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Battle Honours


Battle Honours on the 1st Battalion's Colours, as displayed in the Regimental Museum

Battle Honours are awarded by the Monarch as a mark of public recognition to commemorate the bravery and resolution of a regiment in battles and campaigns. The most important of these honours are emblazoned on the Colours of the particular Regiment.

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment was awarded 73 Battle Honours dating from the battle of Namur in 1695 to the campaign in Korea in 1952. They are quite rightly a source of enormous pride to all associated with the Regiment.

There is insufficient room on the Colours to show all the Battle Honours. From the complete list below, selected Battle Honours from the First and Second World Wars (shown in blue) are displayed on the Queen's Colour and those selected from other wars and campaigns (shown in red) are on the Regimental Colour .

Namur, 1695
Louisburg
Martinique, 1762
Havannah
Ghuznee, 1839
Khelat
Afghanistan, 1839
Sevastopol
Ali Masjid
Afghanistan, 1878-79
Defence of Ladysmith
South Africa, 1899-1902
Maryang-San
Korea, 1951-52

WORLD WAR I – 1914-1918
Aisne, 1914, '18
La Bassee, 1914
Armentieres, 1914
Festubert 1914, '15
Neuve Chapelle
Aubers
Hooge, 1915
Somme, 1916, '18
Bazentin
Flers-Courcelette
Morval
Le Transloy
Ypres, 1917
Polygon Wood
Cambrai, 1917, '18
St Quentin
Lys
Bailleul
Kemmel
Scherpenberg
Albert, 1918
Bapaume, 1918
Hindenburg Line
Epehy
St Quentin Canal
Beaurevoir
Selle
Sambre
France and Flanders, 1914-18
Megiddo
Sharon
Damascus
Palestine, 1918
Tigris, 1916
Kut-el-Amara, 1917
Baghdad
Mesopotamia, 1915-18

WORLD WAR II – 1939-1945
Norway, 1940
Antwerp-Turnhout Canal
Scheldt
Zetten
North-West Europe, 1944-45
Jebel Mazar
Syria, 1941
Sidi Barrani
Tobruk, 1941
Montaigne Farm
North Africa, 1940-41, '43
Salerno
Calabritto
Gothic Line
Monte Gridolfo
Monte Colombo
Italy, 1943-45
Crete
Heraklion
Kampar
Malaya, 1941-42
Chindits, 1944