Band and Drums Music
The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment
On 14th October 1959, after long and distinguished histories, the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) and the East Surrey Regiments came to an end thus ending their separate identities with the amalgamation to form The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment. The new Regiment's depot was transferred to the Home Counties Brigade headquarters in Canterbury, although Kingston and Guildford still served as a headquarters for the Regiment. The Regiment had two Territorial battalions the 3rd and 4th with Headquarters at Guildford and Kingston. The first station for the 1st Battalion was Bury St Edmunds. It was there on 22nd April 1960 that HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG presented new Colours to the battalion. On the 28th and 29th April the Freedom of Guildford and Kingston was conferred on the new Regiment. In May 1960 the Battalion moved to Hyderabad Barracks, Colchester and became part of the Strategic Reserve in 19 Infantry Brigade. The old Colours of the Queen's and Surrey's were laid up in the Regimental Chapel in Guildford Cathedral. In November 1960 the Advance Party left England on HMT Dunera bound for Aden, the Main Body arriving in Aden in January 1961. BHQ and the battalion were quartered in Aden with one Rifle Company being rotated on the Yemen Border at Mukerias. The Regimental Monument was unveiled on Putney Heath on 14th October 1961. The Tercentenary of the Regiment was celebrated in December 1961 with HRH Princess Alexandra taking the salute at a Trooping of the Colour Parade in Aden. During February-March 1962 the battalion sailed to Hong Kong on one of the last trooping movements by sea on HMT Oxfords hire. Territorial Ever Readies from 3 and 4 Queen's Surreys trained with the battalion. In July 1963 New Colours were presented to the Territorial battalion, 3rd and 4th Queen's Surreys at Woking Football ground. The Freedom of Reigate was accepted by the Territorial battalion on behalf of the Regiment. November 1963 saw the battalion move to Munster, Germany via leave in the UK. In January 1964 the 1st Bn had re-assembled at Oxford Barracks, Munster. Its role was a Motorised Infantry Battalion in 6th Infantry Brigade, part of 2 Division. In 1965 some Ever Readies from 3rd and 4th Queen's Surreys were mobilised and moved to Aden to re-inforce 1 Royal Sussex. Whilst in Munster the battalion trained in Canada and also took part in parades during HM The Queen's visit to Germany and BAOR.
'A Southerly Wind and a Cloudy Sky'
The Regimental slow march was Lord Charles Montague's 'Huntingdonshire March'