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The Army in York

The first organised military unit to establish itself in York was the Roman IX Legion in AD 71. They established a fort at the confluence of the River Ouse and River Foss and helped create the foundations of York.  Today's garrison area can be found along the River Ouse to the south of the city centre and to the north east at Strensall.

There has been a barracks in the modern sense at Fulford since 1795 and it still plays host to an Army Headquarters.

Today, York Garrison takes the lead in organising all military ceremonial events within the city, including orchestrating Royal Salutes fired six times a year on important anniversaries.  The City of York has the only Saluting Station in England between London and Edinburgh.

The Garrison comprises two Stations; one in Fulford and the other to the north east at Strensall.   Four regiments and the RAF Station at Linton on Ouse hold the Freedom of the City.  They are routinely invited by the city to exercise their freedom rights by marching through York's ancient streets.  York Garrison Headquarters is involved in the planning of these freedom parades, homecoming parades and the city's remembrance activities. 

Imphal Barracks accommodates HQ 1st (UK) Division, 2 Signal Regiment, Defence Business Services National Vetting and many small administering units.

Since 2001, Strensall Station has been the centre of military medical excellence and the home of the Army Medical Services (Army Reserve) with its state-of-the-art training facilities for field hospitals.  Queen Elizabeth II Barracks accommodates HQ 2 Medical Brigade, 34 Field Hospital, Army Training Unit (North East), 6 Army Recruiting Team, 9 Cadet Training Team, Yorkshire Regiment Support Team, the Garrison Dental Centre and other small units.  Headquarter Yorkshire (North and West) Army Cadet Force also have their HQ and cadet training facility within the camp.

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The Kohima Museum

The Kohima Museum educates and commemorates the momentous tide-turning victory in North East India which took place between 4th April and 22nd June 1944. Each year in early July, Kohima veterans commemorate the fallen at a service at York Minster.