one of us decided to do some digging into our family history that we found his actual citation, this was achieved via the Regimental Museum. The following are the words on his citation: "G/4278 Pte F.J. Child 2nd Btn R Sussex R (Pulborough) (LG 2Dec 1919) For most conspicuous gallantry in the attack of the enemy position north of Gricourt on 24th September 1918. His platoon was held up by an enemy post on the flank. He immediately worked forward alone, killed several of the enemy, and forced the remainder to surrender. His splendid action saved this critical situation and throughout his courage, cheerfulness and ability to lead his platoon were most noticeable
Our Pappy also served in WW11 as a Provo Sargent but we have no info as of yet. Pappy you are a still a true legend and sadly missed.Bob Child
Lt. W. F Pollard-Urquhart 1st Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.8th April 1915)Lt Pollard-Urquhart was the son of M. A. Pollard-Urquhart. He was killed in action near Shab-kadr, India on 8th April 1915, whilst trying to save wounded officers of an Indian regiment. He was aged 24 years.s flynn
Pte. Frank Richards 12th Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.30th June 1916)Frank Richards was my uncle, my father's younger brother. He was born in 1895. He was a conductor working for the London and North West Railway when he joined, in November 1914, the 2nd of the three Southdowns Battalions that were raised by Col Claude Lowther of Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex. These battalions later became the 11th, 12th and 13th Battalions, Royal Sussex Regiment.
After training all three Battalions were sent to France in early 1916. On 30th June 1916 they were involved in a diversionary attack at Richebourg where heavy losses were sustained, which included my Uncle Frank. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Loos Memorial.Chris Richards
Pte. Arthur Sean Patching 8th Btn. Royal Sussex RegimentArthur Patching was a groom at a racing stables before he joined the 8th Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment.Tina
Cpl. Arthur George Cozens 1/4th Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.2nd Sep 1918)Arthur Cozens served with 1/4th Battalion Territorial Force, on the 24th April 1915 moved to Cambridge and transferred to the 160th Brigade of the 53rd Division, and then moved on to Bedford. In July 1915 they sailed to the Mediterranean via Mudros and on the 9th of August 1915, landed at Suvla Bay and engaged in various actions as part of the Gallipoli campaign. In Dec 1915 he was evacuated to Egypt due to heavy casualties from combat, disease and severe weather conditions. The Division then engaged in various actions as part of the Palestine Campaign including; The Battle of Romani in 1916, The Second and Third Battles of Gaza, The Capture of Jerusalem and The Defence of Jerusalem in 1918. Then The battle of Tell'Asur in early 1918. In May 1918 he moved to France via Alexandria leaving the 53rd Division and on 30th June 1918 he joined the 101st Brigade of the 34th Division which engaged in various actions on the Western Front including: The Battle of the Soissonais and of the Ourcq, The capture of Baigneux Ridge, The Battle of Ypres, The Battle of Courtrai, The action of Ooteghem, and The action of Tieghem. Arthur Cozens was killed in action on the 2nd September 1918.Arthur George Cozens
Pte. Albert Sambucci 11th Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.3rd Jun 1916)My grandad Albert Sambucci was just 23 when he died near Cambrin, France. He is buried in Cambrin Church extension cemetery. Prior to enlistment he was working in the family ice cream business in Brighton. His family had come from Italy in the early 1800s. He was married and had a son, Loreto, who was only two when his dad was killed. He also had a baby daughter, Philomena, who was born after his departure for France so he never saw her.
His letters speak of the cold and lice-ridden blankets. He also mentioned being made a bomber and trench raids. He said on one occasion it took him 2.5 hours to cover 120 yards from no mans land back to his trench. His last letter written just two days before his death said he was in the pink and hopeful of some leave. On the day that he was killed the Battalion diary states that three other ranks were killed when Sap15 was blown in, then an hour later two other ranks were shot by sniper fire, so we do not know the circumstances of his last moments.Linda
A/Sgt. Leonard William Lewis MM 2nd Btn. Royal Sussex RegimentActing Serjeant, Leonard William Lewis, from Midhurst was awarded The Military Medal whilst serving with 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment on The Western Front. The date of action for that award is unknown, but he was presented with his medal early in the following year.Kevin Mills
Pte. Charles Edward Ballard 2nd Btn. Royal Sussex RegimentMy grandfather’s service record does not survive, but from other official documents I have been able to piece together a little of his war history. Charles Ballard volunteered on 19th October 1914 and attested at Chichester, which was the depot for the Royal Sussex Regiment . Christmas 1914 found him at the Connaught Barracks (Dover) undergoing final training with 3rd Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment. He disembarked in France on 11th January, 1915 and joined the 2nd Btn. on 18th of January, 1915. He was originally a rifleman, but at some point was trained as a bomber, i.e. a specialist thrower of Mills grenades (bombs). This meant that he would go out on trench raids, unarmed except for his bombs, as part of a nine-man patrol (two each of throwers, bomb-carriers, bayonet-men, reserves and one sergeant or 2/Lt.) to attack enemy trenches in order to capture a prisoner; this was quite dangerous, and was usually done at night.
His entire war was spent on the Western Front with 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment, which formed part of the 2nd Brigade in the 1st Division; he was transferred to Class Z of the Army Reserve (i.e. demobilized) on 10th February, 1919. As an aside, the 2nd Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment had earned the name of the “Iron Regiment” from German prisoners taken on 1st November, 1914, because of its stout defence at the First Battle of Ypres.
The 1st Division was selected to be a part of the Allied forces that occupied part of Germany, under the terms of the Armistice. The ‘March to the Rhine’ started on 17th November, 1918 and 2n Royal Sussex Regiment crossed into Germany on 17th December, 1918. C Coy celebrated its Christmas dinner at Witterschlick (Germany) on 27th December and afterwards enjoyed a regimental concert. I have assumed that my grandfather was there.
From family research, I have discovered that he lost at least two relatives. The first was his cousin, Pte. Frederick G. Adams, L/10699, D Coy, 2nd Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (see his entry on this website). The family story passed down from my grandfather is that young Fred (d. 13th October, 1915 aged 17 years and 8 months) was shot in the head by a German sniper during his first week in the trenches at Loos.
The second was his brother-in-law, Pte. Henry J. Mitchell, G/16053, 7th Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment . Henry was killed in action on 5th April, 1918 (aged 21 years) and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.
Grandfather would not talk about the war, except the following three snippets passed down from my father. 1. He was one of only six in his company of about 200+ men to survive the war neither killed nor wounded. 2. He once killed 28 Germans in a trench attack. 3. He described No. 1 Field Punishment (tied to a wagon wheel) to my father.
My grandfather had previously served with 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment as a regular soldier in 1902-5, and his time in the Reserve (9 years) had just expired in April 1914. I would assume that he knew when to keep his head down with regards to discipline, and would like to think that he was unlikely to have been a recipient of No. 1 FP. Lest we forget!John M. Ballard
L/Cpl. George Tilt Field 13th (3rd South Downs) Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.21st May 1918)George Field went missing in action on the 25th of April 1918 whilst with the 13th Royal Sussex Regiment. It is recorded in the Sussex Daily News on the 26th of June 1918 that he died as a POW on the 21st of May 1918.Traci Eames
Sgt Sidney George Norman 2nd Btn Royal Sussex RegimentSidney Norman volunteered in February 1915, and in the following July was sent to France. During his service he was mentioned in dispatches for good scouting in Loos-Hulluch between November 1915 and January 1916. He was promoted to sergeant but was then wounded, then sent home to England, where on his recovery he worked with the Home duties until being demobilised.
Rfmn. Henry Mepham 15th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.22nd Nov 1917)Born in Heathfield, East Sussex, Rifleman Henry Mepham was the son of Frederick and Caroline Mepham, of Bemzells Cottage, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, Sussex. He enlisted in Brighton and served with the Royal Sussex Regiment (Service No: 4909). Henry Mepham was aged 19 when he was killed in action during the Battle of Cambrai. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, and on the Bodle Street Green War Memorial in the grounds of St John The Evangelist Church, Sussex.Keith Sharp
L/Cpl. Arthur Borrow 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment (d.24th Oct 1915)Arthur Borrow is remembered on the Loos Memorial in France.John Paul Critchley
Pte. Arthur George Cook 1/4th Battalion, A Company. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.23rd Sept 1915)Arthur George Cook was a casualty of the Gallipoli Campaign in Turkey during World War 1 as a member of the 4th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, 53rd Welsh Division. He jad joined the Territorial Force (T.F.) in 1910 in his home town of Hayward's Heath in Sussex and died in an army hospital in Egypt in 1915 from a stomach wound obtained while fighting for the Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces in Turkey. He is buried at the Alexandria (Chatby) Military Cemetery.Sean Ryan
Pte. Henry Thomas Jefferey MM. 1/4 (Hallamshire) Btn. York & Lancaster Regiment (d.13th Oct 1918)Henry Thomas Jefferey was formally Pte. 10827 of the Royal Sussex Regt.Rick
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