I have been looking back at my blog and it’s content and am trying to pick things up again. Starting with Dad’s regiment, the Royal Sussex Regiment. I find the whole ‘soldier’ and ‘war’ thing very complicated but would love to untangle it with regards to my father and grandfather, so this is just the beginning. If anyone has any hints how they managed to find their families war histories, please let me know!
I spent the first five years of my life living within walking distance of Regency Square on the seafront in Brighton, and have always lived in Brighton or Hove. However I knew nothing about an interesting monument that I had always seen but had no idea it held a personal interest for my family. How strange, because it is situated so close to the street that was my first home, with Mum and Dad, but there was never any mention of it.
I re-visited it this summer with my daughter, and took some photographs.
It was built in the memory of men from the Royal Sussex Regiment who fell in South Africa 1900 – 1909.
My father, Gordon Charles Dinnis, served in the Royal Sussex Regiment from April 1943 – January 1944.
This was in September 1944 when he served alongside this regiment, he sustained injuries in Italy and was admitted to hospital.
The Royal Sussex Regiment had a song, ‘Sussex by the Sea’ which is sung as Brighton and Hove Albion run onto the pitch at the start of their home games. Dad took me along to the Albion, sharing his special interest with me, and I continue to hold a season ticket at the new stadium, the Amex. Every time I hear ‘Sussex by the Sea’ my thoughts turn to my Dad and I imagine him to be right there beside me sharing the experience.
I especially love the banner put up in the North Stand at the Amex which states ‘Stand or Fall’, referring to the ‘stand or fall for Sussex by the Sea’ in the song.
For we’re the men from Sussex, Sussex by the Sea.
We plough and sow and reap and mow,
And useful men are we;
And when you go to Sussex, whoever you may be,
You may tell them all that we stand or fall
For Sussex by the Sea!
Oh Sussex, Sussex by the Sea!
Good old Sussex by the Sea!
You may tell them all we stand or fall,
For Sussex by the Sea.