20th County of London Battalion (Blackheath and
Woolwich), County of London Regiment (Territorial Force)
In 1860 the 1st Administrative Battalion, Kent Rifle Volunteer Corps was formed at Blackheath to administer existing local Lewisham corps of 3rd KRVC at Lee (7 November 1859), 8th KRVC at Sydenham (1859, disbanded 1869), 21st KRVC at Lewisham (1860, disbanded 1861), 27th KRVC at Deptford (1860) and 34th KRVC at Deptford (1860) and a number of other out of borough KRVC units.
In 1880 it was renamed the 3rd Kent (West Kent) Rifle Volunteers and in 1881 became the volunteer battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).
In 1916 the battalion was transfered to The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) and was reconstitued in the Territorial Army with Headquarters at Blackheath in 1920. Being named 20th London regiment (The Queen's Own) in 1922. With it's lineage being discontinued in 1961. The 1st Battalion was formed 4 August 1914 and formed part of the 2nd London Division which was a Territorial Force Division and already in existence at the outbreak of the war. The Division and Brigades were not numbered until April 1915 previously just named.
The 20th County of London Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), County of London Regiment (Territorial Force) arrived in France the morning of March 10th 1915 and served in France and Flanders until the Armistice.
They were involved in battles in France and Flanders:
Battle of Aubers. 9 May 1915, including the attack on Fromelles and the
Attack at Rue du Bois.
Battle of Festubert. 15-25 May 1915.
Battle of Loos. 25 Sep-8 Oct 1915.
Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt. 13-19 Oct 1915.
German attacks on Vimy Ridge. 21 May 1916.
Battle of Flers-Courcelette. 15-22 Sep 1916
The capture of Martinpuich.
Battle of Le Transloy. 1-18 Oct 1916
The capture of Eaucourt l’Abbaye, Le Sars
The attacks on Butte de Warlencourt. Battle of Messines. 7-14 Jun 1917,
St. Julian. 19, 22, 27 Aug 1917.
German counter attacks. 30 Nov-3 Dec 1917.
First Battle of Bapaume. 24-25 Mar 1918.
Battle of the Ancre. 5 Apr 1918.
Battle of Amiens. 8-11 Aug 1918.
Battle of Albert. 21-23 Aug 1918
The capture of Chuignes.
Second Battle of Bapaume. 31 Aug-3 Sep 1918.
The final advance to Artois. 2 Oct-11 Nov 1918
The capture of Douai.