In Reply to: Re: Ties badges compromise posted by Rob on Mon, Jul 25 2022 at 03:24 AM CDT:
: Sorry to be blunt, but when the Queens was formed the county regiments started to lose their significance,
: That was 57 years ago, so realistica.ly the youngest royal sussex man will be 75, within the next 10-15 years there will be nobody left to keep the name alive. How many branches have non royal sussex standard bearers that are young enough to carry that didn't serve as a royal sussex man. Does this now mean that queensmen will no longer be eligible to wear it?
It is the intention of the Board the Royal Sussex Regimental Association will continue to exist way after any served members have left this planet for other places. It is not about folding up after ‘the last man standing’ dies and never has been and those who think it should, need to think again. The regiment has a long and distinguished history and our heritage will continue whether served veterans are here or not. It will continue because we have people like Rob who grew up with the regiment and others whose family and ancestors served and fought with the regiment have stepped forward and filled vital branch committee roles that served veterans chose to ignore. Without the non-served members performing these roles the association would have ceased to exist years ago.
We are the only surviving regimental association from what was the Home Counties Brigade and I suspect that the other associations probably died because they did not widen branch membership. In time, I suspect the QRA will disappear too if some of the membership continue to maintain their intransigent stance.
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