King's Own Royal Border Regiment

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Not to be confused with King's Own Scottish Borderers.
King's Own Royal Border Regiment
King's Own Royal Border Regimental Badge 1959-2006.jpg
Badge of the King's Own Royal Border Regiment
Active 1859–2006
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Role Infantry
Part of King's Division
Garrison/HQ Regimental Headquarters, Carlisle Castle
Motto Tried and Valiant, for Duty not Display
March De ye ken John Peel
Anniversaries 28 October Arroyo Day Commemorates an action in Spain when the 34th Foot captured the Drums of their French opposite numbers.
Insignia
Tactical Recognition Flash KORBR TRF.svg

The King's Own Royal Border Regiment 1959-2006 was an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the King's Division. It was formed at Barnard Castle on 1st October 1959 through the amalgamation of The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) and The Border Regiment. The official abbreviated form of the regimental title is 'King's Own Border', though some erroneously use KOB, KORB or KORBR.

History[edit]

The regiment's earliest forebears were the 4th, or Kings Own Regiment of Foot, formed 13 July 1680 as the 2nd Tangier Regiment, the fourth regiment of foot in seniority in the British Army.[1]

The 34th (Cumberland) and 55th (Westmorland) Regiments of Foot were formed later in 1705 and 1755, respectively.[2] In 1881 they amalgamated to form the Border Regiment.[2]

The 1 October 1959 amalgamated regiment preserved traditions of the previous three regiments (4th, 34th and 55th). Every 28 October, the regiment would celebrate "Arroyo Day" by parading the French drums and French drum major's mace captured during the Peninsular War in 1811. They had been taken intact in the Battle of Arroyo dos Molinos from the French 34e Régiment de Ligne on 28 October 1811.[3]

The regiment saw a great deal of service in Ulster during the troubles in Northern Ireland. The regiment was twice awarded the Wilkinson Sword of Peace for work in both Londonderry and Bosnia.[4]

In 2004, as part of the restructuring of the infantry, it was announced that the King's Own Royal Border Regiment would amalgamate with the King's Regiment and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment to form the new Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's Lancashire and Border). The Regiment's final act was to serve in Iraq between 2005 and 2006.[5] The new regiment was formed on 1 July 2006, with the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment forming the 3rd Battalion.[6]

Archives of the regiment are preserved in the Regimental Museum at Carlisle Castle.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "17th century". King's Own Royal Regiment Museum. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Beckett, p. 29
  3. ^ "Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Regimental History". Ministry of Defence. p. 6. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Regimental History". Ministry of Defence. p. 21-22. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "King’s Own Royal Border Regiment". Cumbria Museum if Military Life. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Duke of Lancaster's Regiment". Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Border Regiment & King's Own Royal Border Regiment Museum". Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

Sources[edit]

  • Beckett, Ian (2003). Discovering English County Regiments. Shire. ISBN 978-0747805069. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Eastwood, Stuart (2006). Lion and Dragons: An Illustrated History of The King's Own Royal Border Regiment 1959-2006. ISBN 1-85794-279-5. 

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