Collection Royal Sussex Regiment Collection


A collection of films produced by and for the Royal Sussex Regiment dating from 1914 to 1960 when the Regiment was disbanded. The collection includes film of the first recruits joining the regiment at the start of the First World War along with parades at the Chichester Barracks and a promotional film recruiting for the Regiment in the late 1950s.

Collection ID797Reference codeWS 790605 / 1
TitleRoyal Sussex Regiment Collection
Dates1910s - 1960s
ProductionDiverse: Movietone - Captain Paul Courtenay - Pathé Gazette - Major Reade + Roberts - Associated British Pathé - E. M. Henry. BBC Belfast [?] - Gaumont Graphic.
MaterialsDOCUMENTATION FILM 35mm 16mm Video
Access statusContact Screen Archive South East for details


Screen Archive South East's collection of films pertaining to the Royal Sussex Regiment comprises over thirty amateur and professional films dating from 1914 - 1960 (the year in which the Regiment was disbanded). The films not only cover a wide timespan, but they also cover a wide variety of activities and events. The earliest two films, Southdown Fighters: The 1st Southdown Battalion (19 November 1914) and The 5th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment at the Tower of London (1915) serve as visual records of the troops who would shortly be sent to the Front Line in France. [2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, Karachi] (1932 - 1935) and Christmas in Korea (December 1956) meanwhile serve as records of tours abroad.

The majority of the films however record the Regiment at home, particularly at its Chichester Depot, the Roussillon Barracks. The Barracks served as the setting for Quebec Day anniversary celebrations, the last of which was captured in several amateur films including Quebec Day (13 September 1959), and for numerous passing-out parades in the years before the Regiment disbanded, such as [Passing-out Parade at the Regimental Depot of the Gaza Intake] (22 January 1960).

There are also films which show the presentation of new Colours to the Regiment by members of the Royal family on two occasions, including Chichester. HRH The Duke of Gloucester Presents New Colours to Famous First Batt. The Royal Sussex Regiment (15 June 1928), as well as records of other ceremonies, such as [The Presentation of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Hove to the Royal Sussex Regiment] (19 May 1958). There is also a recruitment film entitle [Recruiting for the Royal Sussex Regiment] (ca. 1957) which was made, as were the majority of the amateur films, by an officer of the Regiment. The collection thus provides a comprehensive moving image record of the Royal Sussex Regiment during the latter decades of its existence. The amateur films, typically made by men directly involved with the Regiment, offer unique records of the Regiment whilst the professional films demonstrate the reverence with which the Regiment was held.

Films in this collection:

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