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About us

The Mercian Regiment was formed on 1 September 2007 at Tamworth Castle in the presence of The Colonel in Chief, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Earl of Chester, KG KT GCB OM.


Soldiers during the Great War

The Mercian Regiment is comprised of former county Regiments and their past antecedent Regiments. The Regiment was formed from The Cheshire, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, Staffordshire and West Midlands and Kings Cheshire Regiments.

The Battalions still aim to recruit soldiers from these traditional recruiting areas meaning that soldiers can live, train and fight beside other soldiers who are from the same cities and towns as they are, whilst still meeting new soldiers from across the whole Mercia region.

Regimental mascot

Private Derby, a Swaledale ram, is the official mascot of the Mercian Regiment.

Private Derby, a Swaledale ram, is the official mascot of the Mercian Regiment. He was the mascot of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment which inherited Private Derby from a predecessor regiment, the Sherwood Foresters, which in turn inherited him from The 95th Derbyshire Regiment. Private Derby became the mascot of the Mercian Regiment when it was formed in 1 September 2007. The ram mascot is a central part of the Regiment's history and tradition and its association with the home counties of its predecessor regiments. It is a symbol of pride for the Regiment and is extremely popular with the public when it makes appearances.

When on parade, Private Derby wears a coat of scarlet with Lincoln green and gold facings, the whole emblazoned with the Regiment's main Battle Honours. Also on his coat is to be found a replica of his India Mutiny Medal. In addition, he now wears the General Service Medal 1962 with the clasp Northern Ireland as he has been stationed there several times over the years. On his forehead is a silver plate embossed with the Regimental Cap Badge.

Associations and museums

Membership to each of our associations is open to those who have served with any of our antecedent Regiments.

For information on the Staffordshire Regimental Association email: INFHQ-POW-MERC-StaffordsARegSec@mod.uk.

For information on the Cheshire Regimental Association email: INFHQ-POW-MERC-Cheshire-RegSecA@mod.uk.

For information on the Worcestershire and Sherwood Forester Regimental Association email: INFHQ-POW-MERC-Notts-ARegSec@mod.uk.

For more information on our antecedent Regiments, please use the links on the right hand side.

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