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The  Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)
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by A. Melville-Brown
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1881.07.01 The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment)
organised as the county regiment of Wiltshire, encompassing its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below] and uniting two regular battalions:
 
1921 The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)
1959.06.09 amalgamated with The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's), to form The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)
pip History of The Royal Berkshire Regiment and The Wiltshire Regiment, 1881-1959, by The Wardrobe (Museum site).
pip The Wiltshire Regiment, by The Wardrobe (Museum site)
pip Regimental Timeline, by The Wardrobe
pip The Wiltshire Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
pip The Wiltshire Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
pip The Wiltshire Regiment (Fovant Badges Society)
     
  RHQ and Depot:
    RHQ:
    62nd Regimental District at Devizes [1881-1905]
   
    H Group at Bulford [1946-1948]
    Wessex Brigade at Exeter [1948-1959]
     
Regulars:
  1st Battalion [1881-1959]
 
  2nd Battalion [1881-1948]
 
Militia and Special Reserve:
  3rd Battalion (Royal Wiltshire Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
Territorials and Volunteers:
  [1st VB] 1st Wiltshire Volunteer Rifle Corps [1881-1908]
  2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Battalion [1908-1967]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
  2/4th Battalion [1914-1920]
  4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
  5th Battalion [1914-1919]
 
  5th Battalion [1939-1945]
  6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1917]
  6th (Wiltshire Yeomanry) Battalion [1917-1919]
 
  6th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
  7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
 
  7th Battalion [1940-1944]
  8th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
  30th Battalion [1941-1943]
  50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
[combined battle honours of 62nd Regiment and 99th Regiment, plus:] 

Louisburg1, South Africa 18792, South Africa 1900-02

The Great War [12 battalions]:  Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914 '18, La Bassée 1914, Messines 1914 '17 '18, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1914 '17, Langemarck 1914, Nonne Bosschen, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Pozières, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917, Pilckem, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, St. Quentin, Lys, Bailleul, Kemmel, Scherpenberg, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Cambrai 1918, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Doiran 1917, Macedonia 1915-18, Suvla, Sari Bair, Gallipoli 1915-16, Gaza, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1917-18, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1916-18

The Second World War:  Defence of Arras, Ypres-Comines Canal, Odon, Caen, Hill 112, Bourguébus Ridge, Maltot, Mont Pincon, La Varinière, Seine 1944, Nederrijn, Roer, Rhineland, Cleve, Goch, Xanten, Rhine, Bremen, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Solarino, Simeto Bridgehead, Sicily 1943, Garigliano Crossing, Minturno, Anzio, Rome, Advance to Tiber, Italy 1943-44, Middle East 1942, North Arakan, Point 551, Mayu Tunnels, Ngakyedauk Pass, Burma 1943-44

1.  belatedly awarded 1910 for service of 62nd Regiment.
2.  awarded 1882 for service of 99th Regiment.

 
The Colours of the Regiment, by The Wardrobe.
   
   
   
Badges:
Uniform: 1881-1905: scarlet; facings: white
1905-1953: scarlet; facings: buff
1953-1959: blue; facings: buff; piping: buff
headdress: construction sign
   
   
     
   
1953.06.02 F.M. HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE, AC, QSO
1881 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir William Thomas Knollys, KCB [also Scots Gds]
1881 [2nd Bn:] Gen. Sir Henry James Warre, KCB
1883.05.26 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir John Alexander Ewart, KCB [also Gordon Hldrs, Argyll & Sutherland Hldrs]
1884.03.12 [1st Bn:] Gen. Charles Lennox Brownlow Maitland, CB
1898.04.04 Gen. Sir John Hart Dunne, KCB
1924.04.21 Maj-Gen. Finlay Cochrane Beatson, CB
1929.01.01 Maj-Gen. Sir Edward Evans, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO
1942.06.28 Gen. Sir William Platt, GBE, KCB, DSO [GOC East Africa 1941-45]
1954.11.01 Maj-Gen. Basil Aubrey Coad, CB, CBE, DSO [continued 1959 in Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regt]
 
 
vc Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc VCs in the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
 
Motto:
Nicknames:
Anniversaries: Ferozeshah (21 Dec.)
Freedoms:
Marches:
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Canada flag The Algonquin Regiment (RCAC) 1955-1959
South Africa flag The Duke of Edinburgh's Own Rifles
-1959
New Zealand flag The Otago Regiment
-1948
swords The Regimental Association of The Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment
   
   
monument Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment Salisbury Museum, Salisbury (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument Museum of the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment, Salisbury (Simonides listing)
monument The Wardrobe: RGBW Regimental Museum, Salisbury (Museum site)
   
   
Regimental Journal:
book The nines.
book The journal of The Wiltshire Regiment.
Full Histories:
book Kenrick, Neville Cyril Evelyn. The story of the Wiltshire Regiment : (Duke of Edinburgh's) the 62nd and 99th foot, 1756-1959, the militia and the territorials, the service battalions, and all those others who have served or been affiliated with the Moonrakers. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1963.
book Gibson, Tom. The Wiltshire Regiment (the 62nd and 99th Regiments of Foot). London : Leo Cooper Ltd., 1969. (Famous regiments) ISBN: 085052007X
 
Short Histories:
book H. M. C. (Harry Molyneux Carter) The springers. Dublin : W. Carson, [1891].
book Gillson, R.M.T. A short history of the Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) (62nd and 99th Foot) from 1756 to 1918. London : Gale & Polden, 1921.
book Gillson, R.M.T. A short history of the Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) (62nd and 99th Foot) from 1756 to 1936. London : Gale & Polden, 1936.
book 2nd Battn. The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) : Centenary, Bangalore, India, 1924. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1924
book Historical retrospect of the Wiltshire Regiment, formerly 62nd and 99th Foot and The Royal Wiltshire Militia, now styled The Duke of Edinburgh Wiltshire Regiment. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1899.
book 1st Battalion Duke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Regiment, Quetta, Baluchsitan, 1899. Quetta : F. Bremmer, 1899.
book Pictorial record of the Duke of Edinburgh's 2nd Battalion the Wiltshire Regiment, Poona, India, 1915. Bombay : British Historical and Art Publishing Co., 1915.
 

Militia:

book Cole, Jean A. (Jean Audrey). Wiltshire militia orders, 1759 to 1770 : an index to names, courts martial, promotions, demotions, discharges, etc. with the movement of the Wiltshire regiment of militia and some other militia regiments. [Devizes] : Wiltshire Family History Society, 1994. ISBN: 1898714037 (pbk)
 

First World War:

book Shepherd, W. S. (W. Scott). The 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment (99th) : a record of their fighting in the Great War, 1914-18. [Aldershot : Gale & Polden], 1927.