Regimental Timeline

The Second or The Queen's Royal Regiment

The Great War: 1914

 

1914
  The Queen’s (Royal West Regiment) Regiment
 

1st Battalion (2nd Foot)

5th August
7th August

Mobilisation begins. Bn moved from Bordon to camp at Aldershot with remainder of 3 Infantry Brigade (1st Division).

12th August

Mobilisation completed. Bn strength 27 officers, 6 WOs, 44 Sgts, 42 Cpls, 16 drummers, 863 men.

13th August

Embarkation at Southampton.

23rd August

Arrival at Le Havre.

24th August - 5th September

Battle of Mons.

8th September

Retreat from Mons.

9th - 16th September

Crossing of the Marne.

20th October

Pursuit to the Aisne.

22nd - 31st October

Moves to Flanders.

1st November

Fifes and drums sent home.

8th November

First Battle of Ypres.

2nd December

Casualties in action reduce battalion strength reduced to 32 all ranks.

 

Battalion removed from 3 Inf Bde to re-form at Brielen.
Visit of HM King George V.

 

Bn at Hinges. Now re-formed, strength 27 officers, 23 Sgts, 13 Cpls, 381 men.

 

2nd Battalion (2nd Foot)

19th September

Arrrives at Southampton and marches to Lyndhurst, strength 28 officers, 2 WOs, 40 Sgts, 48 Cpls, 855 men.

4th October

Re-embarkation at Southampton.

7th October

Bruges. Joins 22 Infantry Brigade (7th Division).

8th October

Melle.

8th - 15th November

First Battle of Ypres. Actions at Langemarck and Gheluveldt. Casualties 30 officers, 656 men killed, wounded and missing.

8th - 14th November

In reserve.

14th - 30th November

In trenches, Sailly area.

Special Reserve

 

3rd Battalion (2nd Royal Surrey Militia)

8th August

Bn mobilised at Guildford. Despatched for guard duties at Chatham/Medway. 1000 reservists drafted to 1st and 2nd Battalions.

Territorial Force

 

4th Battalion

4th August

Battalion embodied.

21st September

Battalion accepted for foreign service; reserve battalion formed and battalion split into 1st/4th and 2nd/4th Battalions,

 

1st/4th Battalion

28th October

Joins Home Counties Division, inspected by HM King George V. Strength 30 officers, 804 men.

29th October

Embarks at Southampton.

2nd December

Disembarks at Bombay, India.

 

2nd/4th Battalion

 

Croydon, England. Home Service.

 

5th Battalion

4th August

Battalion embodied.

28th October

Divides into 1st/5th and 2nd/5th.

 

1st/5th Battalion

29th October

Embarks for foreign service at Southampton.

2nd December

Disembarks at Bombay, India, and moves to Lucknow. Joins 8th Indian Division.

 

2nd/5th Battalion

28th October

Formed at Guildford from cadre of 5th Battalion not proceeding on foreign service.

 

22nd (County of London) Battalion the London Regiment
(The Queen’s)

4th August

Battalion embodied.

 

2nd/22nd (County of London) Battalion the London Regiment
(The Queen’s)

31st August

Formed at Bermondsey.

 

3rd/24th (County of London) Battalion the London Regiment
(The Queen’s)

25th March

Formed at Bermondsey for home service.

 

24th (County of London) Battalion the London Regiment
(The Queen’s)

4th August

Battalion recalled from annual camp, and embodied. Joins 6 (London) Infantry Brigade (2nd London Division).

31st August

Battalion split into 1st/24th and 2nd/24th London. 2nd/24th formed at White City. And joins 6 (London) Reserve Infantry Brigade (2nd London (Reserve) Division).

Service Battalions

 

6th Battalion

9th - 21st August

Battalion raised at Guildford, joins 37 Infantry Brigade (12th (Eastern) Division).

 

7th Battalion

9th - 11th September

Battalion raised at Guildford, joins 55 Infantry Brigade (18th Division).

 

8th Battalion

17th October

Battalion raised at Guildford. Joins 72 Infantry Brigade (24th Division).

 

9th Battalion

20th October

Battalion raised at St Albans.

 

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