THE ROYAL Sussex Regimental Association paid tribute to its fallen members at the Chichester war memorial today (August 4).
Marking 100 years since the outbreak of the first world war, former members of the regiment Tony Booker and Dave Tilley laid a wreath and a framed ‘Soldier’s Prayer’.
John Hughes, mayor of Chichester, also laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Chichester.
“It’s a great honour for me to be here today to honour the citizens of Chichester who died during the first world war,” he said.
“It’s an honour to be mayor on this historic occasion.”
Before the regiment was disbanded, Mr Tilley was the last in a long line of his family to join the regiment, with his grandfather serving in the first world war in the second battalion.
Mr Booker said he was there today to represent the Chichester branch of the association.
“I’m representing the guys from the Chichester association and laying the wreath on their behalf for all those that fell in the first world war.”
The Soldier’s Prayer read:
“One hundred years have gone and past
A soldier prays that peace will last
His duty done and friendships formed
Comrades forever, some we have mourned
Open his chest, medals worn proud
He marches with friends through friendly crowds
One hundred years on and we will pray
For peace now and every day