United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

2nd Battn Royal Sussex Regt -1882 to 1902

Our Ref: 17048

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Address

Cavendish Place
Eastbourne
EAST SUSSEX
England
BN21 3YN
 
Type:Serviceman/Woman
Other Location Details:

Junction with Marine Parade and Elms Av, facing Eastbourne Pier.

OS Map Ref:TV 617 989

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)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
PLINTHGRANITE - PINK   At Risk
BaseGRANITE - RED   At Risk
FIGUREBRONZE   At Risk
PLAQUESBRONZE   At Risk

Physical 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.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

War19th Century Wars
Total names on memorial:328
Served & Returned0
Died328
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
Other relevant InformationTotal is combined number for multiple wars listed together on the memorial
How are the names ordered?year died
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, rank, year died
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?Yes
WarBoer War, Second (1899-1902)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned?
Died?
Is this an exact count?Not known
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
War20th Century Wars
Total names on memorial:16
Served & Returned0
Died16
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
Other relevant InformationTotal is combined number for multiple wars listed together on the memorial
How are the names ordered?year died
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, rank, year died
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
WarColonial India
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died?
Is this an exact count?Not known
How are the names ordered?year died
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, rank, year died
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
WarEgypt and the Sudan (1882-1899)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died?
Is this an exact count?Not known
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
WarNon-Combat Deaths
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died?
Is this an exact count?Not known
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?Yes
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Eastbourne Borough Council

Maintenance 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.

Ceremonies

Date:7 February 1906
RolePerformed By
UnveiledLord Lieutenant of Sussex

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Other
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
SIR WILLIAM GOSCOMBE JOHNSculptor
A B BurtonFounder/Foundry

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

Postcard from internet

Comments: 
Photographs:5
Other Documents:Listing description.
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:2
Postcards:1
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
The Times  9 Feb. 1906 p.5 col.bUnveiling ceremony
Buildings of England seriesVarious Sussex (1965) p.490Goscombe John was previously responsible for the monument to the 7th Duke of Devonshire, the developer of Eastbourne, in Devonshire Place (1901).
OrganisationIdWebsite
Listed Buildings Online http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-293565-bronze-statue-of soldier-of-royal-sussex
Other website http://public.sculpturesofsussex.co.uk/object?id=62
Roll of Honour http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Sussex/EastbourneSussexRegimentMemorial.html
Carter Postcard Collection