The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 21.05.2003
 
The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
crest and tie
by James Robinson
United Kingdom 
  Titles & Lineage
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How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
 
1688.10.09 Archibald Douglas's Regiment of Foot
raised at Reading from southern counties; known until 1751 by the names of nine other colonels
1747 ranked as 16th Foot
1751.07.01 16th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 16th (the Buckinghamshire) Regiment of Foot
1809.05 16th (the Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot
(exchanged county titles with 14th Foot)
1881.07.01 The Bedfordshire Regiment
1919.07.29 The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
1958.06.02 amalgamated with The Essex Regiment, to form 3rd East Anglian Regiment (16th/44th Foot)
 
The Bedfordshire Regiment ... movements ... during the Great War, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
The Bedfordshire Regiment [in the Great War], by C. F. Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
1st Battalion in Burma, 1943-44, by Geoff Painter.
     
  Regulars:
    1st Battalion [1688-1958]
    2nd Battalion [1859-1948]
     
 
Militia:
  Bedfordshire Regiment of Militia
  Hertford Regiment of Militia
 
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st (Hertfordshire) Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  2nd (Hertfordshire) Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  3rd Volunteer Battalion [1811-1908]
  4th (Huntingdonshire) Volunteer Battalion [1900-1908]
  5th Battalion [1908-1958]
  1st Battalion, The Hertfordshire Regiment [1908-1958]
 
 
 
Namur 1695, Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Surinam, Chitral, South Africa 1900-02

The Great War (18 battalions) Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, La Bassée 1914, Ypres 1914 '15 '17, Langemarck 1914 '17, Gheluvelt, Nonne Bosschen, Neuve Chapelle, Hill 60, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916 '18, Arras 1917 '18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917, Arleux, Oppy, Messines 1917, Pilckem, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St.Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Avre, Villers Bretonneux, Lys, Hazebrouck, Scherpenberg, Amiens, Drocourt Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Selle Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Italy 1917-18, Suvla, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915, Egypt 1915-17, Gaza, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tell 'Asur, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1917-18

The Second World War Dunkirk 1940, North-West Europe 1940, Tobruk 1941, Tobruk Sortie, Belhamed, Tunis, North Africa 1941 '43, Cassino II, Trasimene Line, Montorsoli, Gothic line, Monte Gamberaldi, Monte Ceco, Monte Grande, Italy 1944-45, Athens, Greece 1944-45, Singapore Island, Malaya 1942, Chindits 1944, Burma 1944

5th Battalion:  South Africa 1900-02

   
Badges:  
Uniform:  
   
   
     
   
   
1947? HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
1688.10.09 Col. Archibald Douglas
1688.12.21 Col. Robert Hodges
1692.08.01 Col. James Stanley, 10th Earl of Derby
1705.03.25 Brig-Gen. Francis Godfrey
1711.02.17 Brig-Gen. Henry Durell
1713.06.23 Brig-Gen. Hans Hamilton
1715.07.11 Col. Richard Ingram, 5th Viscount Irvine
1717.12.13 Col. John Cholmley
1724.04.07 Maj-Gen. Henry Scott, 1st Earl of Deloraine, KB
1730.07.09 Lt-Gen. Roger Handasyde
1763.01.14 Col. Hon. Robert Brudenell
1765.06.25 Lt-Gen. Sir William Draper, KB
1766.03.04 Lt-Gen. James Gisborne
1778.05.14 Lt-Gen. James Robertson
1788.03.06 Lt-Gen. Hon. Thomas Bruce
1797.12.15 Lt-Gen. Henry Bowyer
1808.08.29 Gen. Sir Charles Green, Bt.
1814.02.17 Lt-Gen. Sir George Prevost, Bt.
1816.01.08 Lt-Gen. Hugh Mackay Gordon
1823.03.15 Gen. Sir William Carr Beresford, 1st Vsicount Beresford, GCB, GCH
1854.01.28 Gen. Sir Thomas Erskine Napier, KCB
1857.05.16 Maj-Gen. Cecil Bishop, CB
1858.03.22 Gen. Sackville Hamilton Berkeley
1863.02.13 Gen. George Macdonald
1883.03.02 Gen. Edward Stopford Claremont, CB
1890.07.17 Gen. Frederick Robert Elrington, CB
1892.01.26 Gen. Sir William Payn, KCB
1893.06.15 Lt-Gen. Sir John William Cox, KCB
1900.05.18 Lt-Gen. William Charles Bancroft
1903.02.01 Lt-Gen. John Thomas Dalyell
1909.06.12 Maj-Gen. Reginald Lawrence Herbert Curteis
1914.04.22 Maj-Gen. Thomas David Pilcher, CB
1928.12.15 F.M. Sir Frederick Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan, KP, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE
1935.10.16 Gen. Sir Henry Cholmondeley Jackson, KB, CMG, DSO
1948.01.01 Lt-Gen. Sir Reginald Francis Stewart Denning, KBE, CB
Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
 
Motto:
Nicknames:
Anniversaries: Blenheim (2 Aug.)
Marches:  
Musicians:
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
19uu-1936,
1941-1946

The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers

1936-1941,
1946-1955
1926-1948
16th/28th Battalion Battalion (The Cameron Highlanders of Western Australia)
1948-1952
1952-1958
The First City 1928-1958
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Museum, Luton (Army listing)
Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regimental Association Museum, by Henrik Teller (Simonides listing).
Regimental Journal:
 
Full Histories:
Cannon, Richard. Historical record of the Sixteenth, or the Bedfordshire Regiment of Foot, containing an account of the formation of the regiment in 1688 and of its subsequent services to 1848. London : Parker, Furnivall, & Parker, 1848. (Historical records of the British Army)
Maurice, Frederick, Sir. The 16th foot : a history of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. [reprint] London, Constable & Co.,1931
Maurice, Frederick, Sir. The 16th foot : a history of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. [reprint] London, Constable & Co., 1936.
Peters, George Williams Howard. The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (the 16th Regiment of Foot). London : Leo Cooper, 1970. (Famous regiments)
The Story of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment : (the 16th Regiment of Foot). Vol. 1, 1688-1913. [Farnham?] : [History Committee, The Royal Anglian Regiment (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire)], 1986.
The Story of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment : (the 16th Regiment of Foot). Vol. 2, 1914-1958. [Farnham?] : [History Committee, The Royal Anglian Regiment (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire)], 1986.
 
Short Histories:
Fanning, E. G. Additional notes on the history of the 16th Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. [s.l. : s.n.], 1931.
Sainsbury, J. D. (John David). A guide to the history of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Welwyn, Hertfordshire : Hart Books, 1987. ISBN: 0948527013 (pbk.)
 

Militia:

King, Ann J. Muster books for North & East Hertfordshire, 1580-1605. [Hitchin] : Hertfordshire Record Society, 1996. (Hertfordshire Record Publications ; v. 12) ISBN: 0952377918
Burgoyne, John M., Sir. Regimental records of the Bedfordshire Militia from 1759 to 1884. London : W.H. Allen, 1884.
Fellows, R. Bruce. Historical records of the Hartfordshire [sic] Militia, to 1892. St. Alban's : Gibbs & Bamforth, 1893.
Sainsbury, J. D. (John David). Hertfordshire's soldiers: a survey of the auxiliary military forces raised in Hertfordshire from 1757 to the present day. Hitchin (Herts.) : Hertfordshire Local History Council, 1969. ISBN: 090045900X
Hill, John. Hertfordshire militia lists : Hemel Hempstead. [Ware] : [Hertfordshire Family and Population History Society], 1987. ISBN: 0946780110 (pbk)
 

Territorials/Volunteers:

A short history of units administered by the Bedfordshire Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association. [s.l.] : The Association, 1955.
Webster, F. A. M. (Frederick Annesley Michael). The history of the Fifth Battalion the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (T.A.). London ; New York : Frederick Warne & Co., 1930.
Sainsbury, J. D. (John David). Hertfordshire's soldiers: a survey of the auxiliary military forces raised in Hertfordshire from 1757 to the present day. Hitchin (Herts.) : Hertfordshire Local History Council, 1969. ISBN: 090045900X
 

First World War:

Pebody, E. Experiences in the Dardanelles of the 1st/5th Beds. Regt. T.F. Olney, 1916.
Rimmer, Edmund. The story of the First-Fifth Bedfords. Manchester : Co-operative Wholesale Society's Printing Works, 1917.
 

Second World War:

Medley, R. H. (Robin H). Cap badge : the story of four battalions of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire regiment (TA) : 1939-1947. London : Leo Cooper, 1995. ISBN: 0850524342