Photographs from the archive of the Surrey Regiments

Surrey History Centre holds the vast archive of The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment and its predecessors, which spans four centuries and occupies 45 metres of shelving in the archive strongrooms.

The regiments served all over the world, in China, India, Africa, and the far East. Through battalion war diaries and private journals, official photograph albums and snaps taken by wide-eyed soldiers, thousands of stories are revealed documenting heroism and disaster, imperial heyday and decline, the trenches on the Western Front, the deserts of the Middle East and the jungles of Burma.

These images show just a sample of the diverse cultures encountered.

7th Battalion Gold Coast Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force, before Burma, c 1930s

7th Battalion Gold Coast Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force, before Burma, c 1930s

Inhabitants of Trinidad, c. 1880s. From an album taken by the 31st Regiment of Foot (later East Surrey Regiment). (SHC ref: ESR/2/13/4 p.75)

Inhabitants of Trinidad, c. 1880s.
From an album taken by the 31st Regiment of Foot (later East Surrey Regiment).
(SHC ref: ESR/2/13/4 p.75)

Inhabitants of Trinidad, c. 1880s.  From an album taken by the 31st Regiment of Foot (later East Surrey Regiment).  (SHC ref: ESR/2/13/4 p.75)

Inhabitants of Trinidad, c. 1880s.
From an album taken by the 31st Regiment of Foot (later East Surrey Regiment).
(SHC ref: ESR/2/13/4 p.75)

A Chinese man, c.1862. From an album taken by the 31st Regiment of Foot  (later East Surrey Regiment) based in Shanghai, China, in 1862 (SHC ref: ESR/2/13/4 p.75).

A Chinese man, c.1862. From an album taken by the 31st Regiment of Foot
(later East Surrey Regiment) based in Shanghai, China, in 1862 (SHC ref: ESR/2/13/4 p.75).

Click here to read more about the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment.

Click here to read a summary of the arrangement of the records of the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment held at the Surrey History Centre.Click here to see the research guide (pdf) “Tracing military records at Surrey History Centre“.

Click here to find out more about Surrey’s diverse cultures.

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