Brief History of Hurstpierpoint College O.T.C

1859 : 13th Dec. First Hurst boys joined Hurstpierpoint village Volunteer rifles.

1860 : Drum and fife band formed.

1861 : Sufficient volunteers to form own unit - No. 1 Cadet Corps,

2nd Volunteer Bn. of Royal Sussex Regt. Badge, 35th Foot.

1861 : First inspection. Hereafter normally in June on last day of Royal

Sussex camp at Lewes or Arundel.

1888 : Shooting began.

1893 : Signaling began.

1896 : First shooting match v. Weymouth College.

1897 : First visit to Bisley.

1897 : 57 cadets at jubilee review of public school corps at Windsor.

1898 : Public school field day at Aldershot attended.

1902 : All shooting matches on Downs shot at 6 am.

1908 : Own 25 yards covered safety range built.

1921 : Open 25 yards safety range built for .303.

2010: 150th Anniversary held on the 28th May with Admiral the Lord Boyce

2010: CCF location moved to new facilities in refurbished squash courts

The Royal Sussex Regiment

The Earl of Donegal as the 35th Foot or the Belfast Regiment raised the Royal Sussex Regiment, whose badge we wear, in 1701. As the Earl was a strong supporter of the cause of William of Orange, the Regiment may have got its nickname through him. It may, however, have arisen from the fact that they were, for a time, known as the “Prince of Orange’s Own” and given orange facings, or from the golden Fleur-de-Lys on the colour of the French Rousillon Grenadiers, which they captured at Quebec in 1759.

The plume of the French Regiment is included in the badge of the Royal Sussex. At Quebec the Regiment completed its revenge, which had begun at the rout of the French at Louisberg on Montcalm, who two years before left some of the Regiment who had surrendered at Fort William-Henry to be massacred by his Indian allies.

The year after it was raised, the Regiment was put on the British establishment as a regiment for sea-service and because of this the officers of both battalions wear the “Marine cuff” in mess dress and those of the first drink the King’s health seated. The first saw service at Gibraltar in 1704. Two years later, also during the war of the Spanish Succession, they defended FortMontjuick in Barcelona so well that the King of Spain made special mention of them to our Queen, Anne.

When Malta was taken in 1801 the King’s Colour of the Regiment was the first British flag to be raised. In 1804 it became the “Sussex Regiment,” the designation “Royal” being granted in 1832 when the facings were changed to blue, as worn by all Royal regiments.

In 1760, the “Queen’s Own Royal British Volunteers”, later to become the 2nd battalion of the “Royal Sussex”, were raised by the East India Company. It was changed to the 2nd Bengal European Infantry and in 1854 to the 107th Bengal

Infantry Regiment. In 1881 during the Cardwell Reforms, the 35th and 107th were merged and formed, with the 1st and 2nd Sussex Rifle Volunteers and the Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers, into the Royal Sussex Regiment.

After the first battle of Ypres in the 1914-18 war, the Germans called the Royal Sussex the “Iron Regiment” on account of their tenacity. In that war twenty-three battalions of the Regiment served. The 3rd Battalion is the Royal Sussex Militia, and the 4th and 5th, the Cinque Ports Battalion, are Territorial’s. The 5th Battalion wears the badge of the Cinque Ports in place of the regimental badge. The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment of Canada and the 11th Battalion of Australian Infantry are the Dominion troops allied to the regiment under the system of affiliation of British and Imperial Regiments, which were brought in just before the last war.

The battle honours borne on the Regimental Colour are:

Gibraltar 1704-5, Louisberg, Quebec 1759, Martinique 1762, Havanna, St. Lucia 1778, Maida (which is in Italy), Egypt 1882, Abu Klea, Nile 1884-85, South Africa 1900-02, Afghanistan 1919.

The ten Great War honours borne on the King’s Colours are:

Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914-18, Ypres 1914-18, Somme 1916-18, Pilckem, Hindenburg Line, Italy 1917-18, Gallipoli 1915, Palestine 1917-18, N.W. Frontier, India 1915-16-17. The Regimental motto is “Honi soit qui mal y pense” and the march is named “The Royal Sussex.”At Maida, some of the British troops fought almost in the nude as the French attacked while they were bathing. This was in the Napoleonic Wars. The Regiment also took part in the heroic attack on Bunker Hill on June 17th, 1775. In the 1939-45 war, battalions of the Regiment fought in France, Belgium, Eritrea, the Western Desert, Italy, Persia, Iraq, India and Burma.