[44][45], Under the Haldane Reforms of 1908 the Militia became the Special Reserve and the Volunteers became part of the Territorial Force (TF). [78] and in October the battalion was assigned to the 201st Independent Infantry Brigade (Home) and commenced anti-invasion duties. The 2nd Battalion took part in the Waziristan campaign of 1919-1920, attempting to pacify the tribal areas during the unrest following the Third Afghan War. [3], The regiment was raised in 1661 by Henry Mordaunt, 2nd Earl of Peterborough as The Earl of Peterborough's Regiment of Foot on Putney Heath (then in Surrey) specifically to garrison the new English acquisition of Tangier, part of Catherine of Braganza's dowry when she married King Charles II. [26] It once again became the 1st Battalion when the 2nd Battalion was reformed in 1857, and went to China in 1860 at the time of the Second Opium War, fighting at the Third Battle of Taku Forts and the capture of Beijing. [18], The regiment was transferred to Ireland in 1798 where it helped put down the Irish rebellion and then took part in the unsuccessful 1799 Anglo-Russian invasion of Holland. It was broken up to provide drafts in February 1918. 14 July 2006. The 1st Queens fought in the Burma Campaign throughout the war as part of the 33rd Indian Infantry Brigade,[67] 7th Indian Infantry Division, of the British Fourteenth Army under Lieutenant General William "Bill" Slim. It returned to India in November 1839, storming the city of Khelat en route, and avoiding destruction along with the rest of Elphinstone's army. [2], In 1959, the regiment was amalgamated with the East Surrey Regiment, to form a single county regiment called the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment which was, on 31 December 1966, amalgamated with the Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment, the Royal Sussex Regiment and the Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own) to form the Queen's Regiment. Routledge, Table LXV, p. 396; pp. In 1957, it returned to Germany where, in 1959, it was amalgamated with 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, to form the 1st Battalion, Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment (less Territorials). [1][39][40], The 1st Battalion landed at Le Havre as part of the 3rd Brigade in the 1st Division in August 1914, and spent the entire war on the Western Front. In 1832 King William the … [32], A 3rd (Militia) Battalion was formed from the former 2nd Royal Surrey Militia, with headquarters at Guildford. The 1st Battalion fought the Communist guerrillas during the Malayan Emergency from 1954-1957. Hoghton, Preston, Lancashire, UK. [71], The regiment also raised the 2/5th, 2/6th, and 2/7th which were all 2nd Line Territorial Army battalions serving in the 35th Infantry Brigade of the 12th (Eastern) Infantry Division, a 2nd Line Territorial Army duplicate of the 44th (Home Counties) Division. [64], The 4th and 5th Battalions were both reformed in the Territorial Army, assigned to the 131st (Surrey) Infantry Brigade, alongside the 5th and 6th battalions of the East Surrey Regiment. Pte.AW Somerville served with the 2/6th Btn Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment British Army. The Queen's Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army formed in 1966 through the amalgamation of the four regiments of the Home Counties Brigade. The RNRLHG is a group of dedicated enthusiasts who recreate, through active living history, re-enactment, displays and and exhibitions, the atmosphere and reality of the Royal Norfolk's on the battlefield, and their military experiences in times past between 1879 and 1959. [17], The regiment was then reunited and sent to the West Indies where it took part in the capture of Guadeloupe in 1794, although the occupation was short-lived owing to outbreaks of disease, particularly yellow fever, among the troops, and the capture of Trinidad in 1797. It will be sited where the regiment first saw action on the morning of 23rd August 1914 at Tertre in Belgium. [79], The 2nd Battalion was disbanded in 1948 and its personnel transferred to 1st Battalion (which had previously been reduced to nil strength in 1947). "The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group has raised the funds required to erect a new memorial dedicated to the men of the Royal West Kent Regiment. [8], The regiment shipped to Tangier where it remained until the port was evacuated in 1684, when it returned to England. [10] After the Glorious Revolution, it fought in Ireland for the new King, William III, defending the besieged Londonderry in 1689 and at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. These battalions became the 6th (Bermondsey) and 7th (Southwark) battalions of the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) and joined the 5th Battalion in 131st Brigade. by ash1972 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:00 am, Post [34], Under the Childers Reforms, two battalions of the Volunteer Force were attached to the regiment in 1883. The other dominating activity during the Queen’s Regiment’s existence was the Cold War. Timmons, S.A. (2003), Executions following Monmouth's rebellion: a missing link. It was formed as The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) as part of the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot and the 97th (Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot.In January 1921, it was renamed The Royal West Kent Regiment … The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1961. The Queen’s avoided amalgamation with any other Regiment but it became associated with West Surrey and was re-titled as The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). When the regiment was formed, Kent was one of five counties (the others being Surrey, Staffordshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire) that was split to create more than one regiment. A second battalion was formed in 1795 and stationed in Guernsey before being shipped to Martinique, where it was disbanded in 1797, its personnel being absorbed by 1st Battalion. As part of the 4th Division, the Provisional Battalion took part in the Wellington's triumph at the Battle of Vittoria on 21 June 1813, followed by the Siege of San Sebastián and, 1814, the battles of Orthes and Toulouse. The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group ( 50th & 97th ) has been formed by a number of like ... minded living historians who share a passionate interest in the period and the Regiments of Kent. The "Queen's Own" Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group (50th & 97th) has been formed by a number of like-minded living historians who share a passionate interest in the Regiments of Kent. Hoghton, Preston, Lancashire, UK. [81], The regiment's battle honours were as follows:[1]. [31] The 2nd Battalion fought in the Third Anglo-Burmese War from 1886 to 1888 and in South Africa from 1899 to 1904 including during the Second Boer War (1899–1902). by PeterZed » Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:18 pm, Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited, Re-Enactment Societies - details and links. The Story of the Tertre Memorial . Post [16] In recognition of the regiment's service, it was granted the distinction of wearing a Naval Crown superscribed 1 June 1794 on its colours. [49], The Queen's also formed a number of battalions of the New Army, or 'Kitchener's Army'[49], Returning prisoners of war were awarded a "Welcome Home Medal" at a reception in Guildford in January 1919. Six cadre companies returned home to re-form. The brigade was sent, along with the rest of the division, to France in 1940 to join the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and were quickly involved in the Battle of France and subsequent Dunkirk evacuation. [68] The brigade participated in the Tunisian and Italian Campaigns and the North West Europe Campaign. [4] From this service, it was also known as the Tangier Regiment. [21], During the Napoleonic Wars, the regiment first fought in the Peninsular War at the battles of Vimeiro and Corunna. This is the public page for the Queen's Own. It was in Palestine during the Insurgency of 1936-1939. [80], The Surrey Infantry Museum was based at Clandon Park House, near Guildford until it was destroyed in a fire in April 2015. The dividing line that separated the two regimental areas was east of the River Medway. From this service, it was also known as the Tangier Regiment. The World War One Letters of Major Hugh J.C. Peirs, 8th Battalion, The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment; The Drill Hall Project The division was disbanded shortly after returning to England and the 35th Brigade was later redesignated the 169th Infantry Brigade. [29] In 1897–98, a battalion took part in the Tirah Expedition on the North-West Frontier. The Queen's Royal Regiment Living History Group' _ Red coats of the English Army at the Battle of Preston – the last battle on English soil. [12], During the War of Spanish Succession it served in the Iberian campaign, at Cadiz, Vigo, the sieges of Valencia de Alcantara, Alburquerque, Badajoz, Alcantara and Ciudad Rodrigo, and was virtually destroyed in the disastrous Battle of Almansa. As was usual at the time, it was also named after its current colonel, from one of whom, Percy Kirke, it acquired its nickname Kirke's Lambs. Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group. 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