The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 31.07.2003
 
The Somerset Light Infantry
 (Prince Albert's)
crest and tie
by James Robinson
United Kingdom 
  Titles & Lineage
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  Uniforms & Badges
  Colonels-in-Chief
  Colonels

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  Associations, Forums, Re-Enactors
  Museums, Monuments, Memorials
  Bibliography

How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
 
1685.06.20 Earl of Huntingdon's Regiment of Foot
also known until 1751 by the names of other colonels
1751.07.01 13th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot
1822.12.25 13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)
1842.08.26 13th (1st Somersetshire) (Prince Albert's Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 Prince Albert's Light Infantry (Somersetshire Regiment)
reorganised as the county regiment of Somersetshire, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1881.12.13 Prince Albert's (Somersetshire Light Infantry)
1912 Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry)
1921.01.01 The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
1959.10.06 amalgamated with The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, to form
The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry
The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) (Somerset Military Museum)
The Somerset Light Infantry, by Michael S.Young (LightInfantry.org)
S.L.I. throughout the years..., by Lenny Warren.
A Brief History of the Regiment, 1685-1801, by Gerald Hughes.
The Somerset Light Infantry, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
The Somerset Light Infantry, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
  Regulars:
    1st Battalion [1685-1959]
    2nd Battalion [1858-1948]
     
Militia:
1st Somerset Regiment of Militia
2nd Somerset Regiment of Militia
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  3rd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Battalion [1908-1959]
  5th Battalion [1908-1947]
  6th Battalion [1939-1950]
12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Battalion [1917-1919]
Gibraltar 1704-5, Dettingen, Martinique 1809, Ava, Ghuznee 1839, Afghanistan 1839, Jellalabad1, Cabool 1842, Sevastopol, South Africa 1878-9, Burma 1885-87, Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War (20 battalions): Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914 18, Aisne 1914, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1915 17 18, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Hooge 1915, Loos, Mount Sorrel, Somme 1916 18, Albert 1916 18, Delville Wood, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Le Transloy, Ancre 1916 18, Arras 1917 18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917 18, Arleux, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Avre, Lys, Hazebrouck, Béthune, Soissonais-Ourq, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, Courtrai, Selle, Valenciennes, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Gaza, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1917 18, Tigris 1916, Sharqat, Mesopotamia 1916-18, N.W. Frontier India 1915

Afghanistan 1919

Second World War Odon, Caen, Hill 112, Mont Pincon, Noireau Crossing, Seine 1944, Nederrijn,  Geilenkirchen, Roer, Rhineland, Cleve, Goch, Hochwald, Xanten, Rhine, Bremen, North-West Europe 1944-45, Cassino II, Trasimene Line, Arezzo, Advance to Florence, Capture of Forli, Cosina Canal Crossing, Italy 1944-45, Athens, Greece 1944-45, NorthArakan, Buthidaung, Ngakyedauk Pass, Burma 1943-44

4th, 5th Battalions:  South Africa 1900-01

1.  the Mural Crown badge superscribed "Jellalabad".

   
Badges: The Sphinx superscribed "Egypt"; A Mural Crown superscribed "Jellalabad"
Uniform:  
   
   
     
   
1921.01.24 F.M. HM King George VI
1685.06.20 Col. Theophilus Hastings, 7th Earl of Huntingdon
1688.12 Col. Ferdinando Hastings
1695.03.13 Col. Sir John Jacob
1702.03.15 Lt-Gen. James Barry, 4th Earl of Barrymore
1715.07.28 Col. Stanhope cotton
1725.12.25 Gen. Lord Mark Kerr
1732.05.29 Brig-Gen. John Middleton
1739.07.05 Gen. Hon. Harry Pulteney
1766.06.25 F.M. HRH William Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester & Edinburgh, KG
1767.12.16 Gen. Hon. James Murray
1789.06.05 Gen. George Ainslie
1804.07.11 Gen. Alexander Campbell
1813.02.15 Gen. Edward Morrison
1843.12.15 Maj-Gen. Sir Robert Henry Sale, GCB
1846.03.10 F.M. Sir William Maynard Gomm, GCB
1863.08.15 Maj-Gen. Philip McPherson
1864.02.03 Gen. Philip Spencer Stanhope
1880.02.22 Gen. Lord Mark Ralph George Kerr, GCB
1900.05.18 Lt-Gen. Sir John William Cox, KCB
1901.10.03 Maj-Gen. Edward Lutwyche England, CB
1910.04.05 Maj-Gen. Sir Henry Hallam Parr, KCB, CMG
1914.04.05 Maj-Gen. Richard Lloyd Payne, CB, DSO
1919.08.01 Lt-Gen. Sir Thomas D'Oyly Snow, KCB, KCMG
1929.07.30 Gen. Sir Walter Pipon Braithwaite, GCB
1938.10.20 Maj-Gen. Vivian Henry Bruce Majendie, DB, DSO
1947.10.15 Lt-Gen. Sir George des Reaux Swayne, KCB, CBE
1953.04.13 F.M. Sir John Harding, 1st Lord Harding of Petherton, GCB, CBE, DSO, MC
 
 
Victoria Crosses [13th Regiment], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
Victoria Crosses [Somerset L.I.], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Somerset Light Infantry Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Diary of Private William James Cording, 1/5 SLI, 1916-19, by James Cording.
Diary of Edgar John Dungey, 1918 (prioner of war), by Bill Dungey.
Leonard Warren, 1915-1919, by Lenny Warren.
 
Motto:
Nicknames:
Anniversaries:
Freedoms: Bath (3 Apr. 1948), Wells (25 Apr. 1956)
Marches: quick: Prince Albert's March
  slow: Palace Guard
Musicians:
  • Band History, by Gordon Turner and Alwyn W. Turner (Droit Music Ltd)
  • Bandmasters, by Gordon Turner and Alwyn W. Turner (Droit Music Ltd)
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
1910-1936

The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment)

1936-1959
13th Battalion (The Macquarie Regiment)
1929-1951,
1954-1959
Col. Pulteney's Regiment (13th Foot) [1740-60] (Lace Wars)
Col. Pulteney's Regiment (13th Foot) [1740-60], by Gerald Hughes.
Col. Pulteney's Regiment (13th Foot) [1740-60] (Histrenact listing)
HQ Coy, 7 th (L.I.) Parachute Battalion, 6th Airborne Division [WWII; Tennessee]
A Coy, 7 th (L.I.) Parachute Battalion, 6th Airborne Division [WWII; Florida]
B Coy, 7 th (L.I.) Parachute Battalion, 6th Airborne Division [WWII; Carolinas]
Somerset Military Museum, Taunton (Museum site)
Somerset Military Museum, Taunton (Army listing)
Somerset Military Museum, Taunton (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
The Light Bob gazette.
Full Histories:
Short Histories:

Militia:

Territorials/Volunteers:

First World War:

Second World War: