Staffordshire Regiment

The Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales') (or simply "Staffords" for short) was an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales' Division. The regiment was formed in 1959 by the amalgamation of the South Staffordshire Regiment and the North Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales'), and in 2007 was amalgamated with the Cheshire Regiment and the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment to become the 3rd Battalion, Mercian Regiment.

Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales')
The Staffordshire Regiment Capbadge.jpg
Cap badge
Active1959–2007
Disbanded2007
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
TypeInfantry
RoleArmoured Infantry
SizeOne Battalion
Part ofPrince of Wales' Division
Nickname(s)The Staffords
ColorsBlack & Gold
MarchQuick – The Staffordshire Regiment
Slow – God Bless the Prince of Wales
Mascot(s)Staffordshire Bull Terrier, each successive mascot called Watchman
AnniversariesAnzio (22 January), Ypres (31 July), Arnhem (17 September), Ferozeshah (21 December)
Commanders
Colonel in ChiefThe Duke of York
Colonel of
the Regiment
Brigadier James Kenneth Tanner OBE
Insignia
Tactical Recognition FlashSTAFFORD TRF.PNG
Arm BadgeGlider
From South Staffordshire Regiment

In 2014, the 3rd Battalion, Mercian Regiment was merged with the 1st and 2nd battalions, to create the 1st and 2nd battalions, Mercian Regiment (Cheshires, Worcesters and Sherwood Foresters, and Staffords).

The mascot of the Staffordshire Regiment was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier; each successive mascot took the name Watchman. The current serving mascot is known as Private Watchman VI and he carries out his duties as part of the Staffordshire Regimental Association.

HistoryEdit

FormationEdit

The regiment was formed on 31 January 1959 by the amalgamation of the South Staffordshire Regiment and North Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales').[1]

In November 1960 the regiment undertook a six-month exercise in Kenya, followed by a year in Colchester and then a return to Kenya for a further two years. On the tour the regiment had to deal with a mutiny by the Ugandan Army. Returning home, the regiment was the last unit of the British Army to serve in East Africa.[1]

A home tour in Dover followed in 1964. Then came a two-year posting to Berlin in 1968 followed by a tour in Sharjah in the Trucial States where the regiment again recorded a 'last unit' distinction being the last unit to serve in Sharjah.[1]

Northern IrelandEdit

The regiment undertook a tour in Northern Ireland during the Troubles in 1972 before moving to Quebec Barracks in Osnabrück in 1973. Further tours in Northern Ireland were undertaken in 1974 and 1976. The regiment moved to Hyderabad Barracks in Colchester Garrison later in 1976 before undertaking another tour in Northern Ireland in 1979.[1]

The regiment moved to Gibraltar in 1981 and to Roman Barracks at Colchester in 1983 before undertaking another tour in Northern Ireland in 1984. It then moved to Fallingbostel in 1986.[1]

Gulf WarEdit

 
Troops from C Company, 1st Battalion, engaged in a live firing exercise during Operation Granby, 6 January 1991.

In October 1990 The Staffordshire Regiment was deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of 7th Armoured Brigade (referred to as the 'Desert Rats'). The deployment was in response to the dictator Saddam Hussein's invasion of the sovereign territory of Kuwait, claiming it to rightfully belong to Iraq.[1]

The regiment moved to Dale Barracks in Chester in 1991, to Abercorn Barracks in Ballykinler in 1994 and Clive Barracks in Shropshire in 1996. From their base in Shropshire, the 1st Battalion deployed to Hong Kong in 1996, shortly before it was handed back to China, and also to Northern Ireland for short periods and a six-month roulement tour to Belfast in 1997.[1]

Iraq WarEdit

The regiment moved to Mooltan Barracks in Tidworth Camp in 2000. Following a deployment to Kosovo in 2002 and a first deployment to Iraq on Operation Telic 6 in 2005. The regiment also undertook a second deployment to Iraq during Operation Telic 9 in 2006 where they led the raid on the Al Jamiat police station.[1]

AmalgamationEdit

As part of the reorganisation of the infantry announced in 2004, it was announced that the Staffordshire Regiment would merge with the Cheshire Regiment and the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment into a new four-battalion regiment to be called the Mercian Regiment. On 1 September 2007 the Staffordshire Regiment became the 3rd Battalion, Mercian Regiment.[2]

StructureEdit

The Staffordshire Regiment was organised into the following sub-organisations and units:[3]

  • Regimental Headquarters, Staffordshire Regiment, at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield[3]
  • 1st Battalion (Regular)
  • Band of the Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's), disbanded in 1994 to form Clive Band of the Prince of Wales's Division[4]
  • TAVR
    • 5th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment (disbanded in 1967)[5]
    • 5th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment (amalgamated with 6th Bn in 1961)[6]
    • 6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment (amalgamated with 5th Bn in 1961)[7]
    • 5th/6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment (formed in 1961, disbanded in 1967)[6]
    • 5th/6th (Territorial) Battalion, Staffordshire Regiment (formed in 1967, reduced to cadre in 1969, disbanded in 1975)
  • TA

Regimental museumEdit

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum is based at Whittington Barracks near Lichfield.[9]

Battle honoursEdit

The regiment's battle honours are as follows:[10]

Regimental ColonelsEdit

Colonels of the Regiment were:[11]

  • 1959–1961: Col. (Hon. Maj-Gen.) Alec Wilfred Lee, CB, MC (previously Colonel of the South Staffordshire Regiment)
  • 1961–1966: Brig. Gerald Ernest Thubron, DSO, OBE
  • 1966–1971: Brig. John Conway Commings, CBE
  • 1971–1977: Brig. Robert Louis Hargroves, CBE
  • 1977–1985: Col. Jeremy Charles Angelo Swynnerton, OBE
  • 1985–1990: Lt-Gen. Sir Derek Boorman, KCB
  • 1990–1995: Maj-Gen. Ian Lennox Freer, CB, CBE
  • 1995–2002: Col. Timothy Richard Cottis, MBE
  • 2002–2005: Brig. Simon James Knapper, CBE, MC
  • 2005–2007: Col. James Kenneth Tanner, OBE
  • 2007 Regiment amalgamated into the Mercian Regiment

AlliancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Staffordshire Regiment". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  2. ^ "In detail: army restructuring plans". BBC. 16 December 2004. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's) [UK]". 18 December 2007. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Corps of Army Music [UK]". 28 December 2007. Archived from the original on 28 December 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  5. ^ "5th Battalion, The South Staffordshire Regiment [UK]". 28 November 2007. Archived from the original on 28 November 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  6. ^ a b "5th Battalion, The North Staffordshire Regiment [UK]". 28 November 2007. Archived from the original on 28 November 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  7. ^ "6th Battalion, The North Staffordshire Regiment [UK]". 28 November 2007. Archived from the original on 28 November 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  8. ^ "3rd Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment [UK]". 18 December 2007. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  9. ^ "No frills but plenty of guts". The Staffordshire Regiment Museum. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Battle honours". Staffordshire Regiment Museum. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  11. ^ "The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's)". regiments.org. Archived from the original on 3 March 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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