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23RD (COUNTY OF LONDON) BATTALION THE LONDON REGIMENT

1908
23rd (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment
Boer War
South Africa 1900-02
The Great War
Three Battalions formed
1914
1st / 23rd Battalion 2nd / 23rd Battalion
1915
3rd / 23rd Battalion
1916
Re-designated as a Territorial Battalion of The East Surrey Regiment without change of title

3rd / 23rd Battalion combined with 3rd / 21st Battalion to become 21st (Reserve) Battalion

Location of operations

1st / 23rd Battalion
2nd / 23rd Battalion
1915
Givenchy
Loos
1916
High Wood
Eaucourt L'Abbaye
Vimy Ridge
1917
Ypres
Messines
Salonika
Beersheba
Gavrelle
Sheria
Bourlon Wood
Jerusalem
Tahuneh
1918
Metz en Couture
Ras el Tawil
Aveluy Wood
Bray sur Somme
Moislains
Tournai
Abu Tulul
Amman
Wulverghem
Wervicq

Battle Honours awarded to 23rd (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment:

Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916, '18, Flers-Courcelette, Le Transloy, Messines 1917, Cambrai 1917, St Quentin, Ancre 1918, Albert 1918, Bapaume 1918, Ypres 1918, Courtrai, France and Flanders 1915-18, Doiran 1917, Macedonia 1916-17, Gaza, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Jericho, Jordan, Tell' Asur, Palestine 1917-18

1920
Reformed as: 23rd (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment
1922
Re-designated as: 23rd London Regiment
1927
Re-designated as: 23rd London Regiment (The East Surrey Regiment)
1937
Re-designated as: 7th ( 23rd London) Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment 1938 Change of arm and re-designated as: 42nd Battalion, Royal Tank Corps
1939
On duplication of Territorial Army re-designated as:

42nd Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment

and

48th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment WW2

WW2
Location of operations
42nd Royal Tank Regiment
48th Royal Tank Regiment
1941
Sidi Omar
1942
Gazala
1943
Medjez Plain
Tunis
1944
Gothic Line
Rimini Line
Faenza
1945
Argenta
1947
Reformed as: 42nd Royal Tank Regiment
1956
Change of arm and re-designated as:
23rd London Regiment
WW2
Distinctions awarded to the 23rd London Regiment, a Royal Tank Regiment badge with year
dates, 1941-1945, and three scrolls:
North West Europe, North Africa, Italy
1961
Amalgamated with:
6th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment
To become:
4th Battalion, The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment
1967
Amalgamated with:
3rd Battalion, The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment
[formerly: 6th and 22nd Battalions, The London Regiment
4th and 5th Battalions, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)]
To become:
A Company (Queen's Surreys), 5th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment
and
6th (Territorial) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment (Queen's Surrey)
1971
5th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment and
6th (Territorial) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment (Queen's Surreys)
amalgamated with:
10th (Territorial) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment (Middlesex)
The Surrey Yeomanry (Queen Mary's Regiment), Royal Artillery (Territorials)
The Greater London Regiment, Royal Artillery (Territorials)
The London and Kent Regiment, Royal Artillery (Territorials)
[formerly: 3rd , 4th , 7th , 8th , 11th , 17th , 19th , 20th , 21st and 24th Battalions,
The London Regiment
3rd Battalion, The London Scottish ( 97th Anti-Aircraft Regiment)
7th , 8th and 9th Battalions, The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own)

5th , 6th and 7th Battalions, The Essex Regiment

5th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment 6th (Cyclist) Battalion, The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 1st , 4th , 6th , 7th and 8th London Brigades, Royal Field Artillery 4th Home Counties Brigades, Royal Field Artillery 2nd London Divisional, Royal Engineers Kent (Fortress) Royal Engineers The Surrey Yeomanry (Queen Mary's Regiment) part of The Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)]

To become:

6th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment

1975
Amalgamated with:

7th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment
[formerly: 4th and 5th Battalions, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) 4th and 5th Battalions, The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 4th and 5th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment part of The Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)]

To become:

6th / 7th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment

1986
B and D Companies, 6th / 7th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment formed:

A and B Companies, 8th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Fusiliers (City of London)

with: C (City of London) Company, coming from 5th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

1993
A Company, 8th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Fusiliers (City of London) reverted to: 6th / 7th Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires)

[formerly: 6th / 7th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment] B and C Companies, 8th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Queen's Fusiliers (City of London) joined with: G (London Scottish) Company, 1st Battalion, The 51st Highland Volunteers D (London Irish Rifles) Company, 4th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rangers

To form:

The London Regiment

organised as: A (London Scottish) Company B (Queen's Regiment) Company C (City of London Fusiliers) Company D (London Irish Rifles) Company HQ (Anzio) Company

1999

Under the Strategic Defence Review of November 1998

The London Regiment

absorbed two companies: 4th Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets organised as: HQ (Anzio) Company A (London Scottish) Company B (Queen's Regiment) Company C (City of London Fusiliers) Company D (London Irish Rifles) Company F (Royal Green Jackets) Company G (Royal Green Jackets) Company

2007
F and G (Royal Green Jackets) Companies moved to join: 7th Battalion, The Rifles leaving HQ and four companies with:

The London Regiment

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