The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) [UK]
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Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 14.07.2006
 
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The Somerset Light Infantry
 (Prince Albert's)
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1685.06.20 Earl of Huntingdon's Regiment of Foot
also known until 1751 by the names of other colonels
1751.07.01 13th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot
1822.12.25 13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)
1842.08.26 13th (1st Somersetshire) (Prince Albert's Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot
(named for Prince Albert, The Prince Consort)
1881.07.01 Prince Albert's Light Infantry (Somersetshire Regiment)
reorganised as the county regiment of Somersetshire, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1881.12.13 Prince Albert's (Somersetshire Light Infantry)
1912 Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry)
1921.01.01 The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
1959.10.06 amalgamated with The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, to form The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry
pip The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) (Somerset Military Museum)
pip The Somerset Light Infantry, by Keith Petvin-Scudamore (British Light Infantry Regiments, founded by Michael S.Young)
pip S.L.I. throughout the years..., by Lenny Warren.
pip A Brief History of the Regiment, 1685-1801, by Gerald Hughes.
pip The Somerset Light Infantry, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
pip The Somerset Light Infantry, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
RHQ and Depot:
  ? Depot Battalion [1856-1871]
  36th Brigade Depot at Taunton [1873-1881]
  13th Regimental District at Taunton [1881-1921]
 
  J Group at Farnborough [1946-1948]
    Light Infantry Brigade at Strensall [1948-1959]
     
  Regulars:
    1st Battalion [1685-1959]
    2nd Battalion [1858-1948]
     
Militia and Special Reserve:
3rd Battalion (1st Somerset Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
4th Battalion (2nd Somerset 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 [1908-1959]
  5th Battalion [1908-1947]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
  2/4th Battalion (Pioneers) [1914-1919]
  4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
  2/5th Battalion [1914-1920]
  5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  6th Battalion [1939-1950]
  7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  7th Battalion [1939-1947]
  8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  8th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
  9th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
  9th Battalion [1940-1944]
  10th (Home Service) Battalion [1916-1917]
  10th Battalion [1940-1942]
  11th Battalion [1917-1919]
  11th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
  12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Battalion [1917-1919]
  13th (Service) Battalion [1918-1919]
  30th Battalion [1941-1946]
  50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
 
Gibraltar 1704-5, Dettingen, [Egypt]1, Martinique 1809, Ava, Ghuznee 1839, Affghanistan 1839, [Jellalabad]2, Cabool 1842, Sevastopol, South Africa 1878-9, Burma 1885-87, Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War (20 battalions): Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914 18, Aisne 1914, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1915 17 18, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Hooge 1915, Loos, Mount Sorrel, Somme 1916 18, Albert 1916 18, Delville Wood, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Le Transloy, Ancre 1916 18, Arras 1917 18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917 18, Arleux, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Avre, Lys, Hazebrouck, Béthune, Soissonais-Ourq, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, Courtrai, Selle, Valenciennes, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Gaza, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1917 18, Tigris 1916, Sharqat, Mesopotamia 1916-18, N.W. Frontier India 1915

Afghanistan 1919

Second World War Odon, Caen, Hill 112, Mont Pincon, Noireau Crossing, Seine 1944, Nederrijn,  Geilenkirchen, Roer, Rhineland, Cleve, Goch, Hochwald, Xanten, Rhine, Bremen, North-West Europe 1944-45, Cassino II, Trasimene Line, Arezzo, Advance to Florence, Capture of Forli, Cosina Canal Crossing, Italy 1944-45, Athens, Greece 1944-45, NorthArakan, Buthidaung, Ngakyedauk Pass, Burma 1943-44

1. the Sphinx badge superscribed "Egypt".
2.  the Mural Crown badge superscribed "Jellalabad".

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Badges: The Sphinx superscribed "Egypt"; A Mural Crown superscribed "Jellalabad"
  • Badges and Insignia, by Keith Petvin-Scudamore (British Light Infantry Regiments, founded by Michael S.Young)
Uniform: ?-1843: scarlet; facings: yellow
1843
-1953: scarlet; facings: blue
1953-1959: dark green tunic, blue trousers; facings: blue; piping: white
headdress: construction sign
  • Uniforms, by Keith Petvin-Scudamore (British Light Infantry Regiments, founded by Michael S.Young)
   
   
     
   
1921.01.24 F.M. HM King George VI
1685.06.20 Col. Theophilus (Hastings), 7th Earl of Huntingdon
1688.12 Col. Ferdinando Hastings
1695.03.13 Col. Sir John Jacob
1702.03.15 Lt-Gen. James (Barry), 4th Earl of Barrymore
1715.07.28 Col. Stanhope Cotton
1725.12.25 Gen. Lord Mark Kerr
1732.05.29 Brig-Gen. John Middleton
1739.07.05 Gen. Hon. Harry Pulteney
1766.06.25 F.M. HRH William Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester & Edinburgh, KG
1767.12.16 Gen. Hon. James Murray
1789.06.05 Gen. George Ainslie
1804.07.11 Gen. Alexander Campbell [also 32nd Foot, 116th Hldrs, 7th West India Regt]
1813.02.15 Gen. Edward Morrison
1843.12.15 Maj-Gen. Sir Robert Henry Sale, GCB
1846.03.10 F.M. Sir William Maynard Gomm, GCB
1863.08.15 Maj-Gen. Philip McPherson
1864.02.03 Gen. Philip Spencer Stanhope
1880.02.22 Gen. Lord Mark Ralph George Kerr, GCB
1900.05.18 Lt-Gen. Sir John William Cox, KCB
1901.10.03 Maj-Gen. Edward Lutwyche England, CB
1910.04.05 Maj-Gen. Sir Henry Hallam Parr, KCB, CMG
1914.04.05 Maj-Gen. Richard Lloyd Payne, CB, DSO
1919.08.01 Lt-Gen. Sir Thomas D'Oyly Snow, KCB, KCMG
1929.07.30 Gen. Sir Walter Pipon Braithwaite, GCB [AG 1927-31; Gov. R Hospital 1931-38]
1938.10.20 Maj-Gen. Vivian Henry Bruce Majendie, CB, DSO
1947.10.15 Lt-Gen. Sir George des Reaux Swayne, KCB, CBE
1953.04.13 F.M. Sir John (Harding), 1st Baron Harding of Petherton, GCB, CBE, DSO, MC [continued 1959 in Somerset & Cornwall LI; also Life Gds; Hon. Col. N Somerset Yeo; CIGS; Gov. & C-in-C Cyprus 1955-57]
 

 
 
 
vc Victoria Crosses [13th Regiment], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc Victoria Crosses [Somerset L.I.], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc VCs in the Somerset Light Infantry Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
pip Casualty Roll for the Zulu and Basuto Wars South Africa 1877-79 1st Bn. 13th Foot, by Keith Petvin-Scudamore (British Light Infantry Regiments, founded by Michael S.Young)
pip Officers who died in the Boer War 1899-1902, by Keith Petvin-Scudamore (British Light Infantry Regiments, founded by Michael S.Young)
pip Somerset Roll of Honour, 1914-18, by Keith Petvin-Scudamore (British Light Infantry Regiments, founded by Michael S.Young)
pip CANLOAN Roster, Second World War, by Keith Petvin-Scudamore (British Light Infantry Regiments, founded by Michael S.Young)
pip Diary of Edgar John Dungey, 1918 (prisoner of war), by Bill Dungey.
pip Leonard Warren, 1915-1919, by Lenny Warren.
   
   
 
Motto: construction sign
Nicknames: construction sign
Anniversaries: construction sign
Freedoms: Taunton (14 May 1946), Bath (3 Apr. 1948), Wells (25 Apr. 1956)
Marches: quick: Prince Albert's March
  slow: Palace Guard
Musicians: construction sign
  • Band History, by Gordon Turner and Alwyn W. Turner (Droit Music Ltd)
  • Bandmasters, by Gordon Turner and Alwyn W. Turner (Droit Music Ltd)
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Canada flag The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry 1910-1936
Canada flag The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) 1936-1959
Australia flag 13th Battalion (The Macquarie Regiment) 1929-1951,
1954-1959
 
 
swords Col. Pulteney's Regiment (13th Foot) [1740-60] (Lace Wars)
swords Col. Pulteney's Regiment (13th Foot) [1740-60], by Gerald Hughes.
swords Col. Pulteney's Regiment (13th Foot) [1740-60] (Histrenact listing)
swords HQ Coy, 7th (L.I.) Parachute Battalion, 6th Airborne Division [WWII; Tennessee]
swords A Coy, 7th (L.I.) Parachute Battalion, 6th Airborne Division [WWII; Florida]
swords B Coy, 7th (L.I.) Parachute Battalion, 6th Airborne Division [WWII; Carolinas]
monument Somerset Military Museum, Taunton (Museum site)
monument Somerset Military Museum, Taunton (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument Somerset Military Museum, Taunton (Simonides listing)
monument Regimental Chapel, Taunton, by Keith Petvin-Scudamore (British Light Infantry Regiments, founded by Michael S.Young)
monument Regimental Chapels, by Keith Petvin-Scudamore
   
   
Regimental Journal:
book The Light Bob gazette.
Full Histories:
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Short Histories:
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Militia:

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Territorials/Volunteers:

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First World War:

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Second World War:

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Links:
book Bibliography, by Keith Petvin-Scudamore (British Light Infantry Regiments, founded by Michael S.Young)