The Day Sussex Died - The Dead, Missing, and Wounded

The Day Sussex Died - The Dead, Missing, and Wounded

The 11th, 12th and 13th Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment, consisting of approximately 4,500 men, were known colloquially as “Lowther’s Lambs”. This was a reference to local MP Claude Lowther, who had taken personal responsibility for raising the battalions. The 12th and 13th Battalions, supported by the 11th, were sacrificed in a diversionary raid on the Boar’s Head salient at Richebourg on 30th June 1916 in an attempt to draw German attention away from the main Somme battle area further south. The Battle at Boar’s Head lasted less than five hours, but the Southdowns Brigade lost 17 officers and 349 other ranks. Over 1,000 men were wounded or taken prisoner, and the 13th Battalion was all but wiped out. June 30th 1916 was subsequently known as “The Day Sussex Died”. This community remembers the lives of those men of the South Downs Battalions who died, or were reported as missing, wounded, or taken prisoner on that day. More information about the battle is available at http://www.royalsussex.org.uk/richebourg.htm . There is also an excellent book called "The Day Sussex Died", by the late John A Baines, which has been used as a major source of information about the men in this community. ( I've also set up separate communities for each of the 3 battalions, which include those who served and survived, as well as those who were killed or wounded ... 11th Battalion: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/2855 ... 12th Battalion: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/2856 ... 13th Battalion: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/2857 )

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  • Profile picture for Arthur John Miller

    Born 1890

    Died 1918

    British Army SD/1199 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Percy John Belcher

    Born 1898

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3734 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Percy Alford

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2035 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Ernest Samuel Gumbrell

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3770 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Ernest James Honeybun

    Born 1898

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3785 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Batallion

  • Profile picture for William A.k.a. Willie James Harding

    Born 1893

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3129 Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army SD/3129 Lance Sergeant Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Batallion

  • Profile picture for Cyril Henry

    Born 1895

    Died 1918

    British Army SD/1359 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 3rd Battalion

    British Army SD/1359 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Mark Longhurst

    Born 1884

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2958 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Died 1918

    British Army SD/438 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Leonard Heasman

    Born 1889

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/686 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1896

    Died 1917

    British Army SD/2819 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Frederick Catton

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2879 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army 1179 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army TR/10/118839 Private Middlesex Regiment

  • Profile picture for John French

    Born 1892

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2677 Serjeant Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/924 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Charles Cyril Andrews

    Born 1890

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1948 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion

  • Died 1916

    British Army SD/3555 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Leonard Beaton

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1938 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Fred Fisher

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1852 Serjeant Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army G/6269 Serjeant Royal Sussex Regiment