East Surrey Regiment

The ‘football’ charge of the 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, 1 July 1916 (SHC ref ESR/25/NEVI/3))

The ‘football’ charge of the 8th Battalion,
East Surrey Regiment, 1 July 1916
(SHC ref ESR/25/NEVI/3)

The East Surrey Regiment, with its depot in Kingston, contained eight battalions at the outset of the war.  The 1st and 2nd Battalions comprised full-time professional soldiers and the 3rd and 4th Battalions were ‘Special Reserve units’, comprised of part-time volunteer soldiers, some of whom were former regulars.  They provided reinforcements to the first two battalions in the event of war.

Four Territorial Force battalions, which had their origins in the rifle volunteer corps formed in the mid 19th century, were linked to the East Surrey Regiment.  The 5th Battalion included volunteers from Streatham, Sutton, Wimbledon and Epsom and the 6th Battalion volunteers from Esher, Richmond, Kingston, Chertsey and Egham.  In addition two battalions of the London Regiment (which consisted of 28 Territorial battalions) were associated with the East Surreys: the 21st (County of London) Battalion (1st Surrey Rifles) with a HQ in Camberwell, and the 23rd (County of London) Battalion, with a HQ in Clapham.

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4 Responses to “East Surrey Regiment”

  1. Camelle Hinds

    To whom it may concern. I purchased a picture and a frame from a antique charity type shop in Hackney a year ago. The picture had attached the following: My Dad when W.W broke out in 1914 tried to join the army but was told he was too young and to go home and eat some more pudding. Eventually he was recruited to serve in the East Surrey Regiment. A.LEWIS, GUNNER serving in France and Russia. I would very much like the picture to be returned to the Regiment. Best wishes Camelle Hinds Teacher 07772-196-364

    • Michael Page, Surrey Heritage

      Dear Camelle. Surrey History Centre ([email protected]) holds the archives of the East Surrey Regiment (the regiment itself is no more, having been absorbed into the Princess of Wales Regiment, along with most of other home counties regiments). We’d be very pleased to add your photograph to the regimental archives, so that it is preserved and accessible to researchers. More information can be found here
      Incidentally, I imagine the man pictured served as a Lewis gunner (a type of machine gun) rather than was called A Lewis.

  2. Steve Collins

    I am trying to find out if the 5th East Surrey regiment fought in the battle of Cambrai in Late November 1917.
    My grandfather was wounded on November 30th and I would like to find out where his regiment was at that time.
    Thanks

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