July 1, marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, while today, June 30, is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of The Boar’s Head also known as ‘The Day Sussex Died’.
For several months, there were preparations being made for a large scale attack on the Western Front to take place in 1916; the German High command were aware of this forthcoming attack but did not know where or when it would happen.
On June 30, as a diversionary tactic, hoping to deceive the Germans, three battalions of The Royal Sussex Regiment were sent to launch an attack some 25 miles north of where the main attack on The Somme was planned. This was the Battle of Boar’s Head,many hundreds of Sussex soldiers were killed that day and it became known as ‘The Day Sussex Died’.
Five soldiers who were killed were Worthing lads along with another four who were killed at the Battle of the Somme; they are all remembered on family graves in Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery.
Their stories will be told on a tour of the cemetery when people will visit all nine graves on Saturday.
The tour starts at 11am and is free to all members of the public; there is no need to book.
Meet The Friends of Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery by the cemetery chapels in the South Farm Road entrance at 10.45.
A special booklet has been produced by the Friends of the Cemetery to accompany the tour, which will be on sale for £1. Refreshments will be available.
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