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Encyclopedia > The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment

The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment is an infantry regiment of the British Army.

It was formed in 1994 by the amalgamation of two English Regiments.

  • The Gloucestershire Regiment
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

The regiment is unique in the British Army in that it is permitted to wear the United States Distinguished Unit Citation, which it inherited from the 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment which was awarded for their defence of Gloster Hill during the Battle of the Imjin River in April 1951 during the Korean War.

It is also unique in being the only regiment in the British Army permitted to wear a cap badge on both the front and the rear of their hats. The back badge was awarded to the 28th Regiment of Foot for their actions at the Battle of Alexandria in 1801.

On 16th December 2004, it was announced that the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment will be disbanded - the Gloucestershire element will, along with the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment be merged with the Light Infantry, while the Berkshire and Wiltshire elements will be merged with the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.

See Also

Non US Winners of US gallantry awards

External Links

BBC News article on the reorganization (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4102013.stm)

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