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  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

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‘Welcome to the Irish Republic, Sir!’ A British infantry patrol lost on the border with Northern Ireland, 1988
‘Welcome to the Irish Republic, Sir!’ A British infantry patrol lost on the border with Northern Ireland, 1988
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Timeline: Ireland and the British Army

The British Army has played a central role in the long history of conflict and co-operation between Britain and Ireland. Here we explore some of the key moments in this difficult but fascinating story.

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Cap badge, Military Provost Staff Corps, c1980

Military Provost Staff Corps

Established in 1901, this unit was responsible for running the British Army’s prisons and detention centres. In 1992, it became part of the newly formed Adjutant General’s Corps.

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Cap badge, The Royal Irish Regiment, c2019

The Royal Irish Regiment

This infantry regiment was formed in 1992. It has served on several British Army deployments, including the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cap badge, Army Physical Training Corps, 1940

Royal Army Physical Training Corps

Established in 1860, this unit is responsible for ensuring that British soldiers maintain the physical fitness levels necessary for engaging in military operations.

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Cap badge, British West Indies Regiment, c1916

British West Indies Regiment

Formed in 1915, this British Army regiment was composed of volunteers from the West Indies and served in various theatres of the First World War. It was disbanded in 1921, shortly after the end of the conflict.

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Cap badge, Corps of Army Music, c2019

Royal Corps of Army Music

Raised in 1994, this British Army unit consists of soldier musicians. As well as supporting ceremonial occasions, their service helps to boost troops' morale and encourages esprit de corps.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, Small Arms School Corps, c1956

Small Arms School Corps

This British Army unit was established in 1853 to develop soldiers' rifle skills. Since then, its members have continued to provide instruction in the use of small arms and various support weapons.

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Officers’ cap badge, Royal Corps of Transport, c1966

Royal Corps of Transport

Established in 1965, this unit was responsible for moving soldiers and materiel across the world. It continued in British Army service until 1993, when it became part of the Royal Logistic Corps.

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Cap badge, Grenadier Guards, c1896

The Grenadier Guards

This foot guard regiment is one of the most senior infantry units in the British Army, with origins dating back to 1656. Its soldiers have served in almost every major campaign the Army has fought.

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Other ranks cap badge, Corps of Military Police, c1930

Corps of Royal Military Police

This unit was responsible for enforcing the law and maintaining discipline within the British Army. In 1992, it became part of the Provost Branch in the newly formed Adjutant General’s Corps.

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Cap badge, The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons), c2005

The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)

This Scottish infantry regiment was formed in 1994. It continued in British Army service until 2006, when it was merged into The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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Cap badge, Army Legal Corps, c1985

Army Legal Corps

This unit was responsible for providing legal support at all levels of the British Army. In 1992, it became a branch of the newly formed Adjutant General’s Corps.

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Cap badge, The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), c1910

The Royal Scots

This Scottish infantry regiment was raised in 1633, making it the oldest in British Army history. After 373 years' distinguished service, it was amalgamated into The Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006.

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