W. Ward-Higgs

William Ward-Higgs (1866–1936) was an English lawyer and songwriter who wrote "Sussex by the Sea": the unofficial anthem of that county, a regimental march of the Royal Sussex Regiment, and the official song of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.

He was born in Birkenhead in 1866. For much of his life, he worked in London as a solicitor. From 1902–08, he lived at Hollywood House in Bersted, West Sussex. He wrote "Sussex by the Sea" when his favourite sister-in-law became engaged to Captain Waithman of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. He may have been inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s poem Sussex, which ends with the line "Yea, Sussex by the sea!" – he had previously set to music several of Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads. The song was published in 1907. Subsequently, he moved back to London. He suffered from epilepsy in his later years, and took his own life at Roehampton in 1936. He is buried in Bersted churchyard.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1866, Died 1936

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 29416 10-in. approximately 1914-1915 Sussex by the Sea Thorpe Bates Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 5191-b] 10-in. approximately Nov. 1917 Sussex by the sea Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  


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