Battle of the Boar’s Head Memorial in Worthing

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

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

Erection of the memorial took place in 2016 as a remembrance for nearly 400 men of the Royal Sussex Regiment (including 23 men from Worthing) who lost their lives during this WWI battle in Richebourg, France, on June 30th, 1916. This battle is also known 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 a creation by Chatsmore Catholic School students from Worthing*.

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 cycle through the gallery. If you are viewing on a mobile phone, you will see larger photographs if you hold your device horizontally.

In the last gallery photo, the memorial can be seen just to the right behind the bench.

Inscription on the memorial after the photo 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 tells the history of this battle. You can click or touch the image to see a bigger version.

I can not give you a text transcription 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 in Worthing has two entrances. 1) Opposite Worthing Hospital on Lyndhurst Road. 2) Brighton Road and this is featured as the last photograph in the gallery above. The Brighton Road entrance is nearest to the memorial.

Map link to the Brighton Road entrance

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