Tag Archives: Queens

The 1st Queen’s 1914 Star Medal Roll

It has been a while since I last posted on here but I’ve been trying to fit in my ongoing research into the 1st Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) when time allows. One project I recently completed was … Continue reading

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A Great War Sniper

This photograph from my collection shows a Sergeant from The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Helpfully it is signed by the soldier ‘Yours truly Sgt. J. Wyeth’. However on searching the First World War service records and medal index cards … Continue reading

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The 1st Queen’s At Gheluvelt

“October 31st and November 1st will remain for ever memorable in the history of our country, for, during those two days, no more than one thin and straggling line of tired-out British soldiers stood between the Empire and its practical … Continue reading

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‘Thomas Hardy’ of Festubert

Whilst searching for biographies of officers of The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment in The Times, I came across a story that grabbed my attention entitled ‘Thomas Hardy of Festubert’. The story begins with an incongruous entry in the London … Continue reading

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The Battle of Loos

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Loos, the British ‘big push’ of 1915. The battle was the first time some of Kitchener’s volunteers saw action – for many it would also be the last. … Continue reading

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The Youngest Lieutenant Colonel

Eric Gordon Bowden was killed on 22nd July 1918. At the time of his death he was Lieutenant Colonel of the 11th Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), aged just 24. His Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry reads “Lt. … Continue reading

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The Surrey Regiments in the First World War

The Surrey Regiments in the First World War My research into the men named on the Carshalton war memorial has focused quite heavily on the wartime experiences of the two Surrey regiments. 37 of the men from Carshalton who lost … Continue reading

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