Unit History: Duke of Edinburghs Royal Regiment
From 1969 the Regiment deployed to Northern Ireland during a period of turmoil in that was known as "The Troubles". The Regiment would see extensive service in Northern Ireland during their existence, unndertaking many tours-of-duty and, in the process, losing six men. The DERR briefly returned to Catterick after its tour of Northern Ireland before heading for West Berlin, an enclave surrounded by Communist East Germany, joining the Berlin Brigade. One of the Regiment’s duties included guarding the last remaining prisoner at Spandau Prison, Rudolf Hess. From Berlin they went to West Germany and France. In 1975, having been on a two-year posting to Ballykinler, Northern Ireland, the Regiment moved to Shoeburyness, Essex. In August the Regiment deployed to Cyprus on an Emergency Tour, returning in February 1976. It subsequently became the Infantry Demonstration Battalion. In August 1978 the Regiment arrived in Osnabruck, West Germany, joining the BAOR and would remain there, with the exception of a tour of NI in 1979, until 1983, when it moved back home, being based in Canterbury.
In 1984 the DERR was presented with new Colours by its Colonel-in-Chief, the Duke of Edinburgh. In December it joined the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, returning home in June 1985. In February 1988, having been on another lengthy tour-of-duty in Northern Ireland, the Regiment was posted to Hong Kong, joining its garrison on a two-year deployment, undertaking internal security duties which included patrolling the border with the People’s Republic of China to prevent illegal immigration into Hong Kong.
Their last tour-of-duty in Northern Ireland came in March 1993, and during their deployment the Regiment lost two men. The DERR returned to their base in Catterick in September. The Regiment’s existence came to an end the following year, on 27 July 1994, when it amalgamated with the 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment, to form the 1st Battalion, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment. The Regiment has since been amalgamated once again, merging with th
Memories of Duke of Edinburghs Royal Regiment
(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
Duke of Edinburghs Royal Regiment, in 1962
Written by Richard Henry HodgsonRemember the day out at the crocodile and pirana infested river in Georgetown, British Guiana?
Duke of Edinburghs Royal Regiment, in 1960
Written by Richard Henry HodgsonWere you in Libya on a training exercise around this year?
Duke of Edinburghs Royal Regiment, in 1958
Written by Richard Henry HodgsonDoes anyone remember,when in Cyprus,I was the Cook. A patrol on leaving the base asked if I could deal with half a dozen chickens. Yes I said. On their quick return,they handed over several headless chickens which had left a trail of blood. This was put out over the radio as had someone been shot! I hung the chickens down a well until things quietened down. A few hours later I plucked,cleaned and cooked them for the next day.(Probably Christmas Day my memory is not so good). In the morning I discovered that the local dogs? had dragged some of the chickens away from the container. To make up for the loss I quickly steamed spotted dick and custard. Some of the lads were very angry that there was such small chicken portions.Nobody believed me.I was praised by one of the officers though for doing a nice meal. Honestly lads, this is the truth!
Active From: 1959 - 1994