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42nd Infantry Brigade and HQ NW

42nd Infantry Brigade is under the command of 1 (UK) Division.

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 overseas and at home. In December 2015 Lancashire-based 2 LANCS deployed personnel across Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire to assist communities affected by severe flooding. Much of that works was supported by Preston-based HQ NW.

Each year around one fifth of the Army's personnel are recruited from within the region's boundaries and we also work closely with local authorities, emergency services and businesses on a range of projects.