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The 17th Foot raised in 1688 as Richards' Regiment became The Leicestershire Regiment in 1782.

1688.09.27 Solomon Richards' Regiment of Foot
raised in London; known until 1751 by the names of 8 other colonels
1751.07.01 17th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 17th (the Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 The Leicestershire Regiment
reorganised as the county regiment of Leicestershire, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1946.11.28 The Royal Leicestershire Regiment
1964.09.01 united with 1st East Anglian Regiment (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk), 2nd East Anglian Regiment (Duchess of Gloucester's Own Royal Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire), 3rd East Anglian Regiment (16th/44th Foot), to form
The Royal Anglian Regiment

The Royal Tiger badge was, as was the custom at the time, awarded in 1825 for long loyal service in India. In 1964 1st Battalion The Royal Leicestershire Regiment became 4th (Leicestershire) Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment but was totally disbanded in 1975.

The Colours are laid up in Leicester Cathedral.

Battle Honours WW1

The Great War (19 battalions): Aisne 1914 '18, La Bassée 1914, Armentières 1914, Festubert 1914 '15, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Hooge 1915, Somme 1916 '18, Bazentin, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Le Transloy, Ypres 1917, Polygon Wood, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Lys, Bailleul, Kemmel, Scherpenberg, Albert 1918, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Megiddo, Sharon, Damascus, Palestine 1918, Tigris 1916, Kut el Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1915-18

Battle Honours WW2

The Second World War: Norway 1940, Antwerp-Turnhout Canal, Scheldt, Zetten, North-West Europe 1944-45, Jebel Mazar, Syria 1941, Sidi Barrani, Tobruk 1941, Montagne Farm, North Africa 1940-41 '43, Salerno, Calabritto, Gothic Line, Monte Gridolfo, Monte Colombo, Italy 1943-45, Crete, Heraklion, Kampar, Malaya 1941-42, Chindits 1944

Maryang-San, Korea 1951-52

Victoria Crosses by Iain Stewart

Museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, Leicester (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)

Deployment

1st Battalion

1881.07.01 1st Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment
1881 India: Bengal
1882 England: Aldershot
1888 Bermuda
1891 Canada: Halifax, NS
1893 West Indies
1895 South Africa
1899 South Africa
1902 India: Madras
1904 Belgaum
1906 England: Shorncliffe
1910 Aldershot
1912 Ireland: Fermoy 16 Bde
1914.09.10 France and Flanders 6 Div
1919 UK
1920.01.17 Ireland: Athlone
1923.01 England: Aldershot 2 Bde
1925 Egypt
1927.11 India: Kamptee
1930 Ambala
1933 Multan
1935 Jubbulpore
1936 NW Frontier
1940 India
1941.02 Malaya
1941.12.19 The British Battalion, formed at Singapore by temporary amalgamation with 2nd Bn, The East Surrey Regiment, due to heavy casualties
1941.12 Malaya
1942.02.15 captured by the Japaneseat Singapore
1942.05.28 re-formed in UK by redesignation of 8th Battalion
1942.05 UK 49 Inf Div
1944.09 NW Europe 49 Inf Div
1945 Germany: 147 Inf Bde
1946.11.28 1st Battalion The Royal Leicestershire Regiment
1947. England: Leicester 28 Inf Bde

1949 Hong Kong 27 Inf Bde

1951.10 Korea 29 Inf Bde Gp
1952.11 Germany: Iserlohn 5 Inf Bde

1955.04 Sudan
1955.10 Cyprus: Famagusta 51 Indep Inf Bde
1958.05 England: Plymouth 2 Inf Bde
1959.03 Germany: Münster 6 Inf Bde Gp
1962.05 England: Watchet 2 Inf Bde
1963.03 Hong Kong 48 Bde Gp

1963.09 Borneo Central Bde

1964.03 England: Watchet 5 Inf Bde Gp
1964.09.01 4th (Leicestershire) Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, redesignated upon formation of a "large" regiment from The East Anglian Brigade
1965.02 Aden: Aden Bde

1965.08 England: Watchet 5 Inf Bde Gp
1965.11 Malta
1968.07.01 4th Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment
1968.07 England: Gillingham 2 Inf Bde
1969.08 Bahrain
1970.05 England: Gillingham 2 Inf Bde

1970.10.01 reduced to Tiger Company
1975 disbanded

2nd Battalion

1881.07.01 2nd Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment
1881 India: Bombay
1882:01.20 Jubbulpore
1885.03.14 Lucknow
1888.12.03 Burma

1889.11.07 Aden
1890.12 England: Warley
1893.12.19 Chatham
1896.09.22 Ireland: Cork
1898.09.09 Curragh
1900.02.18 Egypt: Alexandria
1902.12.15 Guernsey
1904.09.29 England: Colchester
1906.10.13 India: Belgaum Bangalore Inf Bde
1911.02.13 Madras
1912 Rhaniket
1914.11 France and Flanders Garhwal Bde Meerut Div
1915.11.16 Egypt: Ismailia
1915.12.06 Mesopotamia 28 Inf Bde 7 (Meerut) Div
1918.01.22 Egypt 28 Inf Bde 7 (Meerut) Div
1918.04 Palestine 28 Inf Bde 7 (Meerut) Div
1918.09 Syria 28 Inf Bde 7 (Meerut) Div
1919.09 England: Staffordshire
1919.09.06 India
1919.12 Delhi

1922.11 Jhansi
1923.11 Sudan: Khartoum
1925.03 England: Colchester
1927:11 Germany Army of Occupation
1929 England: Catterick
1932 Northern Ireland: Londonderry
1936 England: Aldershot 5 Inf Bde
1938 Palestine
1940.09 Egypt/Libya 16 Inf Bde
1941.05 Crete Creforce 14 Inf Bde

1941.06 Palestine/Syria 16 Inf Bde

1941.06 Libya/Egypt/Syria 16 Inf Bde

1942.03.14 Ceylon: Kandy 16 Inf Bde

1943.02.09 India

1944.02 India/Burma: Chindits 16 Inf Bde
1944.07 India 111 Ind Inf Bde
1945.01.01 absorbed 7th Battalion
1945.08 India 72 Inf Bde
1946.11.28 2nd Battalion The Royal Leicestershire Regiment
1946.11 India

1947.11 England
1948.06.06 disbanded (technically "amalgamated" with 1st Battalion)


 

 


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