List of Royal Fusiliers battalions in the Great War

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  1. Hello chaps I'm beginning research for a dissertation on the Royal Fusiliers in the Great War and can't seem to find a list of the 76 or so battalions (according to wiki) they raised. I'm particularly interested in battalions raised in London/ Kent as this is where i will be based for my research so will make it easier to visit the various archives. Really i just want a few battalions just to get the ball rolling and will trawl through the national army and IWM archives soons. Cheers!
     
  2. A list of all the Royal Fusilier battalions who saw service overseas during the great war:

    The Royal Fusiliers 1914-1918

    The Royal Fusiliers in 1914-1918

    Those were in the top couple of hits on google by the way mate...
     
  3. ah my bad, thanks very much though wedge35 appreciated!
     
  4. According to:

    Middlebrook, M. (2000): Your Country Needs You, page 163

    The Royal Fusiliers raised 47 battalions of which 23 saw active service. The regiment sustained 16,321 fatal casulaties (average of 695 per battalion in the field).

    Money Barnes (1968): The British Army of 1914 page 177

    The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (7th Foot) in 1914 consisted of four regular battalions, 3 Territorial Force battalions, and four associated TF battalions of The London Regiment:

    1st Bn, The Royal Fusiliers - stationed at Kinsale
    2nd Bn, The Royal Fusilers - stationed at Calcutta
    3rd Bn, The Royal Fusiliers - stationed at Lucknow
    4th Bn, The Royal Fusiliers - stationed at Parkhurst

    5th (Royal Westminster Militia) Bn, The Royal Fusilers TF
    6th (Royal South Middlesex Militia Bn, The Royal Fusiliers TF
    7th (Royal London Militia) Bn, The Royal Fusiliers TF

    1st (City of London) Bn, The London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
    2nd (City of London) Bn, The London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
    3rd (City of London) Bn, The London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
    4th (City of London) Bn, The London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)

    Hope this is of use.
     
  5. Certainly will be thanks very much!
     
  6. Dunno how closely it aligns with Middlebrook, but there is a (very very well known) WW1 memorial to the RF, in the middle of the main road about 50m from Chancery Lane tube station in London, with all its Battalions listed on the plinth. Their diversity is impressive.

    A Google search might reveal it.

    Somewhere on a hard disk at home (on hols in S of France right now) I think I have a photo of the list: if it's of interest, let me know. I'll be back in UK bank holiday monday.
     
  7. The Fusiliers mess at the Tower also has a museum. I'm sure you'll find a wealth of subject matter expertise there.
     
  8. Speaking as a 30-yr regular of the Fusilier persuasion, I'm much less sure. You'll certainly get a lot of myth-making,
     
  9. What nationality are they saying the 'blood' on the hackle belonged to this month? :wink:
     
  10. None on the RF hackle. :wink:

    "The Royal Fusiliers in the Great War" by H C O'Neill (ISBN 9781843421733) is a good source. Available from the usual outlets.
     
  11. "Swing your browser around now to your left and you'll see the statute which marks the fallen soldiers of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) in both world wars. Fusiliers because they were originally armed with fusils, the first muskets with flintlock mechanisms. There are also a couple of interesting sidebars to the history of this regiment.

    The first is that in 1917 five battalions of Jewish volunteers were incorporated into the British Army as the 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st and 42nd Battalions of the Royal Fusiliers Regiment. Three of the battalions fought in the Middle East and one of the soldiers in their ranks was a Private Ben-Gurion, who eventually became the first Prime Minister of Israel. In fact two future Israeli Prime Ministers and a future President of Israel served in the Royal Fusiliers.

    The second unexpected connection is with Pink Floyd, the English rock band. Band member Roger Waters wrote a song called "When The Tigers Broke Free', a tribute to his father who was a member of the Royal Fusiliers and was killed during the Anzio landings in Italy by an overwhelming attack of German Tiger tanks on his company: "and the Anzio bridgehead was held for the price / Of a few hundred ordinary lives".

    Incidentally, the Regimental Chapel of the Royal Fusiliers is Saint Sepulchre-Without-Newgate. ‘Without’ meaning that it stood outside the now demolished city wall near the Newgate and almost opposite the Old Bailey. "

    CyberTours: Walking High Holborn
     
  12. Stroke me with a chain saw Tommy Cooker
    Thought about doing a little thing called "original research"?
    I get the impression that your planning for this "dissertation" amounts to a few scibbles on the back of a fag packet, while in the Pub.
    Mind you the days of research in the depths of ARRSe will turn it in to a sure fire first.

    You BF!
     
  13. Here's a list of Royal Fusilier WWI war diaries held in the National Archives at Kew: [TABLE] [TR] [TD]WO 95/128[/TD] [TD]43 (Garrison) Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1918 Aug. - 1919 Sept.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/151[/TD] [TD]1 Rhine Brigade: 23 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1919 Nov. - 1920 Feb.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/267[/TD] [TD]33 Labour Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1916 Mar. - 1917 May[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/517[/TD] [TD]37 Labour Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1916 July - 1917 Apr.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/1349[/TD] [TD]5 Infantry Brigade: 24 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Nov. - 1919 Mar.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/1350[/TD] [TD]17 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Nov. - 1918 Jan.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/1363[/TD] [TD]17 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1918 Feb. - 1919 Feb.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/1372[/TD] [TD]17 Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Dec[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/1372[/TD] [TD]22 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Nov. - 1918 Jan.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/1372[/TD] [TD]23 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Nov. - 1919 July[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/1431[/TD] [TD]9 Infantry Brigade: 4 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1914 Aug. - 1919 Apr.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/1613[/TD] [TD]1 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1914 Oct. - 1915 Oct.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/1857[/TD] [TD]8 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 June - 1918 Feb.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/1857[/TD] [TD]9 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 June - 1919 June[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/1941[/TD] [TD]3 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1918 Sept[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2045[/TD] [TD]11 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 July - 1919 Apr.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2207[/TD] [TD]1 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Nov. - 1919 May[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2208[/TD] [TD]12 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Aug. - 1918 Feb.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2279[/TD] [TD]3 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1914 Dec. - 1915 Oct.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2301[/TD] [TD]2 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1916 Feb. - 1919 Mar.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2423[/TD] [TD]18 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Nov. - 1916 Feb.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2423[/TD] [TD]20 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Nov. - 1918 Feb.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2427[/TD] [TD]19 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Dec. - 1916 May[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2427[/TD] [TD]21 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Nov. - 1916 Feb.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2532[/TD] [TD]10 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Aug. - 1919 Mar.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2532[/TD] [TD]13 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Aug. - 1918 Jan.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2538[/TD] [TD]13 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1918 Feb. - 1919 Feb.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2643[/TD] [TD]17 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1919 Apr. - Sept.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2643[/TD] [TD]23 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1919 Mar. - Sept.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2644[/TD] [TD]26 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1916 May - 1917 Oct.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2644[/TD] [TD]26 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1918 Mar. - 1919 Sept.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2644[/TD] [TD]32 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1916 May - 1917 Oct.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/2831[/TD] [TD]3 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1918 July - 1919 May[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/3119[/TD] [TD]7 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1916 July - 1919 Apr.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/4243[/TD] [TD]124 Infantry Brigade: 26 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1917 Nov. - 1918 Feb.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/4243[/TD] [TD]124 Infantry Brigade: 32 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1917 Nov. - 1918 Mar.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/4310[/TD] [TD]2 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Jan. - 1916 Jan.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/4456[/TD] [TD]38 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1918 Jan. - 1919 Apr.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/4456[/TD] [TD]39 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1918 Apr. - 1919 Apr.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/4459[/TD] [TD]38 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1919 May - 1920 Mar.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/4459[/TD] [TD]39 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1919 May - Dec.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/4470[/TD] [TD]40 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1918 Aug. - 1919 Nov.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/4921[/TD] [TD]3 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Nov. - 1918 June[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/5332[/TD] [TD]DETACHED FORCES: 1 East African Infantry Brigade: 25 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1916 Dec. - 1917 Feb.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/5325[/TD] [TD]Lindi Column: 25 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1917 May - Sept.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/5334[/TD] [TD]Reserve Column: 25 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1917 Feb. - May[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/5340[/TD] [TD]25 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1915 Mar. - 1916 Nov.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/5430[/TD] [TD]DVINA FORCE: 'Sadlier-Jackson's' Brigade: 45 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1919 June - Sept.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/5430[/TD] [TD]DVINA FORCE: 'Sadlier-Jackson's' Brigade: 46 Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1919 July - Aug.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]WO 95/5460[/TD] [TD]22 (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers[/TD] [TD]1914 Sept. - 1915 Nov.[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] A number of these will already be digitally copied and will be available to download from the National Archives website (usually for £3.50 per diary).
     
  14. I just did a little spreadsheeting with that list. It covers 30 Bns as follows (note gaps in the numbering):
    1RF, 2RF, 3RF, 4RF, 7RF, 8RF, 9RF, 10RF, 11RF, 12RF, 13RF, 17RF, 18RF, 19RF, 20RF, 21RF, 22RF, 23RF, 24RF, 25RF, 26RF, 32RF, 33RF, 37RF, 38RF, 39RF, 40RF, 43RF, 45RF, 46RF

    Bn diaries are gold mines for all sorts of detail - providing you are focussing a line of inquiry (i.e. under what circumstances did so-and-so die; what was the units routine in defence) but they were seldom written with an eye to narrative flow, but just as a part of the daily drudge of routine duties, often by very tired and quite junior officers. Seldom do they mention names of soldiers killed below the rank of CSM, and often ignore all names but those of officers killed/wounded/posted.

    That said, you just won't know till you get yr nose into them: last year I found a truly epic description of trench fighting at Gallipoli, in an Aussie Bn war diary.
     
  15. Yes very pot luck with war diaries. The WWII diaries often have a great deal of extra information in the way of appendices, maps, tracings, aerial photos, etc. than the WWI ones. Meant to mention with the above list I obviously missed out the Scots, Welsh, Irish, Dublin, Inniskilling, Munster, etc. Fusiliers. If you add those in then there's around 200 diaries available.