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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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Cap badge, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, c1970

Regimental badges

Soldiers’ headwear has always featured some form of insignia demonstrating regimental identity. Here we take a look at some common features of these badge designs, investigating the origins and meaning behind their words and symbols.

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Cap badge, The Royal Welsh Regiment, 2019

The Royal Welsh

This infantry regiment was formed in 2006 by merging the Royal Regiment of Wales and the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Since then, it has served on several deployments including the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Cap badge, The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, c1980

The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

This infantry regiment was formed in 1970 and continued in British Army service until 2006 when it was merged into The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

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Cap badge, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire), c1940

The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)

This infantry regiment was formed during the 1881 Army reforms. It continued in service until 1970, when it amalgamated with The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) to form The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

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Glengarry badge, 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

47th (The Lancashire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry regiment was raised in 1741. It served in many campaigns until 1881, when it was merged into The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire).

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Glengarry badge, other ranks’, 81st (Royal Lincoln Volunteers) Regiment of Foot, c1874

81st Regiment of Foot (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers)

This line infantry regiment was raised in 1793 and continued in British Army service until 1881 when it was merged into The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire).

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Cap badge, other ranks, The East Lancashire Regiment, c1914

The East Lancashire Regiment

This infantry regiment was created in 1881. It continued in service until 1958, when it was amalgamated with The South Lancashire Regiment to form The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers).

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Glengarry badge, 30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot

Raised in 1689, this infantry regiment served in many campaigns until the 1881 Army reforms, when it was merged into the East Lancashire Regiment.

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot

Raised in 1755, this infantry unit served with the Army until the 1881 Childers Reforms, when it was amalgamated with the 30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment to form the East Lancashire Regiment.

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Cap badge of The Manchester Regiment, c1914

The Manchester Regiment

This infantry regiment was established during the 1881 Army reforms. It went on to serve in many campaigns until it was merged into The King’s Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool) in 1958.

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Other ranks' glengarry badge, 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment, c1874

63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot

This infantry unit was raised in 1758. It served with the British Army until the 1881 reforms, when it was merged with the 96th Regiment to form The Manchester Regiment.

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 96th Regiment of Foot, c1874

96th Regiment of Foot

This infantry unit was raised in 1824. It served with the British Army until the 1881 reforms, when it was merged with the 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment to form The Manchester Regiment.

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