The East Surrey Regiment [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 05.05.2003
The  East Surrey Regiment
crest and tie
by James Robinson
United Kingdom 
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How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
1881.07.01 The East Surrey Regiment
formed by union:
1959.10.14 amalgamated with The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey), to form The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment
History of The East Surrey Regiment, by F.A. Mason.
The East Surrey Regiment ... movements ... during the Great War, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
The East Surrey Regiment [in the Great War], by C. F. Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
    1st Battalion [1881-1959]
    2nd Battalion [1881-1948]
1st Royal Surrey Regiment of Militia
3rd Royal Surrey Regiment of Militia
Territorials and Volunteers:
[1st VB] 1st Surrey (South London) Volunteer Rifle Corps [1881-1908]
2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
3rd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
4th Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
5th Battalion [1908-1938]
6th Battalion [1908-1961]
21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) [1916-1935]
23rd London Regiment [1916-1938, 1956-1961]
Service Battalions:
[combined battle honours of 31st Regiment and 70th Regiment, plus:]

Gibraltar 1704-051, Dettingen2, Martinique 17943, Suakin 1885, Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War [18 battalions]:   Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, La Bassée 1914, Armentières 1914, Hill 60, Ypres 1915 '17 '18, Gravenstafel, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917, Messines 1917, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Avre, Lys, Estaires, Hazebrouck, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Courtrai, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Italy 1917-18, Struma, Doiran 1918, Macedonia 1915-18, Egypt 1915, Aden, Mesopotamia 1917-18, Murman 1919

The Second World War:   Defence of Escaut, Dunkirk 1940, North West Europe 1940, Tebourba, Fort McGregor, Oued Zarga, Djebel Ang, Djebel Djaffa Pass, Medjez Plain, Longstop Hill 1943, Tunis, Montarnaud, North Africa 1942-43, Adrano, Centuripe, Sicily 1943, Trigno, Sangro, Cassino, Capture of Forli, Argenta Gap, Italy 1943-45, Greece 1944-45, Kampar, Malaya 1941-42

5th, 6th Battalions:  South Africa 1900-02
7th Battalion:  see 23rd London Regiment
see also:  21st London Regiment

1.  awarded 1909 for service of 31st Regiment.
2.  awarded 1882 for service of 31st Regiment.
3.  awarded 1909 for service of 70th Regiment.

1881 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir Edward Lugard, GCB
1881 [2nd Bn:] Gen. Thomas James Galloway
188u [2nd Bn:] Gen. Sir Richard Chambre Hayes Taylor, GCB
1898.11.01 Gen. Sir George Richards Greaves, GCB, KCMG
1920.09.27 Maj-Gen. Sir John Raynsford Longley, KCMG, CB
1939.03.07 Gen. Sir Richard Foster Carter Foster, KCB, CMG, DSO
1946.07.01 Lt-Gen. Sir Arthur Arnhold Bullick Dowler, KCB, KBE
1954.07.01 Brig. George Rowland Patrick Roupell, VC, CB
Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Queen's Royal Surrey Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Private Abraham Cannell, 1st Bn, 1914-18l, by Donna King.
Anniversaries: Sobraon (10 Feb.), Ypres (23 Apr.)
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
The South Alberta Regiment


  The South Alberta Light Horse 1954-1959
17th Battalion (The North Sydney Regiment)
17th/18th Infantry Battalion (The North Shore Regiment)
The Otago Regiment
The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Museum, Guildford
The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Museum, Guildford (Army listing)
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Museum, Dover (Army listing)
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Museum, Dover (Simonides listing)
The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Museum, Guildford (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
Full Histories:
Short Histories:





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