Appeal to remember fallen Sussex soldiers

Royal Sussex cheque presentation
Royal Sussex cheque presentation

DONATIONS for a memorial to honour Sussex soldiers continue pouring in, with a cheque for £3,000 presented on D-Day.

The Royal Sussex Regimental Association received the money from the Sussex Masonic Charities.

The association is looking to erect a new memorial in Priez, in France, to commemorate the 7,302 officers and men of the regiment who were killed in the first world war.

“There was nothing in France to commemorate the Royal Sussex people who had died,” said Major Brian Hudson, honorary secretary of the association, who received the cheque at the Goodwood restaurant at Chichester College.

He was presented the cheque by the treasurer of the charities, David Dumigan.

Major Hudson said: “We thought for the 100th anniversary, what a good idea to put up a memorial in the place where the first Royal Sussex soldiers died.”

So far, £36,000 has been raised, with the target being £50,000.

The memorial would include the names of the 22 men who were killed or died of wounds in Priez on September 10, 1914. It is due to be unveiled on September 10 this year.

Around 150 veterans are signed up to head to Priez for the unveiling of the memorial.

After it was disbanded, the regiment was amalgamated into the Queen’s Regiment, now the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

Anyone else wanting to donate towards the memorial can contact Colonel RM Arnold, Royal Sussex Regimental Association president at rma@quadrillecourt or Major Hudson at

Online donations can also be made at

To follow the progress of the project, follow @RoyalSussexRegt on Twitter or visit