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Personalities

Personalities

Like most successful organisations with a long history, The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment and its forebears included a good number of outstanding personalities in their ranks over the years. This section provides historical details of a selection of the most prominent of these personalities.

Colonel Sir Palmes Fairborne

Colonel Sir Palmes Fairborne

The Queen's Royal Regiment were always justly proud of Colonel Sir Palmes Fairborne who served and died heroically in the defence of Tangier during the 17th Century British occupation. (Read More)

Patrick Ferguson

Patrick Ferguson

Patrick Ferguson was born on 24th May (OS)/4 June (NS) 1744, most probably in his family's home at 333 High Street, Edinburgh, east of Roxburgh's Close. (Although his father owned the Pitfour estate in Buchan, Patrick does not appear to have visited it until 1762.) (Read More)

Sergeant Major M. Lynch

Presentation Swords

In the early years of the nineteenth century, the Patriotic Fund of Lloyds presented swords to officers who had distinguished themselves in battle. (Read More)

Officer of the Battalion Company

Private James Wilkins

660 Private James Wilkins, 2nd Queen's Royals. Enlisted in 1825 and was discharged to out-pension on the 10th March 1846. Served in India and was badly injured at the capture of Ghuznee in 1835. (Read More)

Private Battalion Company

Private James Whitely

1818 Private James Whiely, 31st Regiment served in the First Sikh war, wounded at Moodkee and repatriated to England and discharged, Joined Pensioner Force in Western Australia. (Read More)

Captain E. Noel

Captain E. Noel

Captain E. Noel of the 31st Regiment who, as Lieutenant Edward Andrew Noel is listed in the History of The East Surrey Regiment as having served in the Sutlej Campaign. (Read More)

Sergeant Bernard McCabe

Sergeant Bernard McCabe

Bernard McCabe occupies a special place in the history of the Regiment. As a Sergeant in the 31st Foot he displayed outstanding bravery at the Battle of Sobraon on 10th February 1846. (Read More)

General Sir Trevor Chute, KCB

General Sir Trevor Chute, KCB

General Sir Trevor Chute, KCB had a long and distinguished career in the Army.  He was born in 1816 and his first appointment was as ensign in the Ceylon Rifle Regiment.  Transferring to the Seventieth in 1839, he was promoted Captain in the same year. (Read More)

General Sir Trevor Chute, KCB

Major-General Sir George Pomeroy Colley KCSI CB CMG

He joined the 2nd Bn The Queen's Royal West Regiment from Sandhurst as ensign in 1852. From 1854 to 1860, he served in South Africa and was employed in surveying and as a magistrate in charge of the Bashi river district in Kaffraria. (Read More)

Major General John Gregory Baumgardt, CB medals

Major General John Gregory Baumgardt, CB

While Commandant of the Garrison of Bombay he suppressed a very serious insurrection in 1833. He commanded the brigade, in which were The Queen's, at the storming of Ghuznee and Khelat in 1839, and received the Ghuznee Medal, and the Order of the Dooranee Empire 2nd Class. (Read More)

Sergeant Major M. Lynch

Sergeant Major M. Lynch

Sergeant Major M. Lynch of the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, The Royal West Surrey Regiment (The Queen's). (Read More)

Major Frederick George Jackson

Major Frederick George Jackson

An unusual group of medals in the museum reveals a little of the adventurous life of Major Frederick George Jackson of The East Surrey Regiment. Two medals are unique and were awarded before he had even joined the Army. (Read More)

East Surrey Badge

Sergeant WHM Osborn, DCM & Bar, Military Medal & Bar

Sergeant Osborn was a member of the 8th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment, which served in the 1914-18 War, this Battalion was one of the hardest-fought units of the Regiment, and had a magnificent record from the time of its entry into the France and Flanders theatre of operations in July 1915 until disbandment four years later. (Read More)

Lamb

Captain Toby Smart, 53rd Sikhs,Officer, Private, Deserter And Hero

At the outbreak of the 1914-18 War Captain Toby Smart, of the 53rd Sikhs, was serving on the North-West Frontier of India whilst attached to the Khyber Rifles. (Read More)

Major General I T P Hughes, KCVO, CB, CBE, DSO, MC, DL

Major General I T P Hughes, KCVO, CB, CBE, DSO, MC, DL

Ivor Thomas Percival Hughes was born on 21st December, 1897. He was  the son of the Rev F. G. Hughes, Rector of Slinfold, Sussex. He was educated at Wellington College and at the R.M.C. Sandhurst, whence he was commissioned into The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment on 16th August, 1916. (Read More)

Major-General Sir Harold Daniel Edmund Parsons, K.C.M.G., C.B, Colonel-Commandant, Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

Major-General Sir Harold Daniel Edmund Parsons, K.C.M.G., C.B,
Colonel-Commandant, Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

Sir Harold lost no time in demonstrating that his still youthful inclinations held him ready and waiting for any calls that might be made upon them, whether within or without his old Corps. (Read More)

Major General Major General David Lloyd Owen, CB, DSO, OBE, MC

Major General David Lloyd Owen, CB, DSO, OBE, MC

Major General David Lloyd Owen as a young officer of the Regiment won great distinction in the 1939-1945 War, and then went on to a highly successful military career.  His wartime achievements came in the main while serving with the LRDG (The Long Range Desert Group) and then the SAS. (Read More)

Major General Michael Forrester CB, CBE, DSO, MC

Major General Michael Forrester CB, CBE, DSO, MC

Major General Michael Forrester had an exceptional record of leadership and gallantry in the 1939-1945 War and went on to complete a career of much distinction. (Read More)

Major General John Yeldham Whitfield C.B. D.S.O. O.B.E.

Major General John Yeldham Whitfield C.B. D.S.O. O.B.E.

John Yeldham Whitfield was born on 11th October, 1899, and educated at Monmouth School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned into The Queen's Royal Regiment in December 1918 and thereafter served for many years, both in West and East Africa. (Read More)

Brigadier Maurice MacWilliam CBE, DSO, MC, TD

Brigadier Maurice MacWilliam CBE, DSO, MC, TD

Brigadier Maurice MacWilliam had possibly the most remarkable record of the number of young officers of The Queen’s Royal Regiment who achieved great distinction in the 1939-1945 War. (Read More)

Brigadier Maurice MacWilliam CBE, DSO, MC, TD

RMS G Sullivan, MSM

Sullivan enlisted in February 1896, and was promoted Corporal in October of the following year. He joined the 1st Battalion in India in 1899 and at once proved himself an acquisition to the Battalion, being awarded a First Class Certificate for Gymnastics and Swordsmanship in 1900. (Read More)