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Royal Sussex Regiment
- 1st Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 3rd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 15th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 16th (Sussex Yeomanry) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 2/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 2/5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 2/6th (Cyclist) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 3/4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 3/5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 3/6th (Cyclist) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 6th (Cyclist) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
Kitchener's New Army:
- 10th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 11th (1st South Down) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 12th (2nd South Down) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 13th (3rd South Down) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 14th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 17th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 51st Graduated Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 52nd Graduated Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 8th (Pioneers) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
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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
- Allen Ronald Percy. Pte.
- Ballard Charles Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn.
- Barnes John Edward. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.4th Jul 1917)
- Bashford Reuben Giles. Pte. 13th Btn., 39th Div. (d.30th June 1916)
- Beniston Frank Percy. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th September 1916)
- 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)
- Blackmore Frank Wesley. 2nd Lt. 4th Btn.
- Blackmore Frank Wesley. Pte. No. 6 Stationary Hospital
- 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)
- Burr Henry Rivers. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Oct 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)
- Deadman Alfred. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th September 1916)
- Dench Alfred William. Pte
- 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)
- Farrier Thomas Frederic. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.17th May 1915)
- Field George Tilt. L/Cpl. 13th (3rd South Downs) Btn. (d.21st May 1918)
- Gosden Thomas Henry Hermon. L/Cpl. 16th Battalion (Sussex Yeomanry)
- Grant Charles. Pte. 7th (Service) Battalion (d.4th August 1916)
- 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)
- Hill Harry Joy. L/Cpl 7th Battalion (d.25th Nov 1917)
- Hill Henry Harry. L/Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.25th November 1917)
- 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)
- Hurmson William. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.9th September 1916)
- Jefferey Henry Thomas. Pte. 1/4 (Hallamshire) Btn. (d.13th Oct 1918)
- Jolly John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.31st Dec 1915)
- 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)
- Mercer Alfred Sidney. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.29th Apr 1918)
- Mills Thomas Alfred. Sgt. 11th Btn.
- Mittell Walter John. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.18th August 1916)
- Mordle Thomas. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.6th Aug 1917)
- Muckell Charles William. Pte. 1st (London) Btn. (d.5th April 1918)
- Nicholson Samuel. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.13th July 1916)
- Nobbs Edward Willie. Pte.
- 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.
- Scutt William George. Pte. 8th Btn., D Coy. (d.13th July 1916)
- 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.
- Trotter James Percival. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.1st October 1918)
- 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
Pte. Alfred Deadman 2nd Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.9th September 1916)Alfred Deadman who died, age 42, on 9th September 1916 was the son of the late John Deadman of Northfleet, Kent. Alfred is remembered with honour in the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval.
Pte. Charles William Muckell 1st (London) Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.5th April 1918)Charles Muckell was baptised on the 25th of Sep 1889 at Battersea, St Saviour, Wandsworth in London, only child of Charles Muckell and Alice Mary Atterton. He enlsited with the Cyclist Battalion, Sussex Regiment. Whilst serving with the 1st London Battalion, Royal Fusiliers he was killed in action on 5th of Apr 1918.
Charles is my 3rd cousin twice removed. We can never do enough to honour our fallen heroes. With him being the only child of grieving parents, I want him to be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice.Amanda Churchill
Pte. Thomas Frederic Farrier 5th Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.17th May 1915)Thomas Frederic Farrier was my great uncle. He was originally a staff sergeant in the Blacklands Company of the Hastings Church Lads' Brigade before he enlisted into the Royal Sussex Regiment as a private around September 1914. He went to the Tower of London with the regiment around November 1914, whereby the regiment took over the guarding of the Tower from the esteemed Guards Division, who had already left to fight in France at the beginning of the war.
Thomas Frederic Farrier had two brothers serving in the armed forces, who also lost their lives. A further brother also served in the army, losing an arm in the battle of the Somme.
Thomas lost his life, with two fellow soldiers on 17th May 1915, whilst guarding a number of captured German troops in a commandeered tobacco factory in Bethune, Northern France. A shell hit the building, killing Thomas and his two comrades, whilst ironically no prisoners were killed. I have visited his grave, and those of his two comrades, a number of times now and always feel an immense sense of pride when I stand before it.Mike Farrier
Pte. James Percival Trotter 1/5th Btn. Border Regiment (d.1st October 1918)James Trotter was born to Charles Trotter and Jemima Smith in the final quarter of 1897 in Rye, East Sussex. He was the son of a timber carrier. He enlisted in Hastings, East Sussex and served as 3081 and 290849, The Royal Sussex Regiment. He had two brothers, Robert Lionel and Charles Theadore and a half sister from the father's previous marriage, Edith Grace Voice whose mother died in 1886.
He was killed in action, I think in the Battle of Canal du Nord, (part of the battle of the Hindenburg Line). He is remembered with honour on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, situated between Arras and Cambrai.Patricia Donoghue
Pte. Edward Willie Nobbs Royal Sussex RegimentBill Nobbs served with the Royal Sussex Regiment and the Labour Corps.P Butler
Pte. Samuel Nicholson 7th Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.13th July 1916)Samuel Nicholson served with the 7th Btn Royal Sussex Regiment, part of the 12th Brigade, 36th Div. Sussex.Luc Pottiez
L/Cpl Harry Joy Hill 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment (d.25th Nov 1917)Harry Hill is my maternal grandmothers brother. He was born in Belfast on 8th June 1886 and in the 1901 census he was working, aged 15, as a domestic servant and in the 1911 census he was a moulder in a factory. He joined up on 19th August 1914 and for an unknown reason ended up in D Company, 7th battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. His older brother David served in the Royal Irish Regiment and another older brother Johnny served in the Imperial Yeomanry during the Boer War.He was killed during fighting in the Cambria operations on 25th November 1917, his body never recovered. The family was told he was hit by a shell.Glenn Millar
Pte. Henry Rivers Burr 2nd Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.18th Oct 1918)Harry Burr is said to have joined up before he was of eligible age. Possibly in 1916. Sadly, he was killed in action in Belgium just before the end of the war. There is also an article in the local newspaper saying that at some stage he was taken prisoner but managed to escape. I am still searching for the details of this. He is remembered with honour at the Vis-En-Artois Memorial.Valona George
Pte. Reuben Giles Bashford 13th Btn., 39th Div. Royal Sussex Rgt. (d.30th June 1916)Reuben Bashford was living with his widowed mother Emily and sister Lucy at 16 Chapelfields (known as back of Portland Road) in a five-roomed house. He was a fisherman.
He has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, which forms the side and back of the Dud Corner Cemetery, which stands on the site of a German strongpoint on the Lens Road redoubt, which was captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division on the first day of the Battle of Loos. It is located on the west of the village on the N43, the main Lens to Bethune Road. Reuben is commemorated on panel 69 to 73.
He is also in the book of remembrance in the Royal Sussex Regiment chapel in Chichester Cathedral. Reuben was born and enlisted in Worthing.
Pte. John Jolly 2nd Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.31st Dec 1915)Jack Jolly was my uncle, my father's eldest brother. There is a family history of him being a crackshot sniper. John is buried in Chocques Military Cemetry, Bethune in France.Lynda Claridge
Pte. Alfred Sidney "Sonny" Mercer 11th Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment (d.29th Apr 1918)Alfred Mercer was not yet 16 when he enlisted in Aldershot or Guildford in September 1916. He was the eldest of seven children born to a working family in Farnham which had its roots in Dorset, Kent and the Surrey-Hampshire borders.
The 11th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment were quickly in the thick of things on the Western Front. Their involvement in the Battles of the Somme in 1916 included: fighting on the Ancre (Hamel); Battle of the Thiepval Ridge; Battle of the Ancre Heights; capture of the Schwaben Redoubt; capture of Stuff Trench; Battle of the Ancre, and in 1917: Battles of Ypres (3rd Ypres); Battle of the Pilckem Ridge; Battle of Langemarck; Battle of the Menin Road Ridge; Second Battle of Passchendaele.
In 1918 the 11th were at the Battle of St Quentin; part of action on the Somme crossings; at the Battle of Bapaume and the Battle of Rozieres; the Battles of the Lys including fighting on the Wytschaete Ridge; the First Battle of Kemmel Ridge; the Second Battle of Kemmel Ridge. On 29th April Sonny fought in the Battle of the Scherpenberg, where he was killed, aged just 19, along with many hundred other men in the battalion.
His name is on the memorial at Tyne Cot Cemetery, and on a more modest, but certainly heartfelt, memorial in Gostrey Meadows in the centre of Farnham, only 500 yards or so from where he was born and raised. We have no portrait of him; therefore our only photographic memories are of these two memorials.
It is almost beyond our modern comprehension to understand what this young man, like so many others, would have endured in his short but fiercely-lived life. His family remembers him with love and respect.
Mercy for Sonny Mercer
Barbed wire buried
deep in the fields I am grown in,
enmeshed roots, sods, earth,
holding light and rain and warmth,
rusting the wire,
by Julia Birch, 1916Julia Birch
Pte. Frank Wesley Blackmore No. 6 Stationary Hospital Royal Army Medical CorpsFrank Blackmore was born at 14 Worrall Road, Clifton, on Saturday July 19th 1890. He was the son of Frederick Charles and Augusta Susan Wesley Blackmore (nee Smith), who were lodging there at the time. He was later educated at Summerhill Council School, St. George, Bristol and by 1911 was working as a clerk in Packers, a local chocolate factory in Greenbank. He enlisted in Bristol on Monday 8th February 1915. At the time he was still living with his parents at 'Fillwood', 334 Church Road, St. George, Bristol.
His medical records show that Frank was 24 years 6 months of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a 35 1/2 inch chest. He was appointed Private 52165 in the Royal Army Medical Corps and would be paid 1s. 2d. per day. He was sent to Llandrindod Wells, Wales in April 1915 for two anti-typhoid inoculations and to commence his basic training. Before being posted abroad Frank received additional proficiency pay of 4d. per day as from 11th May 1915. He was to land in Le Havre, France on Wednesday 9th June 1915 with No. 6 Stationary Hospital, RAMC, part of the British Expeditionary Force along with Lieutenant A. Jamieson and other volunteers who were placed in No. 6 Ward.
On 25th February 1917 he applied to join the infantry and was sent to No. 16 Officer Training Battalion at Kimnel, North Wales. In their 28th November 1917 edition the London Gazette announced that as of 31st October 1917 Frank Blackmore had been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. He was later to be attached to 4th (Reserve) Battalion, "The Queen's" Royal West Surrey Regiment. He never saw active service again and was demobilized on Saturday 22nd March 1919.
2nd Lt. Frank Wesley Blackmore 4th Btn. Royal West Surrey RegimentIn their edition of 28th November 1917 the London Gazette announced that as at 31st October 1917 Frank Blackmore had been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment from his Officer Cadet Unit, which entitled him to the princely wage of 7s. 6d. per day. 3rd Btn. Sussex Regiment was a depot/training unit and remained in the UK throughout the war. During his officer training he contracted influenza due to strain and exposure, causing him to complain of "general weakness, coughing and night sweats". The Medical Board's Report on 29th August 1918 indicated that he had become anaemic and had lost weight; there was also a patch of "tubular breathing below clavicle on left side". Tubular breathing could be recognised by placing the the stethoscope over the trachea and listening to the patient as they breathe in and out with mouth open. What you would hear is a "tubular" sound similar to air being blown through a tube.
As there had not been any noticeable improvement in his health, Frank was instructed to report back for duty with his regiment. He had by then been gazetted to the 4th (Reserve) Battalion, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment which had been formed as the 4th/4th Battalion (Terriorial Force) in July 1915 at Croydon before moving to Windsor and Purfleet. On 8th April 1916 it became the 4th (Reserve) Battalion and moved to Crowborough, East Sussex where it remained until October 1916. Then it moved to Tunbridge Wells where it remained as part of the Home Counties Reserve Brigade of the Territorial Force. They were responsible for the training of new recruits and of men returning to duty after being in medical care or away for any other reasons. They were often called "The Mutton Lancers" due to their lamb and flag cap badge. Presumably Frank was no longer considered fit for active front line service because of his medical record and was thus given the responsibility of assisting in the training of the men in his battalion.David Blackmore
Pte. Ronald Percy Allen Royal Sussex RegimentRonald Allen was my great grandfather. He was a baker in Bognor Regis before the war. From his letters home he seems to have been a kind, gentle and loving man to his wife and children. He was made a prisoner of war in 1917 and, while a prisoner, accused of throwing another prisoner off a cart, which my grandma could never believe.
He came home after the war and the family planned to emigrate to Canada via Liverpool but he was discovered to have TB and turned away. He may have contracted this in the war. He died in 1926.Bryony Voller
Sgt. Walter John Mittell 9th Btn. Royal Sussex Rgt. (d.18th August 1916)I am collating information for the County who are creating a database of all service personnel and the memorials themselves for posterity. In trying to get an insight into Walter's last days I came across this site, and felt it only right and proper that Sergeant Mittell's name was included with his comrades in arms.
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