The Essex Regiment [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 03.09.2005
 
The  Essex Regiment
crest and tie
by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
  Titles & Lineage
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  Battle Honours
  Colours, Standards & Guidons
  Uniforms & Badges
  Colonels-in-Chief
  Colonels

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  Museums, Monuments, Memorials
  Bibliography

How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
 
1881.07.01 The Essex Regiment
organised as the county regiment of Essex, encompassing its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below] and uniting two regular battalions:
 
1958.06.02 amalgamated with The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, to form 3rd East Anglian Regiment (16th/44th Foot)
The Essex Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
The Essex Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
The 1st Battalion, the Essex Regiment War Diary - November, 1917 (Hellfire Corner)
     
  RHQ and Depot:
    RHQ:
    44th Regimental District at Warley [1881-1905]
   
    G Group, at Colchester [1946-1948]
    East Anglian Brigade, at Bury St. Edmunds [1948-1958]
     
  Regulars:
    1st Battalion [1881-1958]
    2nd Battalion [1881-1948]
     
Militia and Special Reserve:
  3rd Battalion (East Essex Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
  4th Battalion (West Essex Regiment of Militia) [1881-1908]
 
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  3rd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Battalion [1908-1958]
  5th Battalion [1908-1940]
  6th Battalion [1908-1940]
  7th Battalion [1908-1935]
  8th (Cyclist) Battalion [1910-1920]
 
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
  2/4th Battalion [1914-1915]
  2/4th Battalion [1939-1947]
  4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
  2/5th Battalion [1914-1918]
  5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  2/6th Battalion [1914-1918]
  6th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  2/7th Battalion [1914-1918]
  7th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  7th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
  2/8th (Cyclist) Battalion [1914-1919]
  3/8th (Cyclist) Battalion [1915-1916]
  8th Battalion [1940-1941]
  9th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  9th Battalion [1940-1942]
  10th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  10th Battalion [1940-1942]
  11th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  12th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
  13th (West Ham (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  14th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  15th Battalion [1917-1919]
  16th Battalion [1917-1917]
  17th Battalion [1917-1919]
  18th (Home Service) Battalion [1918-1919]
  19th (Service) Battalion [1919-1920]
  30th Battalion [1941-1943]
  50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
  70th (Young Soldier) Battalion [1940-1943]
  1st Garrison Battalion [1915-1919]
  2nd Garrison Battalion [1916-1920]
 
 
[combined battle honours of 44th Regiment and 56th Regiment, plus:]

Havannah1, Nile 1884-85, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War [31 battalions]:  Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1915 '17, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916 '18, Bapaume 1917 '18, Arras 1917 '18, Scarpe 1917 '18, Arleux, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Avre, Villers Bretonneux, Lys, Hazebrouck, Béthune, Amiens, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Épéhy, St. Quentin Canal, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Helles, Landing at Helles, Krithia, Suvla, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915-16, Rumani, Egypt 1915-17, Gaza, Jaffa, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1917-18

The Second World War:  St. Omer-La Bassée, Tilly sur Seulles, Le Havre, Antwerp-Turnhout Canal, Scheldt, Zetten, Arnhem 1945, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Abyssinia 1940, Falluja, Baghdad 1941, Iraq 1941, Palmyra, Syria 1941, Tobruk 1941, Belhamed, Mersa Matruh, Defence of Alamein Line, Deir el Shein, Ruweisat, Ruweisat Ridge, El Alamein, Matmata Hills, Akarit, Enfidaville, Djebel Garci, Tunis, Ragoubet Souissi, North Africa 1941-43, Trigno, Sangro, Villa Grande, Cassino I, Castle Hill, Hangman's Hill, Italy 1943-44, Athens, Greece 1944-45, Kohima, Chindits 1944, Burma 1943-45

4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Battalions:  South Africa 1900-02

1.  awarded 1909 for service of 56th Regiment.

   
Badges:
Uniform:
   
   
     
   
   
[none]
1881 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir Thomas Reed, GCB
1881 [2nd Bn:] Gen. Henry William Breton
1883.07.25 Gen. Sir Charles William Dunbar Staveley, GCB [also 36th Foot, Worcestershire Regt; C-in-C Bombay 1874-78]
1896.11.24 Gen. Sir Archibald Alison, Bt, GCB [also Seaforth Hldrs; AG 1888]
1897.03.30 Lt-Gen. Hon. John Jocelyn Bourke, CB
1904.09.26 Maj-Gen. Francis Ventris, CB
1929.01.05 Maj-Gen. John Cartwright Harding-Newman, CB, CMG
1935.02.03 Lt-Gen. Sir Geoffrey Weston Howard, KCB, CMG, DSO
1946.12.14 Brig. Graham Horace Wilmer, DSO, MC
1950.03.16 Brig. Charles Morgan Paton, CVO, CBE [to 1958; also Dep. Col. R Anglian Regt]
Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Essex Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Hubert Gooding M.M. - The Essex Regiment, by Chris Shepherd (Hellfire Corner)
 
 
 
Motto: Montis insignia calpe
Nicknames:
Anniversaries: Arras (28 Mar.) - 2nd Bn, Gallipoli (25 Apr.) - 1st Bn, Salamanca (22 July), Gaza (4 Nov.) - T.A.
Freedoms:
Marches:
Musicians:
Mascot:
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:

The Essex Scottish

1926-1954
1954-1958
44th Battalion (The West Australian Rifles)
1927-1951
1951-1958
 
The Essex Regiment Association discussion group (Yahoo!Groups)
The Essex Regiment Museum, Chelmsford (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
The Essex Regimental Museum, by Henrik Teller (Simonides listing).
The Essex Regiment Museum, Chelmsford.
Colchester Museum, Colchester (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Saffron Walden Museum, Saffron Walden (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Regimental Journal:
The Essex Regimental gazette.
Full Histories:
The 1st Battalion Essex Regiment in South Africa, 1899 to 1902. Thayetmo, Burma : Regimental Press, 1908.
Martin, Thomas Alexander. The Essex Regiment, 1929-1950. [London?] : Essex Regiment Association, 1952.
Tinton, B. H. (Ben H). A history of the Regimental Chapel of the Essex Regiment and 3rd Battalion (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex), the Royal Anglian Regiment. [Great Britain] : [Royal Anglian Regiment], 1987.
 
Short Histories:
The Essex regiment. London : H.M.S.O. ; [ca.1920 ]
Burrows, John William. A short history of the 1st and 2nd Battalion The Essex Regiment, with the names of all those who laid down their lives for their country, 1914-1918. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1921.
Burrows, John William. The Essex Regiment : short history and chronology. Southend-on-Sea : Burrows, 1938.
 

Militia:

Burrows, John William. The Essex Regiment; the Essex Militia. Southend-on-Sea [Eng.] J.H. Burrows, 1929. (Essex units in the War, 1914-1919; v. 4)
 

First World War:

Burrows, John William. The Essex regiment, 1st Battalion (44th), 1741-1919. Southend-on-Sea : John H. Burrows & Sons, Ltd., 1923. (Essex units in the war, 1914-1919 ; v. 1)
Burrows, John William. The Essex regiment, 1st Battalion (44th), 1741-1919. [2nd ed.] Southend-on-Sea : John H. Burrows & Sons, Ltd., 1931. (Essex units in the war, 1914-1919 ; v. 1)
Burrows, John William. The Essex Regiment: 2nd Battalion (56th Pompadours). Southend-on-Sea, J.H. Burrows, 1927. (Essex units in the war, 1914-1919; v. 2)
Burrows, John William. The Essex Regiment: 2nd Battalion (56th Pompadours). [2nd ed.] Southend-on-Sea, J.H. Burrows, 1927. (Essex units in the war, 1914-1919; v. 2)
Gibbons, T. With the 1/5th Essex in the East. Colchester : Benham, 1921.
Banks, Thomas Macdonald; Chell, Randolph Arthur. With the 10th Essex in France. Bayswater : Printed and pub. for the 10th Essex Old Comrades' Association by Burt & Sons, 1921.
Banks, Thomas Macdonald; Chell, Randolph Arthur. With the 10th Essex in France. [2nd ed.] London : Gay & Hancock, 1924.
Burrows, John William. The Essex regiment. Essex territorial infantry brigade (4th-7th battalions) Also 8th (Cyclists) Battalion ... Southend-on-Sea : Burrows,1932. (Essex units in the war; v. 5)
Burrows, John William. The Essex Regiment : 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, and 15th Battalions. Southend-on-Sea : J.H. Burrows, 1935. (Essex units in the war, 1914-1919 ; v. 6)
 

Second World War:

Vince, A. A. The Pompadours : 2nd Battalion, the Essex Regiment : 'D' day to 'VE' day in North West Europe. [s.l. : s.n.], [1945]
Vince, A. A. The Pompadours : 2nd Battalion, the Essex Regiment : 'D' day to 'VE' day in North West Europe. [reprint] [s.l.] : [Royal Anglian Regiment], 1987.