WELSHMAN, WARRIOR, INFANTRYMAN, GUARDSMAN
The Welsh Guards are Wales’s Senior Infantry Regiment with a formidable reputation forged throughout the last century.
First and foremost we serve our nation as fighting soldiers, and also take immense pride in our ceremonial role as the guardians of the royal palaces. Every Welsh Guardsman strives to maintain the high standards of the Household Division in the continual pursuit of excellence.
26 February 1915
The role of the Welsh Guards is highly varied. As well as general infantry skills like reconnaissance and skirmishing, its duties involve specialised tasks like operating heavy machine guns and mortars, and driving Foxhound patrol vehicles.
- Operating machine guns
- Operating mortars
- Tactical communications
- Driving Foxhound patrol vehicles
- Anti-tank operations
- Guarding royal palaces
The Welsh Guards are currently training to support the Afghan government in the capital, Kabul.
- Operation Herrick (Afghanistan)
- Operation Telic (Iraq)
As you might expect, most of the regiment’s soldiers are Welsh or have Welsh roots, but it also welcomes recruits from across the UK. Wherever they’re from, all Welsh Guards live by the regimental ethos of excellence, family, variety and heritage.
The Welsh Guards is based near London in the village of Pirbright.
The Welsh Guards
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The Welsh Guards are an Infantry Regiment that specialises in light role operations, leading from the front as a mobile attack force. In 2016 the regiment started operating on the Foxhound armoured vehicle, since then the battalion has been at very high readiness and we remain ready to deploy anywhere in world at short notice.
Welsh Guards are also famous the world over for their red tunics and bearskin, which they wear while performing their ceremonial duty as guardians of the royal family at iconic locations like Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.
Past to Present
The Welsh Guards was formed in 1915 by order of King George V. Over the course of their 100+ year history, they have distinguished themselves both on and off the battlefield, and have taken part in almost every British Army campaign since World War I.
The regiment is raised on the orders of King George V.
Sergeant Robert Bye VC wins his Victoria Cross with the British Expeditionary Force in Arras, France.
Lieutenant Furness VC wins his Victoria Cross with the British Expeditionary Force in Arras, France.
The 1st Battalion fights in the Falklands War, winning battle honours.
The 1st Battalion leads the assault on Operation Panchai Palang in Afghanistan.
The Regiment celebrates its centenary.
1st Battalion Welsh Guards
Address: Elizabeth Barracks, Pirbright, Surrey, GU24 0DT Contact: 02074 145120
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1st Battalion Welsh Guards