Regimental Timeline

The Second or The Queen's Royal Regiment

The Great War: 1915

 

1915

  The Queen’s (Royal West Regiment) Regiment
 

1st Battalion (2nd Foot)

1st January

Bethune, Corps in reserve.

10th January

In trenches at Givenchy.

15th - 25th May

Battle of Festubert.

25th July

Joins 5 Infantry Brigade (2nd Division) at Cuinchy.

25th September
- 10th October

Battle of Loos.

11th October
- 15th December

Trenches near La Bassée, opposite Hohenzollern Reboubt.

15th December

Joins 100 Infantry Brigade (33rd Division) at St Hilaire. Fifes and drums rejoin from England.

 

2nd Battalion (2nd Foot)

January -
February

Bn re-forms to strength of 29 officers, 824 men. Moves to Laventie.

10th - 18th March

Battle of Auber.

8th - 16th May

First Battle of Ypres. Festubert. Casualities 11 officers, 443 men killed, wounded and missing.

25th - 27th September

Battle of Loos. Casualties 11 officers, 261 men killed, wounded and missing.

17th October -
5th December

In reserve.

6th - 20th December

In trenches, Givenchy.

21st December

In reserve.

2nd - 30th December

Transferred to 91 Infantry Brigade (7th Division) In Reserve, strength increased to 32 officers, 824 men.

Special Reserve

 

3rd Battalion (2nd Royal Surrey Militia)

May

Moves to Fort Bridgewood, Drafts to 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th Battalions.

Territorial Force

 

1st/4th Battalion.

January

Lucknow.

February

Peshawar and Nowshera.

25th October

Joins 2 Indian Infantry Brigade for service on the NW Frontier.

 

Mohamand Campaign, NW Frontier India.

 

2nd/4th Battalion

April

Contributes 540 men to composite Queen's battalion with 2nd/5th at Cambridge. Joins 160 (South Wales) Infantry Brigade in 53rd Welsh Division for training. Composite Queen's battalion designated as 2nd/4th. Embarks at Devonport for Gallipoli.

16th July

Lands. Operations at Gallipoli.

 

Evacuated from Suvla. Casualties 29 officers, 680 men killed, wounded, invalided by disease and missing.

 

3rd/4th Battalion

 

Battalion formed from residue of 2nd/4th Battalion which did not form part of the composite Queen's battalion with 2nd/5th.

 

Home Service.

 

4th/4th Battalion

 

Battalion formed at Croydon as holding and drafting unit.

 

1st/5th Battalion

 

Lucknow, India.

27th October

Battalion mobilised for war, strength 28 officers, 744 men. Joins 34 Infantry Brigade.

1st December

Embarks at Bombay.

7th December

Arrives in Mesopotamia.

 

2nd/5th Battalion

April

Contributes ot composite Queen's battalion, 2nd/4th Queen's.

 

3rd/5th Battalion

1st July

Formed at Guildford as holding and drafting unit.

 

1st/22nd (County of London) Battalion the London Regiment (The Queen's)

 

Moves to France.

7th July

Transferred to the corps of The Queen's.

September - October

Battle of Loos.

 

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

 

Home Service.

 

Transferred to the corps of The Queen's.

 

3rd/22nd (County of London) Battalion the London Regiment (The Queen's)

7th July

Becomes 22nd Territorial Force Reserve Battalion.

 

22nd Territorial Force Reserve Battalion

 

Transferred to the corps of The Queen's.

 

1st/24th (County of London) Battalion the London Regiment (The Queen's)

15th March

Battalion embarks and moves to France.

25th April

First tour in trenches.

9th May

Battle of Aubers Ridge. 109 all ranks killed, wounded and missing.

 

6 (London) Brigade renamed 142 Infantry Brigade.

 

2nd (London) Brigade renamed 47th Division.

 

Battle of Festubert; action at Givenchy. 4 officers and 136 men killed.

 

Loos/Lens sector. Visit by HRH the Prince of Wales.

 

of The Queen's.

 

Transferred to the corps of The Queen's.

 

Battle of Loos.

 

In reserve.

 

Hohenzollern Redoubt.

 

2nd/24th (County of London) Battalion the London Regiment (The Queen's)

 

Moves to St Albans.

 

Moves to Braintree.

 

Transfers home service men to 3rd/24th London.

 

Transferred to the corps of The Queen's.

 

2nd/24th (County of London) Battalion the London Regiment (The Queen's)

 

Battalion formed for home service.

 

Transferred to the corps of The Queen's.

Service Battalions

 

6th Battalion

5th May

Embarks at Southampton and sails for Boulogne. Strength 25 officers, 1010 men.

July - September

In trenches, Le Bizet and La Touquet.

September
- December

Battle of Loos: Armentières; Hohenzollern Redoubt.

10th December

Moves to Givenchy sector.

 

7th Battalion

26th July

Embarks at Southampton and sails for Boulogne. Strength 33 officers, 47 Sgts, 43 Cpls, 51 Lance-corporals, 773 men. Moves to the Ancre sector.

25th October

Inspected by King George V at Ribemont.

 

8th Battalion

July

Inspected at Chobham by King George V and Lord Kitchener.

31st August

Embarks at Southampton and sails for Boulogne. Moves to Béthume sector.

25th - 26th
September

Battle of Loos. Casualties 12 officer, 409 men.

October

Re-forms at Noeux-les-Mines.

November
- December

Moves to St Omer sector.

 

9th Battalion

April

Becomes 9th (Reserve) Battalion, holding and drafting unit.

 

10th (Battersea) Battalion

3rd June

Battalion raised. Joins 124 Infantry Brigade (41st Division).

 

11th (Lambeth) Battalion

10th June

Battalion raised. Joins 123 Infantry Brigade (41st Division).

 

12th (Reserve) Battalion

October

Formed from Dopot Companies of 10th and 11th Battalions.

 

19th Battalion

18th June

Formed as 69th Provisional Battalion from men of 2nd/4th ans 2nd/5th not committed for overseas service. Strength 16 officers, 944 men.

Mills web equipment, 1908 with "PH" Gas Helnet bag on left and the Small Box respirator case on the right;
Short Magazine Lee Enfield Rifle Number 1, Mark III, 1907 with sword bayonet.

 

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