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 Albert John Grainger

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2373 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Leonard Blaker

    Born 1887

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3525 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • British Army SD/1269 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Died 1916

    British Army 7786 Private Army Cyclist Corps

    British Army SD/3942 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion

  • British Army 2627 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 418066 Private Labour Corps

  • British Army SD/2403 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Died 1916

    British Army SD/3551 Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Frederick Henry Greenfield

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3358 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Sydney Hanbury Dadswell

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/586 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion

  • Born 1890

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3283 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Frederick Bradford

    Born 1884

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1796 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Died 1916

    British Army SD/1682 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/776 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army 3107 Private Royal Sussex Regiment Depot

  • British Army SD/1580 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 6393224 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 5th Battalion

  • Born 1893

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2607 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • British Army 1254 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 119841 Private Labour Corps

  • Born 1895

    Died 1917

    British Army SD/3355 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army G/6342 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Ernest George Collins

    Born 1896

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1670 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion

  • British Army SD/1304 Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment