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62ndFoot raised in 1756 became The Wiltshire Regiment in 1782, the 99th raised in 1824 (Lanarkshire) linked as 1st & 2nd Battalions in 1881.

The 62nd was very involved in the American rebellion and acted at that time as light infantry. During the first Sikh war the 62nd lost half their men at the two day battle of Ferozeshah, the Colours were saved by the Sergeants and thereafter were kept in the Sergeants mess.

The 99th was raised in Glasgow and became The Duke of Edinburgh's in 1874, this link added the ducal coronet and cypher to the badge of the Wiltshires.

The Colours are laid up in St James Church Devizes and Salisbury Cathedral. The first Colours of the 99th are in St Giles Church Edinburgh.

1959.06.09 amalgamated with 1st Bn, The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's), to form 1st Bn, The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

Battle Honours WW1 - 12 battalions
Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914 '18, La Bassée 1914, Messines 1914 '17 '18, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1914 '17, Langemarck 1914, Nonne Bosschen, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Pozières, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917, Pilckem, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, St. Quentin, Lys, Bailleul, Kemmel, Scherpenberg, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Cambrai 1918, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Doiran 1917, Macedonia 1915-18, Suvla, Sari Bair, Gallipoli 1915-16, Gaza, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1917-18, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1916-18

Battle Honours WW2
Defence of Arras, Ypres-Comines Canal, Odon, Caen, Hill 112, Bourgebus Ridge, Maltot, Mont Pincon, La Varinjere, Seine 1944, Nederrijn, Roer, Rhineland, Cleve, Goch, Xanten, Rhine, Bremen, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Solarino, Simeto Bridgehead, Sicily 1943, Garigliano Crossing, Minturno, Anzio, Rome, Advance to Tiber, Italy 1943-44, Middle East 1942, North Arakan, Point 551, Mayu Tunnels, Ngakyedauk Pass, Burma 1943-44

VCs in the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.

Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment Salisbury Museum, Salisbury (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)

Deployment
1st Battalion

1881.07.01 1st Battalion, The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment)
1882 England: Aldershot
1885 Jersey
1887 Ireland: Athlone
1890 Curragh
1893 England: Aldershot
1895 India: Karachi
1898 Quetta
1901 Cherat
1903 Upper Topa
1904 Rawalpindi
1906 Dagshai
1907 hansi
1908 South Africa
1913 England: Tidworth
1914.08 France and Flanders 3 Div
1915.11 France and Flanders 25 Div
1918.06 France and Flanders 21 Div
1919 Dublin
1921.01.01 2nd Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)
1923 England: Tidworth
1927 Plymouth
1930 Egypt
1931 China: Shanghai
1932 Singapore
1936.03 India: Bangalore
1939 Madras
1943.10 Burma
1944.10 India
1945.08 India
1947 UK
1948.11.25 amalgamated with 2nd Battalion without change of title
1949 Germany: Krefeld 2 Div
1950.04 Hong Kong
1953 England: Warminster Inf Demo Bn
1956.02 Cyprus
1959.01 England: Parkhurst, IOW
1959.06.09 amalgamated with 1st Bn, The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's), to form 1st Bn, The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

2nd Battalion

1824.03.25 99th Regiment of Foot
raised at Glasgow
1824.03 Scotland: Glasgow
1824.12 Edinburgh
1825.10 at sea ships: Kains, Leyton, Southworth
1826.02 Mauritius (det in Seychelles)
1837.04 at sea (1st division) ship: Arab
1837.07 at sea (2nd division) ship: Maitland
1837.07 Ireland: Cork (2nd div arrived Oct.)
1837.11 Fermoy
1838.03 Kilkenny & Carlow
1842 at sea (embarked at Chatham in separate dets as convict escorts) ships: North Briton, John Renwick, Candahar
1843 New South Wales: Sydney
1843 Van Dieman's Land: Hobart (dets at Sydney, Norfolk Island, Victoria, Moreton Bay)
1845 New Zealand [two coys]
1847 Van Dieman's Land
1856 Ireland
1858 India
1860 China
1865 Japan
1865 South Africa
1869 England
1875 Ireland
1878 Cape Colony
1879 Zulu war
1879 Bermuda
1881.07.01 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment)
1881 Cape Colony
1882 India: Rawalpindi
1885 Nowshera
<1889> Subathu
<1892> Jhansi
1894 Burma
1895 England: Portsmouth
1897 Guernsey
1899 England: Aldershot
1899.10 South Africa 12 Bde
1902 England: Longmoor
1904 Bordon
1906 Ireland: Tipperary
1908 England: Pembroke Dock?
1908 Ireland: Dublin
1911 England: Gosport
1912 Gibraltar
1914.09 France and Flanders 7 Div
1915.12 France and Flanders 30 Div
1918.05 France and Flanders 19 Div
1919 UK
1920 Hong Kong
1921.01.01 1st Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)
1921 India: Bangalore
1924 Kemptee
1927 Trimulgherry
1929 China: Shanghai
1920 England: Plymouth
1933 Aldershot 2 Bde
1936 Palestine
1936 England: Aldershot 2 Bde
1938 Catterick
1939.09 France & Belgium 5 Inf Div, BEF
1940.06 UK
1942.04 Madagscar
1942.06 Persia/Iraq
1943.07 Sicily
1943 Italy
1945.02 Germany
1945.05 Germany
1948.11.25 disbanded in Germany (technically "amalgamated" with 1st Battalion)

 


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