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Infantry

The Royal Yorkshire Regiment

We are The Royal Yorkshire Regiment. Brave and Decisive, with over 330 years of history behind us and driven by a relentless will to succeed in everything we do: harnessing battle-winning innovation for the Army of tomorrow; and providing a highly deployable force to train and fight alongside allies and partner nations across the world, today.

Ready for anything, anytime, anywhere. County-Proud. Combat-Ready.

FACTS & FIGURES

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ACTIVE FROM

6 June 2006

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ROLE

Infantry

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SPECIALISM

Light Mechanised and Experimental Infantry

Our skills

Three battalions; one Light Mechanised Infantry equipped with Foxhound and Jackal, one Experimental Infantry and a battalion of Light Infantry Reserve; all proud to be called ‘Yorkshire’s Infantry’.

  • Highly mobile, ready to operate anytime, anywhere.
  • At the forefront of Infantry Capability Development and Trials.
  • Capable Reserve force, ready to deploy on Ops or national and regional Resilience tasks.
  • Together, world class infanteers, snipers, mortarmen and anti-tank experts.
  • County Proud. Combat Ready.
  • 38 Victoria Crosses and eight George Crosses.

With over 330 years of history on the front-line, it is no surprise that Yorkshire's Infantry are regularly called upon to operate at the forefront of our nation’s defence.

In 2019, 1 YORKS returned from an eight month tour of duty in Estonia as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence. 2 YORKS participated in Exercise Wessex Storm before returning yet again to Afghanistan. 4 YORKS took part in a battalion-level exercise in Denmark and deployed 16 soldiers with the 2 YORKS battlegroup.

In 2020, 4 YORKS deployed into the communities they recruit from to help with flood relief and 150 reservists were mobilised to deliver COVID-19 testing. In November, 1 YORKS moved 'home' from Warminster to Catterick Garrison and also deployed to deliver the Liverpool mass COVID-19 testing. 

In 2021, 4 YORKS deployed 30 soldiers to British Army Training Unit Kenya to deliver Force Protection duties, another demonstration of the utility of the Reserves.

In 2022, 2 YORKS returned to Dale Barracks Chester after a two year tour in Cyprus, during which time they conducted simultaneous operations in four different countries, including the last soldiers to leave Kabul on Op Pitting.

Later in 2023, 1 YORKS will deploy on operations to Iraq.

Our People

Our soldiers and officers join us from all parts of the country and commonwealth.  They all share a strong bond of mutual trust forged through success on the battlefield and achievement on the sportsfield and all are proud to be part of: ‘Yorkshire’s Infantry'.

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Captain Stu Cross, 1 YORKS and Army RFU Senior XV and AMA to Comdt RMAS.
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WO2 Greenwood - Duke of York Medal 2021– outstanding contribution to The Regiment
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LCpl Olsson 2023 recipient Merchant Adventurers Tankard Award for oustanding leadership.

Regimental Headquarters

Directions

Today's Yorkshire Infantry is contemporary, culturally diverse and does not neglect its roots. Together, we are a reflection of the communities of the county we serve.  County Proud. Combat Ready.

See our map for all our locations and contact details.

 

Regimental Headquarters Tower Street, York

Our Role

Yorkshire’s Infantry have always been on the front-line from the North American Wars, foot soldiers at Waterloo and first on the beaches on D-Day.

Under Future Soldier, the regiment is embracing the opportunities to meet the threats of the future. The 1st Battalion are transforming over 20 years’ experience as Armoured Infantry into an exciting new, Light Mechanised role. Experts in close combat and urban operations, the 2nd Battalion will provide the Land Warfare Centre, Experimentation and Trials Group with the Army’s Next Generation Combat Team

They are both partnered by our 4th Battalion Army Reserve who provide a demonstrably credible light-infantry capability, as well as supporting UK Resilience.

We pride ourselves on being a county and family regiment, from our serving personnel and their families, to our service leavers, veterans and cap-badged cadets.

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Through the Years

Over 330 years of history and the last two decades on operations, we are the product of a merger of three great Yorkshire Regiments; The Prince of Wales’s Own, The Green Howards and The Duke of Wellington’s, all with an incredible history of achievement, including 38 Victoria Crosses.

  1. 1685

    Some of the first infantry regiments ever formed, the 14th/15th, 19th and 33rd /76th of Foot.

  2. 1758-1778

    Caribbean, India and North American Wars of Independence.

  3. 1815

    Two of the regiments were present at Waterloo - 18 June is a regimental anniversary.

  4. 1914-1918

    100 battalions raised including the famous Hull, Bradford and Leeds Pals.

  5. 1944

    On D-Day, four Bns of Yorkshiremen went ashore – 6 June is our Formation Day.

  6. Post 1992

    Yorkshire’s Warriors were present in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and have conducted missions worldwide. 

Our Locations

  • 1 YORKS - Light Mechanised Infantry

    Alma Lines Munster Barracks Ava Road Catterick Garrison DL9 3AQ

  • 2 YORKS - Enhanced Light Role Infantry

    Dale Barracks Moston Chester CH2 4BD

  • 4 YORKS - Army Reserve

    4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment Worsley Barracks Army Reserve Centre Fulford Road York YO10 4EB 01904 668054

  • Regimental Headquarters

    3 Tower Street York YO1 9SB 01904 461014

  • 4 YORKS - Helmand Company

    Helmand Company 4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment Worsley Barracks Army Reserve Centre Fulford Road York YO10 4EB 01904 668066 or 07971 890388

  • YORKS Area Office - North

    Royal Yorkshire Regiment Area Office (North) Trinity Church Square Richmond North Yorkshire DL10 4QN 01748 850870 [email protected]

  • 4 YORKS - Corunna Company

    Corunna Company 4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment Army Reserve Centre St Paul's Street Huddersfield HD1 3DR 01484 516030 or 01904 668772

  • The Band of The Royal Yorkshire Regiment

    The Band of The Royal Yorkshire Regiment 4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment Army Reserve Centre St Paul's Street Huddersfield HD1 3DR 01484 425492

  • 4 YORKS - Alma Company

    Alma Company 4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment Halifax Barracks Army Reserve Centre Beverley Road Kingston-Upon-Hull HU6 7JA 01482 232000 or 07971 891781

  • 4 YORKS - Burma Company

    Burma Company 4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment Fontenay Barracks Army Reserve Centre Wakefield Road Barnsley S71 1NU 01226 200116 or 07971 890378

  • 4 YORKS - Burma Detachment

    Burma Company Detachment 4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment Manor Top Army Reserve Centre Hurlfield Road Sheffield S12 2AN 01226 200116 or 07971 890380

  • 4 YORKS - Corunna Detachment

    Corunna Company Detachment 4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment Harewood Barracks Army Reserve Centre Skinner Lane Leeds LS7 1AT 0113 215 7301 or 07971 891883

  • 4 YORKS - Corunna Detachment

    Corunna Company Detachment 4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment Belle Vue Barracks Army Reserve Centre Drill Parade Bradford BD8 7HY 01274 722129 or 07823 551082

  • 4 YORKS - Quebec Company

    Quebec Company 4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment Army Reserve Centre Stockton Road Middlesbrough TS4 4AD 01642 242316 or 07971 891825

  • Infantry Engagement Team

    Infantry Engagement Team Queen Elizabeth Barracks Strensall Road Strensall York YO32 5SW 07971 890224

  • 4 YORKS - Quebec Detachment

    Quebec Company Detachment 4th Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment Alma Lines Munster Barracks Ava Road Catterick Garrison DL9 3AQ 01642 242316 or 07971 891825

2 YORKS Next Generation Combat Team

Explore our equipment

SA80 Individual Weapon

Tests On its introduction, it proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned.

Small arms and support weapons

Guided Weapons

Anti-tank weapons The Javelin anti-tank weapon and the Next-generation light anti-tank weapon.

Small arms and support weapons

General Purpose Machine Gun

GPMG The general purpose machine gun (GPMG) can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire role.

Small arms and support weapons

L115A3 Long Range 'Sniper' Rifle

600 metres They are designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres and harassing fire out to 1,100 metres.

Small arms and support weapons

81mm Mortar

5650 metres High explosive, smoke and illuminating rounds to a maximum range of 5650m.

Small arms and support weapons

Logistic Support Vehicles

Mobility The SV fleet provides far greater mobility than previous generation cargo vehicles

Logistic vehicles

Combat Shotgun

12 gauge The Combat Shotgun is a semi-automatic, tubular magazine-fed weapon chambered for the 12 gauge cartridge.

Small arms and support weapons

Quad Bike

Speed The ATV's alone can reach speeds of up to 75kph

Logistic vehicles

Land Rover Battlefield Ambulance

medical facilities It has a capacity for a combination of up to four stretchers or six seated casualties

Logistic vehicles

Jackal 2

Rapid Jackal 2 is a high mobility weapons platform, with a unique air-bag suspension system allowing rapid movement across varying terrain

Reconnaissance vehicles

Foxhound

112 kph Foxhound has a top speed of 112 kph but can still protect against improvised explosive devices thanks to its v-shaped hull.

Protected patrol vehicles

Yorkshire Regiment Association

Learn about The Regiment and celebrate the only true County regiment remaining in the British Army.  Bask in the pride of our unique identity as Yorkshire’s own Infantry with over 330 years of military service, achieved with the support of our local communities of town, country, sports clubs, cadets, charities and veterans.  Join the Yorkshire Regiment Association (YRA) today.

Yorkshire Regiment Association