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The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
Active 1680 to 1959.
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army
Type Line Infantry
Role Infantry
Nickname "Barrell's Blues" , "The Lions".
Colors Blue Facings, Gold Braided Lace
March Quick: Corn Riggs are Bonnie
Slow: And Shall Trelawny Die?
Engagements Namur (1695), Gibraltar 1704-05, Culloden (1746), Guadeloupe (1759), St. Lucia (1778), Corunna, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria, San Sebastian, Nive, Peninsula, Bladensburg, Waterloo, Alma, Inkerman, Sevastopol, Abyssinia, South Africa 1879, Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902, The Great War (France, Greece, Turkey, Mesopotamia, 1914-1918), The Second World War (France, NW Europe, Iraq, Syria, N. Africa, Italy, Malta, Burma 1939-1945)

The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) was an infantry regiment of the line in the British Army, first raised on July 13, 1680, as the 2nd Tangier, or Earl of Plymouth's Regiment of Foot. It saw service for nearly three centuries. In 1751, after various name changes, the regiment was titled 4th (King's Own) Regiment of Foot. The regiment retained this title until the Childers Reforms of 1881.



The regiment's first battle honour was gained at Namur (1695) during the War of the Augsburg League, 1688-1697. Soon after they again saw action at Gibraltar in 1704-1705, Guadeloupe 1759, and St. Lucia 1778. In 1746, the regiment received most of the government casualties at the Battle of Culloden. During the Napoleonic Wars they fought at Corunna, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria, San Sebastian, Nive, Peninsula, Bladensburg, and Waterloo. During the Crimean War the regiment fought at Alma, Inkerman, Sevastopol, before also seeing action at Abyssinia, South Africa 1879, the Relief of Ladysmith, and South Africa 1899-1902.

The regiment also saw colonial service in Australia from 1832 until 1837, being stationed variously at Tasmania, Sydney, Victoria South Australia, and the Swan River Colony under the command of Lieut. Colonel J. K. McKenzie.

During the Great War, the regiment received battle honours for France, Greece, Turkey, and Mesopotamia, and during the Second World War, they received honours for France, NW Europe, Iraq, Syria, N. Africa, Italy, Malta, and Burma.

The regiment received the freedom of Lancaster in 1953, before being amalgamated with The Border Regiment into the The King's Own Royal Border Regiment on October 31, 1959.




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