The 1st World War came to involve 32 countries, the following are some key dates in that process;
At the outbreak of war in August 1912 the Grenadier Guards consisted of just three battalions and the regiment moved quickly in forming a 4th battalion, known as the service battalion. They then went on to created a 5th ‘reserve’ Battalion, used for ceremonial duties in london and windsor. The 2nd Battalion arrived in France early in August, with the 1st Battalion arriving in Belgium in October. They were involved in the early stages of the fighting during the period known as the ‘Race to the Sea’, and were also significantly involved during the 1st Battle of Ypres.
During February of 1915 a fifth Guards regiment was raised which became known as The Welsh Guards, sometimes referred to as the ‘Foreign Legion’. This was in recognition to the significant contribution that Welshmen had made, to The Grenadier Guards. In August 1918 Lord Kitchener’s vision of a ‘Guards Division’ became a reality which consisted of three brigades, each with four battalions. The Grenadier Guards were involved in a number of significant battles including; Arras, Cambrai, Hindenburg Line, and the Somme, several members of the regiment received the Victoria Cross.
- The following pages list Cemeteries and Memorials of the fallen, by country:-