1st Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred McNair Dykes 04/08/1914 to 26/08/1914 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Major Robert Gabbett Parker 26/08/1914 to 09/09/1914 Wounded

Major John Henry Morrah 09/09/1914 to 03/10/1914 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Pear Creagh-Osborne 03/10/1914 to 18/11/1914 Invalided

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Dare Jackson 18/11/1914 to 26/10/1915 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel John Arundel Nixon 26/10/1915 to 27/04/1916 Wounded

Major John Nisbet Bromilow 27/04/1916 to 01/07/1916 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Captain Ralph Charles Matthews 06/07/1916 to 16/07/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Oswald Cuthbert Borrett 16/07/1916 to 13/07/1917 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel William Arthur Tennison Bellingham Somerville 13/07/1917 to 27/12/1917 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel William Wallace Smith Cuninghame 27/12/1917 to 05/02/1918 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Cyril Rodney Carter 05/02/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

2nd Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel Aylmer Richard Sancton Martin 04/08/1914 to 09/05/1915 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Major Henry Kenny Clough 09/05/1915 to 23/06/1915 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Edmund Merrit Morris 23/06/1915 to 30/12/1915 Promoted

Captain John Frederic Baker Morrell 30/12/1915 to 15/02/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel John Bois 15/02/1916 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel John Malise Anne Graham 04/08/1914 to 25/08/1915 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel James Worsley-Taylor 25/08/1915 to 01/01/1918 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel John Henry Lloyd 01/01/1918 to 07/08/1918 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Dare Jackson 07/08/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

1/4th Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Francis Ainslie Wadham 04/08/1914 to 10/06/1915 Invalided

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Thompson 10/06/1915 to 13/10/1915 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Montgomery Carleton 13/10/1915 to 30/06/1916 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Leonard Swainson 30/06/1916 to 09/08/1916 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Lieutenant-Colonel George Boyd Balfour 09/08/1916 to 01/11/1918 Invalided

Major Robert Gardner 01/11/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

1/5th Battalion      

Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Frederick Cavendish 04/08/1914 to 31/05/1915 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Cadman Cadman 31/05/1915 to 16/10/1915 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Eaves 16/10/1915 to 18/06/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Alfred Walker Anderson 18/06/1916 to 18/09/1916 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Henry Anderson-Morshead 19/09/1916 to 13/06/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Adrian Barclay Wayte 13/06/1917 to 18/05/1918 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Godfrey Hoare 18/05/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

2/4th (into 4th Reserve) Battalion        

Lieutenant-Colonel Willoughby Seymour Burton 19/11/1914 to 16/01/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Francis Ainslie Wadham 16/01/1916 to 14/01/1918 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel John Hamilton Hall 14/01/1918 to 21/04/1918 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew G Maitland Makgill Crichton 21/04/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

2/5th Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel William Compton Hall 04/10/1914 to 01/06/1915 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Whittaker Sharpe 01/06/1915 to 08/04/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Pear Creagh-Osborne 08/04/1917 to 20/09/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel John Jackson Cameron 20/09/1917 to 30/05/1918 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Hugh Cautley 30/05/1918 to 07/08/1918 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis James Popham 07/08/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

3/4th Battalion (amalgamated 2/4th)       

Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Francis Ainslie Wadham 03/11/1915 to 16/01/1916 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel John Henry Bates 07/06/1915 to 31/08/1916 Replaced

6th (Service) Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Pear Creagh-Osborne 19/08/1914 to 30/09/1914 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel George Wyndham Chichester Knatchbull 01/10/1914 to 10/08/1915 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert William Coxworthy Colquhoun 10/08/1915 to 28/10/1915 Invalided

Lieutenant-Colonel Hubert Peel Yates 28/10/1915 to 09/04/1916 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel Bevil Langton Birley 10/04/1916 to 01/11/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Balfour Macnaghten 01/11/1916 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

7th (Service) Battalion       

Colonel Arthur Clive Bolton 06/09/1914 to 18/12/1915 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Tudor Fitzjohn 19/12/1915 to 26/10/1917 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel William Allan Bowen 26/10/1917 to 25/02/1918 Remained CO











Lieutenant-Colonel Tudor Fitzjohn - a captain of 1st Worcestershire in August 1914. He commanded 7th Royal Lancaster in the field for nearly two years. Very likely worn out, he assumed command of a home unit, 2/8th Lancashire Fusiliers, before returning to action to command 4th Worcestershire from August 1918 until the Armistice.


8th (Service) Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel Antoine Dominique Thorne 01/10/1914 to 17/11/1915 Invalided

Major Charles Oswald Nicholson Williams 17/11/1915 to 02/12/1915 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Major Gerald William West 02/12/1915 to 19/12/1915 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Antoine Dominique Thorne 19/12/1915 to 19/07/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel George Alexander Smith 19/07/1916 to 24/10/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Seager Hunt 24/10/1916 to 06/02/1917 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel Bertram Harris Hill Perry 06/02/1917 to 11/03/1917 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Seager Hunt 11/03/1917 to 09/03/1918 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel Albert John Stanley James 09/03/1918 to 28/03/1918 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Lieutenant-Colonel John Longhurst Likeman 03/04/1918 to 22/06/1918 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel Bertram Harris Hill Perry 24/06/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

9th (Service) Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas St Clair Davidson 01/10/1914 to 28/01/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Longfield Beasley 28/01/1916 to 27/10/1917 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel William Beresford Molony 27/10/1917 to 06/05/1918 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Basil Archer Jackson 06/05/1918 to 18/09/1918 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel Malcom Currie Peake 19/09/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

10th (Reserve) Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Ignatius Bonomi 13/11/1914 to 31/08/1916 Transferred to another active battalion

11th (Service) Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel George William Priestley 11/08/1915 to 30/03/1916 Transferred to another active battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel William Buchanan Ritchie 01/04/1916 to 01/03/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Gabell Macdonald 01/03/1917 to 14/04/1917 Wounded

Major Philip Walter Jupe 14/04/1917 to 21/05/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Gabell Macdonald 21/05/1917 to 07/02/1918 Transferred to another active battalion

12th Reserve (into 76th Training Reserve) Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur George Boileau Lang 29/02/1916 to 31/08/1916 Transferred to another active battalion

12th Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel John Harry Blumberg Barber 01/01/1917 to 29/03/1918 Replaced


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