2nd Battn Royal Sussex Regt -1882 To 1902

Current location

Cavendish Place,Eastbourne,Eastbourne,East Sussex,BN21 3YN,England
OS Grid Ref.: TV 617 989
Denomination: Unknown

Description

Two stepped granite octagonal base, set in junction of road. Bronze plaques on SW and NW sides have pictorial reliefs of soldiers in action in the Black Mountain and Tirah expeditions. SE face inscribed dedicatory plaque and NW face has list of names. The base is surmounted by a statue of a young officer in the uniform of the Bengal Regiment prior to the Indian Mutiny. He wears a plumed shako and has a drawn sword downward facing in his right hand and his left hand resting on his hip. Cannon to rear. The two reliefs are signed by W Goscombe John, and the statue base by him and A.B. Burton, Founder, Thames Ditton.

Inscription

South-east face: ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT/ TO THE/ HONOUR AND GLORY/ OF/ THE OFFICERS, NON-COMMISSIONED/ OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE 2ND BAT-/-TALION ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT, FORMERLY 107 REGIMENT/ BENGAL INFANTRY WHO LOST THEIR LIVES/ DURING THE SRVICE OF THE BATT-/ -ALION ABROAD IN MALTA EGYPT/ AND IN INDIA FROM 1882 TO 1902/ AND IN SPECIAL MEMORY OF THE CA-/-MPAIGNS IN WHICH THE BATTALION/ TOOK PART THE BLACK MOUNTAIN/ EXPEDITION OF 1888 AND THE TIRAH/ CAMPAIGN OF 1897-98 THIS MEMORIAL/ HAS BEEN ERECTED BY THEIR COMRADES North-west face:2ND ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT/ ROLL OF OFFICERS NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND/ MEN WHO DIED WHILE THE BATTALION WAS ON FOREIGN/ TOUR OF SERVICE FROM 21 JULY (...?) UNTIL 11 DEC 1902 1882-1902/ IN 1882/ (Names)/ IN 1883/ (Names)/ IN 1884/ (Names)/ IN 1885/ (Names)/ IN 1886/ (Names)/ IN 1887/ (Names)/ BLACK MOUNTAIN EXPEDITION 1888/ (Names)/ IN 1889/ (Names)/ IN 1890/ (Names)/ IN 1891/ (Names)/ IN 1892/ (Names)/ IN 1893/ (Names)/ IN 1894/ (Names)/ IN 1895/ (Names)/ IN 1896/ (Names)/ TIRAH EXPEDITION 1897-1898/ IN 1897/ (Names)/ IN 1898/ (Names)/ IN 1899/ (Names)/ IN 1900/ (Names)/ IN 1901/ (Names)/ IN 1902/ (Names)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Non-combat deaths
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: no
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

19th Century Wars (1800-1899)
Total names on memorial: 328
Served and returned: 0
Died: 328
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,year died
Order of information: year died

Subject / Period

Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: no
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

Egypt and the Sudan (1882-1899)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: no
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

Colonial India
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: no
Information shown: surname,rank,year died
Order of information: year died

Subject / Period

20th Century Wars (1900-1999)
Total names on memorial: 16
Served and returned: 0
Died: 16
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,year died
Order of information: year died

Component

Base
Condition: At Risk
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Granite - Red
Listed?: No

Component

Figure
Condition: At Risk
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Plaques
Condition: At Risk
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Plinth
Condition: At Risk
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Granite - Pink
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 7 February 1906
Attended by: Lord Lieutenant of Sussex

History

17 May 1971 Grade II* listed (ID 293565). April 2007 described in PMSA report as at risk, with metallic staining, corrosion of plaques, cracks etc.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Other
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Eastbourne Borough Council

Notes

Postcard from internet

Reference

The Times 9 Feb. 1906 p.5 col.b Unveiling ceremony

Reference

Listed Buildings Online http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-293565-bronze-statue-of soldier-of-royal-sussex

Reference

Buildings of England series by Various Sussex (1965) p.490 Goscombe John was previously responsible for the monument to the 7th Duke of Devonshire, the developer of Eastbourne, in Devonshire Place (1901).

Reference

Other website http://public.sculpturesofsussex.co.uk/object?id=62

Reference

Roll of Honour http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Sussex/EastbourneSussexRegimentMemorial.html

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

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