7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment

Royal Sussex Regiment Crest
7th Battalion
St Roch Hall

There are several memorials which have been erected in remembrance and gratitude for the service and sacrifice of the brave and gallant men of 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment.

Brighton - St Nicholas’ Church
Chapel Gates and Plaque

Chapel Gates Chapel Plaque

From September 1939 until their departure for France in April 1940, the Battalion was based in several buildings around Dyke Road, Brighton. The wrought iron gates to the Lady Chapel were erected and dedicated around 1950 in honour of all ranks who served in the Battalion, many of whom worshipped in St Nicholas’ Church between September 1939 and May 1940.

Amiens - St Roch Station
Memorial Plaque

St Roch Plaque

An employee from St Roch station, Mr Jean-Marie Tiquet, puzzled by British tourists coming to the Station, took an interest and learnt that they were amongst the survivors of the 7th Royal Sussex on a pilgrimage in remembrance of their friends who were killed or wounded when their train was dive-bombed there on 18 May 1940. It was thus that Mr Jacques Mercier and Mr Jean-Marie Tiquet, in collaboration with their friends and sympathisers, decided that a plaque to the memory of the victims of the bombing, should be placed in the hall of St Roch Station. This Plaque was officially unveiled at a ceremony on 19 May 1990 in the presence of surviving members of 7th Battalion, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the bombing.

Amiens - Rue de Rouen (Chateau Blanc)
Memorial Stone

Original Memorial Stone Renovated Memorial Stone

Following a visit by some of the men in April 1980, the City of Amiens erected a Memorial Stone alongside the Rue de Rouen near the site of the old Chateau Blanc, where the Battalion were attacked by a German Panzer Division on 20 May 1940. In 1999, the Stone was renovated and relocated to its present position, following which it was re-dedicated on 18 April 1999 at a Service of Remembrance with some of the surviving veterans and representatives from the City of Amiens.