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The Royal Norfolk Regiment







9th Foot raised in 1689 as the Cornwell Regiment, this became the East Norfolk Regiment in 1782.

1685.06.19 Henry Cornewall's Regiment of Foot
raised at Gloucester; known until 1751 by the names of twelve other colonels
1751.07.01 9th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 9th (the East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 The Norfolk Regiment
reorganised as the county regiment of Norfolk, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1935.06.03 The Royal Norfolk Regiment
1959.08.29 amalgamated with The Suffolk Regiment, to form 1st East Anglian Regiment (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk)

Five V.C.'s were won during the Second World War, this was more than any other regiment. One action was carried out by Captain John Neil Randle at Kohima 1944 where he attacked a Japanese machine gun bunker entirely on his own. The enemy machine gun had been pinning down his men for some time, he died in this action but saved many of his mens lives.

The Colours of this regiment are laid up in Norwich Cathedral.

1959.08.29 amalgamated with 1st Bn, The Suffolk Regiment, to form 1st Bn, 1st East Anglian Regiment (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk)

Battle Honours WW1

The Great War (20 battalions): Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, La Bassée 1914, Ypres 1914 '15 '17 '18, Gravenstafel, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Delville Wood, Pozières, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916 '18, Arras 1917, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917, Arleux, Oppy, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Lys, Bailleul, Kemmel, Scherpenberg, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Italy 1917-18, Suvla, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915, Egypt 1915-17, Gaza, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tell 'Asur, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1917-18, Shaiba, Kut al Amara 1915 '17, Ctesiphon, Defence of Kut al Amara, Mesopotamia 1914-18

Battle Honours WW2

The Second World War: Defence of Escaut, St. Omer-La Bassée, St. Valery-en-Caux, Normandy Landing, Caen, Le Perier Ridge, Brieux Bridgehead, Venraij, Rhineland, Hochwald, Lingen, Brinkum, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Johore, Muar, Batu Pahat, Singapore Island, Malaya 1942, Kohima, Aradura, Mandalay, Burma 1944-45

Korea 1951-52

WW2 VC's


Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum, Norwich (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)


1st Battalion

1881.07.01 1st Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment
1881 Ireland: Templemore
1882 England: Gosport
1885 Gibraltar
1889 India
1892 Burma
1893 Allahabad
1898 Bombay
1902 Bareilly
1904 Tibet (MG sec)
1904 South Africa
1907 England: Warley
1909 Aldershot
1912 Ireland: Belfast
1914.08 France and Flanders 5 Div
1919 Ireland: Belfast
1923 West Indies
1925 Egypt
1928 China: Shanghai
1929.12 India: Sialkot
1933 Jhansi
1935.06.03 1st Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment
1936 NW Frontier
1937 Delhi
1939.09 India
1940.07 UK 3 Inf Div
1944.04 NW Europe
1945 Germany
1948 Berlin
1949.05 Germany BAOR
1950 UK
1951.10 Korea 29 Inf Bde Gp
1952.09 Hong Kong
1953.09 Korea
1954.10 Cyprus
1956.12 Germany: Iserlohn 5 Bde
1959.08.29 amalgamated with 1st Bn, The Suffolk Regiment, to form 1st Bn, 1st East Anglian Regiment (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk)

2nd Battalion

1881.07.01 2nd Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment
1881 India: Bengal
1885 Sitapur
1888 Burma
1890.03 England: Colchester
<1894> Warley
<1897> Aldershot
1897 Ireland: Kinsale
1900.01 South Africa 14 Inf Bde
1903 England: Colchester
1905 South Africa
1908 Gibraltar
1911 India: Belgaum
1914.11.15 Mesopotamia 6 Ind Inf Div
1916.02.04 English Battalion, formed at El Orah due to heavy casualties by amalgamation with 2nd Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment (nicknamed "The Norsets")
1916.02 Mesopotamia
1916.04.29 captured by the Turks at Kut al Amara
1916.07.16 re-formed in Mesopotamia from reinforcements
1917.02 Mesopotamia 14 Ind Inf Div
1919.11.04 India
1919.11? NW Frontier (det?)
1921.11.21 Iraq (det?)
1923.04.07 Aden
1923.12 England: Colchester 11 Bde
1927 Aldershot 5 Bde
1931 Plymouth 8 Bde
1935.06.03 2nd Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment
1935 Aldershot 2 Bde
1937 Gibraltar
1939 Aldershot 4 Bde
1939.09 France & Belgium 2 Inf Div, BEF
1940.06 UK
1942.06 India & Burma
1945 India
1948.06.11 disbanded



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