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British Army - Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

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Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

British Army

Formed 9 June 1959 - an amalgamation of the 'The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) and Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)

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The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)

62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot

99th (Duke of Edinburgh's) Regiment of Foot

99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot

2nd Battalion, 4th (King's Own) Regiment

See also

The Royal Berkshire Regiment

Please link profiles of those who served in the Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) (Berkshire and Wiltshire), including the regiments listed above, to this project, regardless of rank, conflict or nationality. People of note can be individually listed in Alphabetical Order below.

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The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment

Motto - Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense

Uniform - Scarlet, piping white, facings blue

Corps March -

Quick - The Farmer's Boy
Slow - Auld Robin Grey

Nick-names - The Wilts, The Springers, The Moonrakers, The Splashers

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Ancestry

Originally formed as ...

1. - The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment

Formed June 1959 by amalgamation of

1.1 - The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)

Formed 1881 by amalgamation of ...

1.1.1 49th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's or Hertfordshire) Regiment of Foot

Raised in Jamaica December 1743 by Colonel Edward Trelawny, The Governor, who amalgamated the 8 independent companies garrisoning the island.

1.1.2 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot
Originated in 1755 as 2nd Battalion, 19th Regiment of Foot (Green Howards). Augmented as separate Regiment in April 1758 under Colonel Edward Sandford and ranked as 66th Foot.

2. - The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)

Formed 1881 by amalgamation of ...

2.1 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot

Originated in 1756 as 2nd Battalion, 4th (King's Own) Regiment. Augmented as separate Regiment April 1758 under Colonel William Strode - ranked as 62nd Foot.

2.2 99th (Duke of Edinburgh's) Regiment of Foot

Raised March 1824 as 99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot with Major General Gage John Hall as Colonel.

Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)

The Wiltshire Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, formed in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of ...

  • 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot and
  • 99th Duke of Edinburgh's (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot.

The regiment was originally formed as the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment), taking the county affiliation from the 62nd Foot (which became the 1st Battalion) and the honorific from the 99th Foot (which became the 2nd Battalion). In 1921, the titles switched to become the Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's).

Today

As part of Britain's post-war reduction, each infantry regiment was required to reduce its strength by one battalion. For the Wiltshire Regiment, this meant amalgamating the 1st and 2nd battalions. This was done on 10 January 1949, while the regiment was part of the British Army of the Rhine. For the remainder of its existence, the Wiltshires would remain a one battalion regiment.

After the end of the Second World War, the Wiltshire regiment would add one more campaign to its list. Although initially earmarked to be sent to Malaya during the Emergency, orders were changed en route and they joined the Hong Kong garrison in 1950, returning home to Britain in 1953. Their final campaign as an independent regiment came in 1956, when it deployed to Cyprus as reinforcements for the British garrison during the Cyprus Emergency. The battalion, deployed in response to EOKA attacks which escalated in 1955, remained on Cyprus until its amalgamation in 1959 with The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) to form The Duke Of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) on 9 June 1959. The ceremony took place at Albany Barracks, Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight.

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