4th Battalion, like the 3rd, quickly commenced a training programme
after formation, an early camp being undertaken at Plasterdown.
Sporting successes were obtained and preparations were made for
the eventual successful participation in the 1961 Nijmegen Marches
in Holland. On Remembrance Sunday, 1962 the Battalion provided
the representative detachment at the Cenotaph. 1963 saw the Battalion
lose its obsolete Vickers MMGs, while 1964 saw an emphasis on
Civil Defence training. Valuable aid was given to the civilian
emergency services in October, 1965 when the Battalion, on exercises
in Snowdonia, assisted in the successful search for a missing
medical student, ironically from Surrey.
Colours of 4th Battalion The Queen’s Royal Surrey
Colours were laid up in the Cathedral Church of St Saviour
and St Mary Overie, Southwark on Sunday 16th November
1980. The officers carrying the Colours were Lt D Harwood,
Lt P J Chapman, 3rd Battalion and Lt P Gibson, Lt D K
Wray, 4th Battalion.
It is of interest that the 4th Battalion’s Regimental
Colour displays the badge of The Royal Tank Regiment.
This is in commemoration of its service as 42nd
RTR, and they inherited this Honorary Distinction
from the 23rd London Regiment. This badge
carried four scrolls; the first bore the dates “1941-45”
and the other three the battle honours “NORTH
WEST EUROPE” “NORTH AFRICA” “ITALY”.
This rare distinction was displayed at bottom centre of
the Regimental Colour immediately below the Battle Honour
Although the winter of 1965 saw the TA under threat there was,
paradoxically, an increase in Battalion strength and a decrease
in wastage. For the remainder of the year preparations went ahead
for forthcoming re-organisation.
During the war years two Battalions of The Queen’s had been
converted to an artillery role which was still existing in 1964
in the form of R(Surrey) Battery of 265 Regiment RA (TA). For
a time, in 1966, the connection of the Battery with the Queen’s
Surreys lapsed but it was renewed in 1971 when it reformed as
a Battery of 6th (V) Queen’s.