Seventy-four Royal Fusiliers Battalions

During the Great War the Regiment expanded. Sixty five battalions wore the uniform of the Royal Fusiliers - 45 of which served overseas. There were 235,476 Royal Fusiliers, mainly Londoners, serving in every theatre of operations from North Russia to East Africa. They included 17 'pals' battalions, some drawn from particular City professions such as the 10th (Stockbrokers) Battalion. The Regiment won 13 VCs, including the first two awarded in 1914 to Pte Godley and Lt Dease at Mons. The cost was high; the Regimental War Memorial in High Holborn is dedicated to 21,941 Fusiliers who gave their lives.

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