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Chichester Cathedral to Commemorate the Battle of the Boar's Head (posted 24 June 2016)

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Chichester Cathedral to Commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of the Boar's Head

St George's Chapel, Chichester Cathedral
St George's Chapel, Chichester Cathedral

On Thursday 30th June 2016 Chichester Cathedral will commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Boar's Head in which hundreds of men from the Royal Sussex Regiment died.  The chapel of St George, in the Cathedral, is dedicated to this regiment and the names of all the men who lost their lives in service are recorded on a roll of honour in the chapel itself.

The Battle of the Boar's Head lasted less than five hours.  In that time the Southdowns Brigade lost 17 officers and 349 men were killed.  Over 1,000 men were wounded or taken prisoner.  The 13th Battalion was all but wiped out.  It is no wonder that this day became known as 'The Day Sussex Died'.

This battle took place on 30th June 1916, at Richebourg l'Avoue.  It was planned  as a diversionary action to make the German command believe that the area of the Pas de Calais was the one chosen for the major offensive of 1916.  The intention was to prevent the Germans from moving troops to the Somme area, some fifty kilometres to the south.

As part of this centenary commemoration the BBC have been to the Cathedral to film the chapel of St George and the roll of honour for a report which will be broadcast on 30th June 2016.

From 1.45pm on 30th June 2016 ringers from across Sussex will gather in the Cathedral's Bell Tower to attempt a full peal to commemorate the centenary of the battle where so many Sussex men lost their lives.  Eight ringers will ring continuously using the method Cambridge Surprise Major.  In order to achieve a full peal they will need to ring over 5000 changes.  If successful it should take just a little over three hours.

 

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