The Green Howards [UK]
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Page created 1 August 2000. Corrected and updated 15.12.2005
The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)
crest and tie
by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1688.11.20 Francis Lutterell's Regiment of Foot
raised from independent companies in Devonshire; also known until 1751 by the names of seven other colonels
1689.03.08 Thomas Erle raised a regiment and subsequently (1691-1712) also became colonel of the 19th Foot, thereby owning two regiments, the junior one sometimes being called the 2nd Battalion (which disbanded 1698)
1751.07.01 19th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 19th (The 1st Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment of Foot
1875.10.29 19th (The 1st Yorkshire North Riding - Princess of Wales's Own) Regiment of Foot
(named for Princess Alexandra, Princess of Wales)
1881.07.01 The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
reorganised as the county regiment of Yorkshire North Riding, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1902 Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
1921.01.01 The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)
2006.06.06 to unite with The Prince of Wales's Own Regt of Yorkshire , and The Duke of Wellington's Regt, to form The Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th, and 33rd/76th)
The Green Howards (Army site)
The Green Howards, by Edward McKillop Nicholl (Regimental site)
The Green Howards, by Glenvil Roberts.
The Green Howards, - a Brief Regimental History, by Edward McKillop Nicholl.
The Regiment Today, by Edward McKillop Nicholl.
Latest News, by Edward McKillop Nicholl.
History of the Nineteenth, 1845-1870, by Cathy Day.
The Green Howards, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
The Green Howards, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
The Green Howards, by Campbell Ricketts (Yorkshire Volunteers site)
RHQ and Depot:
  RHQ: Trinity Church Square, Richmond, North Yorkshire
  ? Depot Battalion [1856-1871]
  4th Brigade Depot at Richmond [1873-1881]
  19th Regimental District at Richmond [1881-1905]
  Border District [1905-07]
  No. 5 District [1907-1921]
  Northumbrian Area [1921-1946]
    E Group at Catterick [1946-48]
    Yorkshire Brigade at York [1948-1968]
    King's Division at York [1968-2006]
    [1st Battalion] [1688-2006]
    2nd Battalion [1689-1698, 1858-1949, 1952-1956]
    2nd Battalion [1756-1758]
Militia and Special Reserve:
  3rd Battalion (5th West York Regiment of Militia) [1882-1953]
  4th Battalion (North York Rifle Regiment of Militia) [1881-1908]
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Battalion [1908-1961]
  4th/5th Battalion, The Green Howards (Yorkshire Volunteers) [1961-1967, 1993-1999]
  5th Battalion [1908-1947]
  Yorkshire Volunteers [1967-1993]
  The East and West Riding Regiment [1999-2006]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
  2/4th Battalion [1914-1917]
  4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
  2/5th Battalion [1914-1918]
  5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  6th Battalion [1939-1942]
  7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  7th Battalion [1939-1946]
  8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  8th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
  9th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  9th Garrison Battalion [1940-1941]
  10th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  10th (East Riding Yeomanry) Battalion [1940-1943]
  11th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
  11th Battalion [1940-1946]
  12th (Service) Battalion (Tees-side Pioneers) [1915-1918]
  12th Battalion [1940-1942]
  13th (Home Defence) Battalion [1940-1941]
  13th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  14th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  15th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  16th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
  17th (Home Service) Battalion [1916-1917]
  18th Battalion [1917-1919]
  19th (Service) Battalion [1918-1918]
  30th Battalion [1941-1946]
  50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
  1st Garrison Battalion [1919-1918]
  2nd (Home Service) Garrison Battalion [1916-1917]

Malplaquet, Belleisle, Alma, Inkerman, Sevastopol, Tirah, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, South Africa 1899-1902 

The Great War (24 battalions) Ypres 1914 '15 '17, Langemarck 1914 '17, Gheluvelt, Neuve Chapelle, St Julien, Frezenburg, Bellewaarde, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18,  Albert 1916, Bazentin, Pozières, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917 '18, Scarpe 1917 '18, Messines 1917 '18, Pilckem, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Lys, Estaires, Hazebrouck, Kemmel, Scherpenberg, Aisne 1918, Drocourt Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Beaurevoir, Selle, Valenciennes, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Piave, Vittorio Veneto, Italy 1917-18, Suvla, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915, Egypt 1916, Archangel 1918 

Afghanistan 1919 

The Second World War Otta, Norway 1940, Defence of Arras, Dunkirk 1940, Normandy Landing, Tilly sur Seulles, St Pierre La Vielle, Gheel, Nederrijn, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Gazala, Defence of Alamein Line, El Alamein, Mareth, Akarit, North Africa 1942-43, Landing in Sicily, Lentini, Sicily 1943, Minturno, Anzio, Italy 1943-44, Arakan Beaches, Burma 1945 

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

1914.06.22   HM Queen Alexandra
1942.05.12 HM Haakon VII, King of Norway, KG, GCB, GCVO
1958.08.19 HM Olav V, King of Norway, KG, KT, GCB, GCVO
1992.02.06 Hon. Gen. HM Harald V, King of Norway, GCVO

1688.11.20 Col. Francis Luttrell
1691.01.01 Gen. Thomas Erle
1712.01.22 Brig-Gen. George Freke
1712.04.03 Lt-Gen. Richard Sutton [also Sutton's Foot]
1715.08.05 Col. George Grove
1729.10.27 Lt-Gen. Richard Sutton [reappointed]
1738.11.01 Gen. Hon. Sir Charles Howard, KB
1748.03.15 Lt-Gen. Lord George Beauclerk
1768.05.25 Gen. David Graeme of Gorthry [also 49th Foot, 105th Hldrs]
1797.01.24 F.M. Sir Samuel Hulse, Bt., GCH
1810.06.25 Gen. Sir Hew Whiteford Dalrymple, Bt
1811.04.27 Gen. Sir Tomkins Hilgrove Turner, GCH, KC
1843.05.31 Gen. Sir Warren Marmaduke Peacocke, KCH
1849.09.01 Lt-Gen. Charles Turner
1854.06.15 F.M. Sir William Rowan, GCB
1861.03.10 Gen. Sir Abraham Josias Cloete, KCB, KH
1886.10.27 Gen. Sir Robert Onesiphorus Bright, GCB
1896.11.16 Lt-Gen. Edward Chippindall, CB
1902.09.14 Maj-Gen. William Spencer Cooper
1906.10.02 Lt-Gen. Sir William Edmund Franklyn, KCB
1914.10.28 Gen. Sir Edward Stanislaus Bulfin, KCB, CVO
1939.08.21 Gen. Sir Harold Edmund Franklyn, KCB, DSO, MC
1949.10.21 Maj-Gen. Alfred Eryk Robinson, CB, DSO
1959.11.01 Brig. George Wilfred Eden, CBE
1965.11.01 Maj-Gen. Desmond Spencer Gordon, CB, CBE, DSO, JP
1975.01.01 Brig. John Britton Oldfield, OBE, DL
1982.07.19 F.M. The Rt. Hon. Peter Anthony (Inge), The Baron Inge, KG, GCB [also Col. Cmdt. RMP, APTC; CGS, CDS]
1994.12.01 Gen. Sir Francis Richard Dannatt, KCB, CBE, MC [also Col. AAC; Col. Cmdt. Provost Branch AGC, King's Div]
2003.05.11 Brig. John Stewart Wadsworth Powell, OBE
Victoria Crosses [19th Foot], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference). 
Victoria Crosses [Green Howards], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference). 
Victoria Crosses [Yorkshire Regt], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference). 
Medals Won by the Regiment, by Edward McKillop Nicholl.
VCs in the Green Howards Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
List of Casualties in the Crimean War, by Edward McKillop Nicholl.
Officers Who Served in the Hazara Campaign, 1868, by Edward McKillop Nicholl.
Diaries and Service Journals in the Regimental Museum, by Edward McKillop Nicholl.
Service of Patrick McNamara, 1847-1870, by Edward McKillop Nicholl.
The Service Journal of Charlie Usherwood, 1857-1864
An Experience of Twelve Months Active Service on the Veldt [1899-1900], by 3213 Private John Jackson.
George Henry Ord, 10th Bn, 1914-1918, by D. Ord.
The War of a Green Howard, 1939-1945, by Bill Cheall.
Ken's War Memories [1940-1946], by Kenneth Robinson.
Motto: [none]
Nicknames: The Green Howards [adopted ca. 1744 to distinguish by facing colour Charles Howard's Regiment from Thomas Howard's Regiment - The Buffs; in both instances the nickname evolved into the formal title]
Anniversaries: Alma (20 Sept.)
Freedoms: Beverley (1946), Bridlington (1945), Middlesbrough (1947), Northallerton (1979), Pickering (1980), Redcar (1958), Richmond (1958), Scarborough (1945)
Marches: quick (1868): The Bonnie English Rose
slow (1742): Maria Theresa [score presented by Empress Maria Theresa to Col. Howard]
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
The York Rangers
The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) 1936-present

The Rocky Mountain Rangers

Bond of Friendship:
HMS Richmond
Unofficial Affiliation:
HM Kongens Garde [Oslo, Norway]
The Green Howards Association, by Edward McKillop Nicholl.
D Company, 6th Battalion, Green Howards [WW2] (Victory in Europe Re-enactment Association)
Green Howards Living History [WW2] (California)
The Green Howards Museum, Richmond, (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
The Green Howards Museum, Richmond, (Simonides listing)
The Green Howards Museum, Richmond (Regimental site)
Green Howards Museum Kiosk
The Memorial to 2nd Lieut. Donald S Bell, VC
Regimental Journal:
The Green Howards gazette.
Full Histories:
Cannon, Richard. Historical record of the Nineteenth, or The First Yorkshire North Riding Regiment of Foot, containing an account of the formation of the regiment in 1688, and of its subsequent services to 1848. London : Parker, Furnivall & Parker, 1848.
Ferrar, M. L. (Michael Lloyd). A history of the services of the 19th Regiment, now Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire regiment) : from its formation in 1688 to 1911. London : Eden Fisher & Company, 1911.
Powell, Geoffrey. The Green Howards (the 19th Regiment of Foot). London : Hamilton, 1968. (Famous regiments) ISBN: 0241913896
Powell, Geoffrey. ; Powell, J. S. W. The Green Howards : the 19th Regiment of Foot. New ed. London : Secker & Warburg, 1983. (Famous regiments) ISBN: 0436379104 (pbk.)
Powell, Geoffrey. The history of the Green Howards : three hundred years of service. London : Arms and Armour, 1992. ISBN: 1854091492
Powell, Geoffrey. ; Powell, J. S. W. The history of the Green Howards : three hundred years of service. Rev. and enl. ed. Barnsley : Leo Cooper, 2002. ISBN: 0850528577
Ferrar, M. L. (Michael Lloyd). Bygone days. Belfast : R. Caswell, 1924.
Short Histories:
The History of the Green Howards : a series of short lectures. Aldershot : Gale & Polden Ltd., 1940.
The History of the Green Howards : a series of short lectures : the Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment) : (19). Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1954.
Ferrar, M. L. (Michael Lloyd) (ed.). Selections from the Green Howards' Gazette. Belfast : pr. by Baird, 1934. [Limited ed. of 50 copies]
The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment), 1688-1997. Hemel Hempstead : Nexus Special Interests, 1997. (Regiment ; 24)


Reynard, F. H. A brief history of the Territorial Force Association of the County of York (North Riding), 1908-1919. Northallerton : printed by Jos. Walker, 1919.

First World War:

Wylly, H. C. (Harold Carmichael). The Green Howards in the Great War. Richmond, England : [s.n.] (Butler & Tanner), 1926.
Marsay, Mark. Baptism of fire : an account of the 5th Green Howards at the Battle of St Julien, during the Second Battle of Ypres, April 1915. Scarborough : Great Northern Pub., 1999. ISBN: 0953520404
The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment) : for valour, 1914-1918. Richmond : [s.n., 1919?]
Fife, Ronald. The history of the 7th Battalion Green Howards (1914-1918), a narrative extract from the Green Howards gazette. Richmond : Green Howards, 1935.
12th (Service) Battalion Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment (Teeside Pioneers). [s.l. : s.n., ca. 1920]

Second World War:

Whiting, Charles ; Taylor, Eric. The fighting tykes : an informal history of the Yorkshire regiments in the Second World War. London : Leo Cooper, 1993. ISBN: 0850523575
Synge, William Alfred Thackeray. The story of The Green Howards, 1939-1945. Richmond : Green Howards, 1952.
Other Wars:
Ferrar, M. L. (Michael Lloyd). With the Green Howards in South Africa, 1899-1902. London : E. Fisher, 1904.
Oldfield, John Briton. The Green Howards in Malaya, 1949-1952; the story of a post-war tour of duty by a battalion of the line. Aldershot : Gale and Polden, 1953.
Curtis, Nicky. Faith & duty. London : André Deutsch, 1998. ISBN: 0233994157 [Northern Ireland]
Special Topics:
1st Battalion The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment), London, Wellington Barracks, 8th August to 1st September 1930. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1930.
Ferrar, M. L. (Michael Lloyd). Officers of the Green Howards, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment), (formerly the 19th Foot) 1688 to 1920. London : E. Fisher, 1920.
Ferrar, M. L. (Michael Lloyd). Officers of the Green Howards: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment), formerly the 19th Foot, 1688-1931. Belfast : W. & G. Baird, 1931.
Chapman, Roger (J. Roger). Beyond their duty : heroes of the Green Howards : Green Howards who were awarded the Victoria and George Crosses. Richmond : Green Howards Museum, 2001. ISBN: 0954014103
Kingston, W. H. G. (William Herbert Gavin). Follow the drum: the story of regimental music and the soldier musicians of the Green Howards. Richmond : The Green Howards, 1969. ISBN: 0902109006
Forbes, John Mason. The Green Howards Museum, Richmond, Yorkshire. Derby : English Life Publications, 1974. ISBN: 0851010865
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)