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The Yorkshire Regiment Journal - Autumn 2013
The Autumn 2013 edition celebrated the merger of The Yorkshire Regiment battalions.
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Autumn 13 - Editorial
Maj Mick Sullivan writes:
I start this, my final editorial of the Yorkshire Regiment Journal with a certain amount of sadness but with confidence that my successor will carry on recording the Regiment’s tremendous achievements in the future.
I hope that all readers are up to speed on the changes to battalion nomenclature. When the Army 2020 committee directed that the Regiment would reduce to two Regular battalions and that the 2nd Battalion would be removed from the Order of Battle, the Regimental Executive Committee decided that the 1st Battalion would be renumbered the 2nd, as it moved to Cyprus and the 3rd Bn would become the 1st and would continue in its Land Warfare Centre battlegroup role. The Reserve Army Battalion, based in Yorkshire would continue to hold the title of the 4th Battalion. As this journal goes to press those changes have taken place, however, they had not happened when some of the battalion articles were written, possibly leading to a bit of confusion.
There are some excellent articles in this edition, despite the fact that the Regiment has just experienced arguably its most busy, demanding and disruptive period since formation. It’s an old chestnut of mine and I make no apology for banging on about it again…….it’s tremendous to see sport and adventure training back on the agenda. I consider it to be a vital part of Army life and one that this Regiment and its antecedents have always prided themselves on being good at.
The following few paragraphs contain a reproduction of an article which appeared in the Yorkshire Post, on Friday 26 July 2013. By the time this journal is published, I will have retired from this post and they are a good reminder to me that my (nearly) 50 years service to this Regiment and its antecedents were appreciated by the public we serve.
They are slightly biased against our political masters but what the heck – it’s my last edition.
The soldiers leading from the front
The poignancy was palpable yesterday as the Duke of York, the Yorkshire Regiment’s colonel-in-chief, oversaw a ceremonial Exchange of Colours parade as part of the Government’s reorganisation of the Army.
Inevitably, it was a day of reflection for those who believe that the Ministry of Defence stands guilty of riding roughshod over centuries of tradition as it attempts to remodel the Armed Forces following the Iraq and Afghanistan missions, as well as the continuing need to control its operational costs.
However, it is testament to the enduring professionalism and bravery of the Yorkshire Regiment that its soldiers will continue to serve Queen and country with the utmost distinction.
As demonstrated by the warmth of the public’s acclaim whenever the Yorkshire Regiment takes part in parades around the region, its troops will always be infinitely more popular than their political masters at the Ministry of Defence bunker, who never appear to understand - or grasp – the significance of the lifelong bonds which are forged when individual battalions go to war.