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Royal Sussex Regiment Cycle Section on parade on Madeira Drive 1913

The Royal Sussex Regiment Cycle Section pictured on parade on Madeira Drive in 1913.
Picture courtesy of Ken Green who made this lucky find at a car boot sale

On the outbreak of the First World War the cyclist battalions were employed on Coastal Defences in the United Kingdom. Their role was considered to be so important that, initially, none of them were sent overseas. In 1915, the Army Cyclist Corps was founded to encompass these battalions. They were not deployed as organised combat formations, when cyclists were employed in combat, in conditions of trench warfare they were generally found to be ineffective. The bicycle was used for reconnaissance and communications work, being lighter, quieter, and logistically much easier to support than horses.

The 6th (Cyclist) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment was disbanded in December 1919 and not re-formed

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