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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  • Profile picture for Arthur Hampshire

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2283 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Douglas Percy Joy

    Born 1879

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2942 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Patrick Francis Langton

    Born 1897

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2370 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1890

    Died 1917

    British Army 4420 Private Bedfordshire Regiment

    British Army G/14842 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/899 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army G/6332 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army 1222 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 326192 Private Labour Corps

  • Profile picture for Charles Martin Bromwich

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1273 Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion

  • British Army SD/1660 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army 1255 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 514148 Private Labour Corps

  • British Army SD/1831 Acting Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army G/6397 Acting Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/2449 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/1952 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/2292 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Died 1916

    British Army SD/1947 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Charles Cyril Andrews

    Born 1890

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/1948 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 12th 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 SD/2215 Serjeant Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army G/6602 Serjeant Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army 1633 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army 74138 Private Devonshire Regiment

  • British Army SD/1632 Private Royal Sussex Regiment