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The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1688.10.09 Archibald Douglas's Regiment of Foot
raised at Reading from southern counties; known until 1751 by the names of nine other colonels
1747 ranked as 16th Foot
1751.07.01 16th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 16th (the Buckinghamshire) Regiment of Foot
1809.05 16th (the Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot
(exchanged county titles with 14th Foot)
1881.07.01 The Bedfordshire Regiment
reorganised as the county regiment of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1919.07.29 The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
1958.06.02 amalgamated with The Essex Regiment, to form 3rd East Anglian Regiment (16th/44th Foot)
pip The Bedfordshire Regiment in The Great War, by Steve Fuller [includes battalion war diaries]
pip The Bedfordshire Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
pip The Bedfordshire Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
     
RHQ and Depot:
  ? Depot Battalion [1856-1871]
  33rd Brigade Depot at Bedford [1873-1881]
  16th Regimental District at Bedford [1881-1905]
 
  G Group, at Colchester [1946-1948]
  East Anglian Brigade, at Bury St. Edmunds [1948-1958]
     
  Regulars:
    1st Battalion [1688-1958]
   
    2nd Battalion [1859-1948]
     
Militia and Special Reserve:
  3rd Battalion (Bedfordshire Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
  4th Battalion (Hertford Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st (Hertfordshire) Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  2nd (Hertfordshire) Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  3rd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th (Huntingdonshire) Volunteer Battalion [1900-1908]
  5th Battalion [1908-1958]
  1st Battalion, The Hertfordshire Regiment [1908-1958]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
2/5th Battalion [1914-1918]
5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
6th Battalion [1939-1947]
7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
7th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
2/7th (Home Defence) Battalion [1940-1940]
8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
8th Battalion [1940-1942]
9th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
9th Battalion [1940-1946]
10th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
10th (Home Defence) Battalion [1940-1941]
11th Battalion [1917-1919]
12th (Transport Workers) Battalion [1916-1919]
13th (Transport Workers) Battalion [1917-1919]
30th Battalion [1941-1946]
50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
51st (Service) Battalion [1916-1919]
52nd (Service) Battalion [1917-1920]
53rd (Service) Battalion [1917-1920]
70th (Young Soldier) Battalion [1940-1943]
71st (Young Soldier) Battalion [1940-1943]
2/1st Battalion, The Hertfordshire Regiment [1915-1917]
1st (Reserve) Battalion, The Hertfordshire Regiment [1915-1917]
4/1st Battalion, The Hertfordshire Regiment [1915-1917]
2/1st Battalion, The Hertfordshire Regiment [1915-1917]
2nd Battalion, The Hertfordshire Regiment [1939-1944]
1st Garrison Battalion [1915-1920]
2nd Garrison Battalion [1916-1920]
3rd Garrison Battalion [1917-1920]
Namur 1695, Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Surinam, Chitral, South Africa 1900-02

The Great War (18 battalions) Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, La Bassée 1914, Ypres 1914 '15 '17, Langemarck 1914 '17, Gheluvelt, Nonne Bosschen, Neuve Chapelle, Hill 60, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916 '18, Arras 1917 '18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917, Arleux, Oppy, Messines 1917, Pilckem, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St.Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Avre, Villers Bretonneux, Lys, Hazebrouck, Scherpenberg, Amiens, Drocourt Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Selle Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Italy 1917-18, Suvla, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915, Egypt 1915-17, Gaza, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tell 'Asur, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1917-18

The Second World War Dunkirk 1940, North-West Europe 1940, Tobruk 1941, Tobruk Sortie, Belhamed, Tunis, North Africa 1941 '43, Cassino II, Trasimene Line, Italy 1944-45, Athens, Greece 1944-45, Singapore Island, Malaya 1942, Chindits 1944, Burma 1944

5th Battalion:  South Africa 1900-02

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Badges: construction sign
Uniform: ?-1881: scarlet; facings: yellow
1881
-1953: scarlet; facings: white
1953-1958: blue; facings: white; piping: white
headdress: construction sign
   
   
     
   
1947? HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
1688.10.09 Col. Archibald Douglas
1688.12.21 Col. Robert Hodges
1692.08.01 Col. James (Stanley), 10th Earl of Derby
1705.03.25 Brig-Gen. Francis Godfrey
1711.02.17 Brig-Gen. Henry Durell
1713.06.23 Brig-Gen. Hans Hamilton
1715.07.11 Col. Richard (Ingram), 5th Viscount Irvine
1717.12.13 Col. John Cholmley
1724.04.07 Maj-Gen. Henry (Scott), 1st Earl of Deloraine, KB
1730.07.09 Lt-Gen. Roger Handasyde
1763.01.14 Col. Hon. Robert Brudenell
1765.06.25 Lt-Gen. Sir William Draper, KB [also 79th Foot]
1766.03.04 Lt-Gen. James Gisborne [also 121st Foot]
1778.05.14 Lt-Gen. James Robertson
1788.03.06 Lt-Gen. Hon. Thomas Bruce [also 100th Foot]
1797.12.15 Lt-Gen. Henry Bowyer
1808.08.29 Gen. Sir Charles Green, Bt.
1814.02.17 Lt-Gen. Sir George Prevost, Bt. [also 5th Bn 60th Foot, 76th Foot; Capt-Gen. North America; Gen. & Gov. Dominica 1802-07; Gov. Lower Canada 1811-15]
1816.01.08 Lt-Gen. Hugh Mackay Gordon
1823.03.15 Gen. Sir William Carr (Beresford), 1st Viscount Beresford, GCB, GCH [also 69th Foot, 88th Foot; Col.-in-Chief 60th Foot; MGO 1828-30]
1854.01.28 Gen. Sir Thomas Erskine Napier, KCB
1857.05.16 Maj-Gen. Cecil Bishop, CB
1858.03.22 Gen. Sackville Hamilton Berkeley
1863.02.13 Gen. George Macdonald
1883.03.02 Gen. Edward Stopford Claremont, CB
1890.07.17 Gen. Frederick Robert Elrington, CB
1892.01.26 Gen. Sir William Payn, KCB
1893.06.15 Lt-Gen. Sir John William Cox, KCB
1900.05.18 Lt-Gen. William Charles Bancroft
1903.02.01 Lt-Gen. John Thomas Dalyell
1909.06.12 Maj-Gen. Reginald Lawrence Herbert Curteis
1914.04.22 Maj-Gen. Thomas David Pilcher, CB
1928.12.15 F.M. Sir Frederick Rudolph (Lambart), 10th Earl of Cavan, KP, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE [also Irish Gds; CIGS]
1935.10.16 Gen. Sir Henry Cholmondeley Jackson, KB, CMG, DSO
1948.01.01 Lt-Gen. Sir Reginald Francis Stewart Denning, KBE, CB [continued 1958 in 3rd East Anglian Regt]
vc Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc VCs in the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
   
   
 
Motto: construction sign
Nicknames: construction sign
Anniversaries: Blenheim (2 Aug.)
Freedoms: construction sign
Marches: construction sign
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Canada flag The Prince Albert Volunteers 19uu-1936
Canada flag The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers 1936-1941
Canada flag The Prince Albert Volunteers 1941-1946
Canada flag The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers 1946-1955
Australia flag 16th Infantry Battalion (The Cameron Highlanders of Western Australia 1926-1948
Australia flag 16th/28th Battalion Battalion (The Cameron Highlanders of Western Australia) 1948-1952
Australia flag 16th Infantry Battalion (The Cameron Highlanders of Western Australia 1952-1958
South Africa flag The First City 1928-1958
 
 
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monument Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Museum, Luton (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regimental Association Museum, by Henrik Teller (Simonides listing).
   
   
Regimental Journal:
book The wasp.
Full Histories:
book Cannon, Richard. Historical record of the Sixteenth, or the Bedfordshire 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. (Historical records of the British Army)
book Maurice, Frederick, Sir. The 16th foot : a history of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. [reprint] London : Constable & Co.,1931
book Maurice, Frederick, Sir. The 16th foot : a history of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. [reprint] London : Constable & Co., 1936.
book Peters, George Williams Howard. The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (the 16th Regiment of Foot). London : Leo Cooper, 1970. (Famous regiments)
book The Story of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment : (the 16th Regiment of Foot). Vol. 1, 1688-1913. [Farnham?] : [History Committee, The Royal Anglian Regiment (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire)], 1986.
book The Story of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment : (the 16th Regiment of Foot). Vol. 2, 1914-1958. [Farnham?] : [History Committee, The Royal Anglian Regiment (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire)], 1986.
 
Short Histories:
book Fanning, E. G. Additional notes on the history of the 16th Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. [s.l. : s.n.], 1931.
book Sainsbury, J. D. (John David). A guide to the history of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Welwyn, Hertfordshire : Hart Books, 1987. ISBN: 0948527013 (pbk.)
 

Militia:

book King, Ann J. Muster books for North & East Hertfordshire, 1580-1605. [Hitchin] : Hertfordshire Record Society, 1996. (Hertfordshire Record Publications ; v. 12) ISBN: 0952377918
book Burgoyne, John M., Sir. Regimental records of the Bedfordshire Militia from 1759 to 1884. London : W.H. Allen, 1884.
book Fellows, R. Bruce. Historical records of the Hartfordshire [sic] Militia, to 1892. St. Alban's : Gibbs & Bamforth, 1893.
book Sainsbury, J. D. (John David). Hertfordshire's soldiers: a survey of the auxiliary military forces raised in Hertfordshire from 1757 to the present day. Hitchin (Herts.) : Hertfordshire Local History Council, 1969. ISBN: 090045900X
book Hill, John. Hertfordshire militia lists : Hemel Hempstead. [Ware : Hertfordshire Family and Population History Society], 1987. ISBN: 0946780110 (pbk)
 

Territorials/Volunteers:

book A short history of units administered by the Bedfordshire Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association. [s.l.] : The Association, 1955.
book Webster, F. A. M. (Frederick Annesley Michael). The history of the Fifth Battalion the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (T.A.). London ; New York : Frederick Warne & Co., 1930.
book Sainsbury, J. D. (John David). Hertfordshire's soldiers: a survey of the auxiliary military forces raised in Hertfordshire from 1757 to the present day. Hitchin (Herts.) : Hertfordshire Local History Council, 1969. ISBN: 090045900X
 

First World War:

Pebody, E. Experiences in the Dardanelles of the 1st/5th Beds. Regt. T.F. Olney, 1916.
book Rimmer, Edmund. The story of the First-Fifth Bedfords. Manchester : Co-operative Wholesale Society's Printing Works, 1917.
 

Second World War:

book Medley, R. H. (Robin H). Cap badge : the story of four battalions of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire regiment (TA) : 1939-1947. London : Leo Cooper, 1995. ISBN: 0850524342
   
Manuscripts and Archives:
book 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)