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The Mercian Regiment is an Infantry Regiment of the British Army, recruited from the five counties that formed the ancient kingdom of Mercia.
Known as The Heart of England’s Infantry, it was formed on 1st September 2007 at Tamworth Castle by the amalgamation of three existing regiments.
The Regiment has deployed on numerous operational tours since its formation in 2007, including:
This makes the Mercian Regiment one of the most operationally experienced regiments in the British Army.
The Mercian Regiment is considered to be a regiment of the line, consisting of two battalions of infantry: one regular and one reserve.
The 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire, Worcesters and Foresters, and Staffords) is the Regular Battalion of The Mercian Regiment.
The Battalion was formed from an amalgamation of 1, 2 and 3 MERCIAN in 2014, making it affiliated to all five counties. The Battalion was then further restructured in 2022 to incorporate 2 MERCIAN.
The 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires, Worcesters and Foresters, and Staffords) is an Army Reserve battalion of The Mercian Regiment. It is regionally based, with companies spread across the five counties that form Mercia.
The battalion was formed of a number of antecedent regiments outside of those of the regular battalions. These include elements of 3 WFR, 3 STAFFORDS, The West Midlands Regiment, The Kings and Cheshire Regiment and The East of England Regiment.