Unit History: Yorkshire Regiment
The Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot) (YORKS) is one of the large infantry regiments of the British Army. The regiment is the only line infantry or rifles unit to represent a single geographical county in the new infantry structure, serving as the county regiment of Yorkshire covering the historical areas of: the East Riding of Yorkshire, North Riding of Yorkshire, West Riding of Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and the current county areas of: North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire. Though the districts to the east of Barnsley are part of the recruiting area of The Rifles any person who expresses a wish to serve in the Yorkshire Regiment can do so. Some recruits have applied from overseas countries, such as Jamaica, Kenya and Fiji. The same conditions exist for Officers and many actively seek to join it, due to its prominence in the sport of Rugby. The regiments antecedent units also recruited in areas that are now part of Northumberland, Cumbria, Lancashire and Tameside. The 3rd Battalion (Duke of Wellingtons) (formerly the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment) was given the Freedom of Mossley in Tameside on (8 July 1967) when Mossley was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Regiment was formed as a result of a decision made in 2004 to restructure the organisation of the Infantry. The Regiment consists of three Regular Army Infantry Battalions (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and one Territorial Army Infantry Battalion (4th).
Our home is Yorkshire and the area up to the historic boundary of the River Tees. The Regiment formed on Tuesday 6 June 2006 from the three Yorkshire Infantry Regiments; The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire; The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment) and The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (West Riding) plus their affiliated Territorial Army units. Collectively, these historic Yorkshire Regiments traces their history back to 1685.
The 1st Battalion formed at Somme Barracks, Catterick; the 2nd Battalion at Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina; the 3rd Battalion in Battlesbury Barracks, Warminster, and the 4th Battalion at their eleven TA centres around Yorkshire and Middlesbrough. On Saturday 10 June 2006, the TA and Cadet Forces carried out rebadging parades. The 4th Battalion conducted their parade in the Museum Gardens and the three Army Cadet Forces and Combined Cadet Forces contingents at Imphal Barracks in York.
During the Regiment’s first eighteen months, the 1st Battalion served in Iraq on Operation TELIC 9 (September 2006-March 2007) and the 2nd Battalion in Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 7 (September 2007-March 2008). Soldiers from both the 3rd Battalion and 4th Battalions have served in both theatres. The 3rd Battalion will deploy on operations in 2009.
The first time the regiment started a permanent connection with Yorkshire was in the mid-17th century and this was finally set in stone in the late 19th century. Since that time Yorkshiremen, by birth and in spirit, have served throughout the world supported by their friends and families. We hope the information here gives you a flavour of our history, our connections and where you can join in and develop a wider knowledge of this fine record of service for Sovereign and Country.
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