Worthing Remembers the Boar’s Head

Event Details

On 30th June 1916, Richebourg l’Avoué in France was the site of the Battle of the Boar’s Head, the aim of which was to distract the Germans and make them believe that the “Great Offensive” would be launched in Richebourg and not in the Somme. The 11th, 12th and 13th Battalions of the Southdown’s Brigade were involved in this battle that lasted 5 hours. In that time 17 officers and 349 other ranks died and over 1,000 were wounded or taken prisoners. Ever since, the 30th of June has been regarded in our county as “The Day Sussex died”. A memorial to commemorate soldiers from Worthing who lost their lives in this infamous battle, with an engraved stone and slate sculpture featuring First World War poems, maps and illustrations designed by students at Chatsmore Catholic School, was erected in Beach House Park, Worthing in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary. Chichester Branch member, James Green will be in attendance this year with his Great Uncle, Edwin Green’s DCM awarded on that day.



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