The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 20 July 2000. Corrected and updated 12.09.2005
The  Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)
crest and tie
by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1881.07.01 The Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Berkshire Regiment)
organised as the county regiment of Berkshire, encompassing its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below] and uniting two regular battalions:
1885.09.29 The Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment)
royal accolade granted for distinguished conduct at Tofrek
1921.01.01 The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)
1959.06.09 amalgamated with The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's), to form The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)
History of The Royal Berkshire Regiment and The Wiltshire Regiment, 1881-1959, by The Wardrobe (Museum site)
The Royal Berkshire Regiment, by The Wardrobe (Museum site)
Regimental Timeline, by The Wardrobe
The Royal Berkshire Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
The Royal Berkshire Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
  RHQ and Depot:
    49th Regimental District at Reading [1881-1905]
    H Group at Bulford [1946-1948]
    Wessex Brigade at Exeter [1948-1959]
  1st Battalion [1881-1959]
  2nd Battalion [1881-1949]
Militia and Special Reserve:
3rd Battalion (Royal Berkshire Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
4th Battalion [1908-1947]
  4th/6th Battalion [1947-1967]
  5th (Hackney) Battalion [1937-1947]
  10th London Regiment [1929-1937]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
  2/4th Battalion [1914-1920]
  4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
  5th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  6th Battalion [1939-1947]
  7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  7th (Stoke Newington) Battalion [1939-1947]
  8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  8th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-41]
  9th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  9th Battalion [1940-1943]
  10th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
  10th Battalion [1940-1944]
  11th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
  12th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
  13th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
  30th Battalion [1941-1945]
  50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
  70th (Young Soldier) Battalion [1940-1943]
  1st (Home Service) Garrison Battalion [1916-1917]
  No. 1 Independent Company [193-1944?]
[combined battle honours of 49th Regiment and 66th Regiment, plus:

St. Lucia 17781, Egypt 1882, Tofrek, Suakin 1885, South Africa 1899-1902

Great War [16 battalions]: Mons, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914 '18, Ypres 1914 '17, Langemarck 1914 '17, Gheluvelt, Nonne Bosschen, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916 '18, Arras 1917 '18, Scarpe 1917 '18, Arleux, Pilckem, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Avre, Villers Bretonneux, Lys, Hazebrouck, Béthune, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Selle, Valenciennes, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Piave, Vittorio Veneto, Italy 1917-18, Doiran 1917 '18, Macedonia 1915-18

Second World War:  Dyle, St. Omer-La Bassée, Dunkirk 1940, Normandy Landing, Rhine, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Pursuit to Messina, Sicily 1943, Monte Camino, Calabritto, Garigliano Crossing, Damiano, Anzio, Carroceto, Italy 1943-45, Donbaik, Kohima, Mao Songsang, Shwebo, Kyaukmyaung Bridgehead, Mandalay, Fort Dufferin, Rangoon Road, Toungoo, Burma 1942-45

Royal Berkshire Militia:  Mediterranean
4th Battalion
:  South Africa 1900-02
see also:  10th London Regiment

1.  awarded 1909 for services of 49th Regiment.

The Colours of the Regiment, by The Wardrobe.
Uniform: scarlet; facings: blue; piping: white
1947.05.13 F.M. HM King George VI
1881 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir Charles Henry Ellice, GCB [also SWB; AG. 1876-82]
1881 [2nd Bn:] Gen. Thomas Henry Johnston [also 87th Foot]
1891.12.30 Gen. Sir William Pollexfen Radcliffe, KCB [also Lancashire Fus]
1894.01.27 Lt-Gen. Robert William Lowry, CB
1905.06.09 Lt-Gen. Sir William Bellairs, KCMG, CB [also Sherwood Foresters]
1913.07.25 Maj-Gen. Edward Thompson Dickson
1930.05.21 Gen. Sir Felix Fordati Ready, GBE, KCB, CSI, CMG, DSO [QMG 1931-35]
1940.04.06 Maj-Gen. Robert John Collins, CB, CMG, DSO
1946.11.22 Gen. Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey, GBE, KCB, DSO, MC
[also CinC 2nd Army, 14th Army, ALFSEA. Middle East; Col. Cmdt. RMP; Col. SAS; Hon. Col. 21st SAS, Lincoln & Welland Regt]
1956.11.22 Brig. Dudley William Bruce Trower Hogg, CBE [to 1959]
Victoria Crosses [Royal Berkshire Regt], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Anniversaries: Maiwand (27 July)
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment


The Lincoln and Welland Regiment [1936 amalgamation]

49th Battalion (The Stanley Regiment)
The Hawke's Bay Regiment
The Regimental Association of The Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment
Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment Salisbury Museum, Salisbury (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Abingdon Museum  (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Museum of the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment, Salisbury (Simonides listing)
The Wardrobe: RGBW Regimental Museum, Salisbury (Museum site)
Regimental Journal:
The China dragon.
Full Histories:
Short Histories:





First World War:


Second World War: