2nd Bn, the Royal Welch, incorporating the South Wales Borderers (of Rorke's Drift fame), Royal Welch Fusiliers, The Welch Regiment whose combined service included the Boyne, Quebec, Indian mutiny, Waterloo, Crimea, Boer War, the Somme, Normandy, Iraq.
2nd Bn, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, incorporating the Northumberland, Warwickshire, Lancashire and Royal (City of London) Fusiliers. They variously served in the American Revolution, Napoleonic wars, Boer War,both World Wars, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. Famously the Lancashires won 7 Victoria Crosses before breakfast at Gallipoli.
2nd Bn, the Yorkshire Regiment, incorporating the Green Howards. In the 18th century regiments were frequently named after their colonels and at the time there were two Col. Howards. To distinguish them they were given different coloured facings to their tunics. Thus, one became Howard's Buffs soon simplified to 'the Buffs'; and the other became the Green Howards. They won 16 Victoria Crosses including the only one to be awared on D-day.
3rd Bn, the Mercian Regiment, incorporating the 38th Foot, 64th (2nd Staffs) Regiment, 2nd Bn the North Staffs Regiment. They fought everywhere from Ireland to Russia to Africa, France, Iraq and Afghanistan. They won 13 Victoria Crosses.
5th Bn, the Royal Regiment of Scotland (the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders). They fought at Waterloo, the Crimea, Passchendaele, Crete, Palestine, Suez, Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan winning 16 Victoria Crosses.
Two armoured regiments are to be merged with sister regiments and a regiment of artillery is to disappear. A total of six Engineer and Logistic formations are to be disbanded.
And so it ends, "not with a bang but a whimper". And it has ended, my friends, once and for all. By "it", I mean pretensions to grandeur, the self-delusion that we are still a world power, willing and able to project our strength about the globe. The beginning of the end started around 1900 and reached its culmination 45 years later. Everything since then has been a vain attempt to stave off the inevitable mixed with occasional demands of duty, the Falklands campaign, for example. We are now a middling world power but a somewhat stronger regional power. It is time to think hard about our new place in the world order and how we can set about stopping our decline. Not, I hasten to add, that I have any wish to resuscitate old habits of attempting to boss the world about, but only to establish a reputation as a fiercely independent country confident of its own abilities.
Warning - I might bore more on this subject anon! In the meantime, pause a moment and think on the histories of those proud regiments and the men who served in them, gentlemen and rogues, scallywags and heroes, to paraphrase Orwell, 'rough men who stood ready to do violence on our behalf'.