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The Queen's Royal Regiment
 (West Surrey)
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1661.10.01 Earl of Peterborough's Regiment of Foot
also known as the Tangier Regiment; also known until 1751 by names of other colonels
1663 absorbed Sir Robert Harley's Regiment of Foot, and Lord Rutherford's Regiment of Foot
1685 Queen Dowager's Regiment of Foot
(named for Queen Catherine, widow of Charles II)
1703 The Queen's Royal Regiment of Foot
1715 The Princess of Wales's Own Regiment of Foot
(re-named for the future Queen Caroline)
1727 The Queen's Own Regiment of Foot
(redesignated when the Princess of Wales became Queen)
1747 The Queen's Own Royal Regiment of Foot
ranked as 2nd Foot
1751.07.01 2nd (The Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
reorganised as the county regiment of West Surrey, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1889 parts of Essex absorbed into new County of London
1908.04.01 3rd Vol Bn and 4th Vol Bn transferred to The London Regiment upon creation of T.F.
1916.07.07 22nd Bn and 24th Bn of The London Regiment re-affiliated
1921.01.01 The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
1959.10.14 amalgamated with The East Surrey Regiment, to form The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment
pip History of The Queen's Royal Regiment, by F.A. Mason.
pip Kirke's Lambs: History and Origins, by Ben Levick (L'Âge d'Or and Kirke's Lambs)
pip The 2nd (Queen's) and the Napoleonic Wars, by Jon Holmes.
pip The Queen's Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
pip The Queen's Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
pip The Queen's Regiment (Royal West Surreys) 1914-18, by Paul Reed
     
  RHQ and Depot:
    ? Depot Battalion [1856-1871]
    48th Brigade Depot, at Guildford [1873-1881]
    2nd Regimental District at Guildford [1881-1905]
    Home Counties Grouped Regimental District, at Hounslow [1905-1907]
    No. 10 District, at Hounslow [1907-1921]
    South East Area, at Hounslow [1921-1946]
    C Group, at Shorncliffe [1946-1948]
    Home Counties Brigade, at Canterbury [1948-1959]
     
  Regulars:
    1st Battalion [1661-1959]
    2nd Battalion [1663-16??, 1794-1797, 1857-1948]
     
Militia and Special Reserve:
  3rd Battalion (2nd Royal Surrey Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  3rd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Battalion [1908-1940]
  5th Battalion [1908-1961]
  6th (Bermondsey) Battalion [1937-1961]
  7th (Southwark) Battalion [1937-1947]
  22nd London Regiment [1916-1937]
  24th London Regiment [1916-1937]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
  2/4th Battalion [1914-1915]
  2/4th Battalion [1915-1919]
  3/4th Battalion [1915-1918]
  4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
  2/5th Battalion [1914-1917]
  5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  2/5th Battalion [1939-1946]
  6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
 
  7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  9th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
  10th (Battersea) (Service) Battalion [1915-1920]
  11th (Lambeth) (Service) Battalion [1915-1920]
  11th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1940]
  12th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  13th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
  14th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
  14th Battalion [1940-1941]
  15th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
  15th Battalion [1940-1943]
  16th (Home Service) Battalion [1916-1919]
  17th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
  18th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
  19th Battalion [1917-1919]
  20th (Service) Battalion [1918-1918]
  20th Battalion [1940-1940]
  30th Battalion [1943-1945]
  31st Battalion [1941-1946]
  50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
  51st (Service) Battalion [1917-1919]
  52nd (Service) Battalion [1917-1919]
  53rd (Service) Battalion [1917-1919]
  70th (Young Soldier) Battalion [1940-1942]
  No. 1 Independent Company [1940-1943]
  No. 2 Independent Company [1940-1943]
  71st Independent Company [1943-1945]
Cadets:
1st Cadet Battalion [1890- ]
2nd Cadet Battalion [1890-1894]
2nd Cadet Battalion [1901-1908]
Tangier 1662-80, Namur 1695, [Ushant]1, [Egypt]2, Vimiera, Corunna, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Toulouse, Peninsula, Ghuznee 1839, Khelat, Affghanistan 1839, South Africa 1851-2-3, Taku Forts, Pekin 1860, Burma 1885-87, Tirah, Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War (25 battalions)Mons, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914 '18, Aisne 1914, Ypres 1914 '17 '18, Langemarck 1914, Gheluvelt, 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, Scarpe 1917, Bullecourt, Messines 1917, Pilckem, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Avre, Villers Bretonneux, Lys, Hazebrouck, Bailleul, Kemmel, Soissonais Ourcq, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, St. Quentin Canal, Courtrai, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Piave, Vittorio Veneto, Italy 1917-18, Suvla, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915, Rumani, Egypt 1915-16, Gaza, El Mughar, Jerusalem, Jericho, Tell 'Asur, Palestine 1917-18, Khan Baghdadi, Mesopotamia 1915-18, N W Frontier India 1916-17

Afghanistan 1919

The Second World WarDefence of Escaut, Villers Bocage, Mont Pincon, Lower Maas, Roer, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Syria 1941, Sidi Barrani, Tobruk 1941, Tobruk Sortie, Deir el Munassib, El Alamein, Advance on Tripoli, Medenine, Tunis, North Africa 1940-43, Salerno, Monte Stella, Scafati Bridge, Volturno Crossing, Monte Camino, Garigliano Crossing, Damiano, Anzio, Gothic Line, Gemmano Ridge, Senio Pocket, Senio Floodbank, Casa Fabri Bridge, Menate, Filo, Argenta Gap, Italy 1943-45, North Arakan, Kohima, Yenangyaung 1945, Sittang 1945, Chindits 1944, Burma 1943-45

4th, 5th Battalions:  South Africa 1900-02
6th Battalion:  see 22nd London Regiment
7th Battalion:  see 24th London Regiment

1.  the Naval Crown badge superscribed "1st June 1794".
2.  the Sphinx badge superscribed "Egypt".

flag Regimental Colours, 17th century, by Ben Levick (L'Âge d'Or and Kirke's Lambs)
   
Badges: construction sign
Uniform: ?-1748: scarlet; facings: sea green
1748
-1953: scarlet; facings: blue
1953-1959: blue; facings: blue; piping: scarlet
headdress: construction sign
   
   
     
   
  1937.05.12 HM Queen Mary
1661.09.30 Col. Henry (Mordaunt), 2nd Earl of Peterborough, KG [also 3rd Horse; Capt. Gen. Tangier]
1663.04.09 Col. Andrew (Rutherford), 1st Earl of Teviot [killed at Tangier]
1664.06.10 Lt-Gen. Henry Norwood
1668.05.15 Lt-Gen. John (Middleton), 1st Earl of Middleton
1675.03.05 Col. William (O'Brien), 2nd Earl of Inchiquin
1680.11.10 Col. Sir Palmes Fairbourne [d. of wounds at Tangier]
1682.04.19 Lt-Gen. Piercy Kirke (senior) [also 4th Foot]
1691.12.18 Maj-Gen. William Selwyn [also 22nd Foot]
1701.06.28 Lt-Gen. Sir Henry Bellasis [also 6th Foot, 22nd Foot]
1703.02.27 Gen. Sir David (Colyear), 1st Earl of Portmore, KT [also 2nd Dgns, Portmore's Foot]
1710.09.19 Lt-Gen. Piercy Kirke (junior)
1741.08.12 Lt-Gen. Thomas Fowke [also 14th Foot, 43rd Foot]
1755.11.12 Gen. Hon. John Fitzwilliam [also 2nd Horse]
1760.11.27 Lt-Gen. Sir Charles Montagu, KB [also 59th Foot]
1777.08.07 Lt-Gen. Daniel Jones
1793.11.20 Maj-Gen. Alexander Stewart
1794.12.20 Gen. James Coates
1822.07.26 Maj-Gen. Sir Henry Torrens, KCB [also 2nd West India Regt; AG 1820-28]
1828.08.25 Gen. Sir William Keppel, GCB [also 1st Bn 60th Foot, 67th Foot, 3rd West India Regt]
1834.12.23 Gen. Sir James Kempt, GCB, GCH [also 1st Foot, 40th Foot, 8th Bn 60th Foot, 81st Foot, 3rd West India Regt; MGO 1830-34; Gov. Gen. Canada 1828-30]
1846.08.07 Lt-Gen. Alexander George (Fraser), 16th Lord Saltoun, KT, KCB, GCH [also 55th Foot]
1853.08.29 Lt-Gen. Sir John Rolt, KCB, KH
1856.11.09 Lt-Gen. Sir James Holmes Schoedde, KCB [also 55th Foot]
1857.05.28 Maj-Gen. John Spink, KH
1877.03.15 Gen. Clement Alexander Edwards, CB [also 18th Foot]
1877.03.25 Gen. Henry Smyth, CB
1891.06.06 Gen. Robert Bruce [also E York Regt]
1891.10.15 Lt-Gen. Frederick Green Wilkinson, CB [also OBLI]
1893.08.29 Gen. Sir Edward Selby Smyth, KCMG [also Seaforth Hldrs]
1896.09.23 Lt-Gen. Granville George Chetwynd-Stapylton [also DCLI]
1902.04.16 Gen. Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny, GCB, GCVO [AG 1901-04]
1914.12.07 Maj-Gen. Sir Edward Owen Fisher Hamilton, KCB
1920.10.13 Gen. Sir Charles Carmichael Monro, Bt., GCB, GSI, GCMG [C-in-C]
1929.12.07 Maj-Gen. Sir Wilkinson Dent Bird, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO
1939.05.04 Gen. Sir Ivo Lucius Beresford Vesey, KCB, KBE, CMG, DSO
1945.05.01 Gen. Sir George James Giffard, GCB, DSO [also Col. Cmdt. RWAFF, KAR, N Rhodesia Regt]
1954.09.28 Maj-Gen. John Yeldham Whitfield, CB, DSO, OBE [to 1959]
vc Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc VCs in the Queen's Royal Surrey Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
pip Officers, 1664-1889, by Ben Levick (L'Âge d'Or and Kirke's Lambs)
   
   
 
Motto: Pristinae virtutis memor; Vel exuviae triumphans
Nicknames: Kirke's Lambs
Anniversaries: Glorious First of June, Salerno (9 Sept.)
Freedoms: construction sign
Marches: construction sign
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Canada flag The Queen's Rangers (1st American Regiment)
-1936
Canada flag The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) 1936-1959
Australia flag 2nd Infantry Battalion (The City of Newcastle Regiment) 1929-1959
Zambia flag The Northern Rhodesia Regiment
swords The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Association
swords L'Age d'Or and Kirke's Lambs [17th century], by Ben Levick.
swords The 2nd (Queen's) Regiment of Foot [Napoleonic Association; Surrey], by Jon Holmes.
 
 
monument The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Museum, Guildford (Regimental Association site)
monument The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Museum, Guildford (Surrey Online)
monument The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Museum, Guildford (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Museum, Dover (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Museum, Dover (Simonides listing)
monument The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Museum, Guildford (Simonides listing)
   
   
Regimental Journal:
book The journal of the Queen's Royal Regiment. Semiannual. [Worplesdon]
Full Histories:
book Haswell, Jock. The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) (The 2nd Regiment of Foot). London : Hamish Hamilton, 1967. (Famous regiments)
book Davis, John. The history of the second, Queen's Royal Regiment, now The Queen's - Royal West Surrey - Regiment ... Vol. I. The English occupation of Tangiers. From 1661 to 1684. London : Bentley & Son, 1887.
book Davis, John. History of the 2nd Queen's Royal Regiment, now The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. Vol. 2, [details unknown] . London : Bentley & Son,
book Davis, John. History of the 2nd Queen's Royal Regiment, now The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. Vol. 3, From 1715 to 1799. London : Bentley & Son, 1895.
book Davis, John. History of the 2nd Queen's Royal Regiment, now The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. Vol. 4, [details unknown] . London : Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1902.
book Davis, John. History of the 2nd Queen's Royal Regiment, now The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. Vol. 5, [details unknown] . London : Eyre & Spottiswoode,
book Davis, John. The history of the second, Queen's Royal Regiment, now The Queen's - Royal West Surrey - Regiment ... Vol. 6. Officers' services, 1661-1904. London : Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1906.
book Wylly, H.C. (Harold Carmichael). History of the Queen's Royal Regiment. Vol. 7. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1925.
book Foster, R.C.G. History of the Queen's Royal Regiment. Vol. 8, 1924-1948. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1953.
book Foster, R.C.G. History of the Queen's Royal Regiment. Vol. 9, Part 1, 1948-1959; Part 2, Summary, 1661-1959. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1961.
 
Short Histories:
book Cannon, Richard. Historical record of the second, or Queen's Royal Regiment of Foot; containing an account of the formation of the Regiment in the year 1661, and of its subsequent services to 1837. London : Printed by Clowes and Sons, 1838. (Historical records of the British Army)
book Memorials of the principal events in the campaigns in North Holland and Egypt. London, 1886.
book Some notes on The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, together with an account of the 2nd and 3rd Battalions in the late South African campaign, and Guildford's aid to the troops during peace and war. Guildford : Frank Lasham, 1904.
book Burkitt, H.J. The history of The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Guildford : A.C. Curtis, 1917.
book A short history of The Queen's Royal Regiment. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1939.
book A short history of The Queen's Royal Regiment. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1953.
book The Queen's Royal Regiment. London : M. Page, 1952.
 

Militia:

book Davis, John. Historical records of the Second Royal Surrey : or Eleventh Regiment of Militia. London : Marcus Ward, 1877.
 

First World War:

book Coppard, George. With a machine gun to Cambrai. [Revised and enlarged ed.]. London : Imperial War Museum, 1980. ISBN: 0901627119 [6th Battalion]
book Neave, E.W.J. History of the 11th Battalion, 'The Queen's'. London : Brixton Free Press, 1931.
 

Second World War:

book Operations of the 1st and 2nd Battalions The Queen's Royal Regiment in Burma during World War Two. [Guildford?] : [Queen's Royal Regiment Museum?], 1985.
book Operations of the 1st and 2nd Battalions The Queen's Royal Regiment in Burma during World War Two. 2nd ed. [Guildford?] : [Queen's Royal Regiment Museum?], 1991.
Lowry, M.A. An infantry company in Arakan and Kohima. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1950. [B Coy, 1st Battalion]