Service to honour Worthing soldiers killed on 'The Day Sussex Died'
Released: Monday, 03 July 2017
The Mayor of Worthing honoured soldiers from the town who lost their lives in an infamous First World War battle which became known as 'The Day Sussex Died'.
Councillor Alex Harman laid a wreath at a commemorative service today (Friday, 30th June 2017) - the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Boar's Head, a diversionary offensive at Richebourg in northern France on the eve of the Battle of the Somme.
In less than five hours on that fateful day in 1916, a devastating toll of more than 1,300 'pals' from the three Southdowns Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment were either killed, wounded, captured or missing. Of the 366 who died, 22 were from Worthing.
The commemoration, organised by Armed Forces Champion and Worthing councillor Tom Wye, took place at the Boar's Head Memorial in Beach House Park, where 22 crosses had been placed to represent each of the Worthing soldiers who died.
Councillor Wye said:
“It is right that we remember the 22 Worthing men and boys who made the ultimate sacrifice on 30th June 1916.”
“Worthing lost more of its finest on this day than on any other day of the war. The town remembers them with pride at the fine memorial erected by Chatsmore Catholic School last year for the centenary commemoration.”
At the service, Councillor Harman read out a message from the Mayor of Richebourg, and Councillor Wye the names of the 22 Worthing soldiers. A wreath was also laid by Julian Morgan, of Chatsmore Catholic High School.
Photo: Service to honour Worthing soldiers killed on 'The Day Sussex Died'
Photo left to right:
- Merlin Jones, standard bearer
- Councillor Alex Harman (Mayor of Worthing)
- Pat Cook, lay reader from St George's Church in Worthing, wearing a First World War nurse's uniform
- Major Brian Hudson, of the Royal Sussex Regimental Association
- Councillor Wye
Photo: Battle of the Boar's Head memorial stone in Beach House Park
Photo: Battle of the Boar's Head memorial stone (close up view) in Beach House Park
Photo: Battle of the Boar's Head interpretive panel in Beach House Park
You can also view a larger readable copy of the Battle of the Boar's Head interpretive panel below:
Photo: Battle of the Boar's Head wooden memorial plaques in Beach House Park
The four photos of the memorials above: Courtesy Julian Morgan from Chatsmore Catholic High School
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