London Regiment (1993)

The London Regiment is an infantry regiment in the Army Reserve of the British Army. It was raised in 1993, perpetuating the lineage of some (but not all) the battalions of an earlier regiment of the same name.

London Regiment
Regimental Cap star of the London Regiment
ActiveSince 20 April 1993
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch British Army
RoleInfantry
SizeBattalion
Part ofLondon District
Garrison/HQSt John's Hill, London[1]
MarchLondons Return
Commanders
Royal Honorary ColonelThe Earl of Wessex[2]
Insignia
Tactical Recognition Flash
TartanHodden Grey (A Company)
Saffron (D Company pipers kilts)
AbbreviationLONDON

History

The London Regiment was reformed in 1993 through the regimentation of some of the remaining successors of the original regiment (not including, for example, the Artists Rifles or Kensington Regiment (Princess Louise's)). At formation it consisted of:[3][4]

Two companies of the Royal Green Jackets, F Company[lower-alpha 1] and G Company,[lower-alpha 2] formed part of the regiment between 1998 and 2004.[4]

In May 2004 Messines company, which was made up from an HQ and included two platoons from across the London Regiment deployed to Iraq.[5]

Following the restructuring of the British Army in 2004, it was announced that the Guards Division would gain a TA battalion. This saw the London Regiment retaining its name and multi-badge structure, while transferring from the Queen's Division to the Guards Division. The two Royal Green Jackets companies were transferred to the Royal Rifle Volunteers in preparation for the formation of The Rifles in 2007.[6]

In July 2017 B Company transferred to the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment to become B Company, 4th Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment[7] and C Company transferred to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers to become C Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.[8] To replace these two units, F Company, 7th Battalion The Rifles returned to the London Regiment, while a new G Company was raised.[9]

Current structure

The London Regiment is the only reserve infantry battalion completely in London District (though the Rifles and the Parachute Regiment reserve maintains a considerable presence in London). It currently consists of five companies:[10]

  • Regimental Headquarters
  • HQ Company (London Irish Rifles) [11] (Formally D Company, re-roled as HQ following Army 2020 Refine)
  • A (London Scottish) Company[12]
  • F (Rifles) Company (Moved from 7th Battalion The Rifles)
  • (Guards) Company (New Unit)

Notes

  1. Successor to 9th and 16th Battalions London Regiment (1908)
  2. Successor to 5th and 12th Battalions London Regiment (1908).

References

  1. "West of St John's Road" (PDF). English Heritage. p. 27. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. "No. 59772". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 May 2011. p. 8211.
  3. "History of the Regiment". The London Scottish Regiment. Archived from the original on June 12, 2003. Retrieved 27 April 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  4. "London Regiment". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  5. "A (London Scottish) Company, the London Regiment in Iraq". The London Scottish Regiment. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. "The Rifles". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  7. "Tigers come to Edgware". The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association for Greater London. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  8. "First camp for the enhanced and expanded Fifth Fusiliers". The Fusiliers. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  9. "The Guards come to Kingston". The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association for Greater London. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  10. "The London Regiment". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  11. "Companies". 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  12. "A (London Scottish) Company". 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
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