I am Les "the bat" Deacon, from Hampden Park, Eastbourne in Sussex,
and I live in Germany. I served in the Army from 1961 to 1973.
My Army career began with the Army Apprentice School - Arborfield (R.E.M.E.), followed by the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion - Oswestry, before joining the Royal Sussex Regiment for 9 years.
Within the Royal Sussex Regiment, I served in A Company, Anti/Tank Platoon & 14 Int.
I attained the rank of Sergeant, but decided to leave in 1973, just as the Army started to become
"Not what I thought it used to be". I have missed my Regiment since, but never regretted that decision.
Having been married in Germany since 1968, I have been a civilian expat since my demob in `73.
After studying in Munich, I have enjoyed a successful self-employed career, teaching Communication, Personality-Development, Adult-Counselling + Architecture & Design in 20 countries.
I speak & write fluently in English, German & Italian.
Now retired, aged 69, I live in Southern Bavaria, near Austria, with a young wife and small kids.
For over a decade I have been Admin assistent on the old Regimental website in Belize.
I specialise in digital -graphics, web-build + regimental history and it`s research.
I am also the Webmaster of the "Orange Lily", our sister website, which deals mainly with a photographic Nominal-Roll of members of the Regiment, past & present.
Our data-bases & massive Regimental archive are tended & continuously
updated by myself.
(only a fraction of which is displayed online, on this website or on "The Orange Lily" !)