STAFFORD’S MP has taken a step closer on the march to saving the historic name of the Staffordshire Regiment.
Jeremy Lefroy has been campaigning to ensure the name of the Staffords is retained under Government restructuring since the announcement in July last year that the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment would be withdrawn from the order of battle.
Mr Lefroy said he had today received a letter from Minister of Defence Mark Francois recognising the importance of the Mercian Regiment with its respective counties.
In it Mr Francois writes: “As the Army reorganises, the regimental council of the Mercian Regiment has considered in detail how best to preserve and cherish these geographical linkages.
“Therefore, The Mercian Regiment has proposed a change to its title, namely the addition of a new suffix so the regiment title will read: The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire, Worcester and Foresters and Staffords).”
The proposal is now set to go before the Army’s honours and distinction committee before being sent to the Queen for approval.
Mr Lefroy said: “This is great news and an important step towards ensuring the name of the Staffords is retained by a serving unit of the British Army.”