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Regiments and Corps

The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's)

Staffordshire Regiment vehicles advancing in Iraq, 1991

Origins

In 1959, the North Staffordshire Regiment and South Staffordshire Regiment amalgamated to form a single one-battalion regiment. Both regiments were stationed in Germany at the time of the merger and the new unit remained there until 1962.

Its next posting was to east Africa in 1962-64. There, it was involved in suppressing a mutiny within the Uganda military following that country's independence. Then, in December 1964, it was the final British regiment to leave Kenya.

Cap badge, The Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's), c2000

Members of the 1st Staffordshire train with a machine gun, c1980

Deployments

In 1968, the regiment moved to West Berlin, before returning to Britain in 1970. The following year, it was stationed in Sharjah, one of several British protectorates in the Persian Gulf. Britain had already decided to end their protectorate status, so the Staffordshires were the last British unit to leave when Sharjah joined the United Arab Emirates in December 1971.

In 1972, the regiment was deployed to Northern Ireland, the first of eight such postings over the following 24 years. It spent five years in Germany from 1986, broken only by a second deployment to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm in 1990. There, it fought in armoured personnel carriers as part of 7th Armoured Brigade.

Troops from 1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment rest after a patrol in Basra, 2007

Final years

In 1996, it was one of the last regiments to garrison Hong Kong before its handover to China. In 2000, the regiment joined the United Nations peacekeeping force on Cyprus. And, in 2002, it was sent to Kosovo.

Its final independent deployments came in the form of two postings to Iraq during Operation Telic (2003-11) in 2005 and 2006-07. 

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum

The National Army Museum works together with Regimental and Corps Museums across the country to help provide a network of military museums for everyone to visit and enjoy.

Explore the history and collections of The Staffordshire Regiment by visiting the regimental museum at Lichfield.

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