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The Mercian Regiment
The Mercian Regiment was formed on 1 September 2007 at Tamworth Castle in the presence of The Colonel in Chief, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Earl of Chester, KG KT GCB OM.
Three Regular regiments and one Territorial, each with more than 300 years' of loyal and professional service to the Crown, were merged to form The Mercian Regiment:
- The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment, now 1 MERCIAN (Cheshire)
- The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, now 2 MERCIAN (Worcester’s and Foresters)
- The Staffordshire Regiment, now 3 MERCIAN (Staffords)
- The West Midlands Regiment and the King's Cheshire Regiment, now 4 MERCIAN Volunteers
A proud, close-knit local regiment, The Mercian Regiment draws its fighting strength from the history and traditions of the antecedent regiments, and the strong family ties it maintains with its counties and communities.
The Mercian Regiment is the infantry of the modern heart of England - confident, diverse and forward-looking. The Regimental motto is ‘Stand Firm, Strike Hard’.
3 Mercian (Staffords)
The 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) is an Armoured Infantry Battalion, equipped with the Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle. It is based in Bad Fallingbostel, Germany and is part of 7th (Armoured) Brigade – The Desert Rats. The regiment of today continues to recruit soldiers from Staffordshire, the West Midlands and Birmingham. Prior to moving to Germany, the Battalion was posted to Tidworth as the Land Warfare Battlegroup. In 2011, 3 MERCIAN deployed on operations to Helmand, Afghanistan.
4 Mercian Volunteers
4 MERCIAN is the Territorial Army battalion of The Mercian Regiment. A light role Infantry unit, it is headquartered at Wolverhampton and has bases in Birmingham, Burton-upon-Trent, Crewe, Hanley Kidderminster, Mansfield, Shrewsbury, Stockport and Widnes. Officers and soldiers all serve on a part-time basis and come from a wide variety of professions and occupations. Their training is conducted during selected weekday evenings, at weekends and an annual camp. 4 MERCIAN often provides personnel to serve on operational deployments with their Regular counterparts, recently deploying individuals or formed units to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq and Afghanistan.
To find out more about 4 MERCIAN, watch this video.
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