Royal Sussex Regiment - 11th (1st South Downs) Battalion

Royal Sussex Regiment - 11th (1st South Downs) Battalion

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 men who served with the 11th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment, whether they took part in the battle at Boar's Head or not, and includes all those who died, were wounded, or somehow survived relatively unscathed.

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  • British Army SD/791 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/58 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1896

    Died 1917

    British Army 241477 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army TF/241477 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion

  • British Army 1029 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 477369 Private Labour Corps

  • British Army Captain Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army Captain Cheshire Regiment

  • Profile picture for Arthur Gurr

    Born 1896

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/799 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion

  • Born 1893

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/322 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/395 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Barrow Edmondson Fish

    Born 1891

    Died 1916

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 3731 Private London Regiment 28th battalion london regiment (artist Battalion

    British Army Hertfordshire Yeomanry

  • British Army SD/952 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 45584 Private Bedfordshire Regiment

  • Died 1916

    British Army SD/795 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion

    British Army SD/7959 Lance Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion

  • Profile picture for William Thomas Foat

    Born 1894

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/5026 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion (1st South Downs)

  • British Army SD/926 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/282 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion

  • Born 1890

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/659 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1896

    Died 1917

    British Army SD/676 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army SD/676 Lance Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army G/15163 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion

  • Profile picture for John Henry Budgen

    Born 1888

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/890 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1895

    Died 1916

    British Army Private Royal Sussex Regiment 5th Battalion

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Sussex Regiment 10th Battalion

  • British Army SD/924 Private Royal Sussex Regiment