The Royal Hampshire Regiment [UK]
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Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 04.09.2005
The  Royal Hampshire Regiment
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by A. Melville-Brown
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1881.07.01 The Hampshire Regiment
organised as the county regiment of Hampshire, encompassing its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below] and uniting two regular battalions:
1946.11.28 The Royal Hampshire Regiment
1992.09.09 amalgamated with The Queen's Regiment, to form The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires)
The Royal Hampshire Regiment, by Paul Jerrard.
History of The Royal Hampshire Regiment, by F.A. Mason.
The Hampshire Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
The Hampshire Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
  RHQ and Depot:
    RHQ: Serle's House, Winchester, Hants.
    37th Regimental District at Winchester [1881-1905]
    H Group at Bulford [1946-1948]
    Wessex Brigade at Exeter [1948-1968]
    Prince of Wales's Division at Lichfield [1968-1992]
  1st Battalion [1881-1992]
    2nd Battalion [1881-1948]
Militia and Special Reserve:
  3rd Battalion (Hampshire Militia) [1881-1953]
Territorials and Volunteers:
The Militia, Volunteers & Territorials, by Paul Jerrard
  1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  3rd (Duke of Connaught's Own) Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  5th (Isle of Wight, Princess Beatrice's) Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Battalion [1908-1956]
  4th/5th Battalion [1956-1967]
  5th Battalion [1908-1921]
  5th/7th Battalion [1921-1939]
  6th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Battalion [1908-1938]
  7th Battalion [1908-1921,1939-1947]
  8th (Isle of Wight Rifles, Princess Beatrice's) Battalion [1908-1937]
  9th (Cyclist) Battalion [1911-1920]
  The Wessex Regiment [1967-1995]
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Territorials [1967-1971]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
  2/4th Battalion [1914-1919]
  4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
  2/5th Battalion [1914-1918]
  5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1917]
  2/6th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Battalion [1914-1916]
  2/7th Battalion [1914-1916]
  7th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  7th Battalion [1939-1946]
  2/8th (Isle of Wight, "Princess Beatrice's") Battalion [1915-1916]
  8th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
  2/9th (Cyclist) Battalion [1914-1919]
  3/9th (Cyclist) Battalion [1916-1916]
  9th Battalion [1940-1941]
  10th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  10th Battalion [1940-1941]
  11th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers) [1914-1919]
  11th (Royal Militia Island of Jersey) Battalion [1940-1946]
  12th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  12th Battalion [1940-1944]
  13th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
  13th (Home Defence) Battalion [1940-1941]
  14th (1st Portsmouth) (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  15th (2nd Portsmouth) (Service) Battalion [1915-1919]
  16th (Portsmouth ( Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  17th Battalion [1917-1919]
  18th (Service) Battalion [1916-1917]
  19th (Garrison) Battalion [1916-1919]
  20th (Service) Battalion [1919-1919]
  30th Battalion [1941-1943]
  50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
  51st (Service) Battalion [1917-1920]
  52nd (Service) Battalion [1917-1919]
  53rd (Service) Battalion [1917-1919]
  70th (Young Soldier) Battalion [1940-1943]
[combined battle honours of 37th Regiment and 67th Regiment, plus:]  

Blenheim1, Ramillies1, Oudenarde1, Malplaquet1, Dettingen1, Belleisle2, Burma 1885-87, Paardeberg, South Africa 1900-02

The Great War [36 battalions]:   Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914 '18, Aisne 1914, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1915 '17 '18, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916, Guillemont, Ginchy, Flers-Courcelette, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917 '18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917 '18, Messines 1917, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Lys, Estaires, Hazebrouck, Bailleul, Kemmel, Béthune, Tardenois, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Canal du Nord, Courtrai, Selle, Valenciennes, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Italy 1917-18, Kosturino, Struma, Doiran 1917 '18, Macedonia 1915-18, Helles, Landing at Helles, Krithia, Suvla, Sari Bair, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915-16, Egypt 1915-17, Gaza, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tell 'Asur, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1917-18, Aden, Shaiba, Kut al Amara 1915 '17, Tigris 1916, Baghdad, Sharqat, Mesopotamia 1915-18, Persia 1918-19, Archangel 1919, Siberia 1918-19

The Second World War:  Dunkirk 1940, Normandy Landing, Tilly sur Seulles, Caen, Hill 112, Mont Pincon, Jurques, St. Pierre La Vielle, Nederrijn, Roer, Rhineland, Goch, Rhine, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Tebourba Gap, Sidi Nsir, Hunt's Gap, Montagne Farm, Fondouk, Pichon, El Kourzia, Ber Rabal, North Africa 1940-43, Landing in Sicily, Regalbuto, Sicily 1943, Landing at Porto S. Venere, Salerno, Salerno Hills, Battipaglia, Cava di Tirreni, Volturno Crossing, Garigliano Crossing, Damiano, Monte Ornito, Cerasola, Cassino II, Massa Vertecchi, Trasimene Line, Advance to Florence, Gothic Line, Monte Gridolfo, Montegaudio, Coriano, Montilgallo, Capture of Forli, Cosina Canal Crossing, Lamone Crossing, Pideura, Rimini Line, Montescudo, Frisoni, Italy 1943-45, Athens, Greece 1944-45, Malta 1941-42

1.  awarded 1882 for services of 37th Regiment.
2.  awarded 1951 for services of 67th Regiment.


White Regimental Colour never issued to 1st Bn during period of white facings (1881-1904), i.e continued to carry yellow Colour. 1st Bn also continued to carry yellow Colour after becoming "royal" in 1946. 2nd Bn received white Regimental Colour 1882.

Badges: The Royal Tiger superscribed "India". A double red rose fimbriated gold.
Uniform: 1881: scarlet; facings: white
1904: scarlet: facings: yellow (restoring colour common to 37th Foot and 67th Foot); piping: yellow (1953)
cap badge
1985.06.03 HRH Diana, The Princess of Wales
1881 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir Edmund Haythorne, KCB [also 55th Foot]
1881 [2nd Bn:] Lt-Gen. William Mark Wood
1883.06.24 [2nd Bn:] Gen. Sir Henry Errington Longden, KCB, CSI
[also Lincolnshire Regt]
1888.11.11 Gen. Thomas Edmond Knox, CB [also Norfolk Regt]
1893.12.15 Lt-Gen. Sir John Wellesley Thomas, KCB
1908.02.07 Maj-Gen. Sir Charles Benjamin Knowles, KCB
1924.07.30 Gen. Sir Richard Cyril Byrne Haking, GBE, KCB, KCMG
1945.01.23 Gen. Sir George Darrell (Jeffreys), 1st Baron Jeffreys, KCB, KCVO, CMG, JP [also Gren Gds]
1948.01.01 Brig. Philip Herbert Cadoux-Hudson, MC, DL
1954.03.19 Brig. Gerald Dominick Browne, CBE, DL
1964.03.19 Maj-Gen. Richard Hutchinson Batten, CB, CBE, DSO, DL
1971.06.30 Brig. David John Warren, DSO, OBE, MC, DL
1981.09.07 Gen. Sir David Fraser, GCB, OBE, DL
1987.01.26 Brig. Robert George Long, CBE, MC, DL [to 1992]
Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Royal Hampshire Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Anniversaries: Gallipoli (23 Apr.), Minden (1 Aug.)
Freedoms: Aldershot (11Sep. 1945), Bournemouth (13 Sep. 1945), Winchester (15 Sep. 1945), Southampton (25 Apr. 1946), Portsmouth (20 May 1950), Romsey (26 Sep. 1959), Basingstoke (16 July 1966), Rushmoor (20 May 1981), New Forest District (Affiliation, 8 July 1986), Test Valley (25 June 1986), Christchurch (19 Oct. 1987), Eastleigh (14 Sep. 1991), Jersey (9 May 1992 - Liberation Day
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
The Sault Ste. Marie Regiment 1932-1936
The Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury Regiment 1936-1946
49th (Sault Ste Marie) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA 1947-1992
The Wellington West Coast Regiment 1925-1948
The Wellington West Coast and Taranaki Regiment 1948-1964
5th Battalion (Wellington West Coast and Taranaki), The Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment 1964-1992
1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment (World War II Living History Association)
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Museum, Dover (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum, Winchester (Museum site)
Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum, Winchester (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum, Winchester (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
The Hampshire regimental journal.
Full Histories:
Short Histories:





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