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 Laurence Davis

    Born 1896

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1636 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/1486 Corporal 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army E/36149 Corporal 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/3059 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army G/6358 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Albert Charles Grenyer

    Born 1892

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1690 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for George John Fenchelle

    Born 1895

    Died 1916

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Alfred Greenaway

    Born 1892

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2692 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • British Army SD/1583 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/3575 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army 2407 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Sidney Culver

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1302 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Albert Edward Brett

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2081 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1894

    British Army 154446 Private Labour Corps

    British Army SD/2850 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th (3rd South Downs) Battalion

  • British Army SD/2261 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army G/6344 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Henry Thornton Billinghurst

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3296 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • British Army S/1293 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1894

    Died 1917

    British Army SD/1860 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/1955 Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1891

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3301 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/1576 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army G/6323 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Clarence Albert Anscombe

    British Army SD/1788 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion