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Prince of Wales' Division

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Prince of Wales' Division

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The Prince of Wales's Division is a British Army command, training and administrative apparatus designated for all land force units in the West of England and Wales.


  • History 1
  • Past Units 2
  • References 3
  • Sources 4
  • External links 5


The Prince of Wales's Division was formed in 1968 with the union of the Mercian Brigade, Welsh Brigade and Wessex Brigade. The depot was established at Whittington Barracks in Staffordshire.[1]

Under the restructuring announced in 2004, the Prince of Wales's Division was reorganised into two large regiments:[2]

  • Army Reserve Units
    • 4th Battalion, the Mercian Regiment
    • 3rd Battalion, the Royal Welsh
    • 2nd Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment

The Division maintained a regular army band, The Band of The Prince of Wales Division through the amalgamation of the two former divisional bands, the Clive Band and the Lucknow Band.[4]

Under the Mercian Regiment (Staffords) and the 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh (Royal Regiment of Wales) will both be disbanded, while the Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling), 83rd, 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment) will be transferred to the administration of the Prince of Wales' Division.[5]

Past Units

Past units include:[6]


  1. ^ "The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment". Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Future Structure of the Army". Ministry of Defence. 16 December 2004. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Heyman, p. 89
  4. ^ "The Band of The Prince of Wales's Division". Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Army 2020 announcement". British Army. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1969


  • Heyman, Charles (2012). The British Army: A Pocket Guide, 2012-2013. Pen & Sword. 

External links

  • Prince of Wales's Division
  • The Prince of Wales's Division Band
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