Article from Stand To! Number 49, 1997 by Ronald Clifton

A guide to finding a regiment on a large war memorial

On memorials such as the Menin Gate or Thiepval (and indeed on all CWGC memorials) the casualties are given in Army List order, which is neither alphabetical nor geographical. The following guide may help visitors to discover where a regiment's casualties may be found. The column headed 'SD' indicates in which part of Soldiers Died in the Great War the regiment will be found, and 'O' denotes Officers Died in the Great War. The Heading '1881' indicates the number of the 'marching regiments of Foot' which were the predecessors of the regiments of 1914. The offical names during the War are as given below, but several were slightly changed in the early 1920s, such as the old 19th Regiment, which added to its title officially in 1921 its long-standing nickname The Green Howards.

The word 'The' has here been omitted from the official title in every case, in order to save space. The regimental names appearing on headstones and memorials are normally shortened to retain the geographic location but dropping attributions such as 'Prince of Wale's Own'. Australian, Canadian, New Zealander, South African, Indian and other Imperial troops are found after the end of United Kingdom troops. The basic order: cavalry - artillery - engineers - infantry - services is preserved within each dominion, but as most of these troops are from numbered regiments, they are easier to find. Finally, don't forget that some soldiers' names were originally omitted but have since been added at the very end of the list.

 

SD 1881 Title
O - Commands and Staff (mostly general offciers and full colonels)
1 - 1st Life Guards
1 - 2nd Life Guards
1 - Royal Horse Guards
1 - 1st King's Dragoon Guards
1 - 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queens Bays)
1 - 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards
1 - 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards
1 - 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Dragoon Guards
1 - 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)
1 - 7th (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards
1 - 1st (Royal) Dragoons
1 - 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)
1 - 3rd (King's Own) Hussars
1 - 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars
1 - 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
1 - 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
1 - 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars
1 - 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars
1 - 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers
1 - 10th Prince of Wales's Own Royal Hussars
1 - 11th Prince Albert's Own Hussars
1 - 12th (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers
1 - 13th Hussars
1 - 14th (King's) Hussars
1 - 15th (King's) Hussars
1 - 16th (Queen's) Lancers
1 - 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own)
1 - 18th (Queen Mary's Own) Hussars
1 - 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars
1 - 20th Hussars
1 - 21st Lancers (Empress of India's)
1 - Yeomanry regiments (order omitted for reasons of space)
2 - Royal Horse Artillery
2 - Royal Field Artillery
3 - Royal Garrison Artillery
4 - Corps of Royal Engineers
5 - Grenadier Guards
5 - Coldstream Guards
5 - Scots Guards
5 - Irish Guards
5 - Welsh Guards (raised 1915)
5 - Guards Machine Gun Regiment (raised 1917)
6 1 Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
7 2 Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
8 3 Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
9 4 King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
10 5 Northumberland Fusiliers
11 6 Royal Warwickshire Regiment
12 7 Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
13 8 King's (Liverpool Regiment)
14 9 Norfolk Regiment
15 10 Lincolnshire Regiment
16 11 Devonshire Regiment
17 12 Suffolk Regiment
18 13 Prince Albert's (Somersetshire Light Infantry)
19 14 Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
20 15 East Yorkshire Regiment
21 16 Bedfordshire Regiment
22 17 Leicestershire Regiment
23 18 Royal Irish Regiment
24 19 Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
25 20 Lancashire Fusiliers
26 21 Royal Scots Fusiliers
27 22 Cheshire Regiment
28 23 Royal Welsh Fusiliers
29 24 South Wales Borderers
30 25 King's Own Scottish Borderers
31 26/90 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
32 27/108 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
33 28/61 Glouscestershire Regiment
34 29/36 Worcestershire Regiment
35 30/59 East Lancashire Regiment
36 31/70 East Surrey Regiment
37 32/46 Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
38 33/76 Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
39 34/55 Border Regiment
40 35/107 Royal Sussex Regiment
41 37/67 Hampshire Regiment
42 38/80 South Staffordshire Regiment
43 39/54 Dorsetshire Regiment
44 40/82 Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment)
45 41/69 Welsh Regiment
46 42/73 Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
47 43/52 Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
48 44/56 Essex Regiment
49 45/95 Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment
50 47/81 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
51 48/58 Northamptonshire Regiment
52 49/66 Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment)
53 50/97 Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment
54 51/105 King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)
55 53/85 King's (Shropshire Light Infantry)
56 57/77 Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment)
57 60 King's Royal Rifle Corps
58 62/99 Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment
59 63/96 Manchester Regiment
60 64/98 Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment)
61 65/84 Yorks and Lancaster Regiment
62 68/106 Durham Light Infantry
63 71/74 Highland Light Infantry
64 72/78 Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's)
65 75/78 Gordon Highlanders
66 79 Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
67 83/86 Royal Irish Rifles
68 87/89 Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers)
69 88/94 Connaught Rangers
70 91/93 Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
71 100/109 Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians)
72 101/104 Royal Munster Fusiliers
73 102/103 Royal Dublin Fusiliers
74 - Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
77 - Army Cyclist Corps (raised 1914)
75 - Machine Gun Corps (raised 1915)
75 - Tank Corps (raised 1916)
80 - Labour Corps (raised 1917)
76 - Honourable Artillery Company
77 - Monmouthshire Regiment
77 - Cambridgeshire Regiment
76 - London Regiment
76 - Inns of Court Officers Training Corps
77 - Hertfordshire Regiment
77 - Herefordshire Regiment
77 - Northern Cyclist Battalion
77 - Highland Cyclist Battalion
77 - Kent Cyclist Battalion
77 - Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion
77 - Royal Defence Corps (raised 1916)
78 - Army Service Corps
79 - Royal Army Medical Corps
80 - Army Veterinary Corps
O - Royal Army Chaplains' Department
O - Queen Alexandra's Imp. Military Nursing Service
80 - Queen Mary's Auxillary Army Corps
80 - Army Ordnance Corps
80 - Army Pay Corps
80 - Corps of Army Schoolmasters
80 - Corps of Military Police
80 - Corps of the Small Arms School
80 - Military Provost Staff Corps
80 - Non-Combatant Corps (raised 1916)
80 - Channel Islands Militia
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