In 1958, The King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and The Manchester Regiment merged to form The King’s Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool). Ten years later, it dropped its regional subtitles, becoming simply The King’s Regiment.
During its short existence, this single-battalion unit took on several different roles, alternating between light infantry and mechanised or armoured infantry.
In 1959, a year after its formation, the regiment was sent to Kenya towards the end of the Mau Mau rising. Over the next decade, it also deployed to Kuwait, Berlin, Northern Ireland and the West Indies.
The King’s Regiment spent most of the 1970s and ‘80s alternating between England and Northern Ireland. However, it also spent three years in Hong Kong from 1972, and a combined total of seven years in West Germany with the British Army of the Rhine. It also garrisoned the Falklands for six months in 1986.
In 1990, it returned to Northern Ireland for a final two-year tour. Except for a posting to Cyprus from 1996 to 1998, it was principally based in England after that.
The regiment sent a detachment to join 19th Mechanised Brigade in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and a single company to Kosovo in 2004.
In 2006, it amalgamated with The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment and The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment to form The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
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