2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment due to move to Chester site later this year A changing of the regiments is under way at Dale Barracks in Chester. A merger parade has taken place at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth to formally mark the coming together of The Royal Welsh Regiment s 1st and 2nd Battalions into a single unit. View gallery Corporal Barry Lloyd RLC Royal Welsh Fusiliers View gallery The merger saw the 1st Battalion move from its old base at Dale Barracks in Chester to Tidworth, as part of the Army s 2020 reorganisation.
It was announced last May that they would be replaced by the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment which is due to move into the Dale later this year. The Royal Welsh Regiment was formed in 2006 when the Chester based Royal Welch Fusiliers combined with the Tidworth -based Royal Regiment of Wales in 2006. Last year there was speculation the move could spell the end for the Liverpool Road barracks especially when defence secretary Philip Hammond confirmed seven barracks would be closing under the restructure.
But this fear proved unfounded when the announcement was made that the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment will be moving on to the Liverpool Road camp.
The Mercian Regiment recruits heavily from Chester and the surrounding areas.
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The decision to gift the coat to the wolfhound was a response to a similar gesture dating back to 1972, when the Irish Guards presented a red coat to the Irish Army Fifth Battalion at a ceremony in Collins Barracks.
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