Medals of the Regiments:
The Norfolk Regiment


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Norfolk Regiment Cap Badge Royal Norfolk Regiment Cap Badge
The bi-metal Norfolk Regiment cap badge 1896-1937:
 Britannia holding an olive sprig, within a wreath.
The gilding metal version 1937-1959 (last issues in anodised aluminium)
a smaller version was also produced for the beret.
Kipling and King 599 Kipling and King 1976





The Norfolk Regiment

1685 - 1959
pre 1881 post 1881
1st Battalion, 9th Regiment of Foot 1st Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment
2nd Battalion, 9th Regiment of Foot 2nd Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment
Earliest recognised formation: 1685, when raised as Henry Cornewall's Regiment of Foot.
Motto: "Firm"
Regimental Journal:  The Britannia
WWI: Battle Honours; 70 Victoria Crosses; 1 Died; 6000
WWII:    Battle Honours;  20 Victoria Crosses; 5 Died; ???
Amalgamated: 1959 with the Suffolk Regiment, to form the 1st East Anglian Regiment (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk)
A  2nd Battalion was operational 1799-1802 and 1804-1815 ( disbanded 1815, not reformed again until 1857), and a 3rd was raised 1799 (disbanded 1802)

The Peninsula War 1808 - 1814  1st and 2nd battalions present.

Military General Service Medal 1793 - 1814







Fuentes d'Onor


number: 76203 8590 4232 150


St. Sebastian



Total Medals Max clasps  
number: 186 19651 97359 10  

Four recipients were also entitled to Egypt clasps for service with other units; two officers on the Staff Officers list, and Privates Edward Cosby and John Harris  for service with the 22nd Light Dragoons


Battle Honours: Rolica, Vimiera, Corunna, Busaco, Salamanca, Vittoria, San Sebastian, Nive, Peninsula.


First Afghan War 1839-1842 

Cabul Medal 1842

number: 831

Battle Honour:  Cabool 1842.


The First Sikh War 1845 - 1846.  

The Sutlej Medal 1845 -46


Moodkee 1845






numbers: 899866 637

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

Battle Honours:  Moodkee, Ferozeshah,  Sobraon


Crimean War  1854 - 1856 

Crimea Medal 1854 -56

Clasp: →..none...


Total Medals
Number: ?? ?



Battle Casualties;

Action.KilledDied of Wounds'Wounded'Dangerously
1st Attack on the Redan 21 -- 1432 -49
2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Bombardments of Sebastopol and Minor Actions. 5- -5 2314 -47

 grand total   


Men who served in the Crimea also eligible for:

Turkish Crimea Medal 1855


Battle Honour: Sevastopol.

2nd Battalion reformed 1857

Operations against the Jowaki Afridis, NWF 1877-78 2nd Battalion

India General Service Medal 1854 - 95

Jowaki 1877-78
number: ?



Afghan War 1878-1880 2nd Battalion

Afghanistan Medal 1878 -1880

clasp: ...none...
Ali Musjid



total medals
number: 474 11 510 6 996

General Roberts' march, Kabul to Kandahar 9-31 August 1880

Kabul to Kandahar Star 1880

number: 5

Battle Honour: Kabul, Afghanistan 1879-80

1881: The 9th Regiment of Foot now becomes the Norfolk Regiment

Third Anglo-Burmese War 1885-87, and aftermath. 2nd Battalion

India General Service Medal 1854 - 95

Burma 1887-89
number: 206

Battle Honour: Burma 1885-7


Expeditions against the Chins 1889-1893 1st Battalion & 2nd Battalion (detachments)

India General Service Medal 1854 - 95

Chin-Lushai 1889-90
Chin-Hills 1892-93
battalion: 2nd 1st
number: 29 200



Anglo - Boer War 1899 - 1902 2nd Battalion (Jan 1900-end of the war) A significant number of men from the volunteer battalions also served.

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

Common clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; also:

Relief of Kimberley




number: ? ? ? ?    



Officers NCOs and Men
KIA & DOW/ DOD Wounded Missing / POW KIA & DOW Death from disease Wounded Missing / POW
2nd Battalion
4/- 5 2 11 56 39 17

Battle Honour: Paardeburg, South Africa 1900-1902.


Tibet Expedition 1903-04 1st Battalion, machine gun detachment only.

Tibet Medal 1903-04

number: 18



Somaliland Operations 1902-04  1st Battalion, small detachment.

Africa General Service 1899-1956

Somaliland 1902-04
number: ??

The Great War 1914 - 1918  ( 19 battalions; 9 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  2* 1/4 1/5 7 8** 9 12***
date of first overseas service.
 (first theatre red x )
France & Flanders x       x x x x  
Gallipoli     x
Egypt & Palestine     x x       x  
Mesopotamia  x              
Italy x                
India                 x
possible ?
1914 or 1914-15 x                
or 1914-15 only   x x x x x x    
VCs at a glance:                  
Extracted from : "Soldiers / Officers Died in the Great War" (consider approximate - in addition the regiment as a whole lost at least an additional  105 officers who are recorded with 'battalion not shown',  or with battalions not shown here, or who we have  not yet allocated a battalion.)
1223 560 395 551 1150 692 1054 134 29

*2nd Battalion in India at the start, sent to Mesopotamia. The Battalion was captured at Kut al Amara 29/4/16, although a temporary composite battalion was reformed shortly afterwards from the recovered wounded and new drafts of the 2nd Dorsets and 2nd Norfolks (nicknamed the Norsets). The battalion was fully reconstituted on the 16th July 1916.
**Disbanded 12th Feb 1918 to reinforce the 7th and 9th Battalions
***Formed in Egypt from the dismounted Norfolk Yeomanry
† AKA the "Vanished Battalion" suffered grievous losses in an assault led by the "cane waving and smoking" Colonel Proctor-Beauchamp on the Turkish positions two days after arrival in theatre, 12th August 1915.

Regular Territorial Force New Armies Garrison.


Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19
35 officers and 180 men of the Norfolk Regiment also qualified for this medal.


VCs: 1  Sherwood-Kelly  ( Serving as Commanding Officer 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers see that page for citation)


Battle Honours: Mons; Le Cateau; Marne 1914; Ypres 1914, 1915, 1917, 1918; Somme 1916, 1918; Hindenburg Line; Landing at Suvla; Gaza; Shaiba; Kut al Amara 1915, 1917.
Retreat from Mons; Aisne 1914; La Bassée 1914; Gravenstafel; St Julien; Frezenberg; Bellewaarde; Loos; Albert 1916, 1918; Delville Wood; Pozières; Guillemont; Flers-Courcelette; Morval; Thiepval; Le Transloy; Ancre Heights; Ancre 1916, 1918; Arras 1917; Vimy 1917; Scarpe 1917; Arleux; Oppy; Pilckem; Langemarck 1917; Polygon Wood; Broodseinde; Poelcapelle; Passchendaele; Cambrai 1917, 1918; St Quentin; Bapaume 1918; Lys; Bailleul; Kemmel; Scherpenberg; Amiens; Epéhy; Canal du Nord; St Quentin Canal; Beaurevoir; Selle; Sambre; Fiance and Flanders 1914-18; Italy 1917-18; Suvla; Scimitar Hill; Gallipoli 1915; Egypt 1915-17; El Mughar; Nebi Samwil; Jerusalem; Jaffa; Tell'Asur; Megiddo; Sharon; Palestine 1917-18; Ctesiphon; Defence of Kut al Amara; Mesopotamia 1914-18.


Operations against the Waziris and Mahsuds, North West Frontier 1919 - 24 2nd Battalion

India General Service Medal 1908

Waziristan 1919-21
numbers: ?
Granted the "Royal" title in 1935 to become "The Royal Norfolk Regiment"

Operations on the North West Frontier 1936-39 1st Battalion

India General Service Medal 1936-39


North  West Frontier 1937-36

North West Frontier 1937-39


WW2 1939 - 1945  

Battalion → 1st 2nd 4th 5th 6th 7th 30th
campaign ↓              
France and
Belgium 1940.
(Dunkirk )
  x       x  
North Africa & Middle East             x
Far East     x
Surrendered Singapore 15/2/42
Surrendered Singapore 15/2/42
Surrendered Singapore 15/2/42
Burma   x          
Sicily / Italy             x
N.W. Europe x         x  


  In India at the start left for the UK
30/9/40.  D-Day Landers with the 185th Infantry Brigade brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.
4th Infantry Brigade for the duration. France and Belgium 21/9/39 - 30/5/40
Moved to India 7/6/42, Burma 15/4/44-9/4/45 then back to India .
54th Infantry Brigade. Moved to India from the UK arriving 29/12/41 - then on to Malaya arriving 29/1/42. Surrendered to the Japanese Singapore Island 15/2/42 53rd Infantry Brigade. Moved to Malaya from the UK (diverted from India) arriving 13/1/42.  Surrendered to the Japanese Singapore Island 15/2/42 Under GHQ BEF for France and Belgium . 176th Infantry Brigade from 1942 - landed NW Europe 29/6/44 42nd Infantry Brigade. Arrived North Africa 25/8/43. Battalion renamed 170th and later 121st Infantry Brigade for deception purposes

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

  F&G B P P P F&G I

A surrendered body of  men were executed by the Germans see Le Paradis Massacre


VCs: 5;   Bates, Gristock,  Jamison,  Knowland,  Randle. (see separate Norfolks WW2 VC page)


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


Battle Honours:   St Omer-La Bassée; Normandy Landing; Brieux Bridgehead; Venraij; Rhineland; North-West Europe 1940, 1944-5; Singapore Island; Kohima; Aradura; Burma 1944-5. Defence of Escaut; St Valéry-en-Caux; Caen; Le Perier Ridge; Hochwald; Lingen; Brinkum; Johore; Muar; Batu Pahat; Malaya.

Regulars reduced to a single battalion (the 1st ) 1948

Korean War 1950 - 1953 1st Battalion (Oct 1951 - Sept 1952)

Queen's Korea Medal

Casualties / Honours and Awards.  (extracted from "The 38th Parallel" Peter Gaston: Pub A.D. Hamilton Glasgow 1976  and the separate POW roll compiled by the same individual )


CasualtiesKIA or DOWWoundedPOW
  34 ? 3
Honours and Awards: OBEDSOMCMMUS Bronze Star
number: 11 45 1

Battle Honours :   Korea 1951-52


The Cyprus Emergency 1955 - 1960  1st Battalion (Oct 1955- Dec 1956)

General Service Medal 1918-62




CO; Lt. Col. W.H. Brinkley

Amalgamated 1959.

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Selected Links

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County location

Selected Bibliography;

Author Title Publisher
Compiled by Richard Cannon, Esq., Adjutant-General's Office, Horse Guards. Historical Record of the Ninth, or The East Norfolk, Regiment of Foot; containing an Account of the Formation of the Regiment in 1685, and of its subsequent Services to 1847. 135 pp. London: Parker, Furnivall, & Parker, 1848.
Compiled by Col. C. H. Shepherd. Historical Records of The 2nd Battalion of Her Majesty's Ninth Regiment of Foot, now the 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.  91 pp.  Cork: printed by Guy and Co. Ltd., 1898
 F. Loraine Petre. The History of The Norfolk Regiment, 1685-1918. (2 volumes)   ???pp Norwich: Jarrold & Sons Ltd. 1924
Lieut.-Commdr. P. K. Kemp. Foreword by Brig. W. J. O'B. Daunt.  " " "  Vol. 3. History of the Royal Norfolk Regiment, 1919-1951.  192 pp Norwich: Regimental Association of The Royal Norfolk Regiment, 1953
By the Battalion [Major H. M. Wilson et al] The History of the 1st Battalion The Royal Norfolk Regiment during the World War, 1939-45. 111 pp. Norwich: Jarrold & Sons Ltd.  1947
(Lieut.-Col. I. H. F. Freeland) A History of 7th Battalion The Royal Norfolk Regiment in World War No. 2. July 1940-August 1944.   53 pp. printed in Germany. No date


Additional Bibliography for this Page.

Author/Compiler Title Publisher
Officers of the Regiment. Unpublished rolls in the care of the National Archives; WO 100/ etc. -
  Additional bibliography same as Northumberland Fusiliers page  



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