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Robert Malcombe Benner, Private 3rd Battalion The Queen's Regiment.

Died 29 November 1971. Aged 25.

Robert was shot when he was off duty and unarmed, he was abducted and murdered , at Teer near Crossmaglen, South Armagh.

Robert was visiting his fiancée at the time.

The 3rd Battalion were heavily involved in the internment operations, at first in Londonderry, and then later in Belfast where it was deployed chiefly in riot control in 1972. It was during this period that Robert Benner was murdered, becoming the second member of the Regiment killed in Northern Ireland


Northern Ireland featured significantly in the Regiment’s first fifteen years, as it did in the Queen’s Regiment and Royal Hampshire Regiment before amalgamation. The Regiment’s deployments to the Province were as follows:

1st Battalion

Date Deployment
1993 to 1995 Omagh.
1996 Two short deployments as the UK Standby Battalion, including West Belfast and Armagh.
1997 to 1998 West Belfast, followed by one composite company deployed with 1st Battalion The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons).


The Beginning


Died – Private Christopher Gordon Rayment 1st Battalion, 4th August 2004.
Killed in Action – Private Lee O’Callaghan 1st Battalion, 9th August 2004.
Died – Private Ryan ‘CJ’ Wrathall 1st Battalion, 12th February 2009

Killed in action - Private John Alan Brackpool (Former 1st Battalion, serving with 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards), 9th July 2009
Killed in Action – Private Jonathan Monk (2nd Battalion. Attached to 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment), 9th June 2010


WHERE WERE THEY ON VJ DAY 14th August 1945

  1. Queen’s Royal Regiment:
    1st Bn – Burma (Sittang Bend)
    2nd Bn – India (Ponna– post Chindit Cols 21&22)
    1/5th – Germany (Berlin)
    1/6th and 1/7th –Yorkshire, after advance towards Germany, with 1/5th in 131 Bde
    2/5th, 2/6th and 2/7th Bns (169 Bde) – Italy - Trieste

  2. The Buffs:
    1st Bn – Trieste
    2nd Bn - Rangoon
    5th Bn - Austria

  3. The East Surrey Regiment:
    1st Bn – Austria (Carinthia)


The three Regimental Days are as follows:

Albuhera Day


The Regiment’s nickname is ‘The Tigers’. This is inherited from the Royal Hampshire Regiment, which as the 67th (South Hampshire) Regiment was awarded the figure of the royal tiger superscribed ‘India’ in 1826, following its return after twenty-one years’ service in India. The Regimental motto, inherited from The Queen's Regiment, is "Unconquered I Serve". The Regimental strapline is "Fierce Pride".

Past mottoes and nicknames are as follows:

The Queen’s Regiment