The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot)

DATE

THEATRE

STATION/BARRACKS

ROLE

Feb 1970 - Mar 1972

UK

Warminster - Battlesbury Barracks

Demonstration Battalion at School of Infantry

Mar 1972 - Jun 1972

Northern Ireland

Londonderry

Internal Security Duties

Jul 1972 - Sep 1974

British Army of the Rhine

Berlin - Montgomery Barracks

Garrison duties

Sep 1974 - Apr 1976

Northern Ireland

Ballykelly

Internal Security Duties

Apr 1976 - Apr 1977

UK

Colchester - Meeanee Barracks

Air Portable Bn

Apr 1977 - Aug 1977

Northern Ireland

South Armagh

Internal Security Duties

Aug 1977 - Aug 1978

UK

Colchester - Meeanee Barracks

Infantry

Aug 1978 - Mar 1979

Caribbean

Belize Airport Camp

Holdfast Camp

Infantry/Internal security

Mar 1979 - Nov 1979

UK

Colchester - Meeanee Barracks

Infantry

Nov 1979 - Aug 1982

British Army of the Rhine

Hemer - Peninsula Barracks

Mechanised Infantry

Aug 1982 - Dec 1982

Northern Ireland

Belfast

Internal Security Duties

Dec 1982 - Oct 1984

British Army of the Rhine

Hemer - Peninsula Barracks

Mechanised Infantry

Oct 1984 - Aug 1986

UK

Warminster -Battlesbury Barracks

Demonstration Battalion

Aug 1986 - Jun 1987

UK

Cambridge - Oakington Barracks

Home Defence

Jun 1987 - Dec 1987

Cyprus

Nicosia/Dhekelia

UNFICYP

Dec 1987-Jan 1989

UK

Cambridge - Oakington Barracks

Home Defence

Jan 1989 - Mar 1991

Northern Ireland

Omagh - Lisanelly Barracks

Internal Security Duties

Mar 1991 - Oct 1993

Cyprus

Dhekelia

Garrison Duties

Oct 1993 - Apr 1994

UK

Tidworth- Lucknow Barracks

Armoured Infantry

Apr 1994-Sep 1994

Northern Ireland

 

Internal Security Duties

Sep 1994-May 1996

UK

Tidworth - Lucknow Barracks

Armoured Infantry

May 1996 - Nov 1996

Bosnia

Markinjic Grad, Sanski Most, Gorni Ribnik, Sipovo (Bn HQ)

NATO

Nov 1996 - Nov 1998

UK

Tidworth - Lucknow Barracks

Armoured Infantry

Nov 1998 - Apr 1999

Bosnia

 

Armoured Infantry

May 1999 - Nov 1999

UK

Tidworth - Lucknow Barracks

Armoured Infantry

Dec 1999 - Dec 2001

Northern Ireland

Omagh - Lisanelly Barracks

Internal Security/

Resident

Dec 2001 - Apr 2003

UK

Chester - The Dale

Arid Conditions

Apr 2003 - Dec 2003

Northern Ireland

South Armagh

Internal Security Duties

Dec 2003 -Oct 2004

UK

Chester - The Dale

Arid Conditions

Oct 2004 - Mar 2005

Afghanistan

Mazar-e-Sharif, Kabul

Internal Security Duties

Mar 2005 - Jul 2005

UK

Chester - The Dale

Arid Condition

Aug 2005 -

UK

Hounslow - Cavalry Barracks

Public Duties

Apr 2007 -

Afghanistan

Helmand Province

ISAF

1 Sep2007

 

Retitled 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters)

 

 

 

 

 

On 16 December 2004 the Secretary of State for Defence announced, under the Future Army Structure, that the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29/45 Foot) would become the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) along with the 1st Battalion (Cheshire) and the 3rd Battalion (Staffords). So as Colonel Dalbaic wrote on the completion of his History of the 45th Regiment:


"Thus by a stroke of a Minister's pen........the Regiment which had maintained the best traditions of the British Army and the Honour of England in four continents, were swept away as if unworthy of a moment's consideration."
Also, in November 1956 when the Army entertained their Queen at a dinner in the Royal Hospital Chelsea Her Majesty said in her speech - "A short time ago I was shown a letter written by a Private soldier who had just been transferred from his old Regiment to a new one. He wrote to his former Colonel somewhat as follows -


'You will see by the address that disaster has overtaken me. I feel something like a man who has awakened from an operation to find himself minus a limb. They have taken away my Cap Badge and with it, the great love of my life. The traditions of my county regiment are in my blood and to be known as a Forester was an estate of which I was deeply proud'  This, said Her Majesty is how one British soldier feels about his Regiment..."

(Extract taken from the Foresters Regimental Magazine dated March 1957)