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.Read More