The Yorkshire Regiment - A Recent History
The Yorkshire Regiment was formed on 6 June 2006 as a result of a decision to restructure the Infantry and was then comprised of the The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, The Green Howards and The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. These are commonly referred to as 'the antecedent regiments'.
In July 2012, The Secretary of State for Defence announced a reduction of five regular infantry battalions by 2016 as part of Army 2020, which resulted in the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) being removed from the Order of Battle. The Yorkshire Regiment then merged to form two regular battalions in Autumn 2013, the 3rd Battalion becoming 1YORKS, the 1st Battalion becoming 2YORKS and the 4th Battalion (Army Reserves) remained unchanged as 4YORKS. As we enter a period of post-operational recuperation, the Regiment now looks to build on its experience and successes from recent operations and the illustrious past of its antecedent Regiments.