Medals of the Regiments:
The Royal Sussex Regiment

Royal Sussex Regiment Cap Badge
Post 1898 badge of the regiment in use to the amalgamation: The Star of the Order of the Garter superimposed on the Roussillon plume. This example in 'bi-metal', also produce in anodised aluminium for the final years.Officers' bronzed version
Kipling and King reference 648 

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The Royal Sussex Regiment

1701 - 1966
pre 1881post 1881
35th Regiment of Foot 1st Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment
107th Regiment of Foot (Bengal Light Infantry)2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment
Earliest recognised formation: 35th : 1701 when raised as the Earl of Donegal's Regiment
107th: 1854 as the Honourable East India Company's "3rd Bengal European Light Infantry" (107th in 1862)
Regimental Journal:  The Roussillon Gazette
WWI:Battle Honours; 69Victoria Crosses; 4Died; 7096
WWII:    Battle Honours;  29Victoria Crosses;  1Died; ????
Amalgamated:1966, with the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment,  Queens Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment and the Middlesex Regiment to form "The Queen's Regiment"

Napoleonic Wars, Battle of Maida, Italy 1806.

Military General Service Medal 1793 - 1814


Two officers on the Staff Officer list also received medals; Major Sir George Berkley;  (1 clasp , Talavera) and Captain Thomas Weare; ( 3 clasp, Vittoria,  St. Sebastian, Nivelle). Private James Furlong also had an Egypt clasp for service with the Ancient Irish Fencibles, in addition to one of the Maida clasps counted above.
A Maida Gold Medal 1806 was issued to Major George D. Robinson in command of 35th Foot.

Battle Honour; Maida


India Mutiny 1857. Both regiments present.

India Mutiny Medal. 1857 -59

regiment:35th 3rd Bengal E.L.I.
New Zealand, 1864: A VC was awarded to Lieut-Col. John Carstairs McNeill, (serving as ADC to Sir Duncan Cameron. VC for 30th March 1864 near Ohanpu)
The two regiments become1st & 2nd Battalions, The Royal Sussex Regiment, 1881

Egypt & Sudan Campaigns 1882 and 1884-85 1st Battalion

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89

1882 Campaign


total medals

* 1650 Pte. J. Ishwood 

The Nile Expedition 1884 - 85



The Nile 1884-85

Abu Klea

    total medals     



**28 of these with the The Mounted Infantry Camel Regiment

Recipients also entitled to a Khedive's Star  matching their first campaign, dated 1882 or 1884-6 as appropriate.


Battle Honours : Egypt 1882, Abu Klea; Nile 1884-5


Black Mountain Expedition 1888  2nd Battalion

India General Service Medal 1854 - 95


Hazara 1888


 North West Frontier Operations 1897-98  2nd Battalion

India Medal 1895

Punjab Frontier 1897-98

Tirah 1897-98


South African War 1899 - 1902 or "Boer War"  1st  Battalion. (April 1900 - end of the war)

Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, with or without the King's South Africa Medal 1901 - 1902

Frequently encountered clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; also common:


Diamond Hill


total medals
OfficersNCOs and Men
KIA & DOWWoundedDeath from disease KIA & DOWDeath from disease WoundedMissing / POW

Battle Honour: South Africa 1900-02


The Great War 1914 - 1918  (26 battalions; 12 served overseas:- )

Generally awarded the British War Medal & Victory Medal, men overseas prior to 1/1/1916 also a 1914 or 1914-15 Star.

Battalion →1* 21/41/52/6789111216**17***
date of first overseas service.
 (first theatre red x )
France & Flanders xxx xxxxx x
Gallipoli  x         
Egypt & Palestine  x       x 
Italy   x        
Indiax   x       
possible ?
1914 or 1914-15  x          
or 1914-15 only? xx xxx    
VC? (surname/date) Wells
Extracted from : "Soldiers / Officers Died in the Great War" (consider approximate - in addition al least 158 officers are recorded with 'battalion not shown' or with battalions not shown here)

* The first battalion was in India when war broke out and  it remained there for the duration, serving on the NWF 1915 & 1919 (see next medal).
** 16th Battalion formed in Egypt from the Sussex Yeomanry
*** Formed in France from the 5th Garrison Guard Battalion (which had also formed in France) - 17th initially titled 'Garrison' which was dropped  16/7/18

RegularTerritorial ForceNew ArmiesGarrison.

Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19
107 officers and men of the Royal Sussex Regiment also qualified for this medal.


Battle Honours: Ypres 1914, 1915, 1917, 1918; Somme 1916, 1918; Pilckem; Hindenburg Line; Italy 191718; Gallipoli 1915; Palestine 1917-18; NW Frontier India 1915, 1916-17. Mons; Aisne 1914; Gheluvelt; Nonne Bosschen; Givency 1914; Aubers; Loos; Albert 1916, 1918; Bazentin; Delville Wood; Pozières; Flers-Courcelette; Morval; Thiepval; Le Transloy; Ancre Heights; Ancre 1916, 1918; Arras 1917, 1918; Vimy 1917; Scarpe 1917; Arleux; Messines 1917; Langemarck 1917; Menin Road; Polygon Wood; Broodseinde; Poelcapelle; Passchendaele; Cambrai 1917; 1918; St Quentin; Bapaume 1918; Rosières; Avre; Lys; Kemmel; Scherpenberg; Soissonais-Ourcq; Amiens; DrocourtQuéant; Epéhy; St Quentin Canal; Beaurevoir; Courtrai; Selle; Sambre; France and Flanders 1914-18; Piave; Vittorio Veneto; Suvla; Landing at Suvla; Scimitar Hill; Rumani; Egypt 1915-17; Gaza; El Mughar; Jerusalem; Jericho; Tell'Asur; Murman 1918-19.

VCs: 4; Wells,   McNair,   Carter,   Johnson


Third Afghan War 1919  1st and 2/6th Battalions

India General Service Medal 1908

Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919



Afridi and Red Shirt Rebellions 1930 -1931.  2nd Battalion

India General Service Medal 1908


North West Frontier


Jewish / Arab Unrest, Palestine 1936 - 39 1st Battalion

General Service Medal 1918 -62




WW2 1939 - 1945  7 Battalions served overseas;

Battalion →1st2nd4th5th6th7th9th
campaign ↓ 
France and
Belgium 1940.
(Dunkirk )
North Africa & Middle Eastxxxx   
Burma      x
Sicily / Italyx      
N.W. Europe       


 7th Indian Infantry Brigade133rd  Infantry Brigade, 10th Armoured Division for Alam el Halfa and El Alamein. ('Lorried'  Oct 42 - Dec 42) 37th Infantry Brigade 7/10/39 - 29/7/4437th Infantry Brigade  7/10/39 -19/11/41212th Independent Inf. Bde. in the UK from 7/10/40.

14/7/42 converted to  160th RAC Regt.- 22/12/42 - 1/4/43 267th Indian Armoured Bde. (Secunderbad & Poona)

 converted back to 9/R. Suss. 1/4/43 and 267 I. A. Bde. reconstituted as '72nd Inf. Bde'. ..Btn. with 72nd to 16/7/45.... 20/7/45 came under command of 74th Indian Inf. Bde.
2/4/43 -end;  Persia / Palestine / Iraq with 24th Indian Infantry Brigade, 6th Indian Division4/5th
(amalgamated Jan 43)

Amalgamated Jan 43 and sent from Egypt to Persia;
1/2/43 -end;  Persia / Palestine / Iraq with 27th Indian Infantry Brigade, 6th Indian Division

WW2 Stars common to the Battalion. (excluding 39-45 star )
 Key: A = Africa, P = Pacific, B =  Burma, I = Italy,  F&G = France and Germany

star:A, I.AAA  B

Most also entitled to the 1939-45 War Medal and many the Defence Medal


Battle Honours: Abyssinia 1941; Omars; Alam al Halfa; El Alamein; Akarit; North Africa 1940-3; Cassino II; Italy 1944-5; Burma 1943-5. Defence of Escaut; Amiens 1940; St Orner-La Bassée; Forêt de Nieppe; Karora-Marsa Taclai; Cub Cub; Mescelit Pass; Keren; Mt Engiahat; Massawa; Benghazi; Djebel el Meida; Tunis; Monastery Hill; Gothic Line; Pian di Castello; Monte Reggiano; North Arakan; Pinwe; Shweli.

VCs: 1;  Queripel   (attached 10th Parachute Btn 19/9/44 Arnhem.)


Jewish / Arab Unrest, Palestine 1945 - 48 1st Battalion

General Service Medal 1918 -62


Palestine 1945-48

regulars reduced to a single battalion (the 1st) 1948

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Selected Links

The Regimental Museum. (Located in )


Selected Bibliography;

Compiled by Richard Trimen, late CaptainAn Historical Memoir of the 35th Royal Sussex Regiment of Foot. 343pp.Southampton: The Southampton Times Newspaper and Printing and Publishing Co. Ltd., 1873
G. D. Martineau.A History of the Royal Sussex Regiment; a history of the old Belfast Regiment and the Regiment of Sussex, 1701-1953. 324 pp.Chichester: Moore & Tillyer Ltd. [1955]
 A Short History of the Royal Sussex Regiment (35th Foot-107th Foot), 1701 - 1926. With brief particulars of the part taken in the Great War by the various Battalions of the Regiment.  111 pp., Aldershot: Gale & Polden Ltd., 1941.
Lt.-Col. Du Moulin, with a Preface by Col. J. G. Panton. Edited by Captain H. F. Bidder.Two Years on Trek; being Some Account of the Royal Sussex Regiment in South Africa. 323 ppLondon: Murray & Co., The Middlesex Printing Works, 1907
Compiled by a Committee of Officers of the Battalion. Edited by Owen Rutter The History of the Seventh (Service) Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment, 1914 -1919. 347 pp. London: The Times Publishing Co. Ltd.
M. Gillings. The Shiny Ninth: 9th Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment 1940-1946 176 pp.The Pinwe Club, 1986.
Colonel E. A. C. Fazan.Cinque Port Battalions, the Story of the 5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment, (T.A.) formerly 1st Cinque Port Rifle Volunteer Corps, its Antecedents, Traditions and Uniforms.  182 pp.Chichester: Royal Sussex Regimental Association, 1971
F. St. D. Skinner.History of the War Service of the 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment from 1701 to 1904.  113 pp.Ambala: Royal Sussex Regimental Press, 1906
 The Royal Sussex Regiment. The last 20 years 1948-67.  44 ppChichester: Regimental Association, 1974.


Additional Bibliography for this Page.

Officers of the Regiment.Unpublished rolls in the care of the National Archives; WO 100/ etc.-
 Additional bibliography same as Northumberland Fusiliers page  



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