Mercian 10 Exhibition
Our new Mercian 10 Display is now open. It celebrates 10 years of the Mercian
Regiment and has three Mercian Gallantry groups on display together. The Mercian
Regiment was formed in 1st September 2007 through the amalgamation of
the Cheshire Regiment, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and the
Staffordshire Regiment in the presence of their Colonel in Chief HRH The Prince of
Wales, and who also took the salute at Tamworth Castle.
At the time 2 Mercian, or 1WFR as it was before amalgamation, were serving on a
tour of Afghanistan. Whilst serving in Afghanistan, the Battalion lost nine soldiers;
Lance Corporal Paul Sandford, Drummer Thomas Wright, Captain Sean Dolan,
Private Ben Ford, Private Damian Wright, Private Johan Botha, Sergeant Craig
Brelsford MC, Colour Sergeant Philip Newman and Private Brian Tunnicliffe.
1 Mercian were based in Alma Barracks at Caterick at the time of the amalgamation
and remained there until they were deployed on Op Telic 11 (Iraq) in the November
of that year. Whilst 3 Mercian were based down at Tidworth at Mooltan Barracks
until their move to Fallingbostel, Germany, the same year. On amalgamation, a
reserve Battalion was formed, this was 4 Mercian which has its main HQ in
Wolverhampton but is based in various locations across the kingdom of Mercia.
At some stage since 2007, all of the battalions were deployed to Afghanistan
where over 150 soldiers suffered life-changing injuries during the campaign in
Afghanistan.The exhibition is open now and closes on 31st March 2018.