We are the Infantry Regiment of the North West of England. We have 2 Regular battalions and 1 Reserve battalion.
1 July 2006
We specailise in dismounted close combat, always ready to deploy anywhere in the world to counter threats to our national security.
• Dismounted close combat
• Proving stabilisation, aid and assistance overseas
• Home defence
• Able to work in complex terrains and climates
• Globally deployable at short notice
1 LANCS is the Regional Standby Battalion, with soldiers held at very high readiness and prepared to deploy anywhere in the Middle East and North Africa region.
• Op SHADER - training Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in Iraq
• Op TOSCA - United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus
Our soldiers are officially called Kingsmen. We are amongst the very best in the Army. We are tough, courageous and loyal with a great sense of humour. Fierce in spirit, we are the Lions of England.
We are based in Fulwood Barracks, Preston, which has a long association with the Regiment. Fulwood Barracks has, throughout its history, been the main focus of military activity in Lancashire, and has often had wider regional responsibilities. Today it houses the Army's regional headquarters and is the main focus of military activity in the North West.
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We are the heart of the Army. Whether war fighting or peace keeping, at home or away, our Kingsmen outwit, outfight and outlast our adversaries.
We deploy rapidly anywhere in the world and provide reconnaissance and ground manoeuvre using the latest equipment.
Our Regiment was formed on 1st July 2006, by the amalgamation of the King's Own Royal Border Regiment, the King's Regiment and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment. We recruit from the Mersey to Scotland, the Pennines to the Isle of Man.
The 4th, or King’s Own Regiment of Foot, was raised by King Charles II.
Our 12 Regiments were formally linked by name to their recruiting areas in the North West.
We raised 176 battalions in World War 1, earning 124 battle honours, 43 VCs and 1 GC.
We raised 67 battalions in World War 2, earning 108 battle honours, 2 VCs and 1 GC.
The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment, The King’s Regiment, and The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, together with 23 respective companies of The Lancastrian and Cumbrian Volunteers and The King’s and Cheshire Regiment, merged to form The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (King’s, Lancashire and Border).
Both our battalions, supported by our Reserve battalion, served in Afghanistan.