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1689.03.16 Lord Herbert's Regiment of Foot
also known until 1751 by the names of other colonels
1702 The Welch Regiment of Fuzileers
converted to fusiliers for protection of artillery (variously spelled "Fuzileers" during 18th cent.)
1713 The Royal Regiment of Welch Fuzileers
(royal accolade granted for service in war of the Spanish Succession)
1714 The Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment of Welch Fuzileers
(named for the future King George II)
1723.04 The Royal Regiment of Welch Fuzileers
1747 ranked as 23rd Foot
1751.07.01 23rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Welsh Fuzileers)
1881.07.01 The Royal Welsh Fusiliers
reorganised as the county regiment of Caernarvonshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Merionethshire and Anglesey, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1921.01.01 The Royal Welch Fusiliers
(ancient spelling of "Welch" officially restored, but regiment had always unofficially retained that style)
2006.03.01 united with The Royal Regiment of Wales, to form The Royal Welsh

The Royal Welch Fusiliers (Regimental Site)

World War One (42 Battalions)

The Great War (42 battalions): Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914 '18, La Bassée 1914, Messines 1914 '17 '18, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1914 '17 '18, Langemarck 1914 '17, Gheluvelt, Givenchy 1914, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916 '18, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917, Arleux, Bullecourt, Pilckem, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Lys, Bailleul, Kemmel, Scherpenberg, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Épéhy, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Selle, Valenciennes, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Piave, Vittorio Veneto, Italy 1917-18, Doiran 1917 '18, Macedonia 1915-18, Suvla, Sari Bair, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915-16, Rumani, Egypt 1915-17, Gaza, El Mughar, Jerusalem, Jericho, Tell 'Asur, Megiddo, Nablus, Palestine 1917-18, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1916-18

Battle Honours WW2

The Second World War: Dyle, Defence of Escaut, St. Omer-La Bassée, Caen, Esquay, Falaise, Nederrijn, Lower Maas, Venlo Pocket, Ourthe, Rhineland, Reichswald, Goch, Weeze, Rhine, Ibbenburen, Aller, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Madagascar, Middle East 1942, Donbaik, North Arakan, Kohima, Mandalay, Ava, Burma 1943-45

1. the Sphinx badge superscribed "Egypt".

VCs in the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, by Iain Stewart.

Regimental Museum The Royal Welch Fusiliers, Caernarfon, (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)

Deployment
1st Battalion

1881.07.01 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers
1881 India: Dum Dum
1885 Burma
1887 India: Lucknow
1891 Hazara expedition
<1892> Bengal
<1894> Nowshera
1896 Aden
1897 England: Devonport
1899.11 South Africa 6 Bde
1903 England: Lichfield
1905 England: Aldershot
1907 Ireland: Cork
1910 Ireland: Dublin
1912 England: Portland
1914.01 Malta
1914.09 France and Flanders 7 Div
1917.11 Italy 22 Bde, 7 Div
1918.11 Italy
1919.10 India: Lucknow
1919 Waziristan
1921.01.01 1st Battalion, The Royal Welch Fusiliers
1922.01 Landi Kotal
1925 Sind
1926 Multan
1927 Deccan
1929 Quetta
1930.12 Sudan
1932.04 England: Tidworth
1935 Woking 6 Bde
1937 England: Aldershot 2 Div (MG bn)
1939 Blackdown 6 Bde
1939.09 France & Belgium 2 Inf Div, BEF
1940.06 UK
1942.03 India/Burma
1945 India
1948 Germany: Hubblerath 4 Bde
1949.04 Berlin
1950.03 Germany: Buxtehude 31 Bde
1951.01 England: Chester
1951.03 Jamaica: Newcastle
1954.03 England: Swindon
1954.08 Germany: Dortmund 5 Bde
1956.08 Berlin
1958.01 England: Lichfield
1958.02 Cyprus
1959.12 England: Bulford
1962.12 Singapore & Bahrain
1963.05 Germany: Iserlohn 5 Bde
1964.04 Germany: Minden 11 Bde
1966.04 (Cyprus) United Nations
1966.11 Germany: Minden 11 Bde
1967.04 England: Honiton
1969.07 Hong Kong
1972.03 Northern Ireland: Londonderry 8 Inf Bde
1973.09 England: Tidworth 5 Inf Bde
1977.01 England: Tidworth 8 Field Force
1974.10 (Northern Ireland)
1974.11 England: Tidworth 8 Field Force
1975.02 (Northern Ireland)
1975.06 England: Tidworth 8 Field Force
1976.10 (Northern Ireland)
1977.02 England: Tidworth 8 Field Force
1977.05 (Northern Ireland)
1977.06 England: Tidworth 8 Field Force
1978.01 Germany: Lemgo 4 Armd Div
1978.11 (Northern Ireland)
1980.02 Germany: Lemgo 4 Armd Div
1981.02 (Northern Ireland)
1981.07 Germany: Lemgo 4 Armd Div
1982.01 Lemgo 20 Armd Bde
1982.08 England: Warminster Inf Demo Bn
1984.11 Tern Hill 143 Bde
1985.02 (Falkland Islands)
1985.08 England: Tern Hill 143 Bde
1986.06 (Northern Ireland)
1986.09. Tern Hill 143 Bde
1987.05 Northern Ireland: Ballykinlar 39 Inf Bde
1989.09 Berlin Berlin Bde
1992.08 England: Brawdy 160 Bde
1993.05 (Northern Ireland)
1993.11 Brawdy 160 Bde
1995.03 (Bosnia)
1995.09 Brawdy 160 Bde
1995.08 Chepstow 160 Bde
1998.10 Northern Ireland: Ballykelly 8 Inf Bde
2000.08 England: Tern Hill 143 Bde
2000? Sierra Leone IMATT
2000? England: Tern Hill 143 Bde
2001.06 (Northern Ireland)
2001.12 England: Tern Hill
2002.08 England: Aldershot (Mons Barracks) 12 Mech Bde
2004.04 (Iraq): Az Zubayr 1 Mech Bde
2004.11? England: Aldershot (Mons Barracks) 12 Mech Bde
2005.09 (Northern Ireland) (last emergency tour by the Army to NI)
2006.01 England: Aldershot (Mons Barracks) 12 Mech Bde
2006.03.01 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh (The Royal Welch Fusiliers)
2006.04 Cyprus
2008.09 England: Chester (Dale Barracks)

2nd Battalion

1881.07.01 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers
1881 England: Plymouth
1883 Ireland: Templemore
1885 Fermoy
1887 Galway
1889 Curragh
1891 North Wales
1892 England: Aldershot
1896 Malta
1898 Crete
1899 Hong Kong
1900 China: Tientsin, Beijing
1900 Hong Kong
1902 India: Chakratta
1907 Burma: Schwebo
1911 India: Quetta
1914 England: Portland
1914.08 France and Flanders LofC/BEF
1915.05 France and Flanders 27 Div
1915.08 France and Flanders 2 Div
1915.11 France and Flanders 33 Div
1918.02 France and Flanders 38 Div
1919.08 Ireland: Limerick
1920.12 Wales: Pembroke Dock
1921.01.01 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welch Fusiliers
1925.08 England: London
1926.11 Germany
1929.10 England: Tidworth 7 Bde
1931.10 Gibraltar
1934.10 Hong Kong
1937.05 Hong Kong converted to MG battalion
1937.08 Shanghai
1938.02 Sudan
1938.11 India: Lucknow
1940.11 UK 29 Indep Bde
1942.03.21 at sea 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.04.22 South Africa 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.04.28 at sea 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.05.05 Madagascar 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.08.20 at sea
1942.08.26 East Africa 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.09.05 at sea
1942.09.10 Madagascar 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.10.16 at sea 29 Bde
1942.10.24 South Africa 29 Bde
1943.01.08 at sea
1943.01.26 India 36 Inf Div
1944 Burma 36 Inf Div
1945 India
1946 Japan
1947Arrived Singapore from Japan. Moved to Malaya

March 20th 1948
Arrived Liverpool from Singapore. Moved to Wrexham

May 31st 1948
Reduced to a cadre of 1 officer and 3 soldiers, then disbanded. Final ceremony at Buckingham Palace 15th July 1948

April 3rd 1952
Re-formed at Tidworth

May 4th 1953
From Tidworth to BAOR (Lüneburg) (note: some parties moved to Wrexham for Coronation ceremonial-based duties, including Colour Party, a composite based on A Company, but with representatives from all companies, the Corps of Drums, Pioneers and Goat. They re-joined the Battalion in Germany on 22nd July)

June 2nd 1954
From BAOR to Ogbourne St George, Wiltshire

[July 23rd 1954
New Colours presented at Wroughton, Swindon (along with 1st & 4th Bns)]

August 11th 1954
Embarked from Southampton bound for Korea

August 26th 1954
Destination switched to Singapore

September 3rd 1954
Disembarked at Singapore and moved to Malaya

August 7th 1957
Disembarked at Southampton from Singapore. Moved to Lichfield

December 31st 1957
Placed “in suspended animation”

NB Wrexham closed as the Regimental Depot in 1960. Presence in Wrexham was reduced to 4th Territorial Battalion and RHQ.

 


 

 


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