A council has pledged £1,000 to The Argus-backed campaign to build a war memorial to the First World War dead of the Royal Sussex Regiment.

Brighton and Hove City Council has donated the money to the cost of the memorial which will be placed in Priez, France.

The small hamlet, which is 60 miles to the north east of Paris, is the location of the first casualties of the Royal Sussex Regiment during the Great War. It will be unveiled on September 10 – exactly 100 years on after the first soldiers of the regiment fell.

In total 7,302 were killed from the regiment throughout the First World War.

The Royal Sussex Regiment Association, which is behind the memorial, has almost reached the £50,000 needed to pay for it and take veterans across for the unveiling.

The Sussex Mayors’ Association has pledged £500.

If you would like to donate visit mydonate.bt.com/ events/priez. Cheques can be sent to Major Hudson, made out to “War Memorial Fund” and sent to Mr B Hudson, 29 Henry Avenue, Littlehampton, BN16 2PA.