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Often known by a historical nickname, "The Diehards"
 
Regular Army
1st Battalion

August 1914 : in Woolwich. 11 August 1914 : moved to France, landing at (Le) Havre, attached to Lines of Communication. 22 August 1914 : attached to 19th Brigade, which was not allocated to a Division. 12 October 1914 : transferred with Brigade to 6th Division. 31 May 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 27th Division. 19 August 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 2nd Division. 25 November 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 33rd Division. 25 November 1915 : transferred to 98th Brigade, 33rd Division.


2nd Battalion > War Diary

August 1914 : in Malta. Returned to England in September 1914. Joined 23rd Brigade, 8th Division.


3rd Battalion

August 1914 : in Cawnpore, India. Returned to England in December 1914. Joined 85th Brigade, 28th Division.


4th Battalion

August 1914 : in Devonport. Part of 8th Brigade, 3rd Division. 14 November 1915 : transferred to 63rd Brigade, 21st Division. 8 July 1916 : moved with the Brigade to 37th Division.


5th and 6th (Reserve) Battalions
August 1914 : in Mill Hill. Both remained in UK throughout the war.
Territorial Force
1/7th Battalion

August 1914 : in Hornsea. Part of Middlesex Brigade, Home Counties Division. September 1914 : left the Division and moved to Gibraltar, arriving 17 September 1914. February 1915 : returned to England. Moved to France, landing at (le) Havre 13 March 1915. 15 March 1915 : attached to 23rd Brigade, 8th Division. Between 23 June and 2 August 1915, amalgamated with 1/8th Bn. 8 February 1916 : transferred to 167th Brigade, 56th Division.


1/8th Battalion
August 1914 : in Hounslow. Part of Middlesex Brigade, Home Counties Division. September 1914 : left the Division and moved to Gibraltar, arriving 17 September 1914. February 1915 : returned to England. Moved to France, landing at (le) Havre 9 March 1915. 11 March 1915 : attached to 85th Brigade, 28th Division. Between 23 June and 2 August 1915, amalgamated with 1/7th Bn. in 8th Division.27 August 1915 : transferred to 25th Brigade, 8th Division. 23 October 1915 : transferred to 70th Brigade, 8th Division. 9 February 1916 : transferred to 167th Brigade, 56th Division.

1/9th Battalion
August 1914 : in Willesden Green. Part of Middlesex Brigade, Home Counties Division. 30 October 1914 : sailed from Southampton for India, arriving Bombay on 2 December 1914. The Division was broken up on arrival. The Bn eventually moved to Mesopotamia, arriving Basra on 24 November 1917, and joined the 53rd Brigade of the 18th Indian Division. It remained in that theatre until the end of the war.

1/10th Battalion
August 1914 : in Ravenscourt Park. Part of Middlesex Brigade, Home Counties Division. 30 October 1914 : sailed from Southampton for India, arriving Bombay on 2 December 1914. The Division was broken up on arrival. The Bn remained in India until the end of the war.

2/7th Battalion
Formed at Hornsey in September 1914. Attached to 2/Middlesex Brigade (201st), 2/Home Counties Division (67th). Left the Division in February 1915, and moved to Gibraltar. August 1915, moved to Egypt. Formed part of Western Frontier Force. May 1916, moved to France, arriving Marseilles on 15 May 1916. Whole Bn went into quarantine camp for Typhus. Disbanded in France on 10 June 1916, whereupon the 3/7th Bn in England became the 2/7th.

2/8th Battalion
Formed at Hampton Court in September 1914. Attached to 2/Middlesex Brigade (201st), 2/Home Counties Division (67th). Left the Division in February 1915, and moved to Gibraltar. August 1915, moved to Egypt. Formed part of Western Frontier Force. May 1916, moved to France, arriving Marseilles on 15 May 1916. Whole Bn went into quarantine camp for Typhus. Disbanded in France on 15 June 1916, whereupon the 3/8th Bn in England became the 2/8th.

2/9th Battalion
Formed at Willesden in September 1914. Attached to 2/Middlesex Brigade (201st), 2/Home Counties Division (67th). Remained in England until disbanded in November 1917.

2/10th Battalion
Formed at Stamford Brook in September 1914. Attached to 2/Middlesex Brigade (201st), 2/Home Counties Division (67th). 24 April 1915 : moved to Welsh Border (160th) Brigade, 53rd Division. 19 August 1918 : left the Division, and disbanded in Egypt.

3/7th Battalion
Formed at Hornsey in February 1915. Attached to 2/Middlesex Brigade (201st), 2/Home Counties Division (67th). Renamed 2/7th when original Bn was disbanded, 15 June 1916. Remained in England until being disbanded November 1917.

3/8th Battalion
Formed at Hounslow in February 1915. Attached to 2/Middlesex Brigade (201st), 2/Home Counties Division (67th). Renamed 2/8th when original Bn was disbanded, 15 June 1916. Remained in England until being disbanded October 1917.

3/9th Battalion
Formed at Willesden in March 1915. 8 April 1916 : became 9th (Reserve) Bn. 1 September 1916 : absorbed into 7th (Reserve) Bn.

3/10th Battalion
Formed at Ravenscourt Park in May 1915. Attached to 2/Middlesex Brigade (201st), 2/Home Counties Division (67th). 1 June 1917 : left the Division and moved to France, landing at (Le) Havre. 23 June 1917 : attached to South African Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division. 2 August 1917 : transferred to 10th Brigade, 4th Division. 20 February 1918 : disbanded in France.

4/7th Battalion
Formed at Hornsey in May 1915. 8 April 1916 : became 7th (Reserve) Bn. 1 September 1916 : absorbed the 8th, 9th and 10th (Reserve) Bns. Remained in England throughout the war.

4/8th to 4/10th Battalions
Formed at home stations in May 1915. 8 April 1916 : became Reserve Bns. 1 September 1916 : all absorbed by 7th (Reserve) Bn.

32nd Battalion
1 January 1917, the 63rd Provisional Bn became the 32nd Middlesex. It had been formed in June 1915 from Home Service personnel. Remained in UK throughout the war.
New Armies
11th (Service) Battalion

Formed at Mill Hill, August 1914, as part of K1. August 1914 : attached to 36th Brigade, 12th (Eastern) Division. 7 February 1918 : disbanded in France.


12th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Mill Hill, August 1914, as part of K2. September 1914 : attached to 54th Brigade, 18th (Eastern) Division. 13 February 1918 : disbanded in France.

13th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Mill Hill, September 1914, as part of K3. September 1914 : attached to 73rd Brigade, 24th Division.

14th (Reserve) Battalion
Formed in Gravesend, October 1914, as a Service battalion, part of K4. November 1914 : attached to 93rd Brigade, original 31st Division. 10 April 1915 : became a Reserve battalion. 1 September 1916 : became 24th Training Reserve battalion of 5th Reserve Brigade.

15th (Reserve) Battalion

Formed in Gillingham, October 1914, as a Service battalion, part of K4. November 1914 : attached to 93rd Brigade, original 31st Division. 10 April 1915 : became a Reserve battalion. 1 September 1916 : absorbed into Training Reserve battalions of 5th Reserve Brigade.


16th (Service) Battalion (Public Schools)

Formed in London on 1 September 1914, by Lt-Col. J.J.Mackay. July 1915 : attached to 100th Brigade, 33rd Division. 25 February 1916 : transferred to GHQ Troops. 25 April 1916 : transferred to 86th Brigade, 29th Division. 11 February 1918 : disbanded in Belgium.


17th (Service) Battalion (1st Football)

Formed in London on 12 December 1914, by Rt-Hon. W. Joynson Hicks, MP. July 1915 : attached to 100th Brigade, 33rd Division. 8 December 1915 : transferred to 6th Brigade, 2nd Division. 10 February 1918 : disbanded in Belgium.


18th (Service) Battalion (1st Public Works Pioneers)

Formed in London on 19 January 1915, by Lt-Col. J. Ward, MP. July 1915 : attached as Pioneers to 33rd Division.


19th (Service) Battalion (2nd Public Works Pioneers)

Formed in Hornsey in April 1915, by Lt-Col. J. Ward, MP. October 1915 : attached as Pioneers to 41st Division.


20th (Service) Battalion (Shoreditch)

Formed in Shoreditch on 18 May 1915, by the Mayor and Borough. July 1915 : attached to 118th Brigade, 39th Division. February 1916 : transferred to 121st Brigade, 40th Division.6 May 1918 : reduced to cadre strength. 31 May 1918 : transferred to 16th Division. 16 June 1918 : transferred to 43rd Brigade, 14th Division. 20 June 1918 : reconstituted by absorbing 34th Bn.


21st (Service) Battalion (Islington)

Formed in Islington on 18 May 1915, by the Mayor and Borough. July 1915 : attached to 118th Brigade, 39th Division. February 1916 : transferred to 121st Brigade, 40th Division. 5 February 1918 : transferred to 119th Brigade, 40th Division. 5 May 1918 : reduced to cadre strength. 3 June 1918 : transferred to 34th Division. 17 June 1918 : transferred to 39th Division. 30 June 1918 : transferred to 74th Brigade, 25th Division.


22nd (Service) Battalion (Islington)

Formed in Mill Hill in June 1915 as a Bantam Bn. October 1915 : attached to 121st Brigade, 40th Division. 2 April 1916 : disbanded in England.


23rd (Service) Battalion (2nd Football)

Formed in London on 29 June 1915, by Rt-Hon. W. Joynson Hicks, MP. November 1915 : attached to 123rd Brigade, 41st Division.


24th (Reserve) Battalion

Formed in Tring, October 1915, from depot companies of the 16th, as local reserve Bn. 1 September 1916 : became 100th Training Reserve battalion, in 23rd Reserve Brigade.


25th (Reserve) Battalion

Formed in Tring, October 1915, from depot companies of the 18th, 19th and 25th, as local reserve Bn. 1 September 1916 : became 25th (Garrison) Bn. 3 November to 22 December 1916 : attached to 231st Brigade, 71st Division. 22 December 1916 ; moved to Hong Kong, with two Coys in Singapore. Bn moved to Siberia, landing Vladivostock on 3 August 1918, where it remained until September 1919.


26th (Service) Battalion (3rd Public Works Pioneers)

Formed in London on 9 August 1915, by Lt-Col. J. Ward, MP. Attached to 69th Division June 1916 to July, when it transferred to 62nd Division. Moved on quickly, leaving Division and moved to Salonika, arriving 24 August 1916. August 1916 : attached as Pioneers to 27th Division.


27th and 28th (Reserve) Battalions
Formed in late 1915, from depot companies of the 17th, 20th, 21st and 23rd, as local reserve Bns. 1 September 1916 : became 101st and 102nd Training Reserve battalions, in 23rd Reserve Brigade.
Other battalions
29th, 30th and 31st (Works) Battalions

Formed at Mill Hill in June 1916 (29th); Crawley in July 1916 (30th) and Mill Hill in September 1916 (31st). In April 1917, 29th transferred to Labour Corps, as 5th Labour Bn. All remained in UK throughout the war.


33rd (Works) Battalion

Formed at Mill Hill in January 1917. April 1917 : transferred to Labour Corps, as 6th Labour Bn.


1st (Home Service) Garrison Battalion

Formed at Mill Hill in May 1916. Remained in England, becoming 16th Royal Defence Corps.

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