British Army Regiments Explained 

What is the British army’s best regiment?

The British Army has many different regiments that all have different roles and functions in the military today. It often comes to discussion which regiment is the best and every soldier will tell you the same thing… their regiment is the best! One of the most important lessons you can learn in the military is loyalty and so because of this the best British regiment can only be described as the one that you serve in. Each regiment in the army serves an important purpose and we should celebrate all of them equally as they all are fighting for our best interests.

What’s the oldest regiment in the British Army?

The oldest known regiment in the British Army is the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineer Regiment. This regiment has had many changes to its name since its founding and is known today as the Honourable Artillery Company. This regiment was first mustered in 1539 and has been active since. This unit was then formed into a militia force for the county of Monmouth up until the the new Police were formed in the 19th century which prompted the regiment to be switched to the Royal Engineers Reserve. Even after all this time the Honourable Artillery Company still remain as a part of the UK reserves today!

What are the nicknames of the British Army regiments?

The British Army Regiments love to make fun of one another just as much as the next person and because of this many humorous nicknames for famous regiments have arised. Here is a list of some of our favourites:

  • Andy Capp’s Commandos – Army Catering Corps
  • The Armoured Farmers – 3rd Royal Tank Regiment
  • The Biscuit Boys – 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire, former 49th Regiment of Foot
  • The Corned Beef Highlanders – The Cameron Highlanders
  • The Dirty Shirts – 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers, former 101st Regiment of Foot
  • The Double XX – Lancashire Fusiliers
  • The Gallant Half-Hundred – 50th Foot
  • The Glasgow Greys – 2nd Battalion East Surrey Regiment, former 70th Regiment of Foot
  • The Grasshoppers – 95th Regiment of Foot
  • The T’Others – 13th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment
  • The Gay Gordons – Gordon Highlanders

How does the British Army regimental naming system work?

Firstly, the numbers of the Regiments are in order of their founding. As regiments are were founded they were given numbers and descriptors and quite often numbers were reassigned as new Regiments were founded, disbanded or merged. Also, if a regiment is disbanded the other regiments keep the numbers they were originally founded. This means if that there is a 22nd and the 21st is disbanded there is still a 22nd even without the 21st. Regimental numbers are often just used officially and usually the regiment is most known by the person who formed and raised it. A regiment can also be named after what their role or traits such as the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment and can sometimes even be named after monarchs. The regimental naming system gets even more complex when additional battalions are raised. This is because most of the time there would be a battalion within the army and another recruiting and training at home meaning there could be a 1st and 2nd of any battalion. In some cases over the years as the army was being reorganised some regiments would be merged which would then merge the name in the process.

What British Army regiment has the most battle honours?

The British Army Regiment with the most battle honours is also the largest infantry regiment within the British Army. This of course is The RIFLES made up of five regular battalions and three reserve. These guys were formed from in February 2007 and are made up of The Devonshire & Dorset Light Infantry, The Light Infantry, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire & Wiltshire Light Infantry and The Royal Green Jackets. This regiment holds a record breaking 913 battle honours which includes 117 Victoria Crosses as of 2017!

How many regiments are there in the British Gurkha Army?

The Brigade of Gurkhas have served the British Crown for more than 200 years and are still a part of the British military today. They are currently based in Brunei and are the only regiment in the British Army that have been readily trained for jungle combat. They were originally comprised of four regiments but as of 1994 they have been reformed into one single regiment known as the Royal Gurkha Rifles. This regiment is made up of two Light Role Infantry Battalions which alternate between Brunei and the UK every three years.

The list of all British Regiments in Active Duty Today

Here is a list of all the British Regiments that are still active and around today:

1. Household Cavalry

2. Royal Horse Artillery

3. Royal Armoured Corps

4. Royal Regiment of Artillery

5. Corps of Royal Engineers

6. Royal Corps of Signals

7. Royal Infantry (comprised of 47 battalions from 19 regiments)

8. Special Air Service

9. Army Air Corps

10.Special Reconnaissance Regiment

11. Royal Army Chaplains Department

12. Royal Logistic Corps

13. Royal Army Medical Corps

14. Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

15. Adjutant General’s Corps

16. Royal Army Veterinary Corps

18. Small Arms School Corps

19. Royal Army Dental Corps

20. Intelligence Corps

21. Royal Army Physical Training Corps

22. General Service Corps

23. Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

24. Corps of Army Music

25. Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) (Army Reserve)

26. Honourable Artillery Company (Although Army Reserve Regiments, they are included in the order of arms Regular Army)

27. Remainder of the Army Reserve

28. Royal Gibraltar Regiment

29. The Royal Bermuda Regiment

30. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SCOTS DG)

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_British_Army

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Monmouthshire_Royal_Engineers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nicknames_of_British_Army_regiments

https://www.quora.com/How-does-the-British-Armys-regimental-naming-system-work

https://www.forces.net/news/swift-and-bold-all-about-rifles

https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/corps-regiments-and-units/brigade-of-gurkhas/

https://www.gurkhabde.com/the-royal-gurkha-rifles/

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