Royal Sussex Regiment - 13th (3rd South Downs) Battalion

Royal Sussex Regiment - 13th (3rd 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 13th 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 Walter Harold Long

    Born 1896

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2951 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • Died 1917

    British Army SD/3385 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

    British Army G/6304 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 9th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Edward Albert Clout

    Born 1897

    Died 1916

    British Army 3547 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th

  • Profile picture for Alfred Greenaway

    Born 1892

    Died 1916

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

  • British Army SD/3575 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Henry Thornton Billinghurst

    Died 1916

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

  • Profile picture for Leonard Blaker

    Born 1887

    Died 1916

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

  • British Army 3107 Private Royal Sussex Regiment Depot

  • Born 1893

    Died 1916

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

  • British Army SD/3057 Royal Sussex Regiment 2nd Battalion

    British Army SD/3057 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

    British Army L/12176 Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/3059 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army G/6358 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Albert Brunning

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2839 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • Profile picture for William Bassett

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/2838 Acting Serjeant Royal Sussex Regiment

    British Army SD/2838 Serjeant Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Frederick William Barrow

    Born 1885

    Died 1916

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Born 1891

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/3301 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • British Army SD/2852 Private Royal Sussex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Henry Bennett

    Born 1892

    Died 1919

    British Army 3965 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 2/4th Battalion

    British Army 16399 Private Royal Sussex Regiment Depot

    British Army Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

  • Born 1890

    Died 1916

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

  • Born 1879

    British Army SD/3006 Corporal Royal Sussex Regiment 13th (3rd South Downs) Battalion

  • Profile picture for William James Blackford

    Born 1893

    Died 1916

    British Army SD/4163 Private Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion

    British Army SD/4163 Lance Serjeant Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion