East SurreyThe Queen's Royal Surrey RegimentEast Surrey



A great deal of trouble was taken by the Amalgamation Committee to ensure the success of the union of the two Infantry Regiments of Surrey in 1959. The Colonel of the new Regiment and his Regimental Secretary were both distinguished Queen’s officers who had commanded Regular battalions of the Surreys. The Queen’s and the Surreys had much in common and were well known to each other. Regimental traditions and customs were carefully preserved, and serving and retired members of both Regiments cheerfully and loyally accepted the decision which brought their separate entities to an end. Throughout the seven years of their existence, the Queen’s Surreys were a happy and efficient regiment.

In April 1960, Colours were presented to the 1st Bn The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Soon after, the Regiment received the Freedoms of Guildford and Kingston-upon-Thames.

The 1st Battalion went overseas in January 1961, serving in Aden, Hong Kong and the British Army of the Rhine until 1966.

Besides the Regular 1st Battalion, the 3rd and 4th Bns The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment (TA) were formed and all established a reputation for military efficiency, enthusiasm and sporting prowess.

The Regimental Motto was:-


Mindful of the gallant actions of the past

Guildford Freedon Scroll


Kingston upon Thames Freedon Scroll


Reigate Freedon Scroll

Freedon Scroll.
  Kingston upon Thames
Freedon Scroll.
Freedon Scroll.


The Regiment was honoured with the Freedom of Guildford, Kingston upon Thames and Reigate and Banstead, an honour presently held by the Queen's and Surreys.


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