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Chatham Dockyard, located on the River Medway and of which two-thirds is in Gillingham and one third in Chatham, Kent, England, came into existence at the time when, following the Reformation, relations with the Catholic countries of Europe had worsened, leading to a requirement for additional defences. For 414 years Chatham Dockyard provided over 500 ships for the Royal Navy, and was forefront of shipbuilding, industrial and architectural technology. At its height, it employed over 10,000 skilled artisans and covered 400 acres (1.6 km²). Chatham dockyard closed in 1984, and 84 acres (340,000 m2) of the Georgian dockyard is now managed as a visitor attraction by the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.

The Treasurer of the Navy's accounts of the King's Exchequer for the year 1544 identifies Deptford as the Dockyard that carried out all the major repairs to the King's Ships that year. That was soon to change, although Deptford remained a dockyard for over three centuries. In 1547 Jillingham (Gillingham) water, as Chatham Dockyard was then known, is mentioned as second only in importance to Deptford; followed by Woolwich, Portsmouth and Harwich. In 1550 ships that were then lying off Portsmouth were ordered to be harboured in Jillingham Water, “by reason of its superior strategic location” . Chatham was established as a royal dockyard by Elizabeth I in 1567. She herself visited the yard in 1573. By the late 17th century it was the largest refitting dockyard, important during the Dutch wars. It was, however superseded first by Portsmouth, then Plymouth, when the main naval enemy became France, and the Western approaches the chief theatre of operations. In addition, the Medway had begun to silt up, making navigation more difficult. Chatham became a building yard rather than a refitting base. In 1622, the dockyard moved from its original location (now the gun wharf to the south) to its present site. Among many other vessels built in this Dockyard and which still exist are HMS Victory, launched in 1765 - now preserved at Portsmouth Naval Base (formerly Portsmouth Royal Dockyard), and HMS Unicorn, (a Leda class frigate) launched 1824 - now preserved afloat at Dundee. Between 1862 and 1885, the yard had a large building programme and St Mary's basins were constructed along St Mary's creek. The three basins were 28 acres (110,000 m2), 20 acres (81,000 m2) and 21 acres (85,000 m2). There were four new dry docks. Much of the work was done by convict labour. The construction materials required regenerated the North Kent brick and cement industries. It is estimated that 110 million bricks were used. These basins formed the Victorian Dockyard. Chatham built on average, two new ships each year.[1] When the yards at Deptford and Woolwich closed in 1869, Chatham again became relatively important and remained so until 1983 when it closed. With the twentieth century came the submarine. The C17 was launched at Chatham in 1908, and during World War I, twelve submarines were built here, but when hostilities ceased uncompleted boats were scrapped and it was five years before a further ship was launched. In the prewar years, 8 'S' class submarines were built. This was a period of decline. During World War II there were 1,360 refits and sixteen launchings.[1] The final boats constructed in Chatham were Oberon class submarines - Ocelot was the last vessel built for the Royal Navy, and the final vessel was Okanagan built for the Royal Canadian Navy, launched on 17 September 1966. In 1968, a nuclear submarine refitting complex was built complete with refuelling cranes and health physics building. In spite of this in June 1981, it was announced to Parliament that the dockyard would be run down and closed in 1984.[1] The Georgian site is now a visitor attraction, under the care of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. The Trust is preparing an application for the Dockyard and its Defences to become a World Heritage Site.[2] The Basins have new uses, St Mary's Island is now housing and part of the Victorian Dockyard forms the portal to the Medway Tunnel. Other military buildings have now been refitted and are used by the Universities at Medway.


The Childers Reforms restructured the infantry regiments of the British army. The reforms were undertaken by Secretary of State for War Hugh Childers in 1881, and were a continuation of the earlier Cardwell reforms.

The reorganisation was brought into effect by General Order 41/1881, issued on 1 May 1881, amended by G.O. 70/1881 dated 1 July, which created a network of multi-battalion regiments. In England, Wales and Scotland, each regiment was to have two regular or "line" battalions and two militia battalions. In Ireland, there were to be two line and three militia battalions. This was done by renaming the numbered regiments of foot and county militia regiments. In addition the various corps of county rifle volunteers were to be designated as volunteer battalions. Each of these regiments was linked by headquarters location and territorial name to its local "Regimental District". The reforms came into effect on 1 July.

From 1881 regimental seniority numbers were officially abolished and battalions came to be known by their number within the regiment and the regimental district name. Unofficially, the regiments were still referred to by their numbers by their officers and men, as tradition and a point of pride, and several regiments such as "The Buffs", The Cameron Highlanders, and "The Black Watch", lobbied to keep their distinct names as part of their battalion titles.

In practice, it was not always possible to apply the scheme strictly: the Cameron Highlanders initially had only one regular battalion, while several regiments had more or fewer militia regiments than envisaged in the initial scheme. In addition, the Rifle Brigade and King's Royal Rifle Corps had no local regimental districts, and their affiliated militia and volunteer battalions were selected not on a territorial basis, but due to their "rifle" traditions. This structure lasted until 1948, when every regiment of line infantry had its regular battalions cut to one, with only the three original Guards Division regiments retaining two regular battalions.

Regiments created

Original titleChangesRegular battalionsMilitia battalionsVolunteer battalionsRegimental districtFacings
The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)1921: The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)[4]1st, or The Royal Scots Regiment (2 battalions)The Edinburgh (or Queen's) Regiment of Light Infantry Militia
City of Edinburgh Rifle Volunteer Brigade

2nd Midlothian (Midlothian and Peebles-shire) Rifle Volunteer Corps
1st Berwickshire RVC*
1st Haddington RVC
1st Linlithgowshire RVC

Berwickshire*, City of Edinburgh, County of Edinburgh, Haddingtonshire, LinlithgowshireBlue
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)1921: The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)[4]2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)2nd Royal Surrey Militia2nd Surrey RVC

4th Surrey RVC
6th Surrey RVC
8th Surrey RVC

Part of Surrey (including Bermondsey, Croydon, Guildford and Southwark)Blue
The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)1935: The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)[5]3rd (East Kent, The Buffs) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)East Kent Militia
A new 4th Battalion was also formed
2nd Kent (East Kent) RVC

5th Kent (Weald of Kent) RVC

Part of Kent (including Ashford, Canterbury, Dover and Ramsgate)White, changed to buff in 1890[6]
The King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)1921: The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)[4]4th (King's Own Royal) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)1st Royal Lancashire Militia (Duke of Lancaster's Own) (2 battalions)10th Lancashire RVCPart of Lancashire (including Barrow-in-Furness, Lancaster, Morecambe and Ulverston)Blue
The Northumberland Fusiliers1935: The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers[5]5th (Northumberland) (Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)The Northumberland Light Infantry Militia1st Northumberland (Northumberland and Berwick-on-Tweed) RVC

2nd Northumberland RVC
1st Newcastle upon Tyne RVC

Northumberland (including Berwick-upon-Tweed)White, changed to gosling green in 1899
The Royal Warwickshire Regiment1963: The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers6th (Royal 1st Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)1st Warwickshire Militia

2nd Warwickshire Militia

1st Warwickshire (Birmingham) RVC

2nd Warwickshire RVC

The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) 7th (Royal Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)Royal London Militia

3rd or Royal Westminster Middlesex (Light Infantry) Militia
4th or Royal South Middlesex Militia

1st Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteer Brigade

Originally the 5th Middlesex RVC, 9th Middlesex RVC and 22nd Middlesex RVC, reallocated to King's Royal Rifle Corps 1882/3
replaced by: 10th Middlesex RVC
11th Middlesex RVC
23rd Middlesex RVC

City of London, part of Middlesex (the Tower division, Bloomsbury and Westminster)Blue
The Liverpool Regiment1881: The King's (Liverpool Regiment)

1921:The King's Regiment (Liverpool)[4]

8th (the King's) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)2nd Royal Lancashire Militia (Duke of Lancaster's Own Rifles)1st Lancashire RVC

Liverpool Rifle Brigade (5th Lancashire RVC)
13th Lancashire RVC
15th Lancashire RVC
18th Lancashire (Liverpool Irish) RVC
19th Lancashire (Liverpool Press Guard) RVC
1st Isle of Man RVC

Part of Lancashire (including Bootle, Liverpool and Southport) and the Isle of ManBlue
The Norfolk Regiment1935: The Royal Norfolk Regiment[5]9th (East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)1st or West Norfolk Militia

2nd or East Norfolk Militia

1st Norfolk (City of Norwich) RVC

2nd Norfolk RVC
3rd Norfolk RVC
4th Norfolk RVC

NorfolkWhite, changed to yellow in 1905
The Lincolnshire Regiment1946:The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment[7]10th (North Lincoln) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)Royal North Lincolnshire Militia

Royal South Lincolnshire Militia

1st Lincolnshire RVC

2nd Lincolnshire RVC

LincolnshireWhite, changed to royal blue in 1946 and to blue in 1949[7][8]
The Devonshire Regiment 11th (North Devon) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)1st or East Devon Militia

2nd or South Devon Militia

1st Devonshire (Exeter and South Devon) RVC

2nd Devonshire Rifle Volunteers (Prince of Wales's)
3rd Devonshire RVC
4th Devonshire RVC
5th Devonshire RVC

DevonWhite, changed to Lincoln green in 1905
The Suffolk Regiment 12th (East Suffolk) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)West Suffolk Militia

Cambridgeshire Militia

1st Suffolk RVC

6th Suffolk (West Suffolk) RVC
1st Cambridgeshire (Cambridge, Essex and Huntingdonshire) RVC
2nd Cambridgeshire (Cambridge University) RVC

Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, also Huntingdonshire until 1900†White, changed to yellow in 1899
Prince Albert's Light Infantry (Somersetshire Regiment)1882: The Prince Albert's (Somersetshire Light Infantry)

1912: Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry)
1921: The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)[4]

13th (1st Somersetshire) (Prince Albert's Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)1st Somersetshire Light Infantry Militia

2nd Somersetshire Light Infantry Militia

1st Somersetshire RVC

2nd Somersetshire RVC
3rd Somersetshire RVC

The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
1921: The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own)[4]14th (Buckinghamshire) (Prince of Wales's Own) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)2nd West York Light Infantry Militia

4th West York Militia

1st Yorkshire, West Riding RVC

3rd Yorkshire, West Riding RVC
7th Yorkshire, West Riding RVC

Part of the West Riding of Yorkshire (including Bradford, Harrogate, Leeds and Ripon) and the county and city of YorkWhite, changed to buff in 1900[9]
The East Yorkshire Regiment1935: The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own)[5]15th (York, East Riding) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)East York Militia1st Yorkshire, East Riding, RVC

2nd Yorkshire, East Riding, RVC

East Riding of YorkshireWhite
The Bedfordshire Regiment1919: The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment[10]16th (Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)Bedfordshire Light Infantry Militia

Hertfordshire Militia

1st Hertfordshire RVC

2nd Hertfordshire RVC 1st Bedfordshire RVC

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; also Huntingdonshire 1900 - 1908†White
The Leicestershire Regiment1946: The Royal Leicestershire Regiment[7]17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)Leicestershire Militia1st Leicestershire RVCLeicestershire and RutlandWhite, changed to pearl grey in 1931[11]
The Royal Irish RegimentDisbanded 1922[12]18th (The Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)Wexford Militia

2nd or North Tipperary Light Infantry Militia
Kilkenny Fusiliers Militia

N/ACounty Kilkenny, County Tipperary, County Waterford and County WexfordBlue
The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)1902: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

1921: The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)[4]

19th (1st York, North Riding) (Princess of Wales's Own) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)5th West York Militia

North York Rifles

1st Yorkshire (North Riding) RVC

2nd Yorkshire (North Riding) RVC

North Riding of YorkshireWhite, changed to grass green in 1899
The Lancashire Fusiliers 20th (East Devonshire) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)7th Royal Lancashire Militia8th Lancashire RVC

12th Lancashire RVC

part of Lancashire (including Bury, Middleton, Radcliffe, Rochdale and Salford)White
The Royal Scots Fusiliers 21st (Royal Scots Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)Dumfries, Roxburgh, Kirkcudbright and Selkirk (Scottish Borderers) Militia[13]

Royal Ayrshire and Wigton Rifles (The Prince Regent's Own)

1st Ayrshire RVC

2nd Ayrshire RVC

Ayrshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire, also Dumfriesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire until 1887*Blue
The Cheshire Regiment 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)1st Royal Cheshire Light Infantry Militia

2nd Royal Cheshire Militia

1st Cheshire RVC

2nd (Earl of Chester's) Cheshire RVC
3rd Cheshire RVC
4th Cheshire (Cheshire and Derbyshire) RVC
5th Cheshire RVC

CheshireWhite, changed to buff in 1904
The Royal Welsh Fusiliers1920: The Royal Welch Fusiliers[14]23rd (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)Royal Denbigh and Merioneth Rifles

Royal Carnarvon Rifle Corps

1st Denbighshire RVC

1st Flintshire and Carnarvonshire RVC

Anglesey, Carnarvonshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Merionethshire, also Montgomeryshire from 1908.[15]Blue
The South Wales Borderers 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)Royal South Wales Borderers Militia (Royal Radnor and Brecknock Rifles)

Royal Montgomery Rifles

1st Brecknockshire RVC

1st Monmouthshire RVC
2nd Monmouthshire RVC
3rd Monmouthshire RVC
1st Montgomeryshire RVC

Brecknockshire and Monmouthshire, also Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire until 1908.[15]White, changed to grass green in 1905
The King's Own Borderers1887: The King's Own Scottish Borderers25th (King's Own Borderers) Regiment of Foot (2 battalions)Transferred from the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1887:
Dumfries, Roxburgh, Kirkcudbright and Selkirk (Scottish Borderers) Militia[13]
Transferred from the Royal Scots in 1887:

1st Roxburgh and Selkirk (The Border) RVC
1st Berwickshire RVC

Transferred from the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1877:

1st Dumfriesshire RVC
The Galloway RVC

Originally to have been part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, but no regimental district formed in 1881. In 1887 a regimental district was formed comprising Berwickshire, Dumfriesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire by transferring areas from the Royal Scots and Royal Scots Fusiliers.Blue
The Cameronians (Scotch Rifles)1881: The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)26th (Cameronian) Regiment of Foot

90th (Perthshire Volunteers) (Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot

2nd Royal Lanark Militia (2 battalions)1st Lanarkshire (or Glasgow 1st Western) RVC

2nd Lanarkshire RVC
3rd Lanarkshire (or Glasgow 1st Southern) RVC
4th Lanarkshire (or Glasgow 1st Northern) RVC
7th Lanarkshire RVC

Part of Lanarkshire (including Hamilton, Motherwell and parts of Glasgow)Rifle green faced dark green
The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot

108th (Madras Infantry) Regiment of Foot

Fermanagh Light Infantry Militia

Royal Tyrone Fusiliers Militia
Londonderry Light Infantry Militia
The Prince of Wales's Own Donegal Militia

N/ACounty Donegal (until 1922), County Fermanagh, County Londonderry, County TyroneBlue
The Gloucestershire Regiment 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot

61st (South Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot

Royal South Gloucestershire Light Infantry Militia

Royal North Gloucestershire Militia

1st Gloucestershire (City of Bristol) RVC

2nd Gloucestershire RVC

GloucestershireWhite, changed to primrose yellow in 1929
The Worcestershire Regiment 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot

36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot

1st Worcestershire Militia

2nd Worcestershire Militia

1st Worcestershire RVC

2nd Worcestershire RVC

WorcestershireWhite, changed to grass green in 1920 and to "grass green (emerald)" in 1924
The West Lancashire Regiment1881: The East Lancashire Regiment30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot

59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot

5th Royal Lancashire Militia2nd Lancashire RVC

3rd Lancashire RVC

Part of Lancashire (including Accrington, Blackburn, Burnley, Clitheroe and Darwen)White
The East Surrey Regiment 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot

70th (Surrey) Regiment of Foot

1st Royal Surrey Militia

3rd Royal Surrey Militia

1st Surrey (South London) RVC

3rd Surrey RVC
5th Surrey RVC
7th Surrey RVC

Part of Surrey (including Camberwell, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond, Southwark and Wandsworth)White
The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry 32nd (Cornwall) (Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot

46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of Foot

Royal Cornwall Rangers, Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles1st Cornwall RVC

2nd Cornwall RVC

The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)1921: The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)[4]33rd (Duke of Wellington's Regiment) Regiment of Foot

76th Regiment of Foot

6th West York Militia (2 battalions)4th Yorkshire, West Riding RVC

6th Yorkshire, West Riding RVC
9th Yorkshire, West Riding RVC

Part of the West Riding of Yorkshire (including Brighouse, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley and Skipton)White, reverted to scarlet in 1905 (both 33rd & 76th were originally Scarlet)
The Border Regiment 34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot

55th (Westmoreland) Regiment of Foot

Royal Cumberland Militia

Royal Westmoreland Light Infantry Militia

1st Cumberland RVC

1st Westmoreland RVC

Cumberland and WestmorlandWhite, changed to yellow in 1913
The Royal Sussex Regiment 35th (Royal Sussex) Regiment of Foot

107th (Bengal Infantry) Regiment of Foot

Royal Sussex Light Infantry Militia1st Sussex RVC

2nd Sussex RVC
1st Cinque Ports (Cinque Ports and Sussex) RVC

The Hampshire Regiment1946: The Royal Hampshire Regiment[7]37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot

67th (South Hampshire) Regiment of Foot

Royal Hampshire Militia1st Hampshire RVC

2nd Hampshire RVC
3rd Hampshire RVC
4th Hampshire RVC,br> 1st Isle of Wight RVC

Hampshire (including the Isle of Wight)White, changed to yellow in 1904
The South Staffordshire Regiment 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot

80th (Staffordshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot

(The King's Own) 1st Staffordshire Militia (2 battalions)1st Staffordshire RVC

3rd Staffordshire RVC
4th Staffordshire RVC

Part of Staffordshire (including Handsworth, Walsall, Wednesbury and Wolverhampton)White, changed to yellow in 1936[16]
The Dorsetshire Regiment1951: The Dorset Regiment[17]39th (Dorsetshire) Regiment of Foot

54th (West Norfolk) Regiment of foot

Dorsetshire Militia1st Dorsetshire RVCDorsetWhite, changed to grass green in 1904
The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment)1938: The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers)[18]40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of foot

82nd (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) Regiment of Foot

4th Royal Lancashire (Duke of Lancaster's Own) Light Infantry Militia9th Lancashire RVC

21st Lancashire RVC

Part of Lancashire (including St Helens and Warrington)White, changed to buff in 1933
The Welsh Regiment1920: The Welch Regiment[14]41st (The Welsh) Regiment of Foot

69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot

Royal Glamorganshire Light Infantry Militia1st Pembrokeshire (Pembroke, Carmarthen and Haverfordwest) RVC

1st Glamorganshire RVC
2nd Glamorganshire RVC
3rd Glamorganshire RVC

Carmarthenshire, Glamorgan and PembrokeshireWhite
The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)1934: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)[19]42nd (Royal Highland, The Black Watch) Regiment of Foot

73rd (Perthshire) Regiment of foot

Royal Perthshire Rifle Regiment of Militia1st Forfarshire RVC

2nd Forfarshire (Forfarshire or Angus) RVC
3rd Forfarshire (Dundee Highland) RVC
1st Perthshire RVC
2nd Perthshire (Perthshire Highland) RVC
1st Fifeshire RVC

Fife, Forfarshire and PerthshireBlue
The Oxfordshire Light Infantry1908: The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry43rd (Monmouthshire Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot

52nd (Oxfordshire) (Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot

Royal Bucks (King's Own) Militia

Oxfordshire Militia

1st Oxfordshire (Oxford University) RVC

2nd Oxfordshire RVC
1st Buckinghamshire RVC
2nd Buckinghamshire (Eton College) RVC

Buckinghamshire and OxfordshireWhite
The Essex Regiment 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot

56th (West Essex) Regiment of Foot

Eastern Regiment of Essex Militia

1st or West Essex Militia

1st Essex RVC

2nd Essex RVC
3rd Essex RVC
4th Essex RVC

EssexWhite, changed to purple in 1936[20]
The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment)1902: The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)45th (Nottinghamshire) (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment of Foot

95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot

1st Derbyshire Militia

2nd Derbyshire Militia (The Chatsworth Rifles)
Royal Sherwood Foresters or Nottinghamshire Regiment of Militia

1st Derbyshire RVC

2nd Derbyshire RVC
1st Nottinghamshire (Robin Hoods) RVC
2nd Nottinghamshire RVC

Derbyshire and NottinghamshireWhite, changed to lincoln green in 1913
The Loyal North Lancashire RegimentThe Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)[4]47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot

81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers) Regiment of Foot

3rd Duke of Lancaster's Own Royal Lancashire Militia (2 battalions)11th Lancashire RVC

14th Lancashire RVC

Part of Lancashire (including Bolton, Chorley and Preston)White
The Northamptonshire Regiment 48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot

58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot

Northampton and Rutland Militia1st Northamptonshire RVC
Northamptonshire, plus Huntingdonshire from 1914†White, changed to buff in 1927
Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Berkshire Regiment)1885: Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment)

1921: The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)[4]

49th (Hertfordshire) (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Regiment of Foot

66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot

Royal Berkshire Militia1st Berkshire RVCBerkshireWhite, changed to blue in 1885
The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)January 1, 1921: The Royal West Kent (Queen's Own)[4]

April 16, 1921: The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment[21]

50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot

97th (Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot

West Kent Light Infantry Militia1st Kent RVC

3rd Kent RVC

Part of Kent (including Bromley, Maidstone, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells)Blue
The King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment)1887: The King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

1921: The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry[4]

51st (2nd Yorkshire, West Riding, King's Own Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot

105th (Madras Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot

1st West York Rifles Militia3rd Yorkshire, West Riding RVCPart of the West Riding of Yorkshire (including Batley, Castleford, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Goole, Pontefract and Wakefield)Blue
The King's Light Infantry (Shropshire Regiment)1882: The King's (Shropshire Light Infantry)

1921: The King's Shropshire Light Infantry[4]

53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot

85th (Bucks Volunteers) (King's Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot

Shropshire Militia

Royal Herefordshire Militia

1st Shropshire RVC

2nd Shropshire RVC
1st Herefordshire (Hereford and Radnor) RVC

Herefordshire and Shropshire, also Radnorshire from 1908[15]Blue
The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment)1921: The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own)[4]57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot

77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot (The Duke of Cambridge's Own)

Royal Elthorne or 5th Middlesex Light Infantry Militia

Royal East Middlesex Militia

3rd Middlesex RVC

8th Middlesex RVC
1882: 11th Middlesex (Railway)RVC
17th Middlesex RVC

Middlesex, except parts included in the regimental district of the Royal FusiliersWhite, changed to lemon yellow in 1902
The King's Royal Rifle CorpsJanuary 1, 1921: The King's Royal Rifles[4]

February 10, 1921: The King's Royal Rifle Corps[22]

60th (King's Royal Rifle Corps) Regiment of Foot (4 battalions)Huntingdonshire Rifles Militia

Royal Flint Rifles Militia
2nd Royal Rifle Regiment of Middlesex Militia
Carlow Rifles Militia
North Cork Rifles Militia

3rd City of London RVC

1st Middlesex RVC (Victoria Rifles)
2nd Middlesex RVC (South Middlesex)
4th Middlesex RVC (West London)
6th Middlesex RVC (St George's)
12th Middlesex RVC (Civil Service)
13th Middlesex RVC (Queen's Westminsters)
25th Middlesex (Bank of England) RVC
1888: 26th Middlesex (Cyclist) RVC

Recruited throughout United Kingdom (depot at Winchester)Rifle green faced scarlet
The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment)1921: The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)[4]62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot

99th (Duke of Edinburgh's) Regiment of Foot

Royal Wiltshire Militia1st Wiltshire RVC

2nd Wiltshire RVC

WiltshireWhite, changed to buff in 1905
The Manchester Regiment 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot

96th Regiment of Foot

6th Royal Lancashire Militia (2 battalions)4th Lancashire RVC

6th Lancashire (1st Manchester) RVC
7th Lancashire RVC
33rd Lancashire (2nd Manchester) RVC
40th Lancashire (3rd Manchester) RVC

Part of Lancashire (including Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester and Oldham)White, changed to deep green in 1937
The Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment)1921: The North Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's)[4]64th (North Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot

98th (Prince of Wales's) Regiment of Foot

The King's Own (2nd Staffordshire) Light Infantry Militia

The King's Own (3rd Staffordshire) Rifles Militia

2nd Staffordshire (Staffordshire Rangers) RVC

5th Staffordshire RVC

Part of Staffordshire (including Burton upon Trent, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth)White, changed to black in 1937
The York and Lancaster Regiment 65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot

84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment of Foot

3rd West York Light Infantry Militia2nd Yorkshire West Riding (Hallamshire) RVC

8th Yorkshire West Riding RVC

Part of the West Riding of Yorkshire (including Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield)White
The Durham Light Infantry 68th (Durham) (Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot

106th (Bombay Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot

1st South Durham Militia

2nd North Durham Militia

1st Durham (Durham and North Riding of York) RVC

2nd Durham RVC
3rd Durham (Sunderland) RVC
4th Durham RVC
5th Durham RVC

County DurhamWhite changed to dark green in 1903
The Highland Light Infantry1923: The Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)[23]71st (Highland) (light Infantry) Regiment of Foot

74th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot

1st Royal Lanark Militia5th Lanarkshire (Glasgow 2nd Northern) RVC

6th Lanarkshire RVC
8th Lanarkshire (The Blythswood) RVC
9th Lanarkshire RVC
10th Lanarkshire (Glasgow Highland) RVC

Part of Lanarkshire (including Glasgow and Lanark)Yellow, changed to buff in 1899
Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs)1881: Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's)

1921: The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's)[4]

72nd (Duke of Albany's own Highlanders) Regiment of foot

78th (Highlanders) (Ross-shire Buffs) Regiment of Foot

Highland Rifles Militia (The militia regiment of the counties of Ross, Caithness, Sutherland and Cromarty)1st Ross-shire (Ross Highland) RVC

1st Sutherland (The Sutherland Highland) RVC
1st Elgin RVC

Caithness, Cromarty, Elginshire, Nairnshire, Orkney, Ross-shire and SutherlandYellow, changed to buff to 1899
The Gordon Highlanders 75th (Stirlingshire) Regiment of Foot

92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot

Royal Aberdeenshire Highlanders Militia1st Aberdeenshire RVC

2nd Aberdeenshire RVC
3rd Aberdeenshire (The Buchan) RVC
4th Aberdeenshire RVC
1st Banffshire RVC
1st Kincardineshire (Deeside Highland) RVC

Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire, also Zetland from 1900Yellow
The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 79th (Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders) Regiment of Foot

2nd battalion raised in 1897

Inverness, Banff, Elgin and Nairn Militia1st Inverness-shire (Inverness Highland) RVC
The Royal Irish Rifles1922: The Royal Ulster Rifles83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot

86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot

Royal North Down Rifles

Royal Antrim Rifles Militia
Royal South Down Light Infantry Militia
Royal Louth Rifles Militia

N/ACounty Antrim and County Down, also County Louth until 1922Rifle green faced light green, facings changed to dark green 1882
The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's) 87th (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot

89th (Princess Victoria's) Regiment of Foot

Armagh Light Infantry Militia

Cavan Militia
Monaghan Militia

N/ACounty Armagh plus County Cavan and County Monaghan until 1922‡Blue
The Connaught RangersDisbanded 1922[12]88th (Connaught Rangers) Regiment of Foot

94th Regiment of Foot

South Mayo Rifles Militia

Galway Militia
Roscommon Militia
North Mayo Fusilers Militia

N/ACounty Galway, County Leitrim, County Mayo and County RoscommonGreen
Princess Louises's (Sutherland and Argyll Highlanders)1882: Princess Louises's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)

1921: The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)[4]

91st (Princess Louises's Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot

93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot

Highland Borderers Light Infantry Militia (The militia regiment of the counties of Clackmannan, Dumbarton, Kinross and Stirling)

Prince of Wales's Royal Regiment of Renfrew Militia

1st Renfrewshire RVC

2nd Renfrewshire RVC
3rd Renfrewshire RVC
1st Stirlingshire RVC
1st Argyllshire RVC
1st Dumbartonshire RVC
Clackmannanshire and Kinross RVC

Argyllshire, Buteshire, Dumbartonshire, Kinross-shire, Renfrewshire and StirlingshireYellow
The Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians)Disbanded 1922[12]100th (Prince of Wales's Royal Canadian) Regiment of Foot

109th (Bombay Infantry) Regiment of Foot

King's County Royal Rifles Militia

Royal Queen's County Rifles Militia
Royal Meath Militia

N/AKing's County, County Longford, County Meath, Queen's County, and County WestmeathBlue
The Royal Munster FusiliersDisbanded 1922[12]101st (Royal Bengal Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot

104th (Bengal Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot

South Cork Light Infantry Militia

Kerry Militia
Royal Limerick County Militia (Fusiliers)

N/ACounty Clare, City of Cork, County Cork, County Kerry and County LimerickBlue
The Royal Dublin FusiliersDisbanded 1922[12]102nd (Royal Madras Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot

103rd (Royal Bombay Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot

Kildare Rifles Militia

Queen's Own Royal Dublin City Militia
Dublin County Light Infantry Militia

N/ACity of Dublin, County Dublin and County KildareBlue
The Prince Consort's Own (Rifle Brigade)1921: The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)[4]Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)[24] (4 battalions)Queen's Own Royal Tower Hamlets Light Infantry Militia

Prince of Wales's Royal Regiment of Longford Light Infantry Militia
King's Own Light Infantry Militia (a militia regiment of the Tower Hamlets)
Leitrim Rifles Regiment of Militia
Westmeath Rifles Regiment of Militia

7th Middlesex (London Scottish) RVC

14th Middlesex (Inns of Court) RVC
15th Middlesex (Customs and Docks) RVC
16th Middlesex (London Irish) RVC
18th Middlesex RVC
20th Middlesex (Artists) RVC
24th Middlesex (Post Office) RVC
1st Tower Hamlets RVC
2nd Tower Hamlets RVC

Recruited throughout United Kingdom (depot at Winchester)Rifle green faced black

* Berwickshire, Dumfriesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire were transferred to the regimental district of the King's Own Scottish Borderers in 1887

† Huntingdonshire was originally included in the regimental district of the Suffolk Regiment. There were no volunteer units recruited in the county from 1889 until 1900, when the 4th (Huntingdonshire) Volunteer Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment was formed. In 1908 it became part of the 5th Battalion of the Bedfords. In 1914 the Huntingdonshire companies were transferred to a newly formed Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion, affiliated to The Northamptonshire Regiment. The successors to the cyclist unit continued to be part of the Northamptons.[25]

‡ It was originally proposed to disband the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1922. However, the 2nd battalion of that regiment and of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were disbanded instead. In 1924 the two regiments formed a single "corps" sharing a depot and regimental district consisting of Counties Armagh, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone. In 1937 the regiments were again separated each forming a second battalion in the following year.










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