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1919-1939


The London Regiment (Territorial Army) was re-formed in 1920, with Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment once again taking its place in the Grey Brigade. On 8th May, 1921, the Regimental War Memorial was unveiled at Adam & Eve Mews HQ by Princess Louise


Then came "the lean years" for the Territorial Army. Training was conducted under difficulties on a purse-string. A great debt is owed to those who rejoined after the war, and in succeeding years; by the spirit, enthusiasm and hard work of "the few". The fine traditions of the Kensingtons were carried on. The Regiment achieved a unique honour among Territorials in 1928 when it furnished a Guard of Honour for Their Majesties The King and Queen at the opening of Princess Louise's Hospital for Children in North Kensington.


In 1937, a general reorganization of the Territorial Army was instituted, the London Regiment was abolished, and Princess Louise's became part of the Middlesex Regiment. Thus the wheel had turned full cycle.


The next year the Regiment moved from Adam and Eve Mews to new and imposing headquarters at 190 Hammersmith Road . Whilst now outside the Royal Borough, permission was granted to retain the name, badges and connections. It now became a machine-gun regiment. The gathering of war clouds was already apparent. Just prior to the introduction of conscription the Territorial Army was doubled in numbers -the Battalion soon reached full strength, with a 2nd Battalion being formed in April, 1939. The stage was now set for a further grim chapter in the long history of the Regiment

The names of 115 Kensingtons who died during this war are recorded on a second tablet added later to the First War Memorial mentioned above. Later research in conjunction with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has increased the number of casualties to 127. Memorial Books recording each man's grave are held by the Association at the Coulsdon TA Drill Hall.