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Battle Honours

In September 1922 the War Office announced that “the King has approved of the award to regiments and corps of the battle honours won by them in the war”.  Army Order Nos. 338 (September 4th) and 470 (December 16th) along with Army Council Instruction No. 458 (September 8th) of 1922 laid out the conditions under which the Battle Honours were to be awarded to regiments in recognition of their services during the Great War.  There would be only one list per regiment; an Infantry Regiment would include each Regular, Special Reserve, Territorial and Service Battalion of that Regiment.  Selection of Battle Honours was to be as per the A.C.I. which stated; ‘The guiding principle in the selection and allotment of Battle Honours was that the headquarters and a minimum of fifty per cent. of the effective strength of the unit, exclusive of any drafts which although in the area had not actually joined, must have been present in the specified theatre of war to qualify for that particular Honour; the report of the Battles Nomenclature Committee giving the official tabulated lists of engagements, etc., having been already published.’

Regimental Committees were set up under the chairmanship of the regimental colonels or their representatives, and from the Honours sanctioned a maximum number of ten were to be taken and borne on the Colours and Appointments, these Honours being identical for all battalions comprising the regiment.

The announcement that Battle Honours had been awarded to the Royal Fusiliers was first made in Army Order No. 96 of March, 1924 as List No.2.  However, this list was subsequently cancelled under Army Order 55 of February 27th 1925, and in its place a final list issued. This list contained the honours that had been approved and the Army Order directed that 'no further submissions concerning the Great War battle honours will be made'.

No less than eighty separate Battle Honours were awarded to the Royal Fusiliers of which four were gained by the 25th Battalion for its service in East Africa. Although none were chosen to be borne on the Regimental Colours and Appointments the Battalion could be justifiably proud of its Honours;




East Africa 1915-1917

The Honour “Kilimanjaro” was awarded for involvement in actions between 5th and 21st March 1916, “Beho Beho” for 3rd and 4th January 1917, “Nyangao” for 16th to 19th October 1917 and finally “East Africa 1915-1917” to encompass the 25th Battalion’s period of service in that theatre of war.


David Langley

Roy Sellstrom

Ann Swabey


Army Order No. 338 (September 4th 1922)

Army Order No. 470 (December 16th 1922)

Army Order No. 96 (March 1924)

Army Order No. 55 (February 27th 1925)

Army Council Instruction No. 458 (September 8th 1922)


Baker, Anthony, Battle Honours of the British and Commonwealth Armies (Ian Allan Ltd., 1986)

Brereton, J. M., A Guide to the Regiments and Corps of the British Army on the Regular Establishment (Bodley Head Ltd., 1985)

Wylly, Colonel H. C., The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1914-1919 (Naval & Military Press Ltd., 2007)

The Army Council, Battle Honours Awarded for the Great War (Naval & Military Press Ltd.)