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THE ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION NEWS LETTER

Posted by TT for the Association on Wed, Oct 17 2018 at 04:07 AM CDT:

I have copied and posted below to the very best of my ability. I apologize. The form for Christmas Cards, hopefully you will be able to sort out the jumble mess. My Email is above, If you emeil me I will sen you all the details. Tony T

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GENERAL
Retirement of Regimental Secretary

It is with great sadness that Major Brian Hudson has decided to stand down as Regimental Secretary. He has been outstanding in everything one could wish for in a Secretary and besides making a most significant contribution to all aspects of the Regimental Association, he has been a good friend to all of us. We will retain his essential knowledge and experience by appointing Brian as one of our Regimental Trustees.

You may not always appreciate it but the Secretary’s appointment has two distinct aspects; the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer. The intention is to split these and Major David Wakefield will take over the Treasurer’s duties while Edwin Drew will become the Honorary Secretary, in effect the Regimental Secretary.

Edwin and David have been appointed with immediate effect and Brian has begun to hand over his knowledge and duties to them.

We will honour Brian’s contribution as Regimental Secretary at the 2019 Annual Dinner.

Finalisation Programme of the Great War

This November will see the United Kingdom and Commonwealth bringing their Great War commemorations to a close on Armistice Day on 11th of November, and Branches will be heavily involved in local parades and services in support of this commitment. However, the Royal Sussex Regiment did not actually finish its war until August 1919 as the 11th Battalion was still in action in Russia, and thus we will not finalise our commemorations until 2019.

We will go to Bersillies in France in August 2019 and commemorate the finalisation of the Great War. Bersillies was where the last member of the Royal Sussex, Corporal Edward Newton, was killed in action on 10th November 1918. We will formally commemorate his death, together with the deaths of the 7,302 members of the Regiment who died in that war. More details will follow on this in due course.

The Regimental Collection

The work on accessioning items into the Regimental collection from the Sussex Combined Services Museum Trust (SCSMT) collection is now complete and the AMOT application was successful, although we did not get the full amount applied for. We have therefore received a grant of £3,400, which is in the bank. With this grant we will purchase a further Expandastore unit in which we will place the uniforms and the watercolours in order to maintain them to museum-standard temperature and humidity.
As the shelves clear with the removal of the SCSMT items, we are also in the process of repacking and restacking the paintings in a more compliant fashion. A rolling preservation programme is also now in place for the firearms as well as weekly temperature and humidity checks, which are both recorded.

The Outreach Programme has also been started this year, the concept being: ‘If the people can’t come to us, we’ll go to them’. By the end of the year we will have completed a programme of 12 visits to Schools, Cadet units, bowls clubs, Rotary Clubs, Aspire and the Sussex Military History Society. So far we have completed two Powerpoint presentations on the Regiment’s VCs and Lowther’s Lambs. These will be added to as we develop, giving other aspects of the Regimental History.

We have also secured a temporary WW1 exhibition of loaned artefacts for the Littlehampton Museum, which will be on show in November and December 2018. They are also interested in letting us have a further display case for a Regimental display over a longer period.

During the programme we have also loaned out medals and artefacts to families and organisations for display. Most have now been safely returned, except for the medals to Mrs Lintott from Chichester (who wanted to wear her Great Uncle’s medals at Priez in September), which are still outstanding, but they are due for return in November after the Remembrance commemorations. A complete list of all items out on loan is in the new Outward Loan file.

The superb application for a Heritage Lottery Grant by West Sussex Records Office for the Royal Sussex Regiment project to digitise the archive and collection was submitted in August and we should know in December if this bid has been successful. The Outreach Programme mentioned above was developed in part to support this bid. We keep our fingers crossed!

LAST 3 MONTHS

4th September
Royal Sussex Stakes, Goodwood
The Royal Sussex Stakes was held at Goodwood on Tuesday 4th September and many members had an enjoyable day’s racing.


8th September:
AGM and Annual Dinner
The Annual Dinner was held in the Lewes Town Hall on Saturday 8th September. The Executive Committee Meeting and the AGM were held beforehand. The Rules of the Regimental Association were agreed by both the Executive Committee and the AGM.
It was also a great delight to see the new Memorial to the Regiment in the Town Hall.
The numbers at the Dinner, the Association’s principal Gathering of Old Comrades, were down this year and only 4 came from the Chichester Branch – the rest were apparently departing for Priez the following morning.

FUTURE EVENTS 2018

30th October – 31st October
Battlefield Tour – The Regiment’s last Battles of the Great War
This has turned into a shambles. The intention was to visit the sight of the crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal by the 2nd Royal Sussex on 4th November 1918 and the attack across the Rhonelle River (just upstream from the Canal) by the 9th Royal Sussex on 6th November 1918. The 9th Battalion advanced as far as Bersillies where the last member of the Regiment was killed in action on 10th November 1918.
There were to be two coaches: one starting from Eastbourne on a one-day trip and just visiting the Sambre Canal operation, as they wanted to be back for their Poppy Appeal. The second was to leave from Chichester and travel via Brighton, Burgess Hill and the Maidstone Services. The second coach party would undertake both days of the Tour and stay overnight in Cambrai. Regrettably, there was tremendous difficulty in getting sufficient members to join the second coach (only 13), which apparently seems mainly due to the fact that the Chichester Branch excursion to Priez encouraged members from hither and yon to join them, so that most found themselves unable to find the time or money to go on the Regiment’s official 2018 Battlefield Tour, and particularly to visit the site where the last man of the Royal Sussex was killed in action.
The second coach, therefore, has had to be cancelled and so we will not be undertaking the second day of the Tour. We were to have commemorated the Regiment’s last action of the Great War but that has now been forsaken. We have also suffered significant cancellation charges.
8th November
Westminster Abbey
At 11 am, a member of the Royal Family will visit the Regimental Plots. Because of security implications, those who wish to attend will need to ask the Regimental Secretary for a ticket.
At 3.50 pm we will hold our own Regimental Service at our Regimental Plot. Tickets are not required.
Following the Service a buffet will be provided at the Westminster Arms in Storey Street.

FUTURE EVENTS 2019

Annual Visit to the Priez Memorial

The 2019 visit to check the Priez Memorial and lay a Regimental Wreath is to be undertaken by the Eastbourne Branch. It is not essential to visit on 10th September and it is within Eastbourne’s gift to choose a suitable date.

Founder Regiments Golf Day

For many years the Queens Surreys and the Royal Hampshires held an annual Golf Day, but as numbers attending began to decline, it was decided to widen it out to include all Founder Regiments of the PWRR and The Queens Regiment. Last year it was expanded to become the first Founder Regiments Golf Day, and the Royal Sussex entered a team but for various minor reasons had to withdraw, and the Queens Own Buffs won the competition.
Following on from the success of the first competition, a second Golf Day was held this year on the 31st July at Lamberhurst, Kent, and I’m pleased to report that the Royal Sussex fielded a team and all the Founder Regiments were represented. Our first pairing was Brian Woodbridge and Dan Whalley, and the second pair was Douglas McCully and Keith Ross.
After a light lunch the five teams of four each set off in perfect weather (warm and sunny but with a cooling breeze) around the lovely Lamberhurst course. Unfortunately we were not in the running for any silverware as a team, although Brian and Dan were well up the order board, and Brian won the “nearest the pin” competition with a handsome drive, thus ensuring that the Regiment was represented at the prize giving. This year the Royal Hampshires were the winners.
At the end all agreed that it had been an enjoyable and worthwhile event and that it should become an annual outing. It will be repeated in July 2019 and in a similar format. So if there is anyone in the Royal Sussex Regimental Association who would like to take part – please contact Keith Ross (keithross44@gmail.com). We can enter more than four players, and they are happy to make up composite teams to include people who would like to participate. It was a relaxed and “unstuffy” day, and at £40 a head for both the lunch and the golf, it was also good value.

Benevolence:

As always managed well by PWRR and the 17 cases we had last year all were well supported with cash grants to assist with EPVs, care-cost assistance and general benevolence.

Do you know somebody of the Regiment or his dependant in need?
Get them to contact SSAFA or RBL, or speak to me.
You can do it on their behalf it only takes a phone call

Secretary


BOOKS

The following Books/Publications are available from the Association:

“The Colours of The Regiment” by Col R.M. Arnold

“The Location of the Regiments Colours, Monuments, Memorials and Plaques Home
and Overseas” by Col R.M. Arnold.

The cost for each of these two booklets is £5.00 inclusive of postage, and the money goes to Regimental Benevolence.


“The Great War Schools Project.”
This was an initiative by our President to get Schools in Sussex interested in the 100th
Anniversary of WW1. Schools were given names of Royal Sussex soldiers that had fallen
in the war and ask to look at the history. The results are amazing and make a good read.
Cost £7.00 inclusive of postage and packing

“Roussillon Gazette 2018”
Cost £6.00 inclusive of postage

Cap Badges / Lapel Badges:
Cap badges £8.00
Priez Lapel Badges £4.00

 Cheques Payable to: War Memorial Fund


Regimental Christmas Cards

This year’s card is as shown on the front cover of this Newsletter. They cost £5.00 for 10 cards, including postage. The Application Form is shown below.


From: …………………………………………………………………………

Address: ………………………………………………………………………….

………………………………………………………………………….

………………………………………………………………………….

Post Code …………………………………………………………...


Please send me …………………….Cards at a cost of ……………………………

I enclose a cheque for ……………….made out to the War Memorial Trust Account

Or make a Bank Transfer to the War Memorial Trust Account:

Account No: 50389173 Sort Code: 60-05-24

Please send Application and Payment to:

Mr Edwin Drew
Regimental Secretary
The Royal Sussex Regimental Association
71 Sunningdale Gardens
North Bersted
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO22 9LE


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