Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment

Mobilisation of the 4th Battalion, the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, August 1914 (SHC ref QRWS/5/7/1))

Mobilisation of the 4th Battalion,
the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment,
August 1914
(SHC ref QRWS/5/7/1)

The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, with its depot in Guildford, contained seven battalions at the outset of the war.  The 1st and 2nd Battalions comprised full-time professional soldiers and the 3rd Battalion was a ‘Special Reserve unit’, 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.

The 4th Battalion of the Queen’s drew its strength from the Croydon area and the 5th Battalion comprised volunteers from much of modern Surrey including Godalming, Haslemere, Woking, Farnham, Camberley, Reigate and Dorking as well as Guildford.  Two Territorial Battalions of the London Regiment, were also linked to the Queen’s, the 22nd (County of London) Battalion, the London Regiment (The Queen’s), with a HQ in Bermondsey; and the 24th (County of London) Battalion (The Queen’s), with a HQ in Kennington.

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15 Responses to “Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment”

  1. don.price

    for a friend i am trying to trace further details of james terrance allen born sept 1922 bermondsey boy queens regiment ww2
    if you can help that would be great
    don price

    • Kirsty Bennett, Surrey Heritage

      Dear Don,

      Thank you for your query, which I have passed to our colleagues in Surrey Heritage’s professional enquiries team. They will be in touch in due course.

      The Surrey in the Great War team.

  2. Paul Cook

    I am trying to trace some more information about my great uncle, Private Alfred Norman Warren, S/383, 1st Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). He was killed in action on 24 September 1917. Would there be any more information available. I also have a photo of a WW1 soldier but I don’t know if it is him, the uniform may help. (The address on the back is where the Warrens lived, so I am hopeful. Would his uniform be recognisable?

    • Jackie Esling ne Elderfield

      My Grandmother Lily Blanche Elderfield. ne Warren was the sister of Alfred Norman Warren and I have a photograph given to me by my Grandmother of her brother, I wander if it is the same one that you have ?

  3. Mark Hall

    I am trying to find out where my Great Grandfather was held as a prisonor of war. He served in the regiment and was reported missing 19/12/17. He was a prisioner of war and received his wellome home medalion. Alexander William Bellefontaine Private 24937. He is listed in the prisoner of war index and lived until 1966. any informatio gratefully received.

  4. Martin Ellis

    Hi I am trying to find out what happened to a relative who was injured in WW1. His name was George Sparkes G/12022 I believe he was in the 3rd battalion of Queens Royal West Surrey regiment.
    He came from Bury St.Edmunds. I know he was injured but would like to find out how he got injured.He enlisted 62.02.1916 and was discharged 31.08/1918.
    hope you can help
    Regards Martin Ellis

  5. Karen Coe

    Hi – I am trying to find out about my Great Uncle A C Parker, service number G/1307, who died on October 31 1917 and is buried at La Plus Douve cemetery in Belgium. He was my father’s uncle and my father would so like to find out more about the uncle he never met. I have a photograph of his grave from the War Commission but know nothing else. Thank you.

  6. Pamela Anne Hagen

    Hello I am trying to trace details about my grandfather Frederick Escourt Gilbert’s service as a member of the Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment in the latter stages of WW1. I have several photos of my grandfather in army uniform, copies of which I would be happy to make available to anyone, five of these photographs have more than one person in the picture. Any help that could be given would be appreciated, thank you in advance., This is a superb website, which I have only just stumbled across today 20th November 2018

  7. Ronald Collyer

    I am trying to trace my Great Grandfather from a picture i have of him in uniform WW1 infantry (unfortunately he is not wearing a cap). He is wearing the rank of sergeant and has one ribbon bar on his left breast.. After many hours of searching for a similar epaulet badge as in the picture The Queens Royal Regiment has come up., as well as a few other details. His name was Edward J Collyer force number G/296. Please if you could or have any info on him it would be much appreciated
    Kind Regards

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