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Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own)

Last updated: 30 June 2014

Other ranks’ cap badge, The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own)Other ranks’ cap badge, The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own)
NAM. 1964-02-23-3


The 1881 Army Reforms merged several units to create county regiments. One of these was The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment), formed by merging the 57th Regiment of Foot and the 77th Regiment of Foot, which both had an existing affiliation to Middlesex.

The 57th became the new unit’s 1st Battalion. In Britain at the time of the merger, its first overseas posting in its new form was Gibraltar in 1892. The 77th was in India when the amalgamation occurred, becoming the new regiment’s 2nd Battalion and only returning to Britain in 1898.

In 1897 1st Battalion arrived in South Africa, where it was replaced in 1899 by 2nd Battalion. The latter spent four years there during the Boer War (1899-1902). After leaving South Africa, 1st Battalion spent five years in India, followed by a year in Aden in 1912.

The regiment raised two extra regular battalions in 1900. One of these, 3rd Battalion, was sent to guard Boer prisoners of war on St Helena, then to South Africa in 1902. The other, 4th Battalion, remained in Britain and Ireland until being sent to South Africa in 1904.

In 1906 3rd Battalion was sent to Hong Kong and then Singapore two years later. It was sent to India in 1911 and moved to the Western Front for ten months in January 1915. 1st and 4th Battalions, in contrast, had been in England since 1908 and 1913 respectively and therefore deployed straight to the Western Front on the outbreak of war. They were joined there in November 1914 by 2nd Battalion, which had previously been garrisoning Malta.

1st Battalion, The Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) in the trenches, 19161st Battalion, The Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) in the trenches, 1916
NAM. 1992-08-91-52

1st, 2nd and 4th Battalions spent the whole of the First World War on the Western Front, but 3rd Battalion was sent to Salonika in November 1915. The regiment also raised 16 Territorial, 18 New Army and four works battalions during the conflict.

1st, 3rd and 4th Battalions all spent time occupying Germany early in the post-war period. 4th Battalion moved to Egypt in 1922 before being disbanded along with 3rd Battalion. 1st Battalion spent a few months in Shanghai in 1927 but otherwise remained in Britain until being sent to Palestine in 1931.

2nd Battalion was stationed at Singapore in 1922, before moving to India the following year. On its voyage back to Britain in 1931, 2nd Battalion spent half a year in the Sudan. The 1930s were more varied for 1st Battalion, taking in Egypt and Singapore.

In 1937 both of the regiment’s regular battalions were converted to machine gun battalions. That year also saw 1st Battalion shift to Hong Kong, where it was captured by the Japanese in December 1941. 1937 also saw the territorial Princess Louise’s Kensington Regiment move from the London Regiment to the Middlesex Regiment.

2nd Battalion was in Britain at the outbreak of World War Two and deployed straight to France with the British Expeditionary Force to provide ‘Corps Troops’ for reinforcing hard-pressed units. It was then evacuated in June 1940 and remained in Britain for four years re-equipping and re-training.

The regiment’s territorial battalions had raised duplicates on the outbreak of war. One of these, 2/8th Battalion, was renamed 1st Battalion in May 1942 to replace the original battalion of that name which had been captured at Hong Kong.

Both the 1st and 2nd Battalions landed in Normandy in June 1944 and fought their way through North West Europe. At the end of the war 2nd Battalion was sent to Palestine, while 1st Battalion stayed behind in Germany.

The two regular battalions were merged in 1948 and converted back into infantry, moving to Hong Kong once again the following year. From there the regiment was deployed to Korea for a year in 1950. It then joined the British occupation forces in Austria and Germany between 1953 and 1962. This was, however, interrupted by a 3-year posting to Cyprus from 1955.

The regiment then spent the rest of the 1960s in England, Gibraltar, Northern Ireland and the West Indies until its amalgamation in 1966 with The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment, The Royal Sussex Regiment and The Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment to form The Queen’s Regiment.

Key facts


  • 'Ich Dien' (meaning 'I Serve' - inherited from the 77th Foot)


  • The Die-hards (inherited from the 57th Foot)

Titles to date:

  • The Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment)
  • The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own)
  • 4th (Middlesex) Battalion, The Queen’s Regiment
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions, The Queen’s Regiment
  • The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (Queen’s and Royal Hampshires)

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Phil Carnon
14 August 2014, 1.00pm

Why I looked this site up was

Why I looked this site up was because my Grandfather served in the Middlesex Regt. 1914-1918. I sadly didn't know him as he divorced my Grandmother in 1947.

Bill Mayling
13 October 2014, 4.39pm

My G/Father was in 2 Bn (DCO)

My G/Father was in 2 Bn (DCO) Middlesex throughout 2nd Boer War, awarded QSA/6 Clasps, KSA/2 Clasps. Anecdotally also served in India (good hockey player). Called up Feb 1916, served 8th Bn Middlesex (possibly a Labour Bn ?), then 11th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers (definitely Labour Bn) Feb to Nov 1917, finally 698 Agriculture Coy Labour Corps Nov 17 to Discharge Feb 19. No details of any Pension, or initial enlistment in Mdsx Regt, but listed as Time Expired on 1916 Attestation Form. Records v. badly damaged in 1940.

Bill Mayling
13 October 2014, 4.54pm

I was researching Boer War

I was researching Boer War service of my son-in-law's Great-Grandfather (Wm Henry MORTON), in the Royal Field Artillery (RFA) but attached to (unspecified) Mounted Infantry, discharged in Nov 1902. I was very intrigued to see authentication for his QSA Medal and Clasp signed by a Major of 1st Middlesex Regt, in Thayetmyo, in Burma, in April 1905. Burma was then administered as part of British India and Thayetmyo was (and is) a major garrison town. Looking for info re Middlesx and RFA presence there in 1905.

David Tattersfield
24 October 2014, 4.47pm

My grandfather Arthur James

My grandfather Arthur James Quin born in Dublin 1886 after serving with the 5th Royal Irish Lancers was recalled to the colours in 1914 as he was on the reserve list, joining the 12th Middlesex Service Battalion.
His number been 41923. He served throughout the war 1918.
Whilst I have seen the medal roll I have not located his records whilst in the Middlesex Regiment.

9 November 2014, 10.38pm

My grandfather signed up for

My grandfather signed up for the Middlesex Regiment in 1914. He lived until he was 92 but sadly for me I never asked about his service in the army and his own experiences in WW1.

Catherine manuel
11 November 2014, 10.12pm

My father john james yeatman

My father john james yeatman was 67 when I was born! He got the military medal in ww1 but never said what for. His medal was stolen but I do have a duplicate.

13 November 2014, 1.50am

I have only started

I have only started researching my Grandads' military history. I discovered out of three Brothers only two returned from the Great War.

Joanne Demwell
18 November 2014, 2.01pm

My husband's grandfather Digo

My husband's grandfather Digo Demwell was in the 26th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment in WWI.

James Malcom
28 January 2015, 10.52pm

Very interesting information.

Very interesting information.

David Lomas
2 February 2015, 7.35pm

My Grandfather William Lucas

My Grandfather William Lucas Cain was a member of the 18th Batt. (1st Public Works He was killed in 1916. I never knew as a person just as a name quietly wispered around. I would love to have a photo of him to add to the memorial I have collected. Thank you

Anthony osborne
8 March 2015, 7.16am

Researching family history

Researching family history and have found my great great uncle George Edward Pritty was a Lance Corporal and died in France/Flanders in jan 2015

Marina Campbell
25 April 2015, 5.35pm

Hi, can anyone help me, i

Hi, can anyone help me, i have just found out that my grandfather served in RAOC Middlesex regiment. My father nor any of our family have ever known anything about him and we would dearly love to. All we have is his name and regiment, we would love if anyone knew of him or any relatives of his. His name was Private Leslie Stamper and he might be from Blackpool in England. My father is 72 and would love to have some contact with relatives or even just find out more about his dad. Thank you for reading. Marina Campbell.

Kath Sheehan
1 May 2015, 10.06am

My father served in 3rd Batt

My father served in 3rd Batt Middlesex Regt from about June 1909 until 1919. Serving in India and most of the war years in France & Flanders. Like many when it came time to ask the how's and why's he was no longer around. Sadly even his Service Records are not available. We do have his medals and Medal Entitlement card.

barry mcgregor
29 June 2015, 9.45pm

I am looking for Bob Matthews

I am looking for Bob Matthews and Steve Osborne. If you have any info on these two friends of mine, please email me.

Bernard Pedler
7 July 2015, 9.19pm

Anybody out there from the

Anybody out there from the 1st platoon A Coy from 1951 to 1953 in Hong Kong and Austria. Be good to chat.

Brian Drake
6 August 2015, 5.22am

Bernie, it's Brian in

Bernie, it's Brian in Canada... Every one else is looking for blokes of the first WW or WW11, Bon chance!

Mick Godbolt
13 August 2015, 10.28am

I was in the Middlesex

I was in the Middlesex regiment and would be interested in finding out what happened to the regiment

Kim Walsh
15 August 2015, 12.14pm

My Great Grandfather, John

My Great Grandfather, John Patrick Walsh, served in the 6th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment No. G680. He was originally from Ireland, but lived and married in St Pancras, London. He was eventually discharged for being physically unfit for war service in 1916.
I would love to find out more information about him.

Mark Humphrys
18 October 2015, 6.38pm

During the early 1980's I

During the early 1980's I served with B Company, 6/7 Battalion, The Queen's Regiment. We were based at the TA barracks in Egdware Road. The unit was the direct descendants of the Middlesex Regiment. I remember being shown around the Middlesex Regimental museum in 1982. I left shortly after going on to do other things. As far as I can tell the unit was disbanded in the late 80's. I don't know what became of it but I would be interested in finding out more as to what happened to both the unit and the museum? Are the traditions of the Middlesex being taken on by other Regiments? Or are they now consigned to a historical footnote? Many thanks

karen ann brown
12 November 2015, 1.28am

Looking for anybody named

Looking for anybody named FURZE, my great-grandfather came from Chingford England. His brothers were Private G/657 JAMES EDWARD FURZE Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) 11th Bedfordshire Regiment 1st/5th battalion. Brothers were JOHN, THOMAS, WILLIAM, RICHARD, BERT and sisters MARY & ADA.

Jon Fear
21 January 2016, 1.16am

My grandfather's younger

My grandfather's younger brother, Alfred Lionel Fear, served with this regiment and was killed in the First World War. He was born in about 1896, the same year his father, Lewis, died. His mother died five years later and when she did, my grandfather, Fred, and another brother, Harry Edgar, were sent to Canada by Barnardo's as orphans.

Name Bernard Pedler
14 February 2016, 8.51pm

Pleased to hear from anybody

Pleased to hear from anybody in the Middlesex between 1951and 53

5 March 2016, 1.30am

My grandfather William Thomas

My grandfather William Thomas Sperry of the 2nd Middlesex Regt won the Military Cross on the Somme.

5 March 2016, 1.39am

I was very lucky as I spent a

I was very lucky as I spent a lot of time with my grandfather. He told me endless stories of the war from the time he served in India then to Mons then through the war how he won the Military Cross at the Somme and much more.

Colin Brown
19 April 2016, 8.39pm

My Grandfather, Eric

My Grandfather, Eric Alexander Brown, was a Lt in the 1/7 Middlesex in 1915 to 1916. He was fortunate in being in the 167th brigade at the battle of Gommecourt. The 169th were sent out on 1 July and were slaughtered. The 167th were in reserve in the village of Hebuterne. Eric was injured (gunshot wound to chest) on 4 July, and sent back to the UK, where he spent the rest of his service in the Inland Waterways unit.

Rosemary Paxman
1 July 2016, 1.09pm

My grandfather, John Brett

My grandfather, John Brett (LeBret) served in 2nd Middlesex and was killed first day of the Somme Battle in Mash Valley. Born in Port Elizabeth South Africa but of French nationality. He is not commemorated at Thiepval. The telegram said he was missing presumed killed. It was only in recent years (c. 2009) that I was informed by the WGC that they had only just been given his details by the MOD. The reasons for this not known. He first arrived in France in January 1915 so assume previous army experience. Too early to be part of the New Army. Wish I had known him.

2 July 2016, 12.56pm

My gran married a arthur

My gran married a arthur william evans-lance corporal with 6th battalion middlesex regiment, in 1916 at Medway Kent. Am trying to trace him after that date, but no luck, i have come to a dead end..Anyone??

Stan Rooke
3 October 2016, 9.10pm

I am trying to contact any

I am trying to contact any relatives of 2nd Lieutenant Eric Gordon-Jones of the Middlesex Regiment. He was unfortunately killed on 1st August 1917, aged 19 years. I have something to pass on to them. If anyone can help please contact me.

Justin Scorey hall
19 December 2016, 10.21pm

I believe my grandfather John

I believe my grandfather John draper served with the 8th middlesex during the second world war, if any one as any information, pictures etc please contact me.
Kind regards
justin Scorey-hall

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