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Plan for title change to preserve heritage of the Staffordshire Regiment

The Staffordshire Regiment’s history is set to be preserved after a campaign.

The Ministry of Defence have confirmed to Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant that the Mercian Regiment will now be rebranded with the suffix ‘Cheshire, Worcester and Foresters and Staffords’.

There had been concerns that Staffordshire’s military link would disappear following the decision to axe the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment as part of Government cutbacks.

But the new move means that the county’s part in the heritage of the Regiment will continue.

“Although it is sad that the Staffordshire Regiment was disbanded by the last Government back in 2004, this change in name will preserve a vital link to the County and to the City of Lichfield in which it was first founded,” said Mr Fabricant.

“It will be of some small solace to those who served with the Staffords and friends and family of those with regimental ties.”

The proposal will now go forward through the Army’s Honours and Distinctions Committee and will then be sent to The Queen for approval.

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