The unit was formed by converting the 7th (23rd London) Battalion of The East Surrey Regiment, a Territorial Army infantry battalion, into a tank unit. For a short while it was 42 (7 (23 London) Battalion The East Surrey Regiment) Battalion of the Royal Tank Corps before becoming part of the Royal Tank Regiment in 1939
The unit formed part of 1st Army Tank Brigade.
In 1956, the regiment was converted back to infantry to become the "23rd London" again.
Notes and references
- Merseyside RTR (Brian Gill`s website)
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