Raised in 1661, the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment was the oldest English line regiment in the British Army. By the mid-19th century, the battalion had been garrisoned around the world, serving in the French Revolutionary War and Peninsulas War.
A second battalion was raised and, with the outbreak of the First World War, both were deployed to the Western Front. The 1st Battalion remained there until 1918 while the 2nd Battalion moved to Italy in 1917.
During the conflict the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment raised a further 23 Territorial, New Army and labour battalions. These served on the Western Front, in India, Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine, Salonika and Mesopotamia.
Commonwealth War Graves