The Welsh Guards


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.




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Mechanised Infantry

our skills

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.

  • Reconnaissance 
  • Operating machine guns
  • Sniping
  • Operating mortars 
  • Tactical communications
  • Driving Foxhound patrol vehicles 
  • Anti-tank operations
  • Guarding royal palaces 

Operation Toral (Afghanistan)

The Welsh Guards are currently training to support the Afghan government in the capital, Kabul.

Past Deployments: 

  • Operation Herrick (Afghanistan) 
  • Operation Telic (Iraq)

Our People

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.

Guardsman Joseph Davies - Army mountain biker and mortarman

Elizabeth Barracks

Elizabeth Barracks

The Welsh Guards is based near London in the village of Pirbright.

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Our Role

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.

  1. 1915

    The regiment is raised on the orders of King George V.

  2. 1917

    Sergeant Robert Bye VC wins his Victoria Cross with the British Expeditionary Force in Arras, France. 

  3. 1940

    Lieutenant Furness VC wins his Victoria Cross with the British Expeditionary Force in Arras, France.

  4. 1982

    The 1st Battalion fights in the Falklands War, winning battle honours.

  5. 2009

    The 1st Battalion leads the assault on Operation Panchai Palang in Afghanistan.

  6. 2015

    The Regiment celebrates its centenary.

Our Locations

  • 1st Battalion Welsh Guards

    Address: Elizabeth Barracks, Pirbright, Surrey, GU24 0DT Contact: 02074 145120

List of Equipment used

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

Heavy Machine Gun

12.7mm The powerful L1A1 12.7mm (.50) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) is an updated version of the Browning M2 Fifty-cal.

Small arms and support weapons

Grenade Machine Gun

Mounted The GMG is usually mounted on WMIK Land Rovers but can also be used from ground-based tripods.

Small arms and support weapons


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

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Welsh Guards assume security responsibility in Afghanistan

The Yorkshire Regiment recently completed their tour in Afghanistan, handing over the reins to the Welsh Guards.

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Contact details

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Elizabeth Barracks,
GU24 0DT


01483 798090