Regimental Timeline

The Second or The Queen's Royal Regiment

The Great War: 1917

 

1917
  The Queen’s (Royal West Regiment) Regiment
 

1st Battalion (2nd Foot)

January - April

Moves to Cléry – Ommiecourt (Somme).

2nd April

Battle of Arras.

15th April

Moves to Crosilles.

23rd April

Attack on the Hindenburg Line. Attacks fail; casualties total 26 killed, 101 wounded, 308 missing all ranks.

24th April - 19th May

In reserve

20th May - 29th June

Offensive operations renewed, this time with more success.

1st - 31st July

In reserve

1st August

Moves to coastal area of Flanders around Ghyvelde.

 

3rd Battle of Ypres.

18th August

In concentration area at Dickerbusch.

25th - 26th September

Action at Geluveldt. Casualties 14 officers, 387 men killed, wounded and missing.

October

Moves to Neuve Eglise to re-form.

6th November

Relieves Canadians in trenches at Passchendaele.

20th December

In reserve.

 

2nd Battalion (2nd Foot)

1st January - 20th February

In trenches, Beaumont Hamel.

20th February - 13th March

Albert.

14th March - 2nd April

Offensive operations on the Ancre.

12th - 15th May

Attack on the Hindenburg Line. Action of Bullecourt Casualties 6 officers and 164 men killed, wounded and missing.

29th August

Moves to Flanders. Battle of Passchendaele.

3rd - 6th October

In trenches, Polygon Wood. Action at Broodeseinde. Casualties 19 officers, 163 men killed, wounded and missing.

26th - 27th October

Attack on Gheluveldt. Casualties 12 officers, 289 men killed, wounded and missing.

28th October - 18th November

In reserve, Eblinghem. Visit by HM the King of the Belgians.

18th November

Moves to Italy, strength 34 officers, 860 men.

30th November - 31st Decmber

Operations on the Piave River.

Officer's webbing equipment 1917, (the small pouch on the right held the compass,
the larger pouch held the binoculars and the norrow flat case is the map case.

Special Reserve

 

3rd Battalion (2nd Royal Surrey Militia)

 

Sittingbourne.

Territorial Force

 

1st/4th Battalion

May - June

Operations in Waziristan, NW Frontier India.

June - December

Simla.

 

2nd/4th Battalion

January

Moves to Arish for operations in Palestine.

25th March

1st Battle of Gaza.

17th April

2nd Battle of Gaza.

November

Beersheeba and the 3rd Battle of Gaza. Capture of Jericho and Jerusalem. Pursuit to the River Jordan.

 

3rd/4th Battalion

January - May

Brought up to strength for expeditionary service, as one of only three home service units specially selected for active duty.

31st May

Embarks at Southampton. Strength 33 officers, 973 men.

1st June

Disembarks at Le Havre. Moved by train to Duisans (Flanders); joins South African Brigade (9th Division).

19th June

Moves to St Nicolas; joins 11 Infantry Brigade (4th Division).

30th June

Moves to Arras; joins 12th Division.

9th August

Moves to Moyenville. Joins 62 Infantry Brigade (21st Division). First spell of trench duty.

4th October

3rd Battle of Ypres.

 

Attack on Broodeseinde. Objectives secured. Casualties 20 officers, 323 killed wounded and missing.

November - December

In trenches, Cambrai sector.

 

1st/5th Battalion

23rd June

Moves to Basrah, then Baghdad.

September

Attack on Aziziyeh Ridge.

 

2nd/5th Battalion

September

Despatches all personnel to other battalions of The Queen’s, and to the Royal Fusiliers.

17th December

Disbanded.

 

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

 

Ypres.

June

Messines Ridge.

November

Bourlon Wood.

 

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

 

Moves to Salonika.

 

Beersheba and Sheria.

December

Battle of Jerusalem.

 

Tahuneh.

 

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

January - March

Hill 60 sector.

March - May

In reserve.

7th June

Battle of Messines Ridge.

August

Pilckem Ridge.

September - November

Arras.

November

Moves to Italy but diverted en route to Cambrai.

30th November

Battle of Bourlon Wood.

December

Cambrai sector.

 

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

9th January

Moves to Lake Doiran.

January - March

Raiding operations.

20th June

Embarks for Alexandria.

22nd June

Moves to Ismailia.

October

Moves to Palestine.

5th - 7th November

Battle of Beersheba.

8th November

Battle of Sheria.

19th November

Advance to Huj.

26th November

Moves to Gaza.

8th December

Moves to Latron. Battle of Nebi Samwil Ridge.

29th December

Battle of Jerusalem.

 

Beitun.

Painting of the Battle at Tel el Sheria where Lt Col A D Borton DSO 2nd/22nd London Regiment (The Queen’s) was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Service Battalions

 

6th Battalion

January

Moves to Arras.

9th April

Attack on Vimy Ridge. Bn achieves all objectives. Casualties 9 officers, 111 killed, wounded and missing.

3rd May

Attack on the Scarpe.

May - October

In trenches, Monchy,

19th October

Le Cauroy.

17th November

Péronne.

20th November

Attack on the Hindenburg Line. Capture of Lateau Wood.

December

Steenbecque, Aire.

 

7th Battalion

January - February

Operations on the Ancre.

March

GHQ Reserve at Hazebrouck.

April

Béthune.

3rd May

Battle of Arras; action at Cherisy.

July

Moves to Poperinghe, Flanders.

August

Attack on Inverness Copse and Glencourse Wood. Casualties 10 officers, 272 men killed, wounded and missing.

September

In reserve, St Omer.

October

Battle of Passchendaele.

November - December

In reserve.

 

8th Battalion

February - March

In reserve.

March - May

Calonne.

June

Battle of Messines; Zillebeke.

July - August

In reserve.

September - November

In trenches, Dickebusch sector.

 

10th (Battersea) Battalion

January - June

In trenches.

June

Flanders offensive – attack on St Eloi.

1st - 31st August

Third battle of Ypres.

September

Menin Road offensive.

4th October

Entrains for move to Italy, strength 962 all ranks.

1st December

Arrives at Volpago (Piave River) after 120 mile road march. In trenches.

 

11th (Lambeth) Battalion

January - April

Mametz.

June

Flanders offensive – attack on St Eloi.

1st - 31st August

Third battle of Ypres.

September

Menin Road offensive.

13th November

Entrains for move to Italy.

29th November

Arrives at Piave River after 70 mile road march.

 

16th (Home Service) Battalion

 

Home Service.

 

19th Battalion

1st January

Officially transferred to The Queen’s.

Labour Battalions

 

13th Battalion

1st June

Transferred to Labour Corps as 93rd and 94th Companies.

 

14th Battalion

1st June

Transferred to Labour Corps as 95th and 96th Companies.

 

15th Battalion

1st June

Transferred to Labour Corps as 97th and 98th Companies.

 

17th Battalion

1st June

Absorbed into Labour Corps.

 

18th Battalion

1st June

Absorbed into Labour Corps.

Young Soldiers Battalions

 

51st Battalion

24th October

8th (Service Bn) the Northamptonshire Regiment transferred to The Queen’s as 51st (YS) Bn. Home Service.

 

52nd Battalion

24th October

9th (Service Bn) the Buffs transferred to The Queen’s as 5th (YS) Bn. Home Service.

 

53rd Battalion

24th October

10th (Service Bn) the Royal Sussex Regiment transferred to The Queen’s as 53rd (YS) Bn. Home Service.

 

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