Regimental Timeline

The Second or The Queen's Royal Regiment

The Second World War: 1939-1945


  The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

1st Battalion (2nd Foot)


Moves to the Central Provinces.


Moves to Arakan.

October - December

Operations in Arakan.


2nd Battalion (2nd Foot)


Rejoins 70th Division in India.

A selection of Army and Divisional signs worn by The Queen’s and East Surreys during the Second World War. Left to right; 7th Indian Division (Chindits), 3rd Indian Division, 14th Army, 7th Armoured Division, 56th (London) Division, 78th Division.

Territorial Army


131 (Queen’s) Infantry Brigade
(1st/5th, 1st/6th and 1st/7th Battalions)


Advance to the Mareth Line.

February - March

Battle of Medenine.


Conquest of Tunisia; the advance to Enfidaville.


Capture of Tunis.

19th September

Lands at Salerno and relieves 169 Inf Bde.

28th September

Forcing of the River Sarno.


Advance to and crossing of the Volturno.


The advance to the Garigliano.


169 (Queen’s) Infantry Brigade
(2nd/5th, 2nd/6th and 2nd/7th Battalions)

22nd March

The longest approach march in history, from Iraq to Enfidaville. 3,313 miles in 31 days.

9th September

Assault at Salerno.

19th September

Relieved in the line by 131 Inf Bde.

23rd September

Capture of Monte Stella.


Moves to Caserta. Move to and crossing of the Volturno.


Advance towards the Garigliano.


Monte Camino.


The Garigliano.


71st Independent Company

1st June

Raised for service in the Middle East.

24th July

Moves to Italy for beach development duties at Salerno and Anzio.

US Thompson sub-machine gun, M1 with magazine pouch.

Home Defence Battalions


11th Battalion


Converted as 30th Battalion.


15th Battalion

4th December



20th Parachute Battalion


Re-designated 156 (Parachute) Battalion on 1st January.


30th Battalion


Formed from 11th Battalion.


31st Battalion


Home service.

Home Guard Battalions


1st (Camberley and Farnham), 2nd, 4th (Guildford), 5th (Godalming and Dist), 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th (Woking and Chobham), 10th, 12th 3rd (Southern Railway), 23rd (Croydon), 33rd (Croydon), 32nd, 60th (Surrey) Battalions affiliated.


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