Saturday, 29 September 2007



The Queen's Westminster Rifles was a territorial infantry regiment that took part both in the First and Second World Wars.

My great uncle John Baber served in the unit from 1913 until May 1940 as an officer, except for a short period of between 1916 and 1918 when he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. During this period however his unit spent much of its time firing in support of the battalion.

The photos he took, together with notes, and maps combine to offer a really vivid picture of life in this regiment.

If you are connected with the regiment in any way, or can offer additional information, I would be very pleased to hear from you, as I am sure that my great uncle did not intend this material to be shut away, and he would have wanted future generations to know about these events, if only to make sure they never happen again.


Nick Balmer

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your blog. Let's not forget all the boys of the QWR who fell out there. 1st July 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gommecourt where 171 of them were killed on that single day. Will there be any commemoration?