21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 04.04.2005
 
 
First Surrey Rifles
[21st London Regiment]
1859-1993
 
United Kingdom 
  Titles & Lineage
  History & War Service
  Battle Honours
  Colours, Standards and Guidons

  Badges and Uniforms
  Colonels
 Traditions
 Bibliography

Note: This is a battalion history of the part-time reserves, which are normally liable for full-time active service only in an emergency. See the main regimental page(s) as linked below for more information.
How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
 
  Titles and Lineage English County Index
Alphabetic Index of Titles
1859
  • 1st Surrey Rifle Volunteer Corps at Camberwell, raised 14 June 1859
  • 3rd Surrey Rifle Volunteer Corps at Camberwell, raised 26 Aug. 1859
1860 The South London Rifle Volunteer Corps
(1st RVC absorbed 2nd RVC)
1860 1st Surrey (South London) Rifle Volunteer Corps
(eight companies at Camberwell)
1881.07.01 volunteer battalion [1st] of The East Surrey Regiment
1891.12 1st Surrey (South London) Volunteer Rifle Corps
1908.04.01 21st (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles)
transferred to T.F. with HQ at Camberwell
1916.07.07 transferred to the corps of The East Surrey Regiment without change of title
1919.07.25 disembodied
1920.02.07 21st (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles)
reconstituted in T.A. with HQ at Camberwell
1922 21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles)
1935.12.15 35th (First Surrey Rifles) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, RE
HQ at Camberwell
 
  • 340th Company at Camberwell
  • 341st Company at Camberwell
  • 342nd Company at Camberwell
  • 343rd Company at Camberwell
1940.08.01 35th Searchlight Regiment, RA (First Surrey Rifles)
1945.02 129th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA (First Surrey Rifles)
1945 placed in suspended animation
1947.01.01 570th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA (First Surrey Rifles)
reconstituted in T.A. with HQ at Dulwich
1949.03.16 570th LAA/Searchlight Regiment, RA (First Surrey Rifles)
1955.03.10 570th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA
absorbed 622 HAA Regt (7th Bn The Queen's Royal Regiment)
 
  • P (First Surrey Rifles) Battery, formed by reduction of former 570 LAA/SL Regt
  • Q (First Surrey Rifles) Battery, formed by reduction of former 570 LAA/SL Regt
  • R (Queen's) Battery, formed by reduction of 622 HAA Regt
  • S (Queen's) Battery, formed by reduction of 622 HAA Regt
1961.05.01 R (Surrey) Battery, 265th Regiment, RA
(570 LAA Regt reduced to one bty and amalgamated with 265 LAD Regt and 458 (Kent) LAA Regt)
1967.04.01 battery disbanded and concurrently amalgamated with part of HQ RA, 44th (Home Counties) Division/District to form HQ Battery, 100th Regiment RA, and Surrey Rifles lineage discontinued

1971.04.01 C Battery (London and Kent Royal Artillery), 6th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment
formed at Camberwell from cadre The London and Kent Regiment RA (successor to 265 Regt RA), but without 1st Surrey Rifles affiliation
197u C Bty redesignated C Battery (21st London, 1st Surrey Rifles)
1975.04.01 D Company, 6th/7th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment
formed at Wandsworth, Camberwell and Sutton by amalgamation of HQ Coy, C Bty and D Bty 6th Battalion, and 1st Surrey Rifles affiliation lost
1980 10 Platoon, D Coy at Camberwell redesignated 10 (Highwood) Platoon in memory of 1st Surrey Rifles action at the Somme
1988.05.16 A (Highwood) Company, 8th Battalion, The Queen's Fusiliers (City of London)
formed at Camberwell from 10 Platoon
1993.04.20 reduced to pln at Camberwell in C (City of London Fusiliers) Company, The London Regiment, and 1st Surrey Rifles affiliation discontinued
  History (Links) & War Service Introduction to Volunteers
History:
The London Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War)
The London Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
35 (First Surrey Rifles) SL Rgt RA(TA), by Derek Barton (The Royal Artillery 1939-45)
   
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  Battle Honours Index of Battle Honours
Index of Wars

South Africa 1900-02

The Great War (3 battalions):  Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Flers-Courcelette, Le Transloy, Messines 1917, Ypres 1917, Cambrai 1917, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Ancre 1918, Amiens, Albert 1918, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1915-18, Doiran 1917, Macedonia 1916-17, Gaza, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Jericho, Jordan, Tell 'Asur, Palestine 1917-18

  Colours, Standards and Guidons Introduction to Colours
Record of Colours:
  Uniforms and Badges
   
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  Honorary Colonels Index of Royal Colonels
1889.10.26 Lt-Gen. Sir Francis Wallace Grenfell, GCB, GCMG
1902.12.02 Col. E. Villiers, VD, ADC
1922.03.15 Hon. Brig-Gen. Henry Brewster Percy Lion Kennedy, CMG, DSO
1932.03.15 Lt-Col. Sir James Nockells Horlick, Bt., OBE, MC
  Traditions
 
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  Bibliography How To Find Books
Regimental Journal:

 

Histories:
A war record of the 21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles), 1914-1919. London : H.B. Skinner, Printers, 1928.