TO commemorate the ten-year anniversary of their formation, soldiers of The Mercian Regiment will be parading through Tamworth on Saturday 2 September.
The parade on Saturday is set to begin at 1pm, with the soldiers marching from the castle grounds around the town centre, and then finishing back at the castle grounds roughly an hour later.
The Mercian Regiment was formed on 1 September 2007, when three other military regiments; The 22nd Cheshire Regiment, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, and The Staffordshire Regiment, merged into one infantry regiment.
With the motto ‘Stand Firm Strike Hard’, they are one of the most operationally experienced regiments in the British Army, having been deployed eight times. Afghanistan, Iraq, Lithuania, and Uganda are some of the many places they have been deployed to.
The Mercian Regiment is described as the Heart of England’s Infantry, recruiting from the five counties which formed the ancient Kingdom of Mercia: Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire. They also cover the Black Country and the Wirral.
With it’s Regimental Headquarters in Lichfield and HRH The Prince of Wales as it’s Colonel in Chief, the regiment now comprises of just three battalions as 3 Mercian was disbanded in 2014 as part of the Army 2020 Defence Review.
1 Mercian is an armoured infantry battalion, based at Bulford Camp in Wiltshire. 2 Mercian, based at Dale Barracks in Cheshire, is a light infantry battalion. And finally, 4 Mercian is the regiment’s reserve light infantry battalion.
You can find out more about the parade on their Facebook event here.