War Memorial, a potted history
The War Memorial in Regency Square was erected to commemorate the 152 soldiers of the Royal Sussex Regiment who died between 1900-1902 in the Boer War. It was unveiled on October 29th 1904 by the Marquess of Abergavenny, Lord Lieutenant of Sussex.
The memorial cost £1,400 which was raised by public subscription and Regimental funds, which also provided additional benefits for the men who served. The bronze statue, modelled on a sergeant sounding the charge, is based on a real incident that took place during the South African campaign at Doornkop.
The pedestal is surmounted by four artillery shells, which cost 6s 7d (33p) each. Other inscriptions commemorated those in the regiment who died in the two World Wars as well as at Quebec and Louisberg in 1759 and in Egypt in the 1880s.