WWI memorial pays tribute to Sussex fallen

Royal Sussex Regimental Association SUS-140610-103142001
Royal Sussex Regimental Association SUS-140610-103142001

The Royal Sussex Regimental Association unveiled the first Great War memorial to their forebears on the battlefields of France on September 10.

A public appeal was launched in 2012 and successfully raised £60,000 from members of the Regimental Association veterans, corporate sponsors, members of the public and county, town and parish councils throughout Sussex to enable a monument to commemorate the 7,302 officers and men who died while serving in one of the Regiment’s 20 battalions during 1914-1919.

The monument, erected in Priez, in the Picardy region of France, marks the location of the Regiment’s first losses of the war and engraved on one of the panels are the names of the 22 men who were killed or died of wounds received on 10th September 1914.

The President of the Regimental Association Colonel Roderick Arnold said, “We have marked the Great War centenary with an emotional and fitting tribute to our forbears one hundred years to the day we suffered our first casualties. I can’t thank all those people enough who donated funds at the personal, corporate and Regimental levels. This monument is not only a legacy for our Regiment but is also a future place of pilgrimage for those related to the men who fell during the war. We have also had the privilege to meet descendants of some of the men who died on 10th September 1914, as well some who died subsequently in the September to December period of 1914. We were extremely honoured that they could be with us at the unveiling ceremony. The Mayor and citizens of Priez have unreservedly supported us in this project and made everyone involved feel part of the community. A personal bond was created here today between the village and the county of Sussex.”

A list of descendants concerning service in the Royal Sussex Regiment in the Great War is being compiled. For more information call Nigel Taggart on 01243 699881 or email nlpmtaggart27@talktalk.net if you have any information or photographs.