Regiments and Corps

The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment

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

Origins

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.

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

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

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

Deployments

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.

Legacy

In 1966, further reductions in the size of the infantry saw the regiment merged with the other units of the Home Counties Brigade - namely The Queen’s Own Buffs, The Royal Sussex Regiment and The Middlesex Regiment - to form The Queen’s Regiment

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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