Royal Sussex Regiment - 12th (2nd South Downs) Battalion

Royal Sussex Regiment - 12th (2nd 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 12th 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 G/SD2409 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 34733 Private Gloucestershire Regiment

  • Profile picture for Albert Henry Gregory

    Born 1897

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1648 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army SD/1648 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Bn.

  • Profile picture for Iden Claud Murdoch Bishop

    Born 1892

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1517 Serjeant Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Frank Casey

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2145 Serjeant Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1885

    Died 1917

    British Army G/14189 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/1767 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1898

    Died 1917

    British Army G/17073 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for James Stephen Akehurst

    Born 1896

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/4824 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Frank Beagley

    Born 1886

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2058 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army 1337 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 134057 Private Labour Corps

  • Profile picture for Gilbert Croft

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2266 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army S/1290 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Herbert James Doyle

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/4966 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army 1882 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 620135 Private Labour Corps

  • British Army SD/1711 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Harold M Fletcher

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2176 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 2176 Signaller Royal Sussex Regiment C Company

    British Army 2176 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion

  • Profile picture for William Charles Foord

    Born 1897

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1323 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Bn

  • Born 1880

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2277 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Died 1918

    British Army SD/1928 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Arthur James Fowler

    Born 1895

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1326 Private Royal Sussex Regiment