in Service Dress 1930 and Captain in Mess Dress 1930.
1st Battalion served in Ireland, during the Irish Republican
Army’s uprising until 1922, when they returned to garrison
duties at Dover. Their next posting was to China, which was torn
apart by civil war following the death of Sun Yat Sen, the revolutionary
president, in 1925. In 1927, the British Concession in Hankow
was attacked; this led to the Commander-in-Chief, China Station,
asking for troops to defend the Shanghai Settlement.
Corps of Drums, Summer, Tientsin 1931.
In 1927, the 1st Battalion sent an officer and eighteen men to
accompany the Shanghai Defence Force; the rest of the Battalion
followed later and moved to Hong Kong, where it took over garrison
duties. The Battalion was relieved in March 1929, but returned
to China in 1930. When they arrived at Wan Tao, it was extremely
cold and the soldiers were issued with fur hats, boots and coats
in order to augment the usual greatcoats and leather jerkins.
The China duties continued until 1934, when the Battalion moved
to Quetta, in the north-west Provinces of India. Whilst there,
the city was devastated by a massive earthquake. The Battalion
gave the civil authorities every assistance and two members of
the Battalion were awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for
their exemplary conduct; this was later changed to the George
Cross (GC). At the outbreak of the Second World War, the Battalion
was in Allahabad, India.
The 2nd Battalion participated in the Victory
Parade of 18th July 1919 and then travelled to India. The Battalion
mainly served on the North-West Frontier and were especially committed
to the Waziristan Campaign. It remained in India until 1926, when
it then moved to the Sudan for a year. It returned to Dover for
garrison duties and then, in 1939, deployed to Palestine to Police
rebellious Arabs. It was still there at the outbreak of the Second