1960 the Government was announcing a reduction of Infantry Battalions
in the Regular Army with the TA similarly affected. In The Queen’s
Royal Surreys the desired result was achieved by the amalgamation
of the 5th and 6th Queen’s and 565 Regiment RA (formerly
4th Queen’s) as 3rd Queen’s Surreys; 6th East Surreys
and 23rd London Regiment were to form 4th Queen’s Surreys.
A general period of re-organisation followed while efforts were
made to define policies and roles in ever changing situations.
3rd Battalion, despite being widely spread geographically, soon
began a training programme which, among other things laid particular
emphasis on the running of specialist and Junior NCOs Cadres.
Its first camp was established on Dartmoor, occupying Plasterdown
Camp. Back home in Guildford the Battalion later welcomed members
of the Belgian Resistance from Ghent to the Regimental At Home
in Stoke Park.
In October the Battalion took part in the Tercentaary Parade on
Putney Heath. At Easter time in 1962 a tour was made of the battlefields
of Waterloo, Namur, Liege and Bastogne. In June the Battalion
participated in exercises on Salisbury Plain with 16 Parachute
Brigade. Low level training continued in 1963. Later a party went
to Streenwerk in France to retrieve the 1/6th Queen’s drums
which had been temporarily lost in the withdrawal to Dunkirk.
1964 falling recruiting figures gave cause for concern, barely
keeping place with losses and making training difficult. Despite
these problems the battalion was graded as efficient at the Annual
Administrative Inspection. In October 1965 the Battalion underwent
amphibious training with the Royal Marines, Poole. 1966 saw prospects
of change for the future and by the end of the year these were
beginning to take effect as shown later.