Tyne-Tees Regiment

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Tyne-Tees Riding Regiment
Active 1999 – 2006
Branch  British Army
Role Line Infantry
Size One Battalion
Insignia
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The Tyne-Tees Regiment was a regiment of the British Territorial Army. The regiment was part of 15 (North East) Brigade and was the Territorial unit of infantry in the area stretching from Scarborough in North Yorkshire, to Alnwick in Northumberland.

History[edit]

The regiment was formed in 1999 by the amalgamation of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Volunteers), 4th/5th Battalion The Green Howards (Yorkshire Volunteers) and 7th Battalion, The Light Infantry due to the implementation of the reforms of the Territorial Army envisaged in the Strategic Defence Review. The HQ was at Durham and the regiment was composed of five companies:[1]

  • A (Green Howards) Company
  • B (Green Howards) Company
  • C (Durham Light Infantry) Company
  • X (Fusilier) Company
  • Z (Fusilier) Company

No new cap badge was created for this regiment, soldiers wore their former regimental cap badge or were badged according to the company they joined. On 4 July 2003 a composite company was dispatched to Iraq and was the first TA Infantry unit to be compulsorily mobilised since the Suez Crisis in 1956. The three platoons deployed there served at Basra Palace, Basra Airport and Shaibah Logistics Base and were rotated around at intervals during this difficult and unstable period in Iraq's history.[2]

In 2004 a platoon was deployed to Iraq as part of Normandy Company of The East and West Riding Regiment. During this tour Normandy Company suffered one fatality, Private Mark Stephen Dobson of the Tyne-Tees Regiment, who was found dead in his accommodation at Basrah Air Station on 28 March 2005.[3]

As part of the restructuring of the infantry announced in 2004, the Tyne-Tees Regiment was broken up, with its constituent companies going to their parent regiments:

  • A & B Companies merged to form B Company 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment on 6 June 2006.[4]
  • X, Z and C Companies formed the 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers[5]
  • Minden (Light Infantry) Company, formerly of The East and West Riding Regiment, was broken up with their Doncaster detachment joining C (Durham Light Infantry) Company as the (Yorkshire Light Infantry) Platoon. The Wakefield Company and Headquarters was rebadged or disbanded and formed the nucleus of the newly created Parachute Royal Engineers Squadron.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tyne-Tees Regiment". Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Operation Telic: British Forces Deployed". Britain's small wars. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Private Mark Stephen Dobson". 30 March 2005. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "A short history of the Yorkshire Volunteers". Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Royal Regiment of Fusiliers". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry". Retrieved 21 May 2014. 

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