Unit History: 1st Battalion The Manchester Regiment (LXIII/XCVI)
Began life as the 63rd Regiment formed from the 2nd Battalion of the 8th Regiment in 1758.
Later to be Retitled to 63rd West Suffolk Regiment in 1783.
In 1804 a 2nd Battalion was formed but in 1814 was disbanded.
The 63rd West Suffolk Regiment was Restyled into 1st Manchester Regiment in 1881, and in 1900 both the 3rd and 4th Line Battalions were formed but later (1900) disbanded.
1942 saw the Battalion captured in Singapore and the 6th (TA) Battalion was reconstituted as 1st Battalion.
In 1948 the 1st and 2nd Battalions amalgamated to form 1st Battalion the Manchester Regiment(LXIII/XCVI).