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This article focuses on the Battle of the Boar’s Head Memorial in Worthing, which is located in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Beach House Park.

I recently visited the memorial to pay my respects to these fallen men.

The memorial was erected in 2016 as remembrance to nearly 400 men of the Royal Sussex Regiment (including 23 men from Worthing), who lost their lives during this WWI battle, which took place in Richebourg, France on 30th of June 1916. This battle is also referred to as The Day Sussex Died.

The sculpture at the memorial is made of engraved stone and slate and includes poems, maps and images from the First World War. It was created by Worthing’s Chatsmore Catholic School students*.

Source: The Argus. Moving tributes to the heroes of battle. 1st July 2016.

*In 2020 the school changed its name to St Oscar Romero Catholic School.

Battle of the Boar’s Head Memorial – Photo Gallery

You can click or touch any photograph below to see a bigger image and to cycle through the gallery. If you are viewing on a mobile phone, you will see larger images if you hold your device horizontally.

The memorial can be seen just to the right behind the bench.

Inscription on the memorial included for accessibility

Detailed view of the memorial sculpture
Detailed view of the memorial sculpture

BATTLE OF THE BOAR’S HEAD

‘THE DAY SUSSEX DIED’

30TH JUNE 1916

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD,
AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD:
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM,
NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN.
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

LAURENCE BINYON

Map of battle area is inscribed

When you go home,
tell them of us and say,
‘For your tomorrows these gave their today.
JOHN MAWELL EDMONDS

Description of the Battle of the Boar’s Head

The associated photograph (taken by the author of this post) is a detailed view of the information board at the memorial.

This information board carries a description of the Battle of the Boar’s Head. You can click or touch the image to see a bigger version.

I am not able to give you a transcript of the text for accessibility purposes, as this text may be copyrighted.

However, you can view a PDF of the complete information board on Adur & Worthing’s website and you may find this PDF more accessible.

Description at the memorial site of the Battle of the Boar’s Head
Description at the memorial site of the Battle of the Boar’s Head

Address where you can see the Battle of the Boar’s Head memorial in Worthing

Beach House Park, 55 Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 2DB. There is also an entrance in Brighton Road and this is featured as the last photograph in the gallery above.

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