June 30th 1916
On June 30th 1916, in a diversionary attack to draw the enemy away from the Battle of the Somme offensive the next day, 366 men of the Royal Sussex Regiment were killed in a matter of hours on the Western Front in France. Since that time it has been remembered as ‘The Day Sussex Died’; the most bloody battle in our country’s history.
The Battle of Boar’s Head
This year on the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Boar’s Head, ceremonies were held all over the country, and church bells rung to mark this solemn occasion. In Brighton at the War Memorial in the Old Steine, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mo Marsh was joined by local veterans, councillors and descendants of some of the families who lost relatives in the battle, to pay tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by those men.
At the close of the ceremony, Dudley Button, President of the Brighton and Hove city branch of the Royal British Legion, recited the Kohima Epitaph:
When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow we gave our today