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Regiments and Corps

The Colours of the Welsh Guards being paraded at Horse Guards, 2015

The Colours of the Welsh Guards being paraded at Horse Guards, 2015
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The regimental system

The regiment or corps is the key administrative component of the British Army. Each has its own long history, traditions and insignia. To its soldiers, the regiment is a military family that provides comradeship and a unique identity.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, The Northamptonshire Regiment, c1916

The Northamptonshire Regiment

This infantry unit was formed during the 1881 Army reforms. It continued in service until 1960, when it was amalgamated with The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment to form the 2nd East Anglian Regiment.

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Cap badge, other ranks, The Lincolnshire Regiment, c1910

The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment

This infantry unit was raised in 1685 and subsequently served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1960, it was amalgamated with The Northamptonshire Regiment to form the 2nd East Anglian Regiment.

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Other ranks cap badge, The Suffolk Regiment, c1916

The Suffolk Regiment

This infantry unit was raised in 1685 and subsequently served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1959, it was amalgamated with The Royal Norfolk Regiment to form the 1st East Anglian Regiment.

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Cap badge, The Norfolk Regiment, 1919

The Royal Norfolk Regiment

This infantry unit was raised in 1685 and subsequently served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1959, it was amalgamated with The Suffolk Regiment to form the 1st East Anglian Regiment.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, The York and Lancaster Regiment, 1921

The York and Lancaster Regiment

This infantry regiment was formed during the 1881 Army reforms. It continued in service until 1968, when it chose to disband rather than be amalgamated.

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Glengarry badge, 84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment, c1874

84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment of Foot

This infantry regiment was raised in 1793. It continued in British Army service until the 1881 reforms, when it was amalgamated with the 65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment to form The York and Lancaster Regiment.

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Other ranks' glengarry badge, 65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment, c1874

65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot

This infantry regiment was raised in 1758. It continued in British Army service until the 1881 reforms, when it was amalgamated with the 84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment of Foot to form The York and Lancaster Regiment.

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Glengarry badge, 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry regiment was raised in 1755. It continued in British Army service until the 1881 reforms, when it was amalgamated with the 48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot to form The Northamptonshire Regiment.

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry regiment was raised in 1741. It continued in British Army service until the 1881 reforms, when it was amalgamated with the 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot to form The Northamptonshire Regiment.

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Cap badge, other ranks, King’s Regiment (Liverpool), c1927

The King’s Regiment (Liverpool)

This infantry unit was raised in 1685 and subsequently served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1958, it was amalgamated with The Manchester Regiment to form The King’s Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool).

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Other ranks' cap badge, The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster), c1902

The King’s Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)

This infantry unit was raised in 1680 and subsequently served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1959, it was amalgamated with The Border Regiment to form The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Border Regiment, c1905

The Border Regiment

This infantry regiment was formed during the 1881 Army reforms. It continued in service until 1959, when it merged with The King’s Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) to form The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment.

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