Forthcoming publications

In press at present is

Vol 100: The Great War Memoir of Ralph Ellis, Sussex Artist and Soldier, edited by Sue Hepburn

It is rare to find a Great War memoir that portrays both in images and in words the experience of a soldier in the ranks of the British Army on the Western Front. The five-volume memoir by Ralph Ellis tells the story of his service with the 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment from 1914 until he was wounded in 1917. It is a personal story but one also shared by the comrades with whom he served, and every infantryman who experienced the horrors and hardships of the Western Front.

At first Ralph drew on his artistic skills to record what he was witnessing and then employed his gift as a writer to produce a compelling narrative, which complements the images and graphically describes what it was like to actually be there. Like the vast majority of those who served, Ralph was not a professional soldier; he was an ordinary man, who found himself in extraordinary circumstances and rose to the challenge.

In this volume, Ralph Ellis’ Great War memoir is reproduced in full colour with a contextual commentary provided by historian, Sue Hepburn.

[in preparation: to be published 2020]

Council has commissioned two further volumes:

  • The Letters of Benjamin Furzer, 1692-1697 by Brian Lavery, who is transcribing the correspondence of the naval overseer at Shoreham responsible for checking the construction of ships built for King William’s navy in the port.
  • The Letters of Robert Tredcroft of Tangmere to the 5th Duke of Richmond, 1830-1846 will be edited by Graham Claydon and provide a vivid picture of life in Goodwood and the village of Tangmere in the 19th century.

Other volumes that are under way include:

  • The Brighton Mendicity Society, 1872-1873 (Andrew Bennett)
  • The Surveys of the Honour of Arundel 1566-1570 (Dr Caroline Adams)
  • The Sussex Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne (Dr David Parsons)
  • Clergy Wills 1635-1725 (Helen Whittle).

Progress on these and other volumes will be updated regularly.