Title ID 3077Collection ID797
Title[Recruiting for the Royal Sussex Regiment]
Date[ca. 1957]
CollectionRoyal Sussex Regiment Collection
ThemeWartime and Military
KeywordsArmed Forces Ceremonies Parades Sport Travel Wars
NationalKorea Asia
ProductionCaptain Paul Courtenay
CameraCaptain Paul Courtenay
Commissioning bodyRoyal Sussex Regiment
Participants1st Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment
FormatColour Sound
Duration3 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A short recruitment film encouraging men to join the Royal Sussex Regiment.


This recruitment film attempts to attract men away from their humdrum lives into the army by offering the prospects of travel, adventure, sport and ceremony. Views of rural Korea and troops in action in the Korean hills are followed by a variety of off-duty sporting activities including football, athletics and swimming. The regiment is shown marching in various ceremonial parades and firing a gun salute. The narrator concludes by reminding potential recruits that free food and lodging is provided, as well as wages and up to a month’s holiday.


A still from [Recruiting for the Royal Sussex Regiment] (ca.1961) - artillery on a beach

Contextual information

Most of the footage used in this film appears to be from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment’s time in Korea as part of the United Nations forces, 1956-57. It includes images of the combined Queen’s birthday and farewell parade on the 13th June 1957. However, it seems likely that this version of the film would have been compiled several years later, as compulsory National Service was not abolished until December 1960, making this type of recruitment film unnecessary up till then.

The Royal Sussex Regiment’s film collection is deposited with Screen Archive South East. Titles include [Christmas in Korea] (December 1956), [Chichester. HRH The Duke of Gloucester Presents New Colours to Famous First Batt. The Royal Sussex Regiment] (15 June 1928) made by Pathé Gazette and several films showing passing-out parades at the regiment’s barracks in Chichester.

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Ainsworth, John Francis. The Royal Sussex Regiment, 1701 - 1966. Derby: English Life Publications, 1972

An extensive history of The Royal Sussex Regiment. Copies of the book are available at various East and West Sussex libraries.


Imperial War Museum

In addition to its permanent exhibits, the collections of the Imperial War Museum include Film and Video, Photographs, Sound, Art, Documents and Printed Books.
The collections’ database is searchable online.

The Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum of Sussex

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Royal Sussex Regiment Archive

The West Sussex Record Office houses the extensive archive of the Royal Sussex Regiment. The archive consists of thousands of photographs and documents including battalion war diaries, soldiers’ service papers, official documents and over fifty films.


The Royal Sussex Regiment: A Special Tercentenary Video, 1701-2001* (2001)

This compilation video was commissioned by the Regimental Association to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Sussex Regiment. The video was produced by the West Sussex Record Office, using material from its own archive and that of the Imperial War Museum.

Other Resources

Royal Sussex Regiment Association

"The Royal Sussex Regimental Association exists to support former members of the Regiment. There are a number of Branches of the Association in towns throughout Sussex, as well as a London Branch. The Association produces an annual journal ‘The Roussillon Gazette’."