The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment

The Regimental Association

When The Queen's Royal Regiment and The East Surrey Regiment amalgamated to form The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment on 14th October 1959, the Old Comrades' Associations of The Queen's Royal Regiment and The East Surrey Regiment merged to become the Regimental Association of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment. The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Association remained as a separate entity after 31st December 1966 when the Regiment joined with three other regiments in the Home Counties Brigade to form The Queen's Regiment.

Anyone who has served in The Queen's Royal Regiment, The East Surrey Regiment or The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment (regular or territorial) was eligible for membership of the Association.

The Association organised a number of functions each year. Amongst these were: the Annual Reunion usually held at the Union Jack Club, London in November; and the Annual Church Service, usually held at Guildford Cathedral in June.

Post December 2011

When the Association ceased to exist at the end of 2011. It was necessary to pass to others the responsibilities of Welfare, arrangements for Reunions and maintaining contact.

Area Headquarters,
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
Leros Barracks
Sturry Road
Kent CTI 1HR

If you wish to ask for advice in the meantime, the following agencies are available to assist:

- Army Welfare Service - A professional confidential welfare support service for servicemen and women and their families, wherever they are located. Contact: 01980 615975.

- Service Personnel Veterans Agency - Provides MOD compensation for service related injury/disablement and a one to one welfare service, especially relevant for those transitioning to civilian life. Contact: 0800 169 2277.

- ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity - Lifetime support to serving/retired soldiers and their families. Contact: 0845 241 4820. Additional General Advice/Guidance

For additional advice/guidance, please contact one of the organisations below:

- Help for Heroes: 0845 673 1760 The Royal British Legion: 08457 725 725

- SSAFA Forces Help: 0845 1300 975 BLESMA: 0208 590 1124

- Combat Stress: 01372 587000

- Blind Veterans UK: 0207 723 5021 Haig Homes (Housing): 020 8685 5777

Our current successor Regiment is primary responsible for the above responsibilities. Notification of Births, Marriages and Deaths (together with obituaries) should also be passed to RHQ for publication in the PWRR Journal.


Welfare Assistance

On the closure of the Association sufficient funds were passed to RHQ The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment to ensure that the welfare needs of those who served in The Queen's Royal Regiment, the East Surrey Regiment and The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment and eligible dependents could be paid.

Individuals seeking benevolence assistance from the Regimental Charity should in the first instance contact their local SSAFA / Forces Help or Royal British Legion representative. Where appropriate that organisation would then submit a report to the Benevolence Secretary Regimental Headquarters The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Telephone: +44 (0) 1227818056) for consideration by the Regimental Charity's Benevolence Committee. Former Membership of the Regimental Association is not a factor considered.

Please remember and tell your dependants that there are many Service Charities that are available to help if you or your dependent finds yourself in any kind of difficulties. Don't be hesitant to ask for advice or help; after all most of you will have contributed to Service Charities and even if you haven't you are still eligible for help if you have served for more than one day including National Service and served on operations when serving in the Territorial Army.

Assistance is available for: help with Care Home fees, small annuities (including £15 p.w. Royal British Legion widows allowance), stair lifts, electric buggies, holidays, funeral expenses, debts and debt advice, help obtaining State benefits, legal expenses, housing advice, new cookers, fridges and other white goods, Care phones and many other eventualities.

To get help you should contact either: RHQ PWRR 01227818053 or your local SSAFA / Forces Help or local Royal British Legion Branch (telephone number in phone book or ask at your local CAB). They will arrange for your local SSAFA representative to visit you who will confidentially complete a report detailing your circumstances. He/she will then approach The PWRR Association and other Service charities to provide the assistance identified. Help can be arranged very quickly. Even if you don't require help now keep these instructions handy and ensure your dependent sees it.

Keeping In Contact

  1. Annual Reunion. It is hoped that the annual reunion held at the Union Jack Club on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday will continue. Funds have been passed to RHQ PWRR to subsidise this function and the room booked for Friday 2nd November 2012.
  2. 5 Queen's Old Members Association: Holds an annual Dinner at Farnham Drill Hall. Contact through the Museum. lan Chatfield on 01483223419
  3. The East Surrey Branch. Holds a lunch time reunion in October, currently at Ewell Drill Hall. Contact: John Broom on: 01323 489262
  4. 6th Bn and 2/6th Bn OCA QRR - Major M Nason - 0132 2527017
  5. Queen's Surreys (Kent) Branch: RF Harper - 01233634719
  6. Queen's Surreys (Suffolk) Branch: DJ Gardner - 01284753160
  7. Queen's Surreys (South West Branch): H Stewart - 01242 239121
  8. 1st Surrey Rifles: T Young BEM - 02086436189
  9. Officers Club: Major P A Grey 2 - Gloucester Mews West, London W2 6DY

Guildford Cathedral Service. The Association annual Cathedral Service on a Sunday early in June has now been absorbed into the Surrey Joint Services Charities Cathedral Service held on the Sunday at the start of Armed Forces Week (last week in June) at 1130 hours. Details can be found in the Cathedral Calendar.


The Infantry of Surrey Museum

The Infantry of Surrey Museum remains very much a focal point for our Regiments. In order to help raise funds for the Museum the Friends of Surrey Infantry Museum was established in June 2011. Membership costs £10 a year which entitles you to a Newsletter, priority booking for Museum events and discounts for the shop. The newsletter gives up dates on the museum and also, within the limited space available, provides a means of maintaining contact. See the section on the Museum for further details. Volunteers are always required to assist in the museum, if you are able to spend a few hours to help please contact, Ian Chatfield 01483 223419.

Territorial Trustees

The Territorial Trustees administer a number of funds to support Territorial's and Cadets. When the Association closed it passed further funds so that the Territorial Trustees could: support Branch activities, support the museum, and make grants which promote and maintain the traditions of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment and its forbear regiments and maintain this website.
Contact: C Cameron Esq, 76 Frances Rd, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3AJ

The Golf Society

The East Surrey Regimental Golfing Society was formed in March 1930.

The objects of the Society were:-

  • To encourage esprit-de-corps by bringing together serving and retired members of the regiment.
  • To help maintain the close associations with the Royal Marines
  • To encourage golf and raise the standard of play in the Regiment with a view to achieving better results in the Army Golfing Society Meetings.
  • The first meeting held at Fulwell Golf Course on Thursday and Friday 30 and 31 October.
  • At the first AGM, held at Fulwell Park on 30 October the following elections were made:
  • The Colonel of the Regiment, General Sir John Longley as President of the Society for three years
  • General Dodgson as Captain for two years, and Major Heales as Secretary
  • The first match with the Royal Marines was held at Deal on 28 and 29 October 1931.
  • In 1933 29 members attended the Spring meeting at Risborough Barracks on 10 April

The Autumn Meeting that year was held at Sudbrook Park, Richmond on 2 and 3 November, the start of the long association which still continues today. Members playing in the Spring and Autumn meetings were offered accommodation in the Officers Mess in Kingston. The second day of the Autumn Meeting coincided with the Old Comrades Assn Dinner in London, and members changed into evening dress at the conclusion of play to attend the dinner.

Between 1933 and 1935 Spring Meetings were hosted by the 2nd Battailon at the Hythe Golf. Golf was suspended from November 1938 to 1947 when Brigadier Roupell was elected President and Capt HC Mason was elected Captain. The Spring and Autumn meetings continued as two day meetings until 1982.

With the amalgamation of the Queen's Royal Regiment and East Surrey Regiment in 1959 to (form the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment, it was resolved to call the amalgamated golf society The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Golf Society with effect from the Spring Meeting on 3 and 4 May 1960.

Annual matches continued to be played with the Royal Marines at North Hants GC, Fleet until 2005.
In 2007 an annual match with the Royal Hampshire Regt GS was arranged on an annual basis.
The Society celebrated the 80th Anniversary of its formation in 2010.

Cups and Trophies

Challenge Cup

Spring Mtg

Presented by

2nd Bn East Surrey Regt

Dodgson Cup

Spring Mtg


General Dodgson

Petri Plate Agg

Spring & Autumn


LtCol Petri

Heales Memorial



Maj Heales

Harry Adcock



Maj Adcock

Autumn Bowl

Autumn Mtg


Depot East Surrey Regt

Glasgow Greys Cup

Autumn Mtg


2nd Bn East Surrey Regt

Veteran's Halo

Over 65's




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