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42nd Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North West

42nd Infantry Brigade is a deployable brigade under the command of 1 (UK) Division. It is comprised of four Infantry battalions: The 2nd and 4th Battalions of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and the 2nd and 4th Battalions of The Mercian Regiment, all of which recruit from the North West of England.

HQ North West looks after the Army's interests in the North West of England and the Isle of Man. Our region, includes Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and the Isle of Man. Around 4,000 Regular and Reserve soldiers are based in the North West: two Regular Infantry battalions based at Weeton and Chester, and 3 Medical Regiment in Preston. The region is also home to around 7,000 Army Cadets.

The region has a proud tradition of supporting the Army. We work to recruit and train soldiers, across a variety of trades, who are ready to support operations both at home and overseas. Each year around one fifth of the Army's personnel are recruited from within the region's boundaries.

We also work closely with our communities, local authorities, emergency services and businesses on a range of projects.