The Redoubt Fortress will commemorate Remembrance Day on November 7 with a tribute to the Battle of Pinwe, in a service led by schoolchildren from around the area.
Featuring Cavendish School, Bexhill High School, Ocklynge School and Willingdon School, the service will include special dramatic performances from all four schools in a pageant to mark both the centenary of World War One and the Royal Sussex Regiment’s last battle honours in 1944.
The Service of Remembrance, which begins at 10am, will feature a Thanksgiving for the Battle of Pinwe which took place 70 years ago in Burma, where the fortress’s very own Royal Sussex Regiment achieved its last battle honours before the end of World War Two.
Councillor Carolyn Heaps said, “It is wonderful to see local children taking part in such an important year of remembrance. We have an excellent teaching programme here at the fortress, and education is a very important aspect of remembering those who fought and died.”
Thanks to the 9th battalion, the Regiment stabilised the whole of North West Malaysia until civil administration arrived, with soldiers awarded the Burma Star, which can be seen in the museum at the fortress.
Royal Sussex veteran Barry Lane will give an account of the battle during the service and fellow veteran Stan Coombe will lead an epitaph to the Battle of Kohima. Fought alongside Indian troops, Kohima is often referred to as the ‘Stalingrad of the East’ and Britain’s greatest battle.
The programme of service will be led by Reverend John Kimberley and will include the poignant sound of the Last Post before the two minute-silence and then a Reveille and Blessing.
Councillor Philip Ede said, “The Royal Sussex Regiment has a very special home here at the Redoubt and we are delighted to be commemorating this important anniversary with them, as well as paying tribute to the many brave men and women who have fought for us over the last century.”