Dedicated to the men of the 20th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Blackheath & Woolwich)
In 1908 the 2nd and 3rd Volunteer Bns of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment were merged to form 20th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Blackheath and Woolwich), with HQ at Holly Hedge House.
The regimental badge was the white horse of Kent, derived from the QORWKs, and the uniform was red, with the black facings of the old 50th Foot (West Kents) before they had altered to blue with the change of title to ‘Queen’s Own Royal’. The Regimental Colour bore the Battle honour South Africa 1900–02 in recognition of the detachments of volunteers from the parent units who had served in the Second Boer War.
The new battalion formed part of 5th London Brigade in the TF’s 2nd London Division.
In 1916 the battalion was transferred to The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) and was reconstituted in the Territorial Army with Headquarters at Blackheath in 1920. Being named 20th London regiment (The Queen’s Own) in 1922. With it’s lineage being discontinued in 1961. The 1st Battalion was formed 4 August 1914 and formed part of the 2nd London Division which was a Territorial Force Division and already in existence at the outbreak of the war. The Division and Brigades were not numbered until April 1915 previously just named.
The 1/20th London Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), County of London Regiment (Territorial Force) arrived in France the morning of March 10th 1915 and served in France and Flanders until the Armistice.
During the Course of WW1, the 20th took part in the following actions.
- Battle of Aubers. 9 May 1915, including the attack on Fromelles and the Attack at Rue du Bois.
- Battle of Festubert. 15-25 May 1915.
- Battle of Loos. 25 Sep-8 Oct 1915.
- Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt. 13-19 Oct 1915.
- German attacks on Vimy Ridge. 21 May 1916.
- Battle of Flers-Courcelette. 15-22 Sep 1916
- The capture of Martinpuich.
- Battle of Le Transloy. 1-18 Oct 1916
- The capture of Eaucourt l’Abbaye, Le Sars
- The attacks on Butte de Warlencourt. Battle of Messines. 7-14 Jun 1917, St. Julian. 19, 22, 27 Aug 1917.
- German counter attacks. 30 Nov-3 Dec 1917.
- First Battle of Bapaume. 24-25 Mar 1918.
- Battle of the Ancre. 5 Apr 1918.
- Battle of Amiens. 8-11 Aug 1918.
- Battle of Albert. 21-23 Aug 1918
- The capture of Chuignes.
- Second Battle of Bapaume. 31 Aug-3 Sep 1918.
- The final advance to Artois. 2 Oct-11 Nov 1918
- The capture of Douai.