Welcome to the Website of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment
England's Senior Regiment of The Line
Introduction by Colonel A.C. Ward OBE DL - Last President of the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Association
Then its Tommy this an Tommy that an “Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul?”
But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eros’ when the drums begin to roll
The drums begin to roll my boys; the drums begin to roll,
O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eros’ when the drums begin to roll. Soldier
The website provides details of the history, the museum at Clandon Park, near Guildford and the Regimental Association which arranges reunions and looks after the welfare of our old comrades and when necessary organises benevolence grants to those in need.
The British Army thrives on traditions, regimental pride, service to the Nation and loyalty to the Crown. This heady mixture produces a tight feeling of esprit d’corps and that team fighting spirit that has resulted in the superb battle effectiveness of the British Infantry – the envy of many other nations.
But how often have we heard that there is never enough Infantry for the Country’s needs? Successive Governments throughout history have sought cuts through reductions of battalions or amalgamations of Regiments.
Each change dilutes that tight-knit band of brothers who have close connections with the towns and villages of their county. The history on this website illustrates this most effectively. Both Regiments have been awarded many Battle Honours and Distinctions, bourne on their colours which can be seen on this website, or on a visit to the museum.
During the Great War the Queen’s raised 31 battalions and 29 Young Soldiers and Labour units. 23 battalions saw active service. The East Surreys raised 24 battalions, 21 saw active service. The casualties were horrendous; the Queen’s lost 7399 officers, NCOs and men killed. The Surreys had 6223 officers and rank and file killed.
During the Second World War the combined casualty figures for both Regiments was 3788 Officers, NCOs and men who made the supreme sacrifice. Their names can be seen in the Books of Remembrance in the Regimental Chapels and on War Memorials throughout Surrey, South London and elsewhere.
In 1966, The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment became part of The Queen’s Regiment and as a result of further reductions of Infantry in 1992 The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment was formed by the amalgamation of The Queen’s Regiment and The Royal Hampshire Regiment. (Their website is www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/corps-regiments-and-units/infantry/princess-of-waless-royal-regiment/)
The British Army strives to achieve excellence, young soldiers are taught that if they do half as well as their predecessors they will have done a good job. The enduring theme of so many campaigns is the humour, patience, initiative and courage of the British Infantryman.
Rudyard Kipling immortalised the British Soldier as “Tommy Atkins” Whilst social conditions and soldiering have changed the British Soldier remains “Tommy Atkins”, in that respect nothing has changed.
This website is dedicated to all our “Tommys” who have worn our cap badge and served in the Infantry Regiments of Surrey.
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country’ when the guns begin to shoot;
An it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
An’ Tommy ain’t a blooming’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!
Pristinae Virtutis Memor
Please note that the regimental collection of historic documents, books and photograph albums has now been transferred to the Surrey History Centre.
The Surrey History Centre will now be dealing with research enquiries relating to The Queen's Royal, East Surrey and Queen's Royal Surrey Regiments (2nd, 31st and 70th Foot).
The Collection is also available for public consultation.
For further information please contact:-
Surrey History Centre 130 Goldsworth Road Woking Surrey GU21 6ND Tel: 01483 770761
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreyhistoryservice
Friends of Surrey Infantry Museum (FOSIM)
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See Buried Battles and Veterans Voices in which our Regimental forbearers tell their stories... Hear CSM Jolley and Sgt Martin of 2nd East Surreys taking about their time as Japanese POWs and the stories of those who were forced to surrender at Dunkirk and spent 4 long years a German POWs.
VE and VJ Location of Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) & East Surrey Regiment
The Museum’s administrative functions continue to operate from an office in the Surrey History Centre.T he Museum office can be contacted directly by personal visit, telephone or email.