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The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire

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Soldiers of The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire in Beirut, Lebanon, 1984

Soldiers of The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire in Beirut, Lebanon, 1984

Origins

This regiment was formed in April 1958 by merging The West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) and The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own), which both dated back to 1685.

Its first overseas deployment was to Aden, just five months after the merger. It then served in Gibraltar, before becoming part of the British Army of the Rhine in 1961. It remained in Germany for four years, during which it was also stationed in West Berlin.

The regiment returned to Aden in 1965 and 1967 as the situation there worsened. One of its men was awarded the Military Cross during the second deployment. 

Cap badge, Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, c1980

Cap badge, Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, c1980

An armoured car patrols the Aden streets during a riot, 1967

Deployments

In 1969, the regiment moved to Northern Ireland, the first of eight deployments there over the next 35 years. In 1970, it joined the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force on Cyprus for two years.

Between 1973 and 1993, it alternated between West Germany and Northern Ireland, although a detachment from the regiment also served on UN peacekeeping duties in Beirut in early 1984.

The regiment deployed on further peacekeeping duties in Bosnia in 1993 and 2004, and Sierra Leone in 2000. This was interrupted by further postings in Northern Ireland. Part of the regiment also fought in Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91.

Presentation of Colours to the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire by Field Marshal Sir Edwin Bramall at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin, 1984

Presentation of Colours to the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire by Field Marshal Sir Edwin Bramall, Olympic Stadium, Berlin, 1984

Legacy

In 2006, the regiment was amalgamated with The Green Howards and The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment to form The Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot).

Regimental museums

The National Army Museum works with a network of Regimental and Corps Museums across the UK to help preserve and share the history and traditions of the Army and its soldiers.

Discover more about The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire by visiting York Army Museum.

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