The London Regiment exhibition at the Guards Museum was formally unveiled by Major General Ben Bathurst (former General Officer Commanding London District) and Brigadier Marc Overton (Regimental Lieutenant Colonel of The London Regiment and GL RFCA Chairman) on Thursday, 17 October 2019.
As the only reserve regiment of the Guards Division, the collection celebrates the vital contribution of the “LONDONS”, a regiment that has distinguished itself in major operations.
“At its height in 1915, The London Regiment was the largest regiment in the British Army with 82 Battalions. Not only is it a real privilege to be part of the Guards Museum but this is the first time The London Regiment has had its own museum to celebrate its rich history.”
– Brigadier Marc Overton (Regimental Lieutenant Colonel of The London Regiment and GL RFCA Chairman)
The collection traces the regiment’s history from the original 26 separate territorial force battalions, through to a modern infantry unit.
GL RFCA Historian Derrick Harwood explains that “The London Regiment display recognises the rich history of the Guards Reserve Battalion as well as being a further step to integration into the Guards family. Although the display is primarily about the London Regiment, it also endeavours to tell the story of the Army Reserve from the inception of the Territorial Force in 1908 to the Army reserve of the present day.”