Learning about the Battle of Boar’s Head

The Boys on the Plaque

I have no credentials as a military historian but my role as one of the volunteers researching the ‘Boys on the Plaque’ has led me down some interesting First World War paths. One of these involves Robert Ivermee and the Battle of Boar’s Head on 30 June 1916. Although little remembered outside the county and rarely mentioned in histories of WW1 – it was overshadowed by the Battle of the Somme which started the following day – the Battle of Boar’s Head became known as ‘The Day Sussex Died’.  It was also probably the day Robert Ivermee was wounded, dying two weeks later on 14 July 1916.

Corporal Robert Ivermee (not Private as stated on the plaque) joined the Royal Sussex Regiment, 13th Battalion between November 1914 and February 1915. I was unable to trace any army records for him (apart from documents relating to his medals and death) but it was possible to follow his army career through sources…

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