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1st Bn Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment

(Berkshire and Wiltshire)



February 1975 saw the Battalion reformed and revigorated in Shoeburyness after a well earned period of block leave. However any illusions of a quiet and peaceful existence were soon shattered. The first priority for the Battalion being to train up on its basic Conventional Warfare skills and procedures. Exercises and training taking place at LYDD and HYTHE, STANFORD, COLCHESTER and SALISBURY PLAIN, the latter being a joint venture with a Company from the 2nd/4th Bn Australian Regiment. The Battalion was warned off for a six month unaccompanied tour of CYPRUS from August 1975 until February 1976, this being an emergency tour with the operational task of preserving the integrity of the Sovereign Base areas. The Cyprus tour was an enjoyable one and enabled the Battalion to train to a high degree of Physical fitness and basic Military Skills. This was just as well as the Battalions next post in 1976 was ordained to be 'Infantry Demonstration Battalion' at Warminster. During the CYPRUS tour the Battalion took part in all sporting competitions and enjoyed success at CROSS COUNTRY (Cyprus Champions), Football, Rugby, and being represented at Army and Garrison level at Squash and Tennis.

The return to Shoeburyness saw life continue at a fairly hectic pace on both the Military and social scene, the highlight of which was a visit by the Colonel in chief HRH the Prince Phillip, this was informal and much enjoyed by all ranks.




Bn to Shoeburyness 3rd February 1975
Individual training March/April 1975
Spearhead Battalion March 1975
Bn to Lydd, Infantry Skill at arms camp April 1975
DERRSAAM April 1975
Exercise 'Light Century' May 1975
Bn joined by Coy from 2/4th R.A.R. May 1975
A & C Coys with Reece Plt to Stanford May/June 1975
Support Coy to Sennybridge May 1975
Operation Friendship June 1975
Spearhead Battalion June 1975
Regimental Association weekend 12th -13th July 1975
Ferozeshah Parade 12th July 1975
Bn engage in battle with local yobs, Southend 14th July 1975
Bn reform in Cyprus (6 Mths tour) 30th August 1975
B Coy to Ayios Nikolaos 22nd October 1975
Bn responsible for Cyprus Walkabout 13th November 1975
Handover to 3rd Royal Anglican Regt, return to UK 4th -10th February 1976
Visit of Col in chief 12th March 1976
Exercise Brandywine 3rd -11th May 1976
A Coy Exercise 'Blue Hackle' June 1976
A Coy Demo for RAF Waddington June 1976
B Coy to Bassingbourne 76 June 1976
Exercise 'Bugle call' July 1976
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