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WINTER 2018-2019
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The grave of Corporal George Newton at the Maubeuge Center Cemetery in France, the last member of The Royal Sussex Regiment to be killed in action in the
Great War on 10th November 1918. A Regimental Wreath was laid
on his grave on Tuesday the 30th of October 2018.


The Association’s Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer

Edwin Drew is now our Honorary Regimental Secretary with Major David Wakefield being the Honorary Treasurer. With the introduction of these two stalwarts we have now given both of them a better ability to concentrate on their two separate responsibilities, which will enhance their contribution to the more effective organisation and running of the Regimental Association.

Their respective e-mail addresses are edwin_drew@msn.com and david.wakefield2@outlook.com

Data Protection Act

You will be aware that under the Data Protection Act (DPA) the Association is required by law to maintain only those personal records that each member has authorised it to do so. The Regimental Secretary has been nominated as the Association’s Data Protection Officer and each member is required to complete the DPA form, a copy of which is attached to this Newsletter.

All existing members were sent the form to be signed and then sent to their Branch Secretary. The forms, and all new applications, will be held by Branch Secretaries for law inspection purposes. Branches are also required to review their membership annually at their AGM with the detail on all defaulters being removed, as there is now a duty to only hold relevant data. A reviewed list will be sent annually to the Regimental Secretary so that he has an accurate list of the Association’s total membership.

The discrepancy in this requirement is for those members that do not belong to a Branch. Those in this category are required to complete the attached DPA form and send it to the Regimental Secretary. Failing to register your personal details will mean that we have to destroy your records, as we are not allowed to retain them without your consent. This means we will no longer be able to send you any information on Association activities by letter, e-mail or telephone. As they say, you will have entered the Void of the Untouchables. Most of the officers are in this category so a speedy response would be appreciated.

Museum Collection Update

Life has been busy at the storage facility since the update in last year’s Rousso. As stated we were successful in our bid to AMOT (Army Museums Ogilby Trust) for a funding grant last year. This has enabled us to buy a new 4-metre Expandastore unit, which will house the uniforms and watercolours.

Before this could be ordered, space had to be created within the storage area to take the unit. Luckily over the period we have been reducing the Sussex Combined Services collection and as of December, the last items went for auction, which with a re-adjustment of the desk and computer, a space was then created and the unit could be ordered.

On Monday 14th January 2019, the unit arrived on site and with much effort and cursing, was erected and Alan rigged it up with heating and lighting (see photo). The team also constructed an internal rack down one side to take the uniform hangers. Uniforms were installed on Wednesday 23rd January and the uniforms and paintings will then be stored in a unit, which meets the museum temperature and humidity standards.

Over the period we have also accessioned over a hundred new items into the collection and these in the main are artefacts of Royal Sussex or Sussex Yeomanry interest, which have been transferred across from the Sussex Combined Services collection.

Lastly, we will distribute to all Branch Secretaries, the dates and venues for the display of Von Arnim’s staff car for the coming season as soon as we get them.

Roussillon Gazette

There is also a sad change in the editorship of the Roussillon Gazette. Sir William Goring Bt and Guy Scoular have, after 10 long years, reluctantly decided that it is time for them to pass their responsibilities over to a new team. William and Guy have done a most excellent job and the Journal has gone from strength to strength in its layout, articles and photographs. Their superb contribution to the Regimental Association will be a hard act to follow.

For the moment, the editorship has been taken over by the President, and he will continue until such time as a willing successor comes forward in ‘quick time’.


Battlefield Tour

We carried out a battlefield tour in France on 30th October to see the last two actions that the Regiment undertook in November 1918. Unfortunately, the numbers attending were severely reduced and those that did attend could only manage a one-day trip. We were unable, therefore, to see the 9th Royal Sussex’s action at the Rhonelle River, which would have led on to Bersillies where the last member of the Regiment was killed in action on 10th November 1918.

Field of Remembrance

We attended the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on 8th November and while our Service at the Regimental Plot in the afternoon was well attended, it was sad that fewer could be present in the morning because of the security difficulties in obtaining tickets. We finished off the day successfully in the Westminster Arms for a buffet and the odd pint of beer or two.


Laying-Up of Branch Standard

The Eastbourne Branch now has a new Standard. The Branch will be laying up its old one and dedicating the new Standard at a Service in the Parish Church of St Mary's in Old Town at 11.30 am on Friday 15th February 2019.

The church is in Church Street, Eastbourne BN21! QJ, next to the Lamb Inn.

East Grinstead Museum

The Regiment has a small collection of artefacts from the Great War, which are currently on display at the East Grinstead Museum. This exhibition runs until 26th March and admission is free. All members of the Association and their friends are encouraged to visit the museum, and also to see its good display of artefacts from McIndoe (Forceps) and the Guinea Pig Club. The opening times are:

Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, and;
Sunday and Bank Holidays 1 to 4pm.

The museum is in Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BJ.


The St George’s Day Service will be held at Chichester Cathedral on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. The Service will begin at 11.30am but you are asked to arrive earlier in order to obtain and fit your roses.

A Reception will follow in the Vicars’ Hall, which is within the precincts of the Cathedral, at the far end of the Cloisters.

The Officers’ Luncheon will follow on after the Reception and will be held at the Purchases Restaurant in North Street, opposite the County Offices. An Application Form is attached.


3rd September Royal Sussex Stakes at Goodwood
We have booked a Box, which with lunch and a private Tote will be £72 a head (incl of VAT). Bookings to the Regimental Secretary please.

14th September AGM and Annual Dinner at Lewes


The PWRR manage our Benevolence extremely well and last year we had 17 cases. All were supported with cash grants to assist with EPVs, care cost assistance and general benevolence.

Do you know somebody of the Regiment or their 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.


DATA PROTECTION ACT (All members, this is important, please read it!)
As you may be aware, there are new UK data protection laws, which came into effect in May 2018. As a consequence of this, we are required to provide you with information on how the Royal Sussex Regimental Association (RSRA) handles personal information on you and how to contact us, if you have any questions on our data processing, or wish to change your preferences with regard to that processing or ways in which we contact you.

We hold and process information which has been provided by you on your application form, including your rank, (where applicable) name, address, contact details as part of the routine work of the RSRA. This includes maintaining the archive and patrimony of the Regiment, organising Regimental and social events and distributing minutes, notices and other literature. Our processing includes profiling you, using the data we hold, mostly with regard to geography in order to invite or warn you of appropriate local or Regimental events. We may also from time to time contact you with merchandising offers or to invite contributions to the funding of specific projects or events/activities or the Benevolence fund.

We will hold and process this information indefinitely as part of your membership of the Association. You may request further details about our processing activities, including a complete record of the data we store about you, ask us to correct the information we hold, or ask us to stop processing it, by writing to us at RSRA. Please note that if you ask us to stop processing, this will mean that we are no longer able to inform you about the activities of the Association or invite you to events. You may also ask us to delete the information we hold about you; we will do so except where that information forms part of the archive or patrimony of the Regiment.

We may contact you by post, email or telephone, where we have the relevant contact details, unless you have previously specified preferences in this regard. You can change your contact preferences at any time by writing or emailing us on the addresses above.

We do not, and will never, share your information with any third parties except where we are compelled to by law or where you have given express permission to do so. We also do not obtain any information from third parties.

If you do move house please send your new address and telephone number. If you change your e-mail address, please let us know and include your old name and address in order to match you to the database.

I hereby give my consent for the Association to hold and use the data on my application form for the duration of my membership. I understand that it will be deleted upon my leaving or at any time upon my request in writing to the Regimental Secretary.




Please sign and return to either the Regimental Secretary at 71 Sunningdale Gardens, N. Bersted, Bognor Regis, W. Sussex PO22 9LE or your Branch Secretary for the file records.


The following Books/Publications are available from the Association.

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

“The Location of the Regiments Colours, Monuments, Memorials and Plaques Home and Overseas” by Colonel R.M. Arnold.
The cost for each is £5.00 inclusive of postage, and the money goes to Regimental Benevolence.

“The Shiny Ninth” by Murray Gillings
Cost £10.00 inclusive of postage

“The Great War Schools Project.”
This was an initiative by our President to get Schools in Sussex interested in the 100th Anniversary of the Great War. Schools were given names of Royal Sussex soldiers that had fallen in the war and ask to look at their 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

The Lunch will be held at the Dining Room at Purchases Restaurant in Chichester at 2 pm on 23rd April 2019. The cost for lunch will be £26 per head, including wine.
1. Pheasant Breast, apricot mousse, braised pearl barley and smoked bacon sauce
2. Pan-Fried Fillet of Bream, potatoes, curly kale and roast tomatoes
3. Roscoff Onion Tart, carrot salsa Verdi, broccoli and Parmesan foam (V)
4. Cinnamon and Apple Tarte Tatin, butterscotch sauce and honey ice cream
5. Chocolate Pavé, white chocolate ganache, chocolate crumb and berry ice cream

I wish to attend the lunch and will require ………tickets. My choice of food is:



(Insert appropriate number of Menu choice)

I enclose a cheque for £……… made out to War Memorial Trust, or

I have transferred £ ……… to the War Memorial Account.
(Account No. 50389173 – Sort Code: 60-05-24)

Please send tickets to:


POST CODE ____________
Signature ________________________
Return to:
Colonel R.M. Arnold
Quadrille Court
SO41 9NA E-mail: rma@quadrillecourt.co.uk

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