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1st Bn Duke of Edinburghs Royal Regiment

(Berkshire and Wiltshire)

CATTERICK
1969 - 1971
Air Portable 

The month of June 1969 found the 1st battalion  in Alma Barracks Catterick, Yorkshire.

Alma Barracks 1969

 They were there joined by a number of soldiers from the South Wales Borderers and Welsh Regiment who had only just amalgamated. Most of them went to 'B' Company to make up its strength for its imminent British Honduras commitment. The Companies soon settled into a routine of constant change and movement, with 'B' Company leading the way to the sunny Caribbean.A' Company followed suit by disappearing to Malaysia on Exercise SANJAK. 'C' Company fully expecting to 

ALMA BARRACKS 1969

 take up the task of rear party for the Battalion were soon shocked to find themselves posted across the water to Londonderry in August 1969, the start of the present troubles, reinforced with the Drums they joined the 1st Battalion Queens Regiment for what turned out to be a four months tour .

Over the next two years the Rifle Companies within the Battalion were like ships that passed in the night, with 'B' Company returning from British Honduras, and later going to Belfast to reinforce the 1st Battalion Royal Scots, there  they had a particularly heavy engagement in the Falls road when the 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment suffered three Casualties. 'A' and 'C' Companies took their turn in British Honduras keeping the Guatemalans at bay. When time and numbers allowed the Battalion received the freedom of Abingdon, and the Battalion less one Company went to Canada for Exercise POND JUMP WEST.

In 1971 the Battalion were together for the first time, and on the 23rd March assumed SPEARHEAD DUTY, the following month the whole Battalion found themselves back in Ulster where they took over from the 5th Light Regiment, Royal Artillery in Londonderry. They remained there finally handing over to the 1st Bn Royal Scots and returned to Catterick to prepare for the move to Berlin.

 

 
CATTERICK TIMELINE
Event Date/Time
Bn Reassemble Alma Bks Catterick June 1969
Band/Drums Beat retreat Devises 19th/20th June 1969
2 plts B Coy to Otterburn  August 1969
A & Sp Coys to Strensall 14th July -5th August 1969
C & Sp Coys to Warcop 15th July - 31st August 1969
Band & Drums to Garden Party Buckingham Palace 17th July 1969
Band & Drums to Sandhurst for Sovereigns parade 24th July 1969
Maiwand day Catterick 25th July 1969
B Coy to British Honduras August 1969
A Coy to Malaysia 'Ex SANJAK' 18th Aug 69 for six weeks
C Coy & Drums to Londonderry 25th August 1969
A Coy return from Malaysia 30th September 1969
A Coy to Cardiff for remembrance parade 9th November 1969
C Coy return from Ulster 12th December 1969
Ferozeshah Parade (Low Key) 21st December 1969
A Coy to British Honduras January 1970
B Coy return from British Honduras 27th January 1970
Fitness for role inspection 19th -20th March 1970
Bn to Stanford 2 -16th April 1970
Freedom of Abingdon 19th May 1970
B Coy KAPE Tour 20 - 24th May 1970
Open Day Alma Barracks 13th June 1970
Freedom of Windsor 27th June 1970
B Coy to Belfast 29th June 1970
C Coy to British Honduras July 1970
Bn team competes in Cambrian March (Came 1st) 25 - 26th July 1970
B Coy KAPE Tour 3 - 8th August 1970
Bn to Canada (Less C Coy) for Ex Pond Jump, West September 1970
Band & Drums to Calgary 30th September 1970
Ferozeshah Parade (Low Key) 21st December 1970
C Coy return from British Honduras 21st February 1971
Visit from HMS Vernon 19th March 1971
Cyprus Walkabout team came 1st 1-2nd April 1971
Spearhead Bn 23rd March 1971
Bn to Londonderry 21st April 1971
Operation 'Likely Lad' 28th April 1971
Operation 'Dragon Vly' 4th May 1971
Operation 'May Bug' 11th May 1971
Operation 'High Hopes' 14th May 1971
Operation 'Top Hat' 18th May 1971
Operation 'Final Fling' 24th May 1971
Return to Catterick 28th May 1971
Bands 5 yearly inspection 3rd June 1971
Battalion to Berlin June - July 1971
 
 
                             
 
                        
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