Book celebrates war effort of the Royal Sussex and the men who couldn’t be druv

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A new book due out next month will lift the lid on the countless local soldiers who served in the Royal Sussex Regiment during the Great War.

We Wunt Be Druv provides a comprehensive guide to every one of the 11 Royal Sussex Regiment battalions which fought on the Western Front during the 1914-1918 conflict and will reflect on the huge contribution and sacrifices made by the people of this county.

Due out next month, published by Reveille Press, the book is a unique and meticulously researched single-volume history which documents the movements, highlighted events and skirmishes, battles and tragedies in which the local regiment was engaged.

Author and historian Hugh Miller teamed up with Reveille Press’ Tommies Guides division to complete the tome and the decided to use the county motto of Sussex as the title because, in the words of Ryan Gearing, Tommies Guides’ managing director, “It stresses that people from Sussex won’t be driven, they have minds of their own.”

Illustrated throughout with sketch maps and photographs, the book also contains the details of the men who lost their lives, set within the text according to their date of death.

Each of the fallen has a reference number which corresponds to a useful serially numbered alphabetical list by battalion, where known; place of birth, enlistment, service number, rank, decorations, date and form of death, place of burial or memorial, home address and next-of-kin.

Also included are details of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries and memorials in Belgium, France and Germany, together with places in the United Kingdom containing the graves and names of Royal Sussex men.

Mr Miller, who is a former NHS administrator and current chairman of the Pevensey and Westham Historical Society, has spent more than 30 years researching and visiting the Western Front and is confident his latest offering will be perfect for anyone in Sussex looking into their family tree. A donation to the Western Front Association for each copy sold.