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6th Battalion, West Surrey Regiment (Queens)

   6th Battalion, Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) was raised at Guildford in August 1914 as part of Kitchener's First New Army and joined 37th Brigade, 12th (Eastern) Division. They trained at Purfleet with final training being undertaken near Aldershot from the 20th of February 1915, with the cavalry, motor machine gun battery, sanitary and veterinary sections joining the Division. They proceeded to France between the 29th of May and 1st of June 1915 landing at Boulogne, they concentrated near St Omer and by 6th of June were in the Meteren-Steenwerck area with Divisional HQ being established at Nieppe. They underwent instruction from the more experienced 48th (South Midland) Division and took over a section of the front line at Ploegsteert Wood on the 23rd of June 1915. They were in action in The Battle of Loos from the 30th of September, taking over the sector from Gun Trench to Hulluch Quarries consolidating the position, under heavy artillery fire. On the 8th they repelled a heavy German infantry attack and on the 13th took part in the Action of the Hohenzollern Redoubt, capturing Gun Trench and the south western face of the Hulluch Quarries. During this period at Loos, 117 officers and 3237 men of the Division were killed or wounded.By the 21st they moved to Fouquieres-les-Bethune for a short rest then returned to the front line at the Hohenzollern Redoubt until the 15th of November, when they went into reserve at Lillers. On the 9th of December, 9th Royal Fusiliers assisted in a round-up of spies and other suspicious characters in the streets of Bethune. On the 10th the Division took over the front line north of La Bassee canal at Givenchy. On the 19th of January they began a period of training in Open Warfare at Busnes, then moved back into the front line at Loos on the 12th of February 1916. In June they moved to Flesselles and carried out a training exercise. They moved to Baizieux on the 30th June and went into the reserve at Hencourt and Millencourt by mid morning on the 1st of July. They relieved the 8th Division at Ovillers-la-Boisselle that night and attacked at 3.15 the following morning with mixed success. On the 7th they attacked again and despite suffering heavy casualties in the area of Mash Valley, they succeeded in capturing and holding the first and second lines close to Ovillers. They were withdrawn to Contay on the 9th July. They were in action in The Battle of Pozieres on the 3rd of August with a successful attack capturing 4th Avenue Trench and were engaged in heavy fighting until they were withdrawn on the 9th. They moved north and in 1917 were in action at Arras in The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of Arleux and The Third Battle of the Scarpe. They remained in the Arras sector until the 30th of October when they moved to Hesdin for the Cambrai offensive in which the Division suffered heavy losses. In March 1918 they moved by motor lorry from Busnes to Albert and were in action in The Battle of Bapaume and spent the spring engaged in heavy fighting a the enemy advanced across the old Somme battlefields. On the 1st of July 1918, they attacked Bouzincourt. but were repelled by the enemy. They were relieved on the 10th and moved to the area south of Amiens. They were in action in The Battle of Amiens and were engaged in heavy fighting from the 22nd pushing the enemy back and capturing Meaulte, Mametz, Carnoy, Hardecourt and Faviere Wood with in a week. In September they were in action in a successful attack on Nurlu and pursued the enemy back to Sorel Wood. They were in action during The battles of the Hindenburg Line, including The Battle of Epehy and The Battle of the St Quentin canal. In October they fought in The Final Advance in Artois reaching the Scheldt Canal by the 27th. They were withdrawn for rest on the 30th and after the Armistice moved to the area east of Douai and were engaged in battlefield salvage and sports until demobilisation began.

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Those known to have served with  6th Battalion, West Surrey Regiment (Queens) during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Annis Walter. CSM. (d.26th July 1915)
  • Bartlem Hugh. Pte. (d.29th Aug 1918)
  • Doswell Frank. 2nd Lt.
  • Frost Earnest. Pte. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Newton Frank Ernest. Pte. (d.8th May 1917)

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Pte. Hugh Bartlem 6th Btn. Royal West Surrey Regiment (d.29th Aug 1918)

Hugh Bartlem served with the 6th Battalion Royal West Surrey Regiment (Queen's) and died of wounds in Flanders on the 29th August 1918.

S Flynn


Pte. Earnest Frost 6th Btn. Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment (d.4th May 1917)

Pte. Earnest Frost served with the 6th Battalion, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment and died at the battle of Arras in 1917

Darrel Weaver


CSM. Walter Annis 6th Btn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (d.26th July 1915)

Walter Annis died of wounds on the 26th of July 1915, aged 39. Buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension in France, he was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Anniss of Isleworth, Middlesex. Born: 26 February, 1876 He Served as a Colour-Sergeant in the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment during the Anglo-Boer War. Married Emily Annie Bolton on 4 August, 1911. They had two children Robert Walter, born 23 May, 1912 and Annie Evelyn, born 7 May, 1914.

He was entitled to the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, the Queen’s South Africa Medal (4 clasps), The King’s South Africa Medal (2 clasps), the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the 1903 Delhi Durbar Medal.

s flynn


2nd Lt. Frank Doswell MC 6th Btn. Royal West Surrey Queen's Regt.

Frank Doswell MC, 2nd Lt, died 1919.

My Great Uncle Frank Doswell, MC, 2nd Lt with the 6th Btn Queen's Regt, died of gas 1919, he was buried at Bandon Hill, Croydon, with full military honours. A Purley/Coulsdon boy, who died aged 27 years, and single. Frank won the MC at Hill 60, during the 3rd Battle of Ypres.

Stirling C Moss


Pte. Frank Ernest Newton 6th Battalion Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment (d.8th May 1917)

Frank Newton was my great uncle who died aged 19 near Monchy le Preux.

Pete Hill

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