28 August 2008

7th (City of London) Bn, The London Regiment

This battalion had its origins in the 3rd City of London Volunteer Rifle Corps and had its headquarters in Sun Street, Finsbury Square in the City of London.

Here are some army services numbers and enlistment / joining dates for "The Shiny Seventh":

343 joined on 30th June 1908
507 joined on 26th February 1909
968 joined on 18th April 1910
1105 joined on 7th March 1911
1217 joined on 15th March 1912
1331 joined on 8th February 1913
1598 joined on 24th February 1914
1740 joined on 4th August 1914
2143 joined on 2nd September 1914
3108 joined on 14th October 1914
3160 joined on 16th November 1914
3276 joined on 7th December 1914
3314 joined on 6th January 1915
3392 joined on 20th March 1915
3469 joined on 6th April 1915
4079 joined on 3rd May 1915
5153 joined on 5th June 1915
5485 joined on 22nd July 1915
5558 joined on 19th August 1915
[I currently have no army service number / enlistment data for the period September 1915 to May 1916]
6263 joined on 1st June 1916
6638 joined on 6th July 1916
6924 joined on 4th August 1916
7385 joined on 18th October 1916
7674 joined on 2nd November 1916

When the Territorial Force was re-numbered in 1917, the 7th Londons re-numbered within the block 350001 to 370000.

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HISTORY OF THE “SHINY SEVENTH”



This from The Naval & Military Press:

"This history tells the story from the battalion's early beginnings to the end of WWII including the period between wars when, in 1936, the regiment’s role changed from infantry to searchlight and the title to 32nd (7th City of London) AA Battalion, RE.,TA. Most of the book, some 200 pages, is concerned with the Great War and the record of the two active battalions, 1/7th and 2/7th.

"The 1/7th landed in France in March 1915 with 4th London Brigade, 2nd London Division (in May these became 140th Brigade, 47th Division) and remained with it till January 1918. Its first major action was at Festubert and subsequently it fought at Loos, Vimy, High Wood (the divisional memorial stands today) Butte de Warlencourt , Messines and Cambrai. 2/7th was raised in September 1914 and landed in France in January 1917 with 174th Brigade 58th Division fighting its first major battle at Bullecourt in May and then took part in the Third Ypres offensive. In January 1918, following the reorganisation of the BEF from four to three battalion brigades the two battalions amalgamated becoming 7th London, in 174th Brigade 58th Division in which it served to the end of the war.

"The narrative includes extracts from letters, diaries and articles written by officers and men, casualty details are given as they occur and gallantry awards and other incidents. The inter-war years and WWII are only briefly covered and the Roll of Honour for The Great War (none for WWII) has the one list, officers and men of both battalions, in alphabetical order but without identifying the battalion; Honours and Awards are shown under 1/7th and the combined 2/7th and 7th. Other appendices give the succession of Honorary Colonels and provide details of Regimental Colours and Battle Honours. There is plenty of local interest which would certainly have jogged the memories of the Old Comrades.

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Read my other posts on numbering in the London Regiment battalions:

City of London Battalions

1st (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers)
2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers)
3rd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers)
4th (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers)
5th (City of London) Battalion (Rifle Brigade)
6th (City of London) Battalion (Rifles)
8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles)

County of London Battalions

9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles)
10th County of London) Battalion (Hackney) [Originally Paddington Rifles]
11th (County of London) Battalion (Finsbury Rifles)
12th (County of London) Battalion (The Rangers)
13th (County of London) Battalion (Kensington)
14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish)
15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles)
16th (County of London) Battalion (Queen's Westminster Rifles)
17th (County of London) Battalion (Poplar & Stepney Rifles)
18th (County of London) Battalion (London Irish Rifles)
19th (County of London) Battalion (St Pancras)
20th (County of London) Battalion (Blackheath & Woolwich)
21st (County of London) Battalion (First Surrey Rifles)
22nd (County of London) Battalion (The Queen's)
23rd (County of London) Battalion
24th (County of London) Battalion (The Queen's)
25th (County of London) Cyclist Battalion
28th (County of London) Battalion (Artists Rifles)

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