5th Regiment of Foot

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Also known as The Northumberland Fusiliers.


  • 1674 raised as the Irish Regiment or Viscount Clare's Regiment
  • 1751 became 5th Regiment of Foot
  • 1782 became HM 5th (Northumberland) Regiment of Foot
  • 1836 became the 5th (Northumberland Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 became the Northumberland Fusiliers
  • 1935 became the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
  • 1968 became the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers


Findmypast, pay website, contains a database "British Army, Northumberland Fusiliers 1881-1920",[1] located in Armed Forces & Conflict/Regimental & Service Records. It consists of transcripts from various sources created by Graham Stewart. "The information comes from over 70 sources including medal rolls, service records, medal index cards, battalion histories and St George’s Gazette, the regimental paper".

First World War

2nd Battalion

The 2nd Battalion left Southampton 24th September 1913, They originally docked in Bombay before moving to Ambala on the 18th October.[2] The Battalion left India at the end of 1914, for the Western Front.

2nd Garrison Battalion

Garrison Battalions were made up of soldiers unfit for front line duty, see First World War-Garrison Battalions


  • October 1915 - Formed at Newcastle.
  • February 1916 - Went to India and joined the Sialkot Brigade, 2nd (Indian) Division.
  • March 1916 - March 1917 To the 6th Poona divisional area.
  • March 1917 - October 1917 Poona Brigade. Remained with the Division but at Ahmednagar.
  • October 1917 - May 1918 Attached Troops. To the Ahmednagar Brigade.
  • May 1918 - 11 November 1918 Ahmednagar Brigade (formed in May 1918).
  • 18 Jan 1920 Disbanded in UK [3]

"Men of the 2nd Garrison Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers served in Mesopotamia from March 1917 until 1919. Whether this was the whole battalion, or elements of it, is not clear but the Battalion lost 179 men during the First World War and the majority died from sickness in Mesopotamia… It seems certain that all or part of the 2nd Garrison Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers arrived in Basra in late February or early March 1917. The deaths in Mesopotamia appeared to be from sickness including one from smallpox… The Garrison Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers appears to have remained in Mesopotamia until the winter of 1918/1919 as the last recorded death there was on January 4th 1919 at Amara. Amara was further North than Basra and was the headquarters from where the 13th Division started demobilisation in February 1919. The final death in the 2nd Garrison Battalion was recorded in India on March 21 1919. The 2nd Garrison Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers returned to England and was disbanded on January 8th 1920."[4]

The FIBIS database contains a reference to a memorial in Christ Church, Ahmednagar for the 2nd Garrison Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. “Officers, NCO's and men who died at Ahmednagar 1917 -1919. 42 names, the greater number had served in France, Belgium, Gallipoli or Mesopotamia during the war 1914-1918” [5] The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website lists 27 deaths at Ahmednagar, all NCOs and men[6]

Regimental Journal

A regular regimental journal can be a valuable source of information. St. George's Gazette was published from 1883 to 1968 and copies can be found at:

Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland is perhaps a possible source. Check with the Museum to see if current access is possible. Although in the past it was possible to visit the Archive,[7], visits to the Archive do not currently (2019, April) seem possible.

FIBIS resources

External links

Historical books online



  1. British Army, Northumberland Fusiliers 1881-1920 findmypast.
  2. Stewart, Graham. Northumberland Fusiliers, North West Frontier 1908 Great War Forum 12 January 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  3. British-Genealogy.com Forum keith 9351 accessed 18 Feb 2014
  4. Greveson, Alan. Alan Greveson's World War 1 Forum. Scroll down to Mike’s post dated 1st June 2010 and reply by Alan Greveson dated 2nd June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  5. FIBIS Database Group Memorials, Percy-Smith/Bullock Papers. Individual names do not appear to be available.
  6. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  7. Research FAQs northumberlandfusiliers.org.uk, archived webpage at 17 September 2016.