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National Army Museum
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Regiments and Corps

The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment

Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment recruits training with Bren Guns, c1960


This regiment was formed in October 1959 by amalgamating The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) and The East Surrey Regiment. These dated back to 1661 and 1702 respectively.

The merger followed defence cuts reducing the number of British Army infantry regiments.

The new unit immediately became part of the recently established Home Counties Brigade.


After a spell of home service, the regiment garrisoned Aden during 1961, before moving to Hong Kong the following year.

In 1964, it deployed to West Germany with the British Army of the Rhine.

Collar badge, The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment, 1961


In 1966, further defence reductions in the size of the infantry saw the regiment merged with the other units of the Home Counties Brigade.

It was merged with The Queen’s Own Buffs, The Royal Sussex Regiment and The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own), to form The Queen’s Regiment

New recruits at The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment depot, c1960

The Surrey Infantry Museum

The National Army Museum works together with Regimental and Corps Museums across the country to help provide a network of military museums for everyone to visit and enjoy.

Explore the history and collections of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment by visiting the regimental museum at Surrey History Centre in Woking.

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