Victory! ... Staffords' name saved as Mercian Regiment changes official title
THE Staffords’ historic name has been saved – thanks to The Sentinel’s readers.
More than 17,000 of you signed the petition to ensure the Staffords’ centuries-old traditions would not be lost in an Army restructuring.
And now The Mercian Regiment has announced that it will incorporate the Staffords’ name into its official title, following the Army 2020 reorganisation.
The regiment will become The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires, Worcesters and Foresters, and Staffords).
Veteran Ron Bradeley, who helped deliver the petitions to 10 Downing Street, welcomed the news.
The 83-year-old, of Keele Road, Newcastle, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that the Staffords’ name will be retained. I didn’t think we’d be able to save the battalion, but I always believed we should save the Staffords’ name.
“It’s all about pride – pride in your county and pride in your regiment. Everyone in Staffordshire always wanted to join the Staffordshire Regiment.”
The Government announced in July that 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) would be disbanded as part of plans to reduce the Regular Army by 20,000.
This prompted The Sentinel to launch its campaign to Save the Staffords.