Westmorland - Military History


Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry 

  • Museum is situated at Dalemain
  • Better by far a Cumberland Hussar : A history of the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry 1819-1967. Bardgett, Colin. Hayloft Pubs, 2001

Westmorland militia records in National Records Archive catalogue.

9th Westmorland (Lakes) Battalion Home Guard records in National Records Archive catalogue.

34th Regiment  Regiments.org

55th (the Westmoreland) Regiment of Foot  Regiments.org

The Border Regiment  Regiments.org

The Border Regiment in 1914-1918 

Locations of WWI Border Regiment batallions

The King's Own Royal Border Regiment Regiments.org

Cumbria's Museum of Military Life (Carlisle Castle) 

1.  Like most regimental museums the Museum does not have a complete list of all the officers and men who have served in the Border Regiment. 
In WWI alone some 35,000 served.

2.  The Museum does not hold copies of individual Soldiers' Service records, apart from a small number of  documents donated to our archives by
individual or their descendants.

3.  Officer's records - the Museum does not hold copies of Officers' records, but can trace all officers through the Army Lists for the period.  Officers' names
are often mentioned in other documents in the archives.

4.  The Museum has a growing database of 20,000+ names of soldiers including the Roll of Honour of all those who were killed in the Border Regiment during
WWI.  This roll gives the full name, regimental number, battalion, place of birth and enlistment (in most cases) and date of death, plus Commonwealth War
Graves Commission print-out details of where soldiers are buried, or if they have no known grave, on which Memorial they are commemorated.  There are
Battalion War Diaries, some Battalion embarkation, draft and casualty lists (wounded and sick) and general paperwork, all of which include names with
regimental numbers and other details.  There are trench maps, a good Regimental History covering the service of all battalions during the War; and
a copy (CD-ROM) of HMSO's Soldiers and Officers' Died in Great War for the whole Army.

5.  Gallantry awards - VC, DSO, DCM, MC, MM, MiDs (Mentions-in-Despatches), foreign and other awards
- details including some citations (not MM or MiD) and date of publication in the London Gazette

6. Photographs - The Museum holds several hundred WW I period photographs, very few of which are named.

LNER Wartime Evacuation Documents (N.EVAC 2 and N.EVAC 3) are provided by Brian Pears 
describing arrangements for evacuating children from Newcastle and Gateshead to rural parts of Northumberland, Co Durham, Yorkshire, Cumberland and Westmorland.
The second document includes lists of schools with details of their places and times of departure and their destinations.