Composed of two regular and one reserve battalion, The Mercian Regiment weaves the strength and agility of the light role, and the devastating power and speed of the armoured role to fearsome effect on exercise and operations.
1 September 2007
Light role and Armoured Infantry
Professional, determined and fierce, Mercian soldiers are renowned for their professionalism and courage when deployed, and our reputation marks us out as one of the most effective and modern Infantry units in the British Army.
Highly experienced regiment, Mercians are currently deployed in three overseas operations.
Based in Lichfield, the Regimental Headquarters of The Mercian Regiment administrates the Regiment and acts as a ‘home headquarters’ for the wider MERCIAN regimental family. When not deployed 1MERCIAN are based in Bulford; 2MERCIAN in Chester (Cyprus from 2018) and 4MERCIAN in the Midlands.
Being a Mercian really is belonging. Jack, 23
The Mercian infantryman is at the heart of the action, providing the fighting element of the British Army's forces.
Ready to engage decisively the enemy in close quarter combat, Mercians are highly skilled with sophisticated weapon systems ranging from the SA80 A2 rifle through to the Warrior Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle with its 30mm canon.
Professional, courageous and fiercely proud of our regiment, Mercians are highly regarded throughout the British Army and we are regularly called upon for operations both in peacetime and during armed conflict.
Recruited from the five counties that formed the ancient kingdom of Mercia and known as The Heart of England’s Infantry, the regiment was formed on 1st September 2007. The Mercian Regiment has deployed on 11 operational tours since its formation, making it one of the most operationally experienced.
Formed from the Cheshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiments.
Operation Telic (Iraq)
Operation Herrick (Afghanistan)
MERCIAN 10, 10th Anniversary and Mercians deployed on three overseas operations.
Chester (Cyprus from 2018)
Army Reserves Centres across the Midlands