- 1st and 2nd Battalions The King's Shropshire Light Infantry
were formed from 53rd and 85th Foot, the Militia units
of Shropshire and Herefordshire became part of K.S.L.I.
and were called 3rd and 4th (Militia) Battalions. Shrewsbury
became Regimental Depot
1882 - The King's (Shropshire Light Infantry)
1882 - Egypt, defence of Alexandria, capture of Kafr
Dowar and Damietta, Malta
1885 - Suakin, Cyprus and Egypt
1887 - Matla
1891 - Egypt, then China in same year
1899 - 2nd Battalion in South African War. 1st Battalion
in Hong Kong. Then India
1914-1918 - Great War - sixteen Battalions raised,
8 served overseas. 52 Battle Honours are won. 4th (T.A.)
Battalion received Croix de Guerre avec Palmes in fighting
1st - France and Flanders 10 Sept 14. 1st was part
of 16th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, Third Corps.
Left Germany Apr 19. Aden 10 Nov 19. India 1 Dec 20.
2nd - India. France and Flanders 21 Dec 14. Salonika
4 Dec 15. South Russia 23 Dec 19 (Batum, with detachments
at Tchakwa and Artvin). Embarked for U.K. 17 June 19.
Ireland July 19-1922.
4th - India 1 Dec 14. Burma 10 Dec 14 - 'D' Company
to Andaman Islands. Singaore 10 Feb 15 to deal with
mutiny of 5th Light Infantry. Hong Kong 28 Mar 15 'B'
and 'H' only. 2 May 15 details to Kelantan, Malaya to
deal with uprising. Bn. concentrated by Apr 17. Colombo
19 Apr 17. South Africa 30 may 17 until 29 June 17.
France and Flanders 29 Jul 17.
5th - France and Flanders 20 May 15, disbanded in France
4 Feb 18. 1916 - 14th (Light) Division, 42nd Brigade.
6th - France and Flanders 22 July 15. 1916 - 20th (Light)
Division, 60th Brigade.
7th - France and Flanders 28 Sept 15. 1916 - 3rd Division,
8th - France and Flanders 5 Sept 15. Salonika 6 Nov
15. Absorbed by the 2nd Bn. in Salonika 29 Nov 18.
10th Formed in Egypt from the Cheshire and Shropshire
Yeomanry regiments on 2 Mar 17. 10th (Shropshire &
Chesire Yeomanry) Bn. was part of 231st Infantry Brigade,
74th (Yeomanry) Division, XXI Corps. Palestine 1917-18.
France and Flanders 7 May 18.
August-September 1914 - B.E.F., III Corps (Pulteney),
6th Division (Keir), 16th Brigade included 1/KSLI.
1920 - The King's Shropshire Light Infantry
1919-1939 K.S.L.I. consists of two Regular Battalions
- 1st and 2nd - and the 4th (Territorial) Battalion.
Herefordshire Regiment reformed and remained within
the Corps of the K.S.L.I.
1st Battalion goes to India until 1938, 2nd Battalion
in Ireland and Germany, returned to England in 1927
1939-1940 - B.E.F. First Corps (Lt-General M. G. H.
Barker), 1st Division (Major-General Hon. H. R. L. G.
Alexander), 3rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Bn King's Shropshire
1939-1945 - by 1940 Corps of the K.S.L.I. consists
of two Regular Battalions, the 4th and 5th T.A. Battalions,
the 1st and 2nd Herefordshire (T.A.) and the 6th and
7th K.S.L.I. Service Battalions. They saw service in
N. W. Europe, N. Africa, Italy, Syria and Palestine.
The 6th and 7th Battalions were converted into Artillery.
48 Battle Honours were earned.
1944 - Jan. - Apr. - 1st Battalion at Anzio as part
of 3rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. D-Day
- 2nd Bn. landed on Sword Beach, 3rd Division (Major
General Thomas Rennie), 185th Brigade.
1947 - Herefordshire Regiment becomes The Herefordshire
1948 - 1st and 2nd Battalions amalgamated.
1951 - to Korea for 1 year - arrived May 1951, departed
September 1952. In July 1951 the 1st KSLI was part of
the 28th BR, Commonwealth BDE.
1955 - to Kenya for operations against Mau Mau
1958 - to Bahrein in Persian Gulf during Suez Canal
crisis then to England
two years in England in Strategic Reserve at Cholchester
1961 - Munster, Germany for three years
1964 - Plymouth, two companies to British Honduras
1966 - move to Singapore and in 1967 to Malaysia, became
part of Commonwealth Brigade in 1968, companies rotated
1968 - Light Infantry.
The Light Infantry (LI), was formed on Vesting Day
10 July 1968 from the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
(51st Foot & 105th Foot), the King's Shropshire
Light Infantry (53rd Foot & 85th Foot), the Durham
Light Infantry (68th Foot & 106th Foot) and the
Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry to form the Light
Infantry in the Light Division.
Still the largest infantry regiment in the Order of
Battle, there are six Light Infantry Battalions today.
The Light Infantry