Title ID 3074Collection ID797
TitleSouthdown Fighters - The 1st Southdown Battalion
Date19th November 1914
CollectionRoyal Sussex Regiment Collection
ThemeWartime and Military
KeywordsArmed Forces First World War (1914-1918) Railway Stations
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGaumont Graphic
ProducerGaumont Graphic
ParticipantsRoyal Sussex Regiment
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration01 min. 19 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Two Gaumont Graphic newsreel segments are taken from their issue no. 382, from the 19th November 1914. They show the newly recruited 1st Southdown Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment at Eastbourne Station followed by footage of trenches entitled 'The fight for Dixmude'.


The segment title reads: 'Southdown Fighters; The 1st Southdown Batt: Royal Sussex Regiment'. The 11th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment (also known as 1st Southdown and nicknamed 'Lowthers Lambs') are seen arriving at Eastbourne Railway Station, marching on the station platform headed by their own brass band. The Regiment's newest recruits are seen still wearing their civilian clothes. The next section title reads: ‘Allies in the trenches; The fight for Dixmude’. A scene shows soldiers standing in trenches.3074


A still from 'Southdown Fighters - The 1st Southdown Battalion' (19 November 1914)