4th Battalion, The Somerset Light Infantry [UK]
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Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 September 2003. Corrected and updated 08.06.2006
 
4th Battalion,
The Somerset Light Infantry
1859-present
 
United Kingdom 
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Note: This is a battalion history of the part-time reserves, which are normally liable for full-time active service only in an emergency. See the main regimental page(s) as linked below for more information.
How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
 
  Titles and Lineage English County Index
Alphabetic Index of Titles
 
  1860.08.27 1st Administrative Battalion, Somersetshire Rifle Volunteers
formed with HQ at Bath to administer existing corps:
   
  • 1st Somerset (Bath or 1st Taunton) Rifle Volunteer Corps at Bath, raised 20 Oct. 1859
  • 2nd Somerset Rifle Volunteer Corps at Bathwick, raised 21 Oct. 1859
  • 7th Somerset Rifle Volunteer Corps at Keynsham, raised 25 Feb. 1860 as 1st Sub-division; expanded Apr. 1860 as 7th RVC
  • 14th Somerset Rifle Volunteer Corps at Warleigh Manor, raised 5 Mar. 1860
  • 17th Somerset Rifle Volunteer Corps at Lyncombe, raised 2 Mar. 1860
  • 18th Somerset Rifle Volunteer Corps at Walcot, raised 3 Mar. 1860
  • 22nd Somerset Rifle Volunteer Corps at Temple Cloud, raised 10 Sep. 1860; moved 1869 to Kilmersdon
  1880.02.24 1st Somersetshire Rifle Volunteer Corps
consolidated with HQ at Bath
   
  • A Company at Bath, formerly 1st RVC
  • B Company at Bathwick, formerly 2nd RVC
  • C Company at Keynsham, formerly 7th RVC
  • D Company at Warleigh Manor, formerly 14th RVC
  • E Company at Lyncombe, formerly 17th RVC
  • F Company at Walcot, formerly 18th RVC
  • G Company at Kilmersdon, formerly 22nd RVC
  1881.07.01 volunteer battalion of Prince Albert's (Somersetshire Light Infantry)
  1881.10 1st Volunteer Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somersetshire Light Infantry)
(the first volunteer bn to assume the title of a regular parent regt)
  1885 eighth coy formed
  1900 ninth and tenth coys formed
  1900.03 cadet corps formed at Bath College
  1900.05 cadet corps formed at King Edward's School, Bath
  1904 cadet corps formed at Monkton Combe School near Bath
  1908.04.01 4th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somersetshire Light Infantry)
formed in T.F. with HQ at Lower Bristol Road, Bath, by amalgamation of parts of 1st Vol Battalion, 2nd Vol Battalion and 3rd Vol Battalion, less cadet corps transferred to OTC
 
  • A Company at Bath
  • B Company at Bath
  • C Company at Keynsham (dets at Brislington, Whitechurch and Bitton)
  • D Company at Frome (dets at Bruton, Mells and Wanstrow)
  • E Company at Weston-super-Mare (dets at Winscombe and Cheddar)
  • F Company at Castle Cary (dets at Shepton Mallet and Evercreech)
  • G Company at Midsomer Norton (dets at Radstock, Bishop Sutton and Peasedown St. John)
  • H Company at Glastonbury (det at Wells)
  1915.03 1/4th Battalion, The Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry)
renumbered on formation of 2/4th Battalion
  1920.02.07 4th Battalion, The Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry)
reconstituted in T.A. with HQ at Bath
   
  • A Company at ?
  • B Company at ?
  • C Company at ?
  • D Company at ?
  1921.01.01 4th Battalion, The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
  1939.08.24 formed duplicate 6th Battalion
  1947.01.01 4th Battalion, The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
reconstituted in the T.A. with HQ at Bath
 
  • A Company at Bath
  • B Company at Bath
  • C Company at Glastonbury
  • D Company at Castle Cary
  1950.05.15 absorbed 630 Medium Regiment RA (Somerset Light Infantry) and duplicate 6th Battalion without change of title
 
  • A Company at ?
  • B Company at ?
  • C Company at ?
  • D Company at ?
  1959.10.06 transferred to the corps of The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry without change of title
  1960.02.10 The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) [T.A.]
  1967.04.01 The Somerset Yeomanry and Light Infantry (Territorials)
disbanded and concurrently amalgamated with other Somerset T.A. units in TAVR III in infantry role with HQ at Bath and companies as successors to T.A. units (including Reconnaissance Platoon and another platoon at Bath from 43 Division/District RE)
   
  1968.07.10 transferred to the corps of The Light Infantry without change of title
  1969.01.01 The Somerset Yeomanry and Light Infantry
regiment reduced to cadre at Keynsham, sponsored by 219 General Hospital RAMC
  1971.04.01 three companies reconstituted from cadre as:
   

HQ Company at Bath

} 6th (V) Battalion,
The Light Infantry

HQ at Bath
A (Somerset Yeomanry Light Infantry) Company, at Bath with det at Midsomer Norton
B (Somerset Yeomanry Light Infantry) Company at Yeovil with det at Taunton
  1984

E (HSF) Company [6th Bn] formed at Bath

  1988.11.09

6th Bn LI redesignated as 6th (Somerset and Cornwall) Battalion, The Light Infantry (Volunteers) with HQ at Bath, and omitted company subtitles (two rifle coys and one HSF coy in Somerset); yeomanry lineage discontinued (but see later revival of North Somerset Yeomanry title)

  1993.02.26 A Coy and E (HSF) Coy disbanded; B Coy moved to Taunton with Pln at Yeovil
  1999.07.01 B (Somerset Light Infantry) Company, The Rifle Volunteers
reduced to one coy at Taunton with Rifle Pln at Yeovil and Recce Pln at Bath by amalgamation of HQ Coy and B Coy 6th Bn, The Light Infantry (6 LI amalgamated with 4th (V) Bn, The Devonshire and Dorset Regt and part of 2nd (V) Bn, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regt)
  200u Bath Pln transferred later to A Coy at Gloucester
2006.04.01 pln at Yeovil disbanded; pln formed in B Coy at Exeter
2007.02 B Company, 6th Battalion, The Rifles
at Taunton and Exeter
     
     
  History (Links) & War Service Introduction to Volunteers
History:
  pip Territorial Battalions, by Keith Petvin-Scudamore (British Light Infantry Regiments, founded by Michael S.Young)
   
Deployment and War Service of Units:
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Biography and Gallantry Awards:
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Associations, Forums and Re-Enactors:
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Museums, Monuments, Memorials and Chapels:
Somerset Military Museum, Taunton (Museum site)
Somerset Military Museum, Taunton (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Somerset Military Museum, Taunton (Simonides listing)
  Battle Honours Index of Battle Honours
Index of Wars

South Africa 1900-01

The Great War: [contributed to honours of parent regiment]

The Second World War: [contributed to honours of parent regiment]

  Colours, Standards and Guidons Introduction to Colours
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Record of Colours:
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  Uniforms and Badges
   
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Uniform: scarlet; facings: black (1877-84), royal blue (1884- )
   
   
     
   
   
  Honorary Colonels Index of Royal Colonels
Honorary Colonel, 4th Battalion [1860-1967]:
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1880.07.07 Hon. Col. C. J. W. Allen
1883.11.28 Hon. Col. J. R. Ford, VD
1901.07.13 Hon. Col. Henry Mills Skrine, VD
1908.04.01 Lt-Col. (Hon. Col.) Vincent Upton Langworthy, VD [from 3rd Vol Bn]
  <1920> vacant
1922.08.02 Rt. Hon. Thomas Henry (Thynne), 5th Marquess of Bath, KG, CB, TD [also R Wilts Yeo]
1937.08.02 Col. Gordon Flemming, OBE, MC
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1950.08.03 Col. Geoffrey William Russell Bishop, OBE, TD
1955.08.03 Maj-Gen. Cecil Llewellyn Firbank, CB, CBE, DSO, DL [also Col., Somerset & Cornwall LI; Hon. Col., North Somerset & Bristol Yeo]
1960.04.01 Col. William Quincey Roberts, CBE, DSO, MVO, TD, JP, DL
Honorary Colonel, Somerset Yeomanry and Light Infantry (T) [1967-1971]:
1967.04.01 Col. William Quincey Roberts, CBE, DSO, MVO, TD, JP, DL [reappointed]
  Deputy Honorary Colonel, 6th Bn, The Light Infantry [1971-1972]:
1971.04.01 Col. William Quincey Roberts, CBE, DSO, MVO, TD, JP, DL [reappointed; continued 1972 as Hon. Col. 6th Bn, Light Infantry]
     
     
  Traditions
 
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