37th Regiment of Foot

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Badge of Hampshire Regt carved in Rock

Also known as 37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot


  • 1702 raised in Ireland as Thomas Meredith's Regiment of Foot also known until 1751 by the names of seven other colonels
  • 1751 became 37th Regiment of Foot
  • 1782 became 37th (the North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 united with 67th Regiment of Foot to become the 1st Battalion The Hampshire Regiment
  • 1946 became The Royal Hampshire Regiment
  • 1992 merged with the Queens Regiment to become The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment

British India Service

37th Regiment of Foot succeeded by 1st Btn Hampshire Regt
1846 Ceylon 1886 Secunderabad
1857 Indian Mutiny 1888 Burma
1857 Azimghur 1891 Bareilly
1857 Arrah 1893 Raniket
1866 Bengal 1896 Mooltan
1899 Cherat
1903 Aden
1925 Mhow
1927 Multan
1929 Razmak
1931 Nowshera
1934 Rawalpindi
1935 NW Frontier
1937 Deccan

First World War

1/4th, 2/4th, 1/5th, 2/5th, 1/6th, 1/7th, 2/7th, and 1/9th (Cyclist), Battalions, spent at least some time in India, before being transferred elsewhere, including Mesopotamia.

During their time in India, many drafts were provided for Hampshire Regiments in Mesopotamia. As an example, two War Diaries show that 1/4 Hants received drafts from 1/4 Bn India, 2/4, 1/6 Bn, 1/7 Bn, 2/7 Bn India.[1]

Refer next section for photographs.

FIBIS Resources

Regimental journal

Journal. 1st Hampshire Regiment no. 1-6 1903-1904 and The 37th Journal. 1st Hampshire Regiment no. 7-12 1904-1905. Available at the British Library
The Hampshire Regimental Journal from 1905. The British Library has some issues from 1905, but it is unclear what the holding is. The Regimental Museum, refer below, holds issues from 1905-1992. The National Army Museum may be another source.

External Links

Historical books online


  1. sotonmate. 1/4th Hampshire after Kut Great War Forum 16 April 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2016.