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1892 Easter: Undress and whistles required

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

Gun drill by the 1st Sussex Volunteer Artillery

On Thursday evening a drill of tbe 'A' and 'B' (Cuckfield) Companies of Volunteers of the 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment took place here. There were present Captain Lister, Captain Bevan, Lieutenant Messel,Sergeant-Instructor Middleton, Colour-Sergeants Hounsell and Vincent, Sergeants Knowles and Brookshaw, and about 20 rank and file. Four recruits were sworn in.

The men fell in at the Corn Exchange and afterwards adjourned to the Muster Green, where they were put through a course of training in the new drill. Captain Lister announced that afield day would take place in Cuckfield Park on Easter Monday, and that in addition to the 'A' and 'B' Companies the 'K' (Hurstpierpoint) and 'L' (Henfield) Companies were also expected to take part.

The following special order has been issued to the Cuckfield Companies by Captain Lister, vis. There will be a Field Day on Easter Monday in Cuckfield Park, by kind permission of CW Sergison, Esq. Full in at the Armoury, Cuckfield at 1.30 p.m. Undress uniform, and both poaches. Officers in serge jackets; whistles to be worn. Bread and cheese will be served out in the Drill Hall after the Parade. Twenty rounds of blank ammunition per man. Recruits who have not passed the Adjutant will not be allowed to fall in.

P.S. The Club Competition on 10th will count for Bisley and Brooze Medal Competitions.

Mid Sussex Times, 12 April 1892

Photograph: 16 Pounder rifled muzzle loading gun of one of 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers position batteries. Wikimedia public domain image.

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.



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