North Staffordshire Regiment

The North Staffordshire Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, in existence between 1881 and 1959. The 64th Regiment of Foot was created on 21 April 1758 from the 2nd Battalion of the 11th Regiment of Foot. In 1881, under the Childers Reforms, the 64th Regiment of Foot was merged with the 98th Regiment of Foot to form the Prince of Wales's. In 1921 the regimental title was altered to the North Staffordshire Regiment. Formed at a time when the British Empire was reaching its peak, the regiment served all over the Empire, in times of both peace and war, in many theatres of war outside the Empire, it fought with distinction in World War I and World War II, as well as in other smaller conflicts around the world. These other wars included the Second Sudanese War, the Second Boer War, the Anglo-Irish War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. In 1959, as part of a defence review, the North Staffordshire Regiment, by now reduced to only a single regular battalion, was amalgamated with the South Staffordshire Regiment to form the Staffordshire Regiment which was, in 2006, amalgamated with the Cheshire Regiment and the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment to form the Mercian Regiment.

Today the traditions of the North Staffordshire Regiment are continued by the Mercian Regiment. The Prince of Wales's Regiment was formed under the Childers Reforms on 1 July 1881, by the amalgamation of the 64th Regiment of Foot and 98th Regiment of Foot; these two regular regiments became the 1st and 2nd battalions of the new regiment. The Militia and Rifle Volunteers forces of North Staffordshire were incorporated into this new regiment, a permanent depot was established at Whittington Barracks, which housed the newly formed South Staffordshire Regiment; the 64th Regiment of Foot was raised in 1756 as the 2nd Battalion of the 11th Foot, was renumbered the 64th in 1758. It had a long history of overseas service with much less time spent in Europe, it had served in the West Indies during the Seven Years' War, America during the American War of Independence, South America, the West Indies and Canada during the Napoleonic Wars. Subsequent long periods were spent in Ireland and the West Indies before action was seen in India during the Indian Mutiny.

At the time of the forming of the amalgamation with the 98th Foot, the 64th was based in Ireland. The 98th Regiment of Foot, raised in 1824 in Chichester, had a much shorter history, but like the 64th had spent the majority of its time overseas spending a long time in South Africa before seeing action in China in the First Anglo-Chinese War and India on the North West Frontier, it was based in Afghanistan. The battalions that constituted the regiment in 1881 were as follows: 1st Battalion: the 64th Regiment of Foot; the 2nd and 5th Staffordshire Rifle Volunteer Corps were designated the 1st and 2nd Volunteer battalions, North Staffordshire Regiment, in 1883. Together with the Volunteer battalions of the South Staffordshire Regiment, they formed the Staffordshire Volunteer Infantry Brigade in 1888; this brigade was intended to assemble at Wolverhampton in time of war, while in peacetime it acted as a focus for collective training of the Volunteers. On the formation of the Territorial Force in 1908, the two Volunteer battalions were renumbered as the 5th and 6th battalions of the North Staffordshire Regiment, forming part of the Staffordshire Brigade in the North Midland Division.

The reserve battalions of the regiment were reorganised in 1908 by the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act 1907, with the two militia battalions being re-designated the 3rd and 4th battalions, the volunteer battalions being re-designated as Territorial Force and renumbered as the 5th and 6th battalions: they were based at College Road in Hanley and Horninglow Street in Burton upon Trent respectively. The 1st Battalion was stationed in Ireland at the time of the amalgamation, it moved to England in 1883, the following year to the West Indies, based in Barbados, but with detachments on other islands. It moved to Natal in 1887, to Mauritius in 1890, to Malta in 1893 and to Egypt in 1895. From there the 1st Battalion took part in operations in the Second Sudanese War under Lord Kitchener. During the campaign, the 1st Battalion were based at Wadi Halfa but moved to Gemai to avoid a cholera outbreak. In September the battalion took part in the action against the Dervish Army at Hafir, decisive in ending the campaign.

As a result, the North Staffordshire Regiment received the unique "Hafir" battle honour, given to no other British regiment. The 2nd Battalion was stationed in India in 1881 when the North Staffordshire Regiment was formed, remained there until 1886. During this time period, it took part in an expedition to the Zhob Valley in 1884, thus making it the first battalion in the regiment to see active service. In 1886, it returned to England via Aden, deployed to Ireland in 1893. In 1899, 2nd Battalion mobilised and moved

Brilliance BS6

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Jennifer Hanson (album)

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