13th Regiment of Foot

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Crest of 13th Regiment of Foot

Known as The Somersetshire Regiment


  • 1685 raised as the Earl of Huntingdon's Regiment of Foot
  • 1688 became Hasting's Regiment
  • 1752 became the 13th Regiment of Foot+++
  • 1782 became the 13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot++
  • 1822 became the 13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment (Light Infantry)
  • 1842 became the 13th (Prince Albert's Own) Regiment of Light Infantry[1]
  • 1881 became Prince Albert's (Somersetshire) Light Infantry
  • 1959 amalgamated with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry to form the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry.
  • 1968 amalgamated with three other regiments of the Light Infantry Brigade to form The Light Infantry
  • 2007 amalgamated with the Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry, the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry and the Royal Green Jackets to form a single, large regiment to be named The Rifles

First World War

Territorial Force Troops

The 4th and 5th Battalions of the Somerset Light Infantry arrived in India in November 1914. A regimental history was written about the 2/5th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, which describes experiences of the Territorials in India called A Strange War: Burma, India and Afghanistan 1914-1919 by C P Mills. The story is told through the diary of Company Quarter Master Sergeant Ed Ewens written in 1928, and the memories of Bertie Rendell recorded for the IWM. The book includes many photographs taken by Bertie Rendell.

Garrison Battalion

Garrison Battalions were made up of soldiers unfit for front line duty. 1st Garrison Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry
 was formed in Plymouth in January 1917 and 
 moved to India in February 1917. Subsequently it joined Rawalpindi Brigade in 2nd (Rawalpindi) Division.

External Links

Historical books online


  1. Following the defence of Jalalabad