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.
BATTLES & ENGAGEMENTS
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
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
Battle of Cambrai
9-12 October Battle of the Selle
The Final Advance in Picardy
Battle of the Sambre
5-7 November Passage of the Grande Honnelle
Summary of Casualties 1915-1918
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ŠPAUL REED 2001