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4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

4 YORKS is an Army Reserve infantry battalion and part of 4th Infantry Brigade and HQ North East. It provides individuals and groups to support the Regular Army and in particular our other Yorkshire Regiment battalions during operations. 4 YORKS is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Mark Yates and our Battalion Headquarters is Worsley Barracks in Fulford, York.
4th Battalion Update – January 2016

It has been a busy period with Lieutenant Colonel Mark Yates assuming command in October.  The numbers of soldiers and officers joining the Battalion continues to grow.

Operations and Training
The Battalion continues to grow and we have increased by 20% over the recent period.  This is down to the efforts of the recruiters, especially in mentoring and nurturing the potential and new recruits.  Working with Regimental HQ, 1 and 2 YORKS over the coming months we will look to see how we best employ our recruiters across the region to support the Regimental effort.

In September, the Battalion undertook an Annual Deployment Exercise (ADE) Exercise YORKSHIRE OVERLORD which presented a chance to catch up on much needed courses and familiarisation training for the new equipment that appeared last year.

The main focus before Christmas was preparation for a Short Term Training Team (STTT) deployment to Uganda. 4 YORKS personnel were supported by staff from 77 Brigade and soldiers from the US, French and Danish Armies.   The training developed for the Ugandan People Defence Force (UPDF) covered basic field skills all the way through to battlegroup operations, culminating in a successful 3-day exercise.

Key Appointments
The following appointment took place:

  • Lieutenant Colonel M YATES appointed Commanding Officer
  • Major SP HINDMARCH appointed Battalion Second in Command
  • Major S JONES appointed Officer Commanding Corunna Company
  • Major D THOMPSON appointed Officer Commanding B Company

Sport & Adventurous Training
Post the August adventurous training period large numbers participating in the ADE took part in water sports close to Lydd Camp and a small team based on Alma company has taken part in this season's Army cross country competitions.

In the next few months we will continue to make the most of our close proximity, working closely with 2 YORKS – starting with Ex WESSEX STORM this month.  17 soldiers go to Austria on Ex YORKSHIRE EAGLE, a ski training camp and a Platoon will go to Australia (EX MORLAN COURT) for a 2-week training exercise in March.   Looking ahead to the summer, 4 YORKS will provide project coordination for the Regiment’s 10th Anniversary celebrations in June.

4 YORKS - Spare-time opportunities

The 4th Battalion recruits spare-time soldiers and specialist tradesmen from our eight Army Reserve Centres. Speak to our recruit mentoring team about what's currently on offer for ex-Regulars and new recruits. We also recruit females for some posts.

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