Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland featured significantly in the Regiment’s first fifteen years, as it did in the Queen’s and Royal Hampshire Regiments before amalgamation. The Regiment’s deployments to the Province were as follows:

1st Battalion:

1993 to 1995 – Omagh.

1996 – Two short deployments as the UK Standby Battalion, including West Belfast and Armagh.

1997 to 1998 – West Belfast, followed by one composite company deployed with 1st Battalion The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons).

2nd Battalion:

1992/1993 – South Armagh. (One composite company, Gallipoli Company, with 1st Battalion The Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment).

1993 to 1994 – Fermanagh.

1995 to 1997 – Omagh.

1998 to 1999 – West Belfast.

2006 to 2007 – Ballykinler.

This was an extremely interesting time politically, as the 1st Battalion experienced the beginning of the first IRA ceasefire, the 2nd Battalion saw it ending and both Battalions deployed during the second ceasefire, with all its uncertainties. Soldiers and their commanders at all levels have gained a great deal of valuable experience from these Northern Ireland tours and enjoyed the challenge. The Regiment earned enormous praise for its professionalism. As the ceasefire date of the 1st August 2007 neared, with all its uncertainties, The 2nd Battalion had the distinction of being the last troops out of Bessbrook, South Armagh, a notoriously dangerous patrol base during the Troubles..