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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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The reception of the Colours of the disbanded Irish regiments, Windsor Castle, 1922

The Story of the Disbanded Irish Regiments

A hundred years ago, the creation of the Irish Free State (now the Republic of Ireland) led to the disbandment of six regiments of the British Army which had traditionally recruited there. This video provides a brief overview of their story.

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Cap badge, Machine Gun Corps, 1917

Machine Gun Corps

This corps was formed in 1915 to help meet the demands of trench warfare on the Western Front. It was disbanded in 1922 as part of cost-saving efforts to reduce the Army to peacetime levels.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, The Lancashire Fusiliers, c1900

The Lancashire Fusiliers

This infantry unit was raised in 1688 and subsequently served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1968, it was amalgamated with three other fusilier regiments to form The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

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Cap badge, The Northumberland Fusiliers, c1920

The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers

This infantry unit was raised in 1674 and subsequently served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1968, it was amalgamated with three other fusilier regiments to form The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

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Cap badge, The Leicestershire Regiment, c1898

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment

This infantry unit was raised in 1688 and subsequently served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1964, it was amalgamated with three other regiments of the East Anglian Brigade to form The Royal Anglian Regiment.

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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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