9th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment

9th Bn at Brighton 1914. (ŠPaul Reed)

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  The 9th Battalion was formed at Chichester in September 1914 and was part of Kitchener's New Army. All original recruits were given a 'G' prefix to their regimental number; numbers of most men seem to have been in the 3000 series.

  After formation the battalion went into camp on the South Downs around Brighton where it often took part in recruitment marches on the seafront. Here it became part of the 73rd Brigade of 24th Division. In December 1914 the battalion moved to Portslade, and in April 1915 to Shoreham. In June 1915 a further move was made to Woking, in Surrey.

  The 9th Battalion landed in France, at Boulogne, on 31st August 1915.

  Within a few weeks of arrival, the battalion was thrown into the Battle of Loos, suffering heavy losses.

  On 11th November 1918 it was still part of 73rd Brigade, 24th Division, and was stationed at Bavai, in France. It was finally disbanded in early 1919.




25-26 September        Battle of Loos


14th February                Hooge, Ypres Salient [VC action]

30th April                        Wulverghem [German gas attack]

Battles of the Somme

11-22 August &
31 August - 2 September    Battle of Delville Wood
3 -5 September                    Battle of Guillemont


Battles of Arras

9-14 April                    Battle of Vimy Ridge [attack on Bois en Hache]

Battles of Ypres

7-14 June                    Battle of Messines Ridge

Battles of Ypres (3rd Ypres)

31 July - 13 September        Battle of Pilkhem Ridge
16-18 August                         Battle of Langemarck


First Battles of the Somme

21-23 March        Battle of St Quentin
24-25 March        Actions on the Somme Crossings
26-27 March        Battle of Rozieres
4 April                   Battle of the Avre

The Advance to Victory: Battles of the Hindenburg Line

8-9 October        Battle of Cambrai
9-12 October      Battle of the Selle

The Final Advance in Picardy

4 November        Battle of the Sambre
5-7 November    Passage of the Grande Honnelle


Summary of Casualties 1915-1918

Battle Date Officers Other Ranks Total
Loos 25/28.9.15 19 362 381
Hooge 14.2.16 5 134 139
Guillemont 18.8.16 7 179 186
Delville Wood 30.8.16 - 4.9.16 3 115 118
Bois-en-Hache 12.4.17 9 107 116
Awoingt etc. 8/14.10.18 2 91 93
Wargnies-le-Grand 4.11.18 1 135 136


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