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1st Bn Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment

(Berkshire and Wiltshire)

Canterbury - United Kingdom

January February 1983 saw the Battalion resettled into Howe Barracks Canterbury, a very pleasant part of England, however the Battalion had two years of extremely hard and varied operations, duties and exercises ahead of it. Training for Northern Ireland had already started whilst the Battalion was in Osnabruck and this continued apace ready for deployment to South Armagh, May - September 1983. The Local Terrorist organizations were soon probing us and carrying out the odd mortar attack, but this was a successful tour for the Battalion.

The next year was extremely busy with Public duties at Buckingham Palace, Route lining and culminating in the Presentation of new colours to the Battalion by H.R.H. The Prince Phillip on the 8th June 1984. The old colours were cased and laid up in a chapel in Salisbury Cathedral. This of course with a short tour guarding nuclear weapon's sites and exercises was a demanding period. Within days of receiving the Colours the Battalion was on the move again, this time to Camp Wainwright Canada for Exercise POND JUMP WEST a live firing exercise and adventure training period of 5 - 6 weeks.

December 1984 and on the move again , this time to Cyprus as part of the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), this meant the Battalion being split in two with Tactical H.Q. plus two companies being based on St David's Camp, Nicosia with a small administrative back up. Their role being to monitor some 20 miles of border between Greek Cypriot and Turkish forces from Nicosia westwards. The other half of the Battalion being based at Dhekelia in the Eastern Sovereign Base area with the task of preserving the integrity of the Base and the enclave of Ayios Nikolies. During the tour the majority of the Battalion swapped roles, and thus saw most of the Island.

June 1985 saw the Battalion back in Canterbury and straight into training for a two year tour of duty in Northern Ireland. The Battalion left Canterbury on a very high note, earn't through its excellent disciplinary record and a 'Finale' of beating retreat. 

 
CANTERBURY TIMELINE
EVENT TIME/DATE
Bn to Howe Bks Canterbury January 1983
bn boxed in UK Army Novice Boxing Finals V 3 R.R.F. winning 5 Bouts to 4 17th March 1983
Northern Ireland training  March/April/May 1983
Bn farewell to Canterbury 27th May 1983
Bn to South Armagh 4th/5th June 1983
A Coy to Crossmaglen June -October 1983
Bn to Canterbury (Block leave) 6th October 1983 
Bn to Greenham Common 11th November 1983
Ferozeshah Parade 21st December 1983
B Coy to Belize Exercise 'Mopan Rampart V111 11th January 1984
A & C Coys plus Bn HQ to Greenham Common February 1984
Bn Practice deployment to Gatwick airport February 1984
Spearhead Bn 6 weeks Feb 
Brigade Exercise Salisbury Plain April/May 1984
Bn boxing team to Germany to fight 1 Kings in Army Final April 1984
Presentation of colours parade 8th June 1984
Exercise 'Pond Jump West' Canada 12th June for 5 weeks
K.A.P.E. tour 1st Week September 1984
D Coy tour of both Counties showing new colours September 1984
Exercise 'Lionheat (Umpires) September 1984 ?
Mount Guard Buckingham Palace October 1984
Bn to Cyprus 10th December 1984
Bn return from Cyprus June 1985
C Coy to Stanford training area June/July 1985
K.A.P.E. Tour July 1985
Bn assist Dover Tattoo August 1985
bn beat retreat as farwell to Canterbury and hand over to 3rd Bn Queens Regt November 1985
Bn to Aldergrove November 1985
 
 
                             
 
                        
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