The records chiefly relate to the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment and its constituent battalions but some series continue after 1966 and relate to the Queen's Regiment (1966-1992) and even to the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (after 1992).
The following is a detailed summary of the contents:
QRS/1/ REGIMENTAL AND DEPOT RECORDS 1930-2003
QRS/1/1/ NOMINAL ROLLS 1967-1972
QRS/1/2/ HEADQUARTERS AND COMMANDERS' PAPERS 1959-1992
QRS/1/3/ SPORT AND RECREATION 1930-1970
QRS/1/4/ PRESS CUTTINGS 1967-1992
QRS/1/5/ PROGRAMMES, MENUS AND OTHER EPHEMERA 1960-2003
QRS/1/6/ PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS 1987-1991
QRS/1/7/ LOOSE PHOTOGRAPHS 1960-1998
QRS/1/8/ CADET BATTALIONS 1972-1976
QRS/1/9/ REGIMENTAL MUSEUM 1960S-1996
QRS/2/ 1ST BATTALION 1959-1997
The Battalion was formed in 1959 from the 1st Battalions of the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) and East Surrey Regiments. In 1960, it was posted to Aden and moved to Hong Kong in 1962. It was then posted to Munster in 1964. In 1966, the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment amalgamated with 3 other regiments to form the Queen's Regiment (see main introduction) and the 1st Battalion, the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment, became the 1st Battalion of the new Regiment. It continued to serve in Germany until 1967, when it returned to England. In 1968 it served in Bahrain and in 1969 was posted to Londonderry, for peace-keeping duties. In 1970 to 1972 and from 1975 to 1980 it was chiefly stationed in Germany, but on several occasions between 1972 and 1976 served in Belfast during the Troubles. In 1980-1 it was sent to Belize and between 1982 and 1985 it was stationed in Omagh, Northern Ireland, before moving to Gibraltar, which it left in 1987. The Battalion's existence finally came to an end in 1992, when the Queen's and Royal Hampshire Regiments amalgamated to form the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment.
QRS/2/1/ DIGEST OF SERVICE 1959-1969
QRS/2/2/ OFFICERS' AND SERGEANTS' MESS RECORDS 1959-1977
QRS/2/3/ MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS AND CUTTINGS 1961-1970
QRS/2/4/ PROGRAMMES, MENUS AND OTHER EPHEMERA 1960-1997
QRS/2/5/ PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS 1959-1969
For a photograph album relating to 1st Battalion, 1959-1964, see QRS/4/PATM/1.
QRS/2/6/ LOOSE PHOTOGRAPHS 1960-1988
QRS/2/6/1/ Photographs of individuals and formal groups 1960-1965
QRS/2/6/2/ Photographs of the Band 1960s
QRS/2/6/3/ Photographs of Sports Teams 1967
QRS/2/6/4/ Photographs of events, parades and the Battalion on service in the UK and overseas 1960-1988
QRS/3/ 3RD AND 4TH BATTALIONS, FROM 1966 5TH AND 6TH (TERRITORIAL) BATTALIONS 1953-2000
In 1961, after the amalgamation of The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) and East Surrey Regiment into The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment in 1959, the territorial battalions of the Queen's Royal Regiment were formed into the 3rd Battalion of the new Regiment, and the East Surrey territorial battalions (including 23rd London Regiment) were formed into the new 4th Battalion. When the Regiment amalgamated again in 1966, 4th Battalion and part of 3rd combined to become 6th (Territorial) Battalion, The Queen's Regiment. A 5th Battalion was also created, including men from 3rd Battalion who were formed into A Company (Queen's Surreys). The 6th Battalion was reduced to cadre in 1969 and reactivated as 6th (Volunteer) Battalion in 1971, at which time 7th (Volunteer) Battalion was formed. In 1975, 6th and 7th Battalions amalgamated to become 6/7th (Volunteer) Battalion.
QRS/3/1/ BATTALION ORDERS 1961
QRS/3/2/ HEADQUARTERS AND COMMANDER'S PAPERS 1961-1967
QRS/3/2/1/ Headquarters and Commander's Papers 1961-1967
QRS/3/2/2/ Battalion archives c.1963-1967
QRS/3/3/ DIGESTS OF SERVICE 1961-1969
QRS/3/4/ SPORT AND RECREATION 1961
QRS/3/5/ MAGAZINES, NEWSLETTERS AND CUTTINGS 1961-1987
QRS/3/5/1/ Battalion magazines and newsletters 1968
QRS/3/5/2/ Loose cuttings 1961-1987
QRS/3/6/ PROGRAMMES, MENUS AND OTHER EPHEMERA 1961-2000
QRS/3/7/ PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS 1953-1989
QRS/3/8/ LOOSE PHOTOGRAPHS 1960-1987
QRS/3/8/1/ Photographs of individuals and formal groups 1960-1967
QRS/3/8/2/ Photographs of the Band 1960s
QRS/3/8/3/ Photographs of events, parades and the Battalions on service in the UK and overseas 1962-1987
QRS/3/9/ RESEARCH AND WRITINGS ON HISTORY OF THE BATTALIONS 1966-1987
QRS/3/10/ OLD COMRADES' ASSOCIATION 1972
QRS/4/ PERSONAL DOCUMENTS 1948-1986
QRS/4/DOHE/ DOHERTY, LANCE CORPORAL G 1961-1962
Served with 1st Battalion.
QRS/4/FRAN/ FRANCIS, COLOUR SERGEANT A G 1959-1964
Served with 23rd London Regiment (later 4th Battalion, the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment).
QRS/4/KEAL/ KEALY, CAPTAIN MIKE LATE 20TH CENT
Served with the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment and the SAS.
QRS/4/LING/ LING, MAJOR GENERAL FERGUS ALAN HUMPHREY 1948-1986
Served in the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment. Made a Commander of the British Empire, 1964, and member of the Order of the Bath, 1968.
QRS/4/LOW/ LOWRY, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MICHAEL ALISTAIR MBE MC (1919-2008) 1963
Commanded 1st Battalion, Queen's Royal Surrey regiment, 1961-1963. He served with the Queen's Royal West Surrey's as 1st Battalion company commander in 1953 and served in Malaya during the anti-communist operations where he was awarded a Military Cross in 1955.
QRS/4/ORAN/ ORAN, REGIMENTAL SERGEANT MAJOR 'PEACHY' 1965
Served with 6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, later 4th Battalion, Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment.
QRS/4/PATM/ PATMORE, LANCE CORPORAL G F (1941-?) 1959-1965
Born, 1941. Served with 1st Battalion.
QRS/4/SPOON/ SPOONER, PRIVATE PETER, 1908-2011
Peter Spooner served with the Junior Soldiers Wing, which was formed when the regiments were amalgamated. The Wing was later renamed company and was formed for boys between 15 and 18 who wanted to become bandsman and drummers.