Casualty Count
This is a count from the roll of honour published in the WWII Regimental history "The Worcestershire Regiment 1920-1950" by Lt-Col Lord Birwood. Published; Aldershot 1952 Gale & Polden.
 

Medals of the Regiments:
The Worcestershire Regiment

 
 
Worcestershire Regiment cap badge 1898 - 1923Worcestershire Regiment cap badge 1923  to amalgamation
cap badge 1898 - 1923cap badge 1923  to amalgamation
(this one in bi-metal, also produced in anodised aluminium)

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 The Worcestershire Regiment
1694 - 1970
 
 
 
Titles
pre 1881post 1881
29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment
36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot2nd Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment
 
Earliest recognised formation: 1694 for the 29th Foot which was initially raised as 'Farrington's Regiment', and 1701 for the 36th Foot, raised in Ireland as Charlemont's Regiment.
 
Motto: Firm
 
Regimental Journal:  Firm, which superseded an earlier publication titled "The Green 'Un."
 
WWI:Battle Honours; 72Victoria Crosses; 8Died; 9460
WWII:    Battle Honours; 34Victoria Crosses; 0Died; 958 N
 
Amalgamated:1970, with the Sherwood Foresters (The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) to become "The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment"
 
 
 
 

Action against the French Navy: "Glorious First of June" 1794  29th Regiment , serving as marines.

Naval General Service Medal.  1793 - 1840

clasp:

1st June 1794

vessel:HMS GloryHMS AlfredHMS ThundererHMS Brunswick
number:2321
 

Battle Honour: A naval crown super-scribed '1st June 1794'  was permitted to be borne on the colours.

 
 
 

Peninsula War 1808 - 1814

Military General Service Medal 1793 - 1814 clasps:

Total MedalsMax claspsRoleiaVimeraCorunnaTalaveraBusacoFuentes
d' Onor
AlbuheraSalamancaVittoriaPyreneesSt. SebastianNivelleNiveOrthesToulouse
29th Regiment
15089088-10365-114----1---
36th Regiment
21210338772612-113211210685569121
 

Battle Honours: Rolica, Vimera, Corunna, Talavera, Albuhera, Salamanca, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse.

 
 
 

The First Sikh War 1845 -1846.  29th Regiment.

The Sutlej Medal 1845-46

Battle

Date

Ferozeshuhur

21-22/12/1845

Sobraon

10/02/1846

numbers:(784)612 (?)
 

A recipients first battle corresponds to the medal reverse type, followed by clasp(s) for subsequent battles.  Medal reverses are in brackets.

Battle Honours: Ferozeshah, Sobraon.

 
 
 

The Second Sikh War 1848 -1849.  29th Regiment.

The Punjab Medal 1848-49

clasps:...none...

Chilianwala

Goojerat

numbers?948824
 

Battle Honours: Chilianwallah, Goojerat.

 
 
 

India Mutiny 1857

India Mutiny Medal. 1857 -59

clasp:...none....

Lucknow

numbers:3271
 
 
 
Became "The Worcestershire Regiment" in 1881 (1st and 2nd Battalions)
3rd and 4th Regular Battalions also existed 1900-1922
 

Anglo-Boer War 1899 - 1902  1st Battalion (April 1900- end of war) 2nd Battalion (January 1900- end of war)  The 4th Battalion arrived in 1902. Volunteer battalions also supplied companies.

Regulars: Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, with or without the King's South Africa Medal 1901 - 1902

Frequently encountered clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; also common:

 
 1st Btn
clasp;

Wittebergen

numbers;?
 

 

OfficersNCOs and Men
KIA & DOWWoundedMissing / POWKIA & DOWDeath from disease WoundedMissing / POW
1st Battalion April 1900 - end of war
-4-1249334
2nd Battalion, January 1900- end of war
4413866883
 

Battle Honours: South Africa 1899-1902

 
 
 

The Great War 1914 - 1918  (total of 22  battalions;  13 served overseas:- )

Generally awarded the British War Medal & Victory Medal, men overseas prior to 1/1/1916 also a 1914 or 1914-15 Star.

Battalion →1* 234**1/71/82/72/8910111417***
date of first overseas service.
 (first theatre red x )
6/11
1914
14/8
1914
16/8
1914
25/4
1915
31/3
1915
31/3
1915
25/5
1916
25/5
1916
13/7
1915
19/7
1915
21/9
1915
21/6
1916
28/6
1918
France & Flandersxxxxxxxx xxxx
Gallipoli   x    x    
Egypt & Palestine   x    x    
Mesopotamia        x    
Macedonia          x  
Italy    xx       
North Persia          x    
South Russia        x x  
              
Star
possible ?
1914 or 1914-15 xxx          
or 1914-15 only   xxx  xxx  
              
died
Extracted from : "Soldiers / Officers Died in the Great War" (consider approximate - in addition 101 officers are recorded with 'battalion not shown' and at least another 120 with battalions not listed here )
11821285155315844934341573747077942322353
 

* 1st Battalion was in Egypt when war declared, sailed for the UK 30th September arriving 16th October 1914.
** 4th Battalion was in Burma when war declared and returned first to the UK.
*** Formed in France, 28th June 1918 from the the 17th (Garrison) Battalion, cadres of the 10th Battalion, and the 12th Yorkshire Regiment.

Territorial Force War Medal 1914 - 1919
 243 officers and men of the Worcestershire Regiment also qualified for this medal.

RegularTerritorial ForceNew ArmiesGarrison.
 
 
 

Jewish / Arab Unrest, Palestine 1936 - 39  1st  Battalion

General Service Medal 1918 - 62

  
Clasp:

Palestine

Number:?
 
 
 

WW2 1939 - 1945   four battalions served overseas:

Battalion →1st2nd7th8th
campaign ↓    
France and
Belgium 1940
(Dunkirk )
  xx
North Africa & Middle Eastx
Captured at the fall of Tobruk 21/06/1942
   
Burma xx 
Sicily / Italy    
N.W. Europex   
 

Notes.

 Battalion reconstituted in the UK around a nucleus of men who had evaded capture at Tobruk & the disbanded 11th BattalionBattalion in India 39-44
Burma Nov 44-end of war
Suffered significant losses in the 1940 campaign.
India; June '42 -March '44
Burma; March 44-end of war
 

WW2 Stars common to the Battalion. (excluding 39-45 star )
 Key: A = Africa,  B =  Burma,  F&G = France and Germany

 A, F&G.  B.B.-
     

 Most also entitled to the 1939-45 War Medal and many the Defence Medal

 

 

 
 
 

Re-establishment of order post WW2, South East Asia 1945 -46 2nd Battalion

General Service Medal 1918 - 62

  
Clasp:
S.E. Asia 1945 -46
Number:?
 
1948: 1st and 2nd Battalions amalgamated into the 1st Battalion.
 

The Malaya Emergency: Operations against Communist insurgents. 1948-60 1st Battalion (1950-53)

General Service Medal 1918 - 62

  
Clasp:

Malaya

Number:?
 
 
 

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Selected Links

The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot)

 
 
 

Selected Bibliography; The Worcestershire Regiment - 29th and 36th Regiments of Foot.

 
Author/CompilerTitlePublisher
Major H. Everard.History of Thos. Farrington's Regiment, subsequently designated The 29th (Worcestershire) Foot, 1694 to 1891.598 pp., Worcester: Littlebury and Company, 1891.
 Richard CannonHistorical Record of The Thirty-Sixth, or The Herefordshire Regiment of Foot; containing an Account of the Formation of the Regiment in 1701, and of its subsequent Services to 1852.  135 pp.Adjutant-General's Office, Horse GuardsPublished by Parker, Furnivall, & Parker 1853
 "Compiled from the Official Digest of Services of the Regiment."Historical Records of The Thirty-Sixth. Re-issue in two parts, Historical Records of The Thirty-Sixth Regiment, from 1852 to 1881.135 & 123 pp London: Mitchell & Co., 1883.
Capt. H. Fitz-M. StackeThe Worcestershire Regiment in the Great War.. Forming part of the Worcestershire County War Memorial. 667 pp.Kidderminster: G. T. Cheshire & Sons Ltd., 1929
Lieut.-Col. Lord Birdwood.The Worcestershire Regiment, 1922-1950. 302 pp.Aldershot: Gale & Polden Ltd., 1952
R. GaleThe Worcestershire Regiment. (Famous Regiments Series) 122pp London. Leo Cooper 1970
A.B. Parker (Capt)A History of 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in Malaya 1950-53   41ppWorcester; In the Firm 1954-56.

 

Additional Bibliography for this Page.

 
Author/CompilerTitlePublisher
Officers of the Regiment.Unpublished rolls in the care of the National Archives; WO 100/ etc.-
Message, Colin.Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840 , Alphabetical Roll of Recipients.Published by the Author 1996.
   
 Additional bibliography same as Northumberland Fusiliers page  
 

 

 

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