The King's (Shropshire Light Infantry)

Battalions of the Regular Army

1st Battalion
August 1914 : at Tipperary. Under command of 16th Brigade in 6th Division.
10 September 1914 : landed at St Nazaire.

2nd Battalion
August 1914 : in Secunderabad, India. Returned to England, landing at Plymouth in November 1914. Moved to Winchester and came under orders of 80th Brigade in 27th Division.
21 December 1914 : landed at Le Havre.
Moved with the Division to Salonika, arriving 4 December 1915.

3rd (Reserve) Battalion
August 1914 : in Shrewsbury. A depot/training unit, it moved on mobilisation to Pembroke Dock. Had a period in Edinburgh in 1915 before returning to Pembroke. Moved in december 1917 to Crosshaven in Queenstown Harbour, Cork. Moved on to Fermoy in early 1918.

Battalions of the Territorial Force

1/4th Battalion
August 1914 : in Shrewsbury. Army Troops attached to Welsh Division. Moved on mobilisation to Sittingbourne.
29 October 1914 : sailed from Southampton for India, arriving at Bombay on 1 December.
10 February 1915 : arrived at Singapore, although a detachment was sent to the Andaman Islands. Rejoined as a battalion in Singapore on 13 April 1917.
30 May 1917 : arrived at Capetown. Sailed on 29 June for Southampton.
27 July 1917: landed at Le Havre.
18 August 1917 : attached to 190th Brigade in 63rd (Royal Naval) Division.
4 February 1918 : transferred to 56th Brigade in 19th (Western) Division.

2/4th Battalion
Formed at Shrewsbury in October 1914 as a second line unit. Moved to Cardiff.
Moved in July 1915 to Isle of Man. Moved to Bedford in November 1915, was at Lowestoft and Yarmouth in 1916. Moved to Aldeburgh in mid 1917 but was disbanded later in the year.

3/4th Battalion
Formed at Shrewsbury in May 1915 and moved to Oswestry and then Tenby.
8 April 1916 : became 4th Reserve Bn.
Was at Swansea in 1917 and finally at Pembroke Dock as part of Milford Haven Garrison.

10th (Shropshire & Cheshire Yeomanry) Battalion
Formed at Cairo on 2 March 1917, from two dismounted Yeomanry regiments and came under command of 231st Brigade in 74th (Yeomanry) Division.
7 May 1918 : landed at Marseilles for service in France.

Battalions of the New Armies

5th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Shrewsbury in August 1914 as part of K1 and came under orders of 42nd Brigade in 14th (Light) Division. Moved initially to Aldershot and then went on to Chiddingfold in March 1915, before briefly returning to Aldershot.
20 May 1915 : landed at Boulogne.
4 February 1918 : disbanded at Jussy. Troops dispersed to 1st, 1/4th, 6th and 7th Bns.

6th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Shrewsbury in September 1914 as part of K2 and came under command of 60th Brigade in 20th (Light) Division. Moved to Aldershot and then on to Larkhill in April 1915.
22 July 1915 : landed at Boulogne.

7th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Shrewsbury in September 1914 as part of K3 and came under command of 76th Brigade, 25th Division. Moved to Codford. Went to billets in Bournemouth in May 1915, moved to Romsey in May then next month to Aldershot.
28 September 1915 : landed at Boulogne.
15 October 1915 : Brigade moved to 3rd Division.
19 October 1915 : transferred to 8th Brigade in same Division.

8th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Shrewsbury in September 1914 as part of K3 and moved to Seaford, where it came under command of 66th Brigade in 22nd Division. Moved to billets in Eastbourne in December 1914. Moved back to March 1915 and on to Aldershot in May.
Landed in France on 5 September 1915 but sailed from Marseilles 28 October, landing at Salonika 6 November 1915.

9th (Reserve) Battalion
Formed in Pembroke Dock in October 1914 for K4, under command of 104th Brigade of original 35th Division.
10 April 1915 : converted into a reserve battalion. Moved in June 1915 to Kinmel Park and went on in August to Prees Heath.
1 September 1916 : converted into 48th Training Reserve Battalion of 11th Reserve Brigade at Prees Heath.

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Infantry moving up to the line. With it being moderately dry, duckboarded and with good head cover, this would have been regarded as a decent enough trench. Author's collection.

The standard badge of the KSLI as depicted on a CWGC headstone. Image from PaulHP's collection at flickr, for which my thanks.


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In remembrance

This page is dedicated to the memory of men like

Gabriel and William Townsend, brothers from Little Birch who enlisted into the 5th (Service) Battalion;
Harry Juckes
, a Territorial of the Herefordshire Regiment who was posted to 6th KSLI and became its RSM;
Joseph Burgess
, wounded during the Battle of Arras while with 7th (Service) Battalion, and
George Piper
, a pre-war regular who served in France and Salonika with 2nd Battalion.

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