Parade’s end for historic battalion due to merger

Military band leads the parade of soldiers through Barnsley
Military band leads the parade of soldiers through Barnsley
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A historic battalion which marched through South Yorkshire last week is gearing up for a ceremony marking its merger with other Army units.

The Yorkshire Regiment’s Third Battalion - whose soldiers paraded through Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham - was formerly the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, which dates back to 1702.

Soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment are inspected and paraded araound the streets of Barnsley

Soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment are inspected and paraded araound the streets of Barnsley

But more than 300 years of history for the battalion, which is one of the main Army units recruiting from South Yorkshire, is coming to an end due to a shake-up of the military involving large job cuts.

Tomorrow, a ceremony will take place at the unit’s base in Warminster, Wiltshire, to mark the merger of the Yorkshire Regiment’s current three battalions into two.

The Second Battalion, which recruits from North Yorkshire and Teeside, is being merged into the other two battalions.

The Third Battalion will shed its ‘Dukes’ title - currently retained for ceremonial purposes - and be renamed the First Battalion.

Soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment are inspected and paraded araound the streets of Barnsley

Soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment are inspected and paraded araound the streets of Barnsley

Tomorrow’s ceremony involves the exchange of colours between the reformed units and will be overseen by the Duke of York.

Honorary colours of the old 3rd Battalion will be rotated between the two new units.

Soldiers from the Third Battalion were stationed in Afghanistan for six months last year - when nine lost their lives.

Major Edward Colver, who grew up in Dungworth, Sheffield, and commanded the battalion’s Corunna Company in one of the most remote parts of Helmand Province, was made an MBE for his service on the tour.

soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment's Third Battalion on parade in Barnsley

soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment's Third Battalion on parade in Barnsley

Hundreds of people lined the streets for the three parades last week, which were the first in South Yorkshire since the battalion’s tour.