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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Women's Royal Army Corps

Women's Royal Army Corps

Formed in 1949, this corps was the women’s branch of the British Army. Its members undertook a variety of important roles until 1992, when its remaining personnel were integrated into the Adjutant General's Corps.

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Auxiliary Territorial Service

Auxiliary Territorial Service

Formed in 1938, the Auxiliary Territorial Service tasked women with a range of vital roles during the Second World War. It was disbanded in 1949, when the remainder of its troops transferred to the newly formed Women’s Royal Army Corps.

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Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps

Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps

This unit was formed as the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1917 to free up more men to fight in the First World War. It was the first time women had served in the British Army other than as nurses.

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Cap badge, Royal Engineers, c1940

Corps of Royal Engineers

Formed in 1716, this corps helps keep the British Army in the field by providing engineering and technical support. Known as ‘Sappers’, Royal Engineers have served in all of the Army’s campaigns.

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Cap badge, The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's), c1940 

The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)

This infantry unit was raised in 1685 and served in many British Army campaigns during its long history. In 1959, it was merged into The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry.

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Collar badge, The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry, 1959

The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry

This short-lived infantry unit was formed in 1959. It served until 1968, when it was merged into The Light Infantry.

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Cap badge, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, c1914

The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

This infantry regiment was formed in 1881. It continued in British Army service until1959, when it merged with The Somerset Light Infantry to form The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry.

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Glengarry badge, 32nd (Cornwall) Light Infantry, c1874

32nd (Cornwall Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot

This infantry regiment was raised in 1702. It served with the British Army until 1881, when it was merged into The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.

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Glengarry badge, 46th (South Devonshire) Regiment, c1874

46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry regiment was raised in 1741. It served with the British Army until 1881, when it was merged into The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.

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Collar badge, The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment, 1961

The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment

This short-lived infantry regiment was formed in 1959. It served with the British Army until 1966, when it was merged into The Queen’s Regiment.

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Cap badge, The Gloucestershire Regiment, c1930

The Gloucestershire Regiment

This infantry unit was raised in 1881. It served with the British Army until 1994, when it was merged into The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment.

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Shako plate, 28th (The North Gloucestershire) Regiment, c1870

28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry unit was originally raised in 1694. It served in many British Army campaigns until 1881, when it became part of The Gloucestershire Regiment.

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