The Infantry Regiments of Surrey

This Section is a transcription onto the Website of the book "The Infantry Regiments of Surrey", which was published on 1st June 2002, to commemorate the Battle of that date in 1794, and to mark the Tercentenary of the Raising of Villiers Marines in 1702, later the 31st Foot and The East Surrey Regiment. The book describes the progress of the regiments from the formation of The Tangier Regiment in 1661, later the 2nd Foot and The Queen's Royal Regiment, up to The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment in 2002, by reference to notable Actions and other events in their history. The book is profusely illustrated with colour plates depicting the uniforms, arms, accoutrements and colours worn and borne by the soldiers down the years.

The text was written by Lieutenant Colonel Les Wilson, MBE, and Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Crowley, both of whom are members of the Regiment and noted military historians. The colour plates and some black and white prints are taken from paintings and illustrations by Bryan Fosten, once a soldier himself, but known for his eminent research of military uniforms and his writings and paintings on this (and other) subjects. Bryan Fosten has been a prolific contributor to Regimental publications for many years.

The Infantry Regiments of Surrey was published jointly by the Trustees of The Regimental Museum and the Trustees of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Territorial Trust. Copies are held at The Surrey History Centre, in Woking, and at The Surrey Infantry Museum, at Clandon Park near Guildford.


The Regimental Tree

The Raising of the Regiment and Tangier 1661-84

Sedgemoor 1685

Ireland 1689

Namur 1695

The Raising of Villiers' Marines in 1702 and Gibraltar 1704-05

Dettingen 1743

Saratoga 1777

The Glorious First of June 1794

Martinique 1794

Guadaloupe 1810

Albuhera 1811

Vittoria 1813

The Restoration of the Third Colour of The Queen's (Second) Royal Regiment of Foot

The Burning of the Indiaman "Kent" 1st March, 1825

Afghanistan 1839 (Ghuznee and Khelat)

Sobraon 1846

The Birkenhead Disaster 26th February, 1852

Recruiting in the 18th and 19th centuries

The Home Service Dress Uniform 1860

Hong Kong and China 1860

Taku Forts 1860

New Zealand and the Maori War 1864

Afghanistan 1878-79

The Effect of the Cardwell Reforms 1881 & Home Service Dress Uniform

Burma 1885-87

The Crimea 1855

Uniforms and Equipment 1855-1900

Tirah, India 1897-98

South Africa 1899-1902

South Africa - The Relief of Ladysmith 1900

Mounted Infantry

The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment 1900-1914

The East Surrey Regiment 1900-1914

The First World War 1914-1918 (The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment)

The First World War 1914-1918 (The East Surrey Regiment)

The Inter War Years 1919-1939 (The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment)

The Inter War Years 1919-1939 (The East Surrey Regiment)

The Second World War 1939-1945 (The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment)

The Second World War 1939-1945 (The East Surrey Regiment)

Militia and Volunteers (The Background)

Militia and Volunteers (Militia in the 19th Century)

Militia and Volunteers (Volunteers-Local links)

Post-war and formation of the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment 1946-1966

The Queen's Regiment 1966-1992

The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, (Queen's and Royal Hampshires) 1992 to Date

The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, Honours and Awards Iraq and Afghanistan 2004 – 2007

Regimental Nicknames