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Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 04.12.2005
The Royal
Leicestershire Regiment
crest and tie
by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1688.09.27 Solomon Richard's Regiment of Foot
raised in London; known until 1751 by the names of 8 other colonels
1751.07.01 17th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 17th (the Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 The Leicestershire Regiment
reorganised as the county regiment of Leicestershire, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1946.11.28 The Royal Leicestershire Regiment
1964.09.01 united with 1st East Anglian Regiment (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk), 2nd East Anglian Regiment (Duchess of Gloucester's Own Royal Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire), 3rd East Anglian Regiment (16th/44th Foot),  to form
The Royal Anglian Regiment
17th Regiment of Foot Deployment, 1798-1914, by David Stevens.
1st/17th Foot (Leicestershire) Regiment [in Australia] 1830-1836, by B & M Chapman.
The Leicestershire Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
The Leicestershire Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
The Leicestershire Regiment's Battalions in WW1, by Iain Kerr.
Market Harborough in the First World War, by Barry Summers
[see contents page for Leicestershire Regiment topics]
The Leicestershire Regiment on the Somme, 1916, by David Stevens.
  RHQ and Depot:
  ? Depot Battalion [1856-1871]
  27th Brigade Depot at Leicester [1873-1881]
  17th Regimental District at Leicester [1881-1905]
  F Group, at Strensall [1946-1948]
  Forester Brigade, at Warwick [1948-1963]
  East Anglian Brigade at Bury St. Edmunds [1963-1964]
    1st Battalion [1688-1964]
    2nd Battalion [1799-1802, 1858-1948]
Militia and Special Reserve:
3rd Battalion (Leicestershire Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Battalion [1908-1936]
4th/5th Battalion [1961-1964]
5th Battalion [1908-1961]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
2/4th Battalion [1914-1918]
4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
2/5th Battalion [1914-1918]
5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
2/5th Battalion [1939-1946]
6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
6th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
7th Battalion [1940-1945]
8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
8th Battalion [1940-1942]
9th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
10th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
11th (Midland Pioneers) (Service) Battalion [1915-1920]
12th (Reserve) Battalion [1916-1916]
13th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
14th (Service) Battalion [1918-1919]
51st (Service) Battalion [1917-1920]
52nd (Service) Battalion [1917-1919]
53rd (Service) Battalion [1917-1919]
70th (Young Soldier) Battalion [1940-1943]
1st (Home Service) Garrison Battalion [1915-1917]
Namur 1695, Louisburg, Martinique 1762, Havannah, [Hindoostan]1, Ghuznee 1839, Khelat, Affghanistan 1839, Sevastopol, Ali Masjid, Afghanistan 1878-79, Defence of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War (19 battalions) Aisne 1914 '18, La Bassée 1914, Armentières 1914, Festubert 1914 '15, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Hooge 1915, Somme 1916 '18, Bazentin, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Le Transloy, Ypres 1917, Polygon Wood, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Lys, Bailleul, Kemmel, Scherpenberg, Albert 1918, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Megiddo, Sharon, Damascus, Palestine 1918, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1915-18

The Second World War Norway 1940, Antwerp-Turnhout Canal, Scheldt, Zetten, North-West Europe 1944-45, Jebel Mazar, Syria 1941, Sidi Barrani, Tobruk 1941, Montagne Farm, North Africa 1940-41 '43, Salerno, Calabritto, Gothic Line, Monte Gridolfo, Monte Colombo, Italy 1943-45, Crete, Heraklion, Kampar, Malaya 1941-42, Chindits 1944

Maryang-San, Korea 1951-52

4th, 5th Battalions:  South Africa 1900-02

1.  the Royal Tiger badge superscribed "Hindoostan", awarded 1825 for services in 1804-1823, including Bundelkhund and 3rd Mahratta war.

Uniform: blue (No.1 Dress); facings: pearl grey; piping: pearl grey
1688.09.27 Col. Solomon Richards
1689.05.01 Col. Sir George St. George
1695.05.01 Col. John Courthorpe
1695.09.01 Col. Sir Matthew Bridges
1703.08.26 Brig-Gen. Holcroft Blood
1707.08.20 Maj-Gen. Joseph Wightman
1722.09.28 Brig-Gen. Thomas Ferrers [also 23rd Dgns, 39th Foot, Ferrers's Foot]
1722.11.07 Lt-Gen. James Tyrrell
1742.08.31 Lt-Gen. John Wynyard [also 4th Marines]
1752.03.14 Maj-Gen. Edward Richbell [also 39th Foot, 61st Foot]
1757.02.25 Brig-Gen. John Forbes
1759.10.24 Lt-Gen. Hon. Robert Monckton
1782.05.29 Gen. George Morrison [also 4th Foot, 75th Foot; QMG 1761-96]
1792.08.08 Gen. George Garth
1819.06.14 Gen. Sir Josiah Champagné, GCH [also 41st Foot, 1st Ceylon Rgt]
1840.02.17 Gen. Sir Frederick Augustus Wetherall, GCH
1843.01.02 Gen. Sir Peregrine Maitland, GCB [also 76th Foot, 1st W India Rgt; CinC Madras 1836-38; Gov. & CinC Cape 1843-47]
1854.05.31 Lt-Gen. Thomas James Wemyss, CB
1860.07.20 Gen. Sir Richard (Airey), 1st Baron Airey, GCB
1868.05.01 Lt-Gen. John Grattan, CB
1871.04.30 Gen. William Raikes Faber, CB
1879.06.25 Gen. Richard William Penn (Curzon-Howe), 3rd Earl Howe, GCVO, CB
1890.04.08 Lt-Gen. John Christopher Guise, VC, CB
1895.02.06 Gen. Sir John Ross, GCB
1903.07.29 Maj-Gen. George Tito Brice
1905.09.23 Maj-Gen. Archibald Hammond Utterson, CB
1912.07.29 Maj-Gen. William Dalrymple Tompson, CB
1916.12.07 Maj-Gen. Sir Edward Mabbott Woodward, KCMG, CB
1943.03.22 Gen. Sir Clive Gerard Liddell, KCB, CMG, CBE, DSO [AG 1937-39; Gov. & C-in-C Gibraltar 1939-41; Gov. R Hospital 1943-49]
1948.05.01 Brig. Harold Senhouse Pinder, CBE, MC
1954.04.22 Lt-Gen. Sir Colin Bishop Callander, KCB, KBE, MC
1963.05.20 Maj-Gen. Douglas Anthony Kendrew, CB, CBE, DSO [continued 1964 as Dep. Col. R Anglian Rgt]
Victoria Crosses [17th Regiment], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
Victoria Crosses [Leicestershire Regt], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Royal Leicestershire Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Crimean War Casualty Lists, by Roger W.G. Capewell.
Crimean War Casualty Lists, by Roger W.G. Capewell.
Boer War Casualty Lists, by Roger W.G. Capewell.
William Drury, 2/5th Battalion [WW1], by Kevin Noble.
Diary of L.D. Richards, 1/4th Battalion [WW1]
Motto: Veni et vici
Anniversaries: Royal Tiger Day (25 June)
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:

The Sherbrooke Regiment

32nd Battalion (The Footscray Regiment)
58th/32nd Infantry Battalion (The Melbourne Rifles)
The Barbados Regiment
[no external sites have been found]
Museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, Leicester (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Loughborough War Memorial Museum, Loughborough (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, Leicester (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
The green tiger.
Full Histories:
Short Histories:





First World War:

Richardson, Matthew.  The tigers : 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th (Service) Battalions of the Leicestershire Regiment.  Leo Cooper

Second World War:

Special Topics:
Woodfield, John W. The Leicestershire Regiment : Recipients of the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Woodfield, John W. Ashby de la Zouch : Roll of Honour.
Manuscripts and Archives:
Orderly Books of the Crown Forces in America 1775-1784, compiled by John K. Robertson, Don Hagist, Todd Braisted, and Don Londahl-Smidt (RevWar'75)